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.
Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, SLAYER surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years.
Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date with co-producer Greg Fidelman,“Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. As SLAYER guitaristKerry King put it, “You’ve done for us, now we want to do for you.” Registered members of SLAYER’s fan club were the first to receive an e-mail to hear the song before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded by all fans at www.SLAYER.net.
Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years.
Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.” Registered members of Slayer’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded at www.slayer.net.
Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.
“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”
All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.
“I was a teenage rebel when ‘Show No Mercy’ came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, “and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”
Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, “The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”
Slayer – Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.
9 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 Shrine, Billings, MT
13 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
15 The Pageant, St Louis, MO
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
17 Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH
28 Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland
30 STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden
31 FortaRock Festival Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands
1 Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway
3 Horsens Gaol, Horsens, Denmark
4 Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
5 Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
7 Rock AM Ring, Nurburgring, Germany
8 Rock Im Ring, Nurnberg, Germany
9 Z7 Konzertfabrik, Prattein, Switzerland
13 Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields, Nicklesdorf, Austria
15 Live Club, Milan, Italy
16 Estragon, Bologna, Italy
18 Paloma, Niems, France
20 Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet, Clisson, France
21 Tons of Rock Restival, Halden, Norway
24 Stadion Miejeski, Poznan, Poland
26 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
27 Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
30 Limelight, Belfast, Ireland
1 Academy, Dublin, Ireland
4 Paris Le Zenith, Paris, France
5 Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, Knebworth Park, England
3 Milo Club, Nizny Novgorad, Russia
4 Arena Moscow Club, Moscow, Russia
5 A2 Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
8 Brutal Assault Festival, Old Army Fortress Josefov, Jaromer, Czech Republic
10 Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec
Summer Breeze festival have unveiled a lot of new bands : Master, The New Black, Tracy ate a Bug, Malrun, Gutalax, His Statue Falls, Science of Sleep, Todtgelichter, Annisokay, Supercharger, Cripper, Gingerpig, Motorjesus, Winter of Sin, Mantar, The Very End, Waldgeflüster, Wound, Omega Massif, Screamer, Cyrcus, Fjoergen, The Idiots, Eat The Gun, Lay Down Rotten, Rise of the Northstar and Alpha Tiger.
Summer Breeze will be hold on 14.08. – 16.08, DINKELSBÜHL, Germany.
Football and female-fronted symphonic metal. A perfect ‘match’ conceived only in the mind of Wembley. And its pockets, which must be full of lovely pound coins as a result. See depending on your preference this weekend is the FA Cup semi-final, or Within Temptation’s Wembley Arena soiree. And if you happen to have room in your heart for both, well aren’t you sickeningly lucky. I hope your team lost.
The music’s clearly the important bit, and whilst it doesn’t feel that long ago that Dutch epic-constructors Within Temptation were playing fairly moderate sized venues throughout the UK, the step up to Wembley appears to have been fairly effortless. Such is the fervour that fans are turning up to queue long before the chanters over the way have seen kick off. And they’ll be here long after those fans depart, perhaps with the faint sounds of Within Temptation in their ears, and never knowing what they’re missing.
TOUR PRESENTED IN PROUD PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR CENTER
The king of neo-classical shred guitar, legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen
The king of neo-classical shred guitar, legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, will soon return to stages across North America this summer for the first-ever “Guitar Gods” festival tour. Bringing together such accomplished axemen as Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun), Gary Hoey (“Hocus Pocus”) and Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses),Malmsteen will headline an epic celebration (6+ hours!) of the instrument for a full evening of guitar pyrotechnics. Each show will also feature special surprise guests. The “Guitar Gods” tour is created and produced by April Malmsteen, Yngwie‘s wife and manager and is presented in proud partnership with Guitar Center. Please see below for the itinerary; more dates to be announced.
Davey Shields (left) and Harv Harbinson of Stormzone at Metalfest IV at Diamond Rock Club
AS four bands took to the stage in a mini-festival in County Antrim, Northern Ireland it is clear that the wealth and breadth of talent in this tiny country on the western rim of Europe is producing a swathe of metal talent. Read the rest of this entry »
The Summer Breeze festival is held in Southern Germany Dinkelsbuhl every year in the middle of August. Every year about 40,000 metal maniacs gather to witness great performances by several metal bands in the festival. Booked bands on the bill present a wide range of metal, from extreme metal to symphonic power metal.
Summer Breeze Festival has been arranged with great success since 1997. The festival has increased its capacity in the sophisticated way, not having expanded the area tremendously to have hundreds of thousands to conquer the fest. Instead, Summer Breeze has invested in the general comfort as the audience would enjoy their time and are able to see bands in action.
My Name is Janet is international prog and psychedelic rock band feat. Yngwie Malmsteen, King Diamond band members. A new song „Feed Your President‟ from the upcoming album “Big Unveiling in the Town of Dead” is available for streaming online. It is one of the 9 tracks from the new conceptual album “Big Unveiling in the Town of Dead” (release date TBA). The album was produced by the German metal-producer Kristian Kohle Kohlmannslehner at the Kohlekeller studio, bass lines by Bjorn Englen, the bass player with the grandiose background – Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Robin McAuley, Dio Disciples, Uli Jon Roth, to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »
Ready to blaze back into North America with appearances at this year’s Rocklahoma & River City Rockfestivals after their all-out assault through Europe, kick-ass hard rockers SCORPION CHILD from Austin, Texas will launch a headlining tour this spring with Pennsylvania’s space rockers CROBOT supporting. The trek will start off on May 26th in Dallas, Texas, includes two shows in Canada, and ends in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8th.