The blazed henchmen of grindcore, BRUTAL TRUTH, will storm through the Northeast US with two shows next week, and have confirmed the crashing of a round of European metalfests.
Next Saturday, March 16th, BRUTAL TRUTH will raid Brooklyn to pummel Saint Vitus bar with support from Total Fucking Destruction [double Hoak duty!], Psychic Limb and Hivesmasher, on the way to the Philthadelphia Infest in Philly the next night with Master, Malignancy, Embalmer, Phobia, Cannabis Corpse and labelmates Devourment among a rash of others.
This Spring and Summer BRUTAL TRUTH will raid European audiences several times, confirmed to hit Stockholm, Sweden on April 18th, followed by their participation on Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise with Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave and others over the following days. July will take the bastards back to Europe once again to slaughter crowds at Metal Days Festival in Slovenia and Stonehenge Fest in Holland.
BRUTAL TRUTH assaulted the masses with the monstrous End Time LP in September 2011, the band’s patented sonic abuse as always fueled by swarms of blastbeats, distortion, feedback and bong-sedated rage, its’ chambers loaded with nearly an hour of faceblasting anarchy. Recorded with Doug White at Watchman Studios in Lockport, New York, End Time showcases BRUTAL TRUTH continuing to reign as one of grindcore’s most influential acts.
Los Angeles heavy metallers WHITE WIZZARD have confirmed a show in West Hollywood with veterans LIZZY BORDEN.
WHITE WIZZARD – who are currently recording their new studio album, THE DEVIL’S CUT – will be supporting LIZZY BORDEN at the world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip on April 13th.
WHITE WIZZARD bassist and main man JON LEON comments:
“We are happy to announce White Wizzard will be playing direct support to the classic and amazing band Lizzy Borden at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, April 13. We go on at 11pm sharp. If you are in LA make sure you buy tickets. It’s going to be an amazing show!!!”
THE DEVIL’S CUT is being recorded with producer RALPH PATLAN (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER) at Phase Four Studios in Tempe, Arizona. The album is the band’s third full-length release, and their first to feature vocalist JOSEPH MICHAEL. The album is due to be released later this year on Earache Records in Europe and via Century Media/Earache Records in the USA. Read the rest of this entry »
Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY, have just uploaded the first album trailer from their upcoming masterpiece End Of Disclosure here:
HYPOCRISY – End Of Disclosure
“This time I wanted to go back to basics,” commented Tägtgren previously about End Of Disclosure. “I felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums. This one is straight to the point and more HYPOCRISY than ever! Fast, heavy, and epic. Enjoy!” Being on a par with their 90’s brute yet multifaceted masterpieces, End Of Disclosure leaves no room for breathers. It was produced by mastermind Peter Tägtgren in his Abyss Studios in Sweden, with artwork was done this time by Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, KREATOR, NILE, VADER, BLOODBATH). End Of Disclosure will be released March 22 (Europe) and April 2, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
Check a short documentary detailing the making-of the “End Of Disclosure” video clip, which recently took place in Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the footage here: http://youtu.be/B195M02nmq4. The final music video for the title-track of their upcoming masterpiece End Of Disclosure can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJsdZ2FR3WM. The clip was directed by Ville Lipiainen (AMORPHIS, NIGHTWISH, THE 69 EYES).
HYPOCRISY will return to North America once againthis May for a headlining tour in support of their upcoming album, End Of Disclosure! Joining them are Brazilian brothers in death KRISIUN, Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED, and technical-melodic-death-masters ARSIS!AUTUMN’S END and STARKILL will also support them on their metal crusade across the continent on select shows.
Finnish rockers Lordi have had their new album “To Beast Or Not To Beast” released this week, and with good reviews in both Metal Hammer and Kerrang, the album is going down a storm, which is really good news, given that the band are coming to the UK for 9 shows in May.
The band has also released a video for the single “The Riff”. This can be viewed here:
Heavy metal cooking show Headbanger’s Kitchen hosted by Demonic Resurrection frontman Demonstealer releases their 13th Episode featuring heavy metal band Wolf from Sweden. The show features the creation of a dish called Voodoo Mutton followed by an interview with guitarists Niklas Stalvind and Simon Johansson.
The Queens Of Metal Open Air 2013-Team confirms three more bands and completes the line up:
With these three acts we complete the program for Queens Of Metal Open Air 2013 which will take place
in Naturtheater Steinbach (98667 Schleusegrund) from August the 29th till August the 31st:
RANZ BÖLLNER AND THE HEAVY METAL WARRIORS
Now, billing is complete and looks like this: DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
HAIL OF BULLETS
DR. LIVING DEAD
RANZ BÖLLNER AND THE HEAVY METAL WARRIORS
WILD ZOMBIE BLAST GUIDE
Paul McCartney Live Kisses (Blu-Ray) 2012, Eagle Vision Rating: 4.5/5
Having been a Beatlefan since the early 90’s this release came with mixed feelings. Never was a big Macca fan so another release was not high on my list of releases to get. This one is different. What sparked my interest is that it features my favorite piano player; Diana Krall. While I have not heard the latest McCartney album which features her playing this release was of great interest.
This Blu-Ray is well packaged in a nice hardbound book form with about a 40 page booklet. Really beautifully done. As soon as I began to watch the disc we are treated to some amazing shots of the Capitol Tower which is an icon in itself. The video quickly switches to Black & White which suits the music perfectly. The music is old standards so it will not be for everyone. It is extremely mellow and relaxing and a far cry from his solo or Beatles releases. It is not too far out of the realm for Krall though. The combination of the the two of them is a perfect match. Never would you have dreamt that they could sound so perfectly together. The combination of Paul’s voice and her interpretation of the songs on piano is perfect. The big surprise for me was seeing Joe Walsh play guitar on a couple of songs. Joe is an amazing guitarist and this demonstrates that he is not only a fantastic Rock guitarist but an excellent Classical player as well. This may not be for everyone but it is extremely well done and worth looking into if you like McCartney or just want to pour up a glass of red with that special someone on a cold winter’s night and relax.
PURSON release brand new video for “Leaning on a Bear”; new album to be released April 30thLed by enigmatic vocalist/guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, London, England’s Purson are poised to erupt on the international underground with their new album, The Circle and the Blur Door. The first single, Leaning on a Bear, has been transformed into a brand new music video by director Chris Martin. The video, which is as trippy and psychedelic as the band, is streaming on Purson’s youtube channel now: youtube.com/PursonMusic.
Rosalie Cunningham elaborates on the video: “We found this great place in Brixton, South London called Cafe Cairo that looks as though it has been transplanted there from the souk in Marrakesh. It was just perfect for a Purson video, so we invited some friends along, hung out, and played. Chris Martin shot and edited the video and my brother, William, treated the footage and added the trippy effects”.The Circle and the Blue Door is slated for release in North America on April 30th. Pre-orders and more information will be launched on Monday, March 11th at metalblade.com/purson. European fans can order the album at riseaboverecords.com.
Circle is set to be released on April 19, 2013 (Europe) and April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) was produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR). Tracking was done at Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Cover artwork was created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHIN, DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL – www.facebook.com/artoftombates).
Antarctic metal monsters GWAR are kicking off their spring run of dates with a special “Meat and Meet” at the world-famous Grinders in Kansas City, MO. The “Meat and Meet” is scheduled for Monday April 8th from 6-8 PM. Read the rest of this entry »
On March 30th, 2013, Italian band Echotime will release the debut album “Genuine” under logic(il)logic Records (distributed by Andromeda Dischi). It will be a concept album.
The band is inspired and influenced by artists such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kamelot, Queen, Ronnie James Dio, Jorn Lande, Pain Of Salvation, Circus Maximus and Winger. It tries to create a personal sound, different from progressive and metal cliché and contaminated by pop, rock, latin and funk styles, influenced by soundtracks from action and adventure movies, with a unique attention to arrangements and sounds. With its music, strength, energy, the costumes used to perform and the catchy atmospheres, the band involves the audience and drags it to Echotime’s world!
“Genuine” was mixed and mastered at Domination Studio by Simone Mularoni.
Heavy metallers Nightglow have uploaded one full song from their debut album “We Rise”, due to come out via logic(il)logic Records on March 18th. “Between Heaven & Hell” is available for streaming on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkwyZ_l2BJA
Real metal institution DECEASED will be embarking on a mini-tour of the U.S. tomorrow, with Gravehill as direct support. Says DECEASED frontman King Fowley, “It’s time to smash it to the fucking wall! DECEASED and Gravehill on the march – ugly lives!” Adds Gravehill’s Mike Abominator, “We look forward to killing out on the road with the mighty DECEASED! The power of these stinky cadavers compells you!” Dubbed “March of the Cadavers,” the tour is confirmed for the following dates/venues:
March 8th @ ZIGGYS in Chattanooga, Tennessee *
March 9th @ HOOLIGANS in Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 10th @ ROCKY POINT CANTINA in Tempe, Arizonia
March 11th @ SLIDEBAR in Fullerton, California
March 12th @ THE JOINT in Los Angeles, California
March 13th @ ELBO ROOM in San Francisco, California
March 14th @ BURT’S TIKI LOUNGE in Salt Lake City, Utah
March 15th @ AQUALUNG in Denver, Colorado
March 16th @ FUBAR in St. Louis, Missouri *
* indicates no GRAVEHILL at these shows
New studio album “Nemesis” charts top 50 in six countries
Melodic metal legends STRATOVARIUS are pleased to unleash their “Halcyon Days” video from the band’s latest full-length, “Nemesis”, released via earMUSIC. Hailed by the media as, “the best STRATOVARIUS album since many, many years,” by Metal Hammer Germany, “a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now,” by Metal Underground in the US and, “the strongest STRATOVARIUS album since the beginning of the century,” by KaaosZine in Finland, STRATOVARIUS were once again able to live up to their reputation as one of the leading names of the metal genre, once again exceeding fans’ and critics’ expectations and charting all over the world: Finland: # 3, Czech Republic # 12, Switzerland # 30, Spain # 32, Germany # 41, Sweden # 44, France # 56, Norway # 56, Austria # 62, Canada # 126.
Coinciding with the band’s European tour, set to commence in Helsinki, Finland, the band today proudly reveals the video for their second single. The footage for “Halcyon Days” was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind.
At once aggressive and sinister in its almost techno-influenced stormy moments, the chorus and bridge of “Halcyon Days” reflects serenity with its hopeful and powerful melody. Referring to a legend that there were seven days of peace in the midst of a stormy season, the song also features this quiet moment of passing through the eye of the storm.
The band explains: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: a band is nothing without the fans.”
Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized STRATOVARIUS item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, STRATOVARIUS will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius.