MD has obtained rare audio of late great guitarist Dimebag Darrell (PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN) jamming at Z-rock radio station on Nov 1, 1990 in
Dallas, Texas. By request Dimebag cranks out some Slayer riffs and does not disappoint. You will also hear brother Dime take his stab at ZZ TOP
and MOTLEY CRUE.
Live at Fiddler’s Green
December 8, 2012
Review and Pics by InfamousButcher
New York Death Metal masters Suffocation (Suffo) are still skinning and incinerating audiences alive some 24 years after their formation! While putting the finishing touches on their new slab of brutality PINNACLE OF BEDLAM, which will be out in February 2013, Suffo decided to give the hardcore fans in Stamford, Connecticut a special intimate VIP show at Fiddler’s Green. For $30 a ticket, in addition to a killer show in a tiny venue, fans could hang out with the band before and after the show! How cool is that?!? Even though I live 3 hours from Connecticut, when I saw this advertised on Facebook I knew right away it was a must see! Tonight would be my 5th Suffo show and I was pumped!
The eighth full length studio album from veteran German heavy metallers SACRED STEEL, titled The Bloodshed Summoning, will be released on February 16th, via Cruz Del Sur Music.
The Bloodshed Summoning is the first album produced together with producer Bart Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER, LONEWOLF, JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR), and will be released as limited edition vinyl LP, CD with three bonus tracks (including THE MISFITS cover song) and digital download.
The Bloodshed Summoning tracklisting:
‘Storm Of Fire 1916′
‘No God / No Religion’
‘When The Siren Calls’
‘The Darkness Of Angels’
‘The Bloodshed Summoning’
‘Under The Banner Of Blasphemy’
‘Crypts Of The Fallen’
‘The Night They Came To Kill’
‘Join The Congregation’
‘Journey Into Purgatory’
‘Doomed To Eternal Hell’
CD Bonus Tracks:
‘Perversions Of The Scriptures’
‘Unbinding The Chains’
‘Dig Up Her Bones’
Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing’s Steel Mill is now promoting gigs in in Birmingham and the Black Country under the banner The Future Of Heavy Metal according to Shropshire Star.
His first show will be at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on May 16, followed by a gig at The Asylum in Birmingham the following day.
The shows will feature Black Country band HOSTILE UK, with MORAY FIRTH, LEFT UNSCARRED and UNDER BLACKENED SKIES.
Downing said he was moving into rock promotion with Bridgnorth-based music guru Dave Coleman, who has been involved in the industry for many decades.
He said: “The Black Country and Birmingham are known as the home of heavy metal and now it’s time for the next generation to step up to the plate. In some ways, it has been difficult for other bands to fill the void. Back in the 70s and 80s the Black Country and Birmingham produced so many good rock bands, from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Judas Priest and even Slade.”
Hostile UK features bassist Alex Hill, son of Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill. K.K Downing produced the band’s debut album.
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine, who last year revealed his “birther” opinions on a Canadian talk show, saying he doubted President Barack Obama was born in the United States, has thrown his weight behind yet another conspiracy theory — this time involving “chemtrails.”
The “chemtrail” conspiracy theory holds that some trails left by aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by various government officials. This theory is not accepted by the scientific community, which states that they are just normal contrails, short for “condensation trails,” as there is no scientific evidence supporting the chemtrail theory.
In two separate tweets on Saturday (January 5), Mustaine wrote: “Shame on the pilots spraying the grid lines in the once beautiful skies of San Diego. Shame, shame, shame! It’s aluminum oxides & barium salts. They know what their cargo is. Only a fool or an accomplice would argue the unarguable. #chemtrails”
Mustaine made headlines last August when he said on stage during a concert in Singapore that Obama was behind recent shooting rampages near Denver and Milwaukee. He continued his diatribe by wondering where he was going to live “if America keeps going the way it’s going, because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America.”
Long-running German metallers HELLOWEEN are offering up track-by-track commentary of their entire new album each day for the next 13 days. Straight Out Of Hell, is due for release in North America on January 22nd.
Check out the first track description, ‘Nabataea’, below:
Helloween recently released the official video for the first single from Straight Out Of Hell. The six-minute opus for ‘Nabataea’ develops on several levels, including 3-D animation at motion picture level. The legendary kingdom Nabataea provides the atmospherically dense reference for the strong first release from Helloween’s new album.
Helloween have documented how this future could look like, or rather sound like, on Straight Out Of Hell. It’s a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, to let the facts speak for themself: 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all Helloween fans, due to the different songwriters Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Grosskopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner.
Weikath: “Straight Out Of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before. 7 Sinners was recorded more or less in the wake of Gambling With The Devil, while the new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only a little less doom bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener’s ass.”
Helloween’s guitarist is referring to tracks such as ‘Make Fire Catch The Fly’, ‘Far From the Stars’, ‘Church Breaks Down’, the title track (written by bass player Markus Grosskopf), and the straightforward ‘Years’ – all of them racing through the terrain at full speed. In addition, there is the complex and passionate ‘Burning Sun’ by Michael Weikath, which Deris refers to short and sweet as “one of Weik’s highspeed masterpieces” (the limited edition will feature a special Hammond version in memory of DEEP PURPLE’s recently deceased organ player JON LORD). ‘World Of War’ by Sascha Gerstner convinces with thrashy guitar riffs, demonstrating Helloween’s impressive virtuosity.
Deris: “What’s so special about this band, is the fact that we were always allowed to do anything we wanted, or – even if we allegedly weren’t – did it anyway. Even the at the time slightly tabooed The Dark Ride initially earned us negative reviews, but ended up with multiple Gold Awards. That’s the kind of freedom you feel on Straight Out Of Hell as well – we didn’t let anybody or anything put pressure on us.”
But Helloween wouldn’t be Helloween if Straight Out Of Hell would not feature the band’s other, slightly more groovy side as well. With ‘Waiting For The Thunder’ Deris has – in his own words – contributed “a rock song reminding of the old PINK CREAM 69 tunes”. Gerstner lets off steam on ‘Asshole’ and complements the album with “Hold Me In Your Arms”, a wonderful ballad, providing the desired antithesis to the otherwise extremely energetic record. Speaking of energy: the determination that has always been an integral part of the Helloween camp was captured perfectly by their producer Charlie Bauerfeind at the band’s own MiSueno studio in Tenerife. Bauerfeind consciously created a raw sound, keeping the edge of Helloween’s new songs and working without computer-controlled devices.
“With a world-class drummer like Dani Löble in the studio you don’t need click tracks or computer support”, Markus Grosskopf praises his drummer. “Thanks to Dani, the whole album breathes pure authenticity, which distinguishes Straight Out Of Hell from lots of other artists’ productions. In addition, the new album sounds more compact and homogeneous than 7 Sinners has, and is one of the fastest releases in Helloween’s history.”
Also, there are significant differences in a number of topics Helloween tackle on Straight Out Of Hell. The best example of the ability to think outside the box of pure metal cliché is their first single release ‘Nabataea’, which Helloween’s singer wrote during a holiday. The song is about the legendary kingdom, located in today’s Middle Eastern region, where the first real democracy existed over 3000 years ago. The secret Nabataean city Petra, hidden behind a cliff scenery and only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, is the origin of many myths and legends.
Deris: “We took the liberty to tell this exciting culture’s whole story, although the song therefore lasts more than seven minutes. Truth be told, if there had been more to tell, the track would have been even longer.”
Straight Out Of Hell tracklisting:
‘World Of War’
‘Far From The Stars’
‘Waiting For The Thunder’
‘Hold Me In Your Arms’
‘Wanna Be God’
‘Straight Out Of Hell’
‘Make Fire Catch The Fly’
‘Church Breaks Down’
Limited Edition bonus tracks:
‘Another Shot Of Life’
‘Burning Sun’ (Hammond version) – dedicated to Jon Lord
The Hellish Rock Tour in 2007/2008 featured HELLOWEEN and their very special guests GAMMA RAY, which played 95 shows in 34 countries and left ecstatic metal fans in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America in their wake. Hellish Rock Tour Part II has been announced and will start in February 2013 in Europe and go around the globe, once again featuring Gamma Ray.
Dates for Russia and Japan have now been confirmed. They are as follows:
1 – Moscow, Russia – Arena
2 – St Petersburg – Kosmonavt
5 – Tokyo, Japan – ZEPP
6 – Yokohama, Japan – Blitz
7 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya AX
9 – Osaka, Japan – IMP Hall
10 – Nagoya, Japan – ZEPP
Previously announced dates for Europe, featuring SHADOWSIDE as support, are as follows:
The sympho black metallers RIUL DOAMNEI have released an official video to encompass their new digital EP, A Christmas Carol. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel and featuring iconic singer CADAVERIA, the new Orchestral Metal Opera in eleven movements makes Christmas ghosts linger on indefinitely into the New Year.
Turn off the lights, put on your headphones and let the haunting begin…
Bloodbound – Interview with guitarist Tomas Olsson
Interview by EvilG
Bloodbound – Band Photo (2012)
One of the better releases from 2012 was Bloodbound’s IN THE NAME OF METAL. The album brought to mind such bands as HammerFall, Dream Evil, Accept, and other classic heavy metal. I recently had the opportunity to pose some questions to guitarist Tomas Olsson about the band, their latest album, and upcoming plans…enjoy!
“Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.
“With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.”
ANTHRAX – Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna
After a long and successful run as guitarist for the legendary thrash metal act ANTHRAX, Rob Caggiano has decided that it’s time to move on and focus on his other passion: producing records for the time being. Already an acclaimed rock and metal producer, Rob has amassed a long list of production credits working with acts such as CRADLE OF FILTH (on their Grammy-nominated classic Nymphetamine), THE DAMNED THINGS, and JESSE MALIN to name a few. Rob’s production work on the most recent Anthrax studio album Worship Music received high recognition, as the track ‘I’m Alive’ received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rock / Metal Performance.
Being a member of the mighty Anthrax for the better part of the last 12 years is something that Caggiano is of course very proud of. This was not an easy decision to make.
“I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that’s an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott, Charlie, Joey, Frankie (and John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn’t change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I’ve met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music! In this day and age, being a musician isn’t always easy -also an understatement- but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally ‘out for blood’ after all these years is a testament to this band’s longevity and conviction! I’m truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy.”
With this new direction, Caggiano very much looks forward to getting back to producing/recording/writing again in the immediate future.
“I can’t wait to get back in the recording studio again! Over the years, I’ve been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands/artists from Anthrax and Cradle Of Filth all the way to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist. BTW in case anyone was wondering after reading all of this, I do FULLY intend to get back out there on the road very soon in some way shape or form… it’s in my blood! Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @RobCaggiano for any and all updates on what I am up to.”
2013 is shaping up to be a landmark year for Canadian stalwarts Voivod. Not only will the band mark their 30th anniversary early in the new year, they will release their latest album, Target Earth, not long after that on Jan. 22. It will be their first studio album to feature “new” guitarist Dan “Chewy” Mongrain – also of Montreal tech metallers Martyr – and cement the return of prodigal “blower” bassist Jean-Yves “Blacky” Thériault, who left Voivod after 1991′s Angel Rat.
Both have been performing with the band since 2008, when Voivod were asked to play their first shows after the death of guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, who passed away following a brief battle with colon cancer in 2005. At the time, frontman Denis “Snake” Belanger and drummer Michel “Away” Langevin were unsure if the band would indeed carry on, but one thing led to another and five years later here they are. Along the way, Voivod issued Infini in 2009, with ex-Metallica bassist Jason “Jasonic” Newsted who helped relaunch the band in 2002, utilizing the last of the guitar parts Piggy had recorded prior to his death.
The last year or so has seen the pace pick up for Voivod, with the band curating the Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands – at which they played two sets, one of which featured a performance of the Dimension Hatross album in its entirety – a headline tour of Europe last fall and a series of dates opening for Neurosis in the states, all while working on material for Target Earth. With the new album imminent, and a wish-list that includes a lot more touring as well as writing for another album in the year ahead, Voivod are looking to make the most of the opportunities that are still coming their way.
On the phone from Montreal, Langevin spoke about Voivod’s long, somewhat checkered, career, their ability to bounce back from incredible adversity and the road ahead for one of metal’s weirdest, but most inventive bands.
“Around for almost 30 years now, Germanys biggest thrash metal export, KREATOR, have proven to be a persistent, innovative and unstoppable force. And they have stepped it up another level for their return to the UK and Ireland.
Three years have passed since KREATOR headlined in the UK, so we are extremely stoked to announce the thrash-titans return in April 2013, bringing their ‘PHANTOM ANTICHRIST’ tour to the UK and IRE.
Mille Petrozza (Vocalist/Guitarist) comments;
“Finally we are coming back to play 3 selected shows for our loyal fans in the UK! We will bring our 3D tour production to give you the full KREATOR treatment. Support acts will be announced in the next few days, so stay tuned. Also, we are looking forward to play for all our Irish fans again, it has been quite a while. Our promise to you is a TOTAL MASSACRE!”
After an extensive European trek in support of their latest, critically-acclaimed, record, ‘Phantom Antichrist’, this awesome 3D stage-show is an experience that UK and Irish fans should be prepared for… this isn’t a normal show, this should come with a warning sticker!!
Check out their latest video for ‘Civilisation Collapse’ for a taster:
THRAW, the Slovenian thrash metal machine released the first single from their upcoming full-length album scheduled for release in 2013 on Metal Tank Records. The song entitled “Doomsday Code” can be heard exclusively by visiting ROAD RAYGE (link: bit.ly/TpA3pO) or on Metal Tank Record’s official SoundCloud profile at https://soundcloud.com/metaltank/thrawdoomsdaymaster3mp3
Bassist Casey Orr (MINISTRY, RIGOR MORTIS, GWAR) has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the passing of MINISTRY and RIGOR MORTIS guitarist Mike Scaccia:
“How do I say goodbye to Mike Scaccia? How do I say goodbye to my best friend, my bandmate, my songwriting partner, my mentor, and yes, sometimes my tormentor? How do I say goodbye to such a unique and amazing talent, taken away from us far too soon? How do I say goodbye to someone I loved and admired, who enlightened me and inspired me, and made me believe that anything was possible? How do I say goodbye to my brother? How do I say goodbye to someone like Mike Scaccia?
“I can’t. I won’t. I don’t have to.
“Mike Scaccia will live forever.
“Mike Scaccia lives on through his wonderful children and his beautiful wife, Jenny. He lives on through his family who were always his biggest cheerleaders. He lives on through his bandmates and all the musicians that had the honor of working with him over the years. Those of us who got to experience the full range of his musical capabilities. We, fortunate few, who knew, who REALLY knew, just how truly gifted he was. He lives on through his friends and his fans, and he will live on through the next generation of guitar players who will no doubt discover and be inspired by him and continue to push the boundaries of the instrument that he loved so much. He will live on through each and every one of us that he touched, because he was much more than just a brilliant guitar player. More than the just the coolest motherfucker I ever knew. He was a genuinely good guy. He had a way of making anyone feel like an old friend. He was accessible and would talk to anyone who wanted to talk. Especially if the subject was guitars. We hear story after story from people who met him for the first time after a guitar clinic, saying the same thing: ‘Mike talked to me for 45 minutes after his clinic, talked to me like he knew me, suggested records to listen to or guitar players to study, gave me a fresh pack of strings and told me to go home and practice my ass off.’ He was just a cool dude! And he didn’t have a big ego. He wasn’t a competitive guitar player. He wasn’t out to be the best. Never claimed to be. He just loved the guitar and the guitar loved him right back. He wasn’t flashy. He didn’t showboat. But he didn’t have to. His abilities were the flash and his hands were the show. You could always tell who the guitar players were in the audience, because they were all standing in front of Mike with their jaws on the floor and their eyes glued to his hands. It truly was just that amazing to behold!
“Of course, Mike wasn’t perfect. None of us are. He traveled some dark roads in the past and he went through some dark times. But he never gave up on himself and he came back into the light and continued his journey, wiser and more humble for his experience. He fought his demons and he won. And for the last decade or so, he steadily hiked back up the mountain, concentrating on his family, and really enjoying his work and all of the people he worked with.
“And, most definitely, Mike Scaccia will live on through his music. He left behind some classic records as well as a whole lot of unreleased stuff. Not filler to be included to stretch out some best-of package, but albums worth of incredible music, that I, as a fan, sincerely look forward to being released someday, so the world can finally see the depth of his talent and enjoy the beautiful music he created.
“I am honored to be able to say that I have been Mike Scaccia’s bass player for 30 years. Privileged to get to watch him play the things very few people ever got to see. The little riffs and things he would play at practice or just warming up. STONES, Johnny Cash, DEVO, cartoon songs, ‘Jessie’s Girl’, just whatever. He had a rare gift, in that any tune he could conjure in his head, he could instantly translate to his hands and guitar. No searching for key or the notes. It was effortless. Instinctive. Freakish. It was awesome!
“And I am honored to be able to say that I have been Mike Scaccia’s friend for 30 years. Privileged to share all the things that life throws at you. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. We laughed a lot.
“We had our own language that only a band of brothers could understand. A weird, movie reference twin-speak that would drive our wives or girlfriends crazy, because they had no idea what we were saying or why we were laughing like idiots.
“It’s really hard to say goodbye to Mike Scaccia. It hurts deeply. It’s such an enormous loss to all of us and to the world. Such a tragic and shocking and unexpected passing of a man who was already a living legend. And we’re all so very very sad. We will continue to shed tears for our loss for some time to come, and I for one will not apologize for a single one.
“We lost one of the greats. An unpretentious rock star. An incredible and one-of-a-kind talent. One of, if not the, greatest rock and roll guitar player of our time. And I say that without reservation or hesitation.
“On December 22, 2012, Mike Scaccia died. But he died doing what he loved. He died with his boots on and with his current favorite Les Paul in his hands. He died onstage, playing with his brothers, the guys he started his career with, playing to his hometown crowd, surrounded by the people who loved him most and who he loved. He died with happiness in his life. He died playing the guitar. How rock and roll is that?
“So, yeah, I can’t say goodbye to Mike Scaccia. I’ll just say ‘so long,’ you beautiful motherfucker. We’ll meet again one day on the other side and you can show me that new riff you’re working on.
“I love you, Mike.”
MINISTRY/RIGOR MORTIS Guitarist Michael “Mike” Scaccia