TÝR will be joining Children of Bodom on their “Halo of Blood over North America” tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14th in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at SHOWstubs.com. General tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 8th at 10:00am local time.
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Airbourne with Black Spiders
@ Limelight, Belfast
21st October 2013
Review by Melanie Brehaut
Photography by Paul Verner
If you look in the dictionary under the term ‘rock n roll’ there’s a pretty good chance that there will be a picture of either of tonight’s acts. Sheffield’s Black Spiders and Melbourne, Australia’s Airbourne have both recently released new albums (‘This Savage Land’ from BS in September of this year, while Airbourne revealed ‘Black Dog Barking’ in May), so pairing up to tour again was a bit of a no-brainer, particularly as their previous tour was so successful.
at The Black Heart, London
10th October 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Sabrina Dersel
On the 10th of October 2013, a London based technical thrash metal band Hybris threw a party to celebrate the release of their debut album Heavy Machinery that’s out now via Candlelight Records.
Hybris are five determined and talented musicians who’ve previously taken part in such bands as Centurions Ghost, Son of Science, Abgott, Uncaused Creation, Reverse Split, Scar Divine, Hannibal and Iron Knights, but now have put their heads together to record an album that’s heavy, ambitious and technically challenging.
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at The Garage
October 12th 2013
Review by Becky Brown
Photography by Graham Hilling
I didn’t know what to expect walking into The Garage; it is a small but very nice venue, and from my experiences, the smaller the venue the better it is for a band to interact with the crowd, and each band that performed tonight did just that.
With Nige Rockett – Guitarist
Interviewer Becky Brown
Photography Graham Hilling
We caught up with Main Guitarist Nige Rockett before their live performance at the Garage…
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Wind Gap, PA, October 11, 2013
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
For nearly 30 years, Florida death metal pioneers Obituary have been crushing us metalheads with low tuned grinding guitars, slow grooves, and John Tardy’s best in the fucking business growls and groans! Over the past year the Obit guys have toured the US with the Carnival of Death Tour and then the rest of the world with the Rotting Slow Tour, solely playing classic material from their first 3 albums (SLOWLY WE ROT, CAUSE OF DEATH, THE END COMPLETE). Luckily for us North American fans, while working on their 9th studio album Obituary decided to hit the road in Oct for their Northeast American Tour and give us another ghoulish dose of legendary death metal! When it was announced Obituary would play in Wind Gap, PA, I almost shit! That’s close to home for me! Put on the black t-shirt and shit kicker boots and let’s fucking do this!
Madness at the Core of Time Tour 2013
GWAR violates the House of Blues in Hollywood!
Friday 18 October 2013
Review and pics by Metalette
I should have worn a white t-shirt to the GWAR show last Friday. It would have been such a nice tie-dye job.
I knew I was in for something special when I saw how crowded the House of Blues already was before the first band even started. The first two or three rows of fans – and many others scattered throughout the venue – were wearing white t-shirts. Of course it didn’t look very metal at first with all these people wearing crisp white tees, but these fans knew what they were doing. It was going to get messy.
KILLER BE KILLED: New Project Featuring Max Cavalera, Greg Puciato, Troy Sanders and David Elitch Signs With Nuclear Blast Entertainment
KILLER BE KILLED has aligned with Nuclear Blast Entertainment to release the group’s debut record in 2014. The mystique-fogged collection is the result of writing sessions, creative and philosophical conversations and an eventual studio lockdown in Los Angeles. All of this has been heretofore hidden from the public, save for interview tidbits that relentlessly drove the heavy music community’s anticipation to a fever pitch.
KILLER BE KILLED is comprised of guitarists Max Cavalera and Greg Puciato, bassist Troy Sanders – all of whom share vocal duties – together with drummer David Elitch. The album was produced/mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA, STEVE EARLE).
“It’s a bit of SABBATH-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk,” Puciato explains, searching for the right words to describe something defiantly unique.
“This is a very special project. It’s a one of a kind thing, with a lot of potential,” asserts Cavalera. “The album is a mix of heavy, fast and melodic songs.”
