From Hell’s Heart:
What Are the Top 5 Worst Metal Albums?
Constraints had to be placed on what each person deems a “worst” album to be, otherwise many of us would just list a bunch of grungey/alternashit, mallcore/nu/core. Therefore, it typically is from a band that plays a style of metal that each of us like. Read on to learn about some truly terrible albums.
Taake will tour eastern North America for the first time begining June 14 in Allston, Masschusett. The tour, supported by Wolvhammer, will visit 13 cities before its conclusion in Brooklyn on June 26.
The complete list of dates for the tour are:
6/14 – Brighton Music Hall, Allston MA
6/15 – Theatre Plaza, Montreal QC
6/16 – Hard Luck, Toronto ON
6/17 – The Loft, Lansing MI
6/18 – The Foundry, Lakewood OH
6/19 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh PA
6/20 – Cobra Lounge, Chicago IL
6/21 – Riot Room, Kansas City MO
6/22 – Fubar, St. Louis MO
6/23 – Masquerade, Atlanta GA
6/24 – New Mountain, Asheville NC
6/25 – Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD
6/26 – St. Vitus, Brooklyn NY
ONE BAND RULES THEM ALL! Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce VESPERIA as this year’s 2015 winner. The band was crowned champion after performing alongside MEDEVIL (Vancouver), BLEED (Edmonton), ENDLESS CHAOS (Winnipeg), MIDNIGHT MALICE(Toronto), NORDHEIM (Quebec City) who represented the top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from ten participating cities across Canada.
“We are very proud to present Vesperia’s brand of epic melodic metal to the mighty Wacken festival. This makes it two wins for front man Morgan Rider who played bass for Crimson Shadows during their 2013 win and has been a very active player in the Canadian metal scene for many years. It’s great to see him succeed and carry the torch with Vesperia.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
VESPERIA will now move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle(participating countries can be found here) at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air (July 30-Aug 1) in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.
The final took place on June 6th at Opera House in Toronto, ON and was judged by Annihilator’s Jeff Waters and Mike Harshaw, Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth), Tim Henderson (BraveWords) and David Bottrill (Producer, Mixer).
German power metallers Iron Savior released their first ever DVD/Live CD Live At The Final Frontier on May 29th. It includes the recordings of the band’s show in their hometown Hamburg (from January 2015) and comes as exclusive DVD/2CD digipak.
Iron Savior – LIVE AT THE FINAL FRONTIER
“Revenge Of The Bride”
“Break The Curse”
“Mind Over Matter”
“Hall Of The Heroes”
“R U Ready”
“I’ve Been To Hell”
“Heavy Metal Never Dies”
“Iron Watcher (Medley)”
“Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest cover)
*Also additional backstage/concert footage
“Revenge Of The Bride”
“Break The Curse”
“Mind Over Matter”
“Hall Of The Heroes”
“R U Ready”
“I’ve Been To Hell”
“Heavy Metal Never Dies”
“Iron Watcher (Medley)”
“Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest cover)
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right, which is now available world-wide, the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.
HELLOWEEN has released a shareable video track for the brand new single “Stay Crazy” and can be seen below.
My God-Given Right was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties. The enchanting artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.
We placed some constraints on what we deem a “comeback” to be. The band must have been broken-up, or on hiatus/dormant for at least 10 years. The band must of returned with a full-length studio album. Bands that have long periods between albums (i.e. W.A.S.P. Nightwish, Metallica) do not count because they were active touring, recording, putting out live albums etc.
Motörhead To Release Their 22nd Studio album BAD MAGIC on August 28th 2015 via UDR Music/Motörhead Music. In their 40th Anniversary Year, the band also announces 40th Anniversary European tour in the Fall with more dates internationally to follow.
Freedom to believe don’t have a price
Innocence never gets too old
You need a bolt of rock
Severe toxic shock
Electricity deep in your soul
“Electricity” – Motörhead
After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock’n’roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off.
Put their feet up.
Relax a little.
But that’s just it…
…this is Motörhead.
And instead, Motörhead gleefully say a loud and hearty ‘bollocks’ to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic. Bristling with thunderous attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year, Bad Magic is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some big fat earplugs, fall to their knees and pray like buggery, because big-rig head crushers like “Thunder And Lightning” and the especially l-o-u-d “Teach‘Em How To Bleed” show that Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.
Drawing on their own vast catalogue of road-warrior freewheeling rock’n’roll spirit, Bad Magic also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more ‘live’ approach to creating Bad Magic has obviously paid dividends in this regard. There is the driving malevolence of “Choking On Your Screams”, with Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, “Electricity” carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell’s best lead work in years, while “Shoot Out All of Your Lights” is all devilish, greasy biker-borne-screw-you-and yours, Mikkey Dee’s tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. The boys even enjoyed a guest appearance from Queen’s Brian May on “The Devil”, adding a scintillating solo on this thunderous Motörstomper.
Produced at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, Bad Magic came together after a couple of years which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful international era in over two decades off the back of their last release Aftershock. Lemmy also finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health-issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on Bad Magic rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and on the ballad “Until The End”, Lemmy opens up with equal levels explanation and intent on the simple but important matters which life conjures for us all. Add to all of this a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy For The Devil”, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that Bad Magic is Motörhead’s finest work in over two decades.
You can also expect the road to get it’s ass-kicked by Motörhead once again in the last half of 2015! Starting in mid-August, there will be a North American tour with Anthrax which ends with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, also featuring Slayer and Anthrax among a bumper line-up of bands. And Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary European Winter tour will start on November 15th 2015 at Le Zenith in Paris, ending on December 6th at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. More dates will be announced soon, so keep checking the band’s official website www.imotorhead.com as well as the following social media platforms for details.
All in all, with Bad Magic’s release now confirmed, Motörheadbangers and rock’n’roll fans worldwide can prepare themselves for the prodigal return of rock music’s greatest, meanest, dirtiest and most relentless trio…yeah, believe it: Motörhead proudly, and defiantly, remain the flag you’re proud to fly through thick and thin.
Vancouver, BC’s modern anthemic thrash outfit Titans Eve was formed in 2008 by brothers Brian (vocals/guitar) and Kyle Gamblin (guitar) with drummer Casey Ory and Jesse Hord on bass. From day one, the band has written the tunes they want to hear and taken charge of their musical ambitions on their own terms. The early days saw the four piece defining their sound and creating fans in their home city.
To coincide with the premiere of the new Septekh video for the song “Superheated Liquid Iron Core”, we questioned Staffan Persson (drummer) about the video.
Where was the video for “Superheated Liquid Iron Core” shot?
At the clubhouse of the rugged but helpful motor club “Southern Streeters” in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. The outdoor shots were filmed either just outside the bar or somewhere nearby. We have actually played a show there before (under somewhat other circumstances to say the least) so it came full circle now with shooting the video there and having the crew in it too.
How long did it take to make?
Going from idea to pre-production went pretty fast. Then we had to find the cars, get people on board and plan the shots. The director Richard Jarnhed and his crew are true professionals so it was all very smooth and really fun. Principal photography took two days. Then there were delays, accidents and bad luck so editing and other post production related things dragged on a bit. We also spent a day rehearsing the stunts before filming started. So all in all it was a LOT of hard work. Which I hope shows in the final result. But there was nothing like building a flamethrower, which we did for the “Burn It To The Ground” video, this time around thankfully.
What was the concept for the video’s storyline/flow?
The main storyline was pretty straight forward. On one level at least. Of course it had to become a bit convoluted and obscured in the end. It’s a very classic formula and doing only that would have been somewhat boring I think. One thing that we wanted are these connections to our previous works so there a several nods, hints and small details that might be missed at first.
This time we also went all out an then some with both an intro and epilogue. Back in the day music videos were big and bloated. Grand and epic!
Is the video medium the most effective way of reaching new fans?
Don’t know. It’s one way at least. And it’s something more than just music so I guess people could get in to it because of the visuals and maybe stay for the music?
What is the band currently planning for the rest of 2015?
Very soon our latest album “Plan For World Domination” will be released in a lavishly beautiful LIMITED DOUBLE VINYL EDITION! 200 hand numbered copies.
We also have most songs written for our next album. Finalizing them is something we are very much looking forward to this year.
We are also looking to go on tour this fall. If anyone has got any offers or suggestions please get in touch!
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Deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin’s final three studio albums: Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda will be released in July. The reaction to the first six Led Zepplin album reissues has been extraordinary, with albums charting in the Top 10 around the globe whilst also garnering 5-star reviews and other critical accolades along the way.
As with the previous deluxe editions, Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page.
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda will each be available July 31 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:
Single CD – Remastered original album. Presence and Coda will be packaged in a gatefold card wallet. All CD and LP versions of In Through The Out Door will be wrapped in a brown paper page replicating its initial release.
Deluxe Edition (2CD and 3CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio. Coda will feature two companion audio discs.
Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. All vinyl versions of In Through The Out Door will also include the water-sensitive insert that replicates the inner sleeve from the album’s initial release.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl. Coda will feature two companion LPs.
Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
Hard bound, 72+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album—which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum—crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Achilles Last Stand” and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best.
The companion audio disc that accompanies Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. Along with alternate incarnations of “For Your Life” “Achilles Last Stand” and “Royal Orleans,” there is also the previously unheard instrumental curiously titled “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).”
On its release in the summer of 1979, In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham’s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are “Fool In The Rain” and “All My Love,” two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day.
The album’s companion audio disc features an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as “The Hook” (“All My Love”), “The Epic” (“Carouselambra”), and “Blot” (“I’m Gonna Crawl”).
The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin’s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.
The reissue campaign ends with a double-barrel blast of Led. Coda will be the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam “Sugar Mama” was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band’s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. “Baby Come On Home” from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased “St. Tristan’s Sword,” a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.
In 1972, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page took a fabled trip to India to perform with the Bombay Orchestra and now, for the first time, recordings from these sessions will be officially released with dynamic takes on “Friends” and “Four Hands” (“Four Sticks” from Led Zeppelin IV). Among the many other highlights featured here is an early version of “When The Levee Breaks” from 1970 titled “If It Keeps On Raining”; rough mixes of “The Wanton Song” and “In The Light,” from the Physical Graffiti sessions at Headley Grange, the latter a different alternate version than the one included in the Physical Graffiti deluxe edition; and an instrumental mix of “Poor Tom” from 1970.
In 1968, Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin, one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds, when Page brought in Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.
Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Page, Plant, and Jones, and along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album
1. “Achilles Last Stand”
2. “For Your Life”
3. “Royal Orleans”
4. “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”
5. “Candy Store Rock”
6. “Hots On For Nowhere”
7. “Tea For One”
1. “Two Ones Are Won” (Achilles Last Stand – Reference Mix)
2. “For Your Life” (Reference Mix)
3. “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)” (Reference Mix)
4. “Royal Orleans” (Reference Mix)
5. “Hots On For Nowhere” (Reference Mix)
In Through The Out Door
1. “In The Evening”
2. “South Bound Saurez”
3. “Fool In The Rain”
4. “Hot Dog”
6. “All My Love”
7. “I’m Gonna Crawl”
1. “In The Evening” (Rough Mix)
2. “Southbound Piano” (South Bound Saurez – – Rough Mix)
3. “Fool In The Rain” (Rough Mix)
4. “Hot Dog” (Rough Mix)
5. “The Epic” (Carouselambra – Rough Mix)
6. “The Hook” (All My Love – Rough Mix)
7. “Blot” (I’m Gonna Crawl – Rough Mix)
Edmonton, AB’s power metal quintet THE ORDER OF CHAOS has teamed up with Metal-Rules.com for the premiere of their new music video and title track ‘Apocalypse Moon’ from their upcoming album being released on July 24th in North America and later this year in Europe via German label Killer Metal Records to follow 2013’s Sexwitch EP. The album was recorded/mixed and mastered at the Physics Lab by Terry Paholek in Edmonton and features twelve brand new tracks that showcase the talent and diversity of one of Canada’s up and coming heavy metal bands. The album features Amanda Kiernan (Into Eternity) on vocals, John Simon Fallon and John Saturley on guitar, Tim Prevost on drums and Duncan Hickerty on bass guitar whom has been recently replaced by Barrett Klesko of All Else Fails for live performances.
Barrett Klesko also runs FadeBack Studios United and directed and edited the video with choreography by Maria Harrigan and makeup by Molly Anna.
“The Concept behind the Apocalypse Moon music video is the cycle of rebirth. Mankind’s strength is tempered in the the depths of personal darkness.” comments director and new bassist Barrett Klesko.
Situated on the famous Holloway Road, Nambucca isn’t normally the go-to venue for metal gigs in London, but it served as the arena for the arrival of Finish death masters Vorum. Read the rest of this entry »
Caparison Guitars are more than delighted to welcome Parker Lundgren of multi-platinum rock legends Queensrÿche, into the family.
Many people who have caught Queensrÿche on their most recent tour will already have seen Parker rocking out on stage with his new Angelus M3B and Orbit FX models that have also been used to lay down all of his guitar parts on the new Queensrÿche album.
“Caparison guitars are the best playing, and best built guitars I have ever played. Every detail is perfect and I can play things on Caparison guitars that I physically can’t play on other guitars. They are like samurai swords; built with precision and built for destruction!”