Turisas streaming ‘Stand up and fight’ on myspace

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG
TURISAS - FINISHES NEW ALBUM

TURISAS

TURISAS are gearing up to release their lauded new album ‘Stand Up and Fight’ on March 8th and are now giving fans their first chance to hear the record. That’s right, the mighty third album from TURISAS is now streaming exclusively at their MySpace page. Visit http://www.myspace.com/turisasofficial for your chance to hear the record now!

Decibel Magazine praises TURISAS, saying “they’ve made every song catch and distinctive, and that’s hard to do … Raise your fists in the air and follow TURISAS on their never-ending journey!” The band is currently on tour alongside Cradle of Filth, Nachtmystium and Daniel Lioneye. Check them out at the remaining dates below.

2/25 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
2/26 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
2/27 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
2/28 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
3/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
3/3 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
3/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/5 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/6 Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
3/8 Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
3/9 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/11 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/12 Orlando, FL @ Firestone
3/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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THE HAUNTED – launch title track of new album “Unseen” online

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG
THE HAUNTED - "Unseen"

THE HAUNTED - "Unseen"

In the light of the upcoming release date for THE HAUNTED’s much anticipated new studio album “Unseen” on March 22nd in North America, the album’s catchy title track has been launched online for you to check out via the band’s official Facebook account: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedofficial.

Here is a message from the band about the song’s launch: “Well, the “Unseen” release is getting closer. Simply put: It feels just awesome! We are all damn proud of this album and can’t wait to get it out there. Today, we start off by giving you a sample of the title track “Unseen”. Enjoy!”

THE HAUNTED had previously premiered another new song off “Unseen” by playing the track “No Ghost” live at the P3 Guld Awards which were broadcasted in Swedish National TV. Check out a clip from the event here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QkWsJ80XDw

The track-listing for THE HAUNTED’s “Unseen” is as follows:

1. Never Better
2. No Ghost
3. Catch 22
4. Disappear
5. Motionless
6. Unseen
7. The Skull
8. Ocean Park
9. The City
10. Them
11. All Ends Well
12. Done

A pre-order featuring ‘Unseen’ and an exclusive shirt design is available through CMDistro.com. Check it out here: http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Haunted-_The_-_-Unseen-_CD_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG000619

THE HAUNTED’s touring schedule to promote the release of “Unseen” keeps growing and all upcoming confirmed shows now look as follows:

THE HAUNTED Live 2011:
19.03. Trondheim, Norway – Trondheim Metal Fest
22.03. Tampere, Finland – Klubi
23.03. Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
24.03. Turku, Finland – Klubi
25.03. Seinäjoki, Finland – Rytmikorjaamo
06.04. Odense, Denmark – Posten
07.04. Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock
08.04. Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
09.04. Esbjerg, Denmark – Tobakken
14.04. Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
15.04. Göteborg, Sweden – Brewhouse
06.05. Haugesund, Norway – KarmöyGeddon Festival
12.05. Uden, The Netherlands – De Pul Live
13.05. Dordrecht, The Netherlands – Bibelot
14.05. Bomal-sur-Ourthe, Belgium – Durbuy Rock Festival
15.05. Flensburg, Germany – The Roxy
21.05. Osaka, Japan – Hatch
22.05. Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
26.05. Brisbane, Australia – Hi Fi
27.05. Sydney, Australia – Manning Bar
28.05. Melbourne, Australia – Hi Fi
09.06. Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
18.06. Clisson, France – Hellfest
24.06. Nummijärvi, Finland – Nummi Rock Festival
02.07. Borlänge, Sweden – Peace And Love Festival
06.08. Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air Festival
18.08. Dinkelsbühl, Germany – Summer Breeze Festival

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SIGN OF THE JACKAL TO RELEASE “THE BEYOND”

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG
SIGN OF THE JACKAL - "THE BEYOND"

SIGN OF THE JACKAL - "THE BEYOND"

Italy’s traditional heavy metal warriors SIGN OF THE JACKAL first gained praise from the international metal community during late 2009 with the release of their debut single, Haunted House Tapes. Gearing up for a busy 2011, SIGN OF THE JACKAL have returned with The Beyond, a five track Maxi EP to be released by HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in advance of the band’s appearance at Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE festival alongside label mates ENFORCER and VEKTOR in April. A collection of rare studio tracks and obscure cover versions for die-hard heavy metal maniacs, The Beyond will be released in a limited edition of 2000 CDs and 500 vinyl MLPs on March 8th in the USA and March 14th in Europe. Vinyl version also includes an exclusive bonus sixth track. SIGN OF THE JACKAL’s female fronted melodic metal attack fuses influences from classic Italian horror films from legends such as Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava and Dario Argento with pure heavy metal for fans of Warlock, Doro, Iron Maiden, Acid, Bitch and Blacklace or, more recently, Enforcer, RAM, White Wizzard and Cauldron.

 

Catch SIGN OF THE JACKAL live at KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL XIV:

April 29th-30th 2011 Lauda Koenigshofen, GERMANY

 

Born in the frigid winter of 2007 in the Rovereto, Italy four friends were brought together by a mutual passion for classic heavy metal and horror movies. These four friends sought to create a band that paid homage to such 80’s metal legends as Warlock, Black Knight, Taist of Iron, Black Lace, Judas Priest and Lizzy Borden-that band became SIGN OF THE JACKAL. The core of the band was formed with Bob on rhythm/lead guitar, Sergio Mate on drums, Kill on bass and lead vocalist and front woman Laura on vocals. The bulk of gigs in their first year found SIGN OF THE JACKAL covering their favorite classic metal songs, opting to avoid the hits and instead keep things interesting with a set list full of rare b-sides and obscure album tracks. However, the band desired to write their own songs and have a fuller sound so in April 2008 rhythm guitarist Max was added to complete the line-up. With the line up complete, SIGN OF THE JACKAL quickly found their own sound, meshing together classic metal and horror influences to create a buzz for themselves amongst European underground metal fans. By Winter 2008 SIGN OF THE JACKAL’s debut two track demo, the aptly-named Haunted House Tapes, found its way across the Atlantic to American underground metal fans and ultimately to HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS which gave Haunted House Tapes the vinyl treatment. Shortly after the release of the single, original bassist Kill was replaced by Roby Knife. With their new and improved line-up, SIGN OF THE JACKAL will be appearing at Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE festival in April and are currently working on their full length album In the Mark of the Beast which will see release later this year on HEAVY ARTILLERY.

Listen to SIGN OF THE JACKAL at http://www.myspace.com/signofthejackalmetal or at http://heavyartillery.bandcamp.com/album/the-beyond

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URIAH HEEP’s «Into the Wild» scheduled for release

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG

Frontiers Records has scheduled the release of URIAH HEEP’s forthcoming studio album “Into the Wild” on April 15th in Europe and May 3rd in North America.

Produced by Mike Paxman (Status Quo, Asia) the new album will include the following songs: Nail On The Head, I Can See You, Into The Wild, Money Talk, Trail Of Diamonds, Lost, Believe, Southern Star, I’m Ready, T-bird Angel, Kiss Of Freedom.

The cover art was designed again by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (LYNYRD SKYNYRD, STYX, SAGA etc). A videoclip for “Nail on the Head” is going to be shot in the coming days and will be added to the album as a special interactive tool.

The band has also recently posted a new video recording diary which can be seen here:


European and Australian tour dates have been announced already and can be found on the band’s official websites. The first leg of the US tour was also recently announced:

6/14/2011 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
6/15/2011 Chattanooga TN Riverbend Festival
6/17/2011 Kettering OH Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
6/18/2011 Annapolis MD Rams Head on Stage
6/19/2011 Falls Church VA State Theater
6/20/2011 Sellersville PA Sellersville
6/22/2011 New York BB King Blues Club
6/23/2011 Foxborough MA Showcase Live
6/24/2011 Jim Thorpe PA Penn’s Peak
6/25/2011 Ridgefield CT Ridgefield Play House
6/27/2011 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall
8/12/2011 Three Forks MT Rocking the Rivers Festival Site
8/14/2011 Rochester MN Mayo Park

Weblinks: www.uriah-heep.com / www.frontiers.it / www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords

SAMPLES:

Nail on the Head
I Can See You
Into The Wild

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HAVOK: Denver Thrash Titans Check In From The Road

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG

Vocalist /guitarist David Sanchez of Denver thrash titans HAVOK, who are currently pillaging the lands on tour with Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation, recently checked in with an update from the road. “Tour is getting better and better! Everyone gets along and we’re all having fun. I can’t wait to get to Denver and the West Coast. It’s party time!”

HAVOK United Hate Across America Tour 2011 [remaining dates]:

w/ Malevolent Creation, Blown Chaos, The Absence and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace

2/24/2011 The Annex – Madison, WI

2/25/2011 Fubar – St. Louis, MO

2/26/2011 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

2/27/2011 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

2/28/2011 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

3/01/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

3/02/2011 Branx – Portland, OR

3/04/2011 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

3/05/2011 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

3/06/2011 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

3/07/2011 EBGB’s – Amarillo, TX

3/08/2011 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX

3/09/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX

3/10/2011 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

Team HAVOK are readying for the release of their upcoming new full-length entitled Time Is Up, which is slated for a March 29th street date via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to the ravaging Burn long-player was mastered by James Murphy and features ten tracks of flawlessly executed thrash anthems. Said Rock Hospital in an early review of the record: “Time Is Up is a killer sophomore effort by four dudes who do justice to their musical forefathers. Cliff Burton would smile on this release.” Added Thrash Hits, “Playing a style of metal that has been around 30 years always runs the risk of feeling tired and overly derivative, but Time Is Up is so lively and bubbling over with personality that it never so much as flirts with those potential pitfalls.” Metal Review agreed: “Havok’s purest intention is to thrash your face into a circle-pitted-pulp, and more often than not they’re wildly successful.”

Check out a Time Is Up video teaser:

HAVOK formed in 2004. After two self-released albums, the band caught the attention of England’s Candlelight Records and by the Spring of 2009, the band unleashed Burn to the metal masses. The album peaked on CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at 15 and broke MediaGuide’s Top 10.

 

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KAMALA: new video clip of the band is officially released

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG

The controversial video clip for the song “The Fall,” composed by the band KAMALA and extracted from the album “Fractal” was finally released on the group’s official channel for viewing. The material was produced by the team composed by Léo Alves and Thiago Pinheiro, made by Studio Kaiowas, it counted with the participation of the proper musicians of the KAMALA as actors of the boarded tram.

Credits:

Original title: The Fall

Length: 4 minutes

Genre: Drama / Violence

Band: Kamala

Director: Kaiowas Studio

Screenplay: Kaiowas Studio

Production and Direction: Leo Alves and Thiago Pinheiro

Consulting and Distribution: MS Metal Press

Actors: Raphael, Nicholas, Andreas and Ricardo (Kamala), Thiago Pinheiro

Photography: Leo Alves andThiago Pinheiro

Costumes: Kamala / Lady Snake

Edition: Leo Alves

Special Effects: Leo Alves and Thiago Pinheiro

Rating: Over 18

The KAMALA is still riding his agenda = diary(?) for concerts of your current tour in support of their second album “Fractal”.

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GAMA BOMB ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES, DISCUSS NEXT ALBUM

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG

Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have confirmed dates for a UK tour, which kicks off on May 8th in London.

The band are due to do a last run of shows in support of their latest album, TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE, before taking a break to work on new material.

GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE comments:

“We’ll be hitting the UK for a string of dates in May which will wrap up our touring for the Tales from the Grave in Space album.  Once we’ve struck the last chord of this tour, we’ll be retreating to Ireland to begin really digging into work on writing our new, as-yet untitled album.  We’ve already written some bits and pieces and are looking forward to taking it to some demented new places, and are certain it’s going to be a radical step in a new direction for us – while still being totally thrash, totally blistering and totally GAMA BOMB.

“The last year has been amazing, making a bit of music history; touring the US for the first time; drinking many exotic drinks…  This experience has given us a taste for adventure that’s going to come across on our new material.  Before then, however, we invite all UK GAMA BOMB fans to join us in raising a glass to send off Tales in style.”

Catch GAMA BOMB live on tour at the following shows:

08 May – London, UK – The Underworld
09 May – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
10 May – Bristol, UK – The Croft
11 May – Reading, UK – Face Bar
12 May – Middlesbrough, UK – The Crown
13 May – Dundee, UK – Beat Generator
14 May – Derby, UK – The Old Bell
15 May – Manchester, UK – Witchwood

View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/gamabomb_uk_may11.jpg

GAMA BOMB’s latest album, TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE, and previous album, CITIZEN BRAIN, are available now worldwide.  Get them in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_50 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_50

TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE is also still available to download for free at http://www.earache.com/gamabomb

For more GAMA BOMB news and info, head to:

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/gamabomb
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/GAMA-BOMB/18904143362
Twitter – http://twitter.com/gamabombspeaks

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Announcement from DEMONICAL, the masters of Swedish Death Metal Darkness

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG

“It is with great delight we can hereby announce that Cyclone Empire has set April 15th as the release-date for “Death Infernal”, our anticipated third full-length album. The album which will be released as a limited digipack CD, regular CD and limited LP is clearly our most varied, elaborated and simply best release so far.

Once again we recorded it at Necromorbus Studios in the dark suburbs of Stockholm with our own vocalist Mr Sverker Widgren behind the knobs. Sverker did a great job with the production and the sound and outcome turned out way better than what we had expected.
We recorded eleven tunes all in all, including a cover by mighty Emperor, and we are now ready and prepared to cleanse the world with our Death Metal Darkness!”

01. The Arrival of Armageddon
02. Return in Flesh
03. Black Inferno
04. Ravenous
05. March for Victory
06. Through Hellfire
07. All will Perish (The Final Liberation)
08. Slain Warriors
09. Darkness Awaits
10. From Northern Shores *
11. Night of the Graveless Souls *

* bonus tracks on the digipack and vinyl versions.

The track “March for Victory” can be streamed as a “pre-video” and MP3 here:

Direct link to YouTube;: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRKr27HVYzM
YouTube : www.youtube.com/Demonicalofficial
Facebook : www.facebook.com/Demonicalofficial
MySpace : www.myspace.com/thedemonicalhorde
Web : www.demonical.net


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Upcoming tourdates:

DEMONICAL + FERAL + ARROGANZ (* + GLORIA MORTI ) – Death Infernal tour 2011
03.05 (SWE) Stockholm / Sugarbar *
05.05 (GER) Hamburg / Bambi Galore *
06.05 (GER) Bad Oeynhausen / Black Sabbath *
07.05 (NL) Eindhoven / The Rambler *
08.05 (BEL) Oostende / OHK *
09.05 (UK) London / Purple Turtle *
10.05 (FRA) Valenciennes / Peniche Igelrock *
11.05 (GER) Neuss / Das Haus *
12.05 (GER) Aalen / Rock It *
13.05 (ITA) Brescia / Decimo Secolo
14.05 (ITA) Gorizia / Pieffe Factory
15.05 (SLO) Ljubljana / Channel Zero
17.05 (AT) Vienna / Escape Metalcorner
18.05 (SK) Banska Bystrica / Tirish Pub
19.05 (CZE) Prague / Modra Vopice
20.05 (GER) Jena / Rosenkeller
21.05 (GER) Lübeck / Treibsand

Tour poster : http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/133/l_648c231386574dadb0e085e327ab72bc.jpg

“The time has come to raise the throne once again! Infernal Death spreads through 17 cities in 19 days, together with Feral, Arroganz and Gloria Morti, in what seems to become the greatest Demonical tour so far! After 8 months off the road, we are truly looking forward to play our new album “Death Infernal” live and meet our allies all over Europe again. What Stays on the road Happens on the road! Let the earth tremble, once again!”
/ Sverker (Demonical)

DEMONICAL @ festivals 2011
18.08 (GER) Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze Festival
30.09 (IND) Darjeeling / The Underground Unleashed Festival

More shows tba soon.

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EVILE GUITARIST FEATURED ON NEW DESTRUCTION ALBUM

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG
Destruction - Day Of Reckoning

Destruction - Day Of Reckoning

OL DRAKE, lead guitarist for British thrashers EVILE, is featured as a guest musician on the new album from German thrash legends DESTRUCTION.

OL DRAKE had previously filled in for DESTRUCTION guitarist MIKE SIFRINGER in 2009 at Portugal’s Caos Emergente festival, after SIFRINGER broke a finger on his left hand.  DRAKE was asked to join the German thrashers in the studio to play some solos and harmonies on the new DESTRUCTION release, titled DAY OF RECKONING.

OL DRAKE comments:

“Just got a package through the mail from sir Schmier, which contained the newest Destruction album, “Day of Reckoning”.  I had the huge honour of doing a few guest solos and harmonies on the album, as well as on their awesome cover of Dio’s “Stand Up and Shout” (which is one of my favourite Dio tracks!).  To fly over there, do some recording, backing vocals and hang out with Mike and Schmier again was an experience I’ll never forget.

“Being a big Destruction fan, I can’t put into words how unbelievable it is, and was, to be a part of the album.  Also, with being a Destruction fan, I can safely say this is one of the best albums they’ve done in a long time (no, not because I’m on it… Well, a little haha).  Our old bassist, Mike, was a huge Destruction fan, so I really hope he’d be proud.  I remember when I told him I’d be standing in on guitar for Destruction’s Mike at a show in Portugal; he simply called me a “bastard”.  I think he was more excited than I was haha.  Long live Destruction!”

View a photo of OL DRAKE with the new DESTRUCTION CD: http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_ol_destructioncd.jpg

EVILE’s thrash metal anthem, “Thrasher”, is available now on the Rock Band Network, along with every song from the band’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS.  Get the tracks now by heading to EVILE’s official Rock Band Network page at http://www.rockband.com/songs/artists/Evile

Both of EVILE’s albums, ENTER THE GRAVE and INFECTED NATIONS, are available now worldwide.  Get them in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to:

Official website – http://www.evile.co.uk
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/evileuk
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/evileuk
Twitter – http://twitter.com/evileuk

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FIREWIND – Special Gus G. guitar-contest presented by Guitar (DE) and Top Guitar (PL) launched online!

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG
FIREWIND – Special Gus G. guitar-contest presented by Guitar (DE) and Top Guitar (PL) launched online!

FIREWIND – Special Gus G. guitar-contest presented by Guitar (DE) and Top Guitar (PL) launched online!

Greek melodic Metallers FIREWIND, lead by guitar-virtuoso Gus G., continue to promote their latest killer album release “Days Of Defiance” around the globe and have now launched a very special online contest:

 

Presented by the Guitar magazine (Germany) and Top Guitar magazine (Poland), Gus G. showcases some of his breathtaking playing techniques in a clip that invites other talented players to reproduce the piece as video recording on their own in order qualify to be handpicked by Gus to win one of his ESP Ltd. signature model guitars as well as a Blackstar HT 5S Ministack Amp. Additionally FIREWIND shirts will be given away too…

 

The contest runs up to April 15th, 2011, so find more details and get ready for some quality shredding right here (or watch it below): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzpCnZol_zk

 

Gus G. checks in as follows: Hi all, just wanted to give you a little update on what’s been going on in our world lately. Although I’ve been on tour in N. America rocking on Ozzy Osbourne’s side the past few months, FIREWIND have been working on our upcoming plans and we really need you to stay tuned for this one, cause this Spring super cool news are coming your way and they involve a new video & single, tourdates (I know our fans have been waiting for these…) + even more cool stuff!

But we thought we’d start out by giving away some gear, cause that’s how cool our camp & endorsement partners are! So, check out the video contest that Century Media put together. The idea is very cool, all you gotta do is just play one (or actually a few) of my licks as demonstrated on the video and post them online. I’ll check them ALL out and pick the winner who will get my signature ESP guitar and a very cool HT-5 Blackstar amp!


I’m always very flattered when I hear from guitar players that my music and playing inspires and influences them. I’d love to see your videos ripping on these licks and hopefully you’ll be the lucky one!”

FIREWIND have recently been confirmed to appear with the song “World On Fire” as part of a new ten-song mega pack in February for Activision Publishing’s “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock” alongside Children Of Bodom, Black Label Society and others. For more information about “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” and the entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit: www.guitarhero.com

 

And here are all upcoming FIREWIND live shows:

 

FIREWIND live shows 2011:

03.03.2011 Club Quattro – Osaka, Japan

04.03.2011 Club Quattro – Nagoya, Japan

05.03.2011 Club Quattro – Tokyo, Japan

19.06.2011 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France / www.hellfest.fr

25.06.2011 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium / www.graspop.be

 

More dates will be announced soon…

 

Check out the furious opening track “The Ark Of Lies” from FIREWIND’s current masterpiece album “Days Of Defiance” completely free after you tweet or Facebook about the song. Go here for more details: www.centurymedia.com/specials/firewind/

 

 

FIREWIND online:

http://www.firewind.gr

http://www.myspace.com/firewind

 

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QUEENSRYCHE Currently In The Studio Wrapping Up “Bob”

February 24th, 2011
by Celtic Bob

Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren — collectively and collaboratively known as the rock band, Queensryche — recently entered the studio to lay down what will be the band’s first studio recording since their ambitious American Soldier project in March of 2009.

Due out on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records later this spring, the working title of the forthcoming effort is once again “Bob.”

“Our very first demo was recorded on a cassette tape by a guy named Bob,” explains front man Geoff Tate. “We’ve kept that tradition ever since and, to this day, put all of our demos in the original case labeled ‘Bob’ until we actually have an album title.”

Very superstitious, indeed.

The project has been a true meeting of the creative minds since it began earlier this year.

And if you think you know “Bob,” think again…

The tentative moniker certainly wasn’t meant to be a palindrome like Black Sabbath’s Live Evil… that’s just they way it turned out.

“We’ll certainly have the name of the album soon,” states Tate. “In the mean time, we hope you’re getting ready to welcome ‘Bob’ into your own, individual rock universe.”

Coming soon.

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MR. BIG New Release «What If… »

February 24th, 2011
by Celtic Bob

MR. BIG is back with their highly anticipated new studio album entitled « What If… » out now on Frontiers Records.

«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members,  Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a  good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.

Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.

« What If… » was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden)  and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.

Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark “shredding” musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.

Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.

“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.

“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).

The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.

For more information go to www.mrbigsite.com

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EPICA Guitarist’s MAYAN: First Audio Sample Released

February 24th, 2011
by EvilG

The first audio sample of “Quarterpast”, the debut album from MAYAN, the new band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst, can be streamed using the audio player below.

MaYaN – teaser

MaYaN

MaYaN

 

“Quarterpast” will be released on May 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD is being recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (EPICA, KAMELOT).

 

“Quarterpast” will feature vocal contributions from the following musicians:

 

* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER)

* Ariën van Weesenbeek (EPICA)

* Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER)

* Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER)

* Simone Simons (EPICA)

* Henning Basse (SONS OF SEASONS)

* Laura Macrì (Italian opera singer)

 

Due to his “very busy schedule,” bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (PESTILENCE, OBSCURA) recently left MAYAN and was replaced by Rob van der Loo (ex-SUN CAGED, DELAIN).

 

In a recent interview with The Great Southern Brainfart, Mark Jansen stated about MAYAN, “It started as just something for fun but soon it grew into something that had to be perfect as well. I thought it was just for fun to make music with old friends but now it’s as serious for me as EPICA is. Of course, EPICA remains my priority band and that’s the band that’s doing the most of the tours but MAYAN will fill in the gaps and maybe we will do some touring with EPICA in the future.”

 

When asked if the MAYAN material will — conceptually and lyrically — be similar to EPICA, Mark replied, “Lyrically, you will find a lot of comparisons because it’s my style of writing. I didn’t attempt to write about completely different stuff. It could have been lyrics for an EPICA CD as well but music-wise it’s completely different. It contains way more grunts and it’s way more heavy. It is still symphonic because I love that kind of music. It’s like a mixture of SYMPHONY X and OPETH style. That kind of direction.”

 

MAYAN is:

 

* Mark Jansen (EPICA, ex-AFTER FOREVER) – Guitar, Vocals

* Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) – Keyboards

* Frank Schiphorst – Guitar, Vocals

* Rob van der Loo (ex-SUN CAGED, DELAIN) – Bass

* Isaac Delahaye (EPICA) – Guitar

* Ariën van Weesenbeek (EPICA) – Drums

 

For more information, visit MAYAN‘s official MySpace page.

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CAULDRON JOIN HOLY GRAIL FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG
Cauldron - Burning Fortune

Cauldron - Burning Fortune

Canadian heavy metal heroes CAULDRON will once again be hard at work bringing their timeless metal sound straight into the hearts of the fans as they join HOLY GRAIL for a North American tour this spring.

 

CAULDRON will be supporting HOLY GRAIL on all US dates, but due to the overwhelming demand of their longtime Canadian fans, the band will co-headline each date in their homeland and play a longer set each night in the great white north.

 

Here are the dates:

 

Apr 15 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room

Apr 16 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Opera House

Apr 17 Portland, OR – Dante’s

Apr 18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon Lounge

Apr 19 Vancouver, BC – Media Club

Apr 21 Calgary, AB – Republik

Apr 22 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill

Apr 25 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert

Apr 26 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks

Apr 28 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room

Apr 29 Quebec City, QC – l’Agitée

Apr 30 Montreal, QC – Il Motore

May 01 Boston, MA – Great Scott

May 02 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground

May 03 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

May 04 New York, NY – Union Pool

May 05 Washington, DC – Red Palace

May 06 Columbus, OH – The Summit

May 07 Chicago, IL – Subterranean

May 08 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

May 09 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room

May 10 Denver, CO – Three Kings Tavern

May 11 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas

May 12 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theatre

 

Fans take note. There are only a few shows left in CAULDRON’s current Canadian tour. Here are the remaining dates:

 

Feb. 24 – Quebec, QC – Scanner Club

Feb. 25 – Moncton, NB – The Manhattan

Feb. 26 – Dartmouth, NS – CD Heaven (early in-store show)

Feb. 26 – Halifax, NS – Gus’ Pub

Feb. 28 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital

 

CAULDRON’s new album, BURNING FORTUNE is out now. Order the album with special CAULDRON merch packs at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_668_700

 

CAULDRON’s newly released album, BURNING FORTUNE is currently the number 1 most added album on the CMJ Loud Rock charts. Keep the momentum going and request the infectious track, “Miss You To Death” from your local radio station today.

 

Canadian heavy metal heroes CAULDRON are the latest Earache group to storm into the world of Rock Band with a brand new track, “All Or Nothing”, which is available to download now for Xbox 360. Purchase it now from the official page on the Rock Band Network: http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5005338

 

For more CAULDRON news and info, head to:

 

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/cauldronmetal

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CAULDRONmetal

Tumblr – http://cauldronmetal.tumblr.com

Twitter – http://twitter.com/cauldronmetal

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KATANA Signs To Listenable Records

February 23rd, 2011
by EvilG

Listenable Records is pleased to announce the signing of Swedish heavy metal band KATANA. They deliver a show that is 100% pure adrenaline and will take the audience straight back to the golden age of the early 80’s.  KATANA is the next big thing in traditional heavy metal !!

The music of KATANA is heavily influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept. The band definitely shows that the genre is more alive than ever and their newly recorded debut album, Heads Will Roll, will set a new standard for what classic heavy metal is supposed to sound like in 2011.

Heads Will Roll entered the official Swedish sales chart at No.42 and at No.3 on the metal chart the first week of its release.

Check out a video for the song  “Heart Of Tokyo.”

 

KATANA are :

Patrik Essén – Guitars

Tobias Karlsson – Guitars

Johan Bernspång – Vocals

Susanna Salminen – Bass

Anders Persson – Drums

 

www.myspace.com/bladeofkatana

www.facebook.com/#!/KatanaOfficial

 

 

 

www.listenable.net

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