German Death Metal brutes SLAUGHTERDAY have officially released their debut album, Nightmare Vortex, on FDA Rekotz.The full-length successor to the limited-edition cassette demo, Cosmic Horror, Nightmare Vortex showcases SLAUGHTERDAY’s insane brand of cosmic Death Metal that falls somewhere between AUTOPSY’s Mental Funeral and HYPOCRISY’s Penetralia. Featuring stunning guitar melodies, fat bass lines, hellish vocals and annihilating drums, the movements from speeding ferocity to crawling crush are the stuff of traumatic audio terror. Do not miss this masterpiece of classic Death Metal. Album artwork courtesy of Mark Cooper.
A recently released music video for the song “Morbid Shroud of Silence” is now playing at this location.
Nightmare Vortex is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. For ordering info, visit www.fda-rekotz.com.
This is midlife crisis metal, and it doesn’t get heavier than that!
20 some odd years ago, in a small Florida town, two misfits decided to record an environmentally conscious ‘Iron Man’ re-write. Jeff played guitar and Kevin emoted his best Ozzy impression. The song debuted over their high school intercom and received a lukewarm response. This was the humble beginning of Pseudocidal!
We are proud to reveal the first ever video of WATAIN. The song ‘Outlaw’ is taken from their latest album ‘The Wild Hunt’ that came out in August 2013 through the band’s own label His Master’s Noise via Century Media Records.
The video is produced by Watain and Johan Bååth who already directed the band’s ‘Opus Diaboli’ DVD in 2012. You can watch the video HERE
WATAIN comment: “The Outlaw video is a knife stab in the face of todays clean and witty metal scene and yet another step for us to bring back something real and extreme into this limping music movement.” Read the rest of this entry »
After announcing that its debut, still untitled, would be produced by Swedish Jens Bogren, who has worked with names like Soilwork, Katatonia, Opeth, Symphony X, Pain of Salvation, James LaBrie, among others, DAYDREAM XI presents, live, a song from the upcoming album.
The video, recorded at Gorila Studio in Porto Alegre, features the song “Watch Me Rise” and the new lineup, in quartet, already with Tiago Masseti on guitars and vocals. Read the rest of this entry »
London shred-heavy melodic metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have set THE FATEFUL DARK as the title of their upcoming new album, which is due to be released on March 10th in Europe via Earache Records and on March 18th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records.
The follow-up to 2012’s PLAGUE OF CONSCIENCE was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with producer SCOTT ATKINS (AMON AMARTH, SYLOSIS, BEHEMOTH) and features artwork created by PETER SALLAI (SABATON). Read the rest of this entry »
Today, MORIBUND RECORDS announces March 4th, 2014 as the release date for PROFEZIA’s Oracolo Suicida. The long-running Italian black metallers’ first album for MORIBUND and third overall, Oracolo Suicida displays PROFEZIA as masters of high drama and windswept mysticism, evincing the moonlit melancholy so inherent to classic Italian black metal (mainman Kvasir also doubles in MORIBUND cult Abhor) yet here led by eerily beautiful violin. Open your eyes to Oracolo Suicida and await your fate! Set to be released in a luxury digipack, the cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Pro shot footage of ORIGIN/GORGUTS drummer JOHN LONGSTRETH from his recent drum clinic dates in Mexico is available for viewing. The footage was taken during LONGSTRETH’s very first pair of highly successful drum clinics dates in October in Los Cabos and La Paz, Mexico. The clinics were part of the Play Xtreme Music 2 drum clinic series and proudly sponsored by VALENCIA MUSIC. LONGSTRETH will be releasing his first Instructional DVD in the new year and will be hosting drum clinic dates throughout 2014. LONGSRETH’s Indie Go Go crowd funding campaign for his DVD is currently taking place and has just under a week to go to. The pro shot footage can be seen seen below.
DORO Hero Cava Brut Reserva Champagne and Herzblut [Lifeblood] Vino Tinto Red Wine.
Legendary metal maven DORO PESCH has joined the ranks of the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Motörhead, and Slayer in a bottled liquid category and is proud to present two very special rock ‘n’ roll drinks: DOROHero Cava Brut Reserva Champagne and Herzblut [Lifeblood] Vino Tinto Red Wine.
“It was my wish for my 30-year stage anniversary – which I will be celebrating on May 2nd & 3rd, 2014 in my hometown of Düsseldorf [Germany] – to present unique drinks to the fans that represent my own taste and quality standard,” states DORO. “We went to a great old wine region in Spain to pick the right product for me and I discovered a very fine red wine there.”
After recently parting ways with violinist MeriTadic, Swiss folk metal institution ELUVEITIE are pleased to officially welcome Nicole Ansperger into the fold!
“As hard as farewells can be, new beginnings can be very auspicious are as well,” commented ELUVEITIE in a mutual statement. “We are thrilled to introduce to you Meri’s successor. We consider ourselves lucky to have found a true master of Celtic Folk fiddling! A full-blooded musician and violin player through and through, she has played countless shows over many years and also played as a session musician for many well-known acts (such as THE HOOTERS, for instance). During the last ten years she further made a name for herself through her engagement with the Irish folk rock bands PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD and ACROSS THE BORDER, but also the renowned medieval/classical metal act HAGGARD. Not only a virtuoso of the fiddle, she also plays the 7-stringed violin as well as the cello! So, ladies and gentlemen – please welcome to the ELUVEITIE camp: Nicole Ansperger!”
“Dear ELUVEITIE fans, I am absolutely delighted to be ELUVEITIE’s new violin player. I love ELUVEITIE’s music and have been a fan myself for a long time. Is there anything better than getting to play for the band you love? I am looking forward to many sweat-inducing, incredible shows with you and the band. See you on stage!”
Shotgun Revolution are a hard rock act that sprung from Denmark. They recently released a compilation of their best songs so far. The songs are taken from the two albums they already have released in Denmark and this current compilation is the first one that’s been released internationally. The guitarist and bandleader Martin Frank and I hooked up a while ago in order to dissect the album, the bands history and what they’re up to in the future. A given question was how they managed to get so popular in Denmark and how they’re going to maintain their status as No1 hard rock act in the future.
When it was announced that Denver’s Thrash Metal four-piece Havok will be hitting the road across Europe and stopping by to play a gig at one of London’s most underground venues, it was clear that it won’t be a show to miss.
Despite the fact that 25th of November was a rather cold and grim Monday night in London, a decent amount of heavy metal fans had made their way down to The Underworld in Camden Town ready to drink beer and party like it’s Friday night.
Scheduled to play alongside Havok were London’s Savage Messiah and Spanish Angelus Apatrida making it a killer thrash metal line-up to cure any of our Monday blues.
Brad Gillis is an American guitarist, most famous for playing with the band Night Ranger. He has also played for Rubicon, Vicious Rumors, Fiona, and Ozzy Osbourne with whom he released the platinum selling live album SPEAK OF THE DEVIL in 1982. The man has also released solo albums and appeared in various projects and TV performances including “American Bandstand” and “Solid Gold, Rock & Roll Tonight”. Night Ranger appeared as one of the special guests for this years edition of the KISS Kruise in Caribbean. I had the pleasure to sit down with Mr. Gillis and discuss about the state of Night Ranger, his solo career, and, of course, about the bands past with KISS because, after all, we were on the KISS Kruise!
Benedictum “Scream” is taken from the album “Obey” out on Frontiers Records
Tracklisting: Dream Of The Banshee; Fractured; Obey; Fighting For My Life; Scream; Evil That We Do; Crossing Over; Cry; Thornz; Die To Love You; Apex Nation; Retrograde
Following in the footsteps of such legendary bands as Warrior, Rough Cutt and Psychotic Waltz, BENEDICTUM, with roots in San Diego, California, are truly mighty ambassadors in the world of Heavy Metal. Invoking power reminiscent of early Rainbow, the definitive sound of Savatage, and a nod to all the Gods of Heavy Metal; BENEDICTUM unleashes a stylish, epic brand of Metal on all fronts. Aggressive riffs, fierce rhythms, strong melodies, shredding leads and delicate textures converge at the crossroads where tradition and 21st century innovation merge. Veronica Freeman’s vocal gymnastics are the pit-bull on the pant leg of heavy metal. Read the rest of this entry »
The Nightwish/ReVamp singer Floor Jansen will appear in the leading role on the next album of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon Metal Opera.
Jansen is the main vocalist on the album and sings lead vocals on the first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius. Lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).
A European Tour is also planned for May 2014, to coincide with the release of the album. More details on the live lineup and dates will be revealed later.
Timo Tolkki comments straight from the studio: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10 minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.”