New York Metal mainstays PRONG are hitting the the road beginning tomorrow September 10th in Los Angeles, CA through October 14th in San Francisco, CA. This is the band’s first North American headline tour behind Ruining Lives The tour. Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill. Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’s “Knotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.
“PRONG starts our U.S. / Canada tour tomorrow September 9th at the legendary Whiskey A- Go -Go in West Hollywood, CA. This is our first trip on this continent since our release of our Ruining Lives LP, after two successful European tours. We have a new 7″ single out “Remove, Separate Self” and will be selling it at shows as well as our first “Turnover” 7″. This is so cool because it reminds me of the old days when we sold our demo tapes and our initial EP “Primitive Origins” at shows. So please check out our dates at http://www.prongmusic.com. We are also excited about joining up with our old buddies OVERKILL on a good amount of our dates. So come on out and I’ll see you on the road.
Check out the band’s new video for “Remove, Separate Self” HERE.
Motörhead’s Motörboat regrets to announce that thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth have been forced to withdraw from the September 22-26 cruise due to medical reasons. Heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance – including Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick – has been added to the Motörhead’s Motörboat music lineup.
Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity to see a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage. Singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) andMike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs. For more details on Metal Allegiance, visit:
Megadeth issued the following statement about their unfortunate cancellation: “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next 8 weeks. With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon!”
“You can’t replace a band like Megadeth, who have done so much to change the landscape of heavy music over the past 30 years. We wish Dave Mustaine all the best in his recovery,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment. “But we’re excited that Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick will still be joining us. The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can’t get anywhere else – and bringing Metal Allegiance onboard with metal’s most loyal fans fits that bill.”
Megadeth’s David Ellefson comments, “I’m really looking forward to being together with our friends and fans on Motörboat. Metal Allegiance is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal.”
“I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet,” says Philip Anselmo.
Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill says, “We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but Metal Allegiance is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!”
Mike Portnoy agrees: “I’ve been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there’s something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much.”
The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will feature Motörhead, Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.
This UK tour sees the reformation of Mordred who disbanded shortly after the release of their 1994 Album The Next Room. The reunion, has been just as organic as their style, which came about in 2013 when Guitarist, Danny White, on returning to San Francisco, got in touch with the guys from Mordred and asked if they wanted to jam. They did and naturally it worked. Photos of this were posted on social media, which attracted interest, largely from the UK. It was clear that Mordred still had a strong fan base who wanted to see their comeback. In October 2013 this tour was announced, and the crowd funding campaign begun. Read the rest of this entry »
AT THE GATES: ‘SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL’ FULL DYNAMIC RANGE VINYL OUT NOW
SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL, the definitive melodic death metal album from Gothenburg legends AT THE GATES, is available now on limited edition Full Dynamic Range vinyl LP.
Originally released in 1995, SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL is regularly cited as one of the most important and influential metal albums of all time, and was long regarded as AT THE GATES’ final opus until the band announced they would release a new studio album this year.
The album has been specially remastered from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range (FDR) audio, allowing the music’s nuances to shine through and giving the whole album a more ferocious and dynamic sound than ever before.
SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL is available now on Full Dynamic Range vinyl in black, as well as in the following limited colours:
200 – Nausea Green (SOLD OUT)
200 – Black/Green Split
300 – Dead Sky (SOLD OUT)
300 – Black/Yellow Split
400 – Flames of the End (SOLD OUT)
Thunder In The East definitely roared out of loudspeakers and ghetto-blasters of heavy metal kids in the 80’s when the Japanese metal tornado hit the jackpot with the fifth album in a row. Loudness toured with several big league names such as Mötley Crue, AC/DC, Saxon in the 80’s. Toward the end of the 80’s the band’s line-up went changes when Minoru Niihara was dismissed. The band went through several line-up changes in the 90’s till 2000 when the classic line-up reunited. Loudness never ever visited Finland before the debut show at the prestigious Jalometalli Metal festival. Metal-Rules.Com had the great opportunity of chatting with the Loudness frontman Minoru Niihara.
ICO concerts, one of the biggest concert organizers in Scandinavia brings back the American cult classic glam/sleaze act Steel Panther to Denmark. The band has been support act to Def Lepard, Motley Crue and Guns N Roses. Steel Panther threw a sold out concert at Amager Bio in February 2014 and now it’s time for the band to once again conquer Denmark.
