Caparison Guitars are more than delighted to welcome Parker Lundgren of multi-platinum rock legends Queensrÿche, into the family.
Many people who have caught Queensrÿche on their most recent tour will already have seen Parker rocking out on stage with his new Angelus M3B and Orbit FX models that have also been used to lay down all of his guitar parts on the new Queensrÿche album.
“Caparison guitars are the best playing, and best built guitars I have ever played. Every detail is perfect and I can play things on Caparison guitars that I physically can’t play on other guitars. They are like samurai swords; built with precision and built for destruction!”
Legendary Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters Annihilator will release their brand new (and 15th!) studio album, “SUICIDE SOCIETY”, on September 18th, 2015 via UDR Music, worldwide.
As usual, guitar wizard Jeff Waters handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar & bass, engineers, produces, mixes and masters “Suicide Society”… and Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties, as he did on the critically acclaimed “King of the Kill” (1994), “Refresh the Demon” (1996), “Remains” (1997) and other Annihilator albums over the years.
Waters on his return to vocal duties: “Dave (Padden/vocalist from 03-14) & I have, essentially, been Annihilator since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with Annihilator. That said, Annihilator and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offering(s): this is undeniably the case with “Suicide Society!”
Listen to some clips from “SUICIDE SOCIETY” and see the CD cover here:
SLAYER ANNOUNCES THE LIMITED “REPENTLESS – METAL EAGLE EDITION”
With the title and release date just announced for SLAYER’sRepentless, due out September 11, 2015 (Nuclear Blast), today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever – literally – Repentless, Metal Eagle Edition. Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15″ X 17″ X 3″ and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new RepentlessCD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon. The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order online stores. Pre-orders are available now, so log onto http://nblast.de/SlayerRepentlessEagle for purchasing info.
The highly-anticipated Repentless is SLAYER’s 11th studio album, the first since 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and EXODUS/SLAYER touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album’s new tracks – started recording Repentless in March 2014, and made the track “Implode” available as a free download in April of that year. The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, “Implode” was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and “When The Stillness Comes,” used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.
Henchman Promotions, promoters of this year’s Monsters of Rot V festival in Letterbreen, Co Fermanagh, have announced a rather sweet competition over on their Facebook page. If you’re at all interested in attending this, ahem, monstrous day of music then check it out!
From Henchman Promotions:
OK monsters, competition time!
If our Facebook page, Henchman Promotions reaches 900 likes before Monsters of Rot V, then we’ll randomly select one lucky winner out of the page likes, to win all of the following gear!!!
Dennis Dunaway is an American musician, best known as the original bass guitarist for the Alice Cooper Group from 1969–1974. The original band released 7 classic albums, and Dunaway co-wrote some of the band’s most notable songs, including “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out”. Over the years Dunaway has performed and recorded with various bands including Billion Dollar Babies, Deadringer and Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith. In 2011 he performed and co-wrote 3 songs on Alice Cooper’s WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE with his former Alice Cooper Group band mates Neal Smith and Michael Bruce. Later on that same year, the Alice Cooper Group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Currently Dunaway plays with the band Blue Coupe and he’s releasing a book titled SNAKES! GUILLOTINES ELECTRIC CHAIRS! on June 9th . I met the good-humored Dennis in New York and we talked about the book, Blue Coupe, and also the good old days.
Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY – release new single & lyric video for “Prometheus”
Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY, the masters of cinematic metal, will release their new outstanding album Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK) and June 30th (US) via Nuclear Blast.
Today, the band presents the second single of the new opus “Prometheus” which includes Ralf Scheepers of PRIMAL FEARas part of the choir.
“Dear COB Hatecrew, we need to share something with you at this point. Our friend, brother, and a guitar player for 12 years, Roope, is no longer with the band. As we parted ways with no bad blood, we wish him nothing but the best and thank him for allowing us to share the last 12 years of our lives with him. Hope you know that this will not affect the upcoming shows or the new album as we recorded it as a four piece and it is already mixed, mastered, heavy as shit and ready to go! Enough said, See you soon!”
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right(May 29th EU, June 1st UK and June 2nd US) the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.
Today, HELLOWEEN has revealed the third out of four track-by-track trailers. Listen to song snippets and comments on the tracks‘Creatures In Heaven’, ‘If God Loves Rock’n’Roll’, ‘Living On The Edge’, ‘Claws’, ‘You, Still Of War’ here:
From Hell’s Heart:
7/8/9(!?) stringed guitars – Yay or Nay?
The standard guitar used by most metal guitarists is a 6-stringed instrument. In the past several years we’ve seen/heard a lot of players using 7 stringed guitars, and even some pushing the envelope with 8 and, yes, even 9 strings. Why? Does it make things more interesting? Heavier? More progressive? Is it a waste of time? We asked our contributors to choose a side and back up their “Yea or Nay” decision with examples of players/bands.
EPICA / ELUVEITIE Partner With Revolver Magazine For North American Co-Headlining Tour This Fall; THE AGONIST Supporting On All Dates
This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA and Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s THE AGONIST supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tourdates and VIP ticketing information.
EPICA front-woman Simone Simons says the following about the upcoming tour: “We are ecstatic to finally return to North America. It is time to nurture our long-distance relationship with our fans over in North America. We’ll have a wonderful time together and will perform songs spanning our entire discography. You guys better be ready for us.”
This will mark EPICA’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head late 2014 got cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of their highly acclaimed latest album, The Quantum Enigma, which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond.
After having recently announced his upcoming sophomore solo album release Brand New Revolution via Century Media Records in Europe, Australia and South America, Dismanic / eOne in North America and King Records in Japan, Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist GUS G. is now ready to launch a few more details about it.
Brand New Revolution will be released in the US on July 24th, 2015 and comes with artwork once again created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net, who already worked with GUS G. on his debut release, I Am The Fire, but also took care of artwork duties by bands such as Arch Enemy, Kamelot and also Firewind in the past years.
One year after the release of “Change Of Time”, Secret Illusion are awarding their fans a special treat: a brand new song entitled “Winds Of Tomorrow”, available for free at www.secret-illusion.com. A new lyric video for the song is already posted on the band’s YouTube channel. As it has been already announced the band’s new singer isVasilis Axiotis. At the moment, Secret Illusion are working on new material for their next full release due in 2016.
Thrash metal legends EXODUS are set to kick off their upcoming European headline tour on June 1st, 2015. The European dates kick off in Hamburg, Germany at Knust and end in Helinski, Finland on June 26th. The tour includes several festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Forta Rock Festival, Copenhell Festival, Metal Frenzy Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Festival, and Tuska Open Air.
EXODUS just wrapped up a successful U.S. run with headliners TESTAMENT and special guests SHATTERED SUN, dubbed the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour. Later this year, EXODUS will take part in the Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise, departing from Miami, FL on September 28th.
“We’re already out here in Europe ready to kill,” states vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. “We are currently in Spain and ready for the rest of Europe and all the festivals. See you in the pit for The Toxic Waltz!”
Catch EXODUS in Europe this summer – see below for all dates.
EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR:
6/1 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
6/2 – Leipzig, Germany @ Hellraiser
6/4 – Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock – Sweden Rock Festival
6/5 – Hanover, Germany @ Musikzentrum
6/6 – Njmegen, Netherlands @ Forta Rock Festival
6/7- Moscow, Russia @ Volta Club
6/8 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Zal Ozhidaniya
6/10 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
6/11 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ den Atelier
6/12 – Vienna, Austria @ Szene
6/13 – Nova Gorcia, Slovenia @ Mostovna
6/14 – Brno, Czech Republic @ Faval Club
6/15 – Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
6/16 – Poznan, Poland @ Eskulap
6/17 – Essen, Germany @ Turok
6/18 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell Festival
6/19 – Gardelegen, Germany @ Metal Frenzy Festival
6/20 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/21 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest Festival
6/23 – London, England @ Underworld
6/24 – London, England @ Underworld
6/25 – Manchester, England @ Academy 3
6/26 – Helinski, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival –
MOTORHEAD’S MOTORBOAT CRUISE:
9/28-10/2 – Miami, FL @ Port of Miami
This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever – #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada’s Hard Music chart. Order the dual-disc Blood In, Blood Out digi-pak from http://smarturl.it/EXODUS-Blood. EXODUS recently finished up a highly-successful tour with heavy music titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.
“Blood In, Blood Out” is the latest video by EXODUS.
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY PATRICK CLEMENT AND MARKO SYRJALA
The legendary Uriah Heep has been visiting Finland a lot during the last couple of years, and thankfully so – the band has really been firing on all cylinders lately with energetic live shows and excellent albums – ”WAKE THE SLEEPER” (2008), ”INTO THE WILD” (2011) and ”OUTSIDER” from 2014. This year saw the release of a live album recorded last year at a show in London, ”LIVE AT KOKO”.The Uriah Heep of today consists of Bernie Shaw on vocals, Mick Box on guitar, Phil Lanzon on keyboards, Russell Gilbrook on drums and Dave Rimmer on bass.
The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, will release their 9th studio album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, entitled Genexus, on August 7th worldwide. Genexus was produced by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares, and co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber. The album was mixed by famed British producer and engineer, Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS,MACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by artist Anthony Clarkson. Drums on Genexus were performed by Mike Heller(MALIGNANCY).
“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words; genesis and nexus,” explains vocalist Burton C. Bell. “This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a ‘mechanical’ state of being. Ray Kurzweil predicts that the singularity will occur around 2045. Genexus is the term for that next evolutionary process. Where humans are machines, machines are human, and the differences are oblivious to the naked eye.
“This album is a record of thought patterns, psychology and struggles of the Genexus generation. The cognitive machine has arrived, and it wants autonomy from the industry that created it. This machine struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us.”