Hello Kurdt! It’s JP from Metal-Rules.com. Thank you for agreeing to the interview. You may or may not recall we met on 70, 000 Tons a few years back and I interviewed you (and the entire band) at that time. Time for another one! Thank you! The new album is charting and selling extremely well. To what do you attribute this new success?
I really don’t know other than the fact that having Mike back in the band has really grabbed fans attention. And apparently people think the record is good?
Where did you record the new album? Did yo have a chance to jam out the songs in the studio with the band or was it a matter of everyone learning their parts and sending them in?
We recorded it at my studio. We built it up around the drum tracks after the demos were completed.
As always you wore many hats for this album; lyricist, songwriter, producer etc…was it hard to switch roles back and forth during the project?
Not really but, it does help to have input from the rest of the band. It can be a bit difficult to keep perspective when you are so close to the project.
I realize you have been asked this many times but how the return of Mr. Howe come about? Were you at all apprehensive about the state of his voice after so many years away?
I was a bit concerned at the beginning but, after speaking with him the 1st time he said he was still able to sing and had taken care of himself so any apprehension was gone quite quickly. And the when we started doing the demos it became very clear that he was singing better then ever!
My friends and I often discuss the singers of Metal Church. Three studio albums by Wayne, four albums by Monroe and now four studio albums with Howe. With the return of Howe, does this in a sense, make him the official, ‘one -true’ singer of Metal Church…or ‘the voice’ of Metal Church if you prefer?
Well, in a way but he is THE singer for Metal Church!
Can you tell me about the inspiration for the album cover art? I must admit it seems a bit plain as compared to some of the other album covers. Did you make a deliberate decision to move away from the iconic ‘cross-guitar’?
It is the cross guitar. I made a deliberate decision to stay away from the cartoony typical metal album covers.
All of the Ronnie-era albums were excellent but XI seems to have a newfound energy? Where did that come from?
Im sure it was from the excitement of having Mike come back to the band and the fact that he was sounding bettr than ever. It gave us a new injection of life. And I also new that with him in the band that the atmosphere within the band would finally be a very positive one.
Many of the ‘classic’ US Power Metal / Thrash bands are experiencing nice career resurgences with Vicious Rumors, Helstar, Flotsam and Jetsam and you guys all putting out new albums this year. What is it that gives these bands the longevity?
I believe that its just the nature of the music. You never really outgrow it and you really never stop loving it. Besides with the new music biz totally affords us to keep doing it.
Considering the strength of the new material, will you be playing many of the new songs on the current tour? Will you being playing any songs from the Monroe era or leaning more heavily on the Howe era tunes? If yes, how do you feel about playing the songs that he sang on from the albums that you were not a part of at the time?
We are playing 3 songs off the new album and we are concentrating on the Mike Howe era for the rest of the set. We are doing a few from the David Wayne as well. WE wanted to play more of The Mike Howe era because a lot of these songs are new for this band and we wanted to play some newer material then what we have played in the past. We will not play any Ronny Munroe material.
When we last chatted on the 70, 000 Tons cruise, we discussed the possibility of a book, a DVD or a nice big Double Live album. Have there been any discussions along these lines?
Yes, we are still trying to figure out the best time and place to do a proper DVD and have a proper LIVE album. That is something that I very much want to do.
Lastly, what is your next step in world domination?
To play as much as possible and continue to make new music!!
“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”
The true inventors of Red Dirt Metal, Texas outlaw quartet TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, are pleased to reveal another brand new track cut from their upcoming release Dark Side Of Black, out April 22 via Carved Records. The song appears as track one on the new album and is available for streaming right now via Guitar World. While listening, read an in-depth interview with vocalist Big Dad Ritch.
When asked by Guitar World what the significance of the album’s title is, vocalist Big Dad Ritch stated, “There are a lot of people who will work hard at blacking out your light, as opposed to working on making their own light bright. I feel I represent a mighty powerful bright light, but I also feel that when push comes to shove, the darkness I have hidden behind my light is ready to blacken all that holds color. When this happens, I cannot control my dark side. You see, there is always someone who has a darker side and I am the Dark Side of Black…”
Colorado THC fans should brace themselves for the band’s upcoming album release party and performance at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver, CO, taking place on April 23rd. It’s no secret that the show will celebrate the 4/20 holiday and that special plant the band holds dear, so in preparation for the show, premier local rock station 106.7 KBPI FM will premiere the band’s weed-friendly track “Knee Deep” on April 20th during “Your Morning Show” with host Willie B. The show airs from 6-10am U.S. mountain time and can be streamed live worldwide here.
The newly-explored heavy side of TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION is evident throughout Dark Side of Black, which embraces the band’s southern roots while exploring a murky, groovier feel – not straying too far from THC’s tried and true brand of rugged outlaw rock.
Pre-orders for Dark Side of Black are available now via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.Dark Side of Black was recorded at Boot Hill Studio in Corinth, TX and Valve Studios in Dallas, TX with producer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan).
Dark Side of BlackTracklisting:
1. Come Get It
2. Angel Fall
3. Shakin’ Baby
4. Knee Deep
6. Into The Wall
7. Dark Side
9. Hit It Again
10. Gods Are Angry
In celebration of the album’s release, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION will venture out on a U.S. headline tour with support from fellow Texas namesakes and natives Sons of Texas. The “Dark Side of Black” tour will begin its first leg on April 29th in Shreveport, LA and visit a total of 26 cities before ending at River City Rockfest on May 29th. The tour will include five spring festival stops (these will not include Sons of Texas). Before the tour, the band will perform five headline dates, one of which will act as their official album release party.
Tickets for the first leg of the “Dark Side of Black” tour are on sale now via http://thcofficial.com/. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION Tour Dates:
Headliner w/ local support:
4/19 Minot, ND @ The ‘Original Bar
4/20 Mandan, ND @ Rock Point
4/21 Spearfish, SD @ ZBar & Nightclub
4/22 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
4/23 Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway – Official Album Release Party
“Dark Side of Black” Tour w/ Sons of Texas:
*Festival appearances in bold – NO Sons of Texas on festival dates
4/29 Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
4/30 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Hell
5/1 Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park – Welcome to Rockville
5/3 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
5/4 Richmond, VA @ The Broad berry
5/5 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
5/6 Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards
5/7 Concord, NC @ Rock City Campgrounds – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Carolina Rebellion
5/8 VA Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
5/10 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – Upstairs (NO Sons of Texas)
5/11 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/12 Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub
5/13 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/14 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/15 Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Tiger Room
5/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe
5/19 Fort Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
5/20 Battle Creek, MO @ The Music Factory
5/21 Columbus, OH @ MAPFRE Stadium – Rock On The Range
5/22 Libertyville, IL @ Austin’s Fuel Room
5/24 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
5/25 Omaha, NE @ Chrome Lounge
5/26 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
5/27 Lawrence, KS@ Granada Theater
5/28 Pryor, OK @ Catch The Fever Festival Grounds – Rocklahoma
5/29 San Antonio, TX @ One AT&T Center Parkway – River City Rockfest
About TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION:
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION are the purveyors of their own patented Red Dirt Metal sound: designing their own line in life and in music. For them, there is no other way. TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that’s born of both life experience and a respect for rock ‘n’ roll’s forefathers. What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands.
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION’s 2014 release Ride Onhit #8 on the iTunes Rock Album chart, #5 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, and #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. 2012’s Peacemaker spent 30+ weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and 17+ weeks on the Hard Music Chart. Dark Side of Black aims to smash those records and bring on a whole new chapter of THC.
“There’s nothing about this album I don’t like. It’s all killer and no filler. Classic Treat. Go buy this album.”
-Dangerdog Music Reviews-
“Ghost Of Graceland” is brilliant!!! One of the best records that I’ve heard this year and a classic in my book. I thought that it could be extremely difficult to beat a classic album such as “Coup De Grace” was but Treat overcame themselves and released another gem, another classic.”
-Heavy Paradise- record
“There’s a real sense of songwriting here, and a focus on making sure that everything in the songs is memorable.”
Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited that the day is finally here and the brand new album from TREAT has finally been released! Ghost of Graceland is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon .
Ghost of Graceland, was produced by long time TREAT fan and respected writer/producer Peter Mansson and co-produced by Anders Wikström, showcases a band with a thirty plus career, that are hungrier and more energetic than ever!
But Ghost of Graceland, with all it’s delicious, action packed and hook ladden melodic rock that could soundtrack a party, also sees a band that reflects on their personal lives.
The band will be playing Frontiers Rock Festival III April 23-24 at LIVE MUSIC CLUB in Trezzo (Milano), Italy. For more information, visit www.frontiersrockfestival.com
Ghost of Graceland Track Listing:
1. Ghost Of Graceland
2. I Don’t Miss The Misery
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Do Your Own Stunts
7. Alien Earthlings
8. Nonstop Madness
9. Too Late To Die Young
10. House On Fire
11. Together Alone
12. Everything To Everyone
– Robert Ernlund – lead vocals
– Anders Wikström – lead guitars and background vocals (lead vocals on “Together Alone”)
– Patrick Appelgren – keyboards, guitars and background vocals
– Pontus Egberg – bass guitar
– Jamie Borger – drums
Produced by Peter Mansson / Co-produced by Anders Wikström
“…the album is full of hard and heavy industrial tracks that would feel at home on a Ministry album”
-Wall Street Journal-
“SMM proves that Al Jourgensen still breathes fire. But this time he’s incinerating you with a smile on his face.”
“This record literally hits you like a steamroller with a jet engine attached to it. So if this isn’t a Ministry record, then I’d almost hate to see what is.”
-New Noise Magazine-
“Surgical Meth Machine is a flagrantly unsavory and musical extreme eruption of bile, belligerence and the blackest of humor”
“Walter White approves this metal.”
MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen’s new project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for their self-titled debut album. The record, which was recorded primarily at Jourgensen’s home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso, will be released on April 15 worldwide.
Recently Al sat down with Billboard for an in-depth conversation about his career, SURGICAL METH MACHINE and much more. Check out the interview and an exclusive full album stream of the SMM debut record HERE.
Al has recorded a series of album trailers for SURGICAL METH MACHINE. The first album trailer where Al discusses signing to Nuclear Blast and the differences between SURGICAL METH MACHINE and Ministry can be seen . The second installment, which sees AL describing the album artwork and band’s name can be viewed HERE. The third webisode covering AL work with long time collaborator Sam D’Ambrouso can be seen . The fourth clip where AL discusses the drumming on the new album, working on music without his Ministry comrades and more can be seen . The fifth trailer where Al shares his thoughts on the music industry now and how it was back in the day
Pre-order Surgical Meth Machine via Nuclear Blast
CD – Track Listing:
01. I’m Sensitive
02. Tragic Alert
03. I Want More
04. Rich People Problems
05. I Don’t Wanna
06. Smash And Grab
08. Gates Of Steel
10. Just Go Home
11. Just Keep Going
12. I’m Invisible
LP – Track Listing:
01. I’m Sensitive
02. Tragic Alert
03. I Want More
04. Rich People Problems
05. I Don’t Wanna
06. Smash And Grab
02. Gates Of Steel
04. Just Go Home
05. Just Keep Going
06. I’m Invisible
According to Jourgensen, the sound of SURGICAL METH MACHINE’s debut release leans heavily on the aggressive side, but fans can also expect to hear a few surprises. “There’s a couple of real poppy things on there, which brings me full circle, because, literally, I don’t give a fuck anymore,” he said. “So I’m actually almost acknowledging that first horrible pop record I did in 1983. I’m crooning on some songs, I’ve got some pop songs on there, and then there’s just brutal assault for the rest of it. It’s a very dichotomous record, but it’s me, and I’m acknowledging everything that’s been me through, like, the last 35 years. Let’s just throw my balls on the table and hope somebody doesn’t have a meat cleaver running.”
Celebrity Site Glitzyworld Features The Great Kat Shred Goddess in Top 10 List!
“When people hear The Great Kat, they come into a state of musical ecstasy. During her concerts, she is known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music. And these thrash metal interpretations introduced her name in the list of ‘Top 10 Fastest Shredders of all Time’.” – Rohan Mod, Glitzyworld
Undoubtedly, one of the most intriguing tours of recent times for fans of classic rock and hard rock was when legendary guitarist Michael Schenker reunited with his former Scorpions bandmates, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell, for a worldwide jaunt. And on May 6th, one of the standout performances of the entire tour will serve as the basis of a new CD and DVD release, ‘On a Mission: Live in Madrid.’
Recorded and filmed at the Joy Eslava in Madrid on November 19, 2015 (and also featuring singer Doogie White and guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay), all phases of Schenker’s long and winding career are touched upon, including UFO (“Lights Out”), the Scorpions (“Coast to Coast”), MSG (“Victim of Illusion”), and Temple of Rock (“Live and Let Die”), including several special surprises, such as a reading of the Scorpions’ biggest hit, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”
And in addition to being available for purchase via the following formats – double-CD, Blu-ray, and DVD, there will be a limited edition “collector’s box” (limited to only 5000 copies worldwide), which will include the double CD and 2 Blu-rays, including extensive bonus material: rehearsal; the tour starts; outside the theater; soundcheck; Michael and his guitars. Also included will be a booklet including unique and exclusive biographies, written by the musicians themselves.
Relive one of Schenker’s best-ever tours with the arrival of ‘On a Mission: Live in Madrid’!
CD Track Listing:
1. Ocean Odyssey – Intro
2. Doctor Doctor
3. Live And Let Live
4. Lights Out
5. Where The Wild Winds Blow
6. Natural Thing
7. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
8. Victim Of Illusion
10. Coast To Coast
11. Vigilante Man
12. Rock My Nights Away
1. Saviour Machine
2. Too Hot To Handle
3. Only You Can Rock Me
4. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
5. Rock You Like A Hurricane
6. Rock Bottom
8. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
DVD Track Listing:
Ocean Odyssey – Intro
Live And Let Live
Where the Wild Winds Blow
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Victim Of Illusion
Coast To Coast
Rock My Nights AwaySaviour Machine
Too Hot To Handle
Only You Can Rock Me
Lord of the Lost and Lonely
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Attack Of The Mad Axeman
Searching For Freedom – Outro
Empire State melodic metalcore quintet, Hollow Bones, will self-release its debut album, Lionheart, on May 27. Over a year in the making, Lionheart was mixed, mastered and engineered by Randy Pasquarella at Pasquarella Recordings and self-produced by Hollow Bones with Pasquarella’s assistance.
Hollow Bones comments: “We are incredibly proud to present our debut album ‘Lionheart.’ It took us over a year to get everything we wanted, and although it was a long wait, we couldn’t be happier with the final product. We hope that the passion we put into making this album rings true with people who are looking to find solace in music. We hope that people hear the words we are saying and are inspired to take action, or are relieved in knowing they are not alone and that others have felt the way they do and that there is reprieve. Our mission from the beginning has always been, and will always be, to find people who are as passionate about music as we are about creating it. Promote what you love, and use music to heal.”
Vocalist Patrick Anthony previously told MetalUnderground.com: “Thematically [‘DRYTOOTH’] is very dark. I lost my brother in 2007, and the song is really about not being able to move past it. Carrying around the weight of not knowing whether it was an intentional death or not. It is about the hole in your life that someone can leave, regardless of how or why you have lost them. It is about watching someone you love suffer through tremendous depression, and being powerless to do anything.
“The song ends with my admission that I would have preferred to have taken his place. The song is about hopelessness, anger, frustration, guilt, and longing, and we hope that we have clearly conveyed those feelings, because I think everyone has, or will, lose someone dear to them. I think it is a very relatable subject.”
1. Wandering Sparrow
2. The November Diaries
3. Lionheart: Execution
4. The Altruistic Lung
6. I Watched the Snow Fall, and Bury Your Bones
7. Lionheart: Sonder
9. A Murder of Crows
Hollow Bones derives its name from the bones of birds. And while this may seem strange at first, it is those hollow bones that enable birds to fly. This idea – that something can be delicate and beautiful, but also have function and purpose – is personified in the music that Hollow Bones creates. With aggressive melody, raw emotion, sweeping clean vocals and crushing breakdowns, Hollow Bones has shared the stage with bands such as Emmure, Periphery, Whitechapel, Sworn In, Thy Art Is Murder, Texas in July, Chasing Safety, Born of Osiris, Fit For an Autopsy, Stray From the Path, After the Burial, I Declare War, Reflections, and many more.
Stay tuned for more information on Hollow Bones and Lionheart, due to be released this May.
Hollow Bones is:
Patrick Anthony – Vocals
Sharon Malfesi – Guitar/Vocals
Andrew Formale – Guitar
Kyle Cullen – Bass
Connor Warren – Drums
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce JORN’s new album, Heavy Rock Radio, due for release on June 3rd!
One of the greatest rock singers of our time, JORN LANDE returns with a unique album of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him, and helped forge this talented man’s own unique style.
Through JORNs extensive career, which include more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has also recorded great versions of several rock classics such as Thin Lizzy’s “Are You Ready”, UFO’s “On and On”, Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers”, and many more. JORN also recorded a successful Ronnie James Dio tribute album, released in 2010. Every song JORN covers is treated with the utmost respect and “Jorn-ized” accordingly. A good example is his heavy sounding version of “I Walk Alone”, first released by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish).
Heavy Rock Radio is not an ordinary album of cover songs, it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured – among others – are great versions of the Eagles’ “Hotel California” and Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”, they all get the JORN style treatment and become powerful and epic, without losing their commercial touch. More great classics included are John Farnham’s “You’re The Voice”, Queen’s “Killer Queen”, and two absolute melodic rock evergreen gems in Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Foreigner’s “Rev On The Red Line”.
The original concept of the album was to create a jukebox of radio hits, but to avoid leaning too much on the pop side of rock, JORN decided to blend the tracklisting with a few more up tempo rock tracks as well, such as “The Final Frontier” by Iron Maiden (“probably the closest you get to anything commercial with Iron Maiden,” says JORN), “Live to Win” by Paul Stanley (a song which was also featured on the popular television series South Park), and a few hard rock classics show up as well such as Deep Purple (“Stormbringer”), Dio (“Rainbow In The Dark”) and Black Sabbath (“Die Young”) to complete the mix.
JORN says: “The most important thing was to treat these songs with respect for the original versions, my goal was always that the original artist would be honoured and find my version relevant. At the same time my intention was never to compete with the original song and artist, but make it a strong alternative version to enjoy. At the same time it is a well-deserved homage to these artists and bands, who influenced me strongly.
I have wanted to record these songs for quite some time, but was always too busy writing and recording my own music to make it happen. Originally I had a list of 40-50 songs I wanted to do, but I had to strip it down to about 15 songs before deciding on the final track list. This means that there are some unfinished business musically, and I will most likely record more of these songs in the future.”
Since releasing the critically acclaimed Dracula “Swing of Death” album last year, JORN has also been working on an album of brand new songs, which will be the successor to the 2013 JORN album “Traveller”, to be released in early 2017. JORN’s catalogue is getting too long to include in brief press statements, and his innovative and creative skills have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide, and being a frequent entry on the major sales charts around the world including Billboard. Worth a mention is his years with German based MasterPlan, whom he recorded three albums with. Claimed to be the biggest selling Norwegian musical export, since the pop band A-ha, JORN continues his rock crusade, and there are no signs of him slowing down yet.
The title Heavy Rock Radio came quite naturally, as the sound of this album feels like it’s tailor made for any rock radio station. This record is a special treat for all the fans, while waiting for the new original album, which is being worked on at the moment. Enjoy!
1. I Know There’s Something Going On
2. Running Up That Hill
3. Rev On The Red Line
4. You’re The Voice
5. Live To Win
6. Don’t Stop Believin’
7. Killer Queen
8. Hotel California
9. Rainbow In The Dark
10. The Final Frontier
12. Die Young
Jorn Lande: Vocals
Trond Holter: Guitars
Francesco Iovino: Drums
Thomas Bekkevold: Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards
Except as follows:
“Rainbow in the Dark”
Jimmy Iversen and Tore Moren – guitars
Nic Angileri – bass
Willy Bendiksen – drums
Jorn Viggo Lofstad – guitars
Sid Ringsby – bass
Willy Bendiksen – drums
Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce its full line up for the official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival SHREDMONTON Metal Festival and Conference taking place from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, May 8th.
Featuring over 20 bands over the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center. The full line up consists of an ultra heavy hitting bill that includes headliners Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate,Goatwhore, Finnish power metallers Thunderstone along with some of Western Canada’s best including Disciples of Power, Planet Eater, Scythia, Tylor Dory Trio, Every Hour Kills among many more! Plus clinics by Tylor Dory (Tylor Dory Trio), Tim Waterson and panels at the Shaw Conference Center on recording, photography, video production, publicity, media relations, journalism, and concert promotion / talent buying for festivals / venues with music industry professionals from across Canada (full conference schedule and list of industry reps here).
Access to all FIVE shows, PLUS the conference. Includes a special memento, ability to reserve a festival shirt, and a discount voucher to Farmageddon Open Air 2017.
***$100 Early Bird SHREDPASS pricing in effect until the announcement of the Sunday event…approximately Feb 15/16. SHREDPASS Ticket price will increase to $120.00 after Sunday lineup announcement. Any remaining SHREDPASS tickets will again increase to $140.00 starting May 7 2016.***
Single Event Tickets:
Shredmonton Conference @ The Shaw Conference Center (Salon 4) – $30.00 (details below)
Seminars, discussions, and Q+A sessions with over 20+ industry professionals.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ Shaw Conference Center – Salon 4 (9797 Jasper Ave NW.)
Panelists and seminars will cover a wide range of skills, markets, and issues in the music industry and topics/agendas will be geared towards further educating the Canadian heavy metal scene about its inner workings. The main panel will feature an eye opening discussion on how the Alberta metal community can break down barriers, grow relationships, and become an internationally known destination where heavy metal thrives.
10:30 AM Introduction
Tyson Travnik (President) and Robert Kreed (Vice President) of Prairie Fire Events, will be greeting you with a warm welcome to the conference and a summary of what is to be expected during the conference. You will also be introduced to the Master of Ceremonies for the conference, the one and only, Cory Bosse.
11:00 AM Recording and Live Production
Want to learn how to save money to record your next album? Still on that hunt for the “perfect” guitar tone? Want to get into recording or doing live sound professionally, but don’t know where to start? Here’s a chance to hear from professionals from around the globe, who will address these questions, and many more!
12:00 PM – Photography and Videography
What makes a promo shoot, a GOOD promo shoot? What do you need to look for when shopping around for a photographer or cinematographer? What is the importance of the music video in today’s industry, and what does it REALLY entail? Recognizable Alberta based professionals are here to help you find out.
1:00 PM – Publicity/Media/Journalism
What does it take to get “big and famous”? How do you grow your fan base? Is it really worth it to spend money on good publicity? These are key points (and more) which will be covered in this seminar.
The “big granddaddy” of seminars that you won’t want to miss. Addressing the current state of the western Canadian metal scene, and brainstorming what needs to be done as a community to improve it. Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about promoting events, metal festivals, promoters, or venues will be talked about. This segment will prove to be a huge eye opener for many, and will prove to inspire!
Brixx Bar and Grill (Included with Conference ticket and Shredpass)
5:30 PM – Guitar Clinic with Tylor Dory and Guests
Learn some of the wizardry behind some of Alberta’s most iconic metal guitarists, and how to incorporate it into your own playing. Entertainment and education guaranteed!
6:30 PM – Drum Clinic with Tim Waterson
As one of the fastest double bass drum players in the world, watching Tim Waterson play is something that cannot be described, but has to be witnessed to be appreciated. Noting key points from his instructional DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”, Tim will demonstrate how to improve a skill that has proven to be a notable backbone of heavy metal music.
Cory Bosse (Recording Engineer @ Sonoluminescent Sound/Live Sound Technician)
Cory is an active live sound engineer throughout the city, predominantly working in the metal/rock club scene. He works as a recording engineer in tandem with Ryan Berehulke out of his own studio, as well as a freelancer. A few of Cory’s past live sound engineering highlights include the Farmageddon Open Air festival and a guitar clinic with Steve Vai. He has also captured the attention of many, with his impressive array of multi-instrumental skill-sets, notably in his band Sleeping In Traffic.
Tyson Tavnik (Festival Manager, Promoter, Freelance Recording Engineer, Live Sound Technician, Prairie Fire Events Ltd.)
With over a decade of experience in both the live and studio realms, Tyson Travnik is best known for his work with bands stemming from heavier genres. Also the festival manager and creator of the highly regarded Farmageddon Open Air heavy metal festival, and Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference, Tyson has at some point been behind a behind the scenes for many metal bands in western Canda. Having played in various bands throughout his musical career, his most recent playing is noted with speed metal band, Ironstorm.
James Seabrook (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Two Bodies of Water Productions)
After over 15 years as a musician, vocalist, songwriter and engineer, James Seabrook has toured with the likes of Trooper, World Champion Elvis tribute Robin Kelly, & Wide Mouth Mason. In the studio he’s worked with over 100 artists including international gospel recording artist Nancy Unsworth, Canadian touring artist Laura Bachynski, and international best selling author Troy Payne and band Aside From Sorrow. James is also a published and award winning Lyricist (2008 – Gunslinger’s Lament), and songwriter, currently co-writing with singer Jessica Lana McLean.
Nate Reno (Festival Manager, Recording Engineer @ Big Nate Productions, Promoter, Live Sound Technician)
With over a decade of live and recording engineering experience, Nate ventured into producing albums in 2010, and has over 40+ titles to his credit. Having been involved in the production of the Noctis festival in Calgary, Nate carried the torch, and created the Calgary Metal Festival, of which is in it’s 5th year. Nate is also currently the Prairie Representative for Wacken Metal Battle Canada. Topping it off with 15 years of playing experience in active touring and recording bands, Nate has proven to be a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas.
Jon Asher (Owner/Operator @ Asher Media Relations, Publicist)
Known for being a regular fixture on the Montreal music scene, Jon founded ASHER MEDIA RELATIONS in September 2007. A musician himself, and a McGill University graduate in public relations, Jon had his epiphany – to help out the struggling artists and help them gain the attention they need to support their music. Asher Media Relations boasts an impressive clientele list featuring Gene Hoglan, Quo Vadis, Striker, Hibria, Ninjaspy, Mutank, Wacken Metal Battle Canada, Farmageddon Open Air, Armstrong Metal Fest, Obscene Extreme America Fest and many more. He has also guest lectured at many other conferences and seminars and is considered by some to be the go-to publicity solution for Canadian heavy music artists.
Glenn Fricker (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Spectre Sound Recording Studios, Successful YouTube Channel/Vlog Operator)
Since it’s creation in 2010, Glenn Friker’s YouTube channel has taken become one of the most recognizable in the realm of recording heavy metal. Taking the internet by storm with his instructional videos, reviews, and comedic rants, Glenn has proven that his approach to a largly saturated world of video blogs has proven to be successful. Known for his work with bands such as Woods of Ypres, Queensryche, and Protocult, Glenn is has shown that his the quality of his work is well sought out in eastern Canada.
Lacey Paige (Freelance Writer and Communications Professional)
With over 10 years of experience of professional writing experience, Lacey contributed to such esteemed horror publications as Fangoria, GoreZone, and Diabolique magazines. She has also been a regular contributing columnist with Absolute Underground since 2008, frequently finding herself at the helm of the ShrEdmonton and Absolute Horror columns, and Cinesploitation.com. Lacey also volunteers as a communications and programming assistant with DEDfest Genre Film Society and the Annual Calgary Horror Con. She holds a diploma in journalism studies from MacEwan University, and is currently pursuing a bachelor of communication studies degree with a major is professional communication.
Joshua Wood (Radio Personality/Webzine Editor)
Joshua is a life-long metal fan with decades of experience in the Metal industry including radio, web, management, promotion and more. He is current co-host of Megawatt Mayhem one of the world’s longest running Metal radio shows, as well as Managing Editor of Metal-Rules.com, one of the world’s largest and longest running Metal webzines. He currently is Co-Chair of the Heavy Metal Committee for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Cara Ashbey is an Alberta-based aggressive music publicist who has been performing, booking, and promoting concerts since she was 16. After attending the Arts and Cultural Management Program offered at Grant MacEwan University, she joined forces at Asher Media Relations in 2013, geared on supporting the development and promotion of independent aggressive music. She plays drums in a grindcore band called Preschool Shooting and has been an active publicist specializing in various types of aggressive music (Metal, Punk, Rock,etc.).
Jesse Valstar (Armstrong Metal Festival/Promoter)
After spending much of his youth in various bands, along with gathering inspiration from Wacken in 2008, Jesse founded the not for profit society West Metal Entertainment Society. He is a recognizable icon in the western Canadian metal scene through the booking and promoting of events for touring and local bands. Jesse has had success working with the AMF team planning and executing each year of Armstrong Metalfest (established 2009). Jesse currently actively plays in the group Odinfist.
Tylor Dory (Guitar Clinician)
Tylor Dory is best known as the guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist/lyricist/producer for the Tylor Dory Trio, guitarist for Death Toll Rising, Wroth, and the former guitarist for Villainizer. Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Page, Mikael Akerfeldt, Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan, and St. Vincent; Tylor tries to keep a fresh approach to the guitar by breaking both the tropes of his own playing and those of modern rock and metal.
Nino Laurenne (Owner/Recording Engineer @ Sonic Pump Studios (FIN), Thunderstone, Hevisaurus)
Nino is a Finnish songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and one of Finland’s most sought after metal/hard rock producers. Nino is the owner and founder of Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki: a state-of-the-art professional recording studio founded back in 2000. His work is credited on countless records, many of which have certificated gold and platinum. He has worked with artists such as Wintersun, Amorphis, Ensiferum, Lordi, Lost Society, Firewind and Sonata Arctica just to name a few. He rose to fame as the guitarist for his own power metal band Thunderstone, and later as the producer and songwriter for the wildly successful children’s heavy metal act Hevisaurus. Hevisaurus is a Grammy award winning-act in Finland and Argentina for ”Best Children’s Music Album”.
Justin Shadows (Owner/Operator @ Shadows Productions, Promoter) (got pic)
Between putting on shows for his company and being involved with various bands around Alberta, Justin possesses over a decade of experience in the music industry. Being a go-to for many touring bands and festivals alike, he has proven his value in the central Alberta area.
Kaje Annihalatrix (Owner/Operator @ Annihalatrix Productions Promoter)
Kaje is well known in the Canadian metal scene as a combat ready lady that wears many hats. She has operated Annihilatrix Productions for the past 7 years, promoting local punk and metal bands as well as devoting energy to bring acts in from all over the country to share their talent with Calgary. An avid supporter of bolstering the growing metal and punk scene, she not only helps lay the foundation for bands to showcase their talent yet she also works as a journalist for Extreme Metal Television, offering a fresh perspective and network for musicians to connect with their fans.
Barrett Klesko (Owner/Operator @ Fadeback Studios United, Cinematographer)
Working with independent Canadian artists since 2011, Barrett has garnered himself numerous industry awards and nominations for his work both in front and behind the camera. In his non-existent free time, Barrett is the vocalist/guitarist/programmer in All Else Fails, vocalist in The Misfires, and bassist in The Order of Chaos.
Craig Martell (Promoter/Venue Manager) (have pic)
Craig Martell is a show promoter whom used to own and book the well respected Wunderbar. Craig is currently known for managing Double Lunch Productions, and as the talent buyer at both Bohemia and The Almanac. He hates the music industry but exists within it.
Ryan Semchuck (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Recording Engineer, Promoter, Live Sound Technician)
Ryan is known well throughout the Drumheller area for his participation in many events, retail endeavors and mixing duties. Out of high school, he played in a few local classic rock cover bands, and taught guitar lessons at the local music store. In 2009 Ryan joined the FM radio station in Drumheller, earning an assortment of titles from radio personality to station manager. This allowed him the time during weekends to run his own production company. Ryan is Geoff Bourrie’s counterpart in the established “Loud As Hell” heavy metal festival, which is now going on its 5th year. As a member of the WCMFA, the “Loud As Hell” festival team are proud supporters of Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference.
Geoff Bourrie (“Loud As Hell” Festival Manager, Promoter, Tattoo Artist)
A lifetime metalhead and a musician. Geoff has a high passion for the metal scene and that passion is demonstrated by the hosting of Drumheller’s Loud As Hell Metal Festival. In addition to this, Geoff is an active member of the (WCMFA) Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance.
Rod “Rod Rookers” Gillis (Owner/Operator @ Dv8)
A founding member of the Kroovy Rookers in Red Deer in 2004, by 2006 I was setting up and promoting shows in the Red Deer area. Having moved to Edmonton in 2009, Rod start promoting shows exclusively at DV8 Tavern on 99th Street. In 2013, DV8 moved to a new location on Gateway Blvd and Whyte Avenue. The venue is still in operation, and is popular with bands and crowds representing underground music genres, ranging from Punk Rock, Metal, Hip Hop and Rockabilly.
Tim Waterson (Drum Clinician)
Tim Waterson is a Canadian drummer who holds the world record for the fastest number of double strokes on a bass drum, with a record of 1,407 in one minute (January 22nd, 2002).His Record for Single stroke is 1057. Tim is one of the most dedicated drummers when it comes to advancing and pushing the boundaries of our feet. It is mindboggling to imagine even some of the creative possibilities of drumset application from learning the foot techniques presented in his video. In a very friendly and personable demeanor, World’s Fastest Feet Champ Tim Waterson shares an abundant amount of foot and bass drum techniques in his new DVD “Techniques, Motions and Applications for Bass Drum Playing”.
George Kollias of Nile quotes, “Drummers use to Complain about Tim Waterson using doubles to achieve super speed. NOW they are using his techniques to play faster.”
Dana Zuk (Photographer)
Music enthusiast and photo-fanatic! Snapping compelling musician portraits from smokey pubs to sold out stadiums, capturing the life of rock ‘n roll is second nature to Dana. Photographing out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, she specializes in portraits of live band performances, and promotional images for local and international touring musicians of all kinds. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Edmonton Journal, Revolver Magazine, and Guitar World. Dana was recently selected as 2015’s concert and press photographer of the Year in YEG Music Magazine, and am is currently a contributing photographer to Exclaim!, BeatRoute and Vandala Magazine.
Cameron “C C Getty” Dalgetty (Radio Personality/DJ)
Cameron Dalgetty aka CC Getty has been involved in music on many different levels for close to 35 years. He’s done everything from guitars, vocals and bass in original and cover bands to terrestrial radio all across Canada and currently internet radio that reaches a global audience with Metal Nation Radio and his Metalheads United show and podcast. Most recently he has begun using his experience to organize, book and promote live shows in Calgary as well consult with festivals and other related events in Western Canada. Working heavily in the Western Canadian music scene CC is a great resource for anyone looking to promote their band, brand, show or festival, and is never shy to be blunt with his feedback. True to his ethos that he would rather see all of the “Metalheads United” rather than divided by all the convoluted subgenres and classifications invented by marketers, CC lives by the words UNITED WE ROCK!
Penny VanderHeyden (Photographer, Praire Fire Events Ltd.)
Penny is as an active photographer in the Alberta music scene, known for shooting live bands and specializing in editorial portraiture. Penny has been involved with Farmageddon Open Air since its conception, and is Praire Fire Events’ resident photographer.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band
EXODUS is the name of the brand new Waken Eyes album. The Canadian band is led by guitarist Tom Frelek, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. In the following chat we spoke about the new album, the line up of the band, which includes Mike LePond (Symphony X etc.), Henrik Bath (Darkwater) and Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani). EXODUS is an album that speaks to you if you’re into progressive metal music, however the main focus is not on longer instrumenal solos but on vocals which makes the album a bit different to other progressive metal albums.