Chaostar isn’t a new band. They are one of the few Greek orchestras/bands with a strong following inside and outside their home country due to being on an outside label. But this following doesn’t exist without good reason. Chaostar are unique both musically and individually; Their latest elaboration, Anomima, at first didn’t click with me. But eventually I realised that there was indeed something interesting about how Septicflesh interweave orchestral majesty with metallic brutality. So I jumped at the chance to interview guitarist Chris Antoniou. Metal-Rules.com got the chance to contact Greek Chaostar’s mainman, Chris Antoniou, to speak of the new band’s offering, about the special guests (David Vincent, Fernando Ribeiro) and Septicflesh and many more…
Metal-Rules.com: Hello Chris how is you and where are you checking in from today?
Hello, I am fine thanks! Right now I am very busy doing the orchestrations for the new album of Septicflesh. We have entered the studio for the drums.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you introduce Chaostar to American fans? Could you tell us some words about your new elaboration?
Chaostar is the band where I introduce to the audience my deep love for classical and experimental music. To be honest Chaostar is the music for the listener who really wants to listen to something fresh and new that cannot be categorized or labeled. Eastern melodies meet with extreme sounds while simple rhythms give their place to seductive operatic vocals or even lamentations of traditional instruments. I studied composition of Classical music for about 7 years in England and Chaostar is the band where I can give an “excess” of more sophisticated and pretentious sounds. In the last album “Anomima” we give a real example of who liberty can invade music composition. In “Anomima” you will find various rhythmic styles, a vivid use of different instruments ranging from the eastern Yalil-Tambur to the up-to-date dubstep, everything under the veil of mesmerizing operatic sounds that can turn into frenzy screams and weeping’s of a mad woman. I am always very careful with the selection of the musicians who take part in my works, thus Chaostar boasts a variety of talented and dedicated people. The encrownement of all this effort behind Chaostar is the use of the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague that contributed with its specialists to our musical project. What I believe that our friends in America will love to chaostar is that on the latest album “Anomima” there is a concept behind. The idea on which the album is based has been the power of the “one against all” story. The one and -only person that walks alone the harsh path of its beliefs and ethics, against the prevailing ideas of its times. Frequent example that I use is the story of Galileo Galilei, the man who faced Inquisition standing for his beliefs. It is where the prevailing illusions of superstition religions, faced a courageous man that defended the scientific truth (that earth moves around its axis) jeopardizing his life.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you explain the reason that you named your new release under this strange name, because I am sure that there is an interesting story behind it.
Indeed there is a quite interesting story for “Anomima”. The closest interpretation to the Greek word “Anomima” is Sin. Sin is a word that rarely can be found in ancient Greek philosophy and start to become more and more apparent after the Roman Empire and the medieval times. Jordano Bruno was sentenced to death by fire by Inquisition, because he was a sinner towards religion, a “heretic”, a threat to establishment, by saying the clearest thing. That Universe consists of numerous other galaxies. To who did he sinned? I would say towards certainty of those times.
So sin has several different interpretations .Is it the sin that goes opposite to our morals, or is it the sin that goes opposite to the preconceived ideas society has nourished us with? Can we tell the difference between them? Can we choose? Can we choose to be sinners for humanity but ok with ourselves? Are we ready to pay the price? “Sorrow descending” talks about Antigone’s sorrow descend to her tomb of death were she will be enclosed .She disobeyed the King, but she obeyed her heart. Her sin takes her beyond the limits of human creation and crowned her as the Queen of love and courage. I wish we could have more sinners like that in this world, those rebels that no real protestation demands firstly for the price to be paid. Even in music, can you recall the reactions of a society watching speechless the “provocative” Diamanda Galas before 25 years? Her contribution is beyond compare to anything. So, in the root of every evolution there is always the piercing action that shakes and burns the established theories. In this album we bow with respect towards those personalities who dare to sin and those situations that seem to be revolutionary for their times.
The word “sin” is something that refers to the non-accepted or provocative action. Our concern as a band is to underline the defining power a “sin” may infuse this world.
In other words, the central pole around which the album is circulated is the personal strength and power one can have in order to fight for an idea or to protect his beliefs. We are excited by personalities of Antiquity, even from nowadays simple heroes that stand up to the established ideas and make the difference. A small idea that can grow inside us and becomes the wall to protect us against the arrows of the enemy. That has been the root of my inspiration.
Metal-Rules.com: Chris, how are the things in your main band, Septicflesh?
We are in the recording process. We have already started the drums recs. We will be in the studio for the next 2-3 months for the recordings, mix and mastering.
Metal-Rules.com: How did recording “Anomima” go?
The recordings went very well. It has been a really hard work to do, but the result recompense us. Too many different instruments, too many different vocal techniques, a lot of difficulties in arrangement, made “Anomima” a really hard work. However, we always felt that we could do better and better, thus we spent a lot of time correcting and re-recording things aiming the perfection.
Metal-Rules.com: Well, could you tell me what your opinion on the Greek metal scene is?
Is going better but need more efforts and I would say more originality. We need also more bands to establish their entity. It takes time, patience and a lot of work in order to “compete” with traditional scenes of metal like Scandinavian as ex.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you impart any technical details on “Anonima”?
It took us many months to record and finalize the album. My busy schedule also played role on that as I had tours with Septicflesh for the promotion of The Great Mass.
We record the majority of the material in Devasoundz studio our professional studio in Athens.I record also some parts again with the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir from Prague. Lambros Sfyris made the mix of the album. Lambros used to be our “producer” in our early days with Septicflesh. He mixed albums like “The Ophidian Wheel” and “The fallen Temple”. As we have many traditional instruments played by George Diamantopoulos we wanted a person that his familiar with the difficulties of these instruments. We didn’t want a metal producer for the album. I am really pleased with result. Was a tough work to mix “Anomima” but everything went really well.
Metal-Rules.com: What inspired you to choose “Anonima”? What is the concept or main theme of the album?
The answer is almost answered previously ,where I explained why I released the album under that strange name” Anomima”.Well the question remains ,what was the inspiration of choosing the theme of “sin”, “provocative actions”, the non-acceptable behavior” and the answer is because we ourselves feel closer to that concept. We consider ourselves as a group of musicians who strive for creating a genre of music that can be called as non-clearly -understandable. It is an honor to us when reading that some parts of our music are» inexplicably done, or irrationals». It is only then that we commit our personal disobey towards the sweeping power of the music industry. We are simple people .but that doesn’t mean that we cannot do remarkable choices in our lives.
Metal-Rules.com: The disc will feature David Vincent and Fernando Ribeiro? How did the idea originate?
I always want to introduce controversial elements to my works. Maybe someone can’t imagine David and Fernando participating in Chaostar, but this is the interesting part. Both managed to add their distinctive colors. First of all as far as David Vincent, I believe there wouldn’t be anything more precise and accurate than the use of his voice. He opens the song referring to “Medea” and actually he plays the role of the clairvoyant, who foresees the tragedy. His dark imposing voice is exactly what I always imagined in that part. Bear in mind that in Greek mythology and tragedies the clairvoyants were considered to be extremely respectable personalities. Their oracles defined endings or waging of wars .It gave me chills to sing after him on the song, an indescribable feeling for me. Indeed David Vincent’s voice has an imposing velvet tone that reminds us of a clairvoyant of other times. Words are not enough for a legend of its magnitude.
Fernando also exposed his talent for one more time in “Anomima”. In “Dilate the time” a song referring to the Einstein’s revolutionary theory about time dilation, that change drastically the idea that scientists used to have about galaxy and space ,Fernando used his voice so as to imitate the speed of light. The central idea of the song is that the speed of light can eventually turn light into mass…So the more we put forward our dreams the bigger they become. Can you see the connection between velocity and realization? It is a little bit imaginary but it can be done. So who else can give better the rhythm and the seduction on that song than Fernando Ribeiro?
Both David and Fernando did a wonderful work and we are honored to have them participated in “Anomima”.
Metal-Rules.com: Do you think there is a common area between Chaostar fans and Septicflesh? For some to like one band and then discover and grow onto the other?
Yes I truly believe that. People listening to Septicflesh will find many of Chaostar elements in Septicflesh’s albums .People who are fans of Septicflesh are able to see the great effort and the musical result that will remind them a lot the kind of music I write. I believe that even though there is a gap in the genre between Chaostar and Septicflesh, people who love symphonic metal will appreciate and embrace with joy the music of Chaostar which also reveals the mysterious and dark element, as Septicflesh always do.
Metal-Rules.com: Right, I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, black and power metal in 90’s and metalcore and nu metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
Art has been saturated. I can’t see any evolution in any genre, is really difficult nowadays to create a music idiom. But you never know.
Metal-Rules.com: Once you said that Horace is your favourite Roman personality. Please give us some more words about that.
Horace declared what should and must be the root of every positive change on this planet and that is our personal and only will to define our futures and the ways we lead ourlives. We are not born, we are made. So Greek culture is not a privilege of Greeks who were born in Greece, but it is a gift given to all those around the world who wants to be nourished with the Greek philosophy. Do not misunderstand me ,I don’t mean that the change on this world has Greek roots, but I mean that any change has its roots in the way we grow up and in the amount of courage we have in order to define a better world. We talk about Democracy but that must not be a privilege of people born in the evolved Western world, It has to be a worldwide strive to be imposed all over for the sake of all people. We talk about Human rights. Not only people in certain countries must be privileged with that, but every people around the world must convince itself that through struggle and fight it can be an inherit ant of its own rights.
Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. If you would like to tell to yours fans a message, please do so! I wish you all the best!
Thanks for the interview and thanks to all our fans all these years for supporting us. Metal rules!
Calling all the sinners and heretics, the gathering of the damned with once again take place in the unholy city of, well, Leeds. Perhaps the settings may not be dark, dank pits of hell, but the bands certainly make up for this. Damnation festival has returned bigger and better than ever this year, with an additional forth stage and hallways chock full of denim cutoffs and weathered leather jackets on men and women alike. As some things change though, others stay the same. CARCASS made their Damnation debut in 2008, and judging by the packed halls, this was a more than welcome booking.
Following wildly successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and now Europe (which kicks off November 20 in Helsinki, Finland), BLACK SABBATH have announced additional shows in North America and Europe in 2014. The 2014 North American dates launch March 31 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and will hit ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before wrapping April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets for the North American dates go on sale beginning Friday, November 22 at www.livenation.com Beginning today, fans can visit (http://bit.ly/RSVPBlackSabbath) to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Wednesday, November 20.
These dates will be part of the band’s final shows of their 2013-2014 world tour in support of their first studio album in 35 years, 13, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).
For more than three decades, rock fans have hoped for the return of BLACK SABBATH, but few could have predicted the forceful return-to-form of 13, which was produced by seven-time Grammy-Award winning producer Rick Rubin. With epic songs like “God Is Dead?,” “End of the Beginning” and “Loner,” 13 is a testament to the enduring relevance of BLACK SABBATH’s long-running reign. The original BLACK SABBATH has sold over 70 million albums worldwide.
BLACK SABBATH–OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)–launched their 2013 world tour on April 20. The fall European tour launch coincides with the release of “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” DVD, Blu-Ray, combo pack and deluxe box. Filmed April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” features the first-ever live performances of songs from the band’s 2013 critically acclaimed 13 album, along with BLACK SABBATH classics.
Here’s some of the praise of BLACK SABBATH’s 2013 North American dates:
“…Yesterday in Mexico we had before us a band…one of those mythological entities…that connects with millions…This was the most important metal concert in the history of Mexico.”
–SOPITAS.COM (#1 portal in Mexico), 10-28-13,
“…the vastness of Sabbath’s influence was on full display.”
–LOS ANGELES TIMES, 9-4-13
“This summer, the deities of rock-and-roll have come roaring through town, loud and reliable, like evening thunderstorms…”
–WASHINGTON POST, 8-2-13
“…what Black Sabbath conveyed within 15 epic songs was such a summarization of metal matters…”
–ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 8-29-13
“…beautifully loud, forceful and pounding wave of music is being made…our rock and roll saviors continue to assault the senses all these years on, and we thank them for it, beg for it, pleaded for more.”
–PHOENIX NEW TIMES, 8-31-13
“…a radiance could be felt on stage that could only be described as magical…”
“…a magical night…”
–TORONTO STAR, 8-15-13
“…Sabbath could do little wrong…”
–TORONTO SUN, 8-15-13
“Black Sabbath sounds pretty f***ing awesome…”
–SF WEEKLY, 8-24-13
“Listen up, junior metalheads. You could learn something here.”
–TAMPA BAY TIMES, 7-29-13
“…an immensely entertaining, first-rate rock show…”
–SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE, 7-30-13
“…two hours of high volume, bone-shaking rock.”
–SUN CHRONICLE (Boston), 8-13-13
“The fact that they’re still out there packing rooms the size of US Airways Center after four decades is a testament to Sabbath’s staying power and their legacy as metal’s undisputed masters.”
–THE REPUBLIC (AZ), 8-31-13
BLACK SABBATH’s 2014 North American tour dates are as follows:
WARBRINGER is a take-no-prisoners live act having carved a reputation as your favourite new thrash metal titan onstage. Their pure thrash metal has transfixed anyone who’s crossed their spiritual path. There are thrash to every sense of the word, and their new output inspired a generation of headbanging flare-wearers. John Kevill talks to Metal-Rules.com about the new album, the musician he would like to play onstage with and many many more…
Metal-Rules.com: Hello, how are you?
I’m doing good man! We just made it into El Paso for our first show on the tour, just a hop over the border in Juarez, Mexico.
Metal-Rules.com: Which are the main influences on the ‘Warbringer’ sound?
There are many. I think the core of our sound is based on the heavier end of ‘80s thrash and early death metal. For me vocally Slayer, Kreator and Demolition Hammer are key.
Metal-Rules.com: You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Warbringer’ career? Which word would that be? And why?
Destructive. We drive around everywhere and ruin shit live. That is basically what we have always done.
Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Warbringer’ name mean for you?
Ha, it’s not exactly a hidden meaning kind of name, now is it! It means in your face violence and destruction.
Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?
From listening to music, I decided I wanted to start a band. I was originally trying to learn guitar (I wasn’t any good), until I met Viktor Mikhalsevich, who introduced me to John Laux. From there Laux and I started writing songs and practicing every week, and it’s been a linear progression from there. Warbringer is my first band.
Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?
Eh, odd jobs, hanging out, roaming the hills sometimes. I took some college classes last spring. Most of the time I’m just playing with the band though.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?
Well that depends which other kinds of music we are talking about! Music in general is cool I think, so long as it does what it is trying to do with artistry and craft. Me, I mostly listen actively to old hard rock, metal, and prog. But a good song is a good song. There’s total crap out there, but I don’t listen to it. Problem solved.
Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of ‘Warbringer’ for the future?
Hard to say, we have to finish this record cycle and see where the band is at before we can do that. In the meantime, we’re currently on tour with Kreator and Overkill. We’ll spend the holidays at home and then we’ll be in Europe supporting Iced Earth in January and February. There’s a lot of places we want to go or get back to including Australia, Asia, S. America so we’ll see what we can work out.
Metal-Rules.com: You are about to come to Greece? Do you know any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?
To be honest I don’t know a lot of Greek metal at all! Just a few. Suicidal Angels is cool, we have played with them before, and what I’ve heard of Rotting Christ’s music has been very cool. I’d also love to share the stage with Achilles, Herakles, and all the heroes of ancient lore.
Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last album named ‘IV: Empires Collapse’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Could you please give us some of those differences?
The songwriting is more progressive, the differences between songs are greater, and I think we have just taken the band to a new level with this record. That is why we chose a very different style cover and title, to draw attention to “something is different about this record”. We are very proud of how it came out.
Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the middle of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finally Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) . Are the last 4 years the most donsie years of heavy metal?
Well, unfortunately human life is brief and fleeting, and great and talented people too shall pass. “Nine for the mortal men doomed to die.” Doesn’t mean heavy metal is done though, heavy metal is an idea that lives beyond any one person.
Metal-Rules.com: I am gonna tell you a name and I would like to tell us what this name may mean for you. Gary Holt.
Gary’s a badass! Good guy, excellent musician. Was great working with him on “Waking into Nightmares”.
Metal-Rules.com: Five months have already passed after Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) passing away. What would you like to say about that?
It’s a shame, I love Slayer so it’s quite tragic. I really have nothing to say on this except Rest In Peace.
Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?
Difficult. Many, many bands, record sales are difficult to pull off, music is more accessible which diminishes the importance of individual records to people. That being said, people still love music and it’s still worth making and playing it to people.
Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?
Ha, I have somewhat old/romantic views of life, but I am answering this interview on a laptop right now. I am a child of the modern age, so technology is inevitably a part of my life.
Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
It seems like there is a market and a fanbase for every form of heavy metal that has previously existed. I don’t think an entirely new genre of metal that is still 100 percent heavy metal will emerge again, the style has been around for 40 years now and has been brought in many, many directions already. I think there will be a continuance of the many traditions and craft of metal, with many talented people taking up the torch to play the music they love the way that they want to.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?
Inevitable. That is how most people get music nowadays. As much as it sucks for the actual musicians (making a career in music is hard as fuck nowadays), few people are going to pay for something that they could easily get for free. It’s as simple as that.
Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?
Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath was the first band I really, really got into, and he is still the Master of the Riff.
Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Warbringer’ all the best!!!
Paradise Lost does not need an introduction to fans of gothic metal. It has been 25 years of existence for the Yorkshire boys. It has been 25 years with consistent bands members if you do not count the numerous changes on the drum kit. That is a long time for a band to exist and a long time for a band to maintain their own image, develop their own genre and influence several bands. It deserves a celebration and the setting is the Roundhouse in Camden, Sunday the 3rd of November 2013. What better season to celebrate and what better city to wrap up a UK tour that has been embracing the band’s quarter of a century journey.
Not only does Paradise Lost have a back catalogue and a fan base big enough to host an evening on their own, but the band have invited the finest support acts to join them on the anniversary tour.
Releasing one CD in a month would be too easy for The Sin City Sinners, so hot off the heals of their “DIVEBAR Days Revisited” CD, The Sinners will unveil the brand new “A Sinners Christmas 2″
“A Sinners Christmas 2″ will be available on November 26th at thesincitysinners.com & ITunes and includes guest performances by Tiffany, Mark Kendall (Great White), Frank Dimino (Angel), Ron Keel & Paul Taylor (Winger)
This will be Sin City Sinners fifth CD release and it includes the brand new original single & future Holiday anthem “Christmas in Vegas” (available for download on iTunes & Amazon 11/18)
A portion of the sales from “A Sinners Christmas 2″ CD will be donated to the Toys for
Tots Las Vegas chapter, who help to make sure less fortunate children have toys for Christmas.
ABOUT SIN CITY SINNERS:
The Sinners are more than just a band, it’s an experience…
What began in 2007 led by Faster Pussycat’s Brent Muscat, as a weekly ‘just for fun’ jam at a local dive bar, quickly evolved into standing room only shows featuring appearances by some of rocks hottest musicians and celebrities. As the bands reputation grew so did the need for larger venues and the band quickly became one of Vegas’ top headliners.
Sin City Sinners have released four original CD’s, the critically acclaimed “Exile on Fremont Street”, the all acoustic “Broken Record” the Holiday favorite “A Sinners Christmas” & a collection of some of their favorite covers “DIVEBAR Days Revisited’
The Sinners local charitable efforts have raised well over $150,000 for various causes in the community including The St Baldrick’s Foundation to fight Cancer & The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
For more visit thesincitysinners.com or Facebook.com/sincitysinners
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Kings Of Metal,” MANOWAR announce the next summer festival stop on their “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour:
Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Metal Summer Festival at Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park in Istanbul, Turkey.
Tickets will go on sale soon.
This will be MANOWAR’s triumphant return to the Turkish festival scene after their celebrated performance in 2010.
MANOWAR will perform the full “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” album along with a “best of” set of other immortal metal hymns in a completely new stage production.
“The Turkish fans of MANOWAR went literally berserk last time! And we have no doubt that they will have even more fire and passion in their veins this time! This will be a show you don’t want to miss!” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.
Revered by legions of high-profile musicians, including Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, as one of the most innovative and powerful drummers that rock and roll has ever seen, the legendary Carmine Appice needs no introduction.
Now, the man whose soulful pounding powered the uniquely heavy psychedelia of Vanilla Fudge’s mesmerizing late-1960s remake of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” up the charts and later co-wrote Rod Stewart’s smash hits “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks” is launching an exciting new record label, Rocker Records.
The first four releases are due out Nov. 19 as digital offerings, and they include Bogert/Appice & Friends, TNA (featuring Appice and guitar master Pat Travers) Live in Europe, and two concert recordings from his highly influential post-Vanilla Fudge group Cactus, Live in Japan and Live in the USA. Expect a bonanza of Appice-related material to flow from this new pipeline.
Violent Evolution: The Story of KREATOR by Hilmar Bender
VIOLENT EVOLUTION tells the story of Kreator – the titans of teutonic thrash – from the coal-mining town of Essen, Germany. It is the story of a group of bored teenagers who brought the brutality of everyday life into the rehearsal room. They let their hair grow, formed a band and landed a record deal before they had even reached twenty.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band’s members (both past and present), family, producers, filmmakers and crew, Violent Evolution explores the band’s remarkable rise from formative years to spectacular success, headlining the greatest open-air stages on the planet.
This is their story, from the start to today; from Kindergarten (literally) to rulers of the Thrash Kingdom. An exciting chronicle of one of the most important thrash metal bands in the world.
MICHAEL MONROE, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and iconic rock ‘n’ roll legend, has premiered the new video for “Stained Glass Heart” on GUITARWORLD.com “Stained Glass Heart” marks the third single from his new studio album HORNS AND HALOS, out now on Spinefarm Records.
“I’m feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video,” explains MICHAEL MONROE. “It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day which made it look more like an ‘abusement park.’ The video turned out very cool and classy.”
On the live front, MICHAEL MONROE has revealed plans for an extensive world tour. After a three-date trek in Japan, a headlining U.K. tour will begin November 27 in Newcastle and the group will also appear at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival on November 30 in North Wales. Following the U.K. run, the group will perform three shows in their home country of Finland. MICHAEL adds, “Now that the new album is out, we can finally play the new songs live and create a whole new set-list. That’s why I’m especially excited about the up and coming tour dates. See you all soon down the road!” Expect more dates and countries to be announced soon.
HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in MONROE’s Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE’s international posse–bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL “Rockfist” ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies). MONROE is a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original Guns N’ Roses members) citing his groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.
The album’s first single released earlier this spring, “Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman). It also appears on HORNS AND HALOS. Watch the video for “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhAbtZXu2RU
The headlining U.K. dates for MICHAEL MONROE are as follows:
15th Japan, Osaka-Shi, Quattro
16th Japan, Tokyo, Liquid Room
17th Japan, Tokyo, Bay Hall
27th Northumbria Uni, Students Union, Newcastle
28th Duchess, Leeds
29th Cathouse, Glasgow
30th Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, N. Wales (festival appearance)
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH continue the countdown to the release of the second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL – VOLUME 2 out November 19 via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories. Beginning today (11/12) iTunes Radio users in the United States can now stream 5FDP’s new album–VOLUME 2–on iTunes Radio “First Play” for free, a week ahead of its release date on Tuesday, November 19. Stream the new album here: http://smarturl.it/FFDPv2iTunesStream
The band–IVAN MOODY (vocals), ZOLTAN BATHORY (guitar), JEREMY SPENCER (drums), JASON HOOK (guitar) and CHRIS KAEL (bass)–are excited to unveil their latest body of work with this partnership with iTunes Radio.
Following the massive success of VOLUME 1 earlier this year–which debuted at #2 in the U.S. on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (selling 113,000 albums in its first week), #3 in Canada, #4 on Germany’s mainstream charts, #12 in Australia and #21 in the UK–the band chose to introduce VOLUME 2 to their fans via five track-by-track webisode premieres featuring band commentary (which can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/lbawzw8) and premiere the official video for the current single “Battle Born” on USA Today: http://bit.ly/1c05nEJ.
5FDP recently completed their extensive North American “THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN TOUR” and is currently the special guest on Avenged Sevenfold’s European arena tour which kicked off November 6 in Helsinki, Finland. For all tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour.
The concrete confines of the Big Four building in Calgary Alta., are not the ideal choice for a concert venue – especially for legends like Slayer, a band you would want to hear no matter where you are standing in a venue. However, on November 3, 2013 over 2,500 fans came out to see Slayer deliver an old school set on their first North American tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman in May this year. French heavy hitters Gojira and Australia’s 4Arm were support for the tour.
For Those About To Rot: Wednesday 13
at the Whisky A Go Go
October 24th 2013
Review and photos by Metalette
For Those About To Rot: Wednesday 13 at the Whisky A Go Go October 24th 2013
It was a real ghouls’ night out on October 24th, with a fright-filled bill of bands! If anyone wasn’t already in the spirit of Halloween, they certainly were after the show. (I was already feelin’ said spooky spirit, but to be fair, I’m a bit of a Halloween-junkie).
ICED EARTH Announce North American tour with SABATON and REVAMP!
Iced Earth are bringing their new album to the North America homeland when the WORLDWIDE PLAGUES TOUR hits North American shores April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support.
“We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!”, says Jon Schaffer.
Exclusive pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the entire ICED EARTH North American tour will be available later today at www.enterthevault.com. Pre-sale tickets will remain on sale until December 4, when remaining tickets are made available to the general public through the traditional retail outlets (check your local venue for details). VIP packages will remain on sale exclusively at www.enterthevault.com while supplies last.