Heaven and Hell Records will be releasing all the North Carolina False Prophet material on CD early in 2013. As one of the next releases in the Lost Relics collection.
Formed in the late 1980s False Prophet would quickly become one of North Carolina’s leading metal bands and one of the East coast’s most fierce thrash/death metal acts of the early 1990s. Their first self-titled demo released in 1989 gained them promising attention in the underground. But it wasn’t until the release of their full-length ‘Second Death’ in 1991 that the band began to gain mass critical praise from critics and peers. Many of whom saw False Prophet as the next Morbid Angel. Read the rest of this entry »
A lot is brewing in the world of The Reticent. New members added to the live show, a free EP, and the next full-length.
Recently, The Reticent recruited former Oracle guitarist Robert Kerns as the new resident lead guitarist. This has allowed The Reticent to again return to the stage and begin playing some select live dates.
Fans of the band were quite excited to hear from mastermind Chris Hathcock that there are not one but two albums in the works this year.
The first is an EP of unique interpretations of some yet to be disclosed cover songs. The EP will be titled “Artifice” and will be made available for free (!) via download through Heaven & Hell Records’ website for a limited time. Said Hathcock, “I wanted to do something where I could explore some lesser known songs I enjoy and take some more well known songs and rearrange them. I’m not at all interested in covering bands that The Reticent is already compared to nor covering anything that is already in the ‘progressive’ sphere.
It’s far more interesting to step away from expectation and explore, in my opinion. I think a lot of people will be surprised by some of the tracks on the album and hopefully they won’t be too awful to listen to.”
After finishing off a very eventful past year of promotions for their previous album release, Bilateral, acclaimed Norwegian progsters LEPROUS entered the studio to start recording their next album after wrapping up their “European Progressive Assault” headlining tour in September/October 2012.
This new album is entitled Coal, and it will be released on May 20th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via InsideOut Music.
LEPROUS singer/synth-player Einar Solberg comments about the release:
“With our upcoming album ‘Coal,’ I feel we are one step closer to a personal expression. Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne were the producers of this album, together with LEPROUS. They helped us a lot with reaching the full potential of the songs, and the album would not be equally good without their expertise. Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren @ Fascination Street Studios mixed the material and have made this album shine like nobody else could. I see less interest in defining music than in creating music, but I will give a short overview on what to expect… ‘Coal’ is a more melancholic and darker album than the more playful ‘Bilateral’. By darker I don’t mean more aggressive, but more severe. There is still a big range in the dynamics, but no jumping between different moods within a song. We cannot wait to show this album to the world!”
Check out a studio-video from the drum recording sessions for Coalhere.
Death metal behemoths SIX FEET UNDER are back, and with the seething UNBORN, the tenth full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band are returning with an overhauled line up that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral music they have ever put their name to.
Pure Grain Audio will be hosting the third single off of UNBORN, “Neuro Osmosis”, starting today! Listen HERE
In November of 2010 when vocalist and founding member Chris Barnes first started to get the idea of working with new writers for SIX FEET UNDER’s next release, he contacted Rob Arnold, Jari Laine, and Ben Savage to share in the writing process. After just two years of writing and recording 20 plus tracks, and releasing UNDEAD in May of 2012, SIX FEET UNDER are now proud to unveil UNDEAD’s demented fraternal twin…
UNDEAD proved to be one of SIX FEET UNDER’s most critically acclaimed albums to date, and with a revamped and tour-hardened lineup rounded out by: guitarist Ola Englund, drummer Kevin Talley, bassist Jeff Hughell, and long-time guitarist Steve Swanson, UNBORN promises to elevate the band to even loftier heights.
The lyric video for Zombie Blood Curse, the first track to be loosed from UNBORN, is streaming now at metalblade.com/sixfeetunder. While there, fans can also pre-order their copies. Head over to Metal Hammer Germany at metal-hammer.de for the exclusive world premiere of
Prophecy, Six Feet Under’s second single off of UNBORN.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Last week following two Japan performances, Taiwanese extreme metal group Chthonic joined fans in Tokyo at Rockaholic (bar-rockaholic.jp) for a live battle of the band’s new mobile music app game “CHTHONIC – Rhythm Crusher.” Fans from all around the world were invited to join the festivities via the game’s online ‘Vs. Mode,’ with the winning fan in attendance taking home a brand new iPad Mini. Chthonic fan, Satoshi Mukaide, took home the grand prize, despite losing the final match to Chthonic vocalist Freddy Lim.
Said Lim, “When I’m playing ‘Rhythm Crusher,’ I can feel the energy from the music even more! I think that’s why I’m so addicted to it.”
Chthonic continues to battle online against fans every day. The band members can be identified by their personal screen names: FreddyLimTT, dorisyeh0919 and Jessefilth, so be sure to keep an eye out for the chance to battle the current “Chthonic – Rhythm Crusher” World Champion, vocalist Freddy Lim!
INSTINCTS is the upcoming album from Costa Rica-based melodic metal band Sight of Emptiness, and tells stories based on the region´s flora and fauna; the richest wildlife imaginable.
The album focuses on nature, and its gravest threat: mankind. Songs are based on animals, insects and natives. Lyrics explore two different perspectives: animals´ lifestyle in their environment, and humans not being able to respect it and co-exist with them.
PASSION tells the story of tropical birds: they fly free in the skies, but feel a deep unease about their future; they´re afraid that one day they might end up confined in a cage just to satisfy humans desire to have total control over everything around them.
As we are getting close to PAINTROPY release date, our YouTube channel is featuring the lyrics video for 18.104.22.168., the first song from the album made available online: http://youtu.be/UAYsO2xPu_0
Some reporters from the most important Italian metal portals could listen to the full album at the Octopussy Studios: their flattering studio reports have been published on Metalitalia.com, Metal.it, Metallus.it, Truemetal.it and Heavy-metal.it The show for PANTROPY release party has been scheduled for April 20th 2013 at Rock’n'Roll in Rho (MI, Italy), and more live dates will be announced soon. Read the rest of this entry »
Beyond the Shore have landed the opening slot for a portion of Veil of Maya’s upcoming headlining tour! The Canadian Forgiveness Tour begins April 28th in London, ON with Beyond the Shore confirmed through May 4th. Additional supporting acts on the tour are The Contortionist and Glass Cloud. The entire list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more still to be announced.
Beyond the Shore will also be joining Shai Hulud on tour in March-April, as well as appearing on the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA. Beyond the Shore is scheduled to perform at the fest on Sunday, April 21st.
Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters, ARSIS, have revealed the cover art and track listing for their upcoming fifth full-length album, Unwelcome. Artwork was handled once again by longtime collaborator Mark Riddick. The follow up to their 2010 release Starve for the Devil, will be released on April 30, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast records.
“So, we’ve had Unwelcome finished for quite some time now and we are happy to finally be able to share the finished product with everyone,” commented founder and lead guitarist/vocalist James Malone. “As a band/musician, it’s sometimes difficult to separate yourself from your work and visualize how others are going to interpret your work. In other words, it’s sometimes hard to know whether or not your ideas are relevant to anyone but yourself. With Unwelcome, we certainly put all of our everything into the writing and recording and stopped paying attention to what’s trendy or what we think might appeal to a larger audience. In doing so, I feel we have created one of the most sincere ARSIS albums and perhaps one of the most relevant.” Read the rest of this entry »
Amidst the plethora of extreme punk, hardcore and metal acts to come from within the underbelly of Philadelphia’s thriving music scene comes a bold new name to the progressive metal genre, in the form of SURGEON.
A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, SURGEON propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album Angry Guest at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Their energy and attitude carries through both in the studio as well as on-stage, a feature that has helped the three seasoned musicians become known across the Philadelphia region, with SURGEON having shared the stage with Stinking Lizaveta, Howl, Black Cobra and others.
The program of Comedy Meets Metal Benefiz-Open Air on 22nd of June 2013 in Naturtheater Steinbach is now complete! Benefited will be the “Albert Schweitzer Förderschule in Hildburghausen”.
Every year a facility gets supported by CMM which gives a chance to kids that did not have a good start into life – no matter if they are mental or physical disabled or ill or hit by domestic abuse. In a society where the right is on the side of the stronger the weak and the children bite the dust!
These three acts complete the festival:
Bembers (with guest performance of the Masserfaggers)
The complete billing looks like this: DORO BEMBERS LETZTE INSTANZ MARKUS KREBS KISSIN` DYNAMITE FAT KING KONRAD MACBETH MATTHIAS MACHWERK MOLLLUST M.I.GOD.
The aftershowparty is presented by PAUNCHY CATS The Rock´n´Roll-Bar in Lichtenfels!
The whole festival for 35€!!! Normally, this is the price for a solo-concert of Doro. More value for money is nearly possible. Get your tickets here: http://www.queens-of-metal.com/shop
Cathedral‘s The Last Spire will be released in North America on April 30th, 2013. Recorded at Orgone Studios in London, produced by Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings with assistance, mixing by Jamie Gomez Arellano, and art by Dave Patchett and Arik Roper, The Last Spire will stand as the band’s final effort. The first single to be released, Tower of Silence, can be heard now at metalblade.com/cathedral.
And lo, Lee Dorrian, mouthpiece of Cathedral for 23 years, doth solemnly intone the death rites of this mighty British metal Titan. Born in the dying days of Thatcher’s Britain, bonding over then-unfashionable, obscure names like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, Trouble and Dream Death, Cathedral’s sole ambition was to record a demo tape. In fact they revolutionized doom metal, first pushing their influences into new avenues of grinding extremity, then pioneering groovier forms of ’70s-indebted stoner doom.
Lee Dorrian adds:“When the last mix was finally done, there was a massive sense of relief. I think this was partly due to the fact that it meant Cathedral could finally be put to rest but also because we felt we’d done something that we were all very pleased with. I feel comfortable leaving The Last Spire as our legacy.” Dorrian continues, “The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.”
Read the full bio, written by Chris Chantler, at metalblade.com‘s Cathedral artist page HERE.
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS RAINBOW LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 ON 2CD, VINYL, AND DVD
~FEATURING CLASSIC LINE-UP OF BLACKMORE, DIO, AND POWELL~
~APRIL 30, 2013~
On April 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rainbow: Live In Munich 1977 on 2CD, DVD, and 2LP [Pre-book Order Date April 5, MSRP $34.98 2LP, $17.98 2CD, $14.98 DVD]
Captured during the band’s 1977 European tour, Live In Munich is the only full live concert ever filmed with the classic Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio/Cozy Powell classic line-up. With newly remastered sound, this is also the first time this complete concert is available on vinyl.
Rainbow was the brainchild of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, created in 1975 after his departure from Deep Purple. A string of hit albums ignited immediate success, which persevered until 1983, when Blackmore disbanded the group (and re-joined Deep Purple). Featuring the line-up of Blackmore, Cozy Powell (drums), Bob Daisley (bass), David Stone (keyboards), and premiere Rock and Roll vocalist Ronnie James Dio, the excitement in the air during this night was electric. This might be due, in part, to Blackmore’s late arrival to Munich just before the concert, after being smuggled out of Austria after trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier. This seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly
The DVD includes original promo videos for “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Gates Of Babylon,” and “L.A. Connection,” a photo gallery, slideshow with audio commentary, interviews, and the “Rainbow Over Texas ‘76” feature, which includes additional interviews and performance footage. Truly, Live In Munich 1977 is a brilliant showcase of the primal electricity of Rainbow.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
As posted by Iron Maiden to their official Facebook page:
“We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.
Steve Harris said “This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.”
Bruce Dickinson adds “I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family”
As Maiden fans all know, Clive joined Maiden in 1979 and performed on the first three albums Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number Of The Beast (1982). Prior to that he was a member of Samson, the band Bruce fronted before he too joined Maiden.”
Clive Burr (born 8 March 1957, East Ham, east London, died 12 March 2013) was a member of Iron Maiden from 1979 to 1982.
Avven have announced another leg of their tour, including gigs in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The tour will start with two concerts in their homeland (Slovenia) and continue with shows all around Poland, finally concluding with an appearance at BeltineFest, which is a more and more established Czech metal festival in Prague and Brno (CZ).