The original is back! EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has returned to the studio to work on the new chapter ofAVANTASIA. The sequel to the successful 2013
album The Mystery Of Time, which charted in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America, including #2 in Germany, will be called Ghostlights and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. An EP/single is also planned to be released this autumn and in March 2016 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR.
AVANTASIA’s mastermind Tobias Sammet commented about the album:
“In the past months I’ve spent a lot of time in the studio, an odd recluse in the basement, secretly working obsessively on something that reads and feels and sounds like a new – very strong – chapter in the story of AVANTASIA. I must sayAVANTASIA is a fantastic outlet for creativity, and it’s truly inspiring to create a piece of music for so many great vocalists and instrumentalists.
The new material is very bombastic and dynamic, and even though it’s extremely diverse, every minute of it sounds likeAVANTASIA. I’m really proud of what we’re creating right now. And as if that wasn’t enough: I’m anxiously looking forward to hitting the road again. I didn’t necessarily expect this to happen as in the past it has always been difficult to align the individual schedules of the guest stars, but things have worked out, and we’re ready to make it happen one more time! We’ll put on a big show, we’re gonna play over three hours, and we’ll take the fans to a magical world all its own – to AVANTASIA. The live setlist is going to embrace the entire history of AVANTASIA, from The Metal Opera to Ghostlights and of course everything in between!”
The world tour will kick off in Berlin on March 4th, 2016.
Canadian hyperblasters KATAKLYSM and diabolical death / black metal giants BELPHEGOR, will co-headline an uncompromising raid on North American shores this fall! “We’ve had a very busy year preparing for the world campaign for our new album, Of Ghosts and Gods, that is currently underway in Europe for the festival season,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “This fall, we will return to the US and Canada with our crazy brothers in BELPHEGOR, to destroy your souls and cities one by one. We hope to see you guys there joining in on the madness!”
Adds BELPHEGOR guitarist/vocalist and mastermind Helmuth Lehner: “Ave! BELPHEGOR are looking forward to returning to US shores and celebrating our 9th North American raid to promote the latest offering, Conjuring the Dead. Revel in brutal musick and join the pit with us!“ Read the rest of this entry »
Sacred Oath has just posted an audio stream of “Taken” – the first single from their forthcoming album “Ravensong.” Angel Thorne Music has announced they will release the band’s 7th studio album “Ravensong” September 18th 2015 worldwide via ILS/Caroline/Universal.
“We got adventurous on this one,” says singer-guitarist Rob Thorne, “but it’s still very much an Oath record – melodic and dark. I’d have to say it was the best experience I’ve had making an album since we did the ‘Sacred Oath’ album in 2009.”
Taken from their upcoming release ‘World In Decay’ – produced by well known Grammy winning metal producer Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors) and due out on August 4th via Cyberdyne Records.
“I hope you guys like this song as much as I do. I really like the way Erik starts out this song with the clean guitar, it has this really cool classic metal beginning before we crank up the intensity into full on ripping thrash metal.” – drummer Steve Spitzbart.
The festival Provinssi, formely known as Provinssirock, is one of the oldest summer festivals organized in Finland; the first edition of the festival going back all the way to 1979. The festival is located in the town of Seinäjoki, Western Finland, and one of the best aspects of the festival is its diversity, always mixing different genres of music, from heavy metal to hip hop, from punk to pop, and so on. This year there were about 79,000 festival attendees, making this edition of Provinssi a huge hit. Although the festival started on a Wednesday there were more bands on the last 2 days of the festival, Friday and Saturday, playing in 5 different stages.
Ten years into their career, Apocalyptic Folk maestros Rome are currently marking this anniversary with a world tour in 2015. Still on the trail of previous release ‘A Passage to Rhodesia’, where frontman Jerome Reuter continued his band’s formula of entrancing music with reflective poetry.
Having played as far as Tel-Aviv (Israel), Stockholm (Sweden), St Petersburg (Russia) and Milan (Italy), Rome will continue their tour around the world throughout the year.
Along with an upcoming date on July 18th in London (UK) at the intimate Electrowerkz venue, the band will also make their way to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) in October, before eventually coming back to their native Luxembourg this December.
Noted for their influences in world literature from Camus to Genet, and creating ‘a new kind of intertextuality between word and sound’ through Reuter’s careful use of ‘collage and sampling techniques’; Rome’s dedicated following from the underground and alternative scenes serve testament to the band’s success for this tour.
Support for the London show comes from Danish dark ambient project, Of The Wand & The Moon, as well as Londoners Naevus and cellist Jo Quail.
Newcomers to the group, who haven’t yet made it to any of the remaining tour dates, can listen to one example of Rome’s music here:
Some bands (Motorhead, Obituary, Deicide) never change, but most do evolve. There is often a turning point from one album to the next where this transition takes place. It is to that change that we look this week.
For our purposes, a transition is defined as one that involves a change in style/sound. It does not necessarily have to involve any member changes. Also it should be a transition you like.
Akurion is finally here! The long awaited extreme metal project from one of Montreal’s finest collectives has decided to show its face to the public.
AKURION marks the long awaited return of Whisper Supremacy/..And Then You’ll Beg era Cryptopsy vocalist Mike DiSalvo alongside Rob Milley (Neuraxis/Phobocosm), Oli Pinard (Cryptopsy/Neuraxis/Vengeful) and Tommy McKinnon (ex-Neuraxis/ex-Augury)
Mike DiSalvo comments on the project. “We have been hard at work writing the album and we are excited to release the first wave of Akurion video spots. We all feel that this project has something strong to say”
The first single “Yet Ye See Them Not” will premiere Monday July 20th courtesy of Metalsucks.net
Formed in 2012, fresh off the last Neuraxis tour, Rob had approached Mike to see if he would be interested in working on some ideas that he had for several new songs. The chemistry was immediate and plans were laid out for lyrical content and general structure and arrangement of the riffs. A year was spent working through the songs and when the time was paramount to propel the project forward, Tommy and Oli were sought out due to their one in the same abilities and prowess. Thus Akurion came to fruition.
No weak minds and hearts need apply their ears here.
Akurion is :
Mike DiSalvo – Vocals
Rob Milley – Guitar
Olivier Pinard – Bass
Tommy Mckinnon – Drums
“Crude” – unavailable Parricide’s debut album from 1997 – issued originally by the Japanese Jackhammer Music in 1999 – was re-released through the Defense Records, Mythrone Promotion and Rotten Music in 2015. “Crude” not conferred Parricide many fans and indeed has been missed out or even ignored by metal maniacs and critics in 90s. A real pearl cast before swine. However, in the consistent opinion of all publishers, “Crude” is a piece of pure, solid death metal at the world level, still interesting, mighty and fresh, completely different from Parricide current grinding playing style.
Steelfest strikes with an extremely strong line-up by offering killer bands from the front lines of the death/black metal genre. Even though the festival is kind of small, it has an intimate feel. Metal bangers are passionate for extreme metal as the fest was completely sold out. Nearly 3500 maniacs visited the fest during the weekend, enjoying the metal at its best. Hail! The Metal-Rules.com team spent the whole weekend at Steelfest, witnessing killer bands…
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA AND PATRICK CLEMENT
The Finnish Metal-Rules.com commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. Metal-Rules.com has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The 2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have released a live rendition of the song “Execution / Don’t Save Me” at this location:
The track comes from their upcoming The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco album, which will also be included with the release of their a thrashumentary DVD.
The a thrashumentary DVD release was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, LAMB OF GOD, CARCASS, TESTAMENT) of Videohammer Studios will be released July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The release will include a bonus full live album entitled The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco.
The Finnish masters of melancholic progressive metal, AMORPHIS, will release Under The Red Cloudworldwide on September 4th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band reveals a second making-of trailer; giving us insight into their work in the studio, especially the drum recording. Watch here: