Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Midnight Eternal is the name of a new band from New York and is the brainchild of Operatika members Richard Fischer and Boris Zaks. The band’s self-titled debut album was unleashed in April and ought to appeal to fans of symphonic metal. Singer Raine Hilai and I hooked up and we had a talk about the album, which has taken the band 2 years to finish, the fact the band has become high profiled in the NY area with only their demo and their support shows to Doro, The Agonist and Quiet Riot amongst others. The album was mixed by the famous Tommy Hansen with art work by Jan Yrlund and is jammed with epic songs perfect for fans of Delain, Nightwish and Kamelot.
With many classics and popular bands to look forward to at Bloodstock this year, we must remember all the most successful of bands started off as new blood at one point or another. And with the Hobgoblin New Blood stage’s line up now complete, Metal Rules have compiled five bands we think are worth checking out over the weekend.
Along with the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, this year’s Bloodstock Open Air has a wide range of up and coming bands showcasing their varied talents on the Jagermeister stage. With the festival less than four weeks away, the lineup for said stage has now been confirmed.
The Ny thrash metal veterans Whiplash have cancelled the entire European tour including the upcoming Brutal Assault festival. The band posted the following message to the official Facebook site “News from the WHIPLASH Camp: sadly, it has become necessary to announce that, due to logistics, we will not be performing European shows this August in Spain, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic. We gratefully thank the festivals that invited us, and the friends and fans that wanted to see us thrash.”
The German thrash patrol Holy Moses will be replacing Whiplash at Brutal Assault.
“Once in a while in an band’s career comes a special time, a period where you feel it’s all finally coming together and that time I’m proud to say is NOW! The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash our ‘Tygertastic,’ audience. You’re gonna love this one, it’s a MONSTER……”, Robb Weir, founder and guitarist of Tygers Of Pan Tang, July 2016.
Who would have predicted that 2016 would turn out to be the most productively successful year since their early days for a band whose history stretches back to the birth of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal? Much has been written about the role the Tygers played in the establishment of the movement and about the comings and goings within the band, but it is safe to say that the current line up brings a creative stability and a shared camaraderie that will keep them together, playing live and making records for some time to come.
The year began the signing of a new record deal with Scandinavia’s premier rock&metal label Mighty Music giving the band the opportunity to record the material they had written and honed in a burst of activity in late 2015. Whilst the band were happy to produce themselves at The Blast Studio in Newcastle they knew that the mix needed a fresh pair of ears. Mighty Music CEO Michael H. Andersen recommended Soren Andersen/Medley Studio for the mix of the album. Having heard and been impressed by material recorded and mixed by Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) the Tygers sought out his services. Soren was only too happy to work with a band whose credentials were so firmly established. For the mastering, Harry Hess of Harem Scarem fame was the perfect man for the job.
Leaving the music in his capable hands, next stop for the band was South America. Having no idea what reception they would receive they were overwhelmed by the fierce dedication of the fans in Brazil and Columbia, who, in many cases, had waited years for an opportunity to witness the live show. From South America to Europe without a breath and then on to North America where they headlined Chicago’s Ragnarokkr festival. To say they aced it is an understatement and in the words of the promoter ‘The Tygers started the first Ragnarokkr riot because people were so pumped up.
And the new material will be road tested with their first extensive UK dates for many a year. And, as we write, plans for worldwide dates in support of the album are already coming to fruition.In late August first single “Only The Brave” will be released on 7” vinyl ep with exclusive bonus track “What Do You Say” from the album recording session. A music video for “Only The Brave” is being shot as we speak. The long awaited comeback album “Tygers Of Pan Tang” will be released worldwide Friday 21st of October 2016 on LP, ltd picture LP, CD and through all digital services.
1. Only The Brave
3. Glad Rags
4. The Reason Why
5. Never Give In
6. Do It Again
7. I Got The Music In Me
8. Praying For A Miracle
9. Blood Red Sky
10. Angel In Disguise
11. The Devil You Know
08.10.16 Rotterdam (NL) – Rotterdam Rocks Festival@ Baroeg
09.10.16 Roeselare (BE) – Verlichte Geest
21.10.16 Newcastle (UK) – The Cluny
22.10.16 Wigan (UK) – Old Courts
24.10.16 London (UK) The Black Heart
25.10.16 Bilston (UK) – Robin 2
26.10.16 Hull (UK) – Fruit
27.10.16 Merthyr Tydfil (UK) – The New Crown
28.10.16 Barnsley (UK) – Rock And Blues Venue
29.10.16 Edinburgh (UK) – Bannerman’s
07.01.17 Mangualde (PT) – Hardmetal Festival
03.03.17 Hamburg (DE) – Hell Over Hammaburg Festival
12.05.17 Copenhagen (DK) Nordic Noise Rock Festival
Here’s to another year in weather hell. I think Denmark has one of the weirdest climates in the universe. Within the 3 days of the festival, I managed to get both a farmer’s tan (in the shape of a butterfly so yey me) and a super nasty cold. As every year, it rained every single day, but this time ACDC sent their regards with huge thunderstorms.
This year the line-up was a bit soft: as in 4 big bands and a tone of small ones.
Thursday was an early one; prepared with some cold beers I went to see Blind Guardian, Dropkick Murphys, Alice Cooper and Scorpions.
Blind Guardian was one of the poorest and stiffs concert I have ever seen in my entire life. I don’t know if Hansi was just tired, not feeling well due to all the heat, or he is just old but he barely moved an inch and the entire representations was a bit on fast-forward. It seemed like they just wanted to be out of there as soon as possible.
Truth be told, I was never a big fan of Dropkick Murphys, I’ve heard of them and listen to a couple of songs but it just didn’t do it for me. I was pleasantly surprised seeing their performance: full of energy and good vibes even in the horrible hell heat. The sound went for terrible to ok-ish as the concert progressed. What can I say; Al Barr took over Helviti’s new ramp out in the crowd and bassist Ken Casey was sweating like there was no tomorrow: the boys were back in town!
The day’s first headliner was legend Alice Cooper. I’ve seen his shows one could say too many times, and all of them are 80% the same. I was really curious to see if after last time I saw them (more than 4 years ago) anything changed, or if he got deeper into the routine.
The beginning was promising, ‘The Black Widow” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” held the crowd high. After that I’d say Alice turn on autopilot mode.
Hits like “Poison” and “Feed My Frankenstein” were obviously among the favorites.
In terms of show, he frankensteined himself, went mad, died, and came back from the dead like Jesus did many many moons ago.
The band loves the dead and the commemoration began. The tribute to Keith Moon started in a form of a fine game version of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard”, it went into Hendrix’s “Fire”, in a heavier “Suffragette City” from Bowie and the last number in the cover parade was *drumrolls* “Ace Of Spades” Who would have guessed?
After all the oldies but goldies, came another oldie “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out”. The “Elected” encore came with a fun show of a masked Trump and Clinton. Everybody laughed but there wasn’t that spark as before, they should have probably picked something more well-known and less offensive for the Trump lovers in the crowed. Conclusion Alice was elected president and threw his money to the public.
Right before Scorpions gig the clouds started pulling in and everything went dark. Lightning started to struck and all I was thinking of was I hope there are no aliens in the ground as in ‘War of the Worlds’. I was even considering leaving the festival early – it was that bad!
Smart me would have realized that every year it rains at Copenhell and it would probably be a good idea to bring a rain coat, or at least something to protect my camera, but then again, smart me was busy celebrating her bachelor completion.
I’ve never seen them live and I might have had really high expectations and they didn’t disappoint. The rain was the little extra that made it all perfect; it’s something about rain and ballads that chicks as yours truly, really dig. On “Wind of Change” everybody forgot that they were soaking wet and most likely wake up with pneumonia the next day, and started singing their lungs out.
This is the 50th anniversary tour for Scorpions and you can’t even tell, they were incredible and I dare to say they aged like wine.
Next day, got to the festival really early to catch Amon Amarth, Epica and Megadeth.
As my tshirt said I am a ‘Viking bitch’ and I’ve seen Amon Amarth on tour with each one of their albums (ok ok, almost all of them) and every time it was mesmerizing. I adore Johan’s happy face and all the energy they give to the crowd. Their last album “Jomsviking” was a low 2.5 out of 5. I was disappointed in the lack of diversity they showed this time; all of the songs had the same riffs and melody, just different lyrics.
I haven’t been reading up on the public’s opinion about it (bachelor problems) but I think I got a glimpse of it at Copenhell.
The show started in full force with “Pursuit of Vikings”, everybody was having a great time headbanging alongside the band. Shortly after, the enthusiasm went down while the new songs were coming up. The band started and ended the shows with the crowd’s favorites such as: “Guardians of Asgaard” and “Twilight of the Thunder Gods”, throwing in between Loki’s stories a “Destroyer of the Universe”.
It was a nice concert, Johan drank with the public and he was so happy that he announced another concert in Denmark in December. All in all it was a good concert, the only negative aspect was that I felt that the drums held back a bit.
Beer pause and went to see Epica’s first appearance in Denmark, taking over Hades Friday at 18.15. They have a really good dynamics in the songs where the hard elements mix very well with the symphonic and I was pretty excited to see them. That, and also because Simone Simons is hot as f*ck.
The sound saw perfect from the start (please read through the lines and notice my sarcasm). After a couple of minutes of too much of a higher voice and then too low, the sound mixer finally figured it out.
It was a good performance and the setlist was on point in my opinion alternating the softer songs with the heavy ones.
Next stop was one of the festival’s headliners: Megadeth, one of the greatest thrash bands the world has ever seen. Mustaine took over the stage with “Hanger 18” from ‘Rust in Piece’ and then went on to “The Threat Is Real” from this year’s ‘Dystopia’ – which is one of the band’s best albums in many years.
Mustaine was hiding between his gingery hair locks the entire time and that made it quite difficult to snap a picture of his face without making him look like a Sasquatch. Trush be told, he has always been like that and it wouldn’t be fair to criticize him now. They continued with “Death From Within”, “Dystopia”, “Post American World” and ”Poisonous Shadows” from the latest album. It wasn’t a greatest hits festival set list, which made the band look more alive, rather than ancient puppets playing the same old same old for the 1000th time. “Symphony of Destruction”, “Peace Sell” and “Holy Wars” was an impressive trio to end with, but I think the concert was too big in pure guitar riffs and too little in physical activity.
Next day, Saturday, was the day that went down in history, well… for me at least. I grew up with Black Sabbath and always dreamed of seeing them live with Ozzy; and now I managed to check that off from my bucket list.
I would like to start by saying that it was a HUGE disappointment that not all the photographers were allowed in the pit, but only 4. I am also pissed at the organizers for saying that the band’s management hand selected only 3 (!!) Danish photographers to cover the event, but in fact they handed out 4 photo stickers to the very first people they saw in the press tent. How is that fair? BOOO !!!
Anyways, I managed with the help of a really nice photographer with a too-expensive-for-my-face lenses to snap a decent picture of Ozzy; again, BOOO organizers.
Back to Sabbath, yes, the kings of metal, the legends, the dark prince, had taken over Copenehll.
As the very first sound of “Black Sabbath”, the crowd went wild, and you could feel it right down up to your toes that it will be something BIG and sure enough Ozzy’s voice roared in the night.
He sang, loved the crowd, sang some more, jumped and threw around some “God bless you” and more “we love you”.
They had a pretty nice set list with songs sucha s “War Pigs”, “Snowblind”, “Iron Man”, “Dirty Women” and last but not least “Paranoid”.
It was a grandiose night, that I will never forget, and it was the perfect ending to this year’s Copenhell.
2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, OPETH. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike. Today, OPETH announces their 12th album, Sorceress, will be released on September 30th and have unveiled the artwork and track list for their imminent masterpiece.
OPETH’s new album, Sorceress, their first for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records, is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album’s opener “Persephone” to “The Wilde Flowers” and “Strange Brew” to the album’s counterpart title tracks “Sorceress” and “Sorceress II,” OPETH’s twelfth full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colors mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly.
”The new album ”Sorceress” is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. ”Sorceress” is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!”
