Ravage unveil artwork for new release, track listing and set release date

February 9th, 2017
by EvilG
Ravage - "Return Of The Spectral Rider"

Ravage – “Return Of The Spectral Rider”

RAVAGE, the traditional heavy metal and thrash act from Boston MA USA which formed in the mid 90’s and released the full-length album “The End Of Tomorrow” on Metal Blade Records in 2009 today unveiled the cover artwork and track listing for “Return Of The Spectral Rider” – a full length offering which will be slated for release on May 26th through the band’s own label Society For World Wide Ravage Recordings.

The cover art was completed by artist Tim Jacobus, known mostly for his work on the GOOSEBUMPS series of horror novels.

The album was recorded and mixed by Ravage at their own Hellbent For Accoustics Studios in Malden, MA and was mastered by Peter Rutcho, who had previously mixed and mastered the band’s “The End Of Tomorrow” album and is known for his work with such bands as REVOCATION, BURY YOUR DEAD, ARMORY, and VOMITRON.

“Return Of The Spectral Rider” is a complete re-recording of the band’s first album “Spectral Rider” which was given limited release on Germany’s Karthago Records in 2005.

Singer Al Ravage commented, “This is a collection of a lot of our favorite songs…they are the songs we end up playing most often live because they are just a lot of really fun songs that we have been playing forever. It is great to finally have a definitive recording of these tunes and we’re really greatful to the guest musicians who came in and gave the recordings a lot of new life. We got a really cool artwork from Tim Jacobus and we’re excited to finally be able to share this stuff with everyone after having had to endure the usual delays…”

The album will be available in physical form exclusively as an extremely limited collector’s edition numbered 12″ vinyl. A deluxe digital download format with bonus tracks will be available different platforms across the web.

More information on the coming pre-order will be available at the band’s website www.RavageTheEarth.com and the band’s Facebook www.facebook.com/RavageTheEarth

A preliminary mix of one of the tracks has been posted to Youtube.

The expected track listing is as follows

1. Dies Irae
2. Spectral Rider
3. Turn The Screw
4. The Wicked Way
5. Masque Of Black Death
6. Ravage Part 1: Damage
7. Whyvern
8. Wake The Dead
9. The Wasteland
10. Curse Of Heaven
11. Bring Down The Hellhammer
12. The King Forgotten
13. Father Of The Atom (Bonus Track)

Ravage has scheduled the following live shows to support the upcoming release…
MAR 21 Somerville MA at Once Ballroom
MAR 25 Providence RI at Firehouse 13 w/ Matthias Steele
APR 27 Worcester MA at Ralph’s Diner

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Ray Luzier of KXM – With Scatterbrain Most Bands Would Laugh at our Recording Schedule!

February 8th, 2017
by Metal Rules

Interview with Ray Luzier of KXM

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

KXM

KXM

Building upon the success of their 2014 self-titled debut, KXM returns with their sophomore CD Scatterbrain. The new album is scheduled for release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records.

KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier of Korn on drums and Scatterbrain features 13 new tracks.

From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM have created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Thematically this CD is darker record than their debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.

I spoke with legendary Korn and KXM drummer Ray Luzier about this ambitious project, how it different from KXM’s first CD and balancing Korn with his musical endeavors.

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Epica – Interview with Mark Jansen

February 8th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Epica

Interview with Mark Jansen

February 3, 2017 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Fan video posted of Sacred Oath performing in New York City

February 8th, 2017
by EvilG

Fan-filmed video footage of Sacred Oath performing “Ravensong” during their New York City show at Lucky 13 in Brooklyn on February 4th has been posted on YouTube.  The concert marked the band’s return to the stage after 18-months in the studio finishing a brand new album for 2017.

Sacred Oath is back on tour supporting their 2015 release “Ravensong.”  More concert dates are to be announced shortly.  Also to follow is an announcement of a spring release date for the brand new album.

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Wacken Metal Battle USA Announce Boston and Philadelphia Rounds

February 8th, 2017
by EvilG

One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air
One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads!
Wacken Metal Battle In America For The First Time! 



For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Please watch the following video trailer to see all the metal fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_xjt8Qp3TE

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Epica + Powerwolf + Beyond The Black @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

February 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Epica + Powerwolf + Beyond The Black

@ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

February 3, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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BRUTAL ASSAULT festival: WE’RE THICKENING THE LINE UP!

February 6th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

WE’RE THICKENING THE LINE UP!

Let’s take look on what’s going on at Brutal Assault camp! Swedish legends CLAWFINGER has disbanded after their last BA appearance in 2013 and ever since they only did a handful of shows,  returning to some of the very special places they played during their career. This also stands true for Brutal Assault 2017!

The Russian pagan’s ARKONA founded exactly 15 years ago by the leader and main composer Masha Arkhipova represents the cream on top folk metal based on typicaly slavic melodies and pagan mysticism. It’s been mainly their powerful performance including great front(wo)manship by Masha, that put ARKONA on the map and currently the’re re-releasing their re-worked debut album to celebrate their anniversary.

BORN OF OSIRIS are also a cream on top band but of completely different genre, being fine representatives of progressive death metal / core branch, leading the pack towards new a new horizons.

Horizons are also the direction set by the viking ships of EINHERJER, the co-foudners of viking metal, who are also revisting their seminal debut album released in 1996. GRUESOME on the other hand are quite far from inventing a genre of their own but what they do they do best in the world and that is bringing the spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Leprosy era Death in general!

MALIGNANT TUMOUR have recently celebrated 25 years on the scene by a new album with a simple title The Metallist! And they continue to spread their swinging earth-shaking rock’n’roll vibe with full force! MOURNING BELOVETH are fine Irish export and thus it seems their heavy, desperate and anguish inducing sound is a mandatory feature for them as it is for their fellow countrymen in the heavy music field.

 

THE LURKING FEAR are a band that you’ve probably haven’t heard about yet as their are still working on their debut 7” and album. THE LURKING FEAR plans to bring sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the scene, as they want their death metal ugly, twisted and possessed. Why should you care? Well let’s take a look at the line-up!

Tomas Lindberg – vocals (At The Gates, Disfear, Skitsystem)
Jonas Stålhammar – guitars (God Macabre, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades)
Fredrik Wallenberg – guitars (Skitsystem)
Andreas Axelsson – bass (Tormented, Disfear, ex Edge Of Sanity, ex Marduk)
Adrian Erlandsson – drums (At The Gates, The Haunted, ex Paradise Lost, ex Cradle Of Filth)

We are also very excited that Swiss masters of darkness SAMAEL will celebrate their 30 year anniversary with a special set at Brutal Assault 2017, alongside French purveyors of macabre black death with atmospheric planes SVART CROWN.

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Metalmania 2017 – special guest of the festival plus time schedule

February 4th, 2017
by EvilG

After a 9-year hiatus, the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe – Metalmania, comes back to life! The 23rd edition of this iconic festival will be held on April, 22nd 2017 in Spodek Hall, Katowice (Poland).

Roman Kostrzewski, legendary musician, best known from the Polish heavy metal band KAT, will be a special guest of the festival! Kostrzewski will appear in Spodek to sign his biography “Roman Kostrzewski. Głos z ciemności”, as well as CDs from his discography. Both book and cds will be available at the merch stand.

Metalmania Festival 2017 – time schedule

Please note that due to logistic reasons, Impaled Nazarene will perform at the Second Stage.

22.04.2017 Katowice – Spodek

Main Stage:
11.30 – Animations
12.30 – Tygers of Pan Tang
13.30 – Sinister
14.40 – Arcturus
15.50 – Entombed A.D.
17.00 – Vader
18.30 – Sodom
20.00 – Coroner
21.40 – Moonspell
23.25 – Samael
01.15 – Furia

Second Stage:
11.00 – Mentor
12.00 – Stillborn
13.00 – Thermit
14.10 – In Twilight’s Embrace
15.20 – Mord’A’Stigmata
16.30 – Infernal War
17.50 – Thaw
19.20 – Obscure Sphinx
21.00 – Impaled Nazarene
22.40 – CETI
00.35 – Entropia
Gates open: 10.00

Metalmania Festival – one of the most important musical events of 2017, a real treat for metal maniacs! Metalmania remains true to its formula – one day, two stages, over 20 bands from all around the world and thousands of fans! That’s what Metalmania Festival is all about!

Ticket prices (pre-sale):
FAN ticket – 666 PLN (only at shop.metalmind.com.pl)
VIP – 355 PLN
Red seats H, J – 260 PLN
Red seats & blue seats (rows I-X) – 195 PLN
Blue seats (rows XI and up) – 160 PLN
Standing floor – 170 PLN

For tickets go to:
shop.metalmind.com.pl, www.ticketpro.pl, www.eventim.pl, www.ebilet.pl, www.biletin.pl, www.ticketportal.pl

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Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist is Dead (ex-Hellacopters, Thundersxpress, Dundertåget, Diamond Dogs etc.)

February 4th, 2017
by EvilG

Robert Dahlqvist

Robert ‘Strings’ Dahlqvist from The Hellacopters performing live. By original file: Roger Workmanderivative work: Jssfrk [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist, who played guitar for the Swedish garage rock band THE HELLACOPTERS for nearly a decade, has passed away. He was only 40 years old.

Dahlqvist was a member of THE HELLACOPTERS from 1999 until the group disbanded in 2008. Since the split, he pursued a solo career and fronted the group DUNDERTÅGET.

Last fall, he released the single “Bangatan”, which he wrote with Björn Olsson from THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES.

Dahlqvist had several concerts scheduled as a solo artist, including shows in Gothenburg and Ryd in the spring.

THE HELLACOPTERS paid tribute to their former bandmate in a Facebook post: They wrote: “It is difficult to find the words right now but it is with great sadness we have to announce that Robert ‘Strängen’ Dahlqvist is dead.

“For ten years, we traveled around the world several times together. Shared tour buses and recorded albums. Played at clubs and festivals.

“It’s incredibly difficult to describe in words what Strängen meant to us and no matter how hard we’d try, we couldn’t explain how much we’ll miss him.

“Our thoughts go out to all of the great memories we had together and especially to his family.

“Until we meet again”

The original lineup of THE HELLACOPTERS celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the release of its debut album, “Supershitty To The Max!”, with an appearance at last year’s edition of the Sweden Rock Festival.

THE HELLACOPTERS was formed in 1994 by ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson (on vocals and guitar) and BACKYARD BABIES guitarist Dregen.

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KXM Release Video for “Breakout” from the Upcoming Album Scatterbrain

February 4th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Coming on the heels of the video for the debut single “Scatterbrain,” KXM has released a video for another song from the upcoming sophomore album.
The video for “Breakout” premiered on the band’s Facebook page and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/E7NEoECwbeI. The video, directed by previous KXM director Jamie Brown, is a barrage of visuals of the band that captures the high-energy feel of the song. The song comes from the album Scatterbrain that is scheduled for worldwide release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbitunes) will receive both “Breakout” and the first single “Scatterbrain” as an instant download. The album is also available via Amazon (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbamazon).

Scatterbrain is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes. The pre-order is available at RatPakRecords.com/KXM. The video for the debut single “Scatterbrain” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/UvTnzne69Ts and has become a fan favorite since it was released. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.

KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was released on March 11, 2014 and debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players.

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Venom Inc signed to Nuclear Blast

February 2nd, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Venom Inc  feat. Mantas-Abaddon-Demolition Man has been signed to Nuclear Blast. The band will announce the title of the album soon.

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Mayhem + Inquisition @ The Gothic Theater, Denver CO

February 1st, 2017
by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

MAYHEM with INQUISITION

The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
January 27th, 2017

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

Nothing on, above, or below this earth was going to keep me away from the Gothic Theater last week, where MAYHEM, the most notorious primogenitors of Norwegian black metal, came to perform. For those unfamiliar with the band’s long, bloody, awful history, I won’t recount much of it here: it’s readily found online or in full-length books. The short version is: original vocalist kills himself, guitarist is murdered by bassist, who burned down several ancient churches in the 90’s. All of this occurred before the band could release their first full-length album DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS. To this day, it is considered to be one of the most influential black metal albums ever recorded. But first..

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Hämatom Release First Ever English Video For “Made In USA”

February 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

America on everyone’s lips. For us, this was the perfect occasion, the land of opportunity a own hematoma song. The Melody you should be very familiar. Certainly not the lyrics, because we are celebrating with this song our first musical excursion in English realms.
And since it’s “made in USA” on any hematoma records, you can get this part right here free download:
http://haematom.de/Freeload_Wir_sind_Gott2016.html

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Evil Drive returns to studio to record new album

February 1st, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

EVIL DRIVE RETURNS TO STUDIO TO RECORD NEW ALBUM

Finnish metallers Evil Drive have begun working on their sophomore album. Several demos have already been made and the band are about to head to the studio in February to record the follow-up to 2016’s THE LAND OF THE DEAD. The new, still unnamed, studio album is likely to get released in summer of 2017.  The band is playing its first show of 2017 on 3’rd of February in Pakkahuone, Tampere with Battle Beast and Arion.

A list of confirmed Evil Drive shows:

03.02 Pakkahuone, Tampere
17.03 Dog’s Home, Tampere
18.03 Bar 15, Seinäjoki
23.03 On The Rocks, Helsinki
01.04 Bar Loose, Helsinki
14.04 Gong 2, Turku
05.08 Saarihelvetti Festival, Tampere

More dates to follow soon!!!

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ANTHRAX TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION “FOR ALL KINGS 7-INCH BOX SET”

January 31st, 2017
by EvilG
Anthrax - "FOR ALL KINGS 7-INCH BOX SET"

Anthrax – “FOR ALL KINGS 7-INCH BOX SET”

Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band’s upcoming Spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage – “KillThrax” – thrash metal icon ANTHRAX – Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Charlie Benante/drums, Jonathan Donais/guitar – announces the release of the limited edition “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” (Megaforce Records).  The set goes on sale March 24, will retail for $79.99, and is an absolutely stunning collector’s item for any Anthrax fan as this unboxing video illustrates.

The “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” includes a removable lenticular cover and contains 10 7-inch vinyl discs featuring 20 songs – the 11 finished album tracks, two brand new covers (The White Stripes’ “Black Math” and the classic Kansas song “Carry On”), six demos from the FAK track listing, and “Vice of the People,” a bonus track previously released only in Japan and now making its North American vinyl debut.  The original album cover art sketch by Alex Ross is also part of this package, as well as a download card enabling the holder to access the Box Set’s tracklisting for free.

Each 7-inch disc features gorgeous, double-sided four-color artwork designed by Douglas Heusser with additional art by Stephen Thompson, as well as band photos by Jimmy Hubbard.  The tracks are pressed onto different-colored vinyl discs – red, green, blue, maroon, orange, most with a two-color swirl design.

“Doing a box set edition of ‘For All Kings’ was something that we’ve always wanted to do,” said Benante, who worked closely with Heusser and Thompson on the box set’s artwork.  “We wanted to do something special, something that was so much more than the original release, and have it be fun for our audience when they open it up, just be floored by the different colored vinyl, the artwork, everything that’s inside.  And we think we’ve done that.”

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