Interview with Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon) & Ravn (1349)
Conducted by Robert Williams
Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres
1349 vocalist Ravn has been a longtime devotee of the music of Tom G. Warrior, whether it’s Hellhammer or Celtic Frost or even now in Triptykon. The two had shared the stage twice before to perform the Frost classic "The Usurper". Tom Warrior felt an artistic connection to 1349 and their uncompromising dark experimental leanings. The two have worked together pretty extensively in the studio, with Warrior performing bass and guitar tracks on 1349’s cover of the Pink Floyd song "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" in addition to co-mixing and co-producing for the band. The two dark visionaries hit the road with their respective bands 1349 and Triptykon with support from Yakuza on the "Weltenbrand Tour 2010". As the North American tour comes to a close this night in Austin, Ravn once again joins Tom G. Warrior to perform "The Usurper" for a third time. Time will tell, whether the two might join forces on a new musical project, set on decimating your mind into the black aural abyss of oblivion. For now, enjoy the chat Metal-Rules.com conducted with Tom and Ravn…
Night Of The Vinyl Dead has released OVERKILL’s Wrecking Everything – Live as a limited edition double-LP gatefold vinyl including a 12-page booklet and card stickers. The album is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies.
Previously released on CD through Eagle/Spitfire Records in 2002, the album features the following tracklisting:
The Metal Den has obtained the holy grail for Randy Rhoads fans: NEVER BEFORE SEEN LIVE FOOTAGE!
Before he rocked the world with OZZY OSBOURNE, late guitar great Randy Rhoads blazed it up with QUIET RIOT. This audience-shot footage is from Randy performing an extended guitar solo with QUIET RIOT. This extended Rhoads footage
from the Starwood on 10/25/79 was the final scheduled show for the band that Randy was fulfilling after he joined on with Ozzy…QR reunion gigs didn’t happen until the following May.
Randy had already recorded “Blizzard of Ozz” at this point, which would ultimately be released on September 20, 1980 in the UK and on March 27, 1981 in the United States. “Blizzard of Ozz”, considered one of heavy metal’s greatest albums, has sold over 6,000,000 copies worldwide.
HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is pleased to announce the scheduled release of Shocking Its Prey, the debut release from Richmond, VA’s high-powered heavy metal quintet VOLTURE. The six track debut will be unleashed worldwide on January 25th 2011 on CD and limited edition Mini-LP formats. The tracks “Volture” and “Heavy Metal Machine” from the forthcoming Shocking Its Prey are available for preview now via the official VOLTURE Myspace profile.
With the humblest beginnings the seeds for VOLTURE were first laid in November 2008. Inspired by a mutual interest in obscure NWOBHM and early European heavy metal VOLTURE was born when friends Ryan Waste (of MUNICIPAL WASTE) and Nick Poulos over a few beers agreed to channel those mutual interests into a fully realized project. With Ryan and Nick, respectively, on bass and guitar they were soon joined by vocalist Brent Hubbard and drummer Barry Cover, who had previously worked with Ryan in 2003 in a band called IMMORTAL AVENGER. Also joining the fold was Ryan’s fellow MUNICIPAL WASTE band mate, Landphil on rhythm guitar. Throughout 2009, a demanding tour schedule with their other bands left the members of VOLTURE with minimal time to practice. Landphil left the band and the remaining four focused their attention on writing during this time. In January 2010 the four piece entered a small studio in Ryan’s neighborhood to lay down the tracks for Shocking Its Prey, sans any modern studio trickery solely relying on capturing VOLTURE’s natural ability to unleashraw, unedited heavy metal fury.
Upon putting the finishing touches on Shocking Its Prey, VOLTURE welcomed to its ranks guitarist Dave Boyd, known for his work with heavy metal stalwarts TWISTED TOWER DIRE. With the line up in place and forthcoming mini lp, workoncreating its own iconography begun by envisioning VOLTURE as an electric bird made of steel, shocking its prey to an untimely demise came into focus. This vision was brought to life by artist Sean McGrath and perfected in paint by the great Andrei Bouzikov, all under the direction of Ryan. With all of the creative pieces in place VOLTURE came to the attentionof New York’s purveyors of steel, HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS, whom will release Shocking Its Prey in all of its glory world wide on January 25th, 2011.
With tour plans and a full length album on the horizon, the future is bright for VOLTURE as they shock the music world back to life with their brand of true heavy metal!
Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR have scheduled an autograph session on Sunday, November 21st from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Scrape Records in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Scrape Records – the only metal & hard rock specialty store in the Pacific Northwest – is located at 323 West Broadway (view an area map here). The band will perform later that evening at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver.
For more information, call Scrape Records at 604.877.1676 or visit www.ScrapeRecords.com.
DIMMU’s North America “Darkness Reborn” tour continues through December 14th. Support comes from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes. Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for this tour are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
Read a recent interview with DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Galder with Canada’s BeatRoute here. Read a recent interview done with GALDER [Guitarist] done by Metal-Rules.com, here.
Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.
Rockpages.gr: How would you describe the sound of the new album, comparing to what you’ve done so far. It might sound a bit more mainstream than you previous works, some might say…
Daniel Cavanagh: Mainstream is not a word that I ever use. It’s not in my musical vocabulary if you like. I don’t really know what mainstream means or anything. All I know is that it sounds like I wanted it to. It sounds beautiful, full of light, expansive, and heavy, and intense, passionate, and emotional, deep, and real, and honest, but mainstream? I don’t know!
Rockpages.gr: The album is called “We’re Here Because We’re Here”, and that is the song title for a tune the soldiers used to sing in World War I. why did you chose this album title?
Daniel Cavanagh: World War I seems to me like a useless exercise. Those boys were walking into bullets, and there was craziness, there was chaos. It was insanity on a global scale; it was the first time the world has seen such destruction. And there was no real reason for it. The guys in the field knew there was no real reason. There was no reason for them to be there. So, they were singing “We’re Heer, Because We’re Here”, because it was their defiance, it was their song of defiance.
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION are happy to present,in conjunction with Bloody-Disgusting.com, the too shocking for Youtube video clip for “Slaughterhouse” (http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1170)! The track comes from the bands 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion, andwas shot in Florida and Central City Studios in Los Angeles by young up-and-coming director Chris Cullari (WESTLAND, THE APPRECIATION POST).
“We shot a video for ‘Slaughterhouse’ the week in between our headlining tour and the ‘March of Brutality’ tour with EXODUS,” commented the band previously. “It is both a brutal homage and clever twist on horror films such as Hosteland The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,using MALEVOLENT CREATION’s music as a soundtrack to madness. 20 plus years and still no one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION!”
Invidious Dominion was released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast andwas produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art (attached) was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
Earache Records is pleased to announce its free 2010 Xmas Party, which is due to be held in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, 11th December.
Earache’s yearly festive metal gathering is the most extreme Christmas party around! The party is open to the public with free entry and always provides a riotous, alternative way to celebrate the holiday season.
This year’s party is being held at Doghouse Studios in Nottingham, a guerrilla-style setting located in an old warehouse. The party is set to feature live performances from Earache’s very own Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER and UK thrashers SAVAGE MESSIAH, along with special guests ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and CEREBRAL BORE.
The Earache 2010 Xmas Party is open to everyone of all ages (ID required for bar wristbands) and entry is completely free!
ALICE COOPER talked to MSN /ROCK METAL TV Spain about his new DVD “Theatre Of Death – Live At Hammersmith”, his views about Spain, the next European tour, etc. Also we can see footage of his recent live shows.
MSN /ROCK METAL TV is the new rock television in Spain directed by Mario Ruiz from Krea Films and veteran Spanish journalist Rafa Basa from www.RafaBasa.com.
In support of their 10th studio album To The Metal!, German Metal powerhouse GAMMA RAY will do five shows at the start of 2011 in North America. These will be the only dates the band play in North America all year, so make the trip to join the party! Tickets are on sale through Enterthevault.com. Also, as a special bonus, the band will offer VIP tickets, which give the fan entrance to the venue 1 hour before doors and a special meet & greet opportunity with GAMMA RAY.
GAMMA RAY North American Tour Dates:
1/28/2011 Gramercy Theater – New York City, NY
1/29/2011 Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC
1/30/2011 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
2/01/2011 Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
2/03/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL By far one of the strongest offerings from GAMMA RAY in their storied history, their tenth studio album To The Metal! proves there is no band better when it comes to classic heavy metal! The special edition of the album features a bonus DVD, The Making of To The Metal!, filmed in HD with interviews, rehearsals, live studio sessions and 3 video clips!
To The Metal! is out now in North America on EarMusic through Dismanic Distribution/Knife Fight Media.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FANTASY CAMP ROCKS THE BAHAMAS AT ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND IN FEBRUARY 2011
First-Ever Tropics Camp Features Special Guest Counselors
Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford
The Who’s Roger Daltrey Slated to Host New York City Rock Camp in January
LOS ANGELES (November 11, 2010) — Can you imagine playing lead guitar for Crüe drummer Tommy Lee or jamming alongside KISS icon Ace Frehley and pioneering Runaways rock goddess Lita Ford in front of a live, screaming and standing-room-only crowd? For many people, this is a lifelong fantasy; at Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, it becomes reality. From February 17th to 20th at the world-famous Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, rock enthusiasts and amateur musicians from all walks of life will have the opportunity to interact with, learn from, jam with and perform alongside their idols as part of the rock camp that became the centerpiece of VH1 Classic’s new series – also called Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp – whichdebuted October 16th as the most watchedseries premiere in network history.
Over the four-day camp, counselors will kick-start campers’ hearts – and rock skills – transforming them from rock hobbyists into arena maestros. In addition to guest counselors Lee, Frehley and Ford, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp at Atlantis will feature several of the rock star counselors from the Mark Burnett-produced VH1 Classic show, including Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Kip Winger of Winger, and renowned singer/songwriter Mark Hudson (Aerosmith), plus Alan White of YES, George Lynch of Dokken, and many others.
“The Bahamas is going to rock like never before when Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp invades Atlantis Resort with an unprecedented line-up of some of the most celebrated rockers on the planet, all there for one reason: to make rock ‘n’ roll magic by transforming amateurs into rock stars,” says Rock Camp founder/CEO David Fishof. “Where else can someone with a passion for music spend four days playing with and learning from rock icons like Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford? Our Bahamas camp will be one of our most life-changing events ever produced.”
From the minute campers arrive in the Bahamas, their rock ‘n’ roll adventure begins. Campers will form their own bands; meet, jam with and receive intensive and ongoing instruction from the rock star counselors; spend over 10 hours a day in-studio jamming and creating original music under the guidance of a famous rock musician; take a variety of specialized master classes conducted by rock icons; break bread with industry insiders; and play live before a jam packed crowd at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
There are three packages – the four-day Rock Star package, and six-day Headliner and the Groupie packages – allowing campers a variety of options to tap into their inner Robert Plant.
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp premiered as the most watched show in VH1 Classic history for a reason,” added Fishof. “Our Atlantis camp this February will be one of our most star-studded camps ever.”
Prior to the Bahamas camp, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp takes New York City by storm January 12th to 17th with help from special guest counselor Roger Daltrey of The Who, one of the most iconic front men in rock history. Additionally, this fall, in conjunction with the VH1 Classic series, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is criss-crossing the nation, bringing a series of “Weekend Warrior” Camps to several cities. The tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia on October 22nd, is led by Allman Brothers legend Dickey Betts and ends in Chicago (Nov. 19-21). Spots are still available in Chicago.
Learn more about Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, tour dates and pricing at www.rockcamp.com.
About Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp
Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp was founded by David Fishof in 1997 as the ultimate music experience for the amateur or aficionado, pairing music lovers of all levels together with rock icons for a first-hand immersion in the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Camp attendees move from spectator to band member, sharing the stage – and limelight – with rock icons for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. More details are available at www.rockcamp.com.
About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is the flagship resort of Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. This unique, ocean-themed destination is located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean. Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, and the largest casino, conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.
For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; telephone 954-809-2000, or visit Atlantis.com. For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.
“Zombies, March!” now available for download on the TTR3 iphone app!
Listen up human filth! You could have the chance to battle metal masters, GWAR, in a live, online game in Tap Tap Revenge 3! Just download and play “Zombie’s March!” in TTR3 between now and Sunday night. The top 30 scorers will be invited to a private, LIVE, TTR3 fight to the death with a member of GWAR!! You better start practicing…
About Tap Tap Revenge 3:
With more than 15 million downloads, Tap Tap Revenge is by far the most popular game on the iPhone and iPod touch. Tap Tap Revenge 3 is the first major game to tap into the App Store’s new in-app commerce capabilities to offer a catalog of great music from top artists.
Tap Tap Revenge 3 is also the most fun social game on the App Store, offering awesome new online gaming with bombs and weapons to distrupt competitors, integrated chat rooms and profile browsing, avatars, achievements and levels. Other special features in this exciting new release include:
– Awesome new online mode including bombs and weapons, integrated chat, profile browsing and private messaging
– A new system of avatars, achievements and levels to let gamers stand out among the crowd
– Dozen of new features and game enhancements, including 90-second Quick games, game replay, and integrated chat rooms
– A fresh look and feel, terrific performance
– Over 130 free downloadable tracks
– A catalog of premium tracks featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Asher Roth, Tiësto and dozens of other great artists spanning a broad range of musical genres
The Zombies, March! video was shot on location at The National in Richmond, VA by acclaimed Fangoria Director Dave McKendry.
Every week, AUX takes two music videos and puts them head to head – you vote for your favorite and the winner airs in power rotation on Aux TV. It’s a battle between songs, bands and fans – vote for your favorite video now!
Bloody Pit Of Horror is out now and you can get it at LoudTrax.com for the low low price of 6.66! LoudTrax will also be running a contest to win a GWAR pack including 1 pair of drum sticks signed, Guitar and bass picks, 2 tour shirts, 2 T’s, 1 tour poster signed by the whole band and slaves and 1 signed drum head art work!
It has been 25 years since the heavy metal holocaust known as GWAR burst upon our world in an explosion of blood, guts, and screaming steel. In this time they have revealed themselves not only as the un-disputed masters of “shock rock”, but also as an international cultural icon that has both touched the lives, and in some cases ruined the clothing, of many thousands of people. Often copied, never tamed, GWAR has set a standard of consistency in their work that is unmatched in rock and roll history. This year sees GWAR release their 12th original album, GWAR’s Bloody Pit of Horror, and continue in their non-stop tour schedule until the world is finally brought into groveling submission.
“Bloody Tour Of Horror” with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp
11/11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
11/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/17 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
11/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/20 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Music Hall
11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
11/24 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Jeff and Frank from Tesla stop by to chat on the next episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show. Here’s some quotes:
Frank Hannon explaining to everyone that the Guns ‘n Roses song “Patience” was a rip off of a Tesla demo called “Better Off Without You.”
Frank Hannon: “Let me tell you something: “Patience”, we were label mates with Gun ‘n Roses on Geffen, there’s a demo of a song that we wrote called “Better Off Without You”. It is “Patience” note for note.”
Eddie Trunk: “Sue their asses”
Don Jamieson: “Breaking news on “That Metal Show””
Jim Florentine: “And I got something else, he whistled on the song dude. You don’t whistle on a song, you sing a song.”
BEATALLICA CONTINUES THEIR MASTERFUL MYSTERY TOUR AND LAUNCH AN IMPENDING VINYL CAMPAIGN
North Palm Beach, FL – Beatallica, that other band on the run, keeps the Masterful Mystery Tour on the road with a set of midwest and west coast tour dates throughout November and December. Continuing their infamous bash-up of Metallica and The Beatles, Masterful Mystery Tour is Beatallica’s second full length studio album and features the hits “Hero of the Day Tripper” and “Fuel On The Hill” as well as the fan favorite “I Want To Choke Your Band”. The official Beatallica catalog now includes the studio albums, Masterful Mystery Tour and Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band, over 40 speech tones, All You Need Is Blood and the Holiday EP, Winter Plunderband, featuring the debut of the first ever Beatallica originals.
After their world-wide crowd-sourced translation campaign for “All You Need Is Blood”, Beatallica is utilizing Kickstarter to mobilize their international fan club, aka Beatalli-bangers, again for a fan funded campaign to create limited edition vinyl for Masterful Mystery Tour and Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band.
“The first time I heard Kill ‘Em All and Revolver, they were on vinyl. Hell, I can proudly say I was the first kid in Milwaukee to own Master of Puppets on vinyl. I waited outside Rushmor Records all damn day for the shipment to arrive! So, man, it is with great pleasure Beatallica announces that we’re working on getting Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band and Masterful Mystery Tour out on vinyl as well. At first, I thought the only thing vinyl in this band would be Ringo’s “naughty boy” pants! Now, we can fully say we are looking to gladly join the 21st…I mean 20th century! – Jaymz Lennfield
Forthcoming U.S. Tour Dates include:
Thursday November 11 – Scottsdale, AZ at Martini Ranch
Friday November 12 – Los Angeles CA at Paladino’s
Saturday November 13 – Pomona CA at Friar Tucks
Sunday November 14 – Las Vegas NV at Cheyenne Saloon
Monday November 15 – Los Angeles CA at Key Club
Thursday November 18 – Portland OR at Music Millennium in-store
Friday November 19 – Portland OR at Dante’s
Saturday November 20 – Seattle WA at Silver Platters in-store
Saturday November 20 – Seattle WA at Tractor Tavern
Sunday November 21 – Billings MT at Railyard Ale House
Tuesday November 23 – Fargo ND at Nestor’s Tavern
Wednesday November 24 – Minneapolis MN at Robert’s
Friday December 3 – Milwaukee WI at Club Garibaldi
Saturday December 11 – Janesville WI at The Back Bar
Thursday December 16 – Butler PA at Ghost Riders 2
Friday December 17 – Pittsburgh PA at The Altar Bar
Saturday December 18 – Wapakoneta OH at Rhythm And Brews
Virginia-based melodic tech death metal masters, ARSIS, have announced a very special addition to the bands on their upcoming headlining tour this upcoming December! ARSIS will be performing the title track from A Diamond For Disease in it’s 12+ minute entirety! ARSIS vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone commented:
“We have been scheming among ourselves for quite a while about this, and now it’s finally going to happen. We rehearsed the full version of ‘A Diamond For Disease’ last week and it came together even better than we had hoped! It needed the right tour and the right point in the life of the band, and we would not do it at all unless it was perfect. We’re finally there. So everybody who’s been asking us to play the entire thing every night for years and years… you finally get your (poisonous) medicine this December!”
“A Tour for the Sick” is presented by MetalInjection.net and will include 8 bit metal heroes POWERGLOVE and the Sumerian Records touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE.
ARSIS, POWERGLOVE, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE
12/01/10 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
12/02/10 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
12/03/10 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH
12/04/10 I Rock – Detroit, MI
12/05/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
12/07/10 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
12/08/10 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
12/09/10 The Venue – Boise, ID
12/10/10 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
12/11/10 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR
12/12/10 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
12/13/10 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
12/14/10 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
12/15/10 El Cien – Amarillo, TX
12/16/10 The Marquee Theatre – Tulsa, OK
12/18/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Starve For The Devilwas released in North America on February 9th anddebuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The video clip for the ARSIS song “Forced To Rock” can be viewed on YouTube and below: