May 27th finally saw the release of Altered State – the 2nd studio album by TesseracT and one of the most exciting albums to come out this year.
Shortly before the album was officially released, TesseracT went on a short UK tour to promote the new material. On 16th of May, the tour came to an end at the London’s O2 Academy Islington where TesseracT guys were joined on stage by Enochian Theory and The Algorithm. Read the rest of this entry »
Acle Kahney – Guitars
Ashe O’Hara – Vocals
Jay Postones – Drums James Monteith- Guitar
Amos Williams – Bass
@ O2 Islington Academy
Interview by Anna Dumpe
Just moments before TesseracT take to the stage at the O2 Islington Academy in London, we met up with the guitarist James Monteith to talk about their new album Altered State, which was released on May 27th, 2013, via Century Media Records. Read the rest of this entry »
Just before Finntroll take the stage tonight, I managed to pop onto the Finntroll tour bus to catch-up with Mathias ‘Vreth’ Lillmåns [vocalist] and Madon ‘Routa’ Karlboms [Guitarist] before the last of a handful of exclusive release shows, promoting their latest full length release ‘Blodsvept’.
They ponder alcoholic accompaniments as they discuss the creation of ‘Blodsvept’ and the bands policy of remaining as unpredictable as possible!
WHITE WIZZARD have confirmed the first dates for a European headlining tour, which kicks off on September 27th in Brighton, England.
The band will be hitting the road in support of their new studio album, THE DEVILS CUT, starting off with a string of shows in the UK. The band will then be moving on to continental Europe, with dates due to be announced soon.
WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman JON LEON comments:
“We are very excited to get back over to Europe. Giovanni and I have worked hard to get a solid line-up of guys that will actually tour and stick it out and to make White Wizzard a stable entity for the fans. We appreciate all of our fans being so patient and supportive. What we have now is a line-up that has been together over a year that is very dedicated and serious. The fans will finally get to see the five guys that recorded the album and we promise we will not disappoint.
“This is only the beginning as we are already writing the next album and we are hungry to finally see the band through to its intended vision. If you dig the album, just wait until you see this group of guys live. We are on a mission in its first stages and we hope you come along for the ride. It is going to be a blast!!!”
STEEL PANTHER’s Spreading The Disease tour came to a close on the final day of the third annual Rocklahoma concert festival May 26th in Pryor, OK.
It was the first bus tour in the United States for Steel Panther and 88 Miles West were invited to sit in the back of the bus for a chat with Stix Zadinia (drums) and Lexxi Foxx (bass) to talk numerous things such as Lexxi’s ability to communicate with birds and makeup tips, while Stix puts on a show and offerssome driving advice. Plus, there’s a scoop on the new record.
Tampa, Florida’s The Absence has announced the official release of their new single, Oceans. The Absence, throughout three releases for Metal Blade Records and several years of touring in support, has been carried by an enormous swell of ups and downs in the extreme. Those who remain to begin the next stage of this voyage have grown stronger both as a group, and individuals as they have ridden the ebb and flow. There is a new dawn on the horizon for The Absence, a chance to head in new directions with fresh philosophies, music, and a renewed commitment to cause a blinding wake that will cut through the storm, which threatens to capsize even the bravest of ships. The single has opened to an amazing and supportive fan response and is now available for download and stream via the group’s Bandcamp page, iTunes, Amazon, and most stores and streaming sites around the world. Read the rest of this entry »
Assembly member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored Chuck Billy, an Antioch resident and the vocalist for Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, on the State Assembly floor for the positive influence he has made in the Native American community and on the general public.
On January 14, 2013, Chuck Billy earned the distinction as the first Native American entertainer to be permanently featured in the memorabilia display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chuck was also among those recognized in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibit, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture.
“The world of music is inhabited by creative and talented individuals whose work enhances the quality of life for all who are fortunate enough to have entered their sphere of influence,” said Jim Frazier. “Not only does Chuck Billy embody all of these admirable qualities, he also personifies the strength and enduring spirit of Native Americans.”
Chuck Billy, a descendent of the Pomo Native Americans, was born in Oakland and spent much of his youth on the Hopland Indian Reservation north of San Francisco. He is best known as the vocalist for TESTAMENT, where he plays several songs including “Trail of Tears”, “Allegiance”, and “Native Blood”, in honor of his ancestral lineage.
ANTI-MORTEM, Nuclear Blast Entertainment’s recent signing, will be embarking on their inaugural tour of the U.S. and Canada as support for headliners Holy Grail. The stretch of 28 shows will launch on June 19th in San Diego, California and end with the band’s debut in Hollywood, California on July 26th at The Whisky.
“Destroy,” a new heavy-metal instrumental single by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Sepultura, Sebastian Bach) can be downloaded now for free from the Zombie Squash facebook page in advance of its June 17th release date at iTunes & Amazon.“Destroy” was written, performed and produced by Roy Z and is the first single from the upcoming soundtrack for the free iOS and Android game Zombie Squash which stars the voice-talents of George A. Romero, the iconic director of “Night of the Living Dead.”
RIVAL SONS will be trekking around Europe for a month in support of their latest album, HEAD DOWN, including a number of festival appearances and headlining shows, as well as three shows with rock legends KISS.
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, recently completed an official music video for the song “The Wanderer” with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, DREAM EVIL, MNEMIC). The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Circle, which was released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. “We’ve had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always,” commented the band. “See for yourselves – for us, it’s one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we’ve done so far! Enjoy & keep rocking!” The video will premiere online next Tuesday, June 11. In the meantime, screenshots from the shoot can be found attached below.
I AM I have now been confirmed for an Acoustic performance at 2.40pm on Sunday on the Jagermeister Acoustic stage at Download, as well as their electric show at 19.55pm later that evening on the Red Bull stage.
They are also doing a promotional/signing session along with States Of Panic at the Metal Family stall out in the Zippo arena on Saturday, 2.45 to 3.45pm. This is to promote the Headbangers Balls tour on which both I AM I and States Of Panic will be playing, of which all profits are going to the Teenage Cancer Trust so not only is it going to be fun, it’s for a good cause too!
It’s going to be a cracking weekend and we hope to see you there!
In just a little over a week, Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion VREID will take their sonic mayhem to North America alongside headliners Melechesh. Set to commence June 16 in Los Angeles, California, the long-awaited roadside assault includes over two weeks of live devastation, concluding in Brooklyn, New York on June 30. Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies.
BLACK SABBATH will mark the release of their new 13 with a special live event the day of the album’s release (Tuesday, June 11). All three members Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler will participate in the Black Sabbath Town Hall via Google+ Hangout streamed live on YouTube and Google+ and broadcast Live On Ozzy’s Boneyard On SiriusXM at 7:00 PM (ET). Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler will appear from the live event at Angel Orensanz Foundation, For Contemporary Art, with Tony Iommi beaming in from Birmingham, England, while 13 drummer Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) and Jack Osbourne (who directed the clips to launch the album) will join live face-to-face via Google+ Hangout from Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by comedian Jim Norton (a host on Ozzy’s Boneyard and a co-host on The Opie & Anthony Show on SiriusXM).
Viewers around the world will join the celebration here, the event will also air live on Ozzy Osbourne’s SiriusXM channel Ozzy’s Boneyard, via satellite on channel 38, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
Black Sabbath will premier their new video, for the 13 album track, ‘God Is Dead?’, on June 17th.
With the band’s much-anticipated 13 album less than a week away, the entire album is now available as a free stream via iTunes.
WITCHES MARK the self-professed “Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death” hailing from Austin, Texas have completed work on their “Witching Metal Ritual” full length, due to be released through Heaven and Hell Records on July 15th, 2013
“Witching Metal Ritual” is currently available for Pre-Order at a special introductory price of $8.99 (US) Follow the link to secure your copy!
“Witching Metal Ritual” features eight tracks of uncompromising metal glory blending elements of thrash, speed, doom, black, and death while anchoring their overall sound firmly within the framework of traditional heavy metal.
Co-Produced by WITCHES MARK and Stuart “Batlord” Laurence (Agony Column/Ignitor) with mixing and mastering duties handled by Brendon Bigelow (Ignitor/Death Of Millions) “Witching Metal Ritual” features a stunning post-apocalyptic inspired album cover courtesy of Yannick Bouchard of Illusory Dreams.
Metal fans can also expect a number of exciting guest appearances on ‘Witching Metal Ritual” including Ross “The Boss” Friedman (Manowar/Death Dealer/The Dictators) Jack Starr (Virgin Steele/Burning Starr) Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Watchtower/Ignitor/Broken Teeth) and Martin Debourge (Damien Thorne/Head Transfer Process)
The four band members of WITCHES MARK recently commented on their new album WITCHING METAL RITUAL in a string of interviews with the underground metal press.
“When people think of the U.S. they don’t think of the traditional metal, they think of Britain, Germany… But the United States had Manowar, they had Virgin Steele, they had Slayer… Tons of bands that really were the best out there and that’s what we wanted to showcase on our album because we are American as well.” bassist Andy Gonzalez stated in an interview with SA Musicians Talk Show Radio.
When asked in an exclusive video interview with Robb’s Metal Works to describe what metal fans can expect to hear on the band’s new album “Witching Metal Ritual” vocalist and guitarist Robb Bockman had the following to say “I’d best describe it as a bunch of dudes that love metal and we just play what we wanna fucking hear. It’s a celebration of metal.”
“Definitely energy, power and attitude…Gotta make a statement, you know?” stated drummer Scott Palmer in an interview with Slayed In Oregon. Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams added “We were able to bring a heavier, meaner, darker sound.”
“Witching Metal Ritual” will be released in Enhanced-CD format and will also include bonus video content including a music video for the album’s title track.
In late 2009, Heaven and Hell Records released “A Grim Apparition” the debut EP from WITCHES MARK