Danish Thrashers IMPALERS just released a new music video from their coming releases, the EP “Prepare For War”.
The video is for the song “The Hammer” – IMPALERS cover version of theMotörhead song from the masterpiece “Ace of Spades” from 1980. “The Hammer” is one of two cover songs to appear on the EP, which will also feature two brand new songs.
I’m happy to announce our New Drummer James Payne from the band Hour Of Penance!!! He will be joining us in Jan 2015 to work on new material for our new album. We feel that James brings the speed,brutality,control,endurance and good technique playing that VR warrants. We look forward to working with him soon!
Fans can expect to see us in South America/North America Tour,starting Spring of 2015.
AGAINST THE PLAGUES – BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTO FROM MAKING OF “TERRORFORM” VIDEO
AGAINST THE PLAGUES is currently working on new video for song “TerrorForm” as a first single for upcoming release. Directed and filmed by Brad Scott of Bradley M Scott Cinematography and produced by Kake Multimedia. Video was recorded on November 10th at abandoned Methodist church located in downtown Gary, Indiana.
Commented Varyen Chylinski (drummer/founder of the band):
“This abandoned church located in Gary is one of the best known and most popular Midwest location for Urban Explorers, movie crews, indie films and photographers. This structure has been abandoned since 1975! When we arrived at the location with our filming crew we met bunch of city workers installed the fence around the building…. Looks like our video will be the last footage ever made at this beautiful place…
During the work we felt some paranormal activities around us…. It’s one of the most impressive gothic church I’ve ever seen in my life! Its so inspiring and unusual and its been in many movies like “Transformers” or “Pearl Harbor”…. Absolutely amazing place!”
A New York native Joe Franco is a professional drummer and best known for his work with the band The Good Rats in the 70’s and later as a member of Twisted Sister. He has been a part of many Dee Snider’s post Twisted Sister projects including Widowmaker and a horror rock band Van Helsing’s Curse and has also toured and recorded with acts like Jack Bruce, Leslie West, Vinnie Moore, Blues Saraceno and Fiona. During the years he has played on numerous albums as a session musician and in 1984 he released a book “Double Bass Drumming”. Currently Franco is mainly working as a music producer in his own recording and post-production company called Beatstreet Productions in New York City. I visited him in New York in early November and had a chance to visit Beatstreet studio and discuss with the man himself about his current activities and of course about the old days including his Twisted Sister days. Read on…!
The day before I experienced the Gwar Eternal Tour in Calgary Alta., I had the opportunity to speak to bassist Beefcake the Mighty while Gwar was in Spokane. Or “Spo-cane” as he pronounced it, saying “It rhymes with cocaine”. The band is in the midst of a tour that journeys through an impressive number of North American cities. Gwar is soldiering on after their bandleader and vocalist Dave Brockie, who played Oderus Urungus, sadly passed away after an accidental heroin overdose in March 2014. With Oderus missing from their ranks the scumdogs have joined forces with two new members, Blóthar and Vulvatron, who mysteriously appeared on stage one day through a time travelling device. They now search for their leader through North American cities and through time. Beefcake tells us a bit about the tour and we of course discuss some aspects of killing humans.
Since Vulvatron appeared on stage with Gwar by travelling backwards in time, I have realized how extremely pathetic our understanding of physics is here on Earth. If you have been paying attention to interviews and press releases regarding this new member of Gwar from the year 69000, you will know she is brilliant and that her knowledge of physics and engineering surpasses that of any human.
I was able to arrange an interview with Beefcake the Mighty about the current Gwar Eternal Tour which you can read here. But I had a different theme for the questions I wanted to ask Vulvatron. From her previous interactions with humans I knew she had a sharp mind and wit and some of her comments about herself piqued my scientific curiosity. I could not get away from my day job of uselessly pushing buttons, occasionally writing some combination of numbers and Greek letters into meaningless patterns and looking at pretty colored lines on grids to set up a phone call with Vulvatron on her tour schedule. However, she agreed to answer a few of my science related questions via email.
Sunset Strip veterans Spiders & Snakes, led by the storied legend Lizzie Grey, have released a music video for “Kawasaki City” from their new album, YEAR OF THE SNAKE (available now on Sansei Records).
Set in Kawasaki City, Japan and filmed on location at a real nightclub called Groupie Dolls, the song and music video clip recreate a true story. Tim Yasui, drummer/singer and Spider & Snakes co-founder, had an unforgettable night at the club with Japanese punk metal band Dirtrucks, who are also featured in the video.
The “Kawasaki City” story is cut with live footage from the band’s recent concert at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. Grey was on leave due to illness, so Phil St. Vincent handled bass and vocals, with Yasui on drums and vocals and Chris Sheridan (Sweet Savage/James Kottak) on lead/rhythm guitars and vocals.
The video was edited by Scott Gawlik from Crazy Cow Productions (Green Day, Black Sabbath, Smashing Pumpkins).
The recording of “Kawasaki City” features Ryo Okumoto (ASIA Featuring Jon Payne/Spock’s Beard/Aretha Franklin) on keyboards and Betsy Weiss from Bitch on backing vocals, It was produced by Gavin Ross in Burbank, California, mixed by Anthony Focx (Steven Tyler, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Ted Nugent) in Nashville, Tennessee, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Rob Halford, Sepultra, YES) in Los Angeles, California during the Chinese calendar Year Of The Snake.
SPIDERS & SNAKES will be performing at the Whisky on Thursday, December 18, in celebration of their 25th anniversary and official record release party for YEAR OF THE SNAKE. Madamn Hollywood and Molly Vamp are also on the bill. Tickets/show information: www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/madamn-hollywood-spiders-snakes/
Drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Recently, these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars,” featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June of this year at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.
Along with Carmine and Vinny, the Drum Wars Live CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!
For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Visit here: http://rockerrecords.bandcamp.com/
“When me and Vinny play together we push each other to our limits. Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us!” – Carmine Appice
“A CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy.” – Vinny Appice
Coinciding with this exciting release is a series of European shows featuring both Carmine & Vinny performing alongside a jaw-dropping list of metal vocalists and musicians. Dubbed the Metal All-Stars, this year’s crop includes Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate formerly of Queensrÿche, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Testament’s Chuck Billy and lots more! For details, visit: http://www.metalallstars.com/
2. The Mob Rules
3. Drum Wars
4. Holy Diver
5. We Rock
6. The Flintstones
7. Carmine Solo
8. Bark At The Moon
9. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
10. Drum Wars Part 2
11. Vinny Solo
12. Stand Up And Shout / Heaven And Hell
13. Crazy Train
The Paramour Group and JAAB Productions present the Extreme Guitar Tour 2015! The XG Tour includes performances by guitar greats Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy and introduces the new band Black Knights Rising.
Special guests Joe Lynn Turner* (Rainbow, Deep Purple) Canadian rockers Old James will be opening every show.
Drumming for Uli Jon Roth will be Kofi Baker, son of CREAM drummer Ginger Baker.
Elliot Rubinson, CEO of Dean Guitars will be featured on bass during the performances of all three guitarists.
Black Knights Rising are: Craig Goldy – guitar, Vinnie Appice – drums, Mark Boals – vocals, Allesandro Bertoni – keyboards and Elliot Rubinson – bass.
Conceived in the summer of 2013 by JAAB Productions, it debuted in January of 2014 during NAMM week with a mini tour of five shows along the West Coast of California. These shows featured multiple artists performing on stage together, often with four & five guitarists jamming with dueling drummers.
The original concept started five years earlier when producer Andrew Banks paired guitarists of notoriety with Kofi Baker to play extended jam versions of Cream songs under the title of Extreme Cream. Guitarists that have played these shows, often lasting two & a half hours in length, include Mike Keneally, Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey, Michael Angelo Batio & Roy Z.
This two plus hour, multi drum kit & layered guitarist approach was perfected in early 2014 when Tour / Production Manager Jeff Agins took the concept on the road for five dates along the west coast. The response was VERY well received & requests poured in to take the XG Tour on the road across the US.
The fans have spoken & after several months of production, the first National XG Tour 2015 has become a reality!
Confirmed dates listed below with more to be announced soon!
1/21: Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage*
1/22: Anaheim, CA – House of Blues*
1/23: Hollywood, CA House of Blues*
1/24: Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d*
1/25: San Jose, CA – Rock Star Bar
1/26: Portland, OR – Tonic
1/27: Seattle, WA – Studio 7
1/29: Moorehead, MN The Garage
1/30: Spring Lake Park, MN – POVS
1/31: St Charles, IL – Arcade Theater
2/1: Chicago, IL – Reggies
2/2: Detroit – Token Lounge
2/3: Toronto, ON – Mod Club
2/4: Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
2/5: Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
2/6: Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
2/7: Poughkeepsie NY – The Chance
2/8: New York, NY – BB Kings
2/9: Springfield, VA – Empire
Death metal legends OBITUARY released their Relapse debut Inked In Blood, this past October via Relapse Records. The record was met with critical acclaim and this week has cracked the Billboard Top 100 coming in at #75. This is OBITUARY’s highest chart number to date and sold almost 5 times as many copies of their 2009 release “Darkest Day”. Inked in Blood also came in at #8 on the Top Hard Music Chart and #15 on the Top Current Rock Chart. Internationally Inked in Blood came in at #56 in Germany (2nd Highest Chart Entrance in Band History), #81 in The Netherlands, #139 in Belgium, #174 in the UK and #65 in Switzerland.
Today Wondering Sound is hosting an exclusive stream of one of the bonus tracks from the special edition of Inked in Blood. The track is a rerecording of the OBITUARY classic “Bloodsoaked” from the album Slowly We Rot. Check it out exclusively HERE courtesy of Wondering Sound.
Almost three decades in, Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography. Inked in Blood is available for now from Relapse Records HERE and via iTunes HERE. The album is available as CD/Deluxe CD/2xLP/Digital/Deluxe Digital.
Inked in Blood is available for streaming in its entirety via bandcamp and Sound Cloud.
In support of their new album the band will be touring extensively through North America and Europe throughout 2014 and 2015. The band’s North American run with Death (DTA) and Massacre begins tonight in Los Angeles, CA and runs through December 7th in Miami, FL. Then the band heads to Europe for a two week headlining tour in January. A complete list of dates is available below.
OBITUARY are giving fans the opportunity to “Ink Themselves in Blood” with an interactive web page where fans can upload their own head to the gruesome torso from the Inked in Blood cover art. Check out the unique experience HERE.
***All Dates Nov 14 – Dec 07 w/ Death DTA, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil***
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
Nov 15 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Nov 16 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Nov 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov 19 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 22 Regina, SK Riddell Centre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 23 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 24 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25 Chicago, IL Metro
Nov 26 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28 Montreal, QC Le National
Nov 29 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03 Springfield, VA Empire
Dec 04 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Dec 06 Tampa, FL Orpheum
Dec 07 Miami, FL Grand Central
***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***
Jan 15 Essen, Germany Turock
Jan 16 Alkmar, Holland Victory
Jan 17 Bremen, Germany Tivoli
Jan 18 Praha, Czech Republic Futurum
Jan 19 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Jan 21 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kurt
Jan 22 Vienna, Austria Szene
Jan 23 Innsbruck, Austria Weekender Club
Jan 24 Romagnano, Italy R&R Area
Jan 25 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
Jan 27 Barcelona, Spain Salamandra
Jan 28 Toulouse, France Metronum
Jan 29 Paris, France Divan du Monde
Jan 30 Enschede, Holland Atak
Jan 31 Antwerp, Belgium Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01 London, England Underworld
May 22 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot
Scandinavia’s leading all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, Crucified Barbara, has teamed up newly established microbrewery Heavy Metale Brewery AB, to launch the band’s own beer. First up is a cocky and loud Red Ale, inspired by the band’s new and acclaimed album In the Red. The beer will be available early next year in Sweden’s Systembolagen.
“A really fun collaboration,” said Per Johansson, master brewer at Heavy Metale. “I, together with Ida Evileye, who is the beerqueen in the band, discussed beer back and forth. We were inside the Bitter and Brown Ale, but felt for a Red Ale. Red Ale reminiscent of both the bitter and Brown Ale. It allows the malt to take up more space and reduces the amount of hops which gives a comfortable, slightly dry and karamellig character with a hint of bitterness to rounding.”
“We have longed for to make a really good beer, and now we got that opportunity in the collaboration with Heavy Metale,” said Crucified Barbara. “We have had the idea and the vision to create a ‘drink friendly’ and especially good beer for everyone and everything. Just like our music!”
SCOTT IAN states, “I thought this day would never come! My talking show is finally out for all to see! I guarantee that this show will make you laugh. Guarantee! Who does that? Also, here’s a new drinking game; invite your friends and have a sip every time I swear. No driving after! Have fun!”
Swearing Words in Glasgow was filmed during the first leg of SCOTT IAN’s tour in Glasgow, Scotland, Swearing Words in Glasgow is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide.
After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences— SCOTT IAN certainly had some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share. Watch Scott recount them all on the Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD.
New Album Obsolescence Out Now on Relapse Records “The riffs are nonstop infectious to the point of being addictive, the grooves are bitchin’ and demand the volume cranked and the car windows lowered…” -Outburn 9/10
ABYSMAL DAWN released their new album Obsolescence earlier this month via Relapse Records. Met with critical acclaim and some of the band’s best reviews yet, Obsolescence is a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.
During the process of recording the album the band shot exclusive performance videos for the song “Perfecting Slavery”. GuitarWorld.com is hosting these videos beginning today. Head HERE to see each individual band member play their part of the song. (Also available on YouTube HERE). Then head HERE to see the band perform the song together. (Also available on YouTube HERE). The song also features a guest guitar solo from Christian Muenzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession, Alkaloid)
Front man Charles Elliot on working with Christian Muenzer and the performance videos:
“We’re really happy to have had Christian involved with this track and even happier he took the time to do this play-through with us. Not only is he one of the most influential guitarists in metal within the past 10 years, but he’s also an awesome dude. Cheers and enjoy!”
An extensive feature on the artwork for Obsolescence is available for viewing courtesy of No Clean Singing. Take a deeper look into the process of creating what became the album cover HERE.
Obsolescence is available to order from Relapse Records HERE and digitally via Bandcamp HERE. The album can be purchased on iTunes HERE. The album is available in CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats.
Recently the band completed work on a video for the song “Inanimate”. The video can be watched HERE.
Throughout the recording of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN shot a series of videos documenting the process. The first video in the series can be viewed HERE and the second episode can be seen HERE and the third video in the series can be viewed HERE.
ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision.
Get ready for some Dark Forest Metal! The Germans FINSTERFORST are set to release their new album Mach Dich Frei in January/February 2015 on Napalm Records. Find all Release Dates & track listing of the upcoming release below:
2. Schicksals End’
3. Zeit für Hass
4. Im Auge des Sturms
5. Mach Dich Frei!
6. Mann gegen Mensch
7. Reise zum..
FINSTERFORST boldly crosses all boundaries of the Pagan and Folk Metal genres, inviting the listener on a cinematic and epic journey. This is a monument full of nature and romanticism between wind, water, earth and bright burning fire.
Ascension Lost is set to be the third album from Munich’s THULCANDRA, whose reputation as independent and especially melancholic-melodic Black metallers is excellent as ever.
The brand new, masterpiece will be released on February 2nd in the UK & February, 10th US/CAN on Napalm Records. It will enthrall with darkly majestic riffs, covered by atmospheric lead guitars, frantic drums and mysterious screams!
Ascension Lost will be available in a limited first edition 6 Page Digipack with 4 bonus tracks and a limited 2 LP Gatefold Edition! See the whole track listing below:
Ascension Lost Track Listing:
1. The First Rebellion
2. Throne of Will
3. Deliverance in Sin and Death
4. Demigod Imprisoned
6. Exalted Resistance
7. The Second Fall
8. Sorrow of the One
9. Ascension Lost
+ Bonus: Unreleased “Perishness Around Us” Demos
11. Perishness Around Us (Bonus Track)
12. Frozen Kingdom (Bonus Track)
13. Dreaming (Bonus Track)
14. Immortality (Bonus Track)