Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg by Kai Hansen on vocals and guitar, Michael Weikath on guitar, Markus Grosskopf on bass and Ingo Schwichtenberg on drums. Helloween were one of the pioneering and also most important bands of the 80’s European heavy/speed/power metal scene. Their early albums HELLOWEEN and WALLS OF JERICHO fared comfortably but it wasn’t before band hired a new vocalist, the 18 year old Michael Kiske, and released albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS pt.I and KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS pt.II before the band hit the big time and found their worldwide success. Hansen left in 1988 and he was soon replaced by Roland Grapow. The following album PINK BUBBLES GO APE was somewhat disappointing both sales and musical wise and next they tried to break some new grounds with 1993’s CHAMELEON. Instead of taking a heavier approach, the band ventured into completely new territory. They were eschewing its signature double-guitar harmonies for synthesizers, horns, acoustic guitars, country music, grunge and everything in between. Some changes were needed and so Michael Kiske and then seriously troubled drummer Schwichtenberg were let go. In the late 1993 Helloween found itself from a very difficult situation. There was no singer, no drummer, and no record contract (EMI released the band from its agreement because of the disappointing sales numbers of PINK BUBBLES GO APE and CHAMELEON).
Helloween returned in 1994 with a renewed line up which included vocalist Andi Deris (Pink Cream 69) and drummer Uli Kusch. They also had a new record deal with Castle Communications and as a result MASTER OF THE RINGS was released later on that year. The new incarnation of the band proved to be very successful and the following albums TIME OF THE OATH, BETTER THAN RAW and THE DARK RIDE did all great both commercially and critically. But still, more changes followed when Grapow and Kusch were released from their duties in 2002. New guitarist Sascha Gerstner stepped and made his first Helloween album appearance on RABBIT DON’T COME EASY in 2003. After having several drummer candidates in the early 2000’s, it was Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee who played on the RABBIT album, the band finally found a permanent player when former Rawhead Rexx drummer Dani Loble joined in 2005. The current lineup has so far released three studio albums: KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS pt.III – THE LEGACY, GAMBLING WITH THE DEVIL, their latest opus SEVEN SINNERS, one live album KEEPER OF THE LEVEN KEYS – THE LEGACY WORLD TOUR 2005-2006 and the Anniversary album UNARMED – THE BEST OF 25’TH ANNIVERSARY. It seems that the band, despite all those changes and troubles in the past, is now enjoying this time of their lives and there’s no end in sight. Helloween started their latest world tour to support SEVEN SINNERS and in November and in the middle December 2010 they came to Finland to play two sold out shows. In Helsinki we had chance to sit down with Mr. Grosskopf and discuss the new tour, past changes, and various other topics… Read more!!
Rejuvenated German heavy metal legends, ACCEPT, took the #1 spot Metal-Rules.com’s annual best of list. The album easily took the top position beating out their fellow countrymen, Blind Guardian, who took the #2 position in the chart.
Best Metal Album of 2010: Accept - BLOOD OF THE NATIONS
BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is Accept’s 12th studio album. It’s been a very long time since their previous release – 1996’s PREDATOR. Since then, the band has undergone a few changes, the biggest being in the lead singer department. Former T.T. Quick front-man Mark Tornillo has taken over the reigns from Udo Dirkschneider and is filling his combat boots rather well.
Hopefully this line-up has a few years in them and can build upon the greatness of the pure heavy metal found on BLOOD OF THE NATIONS!
“Atticus Metal” Tour With Darkest Hour and Born of Osiris
Atticus Black clothing is a name now synonymous with metal showcasing the hottest new talent via their highly successful “Atticus Metal” tour. The third annual “Atticus Metal” tour looks to feature the most devastating and dynamic line-up yet with Darkest Hour co-headlining with Born of Osiris. As Blood Runs Black and The Human Abstract rounding out the stellar bill. Sleeping Giant will be special guests on all westcoast dates and look for other special openers on other shows depending on the region. This monstrous trek, which kicks off on Feb. 25th in Washington, DC at the 930 Club will also serve as Darkest Hour’s record release show.
“Atticus Metal” promises to be one of the most exciting tours for the first half of 2011 and is a must see for all metal fans alike. For additional information feel free to head over to http://www.facebook.com/atticusmetaltour
Ryan Parrish (drums) of Darkest Hour states: “We’re very excited about being a part of this year’s ‘Atticus Metal’ tour! Getting the chance to play alongside todays sickest new bands is always a refreshing feeling for us. We can’t wait to rock some new songs live for you guys off of our new record entitled The Human Romance, which is available on Feb. 22. It definitely will be a tour you don’t want to miss. Circle pit!”
