The air smells like hair spray and there are more wigs and thighs wrapped in tight lycra than you will ever find in Cher’s wardrobe. In the air flows blow up penises and dolls. Is this a bad dream? No, this is normality in the world of California rockers, Steel Panther.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada has announced EYE OF HORUS as winner of Edmonton Round Three. The band will join QUIETUS and SAMANDRIEL at the city semi-final on Wednesday, May 7th at Pawn Shop Live (10551 82 Ave NW.) where two bands will move on to compete at the provincial final for Alberta taking place in Calgary on Friday, May 23rd at Dicken’s Pub, (1000 9 Ave SW.). One band from the battle for Alberta will move on to compete at the national final in Toronto, ON on June 7th at Opera House (735 Queen St. E.) where one independent Canadian metal band will be selected to perform at Wacken Open Air 2014 for the international Wacken Metal Battle.
Over 100 independent Canadian metal bands have been selected to participate in this year’s Wacken Metal Battle Canada line up in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April and May in 22 qualifying rounds, six semifinals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House.
One band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honor at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.
The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.
-One finalist from Vancouver, BC
-One finalist from Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
-Two finalists from Toronto, ON
-One finalist from Montreal, QC
CALGARY – ARPIL 5 – ROUND THREE – WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA
LOST SOCIETY: “Terror Hungry” Video Premiere & Streaming
LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, have posted a the music video for the title-track of their upcoming new album Terror Hungry, here. You can also stream the entire record at this location.
LOST SOCIETY will release their sophomore effort Terror Hungry this coming April.“LOST SOCIETY is back, and we’re angrier than ever,” commented guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna. “The new album Terror Hungry is a full on thrash album from start to finish, with a darker and even more aggressive feel to it! It has the signature elements that make up LOST SOCIETY and we’ve put in even more groove riffage, more mind blistering guitar shredding, and some of the fastest stuff we’ve ever done on it! Look out, this one’s gonna be faster, louder and we’re more pissed off than ever!”
Terror Hungry was produced by Nino Laurenne (AMORPHIS, ENSIFERUM, LORDI) at the renowned Sonic Pump studios (FINNTROLL, SONATA ARCTICA, OMNIUM GATHERUM). The artwork was created by Jan Meininghaus (BOLT THROWER, SICK OF IT ALL, UDO). Expect to see the release of Terror Hungry in both digital and physical formats on April 1st (North America) and April 4th (Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Pre-order your copy of Terror Hungry at http://smarturl.it/LOSTSOCIETY-Hungry.
When MOTÖRHEAD does anything, they do it big. So naturally, MOTÖRHEAD is taking part in Record Store Day 2014 in a big way – offering a must-have collectible item! The band is releasing a limited and numbered special edition Aftershock picture disc vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19th. The 180-gram picture discs are limited to 4,500 units worldwide and are individually numbered. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find a participating Record Store Day store near you.
MOTÖRHEAD’s Aftershock did not only act as another stellar addition to the band’s legendary catalog, but is widely regarded as one of the best musical releases of 2013. Aftershock marked MOTÖRHEAD’s biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date. You can order Aftershock now in Limited Edition Digipack format via Amazon.com at this link. The album is also available in regular CD format and vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP).
Last week, MOTÖRHEAD teamed up with Rolling Stone to premiere their brand new lyric video for the track ‘Crying Shame’. Check out the impressive and engaging video here, only via RollingStone.com.
Catch MOTÖRHEAD performing with Megadeth and Anthrax on the first annual MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises. More bands are set to be announced soon. Tickets for MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat, as well as full details and cabin pricing, are on sale now at www.MotorheadCruise.com.
MOTÖRHEAD have confirmed select performances this spring, including two stops at Coachella on April 13th and April 20th. Other stops include Los Angeles, CA, Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA. See below for a full listing of dates.
MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates:
4/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
4/13 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/15 Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
4/20 Indio, CA @ Coachella
Make sure to also pick up your copy of the Ronnie James Dio tribute compilation This Is Your Life, which features the track ‘Starstruck’ covered by MOTÖRHEAD with Biff Byford of Saxon. The compilation hits stores on April 1, 2014 via Rhino, but you can reserve your digital copy now via iTunes here, or physical via Amazon here.
German heavy metal legends ACCEPT haveannounced Blind Rageas the title to their third studio album since their 2010 comeback and fourteenth studio album of their career. Set for release this summer in North America,Blind Ragewill be produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (EXODUS, MEGADETH, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY).
“Something happened to us, something subliminal and impetuous,” states ACCEPT guitarist and main songwriter Wolf Hoffmann. “It is wild and scary and it’s called Blind Rage! The cover artwork done by Daniel Goldsworthy shows the beast coming over us – in blind rage – all over the planet. Wherever we go, whenever you turn on the TV, there is blind rage in the works – either natural catastrophes or man-made madness.”
Proudly representing the “Made in Germany” trademark, ACCEPT fashioned distinct musical blueprints that have influenced multiple generations of followers. They have kept their music and artistry relevant around the world and have overcome staggering odds to maintain international careers for over three decades. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s gig had been moved from Mousetrap [just down the road from Sanctuary] as well as a venue change, another gig has been added too – an upstairs hardcore/metal-core combination so by the end of the day – the small building was packed.
Swedish black metallers VANHELGA unveil a video for “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig.” The track hails from VANHELGA’s forthcoming third album, Längtan, set for international release on April 28th via ART OF PROPAGANDA. The video for “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig” tells the disturbing story of a man who wakes up in a confused state and with the dawning realization that he probably tortured and killed his best friend the day before. The video can be seen in its entirety on VANHELGA’s YouTube channel HERE.
“Whenever I read those stories, I hear music,” shares NIGHTWISH composer & keyboardist on the initial idea to write the soundtrack to Don Rosa’s graphic novel The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck. “I hear different melodies and instruments really, really strongly, because the book in itself is rather cinematic. I thought it would be a cool idea to let all that music come out and see what happens. I also fancied the idea of maybe being the first one to ever write a soundtrack to a graphic novel. I don’t think it’s been done before.”
Holopainen reveals the details of his decision to “paint the story with music,” elucidates on the presence of Disney comics & films in his life, and states what this endeavor has in common with The Lord of the Rings in this video interview available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:http://youtu.be/qUoJ8zWy2bk.
The Life And Times Of Scrooge, Holopainen’s first solo record & soundtrack to his “desert island book,” has been fourteen years in the making from concept to reality and will be released in North America on April 15th.
Witness history with thine own eyes. The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, Sweden’s technically intoxicating extreme metal quintet MESHUGGAH, are returning to North America this summerto celebrate their 25thyear of musical deviance with festival appearances, Canadian dates, and clubs that will fill to capacity. Opening for them (on all but the two festival dates) will be North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me.
MESHUGGAH aim to play a very special 25th Anniversary set by performing selections from their entire discography & possibly include some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear viaMESHUGGAH’s online song poll: www.facebook.com/meshuggah/app_151503908244383Voting ends April 2nd!
Iconic guitarist of The Runaways and Shred Queen Lita Ford was awarded by Guitar Player Magazine the Certified Legend Award as the first female shredder March 26th at the Rock Against MS Benefit concert. Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda and staff recognized Lita Ford as a ground breaking inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through guitar. “It has been many hurdles I’ve had to jump over in a 40 year span to get this award” explains Lita Ford. “Breaking ground as the first woman of ROCK, I waited a life time for this recognition – Thank You Guitar Player and Mike Molenda.” This award was Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase “Certified Guitar Player”—and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night—this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. Now Lita Ford is a name added to the big league of Legends.
Mark your calendars! Lead vocalist Simone Simons & guitarist Isaac Delahaye of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will be conducting a YouTube live fan chat from New York City next Tuesday, April 8th at 12:15 p.m. PACIFIC / 3:15 p.m. EASTERN / 9:15 CEST.
The Answer have kindly spared some time to talk to us today, in tonight’s gig venue Sub 89 in Reading as part of their massive UK club tour. Which was been a vast and what sounds like an enjoyable journey for the band. We managed to catch up with very lively pair from the band; bassist Michael Waters and guitarist Paul Mahon.
As soon as Joel Grind and Matt Harvey walk into the bar to an influx of journalists awaiting their arrival, it’s apparent just how great these two bands get on. After already spending an entire US tour together, Toxic Holocaust and Exhumed are starting their trail of chaos in London. We were lucky enough to pry Joel away from Matt while he’s still fresh faced to discuss touring, their latest album and side projects.
It’s been a while since you were over here touring in the UK. Would you agree that the UK is the home of heavy metal and therefore do you love coming over here to play?
I would completely agree. I think it’s essential for me because there are so many bands from America but here it’s such a smaller place and there’s such a large variety of music. There are so many legendary bands and I think about it and I’m like ‘How do all these awesome NWOBHM bands come from one place?!’ All the punk stuff too.
You have released your latest album ‘Chemistry of Consciousness’ since the last time you were over here. How do you feel that album differs from your previous stuff?
I would say this new record went a little more in the punk direction. I wanted to do something a lot more to the point, right off the tap. I wanted to do something that was straight up. It was definitely a chosen way to go in that direction.
Was the process any different? How do you usually go about writing and recording?
It was kind of the same. I can’t really write when I’m on tour because you never have enough time. There are either long drives or tight schedules, or talking or partying so it’s hard to just sit down with a guitar and write music. So I just wait until we’re off tour to start writing and with this album the only real difference was that I knew I wanted it to be really short songs. I wanted something that you could play over and over again rather than waiting for the fucking thing to be over you know? That’s the thing with a lot of music; it’s whether you actually listen to it again after the first time.
The album artwork for this album is totally different to previous ones. Was there a reason for that?
Yeah it’s really psychedelic right? We wanted it to coincide with the lyrics. The lyrics are a little more…trippy; there are a lot of subjects about how the mind works with substances and mind altering things too. I sound like a drug advocate but I’m really not! I’m interested in the whole history and use of psychedelics and things to explore your mind rather than frazzling it.
No chance of a stoner metal album then?
It’s been out quite a while now, have you been happy with the responses so far?
Yeah actually, it’s probably been the best received record we’ve had. I didn’t expect that at all, I actually thought that there would be a big back lash because we tried to really simplify and I thought people wouldn’t like that but in a way it actually worked in our favour which was cool. The main part of being in a band is being able to please yourself and others and it’s always the case that I don’t want to let our fans down but I don’t want to put out records that aren’t me.
Totally. Especially with thrash albums released last year, it felt as though they were really running out of ideas, even the likes of Sodom.
There were no huge curveballs with us and we brought something a little different to the table at least. Even lyrically, there’s not many thrash bands singing about this stuff.
How much of this album are you playing on the tour?
Right now we’re playing three songs. Yes, we’re promoting a new record but I know being a fan of bands, when a band only plays stuff off their new record it really bums me out and I don’t want to be one of those bands. I mean I get it, you don’t want to play the same old songs but it’s a big reason people are coming out to see you, because you have a catalogue of cool tunes and you’ve got to respect the old fans.
Toxic Holocaust are now working with Relapse Records. Obviously this is a large label but I know you guys try and stick with the whole DIY attitude. How has it been balancing the two?
When we first signed with Relapse there was a bit of a back lash from a lot of our diehard fans, like super underground people that didn’t like that but those people go away after a while. They clearly aren’t your true fans if they’re more interested in bands being obscure instead of what they’re actually putting out. So I’m kind of happy that happened but to be honest it’s just as DIY as ever working with Relapse. They have been really good to us because they give us a lot of freedom; they never have said ‘you can’t do this or that’. It’s definitely like a partnership and we give each other ideas of things to do that we really like. It doesn’t feel like a business relationships which is cool.
You also bought out your debut solo album last year. How do you compare Yellow Goat to Toxic Holocaust?
I did it more as a little bit of a throwback to when I first started Toxic Holocaust. The thing with getting more known as a band is there is a lot more responsibility and I wanted to do something where I didn’t have to think about any of that. I just booked a rehearsal room for two days and recorded the whole album. I played all the instruments, everything. It was just a pure labour of love and so fun to do. I was really on the fence about releasing it but I showed it to a couple of friends and they were like ‘You have to get this out!’, so I did and people really loved it. I released it myself too. I like that it came out at the same time as ‘Chemistry of Consciousness’ because it really shows our progression over the years from the demos and stuff.
Are you planning to do a follow up?
I definitely want to do another one! It was so fun to do and when I finished writing the first one, I was thinking of all this other stuff I could’ve done so I still have a lot more ideas!
You’re currently on this tour with label mates Exhumed. We’ve already seen your bromance with Matt (Harvey, frontman) so this is a bit of a silly question but how is it going with those guys?
We did a US tour together right before this one, seven days in between then we played a show in Mexico too without Exhumed. It’s been nonstop with those guys and it’s been so much fun, they’re great to tour with. I love all those guys. It’s one of those bands where we all click together and on this tour we’re all riding the same bus.
So if we were to sneak on said vehicle what would we expect to see going on?
The other day the Exhumed bass player Rob, he was really wasted the night before and he was asleep but he was in like the kneel position in a chair and it looked like he was praying. And then we all tried to wake him up but no one could, so they carried him out, there was like three of us taking him down the stairs and this was when we had to leave, it was so funny. We’ve still got four weeks to go so who knows what will happen!
And finally, with festival season coming up, who are the top 3 headliners of a festival run by Toxic Holocaust?
Smaller European countries like Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia don’t always seem to get as many exciting bands passing through to perform, but when they do, it’s sure not a thing to miss out on.
Back in 2013 Latvian rock fans were pleased to find out that Finnish rockers Apocalyptica will be packing up their cellos and stopping by to play a show in Riga. To make such news even more exciting Apocalyptica announced that they will be bringing along Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.
On an evening of March 22nd, 2014 we had the opportunity and privilege to be nowhere else but Riga and experience the magic of heavy metal meeting classical music for ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »