Ravage, the traditional heavy metal/ thrash act from Boston, MA, which formed in the mid 90’s and whose last full length album “The End Of Tomorrow” was issued through Metal Blade Records in 2009, have released a lyric video for “Curse Of Heaven”, a track from the band’s forthcoming full-length album “Return Of The Spectral Rider”.
The album is a complete re-recording of their underground cult album “Spectral Rider” which was recorded in 2003 and given a limited release through Germany’s Karthago Records in 2005. Singer Al Ravage explains, “‘Return Of The Spectral Rider’ is a complete re-recording of our old ‘Spectral Rider’ album. It is a collection of songs that we loved and have always felt were very strong songs but we never got a proper studio production of them due to lack of budget, producer issues etc. The original recording was done during a very tumultuous time in the band’s history and at the time I thought it might be the epitaph for the band. Eleven years later, we are still around and still playing a lot of these songs, so it was fun to revisit them. There is a raw energy to the thing because there are some songs that we wrote the music for when we were thirteen years old… there’s lyrics on there that I wrote when I was fifteen. We recorded them in our own studio so we were able to experiment a bit on the production end and tweak the sound to what we originally wanted which is to have a very “real” sounding recording. The drums aren’t triggered, they don’t sound like a drum machine playing the drums. We didn’t use a metronome, and the biggest difference is that we actually tuned up! The whole thing is in standard tuning. This is the way metal was meant to sound.”
The album was recorded in Malden, MA at Hellbent For Acoustics Studios and features guest appearances by former members of RAVAGE, members of IRON WILL, ROZAMOV, BLACK MASS, POWER GLOVE, and SEAX. Cover art has been completed by Tim Jacobus, best known for his work on the GOOSEBUMPS and FEAR STREET series of horror novels. It has yet to be revealed.
The recording is currently in the mastering stage and RAVAGE is seeking interest from record labels.
The line up for Bloodstock Open Air 2016 looks as marvellous as ever – many a keen Slayer and Behemoth fan will be congregating near the Ronnie James Dio stage in anticipation. But for those of you determined to enjoy as many bands as possible over the weekend, here are Metal-Rules UK’s top five non-headline bands we think you should check out.
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Once again here we are again as the Finnish Metal-Rules.com two-man-team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. The 2016 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock as usual. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out like this year. However, it took a bit longer until all the tickets were gone this year. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. It was sad to see the final show by Twisted Sister, but of course fabulous to see a whole bunch of other bands. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
Review by Jarod Lawley
Photos by Talie Rose Eigland
King Diamond – O2 Forum 2016
The King’s return to the UK after a seven year long absence at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 must have impressed a lot of metalheads, because now the band haunt London again for the first time in ten years, they are playing to a crowd that is over twice the size to the that back out the Electric Ballroom in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
Covering a Metal fest is hard work and until we have significant advances in technology that allows us to be in two places at once, there will always have to be compromise and choices at the reporters discretion as to what get covered and what doesn’t. Fortunately at the first annual Shredmonton Metal Fest two of the three venues were situated in the same building so jumping back and forth was not too arduous. I did my best to cover as much as I could and this will be a quick overview of a most triumphant weekend!
Zimmer’s Hole with Fuqoured, Untimely Demise & Kyoktys
Dickens Pub on May 20th, 2016
Photos courtesy of Jeff Bartelli
I wasn’t actually planning to review Zimmer’s Hole as I already had four reviews on my plate to finish but concerts by the legendary Zimmer’s Hole are few and far between, so I thought I better make some notes. Luckily two great photographers (Monika D and Jeff B) were at the gig so I could poach some photos from them.
Scythia is a well-known and well-regarded Calgary Metal band. To record their fourth album LINEAGE (watch for a review shortly!) they went to Finland to record at Sonic Pump, the recording studio owned and operated by none other than Nino Laurenne of Thunderstone. Over time a relationship was established and it was decided that Thunderstone would come to western Canada for a few gigs. May 4th ,2016 was the first time that Thunderstone had ever played in Canada and it was a great night!
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band. Thanks to Ulterium Records for the additional promo pictures of the band.
For some strange reason the music of InnerWish totally past me by, the band have been active for about 20 years and after a really long break the band released the album INNERWISH. The previous album came 6 years ago and I was interested in knowing more about what the band had been up to in between releases, so I got in touch with drummer Fragiskos Samoilis to know more about the status of the band. Members have come and gone, especially singers, and the new album is, like the previous one, mixed in Sweden by the legendary producer Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd. We talked about what the future has in store for the band and if you’re interested in learning more about traditional melodic metal sprinkled with great vocals make sure to read and listen to InnerWish.
From forming in 1985 to disbanding in 1990 the band released a couple of demo’s that became legendary in the underground and one album: “Divine Spiritual and Intellectual Development”.
This album became a collectors item in the underground and last year Marquee records Brazil re-released this album after 25 years on their Metal Classics label. In August the crypt records u.s.a will release a vinyl version, a double album in coloured vinyl with the album and all the demo’s, 2 un-released re-recordings and one brand new song.
For the re-recording USURPER frontman Patrick Harreman teamed up with Martijn Horsten on guitar, Larry Kranenburg on drums and René Simons on guitar. The re-recording sounded so good that the guys decided to write a new track. This spiraled into madness and to cut a long story short……………..the band is recording a new album as we speak.
Patrick Harreman: Lemmy said it before: “you always go back to the first love in music”. To me that was extreme thrash metal. But it is a suprise, even to me hahahaha the re-recodings went so well and was so much fun that we decided to continue. I cant wait to play the old stuff the way we do now
With hardly any time to recover fully from Download Festival in the Midlands of England, it is already time to go to the 14th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Also it is the birthday celebration of 30 years of Metal Hammer Magazine, and what a ride it has been! Read the rest of this entry »
Glenn “The Voice Of Rock” Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known from his work with Deep Purple, Tony Iommi and funk rock pioneers Trapeze. Hughes also maintains a notable solo career including 12 studio albums and he’s been an active session musician and a member in various projects. Between 2009 and 2014 he fronted the supergroup Black Country Communion which also featured guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonhan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. On April 2016, Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. Currently Hughes is working his first solo album in 8 years. He’s also working Black Country Communion re-union which is going to happen next year. I met a good humoured Hughes in Swedenrock in early June and here is a summary of our discussion which includes a new album, Black Country reunion and many other interesting topics. Read on!
What would the summer be without metal festivals? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Finland is the real promised land of metal with festivals arranged all around Finland from the north to the south, from the east to the west. A new comer to the Finnish metal festival map is called Tampere Metal Meeting arranged for the first time. The debut year of the festival looked tremendous temptating and fabulous as far as the line-up is monitored ; Finntroll, Moonsorrow, Destroyer 666, Nocturnus AD, Tiamat etc. Metal-Rules.Com made the visit to Tampere Metal Meeting…
WITCHES MARK have uploaded their new song “Road Razor” to Soundcloud.
Taken from the band’s forthcoming third album, “Road Razor” marks the first new studio material from WITCHES MARK since 2013’s“Witching Metal Ritual” full length.
Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams elaborates “After we finished playing out in support of the last record we got a little busy playing in some other bands. I joined IGNITOR on guitar in January of 2015 and Robb Bockman (Guitar/Vocals) recently joined the black metal band UADA on bass and has been touring with them. Both band’s have been doing really well for themselves and we’ve stayed consistently busy but wherever we’d go people kept asking us about WITCHES MARK and we’ve always known that band was something really special so we got together over the holidays and wrote all of the material for the next album. We’re gonna try and have it released by the end of the year.”