Guitarist Will Wallner has released the following statement:
I am sad to announce I am no longer a member of White Wizzard. I will not get into the petty argument between Jon Leon and Joseph Micheal, I will only comment on what matters; the music. I am proud of the album Joseph Micheal, Will Wallner, Jake Dreyer, Jon Leon and Giovanni Durst created this year. We all brought our own influences and individual styles to make a great metal album. That is what I want to remember from my time in White Wizzard. We had a great live chemistry and for a brief moment I believed the band could have done something.
Thrash metal lives and well in Finland when a number of young thrash bands have emerged out of cellars to conquer the scene with the intensive grip and attitude. Lost Society definitely belongs to the elite list of the Finnish speed/thrash metal genre. The band’s debut album FAST LOUD DEATH presents the ultra speed ear piercing hymns making each one’s head band brutality. It ain’t any surprise chaotic and maelstorm pits are raging when Lost Society hit the stage. Therefore it was reasonable to set the band’s frontman Sammy Elbanna to the rack of Metal-Rules.Com to find out a bit more.
The legendary death metal outfit Immolation keeps soldiering on. The band’s most recent output KINGDOM OF CONSPIRACY is pure evidence of how death metal is supposed to sound. The band hasn’t lost an inch in their brutal and deadly sounds instead keeping its recognizable trademark on the new album. Immolation’s guitarist Robert Vigna sheds more light on the new album.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH are kicking off the countdown to the release of their second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL – VOLUME 2–out November 19 via Prospect Park in North America/Eleven Seven (in all other territories)–with a series of a exclusive track-by-track webisode premieres. The first webisode has premiered today (10/9) at BILLBOARD.COM. In it, the band’s guitarist ZOLTAN BATHORY talks about their red-hot interpretation of the classic song “House of the Rising Sun”: http://tiny.cc/mn8o4w
Today’s exclusive premiere is launching 5 weeks of exclusive track-by-track webisodes that the band will debut every week leading up to the release of VOL. 2 on November 19. The group also premiered the video for their new single “Battle Born” on USATODAY.com last week (10/1). The video can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1c05nEJ
The band–IVAN MOODY (vocals), ZOLTAN BATHORY (guitar), JEREMY SPENCER (drums), JASON HOOK (guitar) and CHRIS KAEL (bass)–are currently electrifying audiences at venues all across the U.S. and Canada on “THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN TOUR,” through October 27 before joining Avenged Sevenfold as special guest on their European arena tour in November. For all tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour. To pre-order VOLUME 2, visit: http://bit.ly/Pre-Order5FDP4v2.
Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.
Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.
Commented vocalist Floor Jansen: “Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!”
Piper/whistleman, added vocalist Troy Donockley: “`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is NIGHTWISH has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! ”
The new line-up can be seen on the live / tour documentary DVD »Showtime, Storytime«, released on November 29th. Watch a brand new trailer, directed by Ville Lipiäinen here:
Interview by Ritche and EvilG
Video and editing by Ritche
Kelle was in our neck of the woods here in NL Canada doing some recording with a local band. Thus the opportunity presented itself to talk about Kelle’s musical journey and of course to speak about his brother, the legend, Randy Rhoads. Enjoy!
“If you like the aggression, complexity and brutality of Dark Angel, Sadus, Razor etc., combined with the sense of melody, put into limelight by Forbidden and alike, then Thraw will surely become one of your favourite acts to bang your head on.”
“Decoding the Past” was co-produced and mastered by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Exodus, Heathen, Sadus…) and features Geoff Thorpe (Vicious Rumors)
“Beats of Aggression” can be streamed via YoutTube:
BLACKFINGER, lead by former TROUBLE vocalist Eric Wagner, have announced the addition of Chicago bassist Willie Max to its ranks. Willie, who is also a member of long running Chicago metal outfit SHADOZ EDGE, as well as SPILLAGE (featuring EARTHEN GRAVE’s Tony Spillman), replaces Ben Smith, who has moved on to pursue other musical interests. Check out Willie Max tearing up SPILLAGE’s version of “Devil Woman” at Days Of The Doomed Fest III this past June in Milwaukee, WI: http://youtu.be/5CMe3Z_mclw
As previously reported, BLACKFINGER have signed a worldwide deal with Germany’s The Church Within Records, and are expecting a late 2013 release of their debut album. A teaser promo vid can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/KdbnDui1A68
On the heels of three long months of touring (North America, Asia, Russia) in support of their latest album, “Pelagial,” The Ocean have unveiled the trailer and pre-order for their highly anticipated DVD! “Collective Oblivion” is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on youtube, including: Russia 2012 video blog, The Ocean in China, The Ocean North American tour blog 2011, and more. Finally, fans will be able to order this thorough and expansive look at The Ocean‘s career and touring experiences, including the “Heliocentric” record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more. Read the rest of this entry »
As has been the case for the past two years, in 2013 our booth will be stocked with brand new MetalSucks merch designs, free goodies from our friends at Nuclear Blast, and, oh yeah, some of metal’s heaviest hitters to sign your shit, take photos, and generally make you go all weak in the knees. This year’s guests will Monster Magnet guitarist/vocalist Dave Wyndorf on Friday, October 11 from 12-2 pm, and Anthrax bassist Frank Bello on Saturday, October 12 from 12-2 pm.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have made a second trailer previewing their upcoming album The Dream Call for Blood available here: http://youtu.be/Hn0tfRqY_hk. The Dream Calls for Blood will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Rest of Europe), October 14th (UK), and October 15th (North America). Fans can now pre-order the album in various formats, with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here: http://goo.gl/xipVSX.
Three years have passed since the release of DEATH ANGEL’s crushing Relentless Retribution album; three years of constant touring and on-the-road-songwriting. Now the band has returned with yet another visceral slice of thrash! The Dream Calls for Bloodwas recordedat AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). Read the rest of this entry »
Bay Area Thrash Veterans TESTAMENT have posted a new trailer for their upcoming DVD Dark Roots Of Thrash here: http://youtu.be/BNYliQu9mGc. The DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will now be made available on October 18 (Europe), October 21 (UK) and October 29 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
After the success of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon debut album “The Land of New Hope” which entered the top 100 album charts in 7 European countries (including a glowing Top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country Finland), Timo Tolkki has started working on a sequel to his first Metal Opera, slated for a 2014 release on Frontiers Records.
Fans can follow the progress of the making of the album, including writing and recording sessions and special cameos from the musicians and singers involved, from the new website www.avalonopera.com.
The entire cast of musicians will be revealed one by one in separate video blogs. Fans will be able to interact and take part to different phases of the production through the website and in the social media pages.
The confirmed cast of musicians/singers is once again full of internationally acclaimed artists, with some interesting twists and surprises. It will surely guarantee another masterpiece from one of the forefathers of Symphonic Melodic Power Metal.
To date, Timo Tolkki has sold over 2 million records in his career, has won a Finnish Grammy and has been chosen by the readers of the American Guitar World magazine to TOP 100 as “the Fastest Guitar Player in the World” and “the Most influential Metal Guitar Player in the World”. He has released 20 albums in his career and toured the world for over 3000 shows in 52 countries.
Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach is currently hard at work in the studio under the direction of producer Bob Marlette (Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Shinedown etc) to record the anticipated follow up album to the acclaimed “Kicking & Screaming”. The new effort will be released via label home Frontiers Records and is tentatively scheduled for spring 2014.
Of his forthcoming new album, Sebastian Bach commented, “I am happy to say we have completed the drums and most of the bass guitar for the new record. It is a pleasure to write songs with Duff, Steve, Bob, and Devin. The album will be mastered by Tom Baker who has mastered my last three albums. This CD will be balls out in-your-face high-energy rock ‘n roll which just so happens to be my favorite style of music. I look forward to releasing the record & playing these songs live for you all in 2014!” Read the rest of this entry »