Some of the biggest stars in metal guests Store Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark when Metal All Stars lands in December. This is the only show the line-up do in Scandinavia so make sure to be there. What about stars from bands like Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Anthrax and Dream Theater? Get ready for 3 hours of hard-pounding metal music.
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
Geoff Tate (formerly of Queensryche)
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Ross the Boss (ex – Manowar)
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart)
Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath)
Gus G (Ozzy)
Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus)
In the beginning of 2014, after almost 30 years being the frontman, Robert Gonnella left Assassin and formed his own band ‘Raging Rob’ with ex-Assassin drummer Frank Nellen on drums, Warrant’s Dirk Preylowski on lead guitar and two ex-Human Bastard Maik Jansen (rythm guitar) & Rudi Görg (bass). Currently the band is preparing a live set including old Assassin songs & Raging Mob songs (Robert’s former Chinese band which he won the Wacken Chinese Metal Battle 2010 and are composing new songs for a debut album to be released in 2015 and the band is also ready for booking in 2015.
The comeback of Poland’s Decapitated has been as triumphant as it is inspiring. Following their re-emergence in 2009, led by guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka, the lone remaining original member, what had been one of death metal’s most promising up-and-coming bands have reclaimed their former stature and then some.
As many will no doubt recall, their career was derailed in October 2007 by a tour bus accident in Russia that led to the death of Vogg’s brother, drummer Witold “Vitek” Kiełtyka, and left frontmanAdrian “Covan” Kowanek in a coma from which he is still recovering. After several years of soul-searching, working a regular job and performing as a hired-gun guitarist, Vogg decided to continue a legacy that began in 1996, when his brother was only 12 and he himself was 15.
With new frontman Rafal “Rasta” Piotrowski, bassist Filip “Heinrich” Hałucha and Austrian drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner joining Vogg, Decapitated began touring sporadically in 2010, leading up to their run as the headliner of the Summer Slaughter tour in the states. In 2012, the band truly re-established themselves with the release of the excellent Carnival Is Forever album – which featured a number of riffs Vitek had written with Vogg prior to his death.
More intensive touring followed and Decapitated continued to gain momentum that not even a series of lineup changes -Hałucha and Lechner both left after Carnival was released - or a potentially way-more-catastrophic travel mishap could slow. On Sept. 24, the band – Vogg, Rasta and new bassist and drummer Pawel Pasek and Michał Łysejko, respectively – release their much anticipated sixth album, Blood Mantra, that will almost certainly take things to another level for Decapitated.
On the phone from Poland, Vogg graciously indulged my rather rudimentary Polish and offered his thoughts on the band’s long road back from what seemed like a tragic end, his metamorphosis from band member to band leader and the butt-clenching experience of landing without landing gear.
Formed a few years ago in Helsinki, Finland, with some members from different hardcore bands, Bloodlands has recently released its debut album “Nihilistic Dimension”. I sat down with vocalist Jaakko and guitarist Olli to talk about the band’s formation, their first record and much more.
Veteran Metal/Rock journalist, Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos (MetalUnderground.com/THIS METAL Magazine/ PureGrainAudio.com) just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book …And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers.
This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer’s “Reign In Blood,” Morbid Angel’s “Blessed Are The Sick,” Metallica’s “And Justice For All,” Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death’s “Symbolic,” Carcass “Heartwork,” Cormorant’s “Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.
These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) among many others. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by critically-acclaimed illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.
“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments the artwork’s creator American illustrator, Vertebrae33—who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon’s project come to fruition!”
Obviously impressed by the imposing artwork, Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth… That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.”
Martos is now running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the printing and distribution of this book that, according to Morbid Angel’s frontman, David Vincent (who wrote the foreword), has all the potential to become “a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.”
Obituary’s drummer, Don Tardy declared, “I think this is an important book and will help to keep alive all these artworks.”
Cattle Decapitation’s infamous frontman, Travis Ryan, commented that the volume is “exactly what the music world needs to remind us all just how important album covers have been to all of us that grew up surrounding ourselves with physical media.”