Today, September 11, 2015, Slayer’s long-awaited 12th studio album Repentless (Nuclear Blast), is released and available to fans. Launching with glowing early reviews – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “Slayer continues to reign” (Kerrang!), “as unrelenting as all of their 11 previous” (SPIN), “the sound of Slayer telling you that it still recognizes its essence” (New York Times), and “a potent release that is undeniably Slayer” (Loudwire), the band is showing they are, as the British daily The Guardian put it, “still the masters of this stuff.”
The first music video from Repentless, the title track, also makes its global premiere today
The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means:
to feel no regret or remorse. Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered. Directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by Felissa Rose, the video features cameos by actors who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”), Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”).
This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.” For the “Repentless” video, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”
Repentless was produced and mixed by Terry Date and recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. The album is Slayer’s first release since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and features band members Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitars), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt.
Mongolian folk metallers Tengger Cavalry have undergone a major change recently, with the band permanently relocating to America and vocalist Nature Ganganbaigal recruiting new members for this most international of bands. Melanie Brehaut spoke to Ganganbaigal about the recent changes, and what it means for the band’s future.
by special guest writer and photographer Keith Devereux
It’s the second weekend of August so it must be Vagos Open Air (VoA), when the peace of the little town of Vagos is shattered by the roar of guitars, the pounding of drums and the delighted screams of a thousand metal fans. In its several years of existence VoA has gone from a small two day festival featuring local bands to a three day international festival that plays host to metal bands from all over Europe and beyond. That Vagos can attract international bands like Within Temptation, Overkill and Black Label Society, who were also playing at Bloodstock in the UK the same weekend, speaks volumes for the hard work of the promoters, Prime Artists, in creating a great festival with a good reputation.
British progressive metal heroes THRESHOLD have just announced a special headline date at London’s Islington Academy for January 24th as part of a European Tour titled ‘The Journey Continues’. Threshold will perform their latest studio album, the acclaimed ‘For The Journey’ in its entirety plus a selection of classics and old favourites.
US power metal quartet Sacred Oath launched a brand new “Ravensong” website in anticipation of their worldwide album release with Angel Thorne Music/ILS/Caroline/Universal coming September 18th. www.sacredoath.net features art, photography, and music from the new album and the recent string of live performances in the New York metro area.
Pre-order for the “Mastered for iTunes” album began September 4th, at Apple Music and includes an instant-gratification track and a 12-page digital booklet. The album clocks in at over 52 minutes in length and contains 10 new songs.
Sacred Oath is also offering signed “Ravensong” CDs directly on their website www.sacredoath.net. Purchases will ship immediately – a full 2 weeks ahead of the actual street date. Pre-orders on the physical CD include a collectible poster and sticker.
“Ravensong” is the band’s 7th studio album and first worldwide release with Caroline/Universal.
To be considered for the list, entries should be for MOSTLY metal soundtracks for movies. Preference is given to “metal movies” but if the movie is just, for example, a horror movie and it has a metal soundtrack, then no problem! One metal song on a soundtrack filled with pop, or whatever, is not included.
CONDITION HUMAN, being the 13th full length album by Queensryche, proves the legendary metal squad is back on track. With the current frontman Todd LaTorre, Queensryche has risen from the ashes to show the band is alive and doing more than well. Therefore Metal-Rules.com talked to the band’s guitarist Michael Wilton about the upcoming album and the summer festival tour through Europe.Read the rest of this entry »
Grim Reaper gained a cult following and had their greatest success in the 80’s by touring and releasing three albums SEE YOU IN HELL, FEAR NO EVIL and ROCK YOU TO HELL. When legal matters occurred, the band was forced to call it quits and frontman Steve Grimmett joined the British thrash metal force, Onslaught. However, Grimmett has continued playing Grim Reaper material as Steve Grimmett and Grim Reaper. The legendary British metal band hplayed at Swede Rock in June 2015 with the original guitarist Nick Bowcott returning to their ranks. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant task to sit down to talk with these two British gentlemen about Grim Reaper and several other topics.
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Joey Vera is one of the more recognizable names in the metal scene. He has carved his name into metal history as a member of Armored Saint and Fates Warning. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant opportunity to talk with Joey Vera at Wacken Open Air. The 20min conversation covered the making of the new album WIND HANDS DOWN and a bit of discussion about Anthrax and Fates Warning.
Punishing 16th-note kicks at rapid-fire tempos, unbelievable runs across his rack toms, insanely twisted patterns, and awe-inspiring phrases: Dave Lombardo is deemed one of the most influential drummers of our time.
Born with extraordinary musical aptitude, Lombardo was intuitive to rhythm at a very early age. His musical awareness has continued to transcend the repetitive formula of Metal throughout his formidable career.
His mentors include an eclectic array of percussion icons, such as: Ginger Baker, Bill Ward, Tito Puente, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria and John Bonham.
Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labelled.
Dave’s style has been called “astonishingly innovative,” “strikingly fast,” and “unmistakably powerful.” He has earned the title “The Godfather of Double Bass.” Lombardo’s unmatched combination of technical flair and outright speed has made him the yardstick against which all subsequent metal drummers are fated to be measured.
As an original and founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their ground-breaking 1986 release Reign in Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Dave’s musical career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc, Testament, John Zornand PHILM, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo’s most recent endeavours have found him in a variety of compelling adventures. From recording the drum tracks for Californication (Season 7) alongside the incomparableTyler Bates, to lending his talent to the soundtrack of Insideous: Chapter 3 at the side of captivating yet sinister composer Joseph Bishara, to performing amidst a 75-piece orchestra by request of the esteemed composer, Christopher Young, to writing a score for a soon to be released Disney pilot.
Lombardo is out to shatter all preconceptions of what it is that he has to offer the world.
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Watch never before seen footage, hear his new Paiste REIGN Ride, participate in a candid Q&A forum and meet the legend.
Witness why Dave Lombardo is one of the most provocative and breathtaking drummers alive today!
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The first thing that you couldn’t fail to notice that evening was the sheer size of the bloody queue wrapped several times around Koko and the surrounding pavements. By far the longest queue I’ve seen in a long time; it seems everyone had arrived well before doors opening to try and ensure their view.
After being in Malice In Wonderland half my life I have decided to put Malice In Wonderland to rest” says singer and founder Chris Wicked in a statement. “Earlier this summer Tracy (guitarist) informed me that he wanted a break from the music industry to focus on other stuff. I don’t want to bring in a new guitarist in the band at this point and therefor feel it is time to end this incredibly journey. It’s been 10 years since we released our debut CD, it’s been a hell of a ride and we all agree it’s a good time to close the book. Two farewell shows (Helsinki & Bergen) will be held before we take the final bow.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and stood by us over the years. Friends and family, business partners and bands we’ve toured and played with. But most of all we would like to thank our dedicated and beautiful fans around the world, you know who you are and we love you.
Here’s to all of us. Cheers!
Stay Malice and all the best
Chris Wicked – On behalf of Malice In Wonderland
Malice In Wonderland released two ep’s in the nineties before Chris Wicked went from keyboard player to frontman. Since then they have released 2 albums and several EP’s and singles. Their latest album “The Royal Brigade” was released December 2013. Malice In Wonderland will play two farewell shows before it’s over, MeriRock in Finland, September 12 and a final hometown show at Garage, October 9.