Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.) recently embarked on a European tour with Pepper Keenan who has been away from the band for a long time. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the band’s bassist, Mike Dean, to talk about the reunion with Pepper, the different versions of C.O.C., and of course to reflect on the past of the band from their heyday and hardcore era.
INTERVIEW WITH DIMI PONTIAC OF THE FINNISH SPEED METAL PATROL: RANGER
Hail the old school speed metal! It lives well in Finland, thanks to the rising forces of metalbangers known as Ranger. The four piece has taken the metal scene by storm and conquered both new and old metal heads with skull splitting metal. Ranger’s most recent output, WHERE EVIL DWELLS, is a pure old school speed metal onslaught, with a modern approach. The band’s frontman Dimi Pontiac talks more about the new awesome album, and yes, every old school worshiper needs to get a hold of the album now!
Further cementing their status as the hottest invention from the Finnish countryside since the AIV fodder, Finland’s STEVE’N’SEAGULLS present a unique opportunity to headbang the lice off your trusty beaver hat, when their rambunctious rendition of the Metallica classic “Seek & Destroy.”
See how the country cousins burn through the speed metal standard.
In case you need an S’N’S refresher, they hail from a tiny village in the Finnish countryside and shave taken the YouTube by storm with their rabble-rousing videos of hillbillified metal and rock classics. Farm Machine is the first-ever Spinefarm release featuring bumpkin beats, clodhopper chords, rural riffs and villager vocals, filled to the brim with S’N’S versions of immortal heavy metal standards.
“Valley Of Tears”, the new album by the British heavy metal legend TANK, has had its release date pushed back to September, 18th from the previously announced June, 8th. Cliff Evans, the band’s guitarist comments the situation in an official statement:
“We’ve decided, along with our label Metal Mind, to put the release date for our 10th album ‘Valley of Tears’ back until September 2015. Originally planned for release in June, we now feel that the album really deserves more time and attention during the mixing stage to get it exactly how we want it. Having ZP Theart on vocals has upped our game once again and the attention to detail in the albums production requires more time to get it exactly how we want it. ‘Valley of Tears’ will definitely be worth the wait!”
Evans comments also the recording process:
“Bobby (Schottkowski) recorded the drum tracks in Germany with his producer Waldemar Sorychta who’s previous work includes albums for Lacuna Coil, Tiamat and Sodom to name but a few. The drums are the backbone of the album and they seriously kick ass! Barend (Courbois) laid down the bass guitar in Holland a couple of days before heading out on a sold out world tour with German metal legends Blind Guardian. He’ll be back with us for our festival shows later this summer. The guitars were recorded in London under the guidance of producer Phil Kinman who is the master at capturing the sound of a Les Paul through a Marshall amp. No frills. Just awesome power! The album will be mastered by Ade Emsley who recently undertook the task of remastering the entire Iron Maiden catalogue for 24 bit iTunes release. They’ll be some teasers coming up over the summer including a video for the title track ‘Valley of Tears’ and more tour dates will be announced soon.”
British heavy metal legend TANK return with their tenth studio album! “Valley Of Tears” is their first album release featuring the amazing vocal talents of former Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart and marks a new era for the band. The vocalist injected new energy and inspiration into the band since joining them in 2013 and now it’s time to capture this sound on the new record! To complement ZP’s vocals TANK now have one of the best rhythm sections in metal: Bobby Schottkowski, formerly drumming with Sodom and current Blind Guardian member – Barend Courbois on bass. Together with Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitars they ready to take another big step forward in the evolution of TANK and make another metal album of great quality that will surely stand the test of time.
The band’s last two releases ‘War Machine’ and ‘War Nation’ (both released on Metal Mind Productions) were two of their bestselling albums and featured amazing performances from former Rainbow/Malmsteen and current Schenker vocalist – Doogie White. “Valley of Tears” is heading in a much heavier direction and as always will be driven to the max by their trademark Gibson Les Paul/Marshall stack wall of sound. The album was produced by Phil Kinman.
