CHASTAIN’s “Surrender To No One” marks the return of original vocalist Leather Leone. Long considered one of the originators of the female power metal vocal style, Leather proves on the new CD she hasn’t lost anything from her glory days. Leather was the vocalist on the classic CHASTAIN albums:
Mystery of Illusion
Ruler of the Wasteland
The 7th of Never
The Voice of the Cult
For Those Who Dare
Also returning to the band is original bassist Mike Skimmerhorn. The drums are now being handled by Stian Kristoffersen (Pagan’s Mind, Firewind).
Technical thrash/groove outfit Common Dead has posted two of the band’s albums in full via YouTube. Listeners can also use the Annotations feature to shuffle around songs in any order. “Diatribe” and “Allegorize”, from 2012 and 2013 respectively, are two of the most recent albums and were solo efforts from band founder Andrew Laurenson.
Common Dead has been on hiatus since the summer while Laurenson is composing soundtrack material under his real name. Both albums can be found below and are up for purchase at major online stores. For more info, check out www.commondead.com or www.facebook.com/commondead.
Despite being listed as an influence on countless notable bands, there has never
been a book that tells the complete story of both Faith No More and Mr. Bungle.
Until now. Author/journalist Greg Prato’s tenth book overall, ‘The Faith No More
& Mr. Bungle Companion,’ serves as both a career overview and analyzation of
both bands – tracing their ups and downs, uncovering quite a few unheard or
uncommon tales, and of course, telling the stories behind such classic albums as
‘The Real Thing,’ ‘Angel Dust,’ ‘Disco Volante,’ and ‘California.’
And many members of today’s top rock bands offer up opinions and memories of
Faith No More and Mr. Bungle exclusively for this book, including Jason Newsted
(Newsted/ex-Metallica), Max Cavalera (Soulfly/ex-Sepultura), Kim Thayil
(Soundgarden), Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project/ex-Strapping Young Lad),
Ville Valo (HIM), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’
Roses), Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), John Garcia
(Vista Chino/ex-Kyuss), Wes Borland (Black Light Burns/Limp Bizkit), Everlast
(House of Pain/solo artist), Mike Fleischmann (Vision of Disorder), Mitts
(Madball), and Jeff Walker (Carcass).
Prato writes for Rolling Stone, and has penned such popular and critically
acclaimed music book titles as ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock
Music,’ ‘A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon
Hoon and Blind Melon,’ ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ ‘Too High to Die: Meet the Meat
Puppets,’ and ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,’ among
others. He is also a long-time fan of both bands – having interviewed every
single Faith No More member who appeared on record over the years (of which
excerpts from these interviews are included in this book), and having witnessed
countless FNM and Bungle performances over the years.
Available as both a paperback version [$14.99, 210 pages] and a Kindle download
[$6.99, 189 pages], ‘The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion’ helps put it all
into perspective for fans of both bands.
Glen Sobel is an American drummer and a native of Los Angeles. Sobel’s professional career got started after he won a large drum-off competition in Los Angeles at the age of 19 and it led him to join guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlphine’s band. Sobel did his recording debut MADNESS with MacAlphine in 1993 and later on he has performed and recorded with several artists from many different genres. Sobel’s credits include such names as Impellitteri, Sixx A.M, Paul Gilbert, Vasco Rossi, Beautiful Creatures, Jennifer Batten, Elliot Yamin, Gary Hoey, Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz and Orianthi. Since 2011, Sobel has been the drummer for legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper. The Alice Cooper band is currently on tour in U.S., and in late October I was fortunate to sit down with Glen in Hollywood, FL and discuss about various topics including Alice Cooper, and the past and the future of Glen Sobel. Read on!
German thrash metal stalwarts Kreator are winding down what has been a productive 2013 in fine style with the release of their new live DVD/CD Dying Alive, an aptly titled “Legends of Thrash” co-headlining tour of North America with Overkill and Warbringer, and the promise of a busy 2014 already ahead of them. Thirty years into a career that saw them ride the crest of the first wave of thrash in the mid ’80s, come crashing down like much of the rest of the metal world during the ’90s, and enjoy both a musical and commercial resurgence in the new millennium, the band are still going strong and remain vital and relevant.
On the phone from Seattle, Kreator founding guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza [who is joined in the band by original drummer Jürgen “Ventor” Reil, Finnish guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö and bassist Christian "Speesy" Giesle] offered the following about the new DVD, lessons learned over a long career in the trenches, the new and old school of thrash, and getting put on the spot by a pair of 12-year-old girls.
BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJÄLÄ FLOOR AND REVAMP PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Floor Jansen is a well known name amongst Nightwish fans as the Dutch vocalist took over vocal duties on the Nightwish US tour and has been fronting them since then, and is now an official fulltime official member. Floor Jansen’s own band ReVamp recently made the visit to Finland, supporting Kamelot on the European tour. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasure to talk to Floor Jansen about the recent ReVamp album WILD CARD and of course Nightwish and her other musical adventures. Read on !
The infamous black friday came early in Helsinki this year in the form of the fourth Black Flames OF Blasphemy festival. And in the black friday you must spend your money. (Un)fortunately there was not that many sellers around, just one distro and the table with band merchandise, so the real soul of the underground metal scene, the hoarding of vinyl records and the other merchandise was not omnipresent like in some other festivals. We came to hear and see the latest goodies from the black/death scene and we did just that. Here is the brief article of the Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival.
The mighty Greek band, Rotting Christ, have constantly visited Finland since their debut visit in 1997. Back then, they sharing the stage with Samael and Moonspell. Since ’97 Rotting Christ have done a couple of club gigs and one outdoor festival date. The on-going tour in Finland consisted of four dates, crisscrossing South Finland. Therefore witness Rotting Christ in action in Tampere was an obvious choice. Even though gigs arranged for a weekday is always a risky choice for the booking agent, fortunately app. 150 maniacs crawled to witness the Greek cult metallers. Before Rotting Christ unleashed the Satanas Tedeium, a couple of domestic bands kicked the night off.
Morbid Vomit had got rather an unpleasant task being the opening band. Despite the vomiting name, the four piece offered extreme high quality death metal with a true old school grip. Songs after the song sounded brutal and vicious with hooks and neck-breaking riffs. Pity that only handful of people had arrived at the club to see Morbid Vomit.
Another opener was Rebelhead being a more straightforward rocking combo. Frankly, Rebelhead’s choice to open for Rotting Christ was kind of odd. The band’s style and music is far way from the brutal and grotesque black/dark/death metal approach. Instead, Rebelhead would be more of an idealistic opener for Red Fang. Despite this, Rebelhead offered an explosive performance. The frontman especially appeared to be reckless having 230 volts going up his ass. Killer live band, but wrong place.
Finally is was time for the Greek cult metallers Rotting Christ. An eerie opening intro welcomed the four piece on the stage. The whole band was in extreme vital and strike from the beginning to the end. The set consisted of the newer material from the latest Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού up to even from the first full length album THY MIGHTY CONTRACT. Even though Rotting Christ’s newer material never seems to appeal to the old school worshippers, frankly the most recent RC albums present and stand for more roots of all evilness and Satanism with more of an occult grip than ever before. Rotting Christ have succeeded in creating the recognizable sounds of their own having. The sounds of Sakis Tolis’s grim voice carry well to the sounds in the live environment. The whole band appeared to be in extremely great shape. Heads were in turbulence, spinning throughout the whole gig. Of course, the sounds were as sharp as razor blades. It was kind of a disappointment that Rotting Christ only played a one hour show as more songs and a longer playing time would be more than awesome and welcomed.
Swedish metallers, CROWDBURN, have released their new bizarre video for ALLIGATOR. The video sees a gang of alligators descend on the White House and take over the world in the process. Sounds silly right?! Watch the video on Youtube by clicking below:
Polish Black/Death Metal legends BEHEMOTH recently announced that they will be releasing their new album The Satanist in February 2014 and the first taster of the new album comes in form of an official video for the song ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’. The Grupa 13 produced video will be released on December 4th but a series of teaser clips for the video can be seen now on YouTube:
Finnish symphonic storytellers NIGHTWISH have updated their FanPOD app for tablet computers with new content, including three unreleased live recordings, a video blog by the band’s new vocalist Floor Jansen, band member profiles, new photos, and other updates. NIGHTWISH FanPOD is available for download in theiTunes App Store and Google Play.
Ides of Winter of Edmonton, Canada, will release their new album ‘Minus Tenº’ (degrees) at their album release show at The Starlight Room (10030 102 St NW). The night begins at 9:00 pm with locals The Order of Chaos and Wroth (featuring member from Death Toll Rising). This line-up is to perform Saturday, November 23, 2013 .
In the meantime, check out a preview from their new album below with the song “Disintegrate”.
Ides of Winter, the arctic-inspired, costumed, concept, character super group (Cradle of Filth meets Gwar in winter), prepare to release their debut full length ‘Minus Tenº’ in full costume and high spirits. The band consists of past members of Edmonton legends Dead Jesus and bring their past stage antics to a new height in Ides of Winter. They are known for a very European style of metal that draws you into the music and the feeling that you are in the middle of a bitter winter.
“We have been traversing the harsh Canadian winter to draw on that which inspires us year after year to build this album. What better of a time than November to release our album on the frost legion (fans/audience) while we await to be in the Ides of Winter.” – Lyacon Vollmod (Guitarist) Read the rest of this entry »
The fourth PERSUADER album “The Fiction Maze” will be released in Europe on January 17th and in North America on January 21st through Inner Wound Recordings. Avalon/Marquee will release the album in Japan on December 25th.
”The Fiction Maze” is another step forward for PERSUADER as they constantly continue to develop their sound, song-writing skills and performance. Persuader describes the sound: “A lot of hard work was put into creating the perfect mix of everything we’ve done so far. We’ve expanded on the Persuader sound while keeping true to the core that is the band; heavy riffing, strong melodies, pounding rhythms and soaring vocals.”