“From the OMEGA MASSIF camp we have received the sad news that the band have split up and will therefore not be available to perform at SUMMER BREEZE 2014. We tried hard to keep the band on the billing, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. We are currently working on a replacement. Here’s the original statement posted on the band’s Facebook page:”
The missing Onward album, New Fathoms Down, will be released on July 1st through Shredguy Records. The late Michael Grant’s vocals were tracked in 2002 and the majority of the music has been re-recorded due to lack of a source tape. A teaser of the album is now streaming.
Toby Knapp, who completed the restoration of the album states: “All the original demos were recorded with cassettes, and no master could be located to isolate and remix, so I basically rebuilt all the music again over the one recording I had, and luckily Mike’s vocals were loud in the mix. Completion of the project happened fast because I was extremely inspired to do this- it was hard to quit once I started hearing the songs come to fruition. Mike always wanted his music accounted for and eventually released. So it’s my gift to him and his fans and the Onward audience.”
Jake E. Lee’s return to the music scene was one of last year’s biggest news stories from the music world. The former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist has been nowhere to seen for the best part of the past 25 years but now he’s finally back with Red Dragon Cartel. The band released their debut album in January, and since then the band has been touring around the United States. European tour began in Italy in May and early June, the band finally arrived in Finland, where Jake has never previously appeared.
Today HECATE ENTHRONED bring a little bit of their explosive live performances and no compromise attitude to the masses as they premier their new video for the song ‘Abyssal March’. The clip is the first full performance video from album VIRULENT RAPTURE and directed by the bands long time videographer SUOLASFILMS. Check out the premier exclusively here:
VIRULENT RAPTURE was released last November via Crank Music Group to massive plaudits and great reviews, being called one of the great Black Metal albums of the year and is certainly the bands most aggressive and atmospheric album to date. The album can be ordered at
INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Queensryche has been in the headlines during the past few years because of major changes in the line-up. As the legal case is nearly over, it is time to look to the future for what it holds for the legendary band. The band has started working on the follow-up to the self titled Queensryche album and at the Sweden Rock festival Metal-Rules.com got the great opportunity to talk with the founding member and guitarist Michael Wilton and the vocalist Todd La Torre.
“Dirk Blasts,” the new series of premium online instructional videos by SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren, has been launched to offer drum students “all the best tools and tricks to build your drumming skills and further your career as a musician.”
“Throughout my tours and drum clinics, I frequently get asked about playing faster, building stamina, creating dynamic grooves and making a living as a musician,” states Verbeuren. “So I decided to put together these ‘Dirk Blasts’ for all my fellow drum maniacs out there. If you’re looking to improve your technique and independence, pick up some cool chops along the way, and gain useful insight about being a professional drummer, these two monthly lessons are for you. It’s such an exciting adventure and I’m really pumped to kick it off this July!”
For KIX, not recording any new music for two decades has been far too long. Fans have made it known for years that they want new music. And now, the time has finally come. The Maryland band is primed and ready to ROCK YOUR FACE OFF with their seventh new album set for release August 5 on Loud & Proud Records. It’s everything fans know and love them for: a raucous, roaring and real display of rock ‘n’ roll. The first single, “Love Me With Your Top Down,” will be released to radio and online retail outlets later this month. Eddie Trunk will exclusively world premiere the song during his “Friday Night Rocks” radio show originating from Q104.3 (heard in New York City, Long Island, NJ and CT) this Friday, June 20 from 11pm-2am ET. It will then air via his numerous North American syndicated affiliates on Saturday, June 20 and he’ll play it on Monday, June 23 during his “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” show that airs on SiriusXM’s “Hair Nation” channel (39) at 3pm PT/6pm ET.
As guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe explains, “When we first played ‘Love Me With Your Top Down’ live just a few months ago, it went over like gangbusters with the fans. It’s a catchy little tune with classic KIX flavor, a perfect choice for the first taste of the record.”
What makes the new album even more exciting and anticipated is that it features most of the band’s original line-up: Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10″ Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums), with the exception of Mark Schenker (bass).
With ROCK YOUR FACE OFF, KIX stirs up their truest statement to date in 2014. “It’s still hot women, fast cars, and great moments,” concludes Whiteman. “I want everybody to end up on their feet, whether they’re working out or stuck in rush hour traffic. This is a release, something to lift your spirits when you need it. You can party to this one.”
KIX gracefully eased back into the public consciousness in 2008. After sold out hometown gigs, the quintet hit the stage at Rocklahoma in front of over 20,000 people, venturing out of the Mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at the festival, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more. After capturing their fiery reunion on 2012′s LIVE IN BALTIMORE CD & DVD, the band agreed to enter the studio once again.
“In many ways, this is for the KIX diehards as much as it is for us,” guitarist Brian Forsythe explains. “When we started doing this again, tons of fans came out of the woodwork. They’d show up with their kids, and it was just incredible to see. We had to deliver for them.”
In order to deliver, the band enlisted the talents of producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), with whom they had last collaborated on 1991′s HOT WIRE. Also, for the first time in the group’s history, each member contributed to the writing process, fostering an extremely creative and free environment in the studio. A new dawn commenced as they simultaneously harnessed their classic spirit.
“It was more free-flowing because everybody got to write and come up with ideas,” says singer Steve Whiteman. “We encouraged this new freedom within the creative process.”
Here’s the complete track listing of ROCK YOUR FACE OFF:
1. Wheels In Motion
2. You’re Gone
3. Can’t Stop The Show
4. Rollin’ In Honey
5. Rock Your Face Off
6. All The Right Things
7. Dirty Girls
8. Inside Outside Inn
9. Mean Miss Adventure
10. Love Me With Your Top Down
11. Tail On The Wag
12. Rock & Roll Showdown
Stay tuned for new tour news, but check them out at any of the following stops in the meantime:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 6/21 Idaho Falls, ID Rock The Falls
Thu 7/10 Hughesville, PA Lycoming County Fair
Fri 7/25 Royalton, MN Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31 Leemore, CA Tachi Palace Casino
Sat 8/2 Leonardtown, MD Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ Fest
Sat 8/16 Greencastle, PA Greencastle Legion Grounds
Sat 9/13 Berlin, MD Soundwave Festival at Airlift Acres
Sat 9/20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Sat 10/25 Camp Hill, PA Radisson Convention Center
Sat 12/20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live (KIXmas)
About Loud & Proud Records
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label. Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX. Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
The hell-raising song “World On Fire” hit radio last Friday and can be streamed online at Slashonline.com HERE. To download the song on iTunes, go here: http://smarturl.it/slashworldonfire.
On September 16, SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Caroline. The group recently revealed the cover artwork for WORLD ON FIRE designed by American contemporary artist Ron English (see below). The WORLD ON FIRE disc marks SLASH’s third solo album and second one with his band The Conspirators featuring MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass).
For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental–a powerful new turn for the band. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.
SLASH and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have announced additional solo dates in between their summer tour with Aerosmith. The group will preview new songs for fans on the trek launching off Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see the full itinerary below). Special ticket packages include: amazing seats (Level 1 tickets), an exclusive autographed SLASH lithograph, a Digital Download of the new SLASH album WORLD ON FIRE and a merchandise voucher worth $50, redeemable in the SLASH Exclusive Online Store.
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16 2014. www.slashonline.com.
Below is a newly formed doom metal band from Sweden. Recently they released their debut album, ACROSS THE DARK RIVER, an incredible doom metal anthem. It’s an album that surprised us with its emotional, icecold, epic doom metal. After their form in the fall of 2011, they were ready to sign with Metal Blade, and the debut album is out. This is an unbelievable success for a new band. Doc, the drummer, answers our questions, patiently unveiling some of the doom mysteries behind their album, the relation with the mighty Andy LaRoque, the direction this new act – which is challenging the stagnation of a genre too molded by its interpretation of fan expectations to be anything but stagnant — takes as it tackles the question of 21st century epic doom metal.
Metal-Rules.com: Hello Doc! It’s Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com. I am very happy for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?
Hey! I am doing great, I am checking in from my living room in Sweden after a day barbequing in the sun.
Metal-Rules.com: Congratulation for your debut album, ACROSS THE DARK RIVER! What are the main influences on Below? Black Sabbath (especially Tony Martin-era), Candlemass and maybe Mercifyl Fate are the obvious ones. I am sure that there are some other secret influences on you.
All those you have mentioned have absolutely influenced us, I would like to add the atmospheres of King Diamond to that list as well. The secret influences is hard to find, everyone in the band has got their own influences. So when everyone is writing parts for the songs different influences might be involved in the mix. I am sure there are hundreds in there.
Metal-Rules.com: Have some of you played in other bands already before? And if yes please give some information till the day Below were formed.
We have all played in different bands before, but never on this level. We have known each other for quite some time, and some of us have even played together before.
Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that Below bandmembers don’t reveal in which bands they played before. Why is that?
Well it´s simple. We want to focus on the present and the future.
Metal-Rules.com: What does the Below name mean for you? Is there any potential message behind it?
We wanted a short and easy to remember name. I personally think that the word Below sums up our dark, slow, heavy, moody music really nice. And at one point or another we will all end up in a dark place somewhere BELOW the surface of this world.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s the new thing that Below offer by that new release to epic/doom metal genre?
I would like to say the mixture of the really heavy riffs, the grand melodies along with the sometimes ghostlike atmospheres and the melodic harmonies. All of this might have been done before but perhaps not all put together into one.
Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell us some words about the production and the songwriting session?
Most of the time someone presents a part for a song, we all pitch in and twist and turn to get it just right. I think that´s one of the key elements to our songwriting. Everyone is involved with the process. We spend a lot of time trying different parts for different songs to make sure all the arrangements got the right feel to it.
Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?
Apart from working. I try to spend time with my family, listen to music and doing a whole lot of other stuff regarding the band.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?
I listen to a whole lot of different music. Well 99% of the time it´s some sort of metal but on occasions I find my self relaxing to some classical songs. Of course I listen to a lot of Doom, but I also enjoy some old school Death metal, Thrash, classic Heavy Metal and so on.
Metal-Rules.com: What are the plans for Below in the future?
We will continue to work our asses off. Keep trying to make the next song we write the best one, and the next gig we perform even better than the last one. Actually we have already started to write new material for the next album. But only time will tell what the future will bring.
Metal-Rules.com:What’s different about this latest album compared to the previous one? Please tell us about the approach that you have chosen to create this album and production of the album. What’s the feedback for the new record?
Do you mean compared to the old 4-song EP ? Since this is our first album. Well we wanted this album to be really heavy, we wanted it to have strong melodies and an atmosphere that really tell the listeners a story. The production of this album went really well, we made sure that all songs were written and done and well rehearsed before entering the studio. Once there we all knew what to do, and Andy LaRocque (Yes, that one) who produced it did an amazing job in capturing the atmospheres of the songs and really making us perform at a high level. I think the feedback for this album so far overall have been really good, and it´s a great feeling to have the album out and hear what different people all over the world think of it.
Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics, did anything in particular inspire you?
It´s different things. A lot of the time we write about mythology, horror stories, history and sometimes our own tales. I would like to say that our music is a big part when it comes to the lyrics. We want the lyrics to really capture the atmospheres and the feeling of that certain song.
Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics, in addition to listening to your music?
I think it´s important to pay attention to every part of our music. Every word, every beat of the drum, all the different bass notes and all the pounding guitar riffs has been put in there for a reason. They are all pieces of the puzzle.
Metal-Rules.com: Heavy metal changes throughout the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated the 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s, and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s. 2010 was the beginning of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
It´s all going to be about the New Wave of Swedish Doom Metal! Haha, well to be honest I don´t know. There seem to be a whole lot of bands with a 70´s feel surfacing right now, but there are also a whole lot of really technical Death Metal bands as well.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?
This is a tricky one, more people that hear you the better. However, I´m not the kind of guy who downloads an album. I listen to a lot of music via spotify. When I hear an album I really like I just have to go out and get it. Both to have a copy in my collection and to support the band who made it.
Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick one musician to collaborate with, who would that be and why?
Just one ? I could easily create four or five different bands, haha.But if I were to say just one, and he doesn´t have to be alive I would say the great Dimebag. It would be awesome just to jam and hang out with him.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Doom metal: Hell yeah!
Football: Crap, since we missed the World Cup.
Politics: Professional bullshitters
Best TV series: Family Guy
Mickey Mouse: Killer falsetto!
Most underrated metal band ever: Nevermore
Metal-Rules.com: You recently signed with Metal Blade Records. This is your chance to make it! I wish all the best. I know that Tobie is also playing with another great metal act Noctum. He was the guy who helped both bands to make the deal with that major label?
Thank you for your wishes of luck! Well Tobie is our manager, we recorded a 4-song EP and he sent it to a lot of different labels. We got a fair amount of contract offers but we felt straight away that Metal Blade was the perfect home for Below. It´s a great honor to be part of and work with such an iconic and influential record label. Thanks for your time!
You can read the Below’s debut album review in Metal-Rules.com.
JUDAS PRIEST OFFER ANOTHER SNEAK PEAK INTO ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’ ALBUM, ANNOUNCE ‘ROCKLINE’ AND ‘TOWN HALL’ APPEARANCES
The tracks that Judas Priest has been offering the public as a prelude to the official July 8, 2014 release date of their 17th album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ are stirring up quite a buzz within the heavy metal community. On June 17th, eager fans will be able to sample another winning metallic rocker from the legendary band, when “Dragonaut” is made available for purchase via iTunes and other digital retailers.
In the mean time, you can listen to “Dragonaut” via the Rolling Stone site, which has premiered the track:
Also, the band has confirmed that the night before the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford, and Richie Faulkner will appear on the Rockline radio program. Joining host Bob Coburn on Monday July 7, 2014 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET, fans are encouraged to speak with Judas Priest at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.
And on the day of the album’s release, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner will appear on Sirius XM’s ‘Town Hall’ program. Fans are being asked to submit questions that winners will be able to ask the band in person:
Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.
The countdown to the release of Priest’s latest studio triumph has officially begun, and “Dragonaut” provides further proof that ‘Redeemer of Souls’ will be a prime slice of Judas Priest metal.
Swedish satanic black metal Eosphorus signed a worldwide deal to release their second album “Winds Of Apep” via Wormholedeath/Aural Music.
Eosphorus was formed in 2006 in Stockholm. The band’s name comes from ancient Greek and it means Dawn Bringer (or Lucifer). The theme of the bands music and lyrics has been described by others as: “Total darkness”,”suicidal and depressive”. Members of Eosphorus has only ever called it “Satanic”. Read the rest of this entry »
Multi-platinum selling rock act TESLA have debuted an all new video for their latest single “So Divine…” today exclusively via Ultimateclassicrock.com.
TESLA released an all new LP titled SIMPLICITY on June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording’s arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.
Simplicity has seen quite the onslaught of critical praise, “Tesla do what Aerosmith used to be king at and fail to do now: produce perfectly biting, raucous hard rock,” says Goldmine Magazine and Blabbermouth states: “TESLA 2014 admirably sounds like themselves a quarter of a century ago and that’s remarkable. Moreover, they sound better in this cruder, more untreated state.”
SIMPLICITY is the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort is the followup to FOREVER MORE, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
3. Rise and Fall
4. So Divine…
5. Cross My Heart
7. Flip Side
8. Other Than Me
9. Break of Dawn
10. Burnout To Fade
11. Life is a River
13. Time Bomb
14. ‘Till That Day
TESLA locked themselves away for weeks writing the new material that would become SIMPLICITY with long time A&R man Tom Zutaut. Fourteen solid tracks later the band sank their teeth in while recording began at bassist Brian Wheat’s very own J Street Recorders. Legendary engineer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, Motley Crue) was then tapped to put the final touches in place.
Fresh off the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the band has quite the itinerary of tour dates throughout the rest of 2014. Click here for all tour dates.
Formed in 1981, TESLA have firmly carved out their own space in rock and roll history. The band saw great success with their own rendition of the 1971 classic “Signs” and their own hit single “Love Song” from the The Great Radio Controversy, released in 1989.
TESLA is: Frank Hannon – Brian Wheat – Jeff Keith – Troy Luccketta – Dave Rude
Ministry, the legendary, six-time Grammy-nominated, explosive and highly unpredictable band that brought industrial dance-metal music to the mainstream, will release “Last Tangle in Paris,” a CD/DVD package that documents the band’s 2012 “DeFiBriLaTour,” featuring live performances, in-studio, rehearsal and backstage footage, and one-on-one interviews.
“Last Tangle in Paris,” an artistic collaboration between UDR Music and 13th Planet Records, Inc., is set for a July 8 North American release and will be available in 2-CD and DVD digipak, BluRay and 2-CD Amaray, 2 X vinyl Gatefold 160 gram configurations, digital audio and video, and as a simple CD package. Check out the project’s video trailer here and the EPK here. Pre-orders can be placed at Amazon.
“Last Tangle In Paris” was filmed on July 28, 2012 at Paris’ La Cigale, and features Jourgensen (lead vocal, guitar), Michael Scaccia and Sin Qurin (guitars), John Bechdel (keyboards and samplers), Aaron Rossi (drums), and Casey Orr (bass). Content includes Ministry classics such as “Psalm 69,” “N.W.O.,” and “Just One Fix” (full track listing is below). As a special bonus, the digipak version comprises a Ministry tour retrospective double audio album with live performances dating back to 2006. The package was executive produced by Angelina Lukacin Jourgensen and directed by Zach Passero; all artwork was created by Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon.
The full track listing for “Last Tangle In Paris” is as follows:
DVD/BluRay and Audio CD Track Listing:
Life Is Good
The Last Sucker
New World Order
Just One Fix
CD1/Retrospective Track Listing:
Rio Grande Blood
Life Is Good
The Last Sucker
CD/Retrospective Track Listing:
New World Order
Just One Fix
Fear is Big Business