Interview with Terji of Tyr
June 5th, 2016
Interview with Terji of Tyr
June 5th, 2016
Swedish filthiest & dirtiest bastards Mikke Killalot (Drums), Belze Bo (Bass & Vox), Straight G (Guitars) a.k.a. VÖRGUS reveal now the artwork for the upcoming album “White Trash Hellraisers” to be out in September on INFERNO Records and available as a first limited digipack edition CD and as a limited cassette edition!
June 4th, 2016
Holland’s greatest symphonic metal band, EPICA, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled The Holographic Principle. Once again it’ll be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records on September 30! The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, DESTRUCTION). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann (www.heilemania.de).
The band commented:
To celebrate the release of EPICA’s brand-new record fittingly, the band will be playing on their own Epic Metal Fest at the 013 in Tilburg, NL on Saturday, October 1st. They invited KATATONIA, their label mates FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and (also landsmen) TEXTURES to take part in this special event. Additionally, STREAM OF PASSION, THE AGONIST, MAYAN, MYRATH, EVIL INVADERS and last but not least OFF THE CROSS will be attending EPICA’s release show. On Saturday 15th October the Brazilian edition of Epic Metal Fest will take place in Sao Paulo. PARADISE LOST, FINNTROLL, XANDRIA and THE OCEAN will join EPICA for this first edition.
June 4th, 2016
VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol proves yet again … as pioneers of power metal, they remain driven to consistently innovate and forge new paths into ever-expanding musical territory. Known worldwide for their high-energy shows and top quality musicianship … VICIOUS RUMORS is perhaps the most versatile band of the heavy metal genre.
Their debut releases on Shrapnel Records, Soldiers of The Night (which was also the full length recording debut of metal guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore) and Digital Dictator – are unanimously considered to be full-on metal classics, by both fans and reviewers worldwide. Vicious Rumors three subsequent releases on Atlantic Records (and the companion MTV videos, which landed in regular rotation on ´Headbanger’s Ball`) served to cement their reputations in heavy metal music history. Countless tours, eleven studio and three live albums later – it is now well beyond question that the band will never fail to deliver a relentless, driving energy and commitment to excellence. Their major festival appearances at events like Bang Your Head, Rock Hard and Wacken Open Air over the years have left no doubt – this is a band who is not satisfied to simply rest on their laurels.
The stage is now set, and Aug 26th 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar – the worldwide unveiling of what will no doubt be remembered as a milestone release for both the band and the genre, Concussion Protocol. Not simply a “return to form” , the production team of Juan Uteaga (Testament) and band leader Geoff Thorpe has been solidifying their working relationship for the past ten years, and has deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully re-vitalized band – that now features newcomer Nick Holleman on vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Thaen Rasmussen on guitar … alongside veteran guitarist Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe … as well as guest appearances by some long time Vicious Rumors friends: guitarists Steve Smyth and Brad Gillis .
Consider yourself forewarned – Concussion Protocol will simultaneously explode out of the gate with the passion & fire of a newly galvanized band – and the maturity in writing and performances that can only come from the most seasoned metal outfits. The songs run the gamut: the melodic power of ´Take It Or Leave It`, the brutality of ´1000 Years`, and the haunting ´Circle Of Secrets` will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride of pure, unadulterated, cutting-edge metal adventure – and will demonstrate yet again – Vicious Rumors will place no limits on their creative inspirations. Of course, true to form – there`s the shredding guitar solos, melodic and powerful vocals, double bass drum thunder, bass guitar madness, and the thought provoking songs that are all part of the historical band sound – yet somehow, amazingly – Vicious Rumors still expertly traverses both known and yet unknown metal territory.
“Concussion Protocol” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP gatefold red vinyl edition and download.
1. Concussion Protocol 4:56
June 4th, 2016
The Devil Strikes Again is the name of the new album by the German metal institution RAGE. With this record and a new line-up, consisting of the native Venezoelan, Belgian-by-choice guitarist Marcos Rodriguez and the German-Greek, ex-drum tech and best friend of his predecessor Chris Efthimiadis, Vassilios ‘Lucky’ Maniatopoulos on drums, along with mastermind, frontman and bass player Peter ‘Peavy’ Wagner, RAGE report back – louder then ever.
June 4th, 2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited release WITHEM’s brand new album now, which is entitled “The Unforgiving Road”. The album is available for purchase via Amazon and iTunes.
In addition to release of their album WITHEM has released a new video for the song “Exit”. Watch the clip HERE.
WITHEM is an upcoming Progressive Metal band hailing from Norway who are inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus, concentrating heavily on melodic, memorable hooks, but still with plenty of stunning and virtuoso instrumental sections. The band debuted with “The Point of You” in 2013, gathering excellent reviews from several music websites, blogs and magazines from all over the world. The release was followed by European touring with Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus and Seventh Wonder, and performances at both ProgPower USA and ProgPower Oslo, always with an extremely positive reception.
The new album, “The Unforgiving Road” sees the band perfecting their style. WITHEM’s gripping, melody-driven songs avoid the clichés and pitfalls of overly dramatic instrumental sections and sheer senseless complexity and instead center on creative interplay between the musicians, while the unique vocal range of Ole Aleksander Wagenius gives the band a distinctive touch. Just like the debut album, “The Unforgiving Road” was produced and mixed by guitarist Øyvind Voldmo Larsen at his own Lionheart Studio, boasting powerful and bombastic production values with plenty of moments for the listener to notice the most subtle intricate parts of the songs.
Track Listing of “The Unforgiving Road” includes:
June 4th, 2016
Frontiers Music Srl has released the new album from DAN REED NETWORK entitled “Fight Another Day.” The album marks the return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the Melodic Rock World in the second part of the 80’s.
“Fight Another Day” is available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon.
The new album was recorded primarily in the hometown of members of DRN, Portland, Oregon, while most of the writing process took place in Dan Reed’s private studio in Prague in the Czech Republic, where Reed currently resides with his family. Demos were sent back and forth between Derek Shulman (A&R for Frontiers), Brion James, Melvin Brannon Jr. and Rob Daiker, making notes and refining the songs over great distances via the Internet. This process was not unlike with DRN composed songs back in the late 80’s and early 90’s as Dan Reed used to demo out songs on his Akai 12 track machine and bring the songs into rehearsals where the band members would then arrange and flesh out the band’s classic ‘funk rock’ sound.
After the tracking was completed, band’s keyboardist Rob Daiker went to work editing and mixing each track alongside Shulman and Reed, sending mixes back and forth, making notes and shaping and moulding the album to best represent what DRN sounds like currently, while paying respect to what brought the band to the world’s attention back in the late 80’s.
“I thought it would be a great experiment and interesting challenge to revisit what endeared the band to so many back in the day and deliver a rock record with funk and soul elements, strong melodies, but this time around incorporate even edgier lyrics while not losing sight that this release needed to be uplifting, infectious, and most of all, powerful when performed live,” says Dan Reed. “The title ‘Fight Another Day’ represents the fact that after 25 years we were able to gravitate back to the passion we discovered playing together all those years ago, and battle once more!”
The band looks forward to the world’s response to this new labor of love, and this testament to the bonds of friendship and musical chemistry! Worlwide touring over the next twelve months will support the album release.
Enjoy the album EPK here: https://youtu.be/-IzC_qaMfA0
“Fight Another Day” track listing includes: Divided; The Brave; Infected; Champion; Ignition; Give It Love; B There With U; Save The World; Eye Of The Storm; Reunite; Heaven; Sharp Turn; Stand Tall.
DAN REED NETWORK is:
More Dates TBA
June 4th, 2016
Legendary music acts are revving up for LaconiaFest – the east coast’s only premier motorcycle music festival! Just a few weeks after the announcement of music legend Steven Tyler’s upcoming headlining performance on June 15 (tickets for this date are on sale now), rock music icon Sebastian Bach has joined the party – headlining Sunday, June 12!