Mark Bubb (Atticus Black Director of Marketing USA) further comments: “Atticus Black continues in our efforts to make a difference in the ever changing music scene. As Atticus celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we aim to be as involved in our artists careers just as much as we were a decade ago. Atticus Black is proud to still be producing clothes for musicians that hold strong on stage, and look good off stage. Without support from the many Atticus endorsed artists, our brand would never have grown to the massive success that it is now. We see the Atticus Black touring series as just one of the many ways we can give back, and hopefully help our artists continue to succeed.
“Atticus Black takes pride in our efforts to connect with fans, and bring them a show that is low in cost, and high in quality. From Emmure and Winds of Plague to Unearth and Stick To Your Guns, we have seen the excitement of the heavy music community the last two years. It is an honor to have legends Darkest Hour co-headlining the bill for the third installment. From The Mark of The Judas all the way to this years The Human Romance, Darkest Hour gives metal fans true, unrelenting talent. Bringing in young powerhouse Born of Osiris makes for a a perfect mix, the kind of variety Atticus Black loves to present.”
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With the launch of their video blog site, Sweden’s heavy metal quintet HAMMERFALL invite their fans from around the world to submit questions for their weekly video blog.
What are working titles for the new songs? What will producer James Michael do with lead singer Joacim Cans’ used spit screens? Did guitarist Pontus Norgren pack a good-luck Thin Lizzy t-shirt? What warm-up exercises does drummer Anders Johansson swear by? Will bassist Fredrik Larsson use any recording gear from his Crystal Age days? How has guitarist Oscar Dronjak juggled his recording schedule with his MMA training?
Fans, submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and use “QUESTION FOR HAMMERFALL” in your subject line, then tune in weekly to www.HAMMERFALL.tv and watch the latest online in-studio video.
HAMMERFALL are currently recording the follow up to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory – which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for top new artists – with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf). A summer release in North America for the as-yet-untitled new album is expected.
No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.
“The Finnish Metal Tour 2” to kick off later this month
HELSINKI, FINLAND – Finland’s new wave prog/death metal supergroup has posted a video trailer in anticipation of its debut North American tour, “The Finnish Metal Tour 2”, which will kick off on January 31st in Orlando. Tune into: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmUdSHk6GDA to see the special video message from keyboardist, Kasper Mårtenson (Ex-Amorphis, Ben Granfelt Band), and guitarist, Sami Ylisirniö (Kreator, Waltari), as they gear up for the much anticipated North American romp, alongside fellow countrymen, Finntroll, Ensiferum and Rotten Sound.
Barren Earth will hit the road in support of its debut full-length record, Curse of the Red River, which hit stores last spring.
HELMET TO PERFORM THEIR 1992 “MEANTIME” RECORD IN ITS ENTIRETY
(New York, NY) – The 2011 Metalliance Tour has officially been announced. The tour sponsored by Revolver Magazine,
Loudtrax.com, Brooklyn Vegan, Mosh Potatoes Cookbook and Giddy Up! Sauces is proud to announce HELMET, SAINT
VITUS and CROWBAR for its inaugural line up. The festival tour will run through the U.S. from March 17th through April 5th.
Legendary alternative metal band HELMET will perform their 1992 platinum-selling release of Meantime in its entirety. The Interscope Records release gave the band mainstream attention with songs like “Unsung” and “In The Meantime”. With the band’s renewed success after getting back together in 2004, this tour will be one of the most anticipated of 2011.
One of the most highly influential Doom Metal bands in America, SAINT VITUS are regarded as one of the first bands of
the genre starting out as early as the 1970’s. The band featuring Scott “Wino” Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist
Dave Chandler and drummer Armando Acosta have influenced so many bands in Doom and Metal . “Saint Vitus is more
than ready to infect The Metalliance Tour! We’ve been wanting to do something like this for some time now…so prepare for destruction!!” says lead guitarist Dave Chandler.The band has done a handful of shows and some European Festivals but this will be their first full US tour in over a decade.
CROWBAR front man Kirk Windstein concludes, “Wow! This tour is gonna rule! I’ve loved Helmet since the beginning and loved St. Vitus even longer. With the new Crowbar record having hit the streets by then, look out! This bill will bring just what we need to crush each city with an avalanche of stylistic thunder!”
DEICIDE have teamed up with MetalSucks.net to give fans their first opportunity to experience the brand new opus ‘To Hell With God’, which will be available on February 15th via Century Media. “Hang In Agony Until You’re Dead” is now streaming exclusively at MetalSucks. Check it out here.
DEICIDE recently launched the pre-order for their album, featuring exclusive t-shirt designs, at CMDistro.com and is gearing up for their ‘God Is Dead – To Hell With God’ headlining tour alongside Belphegor, Neuraxis, Blackguard and Pathology. The tour will kick off on February 15th as well, coinciding with the album’s release and is sure to be one of the most brutal and captivating tours of the winter.
STRATOVARIUS has just released “Under Flaming Skies,” another track from their forthcoming new album. Produced by guitarist Matias Kupiainen, Elysium, will be hitting stores on January 18th via Armoury Records. The cover art for the record was created by Gyula Havancsák who has also worked with the likes of Annihilator and Destruction. “Under Flaming Skies” finds the Finnish metal masters firing on all cylinders with a particularly impassioned performance from vocalist Timo Kotipelto, who wrote the track along with Kupiainen.
Formed in 1984, Stratovarius has sold over 2.5 million albums throughout their career so far. Elysium will be the quintet’s 13th studio album. In November of 2010, the band announced that doctors had found a cancer in drummer Jörg Michael’s thyroid. After a successful surgery and some post-op treatment, Michael released a statement in late December letting his fans know that his health is rapidly improving. The drummer stated, “The surgery was done about 6 weeks ago and the first therapy is done as well. All looks good so far and as Jens (Johansson, keyboards) told me before: “Do not worry Jörg, nothing survives in your body after all what you did to it!”
Elysium will be out 1/18 via Armoury Records and is available for pre-order
Listen to “Under Flaming Skies” here:
“Seven Sinners” tour together with Helloween
January 11, 2011: Elysee Montmatre, Paris, France
January 12, 2011: Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
January 14, 2011: Rockstar Live, Bilbao, Spain
January 15, 2011: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
January 16, 2011: Razzmatazz I, Barcelona, Spain
January 18, 2011: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
January 19, 2011: Altantico, Rome, Italy
January 21, 2011: Fuzz Live Music Club, Athen, Greece
January 22, 2011: Principal Club Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece
January 23, 2011: Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
January 24, 2011: Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
January 26, 2011: Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, Croatia
January 27, 2011: Kino Siska Club, Ljubljana, Slovenia
January 28, 2011: Sports Hall, Hlohovec, Slovakia
January 29, 2011: Sports Hall, Presov, Slovakia
January 31, 2011: Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
February 01, 2011: Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
February 02, 2011: Brückenforum, Bonn, Germany
February 04, 2011: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
February 05, 2011: Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
February 06, 2011: Halle Gartlage, Osnabrück, Germany
February 09, 2011: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
February 10, 2011: Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany
February 11, 2011: All-Kart-Halle, Kaufbeuren, Germany
February 12, 2011: Volksbankmesse, Balingen, Germany
February 20, 2011: 札幌 Zepp, Sapporo, Japan
February 22, 2011: 仙台 Zepp, Sendai, Japan
February 23, 2011: 名古屋 Zepp, Nagoya, Japan
February 25, 2011: 福岡 Zepp, Fukuoka, Japan
February 27, 2011: 大阪 なんば HATCH, Osaka, Japan
February 28, 2011: 東京 Zepp, Tokyo, Japan
March 2, 2011: Changchoong Gym, Seoul, Korea
March 4, 2011: GC Live House, Beijing, China
March 6, 2011: Taipei University Auditorium, Taipei, Taiwan
August 27, 2011: Ayia Napa Youth Festival (Harbour Square), Ayia Napa, Cyprus
The The demands from the Dutch fans have been answered and MANOWAR will be heading to Kerkrade to bring TRUE metal to The Netherlands on April 8, 2011 at the Rodahal! After confirming shows in the UK and in the USA, now it’s time for Continental Europe to witness the raw power of a live performance by the Kings Of Metal once again! In addition to performing MANOWAR classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011. The time to strike is now! Proost!
Music Video for New Single ‘God Loves Violence’ Posted Now at MetalUnderground.com
Internationally established thrash metal act INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND is pleased to announce the release of their new Bleed the Line EP, available now in digital format. Fans can download the record at iTunes or Amazon.com now. The Bleed the Line EP was written, recorded and produced by the band between the spring and summer of 2010, aside from the single ‘God Loves Violence’, which was cut by seasoned producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth). The Bleed the Line EP is released on the band’s label, M90 Records, and is the first music that the band has released in 20 years. The artwork for the Bleed the Line EP was illustrated by Dennis Guevera.
1- God Loves Violence (Fredrik Nordström mix)
2- Bleed the Line
3- Rain (feat. Ron Thal of Guns N’ Roses)
4- Full Metal Jacket
5- If I Were President
6- Fueled By Regret
“It felt great being back in the studio after so long,” states lead guitarist Erik Barath. “It didn’t even feel like there was any rust, it just felt natural. It was also amazing to have Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal stop by and lay down a lead on Rain! That guy is an alien from another planet the way he plays guitar!”
INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND and MetalUnderground.com are pleased to post the brand new music video for the single ‘God Loves Violence’, today! Head to this link to view the new video. An original music video depicting scenes of violence and war was posted on YouTube several months ago, but after receiving over 100,000 views in under two weeks, the video was banned. This new video was filmed by New York City based filmmaker Justin Johnson. Justin is known for his popular short political satire, Hillary in Bosnia, which has over 2.4 million views, and was featured on Fox News and other TV outlets.
In addition to this video, MetalUnderground.com has posted a second short video showing guitarist Erik Barath in drummer Dennis Leeflang’s studio working on the lead solo in ‘God Loves Violence’, whilst vocalist Dennis Gergely displays some “interesting” hand motions behind the camera.
Through humble beginnings in Connecticut, INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND exceeded their own expectations and the expectations of others with two successful full-length Giant Records releases, Razorback (1987)and The Visitor (1988). Giant Records signed I.N.C. after witnessing the band’s crushing live performances with the likes of Exodus, Megadeth and King Diamond; all of which taking place only six months after they had graduated high school. In 1988 with The Visitor, the band hit #1 on the CMJ Metal charts and stole the U.K. #2 Import slot out from underneath Aerosmith. Now based in New York City, the band is back with their Bleed the Line EP. I.N.C. is also currently writing and recording a presently untitled release (again with producer Fredrik Nordström), set to hit stores in late Spring 2011. The band will release the full-length with UK-based label Rising Records, who signed the band less than a year after getting back together to record the EP. I.N.C. is an original pioneer of the thrash metal scene, resurrected in order to take back a genre recently flooded with neo-thrash carbon copies. Revived and back with a vengeance, I.N.C. is ready to prove ownership of the scene in 2011.
INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND is:
Erik Barath – Guitar
Tony Fabrizi – Guitar
Dennis Gergely – Vocals
Dennis Leeflang – Drums
Samuel J. Roon – Bass
For more information on INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND, please visit these sites:
Legion Of The Damned have never played in Sweden, a fact that will be changed on April 7-8 when the band boards the Sweden Rock Cruise!
The roots of these Dutch thrashers can be found in Occult, which started out as a death/black metal band but flirted heavily with thrash metal at the end of their career. Occult gained cult status in the extreme metal underground but real success evaded them, so after a decade of misfortunes, line-up changes and record company disagreements, singer and band leader Maurice Swinkels decided it was time for a fresh start.
After changing the band name and signing a new record contract, the quartet finally got the breakthrough they had been fighting for for so long. Another three albums later, Legion Of The Damned have established themselves as one of the leading extreme thrash metal acts on the European metal scene.
Seven Thorns is power metal in purest style, catchy melodies, fast guitars and blasting drums are the key components on Return to the Past. Seven Thorns is aiming for the stars, with the awesome lead guitarist of At Vance, a giant within the power metal genre. Olaf Lenk, features on one of the certain hits, “Liberty”, with a frightening fast guitar solo. Many of the keyboard parts were played by the very skilled Mikkel Henderson (Fate, Evil Masquerade). And the icing on top is Mastering by the legendary, Danish power metal producer, Tommy Hansen.
Warlock is without question one of the most prominent bands in the history of German heavy metal. Their musical journey began in the early 1980’s and came to a sudden stop in 1987, when the group’s singer, Doro Pesch, was forced to continue her career under a new moniker. This year, Metal Mind Productions are proud to present three exclusive re-releases of Warlock’s amazing albums – „Hellbound”, „True As Steel” and „Triumph and Agony”, all of which capture the sheer essence of heavy metal, delivering fast and melodic riffs, intense drumming and stunning vocal performances by one of the best female metal singers of all times!
The band was originally assembled in 1982 in Düsseldorf, Germany and featured the following line-up: Doro Pesch (vocals), Peter Szigeti (guitar), Frank Rittel (bass), Rudy Graf (guitar) and Michael Eurich (drums). In 1984, Warlock released their spectacular debut album entitled “Burning the Witches”, which brought them even more fame and recognition. In May 1985, the band released their second LP “Hellbound” via Vertigo Records. The follow-up was a significant step away from the traditional heavy metal approach which could be heard on “Burning The Witches”. This time the group focused more on incorporating elements of hard rock and power metal into their style. Nevertheless, “Hellbound” proved to be the heaviest and most intense material that Warlock has ever recorded, and probably one of the heaviest albums released in 1985 (outside of thrash metal, that is). The LP featured such highlights as “Earthshaker Rock”, “Wrathchild” and the beautiful closing ballad “Catch My Heart”. By the end of their touring period, Rudy Graf left Warlock and was soon replaced by Niko Arvanitis (ex-Stormwind). The renewed line-up signed a record deal with Phonogram for their next album. The band’s third opus “True As Steel” saw the light of day in August 1986. The LP became a big success in the US, mostly thanks to a fair amount of airplay for the single “Fight For Rock”. In terms of style, “True As Steel” showcased a bit more mainstream approach, with a greater emphasis on melodic choruses and, at times, clearly influenced by such bands as Dokken or Quiet Riot. The highlights of the LP include the powerful opener “Mr. Gold”, the speed-metal anthem “Midnite in China” and the stunning power ballad “Love Song”. Soon after the album was released, Warlock performed at the Monsters of Rock festival in Germany, next to such legendary acts as Scorpions, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne and Bon Jovi. Next, they went on a full tour to promote the album, at the end of which bassist Frank Rittel and guitarist Peter Szigeti called it quits. They were replaced by Tommy Bolan (ex-Armed Forces) and Tommy Henriksen. Warlock’s fourth LP “Triumph and Agony” was released in September 1987. The album went even further into mainstream grounds, delivering perhaps the most cohesive material in the band’s entire career. The music video “All We Are” was often played on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball” and, to this day, the song remains the most successful Warlock single. Other fine cuts from the album include the crushing “I Rule the Ruins”, the rock-oriented “Metal Tango” and the touching “Für Immer” (“Forever”) with inspirational lyrics sung in German. The release was followed by the group’s first ever American tour, during which they supported Megadeth along with Sanctuary. This was followed by a series of headlining shows, with Warlock being supported by such acts as Lillian Axe or Fates Warning. Unfortunately, after the tour has ended, both Michael Eurich and Niko Arvanitis left the group, leaving Doro as the band’s sole original member. After the recruitment of drummer Bobby Rondinelli (ex-Rainbow) and guitarist Jon Levin, Doro was ready to record Warlock’s fifth LP. However, her plans were foiled by a law suit issued by the group’s ex-manager who claimed the rights for Warlock’s name. Surprisingly, he won and Doro, pressured by her record label, chose to continue her career under a new moniker. As DORO, the singer released many successful albums, the most recent being “Fear No Evil” from 2009.
In 2004, Doro reunited with the original members of Warlock for a few festival performances. Unfortunately, legal problems made it impossible for the band to continue using their original name. Warlock ceased to exist along with “Triumph and Agony”, a title which proved to be an ironic metaphor of the group’s future. Nevertheless, thanks to the exclusive re-releases of „Hellbound”, „True As Steel” and „Triumph and Agony” fans may once again revisit the golden years of Warlock – the years that brought the true quintessence of heavy metal. The albums will be available in a new digipak edition each limited to 2000 copies. Each title includes bonus tracks. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 31st January 2011.
Warlock: “Hellbound” (re-release + bonus tracks)
Warlock - Hellbound
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1416 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 31.01.2011
2. All Night
3. Earthshaker Rock
5. Down And Out
6. Out Of Control
7. Time To Die
8. Shout It Out
9. Catch My Heart
11. Hellbound (live)
Warlock: “True As Steel” (re-release + bonus tracks)
Warlock - True As Steel
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1417 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 31.01.2011
1. Mr. Gold
2. Fight For Rock
3. Love In The Danger Zone
4. Speed of Sound
5. Midnite In China
6. Vorwäts, All Right!
7. True As Steel
8. Lady In A Rock’n’Roll Hell
9. Love Song
10. Igloo On The Moon (Reckless)
12. You Hurt My Soul
13. Turn It On
Warlock – “Triumph And Agony” (re-release + bonus tracks)
Warlock - Triumph And Agony
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1418 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)