FORBIDDEN: 2nd N. American Headlining Tour Announced

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG
Forbidden 2010

Forbidden 2010

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN, along with Decibel Magazine and Metal-Sucks.net, are happy to announce the bands second headlining run of North America! Joining them are tech-death thrashers REVOCATION, traditional heavy metal champions WHITE WIZZARD, and Colorado based thrash merchants HAVOK. Guitarist Craig Locicero commented on the bands upcoming trek:

FORBIDDEN is proud to announce our first proper headlining tour in 16 years throughout the North America this Summer! Finally! We will be bringing out REVOCATION, WHITE WIZZARD and HAVOK along for the fun. These bands are all hungry, cool and young guns and they will add to the excitement!

 

Something we witnessed last Winter was the economy crushing many tours. A lot of kids just can’t afford the ticket prices anymore. When we made the jump to the Pantheon Agency a few months ago, we made it clear that we wanted a reduced ticket price and all ages venues. That way all the fans of FORBIDDEN can afford to go and bring their friends of all ages along for a real Thrash experience! Well that is just what we’ve done. Ticket prices will be between $10-$15 ever where we play. Step one is complete!

 

Step two is the actual gigs themselves. We will be starting at the Whiskey in Hollywood on June 9th and then we head North into Canada for an extensive run into the East, South, Mid-West to eventually end the tour in San Diego on July 2nd. These will be raw, intimate and bare boned Thrash Metal shows. Exactly how we started it. How it was meant to be!

 

So tell your friends, grab your kids…whatever it takes. You are ALL invited to join us on this Omega Wave!”

DECIBEL & METAL-SUCKS present:
FORBIDDEN, REVOCATION, WHITE WIZZARD, HAVOK
06/09/11  The Whisky – Hollywood, CA

06/11/11  The Alley – Sparks, NV

06/12/11  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

06/13/11  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

06/14/11  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA

06/15/11  Sapphire Nightclub – Kelowna, BC – CANADA

06/16/11  Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

06/17/11  Riddell Centre – Regina, SK – CANADA

06/18/11  Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

06/20/11  Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI

06/21/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

06/22/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

06/23/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

06/24/11  Championship Bar and Grill (at The Backstage) – Trenton, NJ

06/25/11  AlRosa Villa – Columbus, OH

06/26/11  Fubar – St. Louis, MO

06/27/11  The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO

06/29/11  The Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

06/30/11  Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

07/01/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

07/02/11  JT’s Limelight – Escondido, CA
FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.

Listen to the tracks “Forsaken At The Gates” and “Dragging My Casket” from FORBIDDEN’s 2010 reunion album, Omega Wave, here.

 

Purchase Omega Wave (digi-pak or vinyl version) at the Nuclear Blast USA webstore.

 

Visit FORBIDDEN online at www.facebook.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL, www.myspace.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL, and twitter.com/ForbiddenMetal.

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Nikki Sixx – BOOK TOUR DATES

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG
NIKKI SIXX - THIS IS GONNA HURT

NIKKI SIXX - THIS IS GONNA HURT

THIS IS GONNA HURTMotley fans-

The wait is finally over. This is Gonna Hurt the book is out NOW…. It’s part journal, part photo—but all me. If you liked The Heroin Diaries, then you’ll find even more of me in This is Gonna Hurt, including about 150 of my photographs. I want to take you on the journey I am on, in real time. If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s gonna hurt. So proud to be in part of this whole project and Sixx:A.M. right now. The new Sixx:A.M. CD This is Gonna Hurt is on sale 5/3/11.

Download a  chapter for free for your iPhone or iPad in the iBookstore and listen as I talk about my inspiration for This is Gonna Hurt.

I’m also hitting the road, so come by and get your book signed.

BOOK TOUR DATES

Tuesday, April 12th — Los Angeles, CA
Barnes and Noble — THE GROVE
Time: 7:00pm
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wednesday, April 13th — Seattle, WA
University Book Store
Time: 7:00pm
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Thursday, April 14th — San Francisco, CA
Book Passage
Time: 6:00pm
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA

Friday, April 15th — Phoenix, AZ
Barnes and Noble
Time: 7:00pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050

Saturday, April 16th — Dallas, TX
Barnes and Noble — Lincoln Park Shopping Center
Time: 3:00pm
7700 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225

Monday, May 2nd — Ridgewood, NJ
Bookends
Time: 7:00pm
211 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Tuesday, May 3rd — New York, NY
Borders Columbus Circle
Time: 7:00pm
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

Wednesday, May 4th — Washington DC
Barnes and Noble
Time: 6:00pm
555 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Thursday, May 5th — Philly, PA
Barnes And Noble
Time: 6:00pm
1805 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Friday, May 6th — Boston, MA
Boston University Book Store
Time: 7:00pm
660 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215

Saturday, May 7th — Toronto, ONT
Saturday, May 7
3:00pm
Chapters Festival Hall
142 John Street

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ONE YEAR LATER: REMEMBERING PETER STEELE

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER TYPE O NEGATIVE BANDMATES, COLLABORATORS AND PETER STEELE’S FAMILY
 

Peter Steele

Peter Steele

MetalSucks writer Anso DF has published Part 1 of a week-long series that looks back at the life of Type O Negative / Carnivore frontman/bassist Peter Steele. A year has nearly passed since his death, and we reached out to a few of Peter’s family, friends, and Type O Negative bandmates, who generously shared their thoughts, remembrances, and regrets.

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Wolf launch brand new track, “Vicious Companions”

April 12th, 2011
by EvilG
WOLF - Legions Of Bastards

WOLF - Legions Of Bastards

Sweden’s sons of steel WOLF have launched a brand-new track from their upcoming new album “Legions Of Bastards” online, the band states:

“Metal heads worldwide – enjoy the opening track of “Legions of Bastards”! The perfect track for beer drinking and head banging, although maybe not at the same time. On April 29 we also have a release party in Dortmund (Germany) where we will play some tunes at the renowned metal pub Die Burg, so come out, drink tons of beer with us and behave like legions of bastards !

 

We would also like to thank the awesome guys at Rock Hard Magazine for making “Legions of Bastards” album of the month! // WOLF”

 

Check out “Vicious Companions” here: http://www.facebook.com/officialwolf?sk=app_178091127385

 

“Legions Of Bastards” will be out on the following dates:

 

GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / NORWAY: Friday, April 22, 2011.

 

UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, April 25, 2011.

 

NORTH AMERICA / SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

 

SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

 

AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, April 29, 2011.

 

“Legions Of Bastards” was produced by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Vasterås, Sweden. The cover artwork was once again created by Thomas Holm (the man who was responsible for the legendary Mercyful Fate “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” covers).

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at Club Tavastia, Helsinki

April 12th, 2011
by Marko Syrjala

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23.03 2011

CLUB TAVASTIA, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Michael Monroe finally released his long awaited studio album SENSORY OVERDRIVE. Despite this, the band spend the whole last year performing across the globe band now started another tour to support its new release. The new album has received excellent reception here in Finland. It was number one in the official album list here and that’s something, I’m not 100% sure about this, but it’s something that the re-united Hanoi Rock’s was never able to reach with its three albums. For sure it wasn’t an easy thing for Michael to decide to quit Hanoi Rocks but the success of this new album does prove that it was after all a right decision

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Nevermore withdraw from upcoming North American tour

April 11th, 2011
by EvilG

It is with great regret that we notify NEVERMORE fans that the band has withdrawn from their upcoming North American tour. The tour will continue as planned with Symphony X, Powerglove and Blackguard. An official statement from the band will be issued soon. Thanks, as always, for supporting NEVERMORE and Century Media.

Nevermore

Nevermore

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AMORPHIS: New Song Available for Streaming

April 11th, 2011
by EvilG

The brand new single “You I Need”, from AMORPHIS’ impatiently awaited new album The Beginning Of Times, is now available for online streaming on the bands Facebook profile: http://listn.to/amorphis

The song will be released as a digital single on May 10th in North America via iTunes (artwork below).

Amorphis - You I Need

Amorphis - You I Need

The Beginning Of Times will be released on May 27, 2011 (Europe) and June 7, 2011 (North America).

For more info visit: www.amorphis.net | www.facebook.com/amorphis | www.nuclearblast.de/amorphis

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Finnish Death Metal Special: Stench Of Decay Lie In Ruins Neutron Hammer Maveth Swallowed Hooded Me

April 11th, 2011
by Arto Lehtinen

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Back in the late 80s and early 90’s death metal ruled metal in the catacombs of the underground. The Finnish death metal scene was one of kind unique offering tremendous bands from every town around Finland. Every underground death metal maniac still recalls with tears in their eyes when death metal gigs were packed and how demo tapes got traded and underground DIY magazines were informative and of high quality. How about the bands back then; well the list is endless! Let the name dropping start: Demigod, Convulse, Amorphis, Abhorrence, Belial, Mythos, Purtenance, Funebre, Xysma, Disgrace, Mordicus, Purtenance and so on. Many years have passed by since those days. Most of bands have vanished and some of them are more or less activate or some were catapulted to another dimension of success. Does Finnish death metal offer something new, and above all, more than newer bands of the genre? Of course it does, even though the Finnish death metal scene lives and well. Believe or not. The scene is awesome and tremendous as the bands of the present day sound brutal and vicious. The article of the Finnish Death Metal scene gives a half dissection of six great death metal bands. The interviewed members of the following bands are :     

Ville : Maveth

Samu : Swallowed

Tommi : Stench Of Decay

Roni Ä : Lie In Ruins and Neutron Hammer

Roni S : Lie In Ruins

Lasse : Hooded Menace


Let Death Metal reign

 

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News Update from US Power Metal Band Sonic Prophecy

April 10th, 2011
by EvilG

It’s been a while since we have updated our fans on the goings on within Sonic Prophecy and we wanted to take a moment and let everyone know what has been progressing the last several months. Throughout late 2010 and all through the first few months of 2011 we have been working hard recording the new album “A Divine Act of War”.  As a band we decided to make this album an eclectic mix of all that we feel makes our sound distinctly ours, moving forward with bigger, more symphonic overtones. In order to achieve this we sought out the skills of C.J. Lewis. His talent in composing several of the keyboard parts for our new music cannot be understated. His contributions have added mountains of melody and drama to the new album while staying true to the original vision of the music.

This week we finished the bulk of the recording sessions for the album and now it moves on to be mixed. Engineering credits go to Matt Hepworth at Studio Nu, located in Ogden Utah. His support has been crucial and we would highly recommend his services. We have also procured the talents of Valgorth at Hammerblaze Studio for the art and CD layout design. His epic and distinct work is well known throughout the true metal community and we are excited to unveil the artwork soon! Believe us when we say it is awesome!
Although we had hoped to have the album finished and released by now, we feel that the extra time has allowed us to produce our best work and come up with a significant leap forward with our sound. We hope that once you hear it you’ll agree that it was worth the wait! We will update you soon with clips from the new album, show dates, and other exciting news.

As always we appreciate you all more than you know!

 

Prepare for the birth of Symphonic Power Metal from Utah!!

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Sacred Legacy inks deal with ROCK N GROWL – New album / Tour 2011

April 10th, 2011
by EvilG

Death/Thrash Metaller “Sacred Legacy” from the Maldives signed a worldwide deal with ROCK N GROWL for promotion an management.

The band is working now heavily on the new album release “THE LEGACY BEGINS” in 2011 an touring in Europe and South Africa.

New Upcoming Album 2011 “THE LEGACY BEGINS” is more into melodic metal.

 

Tracklisting

1.  Forsaken (sons of Ipswich)

2.  into the Pit

3.  Lie in Your Face

4.  Mystic Wonders

5.  Angel Blade

6.  The Legacy Begins

7.  Temple of Death

8.  Inhuman Sacrifice

9.  Cauldron Of Resurrection

10. Visions of Future Destruction

11. Death Sentence

 

Band

ALI ASHRAF (BLOODY/AYYA) – Vocals

AHMED SHAHYD (SHAHYD LEGACY) – Guitars

Ahmed Ikram (Iku) – Guitars

ISMAIL WAHEED (WADDE) – Drums

ALI AZZAM (KURO) – Bass

 

European Tour 2011 with New Born Hate

27.4. – Genova, Italy

28.4. – Basel, Switzerland

29.4. Graz, Austria

30.4. Regensburg, Germany

 

South Africa Tour “The Legacy Begins” On July 2011

The Red Door – Pietermaritzburg

Kwazulu – Natal

The Mystic Boer – Bloemfontein

The Assembly – Cape Town, Johannesburg

 

Offical Video of Forgot



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Teaser of HEXFIRE’s upcoming album

April 10th, 2011
by EvilG

After months of silence, Hexfire uploaded a teaser of their upcoming debut album. The video can be seen on their official MySpace profile: http://www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial/blog/542622866 (or below).

