LIVE REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
German power metal pioneers Helloween have been a regular visitor in Finland since 1987 when the band made its virgin visit in Hameenlinna’s legendary Giants of Rock festival with Dio among other acts. Since then band has faced many up and down hills in its career. The band has gone through many changes including a number of lineup changes and they have had problems with record companies but they have survived and, in fact, during the past few years Helloween’s success has increased tremendously. In 2008 Helloween played two gigs with their colleagues Gamma Ray on the HELLISH ROCK tour and venues were entirely packed. Obviously, due to the highly successful package tour, Helloween have now asked Finnish power metallers Stratovarius to take part in their tour. Doing this tour, without having the new album released, was quite an interesting choice from Stratovarius. However a package consisting of two leading power metal names on the bill turned out to be another great success and the two Finland shows were quickly sold out again.
Canadian-based Sonic Unyon Metal are proud to announce that they’ll officially reissue Concealed, the classic first album from progressive death metal outfit AUGURY, this March. Originally released in 2004 via Galy Records, this updated version features a fully remastered recording of the album, also expanded to include two bonus tracks from the band’s 2006 demo. This definitive edition will also be packaged in a new digipak format, designed by Sven De Calluwe of Aborted.
Formed in Montreal, Quebec at the end of 2001, AUGURY immediately made an impact in the Canadian death metal scene with their technical/classically-inspired progressive death metal attack. The unit entered the studio with Yannick St-Amand (Martyr, Unexpect) in 2004 to record their Concealed debut. The record was mixed by Jean-Francois Dagenais (Kataklysm, Misery Index) and then set loose upon the anxious public. After the release of Concealed, AUGURY signed with Nuclear Blast Records, who in 2009 unveiled the band’s critically acclaimed 2009 album Fragmentary Evidence, further cementing the band’s name into the upper ranks of the progressive death scene.
Sonic Unyon Metal will re-unleash Concealed to North American audiences on March 8th, 2011. Check out the updated artwork and more at this location.
Concealed reissue track listing: 1. Beatus
2. …Ever Know Peace Again
3. Cosmic Migration
5. Alien Shores
6. In Russian Dolls Universes
7. Becoming God
8. The Lair Of Purity
9. From Eden Estranged
10. …As Sea Devours Land
11. Skyless (Bonus Track – 2006 demo)
12. Faith Puppeteers (Bonus Track – 2006 demo) http://www.augurymetal.comhttp://www.sonicunyon.com
The band just finished up in the studio putting the finishing touches on their next record to be released later this year. This is their follow-up to 2009’s The Eternal Return. The album was produced by Peter Wichers (All That Remains, Soilwork) and Darkest Hour.
This time around, the DARKEST HOUR songs were composed a bit differently than was the case in the past. Guitarist and founding member Mike Schleibaum explains, “We have been working on these tunes ever since we left the studio last April.” Schleibaum continues, “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-frills aggressive assault. The new material shares in that aggression and pushes DARKEST HOUR beyond the unknown.”
DARKEST HOUR is currently in Australia with Carnifex and will continue their 15 Year Anniversary “Legacy” tour in Europe through the middle of February.
Austria’s kings of death/black metal art, BELPHEGOR, have uploaded the video clip for “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan“ music videoto the following location (http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1300). “We decided to anchor the clip on Bloody-Disgusting.com, to avoid censorship troubles with moral persecutors,” commented the bands bass player Serpenth.
The clip was shot and edited this past October by director Alexander Koenig in Abtenau, Austria. Keeping with the concept of the forthcoming Blood Magick Necromance, album the crew went through over 60 liters of fresh blood within two nights of shooting. Smashing all oppressive morals with anti-Christian sentiment, the band presents a raw look at depraved blood rites which celebrate the liberation of man through death.
As Serpenth previously stated: “The clip aims to strip down the viewer’s psyche with an onslaught of sadistic sex, musick and magick. The ritual action caught on tape was also inspired in part by the world famous works of Viennese Actionists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viennese_Actionism) such as Hermann Nitsch and Gunter Brus. Rachael Kozak took over the role of the possessed Sukkubus. As Pro-Domina she was perfect and totally into the role.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of special headlining shows in the midst of the tour.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com. For more dates and info visit www.belphegor.at and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
Blood Magick Necromancewas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (KREATOR, DIMMUBORGIR, etc). and Helmut Wolech ( fetish photograper and ex-mortician ).
Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing:
Enemy Of The Sun guitarist and producer Waldemar Sorychta
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up this interview
Promo pictures by: Massacre Records, thank you.
Here is a short interview with band leader, guitarist and producer Waldemar Sorychta. I don’t think that the man needs any further introduction because as we all know this man is considered a legend within the extreme metal community. Here is what he had to say about his new band Enemy Of The Sun, their new album CAEDIUM, his career and a little more.
Canadian heavy metal trio CAULDRON are offering fans a free, limited edition CHROMIUM DIOXIDE fanzine with limited edition copies of the band’s upcoming new album, BURNING FORTUNE.
Due to be released in Europe on February 14th and in North America on February 15th, the limited edition CD and vinyl versions of BURNING FORTUNE will include a free special edition copy of CHROMIUM DIOXIDE – a rare and collectible CAULDRON-themed issue of the magazine dedicated entirely to the young Canadian bangers.
CAULDRON frontman JASON DECAY comments:
“Chromium Dioxide is our favourite zine out there, plus we’re good friends with the creator, Phil, so when Earache suggested we include a Cauldron special edition of the magazine as a bonus with the new album, it was a no-brainer. It’s really an honor to have a magazine, let alone one of the most addictive reads out there, dedicate an entire – although mini – issue to us.”
CHROMIUM DIOXIDE creator PHILIP “PHILTHY” BERNARD adds:
“The initial project was entitled “Harry Potter & The Witch’s Warm Mouth”, but for copyright reasons, we decided on “Chromium Dioxide: Burning Fortune Special Edition”.
“The collaboration was natural and, I guess, somewhat inevitable. Funny thing is, the mag was born in the Cauldron jam space. We’d all be pounding back discount beers together, and while the boys practised, I’d be hanging out working my art projects. Basically an Alcoholics Unanimous meets a five-man Art Community Centre. We toyed with the idea of creating a band called Chromium Dioxide, named after that old cassette tape technology, but it never really came to pass due to hectic schedules… and my lack of musical talent. But I’m just fine just being the Sleazy P. Martini of Cauldron. We know our roles.
“The collaboration was just a fun way we’d all be on the same level – except this time I was on leads.”
As well as the limited edition CD and limited edition vinyl versions of BURNING FORTUNE, which include the free special edition of CHROMIUM DIOXIDE, the album is also available without the fanzine on low price CD.
Italian Progressige Metal/Rock band “Timesword” is sorry to inform you that “Mark Pastorino” will no longer be the singer,the separation has been amicable and consensual. Timesword inform all the fans and supporters that the band will work immediately to find a replacement for future work.
For applications please send an email to email@example.com with curriculum, website or myspace, the band will respond by communicating all the details for an audition.
is a musical project born in December 2005 from the mind of Dan Logoluso, guitarist and founder of the group. After taking time out from the live scene, an idea was born:the simple sound of a minor triad evoked and developed a complete and intense work of art.
At the beginning there was no planning,no real direction, but, after just a few months, three songs were already in the making, as if inspired by something unknown and greater. After a while Dan decided he needed to put his music into the skilful hands of true musicians who could arrange and give life to the project while understanding its musical meaning. Thus started a long journey, looking for the best possible musicians: the first to be won over by the music was Bryan Beller, one of the best bass players on the international scene – having worked with “James Labrie”, “Steve Vai”, “Mike Keneally”, “Dweezil Zappa” an many more – who in a short period of time learned and recorded two songs. After a couple of months Dan met drummer Alex Galanti and bass player Luca Prederi, previously in KOMADAY an Italian Prog Trash band with a full length called “Ghost and the Wiseman” released by Lucretia Records on 2006.
Subsequently enters the line up keyboardist Alberto Sonzogni, multifaceted musician graduated in Organ and composition at the Istituto Musicale Donizetti in Bergamo and artist committed to 360 ° with collaborations both classical face that modern, participated in the project in 2007 to SpellBlast Choirs of the parties drafting the album Horns of silence (made by Fuel, which is distributed by SELF / FRONTIERS).
