From Hell’s Heart:
Halloween/horror monster week 1: Frankenstein
Promotional photo of Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein as Frankenstein’s monster (1935). CC License.
The month of October means the imminent arrival of the Heavy Metal Holy Day…Halloween! This, the scariest and Metal-est of all months, we bring you five new topics for our editorial column FROM HELL’S HEART. Each week we will post the staff Top Five songs based on classic Halloween/Horror monsters. This week is a classic movie monster…Frankenstein! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!
“SCREAM” is a straight-ahead, old-school rock track that’s sung from the standpoint of a demon or vice holding you back in life,” explains Hoekstra. “Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin lay down a dynamic groove to support the guitars. Jeff Scott Soto delivers a powerhouse vocal performance and Derek Sherinian puts the frosting on the cake with some understated, tasteful B3 playing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!”
Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Long For The Days” as well as “Until I Left You” and “Anymore” (featuring Russell Allen).
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.
PRONG continues it’s consistent releases with the announcement of a new studio album X (No Absolutes) to be released worldwide January 29, 2016 on Steamhammer/SPV.
2014 saw the acclaimed Ruining Lives followed by the tribute album Songs From the Black Hole in 2015.
The first digital single from the upcoming studio album “Ultimate Authority” is out today, October 2, 2015 to coincide with the kick off of PRONG’s North American Tour supporting DANZIG. Stream the new song on Spotify and download the single via iTunes.
Tommy Victor: “There’s no stopping. More songs were written and we recorded a powerful follow up to Carved Into Stone and Ruining Lives. We are real excited about this new one and it’s nice that we have “Ultimate Authority” out just in time for this tour.”
PRONG Live October 2015 US/Canada:
10/3: Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (with Danzig)
10/5: Austin, TX – Stubb´s (with Danzig)
10/7: Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall (with Danzig)
10/9: New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre (with Danzig)
10/10: Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (with Superjoint)
10/11: Birmingham, AL – Iron City (with Danzig)
10/12: Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live (with Danzig)
10/13: Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits (Prong alone)
10/14: Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore (with Danzig)
10/15: Norfolk, VA – Norva (with Superjoint)
10/16: Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (with Danzig)
10/17: Worcester, PA – The Palladium (with Danzig)
10/18: Montreal, QC – Metropolis (with Danzig)
10/20: Portland, ME – State Theatre (with Danzig)
10/21: New York, NY – Playstation Theatre (with Danzig)
10/22: Clifton Park, NY – Trickshots (Prong alone)
10/23: Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom (with Danzig)
10/24: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (with Danzig)
10/25: Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium (with Danzig)
10/26: Lawrence, KS – Granada (with Superjoint)
10/27: Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater (with Danzig)
10/29: San Jose, CA – City National Civic (with Danzig)
10/31: Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater (with Danzig)
The band is currently booking European and North American headline dates for Spring 2016 as well as a full run of festivals. These dates will be announced later in the month.
After narrowly escaping the full wake of London’s rush hour and Northern line congestion, Camden Barfly appears densely populated by fans soaking up the pre-gig atmosphere while each band runs through their pre-gig sound check. Read the rest of this entry »
Commented ProgPower USA Co-Promoter Milton Mendonca “There is a fundamental difference between bands who want to play ProgPower USA and bands who want to become a part of the festival. LORD has shown us that they understand how special our event is and are committed to it for the long run. The fact that they play top-notch power metal and will get our crowd on fire from the first note doesn’t hurt either. We’re thrilled to have them open the festival next year.”
Andy Dowling wrote, “We’re absolutely honoured to be invited to play one of the world’s most prestigious power and progressive metal festivals. PROGPOWER is a global name and we cannot think of a better way to make our debut in the US after so many years. Our U.S. DUNGEON and LORD fans have been very patient and we’ll make sure that the wait is worth it!”
LORD, formerly known as DUNGEON, has released several critically acclaimed albums and EP releases, and has toured with the likes of SAXON, QUEENSRYCHE, ICED EARTH, NIGHTWISH, GAMMA RAY and many more. LORD released a retrospective box set release in late 2014 entitled ‘THE DUNGEON ERA‘ comprising of all 4 albums from the first era of the band re-recorded as well as original remix/remasters and a 200+ page band bio on an accompanied USB all access pass. The release celebrated 25 years of the band and was limited to 500 copies worldwide.
The band’s current EP release ‘WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS‘ featues a 25+ minute title track plus accompanied unreleased tracks including 4 cover songs by THE POLICE, A-HA, LITTLE RIVER BAND and HELLOWEEN.
ProgPower USA will be entering into it’s 17th instalment next year with announcements of FATES WARNING, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, GREEN CARNATION, FREEDOM CALL and many more appearing at the festival. First public tickets go on sale October 3rd via Ticketmaster.
Wacken being sold out is a kind of mystery, for sure. The event is somehow sold out every year, but this year’s sell out wasn’t a surprise as Savatage with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Judas Priest were headliners. Thousands and thousands of metal fans from every corner of the world arrived at Wacken to have fun and enjoy metal. Instead the weather gods didn’t show much support towards the festival and all its visitors. The hard rains literally ruined the ground and soil of the festival area. The whole Wacken village and large area of fields became the ultimate mud war field. The weekend at Wacken was one hell of a surviving camp.
Despite the tremendous problems and brutal field of mud, the people still gathered to witness the return and resurrection of Savatage and the massive show from Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s devastating new album, Abysmal, serves to once again demonstrate why they are considered one of the most vital bands in contemporary death metal. The blistering new effort debuted at #45 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, as well as making very impressive debuts across the globe. See below for all first week charting specifics
Billboard Top Hard Music Albums Debut @ #8
Billboard Independent Albums Debut @ #10
Billboard Rock Albums Debut @ #15
Billboard Top 200 Current Album Debut @ #28
Billboard Top 200 Albums Debut @ #45
UK CHART POSITIONS
#30 INDEPENDENT ALBUM CHART
#20 ROCK & METAL ALBUM CHART
#66 German Control Charts
#165 National Chart
#26 Top 200 Music Chart#7 Hard Music Chart
#35 Top Digital Chart
TREAT FOR GUITARISTS: CONCEIVED BY GUITAR LEGEND KIRK HAMMETT, KHDK ELECTRONICS PRESENTS GHOUL SCREAMER, THE ULTIMATE GUITAR PEDAL
AVAILABLE OCTOBER 31 ST GLOBALLY, GHOUL SCREAMER IS
THE PERFECT MULTIPURPOSE PEDAL FROM NEW COMPANY, KHDK ELECTRONICS
(New York, NY) – Guitarists of the world, this Halloween, 2015 will bring the consummate treat: KHDK’s Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal. Conceived by guitar legend Kirk Hammett and designed by KHDK laboratories, the Ghoul Screamer is the perfect multipurpose guitar pedal, designed for the true guitar gearhead. The pedal will be available for purchase October 31st, 2015. Of the Ghoul Screamer, iconic guitarist and KHDK co-founder Kirk Hammett commented, “I’m excited as HELL!” KHDK co-founder and industry vet David Karon added “Kirk had a very specific vision for the Ghoul, to perfect a circuit loved by generations and create massive tones that redefine overdrive.”The Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal possesses dramatic versatility with controls spanning from a clean boost all the way to a massive overdrive. In addition to the three standard controls (drive, tone and volume), five more switches have been added to the Ghoul Screamer to greatly expand the sound palette – bass switch, high switch, body switch, compression switches and foot switch. “With Kirk’s diverse tones in mind, we knew he needed a Swiss Army knife of overdrives. Under his direction, we achieved and surpassed his vision with the Ghoul Screamer,” noted Antonin Salva, KHDK’s Chief Engineer.Read the rest of this entry »
Zimmers Hole is best known for their crazy theatrical live show full of props, humor and blistering old school metal influence. Zimmers Hole are set to play at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver BC Canada, January 23nd 2015 for the first time in 6 years Zimmer’s hole’s current lineup is:
– Chris “The Heathen” Valagao (West of Hell)
– Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad, Frontline Assmbly, Tenet, Scar the Martyr)
– Gene Hoglan (Testament, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad etc….)
– Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, 3 Inches of Blood, City of Fire)
The Hole will be playing songs from Bound By Fire, Legion Of Flames and When you were shouting at the Devil, We were in League with Satan.
The line up for the show is as follows
US cult power-metal perennials Sacred Oath have just posted a new music video for “Taken” – the first single from their brand new album “Ravensong” – on YouTube. View it here:
SACRED OATH – RAVENSONG
The band members all live in Connecticut, a state where graveyards can be found on just about every street corner, so it’s no surprise that the new music video for “Taken” was shot on an abandoned island in Bridgeport with a cast of creatures from the “other side.” We’re talking Zombies here, nasty ones, and they apparently heed the whims of their siren mistress (played by tattoo model/Instagram starling Leah Jung). Jung lures the band to her isle of the damned where they are condemned to play their classic, hard-hitting metal style for her and her legions – eternally.
“What’s cool is that this video is really a return for us to how the band got started,” says Sacred Oath singer Rob Thorne. “Back in ’85 we would have our bass player crawling out of a coffin drenched in blood to deliver (the band’s signature anthem) “Rising From the Grave” at our live shows and the kids loved it! It’s cool to be back in a horror vibe with the “Taken” video, especially with an album that we’re so excited about.”
Thorne was approached by a former guitar student of his, Jordan Elizabeth Gelber, back in April about producing the video. Her company Starbaby Enterprises in New York was looking for a short film project and it seemed like a great way for both Starbaby and the band to benefit.
“Jordan became a good friend over the years and I always trusted that she had a good sense of what Sacred Oath was all about. It was a no-brainer to bring her on for this video. She’s incredibly ambitious.”
“Ravensong” is the band’s seventh studio album and was released this past Friday September 18th by Angel Thorne Music/Caroline/Universal. “Taken” also premiered this past Friday on the popular heavy metal website Bravewords.com.
New Jersey metallists Seven Witches are ready to assault your senses once again, with a fierce new album, ‘The Way of the Wicked.’ Comprised of singer Anthony Cross, guitarist Jack Frost, bassist Ronnie Parkes, and drummer Johnny Kelly, Seven Witches picks up exactly where their hard-hitting last album left off, 2013’s ‘Rebirth.’ And this is especially apparent in the album’s second video, “World Without Man.”
“When I got the demo version of the music, I knew these were the lyrics I wanted to use for it,” recalls Cross. “The opening line was something that I had jotted down some time ago. ‘How would it be, if one day, man no longer was?'”
“Think about it….you’ve seen documentaries that show you that if human life ceased to exist, the planet would start to heal. Lyrically, this is where this came from. I’m also a big fan of the Richard Matheson story, ‘I Am Legend,’ so that fed into it as well. So really, if everyone and everything was gone, how would you go on with your life?”
The “World Without Man” video can be viewed via this link:
And according to Cross, his songwriting union with Frost is already a career highlight. “Writing with Jack Frost is a treat! He will usually come up with suggestions and ideas that I would never think of. And in the end we are both happy with the result.” And the union is already paying off, as evidenced by the song “World Without Man,” and the full-length ‘The Way of the Wicked.’