MOTÖRHEAD Launches Extra-Special Prize Giveaway – Win a MOTÖRHEAD Motocross Helmet Today, Exclusively via Revolver Magazine!
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180 Gram Vinyl Version in Stores October 29th!
Y&Ts first concert in Sweden, at SRF 2003, remains one of the most lauded in the festival’s history. So what could be more appropriate than Y&T coming to SRF 2014 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations? It was in 1974 that the band was formed by, among others, singer/guitarist Dave Meniketti. Their original monicker Yesterday & Today was abbreviated before the release of their third album “Earthshaker” (1981). This was in turn a milestone in hard rock, combining power and melody in equal measures. Efforts like “Black tiger” (1982), “Mean streak” (1983) and “In rock we trust” (1984) confirmed the band’s stature. In the 90s Y&T folded twice, and returned permanently in 2001. Sadly, bassist Phil Kennemore succumbed to cancer in 2011, but Dave Meniketti and cohorts found the strength to move on even after this devastating blow.
More info at www.swedenrock.com
Bloodgod debuts with EP ‘Pseudologia Phantastica’; First studio release from new Dutch death metal band
Bloodgod is a new death metal band from Utrecht, the Netherlands, featuring (ex-)members of Hymir, Cenotaph / Player (Slayer tribute band) and Nuestros Derechos / Agents of Entropy.
On November 2, 2013 they will release their debut EP ‘Pseudologia Phantastica’ at the Big Ass Metal Fest part 2 in their hometown Utrecht.
Feast of Metal (that rogue medieval/metal music festival) was a beloved and enthusiastically welcomed new addition to the local metal scene in 2012. It featured sword fights, delicious food and drinks, a metal market place, dark art exhibition, competitions and prizes and of course, some incredible metal music. We decided that with responses such as “Same time next year? Shit was fucking awesome!”, and “Great event even for a quasi-metal fan. Helmets off to the chef.”, we just had to run this festival again. Read the rest of this entry »
When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians
immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock’s all-time
legendary – and influential – guitarists. The result was some of music’s most
renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27)
and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening – which will now make its
official DVD release on December 10, 2013, ‘Concert for Ronnie Montrose – A
Celebration of His Life In Music.’
TESTAMENT – Interview with guitarist Alex Skolnick
By Peter Atkinson
Promo photos from https://www.facebook.com/testamentlegions
Live Photos by Arto Lehtinen
I realize Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick was the subject of an interview for Metal Rules two months ago, but I was originally set to speak with guitarist Eric Peterson about their new CD/DVD Dark Roots of Thrash and the current state and future plans of the band. But our scheduled interview didn’t happen – as sometimes, well, happens. Two subsequently rescheduled interviews with vocalist Chuck Billy ended up being re-rescheduled because of, well, scheduling difficulties. So, eventually, the ball fell into the lap of Skolnick, but this time things went off at the appointed time – albeit it 7:30 on a Friday night – and without any hitches. Whew!
Since Skolnick’s recent interview here focused primarily on his new book, Geek To Guitar Hero, I largely steered clear of that subject and stuck to things Testament – as well as some of the other projects the busy guitarist has on his plate, notably his jazz trio. And, despite a cold that sounded a lot worse than he let on, Skolnick, on the phone from Brooklyn, N.Y., was able to provide some fresh perspective on Testament, who marked the 30th anniversary of their formation as Legacy this year, where things might be headed after this and offer a few words on the recent passing of one his thrash guitar contemporaries, Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman.
So how is everything? Sorry to you got stuck doing this when you should be settling into the weekend.
ALEX SKOLNICK: Oh, no worries at all. I just got back from a trip and I have a slight cold, so I’m laying low and taking it easy. I’m doing a lot of “green drinks” right now (laughs).
If you don’t mind my asking, where did you travel to?
SKOLNICK: I was just in London, that’s where I traveled back from. I did a short tour of Dublin, London, Scotland and Northern England with my jazz trio.
Eric and Chuck did a DVD preview event out in California, are you doing anything like that back East?
SKOLNICK: Not that I’m aware of. I guess the tour is really what’s gonna hype it up.
Will you be doing any more trio stuff between now and then, or is it time to get back into Testament mode, since the band hasn’t played that many recent shows?
SKOLNICK: The Testament tour is coming up pretty quick, I’m just gonna rest up and get ready for that. I leave for that Oct. 20 and the first show is Oct. 22, so it’s really right around the corner and it’s definitely time to get back in Testament shape. But I think everybody is gonna be on the top of their game. That’s the thing about touring with bands you respect, everybody’s gonna be really up for it.
Your relationship with Lamb of God goes back a ways, but have you encountered Killswitch that much over the years. Are you that familiar with them?
SKOLNICK: I’ve bumped in them. I’m not nearly as familiar with them as I am with Lamb of God because we’ve played a lot of festivals with them and I did a guest solo for one of their albums [the title track of Ashes of the Wake] and their drummer [Chris Adler] – (sneezes), excuse me! – did a guest appearance on one of our [Dark Roots of the Earth] bonus tracks [the iTunes version of “A Day In The Death”], so yeah, we have a pretty good relationship with them. But I’m looking forward to getting familiar with Killswitch. They’re one of the “new faces of metal,” even though they’re not that new anymore, so I’ll be interested seeing what they are all about.
Most of the tours you’ve done over the last few years were with contemporaries from back in the day – Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Death Angel, Overkill – are you excited to go out with the so-called “new breed” this time for a change of pace?
SKOLNICK: Absolutely. It’s been great. We’ve toured with bands from earlier generations, like Heaven & Hell, Judas Priest and Motorhead, bands whowere a few years of ahead of us like Slayer and Megadeth, so yeah, getting to tour with these bands who came later is great. I think it’s gonna open up a whole new fan base. I think many fans of those bands know the name Testament, and some of them will no doubt be familiar with us, but not all of them. So it will be great for them to get a chance to see what we’re all about and hopefully we’ll win some of them over. This seems to be the tour of the fall, from what I’m hearing.
The last time you toured with Slayer, was Jeff Hanneman still with the band?
SKOLNICK: The last time we toured with them I think it must have been one of the last tours that Jeff did, of course no one knew that at the time. He hadn’t developed his health issues so Gary [Holt] wasn’t there yet, he was still going full-time with Exodus, who we also toured with. You couldn’t have known what was going to happen. That was 2010, and it was only 2011 when the Big Four shows happened and he [Hanneman] couldn’t do those, which was such a shame.
You wrote a very eloquent and well-circulated tribute to Hanneman after his death, Testament toured with Slayer many times, but did you really know him that well or was that more to show respect for his talents?
SKOLNICK: I never really knew him well at all. He was very difficult to get to know, actually. And I don’t say that disrespectfully. Even close friends of his said it would take a long time to get to know him. Robb Flynn, a friend of ours from Machine Head, wrote that he’d toured with them like eight times and he still felt like he barely knew him. He kept to himself more. I don’t think he related to many people, that was just the way he was, but he was a towering presence, no question.
I wrote about him more from his reputation, which is tremendous. When you think about the music, the music is great and he is such a part of it. With all due respect to Kerry [King], when you take a look at the iconic Slayer tunes, its Hanneman’s riffs all over it.
I haven’t seen anything about Chuck’s health in a long time, so I’m assuming no news is good news there and his health is good? How’s the rest of the band holding up, since none of you are kids anymore?
SKOLNICK: Yeah, thankfully that’s worked out really well. Chuck’s been much better [after a battle with rare form of cancer in 2001], he’s been in great shape. Everybody in this band, knock on wood, is in relatively good health. I think as time goes on and you realize that you don’t have as much free time as you once had, your perspective changes.
Fortunately, most of us realize that and take better care of ourselves. I was always a lightweight when it came to alcohol and never really developed a taste for other substances, so I think that worked to my benefit. I was taking care of myself early on, and I would get a lot of funny looks, but it seems like now many people are catching up to me.
Testament’s been pretty busy, especially over the last few years, and just about everyone has at least one other band going on the side – notably Gene [Hoglan, drummer] with Dethklok and now, apparently, with Dark Angel again. Are you all finding you are able to balance Testament with the other things you want to do?
SKOLNICK: That’s been the toughest, I think, with Gene. I used to be the thorn in the side, with my trio shows and I was doing Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a long time. I narrowed it down to Testament, my trio and a world music project I’m working on. But I have control over those, so I am able to let the chips fall where they may with Testament, because usually their shows are booked well in advance. Occasionally, there are some curveballs where we get last-minute things like festivals or something. I’m mostly able to work my activities around the Testament schedule.
Eric and Chuck do their side projects [Dragonlord and Dublin Death Patrol, respectively] so sporadically that it never poses scheduling problems. With Gene, it got a little bit easier when he wasn’t playing in Fear Factory anymore, which happened last year. And the Dethklok shows are usually booked far in advance, so we can work around those.
Occasionally, he’ll have to miss a few dates, a friend of ours, Mark Hernandez from Forbidden was able to fill in and it worked out. But with all of us, [bassist Greg Christian rounds out the Testament roster] we really feel like the core lineup and we do everything that we can so the fans get to see this lineup.
If you were still doing TSO, you probably wouldn’t be playing this tour because you’d be out on the road with them, since they tour around the holidays.
SKOLNICK: Oh yeah, I’d have to miss that tour. I would have had to miss a tour with Anthrax the year before, I wouldn’t have been able to do a tour my trio did with Rodrigo y Gabriela the year before that in Europe. It was a great experience, I definitely valued the experience, but it got to the point where the sacrifice was too much. I couldn’t imagine missing this or any of those other tours I mentioned.
Still, being part of that TSO spectacle must have been pretty cool?
SKOLNICK: It’s a spectacle to be sure (laughs). It’s definitely something else. On the other hand, that’s one of the reasons why, for me, I felt it was time to focus on projects that were about music and the musicians. It’s fun to be part of a huge production like that, but sometimes it feels like it’s more about the production and the wow factor it can give the audience than the music itself.
Was the band tempted to go a little overboard with the production for the show you filmed for the DVD, or did you want it just to represent what a genuine Testament show is like?
SKOLNICK: Yeah. We just wanted to capture the show we were doing and the tunes that we were doing, at that time. Who knows, it would be nice if things build and maybe we can do a little bit more production that’s on a level that can compete with some of the bigger shows, but we also didn’t feel the need for it. The music speaks for itself. The crowd is a big part of the show, and the crowd speaks for itself, and the whole experience is captured. So I think that works out well.
Compared to the last DVD, Live in London, which was filmed in a pretty small place and really had no stage production whatsoever, you can certainly get a feel for how things have grown for the band since then?
SKOLNICK: Sure. That first DVD was meant to capture a moment in time that might not ever happen again – the classic lineup from the first couple albums with Louie [Clemente] playing drums, even though it was only for part of the show [John Tempesta played for the other half of the show]. And we weren’t real sure where things were going to be headed afterward as far as the band goes. This one captures us at the height of our second life, if you want to call it that. And there’s new material in there, and stuff from the albums that came after the classic lineup started to fragment, so it captures the entire history of the band. I think the first one was a little more to celebrate the old days, this one’s more about where we are now.
You had a decent break for the summer, have you started doing any writing for new Testament material, or will that come in the new year after this tour?
SKOLNICK: I think that is something we’ll focus on next year. There’s always ideas popping up, any time you pick up the instruments to warm up there’s a chance some random part might come out that just might find its way to an album. I always try to keep the “cassette player” handy (laughs). Nowadays it’s the iPhone or the MP3 recorder, but it’s always there and there are a few ideas on there. I think we’re so focused on the tour and next year will be the time to set aside the time to go through those ideas and see what works and develop them from there and try to get into a routine of coming up with more ideas.
You mentioned the band’s second life, since things seem to be going pretty well are you concerned at all about maintaining the momentum you’ve built over the past couple years, or are you just taking things as they come, given that you’ve also seen the downside over the years as well?
SKOLNICK: You can’t think too much, you can’t overthink and you can’t try to micromanage. You can drive yourself crazy. We’ve already been through this with Formation [of Damnation]. With it having been so long since the band had done an album, could we get together and do an album that people can say they value? And we did.
And also there were questions, I would read about myself online, “Oh, he’s a jazz guitarist now. He can’t play metal.” And I’m not hearing any of those comments now (laughs). OK, so we shut up a lot of people with that, and then the next time it was “well, they’ve done one record can they do another record?” And we come out with Dark Roots [of the Earth] and it was almost in a Top 10 album. So I think it’s safe to say we’re doing something of value.
It is a hard process and there are disagreements along they way and it always takes longer than you think it’s gonna take. It’s a really big endeavor, the process of the first riff being written to having a full musical composition and putting vocals on top of that. The creative process takes a while. But we focus on what we like and we find enough common ground where we can create music that overall, the big picture, we all like it. And that’s the test, otherwise you can go crazy.
I really think we suffered in the early days because there were all these questions where we started out one way maybe we should just be like the old days and not develop. I always thought we should develop because what’s going to set us apart are melodies and hooks, so there were disagreements about direction, what are people going to think? What are the critics going to think? What are the old fans going to think? Now, we don’t concern ourselves with what people are going to think.
Metal fans are very vocal, and more power to ‘em, that’s part of it. There’s a Woody Allen movie, I can’t remember which one, but he meets this space alien who says “Why don’t you make the funny films anymore, like you used to?” And I think anyone who’s gained some level of popularity deals with that, and you just have to push it aside and do what satisfies you first. Because if you try to please everyone else, it ends up driving you crazy or leaves you feeling empty. And if people end up not liking it, well that’s the way it is sometimes. At least you, yourself, can feel good about what you’ve done.
You’re arguably in the position where you could just go out there and play the old classics and people would be happy with it. I don’t know if you’d be happy with that, however?
SKOLNICK: No. I wouldn’t do it. I could never do anything that’s like the nostalgia thing. It’s one thing to do a classic album thing, we’ve done that and a lot of other bands have as a celebration of a significant achievement, and it can be pretty cool. But groups I used to hear on the radio and I see them really doing the nostalgia thing without doing anything new, that doesn’t seem fun to me.
Didn’t you miss the tour where Testament did the whole first album, I think it was when the band played with Megadeth. Glenn Drover filled in because you were out with your trio?
SKOLNICK: Yeah, I was on tour with my trio and Rodrigo y Gabriela, and that had been booked for like half a year, and it was all booked around the original American Carnage tour, Slayer, Megadeth and us. And there was so much craziness because that got postponed because of [Slayer frontman] Tom Araya’s back surgery, but [Megadeth mainman] Dave Mustaine decided he wanted to tour anyway and that’s why Testament did that tour, along with Exodus. That was just one of those things. And it was funny because the tour I did with Rodrigo y Gabriela ended up playing some of the same venues, so we almost criss-crossed a few times. I felt bad about missing that, it was unfortunate, but the Rodrigo y Gabriela tour was amazing.
With all the other stuff you have going, did you ever end up doing any kind of book tour for “Geek to Guitar Hero?”
SKOLNICK: No, I didn’t and I would like to. Like you said, I’ve been so busy with the music tours that it’s been hard to get a book tour together. I would definitely like to. I may, on the upcoming tour, do some appearances. We’re working on that. And then after [February Soundwave Festival dates in] Australia, there’s talk that we may visit a couple other countries out in that direction. Once that’s done, that will be the end of the album cycle. We’ll be going out with a bang.
And then I’ll be busy with some other things. I have a lot of activity coming up at the NAMM show. I have a signature guitar that’s coming out form ESP. We’ll officially be launching it at NAMM, and I’ll be doing some other events for Budda amps and D’addario strings. So that doesn’t leave a lot of time. But I think it would be interesting and worthwhile. It would definitely be something different. So we’ll see what we can do.
The official sites :
From Manuela Kraller
My dear friends and fans:
“From now on I will follow my own musical path without Xandria…let me thank you with all my heart for the 3 years you have been by my side…be sure: this is not the end, it is just a new beginning…forever yours, Manuela”
Press release from Napalm Records follows:
Breaking news from Germany’s top symphonic metal band Xandria: the five piece is presenting astonishing Dutch talent Dianne van Giersbergen as its new singer.