Two promotional videos for the 2014 Metal All-Stars tour featuring former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza can be viewed below.
Menza: I’m totally pumped and honored to get the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of the largest and legendary voices in heavy metal. It’s definitely going to be a interesting and unique tour, something European and South American fans don’t want to miss and I’m hoping it hits the states.
The Metal All-stars tour will feature “some of the biggest contributors to the heavy metal genre along with some of the most technical musicians in the industry,” according to a press release.
Two North American performances scheduled for March 2014!
THE OCEAN’s highly anticipated triple-DVD release, Collective Oblivion, is now available in stores and on-line. Collective Oblivion is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on YouTube, including: Russia 2012 video blog, The Ocean in China, The Ocean North American tour blog 2011, and more. Finally, fans will be able to see this thorough and expansive look at THE OCEAN’s career and touring experiences, including the Heliocentric record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more! Read the rest of this entry »
LAMB OF GOD is pleased to announce that they have entered in to a worldwide distribution deal with Specticast (Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, Paul McCartney Rock Show) for their Don Argott (Last Days Here, Art of the Steal, School of Rock) directed feature film “As The Palaces Burn”. Filming for the feature began in 2012 and concluded in March of 2013.
“As The Palaces Burn”, not to be confused with the making-of documentary packaged with the recent re-release of the 2003 LAMB OF GOD album of the same name, was conceived to be a documentary focused on the power of music and its impact on cultures around the world and its ability to bring together people of all nationalities regardless of religious or political differences. After a worldwide casting call, filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Israel, India, and the United States. As filming reached its conclusion, the documentary was forced to take a major turn when the band’s lead singer, Randy Blythe, was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with the murder of a fan in June 2012. Granted unique access to Blythe’s continuing saga, Argott’s filming covered Blythe’s 38 day imprisonment in Prague, his release and the band’s return to live performances, and finally Blythe’s trial for murder in Prague in February 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Cult Italian black metal enigma HRIZG announces the completion of Individualism, the band’s new album for MORIBUND RECORDS. Individualism shall be HRIZG’s third album to date, and second for MORIBUND, who released the critically acclaimed Anthems to Decrepitude in 2011. As mainman Erun-Dagoth reveals, “All I can say is that Individualism is a kind of mixture between my two previous albums and the best effort I have done as a solo instrumentalist. As for lyrics, they are also more into the nihilist and misanthropic philosophy.” Read the rest of this entry »
Led by DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath, Norwegian doomsday rock ‘n’ rollers CHROME DIVISION have released the official video for “Endless Nights,” a track off the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, Infernal Rock Eternal, whose perfect blend of dirty, rust-filled, beer-doused rock is scheduled for release in North America on January 21st, 2014.
“Endless Nights” was directed by long-time visual collaborator Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company. View the final result from Norway’s Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers Local Union 666 on YouTube:
Polish extreme metal band VADER have enteredHertz Studio in Bialystok, Polandto recordtheir twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI. The Wiesławski Brothers, Wojtek and Slawek, will share duties at the production helm.
“VADERMANIAX!!!! The next chapter, a new bible for all those hungry for extreme massacre and dark challenges is called: TIBI ET IGNI,” states VADER mainman Peter W. “Translated from Latin, this pretty symbolic title is ‘For You (and only You) and Fire.’ Ten songs + bonuses are in the plans to be created. We’ll record all of these bloody tracks of new incarnations. Today we’re calibrating the heavy weapon for James [Stewart, drummer], so his drumming can your blow heads off your necks. More details soon. Will we set anxiety in your minds? We’ll film the recording process to show the whole thing in a while. Of course, we’ll keep you informed about each next step in recordings regularly. STAY ALERTED!!!!”
German Death Metal brutes SLAUGHTERDAY have officially released their debut album, Nightmare Vortex, on FDA Rekotz.The full-length successor to the limited-edition cassette demo, Cosmic Horror, Nightmare Vortex showcases SLAUGHTERDAY’s insane brand of cosmic Death Metal that falls somewhere between AUTOPSY’s Mental Funeral and HYPOCRISY’s Penetralia. Featuring stunning guitar melodies, fat bass lines, hellish vocals and annihilating drums, the movements from speeding ferocity to crawling crush are the stuff of traumatic audio terror. Do not miss this masterpiece of classic Death Metal. Album artwork courtesy of Mark Cooper.
A recently released music video for the song “Morbid Shroud of Silence” is now playing at this location.
Nightmare Vortex is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. For ordering info, visit www.fda-rekotz.com.
This is midlife crisis metal, and it doesn’t get heavier than that!
