In September, Primal Fear announced former Angra drummer Aquiles Priester as the replacement for Randy Black, who recently left the band due to personal differences.
The band stated simply: “We’re proud that such an amazing artist is joining our band.”
Priester made his live debut with Primal Fear on December 20th in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Knock Out Festival. Fan-filmed video from the band’s set is available below:
“Knock Out Festival and the last show of Primal Fear in 2014 done. Aquiles killed it – thanks to the crew and everybody involved in the festival! After a very busy year and our highest entry ever on Pos. 13 in the German charts with Delivering The Black we will thank our friends and fans for busy & fantastic year! We have a lot of plans for 2015 incl. recording a new album, coming back to South America and first of all the 70.000 tons of metal cruise! CU soon!“
Kill Ritual have made the unreleased track “Drop Dead Gorgeous” available for free download and streaming on Sound Cloud and Reverb Nation The song comes off their 20 14 release “The Eyes Of Medusa” as a thank you to all the fans that have support us the last few years. The track was recorded at Fossil Sound and engineered /produced by Kill Ritual guitarist Steve Rice.
Mr. Rice comments on the tune, “This track reflects a little different style for the band in some ways as it starts off very deceivingly with a ballad type intro , but gets to the Metal fairly quickly after that. It’s a nice tongue in cheek tale of the kind of girl you’d like to take home, but wish you hadn’t!”
In other Kill Ritual news the band will complete the mixing and mastering in March 2015 with Andy LaRocque handling the job at his Sonic Train Studios once again. The band expects a Summer 2015 release of the yet untitled CD.
BLABBERMOUTH.NET revealed the news that former SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner has joined the as-yet-unnamed new band formed by ex-MEGADETH members Chris Broderick (guitar) and Shawn Drover (drums).
Broderick stated about how his new group came together: “Through talking with Shawn Drover, we’ve talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t we put the stuff out? Why don’t we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?’ So we formed a band, we’re working with a killer singer — he’s awesome — and we’ve got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we’re really excited about where that’s gonna go.”
Asked whether the new band has a name, Chris said: “Here’s the funny thing: we have many names. But the problem today is that there are so many bands out there that the first thing we’ve gotta do is run them by trademark and make sure that we can get… We don’t wanna run into the ‘GHOST’ and the ‘GHOST B.C.’ issue, right?! So we’re looking into trademarks on the names, and I would love to tell you, but we wanna save some of it for our official press release, and we’ll talk about the singer then, and we’ll have the record label on board by then.”
Regarding whether the musical ideas that are being used in the new band are things that were originally presented to MEGADETH and were turned down or if they are brand new compositions, Chris said: “Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I’d be, like, ‘Oh, this isn’t appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.’ I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I’ve gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it’s not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back.”
At long last, the wait is over: SATAN’S HOST deliver their masterwork with “Pre-dating God” Parts 1 & 2! Both albums will be released simultaneously by Moribund Records on January 19th, 2015 in Europe/UK and January 20th, 2015 in North America. Striking while the iron’s hot after 2013’s critically acclaimed “Virgin Sails”, the two-disc “Pre-dating God” sees Satan’s Host going from strength to strength, creating epic ‘n’ dynamic HEAVY METAL anthems that immediately stick in the brain. With a storied history that spans five decades, Patrick Evil’s devilish warriors here bring together their two distinct periods – the traditional/true metal of their early work, and the blasting black metal of their middle period – and tastefully modernize it into a sound that is totally all their own. With Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (JAG PANZER, TITAN FORCE) delivering his best vocal performance ever, right now, no one’s able to touch SATAN’S HOST for sheer mastery and uniqueness: “Pre-dating god” Parts 1 & 2 will soon be a metal classic for time eternal! Recorded between July and September this year at Flatline Audio and produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero, both parts of SATAN’S HOST “Pre-dating God” feature artwork by the legendary Joe Petagno.
Review by Ben Spencer Photography by Jo Blackened
Behemoth @ The Forum
After battling against the London rush hour and being squashed up against the window of the Northern Line Tube it was time to head return the London Forum to get an early week fix of metal in the form of Behemoth.
Can you believe Machine Head have been on the go for 23 years? No matter what genre of rock/metal you follow you know who they are. Even the haters recognise the input to metal these guys have made. They have trodden a lot of boards since Burn my eyes hit the scene during the grunge era. This is one of the bands that shook up the establishment and got us away from that whiny, sad MTV period and for that I thank them from the bottom of my Heart.
It may have meant less rock/metal on TV but I get a bit uncomfortable when our music gets too popular. A bit like a good thief. its best kept with a low profile. Who cares if its not on radio or TV? Definitely not Machine Head. They have burned their path regardless and built a following and a reputation without any of that crap and in return they are tattooed down the spine of metal forever. Read the rest of this entry »
Having come back from the ashes to reform back in 2007, At the Gates had previously stated that there would be no further material being recorded to succeed the 1995 release of ‘Slaughter of the Soul’. However, 2014 sees the release of highly anticipated and widely acclaimed ‘At War With Reality’. To promote this, ATG are embarking on a European Tour with Swiss black metal giants Triptykon and fellow Swedes Morbus Chron. We caught up with vocalist Tomas Lindberg ahead of the opening night at London’s HMV Forum.
Having just played their first show back home in their native Switzerland in over 2 years, Triptykon have since embarked on a European Tour with At The Gates to promote their latest release ‘Melena Chasmata’. We caught up with legendary front man; Thomas Gabriel Warrior ahead of the German leg of the tour.
Before embarking on a month of dates across Europe to promote their new album ‘Sweven’, along with Swiss black metal giants – Triptykon and fellow Swedes – At The Gates, we were able to chat to Morbus Chron on the opening night of the tour at the HMV forum in London.
Having released their first album in 19 years, it was a surprise for many, albeit a welcome one, to see At the Gates touring again. When the band first reformed in 2007, they had released a statement that there would be no further records under the name At The Gates, evidently with their fingers crossed behind their back. The new record; ‘At War With Reality’ was both highly anticipated and widely acclaimed and this was to be the first night of a European tour, at the HMV Forum in London, to promote the album with support from Swiss black metal icons Triptykon and fellow Swedes Morbus Chron.
Without meaning to disrespect their rivals, it’s pretty fair to say that Kreator are the biggest non-American thrash band in the world. Since 2001’s ‘Violent Revolution,’ they’ve been on a constant upward trajectory and haven’t delivered a bad album for thirteen years. They’re one of the few bands whose post-millennial output has been arguably better than the stuff they did in the eighties (yeah, we went there) and tonight’s high octane show at the Forum, co-headlining with Arch Enemy demonstrates they’re just as capable live as on record. It’s also one of the few occasions where a band winds up throwing bits of birthday cake into the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »
The Abstract Reality tour with Co-headliners Animals as Leaders and the Devin Townsend Project stopped at the Gateway in Calgary, Alta., on November 22, 2014. It was a technically skilled line up with a variety of genres. Support for this tour was Monuments from Washington DC. The show was sold out and a bigger venue could probably have been chosen – there were many people looking for tickets and still trying to score some tickets from anyone they could up to the day of the show.
Monuments started at 8pm sharp. Having played in Calgary previously they developed a solid fan base here. The venue was almost full at this point and crowded up at the barrier. A few songs into the set, vocalist Chris Barretto jumped up on the barrier, balancing quite well while singing into the crowd. Throughout their set he was leaping up on the barrier and even strolling back and forth across the narrow surface with some minor help from fans. The setlist was energetic and the musicianship versatile and engaged. The crowd on this night enjoyed the short performance.
Animals As Leaders had the audience enthralled with their technical musicianship. A stillness settled in as the band stoically delivered their completely instrumental songs and everyone watched and listened, taking in the tight delivery. The LED screens were put to use at this point playing psychedelic like images. Guitarist Tosin Abasi – who held a guitar clinic at Noctis 666 the last time he was in Calgary – played his complex riffs and solos with ease, and often with his eyes closed seemingly lost in the music.
The Devin Townsend Project played at the Gateway in 2011 and that was an amazing and intimate experience. This time there was a the barrier erected between the band and fans and there was a new stage that was raised just barely more than a foot above the ground making the show a little less intimate and harder to view. Luckily Townsend had his own riser on stage where he spent most of the set. The rest of the band was difficult to see though drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen would stand up and salute the crowd with his sticks. Newest addition Mike St-Jean on keys/synths was somewhat hidden behind cabinets. The band was mostly backlit as the lights in front of the stage were turned off for DTP’s set. It’s always fun to watch Townsend interact with the crowd and his quips and random stories are always hilarious – to quote from the Calgary show “I hate potato pancakes. Fuck you mom.”
The set started off with “Regulator” off of Ocean Machine [HevyDevy, 1997] then went through a selection of songs off of Z2 [HevyDevy, 2014]. The Ziltoid themed songs, like “Ziltodian Empire” and “March of the Poozers”, had Townsend asking the crowd to “show me your Ziltoids!”. Off of the Sky Blue side of the album “Rejoice”, “Midnight Sun” and “A New Reign” were included. “Bad Devil” was a surprise but one that had the crowd dancing, especially one gentlemen that Townsend spotted side stage near the sound board, who had some excellent and enthusiastic dance moves. A single song encore of “Death Ray” ended the night and afterwards Townsend came right up to the crowd to shake hands, bump fists and say a quick hello to the fans.
Irish Rockers THE ANSWER will release their new album Raise a Little Hell this March in North America via Napalm Records. This is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 release New Horizon. The album is set for release on the following days:
The artwork by Sebastian Jerke and final track listing has now been revealed. The record was produced by Guillermo ‘Will’ Maya and mixed by Chris Sheldon.
Cormac Neeson from the band commented:
“We’re delighted to announce the track listing and artwork for our new album Raise A Little Hell. This is a special record that reflects a return to the hard ass blues rock ‘n’ roll we hold so dear. Our good friends at Napalm have created some great formats for you guys to enjoy including colored double vinyl, a special digi pak with a live recording of our recent ‘Road Less Travelled’ tour, another digi pak with an extra bonus CD containing 6 exclusive bonus tracks plus all sorts of other great stuff. It’s an impressive package with some equally impressive artwork from Sebastian Jerke. Most importantly; this album truly showcases who we are and the best of THE ANSWER in full flow. We can’t wait for you all to hear it!”
Raise A Little Hell -Track Listing:
1. Long Live the Renegades
2. The Other Side
4. Cigarettes & Regret
5. Last Days of Summer
6. Strange Kinda’ Nothing
7. I Am What I Am
9. Gone Too Long
11. I Am Cured
12. Raise A Little Hell
THE ANSWER – 2015 RAISE A LITTLE HELL TOUR:
06.03.15 IRL Belfast / Limelight
07.03.15 IRL Dublin / Whelans
09.03.15 UK Manchester / Academy 3
10.03.15 UK Leeds / The Key Club
11.03.15 UK York / Fibbers
12.03.15 SCO Aberdeen / The Lemon Tree
13.03.15 SCO Glasgow / The Garage
14.03.15 UK Newcastle / Riverside
16.03.15 UK Grimsby / Yardbirds
17.03.15 UK Liverpool / Arts Club
18.03.15 UK Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
20.03.15 UK Birmingham / Institute
21.03.15 UK Sheffield / The Corporation
23.03.15 UK Norwich / Waterfront
24.03.15 UK Bristol / Motion
25.03.15 UK Brighton / Concorde 2
26.03.15 UK London / O2 Islington Academy
27.03.15 UK Exeter / Lemon Grove
28.03.15 UK Southampton / 1865
09.04.15 FR Paris / Le Divan Du Monde
10.4.15 NL Leiden / Gebr De Nobel
11.4.15 NL Zwolle / Hedon
14.04.15 DE Berlin / Magnet
15.04.15 DE Hannover / Faust
16.04.15 DE Hamburg / Knust
17.04.15 DE Weinheim / Café Central
18.04.15 DE Köln / Luxor
20.04.15 DE Wiesbaden / Kesselhaus
21.4.15 CH Zurich / Rote Fabrik
22.4.15 CH Soloturn / Kogmehl Raumbar
24.4.15 IT Milan / Legend Club
25.4.15 IT Pinarella Di Cervia / Rock Planet
26.04.15 DE München / Strom
27.5.15 AT Vienna / Chelsea
12.6.15 CH Greenfield Festival
13.6.15 AT Nova Rock Festival
20.6.15 FR Hellfest Festival
30.7.15 DE Wacken Festival