ANVIL have entered Dave Grohl’s studio in Los Angeles, CA with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, AIRBOURNE ALICE COOPER) to record their brand new album, Juggernaut Of Justice. A Spring 2011 release on The End Records is expected.
In a 2009 interview with Suite101.com, ANVIL drummer Robb Reiner stated about the group’s forthcoming CD, “It’s going to be the best album we’ve ever done. We’ve invented a new genre; we’ve invented metal-jazz . . . We’ve pioneered something that I believe is going to be revolutionary. I’m a jazz drummer: the world knows that I just happen to be in a metal band. And Lips [guitarist/vocalist Steve Kudlow] listens to a lot of old-time swing jazz these days.” Lips added, “I’ve been getting into Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa, really fast swing. It’s really similar to speed metal, it’s just that it’s done with horns.” Reiner continued, “We play this stuff live right now, and it blows people away beyond anything I’ve ever seen. We’ve innocently created something that’s never been done before.”
For the last thirteen years, Secret Sphere have been successfully building their reputation of power metal heroes. Strongly influenced by such acts as Dream Theater, Savatage and Helloween, this Italian group managed to develop a style of their own, forging together fast aggressive riffs and bold symphonic elements. Now, with the re-issues of two of some of their finest albums – “Scent of Human Desire” (2003) and “Heart & Anger” (2005) – Metal Mind is proud to bring back one of the most talented power metal acts of all times…
Secret Sphere was founded in 1997 by guitarist Aldo Lonobile. After some time the final line-up was complete and, with Andy Buratto (bass), Marco Pastorino (rhythm guitar), Gabrielle Ciaccia (keyboards and piano), Ramon R. Messina (vocals) and Federico Pannazzato (drums) on board, the band recorded their debut album “Mistress of The Shadowlight” (1999). The LP was a local success and presented the band with some interesting opportunities, such as the participation in the Helloween tribute album “Keepers of the Jericho” alongside such artists as Rhapsody and Sonata Arctica. In 2001 Secret Sphere released their second full-length album entitled “A Time Nevercome”, which was promoted by an excessive European tour. In 2003 the band signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records regarding the release of their third album – “Scent of Human Desire”. Recorded with the help of the acclaimed producer Achim Köhler (Sinner, Primal Fear, Brainstorm), the LP brought the first glimpses of progressive elements, which would later become a permanent element of the group’s style. With such excellent tracks as “1000 Eyes Show”, “Runway Train” and the glam-inspired “Virgin Street 69”, Secret Sphere finally managed to introduce their music to a wider audience, receiving great reviews all around the world. The second LP recorded for Nuclear Blast – “Heart & Anger” – saw the light of day on May 30th, 2005. The album brought an even more progressive sound and more polished compositions (which included parts performed by a full orchestra) and featured such highlights as the emotional opener “Where The Sea Ends” and the stomping “Bad Blood”. The following years brought two more albums by Secret Sphere: “Sweet Blood Theory” from 2008 and their latest opus “Archetype” from 2010.
“The Scent Of Human Desire” and “Heart & Anger” will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2000 copies. Both albums include a bonus track. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for November, 22nd in Europe and January, 11th 2011 in USA (via MVD).
Secret Sphere: “The Scent Of Human Desire” (remastered + bonus track)
Secret Sphere: “The Scent Of Human Desire” (remastered + bonus track)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1410 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: Symphonic power metal
Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA
2. Still Here
3. 1000 Eyes’ Show
4. More Than Simple Emotions
7. Virgin Street 69
8. Runaway Train
9. Scent Of A Woman
10. Life Part 1 – Walking Through The Dawn
11. Life Part 2 – Daylight Bonus Track: 12. Kings Of Metal
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1411 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: Symphonic power metal
Release date: 22.11.2010 Europe / 11.01.2011 USA
2. Where The Sea Ends
3. First Snake
4. Loud & Raw
5. Dance With The Devil
6. Set Me Free
7. I Won’t Say A Word
8. Lights On
9. Leonardo Da Vinci
10. You Still Remain
11. Bad Blood
12. No Reason Why
13. Faster Than The Storm Bonus Track: 14. Where The Sea Ends (Acoustic Live Jam) www.metalmind.com.pl
Dorset, England’s pummeling doom trio RAMESSES have been ultra busy this year, and have a lot planned for the coming months.
RAMESSES just recently completed their latest wave of European live dates, selling out most of the concerts on their ten date tour through France and Spain. At press time the band are currently gearing up for a three day attack on British soil this week with support from Norway’s Obliteration for a rampage through Newcastle, Birmingham and ending in London, at the Fenriz-curated Live Evil Festival this Saturday, also appearing alongside Angel Witch, Volcano, Hooded Menace and tons more. These will probably be the last shows the band will play for 2010.
RAMESSES October 2010 UK Tour w/ Obliteration:
10/21/2010 Trillians – Newcastle, UK
10/22/2010 The Asylum – Birmingham, UK
10/23/2010 The Underworld – London, UK @ Live Evil Fest
More tour actions will ensue in 2011 of course; RAMESSES are already confirmed to play the annual Roadburn Festival on April 16th, 2011. A poster for the event can be snagged HERE.
Additionally, Jake and Dinos Chapman — the artists who crafted the controversial “Fucking Hell” art masterpiece used for RAMESSES’ Take The Curse cover art — offered to make a video for the track “Baptism of the Walking Dead” from the album.
While RAMESSES have been working hard all year in support of their latest full-length Take The Curse, released in June of 2010 on Ritual Productions, they’re already preparing their next opus for release. Tentatively set for a March 2011 release, the band have already captured ten new tracks for their upcoming 3rd full-length entitled Possessed by the Rise of Magik, again coming out via Ritual Productions. Some confirmed track titles for the new album include “Safety in Numbness,” “Towers of Silence” and an epic 15-minute title track. More details will be released in the coming weeks on this monster.
Previous to the release of Possessed by the Rise of Magik, the band are planning a two-song 12″ EP entitled Chrome Pineal/Blazoned Fauna. “Chrome Pineal” is a ten minute 1960s style exploration recorded during the Take the Curse sessions, and “Blazoned Fauna” is another brand new track from the Possessed by the Rise of Magik recording sessions.
RAMESSES were spawned in the woodland of Dorset, England. They have been disfiguring the innards of their army of devoted listeners since 2003 when drummer Mark Greening and guitarist Tim Bagshaw hooked up with Adam Richardson (bass + vox). In the intervening years, RAMESSES have ripped an incurable wound in the metal scene with killer live shows around the UK and Europe.
MUNICIPAL WASTE have premiered the new music video, “Wolves of Chernobyl” exclusively on Revolver magazine’s official website. Directed by Dave Brodsky (SHADOWS FALL, GWAR, KYLESA) and taken from the band’s 2009 release, MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, “Wolves of Chernobyl” captures the critically acclaimed Richmond, VA act at their rowdy best.
Richmond, VA’s MUNICIPAL WASTE have added a number of dates en route to their Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance on November 6th. They’ll be playing alongside such revered acts as SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and HIGH ON FIRE.
Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE on these dates:
Oct 31 – The Fest – The Venue – Gainesville, FL
Nov 2 – Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN (w/HIGH ON FIRE, KYLESA)
Nov 3 – Downtown Music Hall – Little Rock, AR
Nov 4 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX (w/SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, HIGH ON FIRE, KYLESA)
Nov 5 – The Riverfront Warehouse – Shreveport, LA (w/HIGH ON FIRE, KYLESA)
Nov 6 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
Nov 9 – The End – Nashville, TN
Nov 10 – V Club – Huntington, WV
Catch MUNICIPAL WASTE live on tour in Europe with SAVIOURS and RAMMING SPEED at the following shows:
03 Dec – Belfast, UK – Spring & Airbrake
04 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
05 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
07 Dec – Paris, France – Glazart
08 Dec – Koln, Germany – Underground
09 Dec – Gent, Belgium – Minus One
10 Dec – Essen, Germany – Cafe Nova
11 Dec – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Speedfest (no support)
13 Dec – Bristol, UK – Fleece & Firkin
14 Dec – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
15 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
17 Dec – London, UK – Academy 2
18 Dec – Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi (no support)
Cleveland, OH natives CHIMAIRA are pleased to announce their new headlining run, the ‘BLUE COLLAR BRAWLER TOUR’! Tapped to support the band on the run is Impending Doom, Daath, and Lancaster, PA’s THIS OR THE APOCALYSPE. The run begins on November 24th in Chicago, IL, so make sure to purchase your tickets now!
“CHIMAIRA is hard at work writing number six, being domestic, and making moves that will ensure awesomeness in 2011,” states vocalist Mark Hunter. “As you may have read, we are not exactly done touring yet. After all, we just released a new DVD. We hit up our agent and some killer bands, and came up with the ‘BLUE COLLAR BRAWLER TOUR’; 10 shows in 10 awesome cities. After that, we will switch our energy and start preparing for CHIMAIRA CHRISTMAS 11. This will be your last chance to see CHIMAIRA live for a while, so I suggest you do so. 2010 has been another amazing year for CHIMAIRA, and we can’t wait to end it on a high note with these shows. See you all there. We look forward to the party.”
CHIMAIRA CHRISTMAS 11 will take place on December 30th, 2010 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. The band will be joined by special guests Ohio Sky.
CHIMAIRA currently has a CD/DVD set released, entitled Coming Alive. The setincludes a four-part documentary filmed over the course of a year and a half while the entire package includes over 7 hours of exclusive content. The DVD, filmed entirely in HD, showcases CHIMAIRA in the studio while recording the Billboard-charting, The Infection, and chronicles their recent, worldwide touring season. Not only does the DVD set include this amazing documentary piece, another section, CHIMAIRA XMAS: Live Concert Film, celebrates the 10th annual CHIMAIRA Christmas show in Cleveland, Ohio, which took place on December 30th, 2009. 13 HD cameras capture CHIMAIRA releasing their fury for their hometown crowd on a dark and snowy night in December. Bonus features on the DVD include a 45 minute Resurrection: ‘Making of’ documentary, a 40 minute home-video footage documentary of never before seen moments, and a live CD featuring 17 tracks recorded at CHIMAIRA’s December 30th, 2010 Christmas show.
Supporting band and road veterans THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE also had a few words to share about the tour. “THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE is going to be playing a lot of new crowds and we couldn’t be any more excited about it,” states vocalist Ricky Armellino. “This tour is a really cool mix of bands that we’ve been familiar with and fans of for a long time; definitely an incredible way to end the year for us. See you all out there!”
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE’s GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, Haunt What’s Left, was released on June 22nd, 2010, and is produced by Josh Wilbur and LAMB OF GOD’s Chris Adler. The album has garnered multiple charting positions on the Billboard Heatseekers chart since the day of release. The band just finished a U.S. tour with Texas in July.
CHIMAIRA & THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE on the ‘Blue Collar Brawler Tour’ w/ Impending Doom and Daath:
HULL‘s crushing Viking Funeral EP is currently streaming in its entirety via Decibel Magazine’s recently relaunched website. The unsung, 16-plus minute EP was initially self-released by the Brooklyn-based, three-guitar led sludge metal collective back in 2007 — their first official recording. It comes hand numbered/crafted with stunning artwork by Jorden Haley [http://www.karbine.com], (available in poster format for purchase via the band directly at: http://www.hullandhighwater.com/merchandise.
Said the band of the recording: “Viking Funeral is a two-movement EP that focuses on the life of war and struggle of an antiquated culture…This EP will eventually be part of a full-length album that touches on life, death and afterlife in the Viking mythology.”
HULL released their debut full-length, Sole Lord, via The End Records in 2009. The band is currently working on their follow-up with co-producer Brett Romnes, who played drums on the Viking Funeral EP. Further details to be announced shortly.
At A Loss Recordings is ready to announce two vinyl releases for the fall from Floridian doom duo DARK CASTLE.
First up, the vinyl edition of DARK CASTLE’s critically acclaimed 2009 full-length Spirited Migration, which the band has been touring on almost constantly for the past two years. This already behemoth album will be available to the public in massive 180-gram vinyl, the first pressing coming in both opaque ruby red and opaque forest green vinyl. The platters will be available to the public this October 26th, but are shipping via AAL mailorder now. View a photo of the beautiful finished product HERE.
The next release from DARK CASTLE will also be on wax, in the form of Guardian Of Fire; a one-sided LP bearing the 21+ minute song “Guardian Of Fire” track on one side, and a complex etching on the B-side. The track was initially recorded before the Spirited Migration sessions but was never finalized or released. Recently the band unearthed the track, took it to engineering magician Sanford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium, Rwake) to remix and finalize the track, with Parker contributing some moog and effects to the final version as well. The LP will be available sometime in early 2011; a final release date and album artwork by vocalist/guitarist Stevie Floyd will be announced/posted shortly.
DARK CASTLE have basically become a household name for devotees of crushing, cerebral doom and organic slow-motion metal due to their incessant touring across North America and Europe alongside Black Cobra, Zoroaster, Nachtmystium, Black Tusk, The Body, Minsk, Battlefields, Samothrace, Howl and countless more over the past several years. The intoxicating, pentatonic flow of DARK CASTLE’s unique, thunderous attack offers more than the typical “doom act” and their live shows are as visually entertaining as they are sonically devastating. Check out live footage of the band’s recent jaunt across North America with Nachtmystium, Zoroaster and The Atlas Moth and more HERE.
Stay tuned for more DARK CASTLE news and updates over the coming months.
Atlanta metal band Halcyon Way regrets to announce the cancellation of their upcoming European tour with Stuck Mojo.
Guitarist Jon Bodan was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma, a form of cancer. After weeks of intense testing, it was the opinion of Jon’s doctors and everyone involved with the tour that the best course of action was for the band to not take part in the tour. This will allow Jon to quickly begin an aggressive treatment program.
All of the members of Halcyon Way would like to thank the fans and the members of Fozzy, Stuck Mojo and their management team for all of your support and understanding. We hope to make the trip to Europe in the near future! At this time, the band is looking forward to Jon’s speedy recovery and playing Florida Power Fest in December with Blind Guardian!
Halcyon Way recently released their sophomore album, “Building The Towers”, through Nightmare Records in North America on October 12, 2010.
Produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot) and guitarist Jon Bodan, “Building The Towers” features the 10 best songs the band has ever written, superb performances by all involved, including new vocalist Steve Braun (formerly of Italy’s Ashent) and guest vocalist Pamela Moore (yes, Sister Mary from Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime”). Topped by a stunning artwork courtesy of Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth etc.), the album comes across as nothing but a masterpiece in the making.
Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess of Dream Theater, the power metallic attitude of Evergrey and soaring vocal melodies, Halcyon Way will leave you awestricken by their punishing riffs and unforgettable hooks.
Have you heard MASSIVE SLAVERY’s Global Enslavement? If not, you are strongly encouraged to find out why Lords of Metal dubbed it “The breakthrough metal album of the year!” and critics around the globe have been raving about the new masterpiece from the elite Canadian death metal unit. Available now from Maple Metal Records!
MASSIVE SLAVERY grabbed the No. 1 slot on Reverb Nation in Northern Quebec, www.reverbnation.com/massiveslavery and the song “Humanity’s Last Hope” will be featured on the Rock Band video game in November. A video is also in the works to coincide with the release of this song on Rock Band.
“This is a great album from a very talented band; great production value and great performances. Riff after killer riff Massive Slavery are laying down the smack.” – Metal-Rules (3.5/5)
“Global Enslavement is an album that delivers a quintessential death metal experience. It combines a refreshingly unique mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal. Bravo!” – Bravewords (8.5/10)
“The perfect balance between extreme and melodic death metal: With hooks, brutality, and groove.” – Boulevard Brutal (9/10)
“This is just an awesome debut by an ambitious band that’s not afraid to raise their voice.” – DeathMetal.be (92/100)
“Massive Slavery deliver a refined version of melodic death metal on steroids that grips you like a vice and beats you into submission.” – The New Review (4/5)
Global Enslavement is a Revolutionary Album in Modern Death Metal. It is a concept death metal album that explores some of the darkest parts of modern history that caused the epic failures of our society today. ‘Global Enslavement’ was released July 26th via Maple Metal Records, Toronto/Canada; the label launched by John Belrose, producer of Exciter’s “Heavy Metal Maniac”.
MASSIVE SLAVERY hail from the towns of Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda, the gold-mining district in Northern Quebec. The province of Quebec, Canada has traditionally been a hot bed for great metal talent and now MASSIVE SLAVERY can be added to that illustrious list.
Born from a concept conceived by bassist Marc-André Barrette (ex-Paroxysm) and guitarist Joël St-Amant (ex-Descend into Nothingness), Massive Slavery was officially created in the winter of 2009.
Having previously worked with Joel in “Descend into Nothingness”, drummer Pierre-Alexandre Mercier (ex-Decrepity) did not hesitate to join the crew. Even if the band were still looking for a front man, they began to write and work on fresh material.
After a couple of months of hunting around, their search was finally rewarded when vocalist Jon ‘The ProF’ St-Pierre landed the role, to round out this new quartet. His addition to the band gave new dynamics, and a boost of energy to push the band into finalizing the writing of their first album.
The collaboration of this musical assault Global Enslavement combines a mix of melodic, brutal and technical death metal.
The album was produced and recorded by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre, Neuraxis) in January, at Northern Studio in Northern Quebec. It was mixed and mastered by Pierre Rémillard (Anvil, Kataklysm, Misery Index, Malevolent Creation) in February, at Wild Studio north of Montreal.
DARKESTHOUR will heading over to Europe this winter and they couldn’t be more excited to get back across the pond. “Put on your winter jacket and get ready for endless nights of good times, because were headed back to Europe. We’re bringing the legacy tour overseas – playing songs from our entire catalog. We fell in love with Europe in 2000 and have enjoyed touring there for an entire decade. Playing from squats to arenas and everywhere in between, we’ve made some of our closest friends and have had some of the best times or our lives. Experiencing all forms of cultures and enjoying the beautiful diversity of the European continent has always been a joy for the entire band. Since our European bros are true purists I am sure they will enjoy the set we have cooked up for them.” says guitarist Mike Schleibaum.
Coming along for the ride will be PROTEST THE HERO, BORN OF OSIRIS and PURIFIEDINBLOOD. Ticket info can be found at http://www.darkesthour.cc
26.01.11 Germany Stuttgart @ Röhre
27.01.11 Holland Nijmegen @ Doornroosje
28.01.11 UK Manchester @ Club Academy
29.01.11 UK Nottingham @ Rock City
30.01.11 UK London @ Garage
31.01.11 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
01.02.11 Germany Berlin @ Magnet
02.02.11 Germany Aschaffenburg @ Colos Saal
03.02.11 Germany Hamburg @ Knust
04.02.11 Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island
05.02.11 Germany München @ Feierwerk
06.02.11 Hungary Budapest @ Dürer Kert
07.02.11 Austria Vienna @ Arena
08.02.11 Italy Bologna @ Sottotetto Club
09.02.11 Italy Rome @ Init Club
10.02.11 Switzerland @ Aarau Kiff
11.02.11 Germany Trier @ Exhaus
12.02.11 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
DARKESTHOUR have been busy working on their upcoming full length with Peter Wichers (SOILWORK) for their debut eOne Music release due out early next year. For more information on DARKESTHOUR and their experience in the studio with Peter, visit http://www.darkesthour.cc for updates over the next few months.
In the meantime, they’ll be celebrating their 15 year anniversary as a band by touring the US on the “Legacy Tour” with VEILOFMAYA, PERIPHERY and REVOCATION. Ticket info can be found at www.darkesthour.cc
Montreal’s Sepulchral Productions is proud to announce the November 9th release of three new black metal juggernauts. Varying shades of grimness and black metal might are offered in the industrial force of Borgne’s Entraves de l’Âme, the chilling atmospherics on Forteresse’sPar Hauts Bois et Vastes Plaines,and the raw/ambient plague of Neige et Noirceur’s La Seigneurie des Loups. Information on each of these stunning albums is included below.
Borgne – Entraves de l’Âme
Drown in Nothingness
Die Trying to Take Off the Rope
Suffering to Buy Our Poison
After the mechanical fury of IV, Borgne is back with a more complex and torturous opus on which the martial and brutal parts are interlaced with darker, more eerie moments. On this album, Borgne mastermind Bornyhake has allied himself with Xasthur’s Malefic and Vinterriket’s CZ who supply very haunting keyboard pieces to the music. But don’t let the somewhat more organic side of this new album fool you, Entraves de l’Âme will plunge you directly into a universe of hatred and horror…
For its third album, Forteresse takes a more hypnotic and introspective approach and offers a majestic and melancholic opus that is sure to appeal to the fans of the group. Athros’ voice, Moribond’s sweeping guitar melodies and that ever cold and raw sound, all trademarks of the band, are as ever-present as always, but the outfit has also developed it’s atmospheric side by adding keyboards passages that add an ambient touch Forteresse’s own Métal Noir Québécois. As the album in itself is but one long journey and has to be listened in its entirety to be best discovered, the group has elected to name all tracks by the same name as the album…
While its split with Monarque is still fresh, Neige et Noirceur strikes again, for the first time under the Sepulchral Productions banner. Without a doubt the best release of the group to this day, La Seigneurie Des Loups features, as usual, a raw Black/Ambient breed that might bring Paysage d’Hiver to mind to certain while forging it’s own identity as well as having a very Quebecois, side. Cold, dark and hypnotic, Neige et Noirceur summons images of these long, wintery Quebec nights!
SHOOTING STAR, the brand new single from Los Angeles traditional heavy metal band WHITE WIZZARD, is available to buy now exclusively on iTunes.
SHOOTING STAR is a new, original track and was written as a tribute to RONNIE JAMES DIO. Also included on the digital single is a cover of DIO’s anthemic WE ROCK as the second track. The two tracks are the first songs to be recorded with new WHITE WIZZARD vocalist PETER ELLIS.
The SHOOTING STAR single will also be available on limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively on WHITE WIZZARD’s upcoming UK headlining tour. All profits will go to the Children Of The Night charity.
Catch WHITE WIZZARD live in the UK and get your hands on one of the limited edition SHOOTING STAR 7″ vinyls at the following shows:
05 November 2010 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
06 November 2010 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy 2
07 November 2010 – Belfast, UK – Auntie Annie’s Porterhouse
08 November 2010 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
10 November 2010 – Sheffield, UK – The Corporation
11 November 2010 – Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
13 November 2010 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
14 November 2010 – London, UK – The Underworld
Megadeth headlined the third day at Tuska and offered a great deal of the classic Megadeth tunes as well as newer stuff from the excellent ENDGAME album. Before Megadeth concluded the annual Tuska festival, we had the great opportunity to talk to the band’s guitarist Chris Broderick about the big four tour, the latest studio album, and of course Jag Panzer and Nevermore.