HOPLITE RECORDS CONFIRM that VARDIS will be recording new live album, the very long awaited follow up to their classic live 1981 hit album “100MPH”. The new live album will be recorded at the Unity Works, Unity Hall, Wakefield, UK, on Saturday 13th December 2014 and will be out in 2015 on all formats including CD & iTunes.
Swedish trio FREAK KITCHEN are back with Cooking with Pagans, their eighth and most frantic album to date. The album was released on September 16th via Laser’s Edge. The album can be ordered HERE.
Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $150,000, a very ambitious animated video, directed by legendary artist (and author of Blacksad) Juanjo Guarnido to the track “Freak of the Week” has finally been completed by a world-class team of animators. The video premiered at the New York Comic Con and can be viewed HERE.
FREAK KITCHEN has always been a tremendously respected live act and for the first time the energetic live vibe of FREAK KITCHEN has been captured in the studio. With influences stretching from AC/DC to classical South Indian music the three Norsemen, lead by guitar virtuoso Mattias IA Eklundh, truly have a sound of their own. Cooking with Pagans offers eleven intense original songs plus a sophisticated punk pop version of the 1936 hit “Goody Goody” like you’ve never heard it before. Cooking with Pagans is solid, inspired song writing (not to say playing) from start to finish.
FREAK KITCHEN will tour the world from November and the better part of 2015 to support their new release.
Cooking With Pagans Track Listing:
1. Professional Help
2. Freak of the Week
4. Goody Goody
5. (Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach
6. Private Property
7. Mathematics of Defeat
8. I Don’t Want to Golf
10. Come Back to Comeback
11. Ranks of the Terrified
12. Once Upon a Time in Scandanaviastan
Mattias IA Eklundh: Vocals, Guitar
Christer Ortefors: Bass, Vocals
Bjorn Fryklund: Drums
European Headline Tour kicks off on April 17, 2015 New Record “Songs From The Black Hole” out March 2015
Fresh off their US Tour, American Power Trio PRONG finished an album of cover versions, putting their distinct spin on an array of tracks originally recorded by artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Adolescents, The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü and Neil Young.
Tommy Victor: “PRONG is excited to announce 2015 European tour dates in conjunction with our upcoming release “Songs From The Black Hole”. Along with the standards and selected tracks from our newest albums, we will be performing our versions of classic influential masterpieces, as featured on the new record. The tour has us returning to England, remarkably, for four shows after our premier UK festival appearance at Bloodstock. It will also be great to head back to Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria and Holland with a new set and another new PRONG release, “Songs From The Black Hole”!
SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing the album as a special CD and LP edition in Scandinavia on March 25th, in Germany on March 27th, in Europe on March 30th and in the USA on March 31st 2015.
More details will be revealed soon.
PRONG European Tour 2015
17.04. NL-Groningen – Vera
18.04. NL-Sittard – Volt
19.04. B-Kortrijk – De Kreun
21.04. UK-Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
22.04. UK-Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
23.04. UK-London – O2 Islington Academy
24.04. UK-Bristol – O2 Academy
25.04. F-Savigny le Temple – L’Emreinte
26.04. CH-Pratteln – Z7
27.04. A-Graz – PPC
28.04. A-Vienna – Szene
29.04. D-Munich – Feierwerk
30.04. D-Berlin – C-Club
01.05. D-Cologne – Underground
02.05. D-Essen – Turock
03.05. D-Hamburg – Knust
Agency: Seaside Touring
A newly revitalized Queensrÿche have partnered with PledgeMusic.com for a new album pre-order campaign entitled Building The Empire. Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton will offer fans various unique experiences to bring them closer to the band than ever before. The band is offering everything from limited edition vinyl and merchandise to the actual instruments played on the upcoming album and a chance to hang with the band in their hometown of Seattle. The album pre-order as well as all of these other items and experiences can be found at www.pledgemusic.com/queensryche.
“For the first time in the history of Queensrÿche, we are doing something we have never done before,” states bassist Eddie Jackson. In conjunction with the PledgeMusic.com pre-order, Queensrÿche has created an opportunity for accredited investors to purchase a stake in Queensrÿche Holdings, LLC. This stake will allow select investors that meet certain financial requirements to share in all of the profits the band makes moving forward. This opportunity is being offered on a limited basis; interested parties should go www.queensrycheofficial.com/investment for more information and to begin the investor accreditation process.
Queensrÿche has recently begun writing music for their new album that is slated for release in Spring 2015. This release marks the band’s second album with Century Media as well as the second album with new vocalist Todd LaTorre. This release will be the follow up to their self-titled 2013 release which debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart landing at #23 and selling 13,659 copies its first week. That album received critical acclaim including Billboard magazine’s review stating: “From the moment Rockenfield’s drums and Wilton and Parker Lundgren’s guitars go on the attack in “Where Dreams Go to Die,” the traditional Queensrÿche sound is back. The hooks are arresting, and the rhythm section packs unmitigated fire power.” Sites such as Metal Underground proclaimed: “The band has brought back much of the direction that made it one of the most revered in progressive/power metal history,” and BraveWords.com exclaims: “This self-titled slab of faith-restoring metal boasts the return of the almighty riff, twin guitar leads, and brazen in-your-face melodies.”
Queensrÿche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album “The Warning” in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of “Rage For Order”, Queensrÿche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album “Operation: Mindcrime”, which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “Empire” in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewer’s choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit “Silent Lucidity”. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. Queensrÿche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.
Queensrÿche is Todd La Torre (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Parker Lundgren (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums).
Saint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday November 9th. As of 4 pm yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandanavia or anywhere in the EU.
SAINT VITUS WILL CONTINUE THE REMAINING DATES OF THE TOUR!!!
Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. We will still deliver the HEAVY sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. David Chandler and Henry Vasquez along with a few surprise guests will take over vocal duties and this will be a rare opportunity to see Vitus with main songwriter David Chandler vocalizing his tormented tales of pain, heartache and DOOM. We hope to still see all of you on our remaining dates. FUCK THAT WEAK SHIT!!!!
WAR TORN BLACK METALLERS EASTERN FRONT RAISE MONEY FOR THE POPPY APPEAL THROUGH DOUBLE VINYL RELEASE
Known for their affinity with all things WORLD WAR related EASTERN FRONT are no strangers to supporting military related causes.
On the release of their second album for Candlelight Records entitled ‘Descent Into Genocide’ (Read the Metal-Rules 4.5/5 review here) they donated a percentage of profits from the boxset release to the military charity HELP FOR HEROES.
With this limited edition double vinyl, released on Remembrance Day this year, they will be donating £1 from each sale to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Over the last two years since 2013, Wacken Metal Battle Canada has seen Canada’s top metal bands battle each other for one to rule them all and perform at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany. Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners –video at Wacken) have had that honour, playing in front of thousands. Now with Wacken Metal Battle Canada’s 2015 submissions set to open on November 20th, 2014 till January 6th, 2015, WMBC is also proud to announce its expansion to Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon and Winnipeg to join Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal as the official battle grounds.
NOVEMBER 20th UPDATE:
More exciting news! Just got news that Victoria is another city added to the battles for 2015 for a total of 10 cities across Canada.
“We’re happy to be expanding again this year again with the addition of Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon. As pillars of the metal community it’s our duty to provide the opportunities of Metal Battle to as many Canadian bands as possible.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
Saying that Alestorm have been a busy band is an understatement, with a new album just out and the Scottish pirate crew are ready to release the Kraken that is their new album “Sunset on the Golden age”.We caught up with Dani Evans, who lends his guitar talents to Alestorm, for a quick chat about the new album, the current tour and plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce another impactful release to kick off 2015 with a bang: LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One”, released on January 23rd EU and on January 27th in North America. The album features 12 songs performed in a true Metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge feat. Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, etc) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) plus an all star metal line-up incl. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween, etc.) & Alexander Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Silent Force) on lead guitars, Randy Black (ex-Annihilator, ex-Primal Fear, etc) on drums & Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards. Song samples are available below.
Coming in 2015 – LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One” featuring Mat Sinner and Russell Allen plus more!
Satan’s Fall 2014 tour only had one exclusive Canadian data in Toronto. So in order to the see the band and have a vacation in an interesting city, I travelled to San Francisco, arriving on October 25, 2014, the same day Satan was playing in the Bay area. It was Satan’s first time in the west coast city and tickets to the show at the Elbo Room put on by Lucifer’s Hammer had sold fast. It was a cool experience to see the legendary NWOBHM band in a venue that has so much history in the punk and metal scene of San Francisco.
Savannah, Georgia’s Black Tusk have issued the following statement regarding the passing of bassist Jonathan Athon who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident with his girlfriend Emily on Friday night (November 7th):
“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.”
The numbers already look impressive: 91 bands announced, 13 cities in 7 states & territories and it’s all 1 show – 1 single show under 1 banner in 1 night all over Australia.
This is the first time in Australian metal history that promoters, venues and bands get together for METAL UNITED DOWN UNDER. Capital, medium and smaller cities host this huge event, some as all day festivals, some as evening only shows. Underground metal bands from all over the country play in their city or travel to another Metal United Down Under show as part of their tour. Metal United Down Under connects all of them.