Munich, Germany, May 21st, 2015 — This week on FreqsTV: Author Ramon Martos narrates this inside look at his latest book…And Justice for Art: Stories about Heavy Metal Album Covers.
- Vivaldi Metal Project signs with Pride & Joy Music label; album is to be released in May 2016 (Nov 30, 2015)
- GUS G Launches New Music Video Featuring Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) On Vocals (Nov 27, 2015)
- Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and Gregg Bissonette 'Eat 'Em and Smile' 30th Anniversary Show (Nov 25, 2015)
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- The WIZARDS OF WINTER Holiday Tour Experience Begins! (Nov 22, 2015)
- Leaves' Eyes - Interview With Liv Kristine @ Islington Academy (Nov 27, 2015)
- Diabulus In Musica - Interview With Zuberoa Aznárez (Nov 26, 2015)
- Undersmile - Interview with the band @ Damnation Festival (Nov 23, 2015)
- The Wounded Kings - Interview with Steve Mills @ Damnation Festival (Nov 23, 2015)
- Lost Society - BrainDead- listening party at Sonic Studios Helsinki (Nov 21, 2015)
- Pentagram, The Order of Israfel, and Mower @ Sound Control, Manchester (Nov 30, 2015)
- Leaves' Eyes @ Islington Academy, London (Nov 25, 2015)
- Act Of Defiance on 'Friday the 13th' of November, 2015 in Brooklyn NYC. (Nov 24, 2015)
- Damnation Festival 2015 @ Leeds University Student's Union (Nov 23, 2015)
- Sepultura - Helsinki Finland (Nov 19, 2015)
Canadian powerhouse KATAKLYSM are set to release their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Gods on July 31st (Europe, UK, US) viaNuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has announced the release of the new KATAKLYSM hot sauces “GHOST FIRE” and “GOD’S FURY” together with the new album.
“What better way to celebrate a great new album with the release of KATAKLYSM’s own hot sauce,” states vocalist Maurizio Iacono“We believe that a beer in your hand, metal music for your listening pleasure and a bottle of hot sauce in your pocket to spice up any meal go hand in hand in the metal world. To commemorate the release of the bands anticipated new album Of Ghosts and Gods this summer, KATAKLYSM will release two powerful hot sauces. ‘GHOST FIRE’, made with ghost peppers to bring the extreme heat, and ‘GOD’S FURY’, a milder but hard hitting sauce made with garlic and habanero peppers. These hot sauces will be made available in limited quantities with the new album pre-order on the bands official website www.kataklysm.ca and will be available at concerts worldwide “
Dutch fretless bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA, PESTILENCE, ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR) revealed that the new fusion group ‘SALAZH TRIO‘ will enter the studio this summer to record their debut. ‘Pianist & keyboard player Hans Grotenbreg (ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR), upcoming South-Korean drummer SunMi Hong (BENJAMIN HERMAN, JASPER BLOM, JI HOON KIM TRIO) and I worked on a first series of compositions. Most of the material is written and we’re very excited about it. Nevertheless, we continue to write for a while to add our latest ideas, then making a final selection for the album which is expected to be released before the end of the year’, says Thesseling.
For more information, please visit www.jeroenthesseling.com
Thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL will release The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco on LP exclusively through Nuclear Blast mail-order on July 24th. The release will also be made available in the digital format and as a bonus CD with their upcoming DVD entitled a thrashumentary. Artwork for the LP version was created by Joey James Hernandez.
“Joey James Hernandez has created designs for most of our tour merch over the past few years,“ commented guitarist Rob Cavestany.“We love his style and felt it the perfect fit with this record!
INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA
Helloween is a German band founded in 1984 in Hamburg. The band is one of the pioneers of the power metal genre and their albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I & II, MASTER OF THE RINGS and THE TIME OF THE OATH are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band has gone through numerous changes, but the current line-up, singer Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bass guitarist Markus Grosskopf, and drummer Daniel Löble has been stable since 2005. Helloween releases its 15th studio album titled MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT on 25th of May. Andi Deris visited Helsinki in April to promote the forthcoming album, and here’s what the man had to say about the album, its creation process, the future/past, and about life in general. Read on!
HammerFall + Skarlett Riot + NeonFly
@ O2 Academy Islington, London
9th May 2015
Review & videos by Oliver M.
Photography by Graham Hilling
Almost three months after a very successful European tour (including many sold out gigs), HammerFall had the great idea to offer an exclusive headlining show in London on the 9th of May. As the 2014/2015 World Wide (r)Evolution tour didn’t have any UK date, it was expected that the Swedish templars would come to the British lands soon or later.
New Jersey’s progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called Underworld on July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.
SYMPHONY X have triumphed, creating a panoramic “album rock” experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. “This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.
“Musically, Underworld has things reminiscent of the bands previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality,” stated Michael. “Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as fuck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we’ll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make Underworld worth listening to as a whole record. It’s what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together.”
The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, will hit the road this July in anticipation of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut. “We are beyond excited and honored to be touring with our great friends in COAL CHAMBER,” states the group. “It’s been years since both bands have shared the same stage together. It’s funny that it took us all these years to actually tour together but we are stoked that it’s finally happening!”
Tickets go on sale everywhere on Friday May 22nd at 10 am local time. Additional headlining FEAR FACTORY shows to be announced shortly.
@ The Boston Music Rooms, London
15th May 2015
Review by Jarod Lawley
Videos by Jo Blackened
Despite the cluster of metal gigs in London around this date, this eclectic mix of a bill was always bound to be a date on many a headbanger’s calendar.
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Here is the official music video for the title track from Helloween’s fifteenth studio album, My God-Given Right. Out May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Director Oliver Sommer (AVA Studios) comments:
″The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the „play“-button…
So the female protagonist flees – reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated – from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes, that she won’t escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty… it is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip. Our post-apocalyptic world is a white desert, which exists in reality in Germany. The industrial disaster area, our hero is fleeing in and the band is performing in, is an incredible and giant area of the ex-steelworks (heavy metal!) Maxhütte – both locations are real wastelands…!″
Get the record here:
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Heavy / Power Metallers Stormhold unveil the epic cover artwork for their debut opus, which will be entitled “Battle of the Royal Halls”.
The artwork design has been created by the artist Henric Jacobson and reflects the final battle of Astraal and bring it back to its former glory.
Testament and Exodus, Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour, Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2015
Testament / Exodus
The Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour
The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
April 30, 2015
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
Interview with Steve DiGiorgio of Testament
April 30, 2015 in Philadelphia
at the Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour
Interview by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
@ Electrowerkz, London
May 2nd 2015
Review by Ann Sulamain
With strong competition from Greek black metallers Varathron at The Dome, Latvia’s favourite sons Skyforger still pulled a sizeable audience for their show at the elusive Electrowerkz venue. While a number of English youngsters outside the metal scene came along, possibly for the novelty of seeing a Latvian folk metal band, the main draw was from the Eastern European population of London.
Not often do musicians from the other half of the continent seem to tour, and knowing that Poles Praesepe and Thy Worshiper were also on board made it seem like a night dedicated to this part of London’s current underground scene.
From the vault of one of the most respected and groundbreaking British hard rock outfits to emerge from the NWOBHM scene, the legendary Girlschool, comes two never before released concert recordings now ready to be shared with the world courtesy of Deadline Music. Both shows present powerhouse performances by the original, classic Girlschool line-up featuring guitarist/vocalist Kim McAuliffe, bassist Enid Williams, drummer Denise Dufort, and the inimitable lead vocalist/guitarist, the late Kelly Johnson. First up, London 1980, released on CD, demonstrates the awesome power of this band in a live setting before their hometown audience, as they perform cuts from their recently released and soon to be classic debut studio album Demolition including “Emergency” and “Nothing To Lose,” plus their explosive cover of The Gun’s “Race With The Devil!” Then, Glasgow 1982 picks up where the London show left off, featuring high octane performances of tracks from both 1981’s Hit and Run and 1982’s Screaming Blue Murder including “The Hunter,” “Live With Me” and more! These performances eventually lead to the ladies’ first U.S. tour later in 1982 opening for Iron Maiden and Scorpions, and establishing a devout fanbase in the States. This historic performance is available on both CD and in a special limited edition purple vinyl pressing.
Girlschool are still going strong performing and recording with lead guitarist Jackie Chambers (who replaces Kelly Johnson). The band is currently touring North America through mid-June, after which they will embark on a massive European tour with Motörhead and Saxon in November! See www.girlschool.co.uk for details.
Purchase London 1980 on CD: http://www.amazon.com/London-1980-Girlschool/dp/B00OMBJZAE
on Digital: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/london-1980/id940714761
Purchase Glasgow 1982 on CD: http://www.amazon.com/Glasgow-1982-Girlschool/dp/B00TRP2RKK
on Vinyl: http://www.amazon.com/Glasgow-1982-Purple-Translucent-Vinyl/dp/B00TRP2RXW
on Digital: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/glasgow-1982-live/id968604439