Frankie DiVita, radio personality for 96.7 KCAL Rocks, sat down with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford at The Grove in Anaheim, CA on the final night of HALFORD’s Made Of Metal tour. Check out the chat on YouTube below:
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Pompei Nights have uploaded three tracks (“Mistreated”, “Out Of Bounds” and “The Scene Is Set”) from their upcoming debut album, yet untitled, to their MySpace.com page at this location (www.myspace.com/pompeinights).
The CD was recorded and mixed by Martin Sweet (Crashdïet) at Sweet Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. An early 2011 release via Street Symphonies Records is expected.
STRATOVARIUS’ German drummer Jörg Michael, who was was recently diagnosed with cancer and had his entire thyroid removed, has issued the following update:
“I hope this message finds everybody well and everybody is in an easy-peasy Christmas mood already.
“The first leg of the European tour with HELLOWEEN is over — time to have a few words with you.
“First of all, let’s not forget the brilliant emergency rescue action and playing of Alex [Landenburg; AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA]. Thanks again for all what you did for the fans, the band and also for me.
“Surely I hate the idea of somebody is sitting on ‘my chair,’ but this special action needed some special treatment and I am proud and happy that it was you, Alex. Thanks again; we’ll get together for a real drink, not like these other Scandinavian pussies in the band 🙂
“I was overwhelmed by all the wishes, tons of emails and text messages I received from all over the world wishing me a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for supporting me, and it made me feel very strong when fighting these bastards inside of me.
“I have some good news to tell you and believe me — I really enjoy to tell the world:
“The surgery was done about six weeks ago and the first therapy is done as well. All looks good so far and as Jens [Johansson, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist] told me before: ‘Do not worry, Jörg, nothing survives in your body after all what you did to it!’
“Finally he was right, there are only small bits and bobs left — I will fight those with another therapy in about four months’ time.
“I think I have been very lucky that it was discovered by one of my friends in a very early state. Very good that my friend decided to become a doctor; he was very lousy when he tried playing the guitar.
“Besides preparing myself for Christmas, I am currently practicing the drums to be ready and kickin’ again when the tour continues in the New Year. I will be back.
“Thanks again for everything and let’s get alive and kicking once again.
“See you in Paris and everywhere else.”
STRATOVARIUS will release its thirteenth full-length studio album, “Elysium”, in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel.
Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS will release their thirteenth full-length studio album, “Elysium”, in Asia on January 12, 2011 via JVC and in the rest of the world on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel.
Check out audio samples of all the songs that will appear on the CD at Amazon.co.uk.
“Elysium” will be released as a regular CD; a deluxe digipak edition with bonus track; a “collector’s edition” (featuring two exclusive bonus tracks on a seven-inch single); and on vinyl.
“Elysium” collector’s edition track listing:
01. Darkest Hours
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. Infernal Maze
04. Fairness Justified
05. The Game Never Ends
06. Lifetime In A Moment
07. Move The Mountain
08. Event Horizon
01. Darkest Hours (Demo)
02. Under Flaming Skies (Demo)
03. Infernal Maze (Demo)
04. Fairness Justified (Demo)
05. The Game Never Ends (Demo)
06. Lifetime In A Moment (Demo)
07. Move The Mountain (Demo)
08. Event Horizon (Demo)
09. Elysium (Demo)
A. Last Shore
Legendary MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister spoke with Metro.co.uk recently about a number of topics including the band’s new album, The Wörld Is Yours and the highly-praised documentary, Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Metro.co.uk: You’re known for your steady diet of Jack Daniel’s and Marlboro cigarettes. What kind of shape are you in?
Kilmister: “I know. It’s amazing really. I’ve never done a day’s exercise in my life. I get a good workout onstage, I suppose.”
Metro.co.uk: You worked as Jimi Hendrix’ roadie. Did you learn from watching him?
Kilmister: “I learned you can do anything onstage as long as you can carry it off, as long as you can back it up. You can do anything. You’ve never seen anything like it in your whole life. If you want to see a small taste of what he was like, Monterey Pop Music Festival is the one to watch.”
Metro.co.uk: Is it flattering to have such a big range of people, from Ozzy Osbourne to Jarvis Cocker, praising you?
Kilmister: “Of course it’s flattering. People keep saying they’re surprised by that. They say they’re surprised if we do a slow song. Everyone’s always surprised and analysing. Everybody’s always surprised by something. It kills me. We’ve done tracks with no drums or guitars on them. We’ve done tracks with cellos and violas on them. We’ve done all kinds of stuff.”
Metro.co.uk: You’re a famous, wealthy rock star – are you still bothered about that kind of stuff?
Kilmister: “I’m famous; I’m not wealthy. I really don’t care about politics. It takes up too much time. And there’s always misery. Every politician is an asshole. Sorry about that but they are. Everybody from Hitler to Stalin and back – all of them. To want to be a politician, you’ve got to be an asshole.”
Read the entire interview here.
HELLOWEEN have issued the following update:
“Thanks, Europe: the first part of the world tour was simply sensational.
After the amazing kick-off in Vienna, gigs in London (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Oslo (NO), sold out shows in Zlin (CZ), Tallinn (EST), Tampere (FIN) and Helsinki (FIN), the expectations were even exceeded by the 2010 tour finale in Prague.
Last Sunday, more than 4,500 Czech fans partied without mercy and went sheer berserk in front of the stage!
Prague definitely is Metal – let’s see if this can be topped in 2011… At any rate, overjoyed Helloween are going on their short break, just to challenge the French sinners on January 11th at the sold out Elysee Montmartre in Paris. Part 2 of the European tour can begin!
You can find a personal holiday salute from Weiki, Andi, Dani, Sascha and Markus below.
Party hard and get ready for a pretty sinful 2011!”
AS THEY SLEEP VOCALIST POSTS NEW AUDIO BLOG Solid State debut, ‘Dynasty’, out now
DETROIT, MI – Aaron Bridgewater, vocalist for the Detroit technical death metal act, As They Sleep, has uploaded a new audio blog to the As They Sleep TheLiveLine.com page at: http://www.theliveline.com/astheysleep, to recap the band’s most exciting year yet.
2010 saw the release of As They Sleep’s Solid State Records debut, Dynasty, a pummeling, intricate melodic death metal record, which received much critical acclaim. The band then hit the road on a West Coast run in support of Dynasty, as part of the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour”, alongside label-mates, Living Sacrifice, Becoming the Archetype, and To Speak of Wolves.
As They Sleep is currently running a CD/t-shirt giveaway on TheLiveLine.com to celebrate the release of Dynasty, which hit stores on November 22nd. The site has provided As They Sleep with its own call in number: (702) 967-9034, for fans to phone in and leave a voice message, explaining to the band why they deserve to win the prize pack. The most creative, sincere, and more importantly, METAL, message will be selected by the band as the winner. The contest will wrap up on December 31st. For full details, head over to: http://www.theliveline.com/astheysleep. Dynasty – a concept album with a complex focus on the rise and fall of empires throughout history – is available in stores everywhere, and online through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/details.tpl?sku=SSRCD26491 and iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dynasty/id401374105.
The track list for Dynasty is…1. Oracle of the Dead2. To the Republic3. The Third Reich4. Bedlam at the Nile5. The Darkest Ages6. Ritual7. The Offering8. Attila9. Poseidon10. God of War11. The Unseen
Five punishing tracks from the new full-length are available for streaming on the official As They Sleep MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/astheysleep.
The music video for the first single off Dynasty, “Oracle of the Dead”, will premiere in the coming weeks. A behind the scenes video blog of the “Oracle of the Dead” video shoot can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWhJqkZ6lAA.
Be sure to check out Aaron Bridgewater’s blog post at: http://www.solidstaterecords.com/artists/287/As_They_Sleep/blog/271/, for even more details about Dynasty.Stay tuned for more information on As They Sleep and Dynasty.
As They Sleep online…
As They Sleep is…
Aaron Bridgewater – Vocals
Nick Morris – Guitar
Barry Gomez – Guitar
Derek Kosiba – Bass
Tony Lukitsh – Drums
Metal Blade Records inks deal with legendary heavy metal/doom group PENTAGRAM; new album “Last Rites” set for spring 2011 with a live DVD to follow
Doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin honor Pentagram’s 40th Anniversary, showcase new songs live
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – December 21, 2010 – Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary doom metal act PENTAGRAM. The band, now entering their 40th year anniversary, will be releasing a full-length album titled Last Rites in the spring of 2011 featuring all new tracks with a DVD to follow in late 2011. The doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin has united once again to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pentagram! Spring 2011 will bear witness to the revered pair’s first studio album together in 17 years. Only days out of the sessions, the band will unleash these newborn heavies live! Monstrous new riffs and more will be freed the nights of January 6th, at Europa in NYC and January 7th, at Club Hell in Providence, RI. Also playing live with the band will be PENTAGRAM alumni and current full-time bass player Greg Turley with Tim Tomaselli (Place of Skulls) filling in on drums.
Bobby Liebling comments on working with Metal Blade Records; “I reflect on how Pentagram is coming into its 40th year and how it finally feels like we are entering into the major leagues. With Metal Blade now at our side, it feels like we made the World Series! I’ll quote John Lennon from ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ask the loyal rivetheads out there, ‘Did we pass the audition?'”
Victor Griffin adds; “Neither Bobby nor myself ever imagined we’d play together again. It’s an honor to be re-united and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pentagram, and the 30th anniversary of our musical relationship with a new album on Metal Blade Records! As always, we did it our way…thanks for making us survivors!”
“I am very excited to welcome Pentagram to the Metal Blade Family. It is really amazing for us to work with such a legendary band and we look forward to a great success!” comments Chairman/CEO of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel.
Cult rock legend Bobby Liebling has been churning out genre defining and highly admired hard rock/doom metal for over 40 years with PENTAGRAM. Within its first decade, the band is largely regarded as co-creating two subgenres of hard rock. Heavy Metal at the birth of the 1970’s and Doom towards its death.
The classic “Death Row”-era line-up and the band’s debut album, Relentless (1984) was inducted into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Guitarist Victor Griffin’s invention of the “Drop B” tuning is first heard here. This heavy-handed hallmark went on to influence handfuls of players and defined a subgenre. These numbers recently included Jack White and his band The Dead Weather who cover Forever My Queen (Liebling) live. It was also played on late night talk shows worldwide and even released as a single on White’s own Third Man Records.
Follow PENTAGRAM at the following location: (Official Pentagram Facebook & Twitter pages coming soon!)
First our North American scouts went to Rochester NY, to find the last member to complete another Allstar-Band: Vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL guitarist and former singer of ANNIHILATOR, TAD MOROSE and LIEGE LORD), drummer Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR/ex-ANNIHILATOR), ex-ANNIHILATOR bassist Russ Bergquist and guitarist Nikolai Wurk are DUSK MACHINE!
Then they followed the trail of destruction left from Buffalo, NY all the way to Florida by MALEVOLENT CREATION.
In the meantime our ship picked up our German scouting parties. Guess what they found? They found the South of Germany in complete DESTRUCTION!
70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival wishes you Happy Holidays!
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Guitarist Gary Holt, of the seminal Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS, will be appearing at the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention on Saturday, January 15, 2011! The annual convention will be held for several days this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. This event is invite only and not open to the general public. The following is a schedule of Gary Holt’s appearances and signings while in attendance:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Noon at the Engl booth 5824
2:00 PM at the Schecter booth 4290
4:30 PM at the EMG booth 4850
EXODUS are currently back home after the highly successful “Thrash Fest Tour” in Europe with KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL and SUICIDAL ANGELS.
Austria’s dangerously perverted kings of blackend death metal, BELPHEGOR, have uploaded a trailer for the recently completed “Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan“ music video to the following location www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1269 . The clip was shot and edited this past October by director Alexander Koenig in Abtenau, Austria. Keeping with the concept of the forthcoming Blood Magick Necromance, album the crew went through over 60 liters of fresh blood within two nights of shooting. Smashing all oppressive morals with anti-Christian sentiment, the band presents a raw look at depraved blood rites which celebrate the liberation of man through death.
Bass devastator Serpenth states: “The clip aims to strip down the viewer’s psyche with an onslaught of sadistic sex, musick and magick. The ritual action caught on tape was also inspired in part by the world famous works of Viennese Actionists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viennese_Actionism) such as Hermann Nitsch and Gunter Brus. Rachael Kozak took over the role of the possessed Sukkubus. As Pro-Domina she was perfect and totally into the role. The blood cut deeper than any drug. The process of such an intense shoot served as a cathartic experience for all involved, making what went on behind the scenes just as important as the final outcome of the visuals.
Expect this ultra shocking piece to be unveiled first week of January. We decided to anchor the clip on Bloody-Disgusting.com, to avoid censorship troubles with moral persecutors.”
“Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan“ can be heard at the following locations http://listn.to/belphegor and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
A trailer of the recording process of Blood Magick Necromance can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH15nzduEsc.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to the legendary SEPULTURA this April/May soon after their tour with DEICIDE! The band will also take part in a handful of speacial headlining shows in the midst of the tour.
BELPHEGOR will be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. For more dates and info visit www.belphegor.at and www.myspace.com/belphegor.
Blood Magick Necromance was produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
The cover art (attached) was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, etc).
Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing:
1. IN BLOOD – DEVOUR THIS SANCTITY
2. RISE TO FALL AND FALL TO RISE
3. BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE
4. DISCIPLINE THROUGH PUNISHMENT
5. ANGELI MORTIS DE PROFUNDIS
6. IMPALED UPON THE TONGUE OF SATHAN
7. POSSESSED BURNING EYES
8. SADO MESSIAH
The Bulgarian Death Metal Invaders ENTHRALLMENT have released a new song from the demo of their forthcoming album. The band was started in 1998 and this is their 6th release. According to the members of ENTHRALLMENT their new stuff will be a massacre. The title of the song is “Chronicle Of Sorrow” and you can listen to it on the band’s page: www.myspace.com/enthrallment
Artillery, one of the best thrash metal bands around, is currently working in Medley Studios, Denmark on the follow-up to their highly acclaimed album “When Death Comes” (2009). The new material entitled “My Blood” will be released by Metal Mind Productions in March 2011. So far Artillery recorded 14 songs – 10 brand new tracks, a remake of “Ain´t Giving In” (from 1992´s “Mind Factory” demo) and 3 bonus tracks which are all new versions of timeless classics from the 1985’s album “Fear of Tomorrow” (“The Eternal War”, “The Almighty”, “Show Your Hate”). Soren Adamsen, Artillery’s vocalist, revealed a few titles of the new tracks. He also described the lyrics for those tracks:
1. “The Great Satan” – it’s a song about the decadence of the western society and evil empires all around the world.
2. “Monster” – a song about serial killers. None in particular.
3. “Death is an Illusion” – a track about life and death.
4. “The End of Eternity”- dealing with depression and thoughts about starting a new life.
5. “Mi Sangre” – it’s about my son. It’s a 7 and a half-minute song, almost an epic endeavor.
6. “Concealed in the Dark” – two words – David Sharp. Go search for it on the internet, it’s an interesting story.
7. “Dark Days” – it’s about the change in the climate.
8. “Warrior Blood” – a song about fighting. Soldiers, prize-fighters, people who are struggling with deadly diseases.
What can we expect from the musical side of the new album? Guitarist Michael Stützer says: “The sound is a bit more heavy than it was on ‘When Death Comes’. The music is a mixture of our previous albums ‘When Death Comes’ and ‘By Inheritance’, with a slight touch of ‘Terror Squad’ and ‘Fear of Tomorrow’ with some oriental pieces.” Producer Søren Adamsen added: “There is an almost rock´n roll feeling in some of the songs”.
The release date of “My Blood” is set for 9th March 2011 in Japan (via Kings Records), 21st March 2011 in Europe and 5th April 2011 in USA (via MVD). Full details to be announced soon.
All the best, Agnieszka Świątnicka-Kulpińska
FEAR FACTORY will return to the stage later this month as part of their ongoing Fear Campaign tour. The short string of U.S. dates will kick off in Tempe, Arizona on December 29 and conclude 9 days later in San Diego, California on January 8. FEAR FACTORY — guitarist Dino Cazares, vocalist Burton C. Bell, bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan — spent the greater part of 2010 touring in support of their critically-acclaimed Mechanize full-length released in February via Candlelight Records. Decibel magazine called Mechanize the “greatest FEAR FACTORY full-length in more than a decade,” while Revolver noted, “the record marks a clear return to the classic FEAR FACTORY sound. The result rings familiar but also fresh; even in the very futuristic year of 2010.” Added Blabbermouth: “FEAR FACTORY 2010 is a fiery and evolved rebirth of the band that changed metal in the ’90s…Mechanize is the album I have been waiting for.”
FEAR FACTORY U.S. Fear Campaign 2010/2011:
12/29/2010 The Club House – Tempe, AZ
12/30/2010 Club 101 – El Paso, TX
12/31/2010 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
01/01/2011 The Marquee Theater – Tulsa, OK
01/02/2011 Club Khaos – Amarillo, TX
01/04/2011 Gators – Farmington, NM
01/05/2011 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
01/06/2011 DV8 – Tucson, AZ
01/07/2011 Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
01/08/2011 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
“Dimmu Borgir,” the new video by Norwegian symphonic black metal band, DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for viewing at Nuclear Blast’s VEVO channel. The video was created by Katapult Films (Rammstein) director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao).
The track “Dimmu Borgir” comes off the band’s recent album, ABRAHADABRA, which debuted at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #6 on the Independent Current Albums chart. ABRAHADABRA also debuted at #4 on the Top Rock albums and #30 Top Albums charts at iTunes (U.S.) the day of its release. In Canada, the album debuted at #4 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart.
DIMMU BORGIR just completed their headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” of North America.
Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.
View the “Gateways” video on DIMMU BORGIR’s Official YouTube channel.
Machines Of Grace – Guitarist Matt Leff
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Jan Rosenberg at CMM Marketing for the help to get this interview done.
Thanks to CMM Marketing for the promo pictures of the band.
Here is an interview I did with guitarist Matt Leff in the new band Machines Of Grace. The well known Zak Stevens (ex- Savatage, Circle2Circle) and Jeff Plate (Trans Sibiran Orchestra, ex- Savatage, Metal Church) are two of the members of this new group. Leff and I talked about the band and their debut album amongst other things including the impact that Ronnie James Dio had on Matt Leff and the band. Machines Of Grace plays hardrock and even though their album has been out for about a year now I thought it was time for the band to be featured in metal-rules.com.