July 16th 2010 sees the release of two of the most anticipated instrumental albums of the year with new releases from George Bellas and Alex Masi. To celebrate these releases we felt it was a good opportunity to show some more appreciation to some of the labels wealth of guitar talent with some spotlight features and new interviews. Amongst these players are a range of styles and individual musical personalities and all are recommended. Keep checking back as new features/interviews will be added every couple of days.
As a special tie in we have a number of instrumental titles all packed full of stunning guitar work on sale this month only at incredibly low prices. All deals for the respective artist will be shown on the artists page but if you can’t wait head on over to the Lion Music store now.
July2010 sees the release of ‘Strong Enough’ a new E.P from melodic thrash/death metal band Broken Mirrors, featuring two tracks that will appear on their next album as well two raucous punk rock cover versions. The infectious melodies combined with powerful, hard hitting thrash are quickly becoming the trademarks of this young French metal band. ‘Strong Enough’ will be released digitally through UK based label Hunter’s Moon Records.
Track listing for ‘Strong Enough’
01 Strong Enough
02 Holding The Trigger
03 The Kids Aren’t Alright (Offspring Cover)
04 Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols Cover)
A video interview with Alice In Chains‘ guitarist Jerry Cantrell can be watched on METALHEAD accesing the link below. Jerry talks about the band and their music, about the future and about the trust he has in the young generation and the power the music still has on us.
The interview was taken June the 27th at Sonisphere Bucharest in Romania when the band co-headlined along side with Rammstein the third day of the festival.
Sweden’s genre-defying THERION have uploaded the artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Hammerfall, Edguy, Avantasia) for their new album, Sitra Ahra, onto their official website (best viewed with Mozilla Firefox). Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, Sitra Ahra will be released later this year. In regards to the new album, THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson stated back in February, “Expect something spectacular, even by THERION’s standards!”
The track listing for THERION’s upcoming studio release is:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death masters, DECREPIT BIRTH, will employ the help of ex-ABIGAIL WILLIAMS drummer Samus Paulicelli as a session member during this years installment of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Footage of Paulicelli playing the new track “Symbiosis” can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkPYJo5KO1M.
DECREPIT BIRTH recently uploaded the track “(A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil” to their newly designed Myspace (www.myspace.com/DecrepitBirth). The song comes from their upcoming Polarity album set to be released on July 27th in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.) and can be viewed here http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=374702.
Polarity Track Listing:
1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
3. The Resonance
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
11. Darkness Embrace
Mail order edition bonus track:
12. See Through Dreams (DEATH Cover)
St. Paul, Minnesota’s progressive experimentalists THE CRINN have announced four regional shows in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Chad White, bassist for THE CRINN, states: “We are extremely excited to share the stage for a couple of dates with some of the heaviest hitters in modern metal! They are sure to be amazing shows.”
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
July 17th – Wayne Stock @ Eagles Club Grounds, Lake Station, IN
July 23rd – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI with Soilwork, Death Angel, Augury, Mutiny Within, Swashbuckle
July 24th – The Rock, Maplewood, MN with Soilwork, Death Angel, Augury, Mutiny Within, Swashbuckle
October 8th – Station 4, St. Paul, MN with Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, and Pathology
White elaborates on his relationship with music and playing live: “I have been making music since I was old enough to be in school band. My dad taught me how to play the drums and I played sax in the jazz ensemble. I’m self taught on bass and guitar. My best live performance experience so far was getting to open for The Dillinger Escape Plan. They are the band that shaped my view of metal to where it is today, and getting to play with them was an amazing honor.”
Dreaming Saturn, praised by Outburn Magazine for being “more than math [for] combining the best elements of Meshuggah, Cynic and Psyopus,” was released worldwide in April.
Pasadena, Calif.’s GYPSYHAWK have signed with Creator-Destructor Records and will release the band’s debut album, ‘Patience And Perseverance’ July 6 on CD and double gatefold LP through the Bay Area-based record label. The band will also depart for a West Coast tour in early July to support the release, heading up to Seattle and back.
Inspired by Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, and 70s rock of all sorts, GYPSYHAWK is led by former Skeletonwitch member Eric Harris (bass/vocals) and rounded out by Scotty Conant, Andrew Packer (guitars), and Joe Fabio (drums). The latter recorded and mixed the band’s eight-track demo that surfaced in late 2009. Since the formation of GYPSYHAWK, the band has played in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood, and even the Bay Area, before and during their recording schedule with producer Zack Ohren (Animosity, All Shall Perish, Heartsounds) at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, Calif.
Extreme metal legends have united as INSIDIOUS DISEASE will unleash the most violent death metal album to come along in years. The evil breed consisting of Dimmu Borgir’s main songwriter Silenoz, bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death), guitarist Jardar (Old Mans Child), drummer Tony Laureano (Angelcorpse, Nile) and vocalist Marc Grewe (from German death metal legends Morgoth) will release its debut album Shadowcast via Century Media Records on July 12th in Europe and July 27th in North America.
INSIDIOUS DISEASE is proud to unveil a brand new artwork trailer for Shadowcast offering a glimpse at the morbid visuals accompanying the release. Click on the link below to check it out now.
Silenoz further explains the concept of Shadowcast, which has way more to offer than just typical death metal gore galore: “The basic idea behind Shadowcast lyrically is an attempt to describe the ‘misfits’ in this world: the misunderstood, mentally defect and depraved individuals that walk among us – rapists, serial killers, pedophiles, necrophiles and drug addicts, etc. It could be your neighbor, you just never know, it could be YOU!
“Denial and self-denial are taboos that seldom are touched upon unless it’s behind closed doors at the shrink’s office. Even so, no matter how disturbing the subject might be, we hardly get to the bottom of it. Each text tries to approach the many outcast stereotypes we face in today’s modern society, and how most of them once caught get neglected and pushed away instead of being offered proper assistance, support and help through various institutions according to their ‘needs.’ Let’s face it, we humans equal shit.
“In some countries where death penalties apply the convicts also have to wait years before being executed, which is inhumane as things need to be dealt with as soon as possible. We humans are better at pushing things away and destroying than facing a problem and try to rehabilitate. Most people reading the lyrics and seeing the booklet photos will perhaps immediately assume that it’s all about glorifying violence and hatred, but if you read between the lines it’s actually kind of the opposite, portraying this very issue.
“So, the album title Shadowcast has somewhat of a double meaning; all of these ‘actors and actresses’ star in the shadowcast. They are the true stars of the underground, our very own dark backyard. The backyard we humans hate dealing with because it means interacting with other people and as they mingle among us daily they continue to ‘cast their shadows’ at us.”
INSIDIOUS DISEASE also faced serious problems during the manufacturing process as pressing plants refused to produce the original design of the booklet due to its violent content as well as print the equally controversial lyrics, Silenoz states: “It’s quite fascinating that in the year of 2010 album artwork can be so scary that manufacturing plants don’t even dare to print it. I always thought reality still was more frightening compared to art in that sense, but I guess I was wrong! Controversy is still to be reckoned with in the world of metal and if we’re being censored for being realistic and touch upon human flaws through our lyrics and art – then so be it.”
NASHVILLE, TN – Have you ever wondered what it is like to go through the grueling process of recording a full-length record? Well, Tennessee’s Southern-fried heavy metal outfit, The Showdown, is giving fans the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the their recent recording session in Nashville, as they record their fourth studio album, Blood In The Gears, to be released on Solid State Records on August 24th. Head to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Npjt9Rv_s (or watch is below) to see the band cook various Southern delicacies and enjoy a rare Tennessee snowfall, as they track drums for the forthcoming record. The Showdown will post more behind-the-scenes footage each week, so stay tuned for updates.
Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc.
The track “Blood In The Gears” is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/theshowdown. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have announced a free show in London, UK this July, just days before the band kicks off a UK tour supporting Brazilian thrash legends SEPULTURA.
GAMA BOMB, who have recently been confirmed for their first ever US tour with OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE and BONDED BY BLOOD later this year, will be playing the free show on July 12th at The Unicorn in London with support from local thrashers DAMNAS. GAMA BOMB kick off their UK tour with SEPULTURA on July 14th in Bristol.
Frontman PHILLY BYRNE describes the experience of witnessing a GAMA BOMB show:
“In many ways a GAMA BOMB gig is like a Ryanair flight. Firstly, our ‘passengers’ are subjected to a sonic barrage of babbled spoken word and mechanical screaming noises by a crew of foreign people who look bad in tight-fitting clothes – namely, us. Secondly, we’re constantly trying to force people to drink sub-standard liquor and buy shoddy mementos. Finally, our gigs often end with a bumpy landing and a round of applause that half the crowd don’t think is deserved. We’re looking forward to hanging out with old friends and meeting some new ones on this UK tour with Sepultura. Oh, and we’re going to start charging fans to use the toilet. Thanks for flying Gama Bomb, Europe’s number one budget thrash band.” Read the rest of this entry »
Whitechapel post live and behind the scenes footage from Van’s Warped Tour 2010! Whitechapel have posted footage that was filmed at the Ventura, CA date of Warped Tour 2010. Fans can catch a glimpse of Whitechapel’s experience so far and check out some live footage from their set on the Altec Lansing stage. The video can be seen now HERE on MetalBlade.tv!
I have tried to see TURISAS twice at Wacken Open Air. The first time in 2005 when it was wet and cold and they were playing at 2 am and all I could think about was raising my body temperature with a warm shower. The second time in 2007 they were playing on the Wet Stage and the tent was so crammed, you couldn’t even get near the entry.
When their Australian tour was announced I was ecstatic, but I didn’t purchase my tickets straight away — I’d already been disappointed by the promoter with the cancellation of the PARADISE LOST tour. Sure enough, the TURISAS tour was canceled and if I hadn’t received an email from Soundwave Touring (of Soundwave Festivals fame) announcing the reinstatement of the tour, I’d have never known it was canceled in the first place. The unfortunate casualty of the off/on status of the tour was the Brisbane venue had already filled the vacant date and TURISAS was only going to play Sydney and Melbourne.
Titanic metallers, THE ACACIA STRAIN have launched the second video documenting the strange happenings which occurred after the recording of their new album, “Wormwood,” which is due out July 20 on Prosthetic Records. This time around, we find out about the strange surgery bassist Jack Strong recently underwent. Watch it @ prostheticrecords.com.
The band recently confirmed the appearance of three guest vocalists on “Wormwood;” HATEBREED’s Jamey Jasta, 100 DEMONS’ Bruce LePage and Kyle Chard of BORN LOW. “Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The track “Jonestown” is now available as a digital single at Itunes. It can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333
You can stream “Jonestown” and pre-order “Wormwood,” at the Prosthetic Webstore. (store.prostheticrecords.com) “Wormwood,” is available on CD and LP in six different colors, and can be ordered on its own, or in a variety of different package combinations with shirts, hooded sweatshirts, in limited collectors’ boxes (featuring an exclusive banner, pin and chip clip!) and more! Newbury Comics is offering copies signed by the band through pre-order and retailer FYE will be giving away an exclusive 24” by 36” poster to the first 5000 people who purchase the album in stores.
THE ACACIA STRAIN will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.
Dutch extreme progressive technical metallers TEXTURES have issued the following update:
“It has been quiet the past few months in the TEXTURES camp as we have mainly been focusing on writing a new album, building a new rehearsal room and preparing for a few summer festivals with our new singer Daniel de Jongh. We shot our new podcast during our rehearsals with Daniel and the large amount of hours it took building a new rehearsal room. View the podcast on our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/texturestv.”
Upcoming live TEXTURES shows:
03 July 2010 Fortarock, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
24 July 2010 Sikelian Hell Stadio Comunale L. Catella – Alcamo (TP), Italy
The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.
DEBUTS AT #4 IN THE U.S.; ALBUM IS #1 IN GREECE AND ALSO LANDS IN TOP TEN ON CHARTS IN FINLAND, JAPAN, NORWAY, CANADA AND GERMANY
ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE “LET ME HEAR YOU SCREAM” IS NOW #1 ON BOTH ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS AND STILL #1 AT MAINSTREAM ROCK FOR THE 5TH WEEK.
SCREAM–OZZY OSBOURNE’s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–has entered the charts in the Top Ten in seven countries. Beyond earning the #1 slot on the charts in Greece, SCREAM‘s chart entries include: U.S., #4; Finland, #3; Japan #4 (international chart, #11 on combined chart); Norway, #5; Canada, #4; andGermany, #7. In his native England, SCREAM is at #12; it also is #11 in Australia. The acclaimed album (see quotes below) was released June 22 via Epic Records, with first single “Let Me Hear You Scream” now #1 on both Active Rock charts and still #1 at Mainstream Rock for the 5th week.
Just before SCREAM was released, the rock icon hosted a Sunday afternoon in-store CD signing at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles (June 20). The first 600 fans who purchased a copy were also given a free ticket to that night’s 10:00 PM House of Blues show. OZZY and his band–new guitar player Gus G., bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman–raised the roof with a red-hot performance encompassing new material and his many classics.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of SCREAM at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker. It was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY’s 2007 worldwide million-seller Black Rain. OZZY co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko.
OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of SCREAM. His U.S. dates will kick off with an August 12 performance at the 70th anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota before he launches this year’s OZZFest on August 14. The six OZZFest dates will feature the main stage line-up with full sets from Ozzy, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool,Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm. Each OZZFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned” featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.
Here’s some early critical praise for SCREAM:
“Oz is as sharp as a dagger and at the top of his headbanging skills for Scream. His voice is clear, and he belts every song with conviction. The opening tune, ‘Let It Die,’ sets the bar. This is metal music that begs for arena play, where the sounds of heavy bass, cowbell wallops and guitar power chords can expand. Ozzy’s vocals are as good as they get as he mixes his controlled scream with funky swagger. That sweat-and-danger attitude carries into ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ which combines thrash metal with a tempo that would allow ‘Scream’ dance-hall success…This is heavy, stairway-to-hell music that demands more volume than your ears should hear.”
–Dan Aquilante, New York Post , June 15, 2010
“The highlight is the fist-pumping first single, ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ on which, against a blitzkrieg of snarling guitars, the Ozzster works up a real rebel yell.”
–People Magazine, July 5, 2010
” Metal master Ozzy Osbourne thrashes, roars and rocks on a strong batch of tunes…”
—Mario Tarradell, DallasMorning News, June 21, 2010.
“…a glorious, imaginative effort by by Osbourne, quite possibly his best album release since 1981′s Diary of a Madman.” (4 stars)
—Patrick Prince, Goldmine Magazine, July 2, 2010
“…this is the most invigorated and relevant Ozzy’s sounded in years…cuts like “Crucify” and “Soul Sucker” [are]… bristling with a brutality and energy that rockers half Ozzy’s age have trouble mustering…his best album in more than 15 years.”
–Jason Ferguson, SHOCKHOUND.COM, June 22, 2010