Formed in 2007, Tempe, Arizona’s thrash metal desert storm Hemoptysis return with new album
"Misanthropic Slaughter"the much heralded follow up to the band’s debut EP "Who Needs A Sheperd?". A professionally filmed music video for the track "Shadow Of Death"was featured in heavy rotation on the FUSE network and the band has now twice won the award for "Metal Artist Of The Year"at the Phoenix Music Awards. Hemoptysis guitarist and vocalist Masaki Murashita recently took the time to speak with Metal-Rules.com and fill us in on some of the band’s back history and accomplishments, tell us about the new self released album "Misanthropic Slaughter" as well as the band’s immediate plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
ROCKLAHOMA returns May 27-29 to kick off summer with the nation’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK! 2011 marks the 5th Anniversary of the three-day camp & rock festival that will feature a mix of the best classic bands and today’s top active rock artists. ROCKLAHOMA is proud to be presented by Bud Light.
The initial ROCKLAHOMA lineup includes: Mötley Crüe, Staind, Whitesnake, Seether, Papa Roach, Saving Abel, Skillet, Sick Puppies, Sebastian Bach, Black Label Society, Drowning Pool, My Darkest Days, Rev Theory, All That Remains, Escape The Fate, Cavo, The Gracious Few (featuring members of Live and Candlebox), Hail the Villain, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Taddy Porter, Pop Evil, Crooked X, Texas Hippie Coalition, New Medicine, Art of Dying, Electric Touch, One Less Reason, Gypsy Pistoleros, Alias, Wildstreet, The Glitter Boys, Gunner Sixx, Black Tora, Mad Max, Aura Surreal, Firstryke, Aska, Pretty Little Suicide, Arena, Blue Tiger, Bad Things, Cutlass, Mock Star and more special guests to be announced.
“2011 promises to deliver the biggest ROCKLAHOMA punch to date!” says Joe Litvag, Senior Vice President of AEG Live and Co-Executive Producer of ROCKLAHOMA. “Not only have we stepped up our game with the top active rock artists on the charts this year like Seether, Papa Roach and Sick Puppies, but we’ve also taken the classic artists to a new level of insanity with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, and a few surprises yet to come! The ROCKLAHOMA loyalists asked for it, and we heard them loud and clear…This is the perfect balance of talent that will give something to every rock fan in the region!”
General Admission and VIP packages for ROCKLAHOMA go on sale Friday, February 18 at 10am CST at all Ticketmaster outlets and www.rocklahoma.com. General Admission 3-day ticket prices start as low as $99.50. Fans can save by buying early as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the ROCKLAHOMA Camping Office at (866) 310-2288, where fans can choose their exact campsite.
The VIP tickets and packages for the 2011 festival are sure to please the most rabid rock fans. This year’s VIP packages include:
ROCKSTAR PACKAGE (2 Person)
– All amenities from Roadie Package
– Three Night Stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
– Shuttle Service to and from festival
– Best Seats in the House
For a detailed list of amenities included in the 2011 ROCKLAHOMA VIP ticket packages, please visit www.rocklahoma.com.
“We’ve always tried to offer the greatest experience to our ROCKLAHOMA VIPs,” comments Mark Nuessle, President of Catch the Fever Festival Grounds and Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “This year we’ve brought back the air-conditioning to our VIP catering tent and backstage lounge, by popular demand, and we’ve expanded our packages to include Pit access, Best Seats in the House, and even hotel accommodations and transportation this year! For those who want to be pampered, ROCKLAHOMA will take good care of you!”
ROCKLAHOMA is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” ROCKLAHOMA was revamped for 2010 as organizers teamed with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists.
Christian rockers Stryper are offering fans a head-banging view of who their influences were early on, with the arrival of an almost entire album’s worth of cover songs titled ‘The Covering’. Set for release on February 15th via Big3 Records, the album includes twelve rocking covers, as well as the all-new original tune, “God”. And most significantly, the album marks the return of original bassist Tim Gaines back into the Stryper fold, setting up the first Stryper release in years to feature the definitive line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums).
According to Michael Sweet, the impetus for putting out a mostly covers set was a simple one. “Every Stryper album is pretty serious and pretty bold in the lyrical faith sense of the word. We just wanted to roll our sleeves up, cut loose, and have some fun.” And when it came time to pick out a listing of tunes to cover, all the band had to do was look back upon their club days. “Growing up, before Stryper was even Stryper, we were a cover band. We played Gazzarri’s on the Strip for years – we would do originals but also do covers, as well. We always did Priest covers and Maiden covers, all those bands we grew up on and who influenced us.”
What fans get is a CD that runs the gamut from 1970’s era classic rock (Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”, Kiss’ “Shout It Out Loud” etc.) to 1980’s era heavy metal (Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell”, the Scorpions’ “Blackout”, “Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” etc.). “A few things we set out to do on this album was to stay true to the original – we didn’t want to disrespect the original versions,” explains Michael. “I’m never going to sound like Bruce Dickinson or Ronnie James Dio, nor would I ever try to. And having me sing the song puts our own spin on it. We just all did our own thing and with our own touches and feel – Robert, Tim, Oz, and myself – it has that Stryper feel to it as well.”
Big3 Records Chairman Bill Edwards adds, “We are excited to allow Stryper the creative freedom to do what they do best, and take this album to the next level. We are very excited about working with the band and helping make ‘The Covering’ a widespread success.”
To support ‘The Covering’, Stryper is planning a tour that begins in March, and when it comes to the set list, it will contain quite a few surprises for longtime fans. “We’re probably going to pull out four Stryper songs that haven’t been played in the set in years. And then we’re probably going to do four covers. We’ve also got a whole slew of other Stryper songs that we’ve been playing for a long time. So we probably have 20 songs in the set.” Stryper fans rejoice, more anthemic metal will soon be on the way!
‘THE COVERING’ TRACKLIST:
1. Set Me Free (Sweet) 2. Blackout (Scorpions) 3. Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) 4. Lights Out (UFO) 5. Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas) 6. Highway Star (Deep Purple) 7. Shout It Out Loud (Kiss) 8. Over The Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne) 9. The Trooper (Iron Maiden) 10. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest) 11. On Fire (Van Halen) 12. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) 13. God (Stryper)
Danish war merchants PANZERCHRIST have agreed on a new series of tactics with LISTENABLE corps and are unleashing their new assault, entitled Regiment Ragnarok, on this miserable world on April 18th, 2011. Both parties are chuffed about the new strategy.
Panzerchrist was formed in 1994 as a result of band general Michael Enevoldsen wanting to make even harder hitting music than what he already did with his previous band, Illdisposed. Now with five critically-acclaimed albums and the sixth just around the corner, 2011 will be the year Panzerchrist turns its devastating artillery from your speakers to your face and play live for the first time in 11 years.
Check new battlefield locations :
April 2nd – Arhus DK – Voxhall
July 9th – Frederika , 7000 , Dk – Metal Magic Festival
August 12th – Erfurt , TH , DE – Partysan
The band is currently gearing up for combat, it will be the most brutal mission they will once again successfully accomplish, never mind the number of victims, victory is at hand.
In early 2011 Heaven and Hell Records will release CD version of Core Device ‘What I Have Become’.
Cover art provided by renowned artist Travis Smith whose work has been seen on Opeth, Nevermore, Riverside and many others of the most well known names in the heavy metal genre. The work Travis has created based on the concept given only he could have captured in such a graceful matter.
Release date for Core ‘What I Have Become’ to be announced soon.
In the midst of recording a new album, Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been preparing a movie.
Imaginarium is a music fantasy film based on the forthcoming Nightwish album of the same title and its 13 songs.
The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he`s a young boy. While asleep he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy`s world of fantasy and music.
In his dreams the old man fights to find the memories most important to him.
This never-done-before project originates to more than two years in the past when Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen first introduced his ambitious idea of the Imaginarium concept to the fellow band members and to Mr. Stobe Harju, the director behind ‘The Islander’ music video. He will be the director of this full-length feature. The film will be produced by Solar Films Inc. together with Nightwish.
The shootings for Imaginarium will begin this spring, it will have its premiere in 2012 and the album it`s based on will be released in an undefined point in time.
Nightwish will hold a press conference related to this project at the end of February.
Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen issued the following update earlier this month:
“In the excitement of Yuletide magic I wrote there would be secrets revealed at the end of January. There are big things happening within and around the Nightwish camp but the Big Boys and Bosses just sent me an ultimatum to keep my mouth shut for a couple more months, or I would wake up with a horse’s head in my bed.
I truly am very sorry about needing to keep future plans and sights still in secrecy. The purpose is not to annoy anybody or cause a carefully planned hype over the matter. Due to the changes in the schedule things will be revealed later during the spring.
The recordings continue, I’m off to E-Major Studios next weekend to put together all the files for the orchestral and choir sessions in London. I’m in daily contact with Mr. Pip Williams, going over the arrangements and new ideas for the songs. The demos he has sent me sound simply otherworldly! Beautiful, twisted, tribal and cinematic stuff. And with a theme album coming up, the mood changes seem to be more present than ever before.
Yup, it still is the Burton-Gaiman-Dali – amusement park we are about to enter.
More coming up once the mobsters grant me permission.”
Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine recently caught up with Holopainen, who took them on a video tour of the “summer camp” where he worked on the band’s forthcoming album.
Bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala checked in with the following update at the beginning of January:
“At the moment I have most of the bass tracks for the new album recorded. I started already a few weeks back, but I’ve been taking my time with the recordings. It’s the luxury of having your own equipment and a former job as studio engineer. For now I’ve been taking it pretty easy for the last two weeks. The holiday season and all that goes with it, you know…
Right now I’m collecting my inner plutonium for the critical mass again. I always do that before recording something. After all we’re not a pop band, and these songs need some really serious explosives. Too bad you can’t hear them yet.
I just had to twist the knife here. I’m a sadist also. The songs are really good by the way.
Of course we all would like to see this project finished, released and out for all the world to hear. The success we’ve been blessed or cursed with is demanding in its own ways. Everything has to be planned in long term. All the parts of releasing albums, videos and tours have to match carefully when you get to this stage of things.
And so we all get fed up with the waiting. Try to be patient and we’ll do our best to reward you later on.
And so we come to this: I hope you all had a nice holiday time. Also all of those people who don’t really care about that stuff. It’s a new year 2011. Let’s make it a good one!”
New York, NY (February 10, 2011)–What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon,” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big, or Queensrÿche? This can now be experienced on SIN-Atra, a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29, 2011. [MSRP $13.98]
This all-star project, created from the team that brought you the merry, molten melodies of We Wish You A Metal Xmas, reinvents the classic songs that the great Frank Sinatra performed and, in turn, made famous. These twelve cherished tunes, written by some of the greatest songwriters of all time, are given a radical hard rock/heavy metal treatment, resulting in electrically charged versions of the classics.
Some of the most potent and recognizable voices of rock rework such legendary gems as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Strangers In The Night,” and “That’s Life,” including Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Glenn Hughes, Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate, , Tim “Ripper” Owens, Eric Martin, and dUg Pinnick. Producers Bob Kulick, of KISS and Meat Loaf fame, and Brett Chassen, recreated these songs on guitar and drums, respectively, rounded out by Billy Sheehan (bass) and Doug Katsaros (keyboards, orchestration). Also making an appearance as lead guitarist on “That’s Life” is renowned rock guitarist Richie Kotzen.
These familiar favorites are beloved the world over, but they’ve never been heard like this before! “A fantastic CD,” says executive producer Wendy Dio, “keeping the era alive with today’s musicians.”
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.
Track Listing: 1.) New York, New York – Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2.) I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3.) Summerwind – Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4.) It Was A Very Good Year – Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5.) Witchcraft – Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6.) Fly Me To The Moon – Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7.) Lady Is A Tramp – Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8.) Strangers In The Night – Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9.) High Hopes – Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway)
10.) I’ve Got The World On A String – dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11.) Love And Marriage – Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12.) That’s Life – Jani Lane (Warrant)
Sweden’s finest glam rock/metal sleaze band Hardcore Superstar returned in Finland to play two shows legendary Club Tavastia in Helsinki. Hardcore Superstar have been around for over twelve years and it seems that their popularity is constantly growing. Their ascension might look slow but it’s happening all the time for sure and the proof for that is that now band did two sold shows in here. The latest release SPLIT YOUR LIP came out in the fall of 2010 and it’s definitely one of the strongest releases of the bands career. Things seem to be going good for Hardcore Superstar so it’s time to check out their current live condition.
TEXAS – The Famine is less than a week away from the release of its sophomore Solid State Records full-length, The Architects of Guilt, and the North Texas technical death metal group is proud to unveil the music video for the record’s first single “Ad Mortem”, which is now live on Noisecreep.com at: http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/02/09/the-famine-ad-mortem-video-premiere/.
The video was shot in December at a steel fabrication shop in Dallas with director, Michael Dalton, in an attempt to capture the frustration of ferocity that permeates through the 11 tracks on The Architects of Guilt.
“As I talked to Nick (vocals) about this video, he let me know he wanted to not just set the feel for the track, but for the whole album,” said Dalton. “From shooting to editing, chaos was the ultimate goal.”
To achieve the desired feeling of chaos, the video combines quick edits of performance footage, filmed in the dark, cold Dallas warehouse, with images and video from traumatic events throughout history.
“(Vocalist, Nick Nowell) wanted it to be dark, chaotic and to feel oppressive, which is where all of the close ups and stock footage came in. As I’m sure my editor will tell you, watching hours of stock footage helps you to realize that mankind has accomplished both incredible and terrible things, and we’ve been to some really dark places. I think the goal of this video was to allow the viewer to catch even the slightest glimpse of that. And to maybe get stoked on some metal.”
The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…1. The New Hell 2. Ad Mortem 3. We Are The Wolves 4. Turner Classic Diaries 5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!6. The Crown and The Holy See 7. VII The Fraudulent 8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions 9. A Fragile Peace 10. Pyrithion House 11. To The Teeth
Legendary metal group Motörhead have just released their 20th studio album titled, The Wörld Is Yours, which is the follow-up to the band’s 2008 album, Motörizer. Lemmy and Co. also recently released a video for the single “Get Back In Line” which can be seen here: http://bit.ly/fZT8UU.
Motörhead are currently on the road on a U.S. tour that will wrap up in Los Angeles at Club Nokia on March 11th. After that the band will take on Australia and South America in April/May before returning to Europe for a summer tour. For a complete list of dates visit www.imotorhead.com.
Since there can never be enough Motörhead, the tour will coincide with the US premiere of LEMMY, the critically acclaimed documentary about Motörhead’s iconic founder which has already been tearing up the worldwide film festival circuit.
This year we are celebrating 10 years as a band since we first formed at the young age of 14 in a garage. This is definitely a new and exciting time for our band and we have a lot of news to report. We will now be known as BLESSED CURSE. At this point we’ve decided to change our name due to the ever-increasing number of bands deciding to use the name Devastator, and “…..tor” bands in general, that have been springing up these days so we’ve concluded that it is best for our band to stand out from the pack as much as possible, apart from our music alone, by changing our name from Devastator to Blessed Curse. This new name fits our band to the letter because of our extensive history of being a band from an area where there is not much of anything for a music scene and having to travel to build any kind of fanbase, life on the road, all the ups and downs and in betweens of being in a metal band. Also, about a year ago we were fortunate to meet a local fan of our band for many years named Clark Webb, who is now wielding rhythm guitar with us, making our band officially no longer a trio and making us an even more powerful force to be reckoned with in the metal music world.
We are currently recording our debut full-length album and are extremely proud of how it is coming along. We are back at Trident Studios working with producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Sadus, Testament, Heathen), who also did our 2009 EP Burn the Beast, so it is awesome to be working together again. The drums have turned out even better than we could have hoped for and the guitar tracks are heavy enough to cause an earthquake. Prepare for maximum reaction headbanging as we look forward to crushing the cities of Earth with our new tunes and spreading the Blessed Curse!
As of January 2011 we have inked a licensing deal with the label Cyclone Empire based in Germany, home to Evocation, Paganizer, Demonical, Fragments of Unbecoming, etc. Our debut album will be released by early summer and have a worldwide release/distribution everywhere excluding Canada and America where we are looking for a US label home to get our music properly released domestically so get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org/#!/pages/Blessed-Curse/198232413527448 or www.myspace.com/devastatorblast
Advent of Bedlam has just posted the brand new music video for the track, “The Stench of your Faith“, cut from the band’s 2010 release, Behold the Chaos, recorded at Cavan Studio and produced by the band’s guitar player Max Gutierrez while the artwork was created by Alex Hoffman of Cypher Visual (Behemoth, Abigail Williams, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish)
The video was shot by Lunas Films Inc. and edited by Andres Carrillo from Pandemonium TV based on the band’s proposed concept.
The clip was premiered on Sunday, February 07th 2011 during that night’s Pandemonium Television show by VM Latino in Costa Rica. However band’s friends, fans and colleagues were able to watch the video on Saturday, January 29th during the video’s release party held in Casa Rock Bar, Heredia Costa Rica.
“The Stench of your Faith” video clip is now available in Advent of Bedlam’s official youtube channel and have post it in their official website and social media sites as well.
The North Americanpreorder for UK prog metallers, TesseracT, begins today at CM Distro. All fans who purchase a copy of One, the band’s debut album, prior to street date will receive the exclusive track, Hollow. Longtime TesseracT supporters will know Hollow as the band’s live intro track. A code and instructions to download the track will be emailed to everyone on March 22nd, One’s official street date. Fans who prefer to buy the digital album from iTunes will be offered the same promotion beginning March 8th. The European preorder will be announced shortly.Once the album is released, this promotion will no longer be valid, so preorder today.
In other digital news, Nascent, the band’s first single, is available now on all digital platforms. It features the instrumental version of the song as well. The band recently filmed a video for Nascent with director Tim Fox of cultlovesyou. To get a sneak peak at the video, check out the newly posted teaser here.
The band is also preparing to return stateside in support of One, recently announcing a mammoth tour alongside Protest the Hero and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Dates are below.
Pimmit Hills, Virginia-based doomsters KING GIANT have just unveiled their new performance-based video. The second video from their 2009-released Southern Darkness full-length, this brand new visual portrayal of the track “Solace” was filmed at Washington D.C.’s infamous 9:30 Club, and portrays the band boasting their soulful Southern rock in a thunderous live setting. The video was produced by Kevin Barker and Double Kick Productions, who also produced the first video from Southern Darkness, for the track “13 To 1”, released last September.
View both the brand new “Solace” video as well as the previously-released “13 To 1” video at this location.
After self-releasing Southern Darkness in mid 2009, KING GIANT are now proud to announce the 12″ vinyl version of the release! Also being self-released by the band, via their own Graveyard Hill Records imprint, the massive album is available in two color schemes [oxblood, and oxblood with gold/silver splatter], both pressed on quality 180-gram wax, bound in a deluxe gatefold setup, and including a free digital download card of the album as well. More details and ordering info is available via http://www.kinggiant.com now.
KING GIANT are in pre-production of their next album now. Few details are available as of now, but the album title is confirmed as Dismal Hollow, and the band will begin recording in March for a release date later this Summer to be announced soon. KING GIANT played at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia last week where they previewed a bit of the new material for the first time, and were actually joined on stage by doom legend Victor Griffin (Pentagram, Place of Skulls) to take part in the band’s cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “The Needle And The Spoon.”
More widespread touring and live appearances are imminent for the remainder of 2011; more details will be announced as they are confirmed throughout the year.