HOWL: Rhode Island Riff Manglers To Level North America Next Month

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG

Rhode Island riff manglers HOWL will bring their sonic excess to the streets this Summer on a near month long headlining tour. Set to commence on July 20th in their hometown of Providence, the New Noise Magazine-sponsored trek will storm its way across the country, coming to a close on August 17th in Portland, Oregon. Support will be provided by label mates Lord Dying.

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DARKFALL publishes video for “The Gods Await”

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG

The Austrian Thrash/Death Metal band DARKFALL publishes a youtube-video including live sequences for “The Gods Await”. The song is taken from their new album “Road To Redemption” which was released in the end of May by Noisehead Records.

To watch the video follow this link:: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4z1-5GChEfY

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DARKFALL official Homepage

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DREAM THEATER – RELEASE EXCLUSIVE IN STUDIO PHOTO GALLERY

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG

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Dream Theater have released an exclusive 18-shot photo gallery from the making of their self-titled album, which will be available everywhere September 24! Three shots are above, and you can see the whole set right here!

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SAVAGE MESSIAH plan to enter studio on July 1st

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG

SAVAGE MESSIAH have confirmed plans to enter the studio on July 1st to begin recording their as-yet untitled new studio album.

The band will be working on the follow-up to 2012’s PLAGUE OF CONSCIENCE with producer SCOTT ATKINS (SYLOSIS, BEHEMOTH) at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, having already worked with him on the band’s last two albums.

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Guitarist Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA) new interview

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG
KIKO LOUREIRO - Sounds Of Innocence

KIKO LOUREIRO – Sounds Of Innocence

Kiko Loureiro is a metal fusion solo guitarist and founding member of Brazilian progressive/power metal band Angra. In this interview Kiko had just finished, the previous night, performing at a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil which was filmed and will be released as
a live performance DVD in the next few months.

Kiko chats about this special concert which featured the 3 different musical styles and chapters in his solo career, from Metal, Progressive and Brazilian fusion music.  The concert also featured special guest performers such as Virgil Donati (Planet X, Allan Holdsworth) on drums.

Kiko also shares his early musical roots, the formation of Angra, his approach to songwriting and soloing, and a lot more.

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LEATHERWOLF launch IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign; reveal ‘Unchained’ cover art by Marc Sasso

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG
LEATHERWOLF (Promo 2013)

LEATHERWOLF (Promo 2013)

California Triple-Axe-Attack metal masters, LEATHERWOLF, have launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign today in support of their current ”Unchained” touring activities, which includes a fall tour of the U.S. with VICIOUS RUMORS and SEVEN WITCHES.

Drummer Dean Roberts states, “We’re taking LEATHERWOLF across the USA playing 40+ shows in cities we never played before and in cities we haven’t been to in a very long time. Hitting the road is a costly endeavor and our fan support through IndieGoGo will help us reach more fans and add even more shows.” The IndieGoGo contributions will go towards advertising, PR, transportation, lodging, and merchandise.

Aside from the usual crowd-funding offerings like signed CDs, posters and T-shirts, LEATHERWOLF is offering fans exciting perks likes private music sessions where a band member will fly to your hometown and spend a day with you giving you private music lessons or to talk shop. Another amazing perk is a custom built LEATHERWOLF guitar, similar to the one used by frontman Michael Olivieri.

The IndieGoGo YouTube video, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/qfWNTQojZyk, also reveals the new “Unchained” cover art by one of metal’s hottest artists, Marc Sasso (DIO, HALFORD, ADRENALINE MOB).

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Jeff Hanneman’s Wife Talks about Jeff’s Depression in new Guitar World Interview

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG
August 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine

August 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine

In the August 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine, Kathryn Hanneman, the wife of late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, recalled the spider bite that he suffered in January 2011 and the resulting infection that ravaged the flesh and tissues of Jeff‘s arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement, depression, and left him near death at several points

Describing the night that Jeff felt a small prick on his arm from a spider bite at a friend’s house, Kathryn told Guitar World that she knew there was something wrong when he walked in:

“He wasn’t feeling well, and he just wanted to go upstairs and go to sleep. Before he did he said, ‘Kath, I need to show you something, even though I really don’t want to.’ And he took off his shirt, and I just freaked out when I saw his arm. It was bright red and three times the normal size. I said, ‘Jeff, we need to go now. We need to get you to the ER.'”

Jeff was intoxicated and refused to go to hospital, but the next morning she managed to get him into the car despite his lack of strength.

“When we got to the hospital in Loma Linda, they took one look at him and they immediate knew what it was, so they took him right in … neither of us thought it would be a life-or-death situation.”

Three hours later, everything had changed.

“The doctor put it in perspective for me. He said, ‘I need you to see your husband. He may not make it.’ The doctor looked at Jeff and told him, ‘First I’m going to try to save your life. Then I’m going to try to save your arm. Then I’m going to try to save your career.’ And looking at Jeff on that stretcher and possibly saying goodbye, knowing that I may never see him again… [pause] was one of the hardest moments of my life.”

Kathryn says she encouraged him to go to rehab to get over the effects of the resting flesh-eating illness, but all he wanted was to get back to playing guitar.

“I couldn’t get Jeff to go to rehab or therapy. I think he was letting the visual of his arm get to his emotions, and it was messing with his mind. It was hard to keep him upbeat at that point. I think he thought he could do this on his own – that he would just to go rehearsal and play, and that that would be his rehab.

“But I think he started to learn, once he tried rehearsing, that he wasn’t playing up to his ability and that he wasn’t able to play guitar at the speed he was used to. And I think that really hit him hard, and he started to lose hope.”

For the rest of this story, plus a Jeff Hanneman poster, order a copy of the Guitar World August 2013 issue at the Guitar World online store.

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s “Everblack” debuts at #32 on Billboard Top 200

June 20th, 2013
by EvilG

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s new album, Everblack,” has debuted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200! The album also landed at #3 on the Billboard Current Hard Music Albums chart (behind Black Sabbath and Queens of the Stone Age). Additional chart debuts include #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums, #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #30 on the Hits Albums Chart. Additionally, the album peaked at #15 on the iTunes album chart, and #2 on the iTunes Metal chart, second only to living legends Black Sabbath.

Internationally, “Everblack” posted debuts on the Canadians charts at #8 on the Hard Music Chart, #30 on the Top Albums chart, and boasted day of release chart peaks on iTunes at #20 on the overall albums chart, #4 on rock, and #2 on the metal chart. In the UK, the album debuted at #25 on the rock and metal albums chart, and #45 on the independent albums chart. In Germany, “Everblack” heralds the band’s first ever debut on the German Album Charts Top 100 at #91, as well as earning the band debuts on the German Media Markt Top 100 Album Charts at #59, and the Weekend trend charts for Media Control Top 100 at #58.

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Roadburn Festival 2013 – Tilburg Holland

June 19th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

Roadburn

The Roadburn festival has become an essential and important festival here in Europe. Even though the festival has been restricted to app. 2500 people, its appreciation is tremendous and praised amongst underground metal fans. What makes the Roadburn festival so popular? Well firstly, it’s bands of course. The festival offers such a diverse line-up covering a wide range of music from underground metal,  psychedelic rock, avant-garde stuff, doom, or any other variation of metal pleasing fans of the music and above all giving a great general atmosphere. Metal-Rules.com had the privilege of visiting the Roadburn festival for the fifth time in a row to see plenty of killer bands, smell the weed and enjoy Electric Wizard being the curator of the Roadburn Festival 2013. The British stoner legends Electric Wizard had picked bands for the special day. In general, the whole Roadburn festival is such an unique concept that wouldn’t work anywhere else. Where else could some relative unknowns play to a crowned venue. Here we come again, here is a brief article on the fest.

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KISS – Drummer Eric Singer

June 19th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Eric Singer

ERIC SINGER

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

WITH COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE

Legendary U.S. band KISS started its long awaited European leg of the Monster tour in Friends Arena, Stockholm on 1’st of June. The band introduced in front of 30 000 fans, its new spectacular stage set called the “Spider”. Two days later, KISS landed in Finland and played a sold out show in the Hartwall Arena. I met the band’s drummer, Eric Singer, the day after the gig at the hotel in Helsinki. Eric was really excited about the new tour and because of his very good mood we then had a long conversation about the Monster tour, the Spider, KISS fan-dom, the future of KISS, and various other topics. Read on !

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BLACK SABBATH Enter U.S. Charts With First #1 Record In Band’s Career

June 19th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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“13” is proving to be a lucky number for BLACK SABBATH.

