HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right,due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band’s first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.
It has been nearly two years since the Norwegian black metal pioneers, Satyricon, last touched British soil to perform and no new album has been released since then. This tour marks the release of the DVD Live at the Opera which proves to be a plus as the set list wander around most goodies from the band’s long career.
Interview by Toria Morgan. Photos by Jas Stephenson
Interviewed 11th April 2015 at Sound Control Manchester
Goatwhore interview with Sammy Duet at Sound Control Manchester 2015. Photo by Jas Stephenson.
I caught up with Sammy Duet, super talented guitarist of Goatwhore, on Saturday night in Manchester. Just after their set ended in Sound Control, I managed to secure an interview with the man himself. And what a pleasure he was to speak to! We sat in a small room upstairs, away from the roar of the stage and the milling crowds while I interviewed him and got to know a little more about Goatwhore, their influences and what inspires him musically.
Scott Ian: Metallica’s No Life t’ll Leather Demo just blew me away, it sounded so cool
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian spoke to Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ about his book ‘I’m The man’ and Anthrax’s and coming new album
When asked about the music scene when Anthrax first started out.
“At the beginning there was no scene in New York for bands playing their own music, there were just cover bands at the time. We were just a bunch of guys who were into metal and wanted to write our own songs and had a rehearsal space, we there six, seven times nights a week just working on trying to be the best band we could be. By 1984 there was a scene because Raven, Metallica and Anthrax sold out the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, none of us had a major record label deal yet 3500 kids showed up and lost their minds. Read the rest of this entry »
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza was recently offered a ‘very unfair deal to rejoin Megadeth’ In a brand new exclusive interview with Caleb Smith of the Heavy Metal Thrash, “The Sick Room” podcast in New Zealand, Nick Menza explains in depth the logistics of what went on in Dave Mustaine’s San Diego based Studio, you can you now listen to the two part interview below.
Menza: “I went and jammed with them for a 3 day weekend and then on the 3rd day we started to write new songs, and it was cool, they even told me that I was back in the band and to send a press release about it. I didn’t want to say anything until I had an agreement, a contract in writing on what is going to happen and they send this ridiculous proposal which pretty much said ‘You’re not going to get paid until the touring’, so basically I was going to be working on the new record for free, but then I had intended on leaning towards that anyway and then I thought to myself I’m not going to break, I’m not going to sell myself short for something that is going to be huge you know. They gotta realize the longevity it, and then the whole thing just became silly, I didn’t even get a chance to negotiate about anything, they just cut it off and said ‘that’s it’ and afterwards I couldn’t get hold of Dave or anybody, he blocked my emails”
The long-awaited NIGHTWISH movie Imaginaerum will finally be released in North America on June 16thon Nuclear Blast Records!
Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?
Imaginaerum creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination and life itself – a true emotional rollercoaster ride!
There are some questions we must ask ourselves before entering the world of Imaginaerum. What is most important in life? Can the power of memories protect us during our last moments? Will our imagination help us find the spark of life in the deepest darkness? Can we still find love after bitter forgiveness?
Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by NIGHTWISH members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album Dark Passion Play came out in 2007.
Today, Nuclear Blast posted a brand new Slayer song from their upcoming album. “When The Stillness Comes” starts with evil clean guitar and builds up nicely. The only thing missing from the song is a guitar solo!?!
This is the second track that has been shared from Slayer’s upcoming 11th album. The first was the song “Implode”.
This list is meant to highlight NEW TALENT. For our purposes, that is defined as a singer who made their professional recording debut in the past 10 years (from 2005-2015). This means the singer was not on any recorded label releases prior to 2005. Keeping that in mind, we focus on some of the younger/newer talent that is out there.
We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below.
On June 16, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD, and digital formats [ MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $34.98 3LP].
Shortly after the release of their World On Fire album (their second collaborative effort), guitarist extraordinaire Slash took the stage with Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge fame) & The Conspirators at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns ‘N’ Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album, and classics from Slash’s days with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver: “Ghost,” “Back From Cali,” “World On Fire,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Anastasia,” “Paradise City,” “Slither,” “Nightrain,” and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on Live At The Roxy 9/25/14.
Slash’s guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators proves a truly potent live force and Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows!
Not content with being one of the world’s more unique bands, metal cello masters Apocalyptica feel the need to push the boat out when promoting a new album. Before setting off on their US tour, the band went on a small promotional tour for new release ‘Shadowmaker’, which included an intimate acoustic performance to an invited audience within the specimen laden shelves of Barts Pathology Museum in the heart of the City of London.
Faith No More tour dates:
April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum #
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater #
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium #
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield ##
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield ###
April 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern *
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern **
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern * * *
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall +
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore +
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts +
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre +
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory +
May 29 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Rock Im Revier
May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival
June 2 Milan, Italy Sonisphere
June 4 Vienna, Austria Vienna Rocks Festival
June 5 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic Rock For People Festival
June 6 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle Spandau
June 8 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
June 10 Bratislava, Slovakia Aegon Arena
June 12 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 13 Donington, UK Download Festival
June 14 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy
June 17 London, UK The Roundhouse
June 20 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival
June 23 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
June 26 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival
June 27 Seinajoki, Finland Provinssi
June 28 Odense, Denmark Tinderbox
July 26 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
July 27 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
July 28 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
July 30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park ++
July 31 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater ++
August 1 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts ++
August 2 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion ++
August 4 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ++
August 5 New York, NY Madison Square Garden ++
August 7 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum ++
August 7 – 9 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal
Sept. 25 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock in Rio
North American support:
# – Christeene
## – La Plebe
### – Frightwig
** – The Urinals
*** – Flatbush
+ – Le Butcherettes
++ – Refused
“Thunder And Steel Down Under” – first ever Riot tribute album, will be released on April 24, 2015, via Skol Records. Compilation has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel, Crystal Viper, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), and will include Riot classics peformed by bands and artists such as: Axel Rudi Pell, Crystal Viper, Attacker, Alpha Tiger, October 31, Savage Master, Night Demon, Dexter Ward and others. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies worldwide. Income from the album will be given to Sir Tony Reale – father of the late Riot guitarist and founding member, Mark Reale.
As it was mentioned on VH1’s “That Metal Show”, RIOT are one of the innovators of Metal music in America and beyond. Their albums such as “Fire Down Under”, “Rock City”, “Narita”, “Restless Breed” or “Born In America” are the classics of Heavy Metal, and their ’88 LP “Thundersteel” helped to shape a genre which we know as Power Metal. Band’s history has been marked by bunch of tragic events: Rhett Forrester who fronted Riot between 1981 and 1986 was killed in 1994, the original vocalist Guy Speranza (in Riot between 1975 and 1981) lost his battle with cancer in 2003, and band’s founding member and leader Mark Reale (who was also the only one constant Riot member since the beginning of the band) left us in 2012, after suffering Crohn’s disease.
The band left 14 studio albums, and after Mark’s Reale death, remaining Riot members decided to continue his legacy and after changing the name to Riot V, returned with phenomenal album titled “Unleash The Fire”. “Thunder And Steel Down Under” is not a usual compilation with bunch of cover songs. It’s a celebration of the Riot and Mark Reale legacy, and a homage paid by both American and European bands and musicians, who were influenced by this premier act.
SLAYER To Headline 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival; KING DIAMOND, HELLYEAH And Others
The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival enters its eighth year with another fantastic heavy metal and hard rock lineup, featuring 13 bands performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage and the Victory Records Stage.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage will feature some of the most ground-breaking heavy bands of all time, spanning the originating years of heavy metal to today! The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records Stage will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.
Kerry King, guitarist of Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States – NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T FUCKIN’ MISS IT.”
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage performer and heavy metal hellion King Diamond states, “This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage – it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I’m not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around “Dreams of Horror”. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You’re all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!”
“It has been eight years and it feels like it started just yesterday. We are so excited about this year’s lineup and having the mighty Slayer back in support of a new album. In addition, the first time for King Diamond and Hellyeah will be awesome, as well as The Devil Wears Prada’s first time on the Main Stage. The Victory Stage has amazing bands and will play throughout the day. Heavy music is thriving in America and we are excited to be a part of it,” state John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival producers.
Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival go on sale beginning April 17th at 10 AM local time. Please note – Houston, TX tickets go on sale on April 24th at 10 AM local time. General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 hours of onsale (while supplies last).
The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.