Enter To Win 2 VIP Passes To The Festival Including Hotel + Airfare Courtesy Of F.Y.E.
This week the promoters of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are pleased to welcome two new additions to this year’s fest in the form of crossover legends D.R.I. and technical death metal battalion Job For A Cowboy!
This follows last week’s unveiling of Mission Quest to Metal Fest. Formed to aid a few of this year’s acts to and from NEMHFthis year, the fourth annual tour curated by MassConcerts unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the event. See confirmed dates below. Further audio annihilation will come from the third annual Metal Alliance Tour featuring Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail and Friday headliners Anthrax performing their iconic Among The Living full-length in its entirety. Additional headliners include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies and nearly fifty more acts from all walks of the extreme music spectrum!
The three-day event will take place the weekend of April 19th, 20th and 21st at the historic Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts marking its 15th anniversary. Info on the kick-off party on Thursday, April 18th will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway package for the event! One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations
F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed, Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!
Enter to win the contest and grab some great metal CDs from F.Y.E. at THIS LOCATION.
Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.
Mission Quest to Metal Fest w/ Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, Antagonist A.D:
4/08/2013 The Underground – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2013 The Studio – Tucson, AZ
4/10/2013 The War Room – El Paso, TX
4/12/2013 The Low Key Parts – Hot Springs, AR
4/13/2013 The Hatch – Evansville, IN
4/14/2013 Skate Naked – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 907 Lincoln – Ann Arbor, MI
4/16/2013 Funeral Home – Buffalo, NY
4/17/2013 West Side Park – Wilkes Barre, PA
4/18/2013 Moose Lodge – Glen Cove, NY
4/19-21/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest XV
Friday, April 19th: Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Black Breath, Holy Grail, VYGR, Multilation Rites, Trap Them, Death Before Dishonor, Xibalba, The Mongoloids, Power Trip, Expire, Twitching Tongues, Alleageon, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, The Greenery, Disgrace, Antagonist AD, The Greenery, Battlecross
Saturday, April 20th: Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Katatonia, Trollfest, Tyr, Hellsot, Heidevolk, Ensiferum, Alpha & Omega, Born of Osiris, After The Burial, Dead By Wednesday, The Contortionist, Legion, Erra, Fit For An Autopsy, Born Low, MurderDeathKill, Sworn In, Reflections, Mouth of the South, Ark of the Covenant, Those Who Fear, Saving Grace, Years Since The Storm, Mouth of the South, King 810
Sunday, April 21st: Suicidal Tendencies, Miss May I, Texas In July, Trapped Under Ice, Glass Cloud, Your Memorial, No Mercy, I Declare War, Foundation, Remembering Never, Bracewar, Mother of Mercy, Agitator, Incendiary, Thick As Blood, Dark Sermon, To The Wind, D.R.I., Job For A Cowboy
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013 Ticket Prices/Packages:
Weekend Pass For All 3 Days – $90 [BUY HERE]
Thursday, April 18th– Kick Off Party – $12 In Advance/$15 Day-Of [BUY HERE]
Friday, April 19th: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of [BUY HERE]
Saturday, April 20th: $40 In Advance/$45 Day-Of [BUY HERE]
Sunday, April 21st: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of [BUY HERE]
VIP Three-Day Package –$165: Includes one three-day NEMHF Pass, entry to Thursday’s pre-party, an NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, early entry each day, NEMHF guitar picks, NEMHF button pack, raffles for exclusive gear, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain, free Monster energy drink at the signing tent. [BUY HERE]
VIP One-Day Pass – $80: Includes one NEMHF day pass for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, a NEMHF T-shirt, 18 x 24 NEMHF poster, NEMHF sampler CD, exclusive meet and greets with artists all weekend, NEHMF guitar picks, NEMHF beer koozie, NEMHF + Shock Clothing key chain, free Monster energy drink at the signing tent. [BUY HERE]
Legendary metal maven DORO PESCH will kick off her long-awaited North American tour tonight in Tampa, Florida following an explosive performance at this year’s edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. DORO will be touring in support of her Raise Your Fist full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year. Featuring guest appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G, with artwork by British artist and longtime DORO collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie, Raise Your Fist debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its first week of release and was commended by Outburn in an 8/10 rating for delivering “50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal.”
Advance ticket links are available on DORO’s Official Facebook Page and check out some words about the tour from the Metal Queen herself HERE.
DORO North American Headlining Tour 2013:
2/01/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
2/02/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/03/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
2/04/2013 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
2/05/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill And The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
On behalf of Samson, Eddie Trunk from That Metal Show and his Friday Night Rocks radio show in New York, spoke with SLAYER guitar legend Kerry King at winter NAMM 2013 and asked about the band’s long-awaited new studio album and the status of guitarist Jeff Hanneman who contracted necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011 (doctors say that it likely originated from a spider bite). Slayer’s last album was 2009′s World Painted Blood.
King on new material: “We have two songs that we completed last May and just need mixing. We have another that just needs vocals and leads and me and Dave (Lombardo) are working on a complete new one that we haven’t demoed. The whole hold-up now that seems to happen with every album we do is that Rick Rubin wants to change distributors. So we’re left in limbo until he lands somewhere. Realistically we are without a deal, but we plan on staying with Rick. When that gets settled we will start recording. I’m very comfortable saying that it will be out this year.”
Health status of Hanneman: “Not to sound weird, but when you get off tour, you scatter. And I don’t talk to him because I hate him, I don’t talk to him because I had enough of him! I don’t even talk to Tom (Araya). The only reason I talk to Dave is that we rehearse all the time. When I go off tour I just want to go chill and be Kerry, not Kerry King. From what I know he’s still trying to get basic in the game.”
So is Jeff part of the new Slayer album? “Not yet. I have enough material on my own if need be, but I’m open. If Jeff comes to the party with some new material, hell ya! I will play all the guitars. I’ve been playing all the guitars for years anyway, except for Jeff’s leads.”
What was the thinking behind doing the tour now, instead of waiting a couple months when the album release was closer?
We knew that we were going to release the album this spring and there was a gap where we knew we could do a U.S. tour. Earlier years we were really bad about scheduling things in a smart way. We’ve had like one year between tours in the U.S. and we know how important it is to be there. We thought that we’d do some groundwork for the actual album release tour and a little bit of testing the waters to be able to reap whatever we sowed last year on Paganfest, which was really good and I’m glad it went well. We thought that this was a good place to return.
We will be doing some shows here and there in Europe as well and going to Israel for the first time and doing a festival in Belgium or something like that and then have the album release in May and do the summer festivals and then probably come back to tour in the states next fall. So it’s all part of a master plan.
It’s definitely a good way to remind folks you’re still around, people’s attention spans being what they are these days.
Absolutely. That was kind of the main idea behind it. We wanted to step up the pace with the album, the last two coming three years after the one before it, and you know how the industry is these days. But even though it’s only been two years since Stand Up And Fight, we don’t see that we are rushing anything.
We are just trying to keep the heat that we’ve already built so we don’t have to start back at the level we began at when the last album came out. You want start where you finished off, so yeah, we want to get the name out there and get people excited about the new album before it comes out.
This bill is a bit different that what you’ve come over with before – last time with Paganfest, before that more of a black metal thing with Cradle of Filth and Nachtmystium. This one is a real mixed bag of styles.
Paganfest was great, but that folk/Viking/Pagan/whatever shit – not shit, that’s the wrong word, but you know what I mean, there’s just so many genres there – everything that comes from Finland people just brand as folk metal, so that’s established, even if it’s not entirely accurate. The idea for this was to broaden the scope of the whole horizon in a way that shows there’s something more to what we do and get away from the idea that if you’re a folk metal band you should only tour with folk metal bands or if you’re a death metal band you should only tour with death metal bands.
As long as there is some kind of touching point between the bands and people can feel that there is something interesting there, it should work. If we went out with some really technical math-metal band, it might be a bit weird, but Firewind is kind of traditional power metal that is very anthemic, which much of our music is. And Stolen Babies are bit avant garde, they have a folk side to them. So there is some common ground there.
I think the variety of the bill is not a weakness, it’s a good thing. There are these insane package shows that have like five death metal bands in a row, each one more brutal than the rest.
“Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013″ feat. TURISAS with special guests FIREWIND, STOLEN BABIES
On March 30th the new AVANTASIA-album “The Mystery Of Time“ will be released. If you register for the backstage section of tobiassammet.com (HERE), you can now see the new artwork there. It has been hand-painted by world acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Amongst Rodney’s most famous artworks are not only album covers for Rock legends such as Magnum, Thin Lizzy, Asia or Nazareth. He has also designed the characters for the TV-series “Lavender Castle“ and created the covers for novels by British fantasy author Michael Moorcock and many more.Tobias: “It is a great honour for me to have Rodney create the artwork of ‘The Mystery Of Time‘. Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start. I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in AVANTASIA’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!“
The Mystery Of Time tracklist:’Spectres’
‘The Watchmakers’ Dream’
‘Where Clock Hands Freeze’
‘Savior In The Clockwork’
‘Invoke The Machine’
‘What’s Left Of Me’
‘Dweller In A Dream’
‘The Great Mystery’
In April an all-star Avantasia ensemble will set off on a world tour, playing three-hour indoor shows on their own plus a few chosen festivals.
Guests on The Mystery Of Time rock opera include: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf), Russell Gilbrook (URIAH HEEP), guitarist/producer Sascha Paeth, and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg.
AVANTASIA’s last two albums, The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon, were released in 2010 and included guest appearances by Klaus Meine (SCORPIONS), Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-ICED EARTH), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), and Jon Oliva (JON OLIVA’S PAIN, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE) among others.
German power metallers GAMMA RAY have confirmed that they will release a new EP called Master Of Confusion on March 15 via EarMUSIC. The EP is actually close to an album as it has a length of 60 minutes, including two brand new songs, plus two covers (HOLOCAUST, SWEET) and six live tracks.
There will be a new album later this year so yes, it’s kind of a teaser and a perfect tool for the upcoming tour, which starts later this month. More news will be announced shortly.
Brazil-based metal band ALMAh presents its new official video clip for the song “Living And Drifting” from the latest studio album, MOTION (2011). It’s available on official Youtube channel of the band.
The idea of the clip is a story of some fan who discovers the new clip and starts spreading it as the “Almah virus” around the globe. The band has dedicated the video to all Almah fans over the world: in Europe, Asia and North and Latin America, from Brazil to Japan.
The video was filmed in Sao Paulo and directed by producer, musician and composer Diogo Araújo from Under Control Filmes who has an established name in Brazil thanks to his work with mainstream artists of the national scene.
ALMAh led by ex-Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi was established in 2006 and since then released three albums. The latest studio effort “Motion” saw the light of day in October 2011 via AFM Records (Europe, North America) and Victor JVC (Japan). In May 2012 Falaschi announced his departure from Angra and totally concentrated on ALMAh as his principal band. At the moment, the band is composing new songs for the next studio album.
Almah official Youtube http://www.youtube.com/AlmahChannel
Turisas violinist Olli Vänskä is a bit out frazzled and all apologies as he calls in from the studio in Helsinki, Finland, where the “battle metal” horde are rushing to finish work on their as-yet-untitled fourth album.
“I am calling late,” he says. “I had two interviews today. One of them I nailed right on time, this one I didn’t. I’m so sorry man. It’s a little crazy here.” Read the rest of this entry »
Five of the worlds finest drummers and D’Addario’s MARCO SOCCOLI convened for a private dinner during this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Drumming icons BILL WARD (Black Sabbath) GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok) DAVE LOMBARDO (Slayer, Philm) BRANN DAILOR (Mastodon) and Shawn Drover (Megadeth) all gathered for a night out in Anaheim last Friday (Jan 25th).
GENE HOGLAN had this to say about the evening:
”I had dinner with these fine gentlemen last night. Brann Dailor, Bill Ward, Dave Lombardo, Shawn Drover and Marco Soccoli. It was amazing, incredible and inspirational! ‘Hoglan further elaborated, “We were blessed to be able to get together to show our love and support for our dear friend and godfather to us all, Bill Ward. He is the nicest, sweetest man one could ever meet, and he has given so much support to our scene for ages, that for each of us to be a part of this round table discussion, this ‘summit’, if you will, was truly an unforgettable honor. And many, MANY thanks to our brother Marco Soccoli from D’Addario for putting us all together for Bill. When it happens again, you can count me in, TOTALLY!”
Gene Hoglan recently released his long-awaited instructional DVD, “The Atomic Clock”. Available at Hoglan Industries (http://hoglanindustries.com/) in the U.S. and at Reversed Records (http://www.reversedrecords.com/estore.html)in Canada, the disc showcases Hoglan’s three decades of experience of performing and recording with the world’s most well-known metal bands such as DEVIN TOWNSEND, DARK ANGEL, DEATH, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, ZIMMERS HOLE, and most recently FEAR FACTORY, along with many others on his resume.
Dirk Verbeuren, drum skin assassin for Swedish melodic metal band SOILWORK, will be performing at this year’s Titans Of The Throne III Drum Festival at the House Of Rock in Miami, Florida on February 20th.
Also showcasing that evening will be Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation, Upon Infliction) and Derek Roddy (ex-Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise).
SOILWORK’s ninth studio album & first dual-disc release, The Living Infinite, will be released on February 27th in Asia (via license to Marquee Records), in Europe on March 1st, and in North America on March 5th.
Produced byJens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH),The Living Infinite features artwork by 2005’s Stabbing The Drama artist Mircea Eftemie Gabriel of MNEMIC.
The album’s furious opening track, “Spectrum Of Eternity,” is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD here: http://bit.ly/euswsoe Trust us, this one will make your road rage pale in comparison.
SOILWORK’s world tour launches with a 54-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada this March. Support comes from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched. Tour dates are:
03/12/13 Empire – West Springfield, VA
03/13/13 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/14/13 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
03/15/13 The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
03/16/13 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
03/17/13 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/18/13 Dagobert – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
03/19/13 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
03/20/13 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/21/13 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
03/22/13 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/23/13 Token Lounge – Westland, MI
03/24/13 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
03/25/13 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
03/26/13 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
03/27/13 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/28/13 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
03/29/13 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
03/30/13 The Distillery – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/31/13 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
04/01/13 The Generator – Prince George, B.C. – CANADA
04/02/13 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/03/13 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/04/13 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
04/05/13 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
04/06/13 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/07/13 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
04/08/13 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
04/09/13 Las Vegas Country Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
04/11/13 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/12/13 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
04/13/13 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
04/14/13 The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
04/15/13 Trees – Dallas, TX
04/16/13 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
04/17/13 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
04/18/13 Lucky Mule – Abilene, TX
04/19/13 The Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
04/20/13 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
04/21/13 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
04/22/13 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
04/23/13 Geo’s – McAllen, TX
04/24/13 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/26/13 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
04/27/13 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
04/28/13 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
04/29/13 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
04/30/13 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
05/01/13 Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
05/02/13 The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
05/03/13 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
05/04/13 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
05/05/13 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
05/06/13 Station 58 – Syracuse, NY
05/07/13 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Advanced tickets and VIP Meet & Greet packages (early entry + a shirt of choice from the band’s merchandise) are available at EnterTheVault.com.
SOILWORK’s2010 album,The Panic Broadcast, debuted on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #88.
RAW Metal (division of Metal on Metal Records) has recently put out 2 releases on cassette format (pro-tapes, limited to 66 copies each).
The first one is “On Crom’s Mountain”, the debut album of the UK heavy/doom metal brigands ARKHAM WITCH (originally released by Barbarian Wrath on CD in 2011). The tape edition has a new cover art (by Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi) that will be also used on the vinyl edition of the album (to be out soon on Journey’s End Records). The most spot on and colourful description of this album must be from Hellride Music Forums (by Michael Ballue): “Ten (…) rough and ready, in your face metal smashers leaping out of the speakers to savage the listener like a rabid wolf. (…) The magnificent beast that first roared on the demo is just bigger, stronger and more experienced. (…) Arkham Witch have an all too rare ability to write songs that are unadulterated metal yet catchy and immediate beyond belief. As you head bang, they burrow into your brain like an aggressive horde of parasites. (…) There is a wealth of variety and not even close to a single clunker in this over 50 minutes of mayhem.(…)” You can find more info about “On Crom’s Mountain” and listen to the entire album on the page of this release.
The second cassette is OUTRAGE “7 is 1 and Other Tales” which is a tape-only compilation release, consisting of two titles this old German act recorded and self-released in 2006: “7 is 1 Take One” full-length and “Tales of Counted Sorrows” EP. These songs show the band developing their own particular style of blackened thrash metal with a touch of doom – the compositions have more twists and less early black metal elements than their old ’80s material (of which many songs were re-recorded in 2011 and released as “Go to Hell” CD), while still remaining quite primordial. One of the songs (“Killer”) features guest vocals by Volker “Iron Lung” Frerich of WARHAMMER. For more info about “7 is 1 and Other Tales” and for listening to a few tracks head on to the page of this release on Metal on Metal Records website.
LA power/thrashers HERETIC have posted a video for “Child of War”, a song coming off “A Time of Crisis” album which we released last July by Metal on Metal Records. The clip was shot and directed by Metal Refuge TV’s FreddyMedal (a.k.a. Fred Swift of Down Heaval/Augmented) and can be seen on YouTube. HERETIC is currently working on the follow-up effort which will feature such new tracks as “Demonize” (title track) and “Quick Sand”. This summer the band will come to Europe for the first time to play at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany, and the album is planned to be released in July.
Also OUTRAGE, German old school black/thrash band, have a new video featuring live footage as well. “Into the Abyss of Belial” is a song they wrote in 1985 and re-recorded in 2011 for “Go to Hell” album, released in November the same year through Metal on Metal Records. The clip was edited by Alexander Haas of Nodeoland and can be watched it on the label’s YouTube channel. OUTRAGE is in the process of recording of their next album “The Elemental War”. The release is planned for 2013, which marks the 30th anniversary of the band. According to the founder and guitarist, Udo “The Bringer of Doom”, the new songs are in the same style as those he wrote in the ’80s, but the new album will be more raw sounding than “Go to Hell”.
Metal on Metal Records announced the signing of the US power/heavy metal veterans ATTACKER and the release of their new album “Giants of Canaan”.
Mike Sabatini, the band’s drummer and founder, commented: “I just wanted to say on behalf of the band and myself, that we are thrilled to be working with Metal On Metal Records! Jowita and Simone do a fantastic first class job with their releases (no cheap packaging!) and are truly passionate about what they do. That in itself is very important to us, we didn’t want to just sign with anyone. We have had a great working relationship with Jowita for several years now with her doing the cover art for our last 2 releases, “The Unknown” and “Standing the Test of Time”, both awesome artworks. We look forward to nothing but great things to come with our new partners… See you on the road!!!”
Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi, Metal on Metal Records CEO, added: “The first time I met the band was at my first Keep It True festival visit in 2004. Taking photos was just the start – then I worked for them on the cover arts and saw them live four more times. I had been kept updated on the vocalists search situation and I was really happy to hear they eventually got the great Bobby “Leather Lungs” Lucas – he is definitely a more than worthy successor to Bob Mitchell! This year marks the 30th anniversary of Attacker but in spite of their age they have more stamina than many young bands! It’s a great honor for us to be working with this legendary act of which we’ve been big fans for many, many years, but there’s also the friendship factor that makes things just perfect.”
“Giants of Canaan”, the 5th album of ATTACKER, will be released by Metal on Metal Records on February 2nd, at the Metal Assault festival where the band will perform alongside other legendary traditional metal acts like MANILLA ROAD, BROCAS HELM and RAVEN, as well as their label-mates SKELATOR. Visitors of the festival will have the chance to purchase the CD directly from the label or the band there.
“Giants of Canaan” was recorded at Katalomi Studios in New Jersey, engineered and mixed by Patrick “Taps” Guden and drummer Michael Sabatini, and mastered by the renown engineer Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York. The new album contains pure classic heavy/power metal ATTACKER has been known for since years.
Three songs off the album, “The Hammer”, “Curse the Light” and “Black Winds Calling” are available for streaming from Metal on Metal Records website. And a short promo clip featuring a fragment of the title track can be watched on YouTube.
The track listing for “Giants of Canaan” is as follows:
As They Descend
Giants of Canaan
Trapped in Black
Washed in Blood
Sands of Time
Curse the Light
Black Winds Calling
Born into Battle
The Glen of the Ghost
The album art was painted by Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi (who’s also the author of the previous covers of Attacker, Exodus, Witchburner, Forsaken, Meliah Rage, Manilla Road, Deceased, Arkham Witch and others). More details about “Giants of Canaan” and high-res cover image can be found on the page of this release.
ATTACKER was formed in 1983 in New Jersey and had their debut album “Battle at Helm’s Deep” released on Metal Blade Records in 1985. After the sophomore album “The Second Coming” the band split up in 1989. They came back to the scene 12 years later, in 2001. During that decade 2 full-length albums and a best-of compilation were released. After some hiatus the band recruited a new singer Bobby “Leather Lungs” Lucas (known from SEVEN WITCHES, OVERLORDE and MORBID SIN) and bassist Jon Hanemann, who replaced Lou Ciarlo in April 2012. With those two new musicians, the founding members Mike Sabatini (drums) and Pat Marinelli (guitars), as well as Mike Benetatos (guitars) who’s been in the band since the reunion, ATTACKER recorded their 5th album “Giants of Canaan”.
As mentioned above, the release of “Giants of Canaan” will coincide with ATTACKER‘s appearance at the Metal Assault III festival in Würzburg, Germany, where they will share the stage with MANILLA ROAD, BROCAS HELM, RAVEN, JUTTA WEINHOLD BAND, SKELATOR and others, followed by the headlining show at the Screaming for Metal festival in Madrid, Spain the next night. The band has more shows in the plans, including Childhood Heroes festival in March in New York (with HELSTAR, HERETIC, VIKING and WRATH), Warriors of Metal VI festival in June in Ohio (with MELIAH RAGE, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, STEEL ASSASSIN, TWISTED TOWER DIRE and many others), as well as a 2-week European tour in September including Ages of Metal festival in Belgium (with DIAMOND HEAD, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and others t.b.a.).
Belgium-based metal legends ENTHRONED have announced new live shows in United Kingdom and Ireland as part of their Obsidium Campaign2013. The tour will kick off on the 27th of February in Belfast (IE)and play in Dublin (IE), Glasgow (UK), London (UK) and Exeter (UK). More news below.
The band will be touring in support of their latest full-length album entitled “Obsidium”, released in March 2012 on Agonia Records, and quoted as one the best 2012 metal releases by PopMatters. Premier track off the album is available at this location: