Canada’s most exciting female fronted export, THE AGONIST, are back out on the road trekking across North America with Otep, The Birthday Massacre and Beneath The Sky. The group will be debuting some new material on these dates and be sure to visit www.myspace.com/theagonist now to view their complete tour itinerary.
Alissa White-Gluz (vocals) further comments: “THE AGONIST is back on tour. We all packed our bags and headed ardently into the ‘Blue Hornet’ (Chevy Express) that carries us off to distant states to perform, but unfortunately the tour got off to a rough start. First, we get held back at the border and miss the first week of shows (which hurt us just as much as it hurt you, if not more!), and now as we are only just three shows in, our van dies on us. As soon as we get back to Montreal we are going to scrap this van in the most spectacular way possible (might ask our buddy Bam for advice on that) – it has been the bane of our touring for a long time. Luckily, we have the privilege of touring with some very awesome bands and extremely fun people, Beneath the Sky, The Birthday Massacre and Otep. It’s definitely fun for me to have other girls on the tour, not to mention other Canadians! So far the fans have been incredibly unique and fun to play for and we look forward to the rest of the shows (van permitting). It’s great to hit the West Coast and Southern U.S. again and we are EXTREMELY excited to be hitting Argentina and Chile on August 19 through 22.
“We are also excited to be able to start showcasing some material from the new album. We are now deep into the writing process and we are challenging ourselves once again, even further than we did on Lullabies for the Dormant Mind. We also have a fantastic new addition on this tour, guitarist Paco Jobin, who is also participating in the writing of our upcoming release.
“THE AGONIST is also happy to announce that we are FINALLY playing Europe! Come check out our MySpace page or my fan page (www.facebook.com/AlissaWhiteGluzFans) for dates and so I can answer any questions you may have. We are working hard on some major projects and hope to see you soon.”
A nine minute video of behind-the-scenes & live footage from REVAMP’s appearance at this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium is available for viewing here. Fan-filmed footage of the song “Disdain” (featuring Björn “Speed” Strid from SOILWORK on the studio recording) is available here.
REVAMP’s live line-up includes Floor Jansen on vocals, Jord Otto on guitar, Arjan Rijnen on guitar, Jaap Melman on bass, Ruben Wijga on keyboards, and Matthias Landes on drums.
The band’s self-titled debut album was released in North America on July 27th. They will be supporting EPICA on their 18-date headlining European tour in September and October. The tracks“Million,” “Head Up High,” “Sweet Curse,” and “Disdain” are available for streaming on REVAMP’s MySpace page.
Candlelight Records today confirms October 26 as the North American release date for The Isolationist, the new album from KRIEG. Recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago, the nearly hour-long album will challenge the listener with its primitive yet complex sound. It is KRIEG’s sixth full-length recording, and the first since 2006’s Blue Miasma.
Working with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, Yakuza), The Isolationist finds KRIEG further experimenting with sound. The rage and dissonance fans have come to expect from the New Jersey band emerges even more frenzied making the journey through this album far more intense than on previous efforts. Vocalist Imperial admits, “The Isolationist presents KRIEG at it’s most evolved yet primal state thus far in fifteen years of causing problems for people’s hearing. It is my ugliest and most personal child, going deep into the darkest places in my own history on earth. I’m a fucked up wreck, and this record shows that.”
The Isolationist features performances from guitarist Joseph Van Fossen (Noctuary), bassist Wrest (Leviathan), and drummer Chris Grigg (Woe). “It was an intense process, considering everyone only had a few days in and out due to their own hellish schedules. I was fortunate to work with dedicated artists who each brought their own identity to the project and a good understanding behind the meaning of the record.”
KRIEG has been an integral part of the American black metal scene since forming in 1995. In addition to their full-length albums, including 2003’s acclaimed The Black House (which Terrorizer Magazine noted it as “one of the ten most important American black metal records”), KRIEG has recorded and released numerous demos, split and live recordings. Fans tally more than 40 individual items as part of the band’s creative efforts. In addition to KRIEG, vocalist Imperial has several other band projects including N.i.l., Apothecary.Sound.Lodge and his doom band March Into the Sea. He is also a member of Twilight which features members of Nachtmystium, Leviathan, The Atlas Moth, Isis, Minsk and more.
The At The Edge Of Time jewel case version plus a work shirt bundle is available here for $27.50. The 2-CD digi-pak version plus a work shirt is available here for $29.50. The jewel case CD can be pre-ordered alone for $10.00.
At The Edge Of Time will be released in North America on August 24th and features album artwork created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).
A free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app is now available for download at the Apple app store at this link.
With one week to go before the August 10th North American release of their sophomore album, EXILED TO EARTH, Pomona, CA’s BONDED BY BLOOD has teamed up with GuitarWorld.com to bring fans an exclusive “First Listen” stream of the entire album. An intense thrill ride from start to finish, EXILED TO EARTH‘s aggressive shred attack solidifies the reputations of guitarists Alex Lee & Juan Juarez and makes GuitarWorld.com the best and only place to experience the album until its release.
EXILED TO EARTH is a concept album set 600 years in the future and tells the tale of The Crong, an alien race who were sent to Earth long ago with one goal — global domination. A skilled group of warriors must now face the impossible and overthrow The Crong to take back our planet. A comic illustrating some of the story can be found at http://www.earache.com/exiledtoearth. The album, produced by Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, UFO, WHITE WIZZARD) takes the band’s music to a whole new level with a more serious aggression and progressed musical ability making for a treat for both the ears and the mind. Read the rest of this entry »
NACHTMYSTIUM embrace the true spirit of individuality and intolerance forming solely as an outlet to express the dark musical visions and summonings of those involved. This vicious, uncompromising group’s (led by mastermind Blake Judd) has also just lent itself to the new disturbing and eerie new video clip for the track, “Every Last Drop,” shot by Jimmy Hubbard and Seldon Hunt, edited by Alan Dubin (ex-Khanate, Gnaw), Special FX Make Up by Brandy McDonald and the Director of Photography Chris Polinski. It also features Judd, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Aubrey Smith (the girl on the Addicts: Pt. 2 cover). It was shot in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday July 24th and Sunday July 25th. Click on the link below now to view the video stills. http://bit.ly/9uEJTR
We are also proud to announce NACHTMYSTIUM’s next step in global intoxication, as the psychedelically lethal horde will headline the most cerebrally brutal underground tours of the year. Be sure to head over to http://www.myspace.com/nachtmystium to acclimate yourself with this phenomenon.
Set to kick off in early September, NACHTMYSTIUM will be joined by brethren Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle. Presented by Stereogum and Haunting The Chapel, the nearly month-long trek will weave it’s twisted path through sections of the Eastern and Midwest U.S. and into Canada for several dates, before coming to a halt in NACHTMYSTIUM’s Chicago stomping grounds, surely leaving a trail of smoldering cerebrums in its wake. Still heavily supporting their latest black-mangled-rock fantasy album Addicts: Addicts: Black Meddle Part II, which was released in North America in early June via Century Media, the other groove, space, doom, thunder and noise elements culminated by openers Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle should prove this tour to be the most mind-melting of them all
This headlining tour follows NACHTMYSTIUM’s meaty 2010 tour schedule, which has already included massive North American tours with Kreator and Voivod, Eyehategod, a European tour with Jarboe, appearances at several massive festivals including Roadburn, Festung Open Air and much more. The band will also be headed to Oslo, Norway to slay Oyafestivalen (Oya Festival) alongside Iggy Pop & The Stooges, The Flaming Lips and more on August 12th.
Stereogum/Haunting The Chapel Present: NACHTMYSTIUM w/ Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle
9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub – Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Sala Rose – Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell – Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory – Richmond, VA
9/25/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub – Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Brutally intense, unrelenting and outright savage were just a few ways the metal community described Montreal’s hottest export DESPISED ICON as any of their live shows are a true lesson in violence. After four, full-length albums backed with an unrelenting worldwide touring schedule the band has decided to call it a day and wrap up a stellar career with a final U.S. and Canadian trek this fall. Be sure to stay tuned to www.myspace.com/despisedicon to view all upcoming tour dates as they are posted in the coming weeks. Misery Index and The Last Felon are support on all Canadian shows listed below:
Wed/Oct-06 Calgary The New Black Center
Thu/Oct-07 Edmonton Avenue Theatre
Fri/Oct-08 Saskatoon Cosmos Center
Sat/Oct-09 Regina Distrikt
Sun/Oct-10 Winnipeg TBA
Tue/Oct-12 Sudbury Jubilee Hall
Wed/Oct-13 Windsor Chubby Pickle
Thu/Oct-14 Ottawa Ritual
Fri/Oct-15 Trois Rivieres Metal Fest
Sat/Oct-16 Royun Noranda Petit Theatre du Vieu Noranda
Now you can donwload the new promo EP of AlajA, as an advance of the second album of this powerful spanish thrash metal band. The EP, called “The mechanical god” contains three new songs and a great cover of the Deep Purple’s classic “Highway star”. After their debut album “Chaos Theory” (Hecatombe Records 2009), highly influenced by the thrash and heavy metal of the 80s, the sound of the band has evolved into a more extreme and dark thrash metal. You can download it for free at http://www.myspace.com/alajaband
1 – The mechanical god (06:16)
2 – Toxic (07:03)
3 – Black gold war (04:16)
4 – Highway star (Deep purple cover) (04:40)
Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. Currently the group is more determined, energized, and focused than ever before and is continuing to expand upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.
DAATH are currently putting the finishing touches on their much anticipated third album, which is being co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Metal Mark from Skulls N Bones recently spent some time in the studio with the band and compiled a video series documenting the recording process, so click on the link below now to check out the first installment. http://www.skullsnbones.com/video/daath-studio-report-the-new
Levi further states: “It’s hard to write about your own music so I’m going to keep this quick. DAATH has a new record coming out this October. This is the most unrestrained and over the top collection of songs we’ve ever captured. We went in with the intent of creating a freak show of a record and we achieved it. People looking for a wrecking ball of an album will be happy. People looking for an album they’ll still hear new things in one year down the road will be happy. People going in with any preconceived notions of who we are and what we sound like are in for a surprise.”
CATCH TESTAMENT WITH SLAYER AND MEGADETH THIS SUMMER ON THE ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR’
Thrash titans TESTAMENT are pleased to announce their upcoming appearance at Utopia Records in Sydney, Australia this Saturday, August 7th at 3:30pm! Stop in to Utopia to meet TESTAMENT before they perform at the Manning Bar that evening!
After returning from their Australian onslaught, catch TESTAMENT in the United States on the AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR with Slayer and Megadeth! TESTAMENT is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. This is the fan’s chance to meet the band and get exclusive limited edition merchandise before TESTAMENT head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt! Act now and make sure to take hold of this great opportunity to be a part of METAL HISTORY with TESTAMENT this summer!
The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:
– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks
SEE ALL TESTAMENT TOUR DATES BELOW:
TESTAMENT IN AUSTRALIA
8/6 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
8/7 Sydney, AUS @ The Manning Bar
8/8 Brisbane, AUS @ HiFi Bar
TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR
8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center
8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center At UMASS Lowell
8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, KS @ Capital Federal Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
8/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
INTERVIEW with interview with Daniel Zimmerman and Dirk Schlächter
Interview by MARKO SYRJALA & ARTO LEHTINEN
Technical support by Robert and Sandra
The German power metal squad Gamma Ray made their debut gig in 2000 at the Tuska festival. Since then the German power metal tornado has been a regular visitor up in Finland. The band has gained the solid fanbase resulting gigs have been quite packed and even sold out. The latest album titled TO THE METAL presents the true Gamma Ray power metal from the beginning to the end. It aint wonder why the editor-in-chief worships. However before Gamma Ray got on the stage at Nosturi, we had an opportunity of chatting both Dirk Schlächter and Dan Zimmerman .
Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén recently spoke to Metal-Rules.com about many topics one of the more important ones being about the importance of history.
Metal-Rules.com: So do you think it’s a crime that some people forget historical things that have happened, and the reasons why they happened? The saying goes “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”.
Joakim: Yes. I don’t think it’s important to know exactly on which date that something happened. This was something from history class where I was always thinking “Why the fuck should I remember exactly which year what Swedish king ruled?”. I knew it was in the late 1600’s but that was enough. What is important is what happened, what were the consequences, what was the igniting spark. Like the start of World War I or World War II – why, how, and approximately when – that might be interesting. I don’t know how it is on the other side of the Atlantic, but history here in Scandinavia, and at least in Poland, and Germany it’s focused too much on remembering dates to make it easy for the teachers instead of what happened. So yeah I agree. It’s not a crime, but it’s very important. I don’t know how old you are but I’m turning 30 this year and my mother is in the Czech Republic. She was on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall growing up and I’ve been there myself while it was still there. I have met people who were in concentration camps and things. I think if you are in your late 20’s and above, you are going to have some kind of relationship with this because you’re bound to even have say a friend’s Grandfather who was involved, especially here in Europe.”
“So I think in a sense, if someone is maybe 16 today, they are not going to have second hand experience even, like we have where we met somebody who was actually there to tell it so there is an emotional connection to it. For them it’s going to be more of a fucking history lesson which might be totally boring and uninteresting. I’m afraid that in maybe 15 years or in 35 years, they are the ones who will be presidents or prime minister’s and they may do all this same shit over again.”
Read more here including an update on why the long talked about Sabaton DVD isn’t out and on the forthcoming Sabaton re-release!
…AND CATCH ANGELS OF BABYLON BASSIST DAVID ELLEFSON ON TOUR WITH MEGADETH THIS SUMMER ON THE AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR!
Attention ANGELS OF BABYLON fans! Make sure to catch bassist David Ellefson on the road with MEGADETH this summer on the American Carnage Tour with Testament and Slayer! See below for all current tour dates featuring David Ellefson! ANGELS OF BABYLON released their Burnhill Union Records debut, Kingdom of Evil, this past Tuesday, July 27th! The record is now remastered, and features three previously unreleased tracks. Kingdom of Evil was released in Europe by Metal Heaven Records in January of 2010, and in Japan with Hydrant Music in May of 2010. Download Kingdom of Evil for free at the Burnhill Union Records website, today!
ANGELS OF BABYLON features former MANOWAR drummer Rhino, Arizona based power-metal vocalist David Fefolt, guitarist Ethan Brosh and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. With this intense line-up of heavy metal greats and sharp musicians, ANGELS OF BABYLON is sure to see success in this evolving industry and genre. Forging ahead with the sounds of classic metal, while bringing fusion of new technique and prowess, the band is a new force to be reckoned with. With the launch of Kingdom of Evil worldwide, Earth will soon know the excellence that is ANGELS OF BABYLON.
ANGELS OF BABYLON drummer and Nashville, TN native Rhino began compiling tracks featured on Kingdom of Evil many years ago, but was patiently waiting for the optimum lineup to record and release an album. Rhino is well known for his amazing work with MANOWAR. In 1991, Rhino appeared on The Triumph of Steel; one of MANOWAR’s best selling album to date. Rhino continued on with MANOWAR, touring Europe multiple times and cruising through Japan between 1992-1995. Rhino left MANOWAR in 1995 to pursue personal interest. In the coming years, Rhino was soon introduced to Fefolt, Ellefson and Brosh, and they provided the key to his inspiration to forge ahead and complete the album.
Vocalist David Fefolt feels this album will surprise a lot of people due to its classic metal sound, but with an accent of majestic arrangements throughout. Fefolt was a member of the epic metal band, VALHALLA, and their debut album is still considered one of the staples of metal vinyl collectors worldwide.
Bassist David Ellefson is well known for his time with thrash icons MEGADETH. From1983 to 2002, Ellefson held his place as the co-founder and original bassist in the band. In February of 2010, Ellefson rejoined the ranks of MEGADETH, just in time for the much anticipated “Rust In Peace” 20th Anniversary tour of North America, aside fellow thrash legends TESTAMENT and EXODUS.
Guitarist Ethan Brosh graduated from Berklee in 2004 with honors and a major in songwriting before returning to the school in 2008 to teach. Brosh is currently an instructor in the guitar sessions program. His debut instrumental album Out of Oblivion, was released on March 24th 2009 by Magna Carta Records, and features impressive guest appearances and production credits. Read the rest of this entry »
(New York, NY) — DARKEST HOUR are about to enter the studio and they have announced that they are teaming up with renowned SOILWORK shredder Peter Wilchers. The band has put a lot of time and thought into choosing the right producer for this record and they’re convinced they’ve found one. “We’re really excited about working with Peter on this album. It’s going to be amazing collaborating with such an inventive and unique guitarist/musician to produce and document what we feel is the most emotional and melodic Darkest Hour album to date,” says drummer Ryan Parish.
With records such as ALL THAT REMAINS’ “The Fall of Ideals” and SOILWORK’s latest effort, “The Panic Broadcast” under his belt, DARKEST HOUR are quite confident in what Peter brings to the table. “Peter is someone we’ve admired and very much respected as a musician and producer for quite some time. Being a pioneer of the Swedish metal sound, (which has so greatly influenced our band) we hope to refine all of those classic elements with him and incorporate new methods to improve our songwriting” says font man John Henry.
This time around, these songs we’re done a bit differently. Guitarist and founding member Mike Schleibaum explains, “We have been working on these tunes ever since we left the studio last April. The Eternal Return was written during a very dark, bleak time for the band and I think that record matches that in both tone and character. Our vision was for it to be an in your face, no frill aggressive assault. The new material shares in that aggression and pushes Darkest Hour beyond the unknown.” The new songs are just about finished and ready for the studio. “I am very exited to work alongside the Darkest Hours guys, and I know from hearing some of their new material that it will be a killer one,” says Wilchers himself.
For more information on DARKEST HOUR and their experience in the studio with Peter, visit http://www.darkesthour.cc for updates over the next few months.
SYMPHORCE, featuring BRAINSTORM frontman Andy B. Franck, have checked in with the following:
Just a short update what’s going on. The album recordings have been finished, the whole thing is mixed and mastered and what can we say? it sounds FUCKING AWESOME! There’s no doubt that the small break we had turned out to be good for us, and we’ll be back with the best Symphorce record for sure. It’s what we believe at least
We will come up with some more news very soon; exact release date, album title, artwork, and so on. We’re absolutely excited, and so will you be when the albums out, we’re pretty damn sure about that!
So far so good…..you guys have a great day. May the Phorce be with you!”
Go to this location for updates and Symphorce audio samples. Footage from the studio is available below.