Wilmington, North Carolina metal enigmas GOLLUM were recently added to one of the dates on this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The fest runs from July 10 – August 14 and features over a dozen bands including Korn, Lamb Of God, In This Moment, 3 Inches Of Blood, Hatebreed and Shadows Fall. GOLLUM will perform on the Jagermeister Stage August 3 at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina. This marks the second year in a row GOLLUM find themselves on the bill for the prestigious event.
Commented the band on their addition: “We are thrilled to be invited back a for the second year in a row! Last year, West Palm Beach, Florida was so surreal and unbelievable! We really look forward to playing on the Jager stage at the Mayhem Festival again this year, this time in front of our home state crowd in Raleigh! Thanks to Jagermeister! We are currently planning a fall tour and are in pre-production for the our next record.”
Prior the GOLLUM‘s performance at Mayhem, they will play a string of local shows. Confirmed dates thus far include:
7/09/2010 Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC
7/10/2010 Reggies – Wilmington, NC
7/23/2010 The Pour House – Raleigh, NC
8/03/2010 Jäger Mobile Stage/Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival – Raleigh, NC
GOLLUM are currently touring in support of their critically-acclaimed The Core full-length released via Rotten Records on May 22, 2009.
LOS ANGELES – The wait is over. Hollywood’s emerging theatrical rock sensation, Black Veil Brides, will kick off their highly anticipated headlining tour, the Hot Topic Presents: The Sacred Ceremony tour, tonight in San Diego. The month-and-a-half long trek will take the band across North America and back, as they tour in support of their debut album, We Stitch These Wounds, which hits stores on July 20th on Standby Records. Vampires Everywhere!, Get Scared, and Modern Day Escape will round out the tour’s impressive package.
Delivering songs with lyrics of hope and strength, accompanied by passionate, hook-laden instrumentals, Black Veil Brides took the rock world by the throat with their first single/video, “Knives and Pens” in the summer of 2009. The video has since been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube, and can be seen at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gFDCHdKbKBY.
With a thriving and dedicated following of fans, and a highly trafficked MySpace profile (averaging over 10,000 plays a day, peaking in the 9th spot on MySpace’s Top Music Charts in the ‘Metal’ category), Black Veil Brides stand out as LA’s lone breath of fresh air.
We are only just a mere few weeks away from the release of the new IN THIS MOMENT album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland (July 13th), and the reaction to the new single “The Gun Show” proves that this is one of the most anticipated metal releases of the year. Just to further wet fan’s voracious appetites for this new material even more, the band has posted the new track, “Just Drive,” on their MySpace and Facebook page, so click on the links below now to check it out. www.myspace.com/inthismoment or http://www.facebook.com/officialinthismoment
Chris Howorth (guitars) checks in with the following report: “As I write this we are currently nine days from the start of the Mayhem Fest. We have been holed up in our rehearsal studio for the last two weeks working on all the new songs and putting together our set list. We have dialed in a pretty brutal set comprised of songs from our first album and our new CD. We can’t wait to unleash these songs on the Mayhem crowd every day. Over the last two days we have also done a live performance for Fuel TV and an acoustic performance/interview for Revolver TV. Both performances went great and we were stoked that our good friend Adrian Patrick from Otherwise flew in to perform the song ‘The Promise’ with us at both events. It was crazy seeing a dude on stage singing with us, but it was also a really cool change from the norm.
“Maria and Adrian are singing this duet together and playing off each other so it’s really dramatic. Also, on a really cool side note, Adrian is planning to follow the Mayhem tour to perform ‘The Promise’ with us each day, so fans will get to see the song performed just like it is on the album all summer. We are releasing a new song called ‘Just Drive’ today and it’s one of Maria’s and my favorite songs from the album. It’s a driving up tempo song with an epic chorus and aggressive guitar work. We can’t wait for fans to hear it. We love you guys and will see you at Mayhem Fest!”
Ralf live with PRIMAL FEAR in Toronto, Canada (May 24, 2010)
PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers is working on his first solo album. An update from Primal Fear and SINNER bassist Mat Sinner – who is playing bass on the entire record and producing – reads as follows:
“After three years in the making, we will start finally with the production of Ralf’s first solo album this weekend. One of the most colorful personalities of the Swedish metal scene will nail down the drums and Studio Seven – Snowy Shaw, who is well known for his work in DREAM EVIL, THERION, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, NOTRE DAME etc. We’ve confirmed a photo-shoot with Alex Kühr in Germany for the cover artwork on Tuesday. More news on the progress and the impressive guestlist will be revealed soon!”
