House of Blues Hollywood March 1, 2014
Halo of Blood over North America tour 2014
Review and photos by Metalette
When I heard that Children of Bodom, Death Angel, and Týr were touring together, I was stoked. What a dream line-up! I saw them on a Saturday night at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, and the show was even more awesome that I imagined it would be. And I knew it was going to be awesome, so that’s saying quite a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
Evertale burst onto the international scene in late 2013 with an incredibly well-recieved independent debut album, OF DRAGONS AND ELVES. It ranked highly on a number of Metal webzines year-end lists including #6 on my own Top 20 list here at Metal-Rules.com. I contacted this powerful act to learn more.
Tell us briefly about how Evertale evolved from the band Blackened?
Blackened was originally a Metallica Coverband but we never really managed to get rid of the name when we were already writing our own songs. The BG Open Air in 2003 marks the biggest success of this band, but afterwards nothing really happened and the band fell apart. I knew already back then that Blackened had no future and the songs I was writing at that time needed a new label so to say. So I sat down with J.Schumacher(Drums) and David Baumann (Bass) and showed them my ideas for a new band name. To my surprise they liked the name Evertale the most although I favorited another one and so we changed the name.
Is the Evertale debut EP still available?
I think we have about 50 copies left – but they’re not available in our shop at the moment. We might put them online in our shop, if people are really interested.
How did you manage to get Felipe Machado for your cover art?
I simply asked him! We were a little desperate as our former cover artist screwed us over by selling our artwork to “empire merch” who were already printing posters of it and we had to get a new one. After that I did a quick research about who’s that guy who made all the great covers that were around and found his website. I sent a short message and asked if he would be interested and he agreed. He has done a really awesome job with the cover of “Of Dragons and Elves”.
How important in this modern, digital age how important is it to have a physical product and strong image?
Well if you asked one of the big players in the pop-music business I think they would answer, that it is not very important. In the metal scene I think it is very important. I think most fans still buy CD´s for the reason to get a booklet that has all the lyrics and band pictures in it or just because it sounds much better. Also you won´t sell a single T-Shirt if you have a crappy artwork. So to stick out of the masses of bands, a great artwork, really helps.
How did you get Ralf Scheepers to contribute?
Actually it happened pretty much the same way it did with Felipe. Marco, our bassplayer, is a huge Primal Fear fan and I was looking for guest vocalists to be featured on 1 or 2 songs on our album. We talked about who would fit best and he came up with Ralf´s name. I sent him a message and asked politely and he agreed to do it. He´s really a great down to-earth guy and delivered brilliant vocals for “Brothers in War” which brought this song to another level.
Why did you choose to release the album so close to Christmas? In my experience sometimes those albums that get released late in the year miss the cut-off for many publications ‘Year-in-Review’ lists.
Honestly I had no idea about all the reviews and the best of-lists. We just wanted to get it out as soon as possible since we had postponed the release so many times before. We were thinking that we would lose a great amount of credibility if the album would get delayed further as it was announced for 2013. If we had known about all this before, we surely would have waited till January. Well, this was some kind of beginner’s mistake but we learned something for the next release and we hope we made our fans worldwide very happy with it.
Are you looking for a record deal or do you prefer to stay independent? I think you would fit perfectly on a label like Limb Records for example.
We were looking for a deal, yes. There was also a bigger record company that contacted us but the deal offered was really not what we expected. Unfortunately that deal is the only kind of deal you will get as a newcomer these days. We had decided before, that we would rather release the album by ourselves than sign a contract just for the sake of having a label. And a 360° deal where the company even claims exclusive rights on our merchandise was no option for us. That is why we released the album by ourselves. We try to make ourselves a good name in the scene and then we can hopefully negotiate a better deal for the next album.
There is a huge amount of buzz around your albums, with a number of the world’s largest webzines rating OF DRAGONS AND ELVES very highly. Are you surprised by this sudden success?
Totally yes, we knew that we had some good songs and were eager to see and hear how people would react to it or if they would react to it at all. I mean there are so many new bands out there and so many releases each month that it is really hard to get your music heard. The amazing feedback we got so far from all over the world really surprised us – or at least me. Woody kept telling me, when I showed the other guys a new review with 10/10p points: “See? I told you…”. So he kinda guessed or hoped something like that could happen but I didn´t see it coming.
Despite the recent popularity in concept albums, as a percentage of Metal albums released, they are still quite rare. Why did you decide to have your debut as a concept album?
It wasn´t a real decision it rather was like a decision of fate. I started out with two songs (Tale of the Everman and Into the Dragon´s Lair) that dealed with the Dragonlance setting already. I guess it was while writing the lyrics for these songs that I realized again how great the story is and more ideas kept coming in so it just happened along the way. To make it all work in the end and to align the songs chronologically with the story and their sequence on the CD itself was a totally different story and a lot of work.
When writing the concept for the album, which came first, the music, lyrics or the fantasy concept?