“Valley Of Tears” is scheduled for worldwide release on September, 18th.
“This is definitely our most pre-orderable album to date,” said guitar player Goldberg.
Heavy Meta track list:
1. The End of Infinity
2. We’ve Had Enough
3. Bring Us More
4. Snax & Violence
6. We Need a Gimmick
7. Full Body Xplosion
8. Let’s Get F***ed (with Andrew W.K.)
9. Mood Swing
Heavy Meta was produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Children of Bodom), Nicky Calonne and Nekrogoblikon with Matt Good mixing.
The 10-song album arrives via the multimedia outfit’s new label, Mystery Box, which is distributed by Razor & Tie. Mystery Box will serve not only as the band’s label but also as a freestanding production company and underground comedy club headquartered in downtown Los Angeles. For more information on Mystery Box goings on, visit: www.facebook.com/mysteryboxfortress.
Caleb ‘Sick’ Smith of Heavy Metal Thrash, The Sickroom Podcast recently conducted a 2 part interview with legendary Testament bass player Steve DiGiorgio talking about the bands up and coming studio album and his near miss on rejoining Testament. You can now listen to the chat below:
In anticipation of their upcoming recordNoita, Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have release their second track-by-track video.Watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the creative process behind the songs “Sahti“, “Luontoni “ and “Minä Näin Vedessä Neidon”,here:
Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has announced a warm-up show prior to his appearance at this year’s Bloodstock festival in Derbyshire, UK.
The six-string shredder will be performing a headlining solo set on Saturday, 1st August at The Parish in his hometown of Huddersfield, a week before he rocks the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock in support of his debut solo album.
30 years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of their Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind. 30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank! Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!
Following the successful international release of their highly acclaimed new album RAISE A LITTLE HELL, THE ANSWER are pleased to announce their full summer schedule of 23 USA dates that includes 12 USA support shows with WHITESNAKE, 7 headline USA club shows, 4 USA festivals and major European festivals including NOVA ROCK, HELLFEST, GREENFIELD and WACKEN.
“The Answer have come up trumps here. Theirs is still a euphoric sound that kicks classic rock’s tired arse out of bed like it’s hungover and late for a bus call” Kerrang! (KKKK March 2015)
“The Answer have Cormac Neeson’s Coverdale-esque tonsils, which sound better than ever” (CLASSIC ROCK March 2015)
Having just completed a successful 20 date UK headline club tour, the band are presently finishing a further 20 date European run and are looking forward to their first USA dates for several years. Lead singer and front man Cormac Neeson commented “We have been waiting for over five years to get back to the USA to play our brand of hard rock ‘n’ roll. We hope that fans who remember us from the AC/DC tour will come out to hear just how great our new album and live show is. We really can’t wait to get back!”
Raise a Little Hell, released in CD jewel, Digi Pak, special tour edition and 3 colour vinyls, is available at the Napalm Web Store, Amazon, and iTunes.
Featuring larger-than-life riffs, unforgettable melodies and a return to their raw bluesy roots, Raise A Little Hell presents a collection of hard hitting anthems that have received international critical acclaim.
THE ANSWER SUMMER 2015
6/12: Greenfield Festival, CH
6/13: Nova Rock Festival, AT
6/20: Hell Fest Festival, FR
6/22: Dallas TX @ Verizon Theater (w/ Whitesnake)
6/23: San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater (w/ Whitesnake)
6/25: Socorro, TX @ Socorro Event Center (w/ Whitesnake)
6/27: Greeley, CO @ Greeley Independence Stampede Festival
6/28: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Headline show
6/30: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest Festival
7/01: Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry Headline show
7/03: Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill AMP (w/ Whitesnake)
7/05: Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock (w/ Whitesnake)
7/07: Huber Heights, OH @ Music Center (w/ Whitesnake)
7/08: Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center (w/ Whitesnake)
7/09: St. Louis, MO @ ORH Headline show
7/10: Kansas City MO @ Daveys Headline show
7/11: St. Paul, MN @ Myth show (w/ Whitesnake)
7/12: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Headline show
7/14: Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom (w/ Whitesnake)
7/16: OshKosh, WI @ Rock USA Festival
7/17: Geneva, IL @ Geneva Music Park (w/ Whitesnake)
7/18: Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza (w/ Whitesnake)
7/20: Greensburg, PN @ Palace Theater (w/ Whitesnake)
7/21: Washington DC @ DC9 Headline show
7/22: New York, NY @ Knitting Factory Headline show
7/24: Green Bay, WI @ Burning Cow Festival
7/30: Wacken Festival DE
Vredehammer is comprised of Per Valla and Kristoffer Hansen [later joined as the solo project expanded] have three impressive EP-releases.
Vredehammer has begun to turn more heads with their combination of aggressive guitars and Norse melodies as well as delivering newest offering Vinteroffer. Metal Rules managed to catch up with the creative force and frontman of the band before their support slot at London’s Scala.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce the line up for this year’s national final on June 6th in Toronto, ON at Opera House with special guest headliner Goat Horn. The final represents Canada’s top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from ten participating cities across Canada. One winner from the final will be crowned Canada’s best metal band for the 2015 edition of Wacken Metal Battle Canada and move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle (participating countries can be found here) at the world’s largest metal festivalWacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.
“The final billing is complete and what an impressive lineup of our finest from across the country. It will be a true showcase of the diversity and excellence of Canadian metal. I feel this will be one to remember. Let us rally together and give the chosen ones a proper send off to the holy fields of Wacken!” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
Kamelot is a progressive power metal band from Tampa, Florida. The band was formed by Thomas Youngblood and original drummer Richard Warner in 1991. Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined on the third album SIEGE PELIROUS, and he remained in the band until 2011. SILVERTHORNE was released in 2012 and it featured the bands’ new vocalist, Swede, Tommy Karevik. So far, Kamelot has released ten studio albums, and their eleventh album HAVEN, is coming out in early May. Youngblood visited Finland this April to promote the upcoming album, and here’s what he had to talk about it. It’s time for Haven!
BRITNY FOX has returned from a long hiatus fully charged and ready to rock! The band is currently writing for a new album, and plans to book and perform select dates only at this time.
In late 2014, Billy Childs reunited with former 2007 manager/tour manager, Wayne “Doobie” Dubay. Childs and Doobie reunited with vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Tommy Paris, and original Drummer, Johnny Dee. Due to commitments, original lead guitarist, Michael Kelly Smith has been replaced by lead guitarist, Chris Sanders. “How can I tell you how great it is to be back with these guys, and working on a new album? It is fantastic,” explains Billy Childs, bassist. “Johnny and I basically grew up in this business together and the tightness we have had over the years as a rhythm section is still there- Tommy Paris hasn’t lost a step, lyrically or vocally. Chris is a breath of fresh air for the band, and adds elements that were never there before, but very much in line with us as we prepare to bite down even harder this time around. Doobie is the guy that pulled us all together and said “get your heads out of your asses and make another Bite Down Hard”. He’s pretty big, so best just to agree with him! For other reasons as well though, we all agreed it was time.”
The band is currently in studio writing and recording a follow up to the BITE DOWN HARD album – This musical jewel is a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988. BITE DOWN HARD is a much harder rock tone featuring Zakk Wylde and Rikki Rocket. Rikki performs a percussion solo with Johnny Dee on the “Midnight Moses” track and Zakk plays the lead guitar outro on “Six Guns Loaded”. “It’s awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again – Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass kicking, fun, heavy rock! It’s a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together! Can’t wait to get back out on stage!”
BRITNY FOX comprises of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales world-wide and charted on Billboards Top 10 for both Girl School and Long Way To Love.