Portland, Oregon’s BLOOD FREAK has officially signed to Willowtip. The label will release the band’s upcoming album, Mindscraper, on April 5, 2011. The album was recorded at Midnight Mania Studios by Blood Freak’s own Maniac Neil, with Scott Hull handling the mastering duties.
12 tracks were recorded for Mindscraper. They include:
1. Psychoplasmics (Intro)
2. Merchants of Sleaze
3. Sleeping In Hell
4. Pink On The Inside
5. Scared Stiff feat. Rob Fornicator
6. Slaughterhouse Recollections
8. Sex Trash Princess
9. Paralyzed By The Medusa Spider feat. Jason Netherton
10. Death Trip…In The Drug Den Of The Damned feat. Brandon Stench
SLAYER were forced to cancel yesterdays appearance at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia after singer Tom Araya had been hospitalized. Tom’s wife, Sandra Araya, now issued the following statement on her Facebook page:
“SPOKE WITH TOM =) He’s feeling much better! it will be a few days before test results come back… That’s all I can say for now! whoo hoo!”
“Tom does not have a ear infection! Not sure who came up with this, but it is not true… They are waiting on test results… If [the ear-infection explanation] is coming from the promoter, I am sure he is only saying what he was told!”
According to Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Madda Tom “will be OK” for the next Soundwave show in Melbourne on Friday, March 4th.
Slayer recently recruited Gary Holt from San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS as a temporary fill-in in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt is accompanying Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) on their Australian Soundwave Festival tour, which kicked off on Saturday, February 26 in Brisbane.
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will release a live CD entitled “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010” through their Japanese record label TROOPER ENTERTAINMENT on March 16. The disc features eight songs, capturing the bands high-energy performance at Loud Park 10 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan on October 17 2010.
The tracklisting of “RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010” is as follows:
01. Left Brain Ambassador
02. Beneath The Skin
03. One Man Army
04 Wonderful World
05. Fools Gold
06. Star Born
07. Concrete Horizon
The live recording was mixed in Sweden by Staffan Karlsson and Rickard Bengtsson at STUDIO LANDGREN 5.3 and THE SWEET SPOT STUDIO, December 2010.
Artwork and design by Hippograffix.
“RETURN TO LIVE: Loud Park 2010” is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.jp
Furthermore, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will play two headline shows in Japan in March.
Commented drummer Ludwig Witt: “We had a great time in Japan performing at the two massive Loud Park ’10 concerts in October alongside OZZY, MOTÖRHEAD, etc.
“Our first new album in five years (2010’s ‘Return To Zero’) has been really well received by the Japanese fans and we can’t wait to go back and play the full headline set at our own, more intimate, club dates in Osaka and Tokyo in March.”
KAOTEON released through the much respected OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS their debut album “VENI VIDI VOMUI”.
VVV was recorded and mixed at Mixdown Studios in the bullet-scarred city of Beirut, while mastering took place at Unisound studios (Sweden) by none other than Dan Swanö (BloodBath, Unicorn, Edge of Sanity, Diabolical Masquerade, Pan.Thy.Monium, Nightingale, Katatonia, etc…).
“Forged in the Middle East where Terror and War never rest; the Lebanese Extreme Black/Death Metal band KAOTEON brings forth their first full length record with Osmose Productions to blast your ears and damage your minds. This kaotik opus is titled Veni Vidi Vomui, which translates to I came, I saw, I vomited.
KAOTEON’s full length is a statement of anger and disgust towards civil wars, terrorism, invasions, sectarianism, and deceit. These themes are dissected throughout their lyrics to project Lebanon’s daily life.
Several bands wrote about the ripping political and religious instability in the middle east but KAOTEON lives it to this day. From Shrieks, Low Grunts, and High Pitched vocals to fast and mind blowing blasts, this is a not to miss record for every Extreme Metal fan that enjoy uncompromising metal riffs.
This is going to be an unmatched statement of hatred. Zero tolerance.”
Words from the band: “Expect nothing but utter brutality, unseen anger and solemn disgust. The black hearted beast of KAOTEON is back and will burn everything that stands in its way, for the fires of hell rages within our hearts.”
“Imagine the blasting sound of supernovae compressed on a disk to serve as the soundtrack for the end of this wretched universe – This is what Veni Vidi Vomui sounds like!”
“Tom Araya has been hospitalized after yesterdays show in Brisbane, Australia. Reports say that the hospital is keeping him in over the night. As a result of this Slayer’s appearance today at the Soundwave Festival has been cancelled. Why this has happened is not clear so far, rumors say it has to do with his surgery early last year, but these are only rumors. Keep checking back here!”
Needless to say, fans were NOT too happy (see the video from below). Watch this space for updates.
SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival
Brian Forsythe is best known for his work with successful U.S rockers Kix. The band started its career in the late 70’s with the classic line up of Brian Forsythe, vocalist Steve Whiteman, guitarist Ronnie Younkins, drummer Jimmy Chalfant and bassist Donnie Purnell. They released such hard rock classics as MIDNITE DYNAMITE, BLOW MY FUSE and HOT WIRE. Brian left the band in 1992 but he briefly returned to play in Kix’s final studio release SHOW BUSINESS which was released in 1995. After some touring Brian left again and the whole band slowly disbanded until they decided to reform Kix without Donnie in 2004. Since then Kix have been playing some shows every then and now including Rocklahoma Festival in 2008. But there’s been more than just Kix in his musical journey. In addition to many projects during the years he’s currently playing with rockin’ country band The Shakehandlers as well as with blues band The Purple Gang but the main band for Brian currently is definitely Rhino Bucket.
Rhino Bucket was originally formed in 1987 and band find some great success with its 1990 s/t debut album. The sophomore album GET USED TO IT was released in 1992 but it failed to reach its predecessors success. PAIN, which featured former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, came out in 1994 but soon band called it’s quits before returning again in 2001 with original members Georg Dolivo bassist Reeve Jones, drummer Liam Jason (who had changed his sex and was now called Jackie Enx!) and Brian who was now invited to join the bands ranks to replace Greg Fields. A new lineup released its first album AND THEN IT GOT UGLY in 2006 and THE HARDEST TOWN followed in 2009. The latter once again featured Simon Wright on drums. The bands latest release WHO’S GOT MINE saw the light of day in January of 2011 and soon after, for the first time ever, the band arrived in Finland to play a series of club shows around the country. Brian kindly sat down with us before the bands show in Helsinki and here are the results of our little conversation. Topics include, of course, the latest from Rhino Bucket camp and well as some Kix stuff as well… Read on!
Not a band to sit around long enough for their smoldering amp heads to cool, THE BODY have just completed three shows in the Northeast US with Braveyoung, and are now entering full-on tour mode once again for the next five weeks.
Kicking off this Saturday evening in Ithaca, New York, the band will bulldoze another path across the country once again, including an appearance at next weeks’ massive Scion Rock Fest in California alongside Bastard Noise, Integrity, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Christian Mistress, Nails, Black Breath, Necrite and more.
THE BODY will also decimate multiple parties and showcases alongside Austin’s SXSW festivities, including the Converse and Thrasher’s Death Match alongside Zoroaster, Weedeater, Liturgy and Trash Talk, the BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore SXSW showcase with Dark Castle, Tombs, Grayceon, Wolvhammer, Castevet, Batillus, Altaar and Deafhaven, a party for their new booking agency Ballistic Missile Booking, and a Sleeping Giant Glossolalia/Not Not Fun day party on the last day of the fest, followed that same evening by a throwdown at Bro Fest with Liturgy, The Funeral Pyre, Owen Hart and more.
Following the multitude of live assaults in the Lone Star State, THE BODY will continue working their way back east alongside Australia’s disheartening Whitehorse for the following two weeks where they’ll complete the tour in their hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.
THE BODY U.S. Tour Assault:
2/26/2011 Community School Of Music + Arts – Ithaca, NY
2/27/2011 Helter Shelter – Pittsburgh, PA
3/03/2011 The Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM
3/04/2011 Trunkspace – Phoenix, AZ w/ Greg Ginn & The Royal We
3/05/2011 Scion Rock Fest – Pomona, CA
3/07/2011 Blast O Mat – Denver, CO
3/08/2011 The Bourbon Theatre (front room) – Lincoln, NE
3/09/2011 APOP Records – St. Louis, MO
3/10/2011 The Dojo – Indianapolis, IN
3/11/2011 The Project Lodge – Madison, WI
3/12/2011 Pancho’s – Chicago, IL
3/13/2011 Stubbed Lady – Kansas City, MO
3/14/2011 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
3/17/2011 Scoot Inn – Austin TX @ Converse and Thrasher’s Death Match [day show]
3/18/2011 The Iron Bear – Austin, TX @ Ballistic Missile Booking SXSW party
Bazillion Points Books has revealed the final cover artwork for METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries, a mammoth 744-page hardcover journey into black metal, death metal, and beyond by Norway’s metal godfather Jon Kristiansen. “The greatest heavy metal story ever told” will be available June 6, 2011, wherever books are sold, and is available for preorder now with two bonus limited patches at this location:
Part anthology, part memoir, and years in the making, METALION includes over 600 reproduction pages from every issue of Slayer Mag, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, author Jon Kristiansen recounts his life’s story, from alienated outsider to central figure in Norwegian black metal to world-weary metal survivor. The book also features over 100 rare photographs, including two color sections and a portrait gallery of photographs taken by Kristiansen himself.
The astonishing combination of archival material includes scores of key historic interviews with the most revered figures in extreme metal, including Mayhem, Emperor, Slayer, Kreator, Nihilist, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Cathedral, Entombed, Morbid, Napalm Death, Metallica, Opeth, Cradle of Filth, Sadistik Execution, Usurper, Nifelheim, Darkthrone, Sodom, Destruction, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Exodus, Dissection, Candlemass, Carcass, Sepultura, Gorgoroth, Death, Watain, Sadus, Satyricon, Enslaved, Pentagram, Jarboe, Immortal, Possessed, Overkill, Ulver, Dark Angel, and countless others.
“From the start, I made Slayer Mag as honestly and as well as I could,” says Kristiansen. “I never knew any other way. I hope that I have produced something that will stand the test of time.”
Advance praise for METALION:
“The legendary Slayer Mag gets its long overdue anthology”-Decibel
“Presiding over the birth of extreme metal from its Scandinavian heartland, the first issue of the legendary Slayer Mag was cranked out in 1985 and over the years shifted its coverage to provide an insider view of Swedish death metal and Norwegian black metal through their formative and most controversial years.”-Terrorizer
“Best idea since sliced bread.”-Fenriz, Darkthrone
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of Warrant, one of the most popular and successful American hard rock bands to come out of the Los Angeles musical scene. The band is currently in the studio recording a brand new album under the direction of Keith Olsen (Scorpions, Whitesnake and Night Ranger). The album tentatively titled “ROCKAHOLIC” is scheduled for a May 2011 Worldwide release.
Jerry Dixon commented, “The last few years has been like holding in a big “secret“ from the world and now we get to share it. I really think we captured a perfect mix of the past and present on this record. Each song has its own vibe that’s going to take people on a kick-ass Warrant rollercoaster ride. To help achieve an old school sound mixed with the flair of today, we called on the legendary Keith Olsen to do the production. There’s enough 80’s influence on songs like “Tears In The City” & “Sex Ain’t Love” to keep the die-hard Warrant fans rocking while introducing them to new material”.
Warrant has sold over 8 million records worldwide. The band first came into the spotlight with their debut multiplatinum album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”, which included the smash hit single “Heaven.” The band continued its success in the 90’s with the multiplatinum album “Cherry Pie” and the gold album “Dog Eat Dog”, both albums providing more hit singles in the Billboard Top 30.”ROCKAHOLIC” is sure to add more Billboard action for the band. With singer Robert Mason on lead vocals and original band members Erik Turner and Joey Allen on guitars, Jerry Dixon on bass and Steven Sweet on drums Warrant is ready to spread the ROCKAHOLIC addiction to the world.
2011 Rockaholic Schedule:
March: US Tour
April 29th – May 9th Australia Tour
May 13th – M3 Rock Festival
September: South America Tour
October: European Tour
New Song Stream Available — the new melodic metal project featuring the all-star lineup guitarist Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), vocalist Andre Matos (ex-Angra), drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween), bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius) and keyboardist Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Artica) — are gearing up to release their debut full-length. Titled In Paradisum, the ten-track offering was recorded mainly in Finland, mixed and mastered in Italy and produced by Timo Tolkki. The record will be released in North America via Armoury Records on April 19, 2011.
To check out a stream of “Pilgrim Road,” the sixth track off In Paradisum, visit the band’s official website HERE [click the “News” link]. In Paradisum Track Listing:
01. Fields Of Avalon
02. Come By The Hills
06. Pilgrim Road
07. In Paradisum
08. Rhapsody In Black
09. I Walk In Neon
10. Don’t Let me Go
Honoring the heritage of their previous bands, SYMFONIA is a force no serious melodic metal fan will be able to ignore. The band made its live debut on February 18 at the Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki, Finland. To check out some fan-filmed video footage, point your browserHERE.
Steinberg USA has invited M.E. to design custom presets for the new VST AMP RACK plugin that comes with their new CUBASE 6 DAW software. This is a great honor for M.E. These presets will be made available via download from the Steinberg website in the coming months.
And a video has been uploaded to Youtube showing M.E. working on his presets with Steinberg’s Sal Pelaez at G&S Recording Studios in New Jersey. Check it out:
Screen shots from one of M.E.’s presets can be viewed at his Facebook page.
On a final, and sadder, note… below is M.E.s statement regarding the recent passing of Gary Moore.
On February 6, 2011, the world lost a legendary guitarist. Ireland’s Gary Moore. When I read the news, I was in shock.
I am a huge fan of Gary’s rock/metal work, and had the pleasure to see him live on the WILD FRONTIER tour. For about 25 years, I have been referring to Gary as “my favorite living guitarist”. He influenced me greatly. Just a week before his death, I had performed two of his tunes live. His instrumental BLINDER, and his version of Free’s WISHING WELL. And his influence from tunes like PARISIENNE WALKWAYS and THE MESSIAH WILL COME AGAIN can be found in a number of my songs, specifically LOVERS.
R.I.P. Gary Moore. We lost you far too soon….but your music will not only live on forever in your own recordings, but also in the inspiration you have given other players who will continue to speak your praises. – Mark “M.E.” Edwards Guitarist/Overlorde
The promo video to “Warrior Blood” – a track from “My Blood”, the forthcoming album by Artillery – is available on Metal Mind Productions’ channel on YouTube. The video was recorded in early February with Morten Madsen as a producer.
Artillery on the set of the video - photo by John-son
As previously announced, Artillery, one of the best thrash metal bands around, returns with a brand new studio album. New material entitled “My Blood” is the follow-up to their highly acclaimed album “When Death Comes” (2009). The album will be released as a jewel case CD and as a digipak CD including 2 bonus tracks. Japanese edition of the album will include an exclusive bonus track which won’t be available elsewhere. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 21st March in Europe, 16th March in Japan (via King Records) and 5th April in USA (via MVD).
Denmark’s Artillery is one of Europe’s earliest exponents of thrash metal and the band’s contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and good melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer brothers as well as the remarkable vocals from Flemming Rønsdorf serving as highlights. Due to Artillery’s demos being well distributed, the band gained worldwide recognition even before the release of their first official album; and the band’s first three studio albums, “Fear of Tomorrow”, “Terror Squad” and “By Inheritance”, all assumed the status of classics in the thrash genre. However, due to lack of support from labels and internal band disputes, Artillery never really achieved their big breakthrough and thus split up in 1991. In late 1999, Artillery reunited and released the critically acclaimed album “B.A.C.K.”, but they never really took off as a band again. A few live appearances came in the wake of the release, only to be followed by silence. However, in 2008 the classic core of Artillery, consisting of Morten and Michael Stützer as well as Peter Thorslund (bass) and Carsten N. Nielsen (drums) rejoined forces and subsequently employed new vocalist Søren Adamsen, who provided the band with a rejuvenated energy and a musical prowess that was soon witnessed on the live DVD “One Foot in the Grave, The Other One in the Trash”, containing updated versions of classic material. Another new chapter in the life of Artillery has now begun with their brand new studio album, “My Blood”, which contains 11 blistering tracks that fill the void between past glory and future splendor. New material was recorded between November 2010 and January 2011 at Medley Studios in Denmark with Søren Andersen as the producer. The band promote the new album with a video clip to the track “Warrior Blood”. What can we expect from the musical side of the new album? Guitarist Michael Stützer says: “The sound is a bit more heavy than it was on ‘When Death Comes’. The music is a mixture of our previous albums ‘When Death Comes’ and ‘By Inheritance’, with a slight touch of ‘Terror Squad’ and ‘Fear of Tomorrow’ with some oriental pieces.” The producer Søren Andersen added: “There is an almost rock´n roll feeling in some of the songs”.
After Baton Rogue Morgue our Agency signs another amazing band coming out from the cold lands of Finland: SKULLDRIVER!!!
– Here some biographical notes to present the band:
It all started back in 1999 in a small redneck village in the southern part of Finland called Liljendal.
Kuli and Karda a.k.a “Mr.Deeler” where about 16 years old, they started jamming together with their friend Joni Kosonen (who now plays guitar in a band called Circle of Contempt).
They started a band called Infiltrator and played together for a few years playing mostly covers, but had a few songs of their own. As the years went on Joni moved with his family to the northern part of Finland, the rest of the guys got kicked out from their rehearsal place wich was supported by the church, due to some conflicting opinions with the local priest and soon the band would split.
In 2005 the guys came together again.
Pede and Kuli found themselves jamming together and Karda was heading back home, later to be known as camp Skulldriver.
Some new members were joining, Jocke a.k.a “J.P Ecker Holmes” and Tomi.
Now things started to happen.
New material was written immediately.
Hard riffing ,grooving and with a touch of insane energy …Skulldriver was founded…
In 2006 they released their first EP with the tracks Locomotive and Push the button.
For about a year the band played shows here and there in small clubs and bars and the audience feedback was overwhelming.
New material kept coming and a new EP with the songs “Saviour” and “Usage” wich was released on the internet.
The guys continued writing material and playing gigs with such bands as Kiuas, Omnium gatherum, Sturm und drang, Baton Rogue Morgue, Coprolith, Trident, Millennia and many more. The reputation in the Finninsh underground metal scene was here to stay, and is yet growing!
In 2009 the former drummer of Millennia called Arska joined the Skulldriver crew as a third guitar player, the redneck godforsaken bastard crew was complete, he found his place immediately and it didn´t take long for the guys to decide to make a full-length album consisting of old and new material. And so in January 2010 “Facts, Fictions and Fucked up Situations” was self released.
THE POODLES have unleashed a new video for “Cuts Like a Knife”. The new videoclip is taken from the forthcoming album “Performocracy” out on in Europe on April the 15 th 2011, May 3rd 2011 in North America.