Robert Bolger the creator/producer of the long in the making heavy metal recording industry documentary Behind The Suit And Tie has put together a short four minute video biography of Pat Egan, longtime director of retail sales and marketing for Relapse Records, who tragically passed away on Monday, February 18th after a battle with pneumonia and related complications.
The four minute clip which can be seen below was captured footage used in the final production for the yet to be released Behind The Suit And Tie documentary, shot in 2008 at the Sony building in NYC, edited down into a video biography of Pat discussing his career in the industry and his passion for heavy music.
Egan had been at Relapse for the past 15 years with the success of so many Relapse bands and records, bands including MASTODON, HIGH ON FIRE, BARONESS and RED FANG just to name a few. Before that, he’d worked at KOCH Records, Energy Records and Pavement Records, among others. His entry into the industry was at Long Island independent record store Looney Tunes, where he rose up the ranks from clerk to metal buyer to store manager before entering the record business.
Bolger comments: “Pat was a great dude who had a major passion for his job and heavy music, he will be missed in the metal community. my heartfelt condolences go out to Pat’s? family and friends.”
Proceeds from the yet to be released documentary Behind The Suit And Tie will go towards a college fund for Pat’s young daughter Katie.
Tentatively due via BigCartel.com, Behind The Suit And Tie pulls no punches and features some of the prime movers in the heavy metal industry drawing back the veil of mystique surrounding the music business and addressing tough questions about the industry itself, how it’s run and where labels see their role in a digital future,” according to a press release.
Through a series of interviews with players from both indie and major labels, ‘Behind The Suit And Tie’ will showcase the truth of how the music industry is being affected by the downward spiral of CD sales and how new and up and coming artists must learn to adjust to changing times.”
Unlike most music documentaries more musician-focused approach, Behind The Suit And Tie will spend more time with the people behind the labels.
The film will contain insight from:
Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment, formerly of Ferret Music)
Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment, formerly of Ferret Music)
Jason Lekberg (Eleven Seven, formerly of Epic Records)
Burt Goldstein (MVD), previous (Big Daddy distribution)
Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”)
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Adam Watson (Plastic Head Distribution)
Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records)
Alan Becker (SONY RED, Distribution)
Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records)
Ray Harkins (Century Media Records)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
Ed Rivadavia (DMX Inc, formerly of (RCA Music Group)
Al Dawson (Earache Records)
Pat Egan (Relapse Records)
David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
Gary Susalis (Music Choice)
Ged Cook (Demolition Records)
Ralph Graupner (Indevent Music)
Lee Barrett (Ascendance Records)
Ryan Forster (Moshpit Tragedy)
Last night (February 23rd) at Soundwave 2013 in Brisbane, Australia at the RNA Showgrounds, for the first time in their career, thrash legends SLAYER performed with only two original members on stage – frontman Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King. EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt continues to fill-in for the ailing Jeff Hanneman and a contract dispute with drummer Dave Lombardo saw the band replace him this week with former drummer Jon Dette (also ANTHRAX).
SLAYER frontman Tom Araya has shed more light on the current state of the band which sees EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt continuing to fill-in for the ailing Jeff Hanneman and a contract dispute with drummer Dave Lombardo which saw the band replace him this week with former drummer Jon Dette (also ANTHRAX).
Speaking to Christina Rowatt from Soundwave TV, Araya talked about the status of Hanneman: “He’s had a rough time coming back. I reach out to him all the time and tell him that everybody misses him. I miss him as a band member because he’s such a big focal point in the band. We’re waiting for him to say ‘I’m ready.’ He’s actually working on material for the album which we’ve encouraged him to do.”
Meanwhile, Jon Dette was originally behind the kit for Slayer for three years in the 1990s and is a last-minute replacement for Dave Lombardo.
“He actually played in the band for, like, three years,” says Araya. “It’s gonna be good. He’s matured and I’m sure he’s gotten much better on the drums. It’ll be exciting, and I think that’s just gonna pump everything up even more. I can tell you this: Jon’s gonna have a lot of energy. He’s known to play very fast, and he’s gotten better at that.”
When asked why Dette got the job Araya says: “It was just a name that we pulled out of our hat. It was a huge fucking hat, and it had one name in it. I’m kind of excited because I know it’s going to be good.”
Check out the full interview below:
According to Setlist.fm Slayer performed the following:
‘Die By The Sword’
‘Altar Of Sacrifice’
‘Seasons In The Abyss’
‘Dead Skin Mask’
‘Angel Of Death’
‘South Of Heaven’
Slayer as part of Soundwave 2013:
24 – Sydney, Australia – Olympic Park
25 – Sydney, Australia – Big Top Luna Park *
1 – Melbourne, Australia – Flemington Racecourse
2 – Adelaide, Australia – Bonython Park
4 – Perth, Australia – Claremont Showground
QUEENSRŸCHE, fronted by ex-CRIMSON GLORY vocalist Todd La Torre in place of original singer Geoff Tate, are currently working on a new studio album. On February 22nd, a 90 second clip of the new song ‘Redemption’ was aired on Eddie Trunk’s Friday Night Rocks radio show, broadcast via New York’s Q104.3 FM. The song sample can be heard below:
In the latest episode of Gear Addicts, Queensrÿche’s Scott Rockenfield talks about the band’s upcoming studio album and first with Todd La Torre.
“The final stages of the record are being done now,” the drummer says. “The excitement that we have right now is because it’s a visit to the past. The whole transition for us was all about musical and creative direction. In a nutshell, I would say what we’re doing on the new record is much more like our early stuff like the EP until Mindcrime and Empire. Metal, hard rock, good song structure, incredible performances (laughs). We’ve really dug in deep.”
With her final album Hydra (1/22) secured tightly under her belt, OTEP is giving you a preview of her most sexually explicit music video to date for the single, “Apex Predator”. Watch the teaser here and stay tuned for the February 25th world premiere of “Apex Predator” on VEVO. Read the rest of this entry »
International metallers RAVEN LORD have announced the addition of current POWER QUEST drummer RICH SMITH to the group’s ranks.
The chance to challenge himself in a different field with RAVEN LORD was an opportunity he did not want to miss. Rich will finish the two shows for POWER QUEST’s farewell tour by the end of May.
Commented Smith: “…I’m delighted to of been offered the throne to drum for RAVEN LORD. I can’t wait to get in the rehearsal room with these guys and hit the road to play some kick ass shows I’d like to thank all the guys in the band and the management for this opportunity…”
EX-drummer LARRY PATERSON on his leave:”…It is meant as no disrespect to any of you at all – and I wish great success for everybody. To cut a long story short, things are pretty tough right now as I have another band, a book and a documentary to make. All of this is running on a very tight schedule which WILL definitely get in the way of Raven Lord…”
Singer and bandleader CSABA ZVEKAN commented “I’m saddened to see Larry go from RAVEN LORD but if dates are clashing there is not much any of us can do. The good thing is me and LARRY PATERSON will continue working on another band project called EXORCISM which is expected to be released in 2014. Well, you know what they say ; the show must go on! And with Summer shows in the pipeline we had to act fast and find another drummer as a permanent solution. RICH SMITH is highly motivated to be the next Lord drummer and with POWER QUEST calling it the quits it was obvious that he was available for grabs. We took the opportunity and welcome RICH SMITH to RAVEN LORD.”
The complete RAVEN LORD lineup is:
Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holy Hell, Reign of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band) – Bass
Rich Smith (Power Quest) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards
RAVEN LORD recently got confirmed for the R-MINE METALFEST 2013 in Tongeren, Belgium followed by some shows in the Netherlands and Spain. The summer show dates shape up as follows.
15. June Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN, T.B.A. 22. June R-MINE METALFEST 2013, Tongeren, BELGIUM 28. June P3, Purmerend, NETHERLANDS 29. June The Mix, Uithoorn, NETHERLANDS
more shows to be announced very soon.
Press Quote: “…Raven Lord and one of the best power metal albums in the last couple years…the power metal masterpiece that is ‘Descent to the Underworld‘ …” (Metal Delirium)
RAVEN LORD recently released their debut album, “Descent To The Underworld“ worldwide via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, NIGHTRAGE, IN FLAMES, DREAM EVIL, OPETH) and was mastered by U.S. mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (SEPULTURA, HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANGRA, DOKKEN). The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with DORO, PAUL DI’ANNO, SEVEN KINGDOMS, DOMINANZ and VIOLET SUN among others.
Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2012, Dungeon Works Productions and Evenko are proud to present En Route to Heavy MTL 2013 and the selected twenty bands that will be battling it out over the next five months to win one of two opening slots at this year’s 2013 HVY MTL.
Battle 3 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, March 7th at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) & Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) along with local music industry for the death metal night.
Old School death metal legends MASTER are pleased to announce a 32 date US trek with California death thrashers SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER.
The 32 date journey will kick off in Los Angeles as part of the “Age ov the Gods” Metalfest on March 1st and end in Long Beach, CA on April 1st. Support will be provided by Philadelphia’s up and coming death metal outfit FISTHAMMER.Other notable appearances include Masters return to Chicago March 11th, the “Philthadelphia Infest” w/ Devourment March 16th, “Masters of Death” festival w/ Incantation March 23rd and the tours only stop south of the border at “Baja Deathfest VII” in Mexicali.
For more on all three bands visit the links below:
New York death metal veterans SUFFOCATION are proud to announce the “Despise the World North American 2013 Tour”! The group will be touring in support of their latest blasterpiece Pinnacle of Bedlam, which was released this past Tuesday in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented the band:
“The Pinnacle of Bedlam is approaching! Together with EXHUMED, JUNGLE ROT, RINGS OF SATURN, ADIMIRON, and LORD OF WAR we will tip the scales of degradation. Fans can prepare to see us performing old and new songs with surgical precision. The hooded messenger of death is now set forth!” Read the rest of this entry »
HELL AND HEAVEN METAL FEST 2013, is a festival that was born three years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico, and for this year’s edition (May 18 and 19, 2013) includes 30 of the most important groups of the international metal scene from countries like the U.S., Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Spain and Canada, and the same number of the most important groups in Mexico. The organizing committee appreciates the support of all his friends & fans that have made this festival the largest metal community in Latin America.
HELL & HEAVEN festival, now in its third edition, was founded in 2010 with the presence of the best national and international groups of metal. To date, the H & HMF has positioned itself as the more heavy rock festival in the country. A prove is the more than one million monthly visits to the festival’s site on facebook, which has 53.000 subscribers and is considered the largest metal virtual community in Latin America.
During the past two editions of the festival, fans of the genre from the 32 Mexican states have traveled to Guadalajara, turning the city into the epicenter of Mexico’s underground movement.
On Saturday November 19, 2011 was held the second edition of the festival. 5 scenarios with 61 bands like MEGADETH, DESTRUCTION, KATAKLYSM, DARK FUNERAL, BRUJERIA, and FEAR FACTORY, which featured 15 hours of live music, and the assistance of 15,000 people, turn the H & HMETAL FEST to be considered one of the biggest encounters of Latin American metalheads.
Another premise of this festival, apart from presenting the most important groups of the genre in the world, was to promote national talent, and becoming a benchmark for heavy rock lovers in Latin America. Therefore, the scenarios presented, in addition to 16 international groups, 45 national bands championed various styles within the heavy rock, from various regions of Mexico.
The 2013 edition, which will take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May at the Esplanade adjacent to the Arena VFG (Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara), have three scenarios, which will present the following confirmed bands: MOTORHEAD, ANTHRAX , TESTAMENT, IN FLAMES, EPICA, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, SODOM, EXODUS, SIX FEET UNDER, MOONSPELL, SUFFOCATION, HAGGARD, ILL NINO, DOKKEN, HEATHEN, MUNICIPAL WASTE, WARBRINGER, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, GILBY CLARKE, RESORTE, VITAL REMAINS, DDLM, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ORIGIN, TRANSMETAL, HERE COMES THE KRAKEN, BLACK OIL, BUTCHER BABIES, PINHEAD, MORPHIUM, PRO-FE-CIA, AGONY LORDS, DRAKSEN, ATTACKHEAD, NIGHTBREED, WRECKER, THELL BARRIO, INTOXXXICATED, SABACTHANI, CTHULHU, CEMICAN, PSICOVOMITOSIS, THANTRA, IRA, ARCHETYPE, GODLESS PROCESSION, SACHIEL, MULUC PAX, BUFFALO GRILLZ, HACAVITZ, PROFANATOR, SUBHUMAN, LECUMBERRI, SPERPENTUM, ARCADIA LIBRE, THE BILLY’S, RINDERPEST, MORTOSS, INES CHAVEZ and TDH.
H & H METAL FEST 2013
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2013
Arena VFG, Km 20 Carretera a Chapala, Fraccionamiento Los Silos, 44630 Tlajomulco de Zuñiga
After the shocker earlier in the week about Dave Lombardo out of Slayer (for how long, who knows?), Machine Head dropped the following news about original bassist Adam Duce:
“Machine Head and bassist Adam Duce have parted ways. The split is amicable, and Machine Head would like to wish Adam the best with his current and future endeavors. The band will continue on for the time being as a three-piece and have begun the writing process for their follow-up to 2011′s “Unto The Locust”. A late 2013 release is projected.”
For the last 15 years Trutnov, Czech Republic has been the spiritual home to the Obscene Extreme Festival – an open-air event dedicated to extreme metal and grindcore. From the initial seeds sown by organiser Curby and nurtured by the blood, sweat, and tears of each successive year’s festival patrons, 2013 sees Obscene Extreme Festival mark its anniversary in the best way possible – by expanding with, not one, but three new international entities; South America, Australia, and Asia.
Talking us through the immense challenge of delivering four festivals across four continents, Curby explains how Obscene Extreme Festival has grown beyond all expectations, but not away from its original ideals.
Ever since Anthrax first hinted at a potential covers disc last year, there’s been plenty of anticipation of what the metal icons might take on. Now we know the classics tracks that the group have recorded for the upcoming ‘Anthems’ EP, and Loudwire is proud to premiere Anthrax’s ripping performance of AC/DC‘s ‘T.N.T.’ in advance of the disc’s March 19 street date.
Drummer Charlie Benante tells LOUDWIRE: “Back in the day, when we would do encores we would play AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’ We never recorded it back then, but when we were in the studio making ‘Worship Music,’ we decided we wanted to. But [singer] Joey [Belladonna] really wanted to do ‘T.N.T.’ He felt it was more in his style, and he knew the song backwards and forwards, so we recorded that, and it’s great.”
Benante goes on to add, “We recorded the track in Chicago and in Los Angeles [and] the sessions were really easy, felt really good. The thing about ‘T.N.T.’ for me is that there’s not a lot of drumming on it. So the challenge for me was to not go crazy with fills, but to pay tribute to the original recording, and keep it AC/DC.”
Anthrax does exactly that, keeping it to the rocking core of the AC/DC classic, but even though Benante says there’s not much for him to do, at the end of the track there’s the all-out free-for-all for the entire group as the band raises the tempo for the song’s explosive finish.
Anthrax’s ‘Anthems’ also features the band’s covers of Rush‘s ‘Anthem,’ Thin Lizzy‘s ‘Jailbreak,’ Boston‘s ‘Smokin” and Journey‘s ‘Keep on Runnin” among others. In addition to ‘Anthems” cover art, Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have subtly redesigned each track’s original album cover art to “Anthrax” it. The ‘Anthems’ EP will first be housed in one of the “re-imagined” digipak covers, and then inserted inside the main CD cover sleeve. The main cover sleeve has been designed in such a way so fans will be able to see which one of the six “re-imagined” covers is inside.
Look for Anthrax’s ‘Anthems’ on March 19. You can currently pre-order the disc here. And check out Anthrax’s rendition of AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T.’ HERE.
SLAYER has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band’s decision to replace drummer Dave Lombardo for the upcoming Australian tour:
“SLAYER confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo’s Facebook post, SLAYER does not agree with Mr. Lombardo’s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon. The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, SLAYER will not be commenting further. SLAYER is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows.”
Lombardo released a statement last night indicating that he was being replaced for SLAYER’s Australian dates after he requested access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents regarding how the band’s tour income was being distributed. According to the drummer, 90% of SLAYER’s tour revenue is “being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us.”
Shortly into the tour for SLAYER’s 1986 album “Reign In Blood”, Lombardo left the group, citing financial concerns. Tony Scaglione of WHIPLASH was recruited to replace Lombardo; however, this lineup was short-lived, as Lombardo returned in 1987. In 1992, Lombardo left the group again due to friction with the other band members, particularly King. Paul Bostaph of FORBIDDEN took over as the band’s drummer for 1994′s “Divine Intervention” and 1996′s “Undisputed Attitude”, the latter being an LP of cover tunes. Following the recording of “Undisputed Attitude”, Jon Dette replaced Bostaph, who left to concentrate on other projects. Dette was fired a year later and Bostaph returned to the fold. In 2001, Bostaph left SLAYER for good and was replaced by a returning Lombardo. Although this reunion was initally announced as temporary, Lombardo has remained with the band ever since.
SLAYER has spent the past two years touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Hanneman is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.
Prior to joining SLAYER, Dette appeared on TESTAMENT’s “Live At The Fillmore” album, which came out in 1995.
Dette is currently playing with ANTHRAX as a temporary replacement for the band’s longtime drummer Charlie Benante, who “is dealing with personal issues right now and can’t leave” the U.S., according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.
London metallers L Sol Tace have announced that their NEW lead guitarist is Sy Taplin!
Sy has been in various bands before including thrash metallers Savage Messiah. On joining L Sol Tace, Sy said he is “very happy to be in the band with a great bunch of guys! The style of music suits me perfectly and not only that I see great potential with the band. Having seen them live, listening to the new album which blew me away and speaking to Sam for a few weeks, I knew I wanted in. Sam sent me over ‘Fall’ with lead guitars and few hours later I emailed a video back, close enough to nailing it. That was my audition.”
Sam Wallace, guitarist, says “having Sy in the band is great for us; he’s one hell of a player with a great CV behind him. We can’t wait to get out there and hit the stage as a 5 piece and destroy it! If you liked us before just wait until you see us now!”
L Sol Tace’s debut album is due to be released mid 2013, with guest solos from Peredur ap Gwynedd (Pendulum), Agamoth (Abgott) and Danny (Breed 77). The first single release will be ‘Rise’.
L Sol Tace’s next shows are at Terrorizer’s Grindhouse at The Dev on 23rd February, Fighting Cocks in Kingston on 15th March, The Rev in Ipswich on 22nd March and Club 333 in London on 24th March, with plenty more to be announced in the next few weeks.
You can hear the track ‘Mistress Of The Sun’ from the new album, featuring Agamoth from Abgott.