The Brazilian heavy metal band THE BLACK ROOK announces the release of their self-titled debut album. Ten tracks of heaviness, attitude & feeling!
In order to promote it, the band announces that the first single, “Checkmate“, is available for FREE download at THE BLACK ROOK´s SoundCloud site.
The entire self-titled album on sale online, in AMAZON, CD BABY and in THE BLACK ROOK BANDCAMP site. The album is also streamed at the band´s profiles at iTUNES, SOUNDCLOUD, BANDCAMP and GROOVESHARK. Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian blackened death metal band, Vile Insignia, have signed a production deal with Calgary based extreme metal label Xnihilo Records. They will begin production on their first full length album “Bestial Invocation” in late August after the conclusion of their summer festival dates. Sessions are scheduled to take place at Electric Park Studios in Calgary with engineer Nate Renaud. The album is scheduled for a fall release. “Bestial Invocation” will be the band’s second effort, following up their highly acclaimed self- titled, self-released demo EP from 2012. Vile’s demo can be found at http://vileinsignia.bandcamp.com/ and their single “Beneath the Frozen Soil” is available for free download at http://wackenmetalbattlecanada.bandcamp.com/track/vile-insignia-beneath-the-frozen-soil. Expect the tracks on the new album to be even tighter, faster and more brutal! Visit www.xnihilorecords.com for more details about the new album, tour dates, and album release dates as they become available.
The second of six webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza’s first-ever instructional DVD, “Intense Mega Drumming”, can be seen below. The footage shot this past March at Uberbeatz Studios in Seattle, Washington, and was produced and directed by Kari Pearson and Robert Bolger.
Big news – Savage Messiah front man David Silver is taking part in this years Heavy Metal Truant Bike ride in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Charity!
The bike ride idea started in 2012, where manager of IRON MAIDEN, RON SMALLWOOD, and Metal Hammer Editor-in-Chief ALEXANDER MILAS started the idea of influential people in the metal music community getting on their bikes and riding to Download Festival (instead of taking the limo or the helicopter), getting people to sponsor them then giving all the money to charityl Last year the event last year raised almost 100,000GBP for Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.
This year, our very own Dave Silver is taking this challenge to ride to Donnington in 3 days, covering 161 miles and very much looking forward to a festival at the end of it!
Sweden’s Opeth will release their eleventh studio album, Pale Communion, on August 26th via Roadrunner. Pale Communion, which was produced by the band’s very own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, will be heralded by the lead single, “Cusp Of Eternity” and available for pre-order starting Tuesday, June 3rd.
Pre-orders for Pale Communion made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of “Cusp Of Eternity”, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records Webstore and O Merch.
Pale Communion tracklisting:
“Eternal Rains Will Come”
“Cusp Of Eternity”
“Moon Above, Sun Below”
“Voice Of Treason”
“Faith In Others”
The new material find’s Opeth once again challenging the boundaries of extreme music. In a recent interview, Åkerfeldt stated, “I wanted to do something more melodic with this album… there’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall… I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process.”
Our album, “The Voice of Human Perversity”, mastered by the legendary James Murphy was released on February 14, this year via Rebirth the Metal Productions and Grindhead Records. We can truly say that it won us more fans. Right now we’re starting to work on our next album, the music is ready and we’re starting to arrange and record. We hope by the end of the year it will be ready and to release our next creation we’re preparing for you in the beginning of 2015.
Christofer Johnsson, leader and founding member of the Swedish Symphonic Metal Therion (he discharges this label!), has an absolutely clear musical vision that he has promoted and defended with much passion throughout his professional life, without fearing labels’ or fans’ support. He one of the fewest people in metal business who always do what he’ve got in mind apart from any contradictions and conflicts. Christofer will call me in a few minutes to give me a deep insight into the depths of Therion camp. The phone is ringing and…
The below message was posted by Jon Schaffer today:
“It is with sincere apologies that I write to inform you all that ICED EARTH is forced to cancel this summer’s festivals and headline shows.
As many of you know, I underwent surgery on my neck in the year 2000, due to an onstage injury that occurred in 1996. Since that time, I have battled with this problem, and it has begun to accelerate in the past several months, causing additional issues that can no longer be ignored.
In February, while on tour in Europe, I underwent highly specialized treatment in Germany from a doctor who has helped, among many others, Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen. This treatment helped sustain my ability to perform so that we could complete our Worldwide Plagues Tour.
However, I am now forced to take further, more invasive action sooner than I intended in order to maintain my overall health.
Surgery was originally planned to take place in September during our break, but I have now been advised to have the procedure completed sooner rather than later.
As much as it pains me and everyone else in our camp to have to cancel these dates, this is something that cannot be put aside any longer.
Once the surgery and recovery are completed, we will be back to work – healthy, strong, and ready to bring the metal to you, our fans.
Steelfest has carved its immortal marks onto the metal festival map in Finland and managed to pull through these hard times whereas other festivals have collapsed. An extremely strong line-up offered killer bands from the front lines of the death/black metal genre. Even though the festival is kind of small, it has an intimate feel passionate towards extreme metal. Metal bangers have also found the festival as the fest was completely sold out. Over 3000 maniacs visited the fest during the weekend, enjoying the metal at its best. Hail! The Metal-Rules.com team spent the whole weekend at Steelfest, witnessing killer bands…
Metal Rules caught up with Dianne van Giersbergen and other members of symphonic metal act Xandria while they were in the UK for two gigs as part of their Sacrificium tour. Dianne reveals how she joined the band, describes her research into the fusion of metal and classical music and the band later joined to explain the direction the band is taking and how this influenced the structure of the new album. Read the rest of this entry »
Meeting a musical idol can be quite a daunting task, however if they are as humble and more importantly as down to earth as Danny Cavanagh, whose enthusiastic personality is one that can put you at ease straight away.
The Energetic front man and founding member of the Liverpool quintet, brings a whole breath of talent with him, ranging from early works such as; The Silent Enigma , A fine day to exit  and more recently Weather Systems .
It’s no wonder that talk quickly turns to the newest album released on the 9th June 2014 – Distant Satellites.
Beyond the Redshift is a new turn of talent for Sweden’s curators Cult of Luna, who have created something that is both as brave as it is ambitious with the right mix of deliciously calm post-rock to the full on adrenaline of Black metal, it’s an eclectic combination that is set to go down a treat.