A Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! Additionally, A Skeletal Domain ranked in at #3 on the Hard Music chart, #5 on the Independent chart, #7 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #21 on the Physical Albums chart, #31 on the Top Current Albums chart, #59 on the Digital Albums chart and #4 on iTunes Metal! In Canada, the record also broke CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s previous charting records landing at #21 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #4 on the Hard Music chart, #58 on Digital chart, #39 on iTunes’ Top 200, #5 on iTunes’ Rock chart and a flooring #2 on iTunes’ Metal chart! The band pummeled in Germany as well with A Skeletal Domain rivaling all the band’s prior positions peaking at #21 on the Top 100 Albums chart, #21 on the Media Control charts and position #19 on the Media Market charts. Elsewhere, the record debuted at #21 on the UK Rock/Metal charts, #39 on the UK Independent Albums charts, #28 in Austria and #50 in Switzerland.
Wild and hot – that was the Wacken Open Air 2013! The 24th Wacken Open Air included over 120 bands on seven stages, 75.000 fans and most of all sun, sun and more sun. Metalheads from all over the world celebrated the most legendary party of them all and turned the little village of Wacken in Northern Germany into the place to be for any self-respecting Metalhead.
The 24th Wacken Open Air once more proved to be unique, with a special vibe which has to be experienced to understand. “Live at Wacken 2013“, brings this atmosphere right home on DVD, Bu and CD! The hits, the legends, the fans – and many, many memorable shows.
SISTER have released a brand new EP online! The “Deadboys Making Noise” EP is available now on Spotify and iTunes. The EP features early material from the band, and different versions of songs from their “Hated” debut album. In essence, these are the songs that got the band signed to Metal Blade! Learn more about the band and the EP in a new video on the band’s youtube channel HERE.
SISTER will be touring throughout October with the legendary Skid Row! The tour begins on October 17 in Bristol and continues through October 28 with the final show of the tour at the Underworld in London. Earlier this year, the band launched a music video for one of the most vitriol-filled cuts from their latest album, “Disguised Vultures.” “Slay Yourself” was filmed at venues in Sweden and Finland and captures the sweaty and raw energy unleashed on the club stages on tour. Watch the video now on youtube.com/sisterofficial.
SISTER w/ Skid Row
10/17 Bristol, GB Bierkeller
10/18 Cambridge, GB The Junction
10/19 Hull, GB The Well
10/20 Edinburgh, GB Liquid Room
10/22 Bournemouth, GB Old Fire Station
10/23 Stourbridge, GB River Rooms
10/24 Wakefield, GB Warehouse 23
10/25 Buckley, GB Tivoli
10/26 Nuneaton, GB Queen’s Hall
10/28 London, GB Underworld|
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D. just started their European tour with label-mates GRAVE! To kick off the trek, the band has launched a new video, “Kill To Live”, taken from their recently released album, Back To The Front. Filmed at Party-San Open Air in Germany by Oliver Barth from Visions In Fear (www.visions-in-fear.de), “Kill To Live” can be viewed here:
ENTOMBED A.D. is BACK TO THE FRONT! Don’t miss them on the road this year; see below for all upcoming dates.
ENTOMBED A.D. line-up:
L-G Petrov – Vocals
Nico Elgstrand – Guitars
Olle Dahlstedt – Drums
Victor Brandt – Bass
ENTOMBED A.D. – “Back To The Front” tour 2014 with GRAVE & support
24.09.14 – Gebäude 9 – Köln, DE
25.09.14 – Divan du Monde – Paris, FR
26.09.14 – Carnage Feast – Lyss, CH
27.09.14 – Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
28.09.14 – Apolo 2 – Barcelona, SP
29.09.14 – Shoko – Madrid, SP
30.09.14 – Sonora – Bilbao, SP
01.10.14 – MJC Picaud – Cannes, FR
02.10.14 – Ex Haus – Trier, DE
03.10.14 – Turock – Essen, DE
04.10.14 – Feierwerk – München, DE
05.10.14 – Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT
06.10.14 – Gala Hala – Ljubljana, SI
07.10.14 – Club Sloga – Sarajevo, BH
08.10.14 – Dom Omladine – Belgrad, RS
09.10.14 – Club Havana – Skopje, MK
10.10.14 – Jet Rock Club – Sofia, BU
11.10.14 – Romanian Thrash Metal Fest – Bucharest, RO
12.10.14 – Dürer Kert – Budapest, HU
13.10.14 – Explosiv – Graz, AT
14.10.14 – Viper Room – Vienna, AT
15.10.14 – Barrak – Ostrava, CZ
16.10.14 – Colloseum Club – Kosice, SK
17.10.14 – Fabryka – Krakow, PL
18.10.14 – Eskulap – Poznan, PL
19.10.14 – B90 – Gdansk, PL
20.10.14 – New York – Vilnius, LT
21.10.14 – Melna Piektdiena – Riga, LV
22.10.14 – Rockclub Tapper – Tallinn, EE
23.10.14 – Klubi – Turku, FI
24.10.14 – Klubi – Tampere, FI
25.10.14 – Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
ENTOMBED A.D. with HANG THE BASTARD:
11.11.2014 – Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
12.11.2014 – Audio – Glasgow, UK
13.11.2014 – Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, IRE
14.11.2014 – Underworld – London, UK
ENTOMBED A.D. live:
14-15.11.2014 – Metal Hammer Paradise – Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
“As everybody already knows, Roberto has decided to part ways with the band in order to start his solo career. We wish him all the best and we thank him for the long walk we have had together. At the same time “the show must go on”, as somebody said, and the good news is that we have started working on the new album. This is not the only good news, anyway, ’cause we are incredibly excited and honored to announce that our new singer is none other than a top-notch artist and a piece of history in the metal world: we warmly welcome Mr. Mark Boals on board (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt) and we can’t wait to let you all listen to some of the new songs we are working on! Sincerely yours, Labyrinth“
Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD, has released the fifth video blog documenting the making of their eighth full-length album Bloodstone & Diamonds, here. The band’s Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be released on November 7 (Europe) and November 10, 2014 (N. America/UK) on several physical and digital formats. Bloodstone & Diamonds was once again produced by Robb Flynn himself and Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE), and like the last 7 out of 8 albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson (CARCASS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy metal legend Andy Sneap (EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, MEGADETH) who also launched his career co-mixing Machine Head’s 2nd album “The More Things Change”, and Steve Lagudi. Read the rest of this entry »
A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora
STRANGER IN THIS TOWN – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF BON JOVI’S RICHIE SAMBORA BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora is the leading force in one of the world’s most successful rock bands but there is more to his career than Bon Jovi, which he helped steer to success through twelve studio albums from 1983 to 2014. In many respects Sambora is one of rock’s most underrated guitarists even though many of his riffs are world famous.
Stranger In This Town not only touches on Sambora’s profound role in Bon Jovi but also details his pre Bon Jovi bands, Message and Shark Frenzy, as well as his collaborations with such icons as Cher, Desmond Child and many others. This book is also about the solo music of Richie Sambora and explores his three solo albums, Stranger In This Town, Undiscovered Soul and Aftermath Of The Lowdown. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week, GWAR announced they had officially added not just one new member in Blothar, but a second, female member in Vulvatron. When we learned of this development, we immediately contacted GWAR’s intergalactic publicist to get us on the horn with this new vixen of torment. We learn about Vulvatron’s origins and how she became one of the scumdogs of the universe. Here is a sample:
Why do you think it took GWAR so long to add another female member?
GWAR enjoyed giving you humans blue balls for many years.
Which member of GWAR did you sleep with to get the gig?
Vulvatron’s sexual prowess is far superior, and although I slept with the entire band and management at the same time, they were not able to keep up. My sexual functions are far too advanced to mate with most primitive forms.
Does sexism exist in GWAR? Are you only entitled to 70% of the crack compared to male members?
I consumed the entire crack rider, and then needed a further crack buyout for lunch, dinner, and aftershow. GWAR is an extremely sexist band, we all believe in having all of the sex all the time.
Guitarist Gary Holt states, “Time to let a fast one outta the bag! Check out this advance preview of the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ and get another taste of our upcoming new record! Fast raging thrash! One of many in the new disc! Bay Area sickness to slap you upside your face!”
NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. Opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, NIGHTWISH member Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:
“Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!”
Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ spoke to King Diamond as he was preparing for his North American tour in October 2014. King Diamond tells The Metal Voice about the ups and downs in the recording process of the Mercyful Fate’s Classic ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ Album which is celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary. King said, ”the engineer did not want us in the control room. It’s like being at the dentist sitting in the waiting room to be the next one called in.” It really annoyed me to not be in there to not see what he was doing(2:10) I said I don’t care what the others are doing but I am not leaving.”
King Diamond goes on to tell ‘The Metal Voice’ about his plans to release an Enhanced ‘Best of’ Reissue and an overhaul of his whole catalog in the near future. King told The Metal Voice,” I don’t like the Album versions that are out.(4:37) I want these albums to sound right for the future(7:50)
American Billboard Top 100 artist & 9th Wonder of the Unnatural World, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH have released a trailer for their re-mastered version of I, the band’s one song EP from 2004 set for mutant resurrection on September 30th in North America.
SNEW lead singer Curtis Don Vito is involved with a new documentary about the Los Angeles Hard Rock and Metal scene during the mid to late 70s titled “Inside Metal: The Pioneers of Los Angeles Hard Rock and Metal”.
Don Vito is Associate Producer and Editor of this in depth look at the ground breakers and architects of the metal phenomenon that would explode in the 80s.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Trine at Dark Minstrel Music for the help to get this interview done.
Thanks to Dark Minstrel Music for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures taken by: Thomas Trane
Additional live pictures taken by: Anders Sandvall
Once again it was time for me and Metal-Rules.com to hook up with the guitar-wizard, songwriting-genius, mastermind and bandleader Henrik Flyman in Evil Masquerade. If you haven’t checked out the bands brand new sixth album THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX then be sure to do so because the disc is jammed with some really edgy traditional heavy metal/neo-classical songs. Personally I think that Evil Masquerade is one of the best metal acts around at the moment, and if you’re interested in getting to know Henrik Flyman, the band, his vision, the break up with former lead singer Apollo Papathansio, the entrance of the new Swedish singer Tobias Jansson (Saffire), and also this year the band celebrates 10 years as a band, then check out the interview. If you want to read more about Henrik Flyman and Evil Masquerade take a look at the past interviews that are featured here in metal-rules.com. Read the rest of this entry »