13 chart entries include:

Canada – #1
Germany – #1
UK – #1
US – #1
New Zealand – #1
Australia – #4
Ireland – #5
The Netherlands – #10
Belgium (Wallonia) – #43
Belgium (Flanders) – #58

Black Sabbath - 13

Black Sabbath – 13

OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER have scored their first-ever U.S. #1 release in the legendary band’s 45-year career with their album, 13.  Produced by Rick Rubin and released June 11 on Vertigo/Republic, the album sold more than 155,000 copies in its first week, 100,000 more units than the #2 album on the Billboard album charts.  The album also topped the charts in the U.K., Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland.  Here are additional Top Five global chart positions, with more to come as international charts are finalized: Australia (#4), Austria (#2), Belgium (#5), and Ireland (#5).

“The news is absolutely amazing–we couldn’t have imagined this would happen,” says TONY IOMMI.  “We have the greatest fans.”

“There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career,” says OZZY OSBOURNE.  “To finally have our first #1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath.  Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty.”

GEEZER BUTLER says, “I’m absolutely stunned. Thank you all world wide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever.”

BLACK SABBATH will launch a much-anticipated 20-city North American concert tour in support of 13.  Kicking off July 25 in Houston, TX, the tour will include shows in Holmdel, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Tinley Park (Chicago), San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto, ON before wrapping up September 3.  The Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will then head to South America and Mexico this fall, with tour dates in the U.K. and Europe to follow this winter.

For more than three decades, rock fans have hoped for the return of the original BLACK SABBATH, but few could have predicted the forceful return-to-form of 13, which was produced by seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer Rick Rubin.  The band that defined the heavy metal rock genre pick up immediately where they left off, delivering eight sprawling songs (five of them are over eight minutes) that possess every ounce of the maniacal vitality of their trailblazing work in the ’70s.  On 13, BLACK SABBATH are joined by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on such epic songs like “God Is Dead?” (the album’s first hit single) and “End of the Beginning” (the new single). 13 is a testament to the enduring relevance of BLACK SABBATH’s long-running reign.

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SABATON – Carolus Rex reaches platinum sales in Sweden!

June 18th, 2013
by EvilG

“As Sabaton we normally write about history, but today those tables are turned and we can proudly say that we ourselves have now become a part of history!

We have just received the amazing news that our album Carolus Rex has now reached platinum sales in Sweden and that we are the only Swedish heavy metal band ever to have done this. So that makes Carolus Rex the most successful Swedish heavy metal album ever!

This is an amazing achievement, a milestone and proof that all the long tours, hard work and difficult choices we have had to make have been the right ones. Our biggest thanks from the deepest of our hearts to all the people who have supported us on this journey. No words are enough for what you have done for us or what we feel today.”

/Sabaton

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TURISAS reveals cover artwork for upcoming album, ‘Turisas2013′

June 18th, 2013
by EvilG

Get ready for TURISAS to paint your town red and black again! The band has now revealed the first details about their upcoming album: Turisas2013 is scheduled to be released on September 3rd in North America (August 26th in Europe) via Century Media Records.

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GENE HOGLAN JAMS ONSTAGE WITH DOWN AT COPENHELL METAL FESTIVAL 2013

June 18th, 2013
by EvilG

Legendary heavy metal drummer GENE ”THE ATOMIC CLOCK” HOGLAN joined DOWN on stage this past Saturday in Denmark at the COPENHELL METAL FESTIVAL 2013 while on tour with TESTAMENT in Europe. During a performance of their classic track ”Bury Me In Smoke” HOGLAN stepped behind the kit to help PHIL ANSELMO and the rest of DOWN bring their set to a close. Back stage pictures and drum cam footage of the performance can be seen here.

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MANOWAR Celebrate The Lord Of Steel World Tour With Live Release

June 18th, 2013
by EvilG
Manowar

Manowar

MANOWAR will release highlights of their Lord Of Steel World Tour 2012/2013 on a live EP, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden.

“From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, The Lord Of Steel World Tour was a terrific experience,” said Joey DeMaio. “Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP,” he continued. “‘The Lord Of Steel Live’ is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it.”

The album will be mixed and mastered at MANOWAR’s own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with long time MANOWAR engineer Dirk Kloiber.

‘The Lord Of Steel Live’ will be released digitally as an iTunes exclusive worldwide on July 9, 2013 and on CD in retail and through www.thekingdomofsteel.com on August 16, 2013.

 

Featured Tracks:

El Gringo

Expendable

Hail, Kill And Die

Manowarriors

The Lord Of Steel

Thunder In The Sky

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