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.”
Returning to North America in support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist, German thrash overlords KREATOR will be performing in New York City at Stage 48 with hometown thrashers Overkill on November 23rd & 24th.
KREATOR frontman/guitarist Mille Petrozza shares the following about the scheduled sonic devastation:
“We are more than excited to play with the strongest thrash metal band that ever came out of New York – the mighty Overkill! They’ve been a major influence on KREATOR and they are killer guys. Our friends from Warbringer will also join us. It does not get more brutal than this! ”
Pre-sale tickets are available at EnterTheVault.com. There will be a special limited number of tickets that will grant admission to BOTH shows. VIP tickets include a pre-show Meet & Greet with both KREATOR and Overkill, plus a special poster created to commemorate the event.
Norwegian symphonic gothic metallers SIRENIA are happy to reveal details of their upcoming sixth studio recording entitled Perils Of The Deep Blue. The track list of the ltd. digipak edition – including two bonus tracks – reads as follows:
01. Ducere Me In Lucem
02. Seven Widows Weep
03. My Destiny Coming To Pass
04. Ditt Endelikt
05. Cold Caress
08. Stille Kom Døden
09. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have released the music video for the song “Hopeless Days” here http://youtu.be/KY0bUjF0YQ8. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Circle, which will be released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) was produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR). Tracking was done at Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Cover artwork was created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHIN, DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL – www.facebook.com/artoftombates).
A video that includes snippets of all songs from Circle,along with track-by-track commentary by guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen, can be foundhere http://youtu.be/qbCj7cYk-Kg
Guitarist Joe Satriani has launched a video for his new single “A Door Into Summer” taken from his new 2013 album “Unstoppable Momentum”.
The video features exclusive footage from the famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, where Joe recorded the new album with Mike Keneally, Vinnie Colaiuta and Chris Chaney. The video is directed by Jon Luini and Arthur Rosato for Chime Interactive.
The new album is released by Sony Music UK on Monday 6th May, followed by North American release via Epic Records on Tuesday 7th May. For further info about the new album and Joe Satriani’s June UK tour dates, click HERE.
BROKEN HOPE has revealed the title of their 6th studio release as Omen of Disease. The album title–created by chief-lyricist, Jeremy Wagner–is also an actual album track, which marks the first official BROKEN HOPE “title track” since their 1991 debut album, Swamped in Gore.
Jeremy Wagner comments about this upcoming release:
“Some time ago, a festering death metal prophecy indicated something sick and brutal was coming back from the dead. The malignant signs became evident when BROKEN HOPE first resurrected from the grave and then went on tour. A more sinister foreboding followed when BROKEN HOPE wrote a new death metal album for the world to hear. Today, I’m a harbinger, here to alert everyone of a ‘death metal omen’ that is upon us…I speak of the new BROKEN HOPE album, ‘Omen of Disease.’ The album title itself reeks of a musical offering that is nothing short of gruesome. ‘Omen of Disease’ will be released to infect everyone worldwide this summer. I promise: this death metal album is a most savage, feral, pestilential, and lethal creation. You’ve been warned…” — Jeremy Wagner (April 2013)
EVILE are celebrating this year’s Record Store Day with a number of treats for fans, including an intimate live show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow – Saturday, 20th April.
The band will be performing live in the store at 4pm, giving fans the chance to see them in a unique, up-close and personal setting. EVILE are also releasing a split 7″ picture disc with Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED, featuring ENTOMBED’s classic 1990 track, “Drowned”, along with EVILE’s incredible 2012 cover version.
The fifteenth edition of the THE NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL begins TONIGHT at the massive Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, and running through Sunday, April 21st, will bring almost ninety bands to the town. NEMHF XV begins with the kickoff party on the side stage of the venue, tonight with Revocation, The Acacia Strain, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, Nightbitch and Surrounded By Teeth.
Today, MassConcerts also announces three public signing events for the weekend, with Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed at 5:30 on Friday, the members of Terror at 2:00pm Saturday, and the members of Suicidal Tendencies on Sunday at 5:00pm.
Set times for the three full days of the fest have been posted on the official website; those in attendance can stay up to date with all of the bands playing AT THIS LOCATION.
Check out the brand new Black Sabbath song “God Is Dead?” here:
BLACK SABBATH – God Is Dead?
BLACK SABBATH will release the new digital single ‘God Is Dead?’ on April 19th. The track can be found on their upcoming album 13, Black Sabbath’s first album in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geeezer Butler, and guitarist Tony Iommi. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk replaces Bill Ward behind the kit for 13.
13 clocks in at nearly 60 minutes and features the following tracks:
‘End Of The Beginning’ (8:07)
‘God Is Dead?’ (8:54)
‘Age of Reason’ (7:02)
‘Live Forever’ (4:49)
‘Damaged Soul’ (7:43)
‘Dear Father’ (7:06)
Germany’s progressive metallers ASSIGNMENT have signed a two album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group’s debut album, “Inside Of The Machine“, is scheduled for a release this summer. The new album is a conceptual masterpiece including ROBIN BECK, MICHAEL BORMANN (ex-Jaded Heart, Bonfire), MATS LEVEN (ex-Malmsteen, Addagio), & CARSTEN KAISER (ex-Angel Dust) on vocals.
ASSIGNMENT are: Goran Panic (guitars), Gert Sprick (keyboards), Heiko Maag (bass), & Sven Pollkötter (drums).
‘Buildings’ limited 7″ vinyl coming for Record Store Day 2013
SWEDEN – Katatonia, Sweden’s master of dark rock, will kick off its North American tour with Opeth, “North American Heritage Tour,” tonight in Buffalo, N.Y. The extensive run will conquer over 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada this spring, including two special stops, the first in Worcester, Mass. on April 20 where the band returns to play the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, then in Clifton Park, N.Y. on April 28 where acclaimed Porcupine Tree front-man Steven Wilson will join for the night. A full list of confirmed dates, including five Katatonia headlining performances, can be seen below.