Stahlsarg was conceived in 2013 featuring previous members of Eastern Front, they are a non political band who write music and lyrics from a historical and subjective point of view of the brutal campaigns of WW2, they create their own brand of blackened death metal.
Necrosadistic Goat Torture is a metal band formed in 2003, by GoatLord and GoatMaster. Having supported acts such as Angelcorpse, Desaster, Revenge, Skyforger, Besatt, Razor Of Occam, Nocturnal et al. and playing sets at Hell’s Pleasure 2008, Infernal Damnation and Bloodstock festivals, the band continues steadily its assault on the world.
Exquisite Ending are a UK based black metal band, Their songs take the listener to a dark place, conveying an introspective self-loathing catastrophe of melodic movement and unrelenting rawness, combined with occult and ritualistic ideologies of “Misanthropism” a religious cult created by the band to emanate their hatred towards mankind.
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English/American hybrid Anaal Nathrakh are one of the most intriguing and unusual bands in extreme music – with an emphasis on unusual and extreme. The duo – California-based guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, an English transplant, and Birmingham, England-based vocalist David Hunt, also known fittingly as “V.I.T.R.I.O.L” – work in mysterious ways to produce a punishingly unique shit-storm of black/death metal, grindcore, industrial and electronic music.
Anaal Nathrakh tour sparingly, but have been remarkably productive since forming in 1999. Their latest album, the just-released Desideratum, is their eighth, to go along with an EP. Over time, the band’s chaotic music – occasionally flavored by contributions from Mayhem’s Attila Csihar, Napalm Death’s Shane Embury and Danny Herrera, Lock Up’s Nick Barker and Watain’s Set Teitan – has grown bigger, brasher and more calamitous.
Desideratum is Anaal Nathrakh’s most thunderous effort yet. Amazingly, it’s also their most immediate and easiest to warm up to, thanks in part to Kenney’s slashing hooks and crushing grooves, some surprisingly infectious rampaging melodies and Hunt’s vocal gymnastics. The apocalypse never sounded so awesome.
On the phone from the U.K. – a week after a Skype failure put the kibosh on a batch of interviews with the states, mine included – Hunt talked about Anaal Nathrakh’s unconventional logistics, incendiary sonic mish-mash and the unorthodox method by which it gets made.
Terry Butler is one of the few musicians that were part of Chuck Schuldiner’s Death for a while. Also was the bassist for the famous gore death metal Six Feet Under and when he left the band, Obituary welcomed him. Now, with Massacre re-activated, he is back to record a new album with them. We have had an intimate catch up with Terry Butler who let us in on the happenings of the Massacre and Obituary camp, Chuck Schuldiner, the writing sessions of Death’s albums LEPROSY and SPIRITUAL HEALING, AOR music, John Tardy’s complaints about the low record sales of Obituary albums and how to make a good death metal album.
Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Terry! This is Hellias, I am very happy and glad for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?
Hello, Hellias, thanks for the interview. All is well here in Dover, Florida at my humble abode.
Metal-Rules.com: To start off, let’s take a look at the new upcoming and long awaited Massacre album. How is it going with that? In what stage exactly is the process of the new Massacre album that it is in the works?
The album is going well. It’s on track to be released March 24th in Europe and April 1st in North America through Century Media.
Metal-Rules.com: What are the plans for Massacre after that release?
We have a short tour lined up in May for Europe starting in Holland for the Neurotic Death Fest. We plan to tour as much as possible in 2014.
Metal-Rules.com: You personally have been playing for the past 25 years in different bands, like Six Feet Under, Death, Denial Fiend and now Obituary. I’m sure you had many difficulties throughout this time…What makes you always keep pushing forward?
Basically the love of music keeps driving me. I love to play music and see people enjoying it. It’s hard to be away from the family, but they understand. I have definitely had to deal with a lot of egos and bullshit, but I’m in a better place now!!!
