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Dark Fortress interview with V. Santura
Interview by Caitlin Smith
Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD have released a teaser for the brand new song ‘Beneath The Silt’, from their upcoming album Bloodstone & Diamonds, here.
The band’s Nuclear Blast debut will be released on November 07 (Europe) and November 10, 2014 (N. America/UK) on several physical and digital formats. Pre-order the CD, limited edition mediabook, box set, vinyl or the exclusive premiumMACHINE HEAD guitar edition via this link: http://bit.ly/MACHINE-HEAD-BD-NBE
Bloodstone & Diamonds was produced by Robb Flynn & Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE) and masterfully mixed byColin Richardson (CARCASS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with the legendary Andy Sneap (EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, MEGADETH) and Steve Lagudi.
“Stagefright” was recorded during a show at the Phillipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany on December 7, 2004. The set features 20 songs from the entire Motörhead history, including ‘Overkill’, ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Iron Fist’. This memorable occasion was shot with 23 high definition cameras under the direction of Sven Offen (Papa Roach, Heather Nova, Grönemeyer, Toten Hosen, among others). The late Gert Hof, famous not only for his work with Rammstein, was enlisted to take care of the show’s light design. The fans can also expect a lot of bonus material like making of, a fan special, testimonials, slide show, backstage rider and much more.
During the world tour for the album “You Are Here” UFO filmed a concert in May 2005 at the Pumpwerk Wilhelmshaven in Germany. Now “Showtime” will be released for the first time as Blu-ray incl. a fantastic acoustic session which was recorded at the Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany. More bonus material, like making of and history interviews, is also included and you can see the last performances with the band of Drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and Pete Way who had to leave the band due to health reasons soon after.
Both Blu-rays will be released in Germany on November 28th 2014, in Europe on December 1st 2014 and in the USA on January 20th 2015.
There will be more Blu-ray releases in 2015 including AXEL RUDI PELL and much more. Stay tuned for more info!
Metal, beer and bratwurst are the unholy alliance at German metal festivals. Those festivals are those things that every banger has to experiment once in lifetime. Even though festivals are packed by those obvious and quaranteed bands on the bill, but missing the true metal feeling is something. Summer Breeze has grown tremendously and gained the monumental status amongst several other metal festivals in Germany. The main headliner of this year was without any doubts Machine Head. The Summer Breeze festival is the well organized metal festival in Southern Germany. Even though most of bands appeal to the metal public, but some strange German acts such as JBO were on the bill. However, Summer Breeze was a great success, despite the horrible weather. Here is the brief article of the fest.
By Arto Lehtinen and Jani Koskela
Pic by Arto Lehtinen
St. John’s NL band Category VI is proud to announce the release of a very special music video for the song “Silence Befalls the Crowd”. Its message of hope is aimed at stopping the ignorance and stigma associated with issues of suicide, mental illness, addiction, and poverty, to inspire viewers to stand up and make a change. The song is taken from the bands debut self-released album FIREBORN.
Vocalist Amanda Marie comments, “I hope that this video will shed some light on the fact that in order to see change in our world we really need to reach out to the people that need help and not pretend that these issues do not exist. Ignorance, stigmatization, and lack of compassion are the reasons why a lot of times people end up falling through the cracks and not receiving proper medical treatment and supervision. We need to stand up for those who are afraid to speak, and for those who are tortured daily by emotional debilitating pain. Mental illness is just as important as every other disease or illness, and our thoughts and views on how we treat one another needs to change. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out and talk to someone, or if you know someone is hurting please show them you care. It’s really that simple folks.”
The video was directed by Amanda Marie with Assistant Director Justin Foley. Production and editing was done by the talented Ritche Perez who also did Category VI’s first music video for “Reborn“. Camera work was done by Mike Hynes, Ritche Perez, and Rodger Price.
Silence Befalls the Crowd (video):
Behind the scenes:
In Solitude @ Camden Underworld, London
with Daniel Bay & Beastmilk
15th October 2014
Review by Ben Spencer
Photography by Michelle Murphy
After battling across London against the rush hour commuters, it was time to enter Camden Underworld for a mid week Metal gig in the form of In Solitude’s first headlining UK Tour.
Sept. 12th, 2014
Cape Fest, Sydney, NS Canada
Longtime Aerosmith fan here so when the opportunity arose to go see my favourite band for the second time I jumped at it. Granted after a few delays arrangements were made and I was on my way to see the bad boys of Boston once again. I was equally psyched to see Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators as I have never seen them live before AND The Conspirators featured a couple of fellow Canadians. I have seen drummer Brent Fitz play before and he is fantastic. I have never seen Todd “Dammit” Kerns live before and I have been listening to his music since “Ugly” by his old band Age Of Electric was a staple on Much Music. Seeing him play was a big part in the excitement of this trip.
Deicide / Abysmal Dawn
Santos Party House
New York City, New York
October 9, 2014
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
Rock fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing rock legends Scorpions most successful album “Blackout” on limited edition numbered hybrid SACD! “Blackout”, their eighth studio album, is Scorpions at their peak…it is the band’s 1982 break-through album that made them global superstars. Every song is a gem and this album contains a splendid balance of pop/rock, power ballads and catchy hard rock. Scorpions dish-out fist-poundin’ anthems like the top ten hit “No One Like You” then turn around and offer the soul stirring ballad “When the Smoke is Going Down”.
Klaus Meine is a singer who knows how to wring the last ounce of impact from each song.The band sounds great as highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz add a tight and powerful drum and bass bottom.”Blackout” is the band’s most solid and rockin’ album. Dieter Dierks production is immaculate. A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album.
” ‘Blackout’ just flat out kicks butt and is one of the most highly anticipated releases in our history.” – Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity President
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
Dieter Dierks – producer, engineer
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/scorpions-blackout
It appears an old life maxim has just been re-written. Good things come to those who spill their creative guts, not those who wait.
Example: Los Angeles-based SLAYER fan Jake. In a truly ingenious effort to raise money for SLAYER tickets by offering to sell his 1997 Ford Escort LX, Jake and his friends filmed a spoof of Lincoln’s recent Matthew McConaughey commercial and released it on YouTube on Monday.
Today, three days and over 61,000 views later, SLAYER’s Tom Araya took time off from his studio sessions to respond toJake’s Hail Mary throw.
Watch Tom’s video response on SLAYER’s official YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T94uaZfyxG0&feature=youtu.be.
(Photo Credit: Ryan Whitehead: Ardent Owl Media)
The Reigning Queen of Metal LITA FORD has announced the addition of guitar player Patrick Kennison to her band. Patrick has been on the road with the band the past few weeks and is truly brining a new energy to the band.
LITA commented on new guitarist Patrick Kennison:
“Patrick Kennison is our latest and greatest addition to Team LITA! He shreds on guitar and is killer at singing backing vocals. He adds so much energy to the already thunderous sound, just another reinforcement that we will be blowing the doors off the place, and killing it in our future recordings.
We are able to bring down the house together with Marty O’Brien jamming on Bass and Bobby Rock behind us bashing the drums, together they are the best of the best musicians, Hollywood California’s finest line up. Welcome Patrick Kennison!!!”
Kennison on joining the band:
“It’s both an honor and a blast to share the studio and stage with the queen of metal. I attended many Lita Ford concerts as a kid and was always blown away by her guitar playing and take no prisoners approach to the concert stage.”
In other LITA FORD news, LITA narrated the brand new Randy Castillo documentary entitled “The Life, Blood and Rhythm of Randy Castillo”. The film is the story of the late, legendary drummer who played with Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue, LITA FORD and other rock and roll icons of the 1980s and 1990s. The movie will premiere on November 4th at the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. For more info on the film please visit: http://randycastillomovie.com.
Finally the long awaited autobiography from LITA FORD will be released in Spring 2015 via Harper Collins. More details on the book will be made available soon.
Neo Thrashers HAMMERCULT from Israel are currently on tour in Europe and release a new animated video for the song “Metal Rules Tonight” taken from their current album “Steelcrusher”:
“Steelcrusher”is out now as CD, colored vinyl and download.
HAMMERCULT live 2014
29.10. Annaberg Buchholz – Alte Brauerei (Germany)
31.10. Tilburg – Little Devil (Netherlands)
01.11. Leeuwarden – Poppodium Romein (Netherlands)
02.11. Zwolle – Hedon (Netherlands)
Tour Agency: M.A.D., Germany
ALICE COOPER’s “Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken” Lands at #24 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Chart
UDR Music’s ALICE COOPER Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken CD/DVD set is out now, and has charted at #24 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock charts in its first week! The set also charted at #52 on the Top Indie Albums Chart and landed within the Top 200 as well.
Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken is available as a CD/DVD Digipack and in BluRay Amaray (Full HD) format. The DVD contains 22 songs from the Wacken concert – including covers of The Doors’ ‘Break on Through,’ The Who‘s ‘My Generation’ and Pink Floyd‘s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ – plus bonus material shows + a 20-minute interview with the man himself, and the double CD features music from the complete concert. 22 Songs LIVE…. a phenomenal stage show, all classics in one package + ALICE COOPER – one the biggest entertainers ever! What’s not to love?
Not only is ALICE COOPER Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken CD/DVD set an excellent release in itself and a fantastic gift idea, it also benefits charity! When Alice learned about the charity aspect of the set, he was very happy to be one the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation.
The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy and metal music. For every CD/DVD sold, € 1 will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation.
ALICE COOPER – not much has to be said about this incredible artist whose career spans five decades by now. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal and has been described as the artist who first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre.
Being one of the hardest working death metal bands throughout the years, Cannibal Corpse recently released their 13th album A SKELETAL DOMAIN. The long time death metal veterans visited Finland and played a couple of shows in front of crazy audiences. Before Cannibal Corpse hit the stage, Metal-Rules.com had the great opportunity to talk to the band’s bassist Alex Webster.
Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen