R.I.P. Frank Watkins (February 19, 1968 – October 18th 2015)
Frank was previously the bassist player for the death metal band Obituary. Since late 2007 he was the bass player of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth. Frank passed away today (October 18th) at 47 years old after suffering from cancer.
Obituary issued the following: “Just got the very sad news that Frank passed away this morning. Our thoughts and and prayers are with his family.”
Members of Gorgoroth issued a brief statement: “He will be missed.”
Watkins had played with Obituary on their famed early career including the albums Cause of Death (1990), The End Complete (1992) and World Demise (1994).
When Obituary briefly broke up in 1997, Watkins rejoined and would record with the band until 2009’s Darkest Day.
Watkins had joined Norway’s Gorogoroth in 2007, and played with the band under the stage name Bøddel, (Executioner in Norwegian. He recorded two albums with the controversial band Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt (2009) and Instinctus Bestialis (2015).
The month of October means the imminent arrival of the Heavy Metal Holy Day…Halloween! This, the scariest and Metal-est of all months, we bring you five new topics for our editorial column FROM HELL’S HEART. Each week we will post the staff Top Five songs based on classic Halloween/Horror monsters. Week 1 was Frankenstein, 2 Ghosts, and this week’s subject is zombies! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!
In this photo provided by Chris Nakashima-Brown, an electronic road sign is seen in Austin, Texas on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. Two electronic signs intended to warn motorists of construction near the intersection of Lamar and Martin Luther King boulevards were changed yesterday by hackers. (AP Photo/Chris Nakshima-Brown)
Texas metal powerhouse IGNITOR were recently confirmed as the latest main-stage addition to next year’s Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival which will be held at Reggie’s Rock Club May 6th & 7th in Chicago, Illinois.
IGNITOR features in it’s ranks veterans of the U.S. metal scene, including founding guitarist Stuart Laurence (Batlord) from AGONY COLUMN and legendary frontman Jason McMaster of DANGEROUS TOYS & WATCHTOWER alongside co-founding drummer Pat Doyle best known for his work with THE OFFENDERS.
The recently revamped line-up of IGNITOR now includes bassist Billy Dansfiell, (AGONY COLUMN) and rhythm guitarist Robert Williams (WITCHES MARK)
IGNITOR is currently recording the follow up to 2012’s “Year Of The Metal Tiger” full-length at Emphatic Audio Recording Studio in Austin, Texas for a tentative early Spring release.
Brazilian dark metal band SPLEENFUL released a live footage of the track “Noir”, recorded on September 27th at Sociedade Orpheu, São Leopoldo. On this concert, the band performed as the support act for Moonspell, right after the Portuguese gothic act played Rock In Rio. “Noir” is a track from the upcoming full length SPLEENFUL is recording at the moment. The footage was done by Ex Inferis Productions and soon will be released more excerpts from the concert.
QUEENSRYCHE’s highly acclaimed new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, via Century Media Records debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 13,798 units sold. See below for all North American charting numbers and stay tuned next week for a major touring announcement.
#4 Hard Rock
#5 – Top Rock Albums
#15 – Top Albums Chart
#22 – Current Digital Albums
#27 – Billboard Top 200
Condition Hüman, sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) in the band’s native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.
“Arrow of Time” Live From Wacken Open Air Festival
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.
QUEENSRŸCHE just wrapped up a massive direct support tour to the legendary Scorpions across North America and be sure to stay tuned to www.queensrycheofficial.com for a major tour announcement coming soon.
The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
Tonight BROOKLYN finest Agnostic Front have travelled overseas to shake the souls of London. Outside Metal fans are queuing, drinking, smoking and hustling with the guy on the door to try to get ticket to The Underworld sold-out show.
On the tin it seems like an odd mix. Enslaved and Grand Magus hitting the road together for a co-headline tour may not have made the most obvious pairing, but while the two may differ in genre, they’re more than a match for each other when it comes to energy. Taking to the O2 Islington academy in London for the night its sure to be a killer performance.
REDEMPTION’s sixth album, ‘The Art of Loss’, has been completed and will be released early in 2016 by Metal Blade Records. Featuring groundbreaking guest performances from a number of legendary musicians, the CD’s nine tracks contain over 70 minutes of REDEMPTION’s unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity.
Los Angeles-based REDEMPTION is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes renowned prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews, and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical leave of absence from the band.
The band recruited several of the finest guitarists in metal to complement van Dyk’s playing. “We’re fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing musicians,” begins van Dyk. “To start with, I’m extremely proud to announce that Chris Poland has lent his immense talent as a special guest on this record, contributing his unique playing on the majority of the songs and elevating our music into extremely interesting territory while calling to mind his work in his previous bands, who need not be named. Additionally, we are fortunate enough to have mind-blowing guest performances from Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick and Simone Mularoni, all of whom are amazing guitarists who add so much to this record.”
Are you ready for another facemelter from Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall!?!??!?! Check out “No Control” featuring the one and only Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Official Yngwie Malmsteen) on lead vocals!
Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall- “No Control”
Pre-order KINGDOM OF ROCK on Amazon.com (CD or MP3) here: http://radi.al/MagnusKarlssonAmazon (MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “No Control” and the title track, “Kingdom Of Rock” (featuring Jorn Lande on lead vocals).
“Paco Ventura Black Moon” – international Spanish Hard Rock project available October 30th
“Paco Ventura Black Moon” is an international Spanish Hard Rock project. A masterpiece with careful voices and melodies, powerful guitars and songs in English and Spanish. Paco Ventura who is considered one of the top rock guitar players in Spain and member from the band (Medina Azahara) one of Spanish and Latin America most notorious bands.
Artwork by Stan W.D (Stryper, Blackmore’s Night, Jorn, Tarja…) The record has been mastered by Andy Vandette (Dream Theater, Rush, Gotthard and Bruce Dickinson) in New York and it will be released worldwide in October 30th.
This great hard rock project includes the artistic collaboration of well-known international musicians such as:
*Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow/Deep Purple)
*Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
*John Norum (Europe)
*Roland Grapow (Helloween/Masterplan)
*Patrick Rondat (Jean Michelle Jarre)
*Fabio Lione (Rhapsody/Angra)
*Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen)
*Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth/Angra)
*Carlos Marin (Mago de Oz)
“Black Moon” Line up:
Paco Ventura (guitar), Javier González (vocals), Tini Fernández (drums), Charly Rivera (bass) and Rafa Peña (keyboards)
No mercy: INFERNAL WAR will perform in “Armageddon Descends IV”
Each “Armageddon Descends” presented at least one band that strikes with uncompromising brutality and sadistic energy. The fourth cycle of the festival will be coronated by Polish INFERNAL WAR!
INFERNAL WAR are one of the most barbaric bands of the modern metal scene that play mercilessly fast, forward-marching black metal blended with deadly overtones. The synthesis of nihilistic poetry entrenched in human scorn and the bestial sounds of INFERNAL WAR result in a devastating effect. Moreover, the band has been numerously praised for their solid and impeccable live performances that one will be able to witness during fourth “Armageddon Descends”. The band recently released their new album “Axiom” (2015) through “Agonia Records” which will be presented with full force live in Vilnius, March, 2016.
October 9’th 2015
House of Culture, Helsinki FINLAND
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
W.A.S.P. received their first gold album from Finland (LAST COMMAND, 1985), and since then their popularity has remained stable here. The band are regular visitors to Finland, and have played here annually over the last ten years. W.A.S.P. released their fifteenth studio album, GOLGOTHA, just a few days ago, and now the band is on a four gig tour in Finland. Maybe four gigs, at this time, is too much because House of Culture was not sold out. There were an estimated 600-700 people, which is only about half of the venue’s capacity.