SF Bay Area/LA/Vegas metallers KILL RITUAL have released the preview track “The Enemy Inside” from their upcoming release “Karma Machine” CD which will see the light of day in Summer 2015 through a yet to be determined label. The track ushers in the bands new line up of vocalist David Reed Watson and drummer Koryuan Bobikyan alongside stalwarts’ guitarist Steven D. Rice and bassist Danyael Laughing Bear following the departure of vocalist Josh Gibson and drummer Gee Anzalone. The CD will be mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg Sweden in May and was tracked and produced by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven D. Rice at Fossil Sound. The track is available here for free download and streaming. Read the rest of this entry »
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Hammerfest VII – Metal Marauders
Hafen Y Mor, Pwllheli, North Wales
Photographs and Overview by Mia Metall
On the road again! This was my second year attending Hammerfest and the 3.5 hour trip to our cosy caravan by the sea had begun on Thursday Lunchtime.
The festival has seen some changes from it previous formats and has now involved HRH. Hammerfest used to be spread across to stages in the main concert hall and the Boardwalk but instead this year was moved to the pub down in the Caravan Park leaving the HRH part of the festival to take on the main stage and HRH Stoner, Sleaze and Doom to take over the Boardwalk.
We pulled into Hafen Y Mor campsite just after teatime eager to get checked in. Hammerfest is no normal metal festival. The festival takes places on a Haven Holiday site with the stages that normally stage men in tiger suits and over excited children’s entertainers, instead hosting the very best underground metal bands!
Each party gets a static Caravan, Apartment or Cabin to share with their rocking pals and it is all very civilized with a nice Bedroom, shower toilet and Kitchen don’t even get me started on the Living room, Fire, TV and DVD player! HEAVEN!
We arrived just in time to head back to The Mash and Barrel pub that hosted the Hammerfest stage, to see RSJ.
RSJ are a band from York with a groovy metal sound. The band brought energy to the traveling metalheads, with fast beats, powerful vocals and a energetic performance.
Appearing animated on stage, their punchy brand of dissonant riffs, grimy riffs and vocal diversity was an alarming way to open.
After a few beers and pizza from the on site Papa John’s the next band up was Blitzkrieg.
Blitzkrieg are initially from Leicester formed in 1980. The current line-up is Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Alan Ross (guitar) and Bill Baxter (bass) . Mick Kerrigan (drums) has recently parted ways with the band and they are due to make an announcement soon regarding his replacement.
Ross is the only remaining member from the band’s founding. The old school performance included many songs from the 1980s and also their namesake tune famously covered by Metallica.
Melodic NWOBHM vocals and crunchy proto-thrash riffing led to beers raised in approval by the old school brigade.
Next up this weekend for me was Winterfylleth.
Following some technical difficulties the band opened their set with a wailing violin present throughout their set creating plenty of atmosphere along with the dark green stage lighting and the black metal riffs of the Manchester band.
New guitarist Dan Capp fitted in well with the aesthetic created by the plain black t-shirts and swirling heritage sounds of England.
Elvenking livened things up with their folky power metal, complete with violin and face paints! The band’s mixture of genre kept a varied set which was well received.
Their unique makeup added some interesting variation compared to what had been seen earlier that day, and the Italians certainly impressed and won over some new fans
A chilly stroll from the pub, up through and past the sites lakes, complete with pedal boats shaped like swans and zip wire.
Over to the Boardwalk where the Doom night was in full swing. The Boardwalk also held the “metal market” an array of stalls including New rock and retailers of Patches and Merchandise, Kreepsville and banned, handmade and silver jewellery.
Diesel King played the doom stage.
With a blend of dirty sludge and down tempo heavy metal, the band played tracks from Concrete Burial and acid-tarpit.
It is great festival music, with their heavy, crushing beats and cutting guitars that could have well sliced some ear drums in half!
After a rainy few days the weather cleared nicely for a Sunny start to Saturday. After sampling the delights of VIP Caravaning and a sausage sandwich made my way upto the Main stage HRH to catch some White Widdow
Next on the HRH stage was Reach.
Reach are a hard rock band from Sweden seemingly with all kind of influences, particularly Europe! But the roots are mostly 70-80s hard rock.
The band seem quite fresh faced but the foundations are good if a classic hard rock sound is your thing.
Gleeming pop melodies may not have struck a chord with the more extreme attendees, but meant that the songs stuck in the minds of all newbies to the band
Sedulus are from London.
They have their own mix of stoner rock/ psychedelic space rock and progressive rock and metal and were well suited to the Stoner stage in the boardwalk.
Hypnotic guitars were molded together by free, jazzy drumming before being layered by a unique, atmospheric vocal style.
The song “Pilgrim” was especially memorable for it’s grungy sound.
Sigirya are a Stoner metal band from Swansea. The songs are mostly about time, space and earth.
A walk back across to the Mash and Barrel to watch Skalmold.
Skalmold are a viking folk metal band. A catchy and energetic set went down really well with the audience and must of won the band many new followers who soon caught onto the lyrical content and joined in with the traditional folk like see shanties.
Amongst the pipes and typical folk elements, the guitars added a more doomy, dissonant flavour, with various vocal styles showing a range of influences from the orthodox to the extreme.
Lead melodies broke up any cliches and chugging riffs suggested some power metal tones in the mix aswell.
After a short break, and a Burger King, yes the site even has Burger King, I dropped back into the Stoner stage to watch Hang the Bastard
The West London metallers combined the best of fuzzy riffing and wicked themes whilst still showing a forward thinking approach.
Their next show is at London’s Desertfest so if this sounds like your bag, catch them there!
A quick jog back over to the Hammerfest stage to catch me some Raging Speedhorn
Originating back to 1998, the Corby sludgercorers are now the most popular they’ve been in a long time.
Kicking off with “Knives and Faces”, grabbing the audience who were soon well into the set and enjoying Dungeon Whippet, a hardcore metal band, formerly riding the new metal wave of the early noughties and are well worth checking out again.
Orange Goblin followed their pals onto the stage to carry on the audiences good vibes.
Their doomy stoner metal went down amazingly as usual and even now on their 8th studio album, the band continue to go out there and make the stage their own with humbling thanks and excitement.
Joe Hoare’s dexterous riffing provided the basis for some soaring, festival perfect vocals to soar over. Bluesy solos also broke up the more moody sections that were awash with choral guitar work and some fluent drumming
With all the excitement, someone somewhere got something wrong and we were left without water! So after nipping back to the “house” to use that wonderful en suite I ventured back out for the closing
A smoke filled stage started the evening with the usual theatrics for Hell.
The occult metal bellowed through as David joined the stage, whip in hand, covered in blood and with a crown of thorns.
Epic keyboards and guitars, supported by prowling beats and chromatic riffing won over fans in the ritual like atmosphere created by the elaborate as usual stage props and eccentric front man.
Despite having a few years on some of the other bands playing, they showed more than ample energy!
It wasn’t long before he was up on the crowd barriers casting out the sins of audience members. The band took to the stage to thank everyone for turning out, making the joke of it being a Haven site…. and they are Hell… It’s Haven and Hell!
The theatrics continued with explosions, billowing smoke and lights.
All in all the weekend was a lot different to the usual Hammerfest set up, but the metal acts still made it a really enjoyable weekend and of course the happy little metal community enjoying their spring holiday on the beach.
As a member of the Legendary Rock Band RATT, Bobby Blotzer has headlined arenas the world over, selling over 20 million records worldwide! In 2015, the acclaimed drummer affectionately known as “The Blotz” plans to introduce the world to his own one of a kind RATT Experience Live Show.
While the members of RATT are currently on hiatus, Blotzer has assembled a group of world class musicians that will perform not only the RATT hits fans have come to expect, but also several deep album cuts as well, including many songs that have never been performed live!
The Experience is rounded out by Josh Alan (Sin City Sinners), Scotty Griffin (Ex LA Guns), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate) & 21 Year Old Guitar Hero Blaze.
America Must Destroyed To Be Released For Record Store Day
Not ones to rest on their laurels and fresh off the announcement of the 2015 GWAR B-Q, the intergalactic overlords GWAR have confirmed they will be taking part in the annual Record Store Day Festivities on Saturday April 18th.
“I used to like Chinese food, now I don’t give a fuck”, said guitarist Pustulus Maximus when asked about Record Store Day.
Just how exactly do they plan on doing this? First, Metal Blade Records will releasing an exclusive Record Store Day double LP edition of GWAR’s third opus America Must Be Destroyed. Previously only available on import vinyl from the UK, this exclusive version which has been meticulously recreated by the slaves of GWAR, features the original color insert with lyrics, an official (looking) certificate of authenticity and a killer ‘pop up’ of GWAR’s pet dinosaur Gor Gor! Additionally, it is confirmed that on April 21st the Grammy nominated classic Phallus in Wonderland will be reissued on DVD in a convenient CD sized package.
But that’s not enough for GWAR. They have planned a special Record Store Day appearance as well. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes place at Asylum Records April 18th from 12:00 – 3:00pm located at 108 W Main St in Mesa, Arizona. On this day you will be able to worship at the feet of the almighty GWAR, get your albums signed and if they deem you worthy, maybe even get a picture with them. There will be special giveaways and raffles including a one of a kind airbrushed guitar signed by the band!
Of course, GWAR could not make it to Arizona without the help of their personal slaves. So in order to get the slaves to agree to help, GWAR has agreed to let the slaves appear as “RAWG” and play a special show that evening at the Nile Theater across the street from Asylum in Mesa, AZ. The doors open at 5:30 PM and you can grab tickets HERE.
“These working conditions are inhumane. Thanks, Obama” -nameless slave
In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film Empire Records in which they had a starring role. GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8th – 10th. More details on GWAR’s invasion of Brooklyn, NY can be seenHERE.
Don’t forget to come celebrate GWAR’s 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any summer! The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231).
VICTORIA ROUND (one and only) WINNER from March 28, 2015 @ The Cambie Esquimalt, 856 Esquimalt Road) – TORREFY – https://www.facebook.com/Torrefy
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/772331709528191/
By the mid/late ’80s, Iron Maiden was unquestionably one of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet – regularly headlining arenas/stadiums, each new album rocketing up the charts, and t-shirts sporting their ghastly mascot (Eddie) was one of the most popular fashion statements by metalheads. But by this point of their career, most of the band members were different than the ones that appeared on their classic 1980 self-titled debut album, while musically, they had transformed from a raw “punk metal” sound to a more refined “prog metal” approach.
Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ focuses solely on the early era of the band. Set up in an oral history format, interviews include Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden singer, 1978-1981), Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden guitarist, 1979-1980), Wil Malone (‘Iron Maiden’ producer), Biff Byford (Saxon singer), Udo Dirkschneider (former Accept singer), Kim McAuliffe (Girlschool singer/guitarist), Brian Tatler (Diamond Head guitarist), Lips (Anvil singer/guitarist), Doro (Doro singer), Scott Ian (Anthrax guitarist), Charlie Benante (Anthrax drummer), David Ellefson (Megadeth bassist), Dave Lombardo (former Slayer drummer), Mike Portnoy (former Dream Theater drummer), Richard Christy (Death and Iced Earth drummer), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest guitarist), Pete Way (former UFO bassist), and Eddie Trunk (‘That Metal Show’ co-host, radio DJ), among many others.
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, and has authored such books as ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,’ ‘Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention,’ ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,’ and ‘The Eric Carr Story.’ ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ is his 15th book overall.
Available as a paperback version [$16.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ helps put it all into perspective.
Read an exclusive excerpt here:
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Dave Mustaine, of MEGADETH, and Chris Adler, drummer for LAMB OF GOD, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of MEGADETH’s anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to MEGADETH’s roots.
The names associated with the project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 3 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.
As originally posted to http://www.crashdiet.org/news/latest-news/2015/02/26/simon-cruz-leaves-crashdiet/
There is a reason for our lack of news lateley. The reason for that is that Simon Cruz has left CRASHDÏET. Well, actually he decided to leave in the midst of our mini tour in Japan… With no notice what so ever.
The last few months have been confusing to say the least and we haven’t been sure of what to make of this… other than that our collaboration with Simon is over.
However… The recording of the new album will proceed as planned and you can expect hear more from us soon!
Martin, Peter and Eric
Corrosion Of Conformity
@ The Electric Ballroom, London
13th March 2015
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Inty Malcolm
Oh my. Now this is something. North Carolina metallers, and some time three-piece, Corrosion of Conformity (COC) reunited with frontman and guitarist Pepper Keenan for the first time in almost a decade. Scratch that; more like two for this line-up in the UK. Stuff dreams are made of? Perhaps a bit strong, but it’s been doing nicely for a couple of nights, culminating in this, the last date of the UK Deliverance tour. So deliver us.
Wacken Metal Battle News: Montreal Round 3 Winner: Decadawn + Toronto Round 4 Winners: Apokalyptik Warrior + Call of The Wild
MONTREAL ROUND #3 Winner from March 27, 2015 @ Katcombes, (1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) – DECADAWN – www.facebook.com/decadawn
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/781155558625069/
ANDREW WEILER (CJLO),
JEFF WATERS (ANNIHILATOR),
MIKE MARINO (IBANEZ),
LEX IVIAN (ONDES CHOCS)
TORONTO ROUND #4 Winners from March 27, 2015 @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen Street West) – APOKALYPTIK WARRIOR – www.facebook.com/ApokalyptikWarrior + CALL OF THE WILD – www.facebook.com/callofthewildofficial
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/770980682950485/
Jon Asher (Asher Media Relations)
Oscar Rangel (Annihilator)
Dan Hand (Underground Operations)
Andrew Epstein (FlinkTO)
RIVERS RUN RED – www.facebook.com/riversrunred
BLACK EVE – www.blackevemetal.com/#!music/c1t44
APOKALYPTIK WARRIOR – www.facebook.com/ApokalyptikWarrior
CALL OF THE WILD – www.facebook.com/callofthewildofficial
OLDE – www.facebook.com/oldedoom
history of all rounds can be found here – http://ashermediarelations.com/festivals-associations/wacken-metal-battle-canada-2015/
Brett Hoffman Interview
Interview by InfamousButcher
Photos by SheWolf
Interviewed on March 6, 2015
at the Malevolent Creation show in Brooklyn, NY
With Engel & Santa Cruz
@ Islington Academy, London
17 March 2015
Review by Rowena
Photography by Michelle Murphy
OVERKILL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST; ANNOUNCES BOX SET & NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SYMPHONY X
OVERKILL, New Jersey’s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X.
“OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”
Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:
“NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!” Read the rest of this entry »
Atkins May Project Feat. Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Release New Anthology With Unreleased Bonus Track
The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May’s new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.