JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing checks in with the following year-end update:
“Season’s greetings to all! ‘Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow’… as the song goes. And we have certainly got plenty of it in the UK. However, I can’t complain, because it is very rare that we have a white Christmas these days. I remember as a kid praying for tons of the stuff, especially as it could possibly mean that we would not have to go to school.
Moving on, I can’t remember ever having to cancel a gig because of bad weather, which is a complete miracle as we have had to battle through some horrendous conditions. Many times I can remember winter tours, especially in Europe. Painkiller comes to mind as we toured in Helsinki early February, it could not have been colder and they must have had as much snow as the North Pole. Especially as about a week before playing in sunny and hot Rock in Rio.
Speaking of Painkiller, please check out the Painkiller interview in this month’s updates. Also, try giving the HOSTILE Player (here; right-hand-side) a spin as it contains part of the song ‘Addiction’ that I composed especially for the band. Hostile are a young, hard-hitting metal band from my home town, lead singer Jay is just 18 years old. They have just played in Birmingham supporting HATEBREED and are currently performing showcase gigs for prospective record companies with the hope of getting a release date for their debut album Eve Of Destruction. That was also produced by me.
O.K. I am going to keep this blog nice and short as I am sure you all have lots of presents and stuff to wrap. Again, have a great holiday season, my special thanks as always to the dedicated Millworkers and their families and here’s to a rocking metal 2011!”
As mentioned, Downing is interviewed by the Steel Mill’s Jari Asell about the 20th Anniversary of Judas Priest’s legendary Painkiller opus. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Steel Mill: Your album Painkiller just passed the 20 years mark. Let’s go back in time when you finished the Ram It Down-Mercenaries Of Metal -Tour. You had a triumphant decade, did you have any thoughts about how to begin the 1990s?
Downing: “No, I don’t think so, I think as musicians/songwriters it’s always a case of not being sure of what will happen until you get your teeth into the songwriting and seeing what comes out, then depending on what does, the precedent is set for everything else.
Steel Mill: When writing songs, was your goal to produce Priest’s heaviest album (that far)?
Downing: “Not initially, but as the album started to grow we enjoyed the energy that we were creating. Now that we had Scott, we were sure going to see what he had in the tank.
Steel Mill: You had a wonderful time (1979-1988) with “Colonel” Tom Allom. How did you come to choose your old buddy (Sad Wings Of Destiby/1976) Chris Tsangarides to produce Painkiller?
Downing: “I am not totally sure, but Tom may have been involved with other things and it seemed a nice idea to meet up and work with Chris again.”
Steel Mill: The Painkiller stage set was phenomenal, a real statement in conjuction of the album theme. The support bands were among the hardest as well: MEGADETH and TESTAMENT, and later PANTERA and ANNIHILATOR. Any anecdotes you would like to share here?
Downing: “Yes! A very enjoyable tour and memories, I speak of it quite often, in fact I was just telling some friends yesterday how we went sightseeing in Rome with Pantera to the Coliseum and places like that. We had many laughs together on that tour, I can never forget that Dime R.I.P used to go busking in the streets, I saw a piece of film once with him doing that, it was so funny, in fact I will check if I can find it on YouTube, it’s a must to see. There was so much talent in Pantera and Annihilator and they were so humble, it must have been very tough for them and all of their crews to share one bus. They used to crack us up so much when they would form a queue outside our dressing rooms in the hope that we would spot them some beers, which of course we always did. Happy days!”
SYMFONIA, the new band featuring former STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki and ex-ANGRA / ex-SHAMAN frontman Andre Matos, has posted video footage from Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden. Check out two clips below.
Following is the official Symfonia press release:
The new melodic power metal super-group Symfonia begins recording its debut album on November 25th at Studio Mega in Sweden. They will start with the drum tracks of the renowned drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween). The band will record 12 songs that some journalists, having already heard some of the tracks, have described as a “homecoming.”
Symfonia has signed a four album deal with the biggest Japanese metal and rock label, Marquee Avalon, for the territory of the entire Asian region, including China. Negotiations with the other territories are still in progress. Symfonia has also launched a new website that contains brand new video interviews of guitarist Timo Tolkki and vocalist Andre Matos (ex-Angra).
The tentative release date for the yet-to-be-named debut album is March 25th, 2011.
As previously reported, Symfonia will make its World Premiere on February 18th at the Finnish Metal Expo, an International Metal Meeting, where they will take the stage at 11:00pm in the evening.
Check out BW&BK’s exclusive interview with Timo Tolkki here. An excerpt is available below.
“Everything with Symfonia has been very fast,” Tolkki reveals. “I don’t want to use the word ‘pre-destined’, but after Revolution Renaissance I said, ‘That’s it, I’m opening the flower store…’ (laughs). It’s a weird story. It all started with Andre Matos because someone told me that he’s living in Sweden now, in a village of something like 2,000 people. He comes from Sao Paulo, a city of 25 million people. I began thinking about it, that I had one of the best power metal vocalists practically living next to me. I know the guy very well, and I had nothing to do. I gave him a call and asked if he wanted to write some music, and Andre came to visit me in Helsinki. He spent the week here, went to sauna – where I showed the Brazilian what ‘hot’ really means (laughs) – and we worked on some music.”
“The next one was Jari. Everybody thinks he was fired from Stratovarius (in 2005) but he actually decided to leave on his own for personal reasons. He’s living in Norway now. I never had problems with him because Jari has this kind of Buddhist philosophy, and I always told him that I wished I could be like him (laughs). After he left EVERGREY (earlier this year) he was in another band, and the strange thing was he left that band on a Tuesday and I emailed him by chance on the Wednesday. I had no idea he didn’t have a band. We talked for about three hours on the phone and I felt like I was in a time warp, because I hadn’t seen him in five years. It really wasn’t a big issue having him come on board.”
“After I had Andre and Jari on board I went back and listened to my whole discography from beginning to end. I actually had to borrow the CD (laughs) because I didn’t have any of them. I tried to get a picture of what I’ve done so far, and I came to the conclusion that I need to crystallize what I’m all about. With these guys I can do that.”
Radio Metal has issued an interview with MOTÖRHEAD’s Phil Campbell. Notably, Phil strongly expresses his discontent towards Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch film makers:
Q: You and Mikkey rarely appear in the movie. How come? You’ve been his bandmates for so long…
A: “Speak to the movie people! That’s what we’re pissed off about. They spent three years following me around and Mikkey around, all of us, you know, three fucking years and the biggest shot they got of me is laying down to sleep in the bus with Familly Guy on the TV! (Laughs) The movie’s about Lem but it’s really insulting to us. What a bunch of cunts!”
On an other subject, Phil reveals that the next Motörhead album might be a cover album: “I had the idea to do an acoustic album. We might also do a cover album. Our next album might be this album of cover. We’ve done loads of these. We’ve done ‘Cat Scratch Fever’, we’ve done ‘Shoot ‘Em Down’ by TWISTED SISTER, ‘Hellraiser’ by OZZY, ‘God Save The Queen’ by the SEX PISTOLS, we got ‘Rockaway Beach’ by the RAMONES and more. But this album is just an idea for the future, we don’t know yet what’s going to be on it.”
Phil also talks about the book he just began to write: “I’m doing my book at the moment; it’s going to contain a lot of funny stories. It’s a book about all the fucking unbelievable shit that goes down on the road ! (Laughs) Funny stuff, yeah. It’s not going to be about my life’s story, that’s boring! But we don’t know yet when it’s going to be released. We’re starting it now but I guess we can expect it to be out in about three years.”
The already-larger-than-life Motörhead mainman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister is headed to the big screen this winter, as the acclaimed new documentary Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch (Damage Case Films/Megaforce) is confirmed for theatrical bookings around the country.
The first round of screenings to be announced include: New York City (Cinema Village, opening January 28), Austin (The Draft House Downtown, January 14-21), Seattle (Film Forum, February 4-10), Portland, OR (Clinton St. Theater, January 14-21), and Atlanta (The Plaza Theatre, opening January 14).
More cities will be announced soon.
Critics around the world can’t get enough of Lemmy. The film won the Best Documentary prize at the In Edit Film Festival in Santiago, Chile last weekend, and it’s been a major hit at dozens of other international festivals, including screenings in France, England, Germany, Spain, Australia, The Netherlands, and South Korea. Currently in theaters in the UK, Lemmy has recently sold out screenings in Paris, Berlin and Tokyo, where it was rated by one firm as the second most popular film in theaters last weekend.
The DVD, a-two disc set packed with more than four hours of bonus features, will be released February 15 and will be available for digital download and on Blu-ray. Filmed over more than three years, and directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, “Lemmy” features appearances by artists spanning the musical spectrum, from METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE and SLASH to Peter Hook (NEW ORDER, JOY DIVISION), Mick Jones (THE CLASH) and Jarvis Cocker.
Lemmy - Movie Poster
Official trailers for Lemmy can be viewed below:
Lemmy will be released in the UK, Germany, France and Scandinavia on DVD by Entertainment One on January 24, 2011.
Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski spent three years following Kilmister around the globe – from his Hollywood home to the hockey arenas of Russia.
Hailed as a godfather of heavy metal, 64-year-old Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister has established himself as the living embodiment of rock and roll over the past four decades. After stints with popular Mersey beat band THE ROCKIN’ VICKERS and influential psychedelic rockers HAWKWIND, and even a brief time spent as a member of JIMI HENDRIX’ road crew, Lemmy formed Motörhead in 1975.
Going on to record such influential metal classics as ‘Overkill’, ‘Ace of Spades’ and ‘Bomber’, the Grammy Award-winning Motörhead and Kilmister’s fusion of punk and metal registered a major influence on such bands as METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES and NIRVANA.
Members of METALLICA, VELVET REVOLVER, ANTHRAX, HENRY ROLLINS and other stars talk about who would play Lemmy in a movie, from the amazing bonus section on Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch. Check it out on YouTube below:
2010 marks the 35th anniversary of the birth of Motörhead, which features Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee.
Motörhead has announced their 2011 North American tour dates to celebrate the band’s 35th anniversary and the release their new studio album, The Wörld Is Yours, on February 8th, 2011.
Motörhead are a mindset, a belief, a way to live your life, a way to both survive and beat a society that sometimes seems intent on trying to grind you down. Which is why Motörhead have chosen now, in what might be some of the most tense times in recent global history, to release a hell-raising, rebel-rousing rock’n’roll statement known as The Wörld Is Yours.
If that isn’t enough, the critically-acclaimed documentary about Motörhead’s iconic founding-frontman, titled Lemmy, which has been tearing up the worldwide film festival circuit from New York to Melbourne to London and beyond, will premiere nationally in January.
“We don’t fit into anything!” roars founder and heartbeat Lemmy Kilmister,”the only thing we fit into is ‘Motörhead’ because we are Motörhead music and that’s what we do!”
Motorhead - the world is yours
The Wörld Is Yours North American tour dates:
25 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
28 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
29 – Las Vegas, NV – HOB
31 – San Diego, CA – HOB
2 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
4 – Seattle, WA – Sodo
5 – Portland, OR – Roseland
7 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue
9 – Edmonton, AL – EEC
10 – Calgary, AL – Flames Central
12 – Winnipeg, MT – Burton
13 – TBA
15 – Minneapolis, MN – 1st Ave
16 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave Ballroom
17 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
19 – Chicago, IL – Congress
20 – St. Louis, MO – Pops
22 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit
23 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak
25 – Kitchener, ON – Elements
26 – Toronto, ON – Koolhouse
28 – New York, NY – Best Buy
1 – Boston, MA – House of Blues (AVALON)
3 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
4 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
5 – TBA
8 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
10 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Live
Audio samples from Motörhead’s new album, The Wörld Is Yours, are now available online at Amazon (scroll down).
BraveWords.com has heard The Wörld Is Yours – check out scribe Mark Gromen’s overview of the album here.
On Sunday, March 27th 2011 MANOWAR will perform at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. This is the only concert scheduled for 2011. Tickets go on sale on Thursday December 23rd at 12 o’clock noon GMT, UK time.
December 20, 2010 – L.A.-based Platinum Samples, one of the foremost producers of drum samples in the world, have issued ‘Bobby Jarzombek Multi-Format Metal MIDI Groove Library’, formatted for BFD2®, BFD Eco®, EZDrummer®, EZplayer®, Superior Drummer 2.0s®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware. The ‘Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library’ includes 24 complete performances by Jarzombek and edited into separate grooves for easy song creation. The package which features over 1,670 MIDI files (over 3,430 bars of grooves), with tempos ranging from 92 BPM to a blistering 298 BPM, is available as an immediate download product at this location http://www.platinumsamples.com/ps/BobbyJarzombekGrooves.php
“I am proud to be a part of the Platinum Samples family and am thrilled to see this project come to fruition”, states Jarzombek. “I had previously worked with Platinum Samples on ‘Joe Barresi Evil Drums’ back in 2006. It was a great experience so I was honored when they asked me if I would be interested in doing a Metal Grooves pack of my own. This is an awesome creative tool that will kick your songs up a whole new level, so if you’ve been looking for a reason to ditch the uninspring old drum machine – now is as good a time as any!”
Best known for his 10-year tenure with the HALFORD band, featuring legendary JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford, Bobby Jarzombek is also currently the drummer for progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING, long running New York City metal institution RIOT, and former SKID ROW frontman, Sebastian Bach. Making his recording debut with JUGGERNAUT on ‘Baptism Under Fire’ in 1986, the San Antonio, TX native has also toured and recorded with SPASTIC INK, ICED EARTH, DEMONS & WIZARDS, ROB ROCK, JOHN WEST, and PAINMUSEUM, among others.
Jarzombek just wrapped up a six month world tour with HALFORD in support of their latest studio effort, ‘Made of Metal.’
SWEDEN – Swedish melodic death metal titan, Arch Enemy, has begun recording a new studio album, the long awaited successor to 2007’s acclaimed Rise Of The Tyrant album. After releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live In Japan live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album, The Root Of All Evil (2009), the band’s ninth studio album will mark a return to new, original material.
The yet-to-be-named album will be self-produced by Arch Enemy, and engineered/mixed by Rickard Bengtsson (whom produced 2005’s Doomsday Machine). The band has recently entered Sweetspot Studio in the south of Sweden for the album’s recording process, and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who just finished off tracking his parts, checked in with the following report:
“After an intense but inspiring stay in the studio, I’ve just completed recording the drum tracks for the upcoming Arch Enemy album! We’re working once again with Rickard Bengtsson, who produced ‘Doomsday Machine’, and he quickly dialed in an absolutely pristine drumtone! I’ve also had the expertise of local drum guru Beppe Wackelin at hand, helping out with tuning and kindly letting me use some of his vintage drums. This time around I’ve used a Pearl Reference drum kit, while incorporating various snare drums on songs that demanded a slightly different feel.
We had a very inspiring and creative time writing this album, I think this is definitely evident when listening to the new songs. There’s tons of variation in the material, ranging all the way from very melodic to extremely heavy. As you can expect there’s no shortage of killer riffs and intricate guitar work, the Amott Bros have come up with some very cool yet demanding ideas! This album has some of the fastest songs I’ve ever recorded, along with a bunch of heavy pounding mid tempo songs. As always, it’s difficult to describe music in words – but rest assured – this album will be one heavy fucker!”
A video of Daniel recording can be seen below:
The band has confirmed several summer dates and festivals in support of the forthcoming album.
ARCH ENEMY – Live 2011:
27-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
28-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau
29-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining
31-May 2011 – Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
04-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Hungary
05-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic
25-June-2011 – Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
12-July-2011 – Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia
14-July-2011 – Lez’ Art Scenique Festival, Selesat, France
22-July-2011 – Tuska, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
18/19/20-August-2011 – Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl, Germany
27-August-2011 – Summers End Open Air, Andernach, Germany
(New York, NY) – CROWBAR have released another brand new song, “Let Me Mourn” from
their upcoming release “Sever The Wicked Hand,” due out February 8th, 2011. “This is one of my
personal favorites on the record. Haunting vocals and melodies. Low tuned doom at it’s finest,”
says front man Kirk Windstein.
The band will release their crushing, long-awaited new studio album, “Sever The Wicked Hand”
on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 via eOne Music. The full album is available now for pre-order on
iTunes. Click here to get it: http://bit.ly/faUOCI
The new album, produced by Kirk Windstein and mixed by Zeuss, is the band’s first new album
of all new original studio material since 2005’s “Lifesblood for the Downtrodden.” Windstein
recently told Decibel Magazine, “This is probably the most important record of Crowbar’s
A full track listing is available here below.
01. Isolation (Desperation)
02. Sever The Wicked Hand
03. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
04. Let Me Mourn
05. The Cemetery Angels
06. As I Become One
07. A Farewell To Misery
08. Protectors Of The Shrine
09. I Only Deal In Truth
10. Echo An Eternity
11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
MARIONETTE Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia; In Mixing Mode; Video Diary From UK Headline Tour Available
Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE has signed a worldwide
publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia (MESHUGGAH,
SABATON). The band is currently mixing its as-of-yet-untitled third album
with Pontus Hjelm (DEAD BY APRIL) at Studio PH in Gothenburg Sweden.
Commented by Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia’s Sanken Sandqvist:
“Sweden has continued to produce quality metal acts for over twenty years
now. But MARIONETTE stands out above all for its focus on creating quality
metal that is innovative and unconventional, while putting on an excellent,
interactive, live show that is above and beyond what most bands with dudes
in jeans and t-shirts can do in concert. We look forward to working with
these young guys from Gothenburg and helping them grow to new heights.”
Guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member Aron Parmerud added:
“We are proud to announce that we have signed with Warner Chappell for
publishing our previous two albums and our future material. This worldwide
deal will give us the support of one of the worlds largest publishing
companies, allowing us to focus on creating new and innovative music, which
has been our goal since 2005.
“Everyone at the MARIONETTE camp has been 100% focused on the mixing of
our third album, which is occurring (as I type) at Studio PH with Pontus
Hjelm. This album is by far our most mature release to date; there are a
lot of new elements we are introducing to the MARIONETTE sound. We expect
to turn a lot of heads with this release, and so far the response to the
new material we played live on our “The SlaughTour 2010” headline tour
of the UK and dates with DARK TRANQUILLITY earlier this year was received
extremely well both by MARIONETTE fans and people who have never seen or
heard us before. After our album is mastered in January we look forward to
getting back on the road and sharing more new material with everyone who
sees us live next year. Some titles of tracks on the album are
‘Something Forgotten’, ‘Remember Your Name’, ‘Stand In Line’
and ‘Lights Out’.”
MARIONETTE recently concluded its “The SlaughTour 2010” UK headline
tour and Scandinavian dates supporting Dark Tranquillity: the first tour
dates featuring new vocalist Alexander Andersson (ELDRIMNER) who joined the
band in the spring. The second video diary from the headline tour can be
viewed at the link below:
NIGHTWISH, TERÄSBETONI, CHARON, SONATA ARCTICA, AMORAL members singing Xmas songs
RASKASTA JOULUA – Metal Christmas – live videos available!
It has become a tradition during December that a varying group of Finnish metal musicians take part in the RASKASTA JOULUA-tour, where Christmas songs are being performed in metal-version. This year was the sixth time the tour was organized, and it ended last weekend with three shows at Tavastia, Helsinki. There were two concerts on December 18, an afternoon show without age-limit, and an evening show. Because the evening show was sold out weeks ahead, also an additional concert was organized on Sunday December 19. There are several live-videos available from the concerts on December 18, thanks to CalthaGold.
The combined vocalists of the two gigs were: J. Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS) JP Leppäluoto (CHARON, HARMAJA, NORTHERN KINGS) Ari Koivunen (AMORAL, solo)Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA, NORTHERN KINGS) Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS, SAPATTIVUOSI)Antony Parviainen (MACHINE MEN)Ilja Jalkanen (Ex-KIUAS)Tommi “Tuple” Salmela (TAROT)
Musicians:Erkka Korhonen (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – Guitars, MD Tuomas Wäinölä (TIMO KOTIPELTO BAND) – Guitars Erkki Silvennoinen (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – Bass Vili Ollila (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – KeyboardsTeijo “Twist-Twist” Erkinharju (LENINGRAD COWBOYS, LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES, ex-PEER GÜNT) – Drums
Norwegian-Spanish gothic metal icons SIRENIA, lead by mastermind Morten Veland (MORTEMIA, ex-TRISTANIA), have posted a brand new song to their Myspace page (www.myspace.com/Sirenia). “The End of it All” comes from the bands forthcoming masterpiece entitled The Enigma of Life. The Enigma of Life is set to be unleashed on January 21 2011 in Europe and on February 15 in North America.
The Enigma of Life North American Track Listing:
01. The End of It All
02. Fallen Angel
03. All My Dreams
04. This Darkness
05. The Twilight in Your Eyes
06. Winter Land
07. A Seaside Serenade
08. Darkened Days to Come
09. Coming Down
10. This Lonely Lake
11. Fading Star
12. The Enigma of Life
13. Oscura Realidad
North American Bonus Track:
14. El Enigma De La Vida (acoustic version)
iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track:
15. El Enigma De La Vida
Santa Cruz doomsters DUSTED ANGEL have been confirmed as direct support for fellow Californians and stoner rock legends Fu Manchu on their upcoming home state tour! The tour kicks off on January 13th and will see the DUSTED ANGEL opening for Fu in Silverlake, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and San Diego throughout the state, with more dates with DA-only to be scheduled around these appearances.
DUSTED ANGEL with Fu Manchu: 1/13/2011 The Satellite (formerly Spaceland) – Silverlake, CA
1/21/2011 Blue Lagoon – Santa Cruz, CA
1/22/2011 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
1/27/2011 Casbah – San Diego, CA
DUSTED ANGEL’s debut full-length Earth Sick Mind was released on Mankind Records in November, boasting seven anthems bridging the early hardcore roots of the band’s members with a crushing stoner rock groove. They’ve slammed their way up and down the West Coast US for the past 2 years, continuing to build on their diehard fanbase, and in 2011, plan on taking their doom to the road throughout other parts of the country. Stay tuned for more live updates and tours throughout the year.
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“…a stoner dream from start to finish, incorporating dusty, doom metal elements with a hint of California sunshine added for good measure. Dusted Angel’s doom falls in line with traditional acts like 70’s era Pentagram and Saint Vitus’ more rockin’ moments, which is to say, a fine thing indeed.” – Metal-Rules“
…no doom fan should miss out on Dusted Angel.” – Hellride Music
“…a solid band with a wealth of experience that more than pays off on Earth Sick Mind. They’ve played with Fu Manchu, Nebula, Saviours, Saint Vitus and Black Cobra, and I can wholeheartedly recommend Dusted Angel to any fan of those bands.” – The Sleeping Shaman “…plenty of huge, infectious riffs, a thick production with a nicely audible bass, hard hitting percussion, and a gruff wail from vocalist Clifford Dinsmore all come together to produce a solid stoner metal album.” – About.com
LAZARUS A.D. RELEASES SPECIAL “THE MAKING OF BLACK RIVERS FLOW” VIDEO TEASER AT METALBLADE.COM
NEW ALBUM ‘BLACK RIVERS FLOW’ TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 1ST, 2011
NEW SINGLE ‘THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE’ CURRENTLY #12 ON SIRIUSXM LIQUID METAL’S DEVIL’S DOZEN COUNTDOWN
Wisconsin metallers LAZARUS A.D. and Metal Blade Records have released a brand new trailer to tease the band’s upcoming “The Making of Black Rivers Flow” video series. The trailer is available now at www.MetalBlade.com, and the first episode of the series will be posted at www.MetalInjection.net on January 5th. The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development.
”This time in the studio, we decided to record what was going on behind the scenes during the recording of Black Rivers Flow,” states bassist and vocalist Jeff Paulick. “We compiled over 50 hours of footage and edited this into six episodes that show you a side of the band rarely ever scene. We hope this gives everyone a deeper understanding of what went into the recording of Black Rivers Flow.”
LAZARUS A.D.’shighly anticipated upcoming album, Black Rivers Flow, was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. The album hits stores on February 1st, 2011.
Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:
2-The Ultimate Sacrifice
3-The Strong Prevail
4-Black Rivers Flow
6-Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7-Through Your Eyes
8-Beneath the Waves of Hatred
LAZARUS A.D. recently announced the release of their first single, “The Ultimate Sacrifice”, via MySpace and YouTube after having premiered it exclusively this past week on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal. ”The Ultimate Sacrifice” can be heard now on metalblade.com/lazarusad with pre-order packages coming soon!
LAZARUS A.D. recently updated their website at www.lazarusad.com. Head to the link to check out the new updates!
In other news, LAZARUS A.D. has four new designs for the holidays available exclusively online at the following location. www.thirddegreemerch.com/lazarusad LAZARUS A.D. is set to tour the U.S. this winter on the North American Retribution Tour alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel. Joining the tour will be Early Man, Bonded by Blood, and Hexen.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Jan. 13 – Miramar Theatre- Milwaukee, WI
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Jan. 29 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ NORTH AMERICAN RETRIBUTION TOUR 2011 w/ DEATH ANGEL, EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD AND HEXEN
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 25 – Lost on Main – Chico, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Progressive metal outfit TETRAFUSION and Nightmare Records are launching the official music video for the track “Monologue” from their sophomore album “Altered State” on Monday, December 20th. The clip (filmed in Shreveport, LA) was produced by Chris Lyon (Perennial Media) and directed by Shreveport’s Fairfield Studios and can be viewed below.
States bassist Mark Michell: “It was a pleasure to work with one of the highest-quality production studios and directors from our region. Chris Lyon has directed many recent independent films and is truly a natural at his craft. He and the crew from Fairfield really took the lyrics and story from our track and brought them to life with an amazing cinematic storyline. It brought the track to an entirely new level. We hope to work with these guys again in the future.”
TETRAFUSION’s blend of complex, technical metal blended with a highly-intellectual melodic structure offers an eclectic brand of progressive rock and metal placing the group among the elite the genre offers like PORCUPINE TREE, RUSH, DREAM THEATER, CYNIC, TOOL and MUSE. Originally an instrumental band, the group released its debut record, “Absolute Zero”, to critical acclaim, which quickly launched TETRAFUSION into the underground metal scene, sans vocals, along the likes of SCALE THE SUMMIT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, and CANVAS SOLARIS, and was hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2009 by Ultimate-Guitar.com.
The band’s sophomore effort, “Altered State”, was released on October 12th, 2010 on Nightmare Records / Sony / Red. The CD was recorded and produced by David Forshee of Queensix Productions. The album was the band’s first time to feature vocals, which were handled by keyboardist Gary Tubbs.
“Altered State” track listing:
01. Collage of the Present
03. Last Chance
04. The Deserter
05. Altered State (instrumental)
07. Tears of the Past
Gary Tubbs – Vocals/Keys
Brooks Tarkington – Guitar/Vocals
Mark Michell – Bass
J.C. Bryant – Drums
New Service Enables Musicians To Utilize Online Cutting-Edge Tools To Connect, Learn, And Cross-Pollinate
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – December 21, 2010 – GrooveZoo announced today the public beta launch of its music service (http://www.groovezoo.com). The site connects songwriters, musicians and producers, which allows them to share and cross-pollinate their projects, recording sessions and ideas.
The core of the system is built around GrooveZoo’s custom File Management Tool (FMT) where users upload, download and manage the audio files from their local Digital Audio Workstations. The FMT tool allows users to assign files to mixes within the sessions and to quickly audition the overall mix. Each session lists the session members and has its own message board where users share ideas and get to know each other.
GrooveZoo members are encouraged to upload demos of their work so that it can be categorized and rated by the community in exchange for Karma Points. GrooveZoo’s AutoMatch feature uses the parameters of these ratings, such as style, skill level and others to quickly connect musicians of similar abilities and style. Members can also tap into the community ratings through a manual search, which enables them to find people that play a specific type of instrument, style or that sound like their favorite musician.
“With the launch of GrooveZoo, musicians finally have a truly great online tool they can use to connect and create with one another,” said Jeremy Korn, Founder and CEO of GrooveZoo. “GrooveZoo is the first company ever to unite songwriters, musicians and producers in this way. We do more than just bring musicians together through their common interests. GrooveZoo takes this to a whole new level by cataloging everything from a member’s playing style and skill level to the exact gear they use. The results will allow musicians to join forces and leverage each other’s strengths, in turn raising the quality of their compositions and production. With the adoption of our toolset, the music industry will change forever.”
GrooveZoo sessions include integrated contracts, such that each party agrees to a royalty split, or can work together on a for-hire basis. This protects both parties and lets them move forward, confident that the business details are completely in place. Furthermore, these contracts are written in laymen’s terms – instead of legalese – and can be completed and digitally signed in seconds.
File Management Tool – Allows users to upload, download, manage files and quickly audition mixes in their sessions.
AutoMatch – Automatically match members based upon community categorization and ratings of each other’s work.
People Search – Users can find members based on musical style, instruments, location, and more.
Quick Audition – Quickly audition other user’s demos by using the AutoMatch and People Search results. If you like what you hear, just add them to MyContacts or invite them to a session with one click of the button.
Session Contracts – Contracts are always put into place when a user invites or accepts a member into a session. Each party can agree to a royalty split or move forward on a work-for-hire basis.
Modular Platform – The front-end of the website is built on an AJAX Window Servicing Manager. This enables users to add, remove and reposition the page elements to create a custom workflow. In addition, GrooveZoo can quickly create and add new elements to accommodate future requests.
To celebrate the public beta launch, the company is hosting the GrooveZoo “Go Wild” Band Competition. The contest winner (http://apps.facebook.com/groovezoocontest) will open for a major headlining act – live on HDNet – on a main stage during ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS. This memorable event is a powerful way to announce the arrival of the full suite of features offered by GrooveZoo.
Pricing and Availability
GrooveZoo is launching its public beta on December 21st, 2010. Basic use of the site is completely free, while enhanced features are available at monthly subscriptions of $5.00 for songwriters, $10.00 for musicians and $30.00 for producers. During the public beta, all users have unlimited access to use the Work for Hire and Royalty Split contracts. Additionally, the first 200 users that create sessions with more than 3 users and 10 files will receive the Producer level subscription of 2 years for free ($720 value). The enhanced features in the Musician and Producer subscriptions includes additional storage space, royalty split opportunities, and more. Please visit http://www.groovezoo.com for additional details.
About GrooveZoo, Corp.
GrooveZoo enables songwriters, musicians, and producers to come together to share and cross-pollinate their ideas and projects. The company is on a mission to increase the ease of creativity for musicians by helping them connect and leverage each other’s strengths. GrooveZoo is privately held and headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.groovezoo.com.
Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has revealed that he made a recent attempt to rejoin his former bandmates but was rebuffed by the group he formed and led for 25 years. Writing on his official forum, Portnoy states, “Just for the record, this is indeed true..
“Fairly recently, I reached out to the guys to try and make amends and offered to reconcile for the sake of having peace back in our lives… (plus I know how much it meant to a lot of the fans…)
“I figured it was still possible to try and save us, because they hadn’t made any announcements yet or begun any public activity with another drummer… but sadly, they declined my offer (well, actually their lawyer did… they didn’t even tell me themselves….)
“Sorry, gang, I honestly gave it my all…
“So now the fans on my Twitter and Facebook can please stop asking me to go back to DREAM THEATER… I tried, and the door is now shut… The ball is now in their court, not mine…
“I’m not crying or looking for mercy by posting this… I am merely trying to set the record straight as that is always the most important thing about my relationship with you guys… No BS, no spins, nothing to hide… and for better or for worse, I tell it like it is… I’ve also recently seen some people accuse my online activity of ‘looking for attention or media coverage,’ or ‘looking for sympathy,’ but it’s honestly none of the above… I merely value having an open and active communication with my fans… Always have, always will… It is the cornerstone of everything I’ve done since day #1 with DREAM THEATER…
“This was posted here FOR YOU GUYS to know about… here on MY message board on MY website… If it ends up on Blabbermouth or wherever else, that is THEIR choice to spread, I did not request it or send out a ‘press release’…
“Anyways, onward and upward…
“I’ve got a lot of great music and ideas waiting to come out of me and alot of exciting collaborations in the works….so goodbye 2010…bring on 2011!”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD issued a statement late on Friday (December 17) regarding the dismissal of Portnoy, who played on the band’s latest album, “Nightmare”, and toured with them during the past year following the death last December of original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. The band’s statement read in part, “For the past few months, we’ve been blessed with Mike Portnoy‘s talent and humanity. When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010. We always knew we’d need to find another solution for 2011 and beyond. And it’s time for us to take that next step.”
As for why Portnoy himself was not their man, the statement said, “[Portnoy] is a brilliant writer, producer and, of course, drummer. Because of that, the world and we would always see it as AVENGED SEVENFOLD with Mike Portnoy. We take a lot of pride in AVENGED SEVENFOLD being about something greater then any individuals.”
Portnoy himself broke the news via his Facebook page on Thursday, following several days of rumors about his status.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the band was not happy about the public way in which Portnoy‘s split with DREAM THEATER was played out, which may have soured Portnoy‘s relationship with AVENGED. “We were actually a little more shocked,” M. Shadows said. “We felt that maybe both parties could have handled it a little more internally without being so press release-happy about what had happened between them. Because we’re a band that, really, when it comes to news all over web sites or this or that about bands, you know, we don’t tweet much, we don’t try to put ourselves out that much, and all the drama and controversy wasn’t something that we wanted at all.”
In an interview over the weekend with LA Weekly, AVENGED manager Larry Jacobson said, “The plan had always been for Mike Portnoy to play with the band through 2010. Nothing changed there but it was confusing (because) Mike gave interviews suggesting he may be touring with the band beyond 2010.”