Former SODOM guitarist Dirk Strahlimeier – who played with the band from 1995 through 1996 – has passed away.
Leader Tom Angelripper has issued the following statement:
“As I learned from a reliable source, our ex-guitarist Dirk ‘Strahli’ Strahlmeier died this month in a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany. Currently we don’t know the exact circumstances of his death. Strahli played on the album Masquerade In Blood which was released in 1995 on SPV. After that we had lost contact with him. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
There are a handful of bands that have come out in recent years who I not only "like" but who I have added to the pile of bands that I religiously follow. One of those bands is Primal Fear. In my opinion, their latest album, BLACK SUN, is easily one of the best releases of 2002! If you love heavy aggressive power metal with ripping lead guitars and top notch vocals, this should be a band you are already intimately familiar with. Thanks to the people at Nuclear Blast Records I was recently given the opportunity to talk with the vocalist of Primal Fear about the new album and the band.
Thin Lizzy started their 2011 tour in early January. Prior to their sold out show London, I had opportunity to sit down with founding member Brian Downey to discuss the new lineup, the future, as well as some past events. Read on!
Finnish black metal band SATANIC WARMASTER has been removed from the French Hellfest festival (held in Clisson, France in July 2011) because of pressure from other artists performing at the festival. SATANIC WARMASTER has made the following statement due to the decision of the Hellfest organizers:
”It has been brough to my attention, that the organizers of the festival cannot hold on to our agreement to have SATANIC WARMASTER perform at the 2011 Hellfest. This was because of pressure put to the organizers by other artists booked on the festival.
”It is a disappointment (despite being totally expected) to see such mentality still present in the ’individualist’ and ’free-thinking’ metal community that any musical act can still be boycotted because of false preconceptions and arbitrary political motivations of other, ’bigger’ artists. It is also more than amusing to see that the censorship and boycott some of the French authorities tried to push on the festival earlier are now excercised by the festival organization itself.
”Obviously because I have never upheld any modern taboos or lived my life as an apologetic dabbler, it makes me also a target for politically motivated artists to keep us from playing because of their self-righteous reasons. Any artist can be put on a mock trial by taking words out of their context without thinking of the actual message, and SATANIC WARMASTER once again hangs crucified by hysterics driven by the love for a world and values I feel no oneness with.
”Everyone who has even slightest interest in this musical style knows what black metal is about, and in that light only a moralist or someone with a very extreme double standard can say that SATANIC WARMASTER is in some manner different from other artists of the genre.
”It makes me want to puke for making a statement like this, which is almost something that a politician would do, but to clear some things, it was mandatory to bite the bullet this time.
”Just to make sure everyone has their labels right, SATANIC WARMASTER’s ideology is Satanism and music style black metal. Whoever claims otherwise does so only because of personal feelings and/or resentment.
-Werwolf / SATANIC WARMASTER”
SATANIC WARMASTER is a Finnish black metal musical project started in 1998 with tens of thousands of sold albums worldwide without the support of any major distribution companies or record labels. The band reflects a Satanist’s world view and is known for its unapologetic, arrogant and amoral stance.
After a rollicking start to their US mini tour last night in Richmond, Va, Canadian traditional metal stalwarts, CAULDRON continue on their quest to spread their timeless sound throughout America. Supporting Ryan Waste‘s (MUNICIPAL WASTE) traditional metal band, VOLTURE, CAULDRON will be playing new songs from their forthcoming album, BURNING FORTUNE and taking audiences in Philadelphia and New York back to a time when meaningful, melodic, pure heavy metal ruled the landscape.
Catch CAULDRON with VOLTURE this weekend:
Jan. 29 – Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 30 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
CAULDRON recently announced an upcoming tour that will see the band trekking across eastern Canada throughout February. The band will be taking their timeless brand of raw, exciting heavy metal to the masses all around the great white north and getting fans stoked for the release of their upcoming album, BURNING FORTUNE. Here are the dates:
FEB. 11 – TORONTO, ON – SNEAKY DEES
FEB. 12 – ST. CATHARINES, ON – MIKADO’S
FEB. 18 – OTTAWA, ON – MAVERICKS
FEB. 19 – MONTREAL, QC – KATACOMBES
FEB. 24 – QUEBEC, QC – SCANNER CLUB
FEB. 25 – MONCTON, NB – THE MANHATTAN
FEB. 26 – DARTMOUTH, NS – CD HEAVEN – all ages free in-store early show (6pm)
FEB. 26 – HALIFAX, NS – GUS’ PUB (10pm)
FEB. 28 – FREDERICTON, NB – THE CAPITAL
CAULDRON has been making a video series documenting the making of BURNING FORTUNE, featuring interviews, studio footage, the latest inside scoops on the new album and more.
In the latest video of the series, CAULDRON members JASON DECAY and IAN CHAINS give fans a sneak peek into their lives as they show you around their homes and music collections. Watch the video online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0sRk0jZanQ
This spring, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA will embark on their 2011 Beethoven’s Last Night Tour. Although the routing is primarily in Europe and The United States, TSO has added a second Canadian date to their live itinerary – May 19th in Rama, ON at Casino Rama. The complete schedule is below.
So begins TSO’s live performance of “Beethoven’s Last Night” in its entirety. Come experience the tale of Beethoven’s last night on earth. Combining what happened with what might have happened, the story revolves around the tough choice that the composer must make with what will be his life’s legacy.
16 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
17 – Munchen, Germany – Zenith
18 – A-Wein, Austria – Stadhalle
19 – Stuttgart, Germany – Scleyerhalle
20 – Mainz, Germany – Phoenixhalle
22 – Berlin, Germany – Tempdrome
23 – Hamburg, Germany – CCH2
24 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Philliphalle
25 – Antwerp, Belgium – Staddsschouwburg
26 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
28 – London, England – Hammersmith Apollo
2 – Battle Creek, MI – Kellog Arena
3 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsors Coliseum
5 – Akron, OH – EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
6 – Erie, PA – Tulio Arena
7 – Reading, PA – Reading Eagle Theatre / Sovereign Center
8 – Syracuse, NY – On Center
9 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ceasars Circus Maximus
10 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
13 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
14 – Wheeling, WV – Westbanco
15 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner
16 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
17 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Civic Center
19 – Chatanooga, TN – Memorial
20 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coliseum
21 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
22 – Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Civic Center
23 – Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Civic Center
24 – Estero, FL – Germain Arena
27 – Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center
28 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
29 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center -Concert Hall
30 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum
1 – Beaumont, TX – Bueamont Civic
4 – Albuquerque, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
5 – El Paso, TX – County Coliseum
6 – Amarillo, TX – Civic Center
8 – Corpus Christi, TX – Selena Auditorium
11 – Evansville, IN – The Center
12 – Cape Girardeau, MO – Show Me Center
13 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center
14 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
For the first time in nearly 15 years, guitarists Michael Gilbert and Ed Carlson will be performing with legendary Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM for a pair of exclusive Arizona shows. The dates include:
In Fall of 2010, vocalist, Mauro Gonzalez stepped in at the last minute to front Pomona, CA thrash act, BONDED BY BLOOD through a long stretch of touring that only convened towards the end of the year. Because of the tremendous job he did in fronting the band on short notice with little rehearsal through a seemingly never-ending schedule of dates, BONDED BY BLOOD is proud to announce Mauro Gonzalez as a permanent member.
BONDED BY BLOOD bassist, Jerry Garcia states: “We would like to formally announce that Mauro Gonzalez is now officially the new frontman for Bonded By Blood. He has shown great promise and dedication in the past few months and we have received great reviews from many old fans, new fans, and well-established musicians throughout our recent North American trek. We are very excited about our decision and we hope that you guys welcome him into the BBB family like we have! See you guys on the killing road real soon.”
Officially inducted frontman, Mauro and the rest of BONDED BY BLOOD will tear up the road once again starting today on the North American Retribution Tour with DEATH ANGEL and LAZARUS A.D.
North American Retribution 2011 Tour w/DEATH ANGEL and LAZARUS A.D
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 29 – Championship bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Catch BONDED BY BLOOD on tour worldwide:
Mar. 05 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA (Scion Rock Fest)
Mar. 09 – Academy 2 – London, UK
Mar. 10 – The Croft – Bristol, UK
Mar. 11 – Crauford Arms – Milton Keynes, UK
Mar. 12 – Well, Leeds – UK
Mar. 13 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow – UK
Mar. 14 – The Maze, Nottingham – UK
Mar. 15 – Joiners, Southampton – UK
Mar. 16 – Metal Lust @ Brickmakers, Norwich – UK
Mar. 17 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden – Germany
Mar. 18 – Dynamo, Zürich – Switzerland
Mar. 19 – Modra Vopice, Prague – Czech Republic
Mar. 20 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana – Slovenia
Mar. 21 – 3Raum /Arena, Vienna – Austria
Mar. 22 – Lazzaretto, Bologna – Italy
Mar. 23 – Mephisto, Barcelona – Spain
Mar. 24 – Hebe, Madrid – Spain
Mar. 25 – Paris Extreme, Paris – France
Mar. 26 – Santana 27 Black, Bilbao – Spain
Mar. 27 – Porto Rio, Porto – Portugal
Mar. 29 – Headcrush, Hamburg – Germany
Mar. 30 – Merleyn, Nijmegen – The Netherlands
Mar. 31 – The Rock, Copenhagen – Denmark
Apr. 02 – JH Comma, Bruges – Belgium
Apr. 17 – Bradway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (w/HATE)
w/SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
Apr. 18 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 19 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Apr. 20 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Apr. 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr. 23 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 24 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr. 26 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 27 – The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
Apr. 28 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 01 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
May 02 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 05 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
May 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 07 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 08 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 09 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 10 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
May 11 – The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 13 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
May 18 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 20 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
May 21 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 22 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
w/SEPULTURA, NEVERMORE, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
May 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 26 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
May 27 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
May 28 – Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
May 29 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
May 31 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
On Saturday, January 29th, THE OCEAN will play a unique performance at the Museum für Musikinstrumente at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. The band will play amidst a collection of historic cembalo from the 16th century. “We will have our piano player Irakli Mamrikishvili with us, who will play on one of these instruments,” said the band in a collective statement, “as well as our live cello player Dalai Theofilopoulou.” The show will also be filmed for an upcoming DVD. Though THE OCEAN will not be playing anything off Anthropocentric during this particular performance, they will be performing some Precambrian tunes they’ve never played before.
THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE (with a “Lange Nacht der Museen”-ticket, which gives you admission to all Berlin museums for the whole night between 6:00pm and 3:00am). For more info, visit: http://www.mim-berlin.de.
Once they were regarded as a glam band, actually somewhat suspicious for “real” metalheads. Today Hardcore Superstar is one of the most successful and respected bands on the Swedish metal hard-rock scene. The turning-point was the band’s eponymous, eventually classic album from 2005. It was succeded by three more highly successful albums, most recently last year’s “Split Your Lip”. The band who descibes their music as a synergy between thrash and sleaze is also a standing favorite of the SRF-crowd’s. In other words, prepare for a crowd gone wild when the band will round off wednesday june 8 and classics like “We Don’t Celebrate Sundays”, “Dreamin’ in a Casket” and “Wild Boys” join forces with fresh faves as “Sadistic Girls” in one great party-mix.
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It’s now less than 1000 4-day tickets left!
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Judas Priest –
last show ever in Sweden
Whitesnake – with very special guests
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
Swedish metallers WOLF have issued the following update:
“This coming weekend will be the end of the recording session of the new WOLF album ‘Legions Of Bastards’. The final lead vocals will be immortalized by Niklas ‘Razorthroat’ Viper and that means we’re done recording.
“We’re VERY excited and fired up to unleash this new album upon the metal community. Preparations for the upcoming [European] tour with ACCEPT and rehearsals are next on the roster so all of us is pulling their weight and we can’t wait to hit the road.”
“Legions Of Bastards” is scheduled for release in April via Century Media Records. The CD was previously described in a press release as “heavy” and “metal.” Nothing more, nothing less. Producer Pelle Saether of Studio Underground in Sweden has given the album a heavy and raw sound that these excellent new tracks deserve. Fans of WOLF’s previous efforts such as “Evil Star”, “The Black Flame” and “Ravenous” will not be disappointed, as the band kept true to its vision of what good ol’ in-your-face heavy metal is about. Official site: www.wolf.nu
Portland, Oregon’s Across The Sun is set to release their Metal Blade Records debut album, Before the Night Takes Us on March 15th, 2011. In support of the release, Across The Sun will be joining Atticus Clothing’s The Young and Restless Tour presented by Dungeons®. The tour features some of the best up and coming acts in metal; Our Last Night, Attila, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Armor For The Broken and Vanna. Across The Sun will also be performing at eXtreme Thing on March 26th in Las Vegas, NV. The fest is the region’s premiere sport and music festival. Across The Sun will be performing alongside Attack Attack, Asking Alexandria, Evergreen Terrace and more on second stage while Hollywood Undead, Suicide Silence, Sum 41 and more perform on the main stage. The entire lineup can be seen at extremething.com.
Across The Sun’s first single from Before The Night Takes Us, Song for the Hopeless, is up now on metalblade.com/acrossthesun.
Atticus Clothing’s The Young and Restless Tour is being presented by the game Dungeons®, which is available for order now for PC from Kalypso. For more info and to order, head to www.dungeons-game.com.
ACROSS THE SUN
03/18 Austin, TX SXSW
Atticus Clothing “The Young and Restless” Tour Presented by Dungeons®
Tour w/ Our Last Night, Attila, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken
03/19 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
03/20 Shreveport, LA Media Star Entertainment
03/21 Fort Worth, TX The Aardvark
03/24 Tempe, AZ The Club House Music Venue
03/25 Las Vegas, NV Area 702
03/26 Las Vegas, NV Desert Breeze Skatepark – eXtreme Thing Sports/Music Festival *Across The Sun ONLY – not part of tour
Tour w/ Our Last Night, Attila, Arsonists Get All The Girls , A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken
03/27 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
03/28 Victorville, CA VVEC
03/30 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
03/31 Portland, OR Branx
04/02 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
04/05 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
04/06 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
04/07 Minneapolis, MN Beat Coffee House
04/08 Michigan City, IN The Pearl Theater
04/09 Madison, WI The Loft
04/10 Joliet, IL Mojoes
04/11 My. Clemens, MI Hayloft
Tour w/ Our Last Night, Vanna, Arsonists Get All The Girls , A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken
04/12 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
04/13 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheelz
04/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
Tour w/ Our Last Night, Vanna, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken
This Friday night (1/28) at 8PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome vocalist Brad Slitt and bassist David Brooks, of the band Priscilla! Hosted by Bob Carroll and Francis, the guys will speak to them about the history of Priscilla, the diverse musical experience they both bring to the band, the latest release by Priscilla and what we can expect from the band in the near future. We will also be giving away two copies of the latest release to listeners and we encourage caller participation, so call in at(347) 202-0832.
Priscilla hails from the Cleveland, Ohio area and has been making plenty of noise in the music world. Described as an “underground sleaze” band, they have just released their latest album, “Eight Lives Gone”, on FNA Records. Described in an FNA Records Press release as:
“While digging through the trash, and scoping out the gutters, FnA Records has uncovered its dirtiest, sleaziest, trashiest band to date – Priscilla. Now don’t get us wrong, Priscilla is quite comfortable with these descriptions and even embrace them. They love what they do with a passion and often compare themselves to organized harmonic chaos.
The organized, harmonic chaos that is PRISCILLA will put a bullet into the head of mainstream, commercial music once and for all. As far from the other side of conservative as one can possibly imagine, Priscilla is sweaty, hard, x-rated, pornographic rock n’ roll; destructive, yet, melodic, and always rebellious and cocky.
Priscilla combines forces spawned from the ashes of such luminaries as THE MARKY RAMONE BAND and ST.JAMES (Jaime St.James of Black N’ Blue), PRISCILLA presents a well-oiled and cohesive brand of sleaze rock that is all its own. This band is no corporate-sponsored, family friendly house of cards…this iscode blue suicide played at an eardrum-shattering peak volume and comes to you from the back alleys of the slums. Their sound has been compared to an all night orgy fueled with quaaludes and cocaine, and their look crawls straight from the glam rock gutter.
Lead vocalist BRAD SLITT, looking like a Beverly Hills male prostitute that just spent the last 24 hours on a heroin bender, is akin to an angel with wings that the devil painted black, just as the title track from EIGHT LIVES GONE suggests. A junkie’s wet dream. He is the embodiment of the self-destructive movement of a generation hell bent on conquering the universe with their own backstreet religion, and his vocal delivery is controlled destruction, backed by an all out, high decibel six string assault. Slitt is as much an artist and a visionary as he is a musician. The new messiah of the sleaze generation has arrived.
Having already toured the entire United States and now bent on world domination, PRISCILLA isn’t going away anytime soon. Each and every song on EIGHT LIVES GONE is just as melodic and memorable as it is merciless and methodical with its intent to deconstruct the boundaries of the ordinary rock world and set conventions on their head. Give it just one listen and you’ll be forever infected. These songs are, indeed, 13 anthems for a degenerate world. Toss it down, alter your perception, and throw it back up…PRISCILLA isn’t preaching to the herd…they’re creating an altogether new one.”
Join us as we speak with the guys and get a chance to win a copy of “Eight Lives Gone” by calling in with a great question for the guys at (347) 202-0832
All Hail Hair is broadcast every Friday night at 8 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and is the networks highest rated show. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To listen in to the show live and in archive, click here.
Henrik Ostergaard, lead singer for Pennsylvania-based rockers DIRTY LOOKS and current FnA Recording Artist, passed away this morning, Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 9:18 AM.
The cause of death at this time is unknown and the results of an autopsy are pending.
The rock world will sadly mourn the loss of this 80s hard rocker. Ostergaard, who was of Danish descent, lived in Erie, PA. In 1985, Henrik started the band Dirty Looks. Three independent albums and an EP would soon follow, which led to Dirty Looks getting signed by Atlantic Records. Later in Henrik’s career, he would be signed to Sony Records and most recently FnA Records, where he released a new album, I.C.U., in 2010.
Soulspell Metal Opera is a Brazilian Heavy Metal project led by drummer Heleno Vale. The project’s first album A LEGACY OF HONOR was released in 2008 followed by the second album THE LABYRINTH OF TRUTHS in 2010. The project has appearances from from metal heavyweights such as Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween and Masterplan), Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Jon Oliva (TSO, ex-Savatage), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, etc.) and some great Brazilian names like Edu Falaschi (Angra) and Nando Fernandes (Hangar). We recently spoke to Heleno Vale, the mastermind behind this interesting and ambitious project. Read the rest of this entry »