Legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality SCOTT IAN recently announced a special one-off west coast “Speaking Words” performance, taking place at renowned Los Angeles nightclub Largo next Friday, October 10th! The event will also serve as Scott’s official “I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax” (Da Capo Press, October 2014) book release party and signing! Doors open at 7:00PM, the show begins at 8:00PM, and tickets are just $30. For more information, please visit Largo LA’s website, or buy tickets here via TicketFly.
LORD ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE ‘THE DUNGEON ERA’ BOX SET
Australian melodic metal masters LORD have announced their latest box set release ‘The Dungeon Era‘ comprising of all 4 official Dungeonalbums (Resurrection, A Rise To Power, One Step Beyond and Pariah) re-recorded with the current band and modern production. The release is also accompanied by a USB ‘all access’ pass packed with retrospective Dungeon nostalgia as well as digital versions of the re-recordings and remix/remasters of the original releases.
Slated to be released November 1 to coincide with their appearance at the ‘Steel Assassins True Metal Festival‘ in Sydney, the band has announced exclusive pre-orders for fans through their online webstore.
Commented by Lord Tim:
“From a business point of view, we are doing this to regain control of our rights and make sure the writers of these great songs get their well-deserved time in the spotlight. Due to labels folding or not really getting behind these albums the first time, a lot of this material was lost in the background noise. This release gives us the opportunity to give these songs a second chance, and hopefully for the ex-Dungeon members who wrote a lot of this material to see something back for all of their amazing work.From an artistic point of view, while we’ve been proud of everything we’ve ever done and it was the best we could do at the time, there was always a desire to hear this done not just “as good as we could do” but “exactly as we always imagined it.” Due to budget or technology restraints, there was always a level of compromise. This release answers the question: “What if it wasn’t like that?”
And from a continuity point of view, we really consider Dungeon to be the first era of the band we’re currently calling LORD. We still play the Dungeon back-catalogue live, and now with this being Dungeon’s 25th anniversary, it was a good opportunity to expose new fans to these awesome old songs, and formally unite both eras of the band.”
We just entered Belle City Studio with Chris Wisco as a producer (Origin, Jungle Rot, Novembers Doom, Lazarus AD) to record new songs for upcoming material. We will be working for the next few weeks for our upcoming release.
We thrilled with the direction of the new songs and we are looking forward to completing the recording in next few weeks.
Interview with Addison Herron-Wheeler, author of Wicked Woman
What first inspired you to write a book about the history of Women in Heavy Metal?
I have been thinking about women in relation to the heavy metal world for a long time, ever since high school, when I first began going to metal shows and studying feminism. But it wasn’t until I took a class in college called “Women in Music” that the idea really hit me. We all had to do a project on women in some genre of music, and I chose metal. That project made me realize what an interesting story there was to be told, and it was a very early and crude version of this book.
How did you come up with the title?
The title is a reference to the Coven Song “Wicked Woman,” which I think conjures up (witchy pun intended) the way that women are both worshiped and sort of scorned in the metal community. Also, I thought it was a catchy title; alliterations stick in your head!
Have you read any of the academic literature on the topic of women in metal over the years?
There is not much, but I have read Running With the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser, which is very good. I’ve also read a good deal of scholarship on punk and women in rock.
Are you a performer or artist yourself?
I am a writer and editor first and foremost. I write for Culture which is a cannabis lifestyle magazine and for 303 which is a magazine in Denver. I also write science fiction and I work as a teacher and tutor. I do play amateur guitar, acoustic mainly. I got rid of all my musical equipment when I moved across the country from Virginia to Colorado. I need to get an electric guitar again so I can build my metal chops back up!
Who are some of the women in Metal who inspired you to tell their story?
There are so many it is hard to count, and they aren’t even all in my book! Jinx Dawson for starting it all, Wendy O. Williams, Patty Smith, my friend Kerry Zylstra of Occultist, who’s on the cover of the book, for being a really cool friend and a super badass frontwoman, my friend Dorthia Cottrell of Windhand for being like a big sister to me over the years, girls like Kat Katz and Thérèse Lanz for being in the grindcore scene when hardly any women are, the list could pretty much go on forever!
From inception to printing, how long did this project take?
Counting from when I first got the idea, it’s been like over eight years! But since I really started working on it and taking it seriously, putting aside time to write every day, it took me a year and a half. I could have possibly done it more quickly if I didn’t decide to start writing right before moving across the country.
I noticed that this is an independent project. Did you solicit any publishers or female artists to contribute?
