Photos Courtesy of Sarah Lutz and Metal Blade Records
I recently spoke with Heri Losen, the lead singer and guitarist of folk metal band Týr regarding the band’s new album VALKYRJA. Heri gave some insight into the new album, spoke about the band’s new drummer, and gave his take on the rise of Viking culture in entertainment in North America.
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GENE HOGLAN is pleased to unveil a brand new teaser for his upcoming DVD, The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two. The teaser is available for viewing now, exclusively via Modern Drummer. View it here. This is just a taste of what’s to come! Earlier this week, Gene announced a few of the tracks that will be included on the DVD:
Hamferð has since day one been fascinating and puzzling metal fans all over the world, with some calling them the Sigur Rós of metal, for a lack of better parallels. This bold, brave and unqiue Faroese doom metal band have indeed caused quite a stir on the international metal scene since their controversial Wacken Metal Battle victory in 2012… and they are only just getting started. Prepare yourself for the release of Hamferð’s debut album “Evst“ (“Highest” in English), out worldwide on 15. November 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Colorado thrashers Havok made a stop at the Whisky a Go Go during their North American headlining tour in support of their new album, Unnatural Selection. Before the show, I had a chance to talk with lead guitarist Reece Scruggs about the album, the tour, and Havok’s musical influences.
Adult Swim will air a one-hour special called “Metalocalypse: the Doomstar Requiem a Klok Opera” on October 27, with a brand new special album to follow. Voice actors reportedly include Jack Black, “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.
Unlike usual episodes of the animated metal fantasy, it will feature a 50-piece orchestra alongside Dethklok for something really special. Check out the trailer above for a sample of the orchestral-inspired episode.
“This is not like anything we’ve ever done,” says creator Brendon Small. “This is a full blown musical- metal combined with symphonic passages, classic musical theatre, high stakes drama, emotional moments, and yes totally ridiculous comedy. I drew from all of my influences to make this the most unique project I could dream of. This is easily the best thing we’ve ever done with the show and the music. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
1 Montreal,QC Le Cercle
2 Quebec City,QC Petit Campus
3 Toronto,ON MOD Club
4 Cleveland,OH Agora Ballroom
6 Joliet , IL Mojoes
7 Kansas City , KS Granada
8 Denver,CO Bluebird
10 Seattle,WA El Corazon
11 Vancouver,BC The Venue
12 Portland,OR Hawthorne Theater
14 SF,CA DNA Lounge
15 Anaheim,CA The Grove
16 Tempe , AZ Club Red
18 Dallas,TX Trees
19 Houston,TX Scout Bar
21 Atlanta,GA Masquerade
22 Louisville,KY Diamonds
23 Pitt,PA Altar Bar
24 Rochester,NY Montage Music Hall
Although double bill concerts are not uncommon in Puerto Rico, it is not often that two bands hailing from the same place get a chance to play on the island: on August 17 Puerto Rico got a taste of the Connecticut Heavy Metal scene, via the Obsession/ Graven Image concert held at La Respuesta, Santurce.
Interestingly enough, one band, Obsession, has been around for thirty-plus years, while Graven Image are relatively newcomers on the scene, so the audience got a chance to get a taste of both the old school and new school of Connecticut Metal. It was also one of those rare instances where all of the bands, including the opening local bands, more or less play variations of the same style of music: classic Heavy Metal. The opening bands were Iternia and Aura Azul, who have also been around for some time as well. Read the rest of this entry »
After a year away from The Intrepid Fox, where Hornet played their first London show, the band finally returns to headline as a special one-off show for their fans on Friday 25th October, to release their new single, ‘Storm The Gates’.
Hornet stormed into the rock and metal scene in early 2012 with a whole new style, showing us a mix of punk, metal and rock that works perfectly together. Playing a monthly residency at The Intrepid Fox quickly made a big impact and by the end of the year Hornet sold out shows at The Borderline, The Barfly and Upstairs at The Garage.
The band then released their debut album ‘Skies Are Falling’ in July after a successful Pledge Music project and unveiled a brand new stage show last month at The O2 Academy in Islington which includes a custom stage, over the top lighting,rising drums, smoke, dry ice, wild stage props, confetti cannons and obscene hand puppetry, all of which are a must see.
Just in time for Halloween – the first ever all metal tribute to the King Of Pop, MICHAEL JACKSON, with an all-star line-up that will raise the dead!
Thriller: A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson will be released October 22nd by Cleopatra and features the following covers/artists:
‘Thriller’ – Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
‘Man In The Mirror’ – Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA) and Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ – Angelo Moore (FISHBONE), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE) and Rudy Sarzo (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT, DIO)
‘Black Or White’ – Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS) and Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER)
‘Beat It’ – Priya Panda (DIEMONDS) and Ron Bumblefoot Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES)
‘Billy Jean’ – Corey Glover (LIVING COLOUR) and Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
‘Shake Your Body’ (DOWN TO THE GROUND) – Elias Soriano (NONPOINT)
‘Rock With You’ – Doug Pinnick (KING’S X)
‘Dirty Diana’ – Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
‘Bad – Paul Dianno’ (ex-IRON MAIDEN) and Craig Goldy (DIO)
‘They Don’t Care About Us’ (ICARUS WITCH)
‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ – Lonnie Jordan (WAR)
‘Smooth Criminal’ – ALIEN ANT FARM
‘The Waking Up’, a new song by modern thrashers Sawthis, is now available for streaming on Youtube:
Since their inception, Sawthis distinguished themselves for a very strong live attitude, having shared the stage with many international renowned bands such as Korn, Sepultura, Lacuna Coil, Entombed, Impaled Nazarene, Vader and The Haunted to name a few. With 2 albums under their belt (‘Fusion’, 2006, and ‘Egod’, 2010) which were very well received by fans and critics alike, the band have recently announced a new record deal with Bakerteam Records and a new album, ‘Youniverse’, which will hit the stores September 30th, 2013. ‘Youniverse’ is a conceptual work focused on the theme of multiple personality disorder and features a very special guest appearance by Rob Cavestany from Death Angel. More details will be revealed soon on www.bakerteamrecords.comand www.sawthis.it.
The British heavy metal legends produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.
There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with Unplugged and Strung Up, Saxon’s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.
Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic Saxon songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow” from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with it’s orchestrally-arranged dovetail.
As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, Saxon superfans and collectors can purchase a digipack version of the release which will include 2002′s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple Saxon stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm of the Law” and “Dallas 1pm” it is a quintessential part of any collection.
Brazilian Metal masters Almah have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album ‘Unfold’. The material was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil and mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California.
The cover artwork was designed by Nathália Suellen, an internationally recognized digital artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who has previously worked with renowned musicians, writers and publishing houses from all over the world. ‘Unfold’ will be released November 25 in Europe and December 3 in North America.
The album single ‘Raise The Sun’ is available for streaming here:
Norwegian black metal masters SATYRICON have debuted a new lyric video for “The Infinity Of Time And Space” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/nKNJjszeWp4
The track comes from their self-titled eighth studio album released in North America last week, which debutedat #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #30 on the Hard Music chart. Other world chart entries include: #1 – Norway; #6 – Finland; #23 – Germany; and #26 – Australia.