- Swedish metal titans RAM and PORTRAIT to release split album 'Under Command' (Oct 20, 2014)
- IN FLAMES - Get their classic albums (Oct 20, 2014)
- CANNIBAL CORPSE addresses Russian tour issues (Oct 20, 2014)
- AMON AMARTH announces European tour for early 2015 (Oct 20, 2014)
- At The Gates: Debut promotional video clip for "Death And The Labyrinth"! (Oct 20, 2014)
- The Haunted - Interview with Marco Aro (Oct 12, 2014)
- EXODUS – Interview With Steve “Zetro” Souza (Oct 11, 2014)
- Interview with Jason Netherton of Misery Index (Oct 10, 2014)
- Devin Townsend Interview (Oct 9, 2014)
- Interview with Snowy Shaw (Oct 6, 2014)
- Accept with support on Blind Rage European Tour 2014 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark (Oct 20, 2014)
- Eluveitie Calgary Oct 11, 2014 (Oct 19, 2014)
- Candlefest 2014 @ Camden Underworld, London (Oct 19, 2014)
- Amon Amarth Calgary Oct 4, 2014 (Oct 14, 2014)
- Summer Rock Festival 2014 with Twisted Sister and more at Friluftsbadet Svedala, Sweden (Oct 5, 2014)
Andy Preston at The Gater 98.7’s in Palm Beach, FL got a call from AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on February 14th, who is in town for the Palm Beach Grand Prix that’s happening this weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway. Johnson shared some racing stories with Preston on air. He also ventured briefly into the music territory (around the 6 minute mark below).
Andy asked Brian if there is anything planned for him and the band in 2014, and he said “You’ll be the first one to know really….I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver.”
Johnson also added that since the band has been around for 40 years, he thinks they “are going to try to do 40 gigs to thank the fans for their undying loyalty!” He said it’s been 4 years since AC/DC toured and he’s really looking forward to it.
According to Thecourier.co.uk, Angus, Scotland hard rockers have been left disappointed with the news that a statue to rock icon Bon Scott has been delayed. Kirriemuir’s favourite musical son will be back in 2015, after it was announced a tribute to him will not be unveiled at a music festival this year. The statue was due to be revealed at Bonfest, the town’s yearly tribute to AC/DC’s 40-year career, which draws thousands of people from around the world.
But Graham Galloway of organisers DD8 Music said major Angus Council plans to redevelop the statue’s surroundings will knock the project back by some time.
He said: “We have made the decision to push the unveiling of the statue back to next year’s Bonfest, which will take place in May 2015.
“Artist John McKenna has now started work on the statue after a public vote confirmed the final design will include bagpipes over Bon’s shoulder.
Read more at Thecourier.co.uk.
Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA have released the official music video for the new album track “The Wolves Die Young” on YouTube:
Sahg stream “Firechild” on lastrit.es
“Delusions of Grandeur” out next week in North America
Metal Blade Records has partnered up with Norway’s Indie Recordings to release new albums from the label’s ever expanding roster. Last year, Sahg released one of the finest prog releases in recent memory, “Delusions of Grandeur.” Metal Blade has teamed up with lastrit.es to further spotlight this album. Fans can stream “Firechild” now HERE.
Sahg’s “Delusions of Grandeur” was released in Europe on October 28th of 2013. The album received unanimous praise from press, with Metal Hammer UK declaring that it’s “their strongest record yet”, and metal.de simply calling “Delusions of Grandeur” “Challenging and beautiful.” Fans of recent releases from Opeth, Uncle Acid & the deadbeats, and Mastodon would do well to listen to Sahg! Watch the video for “Slip Off the Edge of the Universe” and pre-order at metalblade.com/sahg. The album will be officially released in North American on February 18th.
“Delusions Of Grandeur is a concept record about a person, whose delusions of grandeur escalate to the level where they consume him completely,” explains SAHG’s Olav Iversen (vocals, guitar). “From becoming increasingly psychopathic and dominant, he loses touch with everyone around him and isolates into his own imaginary, psychotic world, where he becomes the almighty ruler of the universe. As he stands on the highest peak of his domain and beholds all that he has conquered, he suddenly slips off the edge and floats away, weightless. Helpless and stripped of all power, he drifts further into the open space, until he disappears into the darkness. It’s an album about how desire for power and property can distort and destroy who we are.”
Olav Iversen – vocals and guitars
Thomas Tofthagen – guitars
Tony Vetaas – bass and vocals
Thomas Lønnheim – drums and percussion
02/21 Bergen, NO Blastfest 2014
03/06 Bø, NO KROA
03/07 Asker, NO Baracoa
08/14-16 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival
Fans from all over the world recently had the chance to ask LOST SOCIETY their questions. See how the band held up under their second round of interrogation here http://youtu.be/ULz8cb8Zn1U. The first part of the Q & A can also be viewed at the following location http://youtu.be/-K3lhjyuPlo.
LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, will release their sophomore effort Terror Hungry this coming April. “LOST SOCIETY is back, and we’re angrier than ever,” commented guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna. “The new album Terror Hungry is a full on thrash album from start to finish, with a darker and even more aggressive feel to it! It has the signature elements that make up LOST SOCIETY and we’ve put in even more groove riffage, more mind blistering guitar shredding, and some of the fastest stuff we’ve ever done on it! Look out, this one’s gonna be faster, louder and we’re more pissed off than ever!”
Nergal found NOT GUILTY on blasphemy charges yesterday to conclude six-year long battle in Polish court
Behemoth’s highly anticipate new album, their first full length since 2009, “The Satanist“, has exceeded and demolished expectations on every front. It is with great pride that we officially announce that the album has debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, 21 spots higher than the band’s previous album, “Evangelion.” In Canada, the album debuted at #46 on the Top 200 current albums chart. The complete listing of “The Satanist” North American chart debuts has been posted below.
BEHEMOTH U.S. Chart Numbers:
Billboard Top 200 – #34
Top Overall Albums – #34
Independent Albums – #6
Current Hard Music – #4
Overall Hard Music – #4
Overall Core Rock – #8
Top Current Rock – #9
iTunes Metal – #3
iTunes Rock – #4
iTunes Top Albums – #24
BEHEMOTH Canadian Chart Numbers:
Top 200 Current Albums – #46
Current Digital Albums – #36
Hard Music Chart – #5
iTunes Metal – #1
iTunes Rock – #2
iTunes Top Albums – #19
3 years ago we started rehearsing together for our reunion tour after a break of 15 years. We thought it was going to be a matter of a few shows. Now, after 3 years, we have performed 27 shows all over the world! I cannot find the words to describe how much i enjoyed every single gig.
I want to thank every single one of you for coming to the shows and giving us such a phantastic time. It was a great pleasure to perform for you, shake your hands and sometimes have a drink and a chat after the show.
Many thanks to all the promoters that booked us, without you we would still be sitting in our bunker rehearsing. I’m very sorry the shows we had hoped to do in Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia never happened. I was looking forward to those very much…
The following is not easy to say and believe me I have given it a lot of thought.
I will leave Coroner at the end of February this year.
I think we have played more than enough reunion shows and now it’s time to either stop doing reunion shows or to move on with a new album. For me it was clear from the start that I didn’t want to record another album. I love the sound of Coroner but for me it’s the moment to explore new sounds without the weight of the past on my shoulders.
Ron, Tommy and I agreed that Coroner should continue with another drummer. They will announce who it’s going to be on the www.coroner-reunion.com page.
With all my heart I wish ‘em all the best for the future. We will be brothers forever. I will continue with a new band that you will hear about in the near future.
So thank you all once more and I hope we are gonna see you very soon!
Eye of Solitude and Marche Funebre
w/ The Day of Locusts and Rong
@ The Black Heart, London UK
29th January, 2014
Review by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Jo Blackened
It’s a fittingly cold night in London as we head to the Black Heart, Camden for a round of some of the finest doom metal Europe has to offer. Teaming up with Infected Brain promotions, both EYE OF SOLITUDE and MARCHE FUNEBRE gear up for the opening night of their first ever UK tour.
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Doomy heavy metallers EXORCISM will release their debut album, “I AM GOD”, on April 25 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mario Bouffier (Sacred Reich, Megaherz, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop), additional editing by Axel Wiesenauer (Killing Machine, Raven Lord) from Rock’N’Growl and Logo made by Anestis Goudas (Dimmu Borgir, Riot, Kreator, Raven Lord, Zvekan). Read the rest of this entry »
Pretty Maids – Nuclear Boomerang
(Official Video / New Album 2014)
Pretty Maids “Nuclear Boomerang” is taken from the album “Louder Than Ever” out on Frontiers Records. Preoder now on Amazon: http://www.smarturl.it/prettymloderam…
Europe: March 21st 2014
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One band will rule them all! After reviewing over 400 submissions, Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce its selection of 103 independent Canadian metal bands to participate in this year’s 2014 battle line up for Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver . The bands will compete during the months of March, April and May in 22 qualifying rounds, 6 semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House. One independent Canadian metal band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honour at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.
The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.
1 finalist from Vancouver, BC
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
2 finalists from Toronto, ON
1 finalist from Montreal, QC
The fourth installment of Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA’s 5-part video trailer series featuring keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg is now up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/fUa01uAyNTg
- Part 1 (featuring drummer Tommy Portimo): http://youtu.be/Q0WTxiNlVHU
- Part 2 (featuring new bassist Pasi Kauppinen): http://youtu.be/W5Czn5qyG94
- Part 3 (featuring guitarist Elias Viljanen): http://youtu.be/jB2hkg6jQcs
Slated for North American release on April 1st, the track listing for SONATA ARCTICA’s eighth studio album Pariah’s Child is:
01. The Wolves Die Young
02. Running Lights
03. Take One Breath
04. Cloud Factory
06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?
07. Half A Marathon Man
08. X Marks The Spot
10. Larger Than Life
Pariah’s Child was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland. The mix was done by Pasi Kauppinen – the band’s new bass player.
“Enter Through The Sun” marks the second collaboration to a previous “Ghost Resurrection” between Menza and Widek (Maciej Dawidek) can also be seen below.The footage was shot this past Monday, Febuary 3 at the Soultone Cymbals Studios in Los Angeles, California.
“Enter Through The Sun” will feature SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond and THREAT SIGNAL frontman Jon Howard.
Menza: “It feels good be jamming across the internet with such talented and rad players, Mike LePond is first rate I’m huge fan of SYMPHONY X and THREAT SIGNAL, Jon Howard has an amazing voice and vocal range. it’s to bad that Widek (Maciej Dawidek) don’t live here in the sates as he would be my first choice as the guitarist.”
“Enter Through The Sun” is expected to be released and available free in the weeks to come.
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Cleveland, Ohio doom rockers VENOMIM JAMES have released a new single called “33rd Degree” via Auburn Records. The single is currently available through iTunes, Amazon and other major digital distributors.
This is the second single to feature vocalist Mike Martini. The first single, “Sailor’s Grave”, was released last summer and received very positive response. Martini was officially announced as the band’s new vocalist this past July, replacing original vocalist Jim Meador.
“’33rd Degree’ alludes to the secret societies of the world”, says Martini. “The behind the scences decision makers. The thieves of the ancient Sumerian texts and information. The info that was supposed to help all of humanity but was used against humanity”.
Nordic Noise Festival are ready with four new names to this year’s rock festival. This time, the festival unveils a part of the alternative rock line-up which includes Kellermench.
The Copenhagen based rock-festival, Nordic Noise, was founded in 2013 and takes place in Pumpehuset, Copenhagen May 23rd and 24th 2014. The people behind the young two-day festival have already announced Swedish Freak Kitchen, Electric Guitars, Denners Trickbag and Fate for the line-up Saturday. Now a part of the line-up Friday is ready. Read the rest of this entry »