WOLVSERPENT have been winding their way through the nation in support of their latest opus for 20 Buck Spin. During the month-long trek, the ghostly duo will will be playing Blood Seed in its overwhelming entirely, unraveling their haunting gothic tapestries of violin and doom, ambient and pathos, upon an army of strangers. WOLVSERPENT have been joined along their left-hand path by their friends and allies in Locrian, Ehnahre, Oak, Subrosa, and more.
Latin metal masters ILL NIÑO are pleased to announce their new single, ‘Against the Wall’, cut from their highly-anticipated VICTORY RECORDS debut, Dead New World, releasing on October 25th, 2010. Fans can purchase the new single now on iTunes, or can stream the track at the VICTORY RECORDSYouTube page.
Fans can now purchase pre-order packages at the VICTORY RECORDS webstore! A pre-order of the Dead New World CD is available, or fans can purchase a special deluxe package that also includes an ILL NIÑO t-shirt and bandanna for the amazing price of just $25. Make sure to act now to get your CD with merchandise today!
Dead New World is self-produced with co-production coming from Clint Lowery (Sevendust) and Sahaj Ticotin (RA) and mixed by Eddie Wohl (36 Crazyfists, Anthrax, Smile Empty Soul). See above for the newly released album art, illustrated by Tim Butler of XIII Designs (Disturbed, Slipknot, Metallica, Slayer, Michael Jackson).
“It was our pleasure to work with Tim Butler, who designed ILL NIÑO’s Dead New World CD cover,” states drummer Dave Chavarri. “We wanted to have a tribal ethnic looking cover, and Tim’s recreation design of a picture of three South American shrunken heads was everything we wanted. The Dead New World cover definitely touches on our ethnic roots and history.”
To date, ILL NIÑO has sold more than 500,000 albums in the United States alone, and over 1 Million albums worldwide. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Disturbed, Guns N’ Roses, and more! The band plans to embark on a full United States tour this fall, and will head into Asia and South America by the end of 2010! Stay tuned for more tour updates on ILL NIÑO!
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Art critic Brian Sherwin recently conducted an interview with former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Brian Sherwin: Sean, you were one of the founding members of the band WHITE ZOMBIE — and played bass in the band for over decade. Needless to say, WHITE ZOMBIE was very successful. I understand that you plan to release a book, titled “I’m In The Band”, that contains tour diaries, a collection of photos, and other information that details your years as a member of WHITE ZOMBIE. Can you tell us about the book and your motivation for writing it? For example, is part of the motivation to give credit where credit is due as far as the band lineup is concerned?
Sean Yseult: That is a huge part of the book — I actually reconnected with almost all of the past members of WHITE ZOMBIE and asked them to write a piece to go in the book. Whether that was their first impression of WHITE ZOMBIE, their experience within the band, or a few funny tour stories, it was entirely up to them.
I not only want to give credit where it is due to all of the band members who contributed in one way or another, but also to all of the people who helped us along the way — I have pages written by our first record producer, Daniel Rey, our first guy that booked us in the East Village, Steven Blush, our A&R guy who signed us to Geffen, the list goes on.
Part of my motivation in creating this book was hearing from our fans once our box-set came out — they were very upset upon opening it up to find not one liner note or note of reference about the band at all. When we broke up we disappeared, there was no farewell or fanfare, no chance to connect with our fans one last time. The box-set should have been our final word to the fans, but it said nothing.
When I started looking through all of the boxes of WHITE ZOMBIE things I had saved — photo albums, tour diaries, back stage passes, etc., so many memories came back and I felt like I had quite a story to tell, with quite a lot of visuals on hand to illustrate it. Having started off as a photo major in art school, I almost always had a camera around, so I have photos of us from day one until the very end!
Brian Sherwin: Speaking of WHITE ZOMBIE, I understand that when the band started to reach mainstream success you made the decision — or at least brought it up to Rob Zombie and the other members of the band — that it was vital to move from New York to Los Angeles. If my sources are correct it appears that said move was the best move for the band financially at the time and also secured the band from being dropped from Geffen — which may have put the band back at square one, so to speak. Thus, one could say that if you had not had the intuition to instigate that professional leap the band known as WHITE ZOMBIE may have not been as known as it is today. It was a pivotal decision. That said, how deeply involved were you with the direction of the band both creatively and professionally?
