Another magnificent CORSAIR reissue, Alpha Centauri, is scheduled for release through Shadow Kingdom Records on July 8th.
Quietly arriving onto the scene in 2010, Alpha Centauri is CORSAIR’s first EP and constitutes the foundation of what would be in the coming years a classic Progressive Rock / Heavy Metal band. Heavily rooted in the sounds of classic 70′s Rock and Metal, the EP has splashes of just about every 70′s band you can imagine, from Kiss, Led Zeppelin, and David Bowie to Black Sabbath. CORSAIR didn’t really lather up on the Thin Lizzy sound until later, but the debut EP is a unique and quality product in its own right, attributes upon which Shadow Kingdom Records always places the highest value.
Brazilian metallers ALMAh presents their new video clip, it’s available on official Youtube channel of the band and also can be seen below. This time ALMAh has chosen the ballad “When And Why” from the latest studio effort, MOTION (2011 – AFM Records/JVC).
Dutch metalheads KILL DIVISION featuring former members of Legion Of The Damned and God Dethroned sign to Metal Blade!
Death. Grind. Thrash! If you like your Metal authentic then welcome to the force that is KILL DIVISION!
Taking their experiences from Legion of the Damned, God Dethroned, Asphyx, and Inhume, Richard Ebisch (guitars, bass, vocals), Susan Gerl (guitars, vocals) and Roel Sanders (drums) decided it was time to release their combined sound on the world with a new band! Metal Blade is happy to announce their collaboration with this ripping new band! Comments KILL DIVISION on the deal: “We are thrilled about signing to Metal Blade Records, since they are a very devoted label with a remarkable history and legacy and we’re really excited to be part of their metal family.”
KILL DIVISION have finished the recording their debut album, Destructive Force!
Recorded at Toneshed studio, the place they called home for many late nights and mixed and mastered in Andy Classen’s Stage One studio with hammer, care, and kerosine. The band is currently finalizing the artwork and are looking forward to release the album in the fall of this year!
Richard Ebisch – vocals/guitars/bass
Susan Gerl – vocals/guitars
Roel Sanders – drums
San Francisco, Calif. doom rocker, Orchid, has teamed up with CVLT Nation to stream the band’s upcoming release, The Mouths of Madness, in its entirety this week. The Mouths of Madness will hit stores tomorrow in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. Get a sneak peek today at: http://www.cvltnation.com/cvlt-nation-exclusive-orchid-the-mouths-of-madness-full-album-stream/.
Fans can pre-order The Mouths of Madness via the Nuclear Blast web-store at: http://smarturl.it/Orchid.
01. Mouths of Madness
02. Marching Dogs of War
03. Silent One
05. Mountains of Steel
06. Leaving It All Behind
07. Loving Hand of God
08. Wizard of War
09. See You on the Other Side
Carrying the 70′s-doom-hard-rock vibe to a new level of intensity and adding new facets to the work of art, Orchid has succeeded in staying true to its roots while refining its trademark sound at the same time.
The Mouths of Madness instrumental recordings, split into two separate sessions, were done in Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, Calif. (Dead Kennedys, Mr. Bungle, Joe Satriani, Exodus) as well as in Laughing Tiger Studios, San Rafael, Calif. (Santana, Sammy Hagar), before long-time producer and engineer Will Storkson and his home studio came into play, where the vocals were tracked.
The Mouths of Madness was mastered by Richard Whittaker, who also took care of the latest Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy rereleases/analogue transfers. The legendary producer had this to say: “I’ve been a huge fan of Orchid since I first heard their debut EP back in 2009, and they’ve certainly come a long way since then. So, as you can imagine, to be asked to work with Orchid on their records was an honor and a pleasure.
“The Mouths of Madness is such a well-crafted and awe inspiring album. Sonically, it’s 1974 meets 2013 which, for me, takes the Sabbath/Pentagram vibe to a whole new level.”
The band recently released a music video for “Wizard of War,” the first single off the upcoming masterpiece, at: http://youtu.be/VA_Q8ci7bag.
Stay tuned for more information on Orchid and The Mouths of Madness.
Also check out…
Under The Influence w/ Carter Kennedy: http://youtu.be/8ylnfdi8aEM
Under The Influence w/ Mark Thomas Baker: http://youtu.be/AJs2UvN6yiE
Under The Influence w/ Keith Nickel: http://youtu.be/Wn_rn9xLEbQ
Album trailer 1: http://youtu.be/zNslhPDg_Jg
Album trailer 2: http://youtu.be/fPZpjCemApY
“Wizard Of War” lyric video: http://youtu.be/K0nFQxXmmx4
“Capricorn” music video: http://youtu.be/hTygdeTwZ9U
Theo Mindell – Vocals
Carter Kennedy – Drums
Mark Thomas Baker – Guitar
Keith Nickel – Bass
Orchid – The Mouths of Madness (Vinyl LP + T-Shirt) PRE-ORDER Bundle Pack:
Game Over Cycles, the Polish company, which specializes in the construction of custom motorcycles and vintage cars restoration, published a new video material on unique project which combines the automotive world with the world of music. Behemoth Bike, as the project is initially called, is a custom motorcycle inspired by and currently being created in collaboration with by the global Polish icon of metal music — Behemoth and particularly the band’s leader, Adam “Nergal” Darski. The bike is planned by the designers to be a powerful dark machine with exceptional technical parameters and unprecedented ornamentation. Construction started in January 2013. The machine is almost completed and successfully went through first test drives, which were also attended by band’s leader, Adam “Nergal” Darski. Currently the motorcycle is being prepared for painting and eventually completing its construction process.
GOC published a new video material presenting the project and date of its premiere. The clip is available for viewing here:
The machine will be unveiled in public for the first time during the Impact Festival on 04.06.2013 in Warsaw, Poland, where Behemoth will be one of the leading acts.
THE TIME IS NEAR!! BIG NATE PRODUCTIONS presents CALGARY METALFEST II taking place June 6-8 at Dicken’s Pub- 1000 9th Avenue SW (18+,) and Broken City – 613 11th Avenue SW (AA.) CMF II will include 81 bands from all over North America including, SKELETONWITCH (OH,) INTRONAUT (LA,) SCALE THE SUMMIT (TX,) INTO ETERNITY (SASK,) ANCIIENTS (BC,) ENDAST (MTL,) WAKE and an appearance from long-standing Edmonton thrash metal act DISCIPLES OF POWER. CMF will be emcee’d by shock comic JASON ROUSE, who has hosted the Metal Hammer GOLDEN GOD AWARDS in the UK an d toured the world multilpe times. The CMF Preparty will be held at Dicken’s Pub Wednesday June 5 and will feature an exclusive set from Mr. Rouse and performances from local metal powerhouses EXIT STRATEGY, KYOKTYS and STAB TWIST PULL. All ages shows at Broken City will start at 3:45pm, be over by 9PM and feature 9 bands. The 18+ shows at Dickens will commence at 6PM run to 2AM and showcase 13 bands. A special show has been opened for Intronaut, Scale the Summit and Mouth of the Architect at Broken City on June 7. As well, another show was recently announced at the Broken City ROOFTOP PATIO featuring 5 of Calgary’s best crossover thrash from 6pm to 9pm! 9 STAGES TOTAL!! Tickets can be bought in advance at calgarymetalfest.com, Sloth Records, Axe Music, Dicken’s Pub and Broken City as well as from your favourite local bands! Full schedule and set times can be found at:
Legendary Canadian band KILLER DWARFS, are very excited to announce that they are reuniting to support the release of their “Lost” album Start @ One . The tracks were recorded in 1993 at Powerlines Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Producer/Engineer Fred Duvall. Fred also recently produced and recorded the very successful Russ Dwarf acoustic release Wireless. The album`s lineup of Russ Dwarf, Darrell Dwarf, Ronbo Dwarf, and Gerry Dwarf is the same as the bands prior Sony/Epic release Method to the Madness in 1991. The original master tapes are currently being digitally remixed and re-mastered for the release scheduled for early July 2013. This is the 20th anniversary of the recording of this never released album.
The Track Listing for Start @ One is:
1. Lonely Road
2. Solid Ground
3. Sky is Falling
5. Psycho Circus
6. Start @ One
7. Down in Hollywood
8. Walk on By
9. The Crowd
Plus 2 New Bonus Tracks that are being written just for this release!
The CD will be available worldwide via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other distribution channels.
After the amazing success and critical acclaim of this year’s acoustic release “Wireless“ the fans were re-acquainted with the music of the Killer Dwarfs and they demanded to hear more from the band.
The Killer Dwarfs have announced that they will be touring to support the release of Start @ One and are preparing for US, Canadian and European Tour dates. Dates are still to be finalized and will be announced over the next few months. A live CD and DVD from this tour are also planned as well as the launch of a new website for the fans to Keep the Spirit Alive!
Faroe Islands-based metallers TÝR have issued the following update:
“We regret to inform you that Kári Streymoy and the rest of the band have parted ways. Kári suffered a back injury in 2008, and since then he has had some issues with his drumming. That is the main reason that the co-operation has been problematic for some time now, and we finally decided to part ways.
We want to thank Kári for his time in the band. It’s been great to have you with us, we wish you the best of luck in the future and we hope you recover fully some day.
More details to follow on who we got to fill in for Kári in studio. I think most of you are in for a big surprise.”
Týr are working on their first album for Metal Blade Records, due out this fall. The record will feature LEAVES’ EYES vocalist Liv Kristine on the track ‘The Lay Of Our Love’. More details will be revealed soon.
DARKANE have released the artwork as well as the tracklisting of their upcoming, brand new album “The Sinister Supremacy”!
The band’s sixth album, mixed by Daniel Bergstrand, will also be availabe as limited edition digipak and features the following tracks:
1. Sounds Of Pre-Existence
2. The Sinister Supremacy
3. Mechanically Divine
5. The Decline
6. Insurrection Is Imminent
7. In The Absence Of Pain
8. Humanity Defiled
9. Hate Repentance State
10. Collapse Of Illusions
11. By Darkness Designed
12. Existence Is Just A State Of Mind
13. I, Author Of Despair (Digipak Bonus Track)
14. Malicious Strain (Digipak Bonus Track)
Carlos Holmberg (ex-Soilwork) is responsible for the amazing cover artwork, which you can enjoy to the right!
American metal stalwarts Seven Witches are set to release their ninth studio album, the first for new label home FrostByte Media; REBIRTH is due out on July 16th in North America. REBIRTH is produced by Seven Witches founder/lead guitarist/mainstay Jack Frost and features a gritty, hook-laden sound. It’s a return to basics for the band highlighting Jack Frost‘s signature ax work. In addition to Frost this time around, Seven Witches is rounded out by Ronnie Parkes (Slippery When Wet, Farcry) on bass, Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) on drums, and brand new frontman Anthony Cross. Look for the band to tour the United States this summer near the release of REBIRTH.
CATHEDRAL’s The Last Spire was released last week in North America and serves as the final entry in the band’s vastly influential, decade-spanning career. Lee Dorrian explains that he feels “comfortable leaving The Last Spire as our legacy. The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.”
Fans have responded and The Last Spire debuted on several Billboard charts this week: #24 on the Heatseeker Chart, #44 on the Current Hard Music Chart, and #113 on the Independent Albums Chart. About.com proclaimed that “Cathedral will be missed, but they have left us a lovely monument to weep over” and MetalSucks.net described The Last Spire as “just that right mix of doom n’ groove that makes Cathedral, well, Cathedral”. The Last Spire is a fitting finale to a tremendous career.
Recently, CATHEDRAL launched their final music video, Tower of Silence. The video was inspired by classic cult British film institutions such as “Amicus” and “Hammer House of Horror,” and was shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson’s Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes. Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British doom metal institution.
The Last Spire was recorded by:
Lead Vocals – Lee Dorrian
Guitars – Garry Jennings
Bass - Scott Carlson
Drums – Brian Dixon
Hammond, Mellotron, Moog & Synths – David Moore
Guest Vocals on ‘Cathedral Of The Damned’ – Chris Reifert
Backing Vocals – Rosalie Cunningham
Hard rock supergroup, HELLYEAH, have announced a new single ‘Bigger God’ to be released on June 10th, ahead of their Tour Dates in Europe this spring.
With rolling bass lines, crunching riffs, powerhouse drums and raging vocals, ‘Bigger God’ is taken from the band’s third album ‘Band Of Brothers’ (Eleven Seven Music), which was released in July 2012 in the US, UK and Europe. Metal Hammer proclaimed, “HELLYEAH have finally morphed into the destructive beast they’ve always threatened to be.” ‘Band of Brothers’ debuted as the #4 rock and #15 overall album on iTunes.
New masterpiece from Tobias Sammet out now on Nuclear Blast
GERMANY – The Mystery of Time, the latest release from German composer and vocalist Tobias Sammet’s, Avantasia, released last week in North America, selling nearly 2,000 copies and checking in at #9 on the Billboard “Heat Seekers” chart. The record also debuted at #33 on the “Hard Rock” chart.
Filmed over the four days of NAMM in January 2013, M.E. performed at the SONIC CORE GMBH exhibit to demo their SCOPE EXITE audio interface. He was also utilizing Steinberg’s CUBASE, which is playing back his rhythm tracks and also serving as his guitar processor and amplifier simulator. Known as the VST AMP RACK, all of the guitar sounds except for the Wah are being generated by this Cubase VST plugin. When Cubase V7 was released a month earlier, Steinberg had included a set of custom VST Amp Rack presets that Mark had designed. He utilized those presets here.