HEAVEN & EARTH In Studio With New Band Lineup

October 13th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Coming off last year’s acclaimed album Dig and an enthusiastically received 17-date 2014 European concert tour, HEAVEN & EARTH–who masterfully fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical–are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) for 2015 with a new lineup. The Los Angeles-based band’s heralded musicians Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist) and Joe Retta (vocals) are now joined by Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals) and Ty Bailie (keyboards).

Stuart Smith, an England-raised protégé of Ritchie Blackmore, is excited to share this news about the new HEAVEN & EARTH album (title and release date are TBA) and line-up. He says: “Joe Retta and I couldn’t be more excited that Quarto Valley Records are once again behind us and that we have Lynn, Kenny and Ty on the new album. The writing chemistry between us is great and we have about 20 good ideas in the pot so far which we’re working on. I think it’s going to be Heaven & Earth’s best album yet.”

HEAVEN & EARTH’s new line-up includes:

Kenny Aronoff, among the world’s most in-demand session drummers, will bring his tremendous drive, enthusiasm and creativity to HEAVEN & EARTH. In the mid-80s, Kenny began to develop an enormously successful career as a studio musician and went on to tour worldwide with artists including The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Styx, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Gibbons, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, and many many more.
Seasoned bassist/vocalist Lynn Sorensen–who’s been Paul Rodgers’ long time bass player and backing vocalist for over 10 years and moved over to Bad Company with Paul when he reformed Bad Company in 2008–is excited to join the band: “As a long time fan of Heaven & Earth it is an honor to have the opportunity to play with them. The Dig album simply blows my mind,” says Lynn.
Established B3 player/first-class keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning progressive jazz duo Ego Band USA, Ty Bailie brings his exceptional talents to HEAVEN & EARTH. Ty’s diverse talent and love of all things music has lead to him performing with a myriad of musical icons including: Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the M.G.’s), Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Robbie Robertson (Bob Dylan, the Band), Wanda Jackson, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Ann Wilson (Heart), Ace Frehley (KISS), Counting Crows, Soundgarden, Yes and Tool, among others.
HEAVEN & EARTH connected strongly with music audiences on their 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way. The band will return to Europe next year when they play the Vasby Festival in Stockholm, Sweden July 17-28, 2015.

“Those in the venue witnessed a very special show in an intimate setting and such an opportunity won`t be available for long as the band are destined for much bigger venues.” (Metal Express Radio)
“What a Night!…On the evidence of this performance, you should move on Heaven & Earth, not to miss them!” (Rocktopia)
“Heaven & Earth may well have delivered one of the best shows of the year….A very special show by a hugely talented band” (The Newcastle Chronicle)
“The highly acclaimed quintet from Los Angeles have a created a fusion of Blues and Hard Rock with a touch of classical which contains everything you could wish for…power anthems, ballads and melodic rock rub shoulders in a rather potent mix” (The Bolton News)
HEAVEN & EARTH’s last album Dig (released this past April on Quarto Valley Records) was produced by Dave Jenkins–who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power—and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto). HEAVEN & EARTH’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “No Money, No Love” and its controversial video which has logged over 500,000 view and can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d. Click here to stream Dig.

About HEAVEN & EARTH:
The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock’s most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH’s first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000). HEAVEN & EARTH’s groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garnering Smith the award for “Best Guitarist” and “Best New CD” for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.

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The Haunted – Interview with Marco Aro

October 12th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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 The Haunted went through a real member turmoil a few years back when three of five members decided to depart the band. However, the band was rescued as two new old old members returned to the fold and a new guitarist was recruited to the ranks as well. The Haunted returned back to the daylight after being on the edge with the strong and pretty furious EXIT WOUNDS album. Metal-Rules.com sat down and talked to the singer Marco Aro about his return to the band, working on the new album, and finally, a little bit about Swedish thrash(?).

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NUBIAN ROSE ‘Mental Revolution’, Artwork, Track Listing Unveiled

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Swedish hard rockers NUBIAN ROSE will release its new album, titled “Mental Revolution“, on November 24th via Cargo Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mattias Savage Wil, all photos by Tallee Savage for Savage Beauty and can be seen below.

The album was produced by Christer Åkerlund, engineerd by Jakob Herrmann, mixed by Tobias Lindell (HEAT, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Avatar, Mustasch), recorded at Top Floor Studios & Bohus Sound and mastered by Mats “Limpa” Lindfors (Crashdïet, Scorpions, Dan Reed, Treat) at Cutting Room.

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Blastfest Is Expanding

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Blastfest has accepted the challenge and has delivered! It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.

And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veteransGehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!

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ROSES NEVER FADE: New Ballad Of Desolation From Dark Neofolk Trio

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Cvlt Nation is currently streamingWith Each Passing Wave,” the newest ballad of desolation from dark neofolk trio, ROSES NEVER FADE.

The somber ode comes by way the band’s long-awaited second full-length, Devil Dust, out now on Belgium’s Neuropa Records. Featuring Ancient VVisdom’s Nathan Opposition, The Way To Light’s Austin Rathmell and Pale Creation’s Nick Fiction, Devil Dust was mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall, Satyricon et al) at PLX Mastering in New York City and offers up nearly forty-minute dark, brooding, acoustic-based melancholy marked by its lushly layered, enveloping guitars and stark, chilling lyrical imagery. A fitting audio journey for fans of Agalloch, Death In June, Joy Division, and Tom Waits.

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POWERWOLF to release ‘The History Of Heresy II’ 3-disc-boxset on October, 24th

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Metal Blade Records announces “The History Of Heresy II“, a massive boxset containing three CDs!

The 2nd part of “The History Of Heresy II” will be out October 24th. Besides featuring the albums “Bible Of The Beast” and “Blood Of The Saints” with bonus tracks, as well as “The Sacrilege Symphony” orchestra album, the boxset includes the 2nd part of the autobiographic hardcover book “The History Of Heresy” with 128 pages full of stories, tour and studio reports. A ton of pictures will be included in the box which comes in lavish hardcover box matt laminated with embossing and partial gloss vanish!

Make sure to pre-order your copy at THIS or at THIS location!

POWERWOLF will celebrate the release during the two upcoming shows in November.
14/11/14 DE – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
15/11/14 DE – Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise

http://www.powerwolf.net
http://www.facebook.com/powerwolfmetal

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MORGOTH resumes working on new album, ‘Ungod’

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Returning from a glorious tour with BOLT THROWER, MORGOTH has posted the following update:

“The European tour with BOLT THROWER ended three days ago. We’re back from a fantastic trip and returned to the so called ‘reality’. We are still impressed by all the support we experienced by all of you out there. We would like to thank everybody who was involved in making this tour such a massive success. Now we’ll continue working on the new album…Thank you all and see you in the pits!”

After the band’s victorious reunion in 2011 and the release of the critically acclaimedGod Is Evil 7″ (their first studio release in 18 years), MORGOTH is now working on their new album, Ungod, that is planned for a release in spring 2015. Stay tuned!

If you haven’t heard God Is Evil yet, be sure to check out the title track below:
Youtube: http://youtu.be/w-_ltsAtzmU
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/morgoth-god-is-evil-single

Fans can purchase the 7″ and/or digital download of the single below:
CM Distro (Europe): www.smarturl.it/godisevildistro
CM Distro (North America): www.smarturl.it/godisevil
iTunes: www.smarturl.it/tuqqpn
Amazon: www.smarturl.it/zq2sfq

MORGOTH live:
28.11.2014 – Bucharest (Romania) – November to Dismember Metal Festwww.facebook.com/AxaValahaProductions  / https://www.facebook.com/events/660107030714764
08.11.2014 – Brescia (Italy) – Circolo Colony / Hellbrigade Fest V
www.facebook.com/events/552922864807167 / www.circolocolony.org
17.01.2015 – Dippoldiswalde / Dresden (Germany) – Break The Silence Festival
www.breakthesilence.de
20.02.2015 – Bergen (Norway) – Blastfest
www.blastfest.no / www.facebook.com/blastfestival

MORGOTH line-up:
Marc Grewe – Vocals
Harry Busse – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Sebastian Swart – Rhythm Guitars
Sotirios Kelekidis – Bass
Marc Reign – Drums

MORGOTH discography:
Resurrection Absurd EP (1989)
Eternal Fall EP (1990)
Cursed (1991)
Odium (1993)
Feel Sorry For The Fanatic (1996)
1987 – 1997 The Best Of Morgoth Compilation (2005)
Cursed To Live (2012)
God Is Evil Single (2014)

MORGOTH online:
www.facebook.com/MorgothOfficial
www.morgoth-band.org

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NIGHT DEMON sign to Century Media

October 12th, 2014
by EvilG

NIGHT DEMON from Ventura County (just north of Los Angeles) have recently signed with Century Media for the world outside of Europe for an early 2015 release.  The three-piece heavy metal act is currently on tour with legendary NWOBHM band, Raven with a long string of dates that go into the holiday season.  See dates below.  The band had this to say about joining Century Media:
“We are very excited to be joining the Century Media family. For years we have seen the CM logo synonymous with great bands and a stellar product. The future looks bright for Night Demon, especially now that we have a solid partnership with such a legendary label.”

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EXODUS – Interview With Steve “Zetro” Souza

October 11th, 2014
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from https://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

When I spoke with Steve “Zetro” Souza last spring, he talked about prepping his new band Hatriot – which includes two of his sons, drummer Nick and bassist Cody – to learn some old songs from his twice-former band Exodus as they readied for upcoming shows in support of Hatriot’s second album, Dawn of the New Centurion. Three months later, he found himself frantically prepping to learn new Exodus material for a very different reason – a chance to return to the band, which had just dismissed frontman Rob Dukes after a nine-year stint, and see if a third time was the charm.

The second go-round ended famously badly in 2004 on the eve of a South American tour, not long after the release Exodus’ comeback album Tempo of the Damned, which followed a long hiatus and the death of singer Paul Baloff – who Souza had replaced in 1986 and whom the band had initially attempted a reunion with. Guitarist Gary Holt’s now-legendary Souza-skewering forum postings from that time are still reverberating around the Interwebs, even though the two have been back on speaking terms for some time. Indeed, they had even shared the stage together on several occasions in recent years.

This new go-round certainly was a whirlwind “courtship.” Less than a week after Dukes’ dismissal, Souza was in the studio laying down the vocals for the new Exodus album Blood In, Blood Out, which was due out Oct. 14 on Nuclear Blast, and soon thereafter the band played a series of festival shows – with Holt often performing double duty with his “other band,” Slayer. A headline tour of South America and a U.S. tour with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies were set to launch the album.

On the phone from Oakland, Souza spoke excitedly about the rather dramatic turn of events that brought him back into the Exodus fold – which is rounded out by Holt, guitarist Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson and founding drummer Tom Hunting – the sense of urgency that fueled the new album and the scramble to get ready to do his part, and making the most of this new/next opportunity – all with lots of football metaphors and F bombs.

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Sweden Rock 2015 – First Bands Announced

October 11th, 2014
by EvilG
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Sweden Rock festival organizers listed  some of the bands set to appear at the 2015 edition of the festival via their official Facebook page:

Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Toto, Backyard Babies, Hammerfall, D-A-D, Nuclear Assault, Dark Tranquillity, Lucifer’s Friend, The Angels, Exciter, The Quireboys, H.e.a.t, Rock Goddess, Hell, Delain, Wolf, Torsson and Steve’n’Seagulls.

And remember: we have more than 70 bands left to announce!” See you on June 3-4-5-6 in Sölvesborg!

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Interview with Jason Netherton of Misery Index

October 10th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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 Interview with Jason Netherton of Misery Index

Interview by Petri da Costa

 After many years of having a frequent schedule of recording and touring, Misery Index had a “break” after promoting “Heirs to Thievery”. They finally came back this year with a very strong new record, “The Killing Gods”, which has been gathering high praises from critics and fans. I called founding member Jason Netherton to talk about the the band hiatus, their new album, touring and Jason’s book about the history of death metal, “Extremity Retained”.

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BLIND GUARDIAN – “Twilight of the Gods” out on December 5, 2014!

October 10th, 2014
by EvilG
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Blind Guardian – “Twilight of the Gods” out on December 5, 2014!

The wait is over! Blind Guardian is back! The world’s most popular fantasy metal band gives us Twilight of the Gods; the first single from their long-awaited new album, to be unleashed upon the world in January 2015.

“Twilight of the Gods”, the first creation of the Krefeld, Germany based band in more than four years will be released on December 5, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch assures, “this song is a statement about Blind Guardian. The pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal.” And thus a perfect choice to get fans into the proper mood for the upcoming album.

“Twilight of the Gods” is a “neck breaker” in the true tradition of Blind Guardian “that will captivate you with the most epic and catchy chorus we’ve ever written,” says Kürsch.

In “Twilight of the Gods” Blind Guardian is singing about the deities’ waning power; no such times are in sight for the band. Blind Guardian is back with a vengeance; with an impressive single from an overwhelming record!

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Taste the New EXODUS BURGER @ the Official “Blood In, Blood Out” Listening Party at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, IL this Saturday, October 11th!

October 9th, 2014
by EvilG
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Blood In, Blood Out CD + Bonus DVD due out October 14th via Nuclear Blast 

Whether you prefer your burgers rare or well done, fans attending the official EXODUS listening party at Kuma’s Corner on October 11thwill get a taste of Blood In, Blood Out in more ways than one! Come listen to Blood In, Blood Out on loop whilst enjoying the brand new, exclusive EXODUS Burger at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, IL, this Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm. The listening party will also include awesome EXODUS merch giveaways.

The EXODUS Burger is being served up in celebration of the impending release of the band’s 10th studio album, Blood In, Blood Out, out October 14th via Nuclear Blast. Legions of metalheads and foodies unite to listen to the new record and taste a burger that can only be described as food for the fans (see track 11).

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Devin Townsend Interview

October 9th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Devin Townsend

Interviewed by Kate Prothero

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When I first found out that I’d have the opportunity to chat to one of of the most highly thought of and complex musicians in the world, I said yes without really thinking about it. Why would you even hesitate right? As the day of the interview dawned I found myself sat at the computer screen watching Devin Townsend’s live DVD of his fantastical Retinal Circus project… followed by a stint listening to his mellow country record from Casualties of Cool. I had a quick look on his Facebook and Twitter pages, and ‘googled’ him. I’m a fan. I saw him live a few years back, and have purchased most of his back catalogue, however, I pale insignificance to the hoards of mega-fans and obsessives, some of which, according to google, have his face tattooed on various parts of their bodies. He has been admired, obsessed over, copied, scrutinised and lauded as a metal messiah for the best part of 25 years. With these facts in mind, coupled with the sneaky suspicion that I might be completely out of my depth and about to chat to somebody who may well be a wizard or from another planet, or functioning on a higher mental level than me, and my brain might explode during our conversation.

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HammerFall drummer Anders Johansson Leaves Band

October 9th, 2014
by EvilG

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Life in a heavy metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. On Monday, we rolled out our own whiskey, Legacy Of Kings. Today is a shocking and monumental day for all, HammerFall members and fans alike: Anders Johansson has decided to leave the band, after 15 years as the drummer. Brought on by increasing musical differences, as well as a career in the music industry that spans almost four decades, he has come to the conclusion that enough is enough. But fear not, we have already formulated a plan to get us through this even stronger. As a replacement we have found a most excellent drummer in David Wallin, who most notably has been beating the skins in the Swedish industrial force Pain. David will fill the void left by “The Swedish Tank” with his youthful intensity and fantastic musicianship during the upcoming tour. We wish Anders all the best in his future endeavours and hope that 15 years can’t be erased that easily.

Also, basist Fredrik Larsson will have his second child in December, and is therefore on parental leave through March. But we think you will like the choice to fill his shoes. For anyone who is the least bit familiar with HF, this one needs no introduction: handling the 4-string duty in Fredrik’s absence, none other than former guitar player Stefan Elmgren has agreed to make a triumphant return to the band! Yet another reason not to miss catching us live on the upcoming tours, this will be a very unique constellation. So it is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to an old friend and welcome an even older one back into the fold. The Swedish Templars of Steel cannot and will not be subdued, we will carry on heeding the call as long as the crimson thunder still is flowing in our veins. It is not the end of anything, it’s the dawn of a new era. And we welcome it with our hammers high!

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