Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender; English edition out now!

November 13th, 2013
by EvilG
Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender

Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender

VIOLENT EVOLUTION tells the story of Kreator – the titans of teutonic thrash – from the coal-mining town of Essen, Germany. It is the story of a group of bored teenagers who brought the brutality of everyday life into the rehearsal room. They let their hair grow, formed a band and landed a record deal before they had even reached twenty.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band’s members (both past and present), family, producers, filmmakers and crew, Violent Evolution explores the band’s remarkable rise from formative years to spectacular success, headlining the greatest open-air stages on the planet.

This is their story, from the start to today; from Kindergarten (literally) to rulers of the Thrash Kingdom. An exciting chronicle of one of the most important thrash metal bands in the world.

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Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/3944154940

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MICHAEL MONROE Premieres New Single And Video For “Stained Glass Heart”

November 13th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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MICHAEL MONROE, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and iconic rock ‘n’ roll legend, has premiered the new video for “Stained Glass Heart” on GUITARWORLD.com “Stained Glass Heart” marks the third single from his new studio album HORNS AND HALOS, out now on Spinefarm Records.

“I’m feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video,” explains MICHAEL MONROE. “It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day which made it look more like an ‘abusement park.’  The video turned out very cool and classy.”

Watch the clip on GUITARWORLD.com here: http://tinyurl.com/ll5r4mx

On the live front, MICHAEL MONROE has revealed plans for an extensive world tour. After a three-date trek in Japan, a headlining U.K. tour will begin November 27 in Newcastle and the group will also appear at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival on November 30 in North Wales. Following the U.K. run, the group will perform three shows in their home country of Finland.  MICHAEL adds, “Now that the new album is out, we can finally play the new songs live and create a whole new set-list. That’s why I’m especially excited about the up and coming tour dates.  See you all soon down the road!” Expect more dates and countries to be announced soon.

HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in MONROE’s Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE’s international posse–bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL “Rockfist” ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies).  MONROE is a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians  of all ages (from Dave Grohl  to the original Guns  N’ Roses members) citing his groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.

The album’s first single released earlier this spring, “Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman).  It also appears on HORNS AND HALOS.  Watch the video for “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhAbtZXu2RU

The headlining U.K. dates for MICHAEL MONROE are as follows:

NOVEMBER
15th  Japan, Osaka-Shi, Quattro
16th  Japan, Tokyo, Liquid Room
17th  Japan, Tokyo, Bay Hall
27th  Northumbria Uni, Students Union, Newcastle
28th  Duchess, Leeds
29th  Cathouse, Glasgow
30th  Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, N. Wales (festival appearance)

DECEMBER
1st  Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2nd  Thekla, Bristol
3rd  Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
4th  O2Academy, Islington, London
5th  Finland, Lahti, Finlandia-klubi
6th  Finland, Turku, Caribia Areena
7th . Finland, Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas

For more information on MICHAEL MONROE, visit:
www.michaelmonroe.com
www.facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial
www.twitter.com/michaelmonroe
www.youtube.com/MichaelMonroeTV
www.myspace.com/michaelmonroeofficial

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Stream New Album On iTunes

November 13th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH continue the countdown to the release of the second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL – VOLUME 2 out November 19 via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories. Beginning today (11/12) iTunes Radio users in the United States can now stream 5FDP’s new album–VOLUME 2–on iTunes Radio “First Play” for free, a week ahead of its release date on Tuesday, November 19. Stream the new album here: http://smarturl.it/FFDPv2iTunesStream

The band–IVAN MOODY (vocals), ZOLTAN BATHORY (guitar), JEREMY SPENCER (drums), JASON HOOK (guitar) and CHRIS KAEL (bass)–are excited to unveil their latest body of work with this partnership with iTunes Radio.

Following the massive success of VOLUME 1 earlier this year–which debuted at #2 in the U.S. on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (selling 113,000 albums in its first week), #3 in Canada, #4 on Germany’s mainstream charts, #12 in Australia and #21 in the UK–the band chose to introduce VOLUME 2 to their fans via five track-by-track webisode premieres featuring band commentary (which can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/lbawzw8) and premiere the official video for the current single “Battle Born” on USA Today: http://bit.ly/1c05nEJ.

5FDP recently completed their extensive North American “THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN TOUR” and is currently the special guest on Avenged Sevenfold’s European arena tour which kicked off November 6 in Helsinki, Finland. For all tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour.

VOLUME 1, the first installment already in stores which globally debuted Top 10 in July, is available here: http://smarturl.it/FFDP4D_iTunes.

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Slayer @ The Big Four, Calgary AB

November 12th, 2013
by Monika Deviat

Slayer

With Gojira and 4ARM

Big Four, Calgary AB

November 3, 2013

Photos and Review by Monika Deviat

Photo © Monika Deviat

Photo © Monika Deviat

The concrete confines of the Big Four building in Calgary Alta., are not the ideal choice for a concert venue – especially for legends like Slayer, a band you would want to hear no matter where you are standing in a venue. However, on November 3, 2013 over 2,500 fans came out to see Slayer deliver an old school set on their first North American tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman in May this year. French heavy hitters Gojira and Australia’s 4Arm were support for the tour.

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For Those About To Rot: Wednesday 13 at the Whisky A Go Go, October 24th 2013

November 12th, 2013
by Metalette

For Those About To Rot: Wednesday 13
at the Whisky A Go Go

October 24th 2013

Review and photos by Metalette

For Those About To Rot: Wednesday 13 at the Whisky A Go Go October 24th 2013

For Those About To Rot: Wednesday 13 at the Whisky A Go Go
October 24th 2013

It was a real ghouls’ night out on October 24th, with a fright-filled bill of bands! If anyone wasn’t already in the spirit of Halloween, they certainly were after the show.  (I was already feelin’ said spooky spirit, but to be fair, I’m a bit of a Halloween-junkie).

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ICED EARTH Announce North American tour with SABATON and REVAMP!

November 12th, 2013
by EvilG
ICED EARTH Announce North American tour with SABATON and REVAMP!

ICED EARTH Announce North American tour with SABATON and REVAMP!

Iced Earth are bringing their new album to the North America homeland when the WORLDWIDE PLAGUES TOUR hits North American shores April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support.

“We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!”, says Jon Schaffer.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the entire ICED EARTH North American tour will be available later today at www.enterthevault.com. Pre-sale tickets will remain on sale until December 4, when remaining tickets are made available to the general public through the traditional retail outlets (check your local venue for details). VIP packages will remain on sale exclusively at www.enterthevault.com while supplies last.

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KATAKLYSM – Interview with Jean-François Dagenais

November 11th, 2013
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist Jean-François (JF) Dagenais

By Peter Atkinson

All photos from https://www.facebook.com/kataklysm

Veteran Canadian death metallers Kataklysm enter their third decade with a bruising, brand new 11th studio album, Waiting For The End To Come, and a pretty good head of steam that has been gathering slowly over the last few years. The band’s last album, 2010′s Heaven’s Venom, managed to crack the Billboard 200 for the first time, sneaking on at #196, and Kataklysm marked the first two decades of their career in 2012 with the aptly titled live/documentary CD/DVD Iron Will: 20 Years Determined. 2009 also saw the emergence of Ex Deo, a Gladiator-meets-death metal side project of Maurizio Iacono’s that blossomed into a full-blown band incorporating the rest of Kataklysm – guitarist Jean-François (JF) Dagenais, bassist Stephane Barbe and drummer Max Duhamel – and garnered a surprising amount of attention with their debut Romulus, which carried over to the follow-up Caligula in 2012.

Despite a recent bump in the road when Duhamel took leave of both bands to battle his alcoholism, Kataklysm barely missed a beat – so to speak – by hiring on Oli Beaudoin, who had performed a few shows in Duhamel’s stead in the past. Beaudoin was behind the kit for Waiting For The End To Come and most likely will stay there as the band tours on its behalf into the new year. During a recent phone interview, Dagenais offered his thoughts on the past, present and future of both Kataklysm and Ex Deo, the situation with Duhamel (who had left the band on two other occasions, for several-year periods), and what happens when “Northern Hyperblast” meets Southern hospitality.

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Slayer’s Tom Araya: “We need to sit down and figure out what we want to do and how to move forward.”

November 11th, 2013
by EvilG
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Tom Araya, live in South America, 2013

In recent month’s most of the talk about Slayer has been about what the future, after their current tour, may hold. We still don’t know exactly what that will be as the two remaining original band members (bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King) both need to sit and talk about the future. In a new interview with Houston Press, Tom Araya said “I have my feelings and my thoughts, and I need to share them with Kerry. That’s what’s going to happen on this trip. We need to sit down and figure out what we want to do and how to move forward.

He further elaborated on the future with: “I don’t think Slayer will ever end because our music is going to live forever. Our music will always be accessible to anybody that wants to hear it. When you talk about it like that, I think we’ll be around for a really long time.”

Read more here: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2013/11/slayer_tom_araya.php

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SATYRICON: “PHOENIX” VIDEO NOW ONLINE

November 11th, 2013
by EvilG

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Norwegian black metal masters SATYRICON have debuted their live performance video for the track “Phoenix” featuring guest vocalist Sivert Høyem of MADRUGADA.  

Shot at the Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway on September 8th as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, SATYRICON was joined on-stage by the 55 members of the Norwegian National Opera Chorus.

“Phoenix” comes from SATYRICON’s self-titled eighth studio album, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #30 on the Hard Music chart in September.  Other world chart entries include: #1 – Norway; #6 – Finland; #23 – Germany; and #26 – Australia.

Recorded in Norway, produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven, and mixed by Adam Kasper & Satyr in Seattle, Satyricon can be purchased in CD, vinyl, and digital formats via the links on the album’s landing page: http://bit.ly/satyricon-st Read the rest of this entry »

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Black Sabbath confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2014!

November 11th, 2013
by EvilG

sabb.jpg Rumours about this have run rampant the last few days, but now it is finally 100% confirmed: one of the biggest hard rock bands ever, and without question the most influential one, has been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival – Black Sabbath!

Few are the subgenres of hard rock that don’t derive from Black Sabbath. The Birmingham behemoths changed the map of hard music for ever. Tony Iommi’s detuned, ultra-heavy riffs, Geezer Butler’s distorted, pulsating basslines, Bill Ward’s explosive drumming, Ozzy Osbourne’s unique, wailing vocals… The combination was totally unprecedented. In 1970-78 this lineup released eight albums, filled with dark and at times controversial classics. “Black sabbath”, “Paranoid”, “Iron man”, “Children of the grave” and many more.

After the original band broke up, Black Sabbath still kept creating stellar music, fronted by such legendary singers as Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes and Tony Martin. Still, the fans were obviously excited beyond belief when the classic line-up eventually reunited. And finally, in 2013, their comeback album “13″ was released. The success actually surpassed everybody’s expectations – and at this point in time, we announce Black Sabbath as one of the main attractions of SRF 2014. Which will also be the only Swedish appearance that year for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos.

 

Sweden Rock Festival will be held in Sölvesborg, southern Sweden, June 4-7 2014. Among the other acts announced so far are Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, W.A.S.P, Emperor, Magnum, Uriah Heep, Arch Enemy, Transatlantic and Monster Magnet. In total, 84 bands will be performing on 5 stages over 4 days.

 

Tickets and more info can be found at www.swedenrock.com.

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New Blaze Bayley Video interview (ex-Iron Maiden)

November 11th, 2013
by EvilG

“The Metal Voice” spoke to former Iron Maiden Singer Blaze Bayley, who flew to Montreal Canada for a one off gig as special guest to help out the local band “Some of the Few”  CD launch.

In the video interview Bayley also explains to The Metal Voice about the possibility of doing a concept album in 2015; His opinion on Paul Di’anno. As as his plans on touring behind Blaze’s new greatest hits release “Soundtracks of my life.”

Watch the full video interview here:

 

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CARCASS: ‘SWANSONG’ FULL DYNAMIC RANGE VINYL OUT NOW

November 11th, 2013
by EvilG
CARCASS: 'SWANSONG' FULL DYNAMIC RANGE VINYL

CARCASS: ‘SWANSONG’ FULL DYNAMIC RANGE VINYL

SWANSONG, the classic fifth album from British grindcore/death metal legends CARCASS, is available now on Full Dynamic Range vinyl LP.

Originally released in 1996, SWANSONG was CARCASS’ last studio album for over 17 years, until the release of their new album this year.  SWANSONG 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 album a more ferocious, immersive and dynamic sound than ever before.

The limited edition SWANSONG Full Dynamic Range vinyl is available now in the following quantities and colours:

100 – Swan White (SOLD OUT)
200 – Celestial Furnace (SOLD OUT)
300 – Polarized White & Black (SOLD OUT)
400 – Free World Blue
900 – Star in Mourning Black
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Spring and Youth – New video online

November 11th, 2013
by EvilG
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Serbian experimental/prog metal band Spring and Youth have released their second single from their debut album Between the Irony released in May for swiss/serbian label Miner Records. After the first video released in February, for the song Feetlees, now they have made public the second one for the song As Fast As Possible.

The band completely made the video themselves, using stop motion animation combined with some vintage cameras, making the atmosphere of classic 80s horror comedies.

You can check the video below:

Also if you want to know more about the band you can visit their website http://www.springandyouth.com

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Asylum Pyre – Vocalist Chaos Heidi

November 11th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

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Vocalist Chaos Heidi – Asylum Pyre

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records  for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pictures.
Additional promo pictures from the bands facebook page taken by: Aurélie R.

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Chaos Heidi the vocalist from Asylum Pyre a melodic metal band from France and I had a sit down a while ago. We got to talk about their second album FIFTY YEARS LATER that was released late last year. The interview includes the story behind the album, the future plans of the band and how’s the metal scene in France is doing. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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Trail Of Tears – band leader/ vocalist Ronny Thorsen

November 11th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

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Band leader/ vocalist Ronny Thorsen – Trail Of Tears

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing me with promo pictures.

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The Norwegian goth/dark metal masters Trail Of Tears released their  seventh album OSCILLATION in April this year and in January of 2013 the band suddenly parted ways. I hooked up with original member and band leader Ronny Thorsen. The vocalist and I talked about the new album and of course also about his point of view when it comes to the bands past present and break up. Read the rest of this entry »

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