Celebrated rocker Sebastian Bach is recognized globally as a vocalist, television star, actor and beyond! Bach hit the spotlight in the late 1980’s as the iconic frontman for mainstream heavy metal act Skid Row. Since his departure from Skid Row in the mid 90’s, Sebastian Bach still remains one of the most relevant rock figures in pop culture today, with network television appearances on MTV, VH1 and CMT, guest appearances on Gilmore Girls, Trailer Park Boys, Californication and other popular television shows, and several acting stints on and off Broadway. 2014 marked the release of Bach’s most recent album, Give ‘Em Hell, which impressively – proving his prowess decades after his initial debut – landed on the U.S. Top Hard Rock and Top 200 Billboard charts. Bach’s upcoming Harper Collins memoir 18 And Life on Skid Row is set to release later this year.
“We’re so pleased to have Sebastian Bach joining us for the inaugural LaconiaFest,” states Tyler Glover, managing member and co-producer of LaconiaFest. “We’re dedicated to bringing our attendees the greatest musical experience, so we’re really looking forward to his amazing performance!”
LaconiaFest will be held in conjunction with the world-famous 93rd annual Laconia Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire and will appropriately include all day food and drink, motocross stunt shows, motorcycle model/product stagings and more.This high-octane, nine-day festival (June 11-19, 2016) will take place in the heart of Downtown Weirs Beach at the Weirs Beach Drive-In Theatre. LaconiaFest is sponsored by Ticket Galaxy, Stoli Vodka and Monster Energy.
Sebastian Bach joins fellow LaconiaFest headliners Steven Tyler, BRET Michaels, Ted Nugent, Buckcherry, Sevendust and Fuel with additional performances from rock music’s top talent of today and yesterday including Warrant, Lita Ford, Trixter, LA Guns, P.O.D., Attika7, Dope, Saving Abel, Biters, Adelitas Way, Bullethead, and Milow the Girl. In total, the festival will feature over 100 internationally and regionally recognized artists. LaconiaFest will feature two stages and festival attendees will rock out to live music for 12 hours a day – noon to midnight.
Stay updated on the emerging line-up of artists and their performance dates and times via www.LaconiaFest.com.
LaconiaFest is about to cement itself as a world-class, week-long music experience destination! The grounds at the Weirs Beach Drive-In Theatre will be transformed into a festival atmosphere, set to feature several entertaining daily attractions included in the cost of a festival ticket. First and foremost, LaconiaFest will include FMX (freestyle motocross) stunt shows featuring performances from outstanding athletes Keith Sayers, James Carter and Todd Potter. Attendees will enjoy a festival village, delicious foods, bars, biker builders, vendors and a paint ball game zone, with attractions being added daily.
LaconiaFest Ticket Information:
June 4th, 2016
Faith No More’s landmark debut, We Care A Lot, which was initially released in 1985 and has been out of print for 20 years, sees an Aug. 19 reissue via Bill Gould’s Koolarrow Records.
“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.”
The original 10-song album, remastered by Maor Appelbaum via the original reels Gould eluded to, is enhanced with nine bonus tracks including demo versions (taken from the original 8-track tapes) of “Greed,” “Mark Bowen,” “Arabian Disco” and “Intro,” live versions of “The Jungle” and “New Beginnings” and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of “We Care A Lot,” “Pills for Breakfast” and “As The Worm Turns.” Liner notes from keyboard player Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos will be included with the physical release. We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) is available now for pre-order on CD (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotCD), digital (http://geni.us/WeCareALotDigital) and vinyl (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotLP).
We Care A Lot arrived in November 1985 via Maximum RocknRoll editor Ruth Schwartz’s Mordam Records. The seminal album, boasting the timeless title track, which can still be heard daily on radio stations worldwide, confounded music fans and critics alike. As Pitchfork said in a 2015 article dubbed “The Misunderstanding of Faith No More,” the unpredictable and hard-to-define band “had radically altered the parameters of popular music years before the fabled alternative revolution.” Rolling Stone called it a “raw punk album” while Select Magazine dubbed it “a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dance floor verve.”
“When strangers ask what Faith No More is I’ve always said, ‘well, it’s kind of an art band…’ I say that mostly to distance us from the hard rock world that we’re often times lumped into. I mean, hard rock, sure, that was part of it, but our roots most definitely and pointedly stem from a specific freakout art time and place in San Francisco, a time that no longer exists. In 1982, the hippies mingled with the punks, the artists hung out with the musicians, the dance people and the punks were one and the Satanists and the sexual pioneers… all part of the same scene,” Bottum explains, colorfully setting the scene for the original inspiration for the band and We Care A Lot. “That weird SF window provided a platform from which we were free to express and cultivate a really uniquely odd sound experience. In Los Angeles, no one really cared much, but SF was always super supportive, encouraging us, directly and not, to get our collective freak on.”
“We felt like it was time to take the next step,” adds drummer Mike Bordin. “We raised as much money as we were able and booked time at Prairie Sun Studios just north of San Francisco. I can’t remember how long it took us to record the album, but not a lot, maybe a few days. The songs were sharp from having played most of them at various shows. Very stripped down, basic as could be. The place was on a farm in chicken country (Petaluma). Hard work, but a ton of fun too.”
We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) track list:
1. We Care A Lot
June 3rd, 2016
Stonehenge Festival is a death metal and in general extreme metal festival arranged every year. Instead Stonehenge Indoor has obviously been planned and carried out around the on-going tour of Morgoth, Gorguts and Incantation. All in all 16 bands had been booked to share two different sizes of stages. Most of these obscure Dutch tongue-in-cheek grinding outfits played in a small room where the air condition had been switched off or then never existed. Metal-Rules.Com made a visit to Stonehenge Indoor festival to witness a few bands in action.
Approximately 300 people had crawled to the small venue in the heart of the town called Drachten. When an opening band kicked the set off, there were a handful of people already having to see the Swiss rather unknown band at the stage. As far these other bands playing in the small venue, well all of them were pure grinding stuff with the blast beat with the certain style of tongue-in-cheek. Obviously the dutch Cote D’aver took into another level of the sense of humour by having some weird corpselook-alike clothes.
Three of four from Gorguts had the band of their own called Dysrhythmia, which was all instrumental. This three piece outfit turned out to be extreme fascinating and interesting as well. The music was heavily influenced by the fusion jazz with the technical and skilled elements of progressive death metal. The stuff sounded absolutely amazing. The most eccentric thing about Dysrhyhthmia as they have not released any official output, instead uploaded some tunes to somewhere in the net.
Only 30 minutes for Incantation and that truly sucked !!! Incantation is a such icon in the death metal genre, but lousy 30 minutes – Cmon now ! However Incantation unleashed the pure brutal and sadistic death metal assault. John McEntee is a true death metal legend amongst the die hard death metal fans. Frankly the man hasn’t lost any tune in his brutal vocals. Incantation sounds as always it has sounded extremely deadly and brutal for sure. Obviously the 30 minute playing slot boosted the band to the fiery performance.
Psycroptic from Australia has proved to be extreme skilled and technical death metal squad. The band did a killer set and the singer tried to encourage the borndead audience to make some moving and start a pit. Hopeless task for sure. In general the crowd was truly pathetic, just standing and watching bands with drinks in their hands. Psycroptic was a bit technical in some terms leaving the people to gasp for the air.
The German Morgoth went thru the line-up turmoil during the recording process of the comeback album UNGOD, where Grewe stepped aside and the Disbelief growler Karsten stepped. However Morgoth had a 45 minute slot for the lesson of the German old school death metal. Obviously Karsten was suffering from the sore throat problems as his voice didn’t sound that deadly. The five piece offered a nice set of balance of new and old material and Isolate concluded the whole set.
The Canadian Gorguts headlined the whole long evening or day by doing app. 60 minute. That’s pretty good as a matter of fact. Gorguts is extreme technical as far as the music is concerned. Even though Gorguts operates in the technical side, but the roots of the obscure brutal haven’t been forgotten.