According to the band, the release date of the album will be announced in May and song samples will be uploaded on their MySpace soon.

As previously reported, Janusz “Yanek” Bryt, the engineer known for his many years’ cooperation with bands like Vader, Destruction, and Behemoth, has mixed Hexfire’s new album in Poland. The album was mastered by legendary German engineer Eroc at this studio in Germany.

For more info please visit: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial

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REVIOLENCE: Brazilian band release single ‘King Of The Night’ free for download!

April 10th, 2011
by EvilG

Celebrating the wide acceptance of the debut ‘Modern Beast’ released last year and to present the new vocalist Ralph Wiltemburg to the public that follows the work of the band, the Brazilian bandREVIOLENCE released its new single ‘King of the Night’ for free download on its official website.

 

This work confirms the presence of the musician Ralph Wiltemburg, as the new frontman of the band. “‘King of the Night’ is a sample of what’s to come next album, which is already being made” says Edson Graseffi, drummer and one of the founders of the band.

 

Along with the new song, the group recorded a version for ‘Allied Forces’ from the classic Canadian band Triumph as bonus.

 

“This single is a gift from Reviolence to everyone who supported and attended our shows in 2010 and a business card to show the quality of our new singer!” Concludes Edson.

 

To download the single for free, visit: www.reviolencemetal.com/PT/download/

 

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BLACK SABBATH: ‘Born Again’ Deluxe-Edition Reissue Coming In May

April 10th, 2011
by EvilG
Black Sabbath - Born Again

Black Sabbath - Born Again

Sanctuary has set a May 30 release date for the deluxe-edition reissue of BLACK SABBATH’s “Born Again” album.

 

“Born Again” was the only album by BLACK SABBATH featuring Ian Gillan — who was at the time a solo artist and former singer for DEEP PURPLE — on vocals.

 

Gillan had first turned down the offer to join BLACK SABBATH but his manager later convinced him to a meeting with Iommi and the band’s bass guitarist, Geezer Butler. Iommi and Butler met with Gillan at The Bear public house in Oxford and Gillan officially joined the band in February 1983.

 

Released in October 1983, “Born Again” was a commercial success. It was the highest-charting BLACK SABBATH album in the United Kingdom since “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and became an American Top 40 hit. Despite this, it became the first BLACK SABBATH album to not have any RIAA certification (gold or platinum) in the U.S.

 

“Born Again” deluxe-edition reissue track listing:

 

Disc 1: (marked as “Original Album”)

  1. Trashed
  2. Stonehenge
  3. Disturbing the Priest
  4. The Dark
  5. Zero the Hero
  6. Digital Bitch
  7. Born Again
  8. Hot Line
  9. Keep it Warm

Disc 2:

  1. The Fallen (Previously Unreleased Album Session Outtake)
  2. Stonehenge (Extended Version)Live at the Reading Festival, Saturday August 27 1983
    (BBC Friday Rock Show broadcast):
  3. Hot Line
  4. War Pigs
  5. Black Sabbath
  6. The Dark
  7. Zero the Hero
  8. Digital Bitch
  9. Iron Man
  10. Smoke on the Water
  11. Paranoid

Updated details from black-sabbath.com:
Disc 2 first. The first two tracks are a cool inclusion, especially if you’re not into collecting bootlegs and have never seen them before. The first is an unreleased (officially) track called “The Fallen”. It’s a pretty complete track from the Born Again sessions that was left off. I can see why it was left off, but it’s still a great track, glad it’s finally getting to see the light of day. The other is Stonehenge, which is a 5 minute long version (as opposed to the 1:58 version that’s on the proper album. So that’s cool, too.

The remainder of the tracks on Disc 2 are labeled as being the radio broadcast version of what’s known as the “Paranoid in Reading” bootleg. In all the time I’ve spent running this site, the two things people ask me for more than any other were the Ray Gillen version of Eternal Idol (released last year), and live stuff with Ian Gillan. Also being released on this set. Now those of you who are into bootlegs and things like that will immediately say “Well, what about the rest of the Paranoid at Reading show? The full show is a lot longer than what’s on this disc!” That’s a valid question, and one I raised myself to Universal when they sent me these materials. I asked why not the longer show? The response I was given back was (I’m paraphrasing here) that the longer version that they did have access to was seriously more inferior quality wise to what the BBC had in their archives from the radio broadcast in 1983. They felt it would have been too obvious to mix the two sources to get it all in there, and because the BBC version was so higher in quality, they chose to go with the better quality over the longer track listing. Their exact words were “too much of a contrast!” So that’s that.

Now. Disc 1. Born Again has had a quite legendary status in that the final mix was considered by a lot of people to be poor. Ian Gillan had a few stories where he threw copies out the window, and threw up when he heard it. Or was that the cover? Anyway, the album has been in desperate need of a remix. Even Tony Iommi said as much when he appeared on Bruce Dickinson’s radio show some time ago. Tony said that the album would get a proper remix. It’s something the fans have been clamoring for for ages. So, what’s on this album? The usage of the term “Original Album” could mean one of two things that I can think of. Either it’s a generic term to refer to “Hey, this is the running order the album was like in 1983”, or it could mean that it’s not the famed “remix”, and is a new remastering. It’s impossible to tell from the track listing. None of the materials that were sent to me indicate whether this is remixed, or just remastered.

So I’ve asked again, point blank about this situation, and will have ANOTHER update when I get more on that. Universal’s press guy told me I’m supposed to get the formal press release for the album in the next day or two, so there’s also that forthcoming.

I’ve also requested a review copy, so I can give it a listen and compare it to the original 80’s pressing of the CD I have (from Germany), as well as the 1996 Castle Remastered version. I want to see how they stack up to the new 2011 edition, whether remixed, remastered, or whatever.

More to come…

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black-sabbath.com reports: Armenian Charity Music Information

 

Who Cares

Who Cares

Some months ago there was news that Tony Iommi & Ian Gillan were writing new music, the first new music the two of them have done since 1983 and the Born Again album. Tony & Ian did work together about five years ago on Ian’s then solo album, “Gillan’s Inn”. If you never checked that out, you should. It has a new recording of Trashed on it.

 

But that’s the past. This is new. The project has a name, and it’s called “WhoCares”. The all-star lineup has recorded two new songs. They are to benefit a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.

 

First, the lineup, which is quite impressive.

 

Tony Iommi – Guitars (Black Sabbath)

Ian Gillan – Vocals (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)

Jason Newsted – Bass (Metallica, Voivoid, Flotsam & Jetsam)

Niko McBrain – Drums (Iron Maiden)

Jon Lord – Keyboards (Deep Purple)

Linde Linstrom – Guitars (HIM, a Finnish band)

 

This was all recorded back in September of 2010, and finally we’re getting some details on it. 🙂 The new charity release will consist of two songs. The names of the songs are called “Out of My Mind” & “Holy Water”. This will all be out worldwide on May 6th. The primary distribution format will be digital. Meaning your iTunes of the world, that kind of thing. There will be a physical media presence with the release, too. There will be a very limited press run of 7″ vinyl for the album (a total of 1,000 copies), and a CD version. The CD will have a video, and a 30 minute documentary on the making of the songs.

 

None of this is yet available for pre-order, but when it is, I will make sure and get that information out for sure. Below is some text from earMUSIC, the folks who are distributing the release about all this:

 

What hides behind this new band name is in fact the renewed musical union between legendary Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, with none other than Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs.

 

The duo has recorded two brand new songs with the intent to support the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988 at 11:41am.

 

The collaboration of Gillan and Iommi, who have worked together before on the Sabbath album “Born Again”, is in itself an incredible news for all rock and metal fans and will be the best of surprises to get to know who is completing the band:None other than Jon Lord on keyboard (“Mr. Hammond”, partner with Gillan on all the Deep Purple classics), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, ex Metallica bass player Jason Newsted and HIM guitar player Linde Lindström are also featured on the two new songs.

 

WhoCares will release the 2 new songs on digital download and limited edition CD single on May 6th 2011: ‘Out of My Mind’ (and epic hard rock classic, destined to remain in time as a hard rock milestone) and ‘Holy Water’. The CD single will also contain the video clip of ‘Out Of My Mind’ and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan’s and Iommi’s involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.

 

There is no doubt that this is the most impressive rock ensemble ever to release new material in 2011.

