Dan Swano Photo by Erik Ohlsson / Editing by Ragnar Widerberg
It’s with great pride and joy that Century Media Records can announce the signing of a long-term worldwide deal with Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö.
Most dedicated metalheads will not only be able to call themselves owners of certain releases by one Dan’s many outstanding bands/projects (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, etc.), but also the work at his own Unisound studio will surely have left a mark in everyone’s record collection at some point: OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION, MERCILESS, 59 TIMES THE PAIN, DARK FUNERAL, HAIL OF BULLETS, MARDUK, MILLENCOLIN and NASUM, to name but a few.
Swanö has been no stranger to Century Media Records: He was originally involved with the death metal supergroup BLOODBATH (also featuring members of OPETH and KATATONIA), who released the Breeding Death EP as well as the amazing first two albums, Resurrection Through Carnage and Nightmares Made Flesh, via Century Media. Most recently, Swanö has been heavily working again as producer and mixer of albums, including releases by Century Media artists such as ASPHYX, GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT, ODDLAND and MORGOTH.
Dan Swanö comments about the signing:
“It’s been 23 years since I signed my first ever record-deal, but never before have I been this excited…I have now signed with Century Media Records!
I bought the first release from Century Media back in 1989, and it is amazing to see how much the label has grown over the years.
After working with CM for a few compilation CDs and for two and a half albums with BLOODBATH, I knew it would be the perfect home for me whenever I felt like returning to the recording-industry as a performer again.
And now…I am back! With a vengeance!!!”
The first result of the new cooperation between Dan Swanö and Century Media will be the release of his newly founded metal outfit WITHERSCAPE, which sees Dan teaming with another talented multi-instrumentalist, Ragnar Widerberg, to create an intense concept album– which should not only musically please fans of earlier Swanö-works like Moontower or EDGE OF SANITY, but also attract fans of contemporary progressively atmospheric metal in the vein of OPETH, BARREN EARTH and AMORPHIS.
Swanö comments about the upcoming WITHERSCAPE album:
“I have just completed the final mixes of the first album from my new project WITHERSCAPE.
Fans of my ‘Moontower’ album and the catchier parts of EDGE OF SANITY won’t be disappointed!
I sing, both clean and growl, play drums and keyboards. Ragnar Widerberg plays all guitars & bass and has co-written almost all the tracks with me.”
Look forward to a late July 2013 release for WITHERSCAPE’s The Inheritance via Century Media.
Here are some online links to past works involving Dan Swanö:
KATAKLYSM have recruited ex-NEURAXIS drummer Oli Beaudoin to record their new album Waiting for the End to Come and to play the band’s upcoming shows starting on June 30th in Costa Rica.
“Oli played with KATAKLYSM before on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise last year and he did a phenomenal show,” commented guitarist J-F Dagenais. “He is extremely talented , focused and ready to do the job needed. Some of you might be familiar with him from his work with NEURAXIS and session work with KEEP OF KALESSIN and BELPHEGOR. We are very happy to have him on board and he comes with a thumbs up approval from Max as well. We have one hell of a ride in store for you with this new album so let it begin.”
CEREMONIAL OATH – Sweden’s pioneers of twisted melodic death metal – have released their legendary debut album, The Book Of Truth, as a digital download today in North America! To purchase the deluxe re-issue of The Book Of Truth, please visit iTunes or Amazon for a digital download.
Besides the album tracks found on The Book Of Truth, this download also includes all tracks from the super rare demos, Wake The Dead and Black Sermon (on which CEREMONIAL OATH was still performing under the band’s previous moniker DESECRATOR), as well as the two tracks from the legendary Lost Name Of God 7″ (originally released on Corpse Grinder Records in 1992).
The Book Of Truth doesn’t follow the usual melodic approach that many bands from the Gothenburg scene established during the heyday of the scene from 1994-1999. Being neither pure Gothenburg melodic death metal nor typical old school Swedish death metal in the Stockholm vein, but more a fine mélange of both worlds, spiced-up with some technical finesse a la MORBID ANGEL and NOCTURNUS, The Book Of Truth has justly become a classic death metal album. To this day, the sound of CEREMONIAL OATH has remained surprisingly fresh and unique.
Philip Anselmo, legendary frontman of Pantera and Down, will release his career-first solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, on July 16 via his own Housecore Records (MRI/Megaforce). Walk Through Exits Only will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl.
PLATINUM-SELLING HARD ROCK BAND’S FIRST ALBUM IN OVER 15 YEARS STREAMING ON AOL MUSIC & MSN MUSIC ALL WEEK
Check out the video for “I’m Alright”
It’s been a long time since rock legends Ugly Kid Joe have released an album, but the wait has ended.The California band’s critically acclaimed EP, Stairway to Hell, is being released today through MRI, and it contains songs that span the full repertoire of influences that made Ugly Kid Joe the soundtrack for young snowboarders, surfers, and keggers worldwide.
Ugly Kid Joe‘s stratospheric rise came about soon after their formation in 1990. After signing to Mercury Records, the band released the EP As Ugly As They Wanna Be. On the strength of the hit single “Everything About You,” it went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S., becoming the highest selling debut EP of all time and the first EP in history to be certified Platinum. In 1992, UKJ released America’s Least Wanted which became a double-platinum phenomenon, and saw the band tour worldwide supporting legends such as Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen. Two more albums were to come out, 1995′s Menace To Sobriety and 1996′s Motel California, before UKJ decided to take a hiatus.
Of Stairway to Hell, Allmusic.com says“That decade-plus the Ugly Kid Joe members spent playing professionally is immediately evident here,” while Pittsburgh Music Magazine reports “The fact that they still sound so strong and intense even after 15 years is remarkable. Expectations be damned: Ugly Kid Joe are back.”
Whether it’s the hypnotic riffery of “Devil’s Paradise”, the melodic power-fueled darkness of “No One Survives” or the irrepressibly chuggin’ chorus of “I’m Alright,” Stairway to Hell makes it clear that Ugly Kid Joe has everything they started with, and have added fatter chops and a superior grip on songwriting to their arsenal.
Just a few gaps remain to be filled in the lineup for the 2013 edition of Belgium’s premier metal festival! Earlier this month HYPOCRISY, GRAVE DIGGER and KORPIKLAANI were confirmed. Today we are proud to add ROCKSTAR, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ESCAPE THE FATE, KING HISS, VANDERBUYST, ROTTING CHRIST and PRETTY MAIDS for this summer. The final four slots will be filled in the near future!
Jeff Loomis and his band, currently on tour with SOILWORK, had their van broken into last night while in St. Louis. Loomis elaborates:
“Last night after our show in St. Louis, our tour van was broken into as we were grabbing a bite to eat before our drive to Dallas. We were parked in a well lit area in front of the restaurant. In the ten to fifteen minutes that it took for us to order our food and eat, all of our personal items such as laptops, cameras, musical equipment, cell phones, passports and money were stolen. We came outside to find the lock on the driver side door popped out of the van, and promptly called the police. A report has been filed and the van was fingerprinted, but the leads don’t seem promising. The police stated that this is apparently a common occurrence for the area. We are all in disbelief, but are very fortunate for everyone to be ok.
After discussing the situation as a group, we would like to try to continue on with this tour. But to be able to do this, we will need your help. We have all taken a huge hit financially, and we cannot continue on without some sort of support. We have set up a paypal account for any amount of donations to assist us for the duration of the tour.
Loomis will release a special tour edition of Plains of Oblivion on April 16, 2013 via Century Media Records. In support of his upcoming dates with SOILWORK, the Plains of Oblivion – Tour Edition features three bonus tracks, in addition to the original Plains of Oblivion disc that was released last year.
JEFF LOOMIS tour dates with SOILWORK, BLACKGUARD, WRETCHED
HEAVEN & EARTH–guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist CHUCK WRIGHT, drummer RICHIE ONORI and keyboardist ED ROTH–raised the roof last week at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Packed with industry heavyweights, celebrities, fans and friends, the event (Wednesday, April 10) served as the world premiere album release party for their new album Dig, due out April 23 via Quarto Valley Records, on which they fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical with bravado and a razor-sharp focus. At the Fonda, they performed the album live for the first time, underlining their high caliber of musicianship and uniformly strong songs. Dig was produced by Dave Jenkins–who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power–and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto).
HEAVEN & EARTH’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “NO MONEY, NO LOVE” and its controversial video which has already logged over 200,000 views in just a month: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d
The event kicked off at The Fonda Theatre with a red carpet event that saw the likes of David Paich (Toto), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Tony Kaye (Yes, Circa), David Victor (Boston), Marc Ferrari (Keel), Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale), Mickey Dee (Motörhead), Sean McNab (Dokken, Great White, Quiet Riot), Robbie Wyckoff (singer with the Roger Waters band), Mitch Perry (Lita Ford Band), Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion) , Fred Coury (Cinderella), EJ Curse (Silent Rage), Athena Lee (drummer and younger sister of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee), Tyler Mane (actor/former professional wrestler), Crossong Jordon (actor), Bobby Jean Brown (MTV music video vixen/star of FUSE TV’s “Ex Wives of Rock”) and Ron Jeremy (adult film star), among others. It was a twisted carnival-like atmosphere mirroring the bands “NO MONEY, NO LOVE” video complete with a leprechaun, a stilted giant, a talking moon MC, international champion of magic, David Minkin mesmerizing the audience and then “The Most Dangerous Woman In Hollywood,” Tonya Kay, put on her Machine Shop Burlesque show. To close out the celebration, Heaven & Earth took the stage for their much anticipated performance.
