Stonehenge Festival is a death metal and in general extreme metal festival arranged every year. Instead Stonehenge Indoor has obviously been planned and carried out around the on-going tour of Morgoth, Gorguts and Incantation. All in all 16 bands had been booked to share two different sizes of stages. Most of these obscure Dutch tongue-in-cheek grinding outfits played in a small room where the air condition had been switched off or then never existed. Metal-Rules.Com made a visit to Stonehenge Indoor festival to witness a few bands in action.
Approximately 300 people had crawled to the small venue in the heart of the town called Drachten. When an opening band kicked the set off, there were a handful of people already having to see the Swiss rather unknown band at the stage. As far these other bands playing in the small venue, well all of them were pure grinding stuff with the blast beat with the certain style of tongue-in-cheek. Obviously the dutch Cote D’aver took into another level of the sense of humour by having some weird corpselook-alike clothes.
Three of four from Gorguts had the band of their own called Dysrhythmia, which was all instrumental. This three piece outfit turned out to be extreme fascinating and interesting as well. The music was heavily influenced by the fusion jazz with the technical and skilled elements of progressive death metal. The stuff sounded absolutely amazing. The most eccentric thing about Dysrhyhthmia as they have not released any official output, instead uploaded some tunes to somewhere in the net.
Only 30 minutes for Incantation and that truly sucked !!! Incantation is a such icon in the death metal genre, but lousy 30 minutes – Cmon now ! However Incantation unleashed the pure brutal and sadistic death metal assault. John McEntee is a true death metal legend amongst the die hard death metal fans. Frankly the man hasn’t lost any tune in his brutal vocals. Incantation sounds as always it has sounded extremely deadly and brutal for sure. Obviously the 30 minute playing slot boosted the band to the fiery performance.
Psycroptic from Australia has proved to be extreme skilled and technical death metal squad. The band did a killer set and the singer tried to encourage the borndead audience to make some moving and start a pit. Hopeless task for sure. In general the crowd was truly pathetic, just standing and watching bands with drinks in their hands. Psycroptic was a bit technical in some terms leaving the people to gasp for the air.
The German Morgoth went thru the line-up turmoil during the recording process of the comeback album UNGOD, where Grewe stepped aside and the Disbelief growler Karsten stepped. However Morgoth had a 45 minute slot for the lesson of the German old school death metal. Obviously Karsten was suffering from the sore throat problems as his voice didn’t sound that deadly. The five piece offered a nice set of balance of new and old material and Isolate concluded the whole set.
The Canadian Gorguts headlined the whole long evening or day by doing app. 60 minute. That’s pretty good as a matter of fact. Gorguts is extreme technical as far as the music is concerned. Even though Gorguts operates in the technical side, but the roots of the obscure brutal haven’t been forgotten.
EVAN K. has released a lyric video for “Edge Of The Sky,” featuring vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Angra, Vision Divine), and keyboards by Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Serious Black, Outloud). The video can be viewed here:
Today we finished up the mastering for our newest CD, a compilation disc spanning the band’s career, with one new track. Here’s the CD song list:
You’re A Woman Now
Heavy Metal Love
Deep Cuts The Knife
Wild In The Streets
Good To The Last Drop
Shock City Psycho Rock
Make ‘Em Dance
Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved In His Home Town)
Brent Doerner designed the CD cover. Pretty cool eh?
Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity will be releasing the critically acclaimed debut album by Rage Against the Machine on limited edition Hybrid SACD. Rage Against the Machine’s first album is a mix of punk, metal, hardcore and politically resonate rap. Every song is full of energy with smart lyrics and plenty of slam-dancing potential. In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial and critical success. The album went to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. Rolling Stone magazine named it as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2001, Q magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.
This album is relentless, from the opening track “Bombtrack” all the way to the last blast of “Freedom,” every tune is a highly explosive ball of energy, none of which is clearly superior to any of the others. The lyrics, while full of blunt and pure anger, are very passionate and well-written in the sense that they actually stand for something.
This album like no other changed the landscape of ’90s music. The “guilty parties”: Zack de la Rocha’s vitriolic and angst-ridden words fueled by the heaviest rhythm section on the planet featuring drummer Brad Wilk and the exciting and dynamic bass of Timmy C and of course, RATM’s signature sound, Tom Morello’s belligerent, aggressive guitar riffs and turntable-esque noise that make this the best debut album of all-time.
The “Know Your Enemy” track features Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan on “additional vocals” and also features Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on trashcan percussion. The liner notes claim, “No samples, keyboards or synthesizers used in the making of this recording.” This is, and always will be, considered Rage Against the Machine’s most important work.
“Distinctly groundbreaking and original…a landmark in musical history.”
2. KILLING IN THE NAME
3. TAKE THE POWER BACK
4. SETTLE FOR NOTHING
5. BULLET IN THE HEAD
6. KNOW YOUR ENEMY
7. WAKE UP
8. FISTFUL OF STEEL
9. TOWNSHIP REBELLION
Produced by: Garth Richardson, Rage Against the Machine
Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering
The 7th annual GWAR B-Q will be held on August 20th in beautiful Richmond, VA at historic Hadad’s Lake. GWAR will of course be performing a set full of murder and mayhem, and now we finally have the information that you have been waiting for! On sale dates and ticket prices!!!
Various ticketing packages will be available and are detailed below. Remember what they say, “The Early Bohab gets the cheaper tickets” so all of you Earth Scum should buy quickly because there is a high demand for Early Bohab tickets and prices increase as the supply of remaining tickets goes down. For complete ticketing information on the B4BQ and GWAR B-Q visit http://gwarbq.com/tickets
Here’s the lowdown:
Standard (General Admission) Early Bird tickets start at $50 Limited supply at this price! Includes all day event entry.
Deluxe tickets start at $100 Limited supply at this price!
Includes all day event entry, official GWAR B-Q t-shirt, special viewing area access near the stages… and Express Wristband.
Premium tickets start at $249/$299 (Limited Quantity 125)-Includesall day entry, official GWAR B-Q t-shirt, B4BQ show entry, VIP area access, Express Wristband, Meet & Greet signings with festival artists… and a possible chance to appear on stage with GWAR!
And let’s not forgot the B4BQ that is set for August 19th in Richmond, VA at The National which features the entire Summer Slaughter Tour package including: Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail and Ingested.
Stay tuned for more additions to the sinsational GWAR B-Q weekend line up to be announced!
Bohabs interested in serving their Lords and Masters as volunteers at the GWAR B-Q can follow this link to our Volunteer Application HERE. Tell us everything there is to know about you and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you soon if you fit the profile for human slave…err, Volunteer.
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KAI HANSEN, earMUSIC, and WACKEN Foundation are happy to announce the release of XXX, the first “solo project” album by Kai Hansen, one of the most influential guitarists and singers to emerge from Germany during the first part of the ’80s. First with ground-breaking band HELLOWEEN (of which Hansen is one of the founding members) and later with GAMMA RAY, one of the bands that contributed to defining the genre power metal, bringing it to a generation of devoted fans worldwide since its first album.
XXX is, in pure Hansen tongue-in-cheek style, a reference to over 30 years of involvement in the world of heavy rock, as explained with the album’s sub-title: Three Decades In Metal.
The album will be released in August 2016 on earMUSIC with further news to be shared soon.
XXX is a magical journey. It is the story of how powerful dreams can be.
Dreams and passions big enough to bring a teenager from Hamburg who is in love with rock music, glam rock and the first heavy metal sounds from the practicing space in his bedroom and rehearsal rooms to the biggest stages in the world practicing, and ending up influencing and sharing the stage with the very same bands he admired in the first place.
Not strictly autobiographical, XXX is without doubt the story of Kai Hansen but it could very well represent the story of anybody who is not afraid to believe in dreams, with passion and dedication. It is the story of the ups and downs that everybody faces at some point during the journey of life: the lost and found-again friends, the glory, the tragedies and the joys.
After the achievements enjoyed by Hansen lately with Unisonic and especially Gamma Ray’s recent work Empire of the Undead, Kai Hansen has started working on the album with no precise commercial masterplan — just playing music with the same spirit as in the very beginning.
This certainly was the reason for Hansen to communicate to his label the intention of donating the first advance payment he will receive for XXX —which in the meantime was shaping into a proper album— to the Wacken Foundation.
The Foundation helps and supports young hard rock and heavy metal bands for over seven years now: Musicians full of hopes and dreams, exactly as Hansen had in the beginning of the 30 years story told on this album… in the hope that one day, somebody could tell another 30 years long magic story, also thanks to this album.
Together with Hansen, a stellar band of musicians gravitating around the Chameleon Studio in Hamburg has formed spontaneously.
There’s Alex Dietz (guitar player of Heaven Shall Burn) on bass, Eike Freese (who already worked as engineer and co-producer with Hansen on the last Gamma Ray album) on guitar, and phenomenal drummer Daniel Wilding (Carcass). The four will be joined by various guests, ranging from friends to followers to heroes — some having played a significant part in Kai’s career, some who have expressed the wish to join the project with the same spirit that is leading Kai, Alex, Eike, and Daniel to create loud music with joy, freedom and determination.
Kai and friends will do an exclusive one-time performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air Festival, introducing the songs from the album to the audience for the first and only time.
Watch the video of Kai Hansen and Eike Freese discussing XXX below:
Talking about XXX (while in the studio, recording guitars), Hansen has declared, “30 years in metal, that’s a damn long time. Over the course of all these years, I never recorded a solo album. It is quite nice and a hell lot of fun to create something without any boundaries and to get a fresh view on music. I am celebrating 30 years of being able to do what I like best…
“On XXX, I am reflecting on my roots, where I come from, how it all started for me. I believe you need a certain drive, passion and of course a bit of luck and coincidence to make it in the music world – and of course some financial support. This is where the Wacken Foundation came to my mind. They are helping people, musicians just like me, who want to make it. And I remember having had help myself, from my family, the families from the other band members – and by doing a paper round. So hopefully, with my donation, young musicians are given the same chance that I was given a long time ago, too. And who knows, maybe we all will be playing together at Wacken in 20 years…”
Wacken Foundation’s Thomas Jensen adds, “This is really generous donation to the Wacken Foundation. Heavy metal is a way of life – and with this this amazing gesture Kai showed what it stands for: selflessness, thoughtfulness and most of all the passion and love for music. The goal of the foundation is to keep this kind of spirit going. With Kai is doing we are one step closer to this goal.”
ABOUT WACKEN FOUNDATION:
The Wacken Foundation was founded in 2009 and is a non-profit foundation which dedicates itself to the support of hard rock and heavy metal music. Basically every artist and every band from the heavy metal scene can be supported by the Wacken Foundation. More information about which requirements have to be fulfilled can be found here. If the name Wacken Foundation is a bit misleading, the promoters of the Wacken Open Air do not receive a single cent of the donations. The entire assets of the foundation are solely used to support artists from the metal scene.
Hot on the heels of The Dead Daisies’ announcement of full details of their superlative new studio album, ‘Make Some Noise’, releasing on Spitfire Records / SPV on August 5th, the band have now slotted several more milestone events into their already packed high profile touring schedule.
On September 15th, The Dead Daisies will play their first ever headline show in America when they bring their full stunning live set to legendary Los Angeles venue Whisky a Go Go.
Support act will be Steve Rodgers, (son of Free vocalist, Paul Rodgers). Tickets are priced at $20 and are available via www.whiskyagogo.com/home
Having wowed the crowds as special guests at last year’s Planet Rockstock Festival, The Dead Daisies have now been confirmed to headline this essential event on Friday December 2nd 2016 at Trecco Bay in Wales. The band state that “Last year was just a warmup. This year, we’re gonna blow Planet Rockstock apart!!”
Planet Rock Radio organizer Jon Norman raves “We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years, and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them. They rocked the house last year, so we’re excited to have them back again, but this time to headline the main stage.” Check out more details at www.planetrock.com/rockstock
Expect more major announcements in the coming months as The Dead Daisies’ rapidly rising star goes stratospheric in the run-up to the release of ‘Make Some Noise’, the group’s soon-to-be-acclaimed legendary classic third album.
The 17th solo album by acclaimed guitar maestro PAUL GILBERT (Mr. Big), I CAN DESTROY, is out now via The Orchard on iTunes, Amazon, and major retail outlets. A video for the album’s first single, “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal,” can be seen on PAUL’s official YouTube page.
A full album stream premiered yesterday on AllMusic.com, while various interview video clips with PAUL GILBERT have premiered throughout the past week on GuitarWorld.com, GuitarPlayer.com, GuitarAficionado.com, UltimateClassicRock.com, ModernDrummer.com, and MusicRadar.com.
“My guitar playing was born from playing in my teenage heavy rock bands,” GILBERT explains. “After playing for 40 years, I’ve been able to evolve the way that I see the fretboard, and how I hear the guitar in my head. This opens up my soloing, and also my writing. I couldn’t have written this music when I was a kid. I couldn’t have written these lyrics either. I needed time to live…to experience joy, and anger, and love, and frustration at people who don’t use their turn signals.”
It’s no accident that I CAN DESTROY cuts a wide swath of styles and textures, from the full-frontal assault of “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal” to the jazz-blues lament of “One Woman Too Many” (which also features GILBERT’s patented four-pick Makita drill-bit riffery) to the radio-friendly balladeering of “Love We Had” to the smoking-hot gut/heart punch of “I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You),” the latter track’s title a playful reference to the ubiquitous #1 hit GILBERT enjoyed as part of his gig as lead guitarist for the still-going-strong Mr. Big.
GILBERT knew that I CAN DESTROY producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa), whom he previously collaborated with on Mr. Big’s 2011 release WHAT IF, would push him to do his best from the get-go. “One thing I knew about working with Kevin as a solo artist is that there weren’t going to be that many overdubs on the record — not that many takes, and not many fixes,” he reports. “As a musician, that puts the fear into you. It’s a good fear, and it made me want to prepare in a pretty healthy way.”
With Shirley onboard to get behind the board, GILBERT next had to cull together some top-drawer musicians to bring into the studio. “On drums, we’ve got Thomas Lang, who’s somewhat of a drumming legend, and on bass is Kevin Chown,” details Gilbert. “He was the only guy I’d never worked with before, and he was great. He played all the right stuff. He’s played with everybody from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Sebastian Bach.”
I CAN DESTROY is already racking up rave reviews. Guitar World proclaimed, “Gilbert’s dazzling guitar work is at the center of a group of songs that vary stylistically from the Iron Maiden/Judas Priest vibe of the title track, to the Thin Lizzy/Boston-like ‘Knocking on a Locked Door’ and ‘One Woman Too Many,’ to the Steely Dan-flavored strains of ‘I Will Be Remembered.’” While in a separate story, GuitarWorld.com declared, “…Gilbert cuts a wide swath of styles and textures. There’s the full-frontal assault of ‘Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal,’ the jazz-blues lament of ‘One Woman Too Many’ (which also features Gilbert’s patented Makita drill-bit riffery) and the gut/heart punch of ‘I Am Not the One (Who Wants to Be with You).’”
In further news, PAUL GILBERT is gearing up for this summer’s Great Guitar Escape 3.0, which is being held July 25-29 at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, CA. Packages are available at the event’s official site, www.GREATGUITARESCAPE.com.
For the camp’s third year, the legendary shredder went all out and invited a few iconic friends to join him as guest instructors. These include Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro and Dave Ellefson as well as former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Art of Anarchy), Andy Timmons (Danger Danger), and master jazz guitarist Mimi Fox. This all-star lineup will be hosting workshops, reflecting their signature sounds and styles and offering an immersive experience for 75 campers. Moreover, they’ll be jamming, performing, and hanging with you 24/7. About the Great Guitar Escape 3.0, GILBERT comments, “I really feel like we got the best lineup possible for version 3.0. Each instructor brings something extremely unique to the table. You’re going to learn, feel inspired, and most of all have a great time. This is four days of complete and total guitar immersion. We can’t wait. Get ready!”
Norwegian black metal tornado 1349 will once again whirl a massive cauldron of chaos at Brutal Assault fest! Also returning after his successful performance last year is French master of retro futuristic synth dark wave PERTURBATOR with his new album The Uncanny Valley. Two bands of different spectre of death metal will join us, namely French BDM savagery KRONOS and long running Italian progressive band SADIST. One of the most interesting bands in the current Polish black metal scene THAW will also play BA 2016 alongside legendary Czech thrashers DEBUSTROL and a new Frantisek Štorm (of Master’s Hammer fame) project MORTAL CABINET. The Mortal Cabinet show will include some Master’s Hammer songs! For more info about tickets please continue here and for purchase please navigate to our e-shop!
The titans of German metal, Iron Savior, are back with their 9th CD, Titancraft, due out on May 20th. It’s the follow-up to their biggest charting CD, Rise Of The Hero from 2014.
Mastermind Piet Sielck and his band mates have come up with a brand new collection of well-crafted metal tunes that don’t fall short in comparison to the band’s already impressive catalogue. As expected, you’ll find all of their typical trademarks, in a well-balanced mixture of fast-paced and stomping tracks.
I caught up with guitarist/vocalist Piet Sielck to discuss creating their latest masterpiece and what it would take to get the band in front of their US fans.
The SXSW festival merges music, film, art and interactive showcases from around the world and is held every year around the second week of March in Austin, Texas. For one week there are thousands of bands performing at any number of venues in downtown Austin. The streets are jam packed with thrill seekers, industry folks, journalists, tourists and pedicabs. In year’s past we have witnessed monolithic mega-star acts like Metallica, Motorhead and Voivod; not to mention up and coming acts like 1349, Sabaton, Steel Panther, Bison B.C. and Crashdiet who would all go on to establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with. The past two or three years have been sparse in terms of metal. By that I mean legitimate “metal” and not some new-age, dreadlocked, crustified gutter rock or faux-pas hipster rock. We were able to check out some showcases from Khemmis, In Aeona, The Oklahomos, Natchet Taylor-Wolfpack and IGNITOR. Until next year, enjoy the video clips below!