Transcription, translation and on/offstage pics by Terhi Pihlaja
The year 2010 was a very successful year for these relatively sensational and hard rockin´ Finnish glamsters named Reckless Love. The band got their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album out on Universal Music (Finland), toured hard around the globe (this including for example a memorable one-off show at Loud Park in Tokyo, Japan on October 17th) – and were basically getting their name around for all the hard work the guys had put into the band over the years.
Before the year 2010 had come to its end, Reckless Love had a couple of shows to be done; one at Dante´s Highlight in Helsinki on December 17th – and culminating the band´s very well going year at Borderline Club in Pisa, Italy on 31st of December.
Metal-Rules.com caught up with Reckless Love´s vocalist Olli Herman briefly at the backstage of the venue before the show at Dante´s in Helsinki, inquiring sort of a roundup about the ongoing year from the smiling and polite band´s frontman, about his short stint in the Swedish sleaze/glam rock act Crashdïet – and about plans the Reckless Love camp have in their pockets for 2011, especially when it comes down to their follow-up album that they are going to record during the summer 2011.
To start things with, let´s place Olli straight against the corner by asking one serious question from him:
The legendary American death metal-band Morbid Angel are not only recognized as illuminaries within their own genre, but as an influential force for metal music as a whole. The troupe from Florida are one of the true veterans of metal of the more brutal kind: the band was formed in 1984 and debuted with “Altars of Madness” in 1989; an album that over the years has won many polls regarding the best albums of extreme metal. The bands core trio of basist/vocalist David Vincent (who left the band in 1996, but returned in 2004), guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval recorded three more albums with different rhytm guitarists – Blessed are the Sick, Covenant and Domination – and all three stayed true to the bands roots while still finding new musical paths to walk. The bands music is bludgeoningly energetic, raw and brutal, but also technical, exacting and intimidatingly consistent. A characteristic for the bands sound is David Vincents potent vocals; a combination of a brutal, classic growl and a cleaner, more potent voice. Trey Azagthoth and Pete Sandoval have won several magazine polls for best guitarist and drummer, and they are prominently featured in more “technical” magazines. So anyone who finds the whole genre a bit too hard on the ears, but finds it interesting to watch masters of their craft at work should give Morbid Angel a chance. And for those who like the genre this is a true feast waiting to happen. Be prepared for an onslaught of death metal-classics from the bands first four albums, and maybe even a new song or two. The gig at Sweden Rock Festival will be the bands only show in Sweden this summer Read more under Bands 2011
DARKEST HOUR recently shot a video for their new single, “Savor The Kill” in Los Angeles, CA which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS). Information on its premiere will be coming soon. The band shot behind the scenes footage while shooting the video, which can be seen here. [http://bit.ly/ewV655]
The band is also revealing webisode “Chapter 3”, part of an ongoing series of behind the scenes videos around the making of their new record. Watch is here, [http://bit.ly/hYWG9D]
DARKEST HOUR recently announced their new record entitled “The Human Romance” to be released on February 22, 2011. This is the bands seventh full length and their debut for new label eOne Music. Renowned SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers, along with the band, produced the record himself. The new single “Savor The Kill” can be heard
at the bands Myspace page here: [http://mysp.ac/i8Mlok]
The band is continuing their 15 Year Anniversary “Legacy” tour in Europe through the middle of February. Their following tour has them headlining the “ATTICUS METAL TOUR” along side BORN OF OSIRIS. “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.
DARKEST HOUR is John Henry – vocals, Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan – guitar, Mike Schleibaum – guitar, Ryan Parrish – drums and Paul Burnette – bass guitar.
For more information on the band and their tour dates, visit:
The track listing of “The Collective,” is as follows:
Origin of Species
“The Collective” was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The standard CD is available now for pre-order, as is a signed booklet version bundled with a high quality, limited edition, American Apparel shirt. Order it now at: http://ht.ly/3GM6T<http://ht.ly/3GM6T>
SCALE THE SUMMIT will be on tour in March and April with Fair to Midland and Periphery. The dates are:
3/3 Houston, TX- Warehouse Live
3/4 Dallas, TX- Trees
3/5 Austin, TX- Emo’s Inside
3/6 Lubbock, TX- Jake’s Sports Café
3/8 Mesa, AZ- The Underground
3/9 Victorville, CA- VVEC
3/11 West Hollywood, CA- Whisky A Go-Go
3/12 Bakersfield, CA- Jerry’s Pizza
3/13 Sacramento, CA- Ace Of Spades
3/15 Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre
3/16 Seattle, WA- Studio Seven
3/17 Spokane, WA- The A Club
3/18 Boise, ID- The Venue
3/20 Colorado Springs, CO- The Black Sheep
3/21 Denver, CO- Marquis Theatre
3/23 Cedar Falls, IA- The Wheelhouse
3/24 St. Paul, MN- Station 4
3/25 Flint, MI- The Machine Shop
3/26 Madison, WI- The Annex
3/28 Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge 3/29 Toronto, ON- Mod Club 3/30 Pittsburgh, PA- Smiling Moose
4/1 Hartford, CT- Webster Underground
4/2 Worcester, MA- The Palladium
4/3 Philadelphia, PA- The Barbary
4/6 New York, NY- Santo’s Party House
4/7 Springfield, VA- Jaxx
4/8 Knoxville, TN- The Cider House
4/9 Asheville, NC- The Orange Peel
4/10 Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade
4/12 New Orleans, LA- The Parish @ House of Blues
4/13 Little Rock, AR- Juanita’s
4/14 Tulsa, OK- The Marquee
4/15 Oklahoma City, OK- Conservatory
SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians’ Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Texas in 2006, where they recorded their first, self-released album. After signing with Prosthetic, they released “Carving Desert Canyons”, which Revolver called, “a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion,” in 2009.
The band, who received praise from Guitar World for their “tightly-woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks,” has toured with the likes of PROTEST THE HERO, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CYNIC, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and were handpicked by DREAM THEATER to participate in the 2009 installment of their famed “Progressive Nation” festival tour. SCALE THE SUMMIT has also been featured prominently in Guitar Player magazine, and has tracks available for the Rock Band video game through the Rock Band Network.
Technical death metal act, NEURAXIS, have posted exclusive behind the scenes footage of drummer Oli Beaudoin laying down tracks for their new album, “Asylon,” at SickDrummerMagazine.com Check it out now: http://ht.ly/3JlpH “Asylon,” will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. You can hear the track, “Asylum,” at Prosthetic Records’ webstore, where the official pre-order is now running. http://store.prostheticrecords.com/index.php/sales-preorders/preorders.
Guitarist Rob Milley commented; “Recording the drum tracks for ‘Asylon’ was the smoothest experience Neuraxis has ever had. The vibe at Wild studio was breath taking. Oli tracked his parts in three days. He was on fire! His drum parts are really vicious and he’s elevated the intensity to new levels on the new album.”
“Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, “The Thin Line Between,” as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more. The track listing is:
3. Savior and Destroyer
4. By The Flesh
10. Left To Devour
NEURAXIS will support death metal masters Deicide in February and March and legendary extreme metal act, Sepultura in April and May.
See NEURAXIS on the following dates:
2/5 Drummondville, QC @ Drummondville Metalfest/ Salle Gaston Mandeville
2/10 Ottowa, Ontario, Canada – Mavericks #
2/11 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s #
2/12 Cleveland, OH – Pirate’s Cove #
2/13 Nashville, TN – The Muse #
2/15 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
2/16 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *
2/17 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 *
2/18 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero *
2/19 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall *
2/20 Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
2/21 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre *
2/22 Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec *
2/23 Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus *
2/24 London, ONT – Music Hall *
2/25 Toronto, ONT – Opera House *
2/26 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club *
2/27 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s *
2/28 Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall *
3/1 Tulsa, OK – Marquee *
3/2 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater *
3/4 Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
3/5 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
3/7 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon *
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club *
3/9/ San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
3/10 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse *
3/11 Amirillo, TX – The War Legion Underground #
3/12 Ft Worth, TX – Rail Club #
3/13 Houston, TX – Numbers #
3/15 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug #
3/16 Nashville, TN – The Muse(2nd show) #
3/17 Newport News, VA – Budda’s Place #
3/18 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill #
3/19 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s #
4/18 Toronto, ON – Opera House $
4/19 Quebec , QC – Imperial $
4/20 Montreal, QC – Club Soda $
4/21 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks $
4/22 Worcester, MA – Palladium $
4/23 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom $
4/24 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero $
4/25 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater $
4/26 Charlotte, NC – The Tremont Hall $
4/27 Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone $
4/28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room $
4/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade $
5/01 Tyler, TX – Clicks $
5/02 Houston, TX – Scout Bar $
5/03 Dallas, TX – Trees $
5/04 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory $
5/05 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s $
5/06 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater $
5/07 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse $
5/08 Tucson, AZ – Club DV8 $
5/09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues $
5/10 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory $
5/11 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom $
5/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater $
5/13 Seattle, WA – El Corazon $
5/14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory $
5/16 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater $
5/17 Wichita, KS – The OZ Café $
5/18 St Paul, MN – Station 4 $
5/19 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club $
5/20 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s $
5/21 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall $
5/22 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s $
5/23 Louisville, KY – Expo Five %
5/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave %
5/26 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo %
5/27 Regina, SK – The Exchange %
5/28 Calgary, AB – Dickens %
5/29 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room %
5/30 Prince George, BC – Third %
5/31 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater %
# w/ Blackguard
* w/ Deicide, Belphegor, Pathology, Blackguard
$ w/ Sepultura, Belphegor, Hate, Keep Of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood
% w/ Sepultura, Nevermore, Hate, Keep of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood
The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.
Meliah Rage has announced that singer Paul Souza has returned to record a new full length CD as well as the band’s first ever cover song, a version of Alice Cooper’s Halo of Flies. The song will be a bonus track on the soon to be re-released remix of 2004’s “Barley Human.” The band will then begin recording its next record with Souza in February and March, slated to be called Dead to the World.
The band’s original singer Mike Munro has become very dedicated to his church and recently spent time volunteering in Haiti—Munro felt these and other missions of goodwill would not allow him the flexibility of schedule to tour with Meliah Rage.
Souza recorded two records with Meliah Rage—Barely Human as well as 2006’s The Deep and Dreamless Sleep. The remix will officially be called Barely Human Remix. “We feel very fortunate that we have the ability to work with Paul, complete this CD and play some shows,” explained Meliah Rage founder Anthony Nichols. Souza was the singer when the band toured with Metal Church across the U.S. in 2007.
A video for Halo of Flies was shot last month and will be released in mid February. Dead to the World is slated for release in July just before the band heads for Germany to play The Headbangers Open Air Festival. The track list for the new record is:
Formed in Sweden in 1990, UNCANNY released two demos (1991’s Transportation to the Uncanny and 1992’s Nyktalgia), a split release in 1993 with ANCIENT RITES and one full-length in 1994 titled Splenium For Nyktophobia. For the first time ever, all one and a half hours of classic-era Swedish death metal will be released together on one double-disc package by Dark Descent Records.
Like the limited run 3LP Uncanny box set released by The Crypt in 2010, this 2CD will be titled MCMXCI – MCMXCIV and feature original artwork from Splenium For Nyktophobia as well as artwork from the demo era.
MCMXCI – MCMXCIV is currently slated for a February 2011 release.
Ken Englund – Drums (Centinex, Interment (Swe), Moondark, Dellamorte)
Mats Forsell – Guitar (Fulmination)
Christoffer Harborg – Bass (S.G.R.)
Fredrik Norrman – Guitar (Katatonia (Swe), October Tide, Fulmination)
Due to popular demand, North Carolina underground doom sensations, HOUR OF 13 have scheduled a return appearance in New York City on March 5th at Cake Shop. Playing alongside regional luminaries NATUR and PILGRIM, HOUR OF 13 looks to bring NYC an evening of doom and magick on this rare 2nd-ever US show. Only 100 tickets are being sold for this show so act fast or you will only ever hear the tale of how extraordinary this doom-filled evening was instead of having been there. Purchase your HOUR OF 13 tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/153879
HOUR OF 13 w/NATUR and PILGRIM
152 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
THE RITUALIST, the latest album from North Carolina doom metallers, HOUR OF 13 – whose vocalist PHIL SWANSON has amicably parted with the band as he was unable to commit to touring – will be reissued on Earache Records in North America on February 8th. Pre-order your copy now at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_738.
“The unrelenting visionary allows this particular album to glimpse back at the past. The result is an imposing symbiosis of traditional and modern elements taken from the Swedes’ characteristic sound cosmos. Folk metal anthems meet icy black metal passages and Nordic melodies. The mix delivers multifaceted and memorable songs that carry the mastermind’s unique signature.
The album is completely sung in Swedish and its lyrics borrow from Vintersorg’s past themes: Revolving around man and nature, unique phenomena in the wild, and philosophical observations. Vintersorg’s unmistakable and powerful vocals — from clean to extreme — reign over each track with resounding force, while his production prowess gives the songs a crystal-clear and potent sound. Jordpuls impressively combines tradition with modernism, while showcasing the best of the Swedish visionary.”
Guitarist Mark ‘M.E.’ Edwards of Overlorde has been added as the opening act for the Friday, January 28th, 2011 show at Dingbatz featuring headliners ZO2. M.E. will be performing his instrumental “One Man show” and joining M.E. onstage for a few vocal tunes will be Paul LaPlaca (Chris Caffery, October Thorns, Zandelle). Paul is good friends with ZO2, who are coming off of great shows at the Whisky in L.A. and the ROCK ASYLUM at the Canal Room in Manhattan. So it promises to be a special evening.
M.E. performs at 9:00pm, followed by PYRAMADA and MAXIMUM AMERICA, with ZO2 headlining and ending evening.
Sarcofagus is the first Heavy Metal Band in Finland, founded in 1977 by the guitarist Kimmo Kuusniemi. It’s early recordings include Single “Go to Hell/All those Lies” 1979, Albums “Cycle of Life” and “Envoy of Death” 1980 and “Moottorilinnut/Motorbirds” by Kimmo Kuusniemi Band at 1981.
All the old recordings are re-released by the Finnish SVART Records as luxury Vinyl editions, including “Sarcofagus Live in Studio 1979”, a previously unreleased and forgotten studio tape from this pioneering Metal Band. All the Vinyl re releases will be available in worldwide distribution.
Sarcofagus made a comeback in 2007 when they released a studio Album “Core Values”. The Band is currently working on on a new album “Sarcofagus Live in Studio 2010”, 13 tracks that were recorded in only one day in Finland following their “Back From the Dead” tour last year. The gigs were all filmed and they will be released as a DVD with the Album. New tour will soon follow.
The Band Sarcofagus is being represented at this years MIDEM Festival by the American MDI Distribution.
Kacper Stachowiak “Caspero” Took the place as drummer in Grimlord. He is the new permanent percussionist. By the way he also come in to the Sonic Loft Studio and recorded his parties for incoming new Video clip. /to which works will start in spring/
Below there is short film with new drummer of the Grimlord.
Below you can get a first look at the new CAGE DVD coming out March 15th 2011. The DVD can be preordered at www.cageheavymetal.com right now. CAGE is also currently booking dates in May 2011 in Europe in support of their upcoming new CD release as well. All interested parties in booking or distro contact Sean at email@example.com
Unified Sounds Cutting Edge Show @ Underworld, Camden
Tesseract, Subversion, Death Remains, Sanity Burns, Training Icarus
14th December 2010
Reviewer: Danny Draper
Photos: Altercarnated Photography
Tonight saw Unified Sounds Cutting Edge Show @ Underworld, Camden. Seeing the band line up tonight, it was clear to see why this event already had a massive queue forming outside well before the doors were due to be opened. Despite the half hour wait after they were due to open, the crowd soon filled up the venue & it was packed to the rim!
Canadian stoner metallers BISON b.c. will play a special one-off show in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon this February with NOLA sludge heathens Eyehategod. The performance will coincide with the club’s six-year anniversary.
Who: BISON b.c. w/ Eyehategod + special guests
When: Saturday February 5th (All Ages/Bar wID)
Where: El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave. East Seattle, WA 98109
$18 ADV/$20 DOS
Show: 8:00pm Tickets are available at CascadeTickets.com – no per order fees for online purchases! Charge by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets are subject to a service charge.
Comments guitarist/vocalist James Farwell: “It is a fucking honor to be sharing the stage with Eyehategod. Seattle should be in for a great time witnessing the carnage. I’m especially happy because I couldn’t afford to go otherwise.”
In related news, the bionic power of the band’s Dark Ages full-length, issued last year via Metal Blade Records, continues to annihilate unsuspecting listeners with its level of riff urgency. Dark Ages made its way on to a host of Year End lists including Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 of 2010 where the band was commended for releasing, “the best meat-and-potatoes stoner-metal record this year.” Check out the full review HERE.