SODOM to Release New EP Sacred Warpath in January 2015 on SPV/Steamhammer

October 18th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Listen up, everybody! Mister Tom Angelripper has important things to say on the subject of the brand-new SODOM EP Sacred Warpath, on the state of the world and on life in general. He’s really vented his feelings: “Since we’ve been getting the impression that the world is falling apart at the seams, we’ve decided to make our voices head … while there’s still time. ‘Sacred Warpath’ was originally written for our upcoming album, but we feel it’s a good idea to release it now as an appetizer for future Sodom tracks. Because it’s going to get raw, brutal and will be a reflection of all the things that we’re afraid of and that give us nightmares. Pretty much like that hate-filled world we live in. And it’s probably more authentic than any of our releases so far.”

Tom Angelripper on the bonus material of SODOM’s new EP: “The record includes three representative titles which we recorded in Germany this year, and it’s guaranteed to become a rare collectors’ item. The cover will feature a re-paint of an old design from the 80s, which I did for a demo cover, painted in oil by Christian Ermel. This may all sound a little old-school, but that’s intentional. That’s what we’ve always been and always will be about. We very much hope to tie over the waiting time until the arrival of our new album. And now listen to my unmistakable demand on this world: turn back on your sacred warpath and find the path of peace before it’s too late. Our music will help you!”

Sacred Warpath will be released worldwide through SPV / Steamhammer on November 28th  in Germany, December 1st  in Europe and late January 2015 in the USA as CD, 10″ clear vinyl (limited to 1.000 copies) and download.

Track Listing Sacred Warpath:

1. Sacred Warpath
2. The Saw Is The Law (live)
3. City Of God (live)
4. Stigmatized (live)

10″ Clear Vinyl:

Side 1:
1. Sacred Warpath

Side 2:
1. The Saw Is The Law (live)
2. City Of God (live)
3. Stigmatized (live)

SODOM Live Dates 2014/2015
31.10. BY-Minsk – Re-Public
01.11. RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta
03.11. RUS-Krasnojarsk – Klub Podium
04.11. RUS-Nowosibirsk – Klub Rock City
06.11. RUS-Ekatrinenburg – Klub Teleclub
07.11. RUS-Krasnadora – Arena Hall
08.11. RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
on tour with KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY
04.12. NL-Tilburg – 013
05.12. D-Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
06.12. D-Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
07.12. D-Saarbrücken – Garage
08.12. D-Hamburg – Docks
09.12. D-Berlin – Huxleys
10.12. A-Vienna – Gasometer
11.12. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
12.12. D-Geiselwind – Eventhall
13.12. D-Munich – Tonhalle
14.12. CH-Pratteln – Z7
20.12. SE-Norrkoeping – Black Christmas Metal Festival
20.02. UK-London – Underworld
21.02. IRL-Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
23.05. US-Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest

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SABATON: ‘Night Witches’ Lyric Video Released + European Tour Starts Next Month!

October 18th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Swedish Heavy Metal institution SABATON released their seventh full-length record Heroes on May 16, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and reached some of the highest chart entries in the band history, among them the first #1 in their native Sweden, #2 in Finland, #3 in Germany, #4 in Czech Republic, #6 in Poland, #7 in Switzerland – and many more!

Today the band unveils the lyric video on the album opening track ‘Night Witches’.
Check out the clip on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Commented guitarist Thobbe Englund: „Actually it’s one of my favorites. It reminds me a lot of JUDAS PRIEST, in a kind of ACCEPT style. It’s a really cool metal song – tough & hard.”

Added guitarist Chris Rörland: „It’s a very good opening song for the album. You start with it, and you get a good idea for the whole album.”

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EXODUS’ Highly-Anticipated New Album “Blood In, Blood Out” Out Now via Nuclear Blast

October 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out - Artwork (585x585)

Blood In, Blood Out, the brand new album by EXODUS that Yahoo Music calls, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of the year”, has been unleashed to the word today via Nuclear Blast. Pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers. Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In, Blood Out can be 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. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

“This entire band could not be more proud and excited for this record to hit the US like an atom bomb,” states guitarist Gary Holt. “D-Day is upon us, time to go to war!”

“We’re so excited for this release,” adds vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. “I think it’s the best effort that I’ve ever given vocally. If you love what EXODUS has done over the past 30 years, you’re really going to love Blood In, Blood Out, so go pick this shit up and will see you out there on tour live!”

Critics have had nothing but tremendously positive things to say about Blood In, Blood Out – which is being considered a return to form by many.

“Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick,” chimed the first web review for the record, penned by Blabbermouth’s Ray Van Horn, Jr. Shortly after, Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stewart Panko gave great praise to both returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, saying tracks on the record feature, “Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” The EXODUS rhythm section receives equal praise from Heavy Metal’s Dave Schalek, who states, “[Tom] Hunting shows no signs of slowing down and bassist Jack Gibson anchors down the album’s bottom heavy sound.”

“EXODUS deliver the definite lesson in violence,” adds Rue Morgue’s Aaron Lupton, while Outburn Magazine offered positive remarks in both review and feature form. “A vintage thrash metal voice placed on top of an EXODUS sound again harnessed to perfection by Andy Sneap has resulted in an album that batters the eardrums as effectively as it boils the blood,” remarks Scott Alisoglu. The most recent stellar-rating review comes from New Noise Magazine, in which Brandon Ringo states, “Once again, EXODUS has proven exactly why they have attained such a legendary stature over the years and are considered one of the greatest bands in thrash metal even 30 years later!”

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt recently announced that he has officially joined the ESP Guitars’ acclaimed artist endorsement roster, just in time for the release of Blood In, Blood Out!

“I am way beyond excited to announce my return to the mighty ESP!” said Holt. “The new guitars are amazing, and I can’t wait to unleash the new signature model on the world! It’s gonna be a sick shred machine with that crushing tone ESP has been long known for! Can’t wait to let this beast roar!”

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, an early bandmate and decades-long friend of Holt (and celebrated guest soloist on Blood In, Blood Out) commented, “Gary has influenced a whole generation of metal guitarists with his wicked riffs and leads in EXODUS. I’m happy that he’s jumped on for the ESP ride!”

ESP’s director of artist relations Chris Cannella says, “I am so proud to have Gary onboard at ESP. Not only is he one of the best players in metal… he created thrash metal!”

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EXODUS will hit the road with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies this fall! Get your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page. Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via 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!

11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
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)


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OBITUARY Premiere New Song via Guitar World

October 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Death metal legends OBITUARY make their Relapse debut with Inked In Blood, their 9th full length LP. Inked in Blood will be released October 27th in North America/UK/World and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th via Relapse Records. Almost three decades in, Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography.

Today the band has premiered the title track from the upcoming album.  Listen to “Inked in Blood” via Guitar World HERE.  It can also be heard on SoundCloud HERE.   Previous singles, “Visions in My Head” and “Violence” can be heard HERE and HERE.

Additionally, Guitar World is giving away an autographed ESP guitar signed by the entire band at this location.  OBITUARY have also partnered with Metal Injection for a vocal cover contest for the song “Violence”.  Details can be seen HERE.

Inked in Blood is available for pre-order from Relapse Records HERE and via iTunes HERE.  The album will be released on CD/Deluxe CD/2xLP/Digital/Deluxe Digital.  The limited edition, one time press deluxe CD includes two exclusive bonus songs and is packaged in a 3D embossed digipak along with a die-cut album cover sticker.   The bonus songs, available on the deluxe CD and digital verisons, are two classic tracks (“Intoxicated” and “Bloodsoaked”), from Slowly We Rot, re-recorded this year live out of Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FL and engineered by legendary death metal producer Jim Morris. A special vinyl color will be available exclusively via each of the following means: North American Indie Stores, Florida record stores, and for Kickstarter backers.

In support of their new album the band will be touring extensively through North America and Europe throughout 2014 and 2015.  They kick off their first leg of US dates with Carcass and Exhumed on October 28th followed by a North American run with Death (DTA) and Massacre from November 14th through December 7th.  Then the band heads to Europe for a two week headlining tour in January.  A complete list of dates is available below.

The riffs, groove, snarl and rage are as fierce as ever, putting most all other contemporary death metal bands to shame. OBITUARY are THE definitive death metal band, and Inked In Blood is an instant classic among their already storied catalog. OBITUARY are both the originators and the torchbearers of the genre! Inked In Blood is the sound of true death metal kings reclaiming their throne!!!

OBITUARY Tour Dates:

Oct 18                 Tampa, FL           Brass Mug (Album release party)
Oct 25                 Mexico City, Mexico      Heaven and Hell Festival 2014

***Oct 28 to Nov 09 with Carcass, Exhumed and Noisem***

Oct 28                 Tucson, AZ                   The Rock
Oct 29                 El Paso, TX                   Tricky Falls
Oct 31                 Colorado Springs, CO     The Black Sheep
Nov 01                 Lawrence, KS                Granada
Nov 02                 Sauget, IL                     Pops
Nov 04                 Raleigh, NC                   Lincoln Theater
Nov 05                 Richmond, VA               The Broadberry
Nov 06                 Asheville, NC                 The Orange Peel
Nov 07                 Nashville, TN                 Exit/In
Nov 08                 Louisville, KY                Diamond Pub & Billiards
Nov 09                 Cincinnati, OH               The Madison Theater
Nov 11                 Fort Worth, TX             The Rail Club w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil
Nov 13                 Las Vegas, NV               LVCS w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil

***All Dates Nov 14 – Dec 07 w/ Death DTA, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil***

Nov 14                 Los Angeles, CA   Club Nokia
Nov 15                 Ramona, CA                  Ramona Mainstage
Nov 16                 San Francisco, CA                  DNA Lounge
Nov 18                 Seattle, WA                   Studio Seven
Nov 19                 Vancouver, BC               The Rickshaw Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 21                 Calgary, AB                   MacEwan Ballroom w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 22                 Regina, SK                    Riddell Centre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 23                 Winnipeg, MB                Park Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 24                 Minneapolis, MN   Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25                 Chicago, IL                   Metro
Nov 26                 Cleveland, OH                Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27                 Toronto, ON                  Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28                 Montreal, QC                 Le National
Nov 29                 Boston, MA                   Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30                 New York, NY               Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03                 Springfield, VA              Empire
Dec 04                 Charlotte, NC                 Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05                 Atlanta, GA                    The Masquerade
Dec 06                 Tampa, FL                    Orpheum
Dec 07                 Miami, FL                     Grand Central

***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***

Jan 15                  Essen, Germany             Turock
Jan 16                  Alkmar, Holland             Victory
Jan 17                  Bremen, Germany          Tivoli
Jan 18                  Praha, Czech Republic    Futurum
Jan 19                  Krakow, Poland             Fabryka
Jan 21                  Budapest, Hungary         Durer Kurt
Jan 22                  Vienna, Austria               Szene
Jan 23                  Innsbruck, Austria          Weekender Club
Jan 24                  Romagnano, Italy           R&R Area
Jan 25                  Luzern, Switzerland        Schuur
Jan 27                  Barcelona, Spain             Salamandra
Jan 28                  Toulouse, France           Metronum
Jan 29                  Paris, France                 Divan du Monde
Jan 30                  Enschede, Holland Atak
Jan 31                  Antwerp, Belgium  Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01                 London, England   Underworld

May 22                Baltimore, MD               Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot

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A Heavy Metal Christmas Is Coming

October 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Happy Holidays, headbangers! It’s not going to be a “White Christmas” this year. Instead, it’ll be a “Heavy Christmas.”

Finland’s annual, all-star symphonic Christmas rock project, dubbed Raskasta Joulua, which translates to “Heavy Christmas,” is enjoying its 10th year running. To celebrate, the project, which tours every holiday season, will release a new studio album this year. The album, titled Ragnarok Juletide, releases on November 11 via Spinefarm Records.  Get a taste HERE.

But this is not just another set of ho-ho-ho-hum takes on holiday songs nor is it a collection of predictable, safe versions of seasonal jams! For the first time ever, these versions of Finnish and international Christmas classics will also be recorded in the English language.

Raskasta Joulua is inspired by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the participants view the project in serious fashion, which is not always true of Christmas-themed collections. There is nothing novelty or jokey about this project or this release. Don’t expect familiar holiday favorites to be given a weak makeover or merely amplified by distorted guitars that have been added to give the Christmas jams a “rock” feel. That would be a Christmas cop out.

Instead, the record truly and effectively captures the majesty, the wonder and the glory of the holiday season; the songs are carefully arranged and executed, with flawless musicianship and world-class vocal contributions.

Ragnarok Juletide will put headbangers in the most festive of moods, regardless of which metal subgenre he or she prefers, from speedy power metal to symphonic epics to dirgey doom. It’s all here on this year’s Ragnarok Juletide.

Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings), Elize Ryd ( Amaranthe), Jarkko Ahola ( Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings), Antti Railio
(2013 Voice of Finland winner) and more lend their throats to the project.

“It’s amazing that we’re still doing this and that it has grown to these proportions,” said founder/producer/arranger/guitarist Erkka Korhonen. “Every year has been bigger for us and now the tour is one of the biggest annual treks in Finland.”

