Tonight BROOKLYN finest Agnostic Front have travelled overseas to shake the souls of London. Outside Metal fans are queuing, drinking, smoking and hustling with the guy on the door to try to get ticket to The Underworld sold-out show.
On the tin it seems like an odd mix. Enslaved and Grand Magus hitting the road together for a co-headline tour may not have made the most obvious pairing, but while the two may differ in genre, they’re more than a match for each other when it comes to energy. Taking to the O2 Islington academy in London for the night its sure to be a killer performance.
REDEMPTION’s sixth album, ‘The Art of Loss’, has been completed and will be released early in 2016 by Metal Blade Records. Featuring groundbreaking guest performances from a number of legendary musicians, the CD’s nine tracks contain over 70 minutes of REDEMPTION’s unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity.
Los Angeles-based REDEMPTION is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes renowned prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews, and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical leave of absence from the band.
The band recruited several of the finest guitarists in metal to complement van Dyk’s playing. “We’re fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing musicians,” begins van Dyk. “To start with, I’m extremely proud to announce that Chris Poland has lent his immense talent as a special guest on this record, contributing his unique playing on the majority of the songs and elevating our music into extremely interesting territory while calling to mind his work in his previous bands, who need not be named. Additionally, we are fortunate enough to have mind-blowing guest performances from Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick and Simone Mularoni, all of whom are amazing guitarists who add so much to this record.”
Are you ready for another facemelter from Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall!?!??!?! Check out “No Control” featuring the one and only Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Official Yngwie Malmsteen) on lead vocals!
Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall- “No Control”
Pre-order KINGDOM OF ROCK on Amazon.com (CD or MP3) here: http://radi.al/MagnusKarlssonAmazon (MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “No Control” and the title track, “Kingdom Of Rock” (featuring Jorn Lande on lead vocals).
“Paco Ventura Black Moon” – international Spanish Hard Rock project available October 30th
“Paco Ventura Black Moon” is an international Spanish Hard Rock project. A masterpiece with careful voices and melodies, powerful guitars and songs in English and Spanish. Paco Ventura who is considered one of the top rock guitar players in Spain and member from the band (Medina Azahara) one of Spanish and Latin America most notorious bands.
Artwork by Stan W.D (Stryper, Blackmore’s Night, Jorn, Tarja…) The record has been mastered by Andy Vandette (Dream Theater, Rush, Gotthard and Bruce Dickinson) in New York and it will be released worldwide in October 30th.
This great hard rock project includes the artistic collaboration of well-known international musicians such as:
*Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow/Deep Purple)
*Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
*John Norum (Europe)
*Roland Grapow (Helloween/Masterplan)
*Patrick Rondat (Jean Michelle Jarre)
*Fabio Lione (Rhapsody/Angra)
*Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen)
*Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth/Angra)
*Carlos Marin (Mago de Oz)
“Black Moon” Line up:
Paco Ventura (guitar), Javier González (vocals), Tini Fernández (drums), Charly Rivera (bass) and Rafa Peña (keyboards)
No mercy: INFERNAL WAR will perform in “Armageddon Descends IV”
Each “Armageddon Descends” presented at least one band that strikes with uncompromising brutality and sadistic energy. The fourth cycle of the festival will be coronated by Polish INFERNAL WAR!
INFERNAL WAR are one of the most barbaric bands of the modern metal scene that play mercilessly fast, forward-marching black metal blended with deadly overtones. The synthesis of nihilistic poetry entrenched in human scorn and the bestial sounds of INFERNAL WAR result in a devastating effect. Moreover, the band has been numerously praised for their solid and impeccable live performances that one will be able to witness during fourth “Armageddon Descends”. The band recently released their new album “Axiom” (2015) through “Agonia Records” which will be presented with full force live in Vilnius, March, 2016.
October 9’th 2015
House of Culture, Helsinki FINLAND
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
W.A.S.P. received their first gold album from Finland (LAST COMMAND, 1985), and since then their popularity has remained stable here. The band are regular visitors to Finland, and have played here annually over the last ten years. W.A.S.P. released their fifteenth studio album, GOLGOTHA, just a few days ago, and now the band is on a four gig tour in Finland. Maybe four gigs, at this time, is too much because House of Culture was not sold out. There were an estimated 600-700 people, which is only about half of the venue’s capacity.
Hardcore Superstar teams up with Michael Monroe for a Co Headlining tour around Europe this fall. The band also release their new single “The Cemetery” today along with a brand new music video for “Touch the Sky” feat. Etzia that was filmed at Götaplatsen in Gothenburg late this summer. Read the rest of this entry »
Swedish hard rockers ColdSpell are confirmed to support Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock for the Nordic leg of their Spirit on a Mission world tour dates. Michael Schenker is a true legend and to many the greatest guitar player around, winning awards, getting rave reviews for his albums and when touring the world.
ColdSpell is a rising star on the international stages. This summer they were one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier festival, Wildfire. And was warming up a US audience as runner‐up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin.
From Hell’s Heart:
Halloween/horror monster week 2: Ghosts
The month of October means the imminent arrival of the Heavy Metal Holy Day…Halloween! This, the scariest and Metal-est of all months, we bring you five new topics for our editorial column FROM HELL’S HEART. Each week we will post the staff Top Five songs based on classic Halloween/Horror monsters. Last week was Frankenstein, this week’s subject is ghosts! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!
The last time Overkill was in Calgary was about a decade ago in a small bar. It was the first time the New Jersey thrashers had ever been to Calgary. I had the pleasure of having dinner with a couple of the guys in the band and while happy to be in town they said, realistically they would not come back. The Western Canadian leg is too small and too far to play to small crowds. They wanted to play cities they had never been to before, at least once, but they doubted they would ever come back. Well, as the Overkill songs says, ‘Never Say Never’, as they returned as part of a co-headlining gig with Nuclear Blast label-mates and fellow New Jersey-ites, Symphony X. The last time Symphony X played in Calgary they played in a bigger venue as support to Iced Earth. So it is very likely that Symphony X was perhaps disappointed they played a smaller hall (Capacity: 1000), half the size as last time, and it is possible that Overkill were much happier playing a much bigger venue – four times as big! It’s all about perception.
The opening act of the night were WITCHES; a French death metal band from Antibes. Witches, formed in 1986 are first French band with female guttural voice. They have been touring with bands like SIX FEET UNDER and EMTOMBER and were a perfect act to open for this old Skool extreme metal night.