 

Ian Gillan said: “The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer. The other guys need no introduction do they…”

 

Tony Iommi added:”Some twenty years ago when the call came, I thought, well at least I’ve helped, but it was going to Armenia and seeing the actual devastation caused by the earthquake that really made me realise that funds were still needed. Despite all the money that was raised last time, here was a music school doing their best, forgotten, in basic tin sheds. After the warmth and honour bestowed upon us during our visit, we just had to help make a difference and get the school re-built. And what better way than to hook up with some of rock’s greatest players and my old mate Ian, both an honour and a pleasure.”

 

There is also a video promo out now in which you can hear some of the new tunes. Check it out below:

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TAROT – The 25th Anniversary Tour, DOM, Helsinki on April 6th

April 10th, 2011
by Metal Rules

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TAROT – The 25th Anniversary Tour, DOM, Helsinki on April 6th

Review & live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen


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NIGHTWISH Recording Vocals For New Album

April 9th, 2011
by EvilG
Nightwish's Anette Olzon

Nightwish's Anette Olzon

NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following studio update:

 

“Time to add the final touches for Imaginarium while waiting for Anette to get well. This means the celtic magic of Mr. Troy Donockley with his pipes and bodhran, the smoking fingers of Mr. Pekka Kuusisto with his violin and some additional percussion & tribal drums.

 

I picked up Troy at the airport on Saturday night while Jukka and Kai (Hahto) were generating some new percussive ideas and boozing at Petrax. When we returned they had already nailed all tambourines, shaman drums etc. Satisfied with the day`s work we celebrated the Cumbrian – Carelian Dead Poets` reunion by entering the realm of the ultimate alchemic magic potion called Salmari. Jari (Sinkkonen of Kotiteollisuus) also joined us during the night to do a new tattoo for Jukka.

 

It took one and a half days for Troy to record his pipes and bodhran. He even ended up doing some singing in one of the songs, which was a killer of a last-minute-idea. This particular tune has grown up to be one of the highlights of the whole album. Saturday evening was filled with the much anticipated Troy`s magic show, sauna and a Youtube medley consisting some of our all-time faves like the ultimate tenor fail, cat vs. printer with translation, Sony releasing a stupid piece of shit that doesn`t f…ing work, etc.

 

Pekka`s violin virtuosity stunned us once again when he joined us on Monday night to play a couple of leads. His hand-written notes make medical doctors` prescriptions look like Rembrandt`s art. A true genius of a musician with a big heart.

 

A huge thanks and eternal gratitude to all of you fellow imagineers contributing to this album! A special appreciation goes to Tiina and Petri, our studio hosts, caretakers and dear friends at Petrax.

 

At the moment we are recording Anette`s vocals, seven songs done so far. She hasn`t quite cured from her broken ribs yet but fortunately it doesn`t affect her singing at all. She`s never sounded better. Time to enter the lair of Mr. Karmila now and start devouring song number eight.”

 

Holed up in Finland’s Petrax Studios for the better part of this spring, Nightwish’s’ new album, Imaginarium, is scheduled to be released early in 2012, followed by the movie after an indefinite time. The first single off the album as well as the trailer for the movie should appear well before the end of the 2011.

Nightwish - Imaginarium

Nightwish - Imaginarium

 

A recent Imaginarium movie update from Nightwish reads: “If you were to witness an unprecedented magic trick that could not be explained rationally, would you want to know how it is done?

 

A child experiences something new and unique each day. Something that is often impossible for the child to put into words without the guidance or explanation of an adult. Often the explanation has disappointed us. Sometimes it’s better not to know the truth.

 

If you had the chance to return to your childhood – just for a split second – when witnessing a magic trick, would you forfeit that chance and seek for a rational explanation?

 

Imaginarium is all about such questions. They have been answered by many people who have worked with the album and the movie already in the planning stages. As the final storyboard is being created, the producers, the director, the band, the production designer, the concept artists, and the casting director all work together to perfect their various arts for the movie. Contradictorily, they often have to ask the question: “How can we weave that kind of magic?”

 

The script has seen many improvements, more than ever before. The truth about movie production is that the script is often polished right until the first day of shooting, sometimes even during the shooting. At the moment, a lot of loose ends are being tied together, and a lot of characters are changed substantively to act as either a negative or a positive force in the story.

 

The SFX and prop design is underway, as well as the casting for the main roles. Storyboard drawing is interrupted momentarily, as concept art is needed to outline the characters and the environments.

 

We’ve experimented with arranging the background score with the actual songs off the album, and the best indicator of success is the amount of goose bumps the combination has raised.

?These are exciting times, because the decisions being made now largely shape the finished movie. We can only say that we’re already immensely proud of it.

 

We’ve travelled a long road, but not until the next crossroads can we distinguish a sign “Imaginarium, X miles”.”

 

Nightwish recently announced that the very first show for the Imaginarium World Tour will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on Saturday, January 21st, 2012.

 

This will be the biggest Nightwish show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off – there will be no US tour until later in 2012. Ticket sales will begin soon.

NIGHTWISH Recording Vocals For New Album

Hot Flashes

Posted on Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 10:57:49 EST

NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following studio update:

“Time to add the final touches for Imaginarium while waiting for Anette to get well. This means the celtic magic of Mr. Troy Donockley with his pipes and bodhran, the smoking fingers of Mr. Pekka Kuusisto with his violin and some additional percussion & tribal drums.

I picked up Troy at the airport on Saturday night while Jukka and Kai (Hahto) were generating some new percussive ideas and boozing at Petrax. When we returned they had already nailed all tambourines, shaman drums etc. Satisfied with the day`s work we celebrated the Cumbrian – Carelian Dead Poets` reunion by entering the realm of the ultimate alchemic magic potion called Salmari. Jari (Sinkkonen of Kotiteollisuus) also joined us during the night to do a new tattoo for Jukka.

It took one and a half days for Troy to record his pipes and bodhran. He even ended up doing some singing in one of the songs, which was a killer of a last-minute-idea. This particular tune has grown up to be one of the highlights of the whole album. Saturday evening was filled with the much anticipated Troy`s magic show, sauna and a Youtube medley consisting some of our all-time faves like the ultimate tenor fail, cat vs. printer with translation, Sony releasing a stupid piece of shit that doesn`t f…ing work, etc.

Pekka`s violin virtuosity stunned us once again when he joined us on Monday night to play a couple of leads. His hand-written notes make medical doctors` prescriptions look like Rembrandt`s art. A true genius of a musician with a big heart.

A huge thanks and eternal gratitude to all of you fellow imagineers contributing to this album! A special appreciation goes to Tiina and Petri, our studio hosts, caretakers and dear friends at Petrax.

At the moment we are recording Anette`s vocals, seven songs done so far. She hasn`t quite cured from her broken ribs yet but fortunately it doesn`t affect her singing at all. She`s never sounded better. Time to enter the lair of Mr. Karmila now and start devouring song number eight.”

Holed up in Finland’s Petrax Studios for the better part of this spring, Nightwish’s’ new album, Imaginarium, is scheduled to be released early in 2012, followed by the movie after an indefinite time. The first single off the album as well as the trailer for the movie should appear well before the end of the 2011.

A recent Imaginarium movie update from Nightwish reads: “If you were to witness an unprecedented magic trick that could not be explained rationally, would you want to know how it is done?

A child experiences something new and unique each day. Something that is often impossible for the child to put into words without the guidance or explanation of an adult. Often the explanation has disappointed us. Sometimes it’s better not to know the truth.

If you had the chance to return to your childhood – just for a split second – when witnessing a magic trick, would you forfeit that chance and seek for a rational explanation?

Imaginarium is all about such questions. They have been answered by many people who have worked with the album and the movie already in the planning stages. As the final storyboard is being created, the producers, the director, the band, the production designer, the concept artists, and the casting director all work together to perfect their various arts for the movie. Contradictorily, they often have to ask the question: “How can we weave that kind of magic?”

The script has seen many improvements, more than ever before. The truth about movie production is that the script is often polished right until the first day of shooting, sometimes even during the shooting. At the moment, a lot of loose ends are being tied together, and a lot of characters are changed substantively to act as either a negative or a positive force in the story.

The SFX and prop design is underway, as well as the casting for the main roles. Storyboard drawing is interrupted momentarily, as concept art is needed to outline the characters and the environments.

We’ve experimented with arranging the background score with the actual songs off the album, and the best indicator of success is the amount of goose bumps the combination has raised.
?These are exciting times, because the decisions being made now largely shape the finished movie. We can only say that we’re already immensely proud of it.

We’ve travelled a long road, but not until the next crossroads can we distinguish a sign “Imaginarium, X miles”.”

Nightwish recently announced that the very first show for the Imaginarium World Tour will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on Saturday, January 21st, 2012.

This will be the biggest Nightwish show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off – there will be no US tour until later in 2012. Ticket sales will begin soon.

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