Finnish melodic metal band Arkadia will release their debut album “Unrelenting” worldwide on November 7th, 2014 via Inverse Records. The album, which was recorded during winter 2014 and produced by Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studio, Ylöjärvi, Finland, is a manifestation of Arkadia’s relentless attitude since its foundation in 2003 and the journey to ever-larger stages.
- HELLOWEEN: Third Track-By-Track Trailer for “My God-Given Right” Released (May 30, 2015)
- EPICA & ELUVEITIE to co-headline North American Tour (May 29, 2015)
- GUS G. – New album artwork, tracklisting, first teaser clip and release date (May 29, 2015)
- Secret Illusion – New song, new singer and next full release due in 2016 (May 29, 2015)
- Thrash Legends EXODUS Launch European Headline Tour Next Monday, June 1st in Germany (May 28, 2015)
- Leah (May 25, 2015)
- HammerFall - Interview with Pontus Norgren & Fredrik Larsson (May 23, 2015)
- HELLOWEEN - Vocalist Andi Deris (May 20, 2015)
- Interview with Steve DiGiorgio of Testament, April 30, 2015 (May 18, 2015)
- Sonata Arctica - Interview with Tony Kakko (May 16, 2015)
- URIAH HEEP w/Nazareth - Live at Hameenlinna, Finland (May 27, 2015)
- Sonata Arctica + Freedom Call + Twilight Force @ O2 Academy Islington, London (May 23, 2015)
- HammerFall + Skarlett Riot + NeonFly @ O2 Academy Islington, London (May 20, 2015)
- Antediluvian @ The Boston Music Rooms, London (May 19, 2015)
- Testament and Exodus, Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour, Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2015 (May 18, 2015)
SPIRAL MOTION, the new solo album by Andy Martongelli, will be released on 5th November. Andy unveiled some amazing guest musicians that played some killer solos on his new record.
- Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro)
- Dave Reffet (Guitar World Magazine)
- Alex Stornello (Angels & Demons)
- Dave Martone
Dave Martone played a great solo on the song “Bite The Bullet” while the other three guests are featured on the song “Cyber-Hammer of the Gods“, a fiery-guitar-shredding-
London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH are due to kick off the first show of their UK tour today – Saturday, 25th October.
The tour starts off at The Cellars in Oxford, before continuing with more shows around the UK in November. SAVAGE MESSIAH will be supported by label mates THE MORE I SEE on select UK dates, before taking a break for the holidays and then heading out on a European trek in the new year with Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMARTH.
- Founder and former guitarist of In Flames and current member of the Resistance and Dimension Zero.
- Jesper Strömblad and Sight of Emptiness got together to play the other day, and ended up jamming on some killer “old school” In Flames(Official) & Dimension Zero songs.
- CHECK OUT ALL THE PICTURES HERE
- All pictures by Sebastian Pérez.
The band comments: “This is definitely a dream come true for us, because, since day one, Dimension Zero has been one of our major influences, as well as “old” In Flames. So, have the privilege and opportunity to jam and get to know the guy who wrote so many great songs, riffs and iconic albums is unbelievable. We had so much fun! What a great artist and down to earth person he is. Skål för fan!”
San Diego, California based blues-metal rockers SEVENTRAIN, which features former members of CAGE, 24-7 SPYZ and TOURNIQUET, have officially started pre-production on their second album.
The bands drummer, Joel Maitoza, states that they currently have the music written for six new songs and are hoping to include twelve tracks on the new full length disk. The band is also planning to record a couple of cover tunes which they will release as singles just after the first of the year. The band is shooting for a release date in late spring of 2015.
