No mercy: INFERNAL WAR will perform in “Armageddon Descends IV”
Each “Armageddon Descends” presented at least one band that strikes with uncompromising brutality and sadistic energy. The fourth cycle of the festival will be coronated by Polish INFERNAL WAR!
INFERNAL WAR are one of the most barbaric bands of the modern metal scene that play mercilessly fast, forward-marching black metal blended with deadly overtones. The synthesis of nihilistic poetry entrenched in human scorn and the bestial sounds of INFERNAL WAR result in a devastating effect. Moreover, the band has been numerously praised for their solid and impeccable live performances that one will be able to witness during fourth “Armageddon Descends”. The band recently released their new album “Axiom” (2015) through “Agonia Records” which will be presented with full force live in Vilnius, March, 2016.
October 9’th 2015
House of Culture, Helsinki FINLAND
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
W.A.S.P. received their first gold album from Finland (LAST COMMAND, 1985), and since then their popularity has remained stable here. The band are regular visitors to Finland, and have played here annually over the last ten years. W.A.S.P. released their fifteenth studio album, GOLGOTHA, just a few days ago, and now the band is on a four gig tour in Finland. Maybe four gigs, at this time, is too much because House of Culture was not sold out. There were an estimated 600-700 people, which is only about half of the venue’s capacity.
Hardcore Superstar teams up with Michael Monroe for a Co Headlining tour around Europe this fall. The band also release their new single “The Cemetery” today along with a brand new music video for “Touch the Sky” feat. Etzia that was filmed at Götaplatsen in Gothenburg late this summer. Read the rest of this entry »
Swedish hard rockers ColdSpell are confirmed to support Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock for the Nordic leg of their Spirit on a Mission world tour dates. Michael Schenker is a true legend and to many the greatest guitar player around, winning awards, getting rave reviews for his albums and when touring the world.
ColdSpell is a rising star on the international stages. This summer they were one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier festival, Wildfire. And was warming up a US audience as runner‐up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin.
From Hell’s Heart:
Halloween/horror monster week 2: Ghosts
The month of October means the imminent arrival of the Heavy Metal Holy Day…Halloween! This, the scariest and Metal-est of all months, we bring you five new topics for our editorial column FROM HELL’S HEART. Each week we will post the staff Top Five songs based on classic Halloween/Horror monsters. Last week was Frankenstein, this week’s subject is ghosts! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!
The last time Overkill was in Calgary was about a decade ago in a small bar. It was the first time the New Jersey thrashers had ever been to Calgary. I had the pleasure of having dinner with a couple of the guys in the band and while happy to be in town they said, realistically they would not come back. The Western Canadian leg is too small and too far to play to small crowds. They wanted to play cities they had never been to before, at least once, but they doubted they would ever come back. Well, as the Overkill songs says, ‘Never Say Never’, as they returned as part of a co-headlining gig with Nuclear Blast label-mates and fellow New Jersey-ites, Symphony X. The last time Symphony X played in Calgary they played in a bigger venue as support to Iced Earth. So it is very likely that Symphony X was perhaps disappointed they played a smaller hall (Capacity: 1000), half the size as last time, and it is possible that Overkill were much happier playing a much bigger venue – four times as big! It’s all about perception.
The opening act of the night were WITCHES; a French death metal band from Antibes. Witches, formed in 1986 are first French band with female guttural voice. They have been touring with bands like SIX FEET UNDER and EMTOMBER and were a perfect act to open for this old Skool extreme metal night.
There is no doubt that Alice Cooper is one of the biggest and most legendary rock stars of our time. The man’s career has lasted more than four decades and there is no end in sight. Originally, Alice Cooper was a band that consisted of Cooper, bassist Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, drummer and guitarists Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton (RIP). In 1975, before the release of WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE, he scattered the band and continued as a solo artist with the same name. To this day he still follows this path. There have been a large number of fine musicians who have played in the band Alice Cooper. Names such as Reb Beach, Eric Singer, Kip Winger, Al Pitrelli, and Jimmy Degrasso, are all well-known world-class artists who have either created the early career of the Alice Cooper band or have played there at some point. Today, the Alice Cooper band consists of a drummer Glen Sobel, bassist Chuck Garric, and a trio of guitarists – Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, and Nita Strauss (she joined Alice’s band a year ago). I met a good-humored Strauss and Garrick after the gig in Helsinki in June and here is a summary of what was recorded on tape … Read on!
More shows were just announced for the Well Hungover Tour and we are giving Fan Club members early access to tickets before they go on sale to the public!
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The Roxy Theatre in Barrie, ON
Punishing 16th-note kicks at rapid-fire tempos, unbelievable runs across his rack toms, insanely twisted patterns, and awe-inspiring phrases:
Dave Lombardo is deemed one of the most influential drummers of our time.
Born with extraordinary musical aptitude, Lombardo was intuitive to rhythm at a very early age. His musical awareness has continued to transcend the repetitive formula of Metal throughout his formidable career.
His mentors include an eclectic array of percussion icons, such as: Ginger Baker, Bill Ward, Tito Puente, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria and John Bonham.
Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labelled.
Dave’s style has been called “astonishingly innovative,” “strikingly fast,” and “unmistakably powerful.” He has earned the title “The Godfather of Double Bass.” Lombardo’s unmatched combination of technical flair and outright speed has made him the yardstick against which all subsequent metal drummers are fated to be measured.
As an original and founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their ground-breaking 1986 release Reign in Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Dave’s musical career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc, Testament, John Zorn and PHILM, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo’s most recent endeavours have found him in a variety of compelling adventures. From recording the drum tracks for Californication (Season 7) alongside the incomparable Tyler Bates, to lending his talent to the soundtrack of Insideous: Chapter 3 at the side of captivating yet sinister composer Joseph Bishara, to performing amidst a 75-piece orchestra by request of the esteemed composer, Christopher Young, to writing a score for a soon to be released Disney pilot.
Lombardo is out to shatter all preconceptions of what it is that he has to offer the world.
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On October 2nd, 2015 Deadline/Cleopatra Records will release worldwide the first-ever Greatest Hits package from Northern Japan’s own Saber Tiger.
Sapporo, Japan’s Saber Tiger was formed in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita. After releasing three albums through an independent record label, Kinoshita eventually signed a major label contract withTokuma Japan Communications. Saber Tiger’s 1997 major label debut album, Project One, thrust the band to the front of the flourishing Japanese metal scene. The album featured several famous guest musicians; vocalist Ron Keel (ex-Steeler and Keel), bassist Naoto Shibata (Anthem), and drummer Hirotsugu Honma (ex-Ezo and Loudness).
Saber Tiger then went on to record and release three hit albums (as well as a few others) while officially reformed with Takenori Shimoyama on vocals, Tomohiro Sanpei on bass, and Yoshio Isoda on drums.
Working together they produced two more albums, Paragraph 3 and Brain Drain. In 2001, Saber Tiger made their first release under their new major label VAP, naming the album simply Saber Tiger. With VAP they continued on to release F.U.S.E., The History of the New World -凶獣伝説- and the single “Eternal Loop”. Paragraph 3 and The History of the New World -凶獣伝説- were re-recorded compilations of the bands signature songs, with the new line-up and a heavier, more driven sound. They also released a live album named Live 2002 Nostalgia, on both CD and DVD.
In 2002, due to different musical ideas and goals, Shimoyama left the band to pursue his own ambitions in the heavy metal music scene. He formed the band Double Dealer, with Norifumi Shima. They signed a European-wide record contract with NTS/Limb Music, traveling through Europe on a tour with Symphony X.
After Shimoyama’s departure, Saber Tiger continued to write and record new music, producing the album Indignation in 2005, with vocalist Katsuto Suzuki.
In 2010, Saber Tiger announced the reunion with former members Takenori Shimoyama (vocals), Yasuharu “Machine” Tanaka (guitar) and Tomohiro Sampei (bass), and with Yasuhiro Mizuno as their new drummer. Eventually Takanobu Kimoto (ex-Double Dealer and Concerto Moon) replaced Sampei on bass. They began working on a new album at a studio in their hometown of Sapporo. The album Decisive was released on August 3, 2011, and was followed by a tour. On May 26, 2013, they performed at the Pure Rock Japan Live 2013 at Club Citta, alongside NoGoD, Galneryus and Onmyo-Za.
In 2015, a mutual friend of the band introduced them to Cleopatra Records VP/General Manager Tim Yasui, who was seeking to add more Japanese hard rock, punk and metal bands to the label’s Deadline Records imprint. In honor of Saber Tiger’s 35th Anniversary, a deal was struck to create the band’s first-ever “Greatest Hits” package, culling tracks from 3 of the band’s best albums: Messiah Complex (2012), Decisive (2011) and Paragraph IV (2011).
Current Saber Tiger frontman Takenori Shimoyama quotes, “We’re so glad to be able to finally have a U.S. record deal and hope that the sounds of SABER TIGER reverberate across the land! We’re very glad to be able to conduct activities in the US and we hope to make the sounds.”
Earlier this year, Kamelot released their new album “Haven” which got a 5/5 point from yours truly. Usually I am very conservative, therefore when I hear that a band is changing its members, I get mad because 90% of the time it will be shit. It wasn’t the same with Kamelot. “Silverthorn” with Karevik was a good album, but “Haven” is a masterpiece. When I heard that the guys are making a stop on their tour to Denmark, I had to go and see if Tommy is as good live, as his predecessor.
I got to the venue, Viften, pretty early.
Kobra & The Lotus and Gus G. were the warm-up. Not a fan of either, but the drummer from Kobra was insane, it was like he had 4 feet.
Regarding Gus G., I was eager to see what is all the fuss about – he plays with Ozzy, therefore he is a legend. Meh… he is a good guitarist, that’s it. Pretty dull moment if you ask me.
22.00 and Kamelot took over the stage with “Veil of Elysium” my personal favorite from their latest album. The audience went wild, Karevik had them in the palm of his hands the entire time, and he is an amazing performer and entertainer. I even dare to say that he sounds better live than on CD. One thing I would say needs improvements, he looks too humble and modest – which by no means is a bad thing – but looking like a God on stage, adds to the overall performance.
“When the Lights are Down” still remains the band’s biggest hits to date, executed with elegance and an overload of energy that I have not seen the band before – and let me assure you, I’ve seen them plenty of times in the Roy Khan era. You can feel the energy coming from them, and because I already sound like a groupie, what’s one more praise to young Tommy – if I every had doubts about Roy leaving, they are all gone and buried by now.
“Liar, liar” features Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz which I hoped to see on stage, unfortunately it did not happen but Kamelot invited Linnea Vikström on stage. For those who don’t know her, he is a non-official member of Therion, quite a reasonable figure, although I like her growl better than her clear voice (weird, i know).
The band delivered songs from the latest release “Haven” and “Silverthorn”, where Tommy has been the lead singer, but they did however performed some blasts from the past. A song that I missed and would have been a great ending to a marvelous night was “Ghost Opera”, maybe next time.