The masters of Cinematic Metal, Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY, will release their new outstanding record Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK) and June 29th (US) via Nuclear Blast.
In support of their new record, the band reveals two new studio trailers, named “Please Cry More” and “Higher And Higher”.
Watch the clips for “Please Cry More” and “Higher And Higher” on the Nuclear Blast Youtube channel:https://goo.gl/LNSoEJ
Below is the track listing for Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus:
Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)
Il Cigno Nero
Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross)
Il Tempo Degli Dei
One Ring To Rule Them All
King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God
Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall Part II: Codex Nemesis
Codex Nemesis Alpha Omega
Symphonia Ignis Divinus (The Quantum Gate Revealed)
III. The Astral Convergence
The Divine Fire Of The Archangel
Of Psyche And Archetypes (System Overloaded)
North American Bonus Track:
Thundersteel (cinematic cover version of RIOT featuring Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear)
AMORPHIS to release “Under The Red Cloud” this September 2015
The Finnish masters of melancholic metal, AMORPHIS, are pleased to announce the release of their new upcoming album Under The Red Cloud. The worldwide release is scheduled for September, 04th via Nuclear Blast.
“The album is titled Under The Red Cloud and the artwork was done by Valnoir Mortasonge,“ guitarist Esa Holopainen states. “Valnoiris well known from his works for LAIBACH, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN, BEHEMOTH and many more. It was a great pleasure to work with him as he captured the lyrical topics really well. Colors and details describe the music perfectly.“
Esa continues: “Under The Red Cloud is produced by Jens Bogren who did amazing job with the album. There’s a lot’s of elements in the songs but every note and element is in perfect harmony so that the result is fucking heavy and melodic. All I can say is that Under The Red Cloud will be in my personal Top 3 AMORPHIS albums that we’ve ever done.“
According to the official facebook of Trey Azagthoth Morbid Angel has parted aways with David Vincent and recruited Steve Tucker
From Trey Azagthoth himself………..,
“Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce that Steve Tucker and I are working together again for Morbid Angel and the next record will certainly be an amazingly sick World Beater!”
MORBID ANGEL: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR February 8, 2001
In related news, Tim Yeung has officially left MORBID ANGEL, five years after he joined the band as the replacement for the group’s longtime drummer, Pedro “Pete” Sandoval.
Said Tim in a statement: “I’ve been waiting to break the news for a while about this. Now seems like the proper time to do so.
“As some of you know, there have been some lineup changes with MORBID ANGEL. Unfortunately, due to financial differences, I will not be continuing with them.
“It has been a great five years being involved with MORBID ANGEL. I’ve met a ton of great people all over the world, played some amazing shows, and have a ton of great memories as well as stories.
“I wish Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] and MORBID ANGEL all the best. As for myself, I’m always up for the next opportunity life throws my way.”
Rockers Lynch Mob are back this summer with their most-anticipated release to date. Rebel, the band’s 8th studio release, is slated for worldwide release on August 21st via Frontiers Music SRL. The first song released from Rebel is the scorching “Automatic Fix.” The song features an exciting opening riff and vocal melody and Lynch burns on one of his best guitar solos. A video for the song can be seen here: https://youtu.be/deJdCFQ76BA. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes at http://radi.al/LynchMobRebeliTunes will receive an instant download of “Automatic Fix.”
Talking about “Automatic Fix,” singer Oni Logan states , “This is an interesting song in that it was the last song that was recorded vocally. I initially thought that it might be best used as instrumental. I simply love this song because of its energy and attitude.”
From the blistering album opener “Automatic Fix” to the album closer “War,” it is clear Lynch Mob is back to show fans why they are one of rock’s most-loved bands. The Lynch Mob line-up on Rebel is comprised of namesake George Lynch on guitars, Oni Logan on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass and Brian Tichy on drums. Songs like “Testify,” “Sanctuary,” and “Dirty Money” showcase Oni Logan’s trademark vocal ability while putting his diverse lyrical content on full display. The album was produced by Geroge Lynch collaborator Chris “the Wizard” Collier. An EPK talking about the new album was recently released and can be seen at: https://youtu.be/D1CaKhPItbQ.
“With Rebel, we allowed ourselves to move outside our normally imposed self restraints and tread some forbidden sonic territories,” recalls George Lynch. “What surprises me is no matter how far we attempt to stray away from the classic ‘Lynch Mob formula,’ we can never really escape the chemistry between myself and Oni. There’s just a thing that happens there that’s unique to us and undeniable.”
The tracklisting for Rebel is:
1) Automatic Fix
2) Between The Truth And A Lie
5) Pine Tree Avenue
6) Jelly Roll
7) Dirty Money
8) The Hollow Queen
9) The Ledge
10) Kingdon Of Slaves
Lynch Mob formed in 1989 after George Lynch parted ways with his former band Dokken. This year marks the 25th Anniversay of Lynch Mob’s debut release Wicked Sensation, which is the band’s most popular work to date achieving gold-selling status. The band has released seven other albums throughout their career. Lynch Mob will be touring throught the summer in support of Rebel with more information to be announced at a later date.
Recorded at FireMachine studios and produced by guitarist Steve Moore, Seven Sins combines all the elements expected from Stormzone and the classic heavy metal genre, powerful guitars, soaring vocals and crunching bass & drums wrapped with classic melodies.
Set in the 18th century, the album tells the story of the mysterious Dr Dealer, his travelling troupe of various gifted misfits and the Seven Sins Emporium into which he invites men to test their resolve and strength. A story with layers upon layers, it is unarguably the most ambitious Stormzone record to date, unified with a theme, Seven Sins is the very first Stormzone concept album. A difficult feat for most, but a challenge vocalist, lyricist and founding member John ‘Harv’ Harbinson embraced. “It’s hard to describe Seven Sins in one paragraph… the story-line is so complex. It’s a very dark subject. It’s touch and go at times with regards to how far you can go with it, but at the end of it all there’s hope.”
As well as the 12 album tracks there is more. The physical CD booklet includes a code within its pages and fans will have the opportunity to enter it into the official Stormzone website, www.stormzone.tv, and if they get the order correct they can download a further four brand new songs not available on the album!
2. Another Rainy Night
3. Your Time Has Come
4. The One That Got Away
5. I Know Your Pain
6. Seven Sins
7. You’re Not The Same
8. Raise The Knife
9. Abandoned Souls
10. Special Brew
11. Master Of Sorrow
12. Born Of The Damned
Having formed in 2004 Stormzone have gone from strength to strength. On the cusp of releasing their fifth and most ambitious record to date, the band can look back at a series of highlights including appearances on stages across the world and festivals including Sonisphere and Bloodstock Open Air, touring with legendary acts such as Saxon, Stryper, Tesla, etc. and seeing their name spread across the pages of iconic magazines such as Metal Hammer, “Tuneful ingots of molten intensity. Old school HM strikes gold!” Classic Rock, “Stormzone live up to their name and then some. Lighting To The Nation!” and Powerplay Magazine, “Nothing short of Magnificent. If you call yourself a HM fan do yourself a favour…”
This year sees the band carry on as before with Seven Sins being released just before the band embark on a series of Spanish festival appearances, including Skulls of Metal in Jaen and Leyendas Del Rock in Alicante. Further dates including more shows with Saxon are also to be announced shortly.
As AEROSMITH gears up for their 2015 summer tour, a date has been announced for the release of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014. Due out September 4, the 20-song collection captures the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014. Filmed in high definition, the critically acclaimed concert film–which premiered in February with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run–will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. Details about a special pre-sale–with bonus items–of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be available in the coming weeks.
Headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford unleashed supercharged versions of “Love In An Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Mama Kin,” and many more.
In the Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 liner notes, David Wild–Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone–describes the performance as having “the same kind of power and overwhelming passion that has always remained at the very heart of the live Aerosmith experience…So whether you were fortunate enough to be there among the crowds at Donington Park that gloriously atmospheric night in 2014–or more likely, if you are just lucky enough to catch up after the fact today–there is only one appropriate shared reaction to what you are seeing and hearing here: genuine rock & roll shock and awe.”
“It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”
“We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” recalls Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”
“We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014,” Tom Hamilton adds. “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”
“I’m grateful to have been able to play this show at Donington,” says Joey Kramer. “I thought the band played great, the audience was great. That night was a very special time.”
“Playing in Donington has always been a highlight of the tour for us,” adds Brad Whitford. “The fervor of the crowd there is a sight to behold and this night was no different.”
Fans can now bring home the live experience of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014. Breaking down the long-lasting appeal of the band and the contributions of each of its members, Wild writes in the liner notes:
●”Has any frontman ever stayed as deeply connected to the true spirit of rock & roll than Steven Tyler? The man’s muse does just not seem to contain an off-switch, and somehow he continues to have more energy onstage now than ever before…take a good look at Tyler on fire here…Tyler’s voice remains a tremendous force of nature…”
●”[Perry’s] delivered some of the most thrilling and iconic guitar solos in all of rock history…the man is not simply one of our all-time greatest guitarists…Perry has also more than earned his place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Steven Tyler, further validation of their shared place as one of rock’s most respected songwriting teams ever.”
●”Among many other virtues, Aerosmith is arguably the most soulful band in rock history, and a lot of the credit for that goes to powerhouse yet funky drummer Joey Kramer…Kramer’s strong sense of feel provided Aerosmith with a solid foundation that keeps the band pumping…Kramer is the man credited with giving the band its eternally cool name.”
●”Rock solid bassist Tom Hamilton is much more than simply half of one of hard rock’s best and most versatile rhythm sections…Hamilton is not just a fine musician–he has also co-written a few of the most beloved Aerosmith classics…namely ‘Sweet Emotion’ and ‘Janie’s Got A Gun,’ as well as a number of other fan favorites.”
●”…[Brad Whitford is]…perhaps the group’s most effective secret musical weapon…known as Aerosmith’s band’s rhythm guitarist…Whitford has shown himself to be the absolute perfect guitar slinger to partner with Joe Perry–a more trained axe ace who has done so much to allow Aerosmith to consistently sound like a massive guitar army, and even better yet, one that always wins.”
The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:
1) Train Kept A-Rollin’
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
6) Livin’ On The Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song And Dance
10) Janie’s Got A Gun
11) Toys In The Attic
12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin
Terry Chimes is an English musician, best known as the original drummer for the punk group The Clash. He played in the band originally between 1976 -1977, and later from 1982 to 1983. In 1985, he played with Hanoi Rocks before the band broke up later that year. From the ashes rose The Cherry Bombz which contained Chimes, Andy Mc Coy and Nasty Suicide (Hanoi Rocks), singer Anita Chellamah and bassist Timo Caltio who was soon replaced by Dave Tregunna. The band did not last very long. Between 1987- 1988 Chimes played as a touring drummer for Black Sabbath after which he retired from the music scene. Since 1994, he has been a chiropractor in Essex in his clinic, Chimes Chiropractic. He also leads chiropractic seminars and published a biography STRANGE CASE OF DR TERRY AND Mr. CHIMES in 2013. Chimes is also playing again and plays now in his own band The Crunch, which has just released its second album BRAND NEW BRAND. I met a good-humored Terry back in December at his home in Essex and here are the results of a long and interesting conversation, which went through Terry’s long career and, of course, his current activities and the future. Read on!
Francesco Jovino is the new Primal Fear drummer! After 10 years behind the drums for U.D.O., Francesco is back! Primal Fear founding member Tom Naumann joins the band as an official member! After two years touring with Primal Fear, Tom is now back as a full member. Magnus Karlsson will remain a member of the band and will co-write the new album of the band. The recordings of the new Primal Fear album will start in Mid-July @ Hansen Studio in Denmark with producer Mat Sinner & engineer Jacob Hansen. 12 songs are already written, in pre production. The new album will be released worldwide in January 2016 via Frontiers Music srl.
Primal Fear guitarist Tom Naumann
To all Primal Fear and Aquiles Priester FANS around the world! We knew it would be a hard mission for us, but we’ve given it a try and unfortunately, to combine our present obligations and our future endeavors, it has become impossible to have a cohesive band together. Due to our schedules and the distance between the continents we have decided to part ways. From both sides we do not have any regrets at all and we are very happy that we have tried our best to make it happen. We are all still good friends and we wish all the best for each other in the future.
From Hell’s Heart:
What Are the Top 5 Worst Metal Albums?
Constraints had to be placed on what each person deems a “worst” album to be, otherwise many of us would just list a bunch of grungey/alternashit, mallcore/nu/core. Therefore, it typically is from a band that plays a style of metal that each of us like. Read on to learn about some truly terrible albums.
Taake will tour eastern North America for the first time begining June 14 in Allston, Masschusett. The tour, supported by Wolvhammer, will visit 13 cities before its conclusion in Brooklyn on June 26.
The complete list of dates for the tour are:
6/14 – Brighton Music Hall, Allston MA
6/15 – Theatre Plaza, Montreal QC
6/16 – Hard Luck, Toronto ON
6/17 – The Loft, Lansing MI
6/18 – The Foundry, Lakewood OH
6/19 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh PA
6/20 – Cobra Lounge, Chicago IL
6/21 – Riot Room, Kansas City MO
6/22 – Fubar, St. Louis MO
6/23 – Masquerade, Atlanta GA
6/24 – New Mountain, Asheville NC
6/25 – Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD
6/26 – St. Vitus, Brooklyn NY
ONE BAND RULES THEM ALL! Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce VESPERIA as this year’s 2015 winner. The band was crowned champion after performing alongside MEDEVIL (Vancouver), BLEED (Edmonton), ENDLESS CHAOS (Winnipeg), MIDNIGHT MALICE(Toronto), NORDHEIM (Quebec City) who represented the top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from ten participating cities across Canada.
“We are very proud to present Vesperia’s brand of epic melodic metal to the mighty Wacken festival. This makes it two wins for front man Morgan Rider who played bass for Crimson Shadows during their 2013 win and has been a very active player in the Canadian metal scene for many years. It’s great to see him succeed and carry the torch with Vesperia.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
VESPERIA will now move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle(participating countries can be found here) at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air (July 30-Aug 1) in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.
The final took place on June 6th at Opera House in Toronto, ON and was judged by Annihilator’s Jeff Waters and Mike Harshaw, Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth), Tim Henderson (BraveWords) and David Bottrill (Producer, Mixer).
German power metallers Iron Savior released their first ever DVD/Live CD Live At The Final Frontier on May 29th. It includes the recordings of the band’s show in their hometown Hamburg (from January 2015) and comes as exclusive DVD/2CD digipak.
Iron Savior – LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER
“Revenge Of The Bride”
“Break The Curse”
“Mind Over Matter”
“Hall Of The Heroes”
“R U Ready”
“I’ve Been To Hell”
“Heavy Metal Never Dies”
“Iron Watcher (Medley)”
“Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest cover)
*Also additional backstage/concert footage
“Revenge Of The Bride”
“Break The Curse”
“Mind Over Matter”
“Hall Of The Heroes”
“R U Ready”
“I’ve Been To Hell”
“Heavy Metal Never Dies”
“Iron Watcher (Medley)”
“Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest cover)
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right, which is now available world-wide, the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.
HELLOWEEN has released a shareable video track for the brand new single “Stay Crazy” and can be seen below.
My God-Given Right was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties. The enchanting artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.