01. Mouths of Madness
02. Marching Dogs of War
03. Silent One
05. Mountains of Steel
06. Leaving It All Behind
07. Loving Hand of God
08. Wizard of War
09. See You on the Other Side
Carrying the 70’s-doom-hard-rock vibe to a new level of intensity and adding new facets to the work of art, Orchid has succeeded in staying true to its roots while refining its trademark sound at the same time.
The Mouths of Madness instrumental recordings, split into two separate sessions, were done in Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, Calif. (Dead Kennedys, Mr. Bungle, Joe Satriani, Exodus) as well as in Laughing Tiger Studios, San Rafael, Calif. (Santana, Sammy Hagar), before long-time producer and engineer Will Storkson and his home studio came into play, where the vocals were tracked.
The Mouths of Madness was mastered by Richard Whittaker, who also took care of the latest Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy rereleases/analogue transfers. The legendary producer had this to say: “I’ve been a huge fan of Orchid since I first heard their debut EP back in 2009, and they’ve certainly come a long way since then. So, as you can imagine, to be asked to work with Orchid on their records was an honor and a pleasure.
“The Mouths of Madness is such a well-crafted and awe inspiring album. Sonically, it’s 1974 meets 2013 which, for me, takes the Sabbath/Pentagram vibe to a whole new level.”
The band recently released a music video for “Wizard of War,” the first single off the upcoming masterpiece, at: http://youtu.be/VA_Q8ci7bag.
Stay tuned for more information on Orchid and The Mouths of Madness.
Game Over Cycles, the Polish company, which specializes in the construction of custom motorcycles and vintage cars restoration, published a new video material on unique project which combines the automotive world with the world of music. Behemoth Bike, as the project is initially called, is a custom motorcycle inspired by and currently being created in collaboration with by the global Polish icon of metal music — Behemoth and particularly the band’s leader, Adam “Nergal” Darski. The bike is planned by the designers to be a powerful dark machine with exceptional technical parameters and unprecedented ornamentation. Construction started in January 2013. The machine is almost completed and successfully went through first test drives, which were also attended by band’s leader, Adam “Nergal” Darski. Currently the motorcycle is being prepared for painting and eventually completing its construction process.
GOC published a new video material presenting the project and date of its premiere. The clip is available for viewing here:
The machine will be unveiled in public for the first time during the Impact Festival on 04.06.2013 in Warsaw, Poland, where Behemoth will be one of the leading acts.
THE TIME IS NEAR!! BIG NATE PRODUCTIONS presents CALGARY METALFEST II taking place June 6-8 at Dicken’s Pub- 1000 9th Avenue SW (18+,) and Broken City – 613 11th Avenue SW (AA.) CMF II will include 81 bands from all over North America including, SKELETONWITCH (OH,) INTRONAUT (LA,) SCALE THE SUMMIT (TX,) INTO ETERNITY (SASK,) ANCIIENTS (BC,) ENDAST (MTL,) WAKE and an appearance from long-standing Edmonton thrash metal act DISCIPLES OF POWER. CMF will be emcee’d by shock comic JASON ROUSE, who has hosted the Metal Hammer GOLDEN GOD AWARDS in the UK an d toured the world multilpe times. The CMF Preparty will be held at Dicken’s Pub Wednesday June 5 and will feature an exclusive set from Mr. Rouse and performances from local metal powerhouses EXIT STRATEGY, KYOKTYS and STAB TWIST PULL. All ages shows at Broken City will start at 3:45pm, be over by 9PM and feature 9 bands. The 18+ shows at Dickens will commence at 6PM run to 2AM and showcase 13 bands. A special show has been opened for Intronaut, Scale the Summit and Mouth of the Architect at Broken City on June 7. As well, another show was recently announced at the Broken City ROOFTOP PATIO featuring 5 of Calgary’s best crossover thrash from 6pm to 9pm! 9 STAGES TOTAL!! Tickets can be bought in advance at calgarymetalfest.com, Sloth Records, Axe Music, Dicken’s Pub and Broken City as well as from your favourite local bands! Full schedule and set times can be found at:
Legendary Canadian band KILLER DWARFS, are very excited to announce that they are reuniting to support the release of their “Lost” album Start @ One . The tracks were recorded in 1993 at Powerlines Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Producer/Engineer Fred Duvall. Fred also recently produced and recorded the very successful Russ Dwarf acoustic release Wireless. The album`s lineup of Russ Dwarf, Darrell Dwarf, Ronbo Dwarf, and Gerry Dwarf is the same as the bands prior Sony/Epic release Method to the Madness in 1991. The original master tapes are currently being digitally remixed and re-mastered for the release scheduled for early July 2013. This is the 20th anniversary of the recording of this never released album.
The Track Listing for Start @ One is:
1. Lonely Road
2. Solid Ground
3. Sky is Falling
5. Psycho Circus
6. Start @ One
7. Down in Hollywood
8. Walk on By
9. The Crowd
Plus 2 New Bonus Tracks that are being written just for this release!
The CD will be available worldwide via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other distribution channels.
After the amazing success and critical acclaim of this year’s acoustic release “Wireless“ the fans were re-acquainted with the music of the Killer Dwarfs and they demanded to hear more from the band.
The Killer Dwarfs have announced that they will be touring to support the release of Start @ One and are preparing for US, Canadian and European Tour dates. Dates are still to be finalized and will be announced over the next few months. A live CD and DVD from this tour are also planned as well as the launch of a new website for the fans to Keep the Spirit Alive!
Faroe Islands-based metallers TÝR have issued the following update:
“We regret to inform you that Kári Streymoy and the rest of the band have parted ways. Kári suffered a back injury in 2008, and since then he has had some issues with his drumming. That is the main reason that the co-operation has been problematic for some time now, and we finally decided to part ways.
We want to thank Kári for his time in the band. It’s been great to have you with us, we wish you the best of luck in the future and we hope you recover fully some day.
More details to follow on who we got to fill in for Kári in studio. I think most of you are in for a big surprise.”
Týr are working on their first album for Metal Blade Records, due out this fall. The record will feature LEAVES’ EYES vocalist Liv Kristine on the track ‘The Lay Of Our Love’. More details will be revealed soon.
DARKANE have released the artwork as well as the tracklisting of their upcoming, brand new album “The Sinister Supremacy”!
The band’s sixth album, mixed by Daniel Bergstrand, will also be availabe as limited edition digipak and features the following tracks:
1. Sounds Of Pre-Existence
2. The Sinister Supremacy
3. Mechanically Divine
5. The Decline
6. Insurrection Is Imminent
7. In The Absence Of Pain
8. Humanity Defiled
9. Hate Repentance State
10. Collapse Of Illusions
11. By Darkness Designed
12. Existence Is Just A State Of Mind
13. I, Author Of Despair (Digipak Bonus Track)
14. Malicious Strain (Digipak Bonus Track)
Carlos Holmberg (ex-Soilwork) is responsible for the amazing cover artwork, which you can enjoy to the right!
American metal stalwarts Seven Witches are set to release their ninth studio album, the first for new label home FrostByte Media; REBIRTH is due out on July 16th in North America. REBIRTH is produced by Seven Witches founder/lead guitarist/mainstay Jack Frost and features a gritty, hook-laden sound. It’s a return to basics for the band highlighting Jack Frost‘s signature ax work. In addition to Frost this time around, Seven Witches is rounded out by Ronnie Parkes (Slippery When Wet, Farcry) on bass, Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) on drums, and brand new frontman Anthony Cross. Look for the band to tour the United States this summer near the release of REBIRTH.
CATHEDRAL’s The Last Spire was released last week in North America and serves as the final entry in the band’s vastly influential, decade-spanning career. Lee Dorrian explains that he feels “comfortable leaving The Last Spire as our legacy. The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.”
Fans have responded and The Last Spire debuted on several Billboard charts this week: #24 on the Heatseeker Chart, #44 on the Current Hard Music Chart, and #113 on the Independent Albums Chart. About.com proclaimed that “Cathedral will be missed, but they have left us a lovely monument to weep over” and MetalSucks.net described The Last Spire as “just that right mix of doom n’ groove that makes Cathedral, well, Cathedral”. The Last Spire is a fitting finale to a tremendous career.
Recently, CATHEDRAL launched their final music video, Tower of Silence. The video was inspired by classic cult British film institutions such as “Amicus” and “Hammer House of Horror,” and was shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson’s Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes. Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British doom metal institution.
The Last Spire was recorded by:
Lead Vocals – Lee Dorrian
Guitars – Garry Jennings
Bass – Scott Carlson
Drums – Brian Dixon
Hammond, Mellotron, Moog & Synths – David Moore
Guest Vocals on ‘Cathedral Of The Damned’ – Chris Reifert
Backing Vocals – Rosalie Cunningham
Hard rock supergroup, HELLYEAH, have announced a new single ‘Bigger God’ to be released on June 10th, ahead of their Tour Dates in Europe this spring.
With rolling bass lines, crunching riffs, powerhouse drums and raging vocals, ‘Bigger God’ is taken from the band’s third album ‘Band Of Brothers’ (Eleven Seven Music), which was released in July 2012 in the US, UK and Europe. Metal Hammer proclaimed, “HELLYEAH have finally morphed into the destructive beast they’ve always threatened to be.” ‘Band of Brothers’ debuted as the #4 rock and #15 overall album on iTunes.
New masterpiece from Tobias Sammet out now on Nuclear Blast
GERMANY – The Mystery of Time, the latest release from German composer and vocalist Tobias Sammet’s, Avantasia, released last week in North America, selling nearly 2,000 copies and checking in at #9 on the Billboard “Heat Seekers” chart. The record also debuted at #33 on the “Hard Rock” chart.
Filmed over the four days of NAMM in January 2013, M.E. performed at the SONIC CORE GMBH exhibit to demo their SCOPE EXITE audio interface. He was also utilizing Steinberg’s CUBASE, which is playing back his rhythm tracks and also serving as his guitar processor and amplifier simulator. Known as the VST AMP RACK, all of the guitar sounds except for the Wah are being generated by this Cubase VST plugin. When Cubase V7 was released a month earlier, Steinberg had included a set of custom VST Amp Rack presets that Mark had designed. He utilized those presets here.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce that Dissension have moved forward from their qualifying round and will be performing in the Montreal semi final taking place on June 7th at Katcombes to battle for a spot in the national finals in Toronto on June 22nd at the Opera House.
The next qualifying rounds are scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th with Round 2 of qualifying in Montreal at Katcombes with Trainwreck Architect, Venomenon, Demise of The Crown, Fallstaf and Round 3 of qualifying in Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar with Warmachine, Mastery, The Unborn Dead, Cecile Monique, Laugh At The Fakes.
While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff’s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.
Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared.
KERRY: “I had so many great times with Jeff…in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies…World War II movies, horror movies, we watched “Full Metal Jacket” so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue.”
TOM: “When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father’s garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I’d written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I’d written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don’t spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days.”
KERRY: “He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time – I think it was 1998 – Jeff and I went to one of Moscow’s military museums. I’ll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff’s thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school.”
TOM: “We were in New York recording South of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio – I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way.”
TOM: “Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy.”
Taake visited the Steelfest Open Air festival last summer and unleashed their diabolical Norwegian black metal under the bright light of day. That environment didn’t create much of an evil atmosphere as Taake’s grim black metal required. Taake is celebrating their 20th anniversary and have been crisscrossing Europe and landed to have a gig in Helsinki with Helheim and Finland’s own Black Crucifixion as supporters.