In Slayer’s song “You Against You,” vocalist Tom Araya screams “Your perfect world is ending this day, So what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.” And so, from the very first frame of the band’s “You Against You” music video, the gore, the violence, the projectile-blood-spewing and the carnage begins and just never ends.
“You Against You” is the prequel to “Repentless,” Slayer’s brutal 2015 video filmed at an L.A. prison that has logged nearly 7.5 million YouTube views. Like “Repentless,” “You Against You” was directed by BJ McDonnell, stars Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”) as Wyatt, the eyepatched rebel inmate, and tells the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt’s erroneous arrest and imprisonment.
Slayer’s performance of “You Against You” was shot deep in the heart of California’s Mojave desert earlier this year in a graveyard of jets, airliners, and helicopters.
“After the ‘Repentless’ video,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya, “BJ delivers with ‘You Against You.’ Fu**ing awesome!!!!!”
Repentless, Slayer’s 12th studio album, was released on 9/11/15, making its career-highest debut on
Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, coming in at #4 and scanning 50,000 units. The album also debuted in the Top 5 in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Czech, Greece and Sweden, and was the #2 best-selling album in the world on the United World Chart. In addition, Repentless received spectacular press response – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “…prime fu**ing Slayer…” (Metal Hammer), “…thrash redefined, upgraded and reborn, a return to the essence of who Slayer is.” (Houston Press)
Slayer is currently in the final weeks of its winter 2016 North American tour with Testament and Carcass supporting. Remaining dates are below.
17 Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
19 The Paramount, Seattle, WA
20 Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
22 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
25 Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
26 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.
As demanded by legions of fans, The Great Kat http://www.greatkat.com world’s fastest guitar/violin shredder/Goddess of Metal’s groundbreaking albums are now available on iTunes for $1.29 each song or $9.99 for the album. “Worship Me Or Die!” and “Beethoven On Speed” include famous Great Kat metal anthem & ShredClassical hits, such as: “Metal Messiah,” “Beethoven Mosh,” “Beethoven On Speed,” “Flight Of The Bumble-Bee,” “Funeral March,” “Kat-Possessed,” and much more. The Great Kat’s music has recently been featured in Tesco’s Call of Duty: Ghosts video game TV commercial http://youtu.be/6tW_ik2J000 and is perfect for thriller movies, video games, fast speed chases, & more. More Great Kat Music & Videos Available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/great-kat/id384709526 & http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-great-kat/id368743108
Press Quotes about “Beethoven On Speed” and “Worship Me Or Die!”:
The NEW YORK TIMES declared about “Beethoven On Speed” “The wave of the future might well be heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard.”
VH1 declared: “The Great Kat. ‘Metal Messiah’. Exploded on to the metal scene with Worship Me or Die! It’s a still-stupefying incendiary collection of original compositions that announced a new talent that could never be slowed down, held back, or pent up.”
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TED POLEY has released the first video from “Beyond the Fade” for the song “Higher.”
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of TED POLEY’s new solo album “Beyond The Fade” on May 13th, 2016.
Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters Danger Danger, TED POLEY is also an accomplished solo artist, having released two acclaimed releases, “Collateral Damage” (2006) and “Smile”(2007).
“Beyond The Fade” is available for pre-order on Amazon and on iTunes. Digital pre-orders include an instant grat track download of “Higher”.
The story of “Beyond The Fade” starts after Danger Danger’s acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano in 2014, when he and the label developed the idea to work together on some new music. The next step was to speak to producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) and with a band that he put together, TED performed at the second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival. A few months later, TED came back to Italy to finish the vocals on the album.
TED says: “I am absolutely thrilled with the way the whole album came out. If I have one quote: “ITS AWESOME!” My great friend and co-producer Alessandro Del Vecchio brought my sonic vision to life and no request from me was too great for him toward his goal of making “The Ultimate TED POLEY Solo Album” and he surely delivered on his promise. We had alot of fun making the album and its obvious when you hear it. You can practically hear my smile while I am singing. We decided to make it sound BIG and there are a ton of backing vocals (in some cases more than 80 tracks of them!), along with great songs, soaring melodic guitar leads, pounding bass and big drums, all layered with cool keyboards… like a delicious Musical Cake! Save some room for dessert, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE!”
With songs penned by the brothers Tom and James Martin (VEGA ) and “Hands of Love” written by Tony Bruno/Joe Lynn Turner Official Page , the sound of the record is nothing else but TED POLEY at his best, with immediately recognizable hooklines, amazing guitar work, immaculate production and total 80’s attitude!
“Beyond the Fade” is sure to please not only TED POLEY’s fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don’t miss this superb release.
“Beyond the Fade” Track Listing includes:
1. Let’s Start Something
2. Everything We Are
3. Hands Of Love
4. The Perfect Crime
7. Where I Lost You
8. You Won’t See Me Cryin’
9. We Are Young
11. Beneath The Stars
TED POLEY: Lead Vocals
Issa: duet vocal on The Perfect Crime
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Mario Percudani: Guitars
Anna Portalupi: Bass
Megadeth w. Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok
at GEC in Calgary, Alberta
March 6th, 2016
All pictures courtesy of Jeff B. and Metal Nation Radio
Sunday, March 6th was a semi-historical occasion in the Calgary Metal scene. It was the first time that a Metal concert was hosted in the Grey Eagle Casino, a beautiful new venue in Calgary. Sure Queensrcyhe had played the GEC a couple months before but the small seated crowd of 500 older fans but that gig was almost a warm-up for the crowd and style of show as the sold out Megadeth tour. There were so many unanswered questions…would the layout be seats or standing area? Would it be loud enough? How would the line-up’s be? Could security handle the crowd? And most importantly…would there be enough beer?! I’m pleased to say the GEC met all expectations as it was a great, safe show and it seemed that all the 2700 or so people had a great time.
It is not too often that the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall gets completely sold out for Metal shows, but Slayer, who have performed at this same venue a few times before, managed to do just that on their most recent stop in Calgary, Alta. Slayer is riding high on what many people are saying is their best album in years (REPENTLESS [Nuclear Blast, 2015]) and the legions of Metal were out in force! Managing crowds and traffic flow is a complicated endeavor at the best of times and it was a bit of a struggle on Monday night.
A rather cold night at hand, two of the world’s greatest themed metal bands are about to play one of England’s iconic venues. It is pretty evident how everyone around me feels about the moment and the tour, non-stop talking about how amazing it is too see such a massive line up.
The last time I saw Alestorm play was in a very tiny venue in the south-west of Germany, it’s going to be very interesting to see how they cope with such a large venue. As for Sabaton, I haven’t myself ever seen them before, but I have heard nothing but good words.
CADAVERIC POISON signs with Metal on Metal Records.
CADAVERIC POISON, an old school death/thrash metal project featuring members ofMASTER (Paul Speckmann) and WITCHBURNER (Simon Seegel and Felix Darnieder), have signed with Metal on Metal Records for the release of their self-titled debut album, scheduled for April 29th. The band had one EP out on Dying Victims Productions in 2014, from which the title song, “Fight for Evil”, is up on the band’s YouTube channel.
Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce its full line up for the official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival SHREDMONTON Metal Festival and Conference taking place from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, May 8th.
Featuring over 20 bands over the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center. The full line up consists of an ultra heavy hitting bill that includes headliners Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate,Goatwhore, Finnish power metallers Thunderstone along with some of Western Canada’s best including Disciples of Power, Planet Eater, Scythia, Tylor Dory Trio, Every Hour Kills among many more! Plus clinics by Tylor Dory (Tylor Dory Trio), Tim Waterson and panels at the Shaw Conference Center on recording, photography, video production, publicity, media relations, journalism, and concert promotion / talent buying for festivals / venues with music industry professionals from across Canada (full conference schedule and list of industry reps here).
HELLOWEEN – Guitarist Sascha Gerstner
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
Helloween is a German metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg. The band is one of the pioneers of power metal and their albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I & II and THE TIME OF THE OATH are considered masterpieces of the genre. Throughout the years, the band has gone through numerous changes, but the current line-up of vocalist Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bassist Markus Grosskopf and drummer Daniel Löble has been stable since 2005. The band started their ongoing MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT world tour in June 2015, and now the circus mad a stop in Finland in February.
During the years I’ve interviewed almost all current and former members of Helloween but for one reason or another I’ve always missed Sascha Gerstner. Fortunately, things now changed as I finally met with a good-humored Sascha at the hotel prior the show. Among many topics, we discussed about his long career with Helloween and…. many other things in general. Sascha turned out to be really genial and humorous person. I’m sure that some metal fans will find it surprising when they read about his musical influences and how his relationship was with Helloween and with the whole metal genre before joining the band. Read on!
U.S. thrash metal legends Flotsam and Jetsam have inked a worldwide deal with AFM Records. The band’s new album, simply titled “Flotsam and Jetsam” will be released on May 20th.
Timo Hoffmann (AFM Records A&R): „We’re honored that Flotsam and Jetsam have decided to join our roster. Of course we’ve followed their career for many years and always valued the band’s qualities. This new, self-titled album is a blast! We’ve been convinced right from the very first demos sent. It was obvious to us why the album is titled as it is: „Flotsam and Jetsam“ holds the essence of what defines the band – this album is a statement, something to be proud of. And we are proud to start working with the band with such a special release“.
The band states: “Flotsam and Jetsam really appreciated the fact that AFM laid out a legitimate, business plan for us when they made their offer to sign us. We believe they are as committed to us as a band, as we are to providing them with quality metal to get behind and promote. Along with signing to a new label, all the forward movement for the band in the last two years has also allowed us to partner with new team members; like Chris Collier of CMC21 Productions, who just completed the mixing and mastering of the album and Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art out of the UK, for the album cover and stage production art, who are both doing a phenomenal job for us. We’re looking forward to playing the music on this album live, which hasn’t been a luxury for the band on past releases, as well as debuting our new stage look”.
Demonic Resurrection frontman Demonstealer, who recently announced the release of his 2nd solo album ‘This Burden Of Mine’ featuringGeorge Kollias on drums, has released a new single from the album. A video has been released for the song ‘When The Hope Withers And Dies‘ which also features a guest solo from DR axe-man Nishith Hegde and Ashwin Shriyan (also DR) on bass.
Demonstealer commented ‘The idea was to do like a guitar and vocal play-through of the song but during the shoot it kind of morphed into a music video. It’s nothing fancy at all really.’
Review by Steven Allen
Photography by Billy Edmonds
So as another dreary Monday brings the beginning of the working week to many, the bustling area of Camden seems to have an extra buzz in the air tonight. Could it be the fact that the nights are staying lighter longer which means that summer might soon be upon us OR could it be the fact that two of metal’s most exciting bands are co-headlining the fantastic Electric Ballroom? Quite frankly my money is on the later, and that’s before even a single chord has been played.
Rock luminaries, Dj Ashba (Guitar), James Michael (Lead Vocals) and Nikki Sixx (Bass), collectively known as SIXX:A.M, today have unleashed the first single, “Rise,” from the first volume of their upcoming double album, Prayers For The Damned, which drops April 29 via Eleven Seven Music. Fans can stream the rock anthem via iHeartRadio here now. In celebration of the single’s release, iHeartMedia will be blasting the song across all Active and Mainstream Rock radio stations nationwide every 3 hours today, until midnight. Adding to the excitement, SIXX:A.M. also announced a slew of festival and headlining tour dates across the U.S., kicking off the global Prayers For The Damned -Tour cycle in Jacksonville, FL on April 30 at Welcome to Rockville and seven major rock festivals in Europe including, Gods of Metal (Italy), Rock Am Ring (Germany), Download and Isle of Wight Festivals (UK). See full tour dates below.