EVAN K. releases lyric video for “Edge Of The Sky,” featuring vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire/Angra)
June 3rd, 2016
EVAN K. has released a lyric video for “Edge Of The Sky,” featuring vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Angra, Vision Divine), and keyboards by Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Serious Black, Outloud). The video can be viewed here:
June 3rd, 2016
Today we finished up the mastering for our newest CD, a compilation disc spanning the band’s career, with one new track. Here’s the CD song list:
Brent Doerner designed the CD cover. Pretty cool eh?
June 2nd, 2016
Behold Sinsaenum, a death metal supergroup formed by Frédéric Leclercq (Dragonforce) with Joey Jordison (VIMIC, former drummer and co-founder of Slipknot).
Watch their debut video for “Army of Chaos,” which features Schmier (Destruction) and Dr. Mikannibal and Mirai Kawashima (Sigh) on backing vocals/choirs.
The band will digitally release a self-titled EP on June 6, with the full-length Echoes of the Tortured to follow on August 5.
June 2nd, 2016
Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity will be releasing the critically acclaimed debut album by Rage Against the Machine on limited edition Hybrid SACD. Rage Against the Machine’s first album is a mix of punk, metal, hardcore and politically resonate rap. Every song is full of energy with smart lyrics and plenty of slam-dancing potential. In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial and critical success. The album went to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. Rolling Stone magazine named it as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2001, Q magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.
This album is relentless, from the opening track “Bombtrack” all the way to the last blast of “Freedom,” every tune is a highly explosive ball of energy, none of which is clearly superior to any of the others. The lyrics, while full of blunt and pure anger, are very passionate and well-written in the sense that they actually stand for something.
This album like no other changed the landscape of ’90s music. The “guilty parties”: Zack de la Rocha’s vitriolic and angst-ridden words fueled by the heaviest rhythm section on the planet featuring drummer Brad Wilk and the exciting and dynamic bass of Timmy C and of course, RATM’s signature sound, Tom Morello’s belligerent, aggressive guitar riffs and turntable-esque noise that make this the best debut album of all-time.
The “Know Your Enemy” track features Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan on “additional vocals” and also features Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on trashcan percussion. The liner notes claim, “No samples, keyboards or synthesizers used in the making of this recording.” This is, and always will be, considered Rage Against the Machine’s most important work.
“Distinctly groundbreaking and original…a landmark in musical history.”
Produced by: Garth Richardson, Rage Against the Machine
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net
June 2nd, 2016
The 7th annual GWAR B-Q will be held on August 20th in beautiful Richmond, VA at historic Hadad’s Lake. GWAR will of course be performing a set full of murder and mayhem, and now we finally have the information that you have been waiting for! On sale dates and ticket prices!!!
Tickets for the B4BQ and GWAR B-Q will go on sale Friday, June 10th at 12:00 PM EASTERN at http://gwarbq.com/tickets
Various ticketing packages will be available and are detailed below. Remember what they say, “The Early Bohab gets the cheaper tickets” so all of you Earth Scum should buy quickly because there is a high demand for Early Bohab tickets and prices increase as the supply of remaining tickets goes down. For complete ticketing information on the B4BQ and GWAR B-Q visit http://gwarbq.com/tickets
Here’s the lowdown:
Deluxe tickets start at $100 Limited supply at this price!
Premium tickets start at $249/$299 (Limited Quantity 125)-Includesall day entry, official GWAR B-Q t-shirt, B4BQ show entry, VIP area access, Express Wristband, Meet & Greet signings with festival artists… and a possible chance to appear on stage with GWAR!
And let’s not forgot the B4BQ that is set for August 19th in Richmond, VA at The National which features the entire Summer Slaughter Tour package including: Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail and Ingested.
Stay tuned for more additions to the sinsational GWAR B-Q weekend line up to be announced!
Bohabs interested in serving their Lords and Masters as volunteers at the GWAR B-Q can follow this link to our Volunteer Application HERE. Tell us everything there is to know about you and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you soon if you fit the profile for human slave…err, Volunteer.
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