ANTHRAX Near Completion Of New Album

March 31st, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Anthrax - 2015

Anthrax, five-time-Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling, and card-carrying-member of The Big Four, will begin the set-up of its brand new album when the band hits the road late next month.  First up, a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals – Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests.  Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).

On this first leg, Anthrax will play a “fan favorites” set, comprised of band classics such as “Anti-Social,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am The Law” and “Indians.”  The set will also feature one brand new song, “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock),” Anthrax’s contribution to HBO’s “Game of Thrones'” “Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II” which was made available on March 17 and is already getting airplay on hard rock radio.  Anthrax’s Bello, Benante and Ian are massive fans of the show, so having been asked to write a song for the Mixtape was an enormous thrill.  You can hear “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock)” (and the entire mixtape) for free on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Anthrax’s new album follows the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed Worship Music that featured the return of “classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna, was named one of the best metal albums for 2011 by countless media outlets, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year.  The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais.  “Jon’s been great,” said Scott Ian.  “So far, he’s played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing.”

The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian.  With producer (and “sixth member of the band”) Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.

Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais  and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year.  According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album.  ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”

Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals.  I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”

“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added.  “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so.  Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world.  Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit.  Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”

“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write.  We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that.  At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it.  That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”

Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.

Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are as follows:

APRIL
24   1stBank Center, Denver, CO*
25   Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD*
27   Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA*
28   Adams Center, Missoula, MT*
29   WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*

MAY
1     Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB*
2     Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB*
3     Calgary Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB*
4     SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, SK*
6     Brandt Centre, Regina, SK*
7     Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, ND*
9     Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI
10    WJJO MayDay MayLay, Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial, Madison, WI
12    General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON*
13    TD Place, Ottawa, ON*
14    Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC*
15    CEPSUM Montreal, Montreal, QC*
17    Rock on the Range – Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
18    Dow Events Center, Saginaw, MI*
19    Ford Center, Evansville, IN*
20    Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
22    Tyson IBF Events Center, Sioux City, IA*
23    Rocklahoma/Prior Creek Music, Pryor, OK
24    Rockfest, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
25    Baloonfest, Wet & Wild Water World, El Paso
27    Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX*
28    Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX*
30    Rockfest, Liberty Me. Park, Kansas City, MO
31    Outdoors at Pop’s, St. Louis, MO*

JUNE
2      Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*

* Volbeat dates

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Kill Ritual – New Track Available For Streaming/Download

March 31st, 2015
by EvilG
KILL RITUAL 2015

KILL RITUAL 2015

SF Bay Area/LA/Vegas metallers KILL RITUAL have released the preview track “The Enemy Inside” from their upcoming release “Karma Machine” CD which will see the light of day in Summer 2015 through a yet to be determined label. The track ushers in the bands new line up of vocalist David Reed Watson and drummer Koryuan Bobikyan alongside stalwarts’ guitarist Steven D. Rice and bassist Danyael Laughing Bear following the departure of vocalist Josh Gibson and drummer Gee Anzalone.  The CD will be mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg Sweden in May  and was tracked and produced by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven D. Rice at Fossil Sound. The track is available here for free download and streaming. Read the rest of this entry »

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HAMMERFEST – Metal Marauders

March 30th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Hammerfest VII – Metal Marauders

Hafen Y Mor, Pwllheli, North Wales

Photographs and Overview by Mia Metall

On the road again! This was my second year attending Hammerfest and the 3.5 hour trip to our cosy caravan by the sea had begun on Thursday Lunchtime.

The festival has seen some changes from it previous formats and has now involved HRH. Hammerfest used to be spread across to stages in the main concert hall and the Boardwalk but instead this year was moved to the pub down in the Caravan Park leaving the HRH part of the festival to take on the main stage and HRH Stoner, Sleaze and Doom to take over the Boardwalk.

We pulled into Hafen Y Mor campsite just after teatime eager to get checked in. Hammerfest is no normal metal festival. The festival takes places on a Haven Holiday site with the stages that normally stage men in tiger suits and over excited children’s entertainers, instead hosting the very best underground metal bands!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk

Each party gets a static Caravan, Apartment or Cabin to share with their rocking pals and it is all very civilized with a nice Bedroom, shower toilet and Kitchen don’t even get me started on the Living room, Fire, TV and DVD player! HEAVEN!

We arrived just in time to head back to The Mash and Barrel pub that hosted the Hammerfest stage, to see RSJ.

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ are a band from York with a groovy metal sound. The band brought energy to the traveling metalheads, with fast beats, powerful vocals and a energetic performance.

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ

Appearing animated on stage, their punchy brand of dissonant riffs, grimy riffs and vocal diversity was an alarming way to open.

RSJ

RSJ

After a few beers and pizza from the on site Papa John’s the next band up was Blitzkrieg.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg are initially from Leicester formed in 1980. The current line-up is Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Alan Ross (guitar) and Bill Baxter (bass) .  Mick Kerrigan (drums) has recently parted ways with the band and they are due to make an announcement soon regarding his replacement.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Ross is the only remaining member from the band’s founding. The old school performance included many songs from the 1980s  and also their namesake tune famously covered by Metallica.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Melodic NWOBHM vocals and crunchy proto-thrash riffing led to beers raised in approval by the old school brigade.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Next up this weekend for me was Winterfylleth.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Following some technical difficulties the band opened their set with a wailing violin present throughout their set creating plenty of atmosphere along with the dark green stage lighting and the black metal riffs of the Manchester band.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

New guitarist Dan Capp fitted in well with the aesthetic created by the plain black t-shirts and swirling heritage sounds of England.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Elvenking livened things up with their folky power metal, complete with violin and face paints! The band’s mixture of genre kept a varied set which was well received.

Elvenking

Elvenking

 

Elvenking

Elvenking

Elvenking

Elvenking

Their unique makeup added some interesting variation compared to what had been seen earlier that day, and the Italians certainly impressed and won over some new fans

Elvenking

Elvenking

A chilly stroll from the pub, up through and past the sites lakes, complete with pedal boats shaped like swans and zip wire.

Over to the Boardwalk where the Doom night was in full swing. The Boardwalk also held the “metal market” an array of stalls including New rock and retailers of Patches and Merchandise, Kreepsville and banned, handmade and silver jewellery.

Diesel King played the doom stage.

Diesel King

Diesel King

Diesel King

Diesel King

With a blend of dirty sludge and down tempo heavy metal, the band played tracks from Concrete Burial and acid-tarpit.

Diesel King

Diesel King

It is great festival music, with their heavy, crushing beats and cutting guitars that could have well sliced some ear drums in half!

Diesel King

Diesel King

 

After a rainy few days the weather cleared nicely for a Sunny start to Saturday. After sampling the delights of VIP Caravaning and a sausage sandwich made my way upto the Main stage HRH to catch some White Widdow

White Widdow

White Widdow

Next on the HRH stage was Reach.

Reach

Reach

Reach are a hard rock band from Sweden seemingly with all kind of influences, particularly Europe! But the roots are mostly 70-80s hard rock.

Reach

Reach

The band seem quite fresh faced but the foundations are good if a classic hard rock sound is your thing.

Reach

Reach

Gleeming pop melodies may not have struck a chord with the more extreme attendees, but meant that the songs stuck in the minds of all newbies to the band

Reach

Reach

Sedulus are from London.

Sedulus

Sedulus

They have their own mix of stoner rock/ psychedelic space rock and progressive rock and metal and were well suited to the Stoner stage in the boardwalk.

Sedulus

Sedulus

Hypnotic guitars were molded together by free, jazzy drumming before being layered by a unique, atmospheric vocal style.

Sedulus

Sedulus

The song “Pilgrim” was especially memorable for it’s grungy sound.

Sedulus

Sedulus

Sigirya are a Stoner metal band from Swansea. The songs are mostly about time, space and earth.

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

A walk back across to the Mash and Barrel to watch  Skalmold.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold are a viking folk metal band. A catchy and energetic set went down really well with the audience and must of won the band many new followers who soon caught onto the lyrical content and joined in with the traditional folk like see shanties.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Amongst the pipes and typical folk elements, the guitars added a more doomy, dissonant flavour, with various vocal styles showing a range of influences from the orthodox to the extreme.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Lead melodies broke up any cliches and chugging riffs suggested some power metal tones in the mix aswell.

Skalmold

Skalmold

After a short break, and a Burger King, yes the site even has Burger King, I dropped back into the Stoner stage to watch Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

The West London metallers combined the best of fuzzy riffing and wicked themes whilst still showing a forward thinking approach.

Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

Their next show is at London’s Desertfest so if this sounds like your bag, catch them there!

A quick jog back over to the Hammerfest stage to catch me some Raging Speedhorn 

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Originating back to 1998, the Corby sludgercorers are now the most popular they’ve been in a long time.

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Kicking off with “Knives and Faces”, grabbing the audience who were soon well into the set and enjoying Dungeon Whippet, a hardcore metal band, formerly riding the new metal wave of the early noughties and are well worth checking out again.

 

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Orange Goblin followed their pals onto the stage to carry on the audiences good vibes.

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Their doomy stoner metal went down amazingly as usual and even now on their 8th studio album, the band continue to go out there and make the stage their own with humbling thanks and excitement.

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Joe Hoare’s dexterous riffing provided the basis for some soaring, festival perfect vocals to soar over.  Bluesy solos also broke up the more moody sections that were awash with choral guitar work and some fluent drumming

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

With all the excitement, someone somewhere got something wrong and we were left without water! So after nipping back to the “house” to use that wonderful en suite I ventured back out for the closing

A smoke filled stage started the evening with the usual theatrics for Hell.

Hell

Hell

The occult metal bellowed through as David joined the stage, whip in hand, covered in blood and with a crown of thorns.

Hell

Hell

Epic keyboards and guitars, supported by prowling beats and chromatic riffing won over fans in the ritual like atmosphere created by the elaborate as usual stage props and eccentric front man.

Hell

Hell

Despite having a few years on some of the other bands playing, they showed more than ample energy!

Hell

Hell

It wasn’t long before he was up on the crowd barriers casting out the sins of audience members.  The band took to the stage to thank everyone for turning out, making the joke of it being a Haven site…. and they are Hell… It’s Haven and Hell!

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

The theatrics continued with explosions, billowing smoke and lights.

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

All in all the weekend was a lot different to the usual Hammerfest set up, but the metal acts still made it a really enjoyable weekend and of course the happy little metal community enjoying their spring holiday on the beach.

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Bobby Blotzer unleashes his ultimate RATT Experience

March 30th, 2015
by EvilG
Bobby Blotzer unleashes his ultimate RATT Experience!

Bobby Blotzer unleashes his ultimate RATT Experience!

As a member of the Legendary Rock Band RATT, Bobby Blotzer has headlined arenas the world over, selling over 20 million records worldwide! In 2015, the acclaimed drummer affectionately known as “The Blotz” plans to introduce the world to his own one of a kind RATT Experience Live Show.

While the members of RATT are currently on hiatus, Blotzer has assembled a group of world class musicians that will perform not only the RATT hits fans have come to expect, but also several deep album cuts as well, including many songs that have never been performed live!

The Experience is rounded out by Josh Alan (Sin City Sinners), Scotty Griffin (Ex LA Guns), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate) & 21 Year Old Guitar Hero Blaze.

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GWAR to Annihilate Record Store Day

March 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Exclusive Record Store Double LP Edition of

America Must Destroyed To Be Released For Record Store Day

Not ones to rest on their laurels and fresh off the announcement of the 2015 GWAR B-Q, the intergalactic overlords GWAR have confirmed they will be taking part in the annual Record Store Day Festivities on Saturday April 18th.

“I used to like Chinese food, now I don’t give a fuck”, said guitarist Pustulus Maximus when asked about Record Store Day.

Just how exactly do they plan on doing this? First, Metal Blade Records will releasing an exclusive Record Store Day double LP edition of GWAR’s third opus America Must Be Destroyed. Previously only available on import vinyl from the UK, this exclusive version which has been meticulously recreated by the slaves of GWAR, features the original color insert with lyrics, an official (looking) certificate of authenticity and a killer ‘pop up’ of GWAR’s pet dinosaur Gor Gor!   Additionally, it is confirmed that on April 21st the Grammy nominated classic Phallus in Wonderland will be reissued on DVD in a convenient CD sized package.

But that’s not enough for GWAR.  They have planned a special Record Store Day appearance as well. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes place at Asylum Records April 18th from 12:00 – 3:00pm located at 108 W Main St in Mesa, Arizona.  On this day you will be able to worship at the feet of the almighty GWAR, get your albums signed and if they deem you worthy, maybe even get a picture with them.  There will be special giveaways and raffles including a one of a kind airbrushed guitar signed by the band!

Of course, GWAR could not make it to Arizona without the help of their personal slaves.  So in order to get the slaves to agree to help, GWAR has agreed to let the slaves appear as “RAWG” and play a special show that evening at the Nile Theater across the street from Asylum in Mesa, AZ.  The doors open at 5:30 PM and you can grab tickets HERE.

“These working conditions are inhumane. Thanks, Obama”  -nameless slave

In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film Empire Records in which they had a starring role.  GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8th – 10th.  More details on GWAR’s invasion of Brooklyn, NY can be seenHERE.

Don’t forget to come celebrate GWAR’s 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any summer! The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231).

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Wacken Metal Battle News: Victoria Round (one and only) Winner: Torrefy; VANCOUVER On April 10

March 30th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

VICTORIA ROUND (one and only) WINNER from March 28, 2015 @ The Cambie Esquimalt, 856 Esquimalt Road) – TORREFY – https://www.facebook.com/Torrefy

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/772331709528191/

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Author Greg Prato’s New Book ‘IRON MAIDEN: ’80 ’81’ Available Now

March 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Iron Maiden book cover
By the mid/late ’80s, Iron Maiden was unquestionably one of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet – regularly headlining arenas/stadiums, each new album rocketing up the charts, and t-shirts sporting their ghastly mascot (Eddie) was one of the most popular fashion statements by metalheads. But by this point of their career, most of the band members were different than the ones that appeared on their classic 1980 self-titled debut album, while musically, they had transformed from a raw “punk metal” sound to a more refined “prog metal” approach.

Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ focuses solely on the early era of the band. Set up in an oral history format, interviews include Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden singer, 1978-1981), Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden guitarist, 1979-1980), Wil Malone (‘Iron Maiden’ producer), Biff Byford (Saxon singer), Udo Dirkschneider (former Accept singer), Kim McAuliffe (Girlschool singer/guitarist), Brian Tatler (Diamond Head guitarist), Lips (Anvil singer/guitarist), Doro (Doro singer), Scott Ian (Anthrax guitarist), Charlie Benante (Anthrax drummer), David Ellefson (Megadeth bassist), Dave Lombardo (former Slayer drummer), Mike Portnoy (former Dream Theater drummer), Richard Christy (Death and Iced Earth drummer), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest guitarist), Pete Way (former UFO bassist), and Eddie Trunk (‘That Metal Show’ co-host, radio DJ), among many others.

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, and has authored such books as ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,’ ‘Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention,’ ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,’ and ‘The Eric Carr Story.’ ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ is his 15th book overall.

Available as a paperback version [$16.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ helps put it all into perspective.

Read an exclusive excerpt here:

songfacts.com/blog/writing/iron_maiden_80_81/

Ordering info here:

Paperback and Kindle: amzn.com/1508536384
Nook: barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121563912

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MEGADETH – GUEST Drummer Chris Adler Confirmed

March 29th, 2015
by EvilG
Lamb of God

Lamb of God

Dave Mustaine, of MEGADETH, and Chris Adler, drummer for  LAMB OF GOD, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of MEGADETH’s anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to MEGADETH’s roots.

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WAMI Announce Vinyl Edition Of Debut Album

March 28th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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The names associated with the project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 3 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.

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Vocalist Simon Cruz leaves CRASHDÏET

March 28th, 2015
by EvilG

As originally posted to http://www.crashdiet.org/news/latest-news/2015/02/26/simon-cruz-leaves-crashdiet/

crashdiet_live_Kb_Malmoe_2013_6Dear crashdiet fans

There is a reason for our lack of news lateley. The reason for that is that Simon Cruz has left CRASHDÏET. Well, actually he decided to leave in the midst of our mini tour in Japan… With no notice what so ever.

The last few months have been confusing to say the least and we haven’t been sure of what to make of this… other than that our collaboration with Simon is over.

However… The recording of the new album will proceed as planned and you can expect hear more from us soon!

Yours truly

Martin, Peter and Eric

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Corrosion Of Conformity @ The Electric Ballroom, London

March 28th, 2015
by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Corrosion Of Conformity
@ The Electric Ballroom, London

13th March 2015

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Inty Malcolm

Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity

Oh my. Now this is something. North Carolina metallers, and some time three-piece, Corrosion of Conformity (COC) reunited with frontman and guitarist Pepper Keenan for the first time in almost a decade. Scratch that; more like two for this line-up in the UK. Stuff dreams are made of? Perhaps a bit strong, but it’s been doing nicely for a couple of nights, culminating in this, the last date of the UK Deliverance tour. So deliver us.

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Wacken Metal Battle News: Montreal Round 3 Winner: Decadawn + Toronto Round 4 Winners: Apokalyptik Warrior + Call of The Wild

March 28th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

MONTREAL ROUND #3 Winner from March 27, 2015 @ Katcombes, (1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) – DECADAWN – www.facebook.com/decadawn

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/781155558625069/

JUDGES:
ANDREW WEILER (CJLO),
JEFF WATERS (ANNIHILATOR),
MIKE MARINO (IBANEZ),
LEX IVIAN (ONDES CHOCS)

Bands:
EVERTRAPPED – www.facebook.com/evertrapped
FAYNE – www.facebook.com/faynemusic
DISTORTHEAD – www.facebook.com/Distortheadband
DECADAWN – www.facebook.com/decadawn

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TORONTO ROUND #4 Winners from March 27, 2015 @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen Street West) – APOKALYPTIK WARRIOR – www.facebook.com/ApokalyptikWarrior + CALL OF THE WILD – www.facebook.com/callofthewildofficial

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/770980682950485/

Judges:
Jon Asher (Asher Media Relations)
Oscar Rangel (Annihilator)
Dan Hand (Underground Operations)
Andrew Epstein (FlinkTO)

RIVERS RUN RED – www.facebook.com/riversrunred
BLACK EVE – www.blackevemetal.com/#!music/c1t44
APOKALYPTIK WARRIOR – www.facebook.com/ApokalyptikWarrior
CALL OF THE WILD – www.facebook.com/callofthewildofficial
OLDE – www.facebook.com/oldedoom

history of all rounds can be found here – http://ashermediarelations.com/festivals-associations/wacken-metal-battle-canada-2015/

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Interview with Brett Hoffman of Malevolent Creation

March 28th, 2015
by Infamous Butcher

Brett Hoffman Interview

Interview by InfamousButcher
Photos by SheWolf

Interviewed on March 6, 2015
at the Malevolent Creation show in Brooklyn, NY

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Amaranthe + Engel + Santa Cruz at the Islington Academy, London

March 28th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Amaranthe

With Engel & Santa Cruz
@ Islington Academy, London

17 March 2015

Review by Rowena
Photography by Michelle Murphy

Amaranthe

Amaranthe

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OVERKILL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST; ANNOUNCES BOX SET & NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SYMPHONY X

March 27th, 2015
by EvilG
OVERKILL

OVERKILL

OVERKILL, New Jersey’s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.  Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X. 

OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”

Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:

“NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!” Read the rest of this entry »

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