About the style of the solo effort Sinner told BraveWords.com recently: “In part it’s very metal. Very metal. So it will not be Ralf’s ballad album. There were some ballads where Ralf was showing a different kind of music, his talent in music, because he’s playing all the instruments on one song, for example. So you hear him playing guitar, keyboards, so it’s very interesting. But overall I will say it’s a very tough metal album.”
“END OF ME” FEATURING GAVIN ROSSDALE PREMIERING ON VEVO.COM
7th Symphony Out August 24th, Pre-Order Today!
Apocalyptica’s new album, 7th Symphony will be released August 24th through Jive Recods. The first single off the album is the song “End of Me” which features lead vocals from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. The brand new video for the track is being premiered on Vevo.com, view it here and below:
You can pre-order your copy of 7th Symphony at Amazon now as well.
7th Symphony was produced by Joe Barresi (Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion), and is scheduled for release August 24. The album will feature eight instrumentals plus four tracks with guest vocals including the first single “End Of Me” featuring lead vocals by Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. In addition, producer Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Creed, My Chemical Romance) returns for production duties on two tracks on the forthcoming album.
The conservatory-trained musicians of Apocalyptica(three of whom are graduates of the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) started playing Metallica covers in 1993 and in 1996 they released their critically acclaimed debut Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. But it was 2007′s Worlds Collidethat broke the band into an international phenomenon. The disc featured numerous guest stars. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor appeared on “I’m Not Jesus,” Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia sang on “S.O.S. (Anything But Love),” Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann performed on a cover of David Bowie and Brian Eno’s “Helden” and Three Days Grace Singer Adam Gontier sang his heart out on “I Don’t Care.” “I Don’t Care” blasted Apocalyptica through the stratosphere, and peaked at number one on the Billboard rock chart. Apocalyptica promoted Worlds Collide with a world tour that included numerous stops in North America.
U.S. Tour Dates
7/15 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
7/16 – Pontiac, MI @ Eagle Theater
7/17 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Each time he’s cornered by his circular, shiny fortress of Tama drums, BLACK SABBATH’s Bill Ward remains a fierce force in music.
At 62, Sabbath’s original – and most acclaimed – drummer remains muscular and innovative behind his kit, as seen and heard in the latest entry of the Classic Albums DVD series, Black Sabbath: Paranoid. The disc offers an in-depth look at the making of the British band’s groundbreaking second album, Paranoid, and reveals how Ward and fellow co-founders Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) nailed each song in only two takes back in 1970.
“Yeah, I really enjoyed making that DVD, and we enjoyed making the Paranoid album back then,” Ward said during a recent telephone interview from his home in Seal Beach, CA. “We rehearsed for a lot of tours in Wales, and the songs ‘Electric Funeral’ and ‘Hand of Doom’ were written in Wales. Those were good, really happy times. We were young men, fit and strong.”
Another excerpt from the interview follows:
Ward, Osbourne, Iommi and Butler re-teamed as Black Sabbath for the one-off Live Aid event in 1985 before beginning a series of reunion tours in the 1990s.
“Everyone has an open mind about touring again, but right now, everyone is doing different projects,” said Ward, who will release the hardcore-meets-jazz Accountable Beasts compact disc later this year. “But I’d love to do another album and tour with the Sabs. It keeps me fresh and going.”
The long-awaited feature, Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid, has finally hit stores.
Eagle Rock Entertainment’s acclaimed and award-winning Classic Albums series uncovers the story of the making of the legendary heavy metal album. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray, the feature comes just in time for the 40th anniversary of Paranoid.
In a new clip just released online from the documentary, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Bill Ward, along with punk icon HENRY ROLLINS and legendary Warner Bros Records executive Joe Smith, discuss the band and the controversy around the Paranoid album.
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD are preparing to release their brand new album, EXILED TO EARTH, on August 10th in North America and August 16th in Europe.
EXILED TO EARTH is a unique concept album about an alien race called The Crong, who have taken control of planet Earth. To celebrate the upcoming release of the album, BONDED BY BLOOD have released a special comic strip to give fans a taster of mankind’s fight to reclaim our planet.
VALDUR, California lords of all that is black and abysmal, are readying to unleash their long-awaited new full-length Raven God Amongst Us. Featuring nine tracks of sonic decay, the self-financed/self-produced long player will be released via drummer Sxuperion’s own BloodyMountain Records.
Said Sxuperion of the infernal offering: ” The new full length is named after a song from our split with Lightning Swords Of Death that came out a couple of years ago. This all makes sense to us as it is another necessary piece of the dark and mysterious puzzle that is called ‘Creation.’ Once again, it is self-funded by the band and released on my own BloodyMountain Records, proof that we truly believe in what we are doing and how important it is at this time to delve deeper into the abyss that is VALDUR.”
Raven God Amongst Us follows the band’s limited two-song 7″ released via SatansMight/CultoftheHorns and the three-way split with Killgasm and Shitestrom released via ChristHammer Records earlier this year.
Raven God Amongst Us Track Listing
2. “Wound Fires In The Afterlife”
3. “Great Abyss Unfold”
4. “Gravlagt I Morkets Natt!”
5. “Med Fjell I Horisonten”
7. “Past Of Wolves”
8. “Vicious Existence”
In addition, VALDUR will embark on a rare set of live dates later this month. Confirmed dates thus far include:
7/16/2010 J.R.’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ Dekap Attak, Returner + TBA
7/17/2010 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Funeral Pyre, Early Grave and Mutilation RIghts
7/18/2010 KC’s Tap – Pawtucket, RI w/ Sin of Angels + TBA
7/19/2010 Lit Lounge – New York, NY w/ Mutilation Rites, Syphilitic Lust
7/21/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Stonehaven, Othis, Witchreign, Mithral
7/23/2010 Lucky Lady - Las Vegas, Nevada w/ Morbosidad, Ritual Combat, Sumeria, Obeisance
7/24/2010 Dog Pound – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Iconoclast Contra, Ritual Combat
“…one of the most promising black metal acts…in America today.” — Metal Flows In My Veins“First things first, ‘Raven God Amongst Us’ is basically black metal nirvana; this track spews sparks of brilliance, streaking trails of incandescent melody leaving wisps of joy within the brain. I could eat this song for breakfast….” — Metal Observer on the Lightning Swords Of Death/VALDUR split.
Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel discuss classic metal albums in a 4 part series for Metal Blade TV
Recently, Brian Slagel and Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga had a chance to talk about some of their favorite classic metal albums from the Metal Blade vault. The conversation has been broken up into a four part series to focus on each of the four albums that they discussed. In part 1, the metal connoisseurs reminisce about Cirith Ungol’s King Of The Dead. Nemtheanga talks about that album’s influence on himself and Primordial while Brian Slagel talks about what it was like to work with the band back in the early 1980s.
This video series will be a fascinating and enthralling experience for metal heads new and old. Remember some of your favorite classics or discover an album that influenced hordes of modern musicians.
Part 1 of this series is available for viewing on Metal Blade TV HERE. Stay tuned to metalblade.tv for parts 2, 3 and 4 next week!
The studio diary was filmed entirely at Hansen Studios in Denmark where SIC recently recorded its sophomore album, “Fighters They Bleed”, together with producer Jakob Hansen (VOLBEAT, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE, HATESPHERE, PYRAMAZE). This segment of the studio diary features commentary by Hansen himself. “Fighters They Bleed” was mixed & mastered by producer Tue Madsen (DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, MNEMIC, CATARACT) and will be released later this year after a record deal has been sought. The album will be the first with Dennis Buhl (ex-HATESPHERE) behind the drums. Earlier this year Buhl replaced Magnus Hansen who parted ways with the band for personal reasons.
SIC‘s debut album, “Pandemonium”, was released in 2007 via Tutl Records and was recorded at Jailhouse Studios with producer Tommy Hansen. SIC is:
Mik - Vocals Eddie - Guitar Frans – Guitar Gudmar – Bass Dennis – Drums
Judgment Day is here! This summer’s most extreme carnival of death metal starts tonight, July 2, 2010 in Portland, OR. Featuring Ibex Moon Records artists GRAVEHILL, CARDIAC ARREST and HOD (with FATALIST appearing on select dates), The Campaign For Death Metal Purity Tour gets underway at Plan B in Portland, OR. The antithesis of the pre-packaged, garden-variety tours we’re typically exposed to every summer, The Campaign For Death Metal Purity was designed for the sole purpose of taking Death Metal back to its roots, a time when metal wasn’t a fashion statement and Death Metal came from some place much more sinister and far more deadly!
Additionally, the July 10th date at Belvedere’s Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA has been dubbed the Ibex Moon Records Fest and will feature performances by Incantation and Funerus.
CAMPAIGN FOR DEATH METAL PURITY 2010 TOUR DATES
July 2nd @ Plan B – Portland, OR*
July 3rd @ The Parkside – San Fransisco, CA*
July 4th @ The Blvd – Los Angeles, CA*
July 5th @ The Drunken Lass – Prescott, AZ
July 7th @ Beerland – Austin, TX
July 8th @ The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
July 9th @ Nightcap – Chicago, IL
July 10th @ Belvedere’s Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA**
July 11th @ Jimmy’s Place – Allentown, PA
July 12th @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
July 13th @ Fontana’s – New York, NY
July 14th @ Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
July 15th @ The Buccaneer – Memphis, TN
July 16th @ Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
July 17th @ Walters – Houston, TX
July 18th @ Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX
* – w/ Fatalist
** w/ Incantation, Funerus and Abysme
EMPTY PLAYGROUND has recently prepared new, amazing official website. Everyone who appreciates their focus on details and unique atmosphere of this industrial-horror band won’t be disappointed. Enter the haunted house if you dare – www.emptyplayground.com
Meanwhile you can check 4 new songs from their debut album – available at official Myspace profile – www.myspace.com/niemaboga – don’t forget to check: „Godless”, „Morning Of The Beast”, „Rage” i „God Is Testing You”
Next gig of Empty Playground will take place on 19th September in Blue Note club in Poznan. During the fest called Basement Burial band will share the stage with Esqarial, Anthem and Authoritysin.
Debut album of Empty Playground contains over 50 minutes of extreme sound entitled “Under Dead Skin” and was released in April via Witching Hour (distributed by Listenable and Plastic Head among others). The band is using classical gore riffs to transform them into black metal fused with electronic beats! The most astonishing thing about Empty Playground is how they handle the variety of sounds & genres. All this has been neatly done, both musically by Wieslawski Brothers in Hertz Studio, and visually by Krysiuk&Kajko duo with the help of make-up artist Grzegorz Gawrysiak. All this is sealed in a 9 panel digipack T-letter fold with graphics created by mentalporn.com.
Along with the debut album comes 500 copies hand numbered 7″ EP entitled “Make My Pain Go Away” on red vinyl. We’ve got also special packs with t-shirts & EP’s. Check it out in Witching Hour webstore – www.witchinghour.pl/shop .
July 16th 2010 sees the release of two of the most anticipated instrumental albums of the year with new releases from George Bellas and Alex Masi. To celebrate these releases we felt it was a good opportunity to show some more appreciation to some of the labels wealth of guitar talent with some spotlight features and new interviews. Amongst these players are a range of styles and individual musical personalities and all are recommended. Keep checking back as new features/interviews will be added every couple of days.
As a special tie in we have a number of instrumental titles all packed full of stunning guitar work on sale this month only at incredibly low prices. All deals for the respective artist will be shown on the artists page but if you can’t wait head on over to the Lion Music store now.
July2010 sees the release of ‘Strong Enough’ a new E.P from melodic thrash/death metal band Broken Mirrors, featuring two tracks that will appear on their next album as well two raucous punk rock cover versions. The infectious melodies combined with powerful, hard hitting thrash are quickly becoming the trademarks of this young French metal band. ‘Strong Enough’ will be released digitally through UK based label Hunter’s Moon Records.
Track listing for ‘Strong Enough’
01 Strong Enough
02 Holding The Trigger
03 The Kids Aren’t Alright (Offspring Cover)
04 Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols Cover)
A video interview with Alice In Chains‘ guitarist Jerry Cantrell can be watched on METALHEAD accesing the link below. Jerry talks about the band and their music, about the future and about the trust he has in the young generation and the power the music still has on us.
The interview was taken June the 27th at Sonisphere Bucharest in Romania when the band co-headlined along side with Rammstein the third day of the festival.