Nightwish drummer Jukka Nevalainen steps aside; replacement for upcoming album/tour announced

August 6th, 2014
by EvilG
Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish

Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish

The below message was posted by the official Nightwish page this morning.

“How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.

For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.

During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.

On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is “just” part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too.

My good friend Kai Hahto will play drums on the forthcoming album. I’m extremely grateful that he didn’t hesitate for a minute when he decided to help us in this challenging situation. What comes to touring, everything is still open, but we will let you know as soon possible what the line-up will be.

If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting.

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”― Eckhart Tolle

Best regards, Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish”

Kai Hahto pictured below in a promotional photo from SMI Music:

New Nightwish drummer Kai Hahto

New Nightwish drummer Kai Hahto

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Church of Misery @Underworld, London 27th July 2014

August 5th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Church of Misery & Guests

Camden Underworld

27th July 2014

Review and Photography by Ashlinn Nash

The underworld is no stranger to having a plethora of bands grace its intimate stage and surroundings with tonight’s focus turning its hand to the doom and sludge variety. Headlining this evening are the cosmically acclaimed Church of Misery mid journey from their homeland of Japan, joining them are home grown attributes ; Slabdragger [from Croydon] and openers ; Wolfshead [from Hampshire].

Church of Misery

Church of Misery

Wolfshead

Wolfshead

Without further a do three-piece Wolfshead [4/5] arrive on stage with a bit of a re-arrangement from this years Desertfest, not only venue wise [having played the Black Heart previously] but also the bands line up shift, moving Leigh from Bass and Vocal duties and putting his raw energy behind the drum kit instead. As a new bassist joined them on stage [Mark Roberts] who brought a new flair and mixed things up a bit while still keeping  a undeniable crunch to the rhythmic section

Wolfshead

Wolfshead

Wolfshead

Wolfshead

The set encompassed their current releases; Self titled EP [released March 2012] or Single “Sword of Fire [released September 2012]. The mood for the set chosen for the evening was heavily focused on making it have a deeper, sludgier sound that resonated around the walls of the underworld and drew attention to their effective stage presence. That re-sparked energy into the crowd that had been worn out by the sun drench of the day.

Wolfshead

Wolfshead

The show from the band over all had punches of chugging riffs, an overall sound that lay somewhere between Clutch and Mastodon having a chance meeting with a tempo warper. Highlights included the doom Ginger Baker drum sounds, clever distribution of vocals ranges over the two front men – similar to that found in the Melvins.

Slabdragger

Slabdragger

Up next are SlabDragger [3.5/5] the luxuriously heavy three piece, who don’t waste any time getting stuck in to their groove. Combining a minimal vocal outage from dual front man Sam [vocals/guitars] and emphasis mainly on Yusuf [bassist and vocalist] to take the wheel.

Slabdragger

Slabdragger

Working through a set that was inclusive of tracks from January 2013 release ; “Regress”. With a punkier edge to the set, there are moments when the new sound doesn’t transpire as well as it could do, but with the occasional burst of flamboyance from the dark depths of sludge-esque vocals from Sam, who has been playing in bands for nearly 15 years and having recorded in over 100 bands is no stranger to making a show work and swiftly makes up for the change within Slabdragger.

Slabdragger

Slabdragger

Overall towards the end of the set the punking up of vocals over a rumbling bass, slow and churning riffs and Godzilla stomping drums seemed to work in favour and created a new sound for the band.

Church of Misery

Church of Misery

Church of Misery [4.5/5] have arrived to a screaming maze of beer and anticipation before them, the band still in the flourish of musical excitement of “Thy Kingdom Scum” [released 2013] they have been globe trotting and alike with fellow bill sharers performed at this years Desertfest.

Church of Misery

Church of Misery

The crowd where ready and willing to be taken on the journey that falls somewhere between history and insane with a set inclusive of such memorable killers as Dennis Rader, whose song “B.T.L” is appropriately titled. As well as Richard Speck’s “Born to raise hell”a track which is the bands most anthem worthy tune. All encased and delivered with a gripping, catchy and energetic performance that captivated the raw sonic propulsion of their message.

Church of Misery

Church of Misery

A set that would not be over without plenty of traumatically unsettling wheers and wizzes, created with vocal alternations, expansive keyboards experimentalism that then broke into slick and well oiled almost clean guitar work, which naturally gained disturbance again with a power play that was a full on celebration of Iommi. By the end of their set the audiences ears where punched, bruised and a little intimated by the sonic delights.

Church of Misery

Church of Misery

There seems to be something of a delicacy with Church of Misery an outfit who combine their corrupt lyrical delights that fall between madness and brilliance and solid enjoyment of the heavy fuzz that can be surroundings for it. Tonight’s gig has been no different with a crowd of old and new fans before them, all leaving with an impression upon them mainly one that involves it being stuck on replay in the minds of every witness – after all they where born to raise Hell!

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NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

August 5th, 2014
by EvilG
Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime

Nightwish – Showtime, Storytime

Finland-based symphonic metal act NIGHTWISH are proud to announce their newly-inked North American deal for the U.S. and Canada via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band’s as-yet-untitled eighth studio album will be the first to feature new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen, who has toured with the band since October 2012.

Expanding the territory of NIGHTWISH’s initial European collaboration with Nuclear Blast‘s HQ in Germany since 2004’s Once album, NBE President and A&R Chief Monte Conner looks forward to the growth of the band’s new line-up:

“It was a pleasure to work with NIGHTWISH at my former label, but now in my new capacity at NBE, I will be more directly involved with the band than ever before.  I would like to thank NIGHTWISH and their management for their continued faith in and loyalty to me.  I am particularly excited at the prospect of hearing Floor Jansen’s debut studio recording with the band. Her performance on last year’s live release Showtime, Storytime completely blew me away and proved why she is the PERFECT singer for NIGHTWISH.”

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Celebrating JON LORD Out September 30

August 5th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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On September 30, 2014, earMusic and Eagle Rock Entertainment will proudly release Jon Lord, Deep Purple & Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord on CD, 2CD, and via digital formats in North America.

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Quake The Earth releasing new video single

August 5th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

QUAKE THE EARTH has released their awaited new video single “The Legacy We Leave”. The band has been busy in writing new material and doing recordings at Mastervox studios. This is the first new treat from Finland’s metallic hardcore avalance since the release of the debute album “We Choose To Walk This Path” in November 2012. CLick to www.quaketheearth.com to check it out!

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Onslaught @ Islington O2 Adademy, London, UK

August 4th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Onslaught @ Wembley Arena, London

20th July 2014

Review by HELeenya

Photos by Inty Malcolm

Onslaught

Onslaught

After a roasting hot day, Sunday 20th July saw some hardcore fans heading up into the heat of Angel to the O2 Islington for the London leg of the “THRASH INVASION TOUR” with the O2 playing host to One Machine supporting Nightlord, Artillery and Onslaught. In this small, intimate venue metal enthusiasts geared up for a full on evening of thrash. And were not disappointed.

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FINAL HEADLINER OF THIS YEAR’S HEADBANGERS BALLS TOUR ANNOUNCED

August 4th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

UK thrash giants ONSLAUGHT have been announced as the final Headliner of this year’s HEADBANGERS BALLS tour. 
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Guitarist Herman Li of DragonForce

August 3rd, 2014
by Metalette

An interview with Herman Li of DragonForce

Interviewed by Metalette

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World-famous British metalers DragonForce are releasing their 6th album, titled “Maximum Overload”! Creating this album allowed the band to push themselves to new limits and evolve in their sound, while still retaining the essence of what the band has always been all about. I had the chance to ask some questions of DragonForce guitarist Herman Li, a founding member of the band.

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The Fenix Tales are back in the studio

August 2nd, 2014
by EvilG

The return of the gothic metal band from Florence (Italy) to the recording studio is expected in September. During this time, the band will be working on its new album that is to be released next year. The band is currently busy with the preproduction of the songs that will be in the new album.

“The new album will maintain the Fenix Tales style, empowered with a stronger energy in both the metal and the classical pieces, combined with a refinement of the sound and of the pictures evoked.”

The release of the new album will be due in the first part of 2015 and it will be available for sale on line.

www.fenixtales.it
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SAVATAGE Reunion Show At Wacken 2015

August 2nd, 2014
by EvilG

savatageThis is some long awaited news by fans….fans who surely hope this is the beginning of something bigger!!! The news was released by Savatage on their official Facebook page today: https://www.facebook.com/savatage

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and SAVATAGE – only live shows in Europe in 2015!

Paul O´Neill and Jon Oliva are coming to W:O:A with their most important projects!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing live on stage at Wacken 2015, followed immediately by a Savatage reunion gig, that also marks their first live performance in over a decade.

Furthermore, these will be the only live appearances of both bands in Europe in 2015!

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MESHUGGAH: NEW LIVE DVD/BLU-RAY DETAILS REVEALED

August 2nd, 2014
by EvilG

Commemorating the 25-year anniversary since the recording of their first EP, Sweden’s extreme musical deviantsMESHUGGAH have announced the artwork and the track listing to their upcoming live DVD / 2-CD release The Ophidian Trek, due out worldwide this fall and also available in Blu-ray.

With visual footage shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany, the live audio was processed & edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed byDaniel Begstrand (MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH), and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors(ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO).

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BELPHEGOR Announces “Voices From The Dark” N. American Headlining Tour!

August 2nd, 2014
by EvilG
BELPHEGOR: "Conjuring the Dead"

BELPHEGOR: “Conjuring the Dead”

Diabolical death / black metal giants, BELPHEGOR, will make their long overdue return to our North American shores with a headlining tour this Fall! Joining them on their raid of conquest and blasphemy dubbed the “Voices From The Dark” 2014 tour, is a cornucopia of the finest metal miscreants the world has to offer. The kings of atmospheric blackened avant-garde metal, ROTTING CHRIST (Greece), as well as BEHEADED from Malta and SVART CROWN from France, will all play their part in making each show a night to remember. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wovenwar: stream the entire debut album online now

August 2nd, 2014
by EvilG

Wovenwar is streaming their debut self-titled album now on http://metalblade.com/wovenwar/! The album, which Revolver Magazine heralded as “more multifaceted than anything by As I Lay Dying”, and Decibel Magazine added that “Wovenwar sounds confident, vital, and even liberated on this splendid debut, will released in North America on Tuesday, August 5. Visit http://metalblade.com/wovenwar/ to stream the album and pre-order your copy! Read the rest of this entry »

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ENTHRALLMENT prepare for South American tour;  working on a new album

August 2nd, 2014
by EvilG

The death metallers from Bulgaria released their 4-th album “The Voice of Human Perversity” in February this year. Now they are working on a new full-length album and they’ve signed with new booking agent from South America “Villa Metal”. Enthrallment are preparing for a tour in the beginning of 2015. The tour will cover most countries on the continent. More information will follow.

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Heliosaga’s debut release is finally ready; Towers In The Distance to be released in August

August 2nd, 2014
by EvilG
Heliosaga is excited to announce the long awaited debut “Towers In The Distance” available August 22nd worldwide via digital and CD formats.

Heliosaga is excited to announce the long awaited debut “Towers In The Distance” available August 22nd worldwide via digital and CD formats.

Heliosaga is excited to announce the long awaited debut “Towers In The Distance” available August 22nd worldwide via digital and CD formats.

The anticipated album is rooted deep in European tradition, combining the best elements of power, symphonic, and gothic metal. Drawing comparisons from such bands as Xandria, Delain, and Leaves Eyes.

The name Heliosaga is a metaphor derived from helios, the Greek word for sun, and saga meaning the story/ history; thus, Heliosaga represents the journey of life.

“Towers In The Distance” lyrics are deeply personal, and the primary themes revolve around the state of the world, mortality and the personal struggles that all encounter. Mixed by Michael Hansen (Phonomik, Chainfist) at Phon Studio and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Epica, Volbeat) at Hansen Studios. Bass guitar tracks were recorded by Chad Novell (Fibonacci Sequence) and a guest guitar solo was performed by Gilbert Pot (Elegy).

Heliosaga was founded in 2010 by Damien Villarreal (keys/guitar) in San Antonio, Texas, soon after joined by Jordan Ames (drums). By September of 2010, the line-up was complete and the first practices were held. The ensuing year would see a five song demo, the first shows and various line-up changes. In 2012, Chelsea Knaack joined as lead vocalist and the band recorded the single “The Light of Ardor”, which was released in January 2013. Shortly before the recorded single was release, the band relocated to Minnesota and continued the writing process.

A lyric video for A Tower So Tall can be enjoyed here:

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