The SXSW festival merges music, film, art and interactive showcases from around the world and is held every year around the second week of March in Austin, Texas. For one week there are thousands of bands performing at any number of venues in downtown Austin. The streets are jam packed with thrill seekers, industry folks, journalists, tourists and pedicabs. In year’s past we have witnessed monolithic mega-star acts like Metallica, Motorhead and Voivod; not to mention up and coming acts like 1349, Sabaton, Steel Panther, Bison B.C. and Crashdiet who would all go on to establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with. The past two or three years have been sparse in terms of metal. By that I mean legitimate “metal” and not some new-age, dreadlocked, crustified gutter rock or faux-pas hipster rock. We were able to check out some showcases from Bremen, Germany’s crushing two-piece Mantar, the seventies inspired psychedelia of Philadelphia’s Ruby & The Hatchet, Belgium’s hard rockin’ speed freaks Speedozer, South Korea’s glam metal bad boys Victim Mentality and Austin, Texas’ own power metal juggernauts Immortal Guardian. Until next year enjoy the live clips and feature interview with Victim Mentality! Read the rest of this entry »
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- HammerFall - Interview with Pontus Norgren & Fredrik Larsson (May 23, 2015)
- HELLOWEEN - Vocalist Andi Deris (May 20, 2015)
- Interview with Steve DiGiorgio of Testament, April 30, 2015 (May 18, 2015)
- Sonata Arctica - Interview with Tony Kakko (May 16, 2015)
- Evil Masquerade - band leader/guitarist Henrik Flyman (May 15, 2015)
- Sonata Arctica + Freedom Call + Twilight Force @ O2 Academy Islington, London (May 23, 2015)
- HammerFall + Skarlett Riot + NeonFly @ O2 Academy Islington, London (May 20, 2015)
- Antediluvian @ The Boston Music Rooms, London (May 19, 2015)
- Testament and Exodus, Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour, Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2015 (May 18, 2015)
- Skyforger @ Electrowerkz, London (May 18, 2015)
Roadburn 2015 – Tilburg Holland
Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen
The prestigious Roadburn Festival is an extra pumped adventure into the sonic catacombs of the underground of stoner/doom metal from both known and truly unknown acts. The 2015 line-up once again offered a wide range of metal/rock and other torturing sonic pleasures. As usual, there is always a curator picking bands to play at Roadburn. The two curators being Ivar Bjornson from Enslaved and Einar Selvik from Wardruna had been recruited to create the event for their own tastes under the moniker “House Of The Holistic”. Even though these Norwegians navigated the curator roles in the finest possible way, the fourth day has been named “Afterburner” being one kind of After Party type of day. Anathema had been booked to headline that day. Well, some people may cite it as a boring act and way to conclude the four-day event, but wait, the big surprise is on the way in the article. Approximately 2500 people had arrived to enjoy the art and the music at Roadburn in various forms.
Former Megadeth drummer, Nick Menza, has posted the following message via social media, pointed at Megadeth leader, Dave Mustaine:
“To: Dave Mustaine in regards to my publishing royalties. I find it very unprofessional that you conduct business like a child, quit playing games! Be a man and stop taking food from my kids mouths. It’s my earned money, not yours. Quit ripping me off. WTF?”
Caleb Smith of the Heavy Metal Thrash, The Sick Room podcast in New Zealand recently conducted an interview with former Megadeth members Nick Menza and Chris Poland, you can you now listen to the two part interview below.
Menza was recently offered a “very unfair deal to rejoin Megadeth”. In this new exclusive interview he explains in depth the logistics of what went on in Dave Mustaine’s San Diego based studio.
Third album “Miskatonic Graffiti” out this summer on Despotz Records
SWEDEN – Swedish retro rock act, Casablanca, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a lyric video for the new single, “My Shadow out of Time” at:http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=
Mustasch are back with a brand new single from the upcoming album “Testosterone” that will be released September 18th. The new single “Be Like A Man” is a raw and powerful song about men and their behaviour and the music video to the song is directed by Patric Ullaeus at Revolver Film AB.
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
28th April 2015
Review and Pics by Ritchie Birnie
The riff machine that is ASIWYFA hits Glasgow for the 1st date in the massive UK and Europe trek. They are playing the iconic King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in it’s 25th year. Many, many bands have graced these boards and are inked into its history on the steps leading up to the venue but how have ASIWYFA rated amongst the giants of rock and metal?
Evergrey with support act Outtrigger: Hymns For the Broken Scandinavian Tour 2015, Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall
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Metal’s finest author, Martin Popoff, has a new book out that examines the age old question “Who invented heavy metal?” Martin says:
“Folks, this was a monster undertaking, comprising quotes from 126 different speakers (mostly the metal-makers themselves), many of them interviewed multiple times, blasted at you with much of my own contextualizing over 120,000 words of oral history, strict and detailed timeline, obsessive philosophizing, punctuated by more than 250 graphics. This book arose from years of debating this question with people, as well as talks I’ve given on the topic at university conferences (the below text is derived from the Finland program). I’ve endeavored to include everything related to the story, the result being a massive arrangement of all the salient arguments, in a weighty tome that ends in 1971!”
It’s one of the great debates in headbanged musicology and the answer is as complicated as it is hotly contested. Martin Popoff’s Who Invented Heavy Metal? provides the most detailed, well argued, reasonable, ridiculously complete, and most lively and readable telling of the early history of heavy metal yet, arming the argumentative headbanger with all the facts and figures one needs on hand to win those bar room bets around this provocative question.
Ultimately, Who Invented Heavy Metal? aims to be a book that doesn’t limit itself to fans of heavy metal, given the genre’s unarguable cultural value and pervasiveness, as well as the wide umbrella of topics discussed within the volume. Put another way, it is the author’s wish that the book provides wide instructional scope of teachable moments through unfolding, subconscious, telling by osmosis of the very history of heavy metal’s origins through events inside the genre but, surprisingly, many events outside of its own kerranging reverberations.
BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: MAY 1, 2015
Undoubtedly the most important and successful band to come out of the U.S. of A., Aerosmith remain intact after more than four decades of down ‘n dirty rock ’n’ roll. They’ve been called ‘The Bad Boys From Boston’ and ‘America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band’ for a reason. Aerosmith are one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time, having sold over a hundred million albums worldwide. The Boston bad boys have been together for over forty years and like their English heroes, the Rolling Stones, they are still making music and touring well into the 2010s; albeit at a much slower pace than the old days.
However, outside of the band Joe Perry has enjoyed a solo career that has attained cult status. Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker explores the original Joe Perry Project, notably the superlative first two albums: Let The Music Do The Talking and I’ve Got The Rock ’N’ Rolls Again as well as 1983’s less well-received Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker. Perry restarted his solo career in the noughties with 2005’s self-titled album and 2009’s Have Guitar, Will Travel and more recently, the 2014 EP, Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. But it’s those first two albums that really made an impression.
CRADLE OF FILTH reveal the track listing, formats and pre-order info for forthcoming album ‘Hammer Of The Witches’
Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth only recently announced the completion, release and cover artwork for their opus nocturne and 11th studio album entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’. Having been three years since the release of their previous album – this has been the longest gap in the band’s murky history. And the wait is nearing completion.
Cradle Of Filth have revealed today that ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ will be released via Jewelcase CD, Limited Edition Digipak, Mail Order Edition and 2LP vinyl formats. This highly anticipated and caliginous creation was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, indarkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios.
The album’s title is named after the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but Cradle Of Filth’s title version is more retributory. It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches’ hands. It’s payback time.
‘Hammer Of The Witches’ is due for global release on 10th July via Nuclear Blast.
It is the first Nuclear Blast album to have a Global Release Date.
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right, due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band’s first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.
Today, HELLOWEEN releases a new album trailer, in which they talk about the background of the record, as well as give insight into their album listening party on the island of Tenerife.
Watch it here:
In anticipation of their upcoming record Noita, Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have release their second track-by-track video.Watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the creative process behind the songs “Jouni Jouni “, “Kylästä Keväinen Kehto“,Ämmänhauta”and “Sen Verran Minäkin Noita” here:
Part 1 can be viewed at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5hEe-IBGrk
Part 2 can be viewed at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s1dmulyzZg
KORPIKLAANI will release their ninth full length studio album Noita, on May 1st (Europe) and May 4th (N. America) via Nuclear Blast. Noita is the first KORPIKLAANI release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula’s joining the band has added another dimension in the band’s folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. The album was recorded at Petrax Studios with musician and producer Aksu Hanttu. Jan Yrlund (MANOWAR, SIRENIA etc), of Darkgrove Design, created the artwork. Yrlund has created all of the KORPIKLAANI artwork in recent years and once again has come up with another masterpiece. Fans can pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/KORPIKLAANI-NoitaNB.
Prong with HARK & Steak Number Eight
O2 Islington Academy
23rd April 2015
Review & Videos by Jo Blackened
Photography by Inty Malcolm
Tonight saw the return of Prong; the American industrial/thrash metal band, which was formed back in 1986 by guitarist and vocalist Tommy Victor to our UK shores and after announcing their cover album earlier this year, it was clear these guys were as excited to be here as we was to see them!
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Words: Anna Dumpe / Publicity photography
Skyforger – the only pagan/folk outfit to ever make it outside the borders of Latvia are finally ready to present their latest and highly anticipated studio album Senprusija that has hit the stores after 5 years or constant gigging and more or less intensive work on new material and concepts.
It’s Official!! As posted to: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMetalChurch
Legendary front-man Mike Howe returns to Metal Church! In the summer of 2014 the band suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer. As fate would have it, Kurdt was already in talks with Mike for another project that he was working on with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, so he decided to ask Mike to rejoin Metal Church. Mike agreed, but true to form, didn’t want to make it official until he knew for sure that the integrity of the new material was there. In Mike’s own words, ” I didn’t want to come back to Metal Church just for nostalgia, it had to be for the right reasons, it had to be the best stuff we’ve ever written together or it just wouldn’t be worth it to anyone, especially the fans.” Soon after, Kurdt and Mike began exchanging ideas and writing new material with the band. The end result sounds like “Classic Mike Howe era Metal Church, it’s both heavy and melodic” says guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and further states “Mike sounds the same as he did 20 years ago, this is going to be truly epic!!” Drummer Jeff Plate comments, “Mike Howe is the ONLY singer for Metal Church. He has a reputation of complete honor and respect. We can now take Metal Church to the next level!”
Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday like”.
The band is currently in the process of working on their new album, which will be released later this year via Rat Pak Records. Metal Church is: Mike Howe (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitars) Jeff Plate (Drums), Steve Unger (Bass) and Rick VanZandt (Guitars).