After several auditions in Copenhagen, Hatesphere is now ready to announce their new frontman, Esben “Esse” Hansen and a string of German and Austrian live dates.
Esben “Esse” Hansen, who also sings in As We Fight, immediately joins the ranks of Hatesphere. However, bassist Mixen Lindberg has chosen to leave Hatesphere for other projects. Mixen is temporarily replaced by the old Hatesphere-member Mikael Ehlert until the end of 2010.
31.07 ESSEN (D) Nord Open Air
01.08 FRANKFURT (D) Nachtleben
02.08 SIEGEN (D) Vortex
03.08 INGOLSTADT (D) Paradox
04.08 WIEN (AT) Viper Room
05.08 EGELSEE (D) Schwarzer Adler
06.08 MARKTREDWITZ (D) Sticky Fingers Festival
Earlier this year, Jonathan Albrechtsen left Hatesphere just before their first U.S. tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. Esse and Ehlert can now look forward to a six-week long U.S. and Canada tour stretching from September 23rd – November 5th where Hatesphere supports Nevermore along with Warbringer and Mutiny Within.
“It didn’t take me much time to decide that I wanted to be the new singer of Hatesphere. Besides making some of the best metal music on Danish soil Hatesphere is one of the coziest bands in Denmark. And I’m very excited to be a permanent part of it all. Looking forward to screaming my lungs out for you on stage!”
“After having searched up and down and in between we’re honored to present Esse as new frontman in HateSphere. He’s got the qualities that we have been looking for but which have shown very hard to find. He’s got a brutal varied voice that will be a pleasure to hear in HateSphere. He’s got the necessary experience you will only get by playing tons of shows in front of big and small crowds. He knows what he is getting into – and last but not least he’s a great guy! Welcome to HateSphere – we look forward to kicking major ass!”
Furthermore, fans from Denmark, Spain and Portugal can expect more live dates soon.
For further information visit www.hatesphere.com
Sunday night, Kiss closed out the anniversary edition of Graspop Metal Meeting with the necessary props, glitter and pyro – or what did you expect? Four simple words characterise this year’s edition: sun, sand, beer and metal, the ideal festival mix for the metal hordes! No fewer than 130,000 metalheads flocked to the GMM arena this year to catch leading bands from all metal genres live on stage.
On Friday, 45,000 metal fans made their way to the arena. Oceans of Sadness kicked off this year’s festivities and recorded their show for a future live release. Anvil were the first to raise a few eyebrows when they played a guitar solo with a golden dildo. Next it was time for thrash metal gods Slayer to tame the masses. The su n was still beating down mercilessly when Sepultura took the stage and Saxon and Mötorhead kept the temperature high and the fists pumping. Aerosmith headlined the first day with a fantastic greatest hits set.
Day 2 was even hotter than the first but the metal armies refused to give in. They came out in great numbers and when Sabaton mounted the stage around noon, thousands of die-hards had already gathered in front of the main stage. Walls of Jericho got the dozens of crowd surfers they wanted and Airbourne went one better by getting the fans in the front rows to take someone on their shoulders. Slash gave the fans what they wanted (Guns ’n Roses hits) and Soulfly put the icing on the cake with a blazing set.
Sunday provided no reprieve from the heat. It was still hotter than hell on the Dessel plains but that didn’t keep the fans from going for it, no holds barred!
Thanks to the unbridled enthusiasm of no fewer than 130,000 metalheads, this anni versary edition will go down in GMM history as one of the best ever! Thanks for a fantastic weekend and… see you all next year!!
GRASPOP METAL MEETING 2010 - heading to the festival
On October 7-8 musicians from some of the most important bands on the Swedish metal scene will join forces to pay tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio, who recently passed away.
Songs from Dios career with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and the band Dio will be performed. The core band of the evening will be melodic metallers Lion’s Share, fronted by Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors, Wuthering Heights). Guest artists confirmed this far:
Björn Gelotte and Peter Iwers (In Flames)
Joacim Cans (Hammerfall)
Ian Haugland (Europe)
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, ex-Dio)
Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass)
Johan Edlund (Tiamat)
Joakim Berg and Magnus “Adde” Andreasson (Hardcore Superstar)
Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
Mike Wead (Bible Black, King Diamond)
More guest artits may be added. During the cruise, money will be raised to Dios “Stand up and shout” cancer fund.
Five other bands will be playing on board. Confirmed this far are:
Alien (original line-up!)
Tickets are available from 395 SEK, including part in a cabin.
More info is available on our website: www.swedenrockcruise.com
Bay Area thrash lords TESTAMENT are set to deliver the heaviest metal on AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR with Megadeth and Slayer, as all three bands hit the same stage for the first time in over 20 years on the historical AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR! In celebration of this heralded event, TESTAMENT is offering an amazing chance to meet metal’s legendary thrash kings on tour before they head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden God Album of the Year, Nuclear Blast release titles The Formation Of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt!
The band is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. Act now and make sure to take hold of this great opportunity to meet legendary TESTAMENT! The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:
– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks
Front man Chuck Billy reflected on the VIP experience that TESTAMENT fans can expect this summer:
“If there is one thing true about us, we love our fans so much that we want to hang out with them, give them special shit and then throw them INTO THE PIT! This tour is huge, with three of the greatest bands in metal reuniting on the same stage after 20 years. We want to make you a part of this special event. So hook yourself up with a TESTAMENT AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP Packs.”
See below for all AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR dates, as well as more recently announced international dates:
CATCH TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR
7/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jenuesse
7/24 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/26 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
7/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
7/29 Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre
7/30 London, ONT @ John Labatte Center
8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center
8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell
8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, @ Cap Fed Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/24 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
8/25 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
8/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
9/1 Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
9/3 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre
9/4 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds
SEE TESTAMENT ON THEIR INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES!
7/2 Helsinki – Finland – Tuska Open Air Festival
7/4 Plezen – Czech Republic – Basin FireFest
8/6 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
8/7 Sydney, AUS @ The Manning Venue
8/8 Brisbane, AUS @ HiFi
10/30 Bangalore, INDIA @ Rock In India
TESTAMENT’S highly successful and award-winning album The Formation of Damnation was recently reissued in a deluxe tour edition in celebration of ‘Rust in Peace’ and AMERICAN CARNAGE. See below for information on the album!
The Formation of Damnation (Deluxe Tour Edition)
2-disc deluxe tour edition of the band’s comeback album! Includes bonus
footage of classic tracks + more:
1. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
2. Killing Season
4. The Evil Has Landed
5. The Formation Of Damnation
6. Henchmen Ride
7. More Than Meets The Eye
8. Dangers Of The Faithless
9. False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
10. Leave Me Forever
• The New Order *Audio and Video
• Practice What You Preach *Audio and Video
• Souls Of Black *Audio and Video
*Recorded in Alcatraz for their MTV “52/52” special
Punishment 18 Records is proud to announce the deal with Italian death metallers STILLNESS BLADE, for the release of their second full length. Stillness Blade play old school death metal, taking inspiration from the most representative acts, and characterizing their sound with technical solutions. More news, artwork and tracklist in the next weeks. Punishment 18 Records is glad to welcome Stillness Blade in its roster! Stay tuned for details, keep the metal faith alive! – Stillness Blade –
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are currently working on the forthcoming release of their new live album Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence – Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival set for a November 2010 release date.
Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence will be made available as a CD/DVD set courtesy of Cruz Del Sur Music, as well as a 2xLP set via a joint collaboration between Cruz Del Sur Music, Iron Kodex, and High Roller Records. The DVD portion will contain several bonus features that will be detailed after the band will finish the studio work on the masters.
The release is a stunning 24-track audio capture of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT’s performance at the Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany on February 6th, 2010. The final master will be later synchronized to the multi-camera pro-shot footage, resulting in the band’s very first DVD. This release is guaranteed to take all fans by surprise, seen the awesome quality of both audio and video materials.
The philosophy behind this release is twofold; First, it is an expression of gratitude to everyone who attended the show – who made it such a special, unforgettable experience for the band. Secondly, being that there are so many fans of the band who they’ve not been able to reach tour-wise, this record should help tide those fans over until WHILE HEAVEN WEPT can make it to their town.
In the words of WHW’s Tom Phillips, “The audio quality of this release is incredible – perhaps in some ways better than even Vast Oceans Lachrymose – along with the excellent energy of the performances and the excitement of the improvisations. The video is even more amazing, so expertly filmed and edited by our friends at Streetclip TV in Germany.”
Expect Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence – Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival to be an incredible live testimonial of WHV excellent musicianship and stage power, a release which will haunt your stereo and DVD player for many a night of relentless epic doom!!
Legendary metal vocalist and HOUSECORE RECORDS label founder PHILIP ANSELMO
ANSELMO COMPLETES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TIGHT END JEREMY SHOCKEY, VIDEO TO POST SOON; KRONK GYM FOUNDATION FUND RAISER + ARSON ANTHEM NEWS
Legendary metal vocalist and HOUSECORE RECORDS label founder PHILIP ANSELMO was first invited to visit the New Orleans Saints headquarters this past March to interview Pro Bowler and Saints right tackle Jon Stinchcomb. Recently, ANSELMO returned to interview tight end Jeremy Shockey, had a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, and even tried on retired wide receiver/kick return specialist Michael “Beer Man” Lewis’ Super Bowl ring. Lewis attended the same high school as ANSELMO, and is currently an ambassador for the Saints. See below for photos of Lewis and ANSELMO’s opposing United Way teams battling it out on the ball field for a good cause!
PHILIP ANSELMO has been a die-hard Saints fan his entire life. His interview with tight end Jeremy Shockey will air on the Louisiana Sunday Kickoff, and the remainder of the interview will appear on ANSELMO’s HOUSECORE TV. HOUSECORE TV is the evolution of the HOUSECORE RADIO SHOW, which you can listen to here.
ANSELMO will be attending the Kronk Gym Foundation fundraiser in Detroit this Wednesday, the 30th. ANSELMO is a board member with the foundation. He will visit the UK on July 25th with DOWN to perform at High Voltage, as well as in Spain at the Resurrection Festival the following week. Fans can expect a new ARSON ANTHEM album this fall.
HOUSECORE TV will be available soon! In the meantime, enjoy these exclusive photos!
HYDROGYN completes the Judgement album recording & mixing process. Album cover & Track listing revealed. Special guest vocals and bass by dUg pinnick of King’s X and more…
2. Big Star (featuring dUg pinnick)
3. Self Destruct
5. Rusted Love
6. Gold Dust Woman
7. New Messiah
9. Right Thing Now
10. Lost Reality
Julie – The Voice
Jeff Westlake – Guitars
Jeff Young – Guitars
James LoMenzo – Bass
Joe Migz – Drumz
dUg pinnick – Vocals & Bass
Produced by Jeff Westlake & Jeff Young except “Right Thing Now” Produced By Michael Wagener and Jeff Westlake. Mixed by Jeff Westlake except “Right Thing Now” by Michael Wagener, Jeff Westlake and Julie
The always exciting and ever eclectic group ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS are currently preparing to hit the road across North America once again as part of the “Over The Limit” touring package, which features As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Thick As Blood, Burning The Masses, Circle of Contempt and Blind Witness. This massive trek, which kicks off on July 23rd and runs through August 21st, also features Son of Aurelius and This Or The Apocalypse on select dates. Be sure to see below or head over to www.myspace.com/agatg to view their complete tour itinerary.
See the link below for a quick video update http://www.youtube.com/user/AGATGOFFICIAL#p/u/0/wBYYLuSYx2M
Arthur (guitars) further states: “We couldn’t be more excited for this ‘Over The Limit’ tour. We feel that this line-up makes up for a really diverse package and gives people something different than all the other tours going on this summer. Danza is on it and since they are some of our best friends it is always a blast whenever we get to tour together. Son of Aurelius are also on part of it and I’m telling you that you cannot miss this band. So come out early and bring all your friends.
“Also for those of you have been wondering when we are putting out a new album. We have begun the writing process and already have about three rough songs and a million crazy ideas. This album is going to be our hardest hitting yet! Expect it to be out on Century Media sometime next year.”
British death metal act IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION have confirmed a European headlining tour.
The band, who are currently working on the follow-up to their 2009 debut album, OF WINTER BORN, are due to headline a run of shows throughout Europe and the UK, with support from label-mates AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH, as well as HONOUR IS DEAD.
IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION drummer SAM BAILEY comments:
“We can’t wait to hit Europe, we’ve been writing the new album this year and haven’t had a chance to play live too much – for this tour we’ve got a bunch of new material to play, and a sick live show planned. Another reason why this tour is sick is And Hell Followed With is joining us, they’re the same age as us more or less and we’ve spoken to them and from what we can already tell it’s gonna be a big party.
“Basically we’re just going to be stoked to be playing shows every day, hanging out with some sweet bands and visiting loads of places we haven’t visited yet.”
AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH guitarist KYLE MCILMURRAY adds:
“We’re extremely excited to embark on our Euro tour with our label mates in Ignom. The guys seem really awesome so we’re incredibly stoked. Definitely interested in seeing the difference in the scene across the pond. We’re pretty amped up to have some killer times and make some awesome new friends!” Read the rest of this entry »
System Divide landing page; home to first single, low priced preorder deals, trailer for upcoming music video and more!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – June 29, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming release The Conscious Sedation from the extreme modern metal act SYSTEM DIVIDE, Metal Blade Records has launched a landing page where fans can go to check out music, album artwork, a teaser for the upcoming music video, and specially low priced preorder packages for the album. The first single, The Apex Doctrine, is currently streaming with two more tracks to come before the album is released on September 14.
Preorder packages: The Apex Doctrine CD only $10.99* The Apex Doctrine CD & Logo T-shirt $19.99* The Apex Doctrine CD & Red Skull T-shirt $19.99* *price does not include s/h
The Conscious Sedation track listing is as follows:
1. Vagaries Of Perception
2. An Intoxicating Affair
4. The Apex Doctrine
8. Purity In Imperfection
10. The Conscious Sedation
11. Stagnant Progression
MARIONETTE recently performed a special farewell show for departing vocalist Axel Widén (ZOMBIEKRIG) at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg. Fan-filmed high quality video footage of the song “HateLust” taken from the show can be viewed below.
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks
Veteran Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and guitarist Alex Grossi are the newest recruits to the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Each lends their talent to a unique interpretation of the title track, originated by Led Zeppelin in 1969. Offering a new twist on the familiar classic, Alex provides a nuanced lead while Frankie brings his trademark Zeppelin sensibilities to the drums, making this the first time the two have appeared together on a studio recording. The track was arranged and produced by Paul LaPlaca(Chris Caffrey, The Great Kat, Zandelle), who also contributes acoustic guitar, bass and additional percussion. All vocals are handled by newcomer Celisa Stratton, a supersized songstress of 6’2″ and 400+ lbs. A big, beautiful woman with a big, beautiful voice, she more than embodies the spirit of the album and brings all new meaning to the phrase “Whole Lotta Love.” A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
“Since this is a salute to fat chicks, my intention was to make the song sound FAT,” says vocalist Celisa Stratton. “So I changed the key and utilized my full vocal range to create a whole new version of the song. Hopefully in listening to this track, people will see the point of view of a proud fat woman who has a whole lotta love to give.”
“I put much thought into the best way to approach this,” adds producer Paul LaPlaca. “I ended up with a largely acoustic arrangement with lots of hand percussion and some exotic loops. Interestingly, when Alex and Frankie added their parts, it took the song in a completely different direction that still totally worked.”
“It was a lot of fun providing the drum track for ‘Whole Lotta Love,’” comments Frankie Banali. “To bring some authenticity to this iconic song, I brought in a drum kit of the exact specs used on the original ‘Led Zeppelin II’ sessions, right down to the drumheads. While not copying beat for beat, I played drum parts that are in the spirit of the great John Henry Bonham.”
“I was pretty excited to add my guitars to this song, especially after hearing Frankie’s drums,” continues Alex Grossi. “Overall, I’m glad to be a part of this project, paying tribute to fat chicks everywhere!”
Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – featuring guitarist Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, WITCHERY) – started working with Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) as a new singer after parting ways with JB (GRAND MAGUS) and finished the recordings of their 7th studio-album at Sweetspot Studio with producer Rickard Bengtsson, who already produced the On Fire (2002) and Demons (2005) albums, and is also known for his work with Arch Enemy, OPETH, etc.
“The new Spiritual Beggars album is to my ears some of best stuff I’ve ever done with this band and I’m very much looking forward to releasing the seventh Spiritual Beggars studio album, Return To Zero, with the help and expertise of the InsideOut team! At the end of the day it was a no-brainer to do a new licensing deal with the InsideOut label, they did a great job on the Demons album and the Live Fire! DVD (2006). Since then, they have merged with the Century Media company whom I have a long and successful history with. I already know a lot of the people that will be involved in this release, and that feels good.” says founding member Michael Amott. “I respect InsideOut label boss Thomas Waber for being a true music fan and for his undying enthusiasm and efforts in making this deal happen.”
Also Thomas Waber (IOM) is really happy about re-signing a deal with Spiritual Beggars and welcomes the band again to the InsideOut roster. “We had a great experience with the Demons album and are looking forward to working the new one as well. After all the turmoil last year, things are back on top and better than ever and Spiritual Beggars will no doubt benefit from this!”
The new album, Return To Zero, will be released on August 30th in Europe. In an interview with the Japanese Burrn! Magazine Michael Amott talks about the new singer Apollo and the new album and gives a short impression of how the album sounds like “Apollo’s influences are very much rooted in the classic rock and metal of the 70s and 80s. He is the same age as the rest of us in Spiritual Beggars so we instantly shared a lot of common ground musically, and he really connected with the songs and delivered emotional vocals that really impressed us all. I was always aware of the fact that he is great singer. However, even I was surprised how well his voice fit Spiritual Beggars, in the new and the old songs. Apollo is showing a range and depth on this album that I believe will both surprise and please the Spiritual Beggars fans! The new album has a lot of the typical Spiritual Beggars trademarks, it’s heavy rock with a 70s atmosphere – but I also hear a definite progression and a deeper sense of melody in the songwriting and performances. It’s exactly the kind of record I wanted to make with Spiritual Beggars in 2010!”
On the Spiritual Beggars official MySpace page, the band uploaded a short audio sample of the new album as a pre-listening.
Spiritual Beggars lineup:
Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass) – Guitars
Ludwig Witt (Firebird) – Drums
Per Wiberg (Opeth) – Keyboards
Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Witchery) – Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind) – Vocals
According to Tim Cashmere from Undercover.com.au, the now-legendary Big Four show – which was held on June 22nd at Sofia, Bulgaria’s Sonisphere and featured METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX on stage for the first time – will be screened in selected cinemas across Australia from July 9. For ticketing information, head to Thebigfourlive.com and click on Australia down the bottom.
In September, a DVD/Blu-Ray package will be released showcasing the entire event including two hours of Metallica and one hour each of Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax and the ‘Am I Evil?’ jam. The two-disc set will contain backstage footage and more.