HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in conjunction with APOCH’S METAL REVIEW are pleased to offer an exclusive stream of VOLTURE’sShocking Its Prey, the six track debut which will be unleashed worldwide on CD January 25th 2011 and on limited edition Mini-LP February 15th.
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. Throughout 2009, a demanding tour schedule with their other bands left the members of VOLTURE with minimal time to practice. 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!
RHAPSODY OF FIRE 'The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony'
Italian composer, guitarist, producer and teacher Luca Turilli comments on Sir Christopher Lee’s guest appearance as narrator on The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony, scheduled for release inNorth America on January 25th, 2011.
“We couldn’t imagine releasing something like this without his fundamental participation. Sir Lee is one member of RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s family. We love him not only as an actor but also as a man. Because of his great and majestic personality, he surely has the aura of a king of the ancient times.”
Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, the tracklisting for The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony is as follows:
Act I: The Pass Of Nair-Kaan
Act II: Dark Mystic Vision
Act III: The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun
Act IV: The Betrayal
Act V: Neve Rosso Sangue
Act VI: Erian’s Lost Secrets
Act VII: The Angels’ Dark Revelation
RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s latest full-length studio album, The Frozen Tears Of Angels, was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, EPICA) and debuted on the following international album charts following their European release: Italy #31; Germany #33; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; Austria #58 and Belgium #96.
MAGICIAN parts ways with vocalists – Brazilian power metallers MAGICIAN announced the departure of vocalist Dan Rubin, who also left Scelerata. Actually the band is working with a new vocalist which should be announced soon, along with information regarding the band’ schedule for 2011.
About the departure, they said: “We thank Dan for all these years of work and dedication. We wish him success on his new projects.”
Magician released its debut album, “Tales of the Magician”, in Japan in the end of 2007 by Soundholic, and in the following year in Brazil, Europe and North America, by Die Hard Records, Dockyard 1 and Locomotive.
INCLUDING KRALLICE, HULL, EAST OF THE WALL, BLACK ANVIL, TOMBS, MADE OUT OF BABIES, GOES CUBE, THE BINARY CODE AND MORE
NYC’s metal scene is literally exploding at the seams. There are so many great local bands playing shows on a regular basis that on any given night you’ve got to make some pretty hard choices about where to get your headbang on. We try and highlight some of our favorite local bands on MetalSucks from time to time, but frankly it’s just not possible to keep up; seemingly every month there’s another fantastic band that’s as good or better than any number of “signed” acts from around the U.S. or the world, only they’re not that well-known outside of our city’s borders.
That’s something we hope to change with our brand new compilation, NYC Sucks. Volume 1, containing 14 songs by as many bands, will be released on January 18th, and Volume 2, containing 13, will be released on February 22nd. We’ve included a few smaller signed bands that we feel are an integral part of the scene, but for the most part all the acts on these compilations are not signed. Both compilations will be available for download right here on MetalSucks, will contain high-quality 320kbps MP3s, and will include a PDF of digital liner notes with information about all the bands. And because the whole point of this thing is to spread the word of all the great bands we have around here, both volumes will be available completely for free. Send ‘em to your friends, put them up on torrent sites, submit them to .rar Mediafire blogs… just spread the friggin’ music by any means necessary.
Volume 1: (Jan 18)
1. East of the Wall
2. Made out of Babies
3. Tiger Flowers
4. Black Anvil
7. Meek is Murder
8. The Binary Code
13. Mutant Supremacy
Volume 2: (Feb 22)
3. Moth Eater
5. The Austerity Program
7. Goes Cube
13. The Ghost in Black and White
Following the release of their new album Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, Cradle Of Filth are currently on tour in South America playing dates in Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Before they set off Dani Filth was filmed answering some of the questions that were sent in by fans to Peaceville last month. The answers were split into two parts and both are now available on the album’s mini-site.
In addition to this Paul Allender from the band will be available for another live web chat at 8pm (UK time) on 23rd December after they return from the tour. The band are back on tour in the New Year with dates in El Salvador and Mexico followed by a full tour of the US and Canada (full details here).
The live web chat with Paul will stream on the Peaceville Records Livestream channel (www.livestream.com/peaceville) and fans will be able to submit questions using their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
This is the second in a series of chats that Paul will be participating in. The first, which took place last month, lasted for almost two hours and topics of conversation included everything from the band’s plans, the album’s recording process and the guitar he uses to his favourite movies, other bands he admires and his tattoos.
Metal Hammer have described Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa as:
“Yet another sumptuous and spectacular eruption of gothic melodrama, perverted sonic schlock and balls-out extreme metal bombast… a dazzling and dastardly display of destructive devilry.”
And Rocksound have stated that the album has:
“a masterful control over the multi-faceted Cradle of Filth sound; brutal vocal gymnastics, skull-rattling double-kicks, symphonic flourishes, dramatic narrative and balls-out axe-slinging all make their presence known, but in a manner which routinely serves to bolster the coherency of the greater whole…this fucking slays.” 9/10
MAPLE METAL RECORDS are proud to release the Official Video to MASSIVE SLAVERY’s breakthrough track in “Humanity’s Last Hope”; taken from their debut album Global Enslavement, released last summer.
The video was lensed in their hometown of Rouyn-Noranda in Northern Quebec by Chad Archibald and Philip Carrer of Black Fawn Films, Cambridge (Canada). Black Fawn Films are responsible for the most recent Blue Felix and Baptized In Blood videos.
Jon ‘The Prof’, frontman for MASSIVE SLAVERY recounts the day of the shoot: “It was just an insane experience, even if I nearly killed myself on the first scene, hahaha. ( I fell from a rock cliff on a pile of big rocks right on my back and arm). I still have bruises from it, but when I see this video produced by Chad it was definitely worth it!”
Kamelot are announcing 2 shows as part of what will be a full US tour! Aug 30 at the Grammercy Theater in New York City
Sept 2 at the Club Soda in Montreal , Quebec Canada
Kamelot will offer a special VIP ticket for these show. This wil include a pre show meet/greet and an autographed poster commemorating the show both shows go onsale today exclusively through Enterthevault.com.
Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Kamelot’s album, “Poetry for the Poisoned”. However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione lead singer of Rhapsody of Fire will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour.
Former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider recently recorded a Christmas song for the biggest European music and merchandise mailorder company EMP. Laid down at DocMaKlang studio in Osnabrück, Germany, the track “Jingle Balls” was written by various staff members of EMP and is a new interpretation of the Christmas song “Jingle Bells” and the ACCEPT anthem “Balls To The Wall”.
“Jingle Balls” has now been released under the band name EVIL DISPOSITION and is available from Musicload and Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals).
U.D.O. will partner with EMP for a special promotion surrounding the release of the band’s next album, “Rev-Raptor”, which is tentatively due in May 2011. This special collaboration will consist of a countdown on EMP’s web site an entire week before the CD’s release, including a message from Udo and advance snippets of each of the songs from the new album.
The release date of “Rev-Raptor” was pushed back by a few months as a result of back problems experienced by guitarist Stefan Kaufmann, the same issue that forced him to quit playing drums for ACCEPT back in the day. Stefan recently received medical treatment for this condition and had recovered enough to have played with the band on November 6 at the Rock Antenne festival at Schwabenhalle in Augsburg.
As previously reported, 17 new songs were written for “Rev-Raptor”, with 11 of them set to appear on the final product.
U.D.O.’s last album, “Dominator”, entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 27. This marked the highest German chart entry in U.D.O.’s history.
The already-larger-than-life MOTÖRHEAD mainman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister is headed to the big screen this winter, as the acclaimed new documentary Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch (Damage Case Films/Megaforce) is confirmed for theatrical bookings around the country. The first round of screenings to be announced include:
New York City (Cinema Village, opening January 28)
Austin (The Draft House Downtown, January 14-21)
Seattle (Film Forum, February 4-10)
Portland, OR (Clinton St. Theater, January 14-21)
Atlanta (The Plaza Theatre, opening January 14)
More cities will be announced soon.
Critics around the world can’t get enough of Lemmy. The film won the Best Documentary prize at the In Edit Film Festival in Santiago, Chile last weekend, and it’s been a major hit at dozens of other international festivals, including screenings in France, England, Germany, Spain, Australia, The Netherlands, and South Korea. Currently in theaters in the UK, Lemmy has recently sold out screenings in Paris, Berlin and Tokyo, where it was rated by one firm as the second most popular film in theaters last weekend.
The DVD, a-two disc set packed with more than four hours of bonus features, will be released February 15 and will be available for digital download and on Blu-ray. Filmed over more than three years, and directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, “Lemmy” features appearances by artists spanning the musical spectrum, from METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE and SLASH to Peter Hook (NEW ORDER, JOY DIVISION), Mick Jones (THE CLASH) and Jarvis Cocker.
Official trailers for Lemmy can be viewed below:
Lemmy will be released in the UK, Germany, France and Scandinavia on DVD by Entertainment One on January 24, 2011.
Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski spent three years following Kilmister around the globe – from his Hollywood home to the hockey arenas of Russia.
Hailed as a godfather of heavy metal, 64-year-old Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister has established himself as the living embodiment of rock and roll over the past four decades. After stints with popular Mersey beat band THE ROCKIN’ VICKERS and influential psychedelic rockers HAWKWIND, and even a brief time spent as a member of JIMI HENDRIX’ road crew, Lemmy formed Motörhead in 1975.
Going on to record such influential metal classics as ‘Overkill’, ‘Ace of Spades’ and ‘Bomber’, the Grammy Award-winning Motörhead and Kilmister’s fusion of punk and metal registered a major influence on such bands as METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES and NIRVANA.
2010 marks the 35th anniversary of the birth of Motörhead, which features Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have licensed their new album, The Cold, to Nuclear Blast Records in Germany who will handle distribution and marketing for the album in Europe, Japan and Australia.
Following the news that for the first time in 14 years, guitarists Michael Gilbert and Ed Carlson will be performing together on Flotsam And Jetsam’s upcoming Mexican dates, it has now been announced that guitarist Mark Simpson will be leaving the band after 13 years. His statement reads as follows:
“I’ve decided to leave the band. No bad blood at all, of course. Those guys are my brothers, nothing will ever change that and I will continue to support them always. I’m ridiculously happy The Cold is doing so well in the press and with the fans but I’m just taking this moment to move on and try something new. It’s as simple as that. Thanks to everyone that I’ve had a chance to work with and a huge thank you to all the passionate and loyal fans that I had the honor to meet over the years. Buy The Cold! Flots out.”
Flotsam And Jetsam will be performing in Mexico City on January 15th and 16th at Club Caradura.
Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM will release their fifth album, New World Shadows, via Lifeforce Records on the following dates:
Germany/Austria/Switzerland – February 4th
Sweden/Finland/Hungary – February 9th
Rest Of Europe – February 7th
North America – March 1st
New World Shadows was recorded at Astia Studio 2 in Lappeenranta and OmG Studio in Karhula, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION, HAIL OF BULLETS, BLOODBATH).
The new album includes clean vocals from Dan Swanö, “growling screams” from Niilo Sevänen (INSOMNIUM) and “punishing organs” from Mikko “Monni” Reinamo (KAIHORO/WOLFTRAP).
Regarding the material for the bands forthcoming CD, the band remarked recently: “This time we really put a lot of time and effort on the pre-production of the stuff. It’s going to be an epic and massive attack of ever-flowing stream of Finnish melodic death metal, straight from the souls of black.”
Singer Jukka Pelkonen adds: “This is the album I’ve been wanting to do for years. Here it is, the OG’s musical evolution and career of 15 years in metal and this album surely is finally the musical diamond what we were starting to chase once we started this band, finally every piece of the puzzle are here and the notes on the right places! This is northern death metal without limitations, really melodic and intelligent but still aggressive while quoting lines from prog to even AOR and no less than having also my teenage idol sir Dan Swanö himself singing some stuff here, like we say it – this is adult oriented death metal in it’s most epic, melodic and purest form!”
New World Shadows tracklisting:
‘New World Shadows’
‘An Infinite Mind’
‘Watcher Of The Skies’
According to Timestranscript.canadaeast.com, fans of the TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels will be happy to know Shannon Tweed, Simmons’ longtime love, comic foil and mother of his children, will be flying in to Moncton to join everyone at the Momentum Group’s Atlantic Brand Confabulation on January 14 at Casino NB.
Gene Simmons is the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Brand Confabulation, a motivational speaking event presented by the Car Guys at Moncton Chrysler Superstore where guests will all be treated like VIPs with paparazzi, an ice bar, swag bags, a three-course dinner and more.
Apart from her appearances on the reality show documenting the life of KISS rocker Simmons, the 53-year-old Tweed is also known as an actress, model and former Playboy Playmate of the Year.
“We were so excited when we got the call saying Gene wanted to bring Shannon with him to the event,” said Brad LeBlanc, the CEO of the Momentum Group. “She is a very popular character on Family Jewels and a big part of Gene’s life.
“Having her in the room, meeting those fortunate enough to attend really adds to the VIP theme we are striving for,” LeBlanc said.
Tweed was born in St. John’s, one of seven children of a mink rancher. The family eventually relocated to Saskatoon, where Tweed became involved in beauty pageants at a young age.
Legendary German thrash metal icons DESTRUCTION have uploaded a brand new song off their upcoming album Day Of Reckoning, to their MySpace profile. Check out “The Price” at www.myspace.com/destruction. Day Of Reckoning album will be released on February 18 2011 in Europe and on March 8 2011 in North America.
Commented mainman Schmier: “This song expresses the spirit of the Day Of Reckoning at it’s best: faster, more raw, and tighter. One of my favourite tracks on the album because you can feel the fire and the joy of playing! The band feels the old school aggression again and this song is like a rocket; UN-FUCKIN-STOPPABLE!”
Day Of Reckoning Track Listing:
01. The Price
02. Hate Is My Fuel
04. Devil’s Advocate
05. Day Of Reckoning
06. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
08. The Demon Is God
09. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime
12. Stand Up And Shout (DIO cover song)
North American Bonus Track: