FIREWIND – Special Gus G. guitar-contest presented by Guitar (DE) and Top Guitar (PL) launched online!
Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, lead by guitar-virtuoso Gus G., continue to promote their latest killer album release “Days Of Defiance” around the globe and have now launched a very special online contest:
Presented by the Guitar magazine (Germany) and Top Guitar magazine (Poland), Gus G. showcases some of his breathtaking playing techniques in a clip that invites other talented players to reproduce the piece as video recording on their own in order qualify to be handpicked by Gus to win one of his ESP Ltd. signature model guitars as well as a Blackstar HT 5S Ministack Amp. Additionally FIREWIND shirts will be given away too…
Gus G. checks in as follows: “Hi all, just wanted to give you a little update on what’s been going on in our world lately. Although I’ve been on tour in N. America rocking on Ozzy Osbourne’s side the past few months, FIREWIND have been working on our upcoming plans and we really need you to stay tuned for this one, cause this Spring super cool news are coming your way and they involve a new video & single, tourdates (I know our fans have been waiting for these…) + even more cool stuff!
But we thought we’d start out by giving away some gear, cause that’s how cool our camp & endorsement partners are! So, check out the video contest that Century Media put together. The idea is very cool, all you gotta do is just play one (or actually a few) of my licks as demonstrated on the video and post them online. I’ll check them ALL out and pick the winner who will get my signature ESP guitar and a very cool HT-5 Blackstar amp!
I’m always very flattered when I hear from guitar players that my music and playing inspires and influences them. I’d love to see your videos ripping on these licks and hopefully you’ll be the lucky one!”
FIREWIND have recently been confirmed to appear with the song “World On Fire” as part of a new ten-song mega pack in February for Activision Publishing’s “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock” alongside Children Of Bodom, Black Label Society and others. For more information about “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” and the entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit: www.guitarhero.com
Check out the furious opening track “The Ark Of Lies” from FIREWIND’s current masterpiece album “Days Of Defiance” completely free after you tweet or Facebook about the song. Go here for more details: www.centurymedia.com/specials/firewind/
Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren — collectively and collaboratively known as the rock band, Queensryche — recently entered the studio to lay down what will be the band’s first studio recording since their ambitious American Soldier project in March of 2009.
Due out on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records later this spring, the working title of the forthcoming effort is once again “Bob.”
“Our very first demo was recorded on a cassette tape by a guy named Bob,” explains front man Geoff Tate. “We’ve kept that tradition ever since and, to this day, put all of our demos in the original case labeled ‘Bob’ until we actually have an album title.”
Very superstitious, indeed.
The project has been a true meeting of the creative minds since it began earlier this year.
And if you think you know “Bob,” think again…
The tentative moniker certainly wasn’t meant to be a palindrome like Black Sabbath’s Live Evil… that’s just they way it turned out.
“We’ll certainly have the name of the album soon,” states Tate. “In the mean time, we hope you’re getting ready to welcome ‘Bob’ into your own, individual rock universe.”
MR. BIG is back with their highly anticipated new studio album entitled « What If… » out now on Frontiers Records.
«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.
Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.
Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.
« What If… » was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden) and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.
Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark “shredding” musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.
Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.
“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.
“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).
The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.
The first audio sample of “Quarterpast”, the debut album from MAYAN, the new band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst, can be streamed using the audio player below.
“Quarterpast” will be released on May 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD is being recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (EPICA, KAMELOT).
“Quarterpast” will feature vocal contributions from the following musicians:
* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER)
* Ariën van Weesenbeek (EPICA)
* Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER)
* Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER)
* Simone Simons (EPICA)
* Henning Basse (SONS OF SEASONS)
* Laura Macrì (Italian opera singer)
Due to his “very busy schedule,” bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (PESTILENCE, OBSCURA) recently left MAYAN and was replaced by Rob van der Loo (ex-SUN CAGED, DELAIN).
In a recent interview with The Great Southern Brainfart, Mark Jansen stated about MAYAN, “It started as just something for fun but soon it grew into something that had to be perfect as well. I thought it was just for fun to make music with old friends but now it’s as serious for me as EPICA is. Of course, EPICA remains my priority band and that’s the band that’s doing the most of the tours but MAYAN will fill in the gaps and maybe we will do some touring with EPICA in the future.”
When asked if the MAYAN material will — conceptually and lyrically — be similar to EPICA, Mark replied, “Lyrically, you will find a lot of comparisons because it’s my style of writing. I didn’t attempt to write about completely different stuff. It could have been lyrics for an EPICA CD as well but music-wise it’s completely different. It contains way more grunts and it’s way more heavy. It is still symphonic because I love that kind of music. It’s like a mixture of SYMPHONY X and OPETH style. That kind of direction.”
* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER) – Guitar, Vocals
Canadian heavy metal heroes CAULDRON will once again be hard at work bringing their timeless metal sound straight into the hearts of the fans as they join HOLY GRAIL for a North American tour this spring.
CAULDRON will be supporting HOLY GRAIL on all US dates, but due to the overwhelming demand of their longtime Canadian fans, the band will co-headline each date in their homeland and play a longer set each night in the great white north.
Here are the dates:
Apr 15 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room
Apr 16 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Opera House
Apr 17 Portland, OR – Dante’s
Apr 18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon Lounge
Apr 19 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
Apr 21 Calgary, AB – Republik
Apr 22 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
Apr 25 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert
Apr 26 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
Apr 28 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
Apr 29 Quebec City, QC – l’Agitée
Apr 30 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
May 01 Boston, MA – Great Scott
May 02 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
May 03 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
May 04 New York, NY – Union Pool
May 05 Washington, DC – Red Palace
May 06 Columbus, OH – The Summit
May 07 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
May 08 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
May 09 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
May 10 Denver, CO – Three Kings Tavern
May 11 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas
May 12 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theatre
Fans take note. There are only a few shows left in CAULDRON’s current Canadian tour. Here are the remaining dates:
CAULDRON’s newly released album, BURNING FORTUNE is currently the number 1 most added album on the CMJ Loud Rock charts. Keep the momentum going and request the infectious track, “Miss You To Death” from your local radio station today.
Canadian heavy metal heroes CAULDRON are the latest Earache group to storm into the world of Rock Band with a brand new track, “All Or Nothing”, which is available to download now for Xbox 360. Purchase it now from the official page on the Rock Band Network: http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5005338
Listenable Records is pleased to announce the signing of Swedish heavy metal band KATANA. They deliver a show that is 100% pure adrenaline and will take the audience straight back to the golden age of the early 80’s. KATANA is the next big thing in traditional heavy metal !!
The music of KATANA is heavily influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept. The band definitely shows that the genre is more alive than ever and their newly recorded debut album, Heads Will Roll, will set a new standard for what classic heavy metal is supposed to sound like in 2011.
Heads Will Roll entered the official Swedish sales chart at No.42 and at No.3 on the metal chart the first week of its release.
Metal Blade Records a sponsor of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest showcase at Emo’s Annex
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – February 22, 2011 – Metal Blade Records will be invading Austin Texas this March as a part of the SXSW festival, with bands playing at various showcases. Fans will also have the chance to catch the world premier of the PENTAGRAM film Last Days Here on three separate days!
Metal Blade Records artists playing SXSW this year include PENTAGRAM, WHITECHAPEL, THE RED CHORD, ACROSS THE SUN, and DAWN OF ASHES. PENTAGRAM, who is rumored to be playing a secret surprise show on Friday March 18, will be performing with their current lineup featuring Bobby Liebling, Victor Griffin, PENTAGRAM alumni-Greg Turley on bass, and will also feature Virginia’s Albert Born, the group’s new drummer.
All show details listed below.
Pentagram’s film Last Days Here world premier confirmed for the 2011 SXSW Film Festival
Last Days Here tells the story of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the cult hard rock/heavy metal band PENTAGRAM. Frozen for decades in his parents’ basement, Bobby’s music is finally discovered by the heavy metal underground. With the help of Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, his friend and manager, Bobby attempts to overcome years of addiction, loneliness, and broken dreams. Intimate, raw, and unexpectedly funny, Last Days Here portrays the unbelievable journey of a man at the crossroads of life and death.
The film was produced by 9.14 Pictures, an independent production company that specialized in documentary films. The film was directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton and produced by Sheena M. Joyce. The company’s filmography includes last year’s critically acclaimed THE ART OF THE STEAL, TWO DAYS IN APRIL and ROCK SCHOOL.
Last Days Here is in the Featured Documentary competition and is up against seven other documentaries, which were chosen out of the 808 submitted.
Despite practicing and writing together the last two months WARBRINGER today make it publically official that Carlos Cruz (Hexen) is their new drummer. The delay in announcement was out of respect to their old drummer and Carlos’ former band mates and there was no question about Carlos’ playing, songwriting or personality as the band ironically offered Carlos the spot in 2008.
“After years of putting forth nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into my tireless ambitions for playing music, I have finally found an outlet where no more time is wasted. It was flattering to have been approached by Warbringer the first time they made a personnel change in 2008, but this time around it couldn’t have felt more like perfect timing,” states Carlos. “They’re a collective group of humble, open-minded, down-to-earth guys who share the same fanaticism for music as I do and are the tightest musicians I have ever played with. I’ve never felt so welcomed and inspired to move forward. Even past members of the band have congratulated me and it feels very much like family, not just another band. From some recent serious downfalls in my personal life came this beautiful opportunity and I couldn’t be happier. We’ll be seeing all YOU Warbringers out on the road soon!”
Fans can see Carlos playing with the guys at his live debut in Mexico City on March 5th at the Eyescream Festival alongside Asesino, Anvil, Toxic Holocaust and Abigail Williams. WARBRINGER plan to record their third album in April with more live shows in May and June.
DeEvolution, the anticipated debut full-length from CYNTHESIS, is set for worldwide release via Sensory Records on April 19th, 2011.
A label priority for Sensory this year, the magnificent DeEvolution tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribes’ shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader. By propping him up as possessing all the answers to society’s ills, the elites use him in order to gain and keep more control over the masses in order to influence the masses via religion, media, consumerism and government.
Check out the brilliant cover artwork for DeEvolution created by Dennis “Damn Engine” Sibeijn (Exodus, Dragonforce, Lamb of God, Him) at this location.
DeEvolution Track Listing:
1. The Man Without Skin
3. Divided Day
4. Shallow World
5. Profits Of Disaster
6. The Edifice Grin
8. A Song Of Unrest
CYNTHESIS reunites three original members of progressive metal heroes Zero Hour — founding twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and original vocalist Erik Rosvold — for the first time on a recording since their heralded albums The Towers of Avarice  and Metamorphosis , both considered landmark releases in the progressive metal community. DeEvolution was recorded and produced in 2010 by Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Zero Hour), and while trademark styles of both the Tipton Brothers and Rosvold shine heavily throughout the release, over the course of eight epic anthems, it is very clear by more relaxed pace and epic story of DeEvolution that this is NOT a new Zero Hour album.
Promos of DeEvolution will be available to North and South American journalists in mere days, and interviews with the members of CYNTHESIS will begin immediately afterward! Get in touch with Earsplit PR with all press requests.
DEVILDRIVER guitarists Are Giving Away A Signed Blackstar Series One 100 Amplifier
Having launched the guitar-based web site www.AllAxess.com, DEVILDRIVER guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick, are currently running a competition. By signing up for both the All Axess website and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/allaxess (one entry for each website), you will be entered in the draw to win a “Blackstar Series One 100” amplifier (valued at $1400) signed by the DevilDriver guitarists.
All Axess launches new videos each week by guitarists of various bands which teach you how to play their songs the way they were meant to be played. They include exclusive videos of DevilDriver guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick, teaching you how to play songs such as “Clouds over California”, “Hold Back the Day”, and “I Could Care Less”. Most recently they filmed Misha Mansoor and Alex Bois of Periphery giving a rundown of their guitar rig, which was filmed before their show in London.
All Axess is owned and operated by Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver. The website will focus on instructional videos from professional guitarists and will have an emphasis on learning the songs that made the guitarists well known and taught by them. The page will also contain a biographical database of many of the worlds best known guitar players as well as future blogs on the science of guitar playing and a celebrity blog focusing on celebrities discussing guitars and guitar playing.
UK crust punk pioneers EXTREME NOISE TERROR’s vocalist Phil Vane was found dead yesterday by friends. No cause of death has yet been reported.
The band’s website has been updated with the following:
“The rumors are true – we’re sorry to announced that Phil (Vane) passed away recently. The band will make a full statement soon, but for now we need to take the time to come to terms with this terrible loss.”
ORIGINAL TV AIRDATE: February 15th / RE-RUN TV AIRDATE: February 20th *** With videos by: MOTORHEAD / OZZY OSBOURNE / BLACK LABEL SOCIETY / ONE MAN ARMY & THE UNDEAD QUARTET (“Metal X-Files”) / SERENITY (“Hungry For Heaven”) / MR BIG / SACRED STEEL / GARY MOORE / IRON MAIDEN / CYANIDE 4 (“Greece Attacks”) ORIGINAL TV AIRDATE: February 8th / RE-RUN TV AIRDATE: February 13th *** With videos by: ACCEPT / DIMMU BORGIR / AS I LAY DYING / SERJ TANKIAN (“Metal X-Files”) / LEGION OF THE DAMNED (“Hungry For Heaven”) / SIRENIA / DEATH ANGEL / WHITESNAKE / GRIP INC / DRYED (“Greece Attacks”)
### The Greek version of “Headbangers Ball” is hosted by Orpheus Spiliotopoulos & Vanessa Christodoulou and airs on MTV GREECEevery Tuesday at 11 pm and on re-run every Sunday at 1 am (early Monday). http://www.MTVGreece.gr
Formed in Sweden in 1990, UNCANNY released two demos (1991’s Transportation to the Uncanny and 1992’s Nyktalgia), a split release in 1993 with ANCIENT RITES and one full-length in 1994 titled Splenium For Nyktophobia. For the first time ever, all one and a half hours of classic-era Swedish death metal will be released together on one double-disc package by Dark Descent Records.
Like the limited run 3LP Uncanny box set released by The Crypt in 2010, this 2CD will be titled
MCMXCI – MCMXCIV and feature original artwork from Splenium For Nyktophobia as well as artwork from the demo era.
MCMXCI – MCMXCIV is currently available through Dark Descent Records. For more details or to order this double-disc package, visit this location.
Ken Englund – Drums (Centinex, Interment (Swe), Moondark, Dellamorte)
Mats Forsell – Guitar (Fulmination)
Christoffer Harborg – Bass (S.G.R.)
Fredrik Norrman – Guitar (Katatonia (Swe), October Tide, Fulmination)
North Carolina doom metal heathens, SOURVEIN, will kick off a short U.S. tour this March. Dubbed the “Disturbing The Peace Tour 2011,” the 13-date journey will begin in Baltimore, Maryland at Club Sonar on March 1 and level cities in North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee before coming full circle on March 13 at Krug’s Place in Frederick, Maryland. The band will be joined by Jucifer on select dates. Said vocalist/guitarist T-Roy Medlin of the upcoming jaunt: “Can’t wait to hit the road with Jucifer, bring the doom and unleash some new songs’!”
SOURVEIN Disturbing The Peace Tour 2011:
3/01/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
3/02/2011 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
3/03/2011 Cadelonia Lounge – Athens, GA
3/04/2011 Wormhole – Savannah, GA
3/05/2011 Checkpoint Charlie’s – New Orleans, LA
Jucifer joins tour:
3/06/2011 Rouge – Fayetteville, AR
3/07/2011 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
3/08/2011 Exit Inn – Nashville, TN
3/09/2011 JJ’s – Chattanooga, TN
3/10/2011 Soapbox Lounge – Wilmington, NC
3/11/2011 Tremont – Charlotte, NC
3/12/2011 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
3/13/2011 Krug’s Place – Frederick, MD w/ Iron Man (no Jucifer)
SOURVEIN are readying to release their third studio full-length, titled Black Fangs, this June via Candlelight Records. Further details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Scottish death metallers CEREBRAL BORE have finished shooting a new music video for the title-track of their debut album, MANIACAL MISCREATION.
CEREBRAL BORE filmed the video for “Maniacal Miscreation” at Upwood Military Base in Peterborough, UK. The video was shot with director PHIL BERRIDGE, who also filmed the band’s first video for the track “The Bald Cadaver”.
CEREBRAL BORE were recently confirmed for this year’s Neurotic Deathfest, which takes place on April 29th and 30th in Tilburg, Netherlands. The band have previously performed at the festival, as well as such other notable death metal festivals as Obscene Extreme in the Czech Republic and the Central Illinois Metalfest in the USA, and have also played in countries as diverse as Israel, Russia and more.
CEREBRAL BORE formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2006 and is comprised of frontwoman SOM PLUIJMERS, guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE, bassist KYLE RUTHERFORD and drummer ALLAN MCDIBET.