- Chicago metal trio DIAMOND PLATE have confirmed a US tour with Bay Area thrashers HATCHET (Mar 7, 2014)
- VADER COMPLETES RECORDING FOR NEW ALBUM (Mar 7, 2014)
- DEW-SCENTED working on new album; Japan tour and Euro dates with SACRED REICH announced (Mar 7, 2014)
- SABATON RELEASE FIRST ALBUM TRAILER FOR HEROES (Mar 7, 2014)
- LOST SOCIETY: Second Track-By-Track Video Online! (Mar 7, 2014)
- Interview with Lords Of The Trident (Mar 5, 2014)
- Rustfield - Band leader/singer Andrea Rampa (Mar 5, 2014)
- IRON SAVIOR vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck (Mar 4, 2014)
- Darkane - Singer Lawrence Mackrory (Feb 27, 2014)
- Interview with Shred lord Maxxxwell Carlisle (Feb 27, 2014)
- Dark Tranquillity at the House of Blues Hollywood North America Construct Tour 2014 Feb. 22, 2014 (Mar 5, 2014)
- Amon Amarth at The Wiltern Los Angeles Feb. 15, 2014 (Mar 4, 2014)
- Children Of Bodom w. Death Angel & Tyr @ Mac Hall Ballroom, Calgary, Alberta (Mar 4, 2014)
- Behemoth + Cradle Of Filth @ The Forum, London (Mar 2, 2014)
- Toxic Holocaust @ The Underworld (Mar 2, 2014)
Singer Pete Newdeck – Tainted Nation
Interview by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview. Thanks to Massacre Records for providing promo pics.
Pete Newdeck is the singer in Tainted Nation (as well as drummer in Eden’s Curse). I sat down with Pete before the band headed out on tour in the UK to have a chat about the band and the new album. The debut album is titled F.E.A.R. and if you’re into modern metal with an edge, make sure to take a listen to the album. Tainted Nation consists a lot of well known names such as Mark Cross (Firewind, Marco Mendoza, etc.), Ian Nash (Lionsheart) and the Swedish bass demon Pontus Egberg (The Poodles etc). Read on! Read the rest of this entry »
with The Algorithm and Enochian Theory
@ O2 Islington Academy
16th May 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Katherine Tullett
May 27th finally saw the release of Altered State – the 2nd studio album by TesseracT and one of the most exciting albums to come out this year.
Shortly before the album was officially released, TesseracT went on a short UK tour to promote the new material. On 16th of May, the tour came to an end at the London’s O2 Academy Islington where TesseracT guys were joined on stage by Enochian Theory and The Algorithm.
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Acle Kahney – Guitars
Ashe O’Hara – Vocals
Jay Postones – Drums
James Monteith- Guitar
Amos Williams – Bass
@ O2 Islington Academy
Interview by Anna Dumpe
Just moments before TesseracT take to the stage at the O2 Islington Academy in London, we met up with the guitarist James Monteith to talk about their new album Altered State, which was released on May 27th, 2013, via Century Media Records.
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Vreth – Vocals
Routa – Guitars
Skrymer – Guitars
Trollhorn – Keyboards, Guitar
Virta – Keyboards
Tundra – Bass
Beast Dominator – Drums
Interview by Victoria Fenbane
Just before Finntroll take the stage tonight, I managed to pop onto the Finntroll tour bus to catch-up with Mathias ‘Vreth’ Lillmåns [vocalist] and Madon ‘Routa’ Karlboms [Guitarist] before the last of a handful of exclusive release shows, promoting their latest full length release ‘Blodsvept’.
They ponder alcoholic accompaniments as they discuss the creation of ‘Blodsvept’ and the bands policy of remaining as unpredictable as possible!
WHITE WIZZARD have confirmed the first dates for a European headlining tour, which kicks off on September 27th in Brighton, England.
The band will be hitting the road in support of their new studio album, THE DEVILS CUT, starting off with a string of shows in the UK. The band will then be moving on to continental Europe, with dates due to be announced soon.
WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman JON LEON comments:
“We are very excited to get back over to Europe. Giovanni and I have worked hard to get a solid line-up of guys that will actually tour and stick it out and to make White Wizzard a stable entity for the fans. We appreciate all of our fans being so patient and supportive. What we have now is a line-up that has been together over a year that is very dedicated and serious. The fans will finally get to see the five guys that recorded the album and we promise we will not disappoint.
“This is only the beginning as we are already writing the next album and we are hungry to finally see the band through to its intended vision. If you dig the album, just wait until you see this group of guys live. We are on a mission in its first stages and we hope you come along for the ride. It is going to be a blast!!!”
It was the first bus tour in the United States for Steel Panther and 88 Miles West were invited to sit in the back of the bus for a chat with Stix Zadinia (drums) and Lexxi Foxx (bass) to talk numerous things such as Lexxi’s ability to communicate with birds and makeup tips, while Stix puts on a show and offerssome driving advice. Plus, there’s a scoop on the new record.
Check out the interview here.
In the Artisan News report below, guitarist Satchel and Lexxi Foxx reveal that the band is working on music for a new album:
Steel Panther return to Canada for a pair of shows this summer:
9 – Imperial De Quebec – Quebec City, QC
10 – Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau – Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC
Tampa, Florida’s The Absence has announced the official release of their new single, Oceans. The Absence, throughout three releases for Metal Blade Records and several years of touring in support, has been carried by an enormous swell of ups and downs in the extreme. Those who remain to begin the next stage of this voyage have grown stronger both as a group, and individuals as they have ridden the ebb and flow. There is a new dawn on the horizon for The Absence, a chance to head in new directions with fresh philosophies, music, and a renewed commitment to cause a blinding wake that will cut through the storm, which threatens to capsize even the bravest of ships. The single has opened to an amazing and supportive fan response and is now available for download and stream via the group’s Bandcamp page, iTunes, Amazon, and most stores and streaming sites around the world.
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Assembly member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored Chuck Billy, an Antioch resident and the vocalist for Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, on the State Assembly floor for the positive influence he has made in the Native American community and on the general public.
On January 14, 2013, Chuck Billy earned the distinction as the first Native American entertainer to be permanently featured in the memorabilia display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chuck was also among those recognized in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibit, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture.
“The world of music is inhabited by creative and talented individuals whose work enhances the quality of life for all who are fortunate enough to have entered their sphere of influence,” said Jim Frazier. “Not only does Chuck Billy embody all of these admirable qualities, he also personifies the strength and enduring spirit of Native Americans.”
Chuck Billy, a descendent of the Pomo Native Americans, was born in Oakland and spent much of his youth on the Hopland Indian Reservation north of San Francisco. He is best known as the vocalist for TESTAMENT, where he plays several songs including “Trail of Tears”, “Allegiance”, and “Native Blood”, in honor of his ancestral lineage.
ANTI-MORTEM, Nuclear Blast Entertainment’s recent signing, will be embarking on their inaugural tour of the U.S. and Canada as support for headliners Holy Grail. The stretch of 28 shows will launch on June 19th in San Diego, California and end with the band’s debut in Hollywood, California on July 26th at The Whisky.
“Destroy,” a new heavy-metal instrumental single by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Sepultura, Sebastian Bach) can be downloaded now for free from the Zombie Squash facebook page in advance of its June 17th release date at iTunes & Amazon.“Destroy” was written, performed and produced by Roy Z and is the first single from the upcoming soundtrack for the free iOS and Android game Zombie Squash which stars the voice-talents of George A. Romero, the iconic director of “Night of the Living Dead.”
RIVAL SONS are due to kick off a European Saturday, June 8th – at Kivenlahti Rock festival in Finland
RIVAL SONS will be trekking around Europe for a month in support of their latest album, HEAD DOWN, including a number of festival appearances and headlining shows, as well as three shows with rock legends KISS.
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, recently completed an official music video for the song “The Wanderer” with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, DREAM EVIL, MNEMIC). The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Circle, which was released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. “We’ve had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always,” commented the band. “See for yourselves – for us, it’s one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we’ve done so far! Enjoy & keep rocking!” The video will premiere online next Tuesday, June 11. In the meantime, screenshots from the shoot can be found attached below.
It’s going to be a cracking weekend and we hope to see you there!
VREID: Norwegian Black ‘N’ Roll Tyrants Prepare For North American Assault Next Week; Live Drummer Announced
In just a little over a week, Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion VREID will take their sonic mayhem to North America alongside headliners Melechesh. Set to commence June 16 in Los Angeles, California, the long-awaited roadside assault includes over two weeks of live devastation, concluding in Brooklyn, New York on June 30. Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies.