The legendary KISS arrived in Europe in June after a two year break. The bands tour, The 40’th Anniversary tour, did not come to Scandinavia at all, so I traveled to the Netherlands, where the band played a sold-out gig in the Ziggo Dome arena in Amsterdam. Before the show I had the opportunity to sit down with the band’s long-term guitarist, Tommy Thayer. The good-humored man told not only all the latest KISS news, but also about what it is like to have been in the band for more than 12 years, and what the future might hold for the band. Read on!
Stryper are back to reclaim their throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the latest song from their upcoming 9th studio album, Fallen. The title track “Fallen” can be heard via YouTube:
The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. From the opening choral refrains of “Yahweh” to the signature vocal scream at the end of “King Of Kings,” it is apparent that Stryper is back with their heaviest and most inspired work to date that is scheduled for release on October 16th via Frontiers Music SRL. Fallen is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered via iTunes at http://radi.al/StryperFalleniTunes and via AmazonMP3 at http://radi.al/StryperFallenAmazon It is also available in various physical configurations at www.stryper.com/fallen Fallen was produced by Michael Sweet.
“Fallen is about Lucifer before he became Satan. It’s the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over,” describes Michael Sweet. “The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being.”
The latest song comes on the heels of the album teaser track, “Yahweh,” that was released last month and has been listened to over 135K times since it went live. “Yahweh” was a musical writing collaboration between Michael Sweet and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery. Tracks like “Pride,” “Big Screen Lies” and “Til I Get What I Need” show that Stryper is back and better than ever. Stryper offer their unique interpretation of the Black Sabbath classic “After Forever.” The band flexes their softer side on the instantly memorable “All Over Again” which continues the journey Stryper fans began almost 30 years ago when “Honestly” was released to mainstream success.
The track listing for Fallen is:
4) Big Screen Lies
6) Love You Like I Do
7) All Over Again
8) After Forever
9) Till I Get What I Need
10) Let There Be Light
11) The Calling
12) King Of Kings
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such ’80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide. Their last studio album No More Hell To Pay debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Top 200 landing at #35.
HELLOWEEN, the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal, will return to North America to play select dates in 2016! The band will be supporting the release of their 15th studio album, My God-Given Right, which has cemented the pumpkin heads as one of the most influential and successful acts of the global metal scene. Confirmed dates are as follows: HELLOWEEN
This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICAand Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s THE AGONIST supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tourdates and VIP ticketing information. Martina Edoff will also join the package as the opening band from Sept 18th to Oct 3rd.
The members of EPICAand ELUVEITIE also check in with a special message for North American fans via the tour video promo that can be viewed now at the link below. Get your tickets now, as these shows will sell out.
This will mark EPICA’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head late 2013 got cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of their highly acclaimed latest album, The Quantum Enigma, which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond.This touralso marks ELUVEITIE’s second tour in support of their chart-topping album, Origins.
EPICA and ELUVEITIE will both be offering VIP ticketing including meet & greets, exclusive merchandise, a Revolver Magazine subscription and the EPICA VIP bundle also includes a live 7-inch
Thanks to Mausoleum Records for the promo pictures of the band. Thanks to the band for additional promo pictures of the band
Grenouer is maybe a well known band for all the Metal-Rules.com readers, if not, then make sure to catch up with what the band have been up to since the last time I spoke to leader Andrey Ind. The band’s brand new album UNWANTED TODAY was unleashed at the beginning of this year and I really liked what I heard. The album contains a bunch of alternative metal tunes and the band continued where they left off on the previous album BLOOD ON THE FACE. This Russian act deserves to be acknowledged and receive every inch of success they possibly can get! If you like alternative metal, and haven’t heard Grenouer – check out UNWANTED TODAY.
Finnish Metal heroes CHILDREN OF BODOM will release their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos, worldwide on October 2nd, 2015 viaNuclear Blast Records. Today the band has released the second trailer from the album. In this trailer, the band explains the concept behind the lyrics for I Worship Chaos. View the trailer HERE.
The first trailer from the album in which bassist Henkka explains the artwork (created by Tuomas Korpi) for the new album can be viewed HERE.
The first song released from I Worship Chaos “Morrigan” is available for streaming HERE.
Recently ODYSSEA entered Musicart Studios in Rapallo, Italy and the recordings are currently proceeding. Furthermore the first special guests are revealed:
After rumours about the comeback of Italian heavy power metal band ODYSSEA, ten years from debut album “Tears in floods”, Pier Gonella recently entered Musicart Studios in Rapallo, near Genoa (Italy), for the recordings of a new chapter. Current line up consists of Pier Gonella (Necrodeath, Mastercastle, Vanexa, ex-Labyrinth) on guitars and Roberto Tiranti (Wonderworld, ex-Labyrinth, ex-Vanexa) on vocals.
Furthermore the band has revealed the first special guests:
Anna Portalupi, bass (Custodie Cautelari, Hardline, Tarja Turunen)
Francesco La Rosa, drums (Extrema, MPire of Evil, Meganoidi, Mastercastle…)
Giorgia Gueglio, vocals (Mastercastle)
Mattia Stancioiu, drums (ex Labyrinth, Magnificat, Crown Of Autumn)
Simone Mularoni, guitars (DGM)
More guests and complete line-up coming soon…
The album will be out around 2015, October/November, out for Diamonds Prod.
The popular American power metal band Reverence, fronted by Todd Michael Hall (Riot, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest), Steve “Doc Killdrums” Wacholz (founding member of Savatage, Crimson Glory), Pete Rossi (Overland, Sanxtion), Michael Massie (Overloaded, Inner Recipe) are pleased to announce they have signed a three album deal with Japanese label Marquee/Avalon who has released albums from band such as Kamelot, Black Label Society and Manowar (just to name a few). Reverence’s first release through Marquee/Avalon is due to be released this fall. The yet to be titled album will have at least 10 songs with a Japanese bonus track.
Reverence has also released a new clip for the song “Race To Obscene”, which will appear on their up-coming album. Reverence’s second album will follow their first acclaimed release “When Darkness Calls” which was released through Razar Ice Records in 2012. The clip allows fans to get a quick peak of their up-coming album. The trailer also gives fans a glimpse at their song recording process as well.
In an unprecedented event in extreme metal Canadian powerhouse, KATAKLYSM, will release 10 music videos over the next 10 days leading up to the release of their new album, Of Ghosts And Gods. Today, the band has released a video clip for the track “Carrying Crosses”, at the following location:
In an unprecedented event in extreme metal Canadian powerhouse, KATAKLYSM, will release 10 music videos over the next 10 days leading up to the release of their new album, Of Ghosts And Gods. Today, the band has released a video clip for the track “Soul Destroyer”, at the following location:
British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have announced a dozen or so North American dates that are scheduled to begin October 16 in Paso Pobles, California and wraps in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Support on most of the shows will come from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON.
Newly announced JUDAS PRIEST tour dates:
Oct. 16 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Ampitheater
Oct. 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
Oct. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theater
Oct. 21 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
Oct. 27 – Vancouver, B.C., Canada @ Hard Rock
Oct. 28 – Vancouver, B.C., Canada @ Hard Rock
Oct. 31 – Regina, SK, Canada @ Brandt Center
Nov. 01 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ MTS Center
Nov. 03 – Peoria, IL @ Civc Center
Nov. 06 – Huntington, N.Y. @ Paramount Theater
Nov. 07 – Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center
Nov. 10 – Halifax, NS, Canada @ Scotiabank Center
Nov. 12 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Air Canada Center
Band leader / guitarist Markus Sigfridsson – Harmony
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview, and to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band
At the end of November last year Harmony unleashed their third album THEATRE OF REDEMPTION. The album is jammed with melodic metal and since I really got hooked by what I heard, I thought I should give band leader/guitarist Markus Sigfridsson a call. We hooked up and I had a lot of questions for Sigfridsson; we handled topics like the band’s past albums and why it has taken Harmony so long to follow up CHAPTER II: THE AFTERMATH from 2008. THEATRE OF REDEMPTION was mixed by the legendary Fredrik Nordström so I simply had to ask how it was to work with him. Parts of Harmony are also involved in the band Darkwater and I asked how the members handle being in two acts at once.