I did talk to Ian Christie of Bazillion Points and he was really nice, but he said he wasn’t taking on any new projects until the end of 2015 which was way too long to sit on this. And I did have some really awesome female contributors helping me out. Thérèse Lanz of Mares of Thrace did an interview for the book, as did this really cool band from Denver called Dead Temple. Awesome photographer Sarja Hasan did all the photos and my friend Kerry Zylstra is on the cover, along with a really cool lady named Dominique Withoff of Versklaven in Texas. Last but not least, Hannah Swann, whom I worked on a magazine with at college, did the graphic design. And I am not at all ashamed to say my mom helped with editing. My mom is a grammar wiz and a wicked woman herself. I could not have done this at all without the help of all these wonderful ladies!
I also noticed the book is quite short. This is not a criticism, I just wanted to read more! Do you feel there is enough room or time and energy to expand it into a second/revised edition with artwork, and more features?
Yes, the book is short, and part of that is because I didn’t have photo rights so I didn’t use photos except for Sarja’s wonderful pictures at the beginning of each chapter. I would love to re-release the book. I have been talking to some people about collaborations for both content and photos. To do this I would probably need to find a publisher, which I really hope can happen in a year or so!
I think this is a tough but fair question. You divided your chapters into rough genres (Death, black, Thrash etc) and the role of women in each. Why did you skip Power Metal, the largest of all Metal genres and the one that has historically had the most female performers and the genre that has also historically been the most progressive and accepting of women in Metal?
Hmmm, I do have a chapter on what I termed symphonic metal, which I think is what you are kind of touching on here . There are a few reasons I did not focus too heavily on that area. First, I was aware that another very interesting book, Not Just Tits in a Corset by Jill Hughes Kirtland, was in the works, and that is pretty much what she focused on. Also, I feel this is one area where women actually do get a lot of appreciation and exposure, and I really wanted to focus on the areas where they were less appreciated, like death metal and grindcore, and then tell the whole story of doom and Coven. And to be totally honest, I wrote the most about what I like the most, which are the genres mentioned in the previous sentence. However, I do think I could have more on this whole area, and if I do a reprint I will certainly keep that in mind!
Tell us a bit about being an independent author. Did you have a specific writing routine, i.e., staying up late, lots of coffee and cigarettes etc? What were some of your biggest challenges in writing WICKED WOMAN?
My writing routine every day consists of way too much coffee and way too much sitting in front of a screen ruining my back! In all seriousness, I try to be healthy but I think all writers suffer from caffeine addictions and not enough exercise! The biggest challenge was finding the time to finish the book. I work from home and do all free-lance; I don’t have a “job,” but it’s really hard not to prioritize the things that pay today or this week and put off the long term-projects. Also, my designer lives in San Fran, my photographer lives in New York, all my friends live in Virginia and my mom lives in Pennsylvania, so trying to coordinate and get feedback with the different timezones and schedules and whatnot got pretty crazy.
What has preliminary feedback been like?
Preliminary feedback has been amazing! I am seriously overwhelmed by all the people who have gotten in touch about the book or bought it or reached out to say they liked it. Since this is my first book and it is completely DIY I had no idea what to expect, so I am blown away.
How can readers get their own copy of WICKED WOMAN?
The final most predictable question, what are your plans for the immediate future? A small book tour, some signing sessions or even another book?
I would love to do a book tour, and I’ve actually talked to a few other authors about speaking dates, but it’s all tentative so far. I plan to keep writing non-fiction articles and teaching, and I may go to graduate school to study creative writing. I currently have a book of science fiction short stories in the works due out in 2015. My fiction is pretty gritty and I almost always write strong female leads, so I am hoping for some cross over from my non-fiction audience!
Sonata Arctica was about half way through their North American tour when they hit Calgary on Sept 22nd. Touring in support of their 8th album PARIAH’S CHILD the band has even to Calgary on a few different occasions and I consider myself to have seen them seven or eight times over the years. They brought along Delain and Xandria, for a pretty flawless bill of speedy, clean European Metal.
Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album in over a decade. Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, the new mini-LP is set for release via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the UK, just before the band set out on a massive tour of the US. The title-track ‘Karma’s A Bitch’ is to be released as a digital download on September 29.
Momentum keeps building for the UK’s latest technical death metal outfit, COGNIZANCE, as they just released a brand new lyric video for the song “The Succession of Flesh” via Metal Injection, which features guest vocals by SUFFOCATION‘s Frank Mullen and a guest guitar solo from Eyal Levi. “The Succession of Flesh” is from the bands latest EP titled _INCEPTUM which is set to be released in the fall of 2014.
COGNIZANCE has been adding to their brutal arsenal with the recent inclusion of drumming phenom Alex Rüdinger (THE FACELESS, CONQUERING DYSTOPIA) on this release. In addition Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios (TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION, DEATH ANGEL), has been documenting the evolution of both the band and the making of _INCEPTUM. The entire EP was tracked by acclaimed producer Eyal Levi (DAATH, MONUMENTS, REFLECTIONS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ARSIS).
Due to unforeseen circumstances, HAVOK is forced to cancel select dates on their current North American tour. David Sanchez (guitars/vocals) comments: “Due to injury, we have been forced to cancel a few shows on our current tour with CROWBAR, REVOCATON, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE. We plan to rejoin the tour in California in early October.
While hiking in Boulder, Colorado, I took a pretty nasty fall and ended up shattering my left wrist. Since I’m currently unable to play guitar, our friend Dan Gargiulo from REVOCATION has offered his 6-string services and will be laying down the riffage for the rest of our stint in the USA. I will still be doing vocals on the remainder of the upcoming shows and I cannot wait to get back on the road!
I’d like to apologize to anyone that was looking forward to seeing HAVOK in these coming days. We will definitely make it up to you. In times like these, one must remember the ancient American proverb, ‘Shit happens.’ See you on the road!!
One last thing! Here is some good news for a change. Pete’s mom is making a full recovery from her recent accident and that means Pete Webber will be back behind the kit rejoining the tour in California. We want to thank Marshall Wieczorek from WRETCHED for stepping in on drums and doing an awesome job on such short notice.”
Helsinki, Finland – September 29th, 2014 – Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!
Bassist Sami Hinkka comments:”Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
British melodic hard rock giants TEN to unveil the European track listing for the new album ‘Albion‘, officially released on the 21st November, 2014 via Rocktopia Records/Cargo Records. Limited advance copies of ‘Albion‘ will actually be available to buy at their UK Firefest Performance, October 24th and at the album pre-listening party on October 23rd at The Royal Suite, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham. ‘Albion‘ is the first of two new albums that TEN will release through Rocktopia Records, with second album due for release first half of 2015.
TEN are also proud to announce the launch of their new updated official website, www.tenofficial.com. In celebration of their stunning new album ‘Albion‘ they are launching an all new social media compatible site. It comes complete with links to all the TEN Fan Sites around the world. The new website will be the Mother site, providing up to date news and links translated into every language imaginable, including Greek, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
The track listing as follows:
01. ALONE IN THE DARK TONIGHT
03. IT’S ALIVE
04. ALBION BORN
05. SOMETIMES LOVE TAKES THE LONG WAY HOME
06. A SMUGGLER’S TALE
07. IT ENDS THIS DAY
08. DIE FOR ME
09. GIOCO D’AMOURE
010. WILD HORSES
“Rise of the Empress” out tomorrow on Peaceville Records
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has teamed up with Revolver to stream the band’s debut album Rise of the Empress at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=66359 before it hits stores tomorrow via Peaceville Records.
“Rise of the Empress is what metal has been so desperately wanting for such a long time,” Allender told Revolver. “Something to wake it up from the mundane normal safe scene we are all in now. It’s heavy as hell, rocks like fuck and it grooves along like a possessed freight train….. Hail the White Empress!”
There is a lot to be said about a band by the choice of venue, and here the Koko seems to be the perfect one for the British progressive outfit, Anathema to be in. With its dramatically pleasing high balconies and theatrical interior the venue harmonises with the bands uplifting, passion fueled and refreshing sound.
Underground Symphony is proud to announce that “Tales Of The Northern Swords”, tribute album dedicated to the mighty Heavy Load is now available! The Swedish epic metal band released in the 80’s the two cult albums “Death Or Glory” and “Stronger Than Evil”. 22 bands revisit the cult hits from the Swedish metal band, among them: Isengard, Shadows Of Steel, Dark Horizon, Tragodia, Great Master, Arthemis. Read the rest of this entry »
Los Angeles based extreme metal masters, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence. Obsolescence will be released October 27th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Obsolescence is available for pre-order from Relapse Records HERE and digitally via Bandcamp HERE. The album will be released on CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats. The CD and digital releases include a bonus cover of Dissection’s “Night’s Blood” and the digital deluxe version includes demo recordings of every song on the album. A Relapse.com exclusive vinyl color is also available and includes a full color album cover poster. The devastating, otherworldly artwork was created by Pär Oloffson. (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession).