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Sahg stream “Firechild” on lastrit.es
“Delusions of Grandeur” out next week in North America
Metal Blade Records has partnered up with Norway’s Indie Recordings to release new albums from the label’s ever expanding roster. Last year, Sahg released one of the finest prog releases in recent memory, “Delusions of Grandeur.” Metal Blade has teamed up with lastrit.es to further spotlight this album. Fans can stream “Firechild” now HERE.
Sahg’s “Delusions of Grandeur” was released in Europe on October 28th of 2013. The album received unanimous praise from press, with Metal Hammer UK declaring that it’s “their strongest record yet”, and metal.de simply calling “Delusions of Grandeur” “Challenging and beautiful.” Fans of recent releases from Opeth, Uncle Acid & the deadbeats, and Mastodon would do well to listen to Sahg! Watch the video for “Slip Off the Edge of the Universe” and pre-order at metalblade.com/sahg. The album will be officially released in North American on February 18th.
“Delusions Of Grandeur is a concept record about a person, whose delusions of grandeur escalate to the level where they consume him completely,” explains SAHG’s Olav Iversen (vocals, guitar). “From becoming increasingly psychopathic and dominant, he loses touch with everyone around him and isolates into his own imaginary, psychotic world, where he becomes the almighty ruler of the universe. As he stands on the highest peak of his domain and beholds all that he has conquered, he suddenly slips off the edge and floats away, weightless. Helpless and stripped of all power, he drifts further into the open space, until he disappears into the darkness. It’s an album about how desire for power and property can distort and destroy who we are.”
Olav Iversen – vocals and guitars
Thomas Tofthagen – guitars
Tony Vetaas – bass and vocals
Thomas Lønnheim – drums and percussion
02/21 Bergen, NO Blastfest 2014
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08/14-16 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival
Fans from all over the world recently had the chance to ask LOST SOCIETY their questions. See how the band held up under their second round of interrogation here http://youtu.be/ULz8cb8Zn1U. The first part of the Q & A can also be viewed at the following location http://youtu.be/-K3lhjyuPlo.
LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, will release their sophomore effort Terror Hungry this coming April. “LOST SOCIETY is back, and we’re angrier than ever,” commented guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna. “The new album Terror Hungry is a full on thrash album from start to finish, with a darker and even more aggressive feel to it! It has the signature elements that make up LOST SOCIETY and we’ve put in even more groove riffage, more mind blistering guitar shredding, and some of the fastest stuff we’ve ever done on it! Look out, this one’s gonna be faster, louder and we’re more pissed off than ever!”
Nergal found NOT GUILTY on blasphemy charges yesterday to conclude six-year long battle in Polish court
Behemoth’s highly anticipate new album, their first full length since 2009, “The Satanist“, has exceeded and demolished expectations on every front. It is with great pride that we officially announce that the album has debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, 21 spots higher than the band’s previous album, “Evangelion.” In Canada, the album debuted at #46 on the Top 200 current albums chart. The complete listing of “The Satanist” North American chart debuts has been posted below.
BEHEMOTH U.S. Chart Numbers:
Billboard Top 200 – #34
Top Overall Albums – #34
Independent Albums – #6
Current Hard Music – #4
Overall Hard Music – #4
Overall Core Rock – #8
Top Current Rock – #9
iTunes Metal – #3
iTunes Rock – #4
iTunes Top Albums – #24
BEHEMOTH Canadian Chart Numbers:
Top 200 Current Albums – #46
Current Digital Albums – #36
Hard Music Chart – #5
iTunes Metal – #1
iTunes Rock – #2
iTunes Top Albums – #19
3 years ago we started rehearsing together for our reunion tour after a break of 15 years. We thought it was going to be a matter of a few shows. Now, after 3 years, we have performed 27 shows all over the world! I cannot find the words to describe how much i enjoyed every single gig.
I want to thank every single one of you for coming to the shows and giving us such a phantastic time. It was a great pleasure to perform for you, shake your hands and sometimes have a drink and a chat after the show.
Many thanks to all the promoters that booked us, without you we would still be sitting in our bunker rehearsing. I’m very sorry the shows we had hoped to do in Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia never happened. I was looking forward to those very much…
The following is not easy to say and believe me I have given it a lot of thought.
I will leave Coroner at the end of February this year.
I think we have played more than enough reunion shows and now it’s time to either stop doing reunion shows or to move on with a new album. For me it was clear from the start that I didn’t want to record another album. I love the sound of Coroner but for me it’s the moment to explore new sounds without the weight of the past on my shoulders.
Ron, Tommy and I agreed that Coroner should continue with another drummer. They will announce who it’s going to be on the www.coroner-reunion.com page.
With all my heart I wish ‘em all the best for the future. We will be brothers forever. I will continue with a new band that you will hear about in the near future.
So thank you all once more and I hope we are gonna see you very soon!
Eye of Solitude and Marche Funebre
w/ The Day of Locusts and Rong
@ The Black Heart, London UK
29th January, 2014
Review by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Jo Blackened
It’s a fittingly cold night in London as we head to the Black Heart, Camden for a round of some of the finest doom metal Europe has to offer. Teaming up with Infected Brain promotions, both EYE OF SOLITUDE and MARCHE FUNEBRE gear up for the opening night of their first ever UK tour.
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Doomy heavy metallers EXORCISM will release their debut album, “I AM GOD”, on April 25 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Mario Bouffier (Sacred Reich, Megaherz, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop), additional editing by Axel Wiesenauer (Killing Machine, Raven Lord) from Rock’N’Growl and Logo made by Anestis Goudas (Dimmu Borgir, Riot, Kreator, Raven Lord, Zvekan). Read the rest of this entry »
Pretty Maids – Nuclear Boomerang
(Official Video / New Album 2014)
Pretty Maids “Nuclear Boomerang” is taken from the album “Louder Than Ever” out on Frontiers Records. Preoder now on Amazon: http://www.smarturl.it/prettymloderam…
Europe: March 21st 2014
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One band will rule them all! After reviewing over 400 submissions, Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce its selection of 103 independent Canadian metal bands to participate in this year’s 2014 battle line up for Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver . The bands will compete during the months of March, April and May in 22 qualifying rounds, 6 semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House. One independent Canadian metal band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honour at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.
The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.
1 finalist from Vancouver, BC
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
2 finalists from Toronto, ON
1 finalist from Montreal, QC
The fourth installment of Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA’s 5-part video trailer series featuring keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg is now up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/fUa01uAyNTg
- Part 1 (featuring drummer Tommy Portimo): http://youtu.be/Q0WTxiNlVHU
- Part 2 (featuring new bassist Pasi Kauppinen): http://youtu.be/W5Czn5qyG94
- Part 3 (featuring guitarist Elias Viljanen): http://youtu.be/jB2hkg6jQcs
Slated for North American release on April 1st, the track listing for SONATA ARCTICA’s eighth studio album Pariah’s Child is:
01. The Wolves Die Young
02. Running Lights
03. Take One Breath
04. Cloud Factory
06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?
07. Half A Marathon Man
08. X Marks The Spot
10. Larger Than Life
Pariah’s Child was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland. The mix was done by Pasi Kauppinen – the band’s new bass player.
“Enter Through The Sun” marks the second collaboration to a previous “Ghost Resurrection” between Menza and Widek (Maciej Dawidek) can also be seen below.The footage was shot this past Monday, Febuary 3 at the Soultone Cymbals Studios in Los Angeles, California.
“Enter Through The Sun” will feature SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond and THREAT SIGNAL frontman Jon Howard.
Menza: “It feels good be jamming across the internet with such talented and rad players, Mike LePond is first rate I’m huge fan of SYMPHONY X and THREAT SIGNAL, Jon Howard has an amazing voice and vocal range. it’s to bad that Widek (Maciej Dawidek) don’t live here in the sates as he would be my first choice as the guitarist.”
“Enter Through The Sun” is expected to be released and available free in the weeks to come.
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Cleveland, Ohio doom rockers VENOMIM JAMES have released a new single called “33rd Degree” via Auburn Records. The single is currently available through iTunes, Amazon and other major digital distributors.
This is the second single to feature vocalist Mike Martini. The first single, “Sailor’s Grave”, was released last summer and received very positive response. Martini was officially announced as the band’s new vocalist this past July, replacing original vocalist Jim Meador.
“’33rd Degree’ alludes to the secret societies of the world”, says Martini. “The behind the scences decision makers. The thieves of the ancient Sumerian texts and information. The info that was supposed to help all of humanity but was used against humanity”.
Nordic Noise Festival are ready with four new names to this year’s rock festival. This time, the festival unveils a part of the alternative rock line-up which includes Kellermench.
The Copenhagen based rock-festival, Nordic Noise, was founded in 2013 and takes place in Pumpehuset, Copenhagen May 23rd and 24th 2014. The people behind the young two-day festival have already announced Swedish Freak Kitchen, Electric Guitars, Denners Trickbag and Fate for the line-up Saturday. Now a part of the line-up Friday is ready. Read the rest of this entry »
Self-described as “heavy, melodic, tongue-in-cheek, and unfashionable,” German superhero heavy metal quintet EDGUY have taken their trademarked sense of humor, packed it in a rocket, and headed for space – again. The artwork for their eleventh studio album, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, has now been unveiled on the band’s website, including the first pixel of their new band photo. Seriously.
“We have focused on what makes this band unique and recorded what we believe is going to be the strongest & heaviest album this band has ever recorded,” states the band. “We didn’t waste any time with updates or distractions. There is no doubt that this album is going to be the album we’ll be measured against in the future. And it makes us proud to say that as a band that has been existing for over 22 years now, we are fully aware that the best is yet to come.”
Set for release this spring, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown is the follow-up to 2011’s Age Of The Joker.
Visit EDGUY online at www.EDGUY.net
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.
To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org). Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
This Is Your Life will be available from Rhino on April 1, 2014 for a suggested list price of $18.98. A digital version will also be available.
Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with Rainbow, including Metallica’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley,” which combines the Rainbow songs “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.” Scorpions add a scorching take on “The Temple Of The King” while Motörhead is joined by Biff Byford from Saxon on “Starstruck.” Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “The Man On The Silver Mountain.” The final line-up of Dio’s solo band – Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren – are joined by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) for “Catch The Rainbow,” a track from Rainbow’s 1975 debut.
Anthrax and Adrenaline Mob honor Dio’s memorable stint with Black Sabbath with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules” respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from Dehumanizer.
This Is Your Life also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums Holy Diver (1983) and The Last In Line (1984), with Doro’s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, Halestorm tackling “Straight Through The Heart,” Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark” and Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line.” Killswitch Engage’s cover of “Holy Diver,” a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.
Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life.” Originally released on Angry Machines (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.
RONNIE JAMES DIO: This Is Your Life Track Listing:
“Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
“The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
“The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
“Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
“Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
“Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
“The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
“Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
“Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
“Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
“I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
“Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
“Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
“This Is Your Life” – Dio
* Previously unreleased