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- CRADLE OF FILTH - MAKING OF THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'RIGHT WING OF THE GARDEN TRIPTYCH' (May 21, 2015)
- NIGHTWISH – NEW ALBUM EPISODE “THE TOUR STARTS” FOR ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL REVEALED (May 21, 2015)
- Ensiferum to shoot new music video at Philadelphia show on May 28th (May 21, 2015)
- FreqsTV presents ...And Justice for Art: Stories about Heavy Metal Album Covers (May 21, 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)
- Evil Masquerade - band leader/guitarist Henrik Flyman (May 15, 2015)
- Interview with Brant Bjork, Desertfest London 2015 (May 15, 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)
- Skyforger @ Electrowerkz, London (May 18, 2015)
- NEGURA BUNGET, AGAMENDON AND GRIMEGOD @ VOODOO BELFAST May 10th, 2015 (May 15, 2015)
Tags: Accept, Amager Bio, Blind Rage, Blind Rage European Tour 2014, Copenhagen, Damnations Day, Denmark, mark tornillo, Nuclear Blast, Peter Baltes, Stefan Schwarzmann, Wolf Hoffmann
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Swedish Heavy Metal titans RAM and PORTRAIT join forces for a split album entitled “Under Command” to be released the 5th of December via Metal Blade Records!
Century Media Records has licensed the classic back catalogue of the legendary IN FLAMES. All albums come in a luxurious Special Edition Digipak for a special price, all but “Lunar Strain” and “Subterranean” are available on 180gr black vinyl and you can also complete your digital collection.
CANNIBAL CORPSE recently completed their tour of Russia, a place they have played previously played many times with no issues. Unfortunately, as many Russian fans are already aware, this tour did not go as planned. CANNIBAL CORPSE has released a statement, which can be read below.
A message to our Russian fans:
“As you all are certainly aware by now, our concerts in Ufa, Moscow, and St. Petersburg were cancelled. We were present in these cities and ready to perform each of these shows but were not permitted to. In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent), and in Moscow and St. Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported (prior to the tour we had been told that we did have the correct visas and that all of our paperwork was in order).
Our show in Nizhny Novgorod also had problems. In that city we performed half of our set before being stopped by police. We were told the police needed to search the venue for drugs and that the show had to be terminated.
These are the reasons for the cancellations as far as we have been told.
On the brighter side, we had a fantastic time performing in Krasnodar, Samara, Chelyabinsk, and Yekaterinburg. We were able to play our full set in all four of those cities.
We came to Russia excited and prepared to play all of the scheduled concerts, and we apologize that we were not able to do so. It was beyond our control. We are extremely disappointed. We have played in Russia many times and we love our Russian fans. Hopefully someday the situation for us in Russia will be different and we will be able to return.”
Swedish heavy metal icons AMON AMARTH will be returning to Europe in January/February for a month long tour in regional UK, regional France and Spain/Portugal.
Comments the band: “UK, Portugal, Spain and France…get ready this January for a Viking invasion! We’ll be making an extensive UK expedition where we’ll be pillaging smaller clubs in virtually every nook and cranny of the country. We’re also making a more in depth raid of France, Spain and Portugal. Finally! As support on this mission we’re bringing our friends in Huntress and up-and-comers Savage Messiah. Don’t miss this awesome night of metal and we will take no prisoners!”
The release date for “At War With Reality”, the much anticipated new studio album by Swedish melodic Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES, is drawing closer. Here are the exact release dates by territory:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND: Friday, October 24, 2014.
NORTH AMERICA / UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October 27, 2014.
ITALY / SPAIN / POLAND: Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
SWEDEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, October 31, 2014.
The time is come now to reveal the album’s first promotional video clip for the song “Death And The Labyrinth”. Directed by Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, etc.), the vibrant clip can be seen here:
FROM BEYOND, the classic debut album from Tampa death metallers MASSACRE, is available now on limited edition Full Dynamic Range vinyl LP.
Originally released in 1991, FROM BEYOND delivered a perfect example of the Florida death metal sound, featuring legends of the scene including RICK ROZZ, TERRY BUTLER and BILL ANDREWS, who played in DEATH‘s LEPROSY and SPIRITUAL HEALINGline-ups. The album also features artwork by the legendary ED REPKA (MEGADETH, DEATH, MUNICIPAL WASTE).
FROM BEYOND has been specially remastered from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range (FDR) audio, allowing the music’s nuances to shine through and giving the whole album a more ferocious and dynamic sound than ever before.
Thomsen- “Unbroken” will be released in the US on October 28th!
Following the success of his debut album “Let´s Get Ruthless” (2009), which featured a wide range of renowned metal musician guest, René Thomsen, guitarist, composer, and mastermind, continues this superb combination for his second release, Unbroken! Includes international known musician guests, from Udo Dirkschneider, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell), Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Mathias Don Dieth (U.D.O.), Andre Hilgers (Rage, Sinner) and Helge Engelke (Fair Warning, Dreamtide), who have lent not only their technical skills but also glamour to the material.
EVIL DRIVE TO PUBLISH NEW SONG AND VIDEO
A Finnish melodic metallers Evil Drive is taking a big step forward in its career by publishing the new song “The Land of the Dead”. The song has been recorded during the summer of 2014 under demanding eye of Juuso Elminen in Äänilaitos studio.The song offers a taste of how the upcoming full length Evil Drive album will sound like. A music video of “The Land of the Dead” is directed by a young talent Tino-Viljami Vanhala.
Viktoria Viren: “One and a half years of hard work has shaped Evil Drive a brilliant metal machine.”
Ville Wiren: “The band released the” Bullet “video a year ago, and has since toured diligently both at Finland and abroad. The feedback from the public and the media has been really positive. ” The Land Of The Dead ” determines the musical direction of the band which is a combination of catchy melodies and explosive playing. This is also the band’s first release with the new bass player Marko Syrjälä.”
EVIL DRIVE 2014:
Juha Beck- Drums
with Tyr and Metsatoll
October 11, 2014
Review by Monika Deviat & JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat
Folk metal seems to be growing in popularity and in Calgary Alta., there is a strong following. The MacEwan Hall Ballroom was at approximately 80% of the 1000 person capacity for Eluveitie’s all ages gig on October 11, 2014. Joining the Swiss folk metal band on the tour were Estonia’s Mestatoll and Faroese heavy metal band Týr. Fans arrived to the university located venue early and the line-up spanned the building. After doors opened many rushed to the front of the stage, some to the beer gardens and others to the merch booths. The attendees ranged from kids only a few years old with their parents (and it looked there were a few unimpressed looking teenagers with their parents) to seasoned metal veterans. Overall the crowd was on the younger side and their youthful excitement made for a boisterous evening.
Metsatoll were the opening act and were given a generous forty-five minute set. Since their appearance at the Noctis Valkyries Metal festival in 2010, Mestatoll has gathered a sizeable following in Calgary. With three albums on a bigger label since their first appearance they also have a much higher profile. Their music has a very authentic feel, especially being able to watch Lauri “Varulven” Õunapuu skillfully play many traditional instruments live. Quite a few of the songs played this evening were off the newest album, Karjajuht [Spinefarm Records, 2014] and the heavier material went over very well with the crowd.
Týr was playing in Calgary for the second time this year and in the same venue they joined Children of Bodom and Death Angel at in February. This line up was a better fit for the band, but it seemed they had garnered some enthusiastic fans over their last visits. Týr focused heavily on the last two albums and brought more metal influence to the folk themed night. Vocalist Heri Joensen took the time to introduce and explain a few of the tunes, like “By the Sword In My Hand”, about “the unfortunate introduction of Christianity to the Faroe Islands”. This particular song had the audience screaming the lyrics along with the band. “Hold the Heathen Hammer High” may have been the heaviest and faster version we’ve seen them do. Bassist Gunnar Thomsen was smiling and engaging the crowd throughout the entire set and Amon Djurhuus was throwing horns from behind the drum kit. Terji Skibenæs was quite the showman shredding on the guitar and trading solos with Joensen. It’s possible Týr almost stole the show that night.
Eluveitie hit the stage at 10:00 pm sharp. The stage was set up to allow as much room as possible to the eight member band and included some banners with risers for the musicians to stand on at the back of the stage. As always, people were having fun moshing and crowd surfing even though this may not have exactly fit the music. Overall the sound was good, but quite loud and frontman Chrigel Glanzmann’s vocals were a little overdriven at times. The instrumentation and mix of all the various instruments sounded great this evening. The song selection for the night had many picks from the newest album Origins [Nuclear Blast, 2014] and of course contained a good selection of older favorites.
Glanzmann included some storytelling, including a longer monologue of the backstory of Vianna the little girl who is the main character of the new album. Anna Murphy introduced “Call of the Mountains”, explaining the band had recorded in the song in many different languages, and polled the audience as to which language they wanted to hear the song sung in. Calgary gave a lack luster response to the suggestion of English, booed French and cheered very loudly for their choice of Swiss German. “Inis Mona” ended the night with more clapping, singing and dancing from the crowd.
For more photos check out Monika’s gallery here.
Day 1: 4th October 2014
Review by Ben Spencer
Photography by Jo Blackened
After commuting to North London for an early mid afternoon fix of metal in the form of Candlefest 2014, it emerged that Hybris were unable to open this year’s festival. As a result, the crowd was left eagerly awaiting for some live music in the from Black Metal outfit Ethereal…
Tags: Abaddon Incarnate, Ancient Ascendant, Camden Underworld, Candlefest, Cold In Berlin, Coltsblood, Eastern Front, Ethereal, Shores of Null, The Wounded Kings, Towers of Flesh, Voices, Winterfylleth
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Christmas arrives early this year with the release of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rock opera “The Christmas Attic” on 2-LP Set by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity. Originally released in 1998, “The Christmas Attic” is the second installment of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Trilogy. The story begins On Christmas Eve, when a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic when she decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents’ home while she should be asleep. This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs. The track “Christmas Canon,” one of the TSO’s most well-known songs, is a variation of Pachelbel’s famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added as well as Boughs of Holly and a soulful rendition of Music Box Blues.
“The Christmas Attic” is being made available on vinyl for the first time in a 2-LP set. The brilliantly remastered records are packaged in a seasonal gatefold jacket that includes a colorful 12-page booklet filled with the tale of The Christmas Attic as well as the lyrics to all the songs.
When founder and producer Paul O’Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious: “…create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who…but take it way, way further.”
With more than 9 million albums sold TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. They’ve become one of the world’s top acts and listed in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade. Their $20 million-plus stage production has played to over 11 million people in 80+ cities across the globe. TSO will once again be touring during the 2014 and 2015 holiday season with “The Christmas Attic” show. Last year they welcomed-in the New Year in front of over one million German fans in a nationally televised show live from the Brandenberg Gate.
“… a little Pachelbel, a little Bach, and some rock and blues”
1 The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
2 Boughs Of Holly
3 The World That She Sees
4 The World That He Sees
5 Midnight Christmas Eve
1 The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald Angel
2 The Three Kings And I (What Really Happened)
3 Christmas Canon
4 Joy/Angels We Have Heard On High
1 Find Our Way Home
2 Appalachian Snowfall
3 The Music Box
4 The Snow Came Down
1 Christmas In The Air
2 Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)
3 An Angel’s Share
4 Music Box Blues
Produced by Paul O’Neil
Co-Produced by Robert Kinkel
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/trans-siberian-orchestrathe-christmas-attic
California’s HUNTRESS will be touring North Amercia this fall with Arch Enemy and Kreator in support of their latest release, 2013’s Starbound Beast. The tour begins October 23rd in Baltimore, MD and runs through November 23rd in Cleveland, OH.
HUNTRESS will continue their rapid pace, having just announced a full European tour with Amon Amarth as direct support! Vocalist Jill Janus on the upcoming tour :
“The Gods have spoken! HUNTRESS will spend a wintery month with the Vikings from Sweden; Amon Amarth! It’s a fantasy come true to tour with one of our favorite bands as direct support. Huntress will bring the fury to Europe and the UK once again! This is an exciting time for us, just launching into a North American tour with the mighty Arch Enemy and Kreator. Our attack has been relentless, we’re now recording our third album in Los Angeles with production duo Andrew Alekel (Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch) and Jim Rota (Sound City, Fireball Ministry, Kyng), slated for release in early 2015. Spread it, shred it, behead it! Hail Heavy Metal!”
HUNTRESS was spawned from the preternatural union of Jill Janus with underground metal bands Professor and Dark Black. They thrive on thundering drums, heavy riffs, spectral solos and catchy choruses that come from the band’s musical concoction of occult science and bong rips. HUNTRESS remains true to the roots of melodic heavy metal with a penchant for thrash, death and black metal.
Starbound Beast – the latest critically acclaimed album by HUNTRESS -is available worldwide on Napalm Records.
Watch the band’s video “Zenith”, which was nominated by Revolver Magazine for their “Best Film and Video” Golden Gods Award: http://youtu.be/c1OltqVcr1Q
HUNTRESS on Tour in Europe/UK with AMON AMARTH:
15/01/15 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
16/01/15 UK – Brighton – Concorde 2
17/01/15 UK – Plymouth – The Hub
18/01/15 UK – Bristol – Thelka
19/01/15 UK – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
21/01/15 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
22/01/15 UK – Colchester – Arts Center
23/01/15 UK – Oxford – Academy2
24/01/15 UK – Stoke – Sugarmill
25/01/15 UK – Manchester – Academy2
27/01/15 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
28/01/15 UK – Leeds – Stylus
29/01/15 UK – Newcastle – Uni
30/01/15 UK – Lemmington – Assembly
31/01/15 UK – Southampton – 1865
02/02/15 FR – Rouen – Le Cargo
03/02/15 FR – Reims – Le Cartonnerie
04/02/15 FR – Nancy – L ́Autre Canal
05/02/15 FR – Nimes – La Paloma
06/02/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
07/02/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz1
08/02/15 ES – Madrid – La Riviera
10/02/15 PT – Lisboa – Paradise Garage
11/02/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
12/02/15 ES – Santiago – Captol
14/02/15 FR – Clermont-Ferrand – Le Cooperative De Mai
15/02/15 FR – Strasbourg – Laiterie
HUNTRESS on Tour with Arch Enemy & Kreator in North America:
10-19: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (Huntress only)
10-21: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five (w/ Gwar & Decapitated)
10-22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose (Huntress only)
10-23: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10-24: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
10-25: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10-26: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
10-27: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10-28: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
10-29: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
11-01: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
11-02: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
11-03: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11-04: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11-06: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11-07: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11-08: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11-10: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
11-11: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11-12: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11-14: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11-15: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11-16: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11-18: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
11-19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11-20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11-21: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11-22: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
11-23: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11-26: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater (Huntress only)
Listen up, everybody! Mister Tom Angelripper has important things to say on the subject of the brand-new SODOM EP Sacred Warpath, on the state of the world and on life in general. He’s really vented his feelings: “Since we’ve been getting the impression that the world is falling apart at the seams, we’ve decided to make our voices head … while there’s still time. ‘Sacred Warpath’ was originally written for our upcoming album, but we feel it’s a good idea to release it now as an appetizer for future Sodom tracks. Because it’s going to get raw, brutal and will be a reflection of all the things that we’re afraid of and that give us nightmares. Pretty much like that hate-filled world we live in. And it’s probably more authentic than any of our releases so far.”
Tom Angelripper on the bonus material of SODOM’s new EP: “The record includes three representative titles which we recorded in Germany this year, and it’s guaranteed to become a rare collectors’ item. The cover will feature a re-paint of an old design from the 80s, which I did for a demo cover, painted in oil by Christian Ermel. This may all sound a little old-school, but that’s intentional. That’s what we’ve always been and always will be about. We very much hope to tie over the waiting time until the arrival of our new album. And now listen to my unmistakable demand on this world: turn back on your sacred warpath and find the path of peace before it’s too late. Our music will help you!”
Sacred Warpath will be released worldwide through SPV / Steamhammer on November 28th in Germany, December 1st in Europe and late January 2015 in the USA as CD, 10″ clear vinyl (limited to 1.000 copies) and download.
Track Listing Sacred Warpath:
1. Sacred Warpath
2. The Saw Is The Law (live)
3. City Of God (live)
4. Stigmatized (live)
10″ Clear Vinyl:
1. Sacred Warpath
1. The Saw Is The Law (live)
2. City Of God (live)
3. Stigmatized (live)
SODOM Live Dates 2014/2015
EPITOME OF TORTURE-RUSSIAN TOUR
31.10. BY-Minsk – Re-Public
01.11. RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta
03.11. RUS-Krasnojarsk – Klub Podium
04.11. RUS-Nowosibirsk – Klub Rock City
06.11. RUS-Ekatrinenburg – Klub Teleclub
07.11. RUS-Krasnadora – Arena Hall
08.11. RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
on tour with KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY
04.12. NL-Tilburg – 013
05.12. D-Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
06.12. D-Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
07.12. D-Saarbrücken – Garage
08.12. D-Hamburg – Docks
09.12. D-Berlin – Huxleys
10.12. A-Vienna – Gasometer
11.12. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
12.12. D-Geiselwind – Eventhall
13.12. D-Munich – Tonhalle
14.12. CH-Pratteln – Z7
EPITOME OF TORTURE-TOUR 2014/2015
20.12. SE-Norrkoeping – Black Christmas Metal Festival
20.02. UK-London – Underworld
21.02. IRL-Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
23.05. US-Baltimore – Maryland Deathfest
Swedish Heavy Metal institution SABATON released their seventh full-length record Heroes on May 16, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and reached some of the highest chart entries in the band history, among them the first #1 in their native Sweden, #2 in Finland, #3 in Germany, #4 in Czech Republic, #6 in Poland, #7 in Switzerland – and many more!
Today the band unveils the lyric video on the album opening track ‘Night Witches’.
Check out the clip on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/C7NSUFDHFgg
Commented guitarist Thobbe Englund: „Actually it’s one of my favorites. It reminds me a lot of JUDAS PRIEST, in a kind of ACCEPT style. It’s a really cool metal song – tough & hard.”
Added guitarist Chris Rörland: „It’s a very good opening song for the album. You start with it, and you get a good idea for the whole album.”
Order your copy of Heroes at this address: http://smarturl.it/SABATON-Heroes-Order
NB MP3 – http://www.nuclearblast.de/label/music/band/downloads/71102.sabaton.html
iTunes – http://georiot.co/SABATONHeroesItunes
Google Play – http://smarturl.it/SABATON-HeroesGoogle
amazonMP3 – http://georiot.co/SABATONHeroesAMZMP3
More on »Heroes«:
Trailer #1: http://youtu.be/q-OKZsaZUNQ
Trailer #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08IPJdmtZ8
Trailer #3: http://youtu.be/YdePhX2y3qE
Track-By-Track #1: http://youtu.be/9Dwv6y-QbI8
Track-By-Track #2: http://youtu.be/AC5h7j7B1T0
Track-By-Track #3: http://youtu.be/wXuiJJIe338