Finland’s ENSIFERUM have spent the past 18 years honing the steel of their folk-infused battle metal auditory attack. Their albums are further bolstered by a live show that has become one of the most entertaining in all of metal. Proof of ENSIFERUM’s status as one of the most vital bands in modern metal was made apparent through their headlining slot on this year’s Paganfest USA tour. To further spread the band’s music to a worldwide audience, ENSIFERUM has forged a deal with Metal Blade Records! The band inked the deal with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during the Paganfest USA tour, and all parties are enthusiastic about new music and new possibilities.
Bassist/backing vocalist Sami Hinkka comments: “We are really looking forward to our co-operation with such a great and legendary label as Metal Blade. The next full length album should be out in early 2015. We have already started working with the new songs and it’s obvious that the next album will be another step ahead for Ensiferum. And now that we have united forces with mighty Metal Blade nothing can stop us! The next album is going to be something that will rock the very foundations of folk metal genre.
“We also would like to thank Spinefarm Records for all these 13 years, it’s been as blast but now it is time for us to move on and head bravely towards new challenges.
Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records are offering new and improved mixes of the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE’s new album, Frequency Unknown.Customers who purchased the original mix version and are dissatisfied with the audio can e-mail the label a scan of your actual receipt for the physical CD to Queensryche@cleorecs.com and they will send you a replacement disc at no charge. No questions asked. Read the rest of this entry »
IMAX Corporation and Picturehouse today announced that Metallica Through the Never, filmmaker Nimród Antal’s captivating 3D movie featuring one of music’s most enduring and iconic bands, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX 3D format and released wide in North America exclusively into IMAX®theatres for a one-week engagement starting Friday, September 27th. The film will expand into additional theatres on October 4th.
Starring Metallica, a cast of thousands of their fans and breakout star Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Metallica Through the Never is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) and produced by former IMAX film producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth). The film marries groundbreaking footage and editing techniques with a compelling narrative, in which a band crew member (played by DeHaan) is sent out on a mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. While on this mission, he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down.
“IMAX! It doesn’t get bigger or cooler than that!” said Lars Ulrich who formed Metallica in 1981 together with James Hetfield. “For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought. ‘Hey look, Mom, I’m 50 feet tall (finally!)’ There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience.”
“The totally immersive experience of IMAX 3D is the perfect complement to Metallica’s in-your-face, big and loud performance style,” said Bob Berney, CEO of Picturehouse. “The combination of the band’s music and a strong storyline create a unique cinematic experience for die-hard fans and general moviegoers alike.”
“Nimród Antal and Metallica have done a tremendous job capturing the essence of the band’s commanding live performances and have created a visual and aural cinematic spectacle,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe the power of The IMAX Experience will deliver for Metallica fans and ensure they feel every part of this journey.”
The IMAX 3D release of Metallica Through the Never will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Finnish extreme doom metallers KUOLEMANLAAKSO have released the second video from their highly acclaimed debut album, Uljas uusi maailma, released late last year via SVART RECORDS. The “Ikiuni” clip was directed by Mika Kettunen, and it features live footage from the band’s shows at Lutakko, Jyväskylä and Nosturi, Helsinki in their native Finland. The video for KUOLEMANLAAKSO’s “Ikiuni” can be viewed in its entirety here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJYuMW7VKkI&feature=youtu.be
To celebrate the release of the new video, the band will hit the road with one of the hottest names in occult rock today, SVART labelmates JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES. The tour will cruise through four major cities in Finland, ending at the legendary Tavastia club in Helsinki. The tour dates are as follows:
TAJUNNAN TEILLÄ TOUR:
May 15. Yo-Talo, Tampere
May 16. Henry’s Pub, Kuopio
May 17. Klubi, Tampere
May 18. Tavastia, Helsinki
Fans of New York death metal legends IMMOLATION, can hear their new album Kingdom of Conspiracy before it’s released at the Nuclear Blast Metal Night on May 9th in Los Angeles, CA. The event will take place at The Joint, which is located at 8771 W. Pico Blvd. The night is free to people 21 years old and up, and all those that show up are entered into a raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets to their Santa Ana show with CANNIBAL CORPSE and NAPALM DEATH on the Decibel Magazine Tour. For more information and to share this event with your friends, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/506385559420334/
The follow up to their 2010 release, Majesty and Decay, will be released on May 14th in North America both digitally and physically via Nuclear Blast. Kingdom of Conspiracy was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION.
You can now pre-order the Kingdom of Conspiracy on CD or limited-edition vinyl, with or without an exclusive t-shirt, while supplies last from the following location http://goo.gl/yY3wx.
Following you can find tourdates of French modern death-prog metallers Atlantis Chronicles to promote the album entitled “Ten Miles Underwater” out on 12 March 2013 via Coroner Records.
01 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Soulkitchen – Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
02 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Klub Bazina – Prague (Czech Republic)
03 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Kot Karola – Cracow (Poland)
04 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Tawerna Trzy Korony – Bialystok (Poland)
05 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – TBA – Alytus (Lithuania)
06 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Nabaklab – Riga (Latvia)
07 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – TBA – Tartu (Estonia)
08 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Rock Club – Tallinn (Estonia)
09 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – TBA – Jelgava (Latvia)
10 May 2013 ( with Nephalokia) – Metro Club – Vilnius (Lithuania)
11 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Minoga Klub – Poznan (Poland)
18 May 2013 (with Fight For Ashes) – Le Maltais – Chartres (France)
25 May 2013 (with Ite Missa Est) – La Boite De Concert – Pontault Combault (France)
01 June 2013 (with Hacride, Dystopian Scale, MAGOA) – Metal Sphere Fest – Voisins Le Bretonneux (France)
07 June 2013 – Toxoplasmose Fest VI – Saint Imier (Switzerland)
08 June 2013 – Metallurgicales Fest – Denain (France)
27 July 2013 – (with Sylosis and more) Summer BreakDown Fest II – Geneva (Switzerland)
27 September 2013 – Café Latin – Angers (France)
28 September 2013 – Covent Garden – Eragny (France)
Israel’s very own ORPHANED LAND will release their long awaited new album, All Is One, on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. Today the band has revealed the incredible cover artwork for their 6th full-length, which was created by the French artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, AS I LAY DYING, SONNE ADAM, WATAIN, etc.) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art. See below for All Is One‘s track-listing:
Tim Lambesis, vocalist for As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine, and most recently, Pyrithion, has posted a new video on youtube.com/timlambesis. In the video, Lambesis explains the concepts behind Pyrithion’s songs, why he decided to pursue this project, and more. View the video now at youtube.com/timlambesis.
It’s a struggle for some bands to get started, while others appear to seamlessly come together. With years of perspective and experience, the three members of Pyrithion – Tim Lambesis, Ryan Glisan, and Andy Godwin – have created a dark and intense death metal record almost overnight. The individual members’ prior success aside, the music speaks for itself.
Pyrithion’s debut release, The Burden of Sorrow, stands as a showcase of what the members are capable of putting together over what merely amounted to an extended weekend. The total potential in Pyrithion is incredible and there is much anticipation for how the band will continue to develop as they prepare for a full length record.
WHITE WIZZARD have revealed the artwork for their upcoming new album, THE DEVILS CUT, which is due to be released on June 3rd in Europe via Earache Records, and June 25th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records.
THE DEVILS CUT is the band’s third full-length release, and features artwork by CAMERON DAVIS, who is known for his work as lead character designer and illustrator for the Guitar Hero video game series.
WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman JON LEON comments:
“It was great to work with the amazing artist Cameron Davis again, who also did the art for our album ‘Over the Top’. Cameron and I live in the same building here in LA and he is a really talented guy. When he presented me the piece for the album cover, I knew right away it was the one. It has amazing imagery and depth and is very artful, while making a tongue-in-cheek statement poking some fun at organized religion, which is something I feel strongly about.
“Some of my lyrics on this album and previous albums focus on not letting religion and the cult of group belief blind you from the preservation of thinking for yourself and being an individual, so it ties into that very well, as the statement of the piece is how religion is imprisonment for the soul and how, even within its own confines, it forces its believers into blind group submission. I think any of us that went to catholic school as a child can relate to that nun!!! It has ‘classic metal cover’ all over it and it just blew my mind.
“I look forward to this imagery being out there and am proud to have it be a part of White Wizzard. To have art of this quality to convey the visual aspects of the band is just fantastic.”
Irish extreme metallers CHOSEN have posted a live in studio video of them performing their track ‘Instinct’ from their debut album ‘Resolution‘ released last month and now available for FREE download via their official website www.chosen.ie. The album has received over 12,500 downloads since its release on March 30th.
To view the video, please visit the following link below.
Today, HELLS HEADBANGERS announces July 13th as the international release date for WITCH CROSS’ Axe to Grind. Mastered by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Blind Guardian) and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Anvil), WITCH CROSS’ Axe to Grind is the band’s first full-length of all-new material since 1984’s heavy metal classic Fit for Fight, reissued to widespread acclaim last year by HELLS HEADBANGERS. Picking up where they left off in the glorious ’80s, WITCH CROSS nevertheless inject their trademark power & glory with a newfound urgency and grit that never betrays their roots in the ancient ways of heavy metal mayhem. Neither “old school” nor “new school,” WITCH CROSS prove that the masters are back – and school’s in session! Tracklisting and cover for Axe to Grind are as follows:
Tracklisting for WITCH CROSS’ Axe to Grind
1. March of the Vikings
2. Demon in the Mirror
3. Ride With the Wind
4. Metal Nation
5. Awakening-Pandoras Box
6. Axe to Grind
7. Bird of Prey
8. Lost Without Warning
9. Parl of the Machine
10. Chelsea 100
11. Beyond the Veil
“We are very proud to announce that the new LT’S RHAPSODY album will be released in JUNE/JULY 2014 by NUCLEAR BLAST. Once again it will be produced by me and it will be recorded and mixed by SEBASTIAN ROEDER at the BACKYARD STUDIOS of Kempten (Germany)” states Luca Turilli.
Dominique Leurquin, the guitar player, adds: “After the great success of ASCENDING TO INFINITY, for which we’ll never stop thanking our supporters and the international press, a new opus of cinematic metal will soon see the light and once more the wonderful and versatile voice of Alessandro, ranging from heavenly and crystalline high tones to the dramatic power of an operatic tenor, will surprise most of the people while painting musical landscapes of rare beauty!”.
Luca continues, spending a few words about his new upcoming project too: “In the last years I always dreamed of starting a second business activity in connection with cinema and other important media. I finally decided to take the big step in this direction and in a short time I will present my new music production company. Through it I will offer my services as arranger, being specialized in the creation of epic/orchestral/modern arrangements of all styles, but also as composer and artistic producer for all kinds of music (Metal, Rock, Pop, Classical, Opera, Folk, etc.) and mainly for all the media-related world (TV, Cinema, Videogames, etc.). I am actually selecting some top-level partners to offer and extend the services of my company to a worldwide level. More details about the same company and the new album will follow soon!”
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) awarded WOODS OF YPRES the 2013 JUNO Award in the Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year category for their Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light album. Sadly, Woods Of Ypres founder/frontman David Gold passed away in December 2011 before Woods 5’s official release.
Other bands in the category were as follows:
CANCER BATS – Dead Set On Living (Distort/Universal)
CASTLE – Blacklands (Prosthetic/Sony)
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Epicloud (HevyDevy/eOne)
EX DEO – Caligvla (Napalm/Fontana North)
Drummer Rae Amitay (THRAWSUNBLAT), who is not on the album but was enlisted by Gold for Woods Of Ypres’ planned European tour, commented on the JUNO win:
“So unbelievably proud of Joel Violette, I have no words. Sig (producer Siegfried Meier), you too! My heart is so filled with joy for the Gold family. I wish more than anything that David could share in this moment with them.”