Van Canto are the only acapella metal band in the entire world. We don’t know of any others, anyway. In the beginning people laughed at their idea, but they kept on going. Having recorded six albums in ten years while steadily building up a fan-base, they’ve proved that thinking outside the box can pay off and that metal acapella is possible. We caught up with Ross and Stefan of the band before their London show to get an insight into one of the world’s most unique metal outfits.
A metal band without guitars? Yes, that’s right. In fact Van Canto don’t use any instruments at all, they’re the world’s first and only acapella metal outfit. All of their sound is produced by their voices, except the drums. Tonight they were headlining Islington Academy. Producing acapella metal in a studio is one thing, but the stamina it takes to manage a full headline set is another. Let’s see how they fare.
KATAKLYSM took home the award for “Heavy Metal Album of the Year” at the Juno Awards (the Canadian Equivalent to the Grammy’s) this past weekend in recognition of their latest masterpiece, Of Ghosts And Gods.
Comments the band:
“It was a great weekend in the KATAKLYSM world! First off singer Maurizio Iacono and his wife Suzzy were busy welcoming a healthy beautiful little girl into the world named Arianna on April 1st. During this joyful time, the rest of the boys were in Calgary attending the Juno Awards, where the band took the honors for “heavy metal album of the year “ for our latest album Of Ghosts and Gods. So the band is in full celebration mode as anyone can imagine!
“What a crazy ride its been. We started over 20 years ago in high school playing a form of music that was totally not accepted by the masses and we didn’t care. We were rebels with a passion and we were determined to spread that through our music. Fast forward to today and that hasn’t changed a bit. That same passion and determination is still very present and stronger then ever. What HAS changed is the view and acceptance of this form of music.
“We thank the Juno’s for thinking forward and giving metal a voice to the masses. We are honored to have been recognized with our latest album Of Ghosts And Gods, which we are very proud off, but this doesn’t change who we are. It is the fans that carry us though it all and our label that believed in us from the beginning. We urge labels to do the same with developing bands and artists, that need that attention the most, especially in today’s music industry climate. We are humbled and we thank you all.“
n May 2016, Music On Vinyl will start releasing catalogue from the revered Heavy Metal label Roadrunner Records, courtesy of Warner Music. To celebrate, a Heavy Metal release campaign is launched called Metal Mayhem. The campaign includes first-ever vinyl releases by Murderdolls, Life Of Agony, two Nailbomb album reissues, and classic album reissues of Dream Theater, Testament and Cinderella. These releases will hit European record stores on 180 gram audiophile vinyl for a limited time in exclusive coloured editions, followed by regular black vinyl issues.
The first batch includes the first-time on vinyl release Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls (2002) by Horror Punk band Murderdolls, featuring Wednesday 13, Joey Jordison of Slipknot/Scar The Martyr and Tripp Eisen of Static-X. A limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on blood red vinyl will be made available. Nailbomb‘s impressive debut Point Blank (1994) will get a well-deserved Music On Vinyl treatment on 180 gram audiophile vinyl. The Industrial, sample-heavy Metal/Hardcore project of Sepultura/Soulfly front man Max Cavalera and producer Alex Newport (Fudge Tunnel) got rave reviews in the mid Nineties. 2000 numbered copies on blood red vinyl will be made available, after which a regular black edition will be available. Both releases hit the streets on May 2nd.
The May 16th batch includes the final release of Nailbomb, the live album Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide, recorded at the 1995 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Their only live appearance, the title says it all – it’s a worthy goodbye to their fans who supported the group from day one. For this occasion, 1500 numbered copies on yellow vinyl are available at record stores all over Europe. Life Of Agony, fronted by enigmatic singer Keith (Mina) Caputo, was perhaps the most original Metal group of the Nineties, and several of their albums have become staples in record collections worldwide. They established their live reputation at the Lowlands festival in 1997, when they performed an acoustic set for thousands of ecstatic fans. These recordings, called Unplugged At The Lowlands Festival ’97, were never before released on vinyl, until now. A 2LP set, containing 7 live (electric) bonus tracks, will get a strictly limited first pressing of 1500 numbered copies on orange vinyl.
And that’s not all for Life Of Agony. On June 6th, their third album from 1997 Soul Searching Sun will also get a first ever vinyl release. To celebrate, a limited coloured pressing on yellow/orange flamed vinyl will be made available to the public. Also keep an eye out for a brand new studio album later this year from the New York based band.
Other Hard Rock related vinyl releases during Music On Vinyl’s Metal Mayhem campaign include a pitch black vinyl edition of Souls Of Black by Testament and a ice cold white vinyl edition of Long Cold Winter by Hard Rock group Cinderella (both releases are made available on May 9th, 2016). Later on in June, albums by TSOL and Apocalyptica will be released.
As a special bonus to the Metal Mayhem release campaign, Music On Vinyl will reissue one of their Dream Theater albums, Images And Words, on red/gold mixed vinyl for just a limited time. Each copy will be individually numbered and rumor has it more limited editions of Dream Theater are coming up.
Consumers can get in on the action by participating in special daily Metal Mayhem give-aways. With the hashtag #metalmayhem, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users can share their favorite metal album pictures in order to win a random Music On Vinyl Metal Album Of The Day. One lucky winner will get all Roadrunner limited editions, a special collectible wood print by Diego Scaglia Rat (of Engravers Dungeon) and several Music On Vinyl goodies including a turntable slipmat.
Conducted by Robert Williams Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres
Norwegian black metal pioneer Abbath is a busy man these days, promoting his debut self-titled solo effort after enduring a less than amicable split with his past cohorts in Immortal. The new album has already been introduced to the masses by way of the “Count The Dead” single and “Winterbane” music video. Abbath is joined on the new album by fellow black metal stalwart King ov Hell and confirms that the camaraderie that was missing from Immortal is firmly in place with his new lineup. We caught up with Abbath the afternoon of his headlining appearance in Austin, Texas and discussed the new album, the current lineup, the recent reunion with Old Funeral, his thoughts on American beer and more… Watch our grim and frostbitten chat below!
Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE today has debuted an all new music video for the track “Sleeping Dogs” from his forthcoming solo LP. Long time collaborator Justin Reich was tapped to direct. “Black Label Brethren O’ Doom Father Justin Reich Did Another Amazing job Directing the video,” says Wylde. “I asked Father Justin to capture the sights, sounds, smell and feel of the first day my parents dropped me off at kindergarten. Watching the video made me realize why I’m so fond of reading and vegetables.”
Vasby Rock Festival have been forced to take the hard decision of filing ourselves for bankruptcy. Therefore the fourth edition of the VRF will not be. This difficult and tough decision was taken in agreement with all members of Väsby Rock Management when the ticket sales in 2015/2016 were not up to par with the budget we expected and hoped for. We hope for your understanding of the situation we find ourselves in and we are incredibly saddened by what has happened.
Vasby Rock Festival was born from a dream to have a big festival near Stockholm and Arlanda and hope to attract Swedish festival visitors from all over Sweden and the world with the central location, but it simply has not succeeded.
We have done everything in our power to try to save the festival, but with insufficient ticket sales we did not manage to pay our current accounts. Many bands requires prepayment on its appearance fees, and the closer the festival we get, the harder it is to get all the details together.
An administrator in Bankruptcy will be assigned and he/she will be the person in charge during this entire process. As soon as this person is appointed we will be able to inform you the possibilities and the process onhow to get a refund for bought tickets. We will inform you accordingly on our website.
We also want to thank all of you who have supported us over the years; volunteers, partners, sponsors, visitors and artists, the Police force, the Fire department, security and paramedics and the Municipality. Without you, we would never have managed during these three years . You have put blood, sweat, tears and love for the music and the festival and you are all part of our Rock Family.
We would never have been able to pull this off without you, and you all have a place in our hearts, we love you!
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal talks touring with Metal Allegiance for East Coast Trek
Interview by Robert Cavuoto
Metal Allegiance are proud to announce their Destination (Almost) East Coast Tour! The seven day trek that’s kicks off March 31st in Providence and ends April 7th at the Gramercy in New York! With their critically acclaimed self-titled album under their belt, they are bringing their all-star team and epic live experience to the East Coast! The touring band consists of some great metal musicians like Mike Portnoy [The Winery Dogs], Alex Skolnick [Testament], Chuck Billy [Testament], Mark Menghi, Chris Jericho [Jericho], Mark Oseguesda [Death Angel] and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of [Guns & Roses].
They will be performing their songs along with a ton of other hard rock and heavy metal song with plenty of surprises, making it a night not to be missed. Check out their tour dates and tickets info here ticketspin.com/metal-allegiance.
I was able to catch up with Bumblefoot to talk about his role with Metal Allegiance, the second Art of Anarchy CD due out in June, and risking it all to bring metal music to foreign counties!
New bands with MASTODON, GOJIRA and CHELSEA WOLFE!
The world was infested with Czech grind by the turn of the century but if there was one act more bizarre, extreme, catchy but yet smarter than any of your generic gore bands, it was AHUMADO GRANUJO. And guess who just quit their hiatus to perfrom their chemical tekkno infused goregrind at BA 21? Yeah, you got it. Another atypical grind band on our roster comes from Poland and calls itself ANTIGAMA. Seems like we proud ourselves in being an atypical metal fest, right? You bet, that’s why we’ve asked American singer/songwriter CHELSEA WOLFE to perform for you. We have some death metal classics on the list, so to spice things up a bit we are welcoming whale death metal at it’s finest aka GOJIRA to the bill. From the hardcore ranks we’ll have upcoming stars DEFEATER and proved veterans H2O. The rumours from the last year went true when we’ve confirmed the returning Norwegian avantgarde pioneers IN THE WOODS… to play BA 21 alongside another Norwegian icon, IHSAHN, who shall return to our fest. For the fans of musical alternative we bring modern guitar wizardry of INTERVALS and pure jamming madness of LIGHTNING BOLT, who won’t even perform on a stage… so be ready to experiment! Finally we can confirm that after cancelling all of their live plans last summer, MASTODON will appear at Brutal Assault! And we don’t think that there’s no need to introduce these rock giants from Atlanta. Closing this major update is French monolith of drone doom MONARCH, Australia-based progressive rock guitarist/vituoso PLINI and YEAR OF NO LIGHT of Bordeaux caves, who combine rock elements with sludge and doom. And don’t forget, the early bird edition of tickets on sale is available only ’till the end of April!
Metal-Rules.com will be attending and covering the upcoming Brutal Assault festival on the 10-13th of August 2016
Brutal Assault Music Festival – one of the most prestigious events in the world of metal – enters its next decade of its existence. This year’s 21st edition, which traditionally takes place in a military fortress Jofesov in Jaromer, once again attracted about 100 bands from around the world which represent the best of different metal subgenres in 4 days on 3 stages.
This year’s edition offer few well know acts like Polish black metal icon BEHEMOTH, legendary American industrial MINISTRY or British doom metal cult ELECTRIC WIZARD or Japanese post rock sensation MONO.
Brutal Assault 2016 Festival will be held between 10th and 13th of August 2016 in the Old Army Fortress Josefov in the Czech Republic. The combination of eclectic lineup as presented by selected worldwide acts and the historical area of the Old Army Fortress is what makes this festival unique. It’s an integral part of the festival’s image and provides festival-goers with unusual experience.
TICKET PRE-SALE AND RESERVATIONS
BRUTAL ASSAULT 2016 TICKET PRE-SALE IS RUNNING!
72,00 EUR pre-sale price for 4-day festival pass. This edition of tickets is available until April 30th, 2016 in our e-shop.
84,00 EUR at the door for the 4-day festival pass -IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT.
1.300,- CZK (approx. 50 EUR) 1-day tickets (available only at the festival’s box office and IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT).
The tickets must be ordered from this official shop
Legendary annual czech metal open air with unique festival site located at historic fortress!
Direct address: 5.kvetna street, 551 02 Jaromer-Josefov
The festival takes place inside the Old Army Fortress in Josefov (approx. 130 km from Prague). Both of the main stages are on the main festival square and the festival services are placed in the surrounding space. The festival-goers will discover dozens of refreshment kiosks with selection of worldwide cuisine. The fest is ready for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans and will also offer 4 big “beer tents” offering thousands of sitting places and 5 types of draught beer from the world famous czech Budweisser Budvar brewery! Wide selection of of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be prepared as well.
The fest also has it’s own “chill out” zone on the place called “Greenfield” just 4 minutes of walk from the main stages! Greenfield is a place for your pleasure and relaxation when you want to escape from the loudness terror. It is a place for recharging your energy. Among other attractions you can find enormous “Metal Market” in there. The market is home to more than 60 shops and sits just next to the festival “Horror Cinema Grindhouse” with it’s all day projection of cheesy horror flicks and other forms of bizzare cinematography.
Visit also our “Natural grandstand”, a place for those who want to see the festival rush from above. Located directly opposite the main stages, the hillside “natural grandstand” is a place where you can stay standing or sitting and enjoy the bands from above. This year again with separate sound coverage!
Festival services include meet and greet point, non-stop bars, art gallery and many more attractions!
The camping site is located approx. 300m from the festival ground on a grass field. The general camping is free for all, but the camping site also includes “VIP Camp” which offers extra services like camping in the fenced area, toilets, washbasin and depository for use of the VIP camp inhabitants exclusively, a free 3-day pass for the natural stand and shower situated in the main camping site. VIP camp is guarded 24 hours a day from Wednesday August 05th till Sunday August 9th. You can purchase the VIP camp alongside the tickets in our e-shop here: http://brutalassault.cz/en/eshop/
There are no parking capacities at the camping site. 24 hours “Guarded parking” is situated approx. 500m from the camping site by the river. Parking is also possible in the near roads and streets of Josefov.
As the festival is every year enjoying more and more attention, it is highly recommended to buy your tickets in advance. The capacity of the Fortress is approx. 20.000 persons.
Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
When the legendary Bay Area thrash metal veterans visited Helsinki with their own headlining gig fronted by Rob Dukes and Paul Bostaph some years ago, there were hardly 300 or even less thrash metal maniacs having attended the show. Well some years have passed since then until when Exodus hit the Finnish shore with another headlining gig with the domestic thrash wonderkids Lost Society supporting them. The expectations of the number of the attendance were guessed in advance before the show, but having over 500 tickets sold in the pre-sale was beyond the expectation for sure. That was definitely awesome. However the Finnish young thrash patrol Lost Society gave another lesson of violence.
When arriving at the Nosturi club there was a huge line of the thrash metal maniacs waiting into the club. Lost Society had already kicked the maelstrom of intensive headbanging and a pure riffstorm. The band has relied on all kinds of lame of humor aspects in the past shows, but supporting slot for Exodus proved Lost Society is definitely a vicious and intensive and murderous live act. When abandoning all the worthless and needless hassling, just focusing on creating the total of riff thrash storm with the incredible headbanging at the stage, that gave the entire new meaning of the brutal performance for Lost Society. The four piece just proved to be one hell of a thrash metal war machine by sacrificing themselves at the stage and gave a lesson of the master guided riff playing. The set list consisted of the material off from the new album such as “I Am The Antidote” and of course the mandatory “Terror Hungry” is the essential one for the hyperfast thrash hymn.
Braindead KILL (Those Who Oppose Me) Hollow Eyes Terror Hungry I Am the Antidote Riot Only (My) Death Is Certain
When Lost Society’s intensive gig was over and the audience was still gasping for the air, the stage was prepared for Exodus’ tempo of thrash. The latest Exodus offering BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT is still amazingly intensive refreshing brilliant thrash piece of slab. Therefore it was expected to hear quite a few songs picked up from that 10th full length album. Yes indeed those new songs sounded damn catchy as well as brutal as “Body Harvest”, “Salt The Wounds”, and “Blood In Blood Out” were the part of the setlist. Not that surprising the classic debut album BONDED BY BLOOD played the biggest role in the night’s setlist. All in all six songs off from the classic debut album encouraged the crowd go utter insane and bezerk in the pit. The pit turned out to be a merciless and savage and time to time the whole floor was on fire when the insane thrashers crushed their sweating bodies against each other. It surely did help when Steve “Zetro” Souza’s commanded the pit go brutal as hell. But to be honest, Exodus sounded really tight and brutal. Tom Hunting’s clock tight drumming creates the essential part of the Exodus sound. His incredible way of blasting the drums along Jack Gibson’s crushing bass lines and the double guitar work by Kragen Lum and Lee Altus created the total crushing sounds of thrash by Exodus. The five-piece is definitely in the vital strike and they can still deliver the tempo of the old school thrash metal at its best. “Toxic Waltz” has become one kind of hymn for pit rioters, when the opening riff cut the air, the pit turned an incredible huge, bodies were flying all over and when the final song “Strike Of The Beast” concluded the set with another chaotic pit storm. Indeed Exodus stroke now back with the vengeance. Even though Gary Holt was now missing, he was busy with his duties with Slayer, Exodus still lives strong and the band still breathes metal more than well in 2016. It was definitely overwhelming and pleasure to see the packed venue on Saturday night in Helsinki. Above all the domestic young thrash guns Lost Society showed their skills skills and they proved that they’re now ready to conquer the metal world. All in all it would be fabulous to see more often as many metal fans as today to attend upcoming metal shows in the future.
Black 13 Blood In, Blood Out And Then There Were None Children of a Worthless God Deranged Salt the Wound Body Harvest Metal Command Piranha A Lesson in Violence Blacklist War Is My Shepherd Impaler
Encore: Bonded by Blood The Toxic Waltz Strike of the Beast
Madame Mayhem, is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life. Armed with a new CD, Now You Know, written by Corey Lowery and herself, she is an extreme artist on the rise to stardom.
Now You Know features a powerhouse team of rock’s most talented musicians including; Billy Sheehan [Mr. Big, Winery Dogs] – who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier [KoRn] Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal [Guns N’ Roses], Russ Parrish [Satchel from Steel Panther], and Corey Lowery [Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo]. With friends and musicianship like that backing you, how can this not be a stellar CD!
I caught up with Madame Mayhem to talk about her diverse musical upbringing, the new CD, and working with Billy Sheehan.
It’s no secret that DAWN OF DISEASE have been highly influenced by old school Swedish death metal: a healthy dose of Scandinavian rawness that worms its way into every tune, but now over the past couple of years these German death metallers have started to conquer new shores and they have now announced their worldwide signing with Napalm Records.