Co-host of “The Metal Voice” Jimmy Kay recently caught up with Iced Earth’s vocalist Stu Block on Iced Earth’s North American tour.
In the interview Stu Block talks about the huge undertaking behind the making of “The Plagues of Babylon” and his favorite tracks.
Stu Block also confesses to Jimmy Kay that vocal wise he has had no traditional vocal training nor does he do a warm up before most gigs
When asked about his long term plans, Block answers he would like to continue to be active in the music business and also to go back and visit the places with his wife where he did not have the chance to fully explore when on tour all these years
1st US Randy Black of Primal Fear Drum Clinic – May 5th 2014 in Chicago
Randy Black is conducting his first ever US drum clinic May 5th , 2014 presented by Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago between dates on Primal Fears current US tour. The following night you’ll be able to catch him performing live with Primal Fear at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois.
Randy Black is well known as a seasoned professional live and studio musician known for his technical precision, symmetric cymbal set up (Including Hi-hats and Rides), and ambidextrous playing style; Randy is sure to amaze in this intimate event.
Randy will be performing with his personal drum set used on tour, giving attendees a chance to take a close look at his setup and the instruments he uses.
There will be a chance to meet Randy following his clinic along with purchasing his specially priced Hudson Limited double DVD instruction video, currently only available in the US at the Vic’s Drum Shop location.
Randy has recorded and played with: Bif Naked, Annihilator, Rebellion, DuskMachine, & Primal Fear.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, recently wrapped up a North American tour with Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED in support of their new album Waiting for the End to Come! Shortly before that run, vocalistMauricio Iacono sat down for an intimate artist profile interview. View part 3 of that segmenthere.
The sun setting over London is always a pretty sight to behold as the salmon pink sky glistens the Scala on this spring day, it is a stark contrast to the hubbub and pure excitement that will be contained in its walls tonight. This evening is dedicated to Therapy? Who will be performing the entirety of ”Troublegum” with support from Lonely the brave, its one set for excitement and nostalgia.
We are revved up and ready to UNLEASH the PRIEST one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled ‘Redeemer of Souls’ from our new album of the same title – Judas Priest
JUDAS PRIEST – New song “Redeemer of Souls” Available
On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes and other digital service providers.
“Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish Redeemer Of Souls is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!” – Glenn Tipton
The band proclaim: “We are revved up and ready to unleash the Priest one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled Redeemer Of Souls’ from our new album of the same title.”
Redeemer Of Souls release dates:
Friday, July 11th – Australia, Austria, Benelux, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.
Monday, July 14th – Asia (excluding Japan), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, UK.
Tuesday, July 15th – Canada, Italy, Latin America, Russia, Spain, US.
Sacred Oath came roaring back to life in 2007 with the release of their second studio album “Darkness Visible” and now that is being commemorated by Metalizer Records with a limited-edition vinyl release on Friday April 25th.
The double-gatefold 2 disc release includes live bonus tracks from the World IndiVisible Tour and is available in both blue and black vinyl. It is the 3rd vinyl release by the band in a partnership with Metalizer Records, following “World On Fire” and “A Crystal Vision.” “Metalizer always does it right,” says bandleader Rob Thorne. “I’m a big vinyl enthusiast and these are editions I’m proud to have in my personal collection.”
Look for all the Sacred Oath vinyl editions this summer at the Metalizer booth on the European festival circuit. Fans can also order signed copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “DVV” in the subject header.
The most extreme tour of the year has returned with its most devastating line-up yet. The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by IndieMerchStore.com, runs from July 17th through August 10th. It features such heavyweights as Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins and Fallujah. The tour will stop at The House of Blues in Los Angeles on July 19th and Irving Plaza in New York on August 8th with VIP ticketing currently available now for both shows (see below). Look for the complete list of tourdates to be announced in the coming weeks.
David Vincent (vocals/bass) of Morbid Angel states: “Summer Slaughter will be the ultimate, extreme music festival this year and we look forward to headlining this special touring event. It will be great to see our long-time fans and also to expose a new generation to Morbid Angel.”
Ash Avildsen (founder of the Summer Slaughter tour) further states: “Eight years strong. Extreme metal lives! Thank you for keeping the tour alive. See you this Summer.”
Guitarist/vocalist Peter W. of Polish extreme metallers VADER discusses “Go To Hell” and “Where Angels Weep,” the first two tracks on the band’s twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, due out in North America on June 10th.
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has issued the following statement:
“After 30 years creating the band Ratt and losing a real brother, (late guitarist) Robbin (Crosby), it’s time that I personally part ways with the band.
I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum,
and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.
I’m very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes. I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years.
With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long. I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows.
Hailing not from a realm of Stephen King’s conjuring, but from the Netherlands, Delain have gone from a project built of guest musicians, to an enduring cornerstone of female-fronted symphonic metal, and well known for their live chops. In the nervous hours leading up to their Wembley Arena slot supporting the mighty Within Temptation we grab some time with frontwoman Charlotte Wessels to talk about new album THE HUMAN CONTRADICTION (It might have something to do with the fact that we really took matters into our own hands again…), industry hype ( And I really do feel that nothing is really over if there are still bands who are enjoying what they’re doing…), and the age old ‘women in metal’ subject (I think the most important thing is that actually it is not that special…)….
WITCHES MARK performed as a main-stage act at this year’s Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday April, 5th. We took a train from the airport into the city and then caught a bus to get to our hotel. We caught up with metal legends RIOT V in the hotel lobby before heading to the venue. They were the festival’s headliner Friday night. They sounded incredible live with their new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Jack Starr’s Burning Starr).
Saturday we took a forty minute drive to Homewood, Illinois for a quick rehearsal at an old friend’s studio before our performance at Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse later that evening. We arrived back at the venue with enough time to woof down some tacos and a Pabst Blue Ribbon or two before show time.