Sean Yseult: We were all deeply involved in the direction of the band creatively and professionally at the time, it was all four of us living together, living, eating, breathing and sleeping WHITE ZOMBIE. Rob and I made all of the decisions creatively and business-wise, but we were really a band, especially when we wrote music. This was up until and during “La Sexorcisto” being released.
While we were touring that record for two and a half years — Rob and I broke up. At that point he started making decisions without consulting me or J., as in getting a hired hand to write techno tracks, then having me and J. try to riff over them — not the most inspiring way to write! This went down for a couple of soundtrack songs, and was a drag. With the next full album, “Astro-Creep”, some of these extra techno tracks are there but more artfully worked into our songs, and I don’t mind it as much.
Brian Sherwin: Not to dwell on your years in WHITE ZOMBIE — but I must ask the following. As a fan of the band I must say that I was kind of thrown off when remix albums were released. The trendy dance tracks did not really mesh well with the underground grit that one expects from a band like WHITE ZOMBIE — it kind of took away from the visual and musical feel of the group in general. It left me thinking, “Where the hell did that come from?” I won‘t deny that the CD I had was donated to Goodwill. Please don’t take offense — but did you have any direct involvement with that choice at all? Considering what you have already said — what did you think of that direction in general?
Sean Yseult: Take offense? Are you kidding? I was disgusted by that, and have never even listened to it. Super Sexy Swinging Bullshit! I had nothing to do with that. I don’t even remember being informed of it to be honest. Management probably thought it was a good idea to cash in, but had to have had Rob’s approval at the very least. Rob seemed to like dance and techno, he kept trying to take us in that direction and went full on when he did his own solo record — I think this is pretty obvious upon listening.
Chris Holmes (guitar; ex-W.A.S.P.), Randy Piper (guitar; ANIMAL, ex-W.A.S.P.), Steve Unger (bass; ex-METAL CHURCH), Rich Lewis (vocals; ANIMAL) and Stet Howland (drums; ex-W.A.S.P.) have teamed up in new band called WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.). The group’s debut album, Purgatory, is scheduled for release on October 31st via Digital Nations.
According to a press release, Where Angels Suffer will embrace their metal history while simultaneously astounding their fans with groundbreaking original songs that could only be created by the exceptional chemistry and passion these professional musicians discovered when they came together again.
Piper, an original member of W.A.S.P. along with Chris Holmes and Blackie Lawless, helped create the sound that took the band’s first two records to gold status. “I play from the heart!” Randy says.
Randy’s credit to heavy metal can not be summed up very easily as he is continually embarking on creative pursuits and is still very much a part of the metal scene. “You can’t go back, but you can definitely move ahead,” he says.
Holmes has etched out a stellar career which can be traced back to the early days of the metal scene that infiltrated L.A. and the Sunset Strip. A California native himself, Holmes is also well known for his role in The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and other projects, both in film and music, having played with the “A” list of metal musicians.
Piper and Holmes, who were an essential part of W.A.S.P., have stayed in close contact and feel now is the perfect time to launch the much-anticipated project fans have been waiting for.
Longtime drummer of W.A.S.P., Howland was featured on ten albums (studio and live) and has toured with all the top metal acts, including BLACK SABBATH, a personal highlight during his W.A.S.P. years. Aside from W.A.S.P., the ever-active Howland’s resume includes TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, RUN 21, KILLING MACHINE, BELLADONNA, BLACKFOOT and LITA FORD, just to name a few. Howland resides in Florida, where he has a recording studio to keep him busy on a variety of projects, including his newest one, a reality show that will be filmed at his home and studio.
“We’re going out and were rocking,” says Howland, who sees Where Angels Suffer as an opportunity to bring some great musicians together and make some “real music.”
Steve Unger, who played with Metal Church, is a talented bassist in his own right: his contribution to Where Angels Suffer completes the dynamic of the band. Grateful for the opportunity to play on the project, he and the other band members have a mutual respect for one another because of the unbelievable talent of each artist involved.
Unger, who comes from Seattle, Washington, has had a long career with Metal Church and has been a key contributor to their success over the years. He believes this album will be one of the best culminations of talent the metal scene has seen in a long time. Unger commented that the music is so relevant today because it is “a high-bred cross-breed between old and new.”
Lewis, a longtime friend and fellow musician of Piper and Holmes, was a natural choice for Where Angels Suffer frontman and has become a key component to this venture. He has played alongside many greats artists, including his current bandmates, some of whom where in ANIMAL. He has been compared to greats like Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson and Lawless, but his signature style has blended with the dynamic sound of his bandmates that sets this album apart from the rest.
Where Angels Suffer is a unification of style, brought together by each band member’s tenacious effort and dedication to bring the fans the music they love. Whether it was the alignment of the planets or simply the right timing, the production of the album and the formation of the band came together seamlessly.
After the silent sailing up North 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, is back to the loud and brutal world of the Vikings, but they don’t have to be afraid of any battle because SABATON will teach them the Art Of War!
Welcome back to Sweden and then some! Skål! 32 out of 40 band on board and counting…
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Earlier this week, Anso DF of MetalSucks unveiled part one of his epic two-part interview with legendary guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer of Atheist and Neurotica. Amongst other topics, Shaefer discussed Atheist’s new album, Jupiter, his lyric-writing process, locking horns with Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, drugs, the genius of James Hetfield, and how Atheist represents a “different kind of technical metal.”
An excerpt follows: At this point, it’s a matter of record that the instrumentation of Atheist is amazing, right? Adding a confrontational personality throughout the lyrics serves to elevate Atheist to an even higher plane. It’s like chocolate on ice cream. Or fresh raspberries in cereal. Better!
[laughs] You know, there was a question poised to me 20 years ago: “How is this music going to survive?” And my answer was always that people need to learn how to play their instruments. That’s probably an easy statement to make, but it was something I felt really strongly about. In order for extreme metal to make it as a valid genre of music that would have classic qualities to it 20 years later, it’d have to up the level of musicianship. And that’s exactly what happened. And 20 years ago, I didn’t think we’d make it here and people would still be talking about this music now.
You can see that in the early career of Chuck Schuldiner [of Death] — very basic, very simple, with more of a shock factor than instrumentalism. As the story is told, Death gets a lot of credit for being one of the bands that broke into technical metal. Purists and people who were there back in the day know that that’s not necessarily true. I give him all the credit in the world; Chuck is the godfather of Death Metal, without a doubt. So in order for the genre to survive this far, if anybody needed to turn and introduce more musicianship into their band, it was Death. They had so much influence on all the young bands coming up. So by Chuck recognizing that musicianship would be key, it became easier for fans to accept bands like Atheist. I love Chuck for that. I love the fact that he finally got it. But if you look back at the old magazines, he was not a fan of Atheist at all. We had many, many verbal confrontations at Morrisound Studios and through magazines. His argument was always that jazz has no place in metal. “Those guys [in Atheist] don’t even listen to metal,” he used to say.
Really? Is that true?
Oh my god, yeah! He says all that then gets Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert [both of Cynic] in his band. So his opinion changed. That’s okay. I don’t chain him to that in any way. He was smart enough to recognize it. He never admitted that he was wrong, but the music admitted he was wrong, from Human on. He knew to go get the best musicians. That was most important — not the guy with the most evil hair, or the biggest upside cross, or the guy who watches the most horror movies. He fucking got Gene Hoglan, Paul Masvidal, Steve DiGiorgio, Sean Reinert … all these guys who could play their asses off. So I tip my hat to him for that.
HELSTAR will no longer be performing in San Antonio on Sunday, October 24, due to unforseen circumstances. HELSTAR intend to return to San Antonio in February 2011. You can still catch HELSTAR with RAVEN @ Houston Scout Bar on Saturday, October 23.
Complete Show Info Below: HELSTAR With RAVENPresenting HELSTAR’s New Album“Glory of Chaos”SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
With Special Guests OWL WITCHDECIMATION THEORYK.T.C.M. $15 Advance / $18 Door All Ages Doors @ 7PM Show @ 8PM Scout Bar 18307 Egret Bay Blvd Houston TX 77058 281-335-0002 www.scoutbar.com (See Flyer)
Los Angeles-based metallers, HOLY GRAIL, who are en route to Japan for this weekend’s Loud Park Festival, have launched the track “Immortal Man,” at Brave Words. Check it out now on their “KnuckleTracks” player : http://www.bravewords.com/knuckletracks/?tid=0. The band’s debut album, “Crisis In Utopia” hits streets on October 26th and they will be supporting BLIND GUARDIAN later on this fall. There will be two listening parties for “Crisis In Utopia,” next Friday, October 22nd; one in LA and one in New York City. The band will be hosting the Los Angeles event, which will be held at Vacation Vinyl starting at 7:30pm. Come hang with the band, hear the new album and catch a DJ set from a couple of the guys. Vacation Vinyl is located at 3815 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. The party in NYC is at the “Smell the Glove” night, presented by Brooklyn Ski Club & Nickels and Dimes, at St Jerome’s. The listening party is from 9-10pm and is 21+ and free! St. Jerome’s is located at 155 Rivington in Manhattan.
The band’s upcoming dates are:
10/16 Tokyo, Japan- Loud Park Festival
11/15 Oklahoma City, OK- The Conservatory
11/17 St. Louis, MO- FUBAR
11/19 Philadelphia, PA- Trocadero %
11/20 New York, NY- Nokia Theater %
11/21 Worcester, MA- The Palladium % 11/23 Montreal, QC- Metropolis %
11/25 Quebec City- QC- Theatre Capitole %
11/26 Toronto, ON- Kool Haus % 11/27 Royal Oak, MI- Royal Oak Theatre %
11/29 Chicago, IL- The Bottom Lounge %
11/30 Minneapolis, MN- The Cabooze % 12/1 Winnipeg, MB- The Garrick Centre %
12/3 Calgary, AB- Macewanhall %
12/4 Edmonton, AB- The Starlite Room % 12/6 Seattle, WA- Showbox at the Market %
12/8 San Francisco, CA- The Regency Ballroom %
12/9 Los Angeles, CA- Music Box @ Fonda %
12/10 Tempe, AZ- The Marquee Theatre %
12/11 Albuquerque, NM- Sunshine Theatre %
12/12 Denver, CO- Bluebird Theatre %
12/14 Dallas, TX- Trees %
12/15 San Antonio, TX- Scout Bar %
12/17 Asheville, NC- The Orange Peel %
12/18 Saint Petersburg, FL- State Theatre %
12/19 Atlanta, GA- Masquerade %
12/21 Raleigh, NC- Lincoln Theatre %
12/22 Springfield, VA- Jaxx %
% w/ Blind Guardian, Seven Kingdoms
X Japan - Left to Right: Sugizo, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, Pata
X Japan, the biggest rock band in Japan, wrapped up its first-ever North American tour last weekend with an SRO show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Over the course of the seven dates, all played at theatre-sized venues, X Japan easily demonstrated why they’ve sold 30-million units and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a whopping 18 times. X Japan hadn’t played venues this small in more than 20 years, so they tailored their “stadium-sensibility production” to the theaters, bringing in everything from lasers to pyrotechnics to CO2 to a jumbo screen.
If you missed seeing the band this time, they will be back, as 2011 will see a full-on North American tour as well as the release of X Japan’s debut album – with lyrics in English.
Read what some of the press had to say about X Japan’s North American tour, below…
L.A. Weekly: “X Japan is a stadium band…as such, they treated The Wiltern as though it were Dodger Stadium.”
Time Out Chicago: “X Japan is a master of epic metal on the other side of the world. [Vocalist] Toshi screams right up there with the banshee hell ranks of Al Atkins and Bruce Dickinson. Yoshiki is his classically trained pianist and warrior drummer. And together, with the help of a trio of guitarists, X Japan possesses a call-and-response fury infused with operatic mayhem.”
Examiner New York: ” X Japan put on an arena-quality show.”
“All it took was one show to make it very clear why X Japan is such a phenomenon in its homeland. Many rock bands have lost the drama and theatrics that was the hallmark of the rock concert. Clearly X Japan gets it.”
“X Japan is bringing spectacle and excitement back to music – and the band proved it is a force to be reckoned with.”
Rockstar Weekly: “Toshi, much like Freddie Mercury or even Geoff Tate of Queenscryche, is one of the most amazing singers you’ll ever get to hear live.”
“The most impressive aspect of X Japan’s show is the quality of musicianship. Principal songwriter, drummer and pianist Yoshiki’s classical training came gushing out when he took a seat at the clear-case grand piano for the power ballad “Endless Rain…guitarists Sugizo and Pata traded grinding riffs and lightning leads on songs such as “I.V.” and “Jade” that even American metal bands would find hard to tackle.”
Metromix New York:
“Everything about X Japan is massive. What other rock show nowadays features lasers, violin solos (of “The Star Spangled Banner,” no less), a cavalcade of power chords, and drum solos?”
Consequence of Sound: “Fans like this hardly exist anymore – at least in rock ‘n’ roll. People preoccupy themselves so much with what’s hip these days that they lose sight on why they listened to music in the first place.”
Lithium: “As energetic as the fans were, I felt the band was the obvious winner in the ‘who is having more fun’ category, a point driven home as they all posed for multiple photos FOR THEMSELVES at the end of their performance on the front of the stage with the Massey Hall crowd in the background.”
AOL/Noisecreep: “The X Japan live experience is meant to be seen in the space of a sports arena, but just after a couple of minutes, you felt like you were watching them a few miles away — at the Los Angeles Staples Center.”
Here’s a sneak peek of season six of “That Metal Show” which premieres on VH1 Classic Saturday, October 16 at 11 pm ET/PT. The first episode will feature a special tribute to the great Ronnie James Dio.
Metal Mind Productions will release a brand new studio album of the legendary Tank entitled “War Machine” on October, 25th. The US release date is December, 7th (via MVD) and the Japanese release date is December, 22nd on King Records.
Tank – featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside ex-Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White, ex-Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale and ex-Zodiac Mindwarp drummer Dave ‘Grav’ Cavill – are back in action and ready to establish themselves once more as one of Britain’s finest rock bands.
Tank’s fans do not have to wait that long before they can hear the music from the album as the band is going to release a clip of each song in the run-up to 25th October on The Official Tank site: http://tankofficial.com.
Here’s the release schedule for the samples:
Friday 15th October: Judgement Day
Saturday 16th October: Feast Of The Devil
Sunday 17th October: Phoenix Rising
Monday 18th October: War Machine
Tuesday 19th October: Great Expectations
Wednesday 20th October: After All
Thursday 21st October: The Last Laugh
Friday 22nd October: World Without Pity
Saturday 23rd October: My Insanity
Sunday 24th October: Bonus Track
“War Machine” will be released as a jewel case CD, a limited edition digipak CD including 2 bonus tracks and LP with one bonus track. Japanese edition of the album will include two exclusive bonus tracks which won’t be available elsewhere.
David Lee Roth, lead singer of VAN HALEN, used to be known as the only musical one in the Roth family. His sister, Lisa Roth, never really considered herself musically inclined. Ballet was as musical as shot got, until about three years ago.
She was shopping for a baby gift, and couldn’t find anything she thought would be the perfect gift for her friend. She thought, “What if there was a gift that would benefit the parents and the child?”
“But most of the lullabyes out there, I wouldn’t think parents could relate to or enjoy hearing them over and over again. But their favorites songs, I figured they would.”
So, she approached her boss at CMH Records David Haerle about creating lullabyes based on a parent’s favorite singers and bands. Rock-A-Bye Baby features recognizable music from nearly 30 artists, from METALLICA to THE ROLLING STONES.
Roth adds, “When I knew I’d really hit something right was when I saw an interview of Kirk Hammett of Metallica talking about playing it for his child, and he said that it works.”
Read the entire interview and check out a video interview here.
THE RITUALIST, the latest album from North Carolina doom metallers HOUR OF 13, is available now on iTunes worldwide.
HOUR OF 13 recently signed a worldwide recording deal with Earache Records and to celebrate, the label is re-releasing the band’s most recent album, THE RITUALIST. The album is due to be released on CD and vinyl in early 2011 and is available on iTunes now, marking the first time the album has ever been available on digital format.
HOUR OF 13 have built up a formidable reputation in underground circles for their potent brand of occult-inspired, doom-laden metal. The band recently performed their debut show at the Dublin Doom Day festival in Ireland, to rapturous response.
HOUR OF 13 are due to play their debut US show this Saturday, October 16th at the Union Pool in Brooklyn, New York with DISMA and THE GATES OF SLUMBER.
We at Sweden Rock would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who took part in making last week’s Sweden Rock Cruise the best yet! We and the board of the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund would also like to thank those who made contributions to the fund on the cruise. We raised a total of 4002 dollars and 16 cents, which have now been transferred to the fund’s account. If you wish to support Stand up and Shout’s fight against cancer, you are welcome to make donations to their Paypal account. You can find a link to it on www.ronniejamesdio.com.
Doro to perform on the April cruise!
German band Doro, lead by heavy metal queen Doro Pesch, have been confirmed for the next Sweden Rock Cruise, set to sail from Stockholm to Turku, Finland and back on April 7-8 2011.
Ticket prices including part in cabin start at only 395 SEK (approx. 43 Euro) per person and go on sale next week. The exact date will be announced shortly. Another five bands are to be confirmed.
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