“Tides of War”, the second full-length of the German traditional heavy metal act SACRED GATE, was released on April 19th through Metal on Metal Records. The band created a captivating and epic concept album about the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans and their allies fought for freedom against invading Persians. Not a surprising choice of subject, considering that 2 founding members (vocalist Jim Over and guitarist Nicko Nikolaidis) have Greek origins. According to the label, “The new album is undoubtedly a more mature, more epic and more confident effort that shows the band moving a few steps away from their main influence (IRON MAIDEN), and crystallizing their own style, with strong, melodic but rough vocals, outstanding guitar work and rock solid rhythm section.”
Three songs off the album, “Defenders (Valour Is in Our Blood)”, “Gates of Fire” and “Spartan Killing Machine” are available for streaming from Metal on Metal Records website. And a short promo clip can be watched on YouTube.
STONEGRIFF, traditional doom metal band from Scania, southern Sweden, has joined Metal on Metal Records roster. Their debut album (following 3 self-released demos/EPs), entitled “Prologus Magicus”, is scheduled for a July release.
Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi, Metal on Metal Records CEO, stated: “We love doom metal, but unfortunately more often than not we come across bands that label their music as doom (or are labeled as such by record companies and media), but are either completely unlistenable or “only” boring for us (like all drone, sludge and most stoner bands). We dig death/doom in many cases, but most of all, when we say “doom”, we mean traditional and epic doom METAL. And in our opinion, there are rather few bands that play this purest style of the heaviest music and do it with real class and with balls, so when we come across one, there’s a big smile plastered on our faces as we hit the “play” button over and over again. Such was the case with STONEGRIFF. When they contacted us and we checked the songs from their MySpace page, it didn’t end on just one or two listens. We were coming back to the songs from their 2012 EP “III” and playing them repeatedly many more times. What grabbed our attention and eventually won us over were not only the crushing riffs and organic sound, but mostly the vocals with so much charisma that is really rare to find nowadays. We’ve just received all songs for their debut album and we know it was the right decision. They could probably be best compared to KRUX, while it’s rather obvious that their main influence are the forefathers of the genre, BLACK SABBATH. And we can bet the fans of TROUBLE, PENTAGRAM, CANDLEMASS, NOMAD SON, SPIRITUS MORTIS and LAS CRUCES will dig them just like we do.”
STONEGRIFF‘s biography, info and links can be found on the band’s page on Metal on Metal Records website.
Rock influenced black/doom metal masters FORGOTTEN TOMB are due to kick off a headlining European tour on the 24th of April (Wednesday) at United Club in Torino (Italy). The tour will play in cities across Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria. The final list of dates has now been confirmed.
During the event FORGOTTEN TOMB will celebrate a significant occasion as well as promote the latest album “And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil“ (the album that finally “hit their groove” – Pitchfork). The celebration in turn is connected with the 10 years anniversary of “Springtime Depression” - selected shows will feature a special set, on which this particular record will be performed in its entirety. “Springtime Depression” has been lately reissued and remastered on Digipack and Vinyl on Agonia Records.
The Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada (H.M.M.A.C) and Dungeonworks Productions are hails horns high to share with the Montreal metal community and its musicians another great informative and networking event as part of the H.M.M.A.C. music education series ‘Climbing The Metal Ladder’.
Chilean band SILVERJACK have released its third album “Apostando A Ganador” via Digmetalworld Records in the US. With this 3rd full length album the band is working its way out of getting to a different venue and get to know more fans all over the world. The band have announced a music video in the next few weeks.
Evilution, the debut from Sacramento, California-based power metal act DEADLANDS is out now on Massacre Records. Boasting killer hooks, dynamic vocals, aggressive riffing, epic solos, catchy lyrics, driving drums and intricate bass lines that combine heavy, thrash, power, groove, and speed metal with shredding hard rock overtones, this band of seasoned performers delivers a heavy and energetic yet commercial musical approach in its songwriting and execution.
Formed in the summer of 2010 by lead vocalist Brian O’Connor (Consfearacy, ex-Vicious Rumors), lead guitarist Michael J. Gardner (The Council), lead guitarist Kevin Rohr (Spectre), bassist Steve “Dedbass” Northam and drummer Danny Sablan (HateFX, The Council), these longtime friends and experienced musicians had a clear vision of creating a powerful and unique heavy metal group. DEADLANDS is quickly establishing a large fan base, being nominated for a 2012 Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIES), playing live, and sharing the stage with artists such as Exodus, Anvil, Y&T, Great White, Death Angel and more. They have received great reviews and high praise for their music and live performances from fans, concert promoters and media sources.
After months of searching and reviewing literally hundreds of applicants from around the world, Pentagram is excited to announce Matt Goldborough as their new guitarist. Matt is a Philadelphia based musician, composer and riff aficionado. Versed in many genres of music, Matt’s experience outside of the heavy metal world brings a fresh yet classic approach to this genre-defining band. His style hearkens back to the very origins of “heavy metal” itself when heavy blues and psychedelic rock guitarists pioneered the genre in an attempt to harden rock and roll. This of course is exactly what Bobby Liebling and the original Pentagram line up did back in 1971.
Having played in a bevy of bands on the East coast, Goldsborough is most recently known as part of the acclaimed Philadelphia rock band, THE GREAT UNKNOWN.
Finland’s ENSIFERUM have spent the past 18 years honing the steel of their folk-infused battle metal auditory attack. Their albums are further bolstered by a live show that has become one of the most entertaining in all of metal. Proof of ENSIFERUM’s status as one of the most vital bands in modern metal was made apparent through their headlining slot on this year’s Paganfest USA tour. To further spread the band’s music to a worldwide audience, ENSIFERUM has forged a deal with Metal Blade Records! The band inked the deal with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during the Paganfest USA tour, and all parties are enthusiastic about new music and new possibilities.
Bassist/backing vocalist Sami Hinkka comments: “We are really looking forward to our co-operation with such a great and legendary label as Metal Blade. The next full length album should be out in early 2015. We have already started working with the new songs and it’s obvious that the next album will be another step ahead for Ensiferum. And now that we have united forces with mighty Metal Blade nothing can stop us! The next album is going to be something that will rock the very foundations of folk metal genre.
“We also would like to thank Spinefarm Records for all these 13 years, it’s been as blast but now it is time for us to move on and head bravely towards new challenges.
Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records are offering new and improved mixes of the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE’s new album, Frequency Unknown.Customers who purchased the original mix version and are dissatisfied with the audio can e-mail the label a scan of your actual receipt for the physical CD to Queensryche@cleorecs.com and they will send you a replacement disc at no charge. No questions asked. Read the rest of this entry »
IMAX Corporation and Picturehouse today announced that Metallica Through the Never, filmmaker Nimród Antal’s captivating 3D movie featuring one of music’s most enduring and iconic bands, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX 3D format and released wide in North America exclusively into IMAX®theatres for a one-week engagement starting Friday, September 27th. The film will expand into additional theatres on October 4th.
Starring Metallica, a cast of thousands of their fans and breakout star Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Metallica Through the Never is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) and produced by former IMAX film producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth). The film marries groundbreaking footage and editing techniques with a compelling narrative, in which a band crew member (played by DeHaan) is sent out on a mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. While on this mission, he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down.
“IMAX! It doesn’t get bigger or cooler than that!” said Lars Ulrich who formed Metallica in 1981 together with James Hetfield. “For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought. ‘Hey look, Mom, I’m 50 feet tall (finally!)’ There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience.”
“The totally immersive experience of IMAX 3D is the perfect complement to Metallica’s in-your-face, big and loud performance style,” said Bob Berney, CEO of Picturehouse. “The combination of the band’s music and a strong storyline create a unique cinematic experience for die-hard fans and general moviegoers alike.”
“Nimród Antal and Metallica have done a tremendous job capturing the essence of the band’s commanding live performances and have created a visual and aural cinematic spectacle,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe the power of The IMAX Experience will deliver for Metallica fans and ensure they feel every part of this journey.”
The IMAX 3D release of Metallica Through the Never will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Finnish extreme doom metallers KUOLEMANLAAKSO have released the second video from their highly acclaimed debut album, Uljas uusi maailma, released late last year via SVART RECORDS. The “Ikiuni” clip was directed by Mika Kettunen, and it features live footage from the band’s shows at Lutakko, Jyväskylä and Nosturi, Helsinki in their native Finland. The video for KUOLEMANLAAKSO’s “Ikiuni” can be viewed in its entirety here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJYuMW7VKkI&feature=youtu.be
To celebrate the release of the new video, the band will hit the road with one of the hottest names in occult rock today, SVART labelmates JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES. The tour will cruise through four major cities in Finland, ending at the legendary Tavastia club in Helsinki. The tour dates are as follows:
TAJUNNAN TEILLÄ TOUR:
May 15. Yo-Talo, Tampere
May 16. Henry’s Pub, Kuopio
May 17. Klubi, Tampere
May 18. Tavastia, Helsinki
Fans of New York death metal legends IMMOLATION, can hear their new album Kingdom of Conspiracy before it’s released at the Nuclear Blast Metal Night on May 9th in Los Angeles, CA. The event will take place at The Joint, which is located at 8771 W. Pico Blvd. The night is free to people 21 years old and up, and all those that show up are entered into a raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets to their Santa Ana show with CANNIBAL CORPSE and NAPALM DEATH on the Decibel Magazine Tour. For more information and to share this event with your friends, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/506385559420334/
The follow up to their 2010 release, Majesty and Decay, will be released on May 14th in North America both digitally and physically via Nuclear Blast. Kingdom of Conspiracy was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION.
You can now pre-order the Kingdom of Conspiracy on CD or limited-edition vinyl, with or without an exclusive t-shirt, while supplies last from the following location http://goo.gl/yY3wx.
Following you can find tourdates of French modern death-prog metallers Atlantis Chronicles to promote the album entitled “Ten Miles Underwater” out on 12 March 2013 via Coroner Records.
01 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Soulkitchen – Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
02 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Klub Bazina – Prague (Czech Republic)
03 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Kot Karola – Cracow (Poland)
04 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Tawerna Trzy Korony – Bialystok (Poland)
05 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – TBA – Alytus (Lithuania)
06 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Nabaklab – Riga (Latvia)
07 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – TBA – Tartu (Estonia)
08 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Rock Club – Tallinn (Estonia)
09 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – TBA – Jelgava (Latvia)
10 May 2013 ( with Nephalokia) – Metro Club – Vilnius (Lithuania)
11 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) – Minoga Klub – Poznan (Poland)
18 May 2013 (with Fight For Ashes) – Le Maltais – Chartres (France)
25 May 2013 (with Ite Missa Est) – La Boite De Concert – Pontault Combault (France)
01 June 2013 (with Hacride, Dystopian Scale, MAGOA) – Metal Sphere Fest – Voisins Le Bretonneux (France)
07 June 2013 – Toxoplasmose Fest VI – Saint Imier (Switzerland)
08 June 2013 – Metallurgicales Fest – Denain (France)
27 July 2013 – (with Sylosis and more) Summer BreakDown Fest II – Geneva (Switzerland)
27 September 2013 – Café Latin – Angers (France)
28 September 2013 – Covent Garden – Eragny (France)