If anybody really needed additional proof that all of their songs are timeless, classic and independent of trends and fashions, then Fair Warning provide that proof incontestably on Pimp Your Past. The current album by the band from Northern Germany features 2016 versions of the most important tracks from their first three studio albums Fair Warning, Rainmaker and Go!, originally released between 1992 and 1997. Every single note sees Fair Warning underline the motto, which they have chosen for themselves: a good song will always remain a good song (at this point we will save ourselves a decisive “full stop” as an expression of absolute conviction). At the same time, it’s an integral part of the Pimp Your Past concept that the arrangements of some of the new versions differ significantly from the originals. As bassist Ule Ritgen puts it so aptly: “When our Japanese record company approached us with the request for this kind of album, we were skeptical to start with. But once we had made up our minds to not simply rerecord the material but furnish it with a few fresh arrangements, the project gained momentum and we were gripped by a kind of eagerness to explore the possibilities. Especially since the new recording are very energetic and sound excitingly different in parts while their essence has remained the same. You can tell that the originals have a lot of substance and that their quality is extremely robust.”
So it comes as no surprise that the unmistakable spiritedness of this band, which has been on the scene for 25 years and is now throwing a new light on the beginning of their career with Pimp Your Past, is also reflected in the album’s unusual cover artwork. “We’ve run out of dragons, unfortunately they’re extinct,” jokes Helge Engelke and gets to the serious core of the matter: “Of course people may wonder what this ‘arty stuff’ is all about. In view of the term ‘pimp’, a cover featuring old cars would probably have been the logical thing to go for. But honestly: who wants something normal? And after all, monkeys also stand for an early stage of the evolution of man, so the album title and the cover fit together really well. To put it in a nutshell: we played with our origins on Pimp Your Past, which was not only a lot of fun but is also expressed in this particularly humorous artwork.”
Pimp Your Past will be release worldwide (ex-Japan) on October 28th, 2016 as CD through Steamhammer/SPV.
Frontiers Music Srl will release the brand new album from Italian prog metal masters DGM, entitled “The Passage”, on August 26th.
“The Passage” is DGM’s eighth studio album and is the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 with the release of their self-produced mini-album, ‘Random Access Zone’. The band went through several incarnations and lineup changes during the years, but since singer Mark Basile joined the group in 2007, DGM evolved and developed their sound into what they have now become.
DGM releases their new video for the song “Fallen”.
A lyric video for the song “Ghost of Insanity” which features Evergrey singer Tom Englund. The second single released from the album “The Secret Part 1” can be streamed.
Make sure to check out DGM’s video for the song “Animal”
Pre-order your copy of “The Passage” on Amazon and iTunes. When you do you will receive an instant grat track downloads of “Animal”, “The Secret Part 1”, “Ghost of Insanity” and “Fallen”.
It was probably the release of “Frame” (2007) that pushed the band into the top of the league of international prog metal. It was also on the strength of this material that DGM managed to tour for almost four years around the world, taking part in some of the biggest metal festivals, supporting Symphony X on their European tour, and sharing the stage with Pagan’s Mind too. In 2013, DGM came back with “Momentum”, an album which showed the full stylistic maturity of a band which felt fully confident with their abilities, both on the songwriting and the musicianship side. The last album was promoted with more shows and after several gigs in Europe, they performed for the second time at ProgPower USA and started their first Asian tour in November 2014 playing Beijing, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka as headliners.
The new album, “The Passage” is another substantial step forward for DGM. Sounding like a hungry, urbanized version of Symphony X, with substantial hard rock influences, the new record is remarkable in several aspects. The compositions are phenomenal, with sweeping choruses, technical passages, lightning fast fretwork, big vocals and bombastic transitions. The playing is simply faultless and the melodies are perfectly woven into the killer guitars, epic keyboards, and pounding drums!
“This album can easily be seen as our most ambitious work to date,” says guitarist and producer Simone Mularoni. “This time we tried to evolve to an even more personal sound. We took all the elements we developed through all these years and we tried to take them to the limit. Throughout the whole record you will hear a recurrent musical theme. Instead of doing a usual concept album with the lyrics, we decided to do a sort of musical concept with this melody that repeats in every song but every time with different time signatures and keys,” tells drummer Fabio Costantino. “This album will offer to the listener a key for a positive dimension. A path made of sound vibrations: The Passage to our dreams and hopes,” concludes bassist Andrea Arcangeli.
Evergrey singer Tom Englund and Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo also appear as special guests contributing the value of this outstanding album. And let’s not forget the great job that producer Simone Mularoni did in the studio! The future looks bright for these guys! Check them out live when they come to a town near you!
Tom Englund – vocals on “Ghosts of Insanity”
Michael Romeo – lead guitar on “Dogma”
Produced by Simone Mularoni
September 16 – Moonlight Music Hall, Diest (Belgium)
September 18 – Café De Meister, Geleen (Holland)
September 20 – International, Paris (rue moret)
October 30 – Trezzo Sull’Adda, Live Club – Frontiers Metal Festival
November 3 – Osaka, Shinsaibashi
November 5 – Nagoya, Osu Red Hall
November 4 – TBD
November 6 – Tokyo, Shinjuku Mars
American rock legend and “cult band” Blue Öyster Cult finally returned Finland 25 years after their previous visit. Back in 2001, the band released its last studio album CURSE OF THE HIDDEN MIRROR. Since the music industry has changed, the band has avoided the recording studio to focus on touring. Blue Öyster Cult has never enjoyed mainstream success here in Finland, with the exception of the radio hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the size of the crowd tonight. Although ticket pricing was really high (over 50 euros) and the show was on Sunday, there were about 600 people in Club Circus who wanted to see the bands’ (possible) last gig in Finland.
On August 25th, 2016, Travis Moore will be hosting the Pop-Up Art Event at Art On Scene on 8521 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA at 7PM. This opening reception will feature a red carpet, catering, quality entertainment and live art, and will be run out of a pop-up space located in close proximity to The Rainbow Bar & Grill. The VIP invite-only event will be comprised of invited guests, celebrities, patrons, as well as friends and family of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, Motörhead and the artist Travis Moore, many of which will also be attendance at The Kilmister Unveiling and Dedication party.
The event will consist of over fifty pieces of original art produced by Sharpie Artist and Kilmister Statue creator Travis Moore, which will focus on music and its role and history in Los Angeles’ iconic imagery. In addition, there will be a “Mini-Lemmy” Museum that will feature Lemmy’s personal items,a s well as all the pictures drawing and work done to complete the Lemmy Kilmister Statue. Featured will be exclusively signed posters, prints, shirts, and event miniature reproductions of the statue.
Travis Moore, a local LA artist has been selected to create the life-size bronze sculpture of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, former bassist and frontman of Motörhead. Travis is a native of Texas, holds a BA in Fine Art as well as a Masters degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has been creating art from the age of two, even having a short 3 panel comic strip in his local paper at age five. His talent was fostered by his mother, who herself has an Art degree from SFASU; her friends and artists Grace and Loyd Carey; and his junior high and high school art teacher, J.D. Beltran. Travis was mentored by Gary Frields while at SFASU, a tremendously dedicated instructor and amazing artist. It was there at SFASU that Travis first began to experiment with his own individual drawing process, which he refers to as “Sharpism”. Travis came to the Los Angeles area in 2005 and has since been part of a number of shows in the area, including two Sharpie sponsored shows at Crewest Gallery and hosted Art Jam: a live art and music event held at The Whisky a Go Go.
Los Angeles artist, Travis Moore, has made headlines for spearheading the new artist movement involving Sharpies, creating completely unique and complex artwork, creating the movement of “Sharpism”.
