Interview with Sander Vogt, Drummer of Deserter

May 20th, 2017
by Infamous Butcher

Interview with Sander Vogt, Drummer of Deserter

May 17, 2017

Interview by InfamousButcher

 

Hailing from Belgium, new Death / Thrash band Deserter is making their mark on the metal scene. Their blistering debut COILS OF THE LESSER SERPENT has just been released on Vile Records. I was lucky enough to catch up with their drummer Sander Vogt to find out more about this killer new band!

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Thomas Gabriel Warrior : Differing Points Of View: BMG/Noise Records’ Celtic Frost Reissue Albums

May 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

There must be some significance to the fact that as the events described below unfolded, we passed the 30th anniversary of Celtic Frost finishing work on the group’s Into The Pandemonium album – the album, not least, which was at the centre of the most significant disagreements between Celtic Frost and label Noise Records in 1987. These events would eventually lead to the disintegration of Celtic Frost by the end of that year and have a direct bearing on anything that subsequently transpired.

In February of 1984, Martin Eric Ain and I, as members of Hellhammer, signed our first recording contract with Noise Records. We came from small Swiss villages and were young and lacked experience. Moreover, Switzerland was a country without a real metal scene at the time, rendering it near impossible for us to glean any kind of expertise from other bands that might have been active on an international level.

And even if the possibility to gain any such information would have existed, Hellhammer wasn’t an accepted entity by any means. Moreover, while there were a few music industry attorneys in Switzerland, they worked in the “real” music scene, and we were too insignificant and destitute to be able to establish any actual communication with them.

Noise Records were of course fully aware of all of these circumstances.

So we signed the record contract, delighted that our teenager dream was becoming a reality. This very dream had so far seemed completely unattainable to us in our damp, mildewed rehearsal bunker. The recording contract comprised things such as the publishing rights to our songs, and we didn’t have the slightest idea of the true, enormous significance of such terms. The text sounded professional and it definitely resembled a record contract, but it actually overwhelmed us. Due to Martin’s age, his parents were required to sign as well; that they were actually doing this served as some kind of additional confirmation that everything was as it should be.

A few months later, the recording contract was transferred to the newly formed Celtic Frost. And as Celtic Frost gradually grew more popular, we became more experienced and increasingly encountered individuals who were long-standing music industry professionals, enabling us more and more to comprehend what we had signed. The rights to the music we were creating belonged to Noise Records practically indefinitely, even after our passing. Moreover, the record company had, to a large extent, also secured the financial proceeds of our band, e.g. record sales, merchandising, and the aforementioned, very lucrative publishing rights. In the still fully functional music industry of the 1980s, such proceeds were quite substantial.

And if this aforementioned situation wasn’t reason enough for disagreements between an progressively mature band and the record company, the latter choose to conduct many other band related affairs in an equally uncompromising manner. Recording sessions suffered interference, album covers were altered or outright replaced, song lyrics were deleted, submitted photos and entire booklets were discarded, songs selected by us for inclusion on our albums were exchanged, concert tours were booked without our consent, video clips were cancelled, and so on. These were years of completely contradicting views, eternal conflicts, and unilateral actions.

One should note, however, that such occurrences were by no means exceptional in the music industry of the time. A number of other bands signed to the same record company experienced similar problems, as did groups signed to other labels. And even today, I frequently come across comparable stories. Additionally, we ourselves were responsible to a substantial degree for the situation we found ourselves in: it was us, after all, who had signed the contract. And we ourselves – me in particular! – committed many mistakes as well. Moreover, I certainly should not neglect to mention that the memory of Noise Records and the pioneering spirit prevailing in the scene at the time also evoke numerous positive and nostalgic feelings.

And last but not least, the events discussed above took place some 30 years ago – half an eternity, in other words. Uncounted things have taken place since; we eventually managed to extract ourselves from the affiliation with the record company, we liberated ourselves as musicians, we learned immeasurably much (often as a result of our aforementioned, sometimes substantial mistakes), we attained control over our activities, and we ultimately continued our musical path. And in doing so, we were granted numerous fantastic moments.

It is thus all a done thing, tempi passati.

Why then this rehashing of a story long since exhausted? Well, due to the longevity of certain past contractual provisions, time and again one will be confronted by their lasting effects. Years ago, Noise Records (and thus the rights to Celtic Frost’s early albums) were acquired by Rod Smallwood’s Sanctuary Music Group; said company was later absorbed by Universal Music Group, and Universal in turn sold the Noise catalogue to BMG Rights Management in London.

Last year, BMG Rights Management decided to resurrect Noise Records and reissue a substantial part of the Noise catalogue, including the classic Celtic Frost albums of the 1980s. For the reasons detailed above, we, the former members of the group, have no rights whatsoever with regard to these albums and thus lack the entitlement to exert any influence on these reissues. One must therefore give credit to BMG for voluntarily agreeing to involve me and transferring the responsibility for the art direction for these Celtic Frost albums to me.

Next to remastering, design, archive materials, and art direction, my contributions also included a number of detailed personal texts specially drafted for this new 2017 edition of the booklets of the individual albums. And this is where the past is once again catching up with Celtic Frost. It was particularly the album Into The Pandemonium which, in 1987, was created under dramatically detrimental conditions due to the increasingly pronounced disagreements between group and label. But our other albums with Noise Records were affected to some degree as well.

It is obvious that such decisive occurrences would be part of the narrative of my liner notes, and it is equally obvious that such liner notes would inevitably reflect my very personal view as somebody who was, at the time, a member of the band, wrote the songs, co-designed the visual aspects of each album, and performed and produced in the studio. And it is exactly because of these facts that the powers that be at BMG Rights Management objected.

As part of what was, at all times, an exceptionally friendly and professional exchange of thoughts with the legal counsel assigned by BMG to assess any potential legal issues, I received from London shortened versions of my liner notes, for review and approval. These were adoringly called “redlined versions”. In this particular case, however, “shortened” actually amounted to “heavily censored”. To name but one example: driven by an obvious concern about a potential lawsuit by one of the parties involved in the original 1980s releases, BMG censored and thus slashed my Into The Pandemonium liner notes to approximately a third of their original volume. What remains of my texts was utterly mutilated and thus no longer represented a coherent narrative that made any sense. These pathetic text fragments now failed to convey the full history of the individual albums.

As much as the music industry professional in me understands BMG’s concerns, it is exactly because of the events Celtic Frost endured during the 1980s that I am a radical opponent of any meddling or censorship by a record company, and that my present-day career is one hundred percent self-determined. Regardless of where one stood on the issue, the conflicts with Noise Records affected most of Celtic Frost’s activities significantly.

One could be excused for being prompted to ponder that by executing such “redlined” intrusions, BMG are, to a certain extent, reenacting the modus operandi of the label they purchased, Noise Records. As for me, I am of course not inclined whatsoever to agree to have my texts censored. I thus informed BMG that I would rather withdraw my liner notes than to see them published in disfigured guise (a variety of diversely censored drafts had been proposed to me, in an effort to break the stalemate), particularly since the events described therein have been public knowledge for many years and have also been experienced and described by other Noise Records groups.

And that’s exactly what has taken place in the meantime: in early February of 2017, I withdrew all of my dedicated liner notes for the four albums reissued by BMG: Morbid Tales, To Mega Therion, Into The Pandemonium, and Vanity/Nemesis, and politely concluded my cooperation with BMG Rights. I was thus no longer involved when the reissue project arrived at the final review and approval stage.

Throughout all of these developments, the co-founder and former bassist of Celtic Frost, Martin Eric Ain, was constantly kept in the loop.

Given this state of affairs, I no longer feel that I can endorse and support these reissues, as they no longer reflect the wishes, intentions, and identity of the band. Moreover, I personally do not view them as “official”, as none of the former members of Celtic Frost endorses them.

It had been our intention for many, many years to finally see these albums reissued in what could be called ultimate editions. It was overdue. There had even been (unsuccessful) efforts during the past decade to initiate a collaboration to that effect between our own label, Prowling Death Records, and the current holders of the rights. Unfortunately, due to the failure of this reissue project, it now seems exceedingly unlikely that such ultimate and fully band-endorsed reissues will see the light of the day during my lifetime.

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Brutal Assault : Accommodation info

May 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

FESTIVAL CAMPING GROUND

it is free of charge for every festival goer. You just have to set your own tent on a grassy meadow. Even if we try to do our best and increase number of the camping ground security, you cannot be 100% sure that you will not get an “unwelcomed visit” – that’s why we offer depositories to keep your valuables safer.

Services available on the camping ground:

  • depository (approx. 0,33 EUR per one use – definetely less than you can loose)
  • toilets (free of charge)
  • luxury toilets (0,50 EUR per one use)
  • showers (1,30 EUR per one use)
  • camping ground will also provide beer tents, coffee, bakery, bottled watter etc.

 

VIP CAMP

it is a service that offers much more security at a reasonable price than the regular camp. For a fee of 400CZK (approx. 16,00 EUR) you will get non-stop guarded camping in fenced sectors.

Services available on the VIP camping ground:

  • camping in the fenced area
  • you can access only the sectors where your tent is placed
  • light during night
  • toilets and washbasin capacities for use of the VIP camp inhabitatnts exclusively
  • depository available near the VIP camp entrance. You can use it 3 times free of charge (storage of your belongings, recharging of your cell phone or batteries)
  • a free one time pass to the showers situated in the camping ground (you save 32CZK = approx. 1,30 EUR)
  • VIP camp will be guarded 24 hours a day from Tuesday August 8th, 2017, 12:00 AM til Sunday August 13th, 2017, noon.
  • situated very close to the VIP camp: camping ground will also provide beer tents, coffee, bakery, bottled watter etc.

For more detailed information on VIP camping ground and reservation form please go to the right upper sub-menu VIP camp.

shutle: HOTEL → FESTIVAL → HOTEL

There’re official festival shuttle buses to Hradec Kralove for our hotel guests. However any vacant seats in each of the shuttle buses is available for sale! You can purchase a one way ride per 100,- CZK. Our hotel guests however have priority and they’re boarding first, only after they’re seated we can sell the remaining seats on each bus. For this year we’ve discarded the reservation system for the FESTIVAL → HOTEL route and we’re introducing shuttle line 666 departuring from the old meeting point at the main square, where tickets will also be for sale. The only difference is that we don’t have a schedule with reservations, there will simply be buses boarding and shuttling You every 20 minutes starting at 23:30 with the last ride scheduled for 03:30. The HOTEL → FESTIVAL route remains in the scheduled & mandatory reservation mode.

 

HOTEL CERNIGOV ***

for those who are looking for a hotel type of accommodation we can offer a sweet option that will even include a shuttle bus from the hotel to the festival ground (since the hotel is situated in Hradec Kralove, approx. 20km from the festival ground).

Services available for this option:

  • single rooms available at 47,00 EUR per night
  • double or twin rooms available at 74,00 EUR per night, also very limited capacities of triple rooms and doble rooms with extra bed (3 beds) available
  • rooms available for Tuesday Aug 08th, Wednesday Aug 09th, Thursday Aug 10th, Friday Aug 11th, Saturday Aug 12th and/or Sunday Aug 13th (you can choose from the mentioned days, not necessary to book all the days, however you have to book at least 3 days in a row)
  • buffet breakfast included in the price
  • shuttle service to the festival ground and back once a day included in the price
  • a free 4-day pass for the natural ground with a view on both stages (you save 150CZK = approx. 6,00 EUR)
  • other hotel services (not included in the price): laundry, safe-box, casino, restaurant & bar, etc.

For more detailed information on hotel Cernigov and reservation form please go to the right upper sub-menu hotel Cernigov.

 

HOTEL ALESSANDRIA ***

for those who are looking for a hotel type of accommodation we can offer a sweet option that will even include a shuttle bus from the hotel to the festival ground (since the hotel is situated in Hradec Kralove, approx. 20km from the festival ground).

Services available for this option:

  • single rooms available at 60,00 EUR per night
  • double rooms available at 90,00 EUR per night, also very limited capacities of double rooms with extra bed (3 beds) available
  • rooms available for Tuesday Aug 08th, Wednesday Aug 09th, Thursday Aug 10th, Friday Aug 11th, Saturday Aug 12th and/or Sunday Aug 13th (you can choose from the mentioned days, not necessary to book all the days, however you have to book at least 3 days in a row)
  • buffet breakfast included in the price
  • shuttle service to the festival ground and back once a day included in the price
  • a free 4-day pass for the natural ground with a view on both stages (you save 150CZK = approx. 6,00 EUR)
  • other hotel services (not included in the price): restaurant & bar, golf etc.

For more detailed information on hotel Alessandria and reservation form please go to the right upper sub-menu hotel Alessandria.

 

OTHER OPTIONS

  • you can try to book a hotel/hostel on your own but the capacities are fully booked several months prior the festival (sometimes even 1 year upfront)
  • sleeping in a car would be an option too, but since the parking is in the streets of Josefov, you can hardly think of any privacy or services
  • situation about caravans/campers is very similar to the cars
  • tents are allowed on the camping ground only, no camping allowed in the Josefov town and camping is strictly prohibited on the curtain walls of the fortress

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Rock Candy Records Release Two Classic LILLIAN AXE Albums

May 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

Two brand new releases from Rock Candy Records available right now. Great titles with all the usual Rock Candy trimmings: 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, weighty essay’s about the making of the album, full artist involvement, new interviews, enhanced artwork and additional photos spread out over large full colour booklets. See below for full details about each release.

Available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com

LILLIAN AXE ‘S/T’ CANDY296

THE LATE 80S were a golden time for hard rock. Bands were getting signed by the bucket load. Radio and MTV was full of the sound of a musical revolution whilst concert halls were packed to the rafters with fans who just couldn’t get enough of wild guitars, wailing vocals and shout-it-out-loud songs. On paper, Lillian Axe had everything going for them – hooks, looks and enough energy to power a nation. Why they didn’t become a household name remains a mystery.
Formed in New Orleans, and establishing themselves as local heroes, the band went through a variety of line ups, before settling on the Lillian Axe moniker and being spotted and courted by RATT’s manager Marshall Berle, who brokered a recording deal with MCA. Part of the arrangement was that RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby would produce the album, a situation that worked out well for everyone involved.
Recorded in Los Angeles and released in early 1988, the record sat proud alongside other releases of the time, boasting material that went hand in glove with the prevailing zeitgeist. Tracks such as ‘Dream Of A Lifetime’, ‘Vision In The Night’ and ‘The More That You Get’, demonstrate just how accomplished their song writing was. Sadly, however, due to a regime change at their label, the record was cast aside with the new powers, strangely, insisting that they record a follow-up record rather than work the existing release. Sadly this release never got its deserved day in the sun.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK

TRACK LISTING: 1.DREAM OF A LIFETIME 2.INSIDE OUT 3.VISION IN THE NIGHT 4.PICTURE PERFECT 5.THE MORE THAT YOU GET 6.MISERY LOVES COMPANY 7.NOBODY KNOWS 8.HARD LUCK 9.WAITING IN THE DARK 10.LAUGHING IN YOUR FACE

LILLIAN AXE ‘LOVE + WAR’ CANDY297

FOR LILLIAN AXE, the commercial under achievement of their debut album was a bitter pill to swallow. Yet it wasn’t anywhere near as disappointing as the lacklustre performance of their second album ‘Love + War’, a record that has gone on to be regarded by many as one of the most accomplished and best loved records from the late 80s. Somehow they managed to achieve creative heaven with this release, a record that demonstrated an ability to write and perform courageous songs, elevating their reputation above the expectations normally associated with the sort of generic hard rock they had been lumped in with.
‘Love + War’ showcases a decidedly edgy band, one keen to explore and experiment with arrangements and performances that are light years ahead of the competition. In addition, the production, courtesy of British engineer Tony Platt (Def Leppard, AC/DC, Krokus) presented the band and their songs in a  wide screen style, accentuating every twist and turn with pin-point accuracy. High points are many, but ‘The World Stopped Turning’, ‘Show A Little Love’ and ‘She Likes It On Top’ indicate the first rate quality. Listen out too for a choice cover of  Girl’s ‘My Number’.
Issued in mid 1999, the record registered barely a blip on the radar. Both management and label inexplicitly backing off when they were needed most. And that’s a crying shame as this album is truly one of the most sensational records of the era, a buried treasure waiting to be rediscovered.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK

TRACK LISTING: 1.ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR 2.SHE LIKES IT ON TOP 3.DIANA 4.DOWN ON YOU 5.THE WORLD STOPPED TURNING 6.GHOST OF WINTER 7.MY NUMBER 8.SHOW A LITTLE LOVE 9.FOOL’S PARADISE 10.LETTERS IN THE RAIN
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RON “BUMBLEFOOT” THAL SIGNS WITH EMP LABEL GROUP

May 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Former Guns N’ Roses and current Art of Anarchy guitarist, vocalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has signed a deal with EMP LABEL GROUP who will re-release his epic 2015 independent solo release LITTLE BROTHER IS WATCHING on CD and DOUBLE LP on August 25th.

Little Brother Is Watching is an eccentric, upbeat collection of epic, modern rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond, specifically, Thal’s own life and coming to terms with what we all face – beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and includes a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York. The day after its initial release, the album went as high as #4 on the Amazon.com Rock charts in Europe.

Little Brother features the singles “Little Brother is Watching” and “Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore”, the videos for which have amassed a collective 200k views on Youtube.

“Little Brother is Watching” Music Video: https://youtu.be/VmwLc6MiZY0
“Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore” Music Video: https://youtu.be/aSBwLNQNY5c

EMP LABEL GROUP’s Thom Hazaert says of the collaboration, “Myself and Ron have been working together for years now, even pre-EMP, through the original release of Little Brother, and discussing various scenarios for a wider retail release. Obviously, Ron and David (Ellefson) have a great relationship, and eventually the stars aligned and we are extremely proud to welcome Bumblefoot to the EMP family!”

Thal echoes those sentiments. “I have a great friendship with David and Thom, and through a really great organic process, we came to a mutually beneficial scenario that will breathe new life into a record I’m really proud of. I had always planned to do an LP version, the timing just never quite worked out, and now I’m excited to say that we are able to do it with EMP.”

Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal is an award-winning Multi-instrumentalist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer and World-renowned Guitar virtuoso, with over 20 years of releasing music, playing international festivals and headlining tours, and gracing magazine covers as a solo artist. As lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses (2006 – 2014) Bumblefoot toured sold-out shows all over the world, headlining festivals with crowds up to 150,000. Bumblefoot’s unique ‘fretless guitar’ can be heard throughout GNR’s 2008 Chinese Democracy album.

Bumblefoot’s recent collaborations include DMC (from the iconic rap group Run DMC)  / Generation Kill, and the rock group Art Of Anarchy (featuring vocalist Scott Stapp and Disturbed bassist John Moyer), whose latest LP THE MADNESS landed in the top 40 at Rock radio earlier this year.

Thal is also an accomplished composer whose music is often heard in TV, film and videogames including the theme song to VH1’s “That Metal Show”. Bumblefoot also works with U.S. Embassies around the world on cross-cultural music programs, has his own line of award-winning hot sauces, and works with dozens of international charities visiting orphanages and children’s hospitals around the World with guitar in hand.

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RAVEN Drummer Sidelined Due To ‘Sudden Serious Health Issue’

May 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

NWOBHM legends RAVEN have released the following tour update:

So…life can (and does) throw the occasional “mother” of a curveball….

Due to a sudden serious health issue, our drummer Joe “the Baron” Hasselvander will unfortunately be unable to play with us on our current and upcoming dates.

As you can imagine, the health and well being of our good mate & partner in mayhem is paramount in importance.

However in order to meet our obligations to our fans, we will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of some amazing fill-in drummers who have stepped up to the plate to help the show go on. Thursday in Chicago, Jimmy Mess from Tattooed Millionaires will do the honors, and the shows this weekend on the East Coast we are extremely honored to have Fear Factory drummer, and all around Metal legend Mike Heller behind the kit. And for the European tour, KILL RITUAL drummer Dave Chedrick will do the honors.

Please join with us in wishing Joe best wishes and a speedy recovery.

We’ll see you this weekend:

Friday, May 19th Dingbatz, Clifton NJ.
Saturday, May 20 Fish Head Cantina, Halethorpe MD
Sunday, May 20 Bar XIII Wilmington DE

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Statement from STORMZONE management

May 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Last week irish metalheads , Stormzone  were shooting a new music video for a track from their latest album, “Seven Sins”. Acclaimed director Alex Perisson, responsible for many award winning videos from Europe’s top metal bands, had signed up to direct the video, in a concept that involved recording footage in a disused asylum, against the advice of local experts.

As far as we can ascertain, the band and entire production crew encountered some kind of problem during the shoot. We have not been able to contact anyone involved since the date of filming. The attached news report contains footage found at the scene, which some viewers might find distressing.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the band or crew should get in touch immediately.

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Napalm Death + Brujeria + Power Trip + Lock Up @ The Electric Ballroom, London

May 18th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Campaign for Musical Destruction – Napalm Death, Brujeria, Power Trip & Lock Up

Electric Ballroom, LONDON

12th May, 2017

Review & Photography by Graham Hilling

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PRONG – New Album “ZERO DAYS” coming July 28!

May 18th, 2017
by EvilG

Image may contain: textWe’re extremely excited to announce the release date, cover and track listing of our upcoming album “Zero Days”, which drops on July 28!

Tommy Victor about “Zero Days”: “We are really pleased with the performances on this record. It’s a solid outing. We have the anthems, the bangers, the thrashers, the grooves, everything that makes up a PRONG record. It’s definitely a record to listen to start to finish!!”

“Zero Days” will be released through Steamhammer/SPV as CD Digipak, 2 LP Gatefold, Download and Stream.

Tracklisting Digipak:

01. However It May End
02. Zero Days
03. Off the Grid
04. Divide and Conquer
05. Forced Into Tolerance
06. Interbeing
07. Blood Out of Stone
08. Operation of the Moral Law
09. The Whispers
10. Self Righteous Indignation
11. Rulers of the Collective
12. Compulsive Future Projection
13. Wasting of the Dawn
14. Reasons to Be Fearful (Bonus Track)

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KREATOR Reissue First Four Classic Albums

May 18th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

FOUR ‘80S ERA KREATOR CLASSICS TO BE REISSUED

 


The early discography of one of the all-time great/influential extreme metal bands will be getting an overhaul. On June 9th, the Kreator’s first four classic releases will be reissued via BMG as expanded and remastered editions – 1985’s ‘Endless Pain,’ 1986’s ‘Pleasure to Kill,’ 1987’s ‘Terrible Uncertainty,’ and 1989’s ‘Extreme Aggression’ – available in digital, vinyl, and CD formats.

Endless Pain – smarturl.it/EndlessPain
Pleasure to Kill – smarturl.it/PleasureToKill
Terrible Certainty – smarturl.it/TerribleCertainty
Extreme Aggression – smarturl.it/ExtremeAggression

‘Endless Pain’ was released in October 1985 by Noise Records. It was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. This album has been known to be viewed as a pivotal album to black metal bands that enjoy thrash metal elements, ultimately creating a thrash-influenced black metal sound.

Unleashed in 1986 and still considered the band’s first “classic” album, ‘Pleasure to Kill’ raised the bar with more diversity of tempos and greater attention to technical execution, while losing nothing in terms of ferocity or speed. The band closed out the year with the “Flag of Hate” EP (named after a re-recorded version of their earliest hit), which is included on this version.

Originally released in 1987, ‘Terrible Certainty’ did nothing to dent the perception that Kreator were one of the genre’s best bands, and for once, singer/guitarist Mille Petrozza had a little time to work out the songs beforehand. Kreator beefed up to a quartet once again with the addition of guitarist Jörge Trebziatowski.

The fourth album by Kreator, Extreme Aggression was released in 1989. This album introduced many American fans to Kreator, primarily through heavy rotation of the “Betrayer” music video on MTV’s Headbangers Ball, which was partly shot at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

Formed in Essen, Germany in 1984, Kreator are arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, like many of their European speed metal brethren, Kreator fused Metallica’s thrash innovations with Venom’s proto-black metal imagery.

Kreator are often credited with helping pioneer death metal and black metal by containing several elements of what was to become those genres. The band has achieved worldwide sales of over two million units for combined sales of all their albums, making them one of the best-selling German thrash metal bands of all time.

Kreator’s style has changed several times over the years, from a Venom-inspired speed metal sound, later moving in to thrash metal, and including a period of transitioning from thrash to industrial metal and gothic metal throughout the 1990s. In the early 2000s, Kreator returned to their classic thrash sound, which has continued to the present.

And soon, metal fans worldwide will get the chance to re-experience Kreator with these expanded/definitive versions of their first four releases.

‘Endless Pain’ Tracklisting

Endless Pain
Total Death
Storm of the Beast
Tormentor
Son of Evil
Flag of Hate
Cry War
Bonebreaker
Living in Fear
Dying Victims
Satan’s Day (Blitzkrieg Demo)
Messenger from Burning Hell (Blitzkrieg Demo)
Armies of Hell (End of the Word Demo)
Tormentor (End of the Word Demo)
Cry War (End of the Word Demo)
Bonebreaker (End of the Word Demo)

‘Pleasure to Kill’ Tracklisting

Choir of the Damned
Ripping Corpse
Death Is Your Saviour
Pleasure to Kill
Riot of Violence
The Pestilence
Carrion
Command of the Blade
Under the Guillotine
Flag of Hate (Flag Of Hate EP)
Take Their Lives (Flag Of Hate EP)
Awakening of the Gods (Flag Of Hate EP)

‘Terrible Uncertainty’ Tracklisting

Blind Faith
Storming with Menace
Terrible Certainty
As the World Burns
Toxic Trace
No Escape
One of Us
Behind the Mirror
Impossible to Cure (Out Of The Dark…Into The Light EP)
Lambs to the Slaughter (Out Of The Dark…Into The Light EP)
Terrible Certainty (live)
Riot of Violence (live)
Awakening of the Gods (live)
Flag of Hate (live)
Love Us or Hate Us (live)
Behind the Mirror (live)

‘Extreme Aggression’ Tracklisting

Extreme Aggression
No Reason to Exist
Love Us or Hate Us
Stream of Consciousness
Some Pain Will Last
Betrayer
Don’t Trust
Bringer of Torture
Fatal Energy
Some Pain Will Last (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Extreme Aggression (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Under the Guillotine (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Toxic Trace (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Bringer of Torture (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Pleasure to Kill (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Flag of Hate (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Terrible Certainty (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Riot of Violence (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Love Us or Hate Us (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Behind the Mirror (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Betrayer (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Awakening of the Gods (Live in East Berlin 1990)
Tormentor (Live in East Berlin 1990)

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Sonata Arctica with support on The Ninth Hour World Tour 2017 – Europe leg 2 – Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

May 18th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Sonata Arctica

The Ninth Hour World Tour 2017 – Europe leg 2 –
Thunderstone – special guest
Striker – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
7/4 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Yngwie Malmsteen – Gramercy Theatre May 10th, 2017

May 18th, 2017
by Metal Rules

Yngwie Malmsteen
Gramercy Theatre,NYC, May 10th, 2017

Yngwie Malmsteen - Gramercy Theatre, NYC. May 10th 2017

Yngwie Malmsteen – Gramercy Theatre, NYC. May 10th 2017

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W.A.S.P. – “RE-IDOLIZED: Previously Unreleased Film & Soundtrack United After 25 Years!

May 18th, 2017
by EvilG
W.A.S.P. – “RE-IDOLIZED: Previously Unreleased Film & Soundtrack United After 25 Years!

W.A.S.P. – “RE-IDOLIZED: Previously Unreleased Film & Soundtrack United After 25 Years!

In 1992 W.A.S.P. released “The Crimson Idol”. It’s the story of Jonathan Aaron Steele, an abused child looking for love. Discovering music years later, he rises to international superstardom. Later followed by a catastrophic fall.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the original release, which is still considered to be the best album of W.A.S.P.’s career, and one of the greatest concept albums of all times! “The Crimson Idol” undoubtedly belongs in every metal head’s record collection. The album about the anti-hero Jonathan Steele was originally intended to be accompanied by a movie, with several hundred hours of film that were shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage.

This film has never been released – Until now!

Napalm Records proudly announces “RE-IDOLZED”, the 25th anniversary of the iconic hit album plus the original “The Crimson Idol” movie on DVD and Blu-ray! For the first time EVER as originally intended – film and soundtrack united – released as one product!
“RE-IDOLIZED” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and vinyl later this year!

W.A.S.P. live:

“Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary of
The Crimson Idol” World Tour
08.11.2017 IT – Bologna, Estragon
09.11.2017 IT – Milan, Live Club
10.11.2017 CH – Lausanne, Docks
11.11.2017 CH – Pratteln, Z7
14.11.2017 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
15.11.2017 DE – Hannover, Capitol
16.11.2017 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
17.11.2017 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.11.2017 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.11.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
21.11.2017 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
22.11.2017 DE – Munich, Backstage
24.11.2017 CZ – Hluk, Sportshall
25.11.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
26.11.2017 AT – Vienna, Arena

Watch Out For More Info:

www.facebook.com/W.A.S.P.Nation
www.waspnation.com
www.twitter.com/WASPOfficial

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OPETH/GOJIRA + Devin Townsend Project at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO

May 17th, 2017
by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

May 11th, 2017
Words by special guest contributor Sara Roggensack
Photos by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

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Brutal Assault : RADEGAST SET OFFICIAL BEER OF BRUTAL ASSAULT 2017

May 17th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Brutal Assault festival set to renew cooperation with Plzeňský Prazdroj group and a new official beer for our festival for this year is Radegast! This main brand will be supplemented by several other brands from the Prazdroj group portfolio so you won’t be deprived of the variety of beer styles you are used to at our fest. The full festival beer menu will include the following: Radegast Originál, Radegast Ryze Hořká 12 (extra bitter lager), Pilsner Urquell, Kozel Černý (dark beer), Gambrinus Excelent, Kingswood Cider and the non-acloholic beer Birell.

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