Here’s what the press is saying about HEAVEN & EARTH’s performance at the party:
“…a high-energy set with Joe Retta’s powerful vocals reaching every crevice of the Fonda Theatre…Highlights included the current single ‘No Money, No Love,’ with guitarist Stuart Smith and keyboardist Ed Roth driving the song. ‘Man and Machine’ gave the band one of their better live moments of the night as Smith wailed on the track. And ‘Waiting for the End of the World’ provided the audience with some heartfelt soulful rock, complete with backing singers.”
–Chad Childers, LOUDWIRE.COM, April 11, 2013
“…Heaven & Earth came on and took immediate ownership of the room. The set opened with the epic “Victorious,” and the lead single and soundtrack to the popular video, “No Money, No Love,” as well as other tunes from Dig…Together, singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onari and keyboardist Ed Roth re-introduced the feeling of a big and splashy rock ‘n roll show, lunging over with tight musicianship, catchy songs, a strong presentation…”
–Shawn Perry, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 14, 2013
“These rockers put on a tight set and seeing them live, you can tell they are true musicians who know their instruments and craft well and not just another rock n’ roll band…By the end of the night, no one truly wanted to sit down after being fed an electric performance by Heaven and Earth.”
–Robyn Vagnozzi, SCREAMERMAGAZINE.COM, April 15, 2013
BLACK SABBATH have announced four summer shows in North America in support of the release of their new album, 13, due out June 11. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour will go on sale Saturday, April 20 at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. The dates include stops in Holmdel, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto, ON. Tickets for these shows go on sale Saturday, April 20. Beginning today, fans can visit http://bit.ly/Sabbath_RSVP to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Thursday, April 18. VIP Packages are also available at VIPNation.com.
In addition, in advance of the release of 13, the album’s first single “God Is Dead?” will debut across Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s more than 40 Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio stations nationwide on Thursday, April 18 at 3:00 PM (ET)/12 Noon (PT). Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), 13 features the original BLACK SABBATH: OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER.
DATE CITY VENUE
Sun, 8-4 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed, 8-14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sat, 8-24 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Tue, 9-3 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena
ICED EARTH’s first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, Live In Ancient Kourion, will hit stores tomorrow, April 16, in North America! For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre on the island of Cyprus.
In celebration of tomorrow’s release, ICED EARTH has uploaded the live video for the song “Anthem,” which offers fans yet another preview of this stunning live release: http://youtu.be/PO21sYoST2c
For more previews of Live In Ancient Kourion, click the links below:
To celebrate record store day and the release of the limited edition TESTAMENT 7″ picture disc featuring a cover of the SCORPIONS’ “Animal Magnetism” and a cover of IRON MAIDEN‘s “Powerslave”, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson and Greg Christian of TESTAMENT will be appearing at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, CA at 4pm on April 20th! Come on down and get your limited edition 7″ as well as their latest full-length release autographed by the guys. Fans can bring up to 3 items in addition to be signed by Chuck, Eric and Greg as well! Share the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/488387221228205/) and check out the details below.
April 20th, RECORD STORE DAY @ 4pm
2401 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their much-anticipated 10th studio album, Construct, on May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records. To get your first preview of Construct, click the link below to hear the album track, “For Broken Words”:
Italian tech/prog metallers Gardenjia sign a deal with Memorial Records for the release of their debut album entitled “EPO” which will be available from may 23 on all digital stores. Good songs and an excellent instrumental technique, Gardenjia present their debut album:
“We are extremely honored and happy for our deal with Memorial Records, a young and dynamic label putting quality and originality in the first place. We recorded, mixed and mastered “EPO”, our first album, completely by ourselves and finally our creation will be a worthy support. “EPO” is our manifesto. The inclusion of the melody, in a context of sound violence, apocalyptic scenarios, traveling within our dark side, and then the ascent… (Ascension)”.
Progressive sound revolutionists THE OCEAN today present “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated” from their anticipated forthcoming new masterwork, Pelagial.
Easily their most profoundly sophisticated work to date, Pelagial is a true sonic journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. The concept of the album is made evident in its title, Pelagial. Listeners are quite literally submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. Said Spin Magazine: “The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos.”
BATTLECROSS has completed work on their sophomore album, which will be due out this summer during their tour as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Recording has been completed and the finishing touches are being applied to the tracks and art. During tracking, one of metal’s most acclaimed drummers, Shannon Lucas, stepped in as the session drummer for the album.
Lucas comments: “Being a fan of Battlecross, it is an honor to be a part of their new record. I can’t wait for the world to hear this album.”
Producer Eyal Levi adds, “I am so beyond excited for the chance to produce Shannon Lucas on the new Battlecross record. He’s one of the true BEASTS of metal drumming. The man’s skills are literally untouchable. Combine that with a badass rising star of a band and I think we’ve got the makings of a crushing record!”