TÝR releases ‘Another Fallen Brother’, the third single taken off new album ‘Valkyrja’, exclusively via website of Metal Hammer Germany!
- WITCHES MARK - Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse post-festival wrap up (Apr 24, 2014)
- SLAYER OFFERS FREE DOWNLOAD, FORMS LABEL IMPRINT, SIGNS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST (Apr 24, 2014)
- SLAYER Debut New Song At Golden Gods Awards, Free Download At SLAYER.NET (Apr 24, 2014)
- New bands to Summer Breeze Festival (Apr 24, 2014)
- GUITAR VIRTUOSO YNGWIE MALMSTEEN JOINS FORCES WITH ULI JON ROTH, GARY HOEY AND BUMBLEFOOT FOR FIRST-EVER "GUITAR GODS" FESTIVAL TOUR (Apr 23, 2014)
- Delain - Interview with Charlotte Wessels (Apr 25, 2014)
- Terry Butler - Massacre & Obituary & Denial Fiend (Six feet Under & Death) (Apr 21, 2014)
- Crystal Viper - Interview With Marta Gabriel (Apr 17, 2014)
- Amaranthe Interview @ 02 Islington Academy (Apr 16, 2014)
- Deals Death Interview @ 02 Islington Academy (Apr 16, 2014)
- D.A.D. 30 Years Tour 2014 – Scandinavian leg - at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden (Apr 24, 2014)
- Within Temptation @ Wembley Arena, London (Apr 23, 2014)
- Metalfest IV - Northern Ireland (Apr 23, 2014)
- Summer Breeze Festival 2014 (Preview) (Apr 23, 2014)
- Iced Earth with Sabaton and Revamp - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada April 14th, 2014 (Apr 21, 2014)
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, in cooperation with TheGauntlet.com, have made the track “Unfit for Human Consumption” available for streaming here http://goo.gl/VyH8V0. The song comes from their upcoming record Surgical Steel, which will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The highly-anticipated sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://smarturl.it/
According to numerous reports out of New Orleans, Joey LaCaze, drummer of EYEHATEGOD, OUTLAW ORDER and TEN SUICIDES, has passed away. He was 42 years old and leaves behind a wife and a child. No further details are currently available.
It was recently announced that EYEHATEGOD would make an appearance at Philip Anselmo‘s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival this fall in Austin, Texas.
Since forming in 1988, EYEHATEGOD has defied all odds and continues to exist and persist despite personal and professional setbacks. They’ve been called doomcore, sludge and stoner rock, survived line-up shuffles, label hassles and a short-lived split. And after more than two decades of creating some of the most corrosive, vile music known to man, EYEHATEGOD still hasn’t lost the piss and vinegar that fueled it back the late Eighties.
Interview with Tommaso Riccardi
By Peter Atkinson
Photos from https://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse
With their brand new third album Labyrinth, Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse have unleashed a masterful mashup of death/black metal brutality and aggression starkly contrasted by orchestral beauty and operatic grandiosity. Tied together by a metaphoric storyline built around the myth of Theseus and his journey through the Labyrinth of Knossos to kill the minotaur, it is an exercise in taking everything over the top — yet it is adeptly executed and avoids the common traps that seem to trip up these sorts of albums time and again. It’s a benchmark of symphonic extreme metal that raises the bar for performance and presentation – and sheer audacity. As the band were preparing to leave for the states to join a tour headlined by Finland’s Wintersun, lead vocalist/guitarist Tommaso Riccardi took some time to chat over Skype about Fleshgod Apocalypse’s remarkable musical growth, the trial and error that enabled them to pull off something as ambitious as Labyrinth and their desire to bring their music to the masses, wherever those masses might be.
LAMB OF GOD
@ The Limelight, Belfast
12th August 2013
Review by Melanie Brehaut
Photography by Paul Verner
For those of us who didn’t make it Bloodstock this year and knowing the next round of ‘UK tour’ announcements will almost inevitably leave out Northern Ireland (argh!), tonight’s Lamb of God gig in the Limelight gives up something to be whimperingly grateful for. In fairness, LOG has returned to both the north and south of Ireland several times (take note, other bands!)
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Baltimore thrashers NOISEM will embark on their most widespread and extreme tour to date this fall, the quartet having been confirmed as support for a massive chunk of the upcoming North American trek with Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder! Sharing the support slot with Fallujah, the NOISEM crew will hit twenty-four cities across the US and Canada with the massive tour from October 24th through November 19th, the band promising to remove faces every night. Get there early and watch these young assassins lay down a wall of divebomb-strewn high-octane thrash intensity.
Preceding the tour, NOISEM will tear it down at several other regional gigs including three dates with A389 labelmates Full Of Hell in September. Read the rest of this entry »
GENE HOGLAN Announces NEW DVD Details – Choose from SEVEN Pre-Order Packages NOW at www.HoglanIndustries.com
YOU Decide What Happens on Next “The Atomic Clock” DVD!
The time has come! Earlier this month, GENE HOGLAN announced that there would be another “The Atomic Clock” DVD coming out, along with the announcement of his upcoming clinic tour, “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”. Now, Gene can unleash these details! The jam-packed DVD is available for pre-sale NOW, with several awesome package options (see below), at http://www.hoglanindustries.
Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives, TÝR, will be released on September 17th in North America, and September 13th/16th in Europe/UK. Fans can now view a small glimpse of the creative process behind Valkyrja while at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. The video features some of George Kollias’s drum tracking, as well as vocal tracking, and can be viewed now at metalblade.com/tyr.
The opening track to the album, “Blood of Heroes,” is streaming now at metalblade.com/tyr, where Valkyrja is also available for pre-order. Limited edition pre-order bundles are available that include Týr rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl LP, and the CD.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Tune In To The Exclusive New Webisode Live Now On Guitarworld.com and Revolvermag.com
In the midst of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s massive worldwide success–with their newly released album THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL Volume 1–the rock group are premiering a brand new track-by-track webisode today (August 21)–encompassing all the songs on the new album—on GuitarWorld.com and Revolvermag.com. Check out the webisode here: http://tinyurl.com/mdz7ont (GuitarWorld.com) & http://tinyurl.com/mhqr2jn (Revolvermag.com)
We are scheduling our first Audio Fidelity box set. The Audio Fidelity Collection featuring Deep Purple in 24K is scheduled just in time for the Holidays.
The DEEP PURPLE 24K GOLD FOUR CD BOX SET.
Street Date: December 3, 2013
“The Audio Fidelity Collection”
AFZB019 SRP $130.00
SHIPROCKED 2014: LACUNA COIL, SCORPION CHILD And More Added To Lineup Already Featuring Headliners FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
The ShipRocked 2014 band lineup has expanded with the addition of Lacuna Coil,Love & Death (featuring Brian “Head” Welch), Art of Dying, Butcher Babies, Scorpion Child, and Wilson. The 5-day cruise will also feature a special onboard DJ set by Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace and a comedy set from Big Jay Oakerson. Rock and roll dance troupe Hells Belles Burlesque (www.hellsbellesburlesque.com) is slated for a pair of performances, and will be offering burlesque workshops during the cruise.
The ultimate rock music cruise vacation onboard the Norwegian Pearl will depart from the Port Of Miami and will visit Great Stirrup Cay–a private island in the Bahamas–during the January 26-30, 2014 excursion.
The current band lineup for ShipRocked 2014–fueled by Monster Energy–includes: headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Device (featuring David Draiman), Sevendust, Candlebox, In This Moment, Lacuna Coil, The Halo Method, Nonpoint, Love & Death (with Brian “Head” Welch), Aranda, Art of Dying, Young Guns, Crash Kings, Butcher Babies,Scorpion Child, Wilson, American Fangs, Digital Summer, and Andy Wood & The Amalgam.
Onboard, bands will perform on the large outdoor Monster Energy Deck Stage, in the beautiful Stardust Theater, the Crystal Atrium stage, and the Spinnaker Lounge. While in port at Great Stirrup Cay, guests will enjoy unforgettable performances on the Beach Stage.
