SPIN Gallery of Jeff Hanneman/SLAYER Pics from “Murder in the Front Row” Book Now Online; 1984-Era Shots by D.R.I. Bassist Harald OimoenCapture Energy of U.S. Thrash Metal Arrival
SPIN.com is honoring the life of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman with a gallery of early photographs by D.R.I. bassist Harald Oimoen, from his book Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter. The photos capture several live and candid moments from the rise of U.S. thrash metal circa 1984, including Hanneman and Slayer performing outdoors on a plywood stage; Slayer‘s very first face-to-face encounter with the members of Metallica; Oimoen’s classic sleeve photo from Slayer‘s Hell Awaits album; and a moving portrait of Hanneman and his eventual substitute in Slayer-Gary Holt of Exodus.
EXUMER to co-headline ‘Slaughterfest Tour 2013’ in Europe alongside ONSLAUGHT! Support comes from M-PIRE OF EVIL and MASTER!
American/German Thrashers EXUMER will return to Europe in the fall to co-headline the Slaughterfest tour alongside… ONSLAUGHT!
Comments EXUMER frontman Mem von Stein: “The Slaughterfest tour will be the most important step for us to re-establish EXUMER as a household name and finally promote our last album “Fire & Damnation” in the correct way, reaching fans Europe wide. We want to give fans the opportunity to check us out in an memorable event that people will talk about for some time to come.”
Set to release the guitarist’s solo metal album recorded with Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of MONTE PITTMAN, the guitarist known for his work with metal legends Prong and the illustrious pop-star Madonna. A release date for the new solo album will be announced shortly so be sure to stay tuned to MetalBlade.com and MONTE PITTMAN’swebsite or Facebook page for updates.
Metal Blade Records founder and CEO comments; “We are so happy to welcome Monte Pittman to the Metal Blade Family. He is a tried and true metalhead and has recorded a crushing album! Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen produced a devastating metal record with Monte and we could not be happier that we are working together on this!”
In the last few days the 4 th album was completed at “Murder Sound Studio” in Bulgaria and the mastering job will come from James Murphy, who played in several bands like DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT, CANCER, KONKHRA, DISINCARNATE…
The album is titled “THE VOICE OF HUMAN PERVERSITY” and the band members define its line as primitive. Find out more in the link below www.facebook.com/Enthrallment
This is the track list of the new album of Enthrallment:
German vocalist Doro Pesch is one of the best-known female singers in heavy metal, and she has earned the designation of Metal Queen. At first, Doro became known as the lead singer of band Warlock with whom she released four albums including the classics TRUE AS STEEL (1986) and TRIUMPH AND AGONY (1987). The band disbanded in 1989 and Doro then started her successful solo career which includes, so far, twelve studio albums. The latest album titled RAISE YOUR FIST was released last October and this time the tour arrived to Finland. I met the always joyful Metal Queen in the backstage of Club Nosturi and here are the results of our nice conversation. Read on!
Witches Mark’s 2009 debut album “A Grim Apparition” was a hard hitting release, quickly gaining popularity, and the attention of fans all over the U.S, and overseas. Now, a new, and extremely anticipated album is on the horizon…”Witching Metal Ritual” is due to release on July 15th, 2013 after four years without a new album, and the tension is rising. This is going to be no ordinary album, but a fuckfull of dark, fast, and even doom filled songs. You don’t think that’s enough? Ok, try having Ross The Boss Friedman, Martin Debourge, Jack Starr, and Jason McMaster all in one album…that’s right, they all made guest appearances on this upcoming Witches Mark release. Bottomline, these guys do not disappoint, on stage, or in the studio. I had the great pleasure of doing an in-person interview with the whole band, after a well played gig here in Austin, Texas. So grab a beer, sit your ass down, and watch the video interview and some added live footage.
“Ok, the new album has been recorded and now the mixing process begins!! This could be the best MC record of the Metal Church MK3 era!! Woohooo!!”
Metal Church are working on their 10th studio album and fourth with singer Ronny Munroe. The band had formally announced in 2009 that they were calling it quits but reunited last fall for the aforementioned cruise 70000 Tons Of Metal. Metal Church’s last album was 2008′s This Present Wasteland.
The original Dio guitarist posted an announcement saying that the surgical biopsy we underwent in March confirmed that he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, Campbell is determined not to let the cancer and chemotherapy get in the way of his career, as he will still embark on a summer tour with the band.
Heavy Metal weights RAVEN LORD announce their second UK show this summer to happen on 19th June 2013 at THE HAIRY DOG in Derby. The band states: “Derby, UK has been very good to RAVEN LORD so we decided to place a free and promotional show at The Hairy Dog in the heart of the city! Come on over and see us play June 19., 2013 at 20:30 or 8:30 PM“.
Candlelight Records has premiered a special pre-release lyric video for HAVOK‘s latest single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” taken from their forthcoming new album Unnatural Selection. The video is available now at the label’s official Facebook page.
The 2013 installment of the The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles is right around the corner, this being the fourth annual occurrence of the massive event.
Curated and organized by Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde, The Power Of The Riff honors fans and musicians of all ages from within all walks and lifestyles under the umbrella of the heavy music underground. Tapping into a lineup that represents forefathers, milestones and current touring acts, while shedding light on up and coming bands and local acts, The Power Of The Riff festival is an all-day, all-ages event. The festival also includes an on-location record swap-meet of local stores and features pop-up stores by independent record labels and vendors, DJ sets between performances, a gourmet food truck court with some of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining, and more.
The fourth annual The Power Of The Riff is spreading it’s wings a bit more this time around, this year adding a pre-party on Friday, August 9th at The Echo. The massive full-day lineup the next day, Saturday, August 10th, at both The Echo and Echoplex, offers another stellar lineup of classic heavyweights, and crushing newcomers. The combined events offer 26 bands in total. Read the rest of this entry »
The line up for ROCKAGEDDON is now complete. The show takes place on November 17th at Lucys Hednesford. We are proud to announced the addition of Swedish sensations Bai Bang to complete the days line up.
Swedish behemoths Amon Amarth will unleash their ninth studio album Deceiver Of The Gods June 25, just a few days before they invade American shores again to be part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they will be first death metal act to be featured on the main stage lineup.
Amon Amarth have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity in the states since 2006′s With Oden On Our Side, cracking the Billboard Top 200 for the first time with 2008′s Twilight Of The Thunder God and the Top 40 with 2011′s Surtur Rising. And there’s no reason to see why that trend won’t continue.
Deceiver is the band’s most relentlessly aggressive album since 2002′s Versus The World, and continues their long tradition of draping the material in the violent, vivid lore of Norse mythology – all of which is driven home by the throaty roar of frontman Johan Hegg.
On the phone from Sweden, Hegg spoke of Amon Amarth’s signature, yet never static, sound, their gradual conquest of the American market and, of all things, half-term Alaska Governor/failed vice presidential candidate and professional – if often ill-informed – provocateur Sarah Palin.