FAST RISING SWEDES SET TO TAKE THEIR PLACE ALONGSIDE TRIVIUM, ROB ZOMBIE, WITHIN TEMPTATION AND DELAIN.
London, England – Hot on the heels of their highly successful tour of China, Swedish rockers We Are The Catalyst have today confirmed Metal Hammers announcement that they are to play the prestigious Bloodstock 2015 along side such metal giants as Trivium, Rob Zombie, Within Temptation and Delain.
The bands profile has continued to rise on an ongoing basis, most recently with the announcement that the band are to open for Delain inBirmingham on the 23rd of October. This news also follows global media support of the bands critically acclaimed charity cover release of “Don’t You Worry Child” in aid of The Fostering Network.
12th studio album “Feel the Misery” out September 18 on Peaceville
YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND – My Dying Bride’s latest opus and 12th full studio album, Feel the Misery, is set for release on September 18 on Peaceville Records. Today, My Dying Bride fans across the world have the chance to hear the first brand new track from the band’s highly anticipated new album,”And My Father Left Forever,” streaming on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMwtlz8JebMand Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/133029641.
Finnish progressive/groovy metal band Humavoid’s new EP ‘Glass’ will be available digitally around the internet on Thursday, July 16th. For fans of groovy metal mixed w/ advanced harmony and jazz fusion influences, topped with female vocals.
Italian symphonic-death metal masters FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, will tentatively release their new album King in early 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Tracking will start this summer at Kick Recording and 16th Cellar studios in Rome. Mixing and mastering will be handled by the world-renowned Jens Bogren (AMON AMARTH, AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY) at Fascination Street studio in Sweden later this year. In addition, acclaimed contemporary artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, KATAKLYSM, HATEBREED) will handle all the artwork and iconography for the album.
Swedish Heavy Metal foursome, ENFORCER, have released a brand-new music video for the track ‘Undying Evil’. The clip comes from their latest record From Beyond, which was released recently via Nuclear Blast. Watch the clip here:
From Beyond is ENFORCER’s fourth record and it consists of ten new tracks; all produced, mixed and mastered by the band themselves.
New Jersey’s metal elite are joining forces on August 22nd to play Rock Against Dystrophy’s benefit concert, “Rock Out to Knock Out Muscular Dystrophy”. The event will take place at New Jersey’s rock and metal haven Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. This summer marks the third year of the benefit concert and its second with an All Star lineup. Tattoo Tony of Under My Skin Tattoo is returning for his third year as the event MC.
The Finnish masters of psychedelic progressive metal, AMORPHIS, have released a lyric video for the song “Death Of A King“ here:
The track comes from their upcoming album Under The Red Cloud and featuresChrigel Glanzmann of ELUVEITIE on flute and Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH) on percussion.
Guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen comments: “It was a great honor to have such talented musicians appearing on ‘Death Of A King’. Each one of them puts his personality and character in the very right spot“. Read the rest of this entry »
On July 24th, the iconic guitar sensation, GUS G (Ozzy Osbourne), returns with his most widely heralded solo album, Brand New Revolution. The new offering will be released through Dismanic / eOne in North America includes such highly renowned guests vocalists as Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Mats Levén and Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam), while Jo Nunez played drums and Marty O’ Brien (Lita Ford) played bass. Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther) engineered the sessions and the legendary Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen) handled mixing duties. The effort was also mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Yes).
GUS G also recently once again partnered up with renowned director, Patric Ullaeus on two new videos. One is for the title track and one for the song, “What Lies Below.” Stay tuned to https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg for all updates, video debuts and all pertinent information.
GUS G is Guitar World’s current cover feature, alongside Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth). You can view this cover image and purchase the issue directly at the link below. In a very special exclusive arrangement with Guitar World Magazine, GUS G will offer up a full-length version of his new album in news-stand copies of this cover feature issue, but it’s limited to 10K only. Be sure to go out to your local main magazine retailer and buy it right away, as supplies are limited in select locations.
GUS G states: “I must say that I’m very excited about partnering up with Guitar World to do this special release for my new album. In a current situation where record stores are almost obsolete, CD shelf space is becoming smaller and smaller in mega retailers and the CD format is becoming a thing of the past, I felt why not offer the fans something special? Why not give them a limited version of this album together with Guitar World magazine? Obviously, it’s a guitar player’s record and I’m sure Guitar World’s readers will appreciate this. I can’t think of a better celebration for the release of Brand New Revolution!
“Let’s face it, getting to be on the cover go Guitar World magazine is every guitar player’s dream. I’m fortunate enough to grace GW cover for the 2nd time (first time w/ Ozzy back in 2010) together with one of the best Metal guitarists of our time, Chris Broderick. It’s such a big honor. We had a great time doing the photo shoot w/ Chris and also hanging and jamming. He’s a monstrous player & I’m glad to see him forging his own path with his new band, Act Of Defiance.
“The album’s only instrumental track, ‘The Quest,’ is a very strong track and creates an impact. You hear lots of sides of my playing, not only the technical leads and heavy riffing, but melodies and even acoustic. Lots of stuff jam-packed into this song, but somehow it all comes together nicely.
“Touring wise, I’ll be spending most of the Fall in Europe touring with my solo band, as special guest of Kamelot, but I am also planning to do an extensive clinic tour right after. I will be joining Ozzy for a one off US show on Halloween at Voodoo festival in New Orleans and I hope I can do some US solo dates around the end of the year. Hope to see you all soon.”
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica for setting up the interview.
Thanks to GerMusica for the promo pictuers
Yannis Androulakakis is a Greek guitarist and composer who has worked with metal, music for theater/musicals, and film soundtracks. In 1998 he and bass player Dennis Bekatoros formed the metal act Royal Quest and the work on a concept album began the year after. A lots of twists and turns ended up in Androulakakis making the album on his own, and it took him several years to finish off the album, but in 2014 the opus was finally ready to be unleashed. THE TALE OF MAN is the name of the album, and it’s a very ambitious work Androulakakis has unveiled to the masses. The album contains four different characters that bring the tale forward, and Androulakakis plays all the instruments on his own. In the interview Androulakakis speaks about the work he put into the album, work that began long before the legendary metal opera Avantasia was born, the past present and future of his career, and what he thinks of the Greek metal scene. Be sure to check out THE TALE OF MAN if you’re into metal operas like Avantasia, Genius etc.
British Exodus fans couldn’t be more happy this year! Their idols offered them two consecutive crazy shows in London on the 23rd and 24th of March. It was the right time for us to discuss with bassist Jack Gibson about their last critically acclaimed assault “Blood In Blood Out”, the return of charismatic vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and other topics. I would like to thank Jack Gibson for his time and kindness.
To commemorate the 5 year anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Kay from Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ recently caught up with guitarist Rowan Robertson (Dio, Bang Tango, DC4) who played and co-wrote on the Dio Classic ‘Lock up the Wolves’ Album
In the interview Rowan talks about the unreleased Ronnie James Dio songs and the‘Lock up the Wolves’ writing and recording sessions plus the new Bang Tango Documentary called ‘Attack of Life’
Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker. It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.
IRON MAIDEN – ROBINSONS CELEBRATE 10 MILLION PINTS OF TROOPER WITH A NEW LIMITED EDITION BREW
In celebration of Trooper Premium British Beer smashing through the 10 million pint barrier in just over 2 years, a special limited edition bottled brew, Trooper 666, will be made available to Trooper and Iron Maiden fans in many countries around the world from the 1st October 2015.
At the request of fans, and following the huge success of Trooper, Robinsons will make an even stronger ABV limited edition of the original brew. Again created by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson in collaboration with Robinsons Brewery of Cheshire, this supercharged 6.6% version of the 4.7% bottled version will be available this autumn for a limited period only.
Beer aficionado Dickinson explained, “Our fans have been asking for a stronger brew and it seemed only right to do this at 6.6% ABV! Despite the links with our song “The Number of The Beast”, the name Trooper 666 has actually come about as a result of some detailed research by historian Terry Brighton, who has shown that there were in fact 666 soldiers that rode in The Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, and not just the 600 of Tennyson’s famous poem.”
Brighton, author of Hell Riders: The Truth About The Charge Of The Light Brigade asserts, “A nominal roll was made at the time listing the cavalrymen present at Balaclava – I then used other contemporary records, of those killed and wounded, taken prisoner, assigned to other duties and so on, to prove who did and did not charge, and amazingly it added up to 666! Remarkably one of the extras was the hungover Regimental butcher, who charged wearing his butcher’s overall in place of his uniform, and wielding a butcher’s axe instead of a sabre.”
“Trooper 666 is the same award-winning Trooper recipe but brewed to a higher gravity,” explains Trooper Brand Manager John Robinson. “The result is another wonderfully authentic beer that is packed with malt but slightly sweeter than the original. It has a dry finish and is remarkably moreish.”