“Thunder And Steel Down Under” – first ever Riot tribute album, will be released on April 24, 2015, via Skol Records. Compilation has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel, Crystal Viper, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), and will include Riot classics peformed by bands and artists such as: Axel Rudi Pell, Crystal Viper, Attacker, Alpha Tiger, October 31, Savage Master, Night Demon, Dexter Ward and others. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies worldwide. Income from the album will be given to Sir Tony Reale – father of the late Riot guitarist and founding member, Mark Reale.
As it was mentioned on VH1’s “That Metal Show”, RIOT are one of the innovators of Metal music in America and beyond. Their albums such as “Fire Down Under”, “Rock City”, “Narita”, “Restless Breed” or “Born In America” are the classics of Heavy Metal, and their ’88 LP “Thundersteel” helped to shape a genre which we know as Power Metal. Band’s history has been marked by bunch of tragic events: Rhett Forrester who fronted Riot between 1981 and 1986 was killed in 1994, the original vocalist Guy Speranza (in Riot between 1975 and 1981) lost his battle with cancer in 2003, and band’s founding member and leader Mark Reale (who was also the only one constant Riot member since the beginning of the band) left us in 2012, after suffering Crohn’s disease.
The band left 14 studio albums, and after Mark’s Reale death, remaining Riot members decided to continue his legacy and after changing the name to Riot V, returned with phenomenal album titled “Unleash The Fire”. “Thunder And Steel Down Under” is not a usual compilation with bunch of cover songs. It’s a celebration of the Riot and Mark Reale legacy, and a homage paid by both American and European bands and musicians, who were influenced by this premier act.
SLAYER To Headline 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival; KING DIAMOND, HELLYEAH And Others
The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival enters its eighth year with another fantastic heavy metal and hard rock lineup, featuring 13 bands performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage and the Victory Records Stage.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage will feature some of the most ground-breaking heavy bands of all time, spanning the originating years of heavy metal to today! The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records Stage will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.
Kerry King, guitarist of Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States – NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T FUCKIN’ MISS IT.”
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage performer and heavy metal hellion King Diamond states, “This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage – it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I’m not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around “Dreams of Horror”. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You’re all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!”
“It has been eight years and it feels like it started just yesterday. We are so excited about this year’s lineup and having the mighty Slayer back in support of a new album. In addition, the first time for King Diamond and Hellyeah will be awesome, as well as The Devil Wears Prada’s first time on the Main Stage. The Victory Stage has amazing bands and will play throughout the day. Heavy music is thriving in America and we are excited to be a part of it,” state John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival producers.
Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival go on sale beginning April 17th at 10 AM local time. Please note – Houston, TX tickets go on sale on April 24th at 10 AM local time. General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 hours of onsale (while supplies last).
The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.
Karnivool Interview with Guitarist Andrew “Drew” Goddard
London 28th March 2015
Interview by Ashlinn Nash
Karnivool have been touring like mad over the last few months and it seems like they will be some more after this tour. The busy band aren’t afraid to celebrate their achievements such as ten years of their first album “Themata”. We caught up with forming member and guitarist Andrew “Drew” Goddard, for a quick chat about the new album and touring at their London show in Camden’s very own Roundhouse.
Karnivool guitarists Mark Hosking and Drew Goddard picture credit Jo Moolenschot
ACCEPT… Wolf Hoffmann… Peter Baltes… Mark Tornillo… Uwe Lulis… Christopher Williams… proudly announce their upcoming BLIND RAGE TOUR 2015 Part II! See you in MEXICO, BRAZIL, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, FINLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, FRANCE, SPAIN, AUSTRIA, DENMARK, SWEDEN, BELGIUM and MORE to come!
ACCEPT – 2014 Was the Best Year in Their Career So Far!
BLIND RAGE #1 on the sales charts in GERMANY & FINLAND.
Various entries in international Charts.
Winner of ALBUM OF THE YEAR categories in several countries by the strongest Metal Bibles in Europe, METAL HAMMER, HARD ROCK, SWEDEN ROCK #1.
Headliner at most prestigious and talked about European Festivals including the Metal Paradise (with “special event show”) WACKEN OPEN AIR, WOODSTOCK and the amazing three quarter of a million fan strong 2014 a charity event for Children Hospitals in Poland.
Touring Europe, North America, Australia and Asia – 4 Continents in 2014 and not yet finished!
BLIND RAGE WORLD TOUR Part 2 is on the move again, returning to South America with OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTORHEAD and many other GREATS! Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and MORE are already in their intense battle plan for 2015!
The PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE for ACCEPT was and still is beyond the band’s imagination, but not beyond their reach! We all know, they could not have come so far without their fans and the endless gifted people who are working so hard for ACCEPT! Thank you… to all of them from….. all of us with the promise, that we will come back – better and stronger and even more devoted than the last time!
JJ Caithcart – Scrape Records
Chris Dyck – Nothing Is Heavy
Michael Johnston – Mikillink Digital Media
Myk Shaflik – All Star Pacific and Red Room
Abelardo Mayoral – The Invisible Orange
Jon Asher – Asher Media Relations
The creators of cinematic metal are finally back with their most outstanding record, Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus. The album is set to be released in North America this Summer by Nuclear Blast Records.
“The love for the cinema and the movie soundtracks is something clear and evident in each song of the album. The epic, cinematic impact of the music is something flowing in my blood and carved in my genetics.”
Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus was once again composed and produced by Luca Turilli, responsible for all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at the Backyard Studios by Sebastian Roeder (Bonfire) and mastered at MSM studios by Christoph Stickel (Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK).
Seven months of composition, three months of production, over 50 days of mixing, two choirs, several special guests, including Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Dan Lucas (KARO) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) went into the new album. Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus showcases 70 minutes of epic music that will take the listener on an emotional and memorable journey between quantum gates, parallel dimensions, myths and legends hiding cosmic truths, ancestral secrets and spiritual revelations.
In an effort for RHAPSODY’s sound to match their look, the album cover artwork and the album booklet introduces the new cinematic graphic style of the band, realized by the well-known artist Stefan “Heile” Heilemann (EPICA, LINDEMANN).
The wind is howling outside, the rain is bashing the railway bridges of North London’s music capital, it’s safe to say that the spring weather isn’t exactly brilliant; yet the excitement for tonight’s sun dripped Australian heavy progsters Karnivool is certainly in favour.
Desertfest returns to the UK on the weekend of the 24th- 26th April for a doom/stoner filled weekend of heaviness. Headliners are Red Fang, EyeHateGod and Sleep with some amazing support from the likes of Orange Goblin, Ufomammut and Brant Bjork.
“Today I have delivered the final audio mix down of our first live DVD ever!!! This is really exciting since we’ve never done this before smile emoticon. Again our friend Felipe Machado Franco did a killer artwork AND came up with the perfect title as well: LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER
I know, I know there’s a Maiden album “the final frontier”… BUT we are doing this Sci-fi thing for such a long time, so this title is a must! Looking at the artwork I couldn’t think of anything more fitting smile emoticon. Also the final cut of all the video material is ready and – wow – I am absolutely happy. We look pretty cool, haha!
Check out the artwork and stay tuned for more soon!
Finland-based symphonic metalers, Nightwish, recently released their new studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which has now entered the charts worldwide on some incredible positions.
Once again, and for the sixth time in a row, Nightwish made it onto the pole position in their home country Finland – as well as in Czech Republic, where Endless Forms Most Beautiful received Gold status after just two days. Germany and Switzerland follow with a brilliant #2. Another amazing result is the #3 in Floor Jansen’s native country Netherlands.
More Top 10 entries took place in:
Other high charting spots include:
New Zealand (#32)
As well, it came in at #34 at the American Billboard charts (#2 Independent Albums, #4 Top Hard Music Charts, #8 Top Current Rock Albums).
Nightwish commented saying “the world wide chart news that is just mind blowing! For the sixth time in a row we made it onto the pole position in our home country Finland – as well as in Czech Republic, where »Endless Forms Most Beautiful« received gold-status after just two days. Germany and Switzerland follow with a brilliant #2. Another amazing result is the #3 in Floor Jansen’s native country Netherland….We are grateful to all our fans for standing behind us. We can’t wait to meet you during this world tour we start today! Thank you!“
SWEDEN – Despotz Records has announced its latest signing, Sweden’s raucous rock ‘n roll whirlwind, Thundermother, who will release its Despotz debut later this year. To celebrate, the band has teamed up with Revolver to stream the upcoming album’s first single, “It’s Just a Tease,” at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=72507.
The band commented: “Thundermother is in good hands. We have now officially signed with the awesome Despotz Records! We are super stoked! The future is upon us! Watch this space!”
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – Greek/Swedish melodic death metal band, Nightrage, has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to launch a music video for the new track “Stare into Infinity” at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p= 72650. The song comes from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, The Puritan, set to release on April 24 through Despotz Records.
“‘Stare into Infinity’ is one of my favorite songs on our new album The Puritan,” guitarist Marios Iliopoulos told Revolver. “It has all those elements that are Nightrage – heavy riffs, emotional melodies and brutal vocal hooks. The whole arrangement of the song is very simplistic and in your face. The verses are very thrashy with straightforward riffs and pounding drums, creating that feeling of power and metal mayhem. The chorus is where the song really lifts up with those signature Nightrage melodic guitars and big ’80s metal riffs played with a thrashy and more modern approach. And Ronnie´s vocals, singing with such a great passion and old school melodic death metal vibes, makes for a really cool contrast on that part.
“Lyrically, it´s a song that has to do with leading you out of dark times, reaching the light at the end of the tunnel and leaving everything that’s troubling you behind – searching to find your inner self.
“The production and sound that Daniel Bergstrand and George Neranzis did for the song made all the difference in the world; they really gave the song the needed power and loudness to create such a strong and beautifully loud brutal/melodic sound.”
Known for being a member of MANOWAR between 1988 and 1994, DAVID SHANKLE remains a world renowned super shred guitarist and instructor for all true metal fans – as heard by the upcoming third full-length offering by his band, DSG, titled ‘STILL A WARRIOR.’ To be released on April 24th in Germany and April 28th worldwide via Pure Steel Records, the ten-track album is sure to please long-time fans of the fleet-fingered talents of Shankle.
“I’m very happy to say that I feel this is the best DSG record to date,” says Shankle. “I also feel this is the best DSG band out of all three of them so far. I’m very proud of everyone of these guys great job they did on the record.” Joining Shankle in DSG are vocalist Warren Halvarson, bassist Mike Streicher, and drummer Gabriel Anthony. “With new singer Warren Halvarson, new bass player Mike Streicher, and our new drummer Gabriel Anthony, this is by far the BEST line up to date.”
For 13 years, Shankle has been enjoying a solo career, as evidenced by the two albums, ‘Ashes To Ashes’ (2003) and ‘Hellborn’ (2007). And ‘Still A Warrior’ does not disappoint, as it features both metallic anthems (the title track) and instrumentals (“The Hitman”) with such guest artists as Michael Angelo Batio, Joe Stump, and Parker Lundgren from QUEENSRYCHE. Also, the “Demonic Solo” (from the movie ‘Jezebeth’) is being hailed as one of the fastest guitar solos in the world.
Shankle: “I think the new DSG record, ‘Still A Warrior,’ is a combination of the best from the ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and ‘Hellborn’ CD’s. A lot of great melodic vocals and full neo-classical shred guitar in your face.” ‘Still A Warrior’ confirms: friends of US metal with a classical shred guitar influences will completely be satisfied by their old hero again!