Actually I didn´t write the concept story for the album by myself. It´s all inspired and based upon the “Chronicles of the Dragonlance” by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I just picked certain characters and their fate in certain events in the story and wrote songs about them as they travel along on their journey in the tale. As for writing songs I also have no rule what comes first. Sometimes you find a great vocal line and then write the melody and riffs for it. Sometimes you have a great riff and add vocals…it´s never really the same process.
Power Metal in consistently ignored or discriminated against by much of the Metal media and industry, especially in North America. What are your thoughts on this?
Of Course that’s a problem for bands of that genre like us. People sometimes tend to judge a band without ever listening to the music. On the other hand we don’t fell influenced by such things that much and we don’t really feel discriminated. We do our type of art in music, lyrics und visual appearance. If people don’t understand what we are doing, it’s a pity, but we won’t change the direction of the band to please some narrow-minded wannabes, who are afraid to be ‘uncool’ if they would admit listening to our stuff.
Do you have any touring plans in the near future?
Yes, we want to get a support tour with a bigger act for fall 2014. Besides that we plan to play some smaller gigs on weekends in middle Europe. If someone reading this has a good offer for us, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are ready to visit every spot on this planet.
Any last words for the fans?
We just wanna thank every single one of you who like our music, buy our CD, hopefully come to our concerts and support us in every imaginable way. You are metal and we are glad having such great fans! We hope to meet you all one day.
The “America Under Plague” tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11th, just days after DIAMOND PLATE wrap up their current five-week US tour with EAST OF THE WALL. Also appearing on the America Under Plague tour are Colorado power metallers CELLADOR.
DIAMOND PLATE comment:
“Back in the early days of us playing shows in Chicago, Hatchet would always be the band from California that we looked forward to bringing out to our scene the most. They even played Konrad’s 18th birthday show. Years later, we’re pumped to finally hit the road with our friends and bring heavy music to new scenes across the USA. The road for Diamond Plate doesn’t end in 2014!”
Polish extreme metal band VADER have completed their work at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland recordingtheir twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, which was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesławski.
VADER frontman & guitarist Peter W. shares:
“VADERMANIAX!!! The fire was released!!! The word made flesh and the new VADER album – TIBI ET IGNI [Latin for ‘For You and Fire’] – is done! We’ve been working for weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February… 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. In April we plan to release a video report from the studio and some interviews with the musicians in VADER. Some more info about the cover graphics will be made known as well. You’ll be able to hear some new tracks from the upcoming album during summer festivals. Be ready for other surprises until TIBI ET IGNI is in your hands. The absolute heaviestVADER album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now!!! \m/” Read the rest of this entry »
2013 was truly an eventful year for DEW-SCENTED! The band released the special anniversary compilation “Insurgent”, toured Europe with Testament in April, played several outstanding festival events (including the inaugural Full Metal Cruise as well as Wacken Open Air) and then finished off by touring Europe (10 countries) again with Death Angel. What a blast! Read the rest of this entry »
Avid war historians & Swedish heavy metallers SABATON havereleased the first album trailer to their upcoming seventh studio release, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014. Shot during a listening session in Stockholm and produced & edited by David Havlena of Spark Magazine, the video can be viewed on the Nuclear Blast YouTube Channel:
Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai.
LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, presents the second installment in their hilarious track-by-track video series. In this episode, Samy, Arttu, Mirko and Ossi provide you with background information regarding the tracks “Game Over” and “Attaxic”. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/x738CMMciyE
IRREVERENCE are entering NADIR MUSIC STUDIOS in Genova (IT) with producer Tommy Talamanca (Sadist) to start the recording sessions of the new album“SHREDS OF HUMANITY”, fifth studio-work of the italian thrashers. The release, the first with a new guitar player (Eros Melis) and new bass player (Stefano Trulla), is scheduled for MAY 2014.
The band will also start touring from the end of April. For the first time in their long career, the combo will hit Sardinia and warm-up live engines before the new album official release show that will be announced soon. To follow all confirmed gigs:
Desertfest, the greatest stoner/doom festival known to man, is soon returning to the shores of England and with headline acts like, Spirit Caravan, Kvelertak and Boris, it’s looking to be one hell of a party.
Taking over London’s Camden Town for a weekend of the 25th – 27th April 2014, Desertfest will take place in such venues, like The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, and The Black Heart, giving you the opportunity to drink beer, stage dive, headbang, and have the time of your life.
Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, are proud to announce the world premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, ALICE presents his story in the first ever “doc opera” film – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as ALICE COOPER, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City.
Alice Cooper needs no introduction. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.
Banger Films is a multiple award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto. Banger’s catalogue includes the smash-hit documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2006), SXSW Audience Award and Juno-winning Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009), Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Award-winning Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010), the biggest-ever heavy metal doc series Metal Evolution (2011), and the eagerly anticipated “doc opera” Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014). Currently, Banger is producing a number of film and TV projects including The Message, a double-feature doc on the history of hip-hop, and Rock Icons, a new music-bio series featuring exclusive, intimate portraits of the most legendary artists in the history of metal and rock.
Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs have announced Dog Camp, their first annual immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels, set for July 21-25, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.
Produced by Dreamcatcher Events (www.dreamcatcher-events.com), this special vacation experience offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the three legends as campers attend instrument-specific clinics, learn songwriting mechanics, and enjoy very special intimate performances and jam sessions from The Winery Dogs and special guests. Look for the daily itinerary for Dog Camp to be announced in the coming weeks and check out a video from Mike Portnoy talking about Dog Camp here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlAaHTcsuLQ.
Tickets for Dog Camp are on sale now at www.winerydogcamp.com. Attendees will have access to all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, jam sessions, and camp activities.
“We’ve all done clinics over the years, but it’s always been something that’s primarily centered around one instrument that each of us has typically done on an individual basis,” says drummer Portnoy. “Dog Camp is the first time that any of us have hosted or participated in a true ‘Band Camp.’ As a result of that, we’ve got some incredible surprises in store for everybody attending.”
“We’ll be living together, hanging together, and jamming together,” Portnoy continues. “We want you to ask as many questions as possible, and we’re going to engage you on a one-on-one basis to help you realize your goals as a player.”
“What’s interesting is to talk about music, concepts, objectives, reasons why you’re playing the instrument, what you want to achieve, and how to get to that point, rather than talking about major versus minor scales,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Kotzen. “I love that feeling of sharing concepts with people. In The Winery Dogs, we all have various experiences that a lot of other people don’t have. It’s an opportunity to share that and grow; the feeling of moving forward and learning and experiencing something new. That’s what excites me about Dog Camp. It’s the creative process and creativity that make me want to do music, and I want to share that.”
“I want to emphasize that players should keep an eye on what we’re doing and why during the performances,” adds bassist Sheehan. “In between songs or mid-song, I want to stop to make a point about what’s going on and why. The expertise of being able to play ensemble is a bit of a lost art with kids today. They don’t do what we did when we were growing up. Right away, we just got in a band whether we could play or not. Now, kids want to get up to a level of expertise and then join a band.”
“[During the seminars] I like to have back-and-forth communication,” Sheehan continues. “I want to speak with people and hear their opinions, disagreements, and challenges. I believe anyone who attends will see a jumpstart in their quest to achieve their dreams.”
Dog Camp offers a variety of pricing options, based on the variety of available accommodations. All activities will be held at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn accommodations as well as primitive tent camping. All accommodations are just steps away from daily camp activities. Guests can enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool, on-site access to the Esopus Creek, and explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own.
Don’t be the last in line – the iTunes pre-order for the highly-anticipated upcoming Ronnie James Dio covers album This Is Your Life is live now, so be sure to get your copy reserved! As a bonus with your iTunes pre-order, you’ll get a free, instant download of Motörhead and Biff Byford of Saxon’s cover of Rainbow’s ‘Starstruck’.
In addition, all digital versions of This Is Your Life, will include a newly recorded cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Buried Alive’ re-imagined by Jasta, the side project of Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta. This track will be exclusively available on the digital versions.
Reserve your copy now via iTunes!
If you didn’t catch the news last week, you need to know about the upcoming 3rd Annual Awards Gala and This Is Your Life pre-release listening party, taking place on Monday, March 17, 2014 at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Join Wendy Dio, Rob Halford, Corey Taylor, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Dimebagz Hag Rita, Kat Von D, Jeffree Star, Frankie Banali, Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo and others in celebrating the release of This Is Your Life and the life of Ronnie James Dio. The gala begins at 6:00PM, and tickets (VIP and GA) are available via www.diocancerfund.org/events. The event will include live performances of songs from the album by Halestorm, Corey Taylor, Scott Ian, Duff McKagan, Mike Orlando, Jason Christopher, Christian Martucci, Roy Mayorga, Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Bjorn Englen, Scott Warren, and more surprise guests! Head to www.diocancerfund.org for information or to purchase tickets online.
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.
To celebrate Dio’s life, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album, entitled This Is Your Life, to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). This non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund, which is dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention, was co-founded by Dio’s longtime manager and wife, Wendy Dio. 100% of the monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund goes directly into cancer research.
Produced by Wendy Dio, This Is Your Life includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Scorpions, Anthrax, Glenn Hughes and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years. This Is Your Life will be available from Rhino on April 1, 2014, in physical and digital versions.
See below for an the amazing track list, which includes Metallica’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley,” which combines the Rainbow songs “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King,” Rob Halford’s collaboration with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “The Man On The Silver Mountain,” Glenn Hughes, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren and Simon Wright with “Catch the Rainbow”, Anthrax and Adrenaline Mob’s takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules”, Corey Taylor’s (Stone Sour, Slipknot) cover of the classic “Rainbow In The Dark”, Tenacious D’s (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) spin on “The Last In Line,” and many, many others.
RONNIE JAMES DIO: This Is Your Life Track Listing:
“Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
“The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
“The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
“Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
“Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
“Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
“The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
“Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
“Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
“Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
“I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
“Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
“Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
“This Is Your Life” – Dio
Digital Bonus Track: “Buried Alive” – Jasta*