WITHIN TEMPTATION ANNOUNCE NEW LP; THE UNFORGIVING OUT MARCH 2011
New York, NY:Roadrunner Records’Within Temptationis currently in the studio finalizing long awaited fifth studio album, The Unforgiving. This is the band’s first concept album, and is based on a comic book by writer Steven O’Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48). The release is set for March, 2011.
Within Temptation guitarist Robert Westerholt comments, “On this album, we’ve taken a totally different approach. Each song on “The Unforgiving” was written along Steven’s narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflected in our songs. The concept pushed us and gave us the inspiration to come up with a new approach to our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.
Renowned for their visual presentation, Within Temptation have asked Romano Molenaar(Witchblade, Darkness and X-men) to draw the characters and scenery for The Unforgiving.
Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation’s stunning vocalist, continues, “We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album, we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, to take it further and broaden our horizon. Because of the concept, the songs are more diverse than ever before. It was the late 80’s when we started to read comic books, and that sound has certainly has left a mark on The Unforgiving.
The band has also redesigned its website, www.within-temptation.com.The new site will give fans the chance to discover clues about The Unforgiving, as well as uncover unreleased images from the album. The new homepage is a community for the Within Temptation family, and has been engineered to be fully interactive. Fans can become official ‘reporters’ for their country, writing news stories about Within Temptation or about other lifestyle and entertainment topics. A very popular new section is WT TV, where the band will provide video updates, like the recent Fan Club Day footage, an event fans from around the world attended.
Within Temptation’s symphonic rock, crowned by the crystalline voice of Sharon Den Adel, has brought the remarkable band a decade-long international career. The band has sold more than 3 million albums and DVDs world-wide, has attained Platinum status in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and Gold status in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Portugal, and Russia. Within Temptation has won a host of international awards, including a World Music Award, Golden God Award, and an MTV Europe Music Award. Numerous sold-out headline tours have seen Within Temptation through performances at major festivals like Loud Park (JP), Download (UK), Pinkpop (NL), Lowlands (NL), Rock Werchter (BE), Rock Am Ring (DE), Bilboa BBK Live (SP), Sweden Rock (SW), Ruisrock (FI), Aerodrome (AT), Gurtenfest (CH), Roskilde (DK) and many more
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has recently experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, near-platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth. Roadrunner’s current roster also includes such diverse acts such as The Parlor Mob, plus up and comers like Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established heritage rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ratt, Meat Loaf (North America) and KISS (Europe and select territories). Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.
We are overly excited to announce that cult U.S. metal band Blacksmith will be the fifth release in the Heaven and Hell Records’ Lost Relics series. Blacksmith was number one on our wish list to work with and it is now coming true. Working closely with guitarist and main man David Smith on the project it is sure to please fan and collectors alike.
The release titled ‘Strike While the Iron’s Hot’ will contain both the Blacksmith self titled EP from ’86, as well as the full length ‘Fire from Within’ from 1989. Enhanced CD material will include photo gallery of never before seen rare photos, lyric sheets, and an extensive history and bio.
Formed in New York City by guitarist David Smith and vocalist Heidi Black in the early 80s, Blacksmith would quickly become widely known throughout the metal underground worldwide. Through demo tapes and underground metal fanzines the bands reputation spread quickly. They were also featured in many of the day’s most notable metal and hard rock magazines nationally and internationally, notably Kerrang.
The band toured up and down the east coast throughout much of 1985 headlining and supporting many of the times best known metal acts. In 1986 they would release their debut self titled EP. Europe immediately embraced the band (most notably England and Germany). More touring, radio airplay and media coverage followed. But just as quickly as they arrived, so too did they divide and fall.By the spring of 1987 the original line-up was over. However main-man David Smith was not ready to lay Blacksmith to rest and quickly recruited new players and picked up where the first version of the group left off. Several gigs and demos later Blacksmith signed with Tropical Records in late 1988. Tropical Records released “Fire from Within” in early 1989. The band would hit the road to support the new release and played everywhere they possibly could. Once again Blacksmith caught worldwide press attention along with appearances on MTV and many regional cable access programs. The group would even have some of their music featured in several Fox syndicated television programs. With so much exposure, attention, and product endorsements it seemed Blacksmith were on a roll. But as the decade drew to a close so did interest in heavy metal or so it seemed. As the 90s began Dave would put Blacksmith to rest.
Over the next 20 years as the interest in true heavy metal began to rise again, mostly due to European collectors, so did the interest in Blacksmith’s rise. Fan requests, interviews, and festival offers steadily poured in for the New York metallers. All the while Smith was waiting for the right time strike and now in 2010 the iron is hot. Heaven and Hell Records [ Label ]
Party metal, when played with vim, vigor and bona fide talent, can be extremely enjoyable. Whether it’s Municipal Waste giving shout outs to excessive beer consumption or A Life Once Lost’s less cerebral excursions, party metal definitely conjures up the notion of good times and, in those of us with slightly less fortitude, the urge to crack a coupla PBRs becomes unbearably necessary. London, Ontario’s Baptized In Blood are storming the scene with their self titled major label debut (Roadrunner Records) and, if you don’t crack a cold one while banging yer head to one of many metallic anthems on this glossy disc, you may not actually be a metalhead. Metal-Rules.com recently caught up with guitarist Josh Torrance to get a glimpse into what it’s like to go from jamming with your buddies for fun to being courted by the one and only Dave Mustaine. Remember that cheesy flick RockStar from a few years back? Mark Wahlberg ain’t got nothing on Baptized In Blood.
The third Black Mass Ritual festival was arranged in the famous rock club in the heart of Helsinki called Dante’s. The three day festival offered a great dissection of the most brutal death/black bands emerging from the extreme scene. Each night had a known band from the underground headlining the event and several other bands literally slayed. Here is the brief article of the Black Mass Ritual III.
FIREWIND recently made waves across the US once again with their stellar new disc ‘Days of Defiance’ and the ensuing headline tour that rocked the states alongside Powerglove and The Absence. Now, as GUS G treks across North America playing with the icon OZZY OSBOURNE, he will take a break from his busy schedule and host tonight’s edition of Headbangers Ball on MTV2.
We are Kaotoxin records, from France and we would like to introduce you to our litlle monster baby: the Lille GrindFest !
The first edition, the “Lille Winter GrindFest #1” which will feature 13 of the most renewed Grindcore, Goregrind and Brutal Death Metal bands from around the planet, namely:
– Last Days Of Humanity (NL)
– The Monolith DeathCult (NL)
– Jesus Crøst (NL)
– Sylvester Staline (FR)
– Mindflair (DE)
– Anal Penetration (NL)
– Pulmonary Fibrosis (FR)
– The Atrocity Exhibit (UK)
– A Den Of Robbers (BE)
– Trepan’Dead (FR)
– The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
– Unsu (FR)
– Butcher Instinct (FR)
will take place in Roubaix (near Lille, France), at the Hôtel de la musique, on December 17th and 18th, 2010 and will be filmed by Metaluna Productions and photographed by Take A Sip for a DVD release.
There will be many events around the fest, like a listening party at the Black Night bar (Lille) on Nov. 30rd, a free showcase of Unsu and A Den Of Robbers on Dec. 10th at the Bar Live (in Roubaix) and a photo exposition on the first 2011 quarter… and a part of the benefit will be given out to a care organisation, the Centre Paul Corteville (guide dog breeders for blind people).
We’re already working on the GrindFest #2, the “Lille Spring GrindFest #2”, which will take place on late April, early May 2011.
The official web site is located here: http://www.grindfest.org and you can reach us at email@example.com as well. The Web site is the place to grab tickets at the low price of 7.50 € for the day #1, 18.50 € for day #2 and 25.00 € for the whole festival (and merch’, too !).
Heaven and Hell Records are happy to announce the addition of New Jersey’s best kept secret Core Device. The high energy progressive power metal outfit formed in the late 90s and released their first demo ‘Raped’ in 1997. The following year the self released ‘God and Man’ EP was met with great response and word began to spread quickly amongst the metal community worldwide. A second three song demo would be released in 2004. By this time a good buzz was heard all throughout the metal underground. In 2004 Core Device self released their debut full length ‘Our Fellowship Eternal’, produced by Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo. The release was met with overwhelming response by fans and label interest began to peak. To support the release extensive gigging through the U.S., Canada, and even a self financed tour in Japan followed. An amazing number of units sold for an independent metal band. Over the next couple of years Core Device would prove they would do whatever took to achieve their desired outcome. As anticipation for a follow up began to build, mainly in Europe and Japan the band returned home to begin recording their long awaited sophomore effort ‘What I’ve Become’.
In early 2011 Heaven and Hell Records will release CD version of Core Device ‘What I’ve Become’.
Florida based metal band Black Reign is pleased to announce and welcome none other than former Manowar drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl to the band as a permanent member.
Wade Black reports:
“I’ve heard a lot about him and they don’t call him Rhino for nothing! We look forward to the future with one of the best metal drummers around and I’m happy that he’s joined the fold and we will be seeing all of you soon. Stay Metal”
Pre-production rehearsals are in process as well the band will debut material from the new record “Conflict in Creation” on new years eve at The Cabana Inn located in Sarasota. Crimson Glory guitarist Ben Jackson’s band Avenging Benji will be headlining the show. More details and information soon..
Black Reign features:
Kenny “Rhino” Earl-Drums
Earache Records is due to release its first ever app, titled EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, on Monday 29th November worldwide for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Exclusive to the Apple App Store, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING allows you to play along to a killer soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you throw a pesky stage diver off a festival stage and as far into the crowd as possible. Throw the stage diver as far as you can to get a high score on the global leader boards while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and everyone’s festival favourite – the portable toilets!
To celebrate the release, Earache is offering you the chance to become the most extreme stage diver around by winning the official, full-size EXTREME STAGE DIVING helmet as worn by the character in the game!
EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING features the following ten full-length, raging metal songs:
Evile – Thrasher
At The Gates – Suicide Nation
Bonded By Blood – Prison Planet
White Wizzard – Over the Top
Oceano – District of Misery
The Haunted – The World Burns
Wormrot – Born Stupid
Decapitated – Spheres of Madness
Deicide – Homage For Satan
Brutal Truth – Walking Corpse
All tracks are included in a full integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want, when you want. Also included is a secret, unlockable track which can only be found in this app.
MANOWAR fans from all over the world were given a special holiday hour of power when all four members of their favorite band were online for an impromptu chat with their fans on Facebook.
“It was a spontaneous idea. The response to ‘Battle Hymns 2011’ has been massive! We received it almost in real time via Facebook, literally moments after the fans downloaded the album at its first day of release from The Kingdom Of Steel. So we wanted to thank them immediately”, said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.
From touring requests to discussions about beer, bikes, girls and guitars to comments on the new album ‘Battle Hymns 2011’; the topics were diverse and both fans and band had a great time.
“We had a blast!” said vocalist Eric Adams after the session ended. “Nothing can compare to meeting the fans face to face – but the direct interaction on the internet comes as close as it gets. We’ll definitely do this again!”
‘Battle Hymns 2011’, featuring ‘Lord Of The Rings’-Star Sir Christopher Lee as special guest, is available right now as instant digital download and as CD and Limited Edition Picture Vinyl pre-order at http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/. The store exclusively also offers a limited quantity of autographed CDs and Vinyls as special Christmas treats.
‘Battle Hymns 2011’, will be released across Europe starting December 3rd 2010 and in the USA and Canada on February 1st 2011.
The album is available as DRM-free digital download, CD and Limited Edition Picture Vinyl.
Fast Taker – Recorded Live at Abilene Taylor City Expo Center Arena, Texas – July 31st 1982
Death Tone – Recorded Live at Dallas Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas – August 1st 1982
If you want to find out when the next Facebook chat with the members of Manowar will happen, just go to www.facebook.com/manowar and click “Like”. Chat announcements will be posted as status updates.
Sebastian S.: “I’m listening now to Dark Avenger. Christopher Lee is doing an awesome job. Hope that he has some work to do for Hammer Of The Gods.
Can’t stop listening the new Battle Hymns. This new power in these old songs is just shattering my mind.”
Tamás H.: “No doubt! The album sure kicks ass! HAIL!”
Steven J.: “Ordered my copy a yesterday. Got the digital download. What an album, Hail and Kill from New Zealand.”
Deane P.: “I’m amazed about how good it is 😛 i thought it was amazing before so didn’t think the original album could be topped :D”
Lyrian S.: “Thank you for improving a masterpiece beyond anyone’s expectations!! Hail From Denmark & Greece”
Matt F.: “You’ve taken one of the greatest metal albums of all time and made it even better. Exceptional.”
Giovanna F.: “I still cannot tell which one I like better!!!! But Dark Avenger made me cry! Amazing! Best purchase of the year! Thank you, guys! Just can’t wait for the cd! 😀 HAIL!”
Danny G.: “Damn guys…. you really outdid yourselves on this one…….. great job now I anxiously await Hammer Of The Gods…… great to hear Donnie tearing it up with you guys again….. 180 of my friends fists up in the air and counting…. hail my brothers and goodnight….. ManOwaR kills!”
Giovanna F.: “Thank you guys, for what I’ve been listening to the last 12 hours! Thank you Joey, for William’s Tale! And thank all of you, who made everything just perfect!! Metal heals! HAIL!”
British thrashers EVILE recently announced a headlining UK tour, which kicks off in February 2011.
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a show with such an awesome band, now is your chance! EVILE, in conjunction with Metal Hammer and MySpace, are offering you and your band the chance to support the nation’s finest thrash heroes at one of their upcoming UK shows.
To be in with a chance of winning this incredible opportunity, simply submit your band’s MySpace URL to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Evile Live”, followed by the city in which you’d like to support EVILE. All entries must be received by December 31st.
EVILE themselves will choose the best three bands for each city and the readers of Metal Hammer online will then vote to decide which band gets to support EVILE at each show.
EVILE frontman MATT DRAKE comments:
“Today we are about to experience Thanksgiving in America on one of our rare days off on tour and we are looking ahead to getting home and having a relaxing Christmas with the people we are closest to, but we don’t want to forget about the other people who are important to us, our UK fans, so we have decided to try a different way of finding some support bands for our upcoming UK mini tour.
“Bands can send us their MySpace links and we will be going through them all to choose the bands we like that will open the shows in February. Knowing our luck this will somehow backfire in a hideous way but it will be fun to try! We are looking forward to listening to all the bands and getting some good UK metal on the shows with us.
“Happy Thanksgiving from America and we will see you in February!”
The full dates for EVILE’s UK tour are as follows:
09 February 2011 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
10 February 2011 – Newcastle, UK – Academy
11 February 2011 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
12 February 2011 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
13 February 2011 – London, UK – Underworld
EVILE’s limited edition INFECTED NATIONS redux is available now worldwide including a bonus disc with the band’s cover of PANTERA’s “Cemetery Gates”, as well as eight songs recorded at a live rehearsal in the studio and six songs recorded live at Hammerfest in 2009. The European version also includes a free INFECTED NATIONS album cover patch and an EVILE sticker sheet.
The Metal Den has obtained a rare Randy Rhoads guitar solo that was part of the OZZY show that was recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio on May 11, 1981. However, unlike the majority of songs from that night that were ultimately used for OZZY OSBOURNE’s Tribute album released in 1987, Rhoads’ legendary guitar solo spot in “Suicide Solution” featured on the classic live record is actually taken from another show that took place in Montreal, Quebec on July 28, 1981.
Interview with Mike Clark, Dean Pleasants & Eric Moore
Conducted by Robert Williams
Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres
Fresh off a near ten year hiatus, crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies have returned to the forefront with a string of recent releases with the excellent "No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family" a collection of re-recorded ST classics and No Mercy covers as well as the long awaited DVD release "Live at the Olympic Auditorium". On this afternoon in Austin, Texas the Suicidal family is gathered to headline an eclectic bill at this year’s "Fun Fun Fun Fest". Metal-Rules.com caught up with ST and were brought up to speed on what these "locos" have been up to during the last ten years, as well as the band’s immediate plans for the future. After a very insightful and engaging conversation with the band, it became clear that all they wanted was a Pepsi…
Swedish power metal sextet SABATON will embark on their first-ever tour of North America as direct support to their labelmates and Germany’s legendary heavy metal band ACCEPT.
SABATON bassist Pär Sundström checks in all the way from the band’s rehearsal space in Sweden about next year’s trek:
“Finally, after years of waiting, we finally can announce that we now take the World War Tour across the ocean to the shores of America and Canada. We are excited to announce our first U.S. tour which will be together with German heavy metal legends ACCEPT!”
Confirmed tour dates for the ACCEPT & SABATON tour are:
04/09/11 THE CLUB AT FIRESTONE – ORLANDO, FL
04/10/11 CULTURE ROOM – FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
04/13/11 JAXX – WEST SPRINGFIELD, VA
04/14/11 THE TROCADERO – PHILADELPHIA, PA
04/16/11 BEST BUY THEATER – NEW YORK, NY ***ONE-OFF with OVERKILL, who are HEADLINING***
04/17/11 CLUB SODA – MONTREAL, QC – CANADA
04/18/11 IMPERIAL DE QUEBEC – QUEBEC CITY, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 MOD CLUB – TORONTO, ON – CANADA
04/21/11 BLONDIE’S – DETROIT, MI
04/22/11 BOTTOM LOUNGE – CHICAGO, IL
04/24/11 BLUE BIRD THEATER – DENVER, CO
04/26/11 EL CORAZON – SEATTLE, WA
04/27/11 PETER’S ROOM – PORTLAND, OR
04/28/11 GRAND BALLROOM AT THE REGENCY – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
04/30/11 HOUSE OF BLUES – SAN DIEGO, CA
05/01/11 GALAXY THEATRE – SANTA ANA, CA
05/04/11 CLUB VEGAS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
05/06/11 DOS AMIGOS – ODESSA, TX
05/07/11 SCOUT BAR – HOUSTON, TX
Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the tour are available online at EnterTheVault.com through December 14th; afterwards, tickets will go on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.
SABATON are also confirmed for the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise January 24 – 28th, 2011. Visit the cruise’s official YouTube channel here.
SABATON’s fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, Coat Of Arms, debuted at #124 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #87 on the Top Hard Music chart. Worldwide first-week chart entries were as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.
View the video for the track “Uprising” – “a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944” – at this location. Filmed in Warsaw, Poland, “Uprising” was directed by Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated WWII hero Wladyslav Raginis), features an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare (“Prison Break,”, “8MM,” “Fargo”) as SS-Obergruppenführer von dem Bach, and was a collaborative work with the Warsaw Rising Museum, the “Radoslaw” Reenactment Group, the Wizna 1939 Association and Polish fans. It also features archival materials provided by Filmoteka Narodowa.
The “Making Of” video with English subtitles can be viewed here. Stills from the video shoot can be viewed here.
SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.