- BLACK SABBATH Enter U.S. Charts With First #1 Record In Band's Career (Jun 19, 2013)
- SABATON - Carolus Rex reaches platinum sales in Sweden! (Jun 18, 2013)
- TURISAS reveals cover artwork for upcoming album, 'Turisas2013' (Jun 18, 2013)
- GENE HOGLAN JAMS ONSTAGE WITH DOWN AT COPENHELL METAL FESTIVAL 2013 (Jun 18, 2013)
- MANOWAR Celebrate The Lord Of Steel World Tour With Live Release (Jun 18, 2013)
- KISS - Drummer Eric Singer (Jun 19, 2013)
- DORO PESCH (Jun 18, 2013)
- WITCHES MARK (Jun 17, 2013)
- Amon Amarth – Interview with Johan Hegg (Jun 15, 2013)
- GAMA BOMB Interview (Jun 14, 2013)
- Roadburn Festival 2013 - Tilburg Holland (Jun 19, 2013)
- Doro: Raise Your Fist 2013 – 30th Anniversary tour, Scandinavian leg at Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark (Jun 16, 2013)
- Helfast 13 Festival (Jun 14, 2013)
- Maryland Deathfest XI, Former Sonar Compound, Baltimore, MD May 23-26 (Jun 13, 2013)
- OVERKILL: European Killfest 2013 Scandinavian leg, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark (Jun 11, 2013)
An official statement from the band follows: “It is with great disappointment that we have to cancel our shows at European festivals this summer. The reason for this being private family matters that demand our full attention, making it difficult to fulfill our commitments in that time frame. We are currently looking into the possibility of rescheduling these festival slots for next year. We would like to thank the festival promoters, and of course the fans for their understanding and continued support. We will use this downtime to finish up the work on our upcoming DVD/Blu-ray and continue with the songwriting process of the next Arch Enemy album. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014! Metal on!”
This is the first sneak pre-listening from what “The Killer Angels” sounds like. This is the first single, entitled “I Will Rule The Universe”, it will be available for download from APRIL 11!!!
Other news: On Thursday this week, also the 11th, we will attend the Sweden Rock Cruise where we will play more songs from the album, maybe sell some stuff and hang out. So if you got tickets to the cruise, there you go, a bonus for you. For the ones of you who can’t make it there, fear not, we will reveal more in time. They just get to hear it some time before you do, call it a Sonic time delay mystery or something!
We also want to send out a huge thanks to all of you who already booked our album through the pre sales: http://despotz.bigcartel.com/
Anyway, we hope you enjoy the clip and the track!
Following on from the recent success of “Inheritance”, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit ASHENT, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the bands long out of print 2006 debut album “Flaws Of Elation”. In addition this new print comes with all new artwork and the additional bonus of the bands very first ultra rare 2003 4 track demo!
“Flaws Of Elation” is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.
A video presentation with music and interview from the band can be viewed now at http://youtu.be/4j4XviuwKL0
Lion Music are pleased to announce the signing of HEADLESS, a metal band that sees Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente teaming up with one of Europe’s premier rock vocalists in Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and a drum legend in Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche).
The forthcoming album “Growing Apart” sees 10 songs shaped around the classy drumming of Scott Rockenfield and melodic vocals of Goran Edman which fuse hard rock and heavy metal with progressive elements.
“Growing Apart” gets its digital release through Lion Music on 7th June 2013.
Full release details to follow shortly.
Behemoth Bike, as the project is initially called, is a custom motorcycle inspired and currently being created in collaboration with the global Polish icon of metal music – Behemoth and particularly band’s leader – Adam “Nergal” Darski. The project was initiated and is being enforced by Game Over Cycles, a Polish company producing custom motorcycles. The bike is planned by the designers to be a powerful dark machine with exceptional technical parameters and unprecedented ornamentation. Construction started in January 2013. Currently motorcycle’s main components such as body, frame, suspension arms are already completed and the machine is being prepared for test drives. Completion of construction is scheduled for May 2013. The whole process can be followed on Game Over Cycles’ Facebook profile.
The band TERVINGI has published a video for the song “Die Seherin” which is taken from their upcoming album “Gotensaga”. You can find the video right here:
INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
German band Helloween is one of the pioneering forces and most successful bands in the power metal world and its related subgenres. The band was originally formed in 1984 by Michael Weikath, bassist Markus Grosskopf, vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. Their early albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I and KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS II, which featured vocalist Michael Kiske, are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band went through a large number of changes during the late 80’s / early 90’s. Hansen left in 1988, formed his own band Gamma Ray and was then replaced by Roland Grapow. Kiske and Schwichtenberg were out of picture in 1993 and they were then replaced by drummer Uli Kusch and current vocalist Andi Deris (ex-Pink Cream 69). The renewed lineup re-established the bands popularity and the album THE TIME OF OATH (1996) still remains as their best-selling album to date. Despite the continuous success, the band went through another set of changes starting in 2001. Today the band consists of Deris, Weikath, Grosskopf, guitarist Sascha Gerstner and drummer Dani Loble. This line-up has released altogether 4 studio albums and it seems that Helloween is now even more popular than the so-called “heydays” in the mid 80’s. Three sold out shows speaks for itself when the band arrived to Finland in late March as a part of massive “Hellish Rock II” tour which also featured Gamma Ray. In Helsinki we were fortunate to sit down with the bands guitarist/founding member Michael Weikath and discuss about various topics including the current tour, the latest opus STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL, Helloween’s 30’TH Anniversary and re-union rumors… Read on!
European Tour dates have been announced during Nov and Dec 2013. They are as follows:
Nov 20 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
Nov 22 Friends Arena Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 24 Telenor Arena Oslo, Norway
Nov 26 Forum Denmark, Copenhagen
Nov 28 Ziggo Dome Holland, Amsterdam
Nov 30 Westfalenhalle Dortmund, Germany
Dec 2 Bercy Paris, France
Dec 5 Fiera Arena Milan, Italy
Dec 7 02 Arena Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 10 02 Arena London, UK
Dec 12 Odyssey Arena Belfast, Ireland
Dec 14 Arena Sheffield, UK
Dec 16 Hydro Glasgow, UK
Dec 18 Arena Manchester, UK
Dec 20 LG Arena Birmingham, UK
MAIDEN TO MAKE BRIEF RETURN TO THE USA ON MAIDEN ENGLAND TOUR 2013 INCLUDING A MAJOR EVENT IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA !
IRON MAIDEN will make a brief return to the USA this September, playing seven specially selected shows en-route to Latin America where they will once again headline at the legendary Rock In Rio Festival, Brazil, on 22 September, their show there having recently sold out to 70,000 fans in just a couple of hours
These will begin with a first-ever visit to Raleigh, NC, for the opening show on September 3rd at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion followed by taking Metal back to country music capital Nashville, TN where Maiden haven’t played in over twenty years, at the Bridgestone Arena on September 5th. There will also be shows in Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center on September 7th, St Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless on September 8th and the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV on September 12th, all of which Maiden last visited way back in 2000 on the Brave New World Tour. Plus a return to Austin, TX for a show at the 360 Amphitheater on September 10th, the first time the band have played in that city since the original Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour twenty-five years ago!
Very special guests on all these dates will be MEGADETH.
Before they finally head south towards Brazil, Maiden will also headline a very special event at the San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA. The Battle Of San Bernardino will take place on Friday 13th September. Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton will join tour special guests Megadeth for this performance only, making for a big, loud and exciting day out for Metal fans in Southern California.
Tickets for the Las Vegas and San Bernardino shows go on sale 12 April. Tickets for Raleigh, Nashville, St Louis and Austin go onsale 13 April. Tickets for Kansas City go onsale 17 May. Check ironmaiden.com for fanclub presale info.
with Jeff Loomis
& Blackguard, Bonded by Blood, Hatchet
March 30,2013 – The Republik – Calgary, Canada
Review and Photos by Monika Deviat
Just after the release of their ninth album The Living Infinite [Nuclear Blast, 2013], Soilwork began the North American leg of “The Inifinite World Tour”. Joining the swedes as main support was progressive shred master Jeff Loomis. Adding some variety to bill were thrashers Hatchet, Bonded by Blood and death metallers Blackguard. On March 30th, 2013 the tour stopped at the Republik in Calgary, Alta., and a sizable line of fans eagerly awaited the show start.
Hatchet from San Francisco, CA kicked off the show early to a good-sized crowd. The band showed their roots with a Bay Area thrash sound. Their short set was energetic and seemed well received by the hard core thrashers in the crowd, but it wasn’t anything innovative.
Bonded by Blood, the second California thrash act of the night, kept a thrashing frenzy going from their first tune, “I Can’t Hear You”. The charismatic band worked the crowd very well , even getting a small mosh pit going.
Montreal’s Blackguard played a powerful set, creating a full and atmospheric sound. In their short set they gave the audience a taste of their upcoming album in among their older work. Vocalist Paul Ablaze is a gregarious frontman and he was singing into people faces and grabbing their heads, inciting more energy. Blackguard’s axemen shredded furiously and joining them on this tour was the Agonist’s bassist Chris Kells. Justine Ethier was a whirlwind of sticks and hair as she laid into her kit.
When Jeff Loomis took the stage a very enthusiastic multitude of fans had crowded up to the stage and welcomed him with cheers and raised horns. The instrumental set contained only a little banter and some thank you’s from Loomis. The forty-five minute set was all about show casing that stellar vibrato technique and speed that is impressively precise. The set was comprised of songs from Plains of Oblivion [Century Media, 2012] and Zero Order Phase [Century Media, 2008] and the crowd loved hearing the technicality live. Everyone was captivated for the entire set.
Soikwork kicked off their set with “This Momentary Bliss” from their newest release The Living Infinite. They followed up right away with an older track, “Like the Average Stalker” and continued to assault the crowd with an hour and half worth of material. With the newest offering being a double album, Soilwork had a lot of songs to choose from for their live set. They included songs like “Spectrum of Eternity” and “Long Live the Misanthrope” among older favorites like “Nerve” and “Possessing the Angles”.
Bjorn “Speed” Strid’s vocals were spot on as he strode around the stage and leaned out into the crowd. Guitarist Sylvain Coudret shredded alongside David Andersson and both of the axe wielders got right up to crowd. Some technical issues had Coudret out for a few minutes but were resolved soon after and he got right back into the energy. Bassist Ola Flink… Dirk Verbeuren demonstrated his technique and speed behind the drum kick alongside Sven Karlsson’s ambient keyboards. A two song encore of “Late for the Kill” and “Stabbing the Drama” made for a strong ending to the evening.
Hardcore Superstar with support on Come On Take On Us Tour Scandinavian leg 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden
Come On Take On Us Tour Scandinavian leg 2013
Nasty Idols – special guest
Nitrodive – support act
2/3 – 2013
Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall
Montreal extreme metal veterans CRYPTOPSY have released the official lyric video for the song “The Golden Square Mile.” The song comes off the band’s self-titled release, which came out last fall and was greeted with mass approval from critics and long-time fans who have been thirsting for the return of CRYPTOPSY’s tech-death glory days. Check out the lyric video for “The Golden Square Mile” above.
On May 7, Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) will release COBBLESTONE STREET, the latest solo record from White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp. COBBLESTONE STREET offers a unexpectedly softer side of the rock front man, with ten acoustic-leaning tracks. “This is the album I’ve dreamed about making for the last thirty years,” said Mike.
COBBLESTONE STREET is a folky, melodic “movie” of Mike’s life, starting with the title track, a nostalgic ode to his childhood hometown. The single, “New Day” is jangly and joyful with a sing-a-long chorus. Songs like “Caught In The Storm” and “Ain’t The Life I Asked For” reflect the impeccable storytelling and delicate guitar work of Mike’s influences Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen. The album closes with a special new acoustic version of White Lion’s hit, “When The Children Cry.”
The album was recorded at Medley Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark with co-producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist Soren Andersen. “It was a wonderful feeling, sitting there on the couch listening to the songs that were rough and naked, but at the same time so complete,” recalls Mike.
In 1983, Mike Tramp founded the rock band White Lion in New York. The band’s second album, PRIDE, when double-platinum with the hits “Wait” and “When The Children Cry,” and the band toured worldwide. After White Lion broke up, Mike formed a much harder outfit, Freak of Nature. FoN released three albums, and toured with Dio. He has recorded solo rock records, but the COBBLESTONE STREET acoustic record and tour is a new journey.
COBBLESTONE STREET TRACK LIST
Caught In The Storm
Ain’t The Life I Asked For
We’ll Be Alright
Angel Or Devil
Find it In Your Heart
What Are You Gonna Do?
When The Children Cry (2013 Acoustic Version)
Mike Tramp has announced summer U.S. tour dates as well:
7/11 The Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI
7/12 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach – NH w/ STRYPER
7/13 BB Kings’s New York, NY w/ STRYPER
7/14 Just Jake’s Montclaire, NJ
7/16 Monirae’s Pennellville, NY
7/17 Dead Horse Cantina McKees Rocks PA
7/18 Dingbatz Clifton, NJ
7/19 House Of Rock White Marsh, MD
7/20 JB Mcguiness New Castle, DE
7/22 Bethel Road Pub Columbus, OH
7/23 TBA Pennsylvania
7/24 Brahn’s Concert Cove Akron, NY
7/25 Club Diesel Detroit MI
7/26 Slim N’ Chubbys Strongsville, OH
7/27 The Whammy Bar West Allis WI
7/28 The Firehouse Richmond IN
7/29 Penny Road Pub Barrington, IL
7/30 JJ Maloney’s Kaukauna, Wisconsin
8/1 Aftershock Kansas City, KS
8/2 The Paramount Salina, KS
8/3 The Raz Hutchinson, KS
8/4 Jammin’ Joes Arvada, CO
8/8 Diamondz Jerome, ID w/ TRIXTER
8/14 Whisky A Go Go Hollywood, CA w/ STRYPER (unplugged)
8/15 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA w/STRYPER
8/16 Sunset Station Casino Las Vegas, NV w/ STRYPER ( unplugged)
Poland’s Hate has just posted the following:
“At night 5th/6th April near a German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Sławek’s autopsy should be known soon. In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends.
Adam, Konrad, Stanislaw, Daniel /HATE”
Official site: http://www.hate-metal.com/