Technical power/thrash band Dark Design from Raleigh, North Carolina has recently joined up with Heaven and Hell Records for the release of their debut album ‘Prey for the Future’. Since early 2010 the band Dark Design comprised of members Ray Lewis (guitar), Mike Joyner (guitar), Andrew Bertrand (vocals), and rhythm section Matt (bass) and Robbie Mercer (drums) have built a strong fan base in their local metal scene. Their technical prowess and progressive song structuring have often been compared to that of Death, Toxik, and Anacrusis. As buzz of the band began to grow they were requested to play the 2012 Warriors of Metal Festival in Ohio. Meanwhile the band was working on their debut album. The band is currently finishing up the recording with John E Wooten (Widow U.S) and is now in final mix down. Mastering is set to be done by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. Release is set for late Summer / early Fall.
Multinational Heavy Metallers RAVEN LORD are seeking a bass player. Players who think can fit the bill, have gear and have the time for festivals and tour in October ’13 should contact the management immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Originating from Poland, 4-piece symphonic/gothic metal band Victorians after releasing highly acclaimed debut album“Revival” are going to play live on several festivals this year.
The band will appear on Castle Party Festival, biggest gothic/electronic/darkwave festiwal in middle-eastern Europe (this year headlined by Lacrimosa) – that will take place at Bolków Castle, Poland between 11th and 14th July 2013. Full line-up here: http://castleparty.com/
A brand new track by CHAOSTAR, the project led by SEPTICFLESH’s guitarist, Christos Antoniou, can be heard exclusively via the Greek edition of ROCK HARD magazine, at this location. The track is titled “Sorrow descending” and comes off the band’s new album, “Anonima”, which is due for release on May 10th 2013 via Season of Mist. The album will feature special guests such as David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL) and Fernando Ribeiro (MOONSPELL) and will also be available in a limited-edition format which will contain a bonus DVD titled “Anomimata”.
Channeling the old-school energy of legendary acts like Cro-Mags, Nuclear Assault and Leeway through modern thrash warfare, Texas crossover battalion POWER TRIP has wrapped up production on their debut LP for Southern Lord and today distributes the details on the beast that is Manifest Decimation.
Amidst massive touring over the past five years, and having unloaded a cache of demos, splits and D.I.Y. releases along the way, the high-powered metallic punk/hardcore attack of Dallas-based POWER TRIP caught the attention of Southern Lord, who brought the crew on-board for the release of their first full-length. Recorded by Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Argyle, Texas, and produced, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk at Solomon’s Gate in Philadelphia, the eight tracks on Manifest Decimation hurtle the band’s “steel, speed and destruction” ethos direct at the jugular with thirty-five minutes of crossover intensity that sounds like it was excavated from a 1987 time capsule with sixteen tons of radioactive dynamite. The intense album layout was created by Italian artist Paolo “Madman” Girardi, completing this vile package for delivery via Southern Lord on June 11th, 2013.
The band just received permission from That’s Metal magazine to post Axemaster’s track which will appear on their compilation CD “Metallic Commandments – Volume 1″, you can now check the song out at http://www.reverbnation.com/axemasterofficial and http://www.facebook.com/axemasterofficial. Although many of you may have previously heard the version of the track (“Bed of Nails”) that was used briefly for promotion, it has since been partially re-recorded, totally re-mixed, and professionally mastered (the sound is now FAR superior to what it was). It’s also the first (and currently only) AXEMASTER song available that features Geoff McGraw on vocals, so we hope you will give it a listen!!!!!
It may sound like something an Englishman might say in a rage, but Bloody Serious or Blodig Alvor as they’re truly known, hail out of the chill of Norway. Playing punked up rock n roll, this is a band that seem dead serious about giving it their all and having a good time. Proving that the name doesn’t mean it’s all grimaces and long faces, guitarist Truls Ringstad tells us about the band’s latest album, different languages, and where’s good for a drink…
Sweden´s premium hardrock band FATAL SMILE wants to use video footage filmed by the real fans of Dio in the video for their next single titled “For the last in Line“, a ballad about Ronnie James Dio and the legacy he left behind.
FATAL SMILE did a brief tour with Dio in Europe 2009. On a tour in 2010 – supporting Queensryche on their last tour with Geoff Tate – they where devastated when the news of Ronnie´s passing hit them while going off stage after a show in Germany.
-We all fell in love with Ronnie, he was the sweetest & most gentle man you could ever imagine, says Blade, vocalist in FATAL SMILE.
- Mr Y (guitarist in FS) left the room in silence, and later revieled the first piano piece we´ve ever heard him play. It was a sad little tune and the lyrics came to me right away.
- I recorded it with tears in my eyes the same night and sent it to Diana Deville of Dios management. She thought it should be released, so it was released the very next day digitally. The recording belongs to Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, and the revenues from it goes uncut the the foundations fight against cancer. The song is available on youtube:
The song was later rerecorded as a full on power ballad and is included on FATAL SMILE´s latest Gold-awarded album “21st Century Freaks“, that was released in May 2012.
Following the success of previous singles/videos from the album -”Welcome to the Freakshow” and “My Private Hell“- the video and single will be released on the day of Dios passing due to cancer three years ago: May 16. It will truly be a tribute to the greatest singer ever – Ronnie James Dio – R.I.P.
If you want to see your clip of Dio in the tribute video, please send a link to your clip on youtube or any other outlet to: email@example.com
Harald “Lee Tarot” Spengler, the original guitarist for legendary German metallers STORMWITCH, died on April 11 at the age of 50 after suffering a stroke. Spengler was a member of STORMWITCH from 1979 to 1989 and he appeared on the band’s first five releases: “Walpurgis Night” (1984), “Tales Of Terror” (1985), “Stronger Than Heaven” (1986), “The Beauty And The Beast” (1988) and “Eye Of The Storm” (1989).
STORMWITCH released the following message regarding Spengler’s passing: “[On Thursday] we got the message that Harald Spengler (Lee Tarot) had a stroke. We are very sad about this message. Our thoughts are with it, his family and members.”
Formed in 1979 under the name LEMON SYLVAN, STORMWITCH’s lyrics often focused on fantasy, occult and historical themes. They performed at Wacken Open Air festival in 2002. Over time, they changed their sound from a JUDAS PRIEST-esque style of heavy metal to a more keyboard-based form of power metal.
Oscar Dronjak of HammerFall commented, “Harald Spengler was a massive influence to my guitar playing and song writing. Sad to see him pass away!”
Ancient feuds, record label belly-ups, and the inevitable changes in line up – it’s almost beyond the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s everyday fare for Bobaflex. These American rockers have rolled with more than their fair share of punches, but merely tightened their gun belts and carried on with a nod and a grin. Led by the brotherly duo of Marty and Shaun McCoy, Bobaflex have just brought their latest release Hell In My Heart to the UK market proper and they’re not coming quietly…
Bob Nalbandian, founder and publisher of the esteemed early ’80s heavy metal music fanzine THE HEADBANGER, has just released issue #2 of the groundbreaking Xeroxed fanzine in ebook form through the Tokyo-based company Japanime Publishing. This is the second issue (out of 11 total issues) to be released as an ebook, the first issue, which was also originally released as a Xeroxed fanzine in 1982, was made available as an ebook earlier this year. Never before has the fanzine — which featured early interviews of local and international heavy metal bands, including the very first profiles of then-unsigned LA bands Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth — been available for mass distribution until now.
European female-fronted metallers FACE OFF are streaming their new track “War Against War” from their debut album ‘The Colour of Rain’. ‘The Colour of Rain’ was released on February 14th worldwide, via the Canadian Label Maple Metal Records.
Montreal based, melodic death metal band YOUR LAST WISH have inked a worldwide deal with Canadian label Maple Metal Records to release their 2nd full-length album “Desolation”. The North American release date is scheduled for May 1st, and the Worldwide release date is set for June 4th.