Tickets are available for purchase via VIP Pre-Sale, March 2nd at 10am (local time) and an Exclusive Pre-Sale, using the password ‘PRAYERS’ beginning on March 3 at 10am (local time). The General public on-sale starts March 4 at 10am EST. For more information and exclusive VIP Packages, go to www.sixxammusic.com.
Prayers For The Damned will also be available to pre-order via iTunes and all digital retailers March 4, to coincide with the premiere of the “Rise” lyric video this coming Friday, March 4. See a detailed track list of the new album below.
Setting the stage for thenew album, “Rise” is a call-to-action for everyone to stand up for their beliefs. Describing the song’s message, Michael explains, “Throughout history, some of the most dramatic changes have occurred when people reject the status quo and demand change. ‘Rise’ is about how we find ourselves at a global tipping point and how it is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders.”
With two U.S. Billboard top 20 albums and a string of hit singles already under their belt, Prayers For The Damned represents the band’s most ambitious, complete and adrenaline-soaked effort to date. James Michael once again, plays triple-duty on Prayers For The Damned as vocalist, the album’s producer and mixer, thereby solidifying the unique musicianship of this beloved hard-rock outfit. The introspective cover art for Prayers For The Damned is an original design created by guitarist Dj Ashba, further proving that all aspects of this album are a collaboration of true passion for the band.
“SIXX:A.M. is in the most creative place of our careers,” says Sixx, “For James, Dj and myself, we think it’s the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who’ve been supporting us over the last 3 albums.” Michael agrees, “The double-albums will leave no stone unturned in our quest to create important music and push the boundaries of rock.” Ashba concludes, “We are on a mission to give our fans even more than they could have hoped for, both musically and visually.”
The band’s previous release, 2014’s Modern Vintage, featured the breakout single, “Stars,” which sold over 73,000 copies, peaked at #5 on the Active Rock Chart and #4 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, making the band the #10 most played active rock artist of 2015.
Prayers For The Damned promises to be the injection of hard rock that we have all been waiting for from this talented trio. Be sure to catch their upcoming performances and pre-order your copy of the new album this Friday. For exclusive, band curated pre-order packages and new SIXX:A.M. merchandise visit the newly re-launched web store at http://store.sixxammusic.com/
SIXX:A.M. Tour Dates:
April 30 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
May 1 – Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
May 3 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
May 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheater (w/ Disturbed and Rob Zombie)
May 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 7 – Richmond, VA @ The National
May 8 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sand’s Event Center
May 10 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
May 11 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
May 13 – Ft Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 14 – Kansas City, MO @ KQRC’s Rockfest
May 15 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 17 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 20- May 22 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
May 21 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
May 22 – Albany, NY @ Rock ‘n Derby
May 24 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 27- May 29 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
May 29 – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rockfest
June 2 – Monza, IT @ Gods Of Metal
June 3 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock im Park
June 5 – Mendig, DE @ Rock am Ring
June 7 – Lodz, PO @ The Power Festival
June 9 – Solvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 11 – Castle Donington, UK @ Download Festival
June 12 – Newport, UK @ Isle of Wright Festival
June 16 – Pratteln, SW @ Konzertfabrik Z7
June 17 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Festival
June 18 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
June 19 – Dessel, BE @ Grasspop Festival (NOT ANNOUNCED?)
June 22 – Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund
June 23 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell
June 24 – Halden, NO @ Tons of Rock
July 30 – Alberta, CA @ Sturgis Alberta Motorcycle Rally and Festival
PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED Track Listing:
2 You Have Come To The Right place
3 I’m Sick
4 Prayers For The Damned
5 Better Man
6 Can’t Stop
7 When We Were Gods
8 Belly Of The Beast
9 Everything Went To Hell
10 The Last Time (My Heart Will Hit The Ground)
11 Rise of the Melancholy Empire
VIP Pre-Sale: March 2rd at 10AM (local)
Exclusive Pre-sale using the password ‘PRAYERS’: March 3rd at 10 AM (local time)