For Sorceress, OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from Queen, Rush and Judas Priest, where the Swedes had tracked Pale Communion in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent 12 days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The result is nothing short of a powerful and intriguing record that will add yet another layer to the band’s celebrated career.
OPETH will return to North America this fall for a headline tour, which will kick off with a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest on September 24th in San Bernardino, CA. The excursion will continue with special guest The Sword through the following month before wrapping up on October 26th in Vancouver, BC.
Sorceress Track List:
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
11. Persephone (Slight Return)
OPETH Tour Dates:
Sep 24 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest/Knotfest @ San Manual Amphitheater
Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Oct 8 – Akron, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Oct 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct 14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 19 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Oct 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 25 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
Oct 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum
Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music. Said co-founder Scott Ian, “Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly. I am a husband, I am a father. I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do. I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”
Over that 35-year period, Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise.” And, of course, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of The Big Four. Go here for a look at 35 years of Anthrax.
Anthrax:2016: Clockwise from left – Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Jon Donais, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna
Photo credit: Travis Shinn
So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what’s the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys? Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his” Dark Tower” series books? Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity? Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination? Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused. Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, “Married…with Children.”
Remembers Charlie Benante, the band’s drummer since 1983, “We had such a ball doing that show. We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites. They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it. After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood. Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by actor Ed O’Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner. Al said, ‘hey, let’s go talk to Clint and Morgan,’ and I went ‘whaaaaa???’ He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I’m thinking ‘where am I? Am I here right now? This is actually happening?’ It was just surreal. That stands out as one of the highlights. It wasn’t really a musical thing, but music got us to that. I’m just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?”
Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his “best Anthrax moment.” “It was probably 1989 or ’90, whenever the ‘Antisocial’ video blew up at Dial MTV,” he remembers. “It was the first time I’d ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band.” Donais’ “best Anthrax memory” now happens like Groundhog Day: “I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it. Now I get to play every night with the band!”
The most memorable time as a member of Anthrax could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx. Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on
the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.
For Anthrax’s Ian, it was a different occasion “My ONE thing of thousands of things I’ve done in Anthrax that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium,” he said, referencing The Big Four’s second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. “For me that is the pinnacle. My mecca. The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played. It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was ‘King of the hill, top of the heap.’
“So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns,” Ian adds,”‘Here’s to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they’re all dead.’ Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”
Anthrax – Ian, Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais – will celebrate their 35 years well into the fall playing major festivals, headline shows and as Special Guest with fellow Big Four comrades Slayer. Dates and ticketing info are listed here..
David Taylor, a staunch Anthrax fan, compiled a variety of in-concert clips of the band performing the 1988 classic “Antisocial” over the past three-plus decades, to create a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary.
The second annual ROCK CARNIVAL returns with another stellar line-up of the biggest names in entertainment. The main event will take place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at its new location in Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.
As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL will feature classic amusement rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action Professional Wrestling, a wide selection of tasty brews, and of course… the best in local, national and international rock music performances! This year’s event will also see the addition of more carnival area space and a children’s fun zone. This is a weekend of big fun for the whole family!
ROCK CARNIVAL is pleased to announce the official per-day event line-up, including Friday’s headliner, shock rock king Alice Cooper, and Saturday’s presentation of Twisted Sister’s official tri-state farewell performance. In addition to Daughtry – featuring its namesake Chris Daughtry – contestant on the fifth season of Fox’s American Idol, ROCK CARNIVAL’s new performers include Life Of Agony, Sebastian Bach, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Punky Meadows and 10 Years.
See below for the current line-up, with more artists being added leading up to the main event. Stay tuned, Sunday’s headliner will be announced soon!
Friday, September 30th
Blue Oyster Cult
Kyng & More
Saturday, October 1st
Texas Hippie Coalition
Four By Fate
Cycle of Pain
Sunday, October 2nd
Life Of Agony
Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy
+ more TBA!
Music will take place on multiple stages, including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field. Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The musical portion of the event will once again feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area, with the addition of another performance area showcasing developing artists.
This year’s festivities will also include a brand new “Classic” Friday night celebration, which will feature tributes to classic rock favorites! Almost Queen will play your Queen favorites, and Zakk Sabbath – featuring vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age) – will perform Black Sabbath classics.
