After releasing Epicloud last year to critical acclaim, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT is now ready to give fans the first preview of their next release: the Retinal Circus CD/DVD set! In regards to the Retinal Circus, Devin Townsend comments:
“So closing in on 8 months of work, we’re almost finished with the ‘Retinal Circus’! It’s been a huge amount of work for everyone, from the show, down to DVD & Blu-ray authoring, artwork, logistics…(not to mention the show itself!) but we’re almost there, and when watched in its entirety, it’s really a heck of an experience!
To tie you over until it’s out, here’s a clip of the song ‘Grace’…It’s out of context obviously, but hopefully gives you a vague idea of what’s about to come out.
It’s been a ton of work for everybody and we’re really quite proud of it…When the final products have been produced, we’ll let you know!
This summer, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a number of Standard Definition Blu-rays including Scorpions Moment Of Glory. Originally released on standard definition DVDs, it has been upscaled from the original material, with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound.
Scorpions Moment Of Glory [MSRP $17.98], will be released July 30. Moment of Glory, originally released in 2001, captures the Scorpions backed by the world famous Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra. The Blu-ray includes not only this 2000 concert, which was part of Berlin’s millennium celebrations, but bonus band interviews and director’s cuts of “Hurricane 2000,” “Moment Of Glory,” and “Here In My Heart.”
USDM pioneers INCANTATION kicks off the “Will of Vengeance” in support of last year’s phenomenally-received Vanquish in Vengeance tonight at The Khyber in Philadelphia, PA.
The first string of dates sees INCANTATION out with Listenable Records label-mates ACHERON (featuring INCANTATION drummer Kyle Severn), with Midwest dates alongside the likes of EMBALMBER, CARDIAC ARREST and more coming the following week. Read the rest of this entry »
HELLION singer Ann Boleyn has issued the following update in regards to former Hellion bassist, Teddy Days, who passed away on July 10th at 48 years of age.
“Thanks go out to everybody for their comments concerning former Hellion bass player, Teddy Days, who died last week.
I had not been in contact with Teddy for many years, but tried to track him down about six months ago. Teddy had been going by a different name and had changed his appearance which made finding him difficult.
Ironically, he sent a FB friend request to my “Ann Boleyn III” personal page with the name “Slade Sin”, which I accepted. Pat Kelley PK, who spoke to Teddy (aka Slade Sin) almost daily, said that Teddy told him I was a FB friend and that he was going to see how long it took me to figure out who he was. (Teddy was always a practical joker.) Pat Kelley has more details about what happened.
Memorial services will be held July 27th at 2 PM at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel – 57373 Joshua Ln., Yucca Valley, CA. All are invited.”
Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral – Legendary Vocalist To Perform SKYCLAD Material For The Last Time
This September brings Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral; a string of shows that marks the final time Walkyier will perform classic SKYCLAD material live in the UK. Intended as a swansong that will allow the legendary vocalist to close the book on Skyclad and focus his attention on THE CLAN DESTINED, Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral will consist of three shows in London, Birmingham and Dublin.
Italian melodic folk metallers ELVENKING will back the singer up on stage as well as make their live UK debut on the tour. Direct support will come from DEVILMENT, the new project featuring CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani Filth. Portugal’s premier melodic death metal band WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES (WAKO) join the bill as they start to develop their fanbase in Europe. The opening slot will be filled by Devil’s Clause Records newest signing HELGRIND.
French prosecutors have confirmed to Norway’s NRK that Varg Vikernes (BURZUM’s Count Grishnackh) and his pregnant wife Marie Cachet were released at 19:00 Thursday night (July 18th). Police were unable to identify specific terrorist plans or terrorist target and Vikernes would not be prosecuted for this. Prosecution to Vikernes, Julien Freyssinet, told NRK yesterday that his client will cooperate with the police, but denied that he had terrorist plans.
There will still be trial when Vikernes is accused of racism provocations by Jews and Muslims on the internet. It is not yet clear when the trial comes up, says Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, judge and spokeswoman for prosecutors in France.
It is uncertain exactly when the trial of Vikernes will be scheduled. When NRK talked to spokeswoman later Tuesday night she suggested that the matter would be scheduled towards the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning guitarist–will release the soundtrack album for the first-ever motion picture he has co-produced, NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR, on October 4, the same day the film opens in select theaters. The NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was written and produced by SLASH and Nick O’Toole. It includes the film score plus two original songs: “Nothing Left To Fear” which features vocalist Myles Kennedy and the instrumental “Welcome To Stull.”
The album will be released exclusively at www.PledgeMusic.com/slash , giving fans access to interviews, song streams, first looks at film art, clips and more. When fans pledge and pre-order the album, they will gain access to one-of-a-kind experiences with SLASH, as well as merchandise for the film. For more information on all packages available, click www.pledgemusic.com/slash.
Due in select theaters Friday, October 4 and available on Blu-ray Combo-pack, DVD and On Demand starting Tuesday, October 8. NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of “Bellflower”) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer SLASH and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull. NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is the first film from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash’s production company, Slasher Films, and was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III.
“As a long-time fan of the Horror genre, I want to produce films that are in an older tradition of the genre,” relates SLASH. “That is to say, films that leave more to one’s imagination, that are psychologically scary and character-driven, and what scares you is more cerebral than superficial. Slasher Films is my vehicle to realize that aim, and NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR is the first film with more to come.”
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/nothinglefttofearmovie.
Following is the full tracklisting for the soundtrack for the new film NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR:
1) The Road to Stull
2) Cold Welcome
3) Lamb’s Blood
4) One Choice, Two Fates
5) A Prayer
6) Dark Dreams
8) The Tooth
10) Silent Secrets
11) Pain and Premonition Part 1
12) Pain and Premonition Part 2
14) The Secret Tower
15) Do Your Part
16) Don’t Forget
17) A Flash and a Feeling
19) Bleeding In
21) Have Faith
22) The Decline
24) The Blood Lust
25) Our Broken Home
27) No Safety in Numbers
28) Childhood’s End
29) The Fear
30) The Perfect Circle
31) Nothing Left to Fear (featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy)
32) Welcome to Stull
EXCLUSIVE SLAYER AND MASTODON LITHOGRAPHS AT COMIC-CON 2013
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce they’ll be the first to sell these limited edition 17” x 22” lithographs from metal gods SLAYER and rockers MASTODON at this year’s Comic-Con taking place July 18th – 21st in San Diego, California.
SLAYER’s “Enthroned” lithograph features full-color artwork by Tim Butler; MASTODON’s “Roupucha” lithograph features work by artist Raf the Might. Only a handful of these awesome pieces of art are for sale and the Nuclear Blast booth (#503) is the only location at the convention where these items will be available!
In addition to the lithographs, Nuclear Blast will have exclusive music titles available for purchase and will offer a variety of free promotional items including CD samplers – just like every year! Read the rest of this entry »
BATTLECROSS’ latest album, “War of Will,” has debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! “War of Will” also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.
BATTLECROSS comments on the chart debut: “This is just amazing! We are really grateful and honored that fans like our record enough to pick it up when there are so many great releases out this summer. We’re truly humbled by this outpouring of support and we are very proud that War of Will is getting such great reviews from around the world. We share this achievement with Co-Producers Eyal Levi and Mark Lewis from Audiohammer Studio, our management, and Metal Blade Records, as they’ve been a huge part of this record. Thank you to everyone!” Read the rest of this entry »
On Tuesday, July 16th 2013, it was revealed that VARG VIKERNES had been arrested In France “For Allegedly Planning A ‘Massacre’“. Varg Vikernes’ former defense attorney says that there is very little legal basis for the BURZUM leader’s arrest in France on suspicion of planning “a large terrorist act.”
Vikerenes, 40, who has been living in France for the past three years, was taken into custody Tuesday morning (July 16), along with his French wife, Marie Cachet, as a preventive measure after Vikernes posted aggressive racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic comments on Internet forums. The couple’s home was searched and five guns were found, including four rifles legally purchased by Varg’s wife as a member of a rifle club.
Vikernes’ former lawyer in Norway, John Christian Elden, said the musician “has expressed extreme views on race mixing for several years, built on Norse teachings.”
According to the French news bureau AFP, Vikernes had been under police surveillance for many years, but it was only when his wife acquired weapons that police started a formal investigation.
Elden, who said that Vikernes has not contacted him since being detained by French police on Tuesday, stated that the musician’s arrest appears to have been carried out in part because Vikernes was one 530 supporters to have received the manifesto of Anders Breivik, the man responsible for the July 2011 bomb attack in central Oslo, Norway and shooting rampage in Utøya island that resulted in the deaths of 77 people. In addition, Vikernes’ blogs, which include extreme expressions of opinion, and the fact that his wife had bought weapons contributed to the police’s decision to arrest the pair. “It’s less than what Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) tend to have every time they arrest Islamists in Norway and release them a short time later,” Elden said.
“Having received the manifesto before [Breivik] committed his crimes and having been sentenced in Norway in the past for murder, this individual, who was close to a neo-Nazi movement, was likely to prepare a large terrorist act,” French Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters.
“The investigation will notably establish the conditions in which these [rifles] were acquired and their real objective,” Valls added.
French police can hold suspects in terrorism cases for up to 96 hours before bringing preliminary charges.
In 2011, Vikernes called for the French to vote for the National Front (FN), writing on his official web site that doing so would be the only way to avoid the scourge of mass immigration.
In the open letter, entitled “Dear France,” he said: “Your parents may induce you into a vote other than for the FN, but do not listen. They are responsible for the plight of today’s France, because they were too ignorant and too loose, or too brainwashed, to do as they should. They have already proved to the world that they have failed and betrayed France.”
Varg was convicted in 1994 and sentenced to Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) and for burning down three churches, including the original Holmenkollen Chapel next to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo. He was released from prison in 2009 after serving 16 years of that sentence.
Vikernes wrote on his blog that he was “forced out of Norway by greedy lawyers” who claimed he owed their clients money.
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of epic doom metal band, BELOW, who hail from Sweden and music has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond. Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén—bass player of Noctum—of Howlin’ Owl Productions and a split 7″ is in set to be released by Dark Descent Records with the doom act’s full-length being released via Metal Blade in 2014.
“It’s an honor for us to be given this opportunity of working with such a legendary label. We’re really proud to be part of the Metal Blade family; this will be the perfect home for BELOW. Together we will make a mark and set a standard for quality doom music.”
North Carolina’s traditional metallers Dogbane will be appearing at the fourth annual Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Festival in Chicago, IL taking place April 4-5, 2014
In late 2011 Heaven and Hell Records released the debut album ‘Residual Alcatraz’ by North Carolina’s Dogbane. The ten track album, including a cover of ‘Fire and Brimstone’ by rock legend and pioneer Link Wray was well receive both at home and aboard. Their fine blend of Thin Lizzy/UFO dueling guitars, and Halford-esque vocal, with hints of doom metal was often cited by reviewers worldwide. Quickly a buzz was starting to grow at the beginning of 2012 through several interviews and glowing reviews. As the band began to play out in support of the release things looked promising. However tragedy struck the band in June of last year with the untimely passing of guitarist and songwriter David Ellenburg (R.I.P).
Canadian Yukon power thrashers Sanktuary have posted live video covering Metallica’s ‘Whiplash’ during last weekend’s show in Halifax, NS at Gus’ Pub with Montreal’s Alcoholator plus locals Spew Cirrhosis and Shit Kicker.
To view live video of ‘Whipash (Metallica cover)’ and their track ‘Raise The Flag’, please visit the following links:
It is just under two weeks till the latest studio album from Dream Theater’s James LaBrie hits the streets, and as such a lyric video for the anthem ‘Back On The Ground’ has been released for your listening pleasure. This track is taken from the album “Impermanent Resonance”, to be released on July 29th, 2013 in Europe and August 6th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic, and you can check out the video below.
‘Back On The Ground’ Lyric Video: http://youtu.be/ralb05GOLjA
The standard album’s tracklisting will be the following:James LaBrie – “Impermanent Resonance”
3. Slight Of Hand
4. Back On The Ground
5. I Got You
6. Holding On
7. Lost In The Fire
8. Letting Go
9. Destined To Burn
10. Say You’re Still Mine
12. I Will Not Break