On March 30th, 2013 alt, hair, grunge metal pioneers Saigon Kick will take the stage at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood California for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. This Los Angeles, California date marks the start of a one-of-a-kind series of intimate shows the band is scheduling around the world with more dates to be announced soon. This will also mark the first time in over 20 years that the original band members will have performed together. Saigon Kick playing small venues will give their die-hard fans who have waited forever an amazing and intimate experience. For Saigon Kick, this will also re-capture the vibe of some of their very early shows. For those who were there, no explanation is needed. For those who weren’t, don’t miss this opportunity.
For complete ticket information including exclusive VIP packages, unique opportunities to interact with the band visit http://www.viperroom.com Tickets go on sale for the Viper Room show today and can be purchased here
FCA35 Tour: An Evening With (Blu-Ray)
2012, Eagle Vision
As you’d expect Peter is on top of his game and shows no sign of slowing down. While he doesn’t look like he did some 30 odd years ago when he released his infamous live album FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE. That double live LP made Peter a household name as just about every family owned a copy.
Here we are a few decades later and Peter performs the entire album and then some. Just watching this concert makes you appreciate what a fantastic musician he is and he comes off a real genuine nice guy with zero ego. For those of us that own the original album this show is like a flashback or the visual experience we never had. Frampton still has the chops both vocally and guitar-wise. The sound he gets from his guitar is the near perfect mix of clarity and distortion. It fits the songs with perfection and gives them that edge. He even has a go at Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”. For a couple of tunes he brings his son Julian out to handle the vocals. He does an admirable job but he is no seasoned pro. He really does good on the old Humble Pie number “I Don’t Need No Doctor”. This was his shining moment of the show.
This Blu-Ray is a definite for anyone that owned or still owns and enjoys that classic LP. It adds that missing visual. While it may not be as iconic as FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE it is quite an enjoyable experience.
You can order MANILLA ROAD – Mysterium CD NOW. You won’t get the CD in your hands until the 1st week of February at the earliest.
Manilla Road is doing another album, their 16th full length. They show absolutely no signs of slowing down, in fact they’re more active now than ever with all of the live shows booked for 2013. The time has come for Manilla Road to break out of the underground bubble and get to the level where they can get some wider acclaim to all of the hard work that’s been put forth all of these years. The new album is just another quality Manilla Road release that sounds a lot more classic than their previous, more experimental album “Playground of the Damned”. The production on this album is way different than anything they’ve ever done in the past as well. With all of their albums, there’s nothing that’s ever the same with the albums they create or the production they have, but that’s what makes Manilla Road, Manilla Road.
1. The Grey God Passes
2. Stand Your Ground
3. The Battle of Bonchester Bridge
5. Do What Thou Will
6. Only the Brave
7. Hallowed be Thy Grave
8. The Fountain
9. The Calling
MOONSPELL are active since 1989 and release new material regularly – in 2012 actually two albums “Alpha Noir” and “Omage White”. With these two highlights it wasn’t a difficult choice and now they will come: MOONSPELL at ROCKHARZ 2013!
Female Fronted Pagan Metal isn’t exactly common but this hasn’t stopped them – quite the contrary: ARKONA from Russia became a well-known part of the scene due to great songs and the charismatic vocalist “Mascha” Archipowa. This year the sixtett will come to the Harz – Please welcome ARKONA!
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
“DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT are the future of German Extreme-Metal”, wrote Mille Petrozza (KREATOR) on Spiegel Online as he talked about their current album “Unstille”, which he rates with 10 of 10 points. The band from Wuerzburg around mastermind Nikita Kamprad has made their way to the Black Metal scene after a short stopover in the Deathcore scene, which definitly didn’t have any negative influences. DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT are a might when playing live and therefore we are really happy to present you the band live on stage in the summer of 2013!
Maidservants, fiends, dragons, minnesongs and heroic deed – the knights will come! Their show at ROCKHARZ 2013 will often be praised! We salute the heroes with the polished armour from Grailham City. The mighty GRAILKNIGHTS
Brazilian metallers ALMAh are ready to present its fifth official video clip created for the song “Living And Drifting” from the latest studio album, MOTION (2011). It will be released on January 31th at 10 p.m. by Brazilian time (or February 1st, 1 a.m. CET) via official Youtube channel of the band at this location: http://www.youtube.com/AlmahChannel
The video was filmed in Sao Paulo and directed by producer, musician and composer Diogo Araújo from Under Control Filmes who has an established name in Brazil thanks to his work with mainstream artists of the national scene. The video is based on a certain concept and is expected to be the most significant visual production in the history of the band.
The teaser is available at the moment:
ALMAh led by ex-Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi was established in 2006 and since then released three albums and conquered its own consolidated fan base worldwide. The latest studio effort “Motion” saw the light of day in October 2011 via AFM Records (Europe, North America) and Victor JVC (Japan). In May 2012 Falaschi announced his departure from Angra and totally concentrated on ALMAh as his principal band. At the moment, ALMAh is composing new songs for the next studio album.
The Dutch occult rockers The Devil’s Blood announced in the band’s facebook site As of the 22nd of January 2013 The Devil´s Blood has returned into nothingness. The all gigs have been cancelled including two shows at Roadburn and a forthcoming gig with Absu in Helsinki, Finland. No further reason for the split was given.
The Devil’s Blood
A posting in the band’s official facebook page reads:
“As of the 22nd of January 2013 The Devil´s Blood has returned into nothingness. All planned Rituals will be cancelled. No interviews will be done. Consummatum est.
GOATWHORE announces co-headline tour with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD
New Orleans, LA natives Goatwhore will be embarking on their first tour of 2013 this April. The co-headline tour begins in on April 11th in Kamloops, BC with one of Canada’s finest metal exports, 3 Inches of Blood! The tour will swing back into the states for shows in the Midwest and on the east coast, including an appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest XV. At the end of April, supporting acts Revocation and Ramming Speed will complete the lineup. The confirmed list of shows can be seen below and on metalblade.com.
Goatwhore’s latest release, Blood for the Master, debuted on Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Current Albums at #171. The album also debuted on the following Billboard charts: #4 on the Heatseeker (New Artist) chart, #12 on the Current Hard Music chart, #21 on the Hard Music Chart (overall**), and #31 on Top Independent Albums chart and hit iTunes Rock chart at #19*. Blood for the Master also hit charts in Canada, coming in at #142 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #18 on the Hard Chart, #1 on iTunes Metal*, #17 iTunes Rock*, and #152 iTunes Top 200*. (*iTunes numbers from street date – **chart includes catalog)
“Five albums in, GOATWHORE still hold the crown as the hardest-working band in metal. With Blood for the Master, all of their sacrifices have finally paid off.” Decibel Magazine
“draw on sludge, death and black metal without being easily classified as any of those” Terrorizer Magazine
“If somebody could capture the speed of the harshest winds in the Antarctic they might come close to understanding the High Rocktane insanity of Goatwhore.” CraveOnline.com
3 INCHES OF BLOOD and GOATWHORE Co-headline tour
04/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre (Goatwhore ONLY)
04/11 Kamloops, BC @ Level Night Club
04/12 Calgary, AB @ Gateway
04/13 Edmonton, AB @ Avenue Theatre
04/14 Regina, SK @ Exchange
04/15 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo Cabaret
04/16 Eau Claire, WI @ House Of Rock
04/17 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
04/18 Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
04/19 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
04/20 Worcester, MA @ Palladium / New England Metal Fest
04/21 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
04/22 Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
04/24 Charlottetown, NB @ Hunter’s Ale House
04/25 Fredericton, NB @ Lava Vodka Bar
04/26 Moncton, NB @ OC Nightclubv
04/27 Halifax, NS @ Michael’s
GOATWHORE and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD w/ Revocation and Ramming Speed
04/28 Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
04/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
04/30 Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s
05/01 Middletown, NY @ Sounds Asylum
05/02 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
05/03 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
05/04 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class*
In his 2013 New Year’s Address recently posted on the band’s website, BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch offers an update on: a) the long-promised orchestral album, and b) the new studio album. Some excerpts:
“…[T]hroughout the last 18 months we have recorded 7 songs in Prague. There probably is a handful of additional songs to record during this year, but they are also already finalized with regard to composition. In theory we do not need any further songs for this album but ideas simply seem to flow endlessly… The reason why this album is still far from being released is partly based on the regular album, which we definitely would like to release first. At this point in time I am in a very tricky situation. How to continue from here? I think it is probably easiest to simply continue by telling you something about the regular album since this would be next anyway. Keep in mind that ‘next’ is relative!
“…[W]e have started working on four songs and already were able to finish two songs musically. The working titles are ‘Encrypted Time’ (I think this title is inspired by André’s passion for World of Warcraft or so – I can only guess…) and ‘The Ocean’ (here, André has been inspired by my undefined mumbling in the song). ‘Encrypted Time’ is a modern speed metal song with some tribal aspects and some ‘70s inspirations, while ‘The Ocean’ is a very progressive (this time I talk about ELP meets Savatage art rock when I say progressive) orchestra dominated song which will give you a further glimpse of what to expect from the orchestral album. I am clueless about the right story board for ‘Encrypted Time’ but ‘The Ocean’ could be used as a theme opener for the orchestral project. We will see… The other four songs seem to turn out very special and obviously very different. Working titles: ‘The Irish Hill,’ ‘Prophecies,’ ‘Soundtrack 2,’ and ‘Midtempo Song.’ I cannot tell you exactly about how many times we have had a song over the years which was first called ‘Midtempo Song.’ I am pretty sure we are not the only band abusing this spectacular title over and over again. Thank God, the title is not copyright protected, yet. We would be in trouble then. Maybe it is and that’s the reason why it barely ever ended up as a title on the album.”
Greatly inspired by life experience, world myths, and legends, BLIND GUARDIAN was founded in 1984 in Krefeld, Germany. Known for combining majestic orchestral sequences with quieter, Renaissance-styled acoustic arrangements, the merits of the band’s emotion-packed music quickly spread via word-of-mouth and laid the foundation for a very rabid fan base that has continued to support the band throughout their career.
In 2010, BLIND GUARDIAN’s tenth studio album, At The Edge Of Time, attained the highest first-week sales numbers in the United States in the history of the band’s existence and secured the #1 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. It also debuted at #108 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In Canada, At The Edge Of Time debuted at #18 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart and #108 on the Top 200 chart according to Nielsen Canadian Soundscan.
View the video for “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – on YouTube: http://youtu.be/1px6jEHWzfw
Picture courtesy of Frontiers Records and Primal Fear.
Frontiers Records and Primal Fear are pleased to announce to have renewed their partnership for another multi album deal which will include two more studio albums and one further Live cd and dvd. The band is already in advanced stages for the songwriting of the next studio album, which will be recorded during the summer of 2013 and released in early 2014.
Primal Fear bass player, songwriter and producer Mat Sinner said: “We’re very excited about the final news that we will renew our contract with Frontiers Records for some more albums. My personal thanks go out to Serafino & Mario for their patience to deal with me. The band is very happy to continue with Frontiers Records after the release of our worldwide most successful album “Unbreakable” and their great work. We plan to enter the recording studio during the summer to record a new, ass kicking, pure metal album!”
Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino stated “Working with Mat, Ralf and the other guys from Primal Fear is truly a professional delight. Not only they are among some of the true living talents of Heavy Metal music, but also outstanding professionals who live up to their word and to the expectations that all the fans have from them. Long Live Primal Fear!”
The cover artwork for PANIKK’s new album entitled “Unbearable Conditions”, has been revealed. Due worldwide on March 12, 2013 via Metal Tank Records the album will contain the following track listing:
01. Panic Attack
03. Messiah of Decay
04. Away from Reality (Instrumental)
05. The Wave of Death
06. Playground of Visions
07. Revelation Of Truth (Acoustics)
08. Cruel World (Society to Adapt)
09. Unbearable Conditions
PANIK’S “Unbearable Conditions” contain nothing but fast, old school and untamed thrash metal from one of the leading Slovenian bay-area influenced metal bands in the vein of VIO-LENCE, EVILDEAD, FORCED ENTRY and ACID REIGN.
Today Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion VREID release new single “The Way Of The Serpent” from their forthcoming new full-length, Welcome Farewell. Cold and compelling, the follow-up to 2011’s Norwegian Grammy-nominated album V, which Decibel Magazinecalled, “…VREID’s finest hour,” was recorded at bassist Hváll’s own Studio 1184 and is set for North American release via Indie RecordingsMarch 5, 2013.
Described by Metal Hammer UK as a “unique time-travel in metal,” commending their merge of ‘70s rock, ‘80s classic metal and Norwegian black metal, with the eight-track Welcome FarewellVREID again add a new twist to their already difficult-to-pinpoint sound. Comments Hváll of the new material, “It’s been a lot of work, but we are utterly pleased with the result. ‘Dark,’ ‘heavy’ and ‘VREID’ are the three keywords to describe it.”
And if you missed it, sample “The Reap” courtesy of the metal tyrants at Terrorizer HERE!
Welcome Farewell Track Listing:
1. The Ramble
2. The Way Of The Serpent
3. The Devil’s Hand
4. Welcome Farewell
5. The Reap
6. Sights of Old
7. Black Waves
8. At The Brook
VREID formed in 2004 following the demise of ‘’Sognametal” legends Windir. Some described their music as a fusion of Windir’s ambiance, the rawness of Norwegian black metal and the molten groove of Sepultura, Metallica and Motörhead blended with historically inspired lyrics. Their third and fourth offerings, I Krig and Milorg, were both concept albums based around the liberation work in Norway during World War II. Liberation was also the keyword on V, but put in a broader historical/philosophic perspective. The lyrics on Welcome Farewell describe a lifecycle through a series of short stories, seen from an existential point of view and, inspired by Hváll’s own local community with its nature, architecture and historical artists such as Arne Garborg and Otto Valstad, are more personal than ever before.
Tampa, Florida’s The Absence has announced that guitarist Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry has joined forces with the group. The band has already begun tracking for their new EP with James Murphy and will release a single from these efforts soon; keep your eyes peeled!
According to Per:
“Six years ago the guys asked me to do a guest solo for the “Riders” album and we’ve been friends ever since. I’ve followed their career as a fan and when they reached out asking me to join the band, it was a no-brainer. I am super excited to be a part of The Absence family; we’ve been jamming out some new tunes and I feel like we’ve got some killer stuff in the works for ya! Between Patrick and me, there’s gonna be some INSANE guitar shreddin’ on the new tunes!”
- Per Nilsson
The band has this to say:
“We are super excited to have Per a part of the family. Look forward to great things!”
- Jamie Stewart
“Beyond siked to play with such a great friend”
- Jeramie Kling
“With Per now a part of The Absence… Boundaries are non-existent”
- Patrick Pintavalle
“Per is one of my favorite dudes in the world; I couldn’t be more exited to have him in the band!” – Michael Leon
It’s been a while in the making, but the Earache Metalizer Spotify app is now here, bringing the greatest metal music discovery tool to over 20 million users around the world!
Earache has spent the last 25 years uncovering new music, and now we’ve created a Spotify app that will help you do exactly that for yourself. The Earache Metalizer is the first-of-its-kind Spotify app dedicated purely to metal music, and allows you to create an endless number of killer playlists suited specifically to your tastes!
Simply use the sliding bars on the mixing desk to choose your perfect mixture of Metal, Thrash, Death and Grind, and the Earache Metalizer generates your dream playlist within Spotify. The songs are not just restricted to Earache tracks either – you’ll find everything from big-name acts such as Metallica, all the way through to Pig Destroyer.
Once you’ve created your perfect metal playlist, you can save it and share it with your friends via Facebook and Twitter, before doing it all over again!
Finland’s youngest thrash export, LOST SOCIETY, have posted the first single from their upcoming album entitled Fast Loud Death. Listen to “Trash All Over You” via their official band page (www.nuclearblast.de/lostsociety) on the Nuclear Blast website and download the track for free!
“Many people have asked us why we misspelled the song title and we always give the same answer: It’s not about the thrash genre, but depicts how the whole world is collapsing on you,” commented guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna. “All the problems in the world seem to pile up and you get trashed all over. The song carries the feeling of being mad at everything and everyone at the same time – it’s something we all can relate to.”
Find out why no less than the legendary Mille Petrozza of KREATOR praises LOST SOCIETY and listen to “Trash All Over You” today!
LOST SOCIETY’s debut album Fast Loud Death was crafted under the watchful eye of famous producer Nino Laurenne (AMORPHIS, ENSIFERUM, LORDI) at the prestigious Sonic Pump Studios (FINNTROLL, SONATAARCTICA, OMNIUM GATHERUM). The fantastic cover artwork was designed by no less than the infamous Ed Repka (MEGADETH, DEATH, SANCTUARY, VENOM).
Fast Loud Death will be available in North America both digitally and physically with two bonus tracks via Nuclear Blast on March 19.
Fast Loud Death track listing:
02. Trash All Over You
04. KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)
05. Bitch, Out’ My Way
06. Fast Loud Death
07. Lead Through The Head
08. Diary Of A Thrashman
09. Toxic Avenger
10. This Is Me
11. Braindead Metalhead
12. Piss Out My Ass
13. Fatal Anoxia
14. Escape From Delirium
15. I Stole Your Love (KISS cover song)
17, 18, 19, 19. No that’s not today’s winning lottery numbers, it’s the age of the band members of Finland’s most promising new contemporary thrash combo. Founded in early 2010 in Jyväskylä by thrash/speed metal enthusiast Samy Elbanna, the front man gathered an ensemble of passionate allies around him to establish a band that soon would become known as the most energetic up-and-comers Scandinavia had seen in years – LOST SOCIETY!