Here’s what headliners Five Finger Death Punch and some of the other bands are saying about ShipRocked:
Ivan Moody, Five Finger Death Punch:
“We had a blast playing ShipRocked last year, and what better way to start off 2014 than cruising to the Caribbean? It was such a cool experience getting to hang with our fans and we look forward to coming back and bringing our two new albums with us this time.”
In This Moment:
“We are excited beyond words to be back on ShipRocked for the third consecutive year. It’s such an honor to be asked again and we plan on bringing the best show of our career to the ship this year, all guns blazing! We can’t wait to meet the fans, drink piña coladas and rock the fuck out! See you on the boat!”
Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil:
“ShipRocked is going to be fantastic! It is already kind of superfluous to say that a cruise from Miami to the Bahamas–full of metal kids, great bands and outstanding food–will be an experience I am incredibly excited to make, but can I also mention that I pretty much know all of the bands on board? That means this will be a cruise with friends…and I just can’t wait to make new ones! Get onboard with us, you know you guys will regret it if you’ll miss it. Rock on!”
Andrea Ferro, Lacuna Coil:
“What turns me on about being part of ShipRocked is that you close the gap between dreaming and doing. A great ship sailing from Miami to the Bahamas with a lot of great bands, friends and crazy rockers–yes please, it’s gonna be awesome!”
“We are beyond excited to join some of our favorite bands and fans on the fifth ShipRocked cruise! We’ve heard rumors about the debauchery that ensues when you mix metal with paradise…we’ve already got our bikinis and swim trunks packed!”
Monster Energy returns for a third year as a primary ShipRocked sponsor with many of the band performances taking place on the Monster Energy deck stage, and Monster beverages being poured at bars throughout the ship. The Monster Energy acts on this year’s ShipRocked include Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Sevendust and Young Guns.
Hoffman Family Cellars’ Headbanger brand has joined ShipRocked as theofficial wine sponsor. Headbanger will be poured throughout the cruise, and several bands will perform in the Headbanger Lounge (Spinnaker). Hoffman Family Cellars owns and makes four wine brands (Headbanger, 401K, Curveball, Atmosphere). ShipRocked creator/producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment stated, “The Headbanger Brand and the people behind the wine match our passion for music and having a great time.” For more info on Headbanger wines, visit: www.exclusivefinewines.com.
Meliti Acoustics, makers of custom drums, will give cruise guests the chance to showcase their chops in a rockin’ drum battle. Meliti invites ShipRocked guests to “impress the audience and show the judges your inner Bonham.” In addition to their new line of drums, Meliti Acoustics offers the best in premium sound reproduction with their stereo loudspeakers and complete home theaters. Every product is made by hand in their Connecticut shop. For more details on Meliti Acoustics, visit: www.melitiacoustics.com.
A limited number of staterooms for the ShipRocked 2014 experience are still available at www.ShipRocked.com.
Each ShipRocked is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides guests with the opportunity to vacation with their favorite bands, meet new friends, and reunite with old friends year after year. On any given day, guests might find themselves dining, drinking, rocking out, swimming, working out, or gambling alongside their favorite rock stars. The full-ship charter provides a one-of-a-kind experience for guests to have the time of their life with thousands of like-minded friends.
For the first time in 2014, ShipRocked will wash ashore on its own private island. Guests will spend two full days enjoying concerts and activities on a private beach on Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas (http://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/great-stirrup-cay). The island features a large performance area on the beach with full production for rock shows and offers various island excursions such as parasailing, snorkeling, canoeing and more.
2014 also marks a vessel change for ShipRocked. The January 26-30, 2014 ShipRocked voyage will be held onboard the Norwegian Pearl, which Frommer’s calls one of the “most original mainstream megaships.” The Pearl features luxurious accommodations, along with 16 delicious dining options, 13 bars and lounges, casino, spa, fitness center, a chic bowling alley, rock climbing wall, sports court, two pools, waterslides, hot tubs, and much more.
As in the past, ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from every band on different stages throughout the ship, artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, along with artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, insane parties, theme nights and more.
The ShipRocked charity auction will benefit Cancer Sucks (www.cancersucks.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer. The auction will feature one-of-a-kind rock memorabilia from current and past ShipRocked bands and more. ShipRocked guests have a history of generosity, with previous onboard auctions raising over $150,000 for various charities.
Check out recap videos from ShipRocked’s 2012 cruise here:
ShipRocked 2012 Webisode “The Fans”: http://vimeo.com/59584971
ShipRocked 2012 Flashbacks (1-4): http://vimeo.com/album/2187683
The ultimate rock music cruise vacation is produced by Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment and celebrates its fifth year in 2014. The 2012 cruise featured a full ship of nearly 2,500 guests. The 2012 Cancer Sucks ShipRocked onboard charity auction raised over $70,000 towards funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer. Previous ShipRocked performers include: Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Buckcherry, Geoff Tate, Queensrÿche, Fuel, Vince Neil, Helmet, Hinder, P.O.D., Hellyeah, Sevendust, Skid Row, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, 10 Years, Filter, Pop Evil, Lit, Black Stone Cherry, Another Animal, In This Moment, and many more.
Reclusive former Megadeth star Nick Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years but now, he’s opening the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, “Nick Menza: Megalife” by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig. The cover art is expected to be released some time next week.
“Megadeth was a big part of my story,” Menza says, “but it was just one part. Jeff (Craig) has got me to talk about IT ALL!”
The book, which was written over the past 18 months, is in negotiations for release in late 2013. It features rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he’s ever been in, including, of course, the mega-selling Megadeth. “It’s a memoir of music,” writer Craig says, “But a lot more. It’s a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as not surprise to Nick’s fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path.
His first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later he was stepping out on stage in front of hundreds of thousands of screaming fans every night.
Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when Megadeth started a world tour in support of its album “Cryptic Writings” but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his band mates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently. What does Nick have to say about it all now?
“Buy the book it’s all in there!”
“Nick Menza: Megalife,” by J. Marshall Craig, is due in stores, in Kindle and eBook versions in late 2013.
J. Marshall Craig is best known for his critically acclaimed work as writer for Eric Burdon’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell’s “Between Rock and a Home Place,” West Coast hip-hop history “Guilty By
Association” (Damizza and J. Marshall Craig). Author of more than a dozen books, his work has been translated and published all over the world.
Johnny Thrash of the “The Oath” metal radio show, which airs on the KBZS-FM / 106.3 The Buzz station in Wichita Falls, Texas, recently conducted an interview with Menza. You can now listen to the two part chat at this location
For more information visit the new official Nick Menza site, www.menzajamz.com
It is with sincere regret that AEROSMITH has announced that it must cancel two previously scheduled festival gigs Wednesday, August 21 in Shanghai and Saturday, August 24 in Taipei. AEROSMITH shares the disappointment of their supportive fans in Shanghai and Taipei and they hope to see them soon.
“We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans,” says Steven Tyler. “They have welcomed us into their country and due to uncontrollable circumstances we will not be able to perform. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.”
Interview With Alex Skolnick of Testament
As part of my interviews with authors series, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Skolnick about his new memoir GEEK TO GUITAR HERO. Feel free to check out my review of his book here as well. Read the rest of this entry »
Out Now! This fictional rock ‘n’ roll memoir by acclaimed rock writer Neil Daniels tells the story of Johnny Cannon; an Alice Cooper tribute singer who used to front a band called The Druids, one of the most exciting and distinctive bands of the ‘80s hair metal era. They released two albums (‘The Flight Of The Druids’ and ‘Kingdome Come’) and toured the UK, Europe, America and Japan before calling it a day.
Vividly recalled and entertainingly written, this mock rock memoir is filled with hilarious anecdotes, candid diary entries and tales of unrelenting honesty. It is also a moving tribute to a bygone era.