German metal trio RAGE were one of the many bands to successfully blow fans away on the first ever 70,000 Tons Of Metal in January, as dozens of bands and over 2100 fans rocked the Gulf Of Mexico on a massive cruise ship for three days. RAGE tore the place apart with their energetic live act, not only giving fans an incredible live experience, but also having an amazing time themselves. “The 70,000 Tons Of Metal Boat cruise was one of the coolest experiences in Rage’s career,” says RAGE bassist/vocalist Peavy Wagner. “All on board witnessed a making of history in the metal world. We are proud about the fantastic reactions to our live sets! Let’s go do it again.”
Check out footage of the band playing “Highway To Hell” on the 70,000 Tons cruise with special guest Steve Smyth of Forbidden on second guitar and more at this location now. Peavy Wagner will also be available for interviews to North American writers this coming Thursday, February 17, from 1- 4pm EST. Please get in touch right away to schedule an interview with the RAGE frontman!
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Since 1985, German’s RAGE have delivered their style of classic heavy metal with absolute class. Their new album Strings To A Web is a varied release, showcasing the different faces of the band; pure heavy metal thunder, classical and progressive landscapes, and powerful thrash anthems. Recorded at Twilight Hall Studio (Blind Guardian, Saxon) and produced by Victor Smolski and their longtime friend Charlie Bauerfeind (Hammerfall, Helloween and more), Strings To A Web is like a journey through the history of the band, who celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2010. Over the past quarter century, RAGE went through many changes, but always kept to their roots and developed their incomparable style, and there is no doubt that their current lineup is the strongest yet. Peavy Wagner’s voice is the main trademark, along with the guitar wizard Victor Smolski and power drummer André Hilgers, who round out the magical trio.
RAGE continues to be busy touring in Europe, with tours of Spain and Italy confirmed for March and April respectively. Stay up to date on all live actions on the band’s websites and social network sites, and stay tuned for more updates on RAGE throughout the coming months.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (USA) – Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer, hard at work in his studio, promises the next Iced Earth album will be “pretty fuckin’ heavy.”
“I can tell you from the riffs and the attitude behind it,” he said, “this is going to be a bad-ass record. This is inspired, focused, and to the point.”
The album – set for release later this year – will be Iced Earth’s 10th studio outing, and the first since 2008’s The Crucible of Man. Unlike Crucible and Framing Armageddon (which was released in 2007), the new album won’t be a concept. Instead, Schaffer promises a return to the raw-and-heavy sound of Iced Earth’s classic fan-favorite albums.
“This is really heavy stuff,” Schaffer said. “It’s a kick in the nuts.”
He added: “People probably think I don’t have it in me any more. But they’re going to be proved wrong about that. I can tell you this: we’re coming back with a vengeance. We’re out for blood.”
This promises to be a grand year for Schaffer and company. Not only will Iced Earth release a new album (followed by a world tour – which management promises will take the band to countries it hasn’t previously played), but the band will also release its long-awaited 6-hour, three-concert live DVD this Spring titled Festivals of the Wicked.
In addition, the band just announced two new summer festival dates: The Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland, on July 16th, and the Sweden Rock Festival, on June 10th, in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
With those two dates, Iced Earth has been confirmed to play a total of five summer festivals, including Wacken, Graspop, and Rock am Härtsfeldsee. More festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, MySpace, and Facebook pages.
Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of SLAYER, was hospitalized late last month where he underwent emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, according to his band mates Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo.
While Hanneman’s doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection’s origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, and indicated it likely was rooted in a spider bite. The guitarist is now recuperating at home, has already begun the process of subsequent medical procedures including skin grafts, and is expected to make a full recovery.
In light of this situation and Slayer’s upcoming participation in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour that is set to kick off on February 26, the band has made the tough decision to play the dates without Hanneman, and will bring on a guest guitarist to fill in for him until such time as he has fully recuperated and is ready to return to the line-up. The band will announce details about the guest guitarist shortly.
“Jeff is our brother, we’ve all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years,” said Araya, “so we’re all just crushed by this.”
“After everything that happened last year,” King added, “we all agreed that we just can’t let our fans down again,” referring to Araya’s severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band’s postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. “So we will tour as planned. But I’ll tell you, we can’t wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road.”
Avant-garde extreme-metal vanguard GIGAN will be touring the United States next month alongside Belphegor, Neuraxis, and Blackguard, in anticipation for their forthcoming Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes opus. Set for immiment release on new label home Willowtip Records, GIGAN’s Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes will shatter even further the boundaries of what can be done with “extreme metal” – and considering the near-unanimous acclaim afforded their groundbreaking The Order of the False Eye debut album from 2008, that’s a pretty tall order. Here are the confirmed dates + venues:
The cover art and full track listing for GIGAN’s Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes will be revealed soon, as well as the confirmed worldwide release date. In other GIGAN news, the band will be featured on Caroline Distribution’s free “March Is Metal Month” compilation, which will also be available on iTunes. For more info, consult www.myspace.com/giganmusic and www.willowtip.com
Watch out! Out of Sweden, THE POODLES release their new album “Performocracy”
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated fourth album from THE POODLES entitled “Performocracy” on April 15th in Europe and May 5th in North America.
The title of the album is a combination of the words “Performance” and “Democracy”, meaning “The power of Performance” or “Rule by Performance”. The album was again produced by Mats Valentin, but this time Tobias Lindell (Europe, Mustasch) mixed the 12 outstanding tracks that make up the cd. “I think we have followed through on what we started with the last album, “Clash of the Elements”, explains singer Jakob Samuel. “Besides continuing to work with producer extraordinaire, Mats Valentin, we took a step further with some of the material that was hinted at on “Clash of the Elements”. On “Performocracy” there is a more epic and darker character to some of the songs that we wanted to explore in more detail. Having said this, we have definitely stayed with a lot of the signature melodic elements that are trademark of the band”.
The first single off “Performocracy” is “Cuts like a knife”, which promises to entice both Poodles fans and anyone with a passion for rock n’ roll. The song will impact at radio on February 21st and the single will be released digitally only on March 3rd. A video produced by Steve Ravic, who also shot and produced the band’s landmark DVD release “In the Flesh”, will accompany the release of the first single. After the gold and platinum records that the band was able to achieve in their home country Sweden, now it is time for them to take on the world !
“One important aspect of having a few releases in the bag is that you know more what you want as a band” adds bassist Pontus Egberg. “Someone once said that “if you want to dream big, you have to dream in great detail”. To us this means that we take all the knowledge and experience that we have acquired from our previous efforts and use that to plan ahead and make our dreams bigger.”
As the album title suggests, performing songs live is the reason for what The Poodles are as a band. A full European tour is planned for the early fall of 2011 and in conjunction to this The Poodles will also head to South America and Japan to support the release of “Performocracy”. For the summer of 2011 The Poodles will take part to festivals and shows with a focus on Sweden.
“Performocracy” will include the following tracks: I Want It All; Until Our Kingdom Falls; Father To A Son; I Believe In You; Cuts Like A Knife; As Time Is Passing; Love Is All; Your Time Is Now; Action!; Bring Back The Night; Vampire’s Call; Into The Quiet Night; Don’t Tell Me (Bonus Track).
Heavy Metal has never been more exciting and the new album promises to be a milestone in rock n’ roll history!
Jakob Samuel – vocals
Pontus Egberg – bass
Christian Lundqvist – drums
Henrik Bergqvist – guitars
Produced by Mats Valentin
The original “Metal Queen”! This monicker was also the name of Lee Aaron’s 1984 breakthrough album, the title track of which in turn being her most classic song. The singer, whose birthname is Karen Greening, released seven hardrock-albums between 1982-94. The earliest ones – like “Metal Queen” – have a certified heavy metal-edge, whereas the later ones – like the bestseller “Bodyrock” (1989) – are slightly more melodic. In later years, Lee Aaron’s singing career has revolved around jazz and blues, with hard rock being seemingly a thing of the past. Until now, that is. In 2011, the original Metal Queen makes her comeback at SRF – her first ever concert on Swedish soil. A bona fide sensation for all fans of genuine 80s metal!
4-day tickets sold out! – Get your 3-day ticket now!
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 Thin Lizzy Helloween
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Five Horse Johnson
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
German power metal act Grave Digger has posted a new trailer online for its forthcoming live DVD/CD packaged. The two disc set, titled “The Clans Are Still Marching,” is set for release on March 7, 2011 through Napalm Records. “The Clans Are Still Marching” was filmed during the band’s recent headline performance at Germany’s infamous Wacken Open Air. You can view the trailer below:
Grave Digger - The Clans Are Still Marching (Front Cover)
Formed in 2007, Tempe, Arizona’s thrash metal desert storm Hemoptysis return with new album
"Misanthropic Slaughter"the much heralded follow up to the band’s debut EP "Who Needs A Sheperd?". A professionally filmed music video for the track "Shadow Of Death"was featured in heavy rotation on the FUSE network and the band has now twice won the award for "Metal Artist Of The Year"at the Phoenix Music Awards. Hemoptysis guitarist and vocalist Masaki Murashita recently took the time to speak with Metal-Rules.com and fill us in on some of the band’s back history and accomplishments, tell us about the new self released album "Misanthropic Slaughter" as well as the band’s immediate plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
ROCKLAHOMA returns May 27-29 to kick off summer with the nation’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK! 2011 marks the 5th Anniversary of the three-day camp & rock festival that will feature a mix of the best classic bands and today’s top active rock artists. ROCKLAHOMA is proud to be presented by Bud Light.
The initial ROCKLAHOMA lineup includes: Mötley Crüe, Staind, Whitesnake, Seether, Papa Roach, Saving Abel, Skillet, Sick Puppies, Sebastian Bach, Black Label Society, Drowning Pool, My Darkest Days, Rev Theory, All That Remains, Escape The Fate, Cavo, The Gracious Few (featuring members of Live and Candlebox), Hail the Villain, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Taddy Porter, Pop Evil, Crooked X, Texas Hippie Coalition, New Medicine, Art of Dying, Electric Touch, One Less Reason, Gypsy Pistoleros, Alias, Wildstreet, The Glitter Boys, Gunner Sixx, Black Tora, Mad Max, Aura Surreal, Firstryke, Aska, Pretty Little Suicide, Arena, Blue Tiger, Bad Things, Cutlass, Mock Star and more special guests to be announced.
“2011 promises to deliver the biggest ROCKLAHOMA punch to date!” says Joe Litvag, Senior Vice President of AEG Live and Co-Executive Producer of ROCKLAHOMA. “Not only have we stepped up our game with the top active rock artists on the charts this year like Seether, Papa Roach and Sick Puppies, but we’ve also taken the classic artists to a new level of insanity with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, and a few surprises yet to come! The ROCKLAHOMA loyalists asked for it, and we heard them loud and clear…This is the perfect balance of talent that will give something to every rock fan in the region!”
General Admission and VIP packages for ROCKLAHOMA go on sale Friday, February 18 at 10am CST at all Ticketmaster outlets and www.rocklahoma.com. General Admission 3-day ticket prices start as low as $99.50. Fans can save by buying early as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the ROCKLAHOMA Camping Office at (866) 310-2288, where fans can choose their exact campsite.
The VIP tickets and packages for the 2011 festival are sure to please the most rabid rock fans. This year’s VIP packages include:
ROCKSTAR PACKAGE (2 Person)
– All amenities from Roadie Package
– Three Night Stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
– Shuttle Service to and from festival
– Best Seats in the House
For a detailed list of amenities included in the 2011 ROCKLAHOMA VIP ticket packages, please visit www.rocklahoma.com.
“We’ve always tried to offer the greatest experience to our ROCKLAHOMA VIPs,” comments Mark Nuessle, President of Catch the Fever Festival Grounds and Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “This year we’ve brought back the air-conditioning to our VIP catering tent and backstage lounge, by popular demand, and we’ve expanded our packages to include Pit access, Best Seats in the House, and even hotel accommodations and transportation this year! For those who want to be pampered, ROCKLAHOMA will take good care of you!”
ROCKLAHOMA is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” ROCKLAHOMA was revamped for 2010 as organizers teamed with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists.
Christian rockers Stryper are offering fans a head-banging view of who their influences were early on, with the arrival of an almost entire album’s worth of cover songs titled ‘The Covering’. Set for release on February 15th via Big3 Records, the album includes twelve rocking covers, as well as the all-new original tune, “God”. And most significantly, the album marks the return of original bassist Tim Gaines back into the Stryper fold, setting up the first Stryper release in years to feature the definitive line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums).
According to Michael Sweet, the impetus for putting out a mostly covers set was a simple one. “Every Stryper album is pretty serious and pretty bold in the lyrical faith sense of the word. We just wanted to roll our sleeves up, cut loose, and have some fun.” And when it came time to pick out a listing of tunes to cover, all the band had to do was look back upon their club days. “Growing up, before Stryper was even Stryper, we were a cover band. We played Gazzarri’s on the Strip for years – we would do originals but also do covers, as well. We always did Priest covers and Maiden covers, all those bands we grew up on and who influenced us.”
What fans get is a CD that runs the gamut from 1970’s era classic rock (Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”, Kiss’ “Shout It Out Loud” etc.) to 1980’s era heavy metal (Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell”, the Scorpions’ “Blackout”, “Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” etc.). “A few things we set out to do on this album was to stay true to the original – we didn’t want to disrespect the original versions,” explains Michael. “I’m never going to sound like Bruce Dickinson or Ronnie James Dio, nor would I ever try to. And having me sing the song puts our own spin on it. We just all did our own thing and with our own touches and feel – Robert, Tim, Oz, and myself – it has that Stryper feel to it as well.”
Big3 Records Chairman Bill Edwards adds, “We are excited to allow Stryper the creative freedom to do what they do best, and take this album to the next level. We are very excited about working with the band and helping make ‘The Covering’ a widespread success.”
To support ‘The Covering’, Stryper is planning a tour that begins in March, and when it comes to the set list, it will contain quite a few surprises for longtime fans. “We’re probably going to pull out four Stryper songs that haven’t been played in the set in years. And then we’re probably going to do four covers. We’ve also got a whole slew of other Stryper songs that we’ve been playing for a long time. So we probably have 20 songs in the set.” Stryper fans rejoice, more anthemic metal will soon be on the way!
‘THE COVERING’ TRACKLIST:
1. Set Me Free (Sweet) 2. Blackout (Scorpions) 3. Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) 4. Lights Out (UFO) 5. Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas) 6. Highway Star (Deep Purple) 7. Shout It Out Loud (Kiss) 8. Over The Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne) 9. The Trooper (Iron Maiden) 10. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest) 11. On Fire (Van Halen) 12. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) 13. God (Stryper)
Danish war merchants PANZERCHRIST have agreed on a new series of tactics with LISTENABLE corps and are unleashing their new assault, entitled Regiment Ragnarok, on this miserable world on April 18th, 2011. Both parties are chuffed about the new strategy.
Panzerchrist was formed in 1994 as a result of band general Michael Enevoldsen wanting to make even harder hitting music than what he already did with his previous band, Illdisposed. Now with five critically-acclaimed albums and the sixth just around the corner, 2011 will be the year Panzerchrist turns its devastating artillery from your speakers to your face and play live for the first time in 11 years.
Check new battlefield locations :
April 2nd – Arhus DK – Voxhall
July 9th – Frederika , 7000 , Dk – Metal Magic Festival
August 12th – Erfurt , TH , DE – Partysan
The band is currently gearing up for combat, it will be the most brutal mission they will once again successfully accomplish, never mind the number of victims, victory is at hand.
In early 2011 Heaven and Hell Records will release CD version of Core Device ‘What I Have Become’.
Cover art provided by renowned artist Travis Smith whose work has been seen on Opeth, Nevermore, Riverside and many others of the most well known names in the heavy metal genre. The work Travis has created based on the concept given only he could have captured in such a graceful matter.
Release date for Core ‘What I Have Become’ to be announced soon.
In the midst of recording a new album, Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been preparing a movie.
Imaginarium is a music fantasy film based on the forthcoming Nightwish album of the same title and its 13 songs.
The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he`s a young boy. While asleep he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy`s world of fantasy and music.
In his dreams the old man fights to find the memories most important to him.
This never-done-before project originates to more than two years in the past when Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen first introduced his ambitious idea of the Imaginarium concept to the fellow band members and to Mr. Stobe Harju, the director behind ‘The Islander’ music video. He will be the director of this full-length feature. The film will be produced by Solar Films Inc. together with Nightwish.
The shootings for Imaginarium will begin this spring, it will have its premiere in 2012 and the album it`s based on will be released in an undefined point in time.
Nightwish will hold a press conference related to this project at the end of February.
Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen issued the following update earlier this month:
“In the excitement of Yuletide magic I wrote there would be secrets revealed at the end of January. There are big things happening within and around the Nightwish camp but the Big Boys and Bosses just sent me an ultimatum to keep my mouth shut for a couple more months, or I would wake up with a horse’s head in my bed.
I truly am very sorry about needing to keep future plans and sights still in secrecy. The purpose is not to annoy anybody or cause a carefully planned hype over the matter. Due to the changes in the schedule things will be revealed later during the spring.
The recordings continue, I’m off to E-Major Studios next weekend to put together all the files for the orchestral and choir sessions in London. I’m in daily contact with Mr. Pip Williams, going over the arrangements and new ideas for the songs. The demos he has sent me sound simply otherworldly! Beautiful, twisted, tribal and cinematic stuff. And with a theme album coming up, the mood changes seem to be more present than ever before.
Yup, it still is the Burton-Gaiman-Dali – amusement park we are about to enter.
More coming up once the mobsters grant me permission.”
Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine recently caught up with Holopainen, who took them on a video tour of the “summer camp” where he worked on the band’s forthcoming album.
Bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala checked in with the following update at the beginning of January:
“At the moment I have most of the bass tracks for the new album recorded. I started already a few weeks back, but I’ve been taking my time with the recordings. It’s the luxury of having your own equipment and a former job as studio engineer. For now I’ve been taking it pretty easy for the last two weeks. The holiday season and all that goes with it, you know…
Right now I’m collecting my inner plutonium for the critical mass again. I always do that before recording something. After all we’re not a pop band, and these songs need some really serious explosives. Too bad you can’t hear them yet.
I just had to twist the knife here. I’m a sadist also. The songs are really good by the way.
Of course we all would like to see this project finished, released and out for all the world to hear. The success we’ve been blessed or cursed with is demanding in its own ways. Everything has to be planned in long term. All the parts of releasing albums, videos and tours have to match carefully when you get to this stage of things.
And so we all get fed up with the waiting. Try to be patient and we’ll do our best to reward you later on.
And so we come to this: I hope you all had a nice holiday time. Also all of those people who don’t really care about that stuff. It’s a new year 2011. Let’s make it a good one!”