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.”

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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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Spring and Youth

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.

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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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BRITISH PROGRESSIVE ACT RECORD ACOUSTIC MINI-ALBUM & CONFIRM UK TOUR

November 11th, 2013
by EvilG
Talanas  ©2013 Eulogy Media Ltd.

Talanas ©2013 Eulogy Media Ltd.

London, UK: The ‘Gentlemen of Death Metal’ have re-entered London’s Berry Street Studio throughout October / November to record the companion piece to 2012’s ‘corpseflower’ EP alongside confirming a UK tour in February 2014 as main support for Netherlands avant-garde death metallers The Monolith Deathcult.

Clocking in at around thirty minutes of total running time, the ‘asylum’ mini- album presents five entirely original tracks penned by the band following the one-off broadcast of an acoustic track written especially by them for ‘The Dark. Outside.’ – an event held at Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park in Scotland by guerrilla music promoter Stuart Mclean.  Having written & recorded their first entirely acoustic song, talanas then decided to develop a separate release solely for the format itself.

Handling production duties themselves, the quartet continue to use their seven string bass & guitars and their full custom Mapex drumkit (still the largest single kit made for an endorsee by Mapex UK) throughout the release, which will be made available in early December through Eulogy Media.

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U.D.O. Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki

November 10th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala
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U.D.O.

CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI

October 5′TH 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

German metal band U.D.O., led by former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, have been regular visitors in Finland during the past years. The band released its 14th studio album STEELHAMMER on last May and it also introduced U.D.O.’s renewed line-up including Udo, longtime members: bassist Fitty and drummer Francisco Jovino, and new guitarist duo Kasper Heikkinen and Andrey Smirnow. It seems that U.D.O. is still enjoying such a strong success in Finland as they now played in front of a practically sold out Club Nosturi in Helsinki.

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Nige Rockett – Onslaught

November 10th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH NIGE ROCKETT OF ONSLAUGHT

Interview and live pictures by Arto Lehtinen

The British thrash metallers Onslaught’s most recent album simply titled VI proves thrash metal lives and well. The legendary British thrashers have returned and have shown on the last three albums that the  still create murderous and brutal thrash metal without loosing an inch.  The band’s long time guitarist and founder Nige Rockett sat down with Metal-Rules.com to talk about the VI album and the process of the writing and going back in time to the early days of Onslaught.

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WITHIN TEMPTATION: NEW ALBUM DETAILS & SPECIAL GUESTS REVEALED

November 8th, 2013
by EvilG

hydraNEW ALBUM INCLUDES SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES FROM:

OPERATIC METAL DIVA TARJA TURUNEN, U.S. HIP-HOP ICON XZIBIT,

DAVE PIRNER (SOUL ASYLUM), AND HOWARD JONES (EX-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)

 

The Hydra, a mythological serpent creature from ancient Greece, couldn’t be killed. When one of its many heads was cut off, two more grew in its place…

 

“It’s like us – undefinable!” laughs WITHIN TEMPTATION guitarist and songwriter Robert Westerholt. “What’s more, ‘Hydra’ is a perfect title for our new album, because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music.”

 

WITHIN TEMPTATION’s sixth studio album, special guest performances on Hydra include:  Finnish operatic metal diva Tarja Turunen, acclaimed singer-songwriter Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, metalcore hero Howard Jones formerly of Killswitch Engage and U.S. hip-hop icon, actor, and former MTV Pimp My Ride host Xzibit (Alvin Nathaniel Joiner).

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CARCASS to Perform at Kirk Hammett’s 1st Annual Fear FestEvil!

November 8th, 2013
by EvilG
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Kirk Hammett of METALLICA recently spoke to Nikki Blakk from 107.7 the Bone about his upcoming horror convention and announced that CARCASS will be performing at the event. Listen to the entire interview here: http://youtu.be/GKhWL1VDRG4

 

“When we heard that Kirk Hammett was opening a carny fair in the Bay Area we knew we wanted in! We’re quite honored that we’ve invited to appear in the ‘freak show’ booth,” stated CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker in his typical self-deprecating sarcastic fashion. “Joking aside we’re looking forward to the Fear FestEvil, will be a nice ‘little’ warm up for our US Tour next year. See you there!”

On February 6th through 8th, 2014 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, lifelong horror enthusiast and METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will launch his first annual horror convention, dubbed Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL.

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