Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have announced a worldwide video contest to showcase the talents of their own fans.
Sign language speakers/interpreters, jazz flutists, cellists, ukulele & theremin players, expert whistlers, vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboard players alike: You are all invited to create a video for your very own cover version of the NIGHTWISH single “Elán.”
To celebrate their triumphant return to North America this spring, Billboard-charting Swedish heavy metallers & avid war historians SABATON are releasing a special, 3-disc limited edition deluxe version of their 2014’s Heroes album, due out in the U.S. and Canada on April 7th.
SABATON: HEROES DELUXE EDITION
Limited to 5,000 copies, this deluxe edition includes two discs of live audio recorded on the 2014 SABATON Cruise in addition to the original ten Heroes album tracks. Read the rest of this entry »
Arriving at the venue and seeing a hoard of hairy denim cut clad fans gathering outside, set the tone for what would be a fantastic evening. The crowds were eager and the mood outside the venue was excitable to say the least!
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the second CAIN’S OFFERING studio album entitled “Stormcrow” on May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America.
Cain’s Offering is the brainchild of Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen, founding member of one of Finland’s biggest musical exports, Sonata Arctica.
Drawing its musical influence from both the classic Hard Rock scene, fast-paced European Power Metal and a very modern Heavy Metal sound, CAIN’S OFFERING is, just as expected, another perfect example of today’s incredible Finnish music scene. Read the rest of this entry »
Today marks the release of War of Kings, the brand new 10th studio album by Swedish rock legends EUROPE. War of Kingseffectively marks EUROPE’s advancement towards a refreshed heavy rock stylewhile building upon their internationally-celebrated, high-energy and unforgettable trademark sound.
War of Kingsis available for purchase in CD digipak, CD jewel case, vinyl LP or digital download format.
Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.
EUROPE recently released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In only a few weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 170,000 views. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/yOgVa–DyVI
Catch EUROPE on the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail on April 18th from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla,Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more. Visit www.monstersofrockcruise.comfor pricing and more information.
Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:
EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
4/18 – 4/22 – Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
4/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino – w/ Black Star Riders
4/25 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/28 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza – w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 – Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den
5/2 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – M3 Rock Festival
5/3 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Prior to their last gig of their first UK headline tour in London, Metal Rules caught up with lead guitarist and band co-founder Chris Howorth to talk about life, music, touring and what’s next for In This Moment….
British heavy metal legend TANK return in June with their tenth studio album titled “Valley Of Tears”. Today the band reveal its artwork and tracklist.
TANK “Valley of Tears”
1. War Dance
3. Of Tears
4. Eye Of A Hurricane
5. Hold On
6. Make A Little Time
7. Heading For
9. Living A Fantasy
10. World On Fire
11. Hold Your Fire
Cliff Evans, TANK’s guitarist, comments the album: “‘Valley of Tears’ will be our first album release featuring the amazing vocal talents of former Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart and marks a new era for the band. He’s injected so much new energy and inspiration into the band since joining us in 2013 as part of our touring line up for shows in South America, Europe and the US. Now it’s time to capture this sound on our new record ‘Valley of Tears’ which is scheduled for release in June 2015. To complement ZP’s vocals we now have one of the best rhythm sections in metal: Bobby Schottkowski, formerly drumming with Sodom and current Blind Guardian member – Barend Courbois on bass. Together with Mick Tucker and myself on guitars we’re ready to take another big step forward in the evolution of TANK and make another metal album of great quality that will surely stand the test of time.
Our last two releases ‘War Machine’ and ‘War Nation’ (Metal Mind Productions) were two of our bestselling albums and featured amazing performances from former Rainbow/Malmsteen and current Schenker vocalist – Doogie White. Now it’s time to move on to the next chapter. ‘Valley of Tears’ is heading in a much heavier direction and as always will be driven to the max by our trademark Gibson Les Paul/Marshall stack wall of sound. Production will be handled once again by upcoming mega-producer Phil Kinman.”
The band return to Italy for the first time since 2010 to headline four shows. The list of gigs includes the following dates:
April 1st ROME – Jailbreak Club
April 2nd FLORENCE – Cycle Club
April 3rd BOLOGNE – Freakout Club
April 4th MILAN – Blue Rose Club
More dates in Europe to be announced soon!
Evans: “We recently played an exclusive show aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise in the Caribbean to showcase some of the new songs for the first time which went down extremely well with the fans. The cruise was such a great experience and we highly recommend booking yourself on the boat for next year. We’re really looking forward to getting back out on tour next month when we play our first Italian dates since 2010. We’ll be playing some songs from the new album plus a great selection of TANK classics. For more tour info go to www.tankofficial.com”
“Valley Of Tears” is scheduled for release on June, 8th in Europe and June, 9th in USA (via MVD).
Canadian classic hard rockers MOXY to release the 1974 TO 2014 – 40 YEARS AND STILL RIDING HIGH – BEST OF CD + LIVE CD AND DVD on May 22, 2015 via Escape Music in UK/Europe. First pressing will be a Limited Edition of 2000 copies and includes a Live DVD in a triple CD boxset, all packages are individually numbered. The album artwork can be viewed below.
