The original concept was to have four still photographers placed strategically on a Florida set while the five members of Anthrax performed their new song “Monster At The End” live. Each photographer would hold down his camera’s shutter button continuously for the near-four minute-long song, capturing a steady stream of hundreds of still images.
“Hey, it might have been a great idea,” laughed video director Jack Bennett, “but holding down the shutter button on a still camera for that long a time? All we would have ended up with were four jammed cameras!”
Shooting the entire video with Super Sharp HD video still cameras, Bennett wanted an animated, staccato-feel to the flow of the individual images. “Video shutter speeds are faster and more reliable than anything we could have done manually, and we wanted as big a pool of still images to choose from as we could get.”
In post-production, Bennett went through the footage frame by frame and hand-picked the still images he wanted to animate – hundreds of them. Rather than print the video at 24 frames per second, he animated movement of the band members using the still images, creating a jagged, crude motion. “We didn’t want fluidity, we wanted the video to have more of a comic book feel to it, like flipbook animation.”
This also allowed Bennett to hang on the band members’ individual movements to accentuate the power of their playing, such as the strength in Charlie Benante’s drum hits, or Scott Ian’s strumming or Frank Bello’s rhythm.
And then the real fun began.
Bennett and his crew went one step further, taking a cue from the legendary Walt Disney animators of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the technique of rotoscoping, the art of painstakingly hand-painting individual cels to embellish a primary image.
Employing the fundamentals of rotoscope, Bennett has peppered the video with monsters, tattoos that come alive, explosions, popping eyeballs, speech bubbles, morphed images, and nods to the influence of ‘Creepshow.’ There’s even a frame or two of The Skull King, the evil character from Anthrax’s “Blood Eagle Wings” music video that Bennett also directed. Actor Justin Michael Terry, who played The Skull King, is The Runner in “Monster At The End.”
“We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original ‘Exorcist’ film,” Bennett added. “We even added a little bit of grain, some dust and some scratches just to give it that analog feel.”
As the music video unfolds, the frame rate increases, giving the band members more and more fluid movements until the final chorus when the video is full-on 24-frames per second. “You could watch this video one frame at a time,” Bennett added, “and probably not find everything we did.”
“The ‘Monster at the End’ video takes us back to our love of comics and horror,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “We’ve always loved the ‘Creepshow’ movies and wanted something like that for this video. Jack is easy to work with, all we did was perform the song, he did the real work with the editing and achieving the look that we wanted.”
Bennett wraps the video with one more surprise, an unexpected ending that goes to show that in the end, there’s a little bit of the monster in all of us.
INTERVIEW WITH MANTAS, ABADDON, AND DEMOLITION MAN OF VENOM INC.
Venom Inc. is an incarnation of Venom with Mantas, Abaddon and Demolition Man. Metal-Rules.com had the tremendous pleasure to sit down with Venom Incand talk about how everything started out and how the hectic schedule has brought the band all over the world. There’s no need to say more, so here’s the interview with Venom Inc.
Epica’s newest release, The Holographic Principle, will be available on September 30th and truly represents the most impressive and powerful expression of the bands boldly inventive sound yet. One listen to thunderous new songs like “Edge Of The Blade” and “Universal Death Squad” will confirm that this CD is Epica’s heaviest album to date. Meanwhile, the shimmering soundscapes and multi-layered melodrama of “Once Upon A Nightmare” and the towering 11-minute title track confirm that The Holographic Principle is also the band’s most musically extravagant and daring release so far. With lashings of sumptuous orchestration and a never-ending stream of ingenious but brutal metal riffs and propulsive rhythms underpinning the whole explosive enterprise, this is an album that raises the bar for the entire symphonic metal genre.
I caught up with lead vocalist, Simone Simons to talk about this daring new CD, The Holographic Principle, and the works that goes into making a symphonic metal masterpiece.
Finnish power metal titans, SONATA ARCTICA, will unleash their new studio album called The Ninth Hour on October 7th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have released the second trailer in support of this upcoming record. Watch is on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!
If you missed part one, you can view it here: Trailer 1
Here is the full tracklist ofThe Ninth Hour:
01. Closer To An Animal
04. We Are What We Are
05. Till Death’s Done Us Apart
06. Among The Shooting Stars
07. Rise A Night
08. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
09. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans Part II – “By The Grace Of The Ocean”
11. On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal)
Once again, the upcoming album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a recognizable yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.
Rob Zombie is gearing up for the release of his new movie 31, set to be released in select theaters on 9/1. The film follows the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. The carnies are forced to play 31, a life or death game. Tickets are now available for the ONE NIGHT SPECIAL “SNEAK PREVIEW” SCREENING which includes exclusive premiere of 31, world premieres of brand new videos “Gore Whore” and “Get Your Boots On” as well as a one-on-one Q&A with Rob and behind the scenes footage.
Sweden’s Heavy Metal legends HAMERFALL are back, and are not just celebrating 20 years of a successful career which inspired an entire genre and beyond, but they are also releasing their brand new and 10th studio album ‘Built To Last’ on November 4th 2016 on Napalm Records!
Today the band unleashed the first track by unveiling a lyric video for the song ‘The Sacred Vow’.
“Choosing a track for this was not easy, as we had several suitable songs. But “The Sacred Vow” is a pretty classic HammerFall tune and very representative of the album as a whole: speed, power, energy and with a catchy chorus that oozes of heavy metal spirit.” the band comments.
Get your full dose of HAMMERFALL’s heavy metal spirit, and tune into ‘The Scared Vow’ HERE courtesy of Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog”
In times when finest steel was no longer considered the crowning of our beloved genre, HAMMERFALL came to the rescue and blew everyone away with melodic finesse and sincerity: longplayers such as ‘Glory To The Brave’ (1997) and ‘Renegade’ (2000) quickly established the Swedes as pioneers of a modern version of classic 80s metal – and they surely haven`t slowed down any since! ‘Built to Last’ – the tenth album in a career spanning twenty years – definitely boasts a programmatic title and brilliantly displays the strengths of the band. Highly melodic and swift anthems, aggressive lead guitars, choruses you`d kill your mother for and Joacim Cans` inimitable, steel-melting voice (recorded once more with James Michael / SIXX AM in L.A.) turn this oeuvre into one of the most consistent, exciting and passionate HAMMERFALLever recorded!
‘Built To Last’ will be released on November 4th 2016 on Napalm Records.
The track list for ‘Built To Last’ reads as follows:
1) Bring It!
2) Hammer High
3) The Sacred Vow
4) Dethrone And Defy
5) Twilight Princess
7) Built To Last
8) The Star Of Home
9) New Breed
10) Second To None
In support of their new album, HAMMERFALL will be hitting the road on a recently announced extensive European tour. Catch HAMMERFALL live, when they return to Europe on the following dates, presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, musiX and Metal.de. More dates to come!
12.01.17 DE – Bremen / Aladin
13.01.17 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 1
14.01.17 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
16.01.17 NL – Utrecht / Tivoli Vredenburg
17.01.17 BE – Antwerp / Trix
18.01.17 DE – Fulda / Wartenberg Oval
20.01.17 DE – Langen/Frankfurt / Stadthalle
21.01.17 CH – Pratteln / Z7
22.01.17 CH – Pratteln / Z7
25.01.17 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
26.01.17 DE – Filderstadt / Filharmonie
27.01.17 DE – München / Backstage
28.01.17 DE – Kaufbeuren / AllKart Halle
29.01.17 IT – Mailand / Live Club
31.01.17 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
01.02.17 AT – Wien / Arena
02.02.17 AT – Graz / Orpheum
03.02.17 CZ – Zlin / Hala Euronics
04.02.17 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
06.02.17 DE – Berlin / Huxley´s Neue Welt
07.02.17 DE – Hamburg / Große Freiheit 36
08.02.17 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio
The kings of “extra cheesy” metal covers, MAC SABBATH, kick off their summer headline tour today with a performance at the official Psycho Las Vegas pre-party, taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel Paradise Pool stage in Las Vegas. In celebration of today’s tour kick-off, MAC SABBATH manager Mike Odd sat down with Vegas Seven to chat about Psycho Las Vegas, some band history, and more! There, you can also check out a brand new official live video of the band performing “Chicken Of The Slaves”. See it all here: http://vegasseven.com/2016/08/25/mac-sabbath-metal-munchies/
On the Clown Power Tour, MAC SABBATH will be joined by equally mesmerizing one-man, painted Elvis Presley project, Clownvis Presley, originally discovered on Season 5 of America’s Got Talent. The Clown Power Tour will run for about a month, ending in Tucson, AZ at September 17th. See below for a full listing of MAC SABBATH tour dates.
MAC SABBATH Clown Power Tour Dates:
8/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel – no Clownvis Presley (Psycho Las Vegas)
8/27 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre – no Clownvis Presley
8/28 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/30 – Green Bay, WI @ Lyric Room
8/31 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Complex
9/1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
9/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
9/3 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
9/4 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
9/5 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
9/7 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
9/8 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
9/9 – Augusta, NJ @ Sussex County Fairgrounds (New Jersey Taco Festival)
9/10 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Ballroom
9/12 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
9/13 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
9/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
9/15 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep – no Clownvis Presley
9/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad – no Clownvis Presley
9/17 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress – no Clownvis Presley
Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a MAC SABBATH show. Show attendees should be prepared to partake in the fun – MAC SABBATH puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show – complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises… basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams.
“… one of the most interesting bands to come around in a long, long time. They have Dead Kennedys’ outrageous sense of humor mixed with total irreverence and ornate style on top of a solid, engaging performance (even if the crowd is reluctant to respond). So while this whole thing was probably thought up after eating too many pot brownies, it is one of the most brilliant ideas in a long time.”
– Troy Farah, Phoenix New Times
“This is not a drill. Be it exchanging Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” for a “Pair-a-buns” or “Iron Man” for a “Frying Pan,” these food-focused musical dweebs are cooking up something hot ‘n’ ready just for you.” – Alicia Lutes, MTV.com
“The most impressive-and terrifying-thing about Mac Sabbath is that they’re actually really good. Ronald channels his inner Ozzy onstage, from the manic jumping to the frantic hand waving…” – Bryan Rolli, Paste Magazine
“Even if the songs are dripping with onions and extra cheese, Mac Sabbath put on one righteous stage show, complete with smoke machines, gritty power chords, and endless head-banging.” – Chris Coplan, ConsequenceofSound.net
Named by Buzzfeed as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To”
It was the gentle cryptic teasing that left OPETH and Rock / Metal fans in a general state of wonder and intrigue. The OPETH logo superimposed over a picture of the famous Sydney Harbour. Was an Australian Tour announcement imminent? Fans didn’t have to wait long and the announcement left them ecstatic. To celebrate the release of band’s 12th studio album Sorceress, on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.OPETH announced 3 special shows at historic venues around the world in support of the record: Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 1st, SSE Wembley Arena in London on November 19th and the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia on February 6th 2017 which will see OPETH will be performing music from their upcoming album, Sorceress, as well as fan favorite cuts from their celebrated catalog and will be opening the shows with a special set featuring material fromDeliverance & Damnation.
A unique and stunning announcement; one of the most influential and innovative bands of their era performing at one of the most iconic (in design and prestige) concert halls on the planet; an epic event unlikely to be seen again. People were left in amazement and a state of angst set in as people rushed to secure a ticket to this historic event.
We can hereby announce that in just a matter of hours of going on sale this monumental show is officially SOLD OUT! Those lucky people who purchased a ticket will be left with a memory of a lifetime…… This is really happening people.
Thank you David Roy Williams www.metropolistouring.com & Northern Music Co. and of course more than anyone, Opeth for making this event possible.
Anthrax not only made its “Late Night with Seth Meyers” debut this week, but hung out with the iconic Robert De Niro. Check out the band’s live performance of their new single, “Monster At The End,” here: http://bit.ly/2bIYbEm
To support the band’s critically-acclaimed new album For All Kings and in celebration of their 35th anniversary, Anthrax hits the road this fall with Slayer starting September 9 in Cleveland; dates are below.
9 Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
11 Ground Zero, Travers City, MI*
12 Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13 Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Anthology, Rochester, NY*
17 Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18 Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
21 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*
22 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24 Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25 Knotfest, Devore, CA
27 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28 Fillmore, Miami, FL
29 Club L.A., Destin, FL*
30 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS
1 Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3 Norva, Norfolk, VA
4 Orange Peel, Ashveille, NC*
5 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
6 Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA*
7 Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8 ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
12 Rev Hall, Boise, ID*
13 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
14 The Hill event Center, Idaho Falls, ID*
15 Revolution Concert House, Garden City, ID
16 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA* (offer)
17 ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19 S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20 Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
21 Hawthorn Theatre, Portland, OR*
22 Discovery Park, Elverta, CA (w/Aftershock)
23 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
22 Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
25 Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ*
26 Top Deck, Famington, NM* (offer)
27 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**
Canada’s melodic thrash metallers THREAT SIGNAL have a lot in store for the near future, now that their new album “Disconnect” is finally on the way. The band will be paving the way for its early 2017 release on road, having teamed up with death metal heavyweights Vader and Hate Eternal for a European tour starting this November. The first dates have been revealed and are available below.
On top of that, the upcoming tour will officially introduce Christian Olde Wolbers (ex-Fear Factory) as THREAT SIGNAL’s new live bassist. Christian will be taking the place of Pat Kavanagh – the band’s long-standing member and co-author of “Disconnect” – only at shows, as Pat will continue his work with the band off stage.
THREAT SIGNAL commented: “We would like to officially welcome Christian Olde Wolbers (ex Fear Factory) into Threat Signal as our new bass player! Christian has been involved with us since the very beginning, having produced and recorded our debut album Under Reprisal. He recently preformed live with us during a short string of local dates, and we had a blast!”
On the upcoming European tour, they added: “You can catch us this November touring Europe alongside Vader and Hate Eternal. We are very excited to bring our live show across the pond again! Especially playing with bands of this caliber. Can’t wait!”
THREAT SIGNAL’s highly anticipated new album, “Disconnect”, will be the first one for Agonia Records, after the band left Nuclear Blast’s roster earlier this year. It’s final release date and details will be revealed over the coming weeks.
“Rise Of The Empire: Europe 2016 Tour”
Vader + Hate Eternal + Threat Signal
Dates (more TBA):
04.11.2016 – GER – Bad Oeynhausen at Druckerei
05.11.2016 – GER – Andernach at Juz-Libe-Club
06.11.2016 – GER – Arlon at L’Entrepot
09.11.2016 – CH – Zurich at Dynamo
11.11.2016 – ITA – Brescia at Circolo Colony
13.11.2016 – NL – Rotterdam at Baroeg
14.11.2016 – UK – London at The Dome
19.11.2016 – GER – Essen at Turock
20.11.2016 – GER – Leipzig at Täubchenthal
More about THREAT SIGNAL:
Since their critically acclaimed debut offering “Under Reprisal” (2006), which won the Canadian Recording Of The Year Award at the Hamilton Music Awards, THREAT SIGNAL became internationally recognised as one of the best modern acts in thrash metal. Their latest two installments, the intense “Vigilance” (2009) and reinvented “Threat Signal” (2011), have both met with unrelenting hype, with each entering the Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Chart, at #32 and #26.
THREAT SIGNAL came to life in 2003 and immediately began generating growing interest within the metal community. Their debut song “Rational Eyes” hit #1 on the international music website GarageBand.com and maintained that position for over two years. As a result, the young band signed to Nuclear Blast and started intensive touring, having performed with act’s such as Children Of Bodom, Soilwork, Motorhead, Saxon, Opeth, Kataklysm, Hatebreed, Epica and Arch Enemy.
THREAT SIGNAL combines the complexity of thrash metal, with a more contemporary groove sound involving technical rhythms, and melodic musical passages. The band is led by frontman Jon Howard (vocals), together with Travis Montgomery (guitars), Pat Kavanagh (bass) and Matt Perrin (guitars). Christian Olde Wolbers (ex-Fear Factory) is the band’s live bassist.
Following another extremely successful GWAR B-Q, your Lords and Masters are GWAR pleased to announce another round of tour dates for this October. Joining them on the tour are Darkest Hour and Mutoid Man. This run kicks off October 27th in Norfolk, VA and runs through October 30th in Washington, DC. Tickets for the Washington DC show go on sale August 25th while Norfolk and Millvale shows go on sale this Friday August 26th. Details on the Brooklyn show will be announced soon.
These new dates are in addition to their previously announced dates with Crowbar and Mutoid Man as well as their appearance at Riot Fest Chicago. A completed list of dates can be found below. It has also been confirmed that Sleazy P. Martini will be accompanying the band on all of these dates, who had the following to say:
“As manager of GWAR and America’s benevolent deep state dictator Sleazy P. Martini. I want to encourage as many Americans as possible to shun the false left-right dichotomy that is politics and make their voices heard by coming out to see GWAR defend their belts on tour this year. And while your vote will have no effect on the Presidential election this year you can take pleasure in watching Trump and Clinton fight to the death. So come out and support democracy by watching GWAR take on all comers in a political death match knowing that at least it’s not rigged… this time.”
GWAR W/ Crowbar and Mutoid Man:
9/14: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
9/15: Cleveland, OH @ Agora
9/16: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest (Humbolt Park)*
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
9/18: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
GWAR W/Darkest Hour, Mutoid Man
10/27: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/28: Millville, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/29: Brooklyn, NY – Venue TBA
10/30: Washington, DC @ 930 Club
California heavy metal band HUNTRESS kicks off the fall touring season with a string of headlining dates, a coveted slot on Ozzfest (September 24 in San Bernardino, CA) and as support for Trivium and Sabaton on a U.S. run in September and October. The tour marks the band’s first full-scale tour since releasing their third album Static in 2015.
Vocalist Jill Janus comments “Huntress is in full beast mode again and ready to bring the fury to stages this fall! It is an honor to join Black Sabbath at Ozzfest on September 24, and tour alongside Trivium and Sabaton. September Mourning joins us as direct support on a slew of headlining shows as we kick off the fall tour. Huntress is thrilled to have the chance to really connect with our fans, who’ve been so supportive throughout our journey. Spread it, shred it, behead it!”
HUNTRESS-who is Jill Janus, Blake Meahl (guitar), Eli Santana (guitar), Tyler Meahl (drums) and Eric Harris (bass) –will perform songs from all three of their albums Static, Stabound Beast and Spell Eater, giving fans a versatile show combining authentic musicianship and theatrics. The band is offering a free meet & greet nightly after the show.
HUNTRESS’ music video for “Sorrow” off the newest album Static is not to be missed.
The HUNTRESS album trilogy Static, Stabound Beast and Spell Eater is available on Napalm Records.
Here are the complete tour dates for HUNTRESS:
2016 UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Trivium, Sabaton, Huntress
9.15 – Columbus OH
9.16 – Baltimore MD
9.19 – Atlanta GA
9.20 – Little Rock AR
9.22 – Denver CO
9.24 – Ozzfest
9.27 – Salt Lake City UT
9.29 – Omaha NB
9.30 – Minneapolis MN
10.6 – Dallas TX
10.7 – Houston TX
10.8 – Tulsa OK
10.10 – Pittsburgh PA
10.11 – New York NY
10.14 – Worchester MA
10.15 – Binghamton NY
10.17 – Charleston SC
10.18 – St Petersburg FL
10.19 – Ft Lauderdale FL
10.21 – LK Buena Vista FL
HUNTRESS was spawned from the preternatural union of Jill Janus with underground metal band Professor in Highland Park, CA (2010). Having rapidly released three critically acclaimed studio albums, the melodic heavy metal pentad fast tracked touring the world as a supporting act to metal heavyweights Lamb of God, Arch Enemy, Kreator, Amon Amarth, Killswitch Engage, Testament, Danzig and Dragonforce. Huntress thrives on thundering drums, heavy riffs, spectral solos and catchy choruses that come from the band’s musical concoction of melodic songwriting, occult science and bong rips. Huntress delivers a modern sonic attack while staying true to the roots of heavy metal, with a penchant for thrash, death and black metal. Huntress released their buzzworthy debut album Spell Eater in 2012 on Napalm Records. One year later in 2013, the critically-acclaimed Starbound Beast was a sophomore success. Lemmy Kilmister penned lyrics for “I Want To Fuck You To Death” which quickly became a radio hit. Their third album Static was released on September 25, 2015 to stellar reviews. Huntress continues to be driven by a fierce work ethic and a relentless tour schedule. This fall they’ll tour with Trivium and Sabaton, and make a stop in San Bernardino, CA to play Ozzfest on Sept 24.
In just three weeks, Swedish metal favorites SABATON – recognized globally by fans for their unique brand of historical battle-themed metal – will return to the United States for the 2016 “Silence In The Snow” Fall Tour with headliners Trivium and fellow special guest Huntress. This is a can’t-miss line-up! The tour begins on September 15 in Columbus, OH and comes to a close on October 21 st in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Pick up your tickets via www.sabaton.net/tour and see below for all current tour dates.
These dates will be the first time U.S. fans get to see SABATON performing with their new guitarist Tommy Johansson. The band issued a statement yesterday regarding the departure of their former guitarist Thobbe En glund and the addition of Johansson: “Thank you Thobbe, welcome Tommy! Our guitar player Thobbe did his final concert with us on last Saturday’s very emotional show at the SABATON OPEN AIR festival. Celebrating the release of our new album while saying goodbye to a great friend is lots of mixed feelings. But the future is bright since this was not nearly our last stand, from now on you will see Tommy Johansson playing guitars with SABATON and we all look forward to see you on the road!”
Johansson added:”For me to be a part of the SABATON family is a huge honor and I couldn’t be happier! The guys are awesome and among the nicest people you can meet. I’ve been following SABATON since 2005 when I saw them live for the first time and I have loved the band ever since, so when they asked me to join there was no hesitation. Although, they did ask me already back in 2012 but for many personal reasons it was not a good time for me to hit the road and give everything that was needed to the band. So I declined, but we have stayed in touch since then. I also want to say that Thobbe is a great guitarist and such a wonderful guy! My job is not to replace him, it’s to contribute to the band with my own style of guitar playing but of course also to keep his fans happy by playing his wonderful solos with pride. I look forward to meet you all on tour and to do what I love the most in life – to play heavy metal!”
Last Friday, August 19, SABATON released their latest album The Last Stand via Nuclear Blast. You can order your copy of the heavy metal masterpiece now in various physical formats, or digitally. For fans who want a little extra, don’t miss the “Tank Edition”.
More on The Last Stand:
‘The Lost Battalion’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Blood Of Bannockburn’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Shiroyama’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘The Art Of War’ OFFICIAL LIVE CLIP:
See what press is saying about SABATON’s The Last Stand:
“Most diverse SABATON war ever!ˮ- SPARK (CZ), David Havlena
“Everything SABATON stand for, compressed on 37 exciting minutes! The Last Stand goes straight forward without off-time, delivers hit after hit in the famous SABATON style, but still provides enough space for new sounds and surprises.ˮ – METAL HAMMER (D), Sebastian Kessler
“Best SABATON record so far. The Last Stand has a better sound, bombastic vocals and a future crowd favorite called ‘The Lost Battalion’.”- AARDSCHOK (NL), Michael van Rijswijk
SABATON US Tour Dates with Trivium & Huntress:
9/15 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
9/17 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – off date – w/ Devin Townsend Project, Between The Buried and Me & Fallujah
9/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/20 – Little Rock, AR @ The Metroplex
9/22 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
9/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
9/25 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater – Knotfest
9/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/29 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium/Underground
9/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
10/2 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park – Louder Than Life
10/4 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
10/6 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/7 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/8 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/11 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/15 – Binghamton, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
10/17 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
10/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Death metal legends OBITUARY have announced Ten Thousand Ways To Die, a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band’s storied catalog. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band’s highly successful 2015 Inked In Blood world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years. Ten Thousand Ways To Diewill be released worldwide on October 21st on CD and Digital formats and is sure to satisfy new and die-hard OBITUARY fans and will quench the bloodthirst of listeners until the band’s new album drops in Spring 2017.
Pre-Orders for Ten Thousand Ways To Die are available at the Relapse Records Store.
Additionally, the band has announced a Fall European Tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included below.
The band commented on the live album saying:
“We are very excited about the live songs that we recorded on this last US Tour. Joe Cincotta from Full Force Studio is also our live sound engineer and he had his full recording rig on the road with us so we took advantage of the opportunity and recorded the show every night. The quality was amazing so we decided to include this as part of the Ten Thousand Ways to Die release to give the fans a little Ob bonus! We selected songs from different cities so you will hear the sound difference between each song. Nothing was done to the songs after the live performance recording so it gives you the real, true, unedited “live show” sound and feeling that the fans experienced at each show.”
OBITUARY Tour Dates:
Oct 21 Hannover, DE Capitol
Oct 22 Lille, FR Aeronef
Oct 23 Rennes, FR L’Etage
Oct 24 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
Oct 25 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Oct 27 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 28 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Oct 29 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
Oct 30 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Nov 1 Antwerp, BE Trix
Nov 2 Tilburg, NL O13
Nov 3 Leuuwarden, NL Neushoom
Nov 4 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
Nov 5 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
Nov 6 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Nov 8 Dortmund, DE FZW
Nov 9 Berlin, DE Huxley’s
Nov 10 Leipzig, DE Taubchenthal
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Nov 12 Katowice, PL Mega Club
Nov 13 Ostrava, CZ Garaz
Nov 15 Bucharest, RO Arlene Romane
Nov 16 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR Tvornica Club
Nov 18 Vienna, AT Arena
Nov 19 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Nov 20 Zurich, CH Komplex
On September 23rd, melodic death metal outfit Allegaeon will be releasing their fourth full-length, Proponent for Sentience! Today, the band has launched a full band play-through for the new album track, “Subdivisions” – an epic cover version of the Rush classic! Watch the video below: