Like many here in North America, I only discovered Sabaton sometime in 2008 with their glorious album THE ART OF WAR. Their spin on the power metal style was, and remains, refreshing. Not that I don’t love the mighty warrior dragon wizard stuff as well, but I’ve always been interested in history and especially fascinated by World War II. So after hearing Sabaton sing about WWII and other wars and conflicts, the mixture of history and metal was a winning combination. With Sabaton’s 2010 release COAT OF ARMS the band continues on the same path honing some amazingly catchy and memorable anthems. I had the opportunity to speak with the voice of Sabaton, Joakim Brodén, in late July 2010. We spoke about the band’s image, and about war and how it is more than just history. It is something that should be studied not to memorize specific dates, but to learn from what has happened so that the same things will not happen again.
The Frozen Tears of Angels interview with Alex Staropoli
Interview and transcription by Erich Heintzelman
I recently spoke with Alex Staropoli, the keyboardist for Rhapsody On Fire about their new album, Frozen Lake of Tears. Due to legality issues, Alex and I did not discuss the band’s struggles over the last four years but Alex expalined the making of the new album, plans for a tour, and what he considers to be one of the best bands making music right now.
Belgian black metal legion ENTHRONED will kick off their long anticipated North American tour next week! The trek will mark the band’s first time on US/Canadian soil in nine years! This special leg of the Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010 will begin in Brooklyn, New York at Europa on August 4 and bludgeon its way through nearly two dozen cities before winding down at the Hostile City Deathfest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 29. Support will come from Australian black thrashers Deströyer 666 and California death metallers Pathology as well as Black Anvil, Estuary and Cardiac Arrest on select dates. Tickets for all shows are currently available via Enter The Vault: http://enterthevault.com
Said vocalist/guitarist Nornagest: “ENTHRONED is glad to be back in the States after nine years of absence. The US will be the first nation to witness the new face of ENTHRONED and will be the kick off of the Pentagrammaton World Tour!”
Pentagrammaton, ENTHRONED‘s ninth studio offering, was released earlier this year via Regain Records. A sonic hailstorm of blasting beats that cruise along with warhead aggression, the band’s sinister brand of black metal is powered by a diabolical aura that is theirs and theirs alone. ENTHRONED currently features: Nornagest (vocals/guitars), Phorgath (bass/vocals), Neraath (guitars/vocals), Garghuf (drums) and Tzelmoth (live guitars).
ENTHRONED: Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010 (check out the tour poster here: http://tinyurl.com/3yr3zmx )
8/04/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ Black Anvil, Estuary
8/05/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA w/ Black Anvil, Estuary
8/06/2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC w/ Estuary
8/07/2010 The Dunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
80/8/2010 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/10/2010 Walter’s On Washington – Houston, TX
8/11/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
8/12/2010 Club 101 – El Paso, TX
8/13/2010 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Estuary
8/14/2010 Ultra Violet – Los Angeles, CA w/ Estuary
8/15/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA w/ Estuary
8/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA w/ Estuary
8/18/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR w/ Estuary
8/19/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Estuary
8/20/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Estuary
8/21/2010 Red Room – Boise, ID
8/22/2010 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
8/23/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
8/24/2010 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
8/25/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/26/2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/27/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/28/2010 Katacombes – Montreal, QC w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/29/2010 Club Polaris /Hostile City Deathfest – Philadelphia, PA
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have revealed the set list for their upcoming tour with EXODUS. The band recently checked in from the road while doing a couple of headlining shows leading up to the tour to give us the scoop:
“We are a few shows into our US tour and everything’s going killer. The band’s playing tight and the set list consists of several classics and one new song, ‘Slaughterhouse’. A few more shows and then we start the ‘March of Brutality’ tour with EXODUS! We’ll be shooting a video for ‘Slaughterhouse’ in the week in between tours as well. 20 plus years and still no one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION!”
Set List: Eve of the Apocalypse
Multiple Stab Wounds
Living in Fear
Invidious Dominion, the bands 11th studio outing, will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast.The albumwas produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
Drums for Polarity were recorded at Sharkbite Studios (EXODUS) with producer Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, SUFFOCATION, IMMOLATION) while all other tracking was handled by Matt Sotelo before being mixed by Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.) and can be viewed here http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=374702.
Polarity Track Listing:
1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
3. The Resonance
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
11. Darkness Embrace
Trieste, Italy’s crushing quartet THE SECRET are set to drop their upcoming Solve Et Coagula full-length via Southern Lord Recordings this September 28th. The twelve hellish hymns embodied in Solve Et Coagula were captured by Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge, Cursed) in his infamous Godcity Studios, resulting in cavernous, earthmoving tonal supremacy. Each song preaches of loss of faith in all forms of religion and politics and a vile outlook on humanity as a whole. The album runs rampant with dismantling breakdowns, gargantuan, swelling riffage and jackhammer blastbeats, all empowered by the most shredding vocal attack. While surely reminiscent of Converge, Cursed and labelmates Black Breath, THE SECRET integrate as much influence from filthy politi-crust acts, as well as psychotic metalcore into Solve Et Coagula‘smetallic surge. But no matter how you try to compare or categorize this highly lethal Italian export, the end result is certain; this is the sound of humanity’s failure and defeat, embodied as pure aural rage. THE SECRET have previously unleashed two full-length releases on now defunct Goodfellow Records (2004’s Luce and 2008’s Disintoxication), and have undergone countless lineup changes and setbacks over the past few years. The current lineup is inarguably the most devastating and concise to date, making Solve Et Coagula their most lethal assault yet.
Solve Et Coagula Track List:
1. Cross Builder
2. Death Alive
3. Double Slaughter
4. Where It Ends
7. Pleasure In Self Destruction
8. Eve Of The Last Day
9. Pursuit Of Discomfort
10. Bell Of Urgency
11. War Desire
In honor of BLIND GUARDIAN’s European release date for their tenth studio album At The Edge Of Time, a free iPhone / iTouch app is now available for download at the Apple app store at this link.
At The Edge Of Time will be available in North America on August 24th as regular jewel case and digi-pak versions. The track listings are as follows:
Regular jewel case version:
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)
The digi-pak version will include a UNIQUE download code where fans can gain access to a password-protected page for exclusive BLIND GUARDIAN content!
Digi-pak Bonus CD track listing:
01. Sacred Worlds (Extended “Sacred” version)
02. Wheel Of Time (Orchestral version)
03. You’re The Voice (Radio edit)
04. Tanelorn (Into the Void) (Demo version)
05. Curse My Name (Demo version)
06. A Voice In The Dark (Demo version)
HEAVEN & HELL's DIO Tribute At U.K.'s HIGH VOLTAGE Festival
Surviving HEAVEN & HELL members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice played a very special tribute to their fallen bandmate, Ronnie James Dio, this past Saturday (July 24) at the High Voltage festival at Victoria Park in London, England. The musicians were joined by legendary former DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers MASTERPLAN and has just released his own tribute to Ronnie.
The setlist was as follows (vocalist for each track listed in parenthesis):
01. The Mob Rules (Jorn Lande)
02. I (Jorn Lande)
03. Country Girl (Glenn Hughes)
04. Children Of The Sea (Glenn Hughes)
05. Turn Up The Night (Jorn Lande)
06. Voodoo (Jorn Lande)
07. Bible Black (Glenn Hughes)
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World (Glenn Hughes)
09. Die Young (Jorn Lande)
10. Heaven And Hell (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes)
11. Neon Knights (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes, Philip Anselmo)
Proceeds from this performance will go to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund.
Immediately following the High Voltage concert, Hughes revealed exclusively to Express & Star that there will be a Dio tribute album, “with some megastars,” to raise funds for to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund, as well as a major show in Los Angeles in March 2011.
Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than by proudly wearing your favourite band’s t-shirt and listening to some heavy tunes at an unhealthy volume?!
To help you on your way, Earache Records has some devilishly good offers for you with the ‘Summer of the Beast’ sale!
On now, the ‘Summer of the Beast’ sale features loads of reduced items, including tons of CDs and t-shirts. The European webstore has many top titles from the likes of ENTOMBED, DECAPITATED, MORBID ANGEL, BOLT THROWER, CARCASS and CATHEDRAL, available for as little as £4.20/€5.03 EUR. There are also plenty more merch items on sale for as little as £1.99/€2.38 EUR, including t-shirts from bands such as DEICIDE, EVILE, HATE ETERNAL, GAMA BOMB, OCEANO, BONDED BY BLOOD, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CAULDRON and more.
The US webstore is celebrating this beastly summer sale by reducing many of its products to the unholy price of $6.66, including t-shirts and CDs from the likes of BONDED BY BLOOD, CARCASS, DECAPITATED, ENTOMBED and many more. Many of these shirts are now down to the last few and won’t be reprinted, so grab them while stocks last!
RHAPSODY OF FIRE 'The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony'
RHAPSODY OF FIRE are going to release an epic monument called ‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony’.
“For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 “acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing Rhapsody’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds: “Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for.“
The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony is based on the “dark secret saga“ and represents a new chapter, directly connected with The Frozen Tears Of Angels.
Luca explains: “After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian’s book could be finally found. ‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular “bridges“ connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution. To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different “self“, the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly.“
Once again Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator.
“We couldn’t imagine to release something like this without his fundamental partecipation. Sir Lee is one member of Rhapsody Of Fire‘s family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times.
This extraordinary release, will hit the stores on October15th for a special price. Further updates to follow.
The Frozen Tears Of Angels debuted at #16 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top Hard Music Albums chart and at #129 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top 200 Albums chart.
Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, The Frozen Tears Of Angels was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, EPICA) and debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #60 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #132 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Other international chart entries are as follows: Greece #11; Italy #31; Germany #33; Finland #35; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; France #51; Austria #58; South Korea #69; Spain #81; and Belgium #96.
The tracklisting for The Frozen Tears Of Angels is as follows:
‘Dark Frozen World’
‘Sea Of Fate’
‘Reign Of Terror’
‘Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio’
‘Lost In Cold Dreams’
‘On The Way To Ainor’
‘The Frozen Tears Of Angels’
North American bonus tracks:
‘Labyrinth Of Madness’
‘Sea Of Fate’ (Orchestral Version)
CATCH CHIMAIRA THIS SUMMER ON THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL
Cleveland, Ohio’s CHIMAIRA are thrilled to announce the #4 SoundScan debut of their brand new CD/DVD set Coming Alive! Purchase the set now at BestBuy.com and HotTopic.com!
Coming Alive includes a four-part documentary filmed over the course of a year and a half while the entire package includes over 7 hours of exclusive content. The DVD, filmed entirely in HD, showcases CHIMAIRA in the studio while recording the Billboard-charting, The Infection, and chronicles their recent, worldwide touring season. In summary, Coming Alive is an in-depth look into CHIMAIRA’s life and music in the studio and on the road.
Not only does the DVD set include this amazing documentary piece, another section, CHIMAIRA XMAS: Live Concert Film, celebrates the 10th annual CHIMAIRA Christmas show in Cleveland, Ohio, which took place on December 30th, 2009. 13 HD cameras capture CHIMAIRA releasing their fury for their hometown crowd on a dark and snowy night in December.
Bonus features on the DVD include a 45 minute Resurrection: ‘Making of’ documentary, a 40 minute home-video footage documentary of never before seen moments, and a live CD featuring 17 tracks recorded at CHIMAIRA’s December 30th Christmas show. The tracklisting is as follows:
1 The Venom Inside
3 Power Trip
5 The Disappearing Sun
7 Destroy and Dominate
9 The Dehumanizing Process
10 Dead Inside
11 Painting The White To Grey
12 Nothing Remains
14 Secrets Of The Dead
15 The Flame
16 Pure Hatred
17 Implements of Destruction (included on DVD only)
Montreal based tech-death metal band, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, have launched the track, “Black Tide,” from their upcoming five song EP “Marée Noire”, which will be released in North America on September 14th. It will be available as a limited edition red 7” record and on CD. Pre-order is now available for each format, as well as for bundles including a brand new shirt design. Check out the track and the pre-order at www.store.prostheticrecords.com
The track listing of the EP is:
The Casket You Sleep In
Drill Baby Drill
Designed To Strangle
“Marée Noire” was produced and mixed by Chris Donaldson, known for his work with Cryptopsy, and mastered by Alan Douches (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Converge). It features artwork by Felix Rancourt, who has done work for the band before, as well as Despised Icon, Neuraxis and more.
Guitarist Chris Bradley commented on the release: “’Marée Noire’ was written using a different approach than the preceding release. We wouldn’t start the writing process from the same point. Some songs were more structured by melodies while others all started from drums pattern. I think it makes the songs stand out a little more.”
Vocalist Elliot Desgagnes added: “It’s going to be two years since our last album and we had the idea of a short release while we keep writing for the next full length. We picked five songs to go on the EP and I feel like these are by far the best songs we’ve ever written. Nothing that different from our other releases but we’re always getting a little closer to the sound we want. So we’re all satisfied with the result and are looking forward to share it.
“The tones are a little rawer and it helped a lot that Donaldson and Bradley already worked together in the past. We were all on the same page and everything went well in studio. I really like the EP format. It’s easier lyrically to make connections between the songs and follow a thought pattern. We named the EP ‘Marée Noire,’ ‘Black Tide,’ in English, because I was writing lyrics on Absurdism, self fulfilled prophecy and corporations raping everything, when BP started to shit in the Gulf of Mexico.”
BENEATH THE MASSACRE will do a Canadian tour beginning in late August and wrapping up in early October, sponsored by JagerMusic Canada. They will be playing with Neuraxis, Ion Dissonance and others along the trek.
The dates are:
JagerMusic Canada Presents:
8/26: Rimouski, QC- Petit Pavillon Agricole #
8/27: Moncton, NB- Manhattan #
8/28: Halifax, NS- Gus’ Pub #
8/29: St John, NB- Nickolaj’s #
8/30: Fredericton, NB – Kinsmen Center #
9/3 Ottawa, ON- Mavericks
9/4 Sudbury, ON- The Serbian Hall (w/ Neuraxis)
9/5 Rouyn-Noranda, QC- Petit Theatre du Vieux-Noranda (FME Festival)
9/10 Brantford, ON Rehab – Sick Fest metal festival % 9/11 Toronto, ON- The Rockpile % 9/12 Kingston, ON- The Mansion (Wine Cellar Room) % 9/16 Trois Rivieres, QC – Rock Cafe le Stage
9/17 Quebec, QC- L’Agitee
9/18 Sherbrooke, QC- bar le Magog
9/23 St. Catharines, ON – Mikado * 9/24 Windsor, ON – Chubby Pickle * 9/25 London, ON – Moon Over Marin * 9/26 Oshawa, ON- EP Taylors * 9/30 Chicoutimi, QC- Le Bunker ^
10/1 St-Hyacinthe, QC- Bar le Trash – Trash Metalfest
10/2 Victoriaville/Warwick, QC- Salle du Canton ^
# w/ Ion Dissonance
% w/ Aeternam
* w/ Kraken
^ w/ Divinity
“Marée Noire” is the band’s first release since 2008’s “Dystopia.” Since recording “Dystopia,” the band has toured extensively: five full North American tours (including Summer Slaughter Canada 2008 and Sumer Slaughter 2009) and four full European tours (including Thrash and Burn Europe the past two years) BENEATH THE MASSACRE were nominated in 2009 for Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award for “Best Underground Band.”
Bassist JAMES LOMENZO Joins LYNCH MOB For The Summer Tour and Europe
“Smoke And Mirrors” Out Now On Frontiers Records USA
HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2010) – James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society) joins Lynch Mob for their summer tour in support of their current release “Smoke and Mirrors” on Frontiers Records. The band line-up for this tour consists of George Lynch (shred master), Oni Logan (vox),
and Brian Tichy (time-keeper).
After seventeen long years singer Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new Hard Rock songs.” I would say this new record “Smoke and Mirrors”, is the record we should have put out as a follow up to “Wicked Sensation”…better late than never I guess…”, says Lynch presenting the new record.
Lynch Mob was formed by George Lynch, one of the few genuine guitar heroes of substance to emerge from the Los Angeles scene, after DOKKEN split up in 1989. The band’s first album” Wicked Sensation” went on to sell over 500,000 units in the US and featured the talents of singer
Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito on bass and another former DOKKEN member Mick Brown on drums. After a tour in support of Queensryche, Logan opted out, with Robert Mason taking his place on the follow up self titled release. However Lynch and Brown eventually returned to Dokken releasing 2 studio albums until he left again in late 1997 putting together a several new incarnations of Lynch Mob and exploring new sounds with different projects.