This is the long-anticipated sixth of the series, and the follow-up to Ye Olde Metal: 1978, Ye Olde Metal: 1977, Ye Olde Metal: 1976, Ye Olde Metal: 1973 To 1975 and Ye Olde Metal: 1968 To 1972.
Like those, it’s also limited to 1,000 copies, signed by me, and it’s numbered. On the cover… Riot!
“For those not in the loop yet, what I’m doing with this is detailed examinations of classic old albums, using new interviews with guys in the bands, maybe a little available press here and there. These are write-ups that are way more exhaustive than any commercially viable (!) book would ever dare. You know me, I just love getting the stories, no matter how few of us hard rock historian types care anymore.
This one’s the best so far as I’ve gotten better – period. Better writing, more involved stories, more memorabilia shots, and again, lots of celebrated and mega-rare Rich Galbraith photos, cool old ads, 45 sleeves and other weird stuff. The book is 265 pages, BIGGEST YET, full trade 6” x 9” dimension, and stuffed with trivia folks ain’t never heard before—I guarantee it.”
Modern thrashers Sawthis have made available a teaser video for their new album ‘Youniverse’:
Since their inception, modern thrashers Sawthis distinguished themselves for a very strong live attitude, having shared the stage with many international renowned bands such as Korn, Sepultura, Lacuna Coil, Entombed, Impaled Nazarene, Vader and The Haunted to name a few. With 2 albums under their belt (‘Fusion’, 2006, and ‘Egod’, 2010) which were very well received by fans and critics alike, the band have recently announced a new record deal with Bakerteam Records and a new album, ‘Youniverse’, expected to hit the stores September 30th, 2013. ‘Youniverse’ is a conceptual work focused on the theme of multiple personality disorder and features a very special guest appearance by Rob Cavestany from Death Angel. More details will be revealed soon on www.bakerteamrecords.comand www.sawthis.it.
I had a chance to interview Parker Jameson of Starkill, Rick Di Marco of Death Division, and Jake Dreyer of White Wizzard at Shreds of Insanity.
The Shreds of Insanity event took place at the Hollywood Carvin guitar store, and featured incredible soloing and guitar duels from Parker, Rick, Jake and Dave Silver of Savage Messiah. The event was hosted by Century Media Records, Dunlop Manufacturing, and Cleartone Strings. As well as a satisfying dose of metal guitar-shredding, there was time for an audience q-&-a session with the guitarists, and a raffle with great prizes – the grand prize being two tickets to see Wintersun at the House of Blues Hollywood that same evening! Read the rest of this entry »
“Thy Kingdom Scum” in stores and on-line everywhere now!
Church of Misery, Japan’s finest doom export, has announced tour dates for this fall in the United States! The band’s latest album, “Thy Kingdom Scum,” features the return of the band’s original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa. To preview the live experience awaiting fans on this tour, watch the video for “Brother Bishop” at metalblade.com/churchofmisery. Tour dates can be seen below, as well as on facebook.com/churchofmiserydoom.
A week after announcing seventeen U.S. dates for the fall, Slayer comes back today announcing the addition of seven Canadian concerts as well as a date in Seattle. These added shows are part of Slayer’s first North American tour in two years.
Slayer – Tom Araya/bass vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.
Tickets for these newly-added dates go on sale beginning this Friday, September 13. Log onto www.slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.
Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:
22 Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
25 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
28 Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
30 Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA
1WAMU Center, Seattle, WA
3Stampede Corrall, Calgary, AB
4Shaw Center, Edmonton, AB
5Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8 Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21Ricoh Colibsum, Toronto, ON
23CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
Silence when you speak to me!
Like the juggernaut you prayed would keep on crushing you, like the friend that still royally pisses off your parents and like a loyal standard of crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy screw-you rock’n’roll, MOTÖRHEAD stride out through their 38th year brandishing more swagger and attitude then your ears could begin to comprehend. Read the rest of this entry »
With the mid-September release of their brilliant comeback album Surgical Steel, the return of English extremists Carcass that began in earnest with a spate of reunion shows in 2007 is now complete. And 17 years after the band went out with a whimper, issuing the toothless Swansong in 1996 after they’d effectively already split following several years of label and internal turmoil, they are indeed back with a vengeance.
Surgical Steel manages to at once capture the surging riffs and sinister wit of Necroticism and the crunching melodies and robust production of Heartwork; pay occasional homage to the gnashing vitriol of Reek of Putrefaction and Symphonies Of Sickness; and bring the catchiness of Swansong into the mix, though with decidedly more oomph, all while making it sound fresh, new and vital. This is certainly no mere trip down memory lane, Surgical Steel raises the bar for modern metal the way Reek and Symphonies set the mark for gore-grind back in the day and Heartwork paved the way for melodic death metal.
Oddly, founding guitarist Bill Steer (ex-also of Napalm Death) and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker essentially removed themselves from the metal scene altogether after Carcass split, despite having spawned numerous sound-alikes who can still be heard to this day. Steer formed the blues rock band Firebird. Walker recorded an album of tongue-in-cheek country covers – though he did join with Latin narco-grinders Brujeria in 2006. But they obviously never lost the “Carcass spirit,” if you will, and when the time finally came to give a go at crafting new material, they went at it with abandon.
Having walked away from the Carcass reunion in 2010 to focus on Arch Enemy, on again/off again guitarist Michael Amott played no part in Surgical Steel, nor did Arch Enemy’s Daniel Erlandsson, who’d been playing drums. Founding drummer Ken Owen was physically unable to perform, the result of a near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage he suffered in 1999. He did, however, contribute backing vocals on the new album and has lent his full support to Carcass’ reanimation.
But with two new members on board – guitarist Ben Ash, who did not play on the album, and drummer Dan Wilding, who did – the band haven’t missed a beat. Indeed, they’ve got a lot of the life back in them – and then some – that was sucked out during the rather trying final few years of the first go-round.
Via Skype, a chatty Bill Steer offered the following on the life, death and rebirth of one of metal’s most groundbreaking, yet misunderstood bands.
It has been 4 years since Legions of War released their tremendous & merciless surprise attack entitled “Towards Death”. Highly acclaimed by underground media, who compared the band to such monsters as DESTROYER’666 or GOSPEL OF THE HORNS. Their self-released thunder assault “Riding With The Blitz” (an EP with two new tracks in 2011) – swedish warmongers LEGIONS OF WAR come out from their long retreat with a new arsenal to take the world by storm. 9 new missiles made in the strongest steel with an incredibly precise strike force will soon be unleashed on INFERNO Records under the name “Forced To The Ground”.
Four World Premieres, Complete Heavy Metal Hysteria, UFOs Unleashed, and more gore…
Having already released horror heavy details including live scores from Goblin and Attila Csihar of Mayhem; appearances by underground horror directing legends Jim VanBebber, Jorg Buttgereit, and Jose Mojica Marins (AKA Coffin Joe); the North American Premiere of THE PROFANE EXHIBIT – the most highly anticipated horror anthology film since TRILOGY OF TERROR; and screening the greatest slate of grindhouse flicks ever on 35mm (EVIL DEAD, THE BEYOND, et al.), Philip Anselmo and Corey Mitchell now unveil their latest tricks of cinematic terror.
The Italian Folk Metal prodigies of KRAMPUS have released their much anticipated new track, “Paralysis”. The song was produced mere weeks ago with legendary producer Tommy Vetterli (Eluveitie, Coroner) and features guest musicians Merlin Sutter and Chrigel Glanzmann of ELUVEITIEon drums and uilleann pipes. KRAMPUS have searched for and found their sound with the new material, perfecting modern influences and keeping their unique folk instrumentation alive at the same time – one of only a handful of bands succeeding in what many have tried in recent years.
Ron Keel has announced details about the release of his new solo album, “Metal Cowboy,” launching a 60 day PledgeMusic campaign that gives fans access to downloads, updates, and exclusive music/merchandise/memorabilia packages: http://pledgemusic.com/projects/ronkeelmetalcowboy
“The music sounds just like the title – Metal Cowboy,” Ron declares, “hard & heavy with a southern side. Kind of like if AC/DC made a Skynyrd album – gritty screaming vocals, powerful rock riffs, but with some classic southern rock elements like Frank Hannon’s slide guitar.” All drum tracks were performed by Y&T’s Mike Vanderhule; other special guests include Oz Fox (Stryper), Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat), Geno Arce & Bryan Jay from KEEL, Stacey Blades from L.A. Guns, and a “live in-studio” recording with the Sin City Sinners. Read the rest of this entry »
In compiling feedback, we contacted a number of promoters, booking companies, labels, and musicians. Some chose not to reply (if you would like to have your comments included contact us!), such as the petition’s founder, but the responses we did get are eye opening and show that it’s not a completely one sided issue. There are valid points being made on both sides of the argument.
ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II BY NEIL DANIELS PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE OUT NOW!
Rock Scribes On The Rock Press, Rock Music & Rock Stars…
“In this book, Neil Daniels turns the tables and asks us some searching questions for once. Not because we are failed rock stars, but because we are successful rock journalists. So is the pen actually mightier than the guitar? Possibly not.”
- Mick Wall from his foreword
Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners is the second chapter in a trilogy of books featuring insightful and highly entertaining interviews with some of the world’s most successful and respected rock and metal scribes. Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection of interviews, seasoned rock author Neil Daniels has interviewed 68 rock and metal journalists from around the world. With a foreword by the revered British author and journalist Mick Wall, Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners – Volume II is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference guide for the aspiring rock and metal writer. This hefty collection, which was previously published as the critically acclaimed All Pens Blazing – Volume II, makes essential reading for rock and metal heads the world over. Volume II features interviews with Phil Alexander, Mick Wall, Dave Thompson, Jaan Uhelszki and Bernard Doe et al. Volume I features interviews with Dave Ling, Malcolme Dome, Dave Reynolds, Derek Oliver, Mark Day, Geoff Barton and Dave Dickson et al. This book is 632 pages and available from Amazon. Volume II will be the final book in the series and feature previously unpublished interviews thus completing the trilogy with almost 200 interviews in total.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, have made their entire upcoming album Surgical Steel available for streaming via MSN.com. Click on the following link to listen to debatably the most anticipated metal release of the decade: http://on-msn.com/19mR6A5. Surgical Steel will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The long-awaited sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://smarturl.it/SurgicalSteelCD.
On November 5, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park on 2DVD, Blu-ray, Visual Digital Formats and a Deluxe Edition. The deluxe edition is an 11.5” square 60 page hardback photobook containing the Blu-ray, 2 DVDs and 3 CDs presenting all the key physical formats in one release; the CDs are only available in this Deluxe Edition. [Pre-book Order Date October 11, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $17.98 2DVD, $44.98 2DVD/3CD, $49.98 Blu-ray/3CD, $109.98 Blu-ray, 2DVD, 3CD].
These releases boast the 160 minute main show – accompanied by a wealth of bonus material – and feature many of the band’s classic tracks including: “Metropolis Pt. 1,” “The Silent Man,” “Pull Me Under,” “The Root Of All Evil,” “The Test That Stumped Them All,” “The Spirit Carries On,” and the recent “On The Backs Of Angels.”
Dream Theater began their mammoth “A Dramatic Tour Of Events” world trek in July 2011 with the final leg in South America taking place in August 2012. It was here at the Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that they decided to film the two nights that make up this DVD release.
The Live At Luna Park band line-up for this show is James LaBrie (vocals); John Petrucci (guitar); Jordan Rudess (keyboards); John Myung (bass); and Mike Mangini (drums) – this was Dream Theater’s first tour and album with their new drummer and all the tracks from that album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, are included in either the main show or the bonus performances.
The bonus features offer live versions of six great tracks: “These Walls”; “Build Me Up, Break Me Down”; “Caught In A Web”; “Wait For Sleep”; “Far From Heaven”; and “Pull Me Under”. Also on Live At Luna Park is a documentary, the trailer for the cinema release of the film, a “Behind The Scenes” feature and the cartoon intro that ran on big screens prior to the band taking to the stage in Buenos Aires. The Blu-ray additionally features 6 multi angle options on “Outcry.”
Dream Theater has carved a legacy as rock’s supreme virtuosos, having gained awards and worldwide fame for their epic anthems and musical dexterity. Here in concert, they bring all the power and drama of their music to life with breathtaking performances of classic tracks from across their career.
Furthermore, DREAM THEATER – the first self-titled collection in the GRAMMY®-nominated band’s nearly three decade career – arrives at last on September 24th. The album is now available for pre-order in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set. Fans who pre-order the album via the iTunes Store will receive an instant free MP3 download of the Dream Theater’s new single, “The Enemy Inside.” Preorders are also available at Dream Theater’s Webstore as well as at the Roadrunner Records Webstore.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
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1) Bridges In The Sky
3) The Dark Eternal Night
4) This Is The Life
5) The Root Of All Evil
6) Lost Not Forgotten
7) Drum Solo
8) A Fortune In Lies
9) The Silent Man
10) Beneath The Surface
12) Piano Solo
14) On The Backs Of Angels
15) War Inside My Head
16) The Test That Stumped Them All
17) Guitar Solo
18) The Spirit Carries On
19) Breaking All Illusions
20) Metropolis Pt. 1