Sacramento rock band TESLA have announced an all new LP titled SIMPLICITY due out June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording’s arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.
SIMPLICITY will be the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the followup to FOREVER MORE, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
TESLA locked themselves away for weeks writing the new material that would become SIMPLICITY with long time A&R man Tom Zutaut. Fourteen solid tracks later the band sank their teeth in while recording began at bassist Brian Wheat’s very own J Street Recorders. Legendary engineer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, Motley Crue) was then tapped to put the final touches in place.
Fresh off the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the band has quite the itinerary of tour dates throughout the rest of 2014. Click here for all tour dates.
Formed in 1981, TESLA have firmly carved out their own space in rock and roll history. The band saw great success with their own rendition of the 1971 classic “Signs” and their own hit single “Love Song” from the The Great Radio Controversy, released in 1989.
TESLA is: Frank Hannon – Brian Wheat – Jeff Keith – Troy Luccketta – Dave Rude
As previously announced, in early June Metal Mind Productions will release a brand new studio album by the best Polish hard rock band – Kruk. The band’s fourth full-length release, entitled “Before”, should be interesting for fans of such big artists as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and DIO. The album is scheduled for release on June, 9th in Europe and July, 8th in NorthAmerica (via MVD) and includes abonus DVD featuring additional material: live show from Spodek Hall, Katowice from February 2014 when Kruk supported the legendary band Deep Purple, interviews, documentary and studio report. Read the rest of this entry »
After recently launching a video for their new album’s title track (which has already surpassed 2 million views on YouTube), metal icons ARCH ENEMY are now ready to unleash the second single from their upcoming ninth full-length, War Eternal, due out worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. Watch the new lyric video for ‘As The Pages Burn’ below.
Chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott comments: “‘As The Pages Burn’ almost goes back to the style of writing that I had in the late 90’s. It’s very old school Arch Enemy with an almost SLAYER-vibe in the intro/verse and a huge melodic chorus. A bit like ‘The Immortal’ and other AE classics of that time. The middle section is very classical music inspired – a twin guitar part that is a lot fun to play. Alissa wrote the lyrics for the song. This song is an example of what I love about collaborating – in the songwriting, I’m giving her the instrumental, and she comes from a different background, and the two different approaches merge together to form a very interesting result that blew my mind. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album.”
Front-woman Alissa White-Gluz adds: “‘As The Pages Burn’ is also one of my favorite songs. I think it’s going to be a very fun song to perform live. I really like fast-paced, energetic songs. A lot of the lyrics on the album are coming straight from my brain during sleepless nights. I often wake up in the middle of the night from horrible nightmares and just start writing songs. For whatever reason, I like the lyrics that I get that way, they feel real and uncensored. This song is one that I wrote at 4am in the dark, half asleep. In the morning I woke up and thought, ‘This is cool, I’m going to use this, and I know just the music to put it to’. The musical dynamics in the song are very satisfying to sing to as well. I hope you like it!”
War Eternal can now be pre-ordered digitally in Europe at iTunes and AmazonMP3 with the tracks ‘War Eternal’ and ‘As The Pages Burn’ available as instant downloads upon purchase (a third track, ‘You Will Know My Name’, will be instantly downloaded on May 26th).
War Eternal tracklisting (standard edition)
‘Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F Minor)’
‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’
‘As The Pages Burn’
‘No More Regrets’
‘You Will Know My Name’
‘Graveyard Of Dreams’
‘Time Is Black’
‘On And On’
‘Down To Nothing’
‘Not Long For This World’
Co-host of “The Metal Voice” Jimmy Kay recently caught up with Iced Earth’s vocalist Stu Block on Iced Earth’s North American tour.
In the interview Stu Block talks about the huge undertaking behind the making of “The Plagues of Babylon” and his favorite tracks.
Stu Block also confesses to Jimmy Kay that vocal wise he has had no traditional vocal training nor does he do a warm up before most gigs
When asked about his long term plans, Block answers he would like to continue to be active in the music business and also to go back and visit the places with his wife where he did not have the chance to fully explore when on tour all these years
1st US Randy Black of Primal Fear Drum Clinic – May 5th 2014 in Chicago
Randy Black is conducting his first ever US drum clinic May 5th , 2014 presented by Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago between dates on Primal Fears current US tour. The following night you’ll be able to catch him performing live with Primal Fear at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois.
Randy Black is well known as a seasoned professional live and studio musician known for his technical precision, symmetric cymbal set up (Including Hi-hats and Rides), and ambidextrous playing style; Randy is sure to amaze in this intimate event.
Randy will be performing with his personal drum set used on tour, giving attendees a chance to take a close look at his setup and the instruments he uses.
There will be a chance to meet Randy following his clinic along with purchasing his specially priced Hudson Limited double DVD instruction video, currently only available in the US at the Vic’s Drum Shop location.
Randy has recorded and played with: Bif Naked, Annihilator, Rebellion, DuskMachine, & Primal Fear.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, recently wrapped up a North American tour with Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED in support of their new album Waiting for the End to Come! Shortly before that run, vocalistMauricio Iacono sat down for an intimate artist profile interview. View part 3 of that segmenthere.
The sun setting over London is always a pretty sight to behold as the salmon pink sky glistens the Scala on this spring day, it is a stark contrast to the hubbub and pure excitement that will be contained in its walls tonight. This evening is dedicated to Therapy? Who will be performing the entirety of ”Troublegum” with support from Lonely the brave, its one set for excitement and nostalgia.
We are revved up and ready to UNLEASH the PRIEST one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled ‘Redeemer of Souls’ from our new album of the same title – Judas Priest
JUDAS PRIEST – New song “Redeemer of Souls” Available
On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes and other digital service providers.
“Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish Redeemer Of Souls is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!” – Glenn Tipton
The band proclaim: “We are revved up and ready to unleash the Priest one more time for our metal fans around the world – so here’s a track for you to listen to entitled Redeemer Of Souls’ from our new album of the same title.”
Redeemer Of Souls release dates:
Friday, July 11th – Australia, Austria, Benelux, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.
Monday, July 14th – Asia (excluding Japan), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, UK.
Tuesday, July 15th – Canada, Italy, Latin America, Russia, Spain, US.
Sacred Oath came roaring back to life in 2007 with the release of their second studio album “Darkness Visible” and now that is being commemorated by Metalizer Records with a limited-edition vinyl release on Friday April 25th.
The double-gatefold 2 disc release includes live bonus tracks from the World IndiVisible Tour and is available in both blue and black vinyl. It is the 3rd vinyl release by the band in a partnership with Metalizer Records, following “World On Fire” and “A Crystal Vision.” “Metalizer always does it right,” says bandleader Rob Thorne. “I’m a big vinyl enthusiast and these are editions I’m proud to have in my personal collection.”
Look for all the Sacred Oath vinyl editions this summer at the Metalizer booth on the European festival circuit. Fans can also order signed copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “DVV” in the subject header.
The most extreme tour of the year has returned with its most devastating line-up yet. The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by IndieMerchStore.com, runs from July 17th through August 10th. It features such heavyweights as Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins and Fallujah. The tour will stop at The House of Blues in Los Angeles on July 19th and Irving Plaza in New York on August 8th with VIP ticketing currently available now for both shows (see below). Look for the complete list of tourdates to be announced in the coming weeks.
David Vincent (vocals/bass) of Morbid Angel states: “Summer Slaughter will be the ultimate, extreme music festival this year and we look forward to headlining this special touring event. It will be great to see our long-time fans and also to expose a new generation to Morbid Angel.”
Ash Avildsen (founder of the Summer Slaughter tour) further states: “Eight years strong. Extreme metal lives! Thank you for keeping the tour alive. See you this Summer.”
Guitarist/vocalist Peter W. of Polish extreme metallers VADER discusses “Go To Hell” and “Where Angels Weep,” the first two tracks on the band’s twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, due out in North America on June 10th.
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has issued the following statement:
“After 30 years creating the band Ratt and losing a real brother, (late guitarist) Robbin (Crosby), it’s time that I personally part ways with the band.
I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum,
and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.
I’m very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes. I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years.
With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long. I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows.