Rivers of Nihil have released their final studio up from their recording sessions at Mana Recording Studios in Florida. In this clip, guitarist Brody Uttley details some of the guitar gear used on the record, and tracks a portion of “Rain Eater.” Watch this clip now at metalblade.com/riversofnihil, where “Rain Eater” is streaming and pre-order bundles for “The Conscious Seed of Light” are available.
Rivers of Nihil have added to their already busy Fall touring schedule. In October, fans will be able to see Rivers of Nihil touring with Beneath the Massacre, Rings of Saturn, and Legion throughout the east coast. Confirmed dates can be seen below, as well as at facebook.com/riversofnihil.
On August 30th the „Cry Wolf“ was unleashed – WOLFPAKK’s second album. The melodic metal allstar-project again managed to gather an impressive list of guest stars, including Amanda Somerville, one of the best female voices in the scene and known from her works with Kiske/Somerville and Avantasia a.o.
Amanda now also appears in the new video clip for the heartfelt ballad “Cold Winter”.
Thrash fans, watch out! U.K. pioneers ONSLAUGHT will release their new album “VI” on September 20th. The successor to 2011’s “Sounds Of Violence” can be purchased as CD, ltd. Digipak and limited vinyl editions (black and military green).
Check out the lyric video for the new track “Chaos Is King”.
The North American pre-order for MOTÖRHEAD’sAftershock is live! That’s right, you can pre-order the next chapter of MOTÖRHEAD’s legendary catalog now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available now in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP) format (digital coming soon). Since the pre-order launch yesterday, Aftershock has already shot to #1 on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers chart and #3 on Amazon’s Hard Rock & Metal chart. Aftershock,MOTÖRHEAD’s mammoth 21st studio album, hits stores in North America on October 22, 2013 via UDR Music. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Aftershock is a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÖRHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 belting statements which see MOTÖRHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years.
TÝR will be streaming their brand new album, “Valkyrja,” exclusively via metalblade.com/tyr all weekend! The album can be heard in its entirety beginning on Friday, September 13th, through Monday, September 16th. Fans: this is your chance to hear previously unreleased tracks, including “The Lay of Our Love,” which features Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. Plus, TÝR‘s covers of Iron Maiden’s “Where Eagles Dare” and Pantera’s “Cemetary Gate,” which about.com called “downright amazing, faithfully capturing the emotional essence of the original.” Additionally, George Kollias was enlisted to handle drum recording duties on “Valkyrja.” In terms of what the band hopes fans take away from the album, bassist Gunnar H. Thomsen states “I hope they will enjoy it and they like the new direction as well as (guitarist) Terji’s bigger involvement in writing and George’s drumming. We had a more upbeat direction without changing TÝR’s style.”
TÝR performed live on August 10th as part of the Faroe Island’s Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvik. Over 8,000 Faroese were in attendance as the band put on a huge set featuring old favorites, as well as new tracks, including “Blood of Heroes.” The event was filmed and a video for “Blood of Heroes” can be seen now at youtube.com.
Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from TÝR, will be released next week in North America. Limited edition pre-order bundles are still available that include: TÝR rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl, and digipak CD.
About Valkyjra: Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around a nameless Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; “the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”
TÝR is on tour now with Finntroll in Europe. Dates are available below as well as at facebook.com/tyrband.
13/09/13 HU – Budapest – Club 202
14/09/13 RO – Brasov – Rockstadt
15/09/13 RO – Bucharest – Silver Church
17/09/13 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
18/09/13 AT – Wien – Szene
19/09/13 CZ – Prag – Nova Chmelnice
21/09/13 DE – Bochum – Matrix
22/09/13 DE – Augsburg – Kantine
23/09/13 AT – Wörgl – Komma
24/09/13 IT – Milano – R’n'R Arena
25/09/13 CH – Pratteln – Z7
26/09/13 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/09/13 DE – Speyer – Halle 101
28/09/13 DE – Jena – F-Haus
29/09/13 BE – Bruges – Factor
30/09/13 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
01/10/13 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
02/10/13 UK – Manchester – NQ Live
03/10/13 IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/10/13 UK – Bilston – Robin 2
05/10/13 UK – London – The Garage
06/10/13 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
08/10/13 FR – Strasbourg – La Laiterie
09/10/13 FR – Lyon – La Salle Du Kao
10/10/13 CH – Geneve – L’Usine
11/10/13 FR – Istres – L’Usine
13/10/13 ES – Madrid – Rockkitchen/ Caracol
14/10/13 FR – Toulouse – Le Bikini
Brazilian metallers ALMAH featured by former ANGRA’s singer Edu Falaschi and Italian melodic metal band SECRET SPHERE will join forces for a co-headlining European tour in November. The list of confirmed dates is available below.
After a successful year of shows to promote the high acclaimed album “Portrait Of A Dying Heart” ended at the Wacken Open Air festival , SECRET SPHERE musicians are currently in the studio re-recording the second album of the band “A Time Never Come” , considered one of the best power metal album coming from the italian metal scene since years. It will be a special 15th years Anniversary edition with the addition of extraordinary singer Michele Luppi’s vocals.
ALMAH is going to play their first shows in Europe ever and the tour will support the fourth album of the band “Unfold”, coming later this year. The album was recorded in São Paulo/Brazil and mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California. The release dates and other detail will be unveiled soon. On September 19 Almah will play at ROCK IN RIO Festival (Brasil), one of the most important musical events of the year.
ALMAH – SECRET SPHERE BRAZITALIAN TOUR 2013
November, 3rd – Holland – Kerkrade – The Rocktemple
November, 5th – Belgium – Roeselare – Le Verlichte Geest
November 6th – France – Paris – Gibus Café
November, 8th – Spain – Madrid – Sala Indipendance
November, 9th – Spain – Erandio – Sala Sonora
November, 10th – Spain – Gijon – Sala Acapulco
November, 11th – Spain – Barcelona – Sala Boveda
November, 12st – France – Marseille – Le Korigan
November, 15st – Italy – Brescia – Colony Club
November, 16st – Italy – Trofarello – Peocio
More European dates and supporting acts will be announced soon.
Booking contact: email@example.com
Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available onOctober 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! In the meantime, check out the song “Rise Up” taken from the upcoming DVD here http://youtu.be/B81K2qKF-1M
Dark Roots Of Thrashwas produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show!
The North American pre-order for MOTÖRHEAD’s Aftershock is live! That’s right, you can pre-order the next chapter of MOTÖRHEAD’s legendary catalog now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available now in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP) format (digital coming soon). Since the pre-order launch yesterday, Aftershock has already shot to #1 on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers chart and #3 on Amazon’s Hard Rock & Metal chart.
Aftershock, MOTÖRHEAD’s mammoth 21st studio album, hits stores in North America on October 22, 2013 via UDR Music. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Aftershock is a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÖRHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 belting statements which see MOTÖRHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years.
Aftershock track listing:
Coup de Grace
Lost Woman Blues
End Of Time
Do You Believe
Dust And Glass
Going To Mexico
Silence When You Speak To Me
Queen Of The Damned
Keep Your Powder Dry
With Aftershock, there’s swagger, there’s punch, there’s speed and there’s dirty filthy grooves, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee showing clearly that MOTÖRHEAD is not simply a band, it’s a genre!
That genre, more than ever, resonates with hearty independence and swashbuckle. Whether it’s “Heartbreaker” throwing hooks and riffs into your head, the double-kick concussiveness of “Paralyzed” with Campbell’s fuelled attack, or the thunderous ride-off-the-Rickenbacker Motörcharge of “Going To Mexico”, Aftershock takes gleeful twists and turns which re-announce the Motörlegend. There’s the smoky biker bar blues in the shape of “Dust And Glass”, Lemmy’s late-night vocals evoking last-call and melancholy, the pogo-powered punk-spiked stab of “Queen Of The Damned” and the deliciously steamy, humid mournful “Lost Woman Blues” which midway through decides to kick over the stool and stomp out the saloon door.
MOTÖRHEAD are MOTÖRHEAD are MOTÖRHEAD…and their Aftershock will be felt worldwide…
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The 7th and final installment of Noctis Valkeryies Metal Festival is about to descend upon Calgary Alberta on Sept 19th, 2013. Titled Noctis 666 “Lucifer Rex”, the three day festival is bringing one of the most impressive line ups so far and building on the interactive part of the festival for heavy metal fans, aspiring musicians and the heavy metal support crowd (edit this shit). Terese Fleming, the owner of Scarab Productions and architect of the Noctis festivals recruited metal-rules.com managing editor and Megawatt Mayhem host JP to be Scarab’s Production Assistant. Just before the festival I sat down to chat with JP about his new position and what is in store for Noctis this year.
JP working hard at the Scarab Productions office.
How and when did you get involved in Noctis?
I’ve been involved in some capacity as a volunteer from almost the very beginning, each year getting more involved.
Your role with Scarab Productions for Noctis changed this year. How did this come about?
I was looking for a change from my previous career in retail and law enforcement, and this was the year that the role was available. It has been very interesting going from being involved as a volunteer to behind the scenes, seeing really how much pre-work goes into an event this size. I have more admiration for Terese and her staff than ever before.
How do you balance your role in media (University of Calgary radio show Megawatt Mayhem, Metal-Rules) with your work at Scarab?
Well, my wife says “I don’t”, but as there is an office for Scarab where I work and I have a fairly traditional (but relaxed) job atmosphere where I get up, commute, go to an office and put in a day working for the Festival, so that helps keep the distinction. It’s nice to be able to listen to music and make new contacts for the radio show and website and just plan extra features and interviews. It can blur together at times.
This is supposed to be the last Noctis. Is it turning out as you expected?
Some might say, nothing ever goes as planned but our main goal was to make this the biggest, best most interactive Noctis yet and I believe we are succeeding in that goal. It is turning out very well – we have had very few setbacks so far this year.
What do you see happening in the future for Calgary metal without an annual Noctis festival?
As much as this has become a flagship Metal event in Calgary, there are still the core elements to make the Calgary scene strong. There are still a number of quality, organized local promoters such as Big Nate Productions and Orchard Hill, and tons of fans and strong support from local media, so I believe the fans, media and organizers will rise to the occasion and fill the void.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
As always knocking a few more bands off my ‘must see’ list. The big picture is looking forward to seeing it unfold and work and everyone have a great time as we blow the doors off the last one!
What is your favorite past Noctis moment?
There are so many little ‘behind the scenes’ moments that stand out across the years: having dinner with Venom at a fancy steakhouse, hanging out with British author Joel McIver in Banff on a sunny Sunday after the fest, a late night meal with the organizers and the guys from Melechesh, record shopping with Mike from Slough Feg, and countless quick moments bumping into Metal royalty in the elevator or setting something up. Even simple chores of picking up people from the airport to give them a friendly face and some Western hospitality as they arrive to Calgary, often for the first time, can be very rewarding. Actually that sounds lame and not very metal… change that to… doing body shots of a wasted hooker backstage with members of various Black Metal bands after we sacrificed a goat. With black candles. In a pentagram. At midnight.
How do you decide on what bands to bring in?
As always it was a combination of a bands’ schedule, exposure, credibility and/or reputation and even sometimes price. There were some fantastic artists that I felt priced themselves out of the market or too high for a mid-size fest with a small population base. We can’t compete with the population density and budget of a European fest that can bring 10,000+ people. I feel we are a bit like PowerProg USA where we keep it cool, medium sized, and sell out each year. Accordingly, because of our capacity, we can’t bring the giants like the Manowars and Iron Maidens of the world. So working within our self-imposed limitations we made a few offers to bands that were reasonable and cool to work with. It was excellent timing that our Saturday headliner, Carcass is releasing their new album Surgical Steel, just two days before Noctis starts.
Noctis always brings in some unique headliners and lineups in general for (Western) Canadian metal fans. Can you tell us a bit about this year’s choices as they seem to have caused an extra bit of excitement this year?
Because we knew it was our last year, we wanted to knock a few more big bands off the list. We made some long lists and did quite a bit of research about when a band was here last, (if ever) and taking into consideration factors such as maybe some of veteran Metal bands who have been around over 30 years may not be active too much longer. It might be a case of now or never! To summarize, our choices focused on those legendary innovative bands that really were active in the early days in the history of Metal or ground-breaking in some way, and not necessarily, because they have never been here before. Let’s face it, probably 80% of all the Metal bands in the world have never been to Calgary before!
This year there are a couple elusive black metal bands playing fest, like Revenge and Blasphemy for example. How did you manage to get them on the bill?
Remember that goat sacrifice at midnight from a few years ago that I mentioned earlier? It must have worked because a couple of the elder gods Blasphemy and Revenge came out of the dark to see what we are all about. I do believe our reputation for being professional, organized and not too big, plus bringing acts to the region for the first time ever (or the first time in a long time) added to our ‘Metal Cred’, so we are just happy they can join us.
The conference has run for a few years, and this year an expo has been added to the festival. Where did this idea come from and what do you expect fans/musicians to get out of this part of Noctis?
One of the more enjoyable parts is having meetings with Terese and the advisory board, a panel of local Metal fans, trendsetters, opinion-makers and experts. We meet and throw out all sorts of crazy ideas and an Expo was not that much of a stretch to add to the existing conference. The Expo will be the most dynamic and interactive part. We have an Art show with Dan Seagrave , the well-known Death Metal cover album artist, a World Premier Metal Movie courtesy of Billzebub Productions, lots of vendors with cool metal gear, leather, jewelry, music, and of course autograph sessions almost all of our big name international artists.
Are there any particular talks or interviews that you are going to make sure to attend?
I’m really looking forward to hearing Dan Swano talk. We counted and he has been involved in over 100 projects in one capacity or another. Sam Dunn has promised to bring a very special, world exclusive, sneak peek at the infamous ‘Lost Episode’ of his TV series Metal Evolution. I’m also looking forward to hearing Dr. Deena Weinstein’s presentation and Dr. Vivek Venkatesh’s presentation on Black Metal. Lastly the Laina Dawes/Sarah Kitteringham presentation on Women In Metal will be very cool. I’m a bit of a Metal nerd I guess.
There is a bit of emphasis on women in metal this year. Can you tell us a bit about the sessions and why this issue is being featured this year?
This year we have our Women In Metal panel/presentation a free event on Thursday, Sept 19th featuring Laina Dawes and Sarah Kitteringham and the event will be hosted by Dr. Sutler Cohen and we will have Dr. Weinstein in attendance. There will be some crossover and repeats of various presentations during the two-day conference as well. It goes without saying that women have been an integral role in Metal as artists and in every role imaginable since the beginning. This might be the year where we help smash that outdated stereotype of women in Metal being relegated to secondary or support roles. When Terese saw Deena and Laina present earlier this year in Bowling Green she said, “We have to get these people for our conference!”. I think the increase of women participating is just a natural evolution and a nice coincidence.
Any advice for fans to get through the weekend?
Drink your milk, plenty of sleep the days before, eat your vegetables, have a light workout and a nap…no wait a minute… I mean, what has worked for me is take a day or two off work before do some mild to moderate pre-drinking and listen to the catalogues of all the artists appearing. Then by Thursday night you are hitting your pace, lots of greasy junk-food on the fly, steady flow of booze, keep sleep to a minimum, and just ride the Metal buzz until 3:00am on Saturday night until you get kicked out of Vern’s Bar where the last after-party is. And bring your entire life savings to the Expo.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
Noctis will have its most successful year because of the fans. When they come out, participate, meet these artists, come to the Conference and Expo and clinics, it adds a little more variety and unique flavour than just filing into a hall and watching a show. Of course the music is the most important part but all the other extra features that we arrange are just as important to make a unique event. Come enjoy the whole festival and everything it has to offer.
Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström commented, “The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album.
“Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s Dead End Kings.” Read the rest of this entry »
SWEDEN – Civil War, the new symphonic power metal band from ex-Sabaton members, Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback and Daniel Myhr, along with frontman, Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors), and bass player, Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (Volturyon), is proud to announce that its debut album The Killer Angels has been certified ‘Gold’ in the band’s home country of Sweden, selling more than 20,000 copies. The members of Civil War were presented with their ‘Gold’ plaques before headlining the Metal War festival in Budapest last weekend.
This is the long-anticipated sixth of the series, and the follow-up to Ye Olde Metal: 1978, Ye Olde Metal: 1977, Ye Olde Metal: 1976, Ye Olde Metal: 1973 To 1975 and Ye Olde Metal: 1968 To 1972.
Like those, it’s also limited to 1,000 copies, signed by me, and it’s numbered. On the cover… Riot!
“For those not in the loop yet, what I’m doing with this is detailed examinations of classic old albums, using new interviews with guys in the bands, maybe a little available press here and there. These are write-ups that are way more exhaustive than any commercially viable (!) book would ever dare. You know me, I just love getting the stories, no matter how few of us hard rock historian types care anymore.
This one’s the best so far as I’ve gotten better – period. Better writing, more involved stories, more memorabilia shots, and again, lots of celebrated and mega-rare Rich Galbraith photos, cool old ads, 45 sleeves and other weird stuff. The book is 265 pages, BIGGEST YET, full trade 6” x 9” dimension, and stuffed with trivia folks ain’t never heard before—I guarantee it.”
Modern thrashers Sawthis have made available a teaser video for their new album ‘Youniverse’:
Since their inception, modern thrashers Sawthis distinguished themselves for a very strong live attitude, having shared the stage with many international renowned bands such as Korn, Sepultura, Lacuna Coil, Entombed, Impaled Nazarene, Vader and The Haunted to name a few. With 2 albums under their belt (‘Fusion’, 2006, and ‘Egod’, 2010) which were very well received by fans and critics alike, the band have recently announced a new record deal with Bakerteam Records and a new album, ‘Youniverse’, expected to hit the stores September 30th, 2013. ‘Youniverse’ is a conceptual work focused on the theme of multiple personality disorder and features a very special guest appearance by Rob Cavestany from Death Angel. More details will be revealed soon on www.bakerteamrecords.comand www.sawthis.it.