Ross "The Boss" Friedman is undoubtebly one of the most important guitar players in American heavy metal. Having been the original guitarist for Manowar during the band’s most classic time period, Ross’ name will forever be associated with facemelting, larger than life, guitar pyrotechnics. Now performing with his own band, the legendary axeman released the return to form, comeback album "New Metal Leader" in 2008 through AFM Records and promptly followed that record with the excellent recently released "Hailstorm" album. Ross recently took some time away from the batting cages in New York to chat over the phone with Metal-Rules.com and bring us up to speed with his band’s plans for the immediate future as well as touching base on quite a few other aspects of his lengthy career in metal.
Thanks to Jan Rosenberg at CMM Marketing for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Tommy Morriello at Crash Bang Management for all the help.
Thanks to CMM Marketing for providing promo pictures of the band.
The Brazilian thrash act Music Diablo released their brilliant debut album MUSIC DIABLO in Europe in May of 2010. When I heard the band’s music I got really interested and thought that an interview was in order. I hooked up with guitarist André NM so he could cast light over the band and their music. Even though the band’s lead singer is Derrick Green the music doesn’t have a lot in common with Sepultura. If you’re into Brazilian heavy music make sure to check out André’s other band Nitrominds.
FEAR FACTORY Forced To Postpone TourFEAR FACTORY, who recently announced a short stretch of U.S. shows from December 29 – January 8, were forced to postpone those dates until April due to a family emergency. No further details are available at this time.
FEAR FACTORY — guitarist Dino Cazares, vocalist Burton C. Bell, bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan — spent the greater part of 2010 touring in support of their critically-acclaimed Mechanize full-length released in February via Candlelight Records. Rescheduled dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. http://www.fearfactorymusic.com
This upcoming January 4, 2011 we remember the 25th anniversary of the passing of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott. The Australian Heavy Metallers of PEGAZUS would like to contribute to keep the memory of this legendary rocker alive. Therefore, they have decided that on January 4 their song “Ballad Of A Thin Man” will be available for free download at the following location : http://thinman.metalrevelation.com/
The song “Ballad Of A Thin Man” has been taken from PEGAZUS’ album “The Headless Horseman”, which was released in 2002 through Nuclear Blast.
Founding member of the band and songwriter/singer of the song Johnny Stoj about Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy and “Ballad Of A Thin Man” :
“The PEGAZUS song ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’ was written just over 10 years ago around the middle of the year 2000. A month before that we were asked by our record label if we would like to contribute a cover song of Thin Lizzy for an up coming tribute album, so of course we said yes and ended up recording ‘Warriors’ and submitted that for the tribute CD.
But after recording that cover song, it actually dawned on me that we needed to do something that was more than just covering a Thin Lizzy song, I mean this is a band that all of us in PEGAZUS grew up listening to as huge fans, and the inspiration and influence that I personally got as a songwriter and musician myself just from listening to Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott’s songs was indescribable. That’s when I knew that I had to create an original song that was a real tribute and a form of true respect for one of the world’s greatest ever rock n’ roll heroes.
The music in ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’ is meant to capture the typical Lizzy attitude with the riffs and twin guitar harmonies and the lyrics were simply created into an original story made from Thin Lizzy’s song titles and some of Phil’s cool song characters like Johnny The Fox and Jimmy The Weed.
The very first demo version of this song was actually sent to Ms Philomena Lynott back in 2000 and the response I personally got back in letter was ever so praiseful for the song, even suggesting that, “If Philip were alive he would love it too”, put simply, I was so happy and over the moon.
Anyway, the song wasn’t meant to be released as a PEGAZUS song but our record label at the time insisted strongly that it be included on our band’s studio album that we were also recording at that time, so it was released officially on our album ‘The Headless Horseman’ in 2002.
So many years have passed since and so many requests still to hear the song have surfaced again, so we have decided that seeing that it is a special moment ahead this coming 4th January 2011, it’s the 25th anniversary of Philip’s passing and a celebration of his life.We would love to share this special tribute song of ours with all fans of Philip Lynott, Thin Lizzy and just rock fans in general with this absolute free download of BALLAD OF A THIN MAN.
Enjoy the tune, rock hard and remember to raise a glass in memory of Philip, “The Emerald Isle’s Rocking Renegade!”
Earlier, it was already reported that PEGAZUS will kick off their worldwide 2011 tour at the Rocktower Festival in Lübeck Germany (April 23/24, 2011) and that they had been added to the 2011 edition of Headbangers Open Air, which takes place from July 28 – 30 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.
In addition, the worldwide return of the band will be kicked of with the release of a new album ! The tentative release date for this yet-untitled album is scheduled for Spring 2011 and contains 11 brand new classic Heavy Metal songs with original singer Justin Fleming back on vocals !
Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s favorite sons of blasphemy Infernaeon released their second full length effort "Genesis To Nemesis" late last summer through Prosthetic Records. The new album features some notable guest appearances including Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal and Oderus Urungus of Gwar among others. In what is sure to quickly make Infernaeon a household name, the band filmed an incredibly grotesque video for the track "Graven Image" before embarking on a monster tour across North America and Canada as direct support for Gwar. Metal-Rules.com caught up with the ever controversial frontman Brian Werner and new guitarist Steven Harger to find out all the gory details…
Frankie DiVita, radio personality for 96.7 KCAL Rocks, sat down with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford at The Grove in Anaheim, CA on the final night of HALFORD’s Made Of Metal tour. Check out the chat on YouTube below:
Pompei Nights have uploaded three tracks (“Mistreated”, “Out Of Bounds” and “The Scene Is Set”) from their upcoming debut album, yet untitled, to their MySpace.com page at this location (www.myspace.com/pompeinights).
The CD was recorded and mixed by Martin Sweet (Crashdïet) at Sweet Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. An early 2011 release via Street Symphonies Records is expected.
STRATOVARIUS’ German drummer Jörg Michael, who was was recently diagnosed with cancer and had his entire thyroid removed, has issued the following update:
“I hope this message finds everybody well and everybody is in an easy-peasy Christmas mood already.
“The first leg of the European tour with HELLOWEEN is over — time to have a few words with you.
“First of all, let’s not forget the brilliant emergency rescue action and playing of Alex [Landenburg; AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA]. Thanks again for all what you did for the fans, the band and also for me.
“Surely I hate the idea of somebody is sitting on ‘my chair,’ but this special action needed some special treatment and I am proud and happy that it was you, Alex. Thanks again; we’ll get together for a real drink, not like these other Scandinavian pussies in the band 🙂
“I was overwhelmed by all the wishes, tons of emails and text messages I received from all over the world wishing me a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for supporting me, and it made me feel very strong when fighting these bastards inside of me.
“I have some good news to tell you and believe me — I really enjoy to tell the world:
“The surgery was done about six weeks ago and the first therapy is done as well. All looks good so far and as Jens [Johansson, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist] told me before: ‘Do not worry, Jörg, nothing survives in your body after all what you did to it!’
“Finally he was right, there are only small bits and bobs left — I will fight those with another therapy in about four months’ time.
“I think I have been very lucky that it was discovered by one of my friends in a very early state. Very good that my friend decided to become a doctor; he was very lousy when he tried playing the guitar.
“Besides preparing myself for Christmas, I am currently practicing the drums to be ready and kickin’ again when the tour continues in the New Year. I will be back.
“Thanks again for everything and let’s get alive and kicking once again.
“See you in Paris and everywhere else.”
STRATOVARIUS will release its thirteenth full-length studio album, “Elysium”, in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel.
Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will release their thirteenth full-length studio album, “Elysium”, in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel.
Check out audio samples of all the songs that will appear on the CD at Amazon.co.uk.
“Elysium” will be released as a regular CD; a deluxe digipak edition with bonus track; a “collector’s edition” (featuring two exclusive bonus tracks on a seven-inch single); and on vinyl.
“Elysium” collector’s edition track listing:
01. Darkest Hours
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. Infernal Maze
04. Fairness Justified
05. The Game Never Ends
06. Lifetime In A Moment
07. Move The Mountain
08. Event Horizon
01. Darkest Hours (Demo)
02. Under Flaming Skies (Demo)
03. Infernal Maze (Demo)
04. Fairness Justified (Demo)
05. The Game Never Ends (Demo)
06. Lifetime In A Moment (Demo)
07. Move The Mountain (Demo)
08. Event Horizon (Demo)
09. Elysium (Demo)
Legendary MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister spoke with Metro.co.uk recently about a number of topics including the band’s new album, The Wörld Is Yours and the highly-praised documentary, Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Metro.co.uk: You’re known for your steady diet of Jack Daniel’s and Marlboro cigarettes. What kind of shape are you in?
Kilmister: “I know. It’s amazing really. I’ve never done a day’s exercise in my life. I get a good workout onstage, I suppose.”
Metro.co.uk: You worked as Jimi Hendrix’ roadie. Did you learn from watching him?
Kilmister: “I learned you can do anything onstage as long as you can carry it off, as long as you can back it up. You can do anything. You’ve never seen anything like it in your whole life. If you want to see a small taste of what he was like, Monterey Pop Music Festival is the one to watch.”
Metro.co.uk: Is it flattering to have such a big range of people, from Ozzy Osbourne to Jarvis Cocker, praising you?
Kilmister: “Of course it’s flattering. People keep saying they’re surprised by that. They say they’re surprised if we do a slow song. Everyone’s always surprised and analysing. Everybody’s always surprised by something. It kills me. We’ve done tracks with no drums or guitars on them. We’ve done tracks with cellos and violas on them. We’ve done all kinds of stuff.”
Metro.co.uk: You’re a famous, wealthy rock star – are you still bothered about that kind of stuff?
Kilmister: “I’m famous; I’m not wealthy. I really don’t care about politics. It takes up too much time. And there’s always misery. Every politician is an asshole. Sorry about that but they are. Everybody from Hitler to Stalin and back – all of them. To want to be a politician, you’ve got to be an asshole.”
“Thanks, Europe: the first part of the world tour was simply sensational.
After the amazing kick-off in Vienna, gigs in London (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Oslo (NO), sold out shows in Zlin (CZ), Tallinn (EST), Tampere (FIN) and Helsinki (FIN), the expectations were even exceeded by the 2010 tour finale in Prague.
Last Sunday, more than 4,500 Czech fans partied without mercy and went sheer berserk in front of the stage!
Prague definitely is Metal – let’s see if this can be topped in 2011… At any rate, overjoyed Helloween are going on their short break, just to challenge the French sinners on January 11th at the sold out Elysee Montmartre in Paris. Part 2 of the European tour can begin!
You can find a personal holiday salute from Weiki, Andi, Dani, Sascha and Markus below.
Party hard and get ready for a pretty sinful 2011!”
AS THEY SLEEP VOCALIST POSTS NEW AUDIO BLOG Solid State debut, ‘Dynasty’, out now
DETROIT, MI – Aaron Bridgewater, vocalist for the Detroit technical death metal act, As They Sleep, has uploaded a new audio blog to the As They Sleep TheLiveLine.com page at: http://www.theliveline.com/astheysleep, to recap the band’s most exciting year yet.
2010 saw the release of As They Sleep’s Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, a pummeling, intricate melodic death metal record, which received much critical acclaim. The band then hit the road on a West Coast run in support of Dynasty, as part of the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”, alongside label-mates, Living Sacrifice, Becoming the Archetype, and To Speak of Wolves.
As They Sleep is currently running a CD/t-shirt giveaway on TheLiveLine.com to celebrate the release of Dynasty, which hit stores on November 22nd. The site has provided As They Sleep with its own call in number: (702) 967-9034, for fans to phone in and leave a voice message, explaining to the band why they deserve to win the prize pack. The most creative, sincere, and more importantly, METAL, message will be selected by the band as the winner. The contest will wrap up on December 31st. For full details, head over to: http://www.theliveline.com/astheysleep. Dynasty – a concept album with a complex focus on the rise and fall of empires throughout history –is available in stores everywhere, and online through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/details.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491 and iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dynasty/id401374105.
The track list for Dynasty is…1. Oracle of the Dead2. To the Republic3. The Third Reich4. Bedlam at the Nile5. The Darkest Ages6. Ritual7. The Offering8. Attila9. Poseidon10. God of War11. The Unseen
The music video for the first single off Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead”, will premiere in the coming weeks. A behind the scenes video blog of the “Oracle of the Dead” video shoot can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWhJqkZ6lAA.
Metal Blade Records inks deal with legendary heavy metal/doom group PENTAGRAM; new album “Last Rites” set for spring 2011 with a live DVD to follow
Doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin honor Pentagram’s 40th Anniversary, showcase new songs live
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – December 21, 2010 – Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary doom metal act PENTAGRAM. The band, now entering their 40th year anniversary, will be releasing a full-length album titled Last Rites in the spring of 2011 featuring all new tracks with a DVD to follow in late 2011. The doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin has united once again to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pentagram! Spring 2011 will bear witness to the revered pair’s first studio album together in 17 years. Only days out of the sessions, the band will unleash these newborn heavies live! Monstrous new riffs and more will be freed the nights of January 6th, at Europa in NYC and January 7th, at Club Hell in Providence, RI. Also playing live with the band will be PENTAGRAM alumni and current full-time bass player Greg Turley with Tim Tomaselli (Place of Skulls) filling in on drums.
Bobby Liebling comments on working with Metal Blade Records; “I reflect on how Pentagram is coming into its 40th year and how it finally feels like we are entering into the major leagues. With Metal Blade now at our side, it feels like we made the World Series! I’ll quote John Lennon from ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ask the loyal rivetheads out there, ‘Did we pass the audition?'”
Victor Griffin adds; “Neither Bobby nor myself ever imagined we’d play together again. It’s an honor to be re-united and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pentagram, and the 30th anniversary of our musical relationship with a new album on Metal Blade Records! As always, we did it our way…thanks for making us survivors!”
“I am very excited to welcome Pentagram to the Metal Blade Family. It is really amazing for us to work with such a legendary band and we look forward to a great success!” comments Chairman/CEO of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel.
Cult rock legend Bobby Liebling has been churning out genre defining and highly admired hard rock/doom metal for over 40 years with PENTAGRAM. Within its first decade, the band is largely regarded as co-creating two subgenres of hard rock. Heavy Metal at the birth of the 1970’s and Doom towards its death.
The classic “Death Row”-era line-up and the band’s debut album, Relentless (1984) was inducted into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Guitarist Victor Griffin’s invention of the “Drop B” tuning is first heard here. This heavy-handed hallmark went on to influence handfuls of players and defined a subgenre. These numbers recently included Jack White and his band The Dead Weather who cover Forever My Queen (Liebling) live. It was also played on late night talk shows worldwide and even released as a single on White’s own Third Man Records.
Follow PENTAGRAM at the following location: (Official Pentagram Facebook & Twitter pages coming soon!)
First our North American scouts went to Rochester NY, to find the last member to complete another Allstar-Band: Vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL guitarist and former singer of ANNIHILATOR, TAD MOROSE and LIEGE LORD), drummer Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR/ex-ANNIHILATOR), ex-ANNIHILATOR bassist Russ Bergquist and guitarist Nikolai Wurk are DUSK MACHINE!
Then they followed the trail of destruction left from Buffalo, NY all the way to Florida by MALEVOLENT CREATION.
In the meantime our ship picked up our German scouting parties. Guess what they found? They found the South of Germany in complete DESTRUCTION!
70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival wishes you Happy Holidays!
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Guitarist Gary Holt, of the seminal Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS, will be appearing at the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention on Saturday, January 15, 2011! The annual convention will be held for several days this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. This event is invite only and not open to the general public. The following is a schedule of Gary Holt’s appearances and signings while in attendance:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Noon at the Engl booth 5824
2:00 PM at the Schecter booth 4290
4:30 PM at the EMG booth 4850
EXODUS are currently back home after the highly successful “Thrash Fest Tour” in Europe with KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL and SUICIDAL ANGELS.
Austria’s dangerously perverted kings of blackend death metal, BELPHEGOR, have uploaded a trailer for the recently completed “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan“ music videoto the following locationwww.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1269 .The clip was shot and edited this past October by director Alexander Koenig in Abtenau, Austria. Keeping with the concept of the forthcoming Blood Magick Necromance, album the crew went through over 60 liters of fresh blood within two nights of shooting. Smashing all oppressive morals with anti-Christian sentiment, the band presents a raw look at depraved blood rites which celebrate the liberation of man through death.
Bass devastator Serpenth states: “The clip aims to strip down the viewer’s psyche with an onslaught of sadistic sex, musick and magick. The ritual action caught on tape was also inspired in part by the world famous works of Viennese Actionists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viennese_Actionism) such as Hermann Nitsch and Gunter Brus. Rachael Kozak took over the role of the possessed Sukkubus. As Pro-Domina she was perfect and totally into the role. The blood cut deeper than any drug. The process of such an intense shoot served as a cathartic experience for all involved, making what went on behind the scenes just as important as the final outcome of the visuals.
Expect this ultra shocking piece to be unveiled first week of January. We decided to anchor the clip on Bloody-Disgusting.com, to avoid censorship troubles with moral persecutors.” “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan“ can be heard at the following locations http://listn.to/belphegor and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of speacial headlining shows in the midst of the tour.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. For more dates and info visit www.belphegor.at and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
Blood Magick Necromancewas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMUBORGIR, ARCHENEMY, KREATOR, etc).
Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing: 1. IN BLOOD – DEVOUR THIS SANCTITY