Porispere festival, now held for the sixth time, has gradually grown into one of the most significant festivals in Finland. Although Porispere is still unable to compete financially against the bigger festivals, they have managed to capture a couple of very interesting artists every year. This year, those were the two US metal bands – Metal Church and Twisted Sister. Porispere’s main idea has always been try to please everyone. And because of that, the festival’s supply was at the very least, peculiar. There were artists from all genres; starting from Finland’s leading pop stars, schlager and rap artists, children’s bands to metal bands. Although there were a couple of other interesting names on the festival too, like Children of Bodom, I only reviewed the legends.
One of the founders and organizers Byron Stroud (City Of Fire, Devin Townsend, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad, Tenent, Zimmer’s Hole etc) took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions.
On September 14th, 2016 the biggest rendition of Calgary Metalfest (CMF) will be kicking off it’s fifth year and the line up has been catching international attention. The big deal this year is of course the final night of the festival where attendees will be treated to a “Historic Night of Canadian Metal” featuring Annihilator, Exciter (original 1985 line-up), Razor and Sacrifice, all sharing the same stage on September 17th, 2016. The preceding nights have killer draws as well with The Exalted Piledriver headlining Thursday September 15th at the Distortion Music Venue and Toxic Holocaust, the only international act on the bill, will be tearing apart Dickens Pub on Friday night. The rest of the bill is packed with a selection of local heavy hitters and new acts that the founder of the festival, Nate Renaud, thinks you should check out.
Swedish melodic death metallers THE DUSKFALL is preparing to record their sixth album “The Everlasting Shadows” from which they have already released a couple of teasers in their youtube channel. While waiting for more the band just released a 46 minute documentary movie from their first ever trip to Japan containing action from both on and off stage. Also a bonus was included when they play a tribute to legendary Gates of Ishtar. Here’s the link to the movie: http://youtu.be/FbX4G9-c9rs
The German power metal outfit Scanner has soldiered on since the late 80’s navigated by the guitarist Axel Julius. Despite long breaks and line-up changes, Scanner have always been active by releasing albums. Their latest output called JUDGEMENT presents razor sharp power metal to the bone. Metal-Rules.Com contacted the band’s mastermind Axel Julius to talk about the new album and something about the past.
Victory Records has issued a detailed response to a recent article in Kerrang! Magazine referencing the litigation filed against it by the band A Day To Remember. Victory Records is compelled to provide the following information to the public, specifically in response to untrue statements made by band leader Jeremy McKinnon. Victory did not file this lawsuit, A Day To Remember did so in order to avoid their remaining recording commitments to Victory. In fact, Victory was blindsided by the lawsuit that the band began to surreptitiously prepare as early as 2010.
The core issue in the lawsuit is how many “Albums” A Day To Remember delivered under its agreement with Victory Records. Not once before filing the lawsuit did ADTR claim to Victory or to the public that they had satisfied their 5-Album recording commitment. They never asserted that Victory’s efforts concerning the marketing, promotion and distribution of the albums was anything less than stellar. During the years ADTR considered itself a Victory artist, they never complained about royalties.
Including the recent article in Kerrang!, virtually every press outlet that has covered ADTR’s album releases since 2006 have reported the number of full length studio albums ADTR released in total – this includes the three albums released by Victory (2007’s For Those Who Have Heart, 2009’s Homesick, 2010’s What Separates Me From You), Old Record (a 2008 re-release of a previous ADTR album on Indianola Records as part of a separate agreement), 2013’s Common Courtesy (the “Fifth” album), and now Bad Vibrations (the “Sixth” Album). ADTR’s inherently absurd claim that they delivered 13 “Albums” in the first two years of their agreement with Victory defies common sense, logic and reality.