20 some odd years ago, in a small Florida town, two misfits decided to record an environmentally conscious ‘Iron Man’ re-write. Jeff played guitar and Kevin emoted his best Ozzy impression. The song debuted over their high school intercom and received a lukewarm response. This was the humble beginning of Pseudocidal!
We are proud to reveal the first ever video of WATAIN. The song ‘Outlaw’ is taken from their latest album ‘The Wild Hunt’ that came out in August 2013 through the band’s own label His Master’s Noise via Century Media Records.
The video is produced by Watain and Johan Bååth who already directed the band’s ‘Opus Diaboli’ DVD in 2012. You can watch the video HERE
WATAIN comment: “The Outlaw video is a knife stab in the face of todays clean and witty metal scene and yet another step for us to bring back something real and extreme into this limping music movement.” Read the rest of this entry »
After announcing that its debut, still untitled, would be produced by Swedish Jens Bogren, who has worked with names like Soilwork, Katatonia, Opeth, Symphony X, Pain of Salvation, James LaBrie, among others, DAYDREAM XI presents, live, a song from the upcoming album.
The video, recorded at Gorila Studio in Porto Alegre, features the song “Watch Me Rise” and the new lineup, in quartet, already with Tiago Masseti on guitars and vocals. Read the rest of this entry »
London shred-heavy melodic metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have set THE FATEFUL DARK as the title of their upcoming new album, which is due to be released on March 10th in Europe via Earache Records and on March 18th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records.
The follow-up to 2012′s PLAGUE OF CONSCIENCE was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with producer SCOTT ATKINS (AMON AMARTH, SYLOSIS, BEHEMOTH) and features artwork created by PETER SALLAI (SABATON). Read the rest of this entry »
Today, MORIBUND RECORDS announces March 4th, 2014 as the release date for PROFEZIA’s Oracolo Suicida. The long-running Italian black metallers’ first album for MORIBUND and third overall, Oracolo Suicida displays PROFEZIA as masters of high drama and windswept mysticism, evincing the moonlit melancholy so inherent to classic Italian black metal (mainman Kvasir also doubles in MORIBUND cult Abhor) yet here led by eerily beautiful violin. Open your eyes to Oracolo Suicida and await your fate! Set to be released in a luxury digipack, the cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Pro shot footage of ORIGIN/GORGUTS drummer JOHN LONGSTRETH from his recent drum clinic dates in Mexico is available for viewing. The footage was taken during LONGSTRETH’s very first pair of highly successful drum clinics dates in October in Los Cabos and La Paz, Mexico. The clinics were part of the Play Xtreme Music 2 drum clinic series and proudly sponsored by VALENCIA MUSIC. LONGSTRETH will be releasing his first Instructional DVD in the new year and will be hosting drum clinic dates throughout 2014. LONGSRETH’s Indie Go Go crowd funding campaign for his DVD is currently taking place and has just under a week to go to. The pro shot footage can be seen seen below.
DORO Hero Cava Brut Reserva Champagne and Herzblut [Lifeblood] Vino Tinto Red Wine.
Legendary metal maven DORO PESCH has joined the ranks of the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Motörhead, and Slayer in a bottled liquid category and is proud to present two very special rock ‘n’ roll drinks: DOROHero Cava Brut Reserva Champagne and Herzblut [Lifeblood] Vino Tinto Red Wine.
“It was my wish for my 30-year stage anniversary – which I will be celebrating on May 2nd & 3rd, 2014 in my hometown of Düsseldorf [Germany] – to present unique drinks to the fans that represent my own taste and quality standard,” states DORO. “We went to a great old wine region in Spain to pick the right product for me and I discovered a very fine red wine there.”
After recently parting ways with violinist MeriTadic, Swiss folk metal institution ELUVEITIE are pleased to officially welcome Nicole Ansperger into the fold!
“As hard as farewells can be, new beginnings can be very auspicious are as well,” commented ELUVEITIE in a mutual statement. “We are thrilled to introduce to you Meri’s successor. We consider ourselves lucky to have found a true master of Celtic Folk fiddling! A full-blooded musician and violin player through and through, she has played countless shows over many years and also played as a session musician for many well-known acts (such as THE HOOTERS, for instance). During the last ten years she further made a name for herself through her engagement with the Irish folk rock bands PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD and ACROSS THE BORDER, but also the renowned medieval/classical metal act HAGGARD. Not only a virtuoso of the fiddle, she also plays the 7-stringed violin as well as the cello! So, ladies and gentlemen – please welcome to the ELUVEITIE camp: Nicole Ansperger!”
“Dear ELUVEITIE fans, I am absolutely delighted to be ELUVEITIE’s new violin player. I love ELUVEITIE’s music and have been a fan myself for a long time. Is there anything better than getting to play for the band you love? I am looking forward to many sweat-inducing, incredible shows with you and the band. See you on stage!”