Welcome to the latest ‘angry’ installment where we delve into the head of Alan Costa and their new elaboration, BLACK DENIM. We touched on many issues like their influences on the new album, some deplorable events, Michael Jackson, and many more…
Steve DiGiorgio is known his excellent bass playing on several metal albums. He recently made a return to Testament, replacing long time bassist Greg Christian. Steve has also been extremely busy with the Death To All tribute. Metal-Rules.com had the enormous pleasure to talk with the bass legend after a Death-To-All set.
Fuse TV has proudly unveiled their latest digital series, “Metalhead to Head,” a bi-weekly online show that locks two metal masters in one room then records what happens.
The inaugural episode of “Metalhead to Head” features BLACK STAR RIDERS singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick with MEGADETHsinger/guitaristDave Mustaine and will premiere tomorrow, Wednesday,February 26th at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN on www.FUSE.tv.
For a preview of Nuclear Blast artists appearing on the new show, check out the two-minute “Metalhead to Head” trailer, which includes snippets of Warwick with Mustaine, BLACK STAR RIDERS bassistMarco Mendoza with bassist Billy Sheehan, and TESTAMENT’s Alex Skolnick with STRYPER’s Michael Sweet: http://www.fuse.tv/videos/2014/02/metalhead-to-head-introduction
New “Metalhead to Head” episodes will debut every other Wednesday, always at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN, and always on www.FUSE.tv.
It is with a heavy heart that Exciter announces the departure of guitarist John Ricci.
After 30 ass-kicking years in the music business, John has decided to retire, leaving long time members Rik Charron (drums), Clammy (Bass), and Kenny Winter (vocals) to carry on the EXCITER legacy.
As one of the founding members of the band, John was a driving force behind EXCITER’s genre-defining albums including the ground breaking Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence and Force (1984), and Long Live the Loud (1985). As part of the modern era of EXCITER, his unique, manic, style propelled EXCITER’s come-back album: The Dark Command (1996) along with Blood of Tyrants (2000), Thrash Speed Burn (2008) and Death Machine (2010).
EXCITER wishes John the very best in his future endeavors and invites all you Metal Maniacs to continue Pounding Metal with us in 2014 and beyond!
Swedish heavy metallers SABATON have unveiled the track listing to their upcoming eighth studio album, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014.
01. Night Witches
02. No Bullets Fly
03. Smoking Snakes
04. Inmate 4859
05. To Hell And Back
06. The Ballad Of Bull
07. Resist And Bite
08. Soldier Of 3 Armies
09. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai. The drum installment of the SABATONStudio Diaries 2014 is currently up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/THSspXD-dv8
As founding guitarist for one of thrash metal’s Big 4 bands as well as cult legends Stormtroopers of Death, television personality, occasional zombie, aspiring card sharp and son-in-law of rock legend Meatloaf, among many other things, Anthrax founder Scott Ian has seen and done enough during his long career in show business to fill a book, which, as it turns out, he is now writing. Ian signed on with De Capo Press last November for said memoir, called “I’m The Man” and written with the assistance of music scribe Jon Weiderhorn, in order to, as he says, “share all these killer stories” of everything he’s experienced over the past 30-plus years.
Ian’s actually been doing a lot story telling over the past couple years as it is. After being invited by a U.K. promoter to take part in a spoken-word series called “Rock Stars Say the Funniest Things” in London in 2012, Ian did several additional shows in Australia with wrestler/rocker Chris Jericho last year before launching his own “Speaking Words” tour in Europe. He kicked off a U.S. leg of the tour on Feb. 20 that will run through March 8. Just before heading out on the tour, Ian announced a crowd-funding campaign through Pledge Music to raise money for the release of a DVD of a “Speaking Words” performance in Glasgow, Scotland.
On the phone from his home in Los Angeles, Ian offered the following on his new sideline as spoken word performer, his appearance on “The Walking Dead,” late-Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and what the future may or may not hold for additional Big 4 shows.
With the excitement of tonight’s gig flourishing around back stage the commotion is apparent with constant band members running up and down the stairs with crew on hand too clad in spiked gauntlets, ash tinted corpse paint and contrasting jeans and a T-shirt alike, tonight is set to be a rich display of industry greats with a bit of every metal sub-genre on hand. Read the rest of this entry »
Harald Oimoen is the photographer, bass player, and a real walking metal encyclopedia of the Bay Area metal scene. Since 1999 he has been the part of the legendary crossover giant D.R.I. and been gigging all around, even though the band has been on hiatus because of the health issues within the band. Besides that, Oimoen has been the main architect creating the amazing book MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW which has a lot of never-seen-before pics from the early days of Bay Area thrash metal. Metal-Rules.com had the great pleasure to sit down with Oimoen and talk about D.R.I., the book, and above all, metal in general.
The fifth installment of Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA’s video trailer series featuring lead singer, songwriter, and lyricistTony Kakko is now up on YouTube:
With2014 declared as “a year of a wolf” by Kakko, SONATA’s eighth studio offering Pariah’s Child will be released in North America on April 1st. The album was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland. The mix was done by the band’s new bass player, Pasi Kauppinen. Read the rest of this entry »
German superhero heavy metal quintet EDGUY have revealed the track listing for their eleventh studio release, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, due out in North America this spring.
The album includes a cover – sung in German – of “Rock Me Amadeus,” the 1985 hit by Austrian pop musician Falco. “That’s weird,” concedes EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet. “My condolences.”
The track listing for Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown is:
01. Sabre & Torch
02. Space Police
03. Defenders Of The Crown
04. Love Tyger
05. The Realms Of Baba Yaga
06. Rock Me Amadeus (Falco cover)
07. Do Me Like A Cavemen
08. Shadow Eaters
09. Alone In Myself
10. The Eternal Wayfarer Read the rest of this entry »
San Diego deathcore brutes Carnifex found themselves at a crossroads in late 2012. After seven years of toil, but not much to hang their hats on save for a solid underground following, the time had come to figure out whether it would make more sense to take a break, or simply break up. They opted for a hiatus. It turned out to be a fortuitous move – and a surprisingly short one to boot.
Less than a year later, Carnifex were back in action, freshly signed to a better deal with Nuclear Blast after three releases with Victory, and with a renewed energy and purpose that manifested itself in their fifth and latest album, Die Without Hope, which will be issued March 4. The album brings a decidedly more extreme metal approach, with splashes of black metal in its keyboard forays and overall grandiosity and a crushing, uncompromising heaviness throughout capped by frontman Scott Lewis’ grim, nihilistic lyrics and imposing vocals.
In an e-mail interview a couple weeks before Carnifex launched a headline tour of the states to promote Die, Lewis offered the following about the band’s much-needed break, their quick return and what he hopes is a bright future ahead – even if his personal view of things past, present and future is far less optimistic.
For just under 30 years Dream Theater have basically been the hallmark of knowing how to play your instrument properly. And piss all over everyone else whilst you’re doing it. Doubtless without the insane talents of the founding three – imagine-if-he-was-born-with-an-extra-finger guitarist John Petrucci, bring-it bassist John Myung, and rhythm reservoir Mike Portnoy – they may not have been the creators of so much now-imitated prog, but leaning on a single individual won’t get you through three decades.