Victory continued to pay A Day To Remember royalties even after the band filed this lawsuit. Victory ceased paying royalties when ADTR interfered with Victory’s merchandise sales to Hot Topic which was well into the lawsuit. Victory asserted a “Set-off” counterclaim in the lawsuit, which in this situation permits the withholding of payments that may be otherwise due based on ADTR’s material breaches of their agreement – which includes selling merchandise and music via ADTR.com, to other retailers, and refusing to deliver two commitment albums to Victory. As a result of these breaches, Victory sustained damages in the millions of dollars.
In August 2011 (two months after ADTR filed the lawsuit) Victory made its first of many settlement offers to resolve this dispute. They were all rejected by the band. ADTR rejected Victory’s settlement proposals again in 2013 and instead self-released Common Courtesy. This was a very obvious indicator that they never had any intention of settling their lawsuit.
Listen up, Bohabs! The Scumdogs and their partners have graciously bestowed quite a selection for you to choose from in their ever expanding line of unique and praiseworthy brand creations designed for your consumption or collection! You decide that part but, meanwhile, feast your eyes on all your Lords and Masters will have on hand at GWAR B-Q ’16 for you to peruse and choose from…
We’ll be introducing the world to the greatest elixir ever invented, ARCTIC SNOW GWAR VODKA! You can make vodka out of a bunch of different things, but we went with a potato vodka because you can shoot a potato from an air cannon. It also tastes better. It was made in Richmond, Virginia, home of the GWARbar, by JAMES RIVER DISTILLERY. They’re small and mainly make craft gins. After we swung some battleaxes and severed some limbs they saw through the mist of blood and viscera, plugged their sucking chest wounds, and made our awe inducing Arctic Snow. It’s smooth. It’s delicious. Chicks dig it.
Re-read that last thing. Learn it. Love it. Live it. It’s important!
To accompany Arctic Snow, we have some diabolical GWAR concoctions cooked up for your drinking pleasure. There will be smoothies and, er, “punches” to delight you! And extremely liberal doses of TEXAS BEACH BLOODY MARYS, brought to you by the man Imbibe Magazine named “Bartender of the Year 2015”, the LEGENDARY BARTENDER (don’t call him a mixologist!) DEREK BROWN. Derek is a driving force in the DC cocktail scene and his restaurants, Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, and the Columbia Room have been serving some of the finest drinks to be found on the planet! What boozy creation has come out of this unholy union? THE CROTCH PUNCH, that’s what!. The deadly spirit will be available at the GWAR-B-Q AND at the MORNING AFTER CHILL at the GWARbar.
If that doesn’t make your blood boil, try some BOHABANERO HOT SAUCE! Wimps can’t handle this gravy but it doesn’t sacrifice flavor for heat’s sake. Affectionately named after YOU, Bohabs, our hot sauce blends the smack of habanero peppers and the subtle sweetness of carrots in a distinctive combination! If you crave equal parts pleasure and pain, Bohabanero Sauce is what you’ve been seeking and you can try it for the first time at the GWAR B-Q!
In fact, pour it on BALSAC THE JAWS OF DEATH FAMOUS PORK SHOULDER SANDWICH if you wanna! Sure. It’s pork. Tastes like pork. Looks like pork. Could be pork. Could be Nigerian email scammers, but probably pork and Balsac perfected this dish at the GWARbar, and it’s become a favorite among Bohabs everywhere!
Smoked, braised, grilled to perfection, then slathered with equal parts GWAR-B-Q Sauce and the blood of innocent victims.
But mostly GWAR-B-Q SAUCE which is always at the fest to delight your greedy tastebuds! The metal monsters’ original signature sauce has jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, L’il Lucy’s Hot Pepper Ale, and some other exotic ingredients. Here’s a potion with the power to transform the lowliest cut of meat from a scrap unfit for a dog into the height of gastronomic perfection! Whether you slather it on ribs, chicken, seafood or road kill, it makes all dead things taste better! The perfect blending of sweet, smoke, spice and heat. GWAR-B-Q sauce is the ultimate weapon for any grill master!
And by now you know to wash it all down with ODERUS ALE!
CIGAR CITY BREWING is coming back to GWAR B-Q with their tribute to our Lord and Master with Oderus Ale – a most worthy sacrifice to the heaviest demigod to ever slay the universe, the one, the only, Oderus Urungus!
Need a smoke afterwards, Earth Dust? Then straight from MOUNT BAKER VAPOR comes the the newest flavors in our specialty line of GWAR FLUIDS: There’s “KEYSLYME PIE” where you can inhale the loathsome fruit of Slymenstra’s labor! Keyslyme Pie is a sadistic twist on a classic key lime pie recipe so delight in the sweet taste of destruction! Or try “ANTARCTIC ICE.”Throw your taste buds into the deep-freeze with a relentless hodgepodge of dragonfruit and citrus, frozen solid by savage gales of menthol. Then there’s “IMMORTAL CORRUPTOR.” This delectable e-juice drowns pineapple, marshmallow, and whipped cream in an infernal sea of pistachio pudding. Are you worthy of this sweet, sweet corruption?
And, if you want the real thing, because you start fires and grip cylindrical objects all day anyway, why not spark up a CiGWAR?TATUAJE CIGARS, the world famous cigar experts helmed by Pete Johnson, bring their expertise and Nicaraguan tobacco to make these hand-rolled luxury items designed exclusively for GWAR. JiZMak da Gusha was blown away by the CiGWAR, saying “It’s the second best thing I’ve ever had in my mouth!”
As an actual doctor of time and space, Doctor Nick was the only logical choice for GWAR when it came to selecting premium male grooming products. This was, of course, largely due to the fact that he is the only known curator of such products who also possesses the ability and desire to transcend space and time through the past few millennia.
Doctor Nick’s beard oils and other grooming products are simply a dream for any carbon based life form who’s concerned with the appearance of its hair covered meat bag and these special oils are no exception. Straight from the bowels of Antarctica, through a 9-mile time chasm and right onto your face that only mother can barely love. Each of them is crafted from only the finest organic bullshit that’s 100% guaranteed to not contain anything the media says is bad for you and chock full of everything they say is. So pinkys up! You look good, and everyone should fuckin know it.
German Thrash Metal legends SODOM release a lyric video for the new song “Caligula” today. The song is taken from the forthcoming studio album “Decision Day”, which will be released worldwide on August 26th.
Tom Angelripper says about the song: “CALIGULA IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS ON DECISION DAY. IT`S ABOUT THE MOST NOTORIOUS AND RELENTLESS TYRANT WHO EVER RULED THE IMPERIUM. ONE OF HIS FAMOUS QUOTES READS AS FOLLOWS: “LET THEM HATE ME, SO LONG AS THEY FEAR ME”.
“Decision Day” Tracklisting
1.In Retribution 06:14
2. Rolling Thunder 04:22
3. Decision Day 04:03
4. Caligula 04:01
5. Who Is God? 04:35
6. Strange Lost World 04:59
7. Vaginal Born Evil 05:15
8. Belligerence 04:00
9. Blood Lions 03:17
10. Sacred Warpath 05:34
11. Refused To Die 04:27
12. Predatory Instinct 04:44 (bonus track for vinyl and iTunes edition)
=> DigiPak incl. doublesided poster
=> Double gatefold LP with printed innersleevs, 180 g, red Vinyl, CD in cardboard sleeve and bonus track
=> Boxset limited to 1.500 units:Digi, 2LP,poster, hand signed photo card, sticker, button, patch and a flag
=> iTunes exclusive version incl. bonus track
=> Download version
SODOM live 2016
13.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air
20.08.SK-Zvolenska Slatina – More Than Fest
27.08.D-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival
10.09.I-Milan – Live Club
16.09.D-Berlin – Metal Hammer Awards
04.11.RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
05.11.RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta
26.12.D-Munich – Backstage