Studio album all tracks newly recorded:
01. Midnight Flight
02. Can’t you see I’m A star
03. Moon Rider
04. Out of the darkness
05. Another time, another place
06. Young Legs
07. Time to move on
08. Nothing comes easy
09. Rock baby
10. Through the storm
11. Trouble *
12. Sail on sail away
13. Still I wonder
15. Riding High
* previously unreleased
Live CD & DVD – recorded in Toronto 2013:
01. Midnight Flight
02. Can’t you see I’m a star
03. Time to move on
04. Out of the darkness
05. Another time
06. Moon Rider
07. O Fortuna (drum solo)
08. Nothing comes easy
10. Sail on sail away
11. Riding high
Earl Johnson – Lead Guitar
Nick Walsh – Lead Vocals (Slik Toxik, Famous Underground)
Alexis Von Kraven – Drums (Exorcism, Mothers Green)
Rob Robbins – Guitar, Background Vocals (Steel Lily, Rhett Forrester)
Oscar Anesetti – Bass, Background Vocals (Rabid Hole)
When MOXY first exploded onto the scene in 1974 with their hit song ‘Can’t You See I’m a Star’ they were destined to become part of the alumni of heavy hitting Canadians making a mark in the U.S.A. The promising sound of the single received heavy radio support from CHUM (AM) in Toronto and led to the band’s signing of a contract with Polydor Records of Canada in December 1974. The Polydor Records contract was mainly due to the popularity and reputation of lead vocalist Buzz Shearman.
After a few years of touring, MOXY went from a bar band to headline concert attraction in Canada. MOXY II was recorded in the band’s hometown of Toronto at Sound Stage studio with famed Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas.
Just a year after the first album for Canadian fans, but three short months after the reissued copy of MOXY I was released in the U.S. MOXY II received international press coverage for the band. Most reviews predicted success for the band and comparisons were made to Aerosmith, Rush and Deep Purple. MOXY II was also highly acclaimed on its release by Geoff Barton of the UK music publication Sounds (magazine), who made the album available to its readers for the special price of only £1.50. Geoff Barton would later refer to MOXY as the Canadian Led Zeppelin.
MOXY saw success touring the U.S. with the likes of such artists as Boston, Styx, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Rainbow. In March 1980, Buzz was a candidate to replace the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC but because his recurring vocal cord problems would not allow him to tour extensively, AC/DC band members ultimately decided on ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson. In 1982, Buzz, Earl and Bill helped fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Lee Aaron on her debut album called “The Lee Aaron Project”. By 1983, Buzz was working a day job at Shaw Industries, just barely holding MOXY together while shopping around for a new record deal. Then tragedy struck when Buzz died in a motorcycle accident, on June 16, 1983, at the age of 33, just north of Toronto.
FAST FORWARD!!!!!!! After writing and recording new material over the years with different versions of MOXY, the time had come to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legacy and do it right! So a new band was assembled for just an occasion. So along with founding member Earl Johnson an international cast of musicians were brought on board, including Juno award winning vocalist Nick Walsh all materials are newly recorded.
MOXY are an institution and this package will be eagerly received by fans old and new.
The Swedish death metal warriors Unleashed have been forging with the hammer and the anvil since 1989 and released a number of albums. The most recent album titled DAWN OF THE NINE being the 12th in a row is another death metal masterpiece showing no slowing down or wimping out. The four piece warrior squad have maintained and been the loyal to the deadly sounds. Unleashed’s s long time drummer Anders Schultz was approached with a few questions dealing with DAWN OF THE NINE.
If there’s been one constant for self-proclaimed “Sumerian Thrashing Black Metal/Mesopotamian Metal” quartet Melechesh over the past 20-some years, it’s been change. Well actually that and frontman/guitarist/band leader Ashmedi, who has been along for the ride since Melechesh – which translates roughly as “king of fire” – formed in the early ’90s in Jerusalem.
The band relocated to Amsterdam in 1998 due, in part, to conflicts with authorities over religious grounds – it probably didn’t help that Melechesh titled their 1996 debut album As Jerusalem Burns…Al’Intisar. Ever since, there has been a steady stream of bassists and drummers in and out of the band’s ranks – including Absu’s Proscriptor McGovern for six-year stretch.
Intellectual pursuits have been at the root of some of the lineup changes, along with the typical musical or personal differences. Original drummer Lord Curse moved to the United States to continue his art studies and later went to work at George (“Star Wars”) Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. Long-time guitarist Moloch had to take a studio-only role as he pursued his doctorate in political science, also in the United States.
But all the turmoil hasn’t done much to stand in Ashmedi’s – and by extension Melechesh’s – way. After four ever-better received albums that spread the band’s name and unconventional, Eastern-flavored extreme metal around the world, Melechesh signed on with Nuclear Blast, which further bolstered their profile with 2010’s Epigenesis. The band’s sixth and latest album, Enki, which saw Lord Curse return to supply the drum tracks after 15 years away, was just released.
Via e-mail, from his new home base in Germany, Ashmedi offered the following about the band’s unique set of circumstances and evolution, their new album and the great group of guest musicians who appear on it, and how more change is likely inevitable for Melechesh. Read the rest of this entry »
Australian progressive metallers Karnivool are once again about to grace the shores of Europe with a 14 date tour beginning March 2015 covering Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands and the UK.
With well over an hour to go to doors at the Koko, there is already a queue forming for In This Moment. Playing in a sold out Koko for the last date of an extensive European tour, this one looks like it has the makings of a corker of a gig! Read the rest of this entry »
If you ask me, Primordial are one of the most solid bands out there, having their roots in the black metal scene before evolving into what they are today. However, they’re even better known for their frontman/lyricist, the infamously opinionated and charismatic Alan “Nemtheanga” Averill. So when they came to play the O2 Islington in February, who was I to skip a chance to chat to him in person?
Take a seat, as Metal-Rules.com catches up with Alan to talk music scenes, free speech and Green Day – yes, you read that right!