Since their album Skydancer was first being released in 1993, it’s fair to say that Dark Tranquillity have racked up the releases since then. Hailing from Sweden, the new album, Construct is their tenth album from the melodic death metal’ers. With their World Construct tour taking them across Europe this year before heading over to America, Japan and Australia for early 2014, I took the opportunity to speak to Niklas Sundin (guitar).
Just after finishing their sound check for the first night of the tour at The Underworld in Camden, I sat down with Niklas to talk more about touring, the different audiences and to find out more about their new release, Construct.
After what seems like a very long 5 year wait, Satyricon return to London off the back of what once again has been a new album to divide opinion about the band. Given that the new album was chosen to be self-titled, it needed to be something defining to the style and progression of the band and their sound over the years and in my opinion it seems like they have achieved a really progressive mix of old and new styles whilst also experimenting into the future with tracks like Phoenix which features the first melodic lead vocals in Satyricon’s history.
Despite the recent split between the founding members, Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire still seem to be on full form, returning to bring us DARK WINGS OF STEEL. The sagas may be past and buried now but this band continues to live on, bringing out two powerful new players in 2011, and hitting both the road and the studio to continue spreading tales of magic, wizards and dragons to anyone willing to listen. Sat in a swanky hotel in the center of London, we chat to founding member Alex Staropoli about life in Rhapsody after Lucca and what the future holds for the band.
On Black Friday (Nov. 29th), a special “vomit-inducing” LP re-issue of CARCASS’ debut album, Reek of Putrefaction, will be available at participating retailers in the USA. Featuring the original banned artwork of autopsy photographs collected from medical journals, this Reek of Putrefaction LP comes tastefully wrapped in “black body bag” shrink-wrap with an assortment of bonus material waiting to be exhumed, including: (1) 24″x36″ fold-out color poster of album art (2) hand-numbered toe tag (3) puke-splattered vinyl.
Limited to 1500 copies, this re-issue will disappear fast. To find a store that carries the Reek of Putrefaction LP, please visit: www.recordstoreday.com
The most prestigious Heavy Metal festival in southern Italy reveals one more surprise for the 2014 Edition!
Just a few weeks after the announcement of the first confirmed bands, the organizers of the TOTAL METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL spread another wonderful news to the Italian metal audience! In fact, in addition to the already announced and warmly welcomed MOONSPELL, the famous Apulian event will also feature the stainless thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR!
Since their smashing debut in 1989, that Technical Thrash Metal masterpiece called “Alice In Hell“, Annihilator came overwhelmingly among the big names of global metal scene, standing out for their unique style which today is a source of inspiration for many other big band and, at the same time, inimitable! After more than 20 years of career, the band led by virtuoso and brilliant guitarist Jeff Waters is still an amazing war machine and it showed not only with their latest highly successful album “Feast“, but also with their latest fired live appearances on prestigious stages such as Wacken Open Air, the Metal Days in Tolmin and many others in every corner of the world where big metal fans were able to find a band in excellent form and capable with every single riff to penetrate deep within every soul devoted to the sacred creed of Heavy Metal!
“Thy Kingdom Scum” in stores and on-line everywhere now!
Church of Misery, Japan’s finest doom export, has been forced to issue another set of revisions for their North American tour. Due to unforeseen complications, Church of Misery has rerouted dates after December 5th. The new dates are listed below.
“Thy Kingdom Scum“was written and recorded by Tatsu Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa and features the return of the band’s original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa. The album has been praised as one of the best doom releases of 2013, with Decibel Magazine declaring it has “some of the wickedest doom grooves since Black Sabbath 40 years ago…it’s resounding proof that no one right now-not even the reunited Sabbath with a newly wound-up Ozzy-can come close to the gargantuan swing of the mighty Church of Misery.” Terrorizer Magazine adds that “Thy Kingdom Scum” is a “very welcome return of Hideki Fukasawa on vocals (and synth too)…reaching Anselmo-like drawling lows…”
MELECHESH: Ashmedi Signature 12-String Guitar Unveiled at NAMM 2013!
With the release of their sixth album scheduled for 2014 via Nuclear Blast, Sumerian Black/Thrash Metal pioneers MELECHESH, present an interview with mainman Ashmedi. The interview, which was featured on Canadian TV show “The Cool Guy Files”, was conducted in 2011 while MELECHESH was on tour in North America. You can watch the entire episode with Ashmedi at the following link: http://youtu.be/5iZLVw7NTAc.
EPICA: RETROSPECT Out Now + “Martyr Of The Free Word” Live Clip Online
Retrospect, the live release fromDutch symphonic metal band EPICA, is out now as a deluxe hardcover book with 36 pages, both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version! Check out the third clip from Retrospect, “Martyr of the Free Word”, online at: http://goo.gl/ysN8PL
EPICA’s guitar player Isaac Delahaye comments: “This is one of my favorite tracks to play live: starting fast and furious, going into a groovy verse, giving the choir a pole position in the bridge. Awesome. We’re very happy that this great show is now officially out on DVD and Blu-Ray, and that we can share this with all of our fans. We’re already working hard on the new studio album, but this retrospect release reminds us of the great times we’ve lived so far. And we’re glad you’ve been part of it!”
On March 23 2013, EPICA celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special concert dubbed Retrospect. EPICA played in front of nearly five thousand ecstatic fans and performed the biggest hits from across the spectrum of their entire catalog. During this evening the band was accompanied by the seventy piece Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable 3-hours best-of set. Ten high-definition cameras captured this very special sold-out show.
Doogie White is currently in a studio in Szczecin, Poland recording his parts for the new exciting project WAMI. The project, scheduled for release in early Spring, will give a new meaning to hard’n’heavy music! The names associated with it are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.
CHASTAIN’s “Surrender To No One” marks the return of original vocalist Leather Leone. Long considered one of the originators of the female power metal vocal style, Leather proves on the new CD she hasn’t lost anything from her glory days. Leather was the vocalist on the classic CHASTAIN albums:
Mystery of Illusion
Ruler of the Wasteland
The 7th of Never
The Voice of the Cult
For Those Who Dare
Also returning to the band is original bassist Mike Skimmerhorn. The drums are now being handled by Stian Kristoffersen (Pagan’s Mind, Firewind).
Technical thrash/groove outfit Common Dead has posted two of the band’s albums in full via YouTube. Listeners can also use the Annotations feature to shuffle around songs in any order. “Diatribe” and “Allegorize”, from 2012 and 2013 respectively, are two of the most recent albums and were solo efforts from band founder Andrew Laurenson.
Common Dead has been on hiatus since the summer while Laurenson is composing soundtrack material under his real name. Both albums can be found below and are up for purchase at major online stores. For more info, check out www.commondead.com or www.facebook.com/commondead.