German Metal Icon Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.) signs a long-term contract with AFM Records. The new deal includes the release of 3 albums plus 3 dvds.
“We feel very comfortable with AFM Records and we appreciate the good vibes” says Udo Dirkschneider. “The mutual understanding is perfect and our individual wishes and ideas are respected and converted. This is obviously hard to find in the music business nowadays”.
Jochen Richert is very proud that U.D.O. remains part of the AFM family. “We wanted such an extensive deal with U.D.O. because the cooperation has proved fertile in the past. U.D.O. is one of our biggest acts, sales figures have grown constantly; this proves that – together – we are successful!”
SF Bay Area Metallers KILL RITUAL featuring former members of Imagika and Dark Angel, are streaming the title track of their upcoming album, The Eyes Of Medusa, due out April 4th via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Listen to ‘The Eyes Of Medusa‘ below.
Next year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal has unveiled the itinerary for next year’s cruise! Round 5 of the World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will leave Ft. Lauderdale on January 22nd and head to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and venture back to Ft. Lauderdale on January 26th.
70000 Tons Of Metal 2015
“What do you get if you take 60 Metal Bands and have them play 120 Shows for only 3000 Fans on one Cruise Ship going to Jamaica?
Progressive metal maestros Dream Theater have always been diligent Finnish visitors. The band made its live debut in Finland in 1995. This show on Feb.24th, 2014 was their tenth show here. The band released its 12’th studio album DREAM THEATER in September 2103 and it’s been a worldwide success on the charts. The album has received critical acclaim and the first single “The Enemy Inside” was nominated for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy Award. Understandably, the recovery process took its time but it stands to reason that the band is doing very well without its founding member/drummer Mike Portnoy who left the band under difficult circumstances in 2011. It’s time of another “Evening with Dream Theater”!
Thanks to Tom Hack for getting this interview done.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.
Here comes an update on what’s going on in the Darkane camp. The band recently released the album THE SINISTER SUPREMACY which took five years to get out to the masses. A lot has happened in the band during these years and the original singer Lawrence Mackrory (F.K.U.) has joined forces with the band again. I had the opportunity to have a really nice chat with Mackrory. The band is considered as one of the leading acts within the Swedish thrash metal scene.
Welcome to the latest ‘angry’ installment where we delve into the head of Alan Costa and their new elaboration, BLACK DENIM. We touched on many issues like their influences on the new album, some deplorable events, Michael Jackson, and many more…
Steve DiGiorgio is known his excellent bass playing on several metal albums. He recently made a return to Testament, replacing long time bassist Greg Christian. Steve has also been extremely busy with the Death To All tribute. Metal-Rules.com had the enormous pleasure to talk with the bass legend after a Death-To-All set.
Fuse TV has proudly unveiled their latest digital series, “Metalhead to Head,” a bi-weekly online show that locks two metal masters in one room then records what happens.
The inaugural episode of “Metalhead to Head” features BLACK STAR RIDERS singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick with MEGADETHsinger/guitaristDave Mustaine and will premiere tomorrow, Wednesday,February 26th at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN on www.FUSE.tv.
For a preview of Nuclear Blast artists appearing on the new show, check out the two-minute “Metalhead to Head” trailer, which includes snippets of Warwick with Mustaine, BLACK STAR RIDERS bassistMarco Mendoza with bassist Billy Sheehan, and TESTAMENT’s Alex Skolnick with STRYPER’s Michael Sweet: http://www.fuse.tv/videos/2014/02/metalhead-to-head-introduction
New “Metalhead to Head” episodes will debut every other Wednesday, always at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 1 p.m. EASTERN, and always on www.FUSE.tv.
It is with a heavy heart that Exciter announces the departure of guitarist John Ricci.
After 30 ass-kicking years in the music business, John has decided to retire, leaving long time members Rik Charron (drums), Clammy (Bass), and Kenny Winter (vocals) to carry on the EXCITER legacy.
As one of the founding members of the band, John was a driving force behind EXCITER’s genre-defining albums including the ground breaking Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence and Force (1984), and Long Live the Loud (1985). As part of the modern era of EXCITER, his unique, manic, style propelled EXCITER’s come-back album: The Dark Command (1996) along with Blood of Tyrants (2000), Thrash Speed Burn (2008) and Death Machine (2010).
EXCITER wishes John the very best in his future endeavors and invites all you Metal Maniacs to continue Pounding Metal with us in 2014 and beyond!
Swedish heavy metallers SABATON have unveiled the track listing to their upcoming eighth studio album, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014.
01. Night Witches
02. No Bullets Fly
03. Smoking Snakes
04. Inmate 4859
05. To Hell And Back
06. The Ballad Of Bull
07. Resist And Bite
08. Soldier Of 3 Armies
09. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron
Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai. The drum installment of the SABATONStudio Diaries 2014 is currently up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/THSspXD-dv8
As founding guitarist for one of thrash metal’s Big 4 bands as well as cult legends Stormtroopers of Death, television personality, occasional zombie, aspiring card sharp and son-in-law of rock legend Meatloaf, among many other things, Anthrax founder Scott Ian has seen and done enough during his long career in show business to fill a book, which, as it turns out, he is now writing. Ian signed on with De Capo Press last November for said memoir, called “I’m The Man” and written with the assistance of music scribe Jon Weiderhorn, in order to, as he says, “share all these killer stories” of everything he’s experienced over the past 30-plus years.
Ian’s actually been doing a lot story telling over the past couple years as it is. After being invited by a U.K. promoter to take part in a spoken-word series called “Rock Stars Say the Funniest Things” in London in 2012, Ian did several additional shows in Australia with wrestler/rocker Chris Jericho last year before launching his own “Speaking Words” tour in Europe. He kicked off a U.S. leg of the tour on Feb. 20 that will run through March 8. Just before heading out on the tour, Ian announced a crowd-funding campaign through Pledge Music to raise money for the release of a DVD of a “Speaking Words” performance in Glasgow, Scotland.
On the phone from his home in Los Angeles, Ian offered the following on his new sideline as spoken word performer, his appearance on “The Walking Dead,” late-Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and what the future may or may not hold for additional Big 4 shows.