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U.S. thrash metal legends Flotsam and Jetsam have inked a worldwide deal with AFM Records. The band’s new album, simply titled “Flotsam and Jetsam” will be released on May 20th.
Timo Hoffmann (AFM Records A&R): „We’re honored that Flotsam and Jetsam have decided to join our roster. Of course we’ve followed their career for many years and always valued the band’s qualities. This new, self-titled album is a blast! We’ve been convinced right from the very first demos sent. It was obvious to us why the album is titled as it is: „Flotsam and Jetsam“ holds the essence of what defines the band – this album is a statement, something to be proud of. And we are proud to start working with the band with such a special release“.
The band states: “Flotsam and Jetsam really appreciated the fact that AFM laid out a legitimate, business plan for us when they made their offer to sign us. We believe they are as committed to us as a band, as we are to providing them with quality metal to get behind and promote. Along with signing to a new label, all the forward movement for the band in the last two years has also allowed us to partner with new team members; like Chris Collier of CMC21 Productions, who just completed the mixing and mastering of the album and Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art out of the UK, for the album cover and stage production art, who are both doing a phenomenal job for us. We’re looking forward to playing the music on this album live, which hasn’t been a luxury for the band on past releases, as well as debuting our new stage look”.
Flotsam and Jetsam is:
Eric “AK” Knutson – vocals
Steve Conley – guitars
Michael Gilbert – guitars
Michael Spencer – bass
“Flotsam and Jetsam” album tracklisting:
01. Seventh Seal
02. Life Is A Mess
04. Iron Maiden
05. Verge Of Tragedy
08. The Incantation
09. Monkey Wrench
10. Time To Go
11. Smoking Gun
12. Forbidden Territories
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We hope you’ve heard by now, but in case you missed it… Metallica is the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2016! We are extremely excited to be spearheading this event we are so passionate about in such a personal way. To find out more about our connection to this cause and THREE special releases coming out in conjunction with it, check out the Record Store Day story and video at Metallica.com.
Get ready for the return of everyone’s favorite sale of the year. That’s right, it’s Garage Sale time! We’ve searched our shelves high and low to bring you the best offers on some of our favorite products. You know these items don’t last long, so head over to the Met Store this Thursday, March 10th at 1:00 PM PST to find special offers on exclusive Met Club merch, last of their kind products, and rock bottom prices on so much more.
Lucky random orders will receive goodies like official shirts or guitar picks from The Night Before or even used guitar strings we snagged from the studio! And with all the merch flowing in and out of our doors, we’re bound to pile up a few items with minor flaws here and there, so we’re also offering a “mystery grab bag” shirt for only $2.99 that is the perfect add on to any Garage Sale order!
And before the Garage Sale starts, be sure to hit up our St. Patrick’s Day Sale for some green gear and avoid getting pinched this year! Head over to the Met Store for 20% off “Whiskey in the Jar” and “No Leaf Clover” shirts along with barware to help you celebrate in style. Sale ends Monday, March 14th at 9:00 AM PST.
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Multi-Grammy nominee Anthrax have blasted into Billboard’s Top 10 with their 11th studio album, For All Kings, bowing at #9-bullet on the Top 200 Albums Chart and selling 34,000 units. This debut eclipses the #12 debut made by the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed Worship Music.
The album also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart in both the U.S. and Canada with its #1 debuts, and landed at #5 and #7 respectively on the U.S. and Canada’s Top Current Albums charts. Additionally, For All Kings debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, #2 on the Independent Albums chart, #4 Physical Albums, and #5 Vinyl Albums chart.
“We share this Top 10 victory with all of our fans,” said the band’s Charlie Benante. “Heavy metal is alive and well.”
Since For All Kings was released last Friday, February 26, it has held the #1 position on both the iTunes Heavy Metal Albums sales chart and Amazon’s Best Sellers in Metal chart. In addition, the album’s first single, “Breathing Lightning,” debuted last week in the Top 40 on both the Mediabase Active Rock Chart and on BDS.
Press has also been an enormous champion of For All Kings: “The album is thrash perfection…” “…a near flawless album…5 out of 5 stars…” “…one of Anthrax’s best CDs of all time, a sparkling triumph…” “…a surefire album-of-the-year contender…”
For All Kings is the band’s 11th studio album, was produced by Jay Ruston, and is their first album since 1990’s Persistence of Time to be written specifically for Joey Belladonna’s soaring vocals, an integral part of Anthrax’s classic signature sound. And the album IS classic Anthrax, with the band’s metal thrash roots clearly front-and-center, and lyrics that tackle topics such as the struggle to grow up and be responsible, having blind faith and selling your soul, how the way you live your life affects everyone around you, and murder and martyrdom rooted in an ideology.
“Thank you so much to everyone who loves the record we made,” added Anthrax’s Scott Ian. “The response to For All Kings has been fantastic, seriously, thank you all so much.”
Anthrax is currently on tour in South America with Iron Maiden and will return to the U.S. for a series of festival dates in the Spring.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.” The band has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise,” to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it’s just all about the music.
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High River Sauces is proud to present the 6th Annual The Metal Alliance Tour. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. It is with great honor to celebrate this 6 year hallmark than to announce DYING FETUS, one the pioneers of the death metal as the official Metal Alliance Tour 2016 headliner.
The tour will be rounded out by THE ACACIA STRAIN, JUNGLE ROT, BLACK CROWN INITIATE and rotating openers REAPING ASMEDEIA and NYLITHIA .
The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across United States and Canada starting on the east coast in April and run through May.
4/29/2016 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
4/30/2016 Lowell, MA Mill City Ballroom
5/2/2016 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
5/3/2016 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
5/4/2016 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
5/5/2016 Winnipeg, MB Park Theater
5/6/2016 Saskatoon, SK Obriens
5/8/2016 Edmonton, AB Shredmonton Festival
5/10/2016 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
5/11/2016 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
5/12/2016 Petaluma, CA Pheonix Theater
5/13/2016 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
5/14/2016 Hollywood, CA Whisky
5/15/2016 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
5/17/2016 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
5/18/2016 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
5/20/2016 Ft Worth, TX Rail Club
5/21/2016 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
5/23/2016 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
5/25/2016 Tampa, FL Orpheum
5/26/2016 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
5/27/2016 Knoxville, TN The International
5/28/2016 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s
5/29/2016 Greensboro, NC Arizona Pete’s
Poster artwork done by the truly talented Brian Mercer at www.mercerrock.com
For more information please visit the Metal Alliance Tour website: www.MetalAllainceTour.com or www.facebook.com/metalalliancetour
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Swedish hard rockers SHOTGUN will release their new live album “Live – Down Decadencia Drive” on May 7 through Livewire/Cargo Records. A rocking new half breed of the original SHOTGUN MESSIAH is now releasing an in your face live album with all the songs from Shotgun Messiah’s highly acclaimed first album.
Is the result of this collaboration and a damn good live album that captures the nerve, the riffs, the attitude – and that straight-in-your-face-style that once was the trademark of SHOTGUN MESSIAH.
“Live – Down Decadencia Drive” track listing:
1. Squeezin Teazin
2. I’m Your Love
3. Bop City
4. Nowhere Fast
5. Dirt Talk
7. Shout It Out
8. Don’t Care Bout Nothin’
The album was mixed by Chris Laney at LaneyLand and mastered by Classe Persson at CRP Recordings.
ZINNY J. ZAN – Vocals
STIXX – Drums
ROB MARCELLO – Guitars
CHRIS LANEY – Bass
SHOTGUN MESSIAH was the pioneers of the glam and sleaze era back in the 80’s and one of the first acts to come out of Sweden to relocate to the U.S. and actually hit the charts and make a name for themselves. With extensive tours, press, radio and TV covering the entire U.S. under the belt for some years, SHOTGUN MESSIAH was worn out in 1993 and decided to call it quits.
Later in the 90’s you could find the former members in bands like MARILYN MANSON, TOM WAITS and ZAN CLAN.
Over the years some of the members in former SHOTGUN MESSIAH has been made aware by their fans that they never got to play their songs live for their supporters in Europe, Latin America or Asia.
Now 25 years after the release of their first album, two of the band’s biggest supporters contacted singer ZINNY J. ZAN and drummer STIXX in order for them to consider a reunion and actually get the opportunity to play these songs for one last tour. An opportunity for the supporters that once missed out to hear the songs live – but also for it to be captured and released as a live album.
THE CATCH, YOU SAY? These two hardcore supporters wanted to see the original line-up reform. Since that was a definite no-go they gladly volunteered to fill the two missing slots. The two fanboys happened to be none other than…
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Tickets for the 10th annual Rock On The Range–the largest and most-acclaimed rock festival in the United States–are now sold out. This marks the fourth year in a row that tickets have sold out in advance. A monumental 120,000 “Rangers” from all 50 states and around the globe were in attendance over the three days of the 2015 festival.
Rock On The Range will celebrate its 10th Anniversary May 20, 21 & 22, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. The incredible music lineup features the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers, hard rock titans Disturbed (who have returned after a 4-year hiatus), and rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie topping a lineup that’s packed with rock royalty such as Deftones, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In, Lamb Of God, Sixx:A.M., Hellyeah, and Pennywise, along with the genre’s hottest developing artists.
With three days of music on three stages, sets from rock’s favorite comedians (including Grammy nominated Jay Mohr, Big Jay Oakerson, Nate Bargatze, Craig Gass, Bethany Dwyer, and Madison Malloy) in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, a Craft Beer Village featuring top breweries from the region, new art installations, and unique onsite activities, Rock On The Range sets the standard for American rock festivals.
“Anyone who says, ‘Rock is Dead,’ hasn’t paid attention to Rock On The Range,” says ROTR co-executive producer Danny Wimmer. “This festival has grown in each one of its 10 years, selling out in record time this year. Rock On The Range’s strength stands as a testament that rock fans are not only alive and well, they are flourishing.”
Download the Rock On The Range mobile app (available for FREE via iTunes and Google Play) for festival information and band performance times.
Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, and MAPFRE Stadium.
Rock On The Range is supported by great sponsors including: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Zippo, The Music Experience, and Bud Light.
Announce Video: http://bit.ly/ROTR16sm
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Anthrax invited Rolling Stone to go behind the scenes at the shooting of the band’s very horrific video for the track “Blood Eagle Wings,” from the band’s new album For All Kings, released last Friday (2/26, Megaforce Records). Featured in the clip are interviews with the video’s star, actor James Duval (“Donnie Darko”), director Jack Bennett (who directs Scott Ian’s “Bloodworks” web series), playing the role of “The Butcher,” comedian and long-time Anthrax friend, Brian Posehn, and Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante.
Check out Rolling Stone’s “behind the scenes” doc here:
See the “Blood Eagle Wings” video here:
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VARDIS were forged out of Glam, Punk, Heavy Metal, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England. They are a product of rock music across three generations: inspired by the great Rockers and electric bluesmen of the 50s and 60s, learning their trade rubbing shoulders with the young guns of Hard Rock and Punk in the 70s, and achieving prominence in the 80s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The hard, ferocious attack of their sound directly influenced the development of thrash and speed metal across North America and Europe, cited by metal giants such as Metallica and Megadeth. Never losing sight of the melodic, boogie sensibilities of their earliest influences, the Vardis brand of Hard Rock retains a unique heavy groove, and has endured as truly original.
In March 2014, Steve Zodiac began remastering the Vigilante album, and to coincide with the re-release on Hoplite Records, Vardis reunited to headline Brofest II in England, going on to perform at festivals in the UK and Germany before an emotional homecoming show at Unity Hall, Wakefield, where it all began. After the warm reception of fans at the reunion shows, Zodiac and bassist Terry Horbury not only felt at the top of their game, but that they had more gears to hit, and so decided to continue. Recruiting the dynamic powerhouse drummer Joe Clancy, who had spent the previous ten years in Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith’s side project Blues Band, Vardis set to work on their first new material in nearly 30 years.
Founder Steve Zodiac: “Reuniting after a 30 year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the 5th Vardis album today as I was cutting our first demos in ’76.
The cover art was painted by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, who has previously produced artwork for Hammer Studios and posters for Nightmare on Elm Street, Basket Case and The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II.
After the tragic death of bass player Terry Horbury last year, the band recuited Martin Connolly (ex- Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox, Entire Population of Hackney) and played their first successful show with the new line up at this years’ Up The Hammers Festival in Greece.
Steve Zodiac comments: “We are very lucky to be able to welcome Martin Connolly to the band. Despite knowing Vardis would continue, after losing Terry so suddenly it took some time before we could consider playing with another bassist. By the time we were ready, the job required someone with the musicianship and experience not only to maintain the power of our live shows but to form a tight chemistry quickly. After just one rehearsal we knew we wouldn’t need to see anyone else, Martin is a top bassist and has brought a new dimension and fresh energy to Vardis as we rebuild to get the show back on the road this year. Thank you all for your support and patience, we are proud to rock on with you in tribute to a man whose life was music.”
The new album “Red Eye” will be released on May 20th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl. 2 bonus tracks + poster), LP version in red vinyl and download (iTunes exclusive contains 2 bonus tracks).
1. Red Eye 4:08
2. Paranoia Strikes 3:36
3. I Need You Now 3:26
4. The Knowledge 4:24
5. Lightning Man 3:33
6. Back To School 3:36
7. Jolly Roger 5:15
8. Head of the Nail 4:22
9. Hold Me 4:59
10. 200 M.P.H. 7:47
DIGI PAK BONUS TRACKS
11. Living Out Of Touch 3:31
12. 200 M.P.H. (Reprise) 3:38
VARDIS live 2016
09.04.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil (sold out)
10.04.B-Roeselare – Verlichte Geest
12.05.E-Ibiza – Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
03.06.SE-Alvesta – Muskelrock
26.06.GB-Biggar – Wildfire Festival
30.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
17.09.I-Villa Rosa – Heavy Metal Night 9
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On the occasion of 20th anniversary edition of Brutal Assault, organizers published a truly unique book that summarizes the entire history of the festival from the very beginning in 1996 to the present. The publication simply entitled “Brutal Assault: 20 years (1996-2015)” describes in detail a growing festival from a small event for a few hundred people to one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe. A total of 442 pages in Czech and English offer comprehensive information about every single edition of the festival memories of headliners as well as loyal fans. An intergral part of the book are also behindthescenes stories about preparation and organization.
“Some stories seem adventurous, if not crazy,” says author Pavel Kriklan. “Would you pawn your own house to get money for headliner?” asks Kriklan. The text is accompanied by hundreds of photos. A series of photos, for example, is about reconstruction of the fortress in 2007, when all those wooded areas with old houses have become a place for a huge metal event.
The book also contains a summary of all the best that occurred over the years including a comprehensive index of all performing bands.
The book “Brutal Assault: 20 years (1996 – 2015)” is available for 32 EUR (799 CZK) at http://brutalassault.cz/en/eshop/
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The immensely brutal power trio of Maryland DYING FETUS will Reign Supreme at Brutal Assault 2016, alongside their labelmates OBSCURA, who will premiere songs from their brand new album Akróasis. From the swamps of Lousiana GOATWHORE will present the incarnation of the old school soul of extreme metal. The influental NEUROSIS will return with their opressive-mood-laden and original mixture of styles. STICK TO YOUR GUNS on the other hand will bring hardcore punk also straight outta California. Rap metal veterans STUCK MOJO will make appearance at BA 2016 as well as modern metal stars TESSERACT and UNEARTH. Sadly Tesseract will serve as a substitution for SIKTH, who once again pulled off our fest because of full US tour they will do in summer. There again is a mutual will to do a show at the very next edition of Brutal Assault. Closing this bill are VENOM INC., who are currently building a reputation of great live version with the true spirit of the original band. Mantas, Abaddon and Demolition Man (the Prime Evil lineup) reformed in April last year and have already toured the world (including China, Japan, Europe and America) with a full and classic VENOM set and proved to everyone they’re the true powerhouse!
For list of all confirmed bands and ordering info please follow http://brutalassault.cz/en/
The tickets for “Brutal Assault 2016” is available for 72 EUR (1800 CZK) at http://brutalassault.cz/en/eshop/
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INFERNAL WAR – INTERVIEW WITH WARCRIMER
Infernal War hailing from Poland offers one hell of a brutal death/black slap on the band’s third output called AXIOM. The fast raw, but above all razor sharp played riffs with the hyberblasting drums create the infernal sonic torture. Infernal War’s brutal uncompromising deadly stuff appeals to any extreme fan out there for sure. Here is the chat with the frontman of Infernal War Herr Warcrimer.
Interview and live pics by Arto Lehtinen
Good day how’s it going in the Infernal War camp ?
Well, good by our standards, I think. After our 2 shows in the US in December 2015, we had some lazy time, but now we rehearse again preparing for upcoming shows and slowly working on new songs. In the meantime we recorded some new stuff with other bands of ours – Voidhanger and Breathing Hell.
The most recent output called AXIOM is an excellent piece of skilled brutal and uncompromising death/black metal. Could you tell how you came up the title for the album, what does it describe the album and material in general ?
AXIOM refers to the great darkness in man and beyond. Some people try to ignore it, hide it in their subconsciousness or simply deny it, but we know the beast never sleeps and it’s always there. We feel its presence in our lives, we accept it, we praise it and live it, it burns us from inside, but at the same time, it pushes us forward. The lyrics on AXIOM are much more bitter, darker, introvert and more personal so the title is not so obvious this time. Of course, their form must fit the music, but most of them is much more reflective, though I know it’s not what is generally expected from us. Well, I’m older, colder and more bitter. You can also relate the title to our music that evolves, but the core remains the same.
The sounds on AXIOM is definitely powerful raw, but yet brutal and above all deadly. Obviously you have to be extremely pleased with how the album in terms of sounds and how songs turned out, but is there any particular issues which should have been carried out in another way ?
Yes, we are really satisfied with the sound. It’s massive and powerful, but without any loudness war crap that plagues many good albums. In retrospect, I think it could be a bit rawer, but I see no reason to complain.
Judging by the name of the band the lyrics tend to be dealing with the war issues. But what kind of topics influence you to write about ? What is the main source of inspiration to have ideas for songs ? And do you have a certain mood to write the lyrics down on the paper ?
In the early days, the band’s lyrics were more one-dimensional. Primitive Devil worship, genocide, death worship, antichristian themes etc, but with each release the lyrics have been gravitating more towards the exploration of spiritual darkness, spitting out all the bitterness and rather nihilistic stance towards the world around. The lyrics on AXIOM deal with my personal beliefs and emotions – real, true and darker than before. Of course, they’re still written in the form that fits Infernal War. Things evolve, it’s natural, I guess, but the band’s name will stay with us until the end.
Do you think setting the goal and ambitions for the AXIOM album after the previous album was one sort of challenging task and aim to top what you have done before ?
I don’t think so. I mean everything we do is just a natural process, spontaneous and intuitive. There’s no place for calculation. We may talk about some vibes and general direction, but in the end it’s all about a proper feeling. There was no big pressure, I knew it would be our best album when I heard early rehearsal versions of some songs. Of course, it’s my opinion. Those who expected a clone of Terrofront may be disappointed.
What kind of things did you pay attention while writing and composing new tunes for AXIOM ?
Proper feeling, coherence and quality.
What are the main part of the song writing process of Infernal War ; Brutality, catchiness, barbaric sounding material ?
There in no particular pattern. The whole process is spontaneous. Of course – hateful intensity, brutality and some kind catchiness deeply rooted in old school are parts of our style, but it’s comes naturally. We don’t give a fuck about being the fastest or the most brutal band in any niche. We want to create music that has a meaning, at least to us.
Agonia Rec has unleashed most of the albums and outputs of Infernal War by now. I can’t help if other labels expressed the interest to get Infernal War signed ? And have you been pleased with Agonia in general ?
Yes, our co-operation with Agonia works pretty well. We got some offers from good, well-known labels, but Agonia’s offer was simply better. Besides, we live in the same country, we know each other and so far, we’ve been satisfied with their work for us.
The previous full length opus came out already in 2007 whereas AXIOM was unleashed in 2015, that’s big a huge time gap between albums, I can’t help asking if you were overworked with other bands or is it just a normal way of working of Infernal War to have such a long time gap between albums ?
It’s hard to say. We are involved in other bands, but neither of them was the reason for the gap between Redesekration and AXIOM. The fact that we live in different places was not a reason, either. It just happened and there was no pressure. We played some rehearsals, did some exclusive shows, recorded 5 brand new songs for Conflagrator mLP and 3 new songs for split with Kriegsmaschine, but we didn’t started to work on AXIOM untill 2012, I think. Nothing particular happened, but now we’re back and active more than ever before.
As for the studio where AXIOM has been processed, No Solace Studio, the albums by the Mgla VOIDHANGER etc have been recorded there, could you tell a bit more about the studio, why did you end recording AXIOM there ?
We chose No Solace, because we recorded there 2 albums of Voidhanger and the results were great. No Solace is actually a rehearsal room of Mgła.
How does No Solace Studio differ from Radioaktywni Studio (aka Radioactive Studios) where the previous albums Terrorfront and Redesekration were recorded ?
It differs a lot. Radiokaktywni is a big, professional studio in which many mainstream rock/pop albums were recorded and mixed. No Solace is, like I said, a rehearsal room of Mgla, but as you can hear, the sound of AXIOM is great.
The Mgla member M has been behind the desk monitoring the recording process, obviously he was the right guy to process AXIOM ?
M. as all the necessary gears and knowledge of sound engineering, but at the same time he was raised on ugly and disgusting black metal and he hates modern plastic sound and loudness war as much we do. He was the rightt person to process AXIOM and we considered no other one.
What does the frontcover symbolize ?
The front cover refers to the meaning of the title and most of the lyrics, especially the closing title track which sums up AXIOM perfectly. It compiles several symbols and ideas into a consistent cover. I think it’s good to leave some space for interpretation, we are straightforward enough.
You have been around since 1997, what made you start a band back then ?
I wasn’t in the band back then, but like in case of many other bands, it was the need to channel our beliefs or spit out our hatred through extreme music we all love. Simple as that.
You started out as Infernal SS, did you face problems because of the name ?
Some controversies, yes, but I don’t really care. It’s actually pretty funny as we have a lot of supporters and friends in South America or Asia, but it’s white social justice workers who try to find evil nazis everywhere, even in their own ranks. Fuck them all and fuck the world.
Infernal War used to sport with the corpse paints in the older pics, but instead now you seem to have got rid of them and in general modified the look reminding me slightly of Angelcorpse. Was it a main purpose to make some kind of distance from several other so called extreme bands wearing the corpsepaints ?
There was no particular purpose in giving up corpse paint. We just felt it was the right moment to change something, that’s it. I have nothing against using corpse paint and I even consider using its basic form on stage in the future, but at this moment we feel that the music, the lyrics, the artwork and the band photos make AXIOM a pretty consistent release. W don’t need to take distance from anyone as we are pretty far from what’s popular in nowadays black metal anyway.
Infernal War aint that active band as far as I know. Are you going to have another longer hiatus before start working the next output, or are you going to rush what comes releasing the new next material ?
No, we’re not going to have any hiatus at the moment. Actually, we are pretty active now. Of course, we’re busy, grown up men who have their jobs and obligations, what’s more, we live in different places, but Infernal War is alive and well. We’re slowly working on new songs
Infernal War unleashed the blasting metal assault at the Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival in Finland a while ago. What kind of place and festival do you appreciate to play at ?
Black Flames Of Blasphemy was a blast and it was great to see all those great bands. We enjoy events that inlcude good bands and are organized by serious individuals.
Before concluding the interview, name the five essential albums that you still blast out of the stereo even nowadays as you did years years ago
Oh, being into different genres of music for over 2 decades makes it really impossible. Well, “Persecution Mania”, “Pleasure To Kill”, “Under The Sign Of The Black Mark”, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” or “Abominations Of Desolation” changed my life forever and I still love them, but I can say the same about many other metal albums as well as early The Cure, Bauhaus, Laibach, Einsturzende Neubauten or Talking Heads. A list of my all time favorites of all genres would be longer than this interview 😉
I for one thank you for your time to do the interview for Metal-Rules.Com, the last words are yours…
Thanks for your interest and support. I hope we’ll play in Finland again this year. Long live perdition
The Official Infernal War site :
Tags: BLACK FLAMES OF BLASPHEMY, Death Metal, Inferal War, Mgla, poland
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Black Tusk with special guest Holy Grail
March 2, 2016
Les Foufounes Electriques, Montreal Canada
Review by Greg, Photos by Karen
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Tags: BLACK TUSK, Holy Grail
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Hammerfall – Sign With Napalm Records!
A new era in the history of Austrian based record label Napalm Records has begun, and this is it! The signing of the mighty HammerFall is now official – signed, sealed and inked in blood! HammerFall – the saviours of Heavy Metal and one of the most influential and best Metal bands on the globe are now under the wings of the double-headed eagle! A band which is not only a house-hold name worldwide, guaranteed for delivering high-quality music and furious live shows for the past two decades, HammerFall have been the undisputed masters of ground-breaking anthems since the start of their remarkable career in 1993! What is most exciting about HammerFall is that the band is still on the rise and hungry for even more – and now have a label partner by their side that is willing to go above and beyond to make this happen. This partnership is set to conquer the music world!
HammerFall have proven to be much more throughout all these years – aside from their obvious devotion and dedication, the guys have always shown themselves to be extremely hard-working, but above all, down to earth human beings who inspire fans with their music. It is rare to see an established band maintain and grow their status over such a long period of time. This is one of the many reasons Napalm Records is so proud, honored, and even humbled to announce the signing of mighty HammerFall! This partnership is not just one of the most exciting and high class signings for Napalm Records in their history to date, but it is also an important step for the band, as it marks their monumental 10th studio album and beyond. Napalm Records is planning a massive world-wide campaign for this upcoming masterpiece to be released on November 4, 2016 that will leave mouths ajar in all corners of the globe! HammerFall & Napalm Records will make history together in 2016 and beyond!
Joacim Cans, HammerFall singer:
“After two exciting decades in the line of metal duty I feel that signing with Napalm Records is the necessary step we need to take in order to grow as a band and reach the next level.
Even-though we’ve been around for such a long time we are still hungry and craving for more. There are still territories left to conquer and metal hymns left to write.
In the past Napalm has proven to be a very strong and reliable label with great success and chart entries with bands like W.A.S.P., Monster Magnet, Kamelot and Powerwolf.”
Oscar Dronjak, HammerFall guitarist:
“HammerFall has been very successful and happy with Nuclear Blast for almost 20 years, but in order for us to continue to grow as a band and reach new heights we needed a fresh challenge. This felt like a right and necessary step at this point in our careers, in order to keep moving forward and upward at a high speed. We view this label change as an opportunity to create something special, and firmly believe our best times are still ahead of us. That’s why we’re very, very excited to work with the people at Napalm Records for our upcoming, 10th studio album!”
Thomas Caser, CEO of Napalm Records, states:
“The signing of this extraordinary band is the major milestone for Napalm Records. HammerFall’s signing unlocks a lifetime achievement for all of us at Napalm Records, but also for me personally as well! We put all of our efforts into making this happen as a team, as we believe HammerFall are one of the Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All Time, and this is just the start of a huge world-wide campaign. Fans can feel rest assured that we will spare no efforts to make HammerFall bigger than they have ever been!”
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In a career that spans nearly 30 years and includes over 60 album credits, Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock and roll’s most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists. Best known for his work with hard rock band Rainbow, during his career, Turner fronted pop rock band Fandango, and had stints with Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple. From the mid 1990s, he worked with various musical groups (Mother’s Army, Hughes Turner Project, Sunstorm, etc.), while pursuing a solo career.
Now, much to the excitement of Joe Lynn Turner fans worldwide, Cleopatra Records is issuing a vintage unreleased live album from the vaults of legendary hard rock vocalist of the mighty Rainbow titled “Street Of Dreams – Boston 1985”. Recorded during the tour of Turner’s newly released debut solo album “Rescue You”, the set includes a couple of nods to Rainbow with brilliant renditions of “Stone Cold,” (Rainbow’s first ever Top 40 US single) as well as “Street Of Dreams!”
Says Joe about the concert recording, “That night at the Boston Paradise, it was outstanding. I can remember seeing the audience and I remember there was an awkward pillar – I guess it was a support column in front – not directly in front, but enough to block some of the view. But the stage was an actual concert stage. Aerosmith and all those guys used to always play there, the Paradise.
“So I can remember actually going on and playing the set, how it felt because it was absolutely exhilarating, and the audience was just crazy.”
A year out from departing Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, whom he led through three classic albums earlier in the decade, Turner had just released his first solo album, “Rescue You”, produced by Roy Thomas Baker. This live show was, for obvious reason, weighted towards Rescue You.
Joe recalls, “This was our first tour out, and I’m not sure if we were opening for someone at the Paradise, but if we were, then they had a pretty difficult time because the crowd was absolutely bananas for us, and we were hot. We were really on top of our game, the whole band and it sounds it, you can hear it, everyone is playing with incredible energy and enthusiasm and very precise.”
Accompanying Turner was the band that recorded the album, a tight unit of Bobby Messano – (guitar, background vocals), Alan Greenwood (keyboards), Chuck Burgi (drums) plus one newcomer, Barry Dunaway (bass).
1. I Found Love
2. Losing You
3. Soul Searcher
4. Young Hearts
6. Rescue You
7. Stone Cold
8. Street Of Dreams
9. Feel The Fire
10. Guitar Solo / Good Girls Gone Bad
11. Get Tough
12. On The Run
13. Them Changes
Joe Lynn Turner official website: http://joelynnturner.com/
To purchase Joe Lynn Turner’s “Street Of Dreams – Boston 1985”:
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Wacken Metal Battle Canada
CONGRATS TO TORONTO ROUND 1 WINNER PYTHON
ROUND 1 – FRIDAY, MARCH 4 @ Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen St. W.)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/523617461148763/
Six of Swords
Python – WINNER
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