Indeed, the accompanying tour is an event and a highlight on the annual holiday calendar for fans of all age groups. The project has progressed in size and scope each and every year, in both popularity and the prestige of the participants. The concert tour now runs for more than a month before the holiday season and plays to full arenas and ice stadiums.

Overall, Ragnarok Juletide is the definitive collection of holiday hymns for headbangers. This is how you’ve always wanted to hear Christmas music, but most artists have lacked the balls to do it this way.

Korhonen furthered, “Even people who haven’t celebrated Christmas for years have found its spirit again through what we do. Since we’ve expanded the vocalist lineup every year, the audience wants to hear our new vocalists on the record. It’ll be fantastic to bring these songs into other countries too!”

Track Listing:

1. “We Celebrate at Christmastime”
2. “The First Noel”
3. “Here on the Hay”
4. “Little Drummer Boy”
5. “The Elf”
6. “Christmas Is Here”
7.  “Sylvia’s Song”
8. “White Christmas”
9. “Home for Christmas”
10. “A Sparrow on a Christmas Morning”
11. “Christmas Has Come”
12. “Ave Maria”

The Voices Lineup:

Elize Ryd
Marco Hietala
J.P. Leppäluoto
Tony Kakko
Jarkko Ahola
Ari Koivunen
Pasi Rantanen
Antti Railio
Ville Tuomi
Antony Parviainen
Tuple Salmela
Kimmo Blom

The Band Lineup:

Erkka Korhonen -guitar, arrangments
Tuomas Wäinölä -guitar
Vili Ollila -keys
Mirka Rantanen -drums
Erkki Silvennoinen -bass


Raskasta Joulua (2004)
Raskaampaa Joulua (2009)
Raskasta Joulua (2013)
Ragnarok Juletide (2014)

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Premieres New Song via Loudwire

October 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

No one can delude Max and Igor Cavalera anymore. The two SEPULTURA founders show with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY what it means to shoot Thrash and Death Metal straight into the world.

The new studio album Pandemonium will be released on November 3rd in the UK & November 4th US/CAN via Napalm Records and shows that fatigue is a foreign word for them.  Front man Max Cavalera rushes with bellow of rage into the fray, lets his brother drum coarsest grooves and puts his finger into the open wound.

Today another song from Pandemonium is being unveiled and receiving an exclusive premiere courtesy of Loudwire.  Check out the worldwide exclusive premiere of the song “Babylonian Pandemonium”

Pandemonium can be pre-ordered on Amazon, the Napalm Records Webstore and iTunes

The first track from Pandemonium is available for streaming now.  Check out “Bonzai Kamakazi” here:

Pandemonium Track Listing:
1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
3. Scum
4. I, Barbarian
5. Carmunhao
6. Apex Predator
7. Insurrection
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra

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GWAR’s Manager Sleazy P. Martini Issues Statement About GWAR Eternal Tour

October 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Toodles, ya parasitic bohabs. It’s me, Sleazy P Martini. As you may already know, GWAR will be out on the GWAR Eternal Tour starting tonight because Thai ladyboys don’t pay for themselves. You smarter Bohabs have probably even noticed that GWAR has undergone a lineup change.

The reason for this is the absence of Oderus Urungus due to his return to space. First of all, let’s clear something up: Oderus is not dead! Nor is GWAR. Now, admittedly things will be different. For instance, with Oderus’s absence, touring expenses will be scaled back considerably as crack usage by the band will drop by over nine tons a day. To which I, the CIA and the Medellin Cartel respond with a collective: “Phew!” Now all those drug mules crossing the border can use the extra butt space for more important things such as food, water and more relatives.

Of course, there are many in the scene (code for no-talents) who say that with Oderus out of the band, GWAR should hang it up. To which I must respond: If I wanted your opinion, I would just knock you unconscious and urinate on your face. Which wouldn’t elicit much of an opinion at all – just the way I like it. You see, GWAR is a perpetual and unstoppable force. If I tried to retire them, I most certainly would end up flayed, shredded, pulled and served with coleslaw and fries to Gor-Gor. One who is a lion tamer cannot suddenly decide to stop and ask his lions to become house cats. And GWAR’s lust for human carnage cannot properly be met in semi-retirement on the talk-show circuit. So the shows must go on. And they have, starting with Riot Fest in Chicago. The GWAR Eternal Tour starts tonight in Norfolk, VA.  and goes through December 13th in Baltimore, MD

Now, there are some who would say, “How can you find a lead singer as talented as Oderus Urungus?” To which I have responded by having famed archeologist Dr. Richard Leaky travel to Antarctica to dig up another immortal Scumdog. According to Dr. Dick, these furballs are stacked up in GWAR’s fortress basement like chicken pot pies four for a buck. In fact, I have already thawed out one promising prospect named Blóthar. While not as talented a singer as most primates, he’s definitely better than Justin Bieber or the entire One Direction line up.

So, in response to all you haters who would give your left nut to see GWAR finally call it quits, you can go ahead and keep your left nut and hang it from your nose-ring for another 30 years, because GWAR AIN’T GOING NOWHERE!  And though you may think GWAR sucks, remember that GWAR is immortal. So, long after your lame hipster ass is in the ground being used as a luxury condo by worms, maggots and pill bugs, GWAR will still be alive, sucking forever.

GWAR W/ Decapitated and American Sharks:
10/15: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/16: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/17: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
10/18: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – “Rock and Shock Festival”
10/19: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
10/21: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five****
10/22: Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
10/24: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/25: Austin, TX @ Emo’s – “Housecore Horror Film Festival*
10/26: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/28: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/29: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
10/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/31: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall**
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/4: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/5: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/6: Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/7: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
11/8: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/10: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/12: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO

GWAR W/ TBA and American Sharks:
11/14: Vancouver, BC and Commodore Ballroom

GWAR W/ Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks:
11/15: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/16: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/19: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/20: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/22: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/23: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection***
11/25: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/26: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/28: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/30: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/2: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
12/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/4: Pensacola, FL @ Venue 578
12/5: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
12/6: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/7: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/8: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
12/9: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/10: Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theater
12/11: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/12: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/13: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

*No American Sharks
**Havok plays on this show
*** The Meatmen play on this show
**** Huntress plays on this show

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Amon Amarth Calgary Oct 4, 2014

October 14th, 2014
by Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth

Deceiver of the Gods North American Tour 2014

October 4, 2014

Review and Photos by Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

The Deceiver of Gods tour had finally made its way to Canada and on October 4, 2014 Amon Amarth stormed Flames Central in Calgary Alta., along with fellow Swedes Sabaton and Skeletonwitch from the U.S. The show was sold out and fans had lined up early before doors opened and the lineup, consisting of some peopled clad in Viking costumes, spanned a few blocks. Amon Amarth has played Calgary many times but it was their first time in the local hockey team’s themed venue. Calgary Flames symbols and paraphernalia decorate the venue. The room itself is decent for getting a view of the stage even if the venue is packed as it is multilevel. Merch tables were tucked away from the floor and had a constant line up of people buying some new items. The varying styles of bands worked well for this bill as each has developed quite a large following in Calgary.

Ohio’s Skeletonwitch were up first and the floor was already packed. The five pieces from Ohio launched right into a high energy and aggressive set. “More Cruel Than Weak” off their last release, Serpents Unleashed [Prosthetic Records, 2013], was the first song in the set and got the crowd moving right away. Vocalist Chance Garnette was stalking the stage menacingly and with the stage lights set up so high above the band, his eyes appeared to be ominous black pits. Guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick delivered a skillful double les Paul attack. Skeletonwitch closed the set with “Within My Blood” and the audience was left thoroughly thrashed and ready for the next bands.

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Smoke crept across the stage and the audience immediately began chanting “Sabaton!”. The band took the stage with big smiles and vocalist Joakim Brodén was bounding around the stage and lunging down to the audience’s level to make eye contact and throw some horns. The band was ready to entertain and the crowd was ready to party. Sabaton had made a great impression on Calgary in April 2014 and fans were singing along and jumping around with the band. When Brodén tried to get the audience to join in a rendition of YMCA there was little enthusiasm for it, so the band delivered a few more songs. Then Brodén brought out a guitar to have a riff/solo challenge with guitarist Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund. Brodén was of course good naturedly showed up. He then pulled out a few bars of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and afterwards tentatively started singing “YMCA” and the crowd actually joined in fairly boisterously. Calgary had another fun night enjoying Sabaton’s music and stage antics.

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

Sabaton © Monika Deviat

By this time in the evening a large portion of attendees were inebriated and everyone was eagerly awaiting the Viking metallers to take the stage. There was already so much energy that when “Run to the Hills” played over the speakers during set change, everyone in the venue was singing along and some people even started crowd surfing. Amon Amarth opened with “Deceiver of the Gods” and hair started flying. Fans were singing along to choruses, headbanging, and the pit was kept consistently chaotic throughout the ninety minute set. After the second song “Runes Carved to My Memory”, frontman Johan Hegg customarily addressed the crowd under a single spotlight before thundering into “Death in Fire”. Other crowd favorites were “The Last Stand of Frej”, “Guardians of Asgaard”, and “Cry of the Blackbirds”.  The set was powerful and captivating this night. Non-stop crowd surfers had security working hard and diligently in the very small space allotted between the stage and barrier. Amon Amarth finished with “Twilight of the Thunder God” and “The Pursuit of Vikings” that had everyone roaring lyrics back to Hegg.

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Overall it was a successful night for all the bands. Starting with the straight up intense brutality of Skeletonwtich, to Sabaton’s jovial set and Amon Amarth’s crushing ferocity, fans were left battered.

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Ghost Machinery line-up changes & 3rd album details

October 13th, 2014
by EvilG
Pete Ahonen, Picture by Hanne Strengell

Pete Ahonen, Picture by Hanne Strengell

As previously reported, lead vocalist Taage Laiho isn’t in the band anymore. His work can be heard on GM’s second album Out For Blood and he also did a miniature tour with the band at the time of release. His signing out doesn’t involve any drama, it was only due to schedule and distance problems.

After seriously considering all the possibilities, the guys came up with a solution. The new lead vocalist for the band is Pete Ahonen, who is also the songwriter and guitarist in the band. This decision is natural because the band’s debut Haunting Remains had Mr. Ahonen on the lead vocals as well.

Bass player Sami Nyman made a decision to leave the band last winter. The guys did look for a new bassist among other things but the right kind of axeman wasn’t found easily. Mr. Nyman managed to do a comeback after a band meeting this fall. He explains: “Sometimes life throws you around and you have to make a decision. That’s only to find out later on that it was a big mistake. I’m lucky as hell to have such amazing band comrades, such as the guys in Ghost Machinery. Now’s the time to concentrate on our third album.”

Their third album is titled Evil Undertow. Cover artwork looks amazingly good and the recordings are nearly done. After finishing a few guitar parts and solos and wrapping up the vocals it’s a done deal. The release date is somewhere in the near future but it unfortunately won’t be this year. The album will be released via German label Limb Music.

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OZZY Statement On ‘The Daily Mail Online’ 9-11 Story

October 13th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

“Firstly, I never spoke to ‘The Mail Online.’  Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create ‘The Mail Online’ story [about 9-11].   I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel.  Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone–that was never or would ever be my intention.  You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It’s another life lesson learned.

My representatives have asked ‘The Mail Online’ to pull the piece, but of course, they’ve refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant ‘The Mail Online’ put on the story.

Love and peace to everyone.  May your God go with you.”

–Ozzy Osbourne

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SLASH: World On Fire Receives Critical Acclaim

October 13th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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SLASH and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators–who unleashed their Top Ten new album WORLD ON FIRE late last month to worldwide acclaim– have now ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio with the album’s hell-raising first single and title track. The new album marks SLASH’s third straight album to debut in the Top Ten and clocked over 12 Top Ten debuts around the world. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the video HERE.

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy” will air as a 90-minute concert special for broadcast exclusively on national television via DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Channel 239)  on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 8 p.m. Presented by musician retailer Guitar Center,  the full rock concert was filmed in 4k and 5.1 surround sound and features songs spanning SLASH’s storied career including material WORLD ON FIRE as well as Guns N’ Roses material.

Both the new album WORLD ON FIRE and the band’s explosive live performances are garnering SLASH some of the best critical acclaim of his career from media worldwide. Check out a sample of the critical reaction for the live shows and the album:

Orange County Register “Slash, known for his guitar work in Guns N’ Roses and the supergroup Velvet Revolver, as well as his more recent solo career, showed up on stage with a wide grin. He was decked out in his signature black leather top hat and mirrored aviator sunglasses, and loyal devotees that were pressed up against the stage got an up-close-and-personal look at his mesmerizing finger work. He made it look effortless as the band launched into the opening track, ‘You’re a Lie.’ While Kennedy did 90 percent of the vocal work, bassist Todd Kerns stepped up to the mic and impressed during two songs, Slash’s solo cut ‘Doctor Alibi’ and Guns N’ Roses ‘Out ta Get Me.’ There were times when the already small venue seemed to get even smaller as Slash, who was 100 percent in the moment and in his element, would lean out into the audience and start shredding just inches from their happy faces. Beads of sweat dripped from his hands and off of the various Gibson Les Pauls he beat up during the set and the double neck guitar he brought out for ‘Anastasia.’ The band delivered an extended and powerful performance of GNR’s ‘Rocket Queen,’ and it was certainly a memorable moment when Slash walked to the very front of the stage, stood up on the amp, hoisted his guitar up on his knee and dug into ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine.’ Fans roared along to Velvet Revolver’s ‘Slither’ and after a quick break the band returned to encore with a very rowdy and rockin’ ‘Paradise City.’” (Sept. 24, 2014)

Loudwire “The hometown hero started his journey at the legendary Troubadour for a sweaty, packed, no holds barred performance that left those in the crowd rocked to the core and wanting for more. The headlining act was welcomed with a carnival-like soundtrack before launching into the show opener ‘You’re a Lie.’ ‘Nighttrain’ followed, giving audiences their first of several Guns N’ Roses classics of the night, while ‘Halo’ and ‘Standing in the Sun’ kept the momentum going and the energy high. It was six songs in before Slash and his band tackled the new material, but ‘Stone Blind’ was a solid choice to lead off with as the track was met with a rousing reaction and no noticeable drop off from the crowd. After ‘You Could Be Mine,’ Kennedy turned the vocals over to bassist Todd Kerns for a pair of tracks — ‘Doctor Alibi’ and the GN’R classic ‘Out Ta Get Me.’ The band chose this night in West Hollywood to provide the live debut of ‘Wicked Stone’ off the World on Fire album and this blistering song turned into an all-out jam with the crowd responding in kind. ’30 Years to Life,’ ‘Bent to Fly’ and the current single ‘World on Fire’ also provided a great live representation of the newly released Slash album as well. As for the remainder of the set, it was populated with GN’R favorites like ‘Rocket Queen,’ which featured an epic Slash guitar solo, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and the encore favorite ‘Paradise City.’ Other standouts included the Velvet Revolver favorite ‘Slither,’ with Kennedy leading the crowd in fist-pumping and singing along, and Slash’s own standouts ‘Starlight,’ ‘Anastasia’ and ‘By the Sword.’”  (Sept. 24. 2014)

Guitar World “…as a diverse record that covers a multitude of musical feels with a rawness and energy that’s reminiscent of Slash’s early work with Guns N’ Roses. Make no mistake about it: World On Fire is not a solo project. It was recorded by a band with all four members contributing their strengths as a whole.” (Sept. 2, 2014)

Premier Guitar “With his current band, it appears Slash has found something he’s been looking for: a band that ignites together…This chemistry comes through on the group’s new album ‘WORLD ON FIRE.’ With its cohesive sound, this naturally flowing collection of 18 barnburners provides a foundation for Slash’s extraterrestrial, high-flying tones and extensive soloing.” (August 2014)

The Sun (U.K.) “The title track is an energetic rock anthem filled with the unmistakably jagged bluesy riffs and solos from Slash’s guitar. Other highlights are the unstoppable ‘Wicked Stone’ and the more mellow ‘Avalon.’” (Sept 20, 2014)

Guitar Player “The group [Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators] is now three albums into their career, and its latest, WORLD ON FIRE (Dik Hayd)—tracked as usual on analog tape—features some of the warmest-rock guitar textures, most dimensional and contrapuntal guitar arrangements, and most downright killin’riffs Slash has ever delivered. It also features camaraderie, chemistry, work ethic, and to use a rhythm section term, gelling that Slash-after paying more than his share of drama dues with those other two bands-certainly deserves. In Kennedy, Slash has found a lead singer who not only kills both the new stuff and the old, he also shows up to soundcheck on time. Guns, Revolver and Snakepit were all cool, but Slash now playing huge crowds under his own name, and playing the music he wants to, has finally found his real dream band.”  (Cover story, Oct. 2014) “delivered a brash, ballsy, and brilliant seventeen-song slab in the form of World on Fire. Slash’s third solo album feels like a new beginning not only for the guitar god, but for rock music as well.” (September 15, 2014)

Sunday Mail (U.K) “…A high octane ride.” (Sept 21, 2014)

The Times (U.K.) “’Safari Inn’ is a heavy-duty, axe-wailing instrumental off new album ‘WORLD ON FIRE.’” (Sept 20, 2014)

WORLD ON FIRE 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 (released on Slash’s own Dik Hayd International and distributed through Caroline), 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.”

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HEAVEN & EARTH In Studio With New Band Lineup

October 13th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Coming off last year’s acclaimed album Dig and an enthusiastically received 17-date 2014 European concert tour, HEAVEN & EARTH–who masterfully fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical–are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) for 2015 with a new lineup. The Los Angeles-based band’s heralded musicians Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist) and Joe Retta (vocals) are now joined by Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals) and Ty Bailie (keyboards).

Stuart Smith, an England-raised protégé of Ritchie Blackmore, is excited to share this news about the new HEAVEN & EARTH album (title and release date are TBA) and line-up. He says: “Joe Retta and I couldn’t be more excited that Quarto Valley Records are once again behind us and that we have Lynn, Kenny and Ty on the new album. The writing chemistry between us is great and we have about 20 good ideas in the pot so far which we’re working on. I think it’s going to be Heaven & Earth’s best album yet.”

HEAVEN & EARTH’s new line-up includes:

Kenny Aronoff, among the world’s most in-demand session drummers, will bring his tremendous drive, enthusiasm and creativity to HEAVEN & EARTH. In the mid-80s, Kenny began to develop an enormously successful career as a studio musician and went on to tour worldwide with artists including The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Styx, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Gibbons, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, and many many more.
Seasoned bassist/vocalist Lynn Sorensen–who’s been Paul Rodgers’ long time bass player and backing vocalist for over 10 years and moved over to Bad Company with Paul when he reformed Bad Company in 2008–is excited to join the band: “As a long time fan of Heaven & Earth it is an honor to have the opportunity to play with them. The Dig album simply blows my mind,” says Lynn.
Established B3 player/first-class keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning progressive jazz duo Ego Band USA, Ty Bailie brings his exceptional talents to HEAVEN & EARTH. Ty’s diverse talent and love of all things music has lead to him performing with a myriad of musical icons including: Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the M.G.’s), Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Robbie Robertson (Bob Dylan, the Band), Wanda Jackson, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Ann Wilson (Heart), Ace Frehley (KISS), Counting Crows, Soundgarden, Yes and Tool, among others.
HEAVEN & EARTH connected strongly with music audiences on their 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way. The band will return to Europe next year when they play the Vasby Festival in Stockholm, Sweden July 17-28, 2015.

“Those in the venue witnessed a very special show in an intimate setting and such an opportunity won`t be available for long as the band are destined for much bigger venues.” (Metal Express Radio)
“What a Night!…On the evidence of this performance, you should move on Heaven & Earth, not to miss them!” (Rocktopia)
“Heaven & Earth may well have delivered one of the best shows of the year….A very special show by a hugely talented band” (The Newcastle Chronicle)
“The highly acclaimed quintet from Los Angeles have a created a fusion of Blues and Hard Rock with a touch of classical which contains everything you could wish for…power anthems, ballads and melodic rock rub shoulders in a rather potent mix” (The Bolton News)
HEAVEN & EARTH’s last album Dig (released this past April on Quarto Valley Records) was produced by Dave Jenkins–who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power—and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto). HEAVEN & EARTH’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “No Money, No Love” and its controversial video which has logged over 500,000 view and can be viewed here: Click here to stream Dig.

The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock’s most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH’s first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000). HEAVEN & EARTH’s groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garnering Smith the award for “Best Guitarist” and “Best New CD” for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.

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The Haunted – Interview with Marco Aro

October 12th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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 The Haunted went through a real member turmoil a few years back when three of five members decided to depart the band. However, the band was rescued as two new old old members returned to the fold and a new guitarist was recruited to the ranks as well. The Haunted returned back to the daylight after being on the edge with the strong and pretty furious EXIT WOUNDS album. sat down and talked to the singer Marco Aro about his return to the band, working on the new album, and finally, a little bit about Swedish thrash(?).

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NUBIAN ROSE ‘Mental Revolution’, Artwork, Track Listing Unveiled

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Swedish hard rockers NUBIAN ROSE will release its new album, titled “Mental Revolution“, on November 24th via Cargo Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mattias Savage Wil, all photos by Tallee Savage for Savage Beauty and can be seen below.

The album was produced by Christer Åkerlund, engineerd by Jakob Herrmann, mixed by Tobias Lindell (HEAT, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Avatar, Mustasch), recorded at Top Floor Studios & Bohus Sound and mastered by Mats “Limpa” Lindfors (Crashdïet, Scorpions, Dan Reed, Treat) at Cutting Room.

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Blastfest Is Expanding

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Blastfest has accepted the challenge and has delivered! It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.

And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veteransGehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!

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