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!
Power Metal Band Reverence Announces Album Cover Artwork
American power metal band Reverence, fronted by Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest), Pete Rossi (Overland, Sanxtion), Michael Massie (Overloaded, Inner Recipe), Steve ‘Doc Killdrums’ Wacholz (founding member of Savatage, Crimson Glory), is thrilled to announce that their new album ‘Gods Of War’ Cover Artwork (cover artwork below, done by Jobert Mello). ‘Gods Of War” will be let loose to cause havoc on Asia/Japan on October 21, 2015 through Marquee/Avalon Records and will be unleashed to conquer the rest of the world through Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015. The impending power metal assault is coming you way, take cover!
Video courtesy of William Prewitt Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres
British heavy metal legends Saxon recently toured the U.S. for the second time this year, on a monster billing recalling the now-classic “Bombers & Eagles Tour” of ’92, alongside the monolithic road-dog punters in Motörhead and the up-and-coming hard rockers in Crobot. I was lucky enough to catch up with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford prior to the band’s performance in Austin, Texas for a pre-show interview, Biff went into depth on the band’s new album “Battering Ram” as well as Saxon’s lengthy history with Lemmy & Motörhead. September 1st marked my third interview with the NWOBHM legend for Metal-Rules.com and later that night Saxon delivered in full once-more to a capacity crowd of “Denim & Leather” clad metal warriors who all stood up to be counted! Saxon is a timeless band more than capable of putting on an unforgettable night of heavy metal classics, perhaps only rivaled by the likes of fellow fathers of the craft like Accept, Priest, Maiden or Manowar. Their dedication to heavy metal is nothing short of inspiring and their lineage and discography grows stronger year-by-year as they continue to push the envelope, metallicly speaking. Here’s to many more years of “Heavy Metal Thunder” from Saxon!Read the rest of this entry »
Evil EyE Industries are excited to announce in conjunction with the impending Venom INC / Vader / Divine Chaos European Tour, a fan art competition where one lucky winner will receive a plethora of awesome prizes. We invite fans to interpret, ideate, sketch and submit their artwork of what ‘evil is lurking behind the mask’ from the first official tour poster feastured below. Read the rest of this entry »
With the imminent release of their Historikill: 1995-2007 box set we had a chat with Overkill’s iconic vocalist Bobby Blitz to discuss belt buckles, being a tourist, and what’s in store for the fans with this mega, 13 CD box-set.
Today, September 11, 2015, Slayer’s long-awaited 12th studio album Repentless (Nuclear Blast), is released and available to fans. Launching with glowing early reviews – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “Slayer continues to reign” (Kerrang!), “as unrelenting as all of their 11 previous” (SPIN), “the sound of Slayer telling you that it still recognizes its essence” (New York Times), and “a potent release that is undeniably Slayer” (Loudwire), the band is showing they are, as the British daily The Guardian put it, “still the masters of this stuff.”
The first music video from Repentless, the title track, also makes its global premiere today
The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means:
to feel no regret or remorse. Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered. Directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by Felissa Rose, the video features cameos by actors who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”), Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”).
This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.” For the “Repentless” video, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”
Repentless was produced and mixed by Terry Date and recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. The album is Slayer’s first release since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and features band members Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitars), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt.
Mongolian folk metallers Tengger Cavalry have undergone a major change recently, with the band permanently relocating to America and vocalist Nature Ganganbaigal recruiting new members for this most international of bands. Melanie Brehaut spoke to Ganganbaigal about the recent changes, and what it means for the band’s future.
by special guest writer and photographer Keith Devereux
It’s the second weekend of August so it must be Vagos Open Air (VoA), when the peace of the little town of Vagos is shattered by the roar of guitars, the pounding of drums and the delighted screams of a thousand metal fans. In its several years of existence VoA has gone from a small two day festival featuring local bands to a three day international festival that plays host to metal bands from all over Europe and beyond. That Vagos can attract international bands like Within Temptation, Overkill and Black Label Society, who were also playing at Bloodstock in the UK the same weekend, speaks volumes for the hard work of the promoters, Prime Artists, in creating a great festival with a good reputation.