Metal-Rules.com: MASSACRE has not released a new studio album since PROMISE back in 1996, that is 20 years. Don’t you think that almost 18 years to wait is too many?
Well, we will just say 22 years. PROMISE is what it is, but I don’t think it’s a Massacre album. Obviously, we would have liked to continue putting out records in ’92, but the band split up. It’s great to be able to put out a record in 2014 and have a label believe in you.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you give us some details about the writing sessions for the new Obituary album? How did you join the album? You or the band made the contact? How do you compare writing sessions in Massacre and OBITUARY to, say, some of your previous bands, like DEATH, SIX FEET UNDER, etc.?
Well, Obituary contacted me to help them out when Frank was released. I’ve known them for 25 years, so I have a good relationship with them. When I quit SFU, I told them I would like to offer them my services full time, so they said hell yeah, come on. I’ve been with them for 4 years now. The new Obituary album is complete. Trevor, Donald and John have worked together so long that they are a writing machine. There are 14 songs and they are pure Obituary. The new album will be out June 1st. The writing sessions are the same for both bands. Musically they are different, but the process is the same. Everyone has a voice.
Metal-Rules.com: Can you remember something donsie or enthusiastic from the writing sessions of Death’s LEPROSY or SPIRITUAL HEALING?
The writing session for Leprosy was quick; Chuck and Rick worked together in Orlando and were in Tampa. We would get together and they would show us the stuff. Spiritual was great because Bill, James and I would get together at Chuck’s house and write together. Those sessions were special for me because I helped and co-write 4 of those songs.
Metal-Rules.com: Is Denial Fiend working on a new album? Some people might not be familiar with the band. Can you tell us more about Denial Fiend?
We are on a bit of a break at the moment. Well, we have 2 CDs out. The band is a bit of a mix between Punk, Thrash and Death Metal. Lyrically, we deal with zombies and ‘50s Sci-Fi. We hope to get a CD out sometime in 2015.
Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?
Lyrics are important. One funny thing is that as long as it makes sense to you as a band, then it makes sense. Words can have so many meanings. If you are good at writing lyrics and can tell a story that adds a lot to the band overall, it gets people talking about all facets of your band.
Metal-Rules.com: And now some personal questions. How did you get into playing music?
I’ve always wanted to play an instrument. I bought a bass in ’85 and started fooling around. When Massacre kicked out their bass player, Bill called me and asked if wanted to join.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?
I can listen to other types, no problem. I like a lot of ‘70s AOR music and hard rock. I grew up on country. I love southern rock. Obviously ‘80s metal as well. My heart is in the NWOBHM and bands like Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost.
TERRY BUTLER BECAME BASSIST OF OBITUARY IN 2010
Metal-Rules.com: Do you know any Greek heavy metal acts? Are there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage with? Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Firewind to name a few.
I’ve played with Suicidal Angels before. They opened for Denial Fiend in Europe in 2008. Great guys!!! Any of those bands would be cool to play with.
Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss some deplorable events. We are in the beginning of 2014 and a few big metal personas have already passed away…Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele, Paul Grey (Slipknot) and finally Jeff Hanneman (Slayer). Are the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?
Jeff Hanneman’s passing really was a shame because he was still fairly young. He was directly responsible for influencing many thrash and Death Metal players in bands today. Dio is one of my favorite vocalists. It really sucked when he passed. We are all getting older, so this thing will happen more and more.
Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?
I think there are a lot of cool bands out there, and a lot of classic bands still going strong. You can’t do anything different. It’s all been done. The record labels themselves have had to change because of the technology with production and illegal downloads.
TERRY BUTLER WAS A LONG-TERM BASSIST FOR SIX FEET UNDER
Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?
Both ha-ha…I love traditional ways and customs, but technology has helped us so much. For example, going to a famous studio with rich tradition to record our album was very exciting to be part of. With protocols, everyone has a studio now. Sure protools allow you a lot of freedom and technology in your own environment, but the tradition and nostalgia is lost.
Metal-Rules.com: Heavy metal changes throughout the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated the 80’s, there was Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s, and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s. 2010 was the beginning of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
Well, I see a mix of all the genres sticking around and still being relevant. Hopefully the Nu-metal style dies totally…lol. I’m not sure where metal can go from here. It’s all been done. Maybe if certain genres mix such as Black Metal and Polka, Grindcore and Salsa? Lol
MASSACRE BAND 2013
Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?
Oh wow there would be so many. Rob Halford, Dio, Phil Lynott, Cronos, Tom Warrior, John Oliva, plus many more. Basically, these were my heroes when I was learning how to play music. But that doesn’t answer the question. Probably overall, it would be Rob Halford. His vocal range would allow for so many different styles of writing music.
Metal-Rules.com: Some years ago, I read John Tardy’s complaints about the low record sales of Obituary. What’s your own opinion on record sales in general?
Well record sales are in the toilet these days because of illegal downloads and digital downloads. It’s too hard to regulate. The internet is a good tool and a bad tool. The die-hard fans will still buy the vinyl and CD’s for their collection.
Metal-Rules.com: What elements make a good death metal song and album?
In my opinion, you need to write music that people will remember. Good riffs and some catchy hooks. If your fans can drive home from your shows and remember the riffs in your songs, then you’re doing something right.
Metal-Rules.com: Terry, thank you for this interview. I wish you and the rest guys of Massacre and Obituary all the best!!!
German power metallers Orden Ogan will release their new album, Ravenhead, on January 16th (in Europe) and February 3rd (North America) via AFM Records. The band has just unveiled the first video clip from the album – check out “F.E.V.E.R” below:
Orden Ogan – Ravenhead
Ravenhead was mixed by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann at Greenman Studios and will be available as standard CD, limited digipak (including two bonus tracks and bonus DVD Live at Summer Breeze 2013), limited vinyl (500 copies in green) and limited special edition (raven sculpture + digipak, limited to 1,000 units).
“Evil Lies In Every Man”
“Here At The End Of The World”
“A Reason To Give”
“Deaf Among The Blind”
“Sorrow Is Your Tale”
“In Grief And Chains”
Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler was rushed to hospital on Monday night after suffering a brain aneurysm (a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain). A second surgery had to be performed after the first one was not successful. His wife Gina Glockler has issued the following update after the second surgery:
“Nigel’s surgery went according to plan & (he’s) resting tonight. I hope to post more info as I have it, and hopefully a message from the man himself!!
Thank you all for the support, it really means so much.
Gina, Justin & Madeline”
Saxon have been forced to cancel their upcoming UK dates, which were due to be the culmination of 38-date European tour Warriors of the Road celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list featured tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of The Law and Denim And Leather.
The following shows are re-scheduled as follows: Tickets are valid for the new dates.
3 – Newcastle, England – Academy
4 – Nottingham, England – Rock City
5 – Wolverhampton, England – Wulfrun Hall
6 – Oxford, England – Academy
7 – London, England – Shepherds Bush Empire
The band and management would like to apologise to all involved for any inconvenience caused.
According to Dagbladet.no, Immortal frontman Abbath (real name Olve Eikemo) has tried to claim rights to the Immortal logo via his sole proprietorship Eikemo Compositions. The application has been stopped by a lawyer representing lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (real name Harald Nævdal) and drummer Horgh (Reidar Horghagen), who want the Immortal trademark to be shared by all three members. Abbath has until this Friday (December 12th) to respond to the opposition, before the Norwegian Patent Office makes a decision in January/February.
The core trio Abbath, Demonaz and Horgh have been together since 1997’s Blizzard Beasts and created the band’s triumphant black metal triumvirate At The Heart Of Winter (1999), Damned In Black (2000) and Sons Of Northern Darkness (2002) along with 2009’s reunion album, All Shall Fall.
The band members have failed to comment. More news as it develops.
DEATH DTA TOURS regret that, due to several factors, Massacre will not be taking part in the “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European tour in late February/March 2015. Unfortunately, Massacre also had to cut their participation in the Swamp Leper Stomp ‘14 tour with DTA, Obituary and Rivers Of Nihil by one show.
Massacre bassist Terry Butler and vocalist Ed Webb today issued joint statements indicating that they have formally exited the band:
Said Terry Butler: ”It’s with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Massacre. I wish Ed, [drummer] Mikey [Mazzonetto] and [guitarist] Rick [‘Rozz’ DeLillo] the best of luck with their future endeavors. I would like to thank the awesome fans for their support and loyalty and to those who labored to help bring the band back from beyond. Thank you as well….Arrivederci!”
Adds Ed Webb: ”After much thought and consideration it is with deep regret that I announce my departure from Massacre. This was not an easy decision to make but a necessary one. The last four years have had its share of both unbelievable times as well as some times I wish to forget. I want to thank all of the Massacre fans, those who accepted me as the new vocalist as well as those who didn’t. You guys gave me the desire to work harder than I ever had in the past. I also had the privilege to play some of the most incredible shows, do some killer tours and meet a lot of great people along the way. At this point, I am going to just concentrate on my two main projects [Generichrist and Destined To Ruin] as well as a few other projects I am working on. I want to endlessly thank Terry, Rick and Mikey for the opportunity to record an absolutely crushing CD and get to tour around the world with them. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors. I hope to see everyone in the future and thanks for letting me do what I live to do!”
Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE announced that they had filmed an official video for the track ‘Epilogue’last week by teasing fans with a snippet from the clip. The band are pleased to announce that fans can now watch the video for the track, which is taken from the band’s latest album Labyrinth, over on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/LXLl68Llf8E
To celebrate another successful year for Egonaut, we hereby give you a brand new lyric video for a song from our first album “Electric” (2011). The song is called “The Hurt” and it has since the release been the last song in almost every live set when Egonaut been performing live, giving it a very special place in the hearts of the nautfans as well as the members of the band.
The video contains lyric and live footage from the festival tour in Sweden this summer. The track is a brand new recording that was recorded live at Bastard Sound Studios this autumn.
Three icons of rock music are combining their talents for the creation of one of the most anticipated new projects of 2015. Revolution Saints is the newest power trio to arrive on the scene and features guitar skills by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). The band has just released the video for the song “Turn Back Time” from their self-titled debut that is being released in North America on February 24th via Frontiers Music SRL. The video was directed by Devin DeHaven known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly. The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/KeZKAVUyKQc.
From the opening notes of “Back On My Trail” to the piano outro on the album-closer “In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song),” it is clear Revolution Saints is a musical force to be reckoned with. Songs “Locked Out Of Paradise,” “Dream On” and “Here Forever” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Deen’s band mates from Journey also make an appearance on the album with guitarist Neal Schon showing up on “Way To The Sun” and vocalist Arnel Pineda singing on “You’re Not Alone.” The album’s 80’s vibe is reminiscent of some of the biggest hard rock tracks of the day, butwith a modern feel, backed by top-level musicianship. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZReg and deluxe edition with bonus DVD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZDlx. Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes at http://geni.us/RevSaintsiTunes will receive an automatic download of “Turn Back Time.”
“It’s a fun record. It’s not safe. It is a musician’s record,” states Castronovo.
Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here: http://youtu.be/xOKjuLhUkKs.
Alessandro Del Vecchio produced the album.
The track listing for Revolution Saints is:
1. Back On My Trail
2. Turn Back Time
3. You’re Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
4. Locked Out Of Paradise
5. Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
6. Dream On
7. Don’t Walk Away
8. Here Forever
9. Strangers To This Life
10. Better World
11. How To Mend A Broken Heart
12. In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song)
Of course you don’t need to attach more importance to this piece of news than it necessarily has, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned: for the first time in more than 20 years, one of the most British rock bands in music history has recorded a studio album in their native country. Their latest offering is entitled A Conspiracy Of Stars, was cut by rock legend UFO and breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years. A strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start. The fact that A Conspiracy Of Stars was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) may be considered another successful element in a thoroughly consistent release. To cut a long story short: their 22nd studio recording to date sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended in a homogeneous whole.
A Conspiracy Of Starspresents UFO’s current line-up for the first time: along with the original members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums), lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, American bassist Rob De Luca joining the fold in 2012. De Luca is not only a brilliant instrumentalist but has also contributed two of the album tracks as a songwriter. The majority of the new material was composed by Vinnie Moore, the album also featuring a song by Paul Raymond and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca. The lyrics were penned by frontman Phil Mogg.
Track Listing Digipak:
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
04. Sugar Cane
05. Devils In The Detail
06. Precious Cargo
07. The Real Deal
08. One And Only
09. Messiah Of Love
10. Rolling Rolling
11. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)
Track Listing Jewel Case:
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
04. Sugar Cane
05. Devils In The Detail
06. Precious Cargo
07. The Real Deal
08. One And Only
09. Messiah Of Love
10. Rolling Rolling
Track Listing LP:
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
01. Sugar Cane
02. Devils In The Detail
03. Precious Cargo
01. The Real Deal
02. One And Only
03. Messiah Of Love
01. Rolling Rolling
02. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)
23 February 2015 will see the European release (Scandinavia: 18 February 2015 / Germany: 20 February 2015 / US: 3 March 2015) as Digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl colored double LP and download.
TOUR DATES 2015
Fri 20 Germany, Barby – Rautenkranz
Sat 21 Germany, Berlin – K17
Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabrück – Saal Stock
Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg – Downtown Blues Club
Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
Thu 26 Germany, Bochum – Zeche
Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg – Kubana
Sat 28 Germany, Affalter – Zur Linde
Mon 02 Germany, Rostock – Mau Club
Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw – Stodola
Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius – Forum Palace
Fri 06 Poland, Krakow – Kwadrat
Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm – Riffelhof
Tue 10 Germany, Osterode – Dorster Festhalle
Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg – Jazzhaus
Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug – Choller Halle
Thu 16 England, Norwich – Waterfront
Fri 17 England, Cambridge – Junction
Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sun 19 England, Manchester – Ritz
Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin – The Academy
Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast – The Limelight
Fri 24 England, Glasgow – O2 ABC
Sat 25 England, Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sun 26 England, Leeds – O2 Academy
Tue 28 England, Nottingham – Rock City
Thu 30 England, Bristol – O2 Academy
Fri 01 England, Falmouth – Pavilion
Sat 02 England, Exeter – Phoenix
Sun 03 England, Salisbury – City Hall
Tue 05 England, Brighton – Concorde 2
Wed 06 England, Oxford – O2 Academy
Thu 07 England, London – HMV Forum
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Jacksonville, Florida’s Metropolitan Park on April 25 & 26! Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS are along for the ride this year, joining a stacked rock line-up including Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, the triumphant return of Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men and many more (see below for full current band listing).
The exact date that EXODUS will perform will be announced next year.
A discounted ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is available from Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 AM ET through Friday, December 12 at 9:59 AM ET. A password for access to the ticket pre-sale can be obtained via www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, local Florida, Georgia and Alabama rock radio stations, and select rock media outlets.
Also visit the site above for VIP ticket info, pricing, hotel packages, and more. Ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to buy now and save.
The current band lineup for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is as follows: Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Queensrÿche, Live, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Motionless In White, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Periphery, Fozzy, Nonpoint, Exodus, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Like A Storm, Upon A Burning Body, Beartooth, Islander, ’68, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, World Gone, with more to be announced.
EXODUS just wrapped up their very successful tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. EXODUS is currently finishing up a run of headline shows to cap off the tour. See below for all remaining tour dates.
Remaining EXODUS Headline Dates:
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
12/13 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA
12/14 – Strummers – Fresno, CA
On October 14th, EXODUS released their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, via Nuclear Blast. The record debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week, which concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date. Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.