SWEDEN – Swedish melodic death metal titan, Arch Enemy, has begun recording a new studio album, the long awaited successor to 2007’s acclaimed Rise Of The Tyrant album. After releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live In Japan live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album, The Root Of All Evil (2009), the band’s ninth studio album will mark a return to new, original material.
The yet-to-be-named album will be self-produced by Arch Enemy, and engineered/mixed by Rickard Bengtsson (whom produced 2005’s Doomsday Machine). The band has recently entered Sweetspot Studio in the south of Sweden for the album’s recording process, and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who just finished off tracking his parts, checked in with the following report:
“After an intense but inspiring stay in the studio, I’ve just completed recording the drum tracks for the upcoming Arch Enemy album! We’re working once again with Rickard Bengtsson, who produced ‘Doomsday Machine’, and he quickly dialed in an absolutely pristine drumtone! I’ve also had the expertise of local drum guru Beppe Wackelin at hand, helping out with tuning and kindly letting me use some of his vintage drums. This time around I’ve used a Pearl Reference drum kit, while incorporating various snare drums on songs that demanded a slightly different feel.
We had a very inspiring and creative time writing this album, I think this is definitely evident when listening to the new songs. There’s tons of variation in the material, ranging all the way from very melodic to extremely heavy. As you can expect there’s no shortage of killer riffs and intricate guitar work, the Amott Bros have come up with some very cool yet demanding ideas! This album has some of the fastest songs I’ve ever recorded, along with a bunch of heavy pounding mid tempo songs. As always, it’s difficult to describe music in words – but rest assured – this album will be one heavy fucker!”
A video of Daniel recording can be seen below:
The band has confirmed several summer dates and festivals in support of the forthcoming album.
ARCH ENEMY – Live 2011:
27-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
28-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau
29-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining
31-May 2011 – Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
04-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Hungary
05-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic
25-June-2011 – Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
12-July-2011 – Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia
14-July-2011 – Lez’ Art Scenique Festival, Selesat, France
22-July-2011 – Tuska, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
18/19/20-August-2011 – Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl, Germany
27-August-2011 – Summers End Open Air, Andernach, Germany
(New York, NY) – CROWBAR have released another brand new song, “Let Me Mourn” from
their upcoming release “Sever The Wicked Hand,” due out February 8th, 2011. “This is one of my
personal favorites on the record. Haunting vocals and melodies. Low tuned doom at it’s finest,”
says front man Kirk Windstein.
The band will release their crushing, long-awaited new studio album, “Sever The Wicked Hand”
on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 via eOne Music. The full album is available now for pre-order on
iTunes. Click here to get it: http://bit.ly/faUOCI
The new album, produced by Kirk Windstein and mixed by Zeuss, is the band’s first new album
of all new original studio material since 2005’s “Lifesblood for the Downtrodden.” Windstein
recently told Decibel Magazine, “This is probably the most important record of Crowbar’s
A full track listing is available here below.
01. Isolation (Desperation)
02. Sever The Wicked Hand
03. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
04. Let Me Mourn
05. The Cemetery Angels
06. As I Become One
07. A Farewell To Misery
08. Protectors Of The Shrine
09. I Only Deal In Truth
10. Echo An Eternity
11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
MARIONETTE Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia; In Mixing Mode; Video Diary From UK Headline Tour Available
Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE has signed a worldwide
publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia (MESHUGGAH,
SABATON). The band is currently mixing its as-of-yet-untitled third album
with Pontus Hjelm (DEAD BY APRIL) at Studio PH in Gothenburg Sweden.
Commented by Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia’s Sanken Sandqvist:
“Sweden has continued to produce quality metal acts for over twenty years
now. But MARIONETTE stands out above all for its focus on creating quality
metal that is innovative and unconventional, while putting on an excellent,
interactive, live show that is above and beyond what most bands with dudes
in jeans and t-shirts can do in concert. We look forward to working with
these young guys from Gothenburg and helping them grow to new heights.”
Guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member Aron Parmerud added:
“We are proud to announce that we have signed with Warner Chappell for
publishing our previous two albums and our future material. This worldwide
deal will give us the support of one of the worlds largest publishing
companies, allowing us to focus on creating new and innovative music, which
has been our goal since 2005.
“Everyone at the MARIONETTE camp has been 100% focused on the mixing of
our third album, which is occurring (as I type) at Studio PH with Pontus
Hjelm. This album is by far our most mature release to date; there are a
lot of new elements we are introducing to the MARIONETTE sound. We expect
to turn a lot of heads with this release, and so far the response to the
new material we played live on our “The SlaughTour 2010” headline tour
of the UK and dates with DARK TRANQUILLITY earlier this year was received
extremely well both by MARIONETTE fans and people who have never seen or
heard us before. After our album is mastered in January we look forward to
getting back on the road and sharing more new material with everyone who
sees us live next year. Some titles of tracks on the album are
‘Something Forgotten’, ‘Remember Your Name’, ‘Stand In Line’
and ‘Lights Out’.”
MARIONETTE recently concluded its “The SlaughTour 2010” UK headline
tour and Scandinavian dates supporting Dark Tranquillity: the first tour
dates featuring new vocalist Alexander Andersson (ELDRIMNER) who joined the
band in the spring. The second video diary from the headline tour can be
viewed at the link below:
NIGHTWISH, TERÄSBETONI, CHARON, SONATA ARCTICA, AMORAL members singing Xmas songs
RASKASTA JOULUA – Metal Christmas – live videos available!
It has become a tradition during December that a varying group of Finnish metal musicians take part in the RASKASTA JOULUA-tour, where Christmas songs are being performed in metal-version. This year was the sixth time the tour was organized, and it ended last weekend with three shows at Tavastia, Helsinki. There were two concerts on December 18, an afternoon show without age-limit, and an evening show. Because the evening show was sold out weeks ahead, also an additional concert was organized on Sunday December 19. There are several live-videos available from the concerts on December 18, thanks to CalthaGold.
The combined vocalists of the two gigs were: J. Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS) JP Leppäluoto (CHARON, HARMAJA, NORTHERN KINGS) Ari Koivunen (AMORAL, solo)Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA, NORTHERN KINGS) Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS, SAPATTIVUOSI)Antony Parviainen (MACHINE MEN)Ilja Jalkanen (Ex-KIUAS)Tommi “Tuple” Salmela (TAROT)
Musicians:Erkka Korhonen (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – Guitars, MD Tuomas Wäinölä (TIMO KOTIPELTO BAND) – Guitars Erkki Silvennoinen (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – Bass Vili Ollila (ARI KOIVUNEN BAND) – KeyboardsTeijo “Twist-Twist” Erkinharju (LENINGRAD COWBOYS, LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES, ex-PEER GÜNT) – Drums
Norwegian-Spanish gothic metal icons SIRENIA, lead by mastermind Morten Veland (MORTEMIA, ex-TRISTANIA), have posted a brand new song to their Myspace page (www.myspace.com/Sirenia). “The End of it All” comes from the bands forthcoming masterpiece entitled The Enigma of Life. The Enigma of Life is set to be unleashed on January 21 2011 in Europe and on February 15 in North America.
The Enigma of Life North American Track Listing:
01. The End of It All
02. Fallen Angel
03. All My Dreams
04. This Darkness
05. The Twilight in Your Eyes
06. Winter Land
07. A Seaside Serenade
08. Darkened Days to Come
09. Coming Down
10. This Lonely Lake
11. Fading Star
12. The Enigma of Life
13. Oscura Realidad
North American Bonus Track:
14. El Enigma De La Vida (acoustic version)
iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track:
15. El Enigma De La Vida
Santa Cruz doomsters DUSTED ANGEL have been confirmed as direct support for fellow Californians and stoner rock legends Fu Manchu on their upcoming home state tour! The tour kicks off on January 13th and will see the DUSTED ANGEL opening for Fu in Silverlake, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and San Diego throughout the state, with more dates with DA-only to be scheduled around these appearances.
DUSTED ANGEL with Fu Manchu: 1/13/2011 The Satellite (formerly Spaceland) – Silverlake, CA
1/21/2011 Blue Lagoon – Santa Cruz, CA
1/22/2011 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
1/27/2011 Casbah – San Diego, CA
DUSTED ANGEL’s debut full-length Earth Sick Mind was released on Mankind Records in November, boasting seven anthems bridging the early hardcore roots of the band’s members with a crushing stoner rock groove. They’ve slammed their way up and down the West Coast US for the past 2 years, continuing to build on their diehard fanbase, and in 2011, plan on taking their doom to the road throughout other parts of the country. Stay tuned for more live updates and tours throughout the year.
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“…a stoner dream from start to finish, incorporating dusty, doom metal elements with a hint of California sunshine added for good measure. Dusted Angel’s doom falls in line with traditional acts like 70’s era Pentagram and Saint Vitus’ more rockin’ moments, which is to say, a fine thing indeed.” – Metal-Rules“
…no doom fan should miss out on Dusted Angel.” – Hellride Music
“…a solid band with a wealth of experience that more than pays off on Earth Sick Mind. They’ve played with Fu Manchu, Nebula, Saviours, Saint Vitus and Black Cobra, and I can wholeheartedly recommend Dusted Angel to any fan of those bands.” – The Sleeping Shaman “…plenty of huge, infectious riffs, a thick production with a nicely audible bass, hard hitting percussion, and a gruff wail from vocalist Clifford Dinsmore all come together to produce a solid stoner metal album.” – About.com
LAZARUS A.D. RELEASES SPECIAL “THE MAKING OF BLACK RIVERS FLOW” VIDEO TEASER AT METALBLADE.COM
NEW ALBUM ‘BLACK RIVERS FLOW’ TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 1ST, 2011
NEW SINGLE ‘THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE’ CURRENTLY #12 ON SIRIUSXM LIQUID METAL’S DEVIL’S DOZEN COUNTDOWN
Wisconsin metallers LAZARUS A.D. and Metal Blade Records have released a brand new trailer to tease the band’s upcoming “The Making of Black Rivers Flow” video series. The trailer is available now at www.MetalBlade.com, and the first episode of the series will be posted at www.MetalInjection.net on January 5th. The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development.
”This time in the studio, we decided to record what was going on behind the scenes during the recording of Black Rivers Flow,” states bassist and vocalist Jeff Paulick. “We compiled over 50 hours of footage and edited this into six episodes that show you a side of the band rarely ever scene. We hope this gives everyone a deeper understanding of what went into the recording of Black Rivers Flow.”
LAZARUS A.D.’shighly anticipated upcoming album, Black Rivers Flow, was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. The album hits stores on February 1st, 2011.
Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:
2-The Ultimate Sacrifice
3-The Strong Prevail
4-Black Rivers Flow
6-Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7-Through Your Eyes
8-Beneath the Waves of Hatred
LAZARUS A.D. recently announced the release of their first single, “The Ultimate Sacrifice”, via MySpace and YouTube after having premiered it exclusively this past week on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal. ”The Ultimate Sacrifice” can be heard now on metalblade.com/lazarusad with pre-order packages coming soon!
LAZARUS A.D. recently updated their website at www.lazarusad.com. Head to the link to check out the new updates!
In other news, LAZARUS A.D. has four new designs for the holidays available exclusively online at the following location. www.thirddegreemerch.com/lazarusad LAZARUS A.D. is set to tour the U.S. this winter on the North American Retribution Tour alongside thrash metal legends Death Angel. Joining the tour will be Early Man, Bonded by Blood, and Hexen.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Jan. 13 – Miramar Theatre- Milwaukee, WI
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Jan. 29 – Championship Bar and Grill – Trenton, NJ NORTH AMERICAN RETRIBUTION TOUR 2011 w/ DEATH ANGEL, EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD AND HEXEN
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 25 – Lost on Main – Chico, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Progressive metal outfit TETRAFUSION and Nightmare Records are launching the official music video for the track “Monologue” from their sophomore album “Altered State” on Monday, December 20th. The clip (filmed in Shreveport, LA) was produced by Chris Lyon (Perennial Media) and directed by Shreveport’s Fairfield Studios and can be viewed below.
States bassist Mark Michell: “It was a pleasure to work with one of the highest-quality production studios and directors from our region. Chris Lyon has directed many recent independent films and is truly a natural at his craft. He and the crew from Fairfield really took the lyrics and story from our track and brought them to life with an amazing cinematic storyline. It brought the track to an entirely new level. We hope to work with these guys again in the future.”
TETRAFUSION’s blend of complex, technical metal blended with a highly-intellectual melodic structure offers an eclectic brand of progressive rock and metal placing the group among the elite the genre offers like PORCUPINE TREE, RUSH, DREAM THEATER, CYNIC, TOOL and MUSE. Originally an instrumental band, the group released its debut record, “Absolute Zero”, to critical acclaim, which quickly launched TETRAFUSION into the underground metal scene, sans vocals, along the likes of SCALE THE SUMMIT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, and CANVAS SOLARIS, and was hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2009 by Ultimate-Guitar.com.
The band’s sophomore effort, “Altered State”, was released on October 12th, 2010 on Nightmare Records / Sony / Red. The CD was recorded and produced by David Forshee of Queensix Productions. The album was the band’s first time to feature vocals, which were handled by keyboardist Gary Tubbs.
“Altered State” track listing:
01. Collage of the Present
03. Last Chance
04. The Deserter
05. Altered State (instrumental)
07. Tears of the Past
Gary Tubbs – Vocals/Keys
Brooks Tarkington – Guitar/Vocals
Mark Michell – Bass
J.C. Bryant – Drums
New Service Enables Musicians To Utilize Online Cutting-Edge Tools To Connect, Learn, And Cross-Pollinate
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – December 21, 2010 – GrooveZoo announced today the public beta launch of its music service (http://www.groovezoo.com). The site connects songwriters, musicians and producers, which allows them to share and cross-pollinate their projects, recording sessions and ideas.
The core of the system is built around GrooveZoo’s custom File Management Tool (FMT) where users upload, download and manage the audio files from their local Digital Audio Workstations. The FMT tool allows users to assign files to mixes within the sessions and to quickly audition the overall mix. Each session lists the session members and has its own message board where users share ideas and get to know each other.
GrooveZoo members are encouraged to upload demos of their work so that it can be categorized and rated by the community in exchange for Karma Points. GrooveZoo’s AutoMatch feature uses the parameters of these ratings, such as style, skill level and others to quickly connect musicians of similar abilities and style. Members can also tap into the community ratings through a manual search, which enables them to find people that play a specific type of instrument, style or that sound like their favorite musician.
“With the launch of GrooveZoo, musicians finally have a truly great online tool they can use to connect and create with one another,” said Jeremy Korn, Founder and CEO of GrooveZoo. “GrooveZoo is the first company ever to unite songwriters, musicians and producers in this way. We do more than just bring musicians together through their common interests. GrooveZoo takes this to a whole new level by cataloging everything from a member’s playing style and skill level to the exact gear they use. The results will allow musicians to join forces and leverage each other’s strengths, in turn raising the quality of their compositions and production. With the adoption of our toolset, the music industry will change forever.”
GrooveZoo sessions include integrated contracts, such that each party agrees to a royalty split, or can work together on a for-hire basis. This protects both parties and lets them move forward, confident that the business details are completely in place. Furthermore, these contracts are written in laymen’s terms – instead of legalese – and can be completed and digitally signed in seconds.
File Management Tool – Allows users to upload, download, manage files and quickly audition mixes in their sessions.
AutoMatch – Automatically match members based upon community categorization and ratings of each other’s work.
People Search – Users can find members based on musical style, instruments, location, and more.
Quick Audition – Quickly audition other user’s demos by using the AutoMatch and People Search results. If you like what you hear, just add them to MyContacts or invite them to a session with one click of the button.
Session Contracts – Contracts are always put into place when a user invites or accepts a member into a session. Each party can agree to a royalty split or move forward on a work-for-hire basis.
Modular Platform – The front-end of the website is built on an AJAX Window Servicing Manager. This enables users to add, remove and reposition the page elements to create a custom workflow. In addition, GrooveZoo can quickly create and add new elements to accommodate future requests.
To celebrate the public beta launch, the company is hosting the GrooveZoo “Go Wild” Band Competition. The contest winner (http://apps.facebook.com/groovezoocontest) will open for a major headlining act – live on HDNet – on a main stage during ROCK THE BLOCK, NYE VEGAS. This memorable event is a powerful way to announce the arrival of the full suite of features offered by GrooveZoo.
Pricing and Availability
GrooveZoo is launching its public beta on December 21st, 2010. Basic use of the site is completely free, while enhanced features are available at monthly subscriptions of $5.00 for songwriters, $10.00 for musicians and $30.00 for producers. During the public beta, all users have unlimited access to use the Work for Hire and Royalty Split contracts. Additionally, the first 200 users that create sessions with more than 3 users and 10 files will receive the Producer level subscription of 2 years for free ($720 value). The enhanced features in the Musician and Producer subscriptions includes additional storage space, royalty split opportunities, and more. Please visit http://www.groovezoo.com for additional details.
About GrooveZoo, Corp.
GrooveZoo enables songwriters, musicians, and producers to come together to share and cross-pollinate their ideas and projects. The company is on a mission to increase the ease of creativity for musicians by helping them connect and leverage each other’s strengths. GrooveZoo is privately held and headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.groovezoo.com.
Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has revealed that he made a recent attempt to rejoin his former bandmates but was rebuffed by the group he formed and led for 25 years. Writing on his official forum, Portnoy states, “Just for the record, this is indeed true..
“Fairly recently, I reached out to the guys to try and make amends and offered to reconcile for the sake of having peace back in our lives… (plus I know how much it meant to a lot of the fans…)
“I figured it was still possible to try and save us, because they hadn’t made any announcements yet or begun any public activity with another drummer… but sadly, they declined my offer (well, actually their lawyer did… they didn’t even tell me themselves….)
“Sorry, gang, I honestly gave it my all…
“So now the fans on my Twitter and Facebook can please stop asking me to go back to DREAM THEATER… I tried, and the door is now shut… The ball is now in their court, not mine…
“I’m not crying or looking for mercy by posting this… I am merely trying to set the record straight as that is always the most important thing about my relationship with you guys… No BS, no spins, nothing to hide… and for better or for worse, I tell it like it is… I’ve also recently seen some people accuse my online activity of ‘looking for attention or media coverage,’ or ‘looking for sympathy,’ but it’s honestly none of the above… I merely value having an open and active communication with my fans… Always have, always will… It is the cornerstone of everything I’ve done since day #1 with DREAM THEATER…
“This was posted here FOR YOU GUYS to know about… here on MY message board on MY website… If it ends up on Blabbermouth or wherever else, that is THEIR choice to spread, I did not request it or send out a ‘press release’…
“Anyways, onward and upward…
“I’ve got a lot of great music and ideas waiting to come out of me and alot of exciting collaborations in the works….so goodbye 2010…bring on 2011!”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD issued a statement late on Friday (December 17) regarding the dismissal of Portnoy, who played on the band’s latest album, “Nightmare”, and toured with them during the past year following the death last December of original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. The band’s statement read in part, “For the past few months, we’ve been blessed with Mike Portnoy‘s talent and humanity. When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010. We always knew we’d need to find another solution for 2011 and beyond. And it’s time for us to take that next step.”
As for why Portnoy himself was not their man, the statement said, “[Portnoy] is a brilliant writer, producer and, of course, drummer. Because of that, the world and we would always see it as AVENGED SEVENFOLD with Mike Portnoy. We take a lot of pride in AVENGED SEVENFOLD being about something greater then any individuals.”
Portnoy himself broke the news via his Facebook page on Thursday, following several days of rumors about his status.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the band was not happy about the public way in which Portnoy‘s split with DREAM THEATER was played out, which may have soured Portnoy‘s relationship with AVENGED. “We were actually a little more shocked,” M. Shadows said. “We felt that maybe both parties could have handled it a little more internally without being so press release-happy about what had happened between them. Because we’re a band that, really, when it comes to news all over web sites or this or that about bands, you know, we don’t tweet much, we don’t try to put ourselves out that much, and all the drama and controversy wasn’t something that we wanted at all.”
In an interview over the weekend with LA Weekly, AVENGED manager Larry Jacobson said, “The plan had always been for Mike Portnoy to play with the band through 2010. Nothing changed there but it was confusing (because) Mike gave interviews suggesting he may be touring with the band beyond 2010.”
Frontiers Records has a February 18, 2011 European release date (February 15 in North America) for PRIMAL FEAR singer Ralf Scheepers‘ solo debut album, entitled “Scheepers”.
Scheepers has built himself quite a reputation for being one of the finest German heavy metal singers. With a career spanning three decades (he debuted with TYRAN PACE‘s “Eye to Eye” album in 1983), Scheepers sung on true power metal manifesto releases such as GAMMA RAY‘s first three albums before starting PRIMAL FEAR in 1997 with Mat Sinner. His voice is high-pitched and tenor-esque and his abilities were often compared to some of the finest hard rock and heavy metal singers ever (from Rob Halford to Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan). In addition, oth HELLOWEEN and JUDAS PRIEST considered him for the singer position in their respective bands.
Over the years Ralf wrote and collected a few tracks that did not fit exactly in the PRIMAL FEAR concept. As often happens, he was just waiting for the right chance to present itself and that happened when he, his buddy Mat Sinner and Frontiers Records president Serafino Perugino sat together and discussed plans for the future in… 2007! Over three years later and the results are finally here and in Scheepers‘ words “I’m really proud of the result!”
Scheepers‘ artistic intention was to please the existing PRIMAL FEAR fan base, but he also wanted to add some surprises and include as much variation as he could in the recording. So he went ahead and covered one of his own favorite — albeit atypical — JUDAS PRIEST songs, “Before the Dawn”, and for the first time, Ralf played all instruments on a track, except the fantastic guitar solos added by Victor Smolski (RAGE). “Compassion” is another special track with a very positive vibe, recorded only with acoustic instruments. Two of the songs were composed with former PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Stefan Leibing, while GAMMA RAY‘s Kai Hansen added guitar on “The Pain Of The Accused”. HALFORD‘s “Metal” Mike Chlasciak played lead guitar on the album opener “Locked In The Dungeon”. One more highlight is the vocal duet with Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) on “Remission Of Sin”. Additional guest appearances include Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER), Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, THERION, DREAM EVIL) and Scheepers‘ PRIMAL FEAR bandmates Magnus Karlsson, Alex Beyrodt and Mat Sinner. The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Köhler and produced by Mat Sinner.
“Scheepers” track listing:
01. Locked In The Dungeon
02. Remission Of Sin
04. The Fall
06. Saints Of The Rock
07. Before The Dawn
08. Back On The Track
10. The Pain Of The Accused
11. Play With The Fire
Three years after the highly acclaimed fifth album, Wreath of Thevetat, Alghazanth has arisen from the depths and is preparing to unleash their brand new full-length offering titled Vinum Intus. The album contains 54 minutes of majestic Black Metal full of grim beauty and burning passion for the Master. This piece of black art will be unveiled to the world by Woodcut Records on 1.1.2011 both as a digipak cd and a gatefold double LP later in february 2011. An advance track from Vinum Intus has now been released.
“With a thorn in our hearts” can be found at www.alghazanth.com and on Youtube”
Vinum Intus – album
1. A living grave
2. With a thorn in our hearts
3. Only the reflection bleeds
4. Under the Arrow Star
5. Our ascent of the Tower
6. Wine within
7. For thirteen moons
9. The Way of the Scales
Discography: Alghazanth – Thy Aeons Envenomed Sanity CD (1999)
Alghazanth – Sublimal Antenora CD (2000)
Alghazanth – Osiris – Typhon Unmasked CD (2001)
Alghazanth – The Polarity Axiom CD (2004)
Alghazanth – Wreath of Thevetat CD (2008)
Alghazanth – Vinum Intus CD (2011)
Robert Cummings, as the multi-talented artist was originally called, got his musical break in the early 90s as the singer of White Zombie. These horror-movie-inspired New York eccentrics established a new school of rock, a certain Marilyn Manson being a prominent student. In 1998 Rob Zombie released his solo debut “Hellbilly Deluxe”. The musical direction was similar but more heavy on industrial elements. The record was a big success, and Rob was to – among other things – record two more solo albums and direct several horror-movies (!) before “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” was released in 2010. However, this Godfather of alternative and industrial metal has never before performed at SRF, but now the time has finally come. To the delight of many. Read more under Bands 2011
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
Grammy nominated guitarist George Lynch reunites with LYNCH MOB for a new 2011 US tour.
Opening tour support; Willie Basse is no stranger to rock and roll. Willie Basse is best known as frontman of the legendary Los Angeles based rock band Black Sheep. Willie Basse is currently working with legendary Led Zeppelin engineer/producer, Andy Johns.
Video footage vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-ICED EARTH) performing Christmas classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” with Neil Zaza at a rehearsal show in preparation for the “One Silent Night” event on December 6, 2010 at Ripper Owens Tap House in Akron, Ohio can be viewed below.
Musicians featured in the video:
Neil Zaza – Guitar
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Ray Liptak – Bass
Nick Greathouse – Guitar
Garrett Janos – Drums
“Play My Game”, the first solo album from Owens, landed at position No. 66 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The CD was released via SPV/Steamhammer. The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM).