Thanks to: Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview and to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo and additional promo pictures of the band
Finnish vocalist Heidi Parviainen (ex- Amberian Dawn) recently released an album with her new band Dark Sarah. The album is called BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL and it ought to appeal to fans of symphonic goth/metal. The album came to life thanks to crowd funding on Indie a Go Go and was recorded in three separate parts which later became the album. We talked about the album, the guest appearances, and the on going process with releasing the album. The first video from the disc came two years ago so I guess Heidi was glad to finally unleash her work to the fans and the world. Read more about her journey below.
NECROMASS’ video “Fair of Blasphemy” is now available. The video was directed by Stefano Poggioni and features Claudia Cataldi(Factory Prod.) as director of photography, both winners of several video-clips and short films awards, such as “The Drift”.
This is the first official video of the cult florentine band and it is a first preview of the new split with Mortuary Drape, set to be released shortly by Funeral Industries.
The classic three piece line-up of Exciter has returned. The legendary Canadian metal band went through changes resulting in the break-up of the previous line-up a few years ago. When the return of the classic line-up was announced, die hard old school metal fans went totally berserk. The first three albums – HEAVY METAL MANIAC, VIOLENCE AND FORCE and LONG LIVE A LOUD are pure classic gems in the speed/thrash metal genre. Therefore, the return of the original Exciter is truly welcomed. Here we have guitarist John Ricci to talk about the band’s reunion and writing new songs.
Finnish Metal heroes CHILDREN OF BODOM will release their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos, worldwide on October 2nd, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out a message from the studio from Alexi and Janne HERE.
Pre-orders for I Worship Chaos are available beginning today!
I Worship Chaos will be available in following formats:
– CD + DVD digibook (incl. bonus DVD and three bonus tracks!)
Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have announced their highly-anticipated 26-date North American tour for 2016 with headliners NIGHTWISH! The trek launches in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd. Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in with a special message for their North American fans:
“It’s again been far too long since our last American tour, so we’re really happy to announce that we’re coming back once again…and with NIGHTWISHnevertheless. As we’ll be working on our next studio album in the spring of 2016, be ready to hear some surprises during the tour. Even if we prepared to be in the studio for the whole spring, this was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass on and we’re all looking forward to see our North American fans once again and kick some ass. Until then, take care and a big cheers!!”
Guitarist Michael Romeo commented on the new single:
“Without You” is a bit mellower than the first single, “Nevermore,” with a big chorus and a sweeping feel. I don’t know if I would call the track a ballad, but it’s a little bit softer, not so much about riff, but more the acoustic and electric interplay. Those two are good single choices, if you will, because they represent what the record is: it’s heavy, but at the same time, there are some of these soaring melodic parts.”
Two years since the release of their last record, ‘Target Earth’, iconic space thrashers Voivod embarked on a European tour that first took them to The Underworld venue in London. Even if the show suffered from out-of-place support acts (and not entirely enthusiastic ones to boot), the headliners still turned it into a reflection of the heavy metal world’s brotherhood, as well as its comparative open-mindedness towards rock ‘n’ roll.
From Hell’s Heart:
From Hell’s Heart: Top 5 Bands That
Should (AND CAN) Reunite
As usual, constraints must be placed on everyone’s suggestions. To qualify for this week’s list, the band has to be defunct. They cannot be actively recording or touring with a line-up that one may simply not like, or feel is legitimate. This week, it’s about bands we’d like to see return who are not currently active in ANY form. One extra caveat, the reunion has to be possible. If the band cannot reunite because a main person behind the sound is sadly dead (Pantera, Death, Dio, etc.) then an actual reunion is impossible. Yes a “tribute” or a “celebration” is possible with remaining members, but that is not the same thing as a band reuniting for another kick at the can, and it is to that idea we turn our thoughts….
David Vincent encourages fans to stay morbid in the official statement
“I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together.
Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects. Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides because, I am not.
I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid! ~David Vincent”
Grey Eagle Casino Calgary, Alberta, June 4th ,2015
by JP Photos by Jeff Bartelli
They say when one door closes another opens and in the case of metal-friendly venues this is the case. Recently the Republik Nightclub announced that after twenty years it would be closing it’s doors. Meanwhile on the other side of town the Grey Eagle Casino hosted it’s first ever Heavy Metal concert and plans to bring more to town!
According to the official facebook of Thor Anders Myhren aka Destructhor has left Morbid Angel as well. Here is the full statement :
“I would like to announce that I, Destructhor, as well am out of Morbid Angel. Due to issues of them wanting to work with someone more local. Actually pretty good news to me since I personally decided to leave Morbid Angel after the last tour we did in Europe nov/dec 2014. It is definitely time for me to move on with the Norwegian extreme act MYRKSKOG. This is where I truly belong and exciting things are happening! A new record is being released next year with coming tours, festivals and so on. So it’s time to step it up and prepare for war with my Norwegian/Swedish brothers in MYRKSKOG.
As for Morbid Angel I wish them all the best with everything! It’s been a lot of great experiences! No hard feelings at all and may the future bring us all to another dimension!
The legendary Saint Vitus is hailed as one of the most influential doom metal outfits amongst several doom/death worshipers out there. The band has been soldiering on since the early 80’s and have gone thru several up and down hills. Since the latest album titled LILLIE-F65 saw the light of day a few years ago, the four piece has been constantly on the road supporting the album until problems hit the face again.
The long-awaited NIGHTWISH movie Imaginaerum is now available in North America on Nuclear Blast Records!
Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?
Imaginaerum creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination and life itself – a true emotional rollercoaster ride!