- Van Halen 'Live' In Stores Now! 2015 Tour Dates and TV Appearances (Apr 1, 2015)
- NIGHTWISH: ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL OUT TODAY! (Mar 31, 2015)
- ANTHRAX Near Completion Of New Album (Mar 31, 2015)
- Kill Ritual - New Track Available For Streaming/Download (Mar 31, 2015)
- Bobby Blotzer unleashes his ultimate RATT Experience (Mar 30, 2015)
- Interview with Brett Hoffman of Malevolent Creation (Mar 28, 2015)
- Wicked Sensation - Bass player Martin Mannhardt (Mar 27, 2015)
- Acherontas - Interview with Acherontas V.Priest (Mar 27, 2015)
- Santa Cruz - Islington Academy London, March 2015 (Mar 26, 2015)
- Amaranthe - Interview, Islington Academy London, March 2015 (Mar 26, 2015)
- HAMMERFEST - Metal Marauders (Mar 30, 2015)
- Corrosion Of Conformity @ The Electric Ballroom, London (Mar 28, 2015)
- Amaranthe + Engel + Santa Cruz at the Islington Academy, London (Mar 28, 2015)
- Hardcore Superstar with support on Bandit Insanity Tour Sweden 2015 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden (Mar 27, 2015)
- Malevolent Creation, The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 2015 (Mar 25, 2015)
OVERKILL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST; ANNOUNCES BOX SET & NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SYMPHONY X
OVERKILL, New Jersey’s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X.
“OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”
Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:
“NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!” Read the rest of this entry »
Atkins May Project Feat. Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Release New Anthology With Unreleased Bonus Track
The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May’s new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.
Comment from Colin McGee on My Future:
“When I wrote My Future, I was actually having a lot of issues going across my mind. Mostly things about moving on from past relationships or friendships. I never quite wrote a song about this kind of subject before but I find it’s always interesting to try something new. Especially just as long as I find it’s natural and appropriate. The overall sound of this song is a little bit inspired from In The Rain from the first album, except with a few new dynamics to it. Some of the more obvious new dynamics would be the far eastern influences and the added syncopation. Overall, I’m very satisfied with how this song turned out. It’s definitely a song that sticks in my mind.”
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Track Listing – Elderoth – Mystic:
1. Within (1:01)
2. Black and Blue (4:15)
3. This Shadow By My Side (4:48)
4. My Future (3:27)
5. Falling Star (4:09)
6. In A Dream (3:36)
7. The Ocean (4:35)
8. Far In The Sea (4:27)
9. Always Remember (3:56)
Album Length: 34:17
• All songs performed by: Collin McGee
• All songs written by: Collin McGee
• Produced by: Collin McGee
• Mixed by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc
• Mastered by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc
Bandit Insanity Tour Sweden 2015
H.E.A.T – special guest
Outtrigger – support act
Smash Into Pieces – support act
Crunge – support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
7/2 – 2015
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Tags: Bandit Insanity Tour Sweden 2015, Bandit Radio, C'mon Take On Me, Crunge, Gain, Gain Music, H.E.A.T., Hardcore Supestar, Jocke Berg, KB, Kulturbolaget, Outtrigger, Sleaze Metal, Smash Into Pieces, TEARING DOWN THE WALLS
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Bass player Martin Mannhardt
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica for setting up the interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.
Bass player Martin Mannhardt from the German band Wicked Sensation hooked up with us to talk about the bands’ brand new album ADRENALINE RUSH. This is their fourth album from this melodic hardrock six-piece act. Besides talking about ADRENALINE RUSH we dedicated our conversation to handle the singer Robert Soeterboek’s status in the band, what part session singer David Reece plays on the album and which members are featured in the current line-up. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Accept, ADRENALINE RUSH, AOR Heaven, CRYSTALIZED, David Reece, Dennis Ward, GerMusica, Harry Hess, Martin Mannhardt, Mathias Dieth, pink cream 69, Robert Soeterboek, U.D.O., Wicked Sensation
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Interview with founder Acherontas V.Priest
By Oliver Manso
Only 2 weeks after the release of their new masterpiece “Ma-IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)”, Occult black metal masters Acherontas offered a special ceremony in London on the 7th of March to launch their fifth album. We took the opportunity to interview this cult Hellenic horde (previously known under the name of Stutthof) before their ritualistic show. Due to sickness, Gionata Potenti (drums) couldn’t be with us. I asked some questions to their leader and founding member Acherontas V. Priest with the presence of Indra (guitarist of cult Greek act Naer Mataron) and Hierophant (bass). Due to lack of time (the band had to soundcheck), most part of this interview was done by e-mail. I deeply thank Acherontas V.Priest for his kindness and for the time he granted us.
Released on 20th of March 2015 by Ulthar Records on Cassette & DD
Ulthar Records is delighted to announce the release of the first demo from Deheubarth.
Deheubarth is the fear of ancient Cambria and the manifestation of the spirit of the Brythons. Raw, atmospheric despair in reverence of the old ways of Black Metal, while also drawing power from early 90’s English Doom.
‘Darkwinter Possession‘ was unleashed on limited cassette tape and digitally on the 20th of this month.
Deheubarth will make their debut live appearance at Gathering of the Morbid III in October, alongside Haar, Pale Mist, Crypt Lurker, & Barshasketh.
Deheubarth Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/
S.F.D. from Australia are a reminder of the timeless quality of thrash metal. Originally active around 1991-1993 (the ‘Regression’ album happened later and was probably unreleased), the band put out some of the most potent thrash music to come out of their region. It’s clearly not as derivative as you’d think – more listens would only unravel the thought put behind the song structuring beyond the obvious relentless shredding (read – ceaseless headbanging momentum). It’s like an itch that you can’t get enough of. It’s sufficiently heavy, undeniably juicy and just as raw as you’d like to get your blood rushing and fists swinging. The music brings to mind classic thrash of Bay Area in parts, old Teutonic thrash, as well as the more technical kind such as CORONER’s style of thrash – evidently, S.F.D. have been mixing it up and serving it with a shot of adrenaline and immeasurable passion. Take any material from this release – it won’t leave much to be desired, and will deliver fairly raging, involved and varied thrash metal that will lure you in with each listen.
Warriors!!! Hear the sound of the battle cry! With their new album Dawn Of The Nine, legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED have forged a modern death metal weapon from the blood and spirit of their Viking ancestors. The band is offering fans a taste of their forthcoming masterpiece in the form of part three of their track-by-track trailer.
Check out UNLEASHED’s part three of Dawn Of The Nine track-by-track trailer here: http://goo.gl/zQvQpc
Pittsburgh Heavy-Metal combo LADY BEAST announce the release of their new & second album ! Simply entitled “Lady Beast II”, this new album will include 9 songs of pure Heavy-Metal fury ! We have no doubt here at INFERNO Records that the band will kick your ass again.. but this time, even harder!
PHRENETIX is a young promising THRASH Metal band hailing from Vilnius/Lithunia, that got formed in 2011.
The band first played shows actively and released in 2013 their first demo, made of 5 songs which got very positive feedback from underground media.
RIOTOR – the Beast from Québec/CANADA has inked a deal with french label INFERNÖ Records ! RIOTOR, formed back in 2007 in Québec/CANADA, are no newcomers in the underground METAL circuit! After a brilliant debut album released in 2010 (on BESTIAL INVASION Records) and many live shows where the BEAST spat his venomous Metal style in the face of many metal maniacs, a new album is in the making & will be released on INFERNO Records ! This one will be entitled “Rusted Throne” and will include 10 new devastating songs ! To be released on CD & Cassette.
Developed by heavy metal fanatics METALPUBS.COM is a new website which features a geographical
location instrument that shows a map of all heavy metal pubs and bars near each user.
A webpage will be created for each pub/bar where every user will be able to leave reviews, add
photos or simply find info about the pub itself.
Interview @ Islington Academy London, March 2015
Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photographs by Graham Hilling
With their new self-titled album having been released in the UK just two days prior, Santa Cruz arrived in the UK ready to play the Islington Academy in London in support of Amaranthe.
Straight after their sound check Metal Rules spoke to Archie (vocals & guitar) and Johnny (guitar) to find out more about their second album and the recording process. You can also hear more about their upcoming video for ‘My Remedy’ and the fate that awaits poor Middy.
If you missed them on this leg of the tour then worry not as they may be back later in the year….maybe.