SLAYER Debut New Song At Golden Gods Awards, Free Download At SLAYER.NET

April 24th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years.

Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support.  Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.” Registered members of Slayer’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded at www.slayer.net.

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date.  The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings.  No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya.  “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

“I was a teenage rebel when ‘Show No Mercy’ came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, “and I identified with that record.  It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet!  I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”

Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, “The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer.  Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”

Slayer – Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.

Stay connected to www.slayer.net for all the updates.

MAY
9     The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT
10     Fillmore, Denver, CO
11     Shrine, Billings, MT
13     Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
15     The Pageant, St Louis, MO
16     Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
17     Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH

EUROPEAN TOUR
MAY
28     Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland
30     STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden
31     FortaRock Festival Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands

JUNE
1      Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway
3      Horsens Gaol, Horsens, Denmark
4      Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
5      Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
7      Rock AM Ring, Nurburgring, Germany
8      Rock Im Ring, Nurnberg, Germany
9      Z7 Konzertfabrik, Prattein, Switzerland
13     Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields, Nicklesdorf, Austria
15     Live Club, Milan, Italy
16     Estragon, Bologna, Italy
18     Paloma, Niems, France
20     Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet, Clisson, France
21     Tons of Rock Restival, Halden, Norway
24     Stadion Miejeski, Poznan, Poland
26     La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
27     Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
30     Limelight, Belfast, Ireland

JULY
1      Academy, Dublin, Ireland
4      Paris Le Zenith, Paris, France
5      Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, Knebworth Park, England

AUGUST
3      Milo Club, Nizny Novgorad, Russia
4      Arena Moscow Club, Moscow, Russia
5      A2 Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
8      Brutal Assault Festival, Old Army Fortress Josefov, Jaromer, Czech Republic
10     Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec

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New bands to Summer Breeze Festival

April 24th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

Summer Breeze festival have unveiled a lot of new bands :
Master, The New Black, Tracy ate a Bug, Malrun, Gutalax, His Statue Falls, Science of Sleep, Todtgelichter, Annisokay, Supercharger, Cripper, Gingerpig, Motorjesus, Winter of Sin, Mantar, The Very End, Waldgeflüster, Wound, Omega Massif, Screamer, Cyrcus, Fjoergen, The Idiots, Eat The Gun, Lay Down Rotten, Rise of the Northstar and Alpha Tiger.

Summer Breeze will be hold on 14.08. – 16.08, DINKELSBÜHL, Germany.

http://www.summer-breeze.de

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Within Temptation @ Wembley Arena, London

April 23rd, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Within Temptation

@ Wembley Arena, London, UK

12th April 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Inty Malcolm

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Football and female-fronted symphonic metal. A perfect ‘match’ conceived only in the mind of Wembley. And its pockets, which must be full of lovely pound coins as a result. See depending on your preference this weekend is the FA Cup semi-final, or Within Temptation’s Wembley Arena soiree. And if you happen to have room in your heart for both, well aren’t you sickeningly lucky. I hope your team lost.

The music’s clearly the important bit, and whilst it doesn’t feel that long ago that Dutch epic-constructors Within Temptation were playing fairly moderate sized venues throughout the UK, the step up to Wembley appears to have been fairly effortless. Such is the fervour that fans are turning up to queue long before the chanters over the way have seen kick off. And they’ll be here long after those fans depart, perhaps with the faint sounds of Within Temptation in their ears, and never knowing what they’re missing.

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GUITAR VIRTUOSO YNGWIE MALMSTEEN JOINS FORCES WITH ULI JON ROTH, GARY HOEY AND BUMBLEFOOT FOR FIRST-EVER “GUITAR GODS” FESTIVAL TOUR

April 23rd, 2014
by EvilG

TOUR PRESENTED IN PROUD PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR CENTER

 

The king of neo-classical shred guitar, legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen

The king of neo-classical shred guitar, legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen

The king of neo-classical shred guitar, legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, will soon return to stages across North America this summer for the first-ever “Guitar Gods” festival tour.  Bringing together such accomplished axemen as Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun), Gary Hoey (“Hocus Pocus”) and Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses),Malmsteen will headline an epic celebration (6+ hours!) of the instrument for a full evening of guitar pyrotechnics.  Each show will also feature special surprise guests.  The “Guitar Gods” tour is created and produced by April Malmsteen, Yngwie‘s wife and manager and is presented in proud partnership with Guitar Center.  Please see below for the itinerary; more dates to be announced.

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Metalfest IV – Northern Ireland

April 23rd, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Is Northern Ireland the new mecca for metal

@ Diamond Rock Club, County Antrim

April 21st 2014

Review by Jonathan Traynor

Photographs by Paul Verner

Davey Shields (left) and Harv Harbinson of Stormzone at Metalfest IV at Diamond Rock Club

Davey Shields (left) and Harv Harbinson of Stormzone at Metalfest IV at Diamond Rock Club

AS four bands took to the stage in a mini-festival in County Antrim, Northern Ireland it is clear that the wealth and breadth of talent in this tiny country on the western rim of Europe is producing a swathe of metal talent.
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Summer Breeze Festival 2014 (Preview)

April 23rd, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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The Summer Breeze festival is held in Southern Germany Dinkelsbuhl every year in the middle of August. Every year about 40,000 metal maniacs gather to witness great performances by several metal bands in the festival. Booked bands on the bill present a wide range of metal, from extreme metal to symphonic power metal.

Summer Breeze Festival has been arranged with great success since 1997. The festival has increased its capacity in the sophisticated way, not having expanded the area tremendously to have hundreds of thousands to conquer the fest. Instead, Summer Breeze has invested in the general comfort as the audience would enjoy their time and are able to see bands in action.

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MY NAME IS JANET international band feat. Yngwie Malmsteen, King Diamond band members: New song streaming online

April 22nd, 2014
by EvilG

My Name is Janet is international prog and psychedelic rock band feat. Yngwie Malmsteen, King Diamond band members. A new song „Feed Your President‟ from the upcoming album “Big Unveiling in the Town of Dead” is available for streaming online. It is one of the 9 tracks from the new conceptual album “Big Unveiling in the Town of Dead” (release date TBA).  The album was produced by the German metal-producer Kristian Kohle Kohlmannslehner at the Kohlekeller studio, bass lines by Bjorn Englen, the bass player with the grandiose background – Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Robin McAuley, Dio Disciples, Uli Jon Roth, to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »

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SCORPION CHILD ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

April 22nd, 2014
by EvilG

Ready to blaze back into North America with appearances at this year’s Rocklahoma & River City Rockfestivals after their all-out assault through Europe, kick-ass hard rockers SCORPION CHILD from Austin, Texas will launch a headlining tour this spring with Pennsylvania’s space rockers CROBOT supporting.  The trek will start off on May 26th in Dallas, Texas, includes two shows in Canada, and ends in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8th.

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Metal Blade to release new CHANNEL ZERO album ‘Kill All Kings’ June 24th

April 22nd, 2014
by EvilG

Metal Blade is proud to announce to have inked a license deal with CNR Records for the brand new CHANNEL ZERO album “Kill All Kings”. The album will be released by Metal Blade worldwide (except for the Benelux territories) the 20th of June as a digipack cd and digital download. Head over to www.metalblade.com/channelzero to check out the first single“Electronic Cocaine” and the pre-order options!

CHANNEL ZERO started as a band in 1990 and have released five albums since then.CHANNEL ZERO is by far the most successful Metal band ever to come out of Belgium, critically acclaimed nationally as well as internationally. Read the rest of this entry »

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Terry Butler – Massacre & Obituary & Denial Fiend (Six feet Under & Death)

April 21st, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH TERRY BUTLER

(Massacre Obituary Denial Fiend, ex-Death, ex-Six Feet Under)

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Terry Butler needs no introduction as his works in legendary death metal bands are known amongst death metal fans world wide. Terry keeps himself busy with Massacre and Obituary at the moment. Massacre’s new full length album BACK FROM BEYOND comes 23 years after their debut album hit the streets and gained enormous praises. Obituary is putting the final touches on their brand new album which was financed by the fans. Therefore, it was a good time to catch up with Terry Butler from his home and talk about those bands and of course his past works with Six Feet Under and the mighty Death.

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Iced Earth with Sabaton and Revamp – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada April 14th, 2014

April 21st, 2014
by EvilG

Iced Earth

with Sabaton and Revamp

ICED EARTH Announce North American tour with SABATON and REVAMP!

ICED EARTH Announce North American tour with SABATON and REVAMP!

Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada
April 14th, 2014

by EvilG

It’s not often that a single concert has THREE touring bands on the bill that I all want to see. Typically, there’s the headliner, and local openers that can be hit or miss. However, for this tour we have the mighty Iced Earth with support from Sabaton, and Revamp featuring Floor Jansen of Nightwish. Their tour stop in Toronto on Monday April 14th, was a show worth making the 2000+ kilometre trek from the ends of the earth to Toronto to witness.

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Hatebreed and supporters: Nosturi Helsinki Finland

April 20th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen
Hatebreed

Hatebreed

HATEBREED

BOLT and ST. HOOD

The 17th of April 2014

Nosturi Helsinki, Finland

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Sabaton Interviewed by Canada’s “The Metal Voice”

April 20th, 2014
by EvilG

“The Metal Voice” recently caught up with Sabaton’s vocalist Joakim Broden and guitarist Chris Rorland on their North American tour in Montreal, Canada April 16 2014.

In the video interview the band members explain to “The Metal Voice” about the writing process of their new album “Heroes” which will be released May 16 2014.

Sabaton were also asked if they would ever consider doing a non-war themed album in the distant future, and they replied saying perhaps but if so, the lyrics would still have to be history based as they do not like writing fiction based songs

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AT THE GATES launches new video of pre-production for upcoming album, ‘At War With Reality’

April 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Ever since the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, AT THE GATES, have announced a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995), the anticipation within the scene has been immense. AT THE GATES is now in full pre-production mode and expects to be recording their upcoming album, At War With Reality, in June/July with a tentative release in October/November 2014 via Century Media Records worldwide.

AT THE GATES has now launched a video featuring updates on the new material’s pre-production process. Check it out below.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL U.S. TOUR DATES

April 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Hard rock supergroup BLACK STAR RIDERS have added eight additional headlining shows throughout the Midwest & East Coast on their first run of the U.S. this spring in support of their debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose.  Launching in San Antonio, Texas on May 1st and winding their way to Birmingham, Alabama on June 15thBSR will co-headline six of the twenty shows withSKID ROW.

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