Edguy with support act Freedom Call on Space Police World Tour 2014 – European leg 1 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
Edguy – headline act
Space Police World Tour 2014 – European leg 1
Freedom Call – support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
21/9 – 2014
Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
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Today, California’s favorite death-laden horror hellions, EXHUMED, will take their sonic debauchery to the streets for a Fall run of US live invasions with extreme metal technicians Carcass and manic death thrashers Noisem. Set to commence in San Diego tonight at Brick By Brick, the Inked In Steel Tour 2014 will conquer nearly two dozen municipalities with additional audio infiltrations from death metal legends Obituary and Macabre on select dates. From there EXHUMED will return to Europe for further live devastation alongside Aborted, Origin and Miasmal.See confirmed shows below.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “We’ve been sequestered in our grimy rehearsal room, taking time out of our busy schedules of soul-crushing day jobs and DUI classes to tighten up our set for our upcoming US and European runs, and we’re getting seriously psyched for them! Our newest member, Matt ‘Slime’ Ferri is working out great on bass and vocals and we’ve got some killer new elements for our show that should make it an unsafe and insane way to spend your evening. See you in the Gore Zone, mutants!”
Finnish heavy metal sextet BATTLE BEAST have announced Unholy Savior as the name for their third studio album, which will be released in North America in early 2015.
“Music-wise, the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs,” states BATTLE BEAST guitarist & backing vocalist Anton Kabanen about the new album’s musical offerings. “I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey – that’s what I tend to I call it – which is my road onward.”
“Like always, I wrote songs about the ‘Berserk’ series as well. The reason is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling,” Anton adds.
Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist, composer, and founding member of Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED, offers the first installment in the seven-part “Studio Of Mad Men” series shedding insight into the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled thirteenth studio album, set for an early 2015 release.
The North American pre-order of ULVER’s box set “Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 – 1997″ has started. Check out the CM Distro shop and order a copy of the box: http://smarturl.it/
Steel Assassins Festival 2014
31 October and 1 November 2014
Australia’s only multiday pure heavy metal festival, Steel Assassins, is running for a third year and it’s an event not to be missed.
No one can delude Max and Igor Cavalera anymore. The two SEPULTURA founders show with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY what it means to shoot Thrash and Death Metal straight into the world. They will do this with their new studio album Pandemonium which will be released on November 3rd in the UK & November 4th US/CAN via Napalm Records. Pandemonium can be pre-ordered on Amazon, the Napalm Records Webstore and iTunes
This record truly show shows that fatigue is a foreign word to the CAVALERA brothers. Front man Max CAVALERA rushes with bellow of rage into the fray, lets his brother drum coarsest grooves and puts his finger into the open wound. This is put on display even further in the band’s new video for the song “Babylonian Pandemonium”. Today the video receives its exclusive premiere courtesy of Metal Injection. Check out the video for this brutal “Thrashterpiece” HERE.
A full album preview clip that features 30-second samples from the entire album can be seen HERE.
The first track from Pandemonium “Bonzai Kamakazi” is available for streaming HERE.
Pandemonium Track Listing:
1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
4. I, Barbarian
6. Apex Predator
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
Ask any new or professional musician what it’s like to be involved in the music business, and they’ll tell you that it can be risky, dangerous – and sometimes – downright scary. Enter JOHNNY WORE BLACK (a.k.a Jay, as he prefers to be called) who skillfully balances craft as a musician with his main gig – Hollywood stuntman for the stars (including work in films such as Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, Fast and Furious 6 and most recently, Fury with Brad Pitt). If Jay could have a choice of middle names, “risky”, “dangerous” and “scary” would be his three top selections.
Pulling inspiration from his work on the silver screen, JOHNNY WORE BLACK ‘the artist’ has created his own brand of dark, atmospheric musical intrigue. The new album, Walking Underwater Pt. 2, is an excellent example of this style. The new record also features several guest appearances, including the one and only Dave Ellefson of “Big 4” heavy metal titans Megadeth, Croatian singer Sara Renar, and renowned soul singer Loretta Heywood. Both esteemed artists bring a new level of undeniable credibility and brooding, haunting sounds that Jay bases JOHNNY WORE BLACK on. Walking Underwater Pt. 2 hits stores on November 26, 2014 via Dark Cherry. Pre-order links are coming soon!
Dave Ellefson’s co-writes on Walking Underwater Pt. 2 include the poignant ‘Gift of Desperation’ and ‘A Cut Above’. “JOHNNY WORE BLACK has a very unique sound that I like and as an artist creating a unique sound is one of the hardest things to do, you either have it or you don’t and to me JOHNNY WORE BLACK definitely has it.”
“Dave Ellefson is not only an inspired and creative musician he has also become a great friend and is always a pleasure to collaborate with musically,” adds Jay. “In addition, ‘Winter in July’ by Loretta Heywood skillfully produced by Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass was a childhood favorite of mine. I approached Tim and Loretta with the idea of doing a cover and was pleased to not only have their blessing but to have Loretta sing on the track and Tim’s full support during the recording.”
Walking Underwater Pt. 2 tracklisting:
1. Firefly (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
2. A Cut Above (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
3. Comfy Slippers (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
4. Fallen Angel (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
5. Gift of Desperation (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
6. I Do Dissolve (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
8. Shine On – (feat. Croatian singer Sara Renar)
9. Whose Children (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
10. Winter in July – (Cover feat. vocals by Loretta Heywood + Loretta Heywood/Bomb The Bass collaboration)
Walking Underwater Pt. 2 is produced by Jay himself, with several tracks mixed by Grammy-award winning producer David Bottrill (Tool, Stone Sour).
Walking Underwater Pt. 1 was released earlier this year and received excellent reviews. PureGrainAudio.com’s Chris Gonda calls the album an “intensely passionate collection of songs”, while Screamer Magazine stated, “If you wish to purchase an album that doesn’t conform, yet provides a top quality set of textures and shades, then prepare yourself to be quietly impressed.”
This follows the praise of previously released singles ‘All The Rage’ (2011), ‘Up In Flames’ (2012), ‘Noise’ (2012) and ‘Gift of Desperation’ (2013). September 2014 marked the release of the new JOHNNY WORE BLACK single ‘A Cut Above’.
JOHNNY WORE BLACK is:
Johnny Wore Black – vocals
Pete Mathers – guitar
Simon Hutchby – drums
David Ellefson – bass
James Coppolaro – guitar
Loretta Heywood – vocals (Winter in July)
Sara Renar – vocals (Shine On)
To learn more about JOHNNY WORE BLACK, please visit these websites:
Australian melodic metal masters LORD have announced their latest box set release ‘The Dungeon Era’ comprising of all 4 official Dungeon albums (Resurrection, A Rise To Power, One Step Beyond and Pariah) re-recorded with the current band and modern production.
The release is also accompanied by a USB ‘all access’ pass packed with retrospective Dungeon nostalgia as well as digital versions of the re-recordings and remix/remasters of the original releases.
Slated to be released on November 1 to coincide with their appearance at the ‘Steel Assassins True Metal Festival’ in Sydney, the band has announced exclusive pre-orders for fans through their online webstore.
Commented by Lord Tim:
“From a business point of view, we are doing this to regain control of our rights and make sure the writers of these great songs get their well-deserved time in the spotlight. Due to labels folding or not really getting behind these albums the first time, a lot of this material was lost in the background noise. This release gives us the opportunity to give these songs a second chance, and hopefully for the ex-Dungeon members who wrote a lot of this material to see something back for all of their amazing work.
From an artistic point of view, while we’ve been proud of everything we’ve ever done and it was the best we could do at the time, there was always a desire to hear this done not just “as good as we could do” but “exactly as we always imagined it.” Due to budget or technology restraints, there was always a level of compromise. This release answers the question: “What if it wasn’t like that?”
And from a continuity point of view, we really consider Dungeon to be the first era of the band we’re currently calling LORD. We still play the Dungeon back-catalogue live, and now with this being Dungeon’s 25th anniversary, it was a good opportunity to expose new fans to these awesome old songs, and formally unite both eras of the band.”
All pre-orders will also receive an exclusive and limited edition t-shirt, patch and sticker.
Lord Tim, Andy Dowling & Mark Furtner are endorsed by ESP and have their own custom E-II Signature models
Lord Tim is also one of the latest Seymour Duncan pickup endorsees Mark Furtner is endorsed by DiMarzio pickups & the band uses Dean Markley strings
Bay Area thrash titans EXODUS are pleased to announce that their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, has charted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week! This comes in at a staggering 76 charting spots higher and nearly double the sales above the band’s last release in 2010. This concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date! The new album also is charting at #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal charts and #6 on the Independent charts.
Blood In, Blood Out has also debuted at #29 in Germany, #30 in Finland, #30 in Switzerland, #38 in Austria, #38 in the Czech Republic, #72 in the UK, #75 in France, #85 in the Netherlands, and #101 overall, #86 on Top Current Albums, and #6 on Hard Music charts in Canada. This includes some territories that EXODUS has never charted in before!
These numbers come as no surprise, as Blood In, Blood Out has been praised by critics and fans alike as one of the best EXODUS albums of all time! In fact, Yahoo Music calls Blood In, Blood Out, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of the year”, and Rolling Stone calls the band “among the first and best” of thrash metal and touts the album as “recommended”.
EXODUS lead vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza states, “I’m very stoked and excited to see that EXODUS has charted at #38. This band being around over 30 years and being on our 10th album, this is truly amazing. I’m excited for our management, I’m excited for our record label, I’m excited for our booking agency, and I’m excited for everyone else in the staff. I’m mostly excited for all of our fans who have supported us over the years through thick and thin – I’m glad you’re all still here. We’re all very proud to have you as our fans, and when you come out to see us live, we will not disappoint you. You are truly our inspiration and we will keep doing this for as long as we can bang out heads. Thanks everyone.”
“EXODUS could not be any more excited about the awesome chart positions Blood In, Blood Out has achieved,” adds EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “This is in many ways a milestone record for us, and for it to be so embraced by the metal world is quite simply amazing! We worked our asses off and people have responded in a way we only dreamed of! Thanks to all our fans for making this happen!”
EXODUS co-manager Maria Ferrero of Breaking Bands LLC and Adrenaline PR states, “Breaking records… breaking barriers… on behalf of Breaking Bands LLC I am proud to see EXODUS, my long-time friends of 31 years get the recognition that they deserve. To finally see Kirk Hammett record with his first band is just the icing on the cake. The team kicked ass. The reviews have been amazing and the fans stepping up to take action with their unwavering support speaks volumes. The fans don’t lie! This is a great day for thrash metal. It is my honor to protect, promote and support such an iconic band.”
EXODUS co-manager at Breaking Bands LLC and Testament vocalist Chuck Billy adds, “The Breaking Bands LLC team is very proud to be a part of the success of the new EXODUS album Blood In, Blood Out. The band has worked very hard to deliver a monster of a record that is shaking up the metal community. We would like to congratulate the band and wish them continued success on their world domination. They should be very proud of their accomplishment for kicking the door down in a declining music industry. Great job, boys. Let the EXODUS Attack begin.”
Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.
Track listing for the deluxe digi-pak version of Blood In, Blood Out:
01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02 – Blood In, Blood Out
03 – Collateral Damage
04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05 – Body Harvest
06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – My Last Nerve
09 – Numb
10 – Honor Killings
11 – Food For The Worms
BONUS DVD includes:
-“Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage
-Behind-the-scenes tour footage
-Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con
EXODUS will hit the road with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies in just under three weeks, so your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page now! Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!
EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – SOLD OUT
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ – SOLD OUT
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (EXODUS ONLY)
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater (EXODUS ONLY)
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers (EXODUS ONLY)
Check out what other critics have to say about Blood In, Blood Out!
“Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick,” chimed the first web review for the record, penned by Blabbermouth’s Ray Van Horn, Jr. Shortly after, Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stewart Panko gave great praise to both returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, saying tracks on the record feature, “Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” The EXODUS rhythm section receives equal praise from About.com Heavy Metal’s Dave Schalek, who states, “[Tom] Hunting shows no signs of slowing down and bassist Jack Gibson anchors down the album’s bottom heavy sound.”
“EXODUS deliver the definite lesson in violence,” adds Rue Morgue’s Aaron Lupton, while Outburn Magazine offered positive remarks in both review and feature form. “A vintage thrash metal voice placed on top of an EXODUS sound again harnessed to perfection by Andy Sneap has resulted in an album that batters the eardrums as effectively as it boils the blood,” remarks Scott Alisoglu. The most recent stellar-rating review comes from New Noise Magazine, in which Brandon Ringo states, “Once again, EXODUS has proven exactly why they have attained such a legendary stature over the years and are considered one of the greatest bands in thrash metal even 30 years later!”