It’s been a long time coming, but unabashed coffee connoisseur, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, has entered the world of entrepreneurship, announcing “Benante’s Blend.” The coffee will come in two different varieties: the ‘Be All End All’ blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the ‘Forever Metal’ blend, a milder coffee. “Benante’s Blend” will be available beginning today through Benante’s website, http://www.charliebenante.com/Store/
“I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home,” said Benante. “As a kid, I loved coffee so much, my mother said that at one point, she put some coffee in my bottle. For me, the taste of coffee is one of the greatest tastes that there is on earth, so I decided to create what was for me, the perfect cup of coffee.”
Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date – has completed recording what is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2015, Slayer’s 11th studio album and the band’s first new effort since 2011’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood. The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer’s own as yet unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).
Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several “An Evening With…” Slayer-only concerts. The confirmed itinerary is below.
To say a band like Satyricon are rich in history is a very big understatement. The band themselves have become pioneers of the black metal scene, inspired hundreds of other bands – peers and alike to really step their game up.
From forming in Oslo in 1990, they have gone on to create the well known albums; Dark Medieval Times, Nemesis Divina,Now, Diabolical,The Age of Nero and most recent self titled release, among others. Gaining over time a reputation of being a sterling band, with both on and off stage dynamics of creativity and excitement. We had the chance to catch-up with long standing drummer Frost for a quick chat before their London show at the Scala.
Black Star Riders, comprised of an all-star line-up of seasoned professionals including guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, 21 GUNS), vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY), guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ALICE COOPER/BROTHER CANE), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, MEGADETH), and bassist Robbie Crane (RATT, LYNCH MOB), will embark on five U.S. tour dates later this week.
The dates are “can’t miss” and about as exclusive as it gets, since the band rarely tours the U.S.
Black Star Riders are touring in support of The Killer Instinct, which was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON) and is a perfectly crafted collection of organic and musical short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time
Long-time guitar hero Scott Gorham shares, “THIN LIZZY is a known situation, but with BLACK STAR RIDERS we’re moving into uncharted territory and that’s pretty damned exciting. I’m having more fun playing right now than I have in years.”
Why not enjoy some tried ‘n’ true rock ‘n’ roll crafted by Gorham and co. by seeing the band on the upcoming tour dates? Get in touch for tickets + interviews!
04/24/15 Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with EUROPE)
04/25/15 Rascals Live – Moline, IL
04/26/15 Granada—Lawrence, KS
04/28/15 House of Blues – Chicago, IL (with EUROPE)
04/30/15 Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with EUROPE)
Frontiers Music srl is pleased to present the music video for Impellitteri’s “Empire Of Lies”! The song is taken from their upcoming album, VENOM which is out now in Europe and the UK and will be released tomorrow in the U.S.!!!
Impellitteri is a heavy metal band formed and led by guitarist Chris Impelliteri. The band has released numerous albums, which are notable for Chris’ virtuoso style of playing. VENOM is the band’s 10th studio album and first original album since 2009 and includes two bonus tracks. This album also sees the return of vocalist, Rob Rock – The Voice of Melodic Metal!
@ The Dome and Boston Music Room; Tufnell Park, London
April 4th 2015
Words by Ann Sulaiman
Five years down the line, Doom Over London has already become an established festival in the capital. Despite competition overseas from the likes of Inferno and Roadburn, a great deal of the London scene turned up at The Dome and Boston Music Room for an all day treat of doom metal. From traditional doom to its extreme off-shoots, which even saw death metal heavyweights Asphyx onboard as headliners; this was the most varied line up in the festival’s history to date. Read the rest of this entry »
31st of March 2015 on Moonspell tour bus in Paris, France Interviewed by Oliver M.
Moonspell keyboardist Pedro Paixão
The Road to Extinction European tour was a great success for Moonspell, with many sold out gigs in France, Portugal and the UK. They also sold a good number of VIP tickets for their most loyal wolves, which was something they have never done before. Their brand new album “Extinct” has been praised by the international critics and has also been a commercial success so far. It entered the charts of several European countries and was even number 1 in Portugal.
Before the beginning of their concert in Paris, I interviewed keyboardist Pedro Paixão with the presence of their tour manager Bruno Fernandes (previously known in Portugal for singing in several extreme metal acts such as The Firstborn and Nephtys). After interviewing vocalist Fernando Ribeiro two months ago, it was interesting to get a new point of view from the current kings of gothic metal in their luxurious tour bus.
Sound Control, Manchester, England
11th April 2015
Review by Toria Morgan. Photography by Jas Stephenson.
It was an overcast and windy Saturday (for a change) in Manchester city centre and in good old English fashion, a lengthy queue formed outside Sound Control that stretched down the street a fair way. People clad in Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch and Mortals merchandise waited to be let in to the ‘Hell Has Arrived Over Europe Tour 2015.’ I overheard people had come from as far as Liverpool and St. Annes to see this gig. This alone should have given me an idea of what to expect once I got inside, seemingly it was quite a big deal.
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.
It has been nearly two years since the Norwegian black metal pioneers, Satyricon, last touched British soil to perform and no new album has been released since then. This tour marks the release of the DVD Live at the Opera which proves to be a plus as the set list wander around most goodies from the band’s long career.
Interview by Toria Morgan. Photos by Jas Stephenson
Interviewed 11th April 2015 at Sound Control Manchester
Goatwhore interview with Sammy Duet at Sound Control Manchester 2015. Photo by Jas Stephenson.
I caught up with Sammy Duet, super talented guitarist of Goatwhore, on Saturday night in Manchester. Just after their set ended in Sound Control, I managed to secure an interview with the man himself. And what a pleasure he was to speak to! We sat in a small room upstairs, away from the roar of the stage and the milling crowds while I interviewed him and got to know a little more about Goatwhore, their influences and what inspires him musically.
Scott Ian: Metallica’s No Life t’ll Leather Demo just blew me away, it sounded so cool
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian spoke to Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ about his book ‘I’m The man’ and Anthrax’s and coming new album
When asked about the music scene when Anthrax first started out.
“At the beginning there was no scene in New York for bands playing their own music, there were just cover bands at the time. We were just a bunch of guys who were into metal and wanted to write our own songs and had a rehearsal space, we there six, seven times nights a week just working on trying to be the best band we could be. By 1984 there was a scene because Raven, Metallica and Anthrax sold out the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, none of us had a major record label deal yet 3500 kids showed up and lost their minds. Read the rest of this entry »
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza was recently offered a ‘very unfair deal to rejoin Megadeth’ In a brand new exclusive interview with Caleb Smith of the Heavy Metal Thrash, “The Sick Room” podcast in New Zealand, Nick Menza explains in depth the logistics of what went on in Dave Mustaine’s San Diego based Studio, you can you now listen to the two part interview below.
Menza: “I went and jammed with them for a 3 day weekend and then on the 3rd day we started to write new songs, and it was cool, they even told me that I was back in the band and to send a press release about it. I didn’t want to say anything until I had an agreement, a contract in writing on what is going to happen and they send this ridiculous proposal which pretty much said ‘You’re not going to get paid until the touring’, so basically I was going to be working on the new record for free, but then I had intended on leaning towards that anyway and then I thought to myself I’m not going to break, I’m not going to sell myself short for something that is going to be huge you know. They gotta realize the longevity it, and then the whole thing just became silly, I didn’t even get a chance to negotiate about anything, they just cut it off and said ‘that’s it’ and afterwards I couldn’t get hold of Dave or anybody, he blocked my emails”
The long-awaited NIGHTWISH movie Imaginaerum will finally be released in North America on June 16thon Nuclear Blast Records!
Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?
Imaginaerum creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination and life itself – a true emotional rollercoaster ride!
There are some questions we must ask ourselves before entering the world of Imaginaerum. What is most important in life? Can the power of memories protect us during our last moments? Will our imagination help us find the spark of life in the deepest darkness? Can we still find love after bitter forgiveness?
Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by NIGHTWISH members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album Dark Passion Play came out in 2007.