Metal’s finest author, Martin Popoff, has a new book out that examines the age old question “Who invented heavy metal?” Martin says:
“Folks, this was a monster undertaking, comprising quotes from 126 different speakers (mostly the metal-makers themselves), many of them interviewed multiple times, blasted at you with much of my own contextualizing over 120,000 words of oral history, strict and detailed timeline, obsessive philosophizing, punctuated by more than 250 graphics. This book arose from years of debating this question with people, as well as talks I’ve given on the topic at university conferences (the below text is derived from the Finland program). I’ve endeavored to include everything related to the story, the result being a massive arrangement of all the salient arguments, in a weighty tome that ends in 1971!”
It’s one of the great debates in headbanged musicology and the answer is as complicated as it is hotly contested. Martin Popoff’s Who Invented Heavy Metal? provides the most detailed, well argued, reasonable, ridiculously complete, and most lively and readable telling of the early history of heavy metal yet, arming the argumentative headbanger with all the facts and figures one needs on hand to win those bar room bets around this provocative question.
Ultimately, Who Invented Heavy Metal? aims to be a book that doesn’t limit itself to fans of heavy metal, given the genre’s unarguable cultural value and pervasiveness, as well as the wide umbrella of topics discussed within the volume. Put another way, it is the author’s wish that the book provides wide instructional scope of teachable moments through unfolding, subconscious, telling by osmosis of the very history of heavy metal’s origins through events inside the genre but, surprisingly, many events outside of its own kerranging reverberations.
BY NEIL DANIELS PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: MAY 1, 2015
ONCE A ROCKER, ALWAYS A ROCKER – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF AEROSMITH’S JOE PERRY
Undoubtedly the most important and successful band to come out of the U.S. of A., Aerosmith remain intact after more than four decades of down ‘n dirty rock ’n’ roll. They’ve been called ‘The Bad Boys From Boston’ and ‘America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band’ for a reason. Aerosmith are one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time, having sold over a hundred million albums worldwide. The Boston bad boys have been together for over forty years and like their English heroes, the Rolling Stones, they are still making music and touring well into the 2010s; albeit at a much slower pace than the old days.
However, outside of the band Joe Perry has enjoyed a solo career that has attained cult status. Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker explores the original Joe Perry Project, notably the superlative first two albums: Let The Music Do The Talking and I’ve Got The Rock ’N’ Rolls Again as well as 1983’s less well-received Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker. Perry restarted his solo career in the noughties with 2005’s self-titled album and 2009’s Have Guitar, Will Travel and more recently, the 2014 EP, Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. But it’s those first two albums that really made an impression.
Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth only recently announced the completion, release and cover artwork for their opus nocturne and 11th studio album entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’. Having been three years since the release of their previous album – this has been the longest gap in the band’s murky history. And the wait is nearing completion.
Cradle Of Filth have revealed today that ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ will be released via Jewelcase CD, Limited Edition Digipak, Mail Order Edition and 2LP vinyl formats. This highly anticipated and caliginous creation was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, indarkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios.
The album’s title is named after the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributory. It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches’ hands. It’s payback time.
‘Hammer Of The Witches’ is due for global release on 10th July via Nuclear Blast. It is the first Nuclear Blast album to have a Global Release Date.
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right,due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band’s first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.
Today, HELLOWEEN releases a new album trailer, in which they talk about the background of the record, as well as give insight into their album listening party on the island of Tenerife.
In anticipation of their upcoming recordNoita, Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have release their second track-by-track video.Watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the creative process behind the songs “Jouni Jouni “, “Kylästä Keväinen Kehto“,Ämmänhauta”and “Sen Verran Minäkin Noita” here:
KORPIKLAANI will release their ninth full length studio album Noita,on May 1st (Europe) and May 4th (N. America) via Nuclear Blast. Noitais the first KORPIKLAANI release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula’s joining the band has added another dimension in the band’s folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. The albumwas recorded at Petrax Studios with musician and producer Aksu Hanttu.Jan Yrlund (MANOWAR, SIRENIA etc), of Darkgrove Design, created the artwork. Yrlund has created all of the KORPIKLAANI artwork in recent years and once again has come up with another masterpiece. Fans can pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/KORPIKLAANI-NoitaNB.
Tonight saw the return of Prong; the American industrial/thrash metal band, which was formed back in 1986 by guitarist and vocalist Tommy Victor to our UK shores and after announcing their cover album earlier this year, it was clear these guys were as excited to be here as we was to see them!
Skyforger – the only pagan/folk outfit to ever make it outside the borders of Latvia are finally ready to present their latest and highly anticipated studio album Senprusija that has hit the stores after 5 years or constant gigging and more or less intensive work on new material and concepts.
Legendary front-man Mike Howe returns to Metal Church! In the summer of 2014 the band suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer. As fate would have it, Kurdt was already in talks with Mike for another project that he was working on with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, so he decided to ask Mike to rejoin Metal Church. Mike agreed, but true to form, didn’t want to make it official until he knew for sure that the integrity of the new material was there. In Mike’s own words, ” I didn’t want to come back to Metal Church just for nostalgia, it had to be for the right reasons, it had to be the best stuff we’ve ever written together or it just wouldn’t be worth it to anyone, especially the fans.” Soon after, Kurdt and Mike began exchanging ideas and writing new material with the band. The end result sounds like “Classic Mike Howe era Metal Church, it’s both heavy and melodic” says guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and further states “Mike sounds the same as he did 20 years ago, this is going to be truly epic!!” Drummer Jeff Plate comments, “Mike Howe is the ONLY singer for Metal Church. He has a reputation of complete honor and respect. We can now take Metal Church to the next level!”
Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday like”.
The band is currently in the process of working on their new album, which will be released later this year via Rat Pak Records. Metal Church is: Mike Howe (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitars) Jeff Plate (Drums), Steve Unger (Bass) and Rick VanZandt (Guitars).
What exactly is a sad song? Well, that is personal, and up to the listener, but it usually has something to do with the lyrics which one relates to AND the feel of the music. We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below….
Thrashers and 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada champions MUTANK have announced new show dates in Ontario and Quebec, which includes a support date for Night Demon in Montreal, a slot at Trailer Thrash Fest in St. Pie, QC alongside Anonymus and Augury plus and appearance at Thrash Fest Rock in Trois Rivieres, QC and a fall date in NYC for New York Death Fest where they will share the stage with an international line up that includes Gutalax, Soils of Fate, Uncleansed, Dehumanized and more. Their latest album M.E.C.H. Metal was released in early 2014 and is available on audio cassette and free digital download here.
May 9 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog w/ Dealer, Cross Bones, Sights of War – Event and tick info here.
May 22 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar w/ Night Demon, Caym, Meet The Mailman – Event and ticket info here.
May 23 – Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf w/ Accursed Creation, Volatile, Sludgehammer – Event and ticket info here.
May 30 – Oshawa, ON @ The Atria w/ Sludgehammer, The Cuff, The Dixie Dead – Event and ticket info here.
June 5 – Hamilton, ON @ Doors Pub
August 22 – Saint-Pie, QC @ Trailer Thrash Fest w/ Anonymus, Augury, Eternal Judgment, Insurrection , Bookakee, Dark Century, Accursed Spawn and more! – Event and ticket info here.
October 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus – New York Death Fest w/ Gutalax, Soils of Fate, Uncleansed, Dehumanized and more! – Event and ticket info here.
November 6/7 – Trois Rivieres, QC @ Cafe Le Stage – Thrash Fest Rock w/ Horfixion, Hellbörn, Eternal Judgment, Voor, Phosphorus – Event and ticket info here. Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian powerhouse KATAKLYSM are set to release their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Godson July 31st (Europe, UK, US) via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a short video previewing music from the album and detailing their plan to release a video clip for every track on Of Ghosts And Gods, here: https://youtu.be/zeAtgH6zM2E
The artwork from KATAKLYSM‘s explosive new album was done by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist Surtsey(www.facebook.com/ocvltadesigns). The cover’s sinister artwork depicts the reality of humanity’s beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death through the mortal and the everlasting. The background shows an ancient incantation written in Aramaic.
Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint are set to release their seventh studio album this summer. The album, Win Hands Down, is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. A limited number of European deluxe box set bundles have been imported for North American fans. Those bundles can be ordered now at metalblade.com/armoredsaint. While there, check out the brand new music video for the title track from Win Hands Down, then watch the newly released behind the scenes:
Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.) recently embarked on a European tour with Pepper Keenan who has been away from the band for a long time. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the band’s bassist, Mike Dean, to talk about the reunion with Pepper, the different versions of C.O.C., and of course to reflect on the past of the band from their heyday and hardcore era.
INTERVIEW WITH DIMI PONTIAC OF THE FINNISH SPEED METAL PATROL: RANGER
Hail the old school speed metal! It lives well in Finland, thanks to the rising forces of metalbangers known as Ranger. The four piece has taken the metal scene by storm and conquered both new and old metal heads with skull splitting metal. Ranger’s most recent output, WHERE EVIL DWELLS, is a pure old school speed metal onslaught, with a modern approach. The band’s frontman Dimi Pontiac talks more about the new awesome album, and yes, every old school worshiper needs to get a hold of the album now!