Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the final instalment of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
10. A Greater Chain of Being
“This is an instrumental with traditional near eastern instruments. This music represents sufi music or ancient eastern classical music. This is not very common in mainstream society and in the middle east it is considered underground! It is profound and spiritual and meant for you to confront yourself while meditating or tripping. We have done such compositions in the past because we feel close to them. It is another dimension of MELECHESH. Many of our audiences asked us to compose more songs like this because they do not have access to such music. It was a treat to oblige, even though we would have done it in either case. Turn the lights off, computer off, phone off and go on a trip.”
11. The Epigenesis
“Some have called it one of our most accomplished songs performed with 12 string electric guitars. Some have called it a journey into the world of MELECHESH. Some called it MELECHESH in psychedelic mode. I call it another song, albeit self indulgent. We did not want to make a demo for this track, but rather develop it during several writing sessions often lasting into the morning hours. We wanted the listener to feel as if they were right there with us in the rehearsal room. The guitar leads were improvised and it gave an impromptu feel to the song. Leads were recorded late at night without an agenda. The hallways of the studio doubled as reverb outlets . Yes the reverbs in this song were ‘handmade’ by putting a microphone in the hallway to pick up the distant and echo sound of our guitars. Many things happened while recording this song that made it all work like a perfectly built puzzle. You can hear elaborate middle eastern melodies, heavy metal, thrash metal and psychedelic rock all in the same track. The longest track we have ever written. One verse in our lyrics refers to all our album titles. A very interesting concept for us. This is the testimony of The Epigenesis.”
MELECHESH have made the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” available for streaming on their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands new album The Epigenesis.
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.
The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.
Calling all NYC Metal Heads! Here’s your chance to laugh your ass off for a good cause with the hosts of THAT METAL SHOW! Cringe Humor & Comix present ‘The Roast of Jim Florentine’ on Tuesday, November 2nd, featuring some of the most metal comedians in the world. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Giraldo Children Fund, for the family of the late Greg Giraldo. Greg was originally booked to roast at this event, before his tragic and untimely death.
You know Jim Florentine as the host of THAT METAL SHOW as well as ‘Special Ed’ on the Comedy Central hit show ‘Crank Yankers’, now come watch him get his ass burned by his THAT METAL SHOW co-stars EDDIE TRUNK and DON JAMIESON along with stars from the Howard Stern Show, the Opie & Anthony Show, Comedy Central, VH1, HBO and more!
The roast will take place at Comix Comedy Club in New York City on Tuesday, November 2nd. Doors open at 7PM with pre-show drink specials and the show begins at 8:30PM. Reservations can be made by visiting http://www.comixny.com/ or by calling 212-254-2500. Comix is located at 353 W. 14th Street just off of 9th Ave.
Metal mammoths, THE ACACIA STRAIN, kick off the “To Catch a Predatour” tomorrow night in Clifton Park, NY. The tour sees the band headlining the East Coast and Canada with support from THE RED CHORD, TERROR, GAZA, and THE CONTORTIONIST. THE ACACIA STRAIN will be playing songs from their latest release, Wormwood,” as well as classics from their catalog. The band will also be doing a signing and meet and greet each night by their merch table thirty minutes after doors. There will be a special shirt available for purchase only during this time in addition to the rest of their brand new tour merchandise.
Front man Vincent Bennett commented on “To Catch a Predatour;” “We can’t wait to get started on this tour. The bands are incredible and we hope you’ll come out and hang!”
This Sunday, October 31st is Halloween and the band will be celebrating in style! Come in costume for Halloween fun for all! The show on November 20th in Holyoke, MA will be a benefit for a dear friend of the band who recently passed away due to a decade long battle with cancer.
“TO CATCH A PREDATOUR” Dates
10/29 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights #
10/30 Jermyn, PA – Elanor Rigby’s #
10/31 Providence, RI – Lupo’s #
11/1 Pittsburg, PA – Altar Bar #
11/2 Springfield, VA – Jaxx #
11/ 3 Winston-Salem, NC – Johnny & Junes #
11/ 4 Spartanburg, SC – GZSC #
11/5 Jacksonville, FL – Rain #
11/ 6 Pompano Beach, FL- Rocketown #
11/7 Tampa, FL – State Theatre #
11/9 Birmingham, AL – Zyedeco #
11/10 Nashville TN – Rocket Town #
11/11 Louisville, KY – Headliners #
11/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave #
11/13 Toledo, OH – Headliners # 11/14 Windsor, ONT – Blind Dog #
11/15 London, ON – Music Hall #
11/16 Longeueil, QC – Salle Kekpart # 11/17 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #
11/18 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place #
11/19 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance #
11/20 Holyoke, MA – The Waterfront Tavern # 11/29 Quebec, QC – Imperial <
11/30 Rimouski, QC – Cactus <
12/2 Toronto, ON – Rockpile %
12/3 Totonto, ON – Rockpile %
12/4 Montreal, QC – Club Soda %
12/5 Montreal, QC – Club Soda %
# “To Catch a Predatour” w/ The Red Chord, Terror, Gaza, The Contortionist
% w/ Despised Icon
Los Angeles, CA – October 28, 2010 — Wrapping up one of the most memorable years of the band’s career, SLAYER will make available a previously unreleased track, “Atrocity Vendor,” as part of a special limited-edition 7-inch single. Written by Kerry King, the track was recorded during the 2009 “World Painted Blood” sessions, and will be released on “Black Friday,” November 26, exclusively through Metal Club, the North American indie store consortium that works to connect the metal community with their local “brick and mortar” record stores.
“Atrocity Vendor” will be paired with the Tom Araya/Jeff Hanneman-penned track “World Painted Blood,” and released in a clear sleeve on a red vinyl disc. Go to http://www.mymetalclub.com/ to find a Metal Store record shop near you.
Slayer’s Twenty-Ten has indeed, been quite a year for the band and its fans, beginning with Tom Araya’s successful neck surgery that now has him pain-free, the group’s fourth Grammy nomination, the band’s co-headline “American Carnage” tour with Megadeth, the historical summer series of “Big Four” Sonisphere European concerts, and the recently completed “Jagermeister Fall Music Tour” that Slayer co-headlined with Megadeth and featured Anthrax, the first time in two decades that those three band shared an American stage.
Plans for the band’s 2011 are currently being confirmed, but look for more touring, more music, and more S-L-A-A-A-Y-E-R!!!!!
Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA, who expanded their fan base with a successful US summer tour alongside Tennessee black/doom titans Argentinum Astrum, will perform two local shows this November opening for the likes of Possessed, Marduk, Withered, and Toxic Holocaust (11/5/10) and D.R.I., Deadsea and Salvage (11/18). Further info below.
LOCUSTA Upcoming Shows
11/5/10 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH w/ Possessed, Marduk, Withered, Toxic Holocaust + more
11/18/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH w/ D.R.I,, Deadsea, Salvage
Commented guitarist Dru Silver: “A big thanks to anyone that came out to see us on the west coast. Anyone who had a hand in putting the shows together, gave us food or shelter, or helped us in any way, your support was invaluable. A special thanks to those who took a chance on our band even though they may have been unfamiliar with us. We hope to see all of you again soon.”
In related news, the band has new merch for sale online. “We’re still mega broke from tour, so any support in that area would be especially awesome,” laughs Silver. Check out the goods here: http://ww.frozendirt.org.
LOCUSTA released their debut full-length via Kentucky-based Pragmatic Records upon an unsuspecting underground earlier this year. The 10-track, self-titled offering was recorded/engineered by Brian Simakis at Capital City Studios, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and features strikingly stark cover art by local artist Stefan Hoza. Formed in the fall of 2006, LOCUSTA take their name from a female chemist from Ancient Rome regarded as the first documented serial killer. It was rumored that in A.D. 54, she may have been hired by Agrippina The Younger to kill the Emperor Claudius, possibly with a poisoned dish of mushrooms. Currently comprised of vocalist Brad Deerhake, guitarists Peter Hughes (Night Soil) and Dru Silver, bassist Scott Hyatt and drummer Simon Tracy, the band’s painstaking DIY sensibility has found them sharing stages with the likes of Coliseum, Skeletonwitch, Finntroll, Demiricous, The Gates of Slumber, Thou and local Columbus metal veterans Deadsea.
The day many thought would never come is finally upon us. Your lords and masters the one and only GWAR will be performing live…(well, taped they may have to censor some stuff out before the masses can view what the band has in store for them) tonight on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. GWAR has made numerous TV appearances throughout their 25 plus year history, but this is the first time the band will be appearing on national late night television. First FOX news, now NBC, what next…?
When asked what he thought about performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, bellicose bass player Beefcake the Mighty grunted the following:
“As disappointed as we are that we must reschedule our attack on St. Louis, we are simply tickled shitless that we have been invited to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! One can only assume that our shared insatiable lust for sex and drugs and rock & roll prompted the impish Saturday Night Live alumnus to request we attend his court! Regardless of the reason, we embrace this opportunity to enlist the millions of Late Night viewers into GWAR’s legions of blood-loyal slaves! How fortunate for you all!”
Guitar player Balsac the Jaws of Death also chimed in:
“I feel like Hester Prynne on prom night! I am absolutely giddy to be performing for the crowned queen of late night, her highness, Jimmy Fallon”
In other GWAR news…
GWAR is giving human scum across the globe with the chance to watch their Halloween show streaming live from The Rave/Eagle’s Club in Milwaukee. The event will be a Pay Per View extravaganza and is scheduled to kick of at 11:00 PM Eastern Halloween night. Make sure to head over to GWARLive.com to sign up for the Pay Per View event of a lifetime today!
Tickets for this exclusive stream are $2.99 if you order before October 15, $3.99 if you order between October 16-30 and $4.99 the day of the broadcast.
SHAI HULUD are returning to Canada for the first time in at least 2 years!
Tour Dates: w/ Lionheart, Counterparts, and Hundredth
11/18 Oshawa, ON @ The Green Bottle
11/19 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
11/20 Windsor, ON @ The Blind Dog
11/21 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
11/22 London, ON @ Moon Over Marin
11/23 Guelph, ON @ Club Vinyl
11/24 Trois Rivieres, QC @ Cafe Rock Le Stage
11/25 Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
11/26 Montreal, QC @ Underworld
11/27 Gatineau, QC @ The Warehouse
11/28 Timmins, ON @ Victory Tavern
11/29 Thunder Bay, ON @ Kilroys
11/30 Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert Arms
12/1 Saskatoon, SK @ Walkers
12/2 Edmonton, AB @ Avenue Theater
12/3 Calgary, AB @ Albert Park
12/4 Lethbridge, AB @ The Royal Canadian Legion
Anyone that’s seen Hulud live knows to expect one of the most passionate live shows in hardcore. Matt Fox and co. delivers smart, furious metal with no gimmicks and no fancy haircuts. This tour will prove to be one of the most intense shows you’ll see all year.
PRIMAL FEAR vocalist RALF SCHEEPERS is working on his first solo album. An update from Primal Fear states:
“Today, two fantastic lead guitar solos from none other than Victor Smolski (RAGE) arrived in the recording studio for Ralf’s solo album – thx Victor, killer job!
Achim Koehler has already started to mix the tracks at his Indiscreet Audio Studios in Stuttgart, Germany – more updates on the progress of the music – soon!
Don’t forget, Primal Fear Spain Tour – mid-November – check out the dates!”
Other artists to appear on Scheepers solo release include “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (ROB HALFORD, SABASTIAN BACH), Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER/HDK), and Snowy Shaw (DREAM EVIL, THERION, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, NOTRE DAME.
About the style of the solo effort, Primal Fear and SINNER bassist Mat Sinner – who is playing bass on the entire record and producing – told BraveWords.com recently: “In part it’s very metal. Very metal. So it will not be Ralf’s ballad album. There were some ballads where Ralf was showing a different kind of music, his talent in music, because he’s playing all the instruments on one song, for example. So you hear him playing guitar, keyboards, so it’s very interesting. But overall I will say it’s a very tough metal album.”
HELL IN THE CLUB, the new band featuring members of two of the biggest Italian metal acts, SECRET SPHERE and ELVENKING, will release its debut album, “Let The Games Begin”, in December through Red Pony Records in Italy. According to the group’s official bio, HELL IN THE CLUB is “a big new rock ‘n’ roll band that knocks down your soul and takes you right into a hellride of fun, power and emotions with a big dose of hard rock!”
HELL IN THE CLUB is:
An Evening With EVERGREY and VANDEN PLAS has been announced for the ProgPower USA XII Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 15th as part of the annual event’s festivities. The returning fan favorites will co-headline the night and will each perform a 90-plus minute special set. There will be no opening act. In addition, Evergrey will perform an acoustic show as part of Mid-Week Mayhem on Wednesday, September 14th with metal karaoke immediately following to round out the night. Due to the intimate nature of the setting, only 200 tickets will be made available to the public.
Vanden Plas will also perform a semi-acoustic show on Saturday, September 17th as part of the exclusive Gold Badge Series of shows. Tickets for this show are not available to public, as ProgPower USA XII Gold Badge tickets are sold-out.
North America’s premier progressive and power metal festival returns to Center Stage in Atlanta, GA on September 16 &17th with the following confirmed bands:
New Jersey henchmen KRIEG embark on their East Coast Quietly Isolated mini-tour with labelmates WOE today, celebrating a four-show romp through the region in support of their new/upcoming Candlelight debuts. The festivities kick off with a free show in Philly tonight, before attacking Providence, New York City and Boston over the next four days, including a Haunting The Chapel/BrooklynVegan-hosted show in Brooklyn this Saturday, where the doors open will open at 11:59 to mark the transition from Mischief Night to Halloween…
KRIEG/WOE Quietly Isolated East Coast Mini-Tour:
10/28/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
10/29/2010 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI
10/30/2010 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
10/31/2010 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
KRIEG’s The Isolationist was only released into the general population this week, officially marking the sixth official full-length from the notorious USBM unit. The first full-length release since 2006’s heralded Blue Miasma, the material on The Isolationist supersedes anything KRIEG has accomplished to date, the twisted talents of curator N. Imperial showcased through incarnate knowledge of classic US Black Metal torment and molesting it with his own unique visionary insanity. Surrounded by a hand-picked cast of assassins for the recording of the album — including guitarist Joseph Van Fossen (Noctuary), bassist Wrest (Leviathan), and drummer Chris Grigg (Woe), and recorded/produced by Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, Yakuza) — Imperial has crafted an album that has reaped rave reviews from diehards and critics worldwide, and set a new standard for KRIEG as a whole.
Plans of more stateside touring, as well as much more news from both KRIEG and WOE are in the planning stages.
Irremediable is the third full-length from black metal miscreants CONSPIRACY. Featuring Dutch mastermind Carpathian Wolf (ex-Melechesh) with German composer/orchestrator Aryan Blaze, CONSPIRACY returns with a mesmerizing offering of dense, deep-seated melodic passages, laced with all the brutality for which the band is known; one of CONSPIRACY‘s most intimate albums to date.
Irremediable was recorded, mixed and mastered entirely at Carpathian Wolf’s own Q-Sonic studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and features stunning artwork and layout by Warmaster of Necrodaemon. The cover art is based on a painting by Belgian Satanist painter Félicien Rops (1833-1898) and is strongly influenced by the dark poetry of Alister Crowley and Charles Baudelaire. View cover art HERE. For fans of King Diamond, Bathory, early Cradle Of Filth etc.
Irremediable Track Listing:
01. Nocturnal Hunters
02. Overture (Instrumental)
03. Black Mass
04. End Of Religion
05. The Pentagram
06. The Invocation Of Hecate
08. The Hag
09. Armageddon Broke
10. A Dream Of Fear
11. Carpathian Sunset (Instrumental)
Italian metal merchants Mastercastle have just made available their new promo video for the title track of their second album “Last Desire”.
Led by the soaring vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the gifted guitar work of Pier Gonella and the tight rhythmic interplay of bassist Steve Vawamas and drummer Alessandro Bissa, Mastercastle made a strong impression with their debut album – the 2009 release “The Phoenix” – and returned with an even more impressive follow up in June 2010 with “Last Desire”.
Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash pioneers MELECHESH, has issued the fourth of several track by track explanations of songs from their forthcoming album. The Epigenesis was released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
8. Illumination – The Face of Shamash
“This was the first song written for this album. As soon as I had the demo in my hands I sighed in relief. This was the beginning; the first stone in the sonic ziggurat known as The Epigenesis. I recorded several Tibetan monk types of chanting. The song goes into a blast beat while the drum pedals still maintain one of the middle eastern drum counts. It’s an aggressive song yet it still offers breaks with mid eastern melodies. The lyrics relate to my hallucinating but enlightening encounter with the Mesopotamian sun god Shamash. A lot of metaphors here! In the mid east shams means sun in Arabic and Shemesh means the same thing in Hebrew. The songs builds up to a very dramatic and epic ending. We tried this live last February. It had no title and no lyrics. Now we look forward to taking this song to the stage with a proud title and insane singing.”
9. Negative Theology
“How can I describe this? Many jump to conclusions before understanding the concept. Is theology negative? I say often it is. The principle of it is to provide people with a set of guidelines and hopes which is not so bad. But when looking at the amounts of dead people due to it you have to think! But regardless of this issue, does the song title refer to this? I answer no. Negative theology actually is a system of negating what is NOT divine, with the hopes of discovering the divine in the end. This is a thinking system used in every belief! We used it for discovering the actions of the Annunaki or any creators if there are any! This song was done with 12 string guitars and has very technical drumming and dynamics. The song offers some neck breaking black metal rhythms. I composed this song at the same time I was on a HEAVEN AND HELL high. Coincidentally and fatefully I was doing the vocals in the studio when I was interrupted and was told DIO had passed away. I could not work anymore that day so I got a drink and then I tried to record some vocals as a tribute. It was hard. So we stopped the session after a few hours and called it a night.”