Interview with Ross “The Boss” Friedman
Conducted by Robert Williams
We are nearing the end of September as I write this and there is plenty of reason to get excited as the sweltering heat of summer gives way to fall. I love this time of year. Not just for all of the Halloween horror movie hoopla that October brings, but this year my attention is more focused on the second day of October as that is the day that “Hallowed Ground” the second album from the power metal all-star group Death Dealer (featuring current and former members of Manowar, Cage, Lizzy Borden & Empires of Eden) is officially released via the band’s new record label Sweden Music Group. Having heard an advance of the new album I can tell you that if the band’s debut album “War Master” sunk it’s hooks deep into your flesh, rest assured that “Hallowed Ground” is even more of a metal monsterpiece of a record. Faster, heavier, louder is this second testament of steel. I reached out to my old friend (not to mention my all-time favorite guitarist) Ross “The Boss” Friedman to fill us in on all of the current excitement emerging from the Death Dealer camp…Read the rest of this entry »
Demonic Resurrection frontman Demonstealer has been hard at work recording his 2nd solo album which features George Kollias on drums. The album is due for release in early 2016. Meanwhile he has collaborated with drummer Louis Rando from Impiety who is based in Australia and is part of various bands there. The track also features a lead guitar solo from Demonic Resurrection axe-man Nishith Hegde who is also part of horror metal band Albatross.
The single is being released independently on 2nd October via his bandcamp page (http://demonstealer.bandcamp.com) as well as on all digital platforms like OKListen, Itunes, Spotify etc. The track has been mixed by Demonstealer himself and mastered by Daniel Kenneth Rego.
Today Finnish metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM have released the first official music video for “Morrigan” from their ninth studio album I Worship Chaos that is set for an October 2nd release via Nuclear Blast. Legendary, Swedish director Patric Ullaueus known for his work with Europe, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy and others, handled the production duties on the video. Check out the video HERE.
Patric states: “The last time I worked with COB we did great stuff together.
Trashed, Lost and Strungout was Gold awarded and the Chaos Ridden Years Stockholm Knockout Live DVD was also Gold awarded. So after all these years it was a great pleasure to get to work with them again. The band decided not to be in the video as they wanted to tell the story about The Warrior Goddess Morrigan and together with the band we made this tale about a man fighting his inner demons.”
QUEENSRŸCHE has posted part one of an in-depth, track-by-track album commentary with founding member, Michael Wilton (guitars) explaining the meaning behind each song on the the group’s highly anticipated new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, set for a release via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd. Click on the link below now to check it out.
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.
Earache is pleased to announce the release of ‘Entangled in Chaos‘, the classic live album from extreme metal legends MORBID ANGEL, on vinyl for the first time ever.
Due to be released on October 2nd, ‘Entangled in Chaos‘ is part of Earache’s “First Time On Vinyl” campaign, which looks back at some of the label’s classic albums which have never before been released on vinyl.
Originally released in 1996, ‘Entangled in Chaos‘ was MORBID ANGEL‘s fifth official record and the band’s first live release. The album is available to pre-order now on black or clear and red splatter vinyl, which is limited to just 300 copies. A special “Black Series” is also available, featuring a rare black and white album sleeve and limited to just 100 copies.
Kokomo, IN (September 14, 2015) — The TONECVLT Series speakers were designed by Neal Cunningham specifically for metal players who seek a high-power, high-volume assault while still achieving maximum tone. Spawning from the still-new Weber Gray Wolf speaker, these new designs take the aggressive sonic palate to its extreme logical conclusion. We offer five different models for varying tonal options, but the one thing they have in common is a gigantic sound that will surely appease the gods.
Dire Wolf (100w, 2” VC) – the biggest and baddest version of the Gray Wolf, the best all-purpose speaker in the series with tons of midrange bite and low end that is huge without being boomy. Also available in 12 ohm
Gray Wolf (100w, 1.75” VC)– the originator of the series, originally designed to take the Weber Blue Dog’s clear tonality to a more aggressive place.
Silver Wolf (100w, 1.75” VC) – the logical expansion of the Weber Silver Bell, this speaker focuses more on the low end and precious lower mids making it the perfect companion to the Gray Wolf.
Bloodhound (100w, 2” VC) – designed specifically with down-tuned and baritone guitars in mind, this speaker uses the 55Hz cone for deep and powerful lows, with a particularly looser feel that sounds great with heavy fuzz. Also available in 12 ohm
Black Shuck (200w, 2” VC)– the mightiest of the canines, this speaker handles the heaviest low end and fuzz, and can even be used on bass guitar (in conjunction with our Bass12’s for maximum tone)
Note about impedance: we offer these speakers in 12- and 24-ohm as an option, specifically for 6×12 cabinets, which avoids the common problem of some speakers receiving more power than others, but rather balances it out so each speaker can be as full as possible. (24-ohm all parallel = 4 ohm cab. 12-ohm series-parallel = 8 ohm cab)
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San Diego-based metallists Cage are set to return on October 30th, with the release of their latest metallic tour de force, ‘Ancient Evil,’ which has been prefaced by a lyric video for the killer composition, “The Procedure”.
“We really love how creepy the video came out, it’s like a mini movie almost,” explains singer Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck. “This song will give people a good idea of what they are in for on this massive, heavy metal, horror story thrill ride!” Rounding out the band are Dave “Conan” Garcia (guitars), Casey “The Sentinel” Trask (guitars), Alex Pickard (bass guitar), and Sean “The Thrash Machine” Elg (drums).
QUEENSRŸCHE has debuted the blistering new track “Hellfire,” which comes off the group’s highly anticipated new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, set for a release via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd. “HellFire” is also the iTunes instant grat track available immediately upon pre-order purchase.
The long time Bolt Thrower drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns has passed away. Bolt Thrower has issued the following statement
““With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.
After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.
Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.
Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew”
Sadly for us this means cancelling the upcoming Australian tour given these tragic and unforeseen circumstances.
We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the tour in some way, words cannot describe how disappointed we feel for all of you who were so excited to finally see Bolt Thrower perform again on Australian soil.
We’ll be contacting ticket holders for all shows over the next few days about their options for obtaining a refund.
Black Conjuration Fest in Adelaide will go still ahead on the scheduled dates but we appreciate your understanding and support as we figure out how to move forward during this most difficult time.
“The History of Metal and Horror” A documentary which explores the history of heavy metal music, horror films, and how the two genres have merged over time.
In this documentary, various metal artists share their greatest fears, favorite horror films, their influences, and much more.
Horror film icons also discuss how their films have influenced the horror genre, their connections to metal artists, and why metal and horror work together.
The documentary will also include a wraparound film which will tie the segments together. Various celebrity horror and metal icons will be sought after for acting roles.
Though many interviews have already been conducted, several more are still planned. The website for the project is currently live, at metalhorror.com
A promotional campaign is currently underway with a crowdfunding operation through Indiegogo. $50,000 is being sought in order to pay for ongoing expenses and completion costs. Through the campaign, various distribution options will be explored.
September 19, 1985 was a historic day for all of us who work in the music business. That was the day that three musicians–Frank Zappa, John Denver and Twisted Sister singer DEE SNIDER–were called to testify at a Senate hearing instigated by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), who wanted to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing “offensive material.” The system was to include letters identifying the type of objectionable content to be found in each album (e.g. O for occult themes, S for sex, D for drugs, V for violence, etc.), which resulted in the “Parental Advisory” sticker now found on new album releases with “questionable content.”
Epiphone, UDR Records & Annihilator are proud to offer you an exclusive free MP3 download of “My Revenge”, from Annihilator’s new album, Suicide Society, out September 18, 2015. Suicide Society is the band’s 15th studio album and guitarist, songwriter, and longtime Epiphone Signature Artist Jeff Waters wants to let Epiphone fans to be the first to hear some Epi-made metal riffs and shredding! Just click the download button and feast your ears on this exclusive, full-song track: “My Revenge”–new from Annihilator. And stay tuned to Epiphone.com for more news from Jeff Waters and Epiphone soon!