At the end of 2008 comes into the singer Mark Pastorino not much has also become the rhythm guitarist renowned Italian band SECRET SPHERE.
On 5 March 2010 have been released the debut album called “Chains of Sin” under 7HARD records with a worldwide distribution.
British thrashers EVILE have confirmed the main support bands for their upcoming UK tour, which kicks off on February 9th in Manchester.
Joining EVILE on the road will be fellow British thrashers ELIMINATION and MUTANT. Each show of the tour will also see one extra lucky band opening the show, as chosen by EVILE themselves and the readers of Metal Hammer.
The competition to enter your band for one of the shows has now closed and EVILE are in the process of choosing the best three bands for each city. The readers of Metal Hammer online will then get the chance to vote for which bands get to support EVILE at each show.
09 February 2011 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
10 February 2011 – Newcastle, UK – Academy
11 February 2011 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
12 February 2011 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
13 February 2011 – London, UK – Underworld
EVILE’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide as a limited edition redux version, including a bonus disc with the band’s cover of PANTERA’s “Cemetery Gates”, as well as eight songs recorded at a live rehearsal in the studio and six songs recorded lived at Hammerfest in 2009. The European version also includes a free INFECTED NATIONS album cover patch and an EVILE sticker sheet.
DEADLOCK POSTS ‘BIZARRO WORLD’ ALBUM TEASER ON REDESIGNED MYSPACE PAGE
‘Bizarro World’ out in March on Lifeforce Records
GERMANY – Germany’s veteran melodic heavy metal outfit, Deadlock, has posted an album teaser of the forthcoming full-length, Bizarro World, on the band’s newly revamped official MySpace page. Head over to: http://www.myspace.com/deadlock, for a glimpse at Deadlock’s fifth studio album, and fourth Lifeforce Records release, which is slated to hit stores on March 15th.
Deadlock will release a worldwide digital single for the track, “State Of Decay”, on February 7th.
Bizarro World was produced by Deadlock guitarist, Sebastian Reichl, at Slaughter’s Palace studios this fall.
On Bizarro World, Deadlock has designed an interpretation of a world built up on extremes and antitheses. The album is based on the concept of “Bizarro”, which originated in DC Comics in the early 1960s, and represents a weirdly mutilated version of earthly creations. However, contrary to the concept of a world stigmatizing perfection, sonically, Bizarro World strives for the opposite.
Deadlock’s sound can be described as a combination of opposed elements, such as sharp guitar-assaults, pop and dance quotations, orchestral profundity, gruffly growls, and beautiful clean vocals. WithBizarro World, the band seeks to improve on what they already did so well in the past, while offering a wider, self-assured view on symphonic and brutal metal, based on a progressive approach.
Over their previous Lifeforce offerings, Earth.Revolt (2005), Wolves (2007), and Manifesto (2008), Deadlock has accentuated the signature of their metal sound, which hovers somewhere in between beauty and darkness, with increasing relevance. The band has toured in support of such accredited acts as Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Sonic Syndicate, Dark Tranquillity, Caliban, and Heaven Shall Burn within the past two years.
Stay tuned for more information on Deadlock and Bizarro World.
Before a performance in Chicago, Karl Sanders, leadman for the Egyptian-themed Death Metal band NILE, takes a break from practicing his chops to talk to Hank Pearl of THE DAILY ROCK (http://www.thedailyrock.com) about the greatness that is the National Geographic channel and how it has been inspiring new lyrics. He also discusses new ideas for future music videos and Sanders jams throughout. Sanders also mentions the appearance of gothic belly-dancers as part of the band’s demographic of fanfare as well as why the band refrains from dressing up as Pharaohs and mummies for sake of their music’s thematic imagery.
One band that many veteran metal heads feel should have hit the big time was New York’s The Rods. Comprised of members David “Rock” Feinstein (guitar/lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass/vocals), and Carl Canedy (drums/vocals), The Rods would go on to open arena shows for such renowned groups as Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne (the ‘Blizzard of Oz’ tour), the Scorpions, Rainbow (Joe Lynn Turner era), and during the mid ’80s, even had a then-unknown Metallica opening a headlining tour for them. Add to it the fact that Feinstein is the cousin of the late, great Ronnie James Dio (both played together in Elf) and Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer (having worked on classic early releases by Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, etc.), and it makes it even more baffling why The Rods never got their due.
But this appears to changing quickly, as the trio has signed on with the Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio. The band’s seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji) is titled ‘Vengeance,’ and will be released on March 29, 2011. The release comes hot on the heels of Feinstein’s recently-released solo album, ‘Bitten by the Beast.’
The first single off ‘Vengeance’ will be “The Code,” which features vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010). This aforementioned Rods line-up has been rocking and rolling for nearly 30 years, and the group has been officially invited to play SXSW this year in Austin, Texas. More info and tour dates will be announced soon, so get ready to rock once more with The Rods!
‘Vengeance’ Track Listing:
1. “RAISE SOME HELL
2. “I JUST WANNA ROCK”
3. “REBELS HIGHWAY”
4. “RIDE FREE OR DIE”
5. “THE CODE” (Featuring Ronnie James Dio)
6. “LIVIN’ OUTSIDE THE LAW”
7. “LET IT RIPP”
8. “FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE”
10. “RUNNIN WILD”
Legendary rock’n’roll band Motörhead is proud to announce the formation of Motörhead Music as they prepare to release THE WÖRLD IS YOURS on February 8. Joining forces with EMI Music Services, Motörhead Music is owned by Motörhead and represents their very first venture into the record company business.
To celebrate their 35th anniversary and the release of THE WÖRLD IS YOURS, the band also announces their 2011 North American tour, which kicks off January 25th in Anaheim, CA and wraps up March 11 in Los Angeles. For a full listing of dates, see below or head over to the band’s website at www.imotorhead.com.
Motörhead has never just been the best rock’n’roll band in the world. They’ve never just been the loudest. Or the hardest. Or the toughest. Or the bad-ass-est.
No…Motörhead is a lifestyle.
Motörhead is a mindset, a belief, a way to live your life, a way to both survive and beat a society that sometimes seems intent on trying to grind you down.
Which is why Motörhead has chosen now, in what might be some of the most tense times in recent global history, to release a hell-raising, rebel-rousing rock’n’roll statement known as THE WÖRLD IS YOURS.
Written and performed by Lemmy Kilmister, Philip Campbell and Mikkey Dee in both Los Angeles, CA and Wales, with production once again by Cameron Webb, THE WÖRLD IS YOURS serves to remind everyone that you should never stop questioning or critiquing a society that would surely chew you up and spit you out if given half a chance. And with 10 soul-scorching testaments to the unbridled power this world-famous trio continually maintains, THE WÖRLD IS YOURS delivers some of the finest, most important Motörmusic yet.
On instant classics such as Get Back In Line, Kilmister thunders that ‘The way we are is not the way we used to be my friend’, and ‘We are trapped in luxury, starving on parole, no-one told us who to love, we have sold our souls’, whilst on Brotherhood Of Man Kilmister roars ‘You cannot hide the truth from me I know what’s in your heart, greed and jealousy each equal, all your days now dark’. And with the defiant, uproarious Rock’n’Roll Music, Kilmister and co remind everyone that ‘Rock’n’roll music is the true religion’ and ‘Rock’n’roll even gonna set you free, make the lame walk and the blind see’…
Recorded during late spring of last year, the album’s creation was thrown into turmoil by the poor health and sad eventual passing of Philip Campbell’s father; the situation dictated that Philip needed to be home during some of the scheduled recording time, so Motörhead hired a studio in Wales where Campbell was able to continue working on ideas and record tracks whilst first Mikkey and Lemmy, and then just Lemmy, laid down the rest of the album in LA. But being Motörhead, nothing phased them, and with THE WÖRLD IS YOURS the band has triumphed over adversity to produce an absolute stormer in this, their 35th year as THE greatest, loudest and just plain goddamn coolest band around.
THE WÖRLD IS YOURS TOUR:
01/25/2011 US Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
01/28/2011 US Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
01/29/2011 US Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
01/31/2011 US San Diego, CA – House of Blues
02/02/2011 US San Francisco, CA – Warfield
02/04/2011 US Seattle, WA – Sodo
02/05/2011 US Portland, OR – Roseland
02/07/2011 CA Vancouver – Vogue
02/09/2011 CA Edmonton – Edmonton Event Centre
02/10/2011 CA Calgary – Flames Central
02/12/2011 CA Winnipeg – Burton Cummings Theatre
02/13/2011 US Fargo, ND – The Venue
02/15/2011 US Minneapolis, MN – 1st Ave
02/16/2011 US Milwaukee, WI – Rave Ballroom
02/17/2011 US Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
02/19/2011 US Chicago, IL – The Congress Theatre
02/20/2011 US St Louis, MO – Pops
02/22/2011 US Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit
02/23/2011 US Detroit, MI – Royal Oaks
02/25/2011 CA Kitchener – Elements
02/26/2011 CA Toronto – Koolhouse
02/28/2011 US New York, NY – Best Buy
03/01/2011 US Boston, MA – House of Blues (Avalon)
03/03/2011 US Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/04/2011 US Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
03/05/2011 US TBA – TBA
03/08/2011 US Austin, TX – Stubb’s
03/10/2011 US Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
03/11/2011 US Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Live
Y&T guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti has released the following message:
“It is with profound sadness and disbelief that I tell you that my best buddy for 37 years passed away this morning, January 7th, 2011 at 1 AM at Stanford Hospital. Bravely and steadfastly battling the horrible spectacle of lung cancer, at the end he was surrounded by his family members, and the Y&T family up until his final breath.
All the beautiful things that I could say about my buddy Phil could never be summed up in a short sentence or two, and I promise that I will be back to say so much more about how I feel about him and his talents in due time. But for now, at 3 AM, after just having returned home from his passing, let me at least put this out there.
Phil Kennemore was not only a sweet and passionate man with his life, friends and family, but as an artist, he also had that rare ability to say what was on his mind with the most eloquent, clever, and to-the-point lyrics, yet could turn it on it’s head in a second with some other viewpoint on reality and nail the point dead center. He was able to do what very few can – say the things that others have been thinking, but could never quite seem to put into words. He has always had a keen knack for doing that.
As a musician, with those huge fingers, his bass playing was always loud, strong, and deep, filling the largest or smallest of stages equally.
He had an amazingly strong life force that has influenced everyone who ever had the opportunity to be called a friend of his. I am forever grateful for our lifelong friendship, that was always in place throughout the worst and best of times. I will miss his sense of humor, his amazing wit, but most of all I will always miss not seeing him to my left on the stages I will play from this moment forward.
Yes, he was one of the class guys on this planet, and in this business, and I will always do what I can to spread the legacy of Phil Kennemore across the globe on every stage that I land on.
You know how much I love you Phil, and you knew how much your fans and fellow musicians loved and respected you. There was nothing left unsaid. You had a rich and wonderful life and I can only tell you that I was happy to have been alongside you every step of the glorious way.
Cheers to you, Phil.
Your friend forever, Dave.”
Phil Kennemore – October 20, 1953 – January 7th, 2011
” Morning Glory Clouds (In Manus Tuas Domine) “, a brand new track from the Portuguese Dark-Rock/ Metal outfit HEAVENWOOD, is available for exclusive streaming on the band’s MySpace page. The song comes off the band’s new album, ” Abyss Masterpiece “, which will be released on February 28 via Listenable Records. The follow-up to 2008’s ” Redemption “ was produced by Ricardo Dias & HEAVENWOOD and was mixed & mastered by Kristian “ Kohle ” Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios, Germany.
Meanwhile, HEAVENWOOD have announced the addition to their line-up of Paulo Chanoca (DEMON DAGGER/ DECREPIDEMIC) as new session bass-player.
Commented HEAVENWOOD’s manager, Filipe Marta: ” ‘ Morning Glory Clouds ‘ is an amazing song that will grab the listeners attention from it’s very beginning thanks to very addictive melodies/ chorus and catchy riffs. I think this one is the perfect first single of this new album and I’m certain that will become a smash hit on every rock club dance floor and radio stations around the world and people must check it and spread it everywhere. Morning Glory Clouds is a chilling song that no one will forget. Concerning the new session bassist, I think Paulo is a natural born talented bass-player. A true war bomber aircraft that will transmit a lot of power and groove to HEAVENWOOD. He’s got a vast experience and knowledge in extreme music that will enable him to make a very good contribution to the band “.