As The Stages Burn! ARCH ENEMY presents their new live DVD taken from their largest stage production to date and unforgettable performance last summer at the WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival in Germany.
This performance marks the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal. It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track. This debut track went on to become the bands most successful video, surpassing 20 million views on YouTube. The release of War Eternal also saw ARCH ENEMY reaching their highest U.S. and German chart positions to date and playing over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined ARCH ENEMY during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support for Nightwish.
The DVD highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! As The Stages Burn is scheduled for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on March 31st, 2017. More details will be revealed shortly, stay tuned.
Exclusive As The Stages Burn release shows with special support from Lacuna Coil and The Haunted have also been announced. Dates below.
ARCH ENEMY exclusive release shows:
03.30.2017 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany *
03.31.2017 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany *
04.01.2017 – Rock in Hell, Colmar, France *
04.02.2017 – Heavy Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
04.04.2017 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen (Hessen), Germany **
04.05.2017 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany **
04.06.2017 -Saarbrücken – Garage, Germany **
04.07.2017 – Durbuy Rock Festival, Durbuy, Belgium **
04.08.2017 – Betiz Fest, Cambrai, France *
04.09.2017 -Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik, Germany **
* with The Haunted
** with The Haunted and Lacuna Coil
German shows presented by Metal Hammer and EMP
ARCH ENEMY Festivals 2017:
02.02.2017 – 70000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL
07.06.2017 – Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
07.14.2017 – Gefle Metal Festival , Gävle, Sweden
08.05.2017 – Ostrava v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
08.10.2017 – Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
08.11.2017 – Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
08.12.2017 – Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Emerging from the vast Canadian wilderness with a ravenous thirst for beer and metal, PROTOKULT, the Eastern European transplants now residing in Toronto, ON are teaming up with Metal-Rules.com for the exclusive premiere of their new single ‘Oy Kanada’.
The band comments:
“Oy Kanada, is a power-folk thrasher that commands headbanging, pillaging and raising a round of the finest Canadian craft beer!. This is our take on a new Canadian metal national anthem: Our beer is better than yours! And tonight…Canadians rule!”
Fearlessly fusing metal subgenres, ‘Oy Kanada’ marks the return of PROTOKULT to the front line after unleashing their third studio recording and 2014 album ‘No Beer In Heaven’, a release that’s an adventurous, heavy and experimental trek, diving into themes of drinking, history and human endeavor.
BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including their Friday night headliner!
Prepare your drinking horns!! Swedish overlords, AMON AMARTH will be sailing their Viking longboat on to the Catton Park shore as Friday night’s headline band! Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares, “What’s up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading BLOODSTOCK! It’s going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!” Get ready for battle and raise your horns with us via their latest video at https://youtu.be/Ndu33Uv7Aco
Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, BLIND GUARDIAN. Their set will be a UK exclusive for 2017. BLOODSTOCK prides itself on being by the fans, for the fans, and are pleased to welcome one of the fans most requested acts to the lineup. If you’re not familiar, you’ve three decades of music to investigate, but why not start with the more recent ‘Twlight Of The Gods’, at: https://youtu.be/Ep1B_aIFPDE
Bay Area thrash beasts, TESTAMENT are set for a Friday slot. With their crushing brand new album, ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’, released just a week ago by Nuclear Blast, check out the awesome video for new song ‘The Pale King’ at https://youtu.be/wkHT86Ei7DY
Hardcore kings, HATEBREED make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday. Check out their video for ‘Looking Down The Barrel of Today’ from current album, ‘The Concrete Confessional’ here – https://youtu.be/eGOr91Wx4DM. Expect firebrand frontman, Jamey Jasta to play ringmaster to some epic circle pit activity, so get your pit skills honed in preparation!
Also landing a spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, WHITECHAPEL, seminal death metallers, POSSESSED and flying the flag for English heavy metal, BLOODSTOCK favourites, HELL.
Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!
VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from 16th December, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets. com/event/bloodstock-2017/ catton-park/1010726/ Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.
Amon Amarth released their critically acclaimed concept album Jomsviking earlier this year. After numerous festival appearances and supporting Megadeth on tour in the US, the band recently embarked on their European headline tour. Guitarist and founding member Olavi Mikkonen was kind enough to talk to Metal-Rules.com before their sold out show in London this past Friday.
Chuck Garric is most notably known as Alice Cooper’s bassist, but what people are starting to find out is that he is also fronting and playing guitar in his own band – Beasto Blanco. On November 25th he and his bandmates; Chris Latham [guitar], Jan Le Grow [bass], Tim Husung [drums] and Calico Cooper [vocals] will be releasing their self-titled CD via Rat Pak CDs. It’s the follow up to their2013 release; Live Fast Die Loud.
Beasto Blanco is a force not to be reckoned with and destine to make an impact on the music industry. Each song is a well crafted story delivered in a unique way to intrigue the mind and create thematic visuals. Songs that are a pummeling mix of energy and the macabre. Their first single is a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Feed My Frankenstein” with a creepy and erotic spin. The album is currently available for pre-order via Rat Pak CDs website at: http://smarturl.it/BeastoBlanco16.
I spoke with Chuck about their new release and how the band is evolving, growing, and finding their own identity.
Calgary, AB’s RED CAIN have teamed up with Metal-Rules.com for the premiere of their playthrough for their first single ‘Hiraeth’ off their upcoming self-titled debut EP set for release on November 25th. The track was written as an anthem to glorious ages past, driven by the band’s Eastern European roots. Enveloped in Slavic mythology and imagery, the track takes the listener into an era where mysticism and sorcery coexisted with sharp steel, pagan hymns, and a still-present yearning for the restless wild. It is a gallop through hidden memories in their blood, and a call to arms from a long-forgotten heritage of renown.
RED CAIN, a powerful, modern melodic metal project with European roots is back on the scene after a two year hiatus and line up change that features orchestration guru William Lancaster along with the talented multi-instrumentalist Rogan McAndrews to join founding band members Evgeniy Zayarny, Nikita Ryzhenkov plus Samuel Royce. RED CAIN is a storytelling vehicle of Faustian sagas and twisted orchestral landscapes – complete with articulate songwriting, heavy, groove-filled instrumentals plus evocative, rich vocals, all creating a memorable and dramatic musical experience.
Metal fans have been waiting for this news for years! Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce that after a 9-year hiatus, the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe – Metalmania, comes back to life! The 23rd edition of this iconic festival will be held on April, 22nd 2017 in Spodek Hall, Katowice (Poland).
Due to the planned surprises, tickets will go on sale on November, 14th, not tomorrow as it was originally planned.
Moonspell, Sodom and Furia have been announced so far. Today, we can reveal names of two bands added to the line-up of Metalmania 2017: Arcturus and Tygers Of Pan Tang. More bands to be announced soon!
Arcturus is a Norwegian heavy metal band formed in 1991. The musicians have experimented throughout their career, extracting influences and incorporating elements from all over the musical spectrum including black metal and classical music. “Arcturian” is their fifth studio album released in May 2015.
More info: www.facebook.com/arcturusnorway
Tygers of Pan Tang, a heavy metal band, part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. They formed in 1978 in Whitley Bay, England, and were active until 1987. The band reformed in 1999 and since then continue to record and perform. Their brand new, self-titled studio album was released on October, 21st 2016!
More info: www.facebook.com/tygersofpantangofficial
It will be one of the most important musical events of 2017, a real treat for metal maniacs worldwide! Metalmania remains true to its formula – one day, two stages, several bands from all around the world and thousands of fans! That’s what Metalmania Festival is all about!
The last edition of Metalmania Festival took place at Spodek Hall in Katowice on March, 8th 2008, with Megadeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Overkill and Satyricon on the bill!
JUST LAUNCHED on Kickstarter – GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON, a blasphemous and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series by shock rock legends GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).
The Kickstarter can be found at GWARKICKSTARTER.COM and it ends in 31 Days.
Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books! Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series? Hell no! There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!
Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.
“I’ve been a fan of GWAR more than half my life,” said writer Matt Miner. “They’ve been one of my very favorite things since someone loaned 16-year-old me a cassette tape of SCUMDOGS OF THE UNIVERSE and my mind was warped for the better. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done aside from punking the Westboro Baptist Church, making them proclaim that my comics will ‘Split Hell wide open.'”
In addition to the main story, every issue contains extras – shorts featuring X-COPS (GWAR’s cult-favorite 1990s side project, lampooning corrupt police) and the follies of SAWBORG DESTRUCTO, GWAR’s fearsome but mostly incompetent nemesis from Planet Scumdogia. Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by BOB GORMAN (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and MATT MAGUIRE (Sawborg Destructo).
To entice pledges on the Kickstarter, the team has come up with a treasure trove of goodies to reward loyal backers. Items range from comics and exclusive Kickstarter covers to limited edition T-shirts, original painted art on drum heads from GWAR themselves, painted baby GOR-GOR character dinosaurs, honest to God STAGE-USED GWAR PROPS, and tons of autographed merchandise, such as posters signed by the entire band, including the late, great Dave Brockie, who graced our puny human lives and made the world a much more fun place as the band’s ODERUS URUNGUS.
Again, the Kickstarter can be found at GWARKICKSTARTER.COM and it ends in 31 Days. So contribute now!
Glenn Hughes, the legendary “Voice Of Rock,” has released the second music video from his upcoming 8th solo album, Resonate. The video for the song “Long Time Gone” is now available worldwide. The music video also features a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, who also played on the track. Chad also lent his talents to the debut single “Heavy” and that video (https://youtu.be/B7P3zt11vQQ) has been viewed over 126,000 times to date. Resonate is scheduled for release on November 4th by Frontiers Music SRL.
Resonate has been receiving critical acclaim from media and fans alike. The album will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. The album is available for pre-order via Amazon (http://radi.al/ResonateAmazon), iTunes (http://radi.al/ResonateiTunes) and Google Play (http://radi.al/ResonateGooglePlay). The single “Heavy” is also available on Spotify at http://radi.al/ResonateSpotify with the full album streaming on release date. Resonate was produced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.
From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, Resonate promises to be a contender for ‘Album of the Year’. The album features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards). In addition, long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), added his drumming skills to the tracks ‘Heavy” and “Long Time Gone.” An EPK talking about Resonate can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JCz34DX40l8
It might well be the most-heavy sounding of his solo albums, but as is his trademark, musical diversity shines through and as Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording, “This album is the first kind of a complete Glenn Hughes album”.
Wacken Metal Battle USA Launch Submissions For One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air
One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads!
Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America!
For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia (more may be announced). The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th.
Submissions for Metal Battle USA will begin October 21st and end on December 2nd at 11:59pm EST.
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals (dates to be determined), selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.
The finalists will be selected as follows by city.
2 Finalists from Boston
2 Finalists from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City
For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:
All bands, that wish to participate in the Metal Battle, must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.
Your band doesn’t have a deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future.
Your band can easily play a 25 minute set consisting of your own songs. (No Covers). Full set performance time is 25 mins.
PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands.
Backline arrangements TBA.
The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.
To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live. Background orchestrations are ok as long as all vocals, guitars and bass are live. Intros / interludes are also ok.
Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.
If a band overruns its allotted performance-time, then the band-members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.
Travel for the winning band to go to Germany is at their own expense and accommodations at the festival will be in the form of camping in the VIP area.
Full professional back line will be provided for performance.