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Dregen with support acts Märvel and Mary’s Kids on Scandinavian Tour 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
With much pride and without further ado we would like to announce the final bands for Tongeren Metal Fest, Belgium’s newest metalfestival set to take place Saturday 12th of April 2014 at de VELINX in Tongeren.
Newly announced classic heavy metal act ANGEL WITCH will surely set Tongeren aflame during this exclusive performance. The energetic thrashers PREMATORY and local deathmetal squad PREDATORIA will open this unholy night!
The full line-up is as follows:
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“The Satanist” to be released February 4th in North America
BEHEMOTH has posted a brand new behind the scenes video for “The Satanist.” This video is the first in a series of four that chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as “simply the best Behemoth record ever.” Watch the making of video now at metalblade.com/behemoth, where pre-order bundles for “The Satanist” are also available.
BEHEMOTH front man, Nergal, simply offers the following statement: “The Satanist is magic. It’s dangerous. It’s adventurous, and it’s organic.”
“The Satanist” pre-order bundles are available now and include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com ( digibook and box). “The Satanist” will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE. Read the rest of this entry »
Swedish metal pioneers THE HAUNTED will soon debut new music by releasing a 3-track single, entitled Eye Of The Storm. Due out January 20th in Europe and January 21st in North America via Century Media Records, Eye Of The Storm will be available as a limited edition 7″ and as a digital single, featuring the new songs “Eye Of The Storm”, “Infiltrator” and “My Enemy”. Fans can pre-order the 7″ on black vinyl (limited to 500 copies worldwide) or white vinyl (USA exclusive; limited to 200 copies) now at CM Distro: http://www.cmdistro.com/
Eye Of The Storm marks THE HAUNTED’s recording debut of the band’s revamped line-up, which includes founding members Jensen (Guitars) and Jonas Björler (Bass), returning members Marco Aro (Vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (Drums), as well as new member Ola Englund (Guitars).
THE HAUNTED’s Jensen comments: “There aren’t superlatives enough to describe how much the band has longed for these three songs to be released. We are sure fans have been anxious to know what the band sounds like today after all the turmoil and old members leaving and new members joining. We feel that these three songs represent the band perfectly. We are currently working on the new album, an album that will be filled to the brim with what we know to be ‘THE HAUNTED’. We’ll start doing gigs this spring and we’ll do festivals all over the place this summer. Get in touch with the festivals you visit (and behave like an animal at) and tell them to get us on the bill! THE HAUNTED is back. Play it loud. No. Louder.” Read the rest of this entry »
Sabaton check in with an update about their new album!
“As you probably know already we are in the Abyss studios along with Peter Tägtgren – Official & recording our new album “HEROES” that will be released in May 2014.”
“Here you can see our new artwork, please visit our Facebook page and tell us what you think about it: http://www.facebook.com/
On March, 28th the new SONATA ARCTICA album “Pariah’s Child” will be released. It is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow up to their successful “Stones Grow Her Name”.
Today the beautiful cover artwork for “Pariah’s Child” will be released. Vocalist Tony Kakko explains he thoughts behind the album title and the artwork like this:
“As always it’s pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our 8th album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right as it’s been done so many times. Then I started to think how we’d in ways abandoned our “totem animal”, the wolf and all what comes with the territory. As the music on the album is bowing more towards the “old” Sonata, meaning more power metal style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or Pariah’s child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back.”
Submissions Now Open! Wacken Metal Battle Canada Returns! ‘One Band To Rule Them All’
Last year’s first ever Wacken Metal Battle Canada was witnessed to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final in Wacken, Germany where they performed in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound of metal. (Video of that champion set can be viewed here.)
With that great success and triumph for Canadian metal, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be expanding across the country in 2014.
“We’re very pleased to announce that Metal Battle has been expanded to include Western Canada. Battles will happen in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver and we expect some quality submissions from those major cities to join Toronto and Montreal. Given the interest we received last year from the West, this expansion was inevitable. We’ve been working hard to overcome the geographical challenges – the result will be a bigger and better competition.” comments Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizer JJ Tartaglia.
There‘s only one WACKEN Open Air. Nothing heats up the summer quite like the world-renowned festival in the north of Germany. 2012’s edition saw heavy hitters like Volbeat, Edguy and Testament tearing up the stages, with 75,000 moshing metalheads in attendance. The atmosphere was unique as always, the party legendary – and now you can be there, too! Relive the planet‘s biggest heavy metal festival in all its glory on DVD and CD, hitting stores on February 18, 2014 in the US and Canada.
LIVE AT WACKEN 2012 features the best performances, filmed and recorded right there at the Holy Wacken Ground, culminating in a mindblowing headliner set by rock‘s brightest phenomenon – and regular Wacken guests – Volbeat.
See them welcome Mille Petrozza (Kreator) and Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) on stage for ‘7 Shots’ and inviting Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) to growl in ‘Evelyn’, before they launch their classic ‘Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza’. Watch Hammerfall setting ‘Hearts On Fire’, Testament going ‘Over The Wall’ and The Boss Hoss ‘Riding High, Singing Low’, while Saxon swing the ‘Hammer Of The Gods’, Overkill are ‘Rotten To The Core’ and Cradle Of Filth go ‘From The Cradle To Enslave’
In addition, bands like Edguy, Suffocated, Decapitated, Leaves‘ Eyes, Schandmaul, Circle II Circle, Red Fang, Nasum, Unearth, Graveyard, Moonspell, Djerv, Riotgod, Cop UK, Warrior Soul and Hammercult bring the metal. Filmed in widescreen 16:9 and in full-on Dolby Digital 5.1, this puts you right there in the moshpit!
The 3-DVD-set features 60 tracks from 25 bands as well as a 20 page booklet – that‘s four and a half hours of music! The double-CD gives you 32 songs by 13 groups, ranging from Hammerfall, Cradle Of Filth and Suffocated to The Boss Hoss, Schandmaul and Volbeat.
There is also a D2C special bundle available via rocknshop. For more information, please visit http://www.udr-music.com/.
Mascot Label Group are honoured to welcome the band to the label, having recently signed BLS exclusively for European territory. The band will join, amongst others, Joe Bonamassa, Volbeat, Gov’t Mule, Beth Hart, Vandenberg’s MoonKings, Black Country Communion and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the Rotterdam-based record company’s roster.
“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is Black Label Society’s first new studio album since 2009’s “The Order of the Black”, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Best of 2013 – Caitlin Smith
1. Vatnett Viskar – Sky Swallower
2. Cult of Luna – Vertikal
3. Year of no Light – Tocsin
4. Officium Triste – Mors Viri
5. Windhand – Soma
6. Mourning Beloveth – Formless
7. Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury
8. Gorguts – Colored Sands
9. Code – Augur Nox
10. Nightslug – Dismal Fucker
11. Fen – Dustwalker
12. Ereb Altor – Fire meets Ice
13. Moss – Horrible Night
14. Valkyrja – The Antagonist’s Fire
15. Eye of Solitude – Canto iii
16. Rosetta – The Anaesthete
17. Dark Buddha Rising – Dakhmandal
18. Deafhaven – Sunbather
19. Inter Arma – Sky Burial
20. Kylesa – Ultraviolet
Black Magician – The Pursuivant
Psychedelic organ notes, repeating riff and aggressive vocals, this album is the return of the witch finders, the religious fanatics preaching their so-called wisdom to anyone that cares to listen. This is only the second release from the Liverpool 5-piece, following on from the album Nature is the Devil’s Church released last year and proof that this band have a lot more to offer.
Arcturus, Fen and From the Bogs of Aughiska @ the O2 Islington
The question of best raises a few issues… the choice between best sound, most energy and sheer entertainment really is a hard one to make. This gig had everything though, the awesome droning power of Bogs of Aughiska, Fen bring soaring doom in crystal clear precision and finally Arcturus. It’s hard to know what to make of this band.
The only way to describe it is drunken operatic ramblings, not entirely in tune at the beginning but always keeping us thoroughly entertained. ICS Vortex may not have been surrounded by his usual troupe of dancing creatures, but his perfected wiggle dance was enough to make up for the absence. This is performance at its very best.
Drunken, lively and completely insane.
Best local band
Having moved back to the shire, I thought there’d be nothing here but old man pubs and folk bands. I could not have been more wrong. Supporting a wealth of local metal acts, Kent can boast some serious strong talent rising up in the metal scene. One of those acts is death metal 5-piece NeonHalo. Having reformed after a long break with their strongest lineup yet and winning a spot this year at Bloodstocks the Metal to the Masses, this band is taking the metal scene by storm. Why? because it’s pure gore to the fucking core.
Check them out here.
Best new band
They may have formed in 2011, but with their first release this year you can’t get too much more recent. Nightslug are a band on the edge of every genre, scraping the edges of sludge, doom, noise and punk. This band is a mix of all the dirtiest genres of the music out there, and the result is an album of pure and utter sonic filth.
There’s one thing about arguing with people on the internet and that’s the wealth of bands you can discover from all corners of the earth. One of those for me this year was Liturgy, a post-rock/black metal band from America. While black metal is usually crushingly aggressive and depressing, Liturgy show that the genre really is so much more versatile.
Major events in the Metal world
- The sad and sudden loss of Jeff Hanemann.
- Avant-garde black metal band Altar of Plagues disbanding.
Predictions for 2014
Dave Mustaine will run for presidency before finally realizing no one cares about his political agenda.
Best of 2013 – Ben Spencer
1. Nhor: Within The Darkness Between the Stars
2. Fen: Dustwalker
3. Eye of Solitude: Canto III
4. Voices: From the Human Forest Create A Fuge Of Imaginary Rain
5. Fyrdsman: Omen I the Sky
6. Universe 217: Never
7. Saille: Ritu
8. Merkstave: Self Titled
9. Shade Empire: Omega Arcane
10. Inter Arma: Sly Burial
11. Dream Theater: Self Titled
12. Deals Death: Point Zero Solution
13. Progenie Terreste Pura: UMA
14. Lamia Culta: Woman Scarred
15. Locrian: Return To Annihilation
16. Cult of Erinyes: Blessed Extinction
17. Caladan Brood: Echoes of Battle
18. Orphand Land: All Is One
19. Vallendusk: Black Clouds Gathering
20. Veldes: To Drown In Bleeding Hope
Best of 2013 – Anna Dumpe
Top Metal Albums
1. Black Sabbath – 13
2. Airbourne – Black Dog Barking
3. Havok – Unnatural Selection
4. TesseracT – Altered State
5. Gama Bomb – The Terror Tapes
6. Vista Chino – Peace
7. Horisont – Time Warriors
8. Kvelertak – Meir
9. Hybris – Heavy Machinery
10. Motorhead – Aftershock
11. Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
12. Black Spiders – This Savage Land
13. Enforcer – Death By Fire
14. Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood
Top Rock Albums
1. Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
2. The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
3. Monster Truck – Furiosity
4. Clutch – Earth Rocker
5. Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
5. Karnivool – Asymmetry
Coldspell – Band leader/guitarist Michael Larsson
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Khalil Turk at Escape Music and to Escape Music for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures of the band taken by: Johan Ylitalo
Live promo pictures taken by: Christoffer Olsson, Maja Larsson and Johan Ylitalo
From the very north of Sweden comes the melodic hard rock act Coldspell. The band recently released its third album titled FROZEN PARADISE and I hooked up with bandleader/guitarist Michael Larsson in order to have a chat about the new album. Besides the album, we also spoke about the bands past present and future and what lies ahead for the band in 2014. For some reason haven’t I heard the band before but when I heard the excellent FROZEN PARADISE it was a must for me to check out the band and their brilliant melodic hardrock music. Enjoy.
INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN
LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
The legendary Carcass returned with a vengeance! Their new album SURGICAL STEEL is an amazing piece of evidence showing how the band has remained stainless and sharp. The album has literally blown both new and old fans easily away. Carcass embarked on their European tour with Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth and British occult metallers Hell. They arrived to Helsinki to play a sold out show for the Finnish metal freaks. Before the show, Metal-Rules.com talked to Bill Steer about touring, Carcass re-union time, past times, and of course the new album.
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Best of 2013 – Infamousbutcher
1. Black Sabbath – 13
I never thought it would happen again, a Black Sabbath album with Ozzy at the helm. Hell, even more surprising, I never thought it would be this good! The album has a SABOTAGE feel and would have fit nicely in between SABOTAGE and TECHNICAL ECSTASY in the mid 70’s. It’s the album I didn’t know I had been waiting for, I teared up the first time I heard the whole thing!
2. Carcass – Surgical Steel
I’m not a fan of how Carcass changed to “melodic death metal” so I am very happy that the first Carcass album in 17 years has some brutality and some Bill Steer backing vocals! Amazing musicianship, the album is a blend of NECROTICISM and HEARTWORK with shredding and melodic parts, and we’re also back to the medical dictionary lyrics!
3. Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam
Best Suffocation album since PIERCED FROM WITHIN. PINNACLE is their most technical and musically varied album and it still measures on the Richter Scale of brutality!
4. Hail of Bullets – III The Rommel Chronicles
Every 2 or 3 years this Dutch Death Metal supergroup cranks out another WWII themed masterpiece! Want a little history lesson with your brutal old school death metal? Than this is for you!
5. Broken Hope – Omen of Disease
After an 11 year hiatus and the untimely passing of vocalist Joe Ptacek, Chicago’s Broken Hope reformed in 2012. OMEN OF DISEASE, their first album since 1999, is an incredible sick blend of guttural vocals, savage riffs, and bludgeoning drums and bass. It’s the heaviest album of the year! Welcome back Broken Hope, the underground is richer because of your return!
6. Deicide – In the Minds of Evil
7. Motorhead – Aftershock
8. Exhumed – Necrocracy
9. Immolation – Kingdom of Conspiracy
10. Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
11. Death Angel – The Dream Calls for Blood
12. Jungle Rot – Terror Regime
13. Entrails – Raging Death
14. Autopsy – The Headless Ritual
15. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies
16. Holy Grail – Ride the Void
17. Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure
18. Gorguts – Colored Sands
19. Anvil – Hope in Hell
20. Megadeth – Super Collider
Best Live Album
Dark Roots of Thrash – Testament
Ruins of Humans – Brutality
Best Covers album
Anthems – Anthrax
My Life with Deth – David Ellefson
Dark Roots of Thrash – Testament
Metal Alliance Tour – Anthrax / Exodus / Municipal Waste
Best Festival – Delaware Death Fest II
Best local band
Major events in the Metal world
- Jeff Hanneman’s passing
- Black Sabbath Tour without Bill Ward, release first album with Ozzy since 1978
- Lemmy is human after all and has to cancel shows due to health issues
- Dave Lombardo fired from Slayer (again)
- Rob Caggiano leaves Anthrax and joins Volbeat
- First Carcass album since 1996
Predictions for 2014
Slayer puts out an album with new lineup.