Reserved weekend, GA weekend, single day, VIP and Skybox tickets for this year’s ROCK CARNIVAL are on sale now. Single day tickets are just $44.99! Carnival and concert entry is FREE for all children under 16 and Adult Carnival Only Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the Carnival. Carnival Only Admission does not include stadium access.
Get your reserved and GA weekend + single day tickets here! Find VIP packages and Skybox tickets via SoundRink.
More carnival details, per-day line-ups and other entertainment will be announced soon. For more information, visit http://therockcarnival.com/.
The ROCK CARNIVAL is produced by Stan Levinstone Presents and GameLoud.
With their full support behind him, SOILWORK announces the departure of longtime drummer Dirk Verbeuren as he joins heavy metal legends MEGADETH as their new full-time drummer. Verbeuren has been performing with MEGADETH for months – his first show with the band was at Rock on The Range festival in May, where he performed to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers.
SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid offers up his encouragement, “In regards to the statement MEGADETH released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together. Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.”
Strid continues to state that SOILWORK is charging forward, continually progressing their performance but not straying too far from their defining, signature sound, “In the recent years SOILWORK have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a cliché it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day. Believe me, it’s there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% SOILWORK, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.
Touring drummer Bastian Thusgaard is more-than-worthily filling in the ranks behind the kit this summer.
Strid adds, “Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I’m sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We’ll be there. Thank you.”
Departing drummer Dirk Verbeuren has this to say, “They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make. This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I’ve always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past twelve years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join MEGADETH- a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated- I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn’t have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my SOILWORK family. For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you’re my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to MEGADETH and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!”
Stay tuned for more news on upcoming SOILWORK tour dates, music and more – the ride continues!
SOILWORK is currently touring in support of their current album The Ride Majestic. The Ride Majestic is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.
See below for all current SOILWORK tour dates. Visit www.soilwork.org for tickets and more information.
SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com
8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)
SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario
KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.
2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle
Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed documentary film “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” comes a deluxe box set chronicling the meteoric rise of the legendary glam rock outfit who strutted their way to the top of the music scene in high heels and fishnet stockings! Featuring 3 full length vintage live recordings dating back to the group’s late ‘70s, early ‘80s heyday, this incredible release, titled Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors – The Early Years, will be available starting July 15 courtesy of Deadline Music.
In addition to the classic TS line-up of vocalist Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda, and bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, these recordings feature early drummers Tony Petri and Ritchie Teeter as well as the man who earned the spot as permanent drummer, the brilliant A.J. Pero, whose passing last year was mourned across the entire rock universe. All together, these legends of crazed, cross-dressing hard rock mayhem absolutely slay on stage with performances of the early classics “Rock ’N’ Roll Saviors,” “The Kids Are Back,” “What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You),” “Ride To Live, Live To Ride” and many, many more! Each concert CD comes in its own individual wallet with inner sleeve and the whole set is packaged in a lavish, red velvet-lined box with pop up mirror. In addition to the CDs, inside the box is a gorgeous full-color 20-page booklet of rare photos and extensive liner notes written by music journalist Malcolm Dome PLUS 3 signature guitar picks, a custom bright pink lipstick tube, and a backstage pass. It’s everything you need to properly celebrate this extraordinary band!
DISC 1: 1979 Detroit Club
1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors
2. Pay The Price
3. Follow Me
4. Under The Blade
5. Guitar Solo
6. Can’t Stand Still
7. Lady’s Boy
8. Workin’ On You Baby
9. Come Back
10. Without You
11. Chinese Hustle
12. I’ll Never Grow Up Now
13. Plastic Money
14. Johnny B Goode
15. Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors
DISC 2: 1980 Hammerheads
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. Come Back
3. Bad Boys
5. Pay The Price
6. Without You
7. Under The Blade
8. Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors
9. Plastic Money
10. You Know I Cry
11. I’ll Never Grow Up Now!
12. Born To Be Wild
DISC 3: 1983 Donington
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Shoot ‘Em Down
5. Like a Knife In The Back
6. Ride To Live, Live To Ride
7. We’re Gonna Make It
8. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
9. I Am Me (I’m Me)
10. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll