A new full-length biography of iconic heavy metal band Slayer continues to top key Amazon.com charts. Written by award-winning journalist D.X. Ferris, the timely Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years… has spent 11 straight days as the No. 1 top seller on the Amazon Kindle Store’s Hot New Releases in Popular Culture chart. It has been No. 1 on the Kindle Store’s Popular Culture chart for nine of the last ten days (No. 1 the previous five).
- Guitar World Premieres Second EXODUS Bonus DVD Trailer (Sep 17, 2014)
- Dave Lombardo’s PHILM Streams Another New Track “Train” via DRUM! Magazine (Sep 17, 2014)
- MONTY PYTHON's "Live (mostly) - One Down Five To Go" To Be Released Nov. 11th (Sep 16, 2014)
- SLASH; New Album "World On Fire" Released Today (Sep 16, 2014)
- ALICE COOPER “Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken” DVD – Out October 21, 2014 in North America via UDR Music (Sep 16, 2014)
- Airbourne - Interview with Ryan O'Keeffe (DRUMS) (Sep 17, 2014)
- Interview with Mike LePond (Silent Assassins, Symphony X) (Sep 15, 2014)
- Interview with Guitar God, Toby Knapp (Sep 8, 2014)
- Interview with Mike 'McBeardo' McPadden, author of Heavy Metal Movies (Sep 8, 2014)
- LOUDNESS - Vocalist Minoru Niihara (Sep 8, 2014)
- Airbourne @ The Garage, London UK (Sep 17, 2014)
- Mordred @ Islington O2 Adademy 2, London, UK (Sep 9, 2014)
- Vile Records Open Air Festival, Sandborn, NY, August 16, 2014 (Sep 4, 2014)
- Philip H Anselmo and The Illegals with support on Technicians Of Distortion – European Tour 2014 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden (Sep 4, 2014)
- LPRHC FEST - Lappeenranta, Finland (Aug 29, 2014)
Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns – vocals
Mikael “Routa” Karlbom – guitars
On their Blodsvept over North America tour, Finntroll made a stop at the City National Grove of Anaheim. I caught up with guitarist Mikael Karlbom and vocalist Mathias Lillmåns for an interview.
Upstairs at The Garage, London
30th November 2013
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
There’s a long queue out the front of the Garage tonight. It looks to be a good one. Then you clock the line is for Girlschool, installed in the main venue, whilst at the door for Sister, upstairs, feet are a bit more thin on the ground. Sadly missing as well is our photographer, who taken severely ill can’t be in attendance. Shall we just go home now – not likely. For one, despite the faux-female name and the make-up, Sister are four dudes from Sweden, and are as cool as cucumbers in their home climate. For another, they’re finishing a mammoth year of touring and one quiet door won’t do much to dent that.
But most of all, Sister just don’t give a fuck about such things. That’s not the Sister way.
Death to All
with Obscura and DarkRise
@ The Kentish Town Forum, London UK
26th November, 2013
Review by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Michelle Murphy
Celebrating past legends is something the metal scene has always hung onto. Who can miss the Dimebag tributes every year, the Dio stage at Bloodstock and the Jeff Hanneman tribute is surely not too far off. One that you rarely hear of though is pioneer and father of death metal Chuck Schuldiner. Aiming to change this are three of his old band members who joined him at during his career. Death to All is a celebration of the life of this influential musician by keeping alive his work from over the years.
“Yeah! All lyrics done and only one more vocal to record. Mixing makes descend progress. Friday it’s time for the bakings, some solo voices of Jan and all his second harmonies. Looking so damned forward to finish and listen to all songs with my favorite headphones and a beer!!”
“Hey Folks, heavy mixing is happening at good old powerhouse putting all the work of the past months together into single stereo files. Backing vocals and choirs still need to be recorded and assembled in, but it sounds already damned good \m/. Can’t wait myself to listen to the finished album with all the songs in the optimal running order and with full sound. Ok, back to work cause time’s running shorter than you think
Best, Piet & the boys”
American Thrash legends FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will be heading over to Europe in February to support SEPULTURA and LEGION OF THE DAMNED!
+ LEGION OF THE DAMNED
+ FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
07/02/14 DE – Bochum, Matrix
08/02/14 DE – München, Backstage
09/02/14 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
10/02/14 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
11/02/14 DK – Esbjerg, Tobakken
12/02/14 DE – Osnabrück, Rosenhof
13/02/14 DE – Berlin, C-Club
14/02/14 PL – Katowice, Megaclub
15/02/14 DE – Glauchau, Alte Spinnerei
16/02/14 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Club
18/02/14 SK – Zilina, Smerr Club
19/02/14 AT – Wien, Arena
20/02/14 AT – Salzburg, Rockhouse
21/02/14 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
22/02/14 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
23/02/14 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
24/02/14 FR – Lyon, CCO Villeurbonne
25/02/14 FR – Toulouse, Bikini
26/02/14 ES – Barcelona, Salamandra 1
27/02/14 ES – Madrid, Arena
28/02/14 PT – Lissabon, Paradise Garage
01/03/14 ES – Pamplona, Totem
03/03/14 FR – Caen, Cargo
04/03/14 FR – Rennes, L’Antipode
05/03/14 FR – Paris, Trabendo
06/03/14 NL – Den Haag, Paard
07/03/14 NL – Enschede, Atak
08/03/14 BE – Antwerp, Trix
09/03/14 NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
In the deep forests of Sweden – a long trip into the southern countryside and in the small village of Linneryd – ENTRAILS guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist has now resurrected that old converted woodshed that ENTRAILS used as rehearsal room in the 90’s. Behind these walls he was making some nasty riffs during the early 90’s until the band was put to sleep.
It has now become a studio/rehearsal room for the band where they can record all their music including the drums instead of hiring a studio to record some drums. But it doesn’t end there; when Jimmy was done with the studio he got so much inspiration that he basically locked himself in and did a bunch of new tunes in only a few days. Comments Lundqvist: “These walls have some cool memories and bring me in the mood to create, so it was a good decision to renovate that room and make it a studio combined with a rehearsal room. It took me some weeks during the summer to fix the room and of course I had friends helping me until it was done. Finally we have our own studio which will help us a lot in being even more creative”.
Spanish festival RIPOLLET ROCK has set 29th August 2014 as the date of the next edition, the number 22.
The festival took place in Ripollet, a small city 15 kilometers far from Barcelona. It’s free-entrance and last year, more than 6000 people attended the event, where Masterplan, Zenobia, Rising, Aggression and El Rey de espaldas where playing.
You can check a video here: http://youtu.be/TAPCjxUOYTU
Two promotional videos for the 2014 Metal All-Stars tour featuring former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza can be viewed below.
Menza: I’m totally pumped and honored to get the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of the largest and legendary voices in heavy metal. It’s definitely going to be a interesting and unique tour, something European and South American fans don’t want to miss and I’m hoping it hits the states.
The Metal All-stars tour will feature “some of the biggest contributors to the heavy metal genre along with some of the most technical musicians in the industry,” according to a press release.
THE OCEAN’s highly anticipated triple-DVD release, Collective Oblivion, is now available in stores and on-line. Collective Oblivion is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on YouTube, including: Russia 2012 video blog, The Ocean in China, The Ocean North American tour blog 2011, and more. Finally, fans will be able to see this thorough and expansive look at THE OCEAN’s career and touring experiences, including the Heliocentric record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more! Read the rest of this entry »
LAMB OF GOD Partners with Specticast for Worldwide Distribution of “As The Palaces Burn” Feature Film
LAMB OF GOD is pleased to announce that they have entered in to a worldwide distribution deal with Specticast (Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, Paul McCartney Rock Show) for their Don Argott (Last Days Here, Art of the Steal, School of Rock) directed feature film “As The Palaces Burn”. Filming for the feature began in 2012 and concluded in March of 2013.
“As The Palaces Burn”, not to be confused with the making-of documentary packaged with the recent re-release of the 2003 LAMB OF GOD album of the same name, was conceived to be a documentary focused on the power of music and its impact on cultures around the world and its ability to bring together people of all nationalities regardless of religious or political differences. After a worldwide casting call, filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Israel, India, and the United States. As filming reached its conclusion, the documentary was forced to take a major turn when the band’s lead singer, Randy Blythe, was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with the murder of a fan in June 2012. Granted unique access to Blythe’s continuing saga, Argott’s filming covered Blythe’s 38 day imprisonment in Prague, his release and the band’s return to live performances, and finally Blythe’s trial for murder in Prague in February 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Cult Italian black metal enigma HRIZG announces the completion of Individualism, the band’s new album for MORIBUND RECORDS. Individualism shall be HRIZG’s third album to date, and second for MORIBUND, who released the critically acclaimed Anthems to Decrepitude in 2011. As mainman Erun-Dagoth reveals, “All I can say is that Individualism is a kind of mixture between my two previous albums and the best effort I have done as a solo instrumentalist. As for lyrics, they are also more into the nihilist and misanthropic philosophy.” Read the rest of this entry »
Led by DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath, Norwegian doomsday rock ‘n’ rollers CHROME DIVISION have released the official video for “Endless Nights,” a track off the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, Infernal Rock Eternal, whose perfect blend of dirty, rust-filled, beer-doused rock is scheduled for release in North America on January 21st, 2014.
“Endless Nights” was directed by long-time visual collaborator Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company. View the final result from Norway’s Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers Local Union 666 on YouTube:
Polish extreme metal band VADER have entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland to record their twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI. The Wiesławski Brothers, Wojtek and Slawek, will share duties at the production helm.
“VADERMANIAX!!!! The next chapter, a new bible for all those hungry for extreme massacre and dark challenges is called: TIBI ET IGNI,” states VADER mainman Peter W. “Translated from Latin, this pretty symbolic title is ‘For You (and only You) and Fire.’ Ten songs + bonuses are in the plans to be created. We’ll record all of these bloody tracks of new incarnations. Today we’re calibrating the heavy weapon for James [Stewart, drummer], so his drumming can your blow heads off your necks. More details soon. Will we set anxiety in your minds? We’ll film the recording process to show the whole thing in a while. Of course, we’ll keep you informed about each next step in recordings regularly. STAY ALERTED!!!!”
German Death Metal brutes SLAUGHTERDAY have officially released their debut album, Nightmare Vortex, on FDA Rekotz.The full-length successor to the limited-edition cassette demo, Cosmic Horror, Nightmare Vortex showcases SLAUGHTERDAY’s insane brand of cosmic Death Metal that falls somewhere between AUTOPSY’s Mental Funeral and HYPOCRISY’s Penetralia. Featuring stunning guitar melodies, fat bass lines, hellish vocals and annihilating drums, the movements from speeding ferocity to crawling crush are the stuff of traumatic audio terror. Do not miss this masterpiece of classic Death Metal. Album artwork courtesy of Mark Cooper.
A recently released music video for the song “Morbid Shroud of Silence” is now playing at this location.