For the third time in a row – in 2009 with No Sacrifice, No Victory, in 2011 with Infected, and now once again with their 2014 release (r)Evolution – Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL have steadily climbed the ranks to have their ninth studio album debut at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and clinch their highest-ever first-week sales record in the United States in the process.
From #38 (2009) to #16 (2011) to the top of the American Heatseekers chart this week, (r)Evolution also debuted at #1 in Sweden and entered the Top 10 in five countries.
KAMELOT NORTH AMERICA 2015 w special guests DragonForce
We are pleased to announce we are returning to North America in 2015, in support of the new KAMELOT album due for release in March 2015! The band is busy in the studio now and cannot wait to return to the USA and Canada for their biggest North American stage setup ever.
Special guests on this tour will be Dragonforce from the UK. This is will be a Symphonic Power Metal Extravaganza!
Limited VIP Tickets will be offered for all shows:
VIP Packages Include:
Ticket to the show
An exclusive Meet & Greet with all the band members
Have your picture taken with the band
Early entrance to the venue
A personally signed poster
An original VIP-pass
See you in April/May 2015!!!
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have just released the fourth “Making Of” trailer for their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album featuring new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. Watch Episode 4, “The Beginning of the Summer Camp,” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
“You have to remember that the last time we played together was about 11 months ago,” commented longtime drummerJukka Nevalainen - who is sitting out on the recording sessions due to health issues – about the band’s first rehearsal. (Kai Hahto [WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY] is replacing him.) “It’s been quite a while, so all things considered out, initial stabs were pretty okay.”
“You start to get into the songs when you rehearse them,” adds NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. “We played a heavier tune, and it did get me moshing a bit. I don’t know if it has something to do with age – but the need to show off has diminished even more. It’s more like you want to do justice to the song and not strut your stuff.”
Metal fan James Evans, who got arrested for posting lyrics of Exodus track “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” to his Facebook wall on August 24, recently gave a few comments on the matter, calling the situation “pretty worrisome.”
“It’s surreal,” the 31-year-old told Billboard. “I didn’t think anything would come of it.”
After initially finding Evans, the police officers proceeded to ask him if he was planning to harm anyone. “I assumed the conversation got resolved,” he said. “They informed [my mother] that I may or not be charged. They said they were going to talk to me at work, but they never showed up. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”
However, the police was quick to show up with an arrest warrant for James, claiming that “he threatened to kill students and or staff at school.”
“They never even cuffed me, just put me in the back of the car,” he said. “They knew I wasn’t dangerous. They were kind of shocked, too, because they thought it had been resolved. They just had to serve it because it was in their jurisdiction.”
Evans further assumed he would be released, but instead he was charged with a Class C felony for “terrorist threatenings,” facing a possible five to 10-year jail sentence.
“I couldn’t believe it got that out of hand,” he said. “At the same time it’s worrisome because I have a family to take care of. I have a three-month-old son.”
A week later, James was handed a deferment for six months and was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. If he complies with the court, all charges will be dropped.
THE CREATORS OF ‘INSIDE METAL: THE PIONEERS OF LA HARD ROCK AND METAL” DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES, WHICH FEATURES THE BIGGEST NAMES OF ’80S METAL, OFFERS METAL FANS A CHANCE TO BE INCLUDED IN THESE HISTORICAL MOVIES THOUGH FANBACKED
The early ’80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, ‘Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal,’ chronicles the entire scene.
Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, ‘Inside Metal’ features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this killer documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up atWWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM – which will help strengthen the film’s distribution, marketing and promotion.
This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).
‘Inside Metal’ is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories.
New York Metal mainstays PRONG are hitting the the road beginning tomorrow September 10th in Los Angeles, CA through October 14th in San Francisco, CA. This is the band’s first North American headline tour behind Ruining Lives The tour. Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill. Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’s “Knotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.
“PRONG starts our U.S. / Canada tour tomorrow September 9th at the legendary Whiskey A- Go -Go in West Hollywood, CA. This is our first trip on this continent since our release of our Ruining Lives LP, after two successful European tours. We have a new 7″ single out “Remove, Separate Self” and will be selling it at shows as well as our first “Turnover” 7″. This is so cool because it reminds me of the old days when we sold our demo tapes and our initial EP “Primitive Origins” at shows. So please check out our dates at http://www.prongmusic.com. We are also excited about joining up with our old buddies OVERKILL on a good amount of our dates. So come on out and I’ll see you on the road.
Check out the band’s new video for “Remove, Separate Self” HERE.
Motörhead’s Motörboat regrets to announce that thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth have been forced to withdraw from the September 22-26 cruise due to medical reasons. Heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance – including Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick – has been added to the Motörhead’s Motörboat music lineup.
Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity to see a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage. Singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) andMike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs. For more details on Metal Allegiance, visit:
Megadeth issued the following statement about their unfortunate cancellation: “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next 8 weeks. With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon!”
“You can’t replace a band like Megadeth, who have done so much to change the landscape of heavy music over the past 30 years. We wish Dave Mustaine all the best in his recovery,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment. “But we’re excited that Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick will still be joining us. The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can’t get anywhere else – and bringing Metal Allegiance onboard with metal’s most loyal fans fits that bill.”
Megadeth’s David Ellefson comments, “I’m really looking forward to being together with our friends and fans on Motörboat. Metal Allegiance is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal.”
“I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet,” says Philip Anselmo.
Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill says, “We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but Metal Allegiance is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!”
Mike Portnoy agrees: “I’ve been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there’s something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much.”
The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will feature Motörhead, Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.
This UK tour sees the reformation of Mordred who disbanded shortly after the release of their 1994 Album The Next Room. The reunion, has been just as organic as their style, which came about in 2013 when Guitarist, Danny White, on returning to San Francisco, got in touch with the guys from Mordred and asked if they wanted to jam. They did and naturally it worked. Photos of this were posted on social media, which attracted interest, largely from the UK. It was clear that Mordred still had a strong fan base who wanted to see their comeback. In October 2013 this tour was announced, and the crowd funding campaign begun. Read the rest of this entry »
AT THE GATES: ‘SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL’ FULL DYNAMIC RANGE VINYL OUT NOW
SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL, the definitive melodic death metal album from Gothenburg legends AT THE GATES, is available now on limited edition Full Dynamic Range vinyl LP.
Originally released in 1995, SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL is regularly cited as one of the most important and influential metal albums of all time, and was long regarded as AT THE GATES’ final opus until the band announced they would release a new studio album this year.
The album has been specially remastered from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range (FDR) audio, allowing the music’s nuances to shine through and giving the whole album a more ferocious and dynamic sound than ever before.
SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL is available now on Full Dynamic Range vinyl in black, as well as in the following limited colours:
200 – Nausea Green (SOLD OUT)
200 – Black/Green Split
300 – Dead Sky (SOLD OUT)
300 – Black/Yellow Split
400 – Flames of the End (SOLD OUT)
Thunder In The East definitely roared out of loudspeakers and ghetto-blasters of heavy metal kids in the 80’s when the Japanese metal tornado hit the jackpot with the fifth album in a row. Loudness toured with several big league names such as Mötley Crue, AC/DC, Saxon in the 80’s. Toward the end of the 80’s the band’s line-up went changes when Minoru Niihara was dismissed. The band went through several line-up changes in the 90’s till 2000 when the classic line-up reunited. Loudness never ever visited Finland before the debut show at the prestigious Jalometalli Metal festival. Metal-Rules.Com had the great opportunity of chatting with the Loudness frontman Minoru Niihara.