“It’s not hard to believe that Ben Woods might have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for musical virtuosity. With dark, feral eyes and fingers blurring on the guitar, it’s easy to imagine him at a crossroads cutting the deal” – East Bay Express~
HOLLYWOOD (June 23, 2010) – Benjamin Woods and his monster creation FLAMETAL will release their latest masterpiece “HEAVY MELLOW” July 6th on Flametal Records. This album embraces the metal-works of SLAYER, MEGADETH, KISS and the SCORPIONS to name a few. “This is a Flamenco Guitar tribute album to some of the great Metal masterpieces,” says Woods. “It is definitely a different album from the other FLAMETAL releases and is more of a solo effort that is a very powerful to play live. Although the songs are very dark, everyone gets it, even your Mom.”
Woods is a new breed of virtuoso and a speed metal guitarist from the start. By a twist of fate Woods gear was stolen by a junkie, leaving him with only a Spanish Guitar to practice on. This was the defining moment that ignited a passion for Flamenco Guitar. After spending years studying and performing authentic Flamenco, Woods created the genre-bending group FLAMETAL, earning him an international reputation as the master of Flamenco and Metal. Playing Metal without a pick, or distortion would seem impossible to most, but through his training and creativity, Woods is the first and only musician to successfully combine real Flamenco and Metal. Here he pays tribute to some of his favorite metal tunes, played in the Flamenco idiom, with traditional accompaniment. “I had to use all my Flamenco knowledge to play these metal favorites without losing the integrity so I picked great songs with great melodies. On some songs I sped up the tempo, dropped a verse or created a new solo version only slightly changing the arrangements,” explains Woods. “The King Diamond song was a great challenge to put into the 12/8 time Flamenco rhythm of Bulerias, and the solo was definitely fun, but a bitch to learn on the Spanish guitar. The Megadeth tune was difficult to create melodies from Mustaine’s vocal grunts and growls, but cool how it fit into the slithery rhythm of Tanguillos. I was very fortunate to have Steve Stevens do some nylon and electric guitar solos on my original tune “Cursed”. It’s a raw preview of what the next original FLAMETAL album will be with many great guest artists featured.”
Woods has built a substantial following through his years of touring and recording as “HEAVY MELLOW” unveils him to be a master musician with deep musical roots in metal, classical and Flamenco guitar. Woods is also one of the only American Flamenco guitarists to ever grace the pages of Spain’s national newspaper El Pais, and Spain’s number one Flamenco publication ALMA 100.
Woods raw energy combined with exotic and sophisticated acoustic playing and the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre.
VEX featuring Against the Plagues vocalist “Orlando Logan Perez” announce Texas shows with Woods of Ypres and the release of their full-length album , “Thanatopsis”.
VEX will release the long-awaited, “Thanatopsis” full-length album at the end of July / early August. VEX will join Woods of Ypres’ Texas tour dates ( July 7-10). The album will be exclusive for order or download on the HPGD website, but will also be available on the Terranidon Media website along with VEX shows.
“First of all, we would like to thank our fans for their patience and support. We are finally getting this album out thanks to Horror Pain Gore Death. We realize it took a while, but we promise that these were due to extraneous factors that we simply could not control. We hope that this collection of songs will enlighten our listeners.”
Thanatopsis will be released on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions and will be available exclusively at the HPGD website along with www.terranidonmedia.com. The 7″ vinyl split with Divine Eve ( also on HPGD) is also available on the HPGD as well as the Terranidon Media Website. The Japan exclusive split album with Divine Even will be released through Obliteration records later this summer.
Legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” Monday night (June 21) with host Bob Coburn. During the appearance Ozzy shed light on the nature of his current relationship with SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, following a recently settled lawsuit over the use of the BLACK SABBATH name.
In response to a caller’s question, Osbourne revealed the last time he spoke to Iommi. Osbourne said, “I spoke to Mr. Iommi just the day after Ronnie James Dio’s funeral.” Osbourne went on to say, “I’m going to England tomorrow and I hope to meet up with him and have a chat with him about old times.”
Ozzy also blasted the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of Ronnie James Dio’s funeral. “I thought it was in such bad taste that those people had those banners about Ronnie James Dio. That’s disgusting. They say that we’re the anti-christ. Well, what makes them any better?”
In an new interview with AOL’s Noisecreep, Osbourne was asked if he will reunite with BLACK SABBATH again. “I am hoping,” he replied. “Tony [Iommi] and I spoke a few days ago. It was, ‘Let’s get together? Sure, mate!’ I talk to [drummer] Bill Ward every week. He is one of my dearest friends. We did a song. We are trying to do an album. It might not work out, but I’ve learned to never say never anymore.”
The final night of MEGADETH‘s historic month-long “Rust In Peace” 20th anniversary tour has been captured for the upcoming “Rust In Peace Live” Blu-ray, DVD and CD, due out September 7 on Shout! Factory.
On March 31, 2010, at this incredibly special show at the legendary Hollywood Palladium, not far from where Dave Mustaine formed the band in 1983, MEGADETH played their landmark, genre-defining 1990 “Rust In Peace” album in its entirety, in addition to other MEGADETH favorites. “Rust In Peace Live” also marks the return of original bassist David Ellefson (MEGADETH 1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group after eight years. Ellefson (bass), joins Mustaine (lead vocals, guitar), Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar).
“Rust In Peace Live” features the entire “Rust In Peace” track listing, including all-time classics “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” and “Hangar 18″ along with bonus fan favorites from various other MEGADETH releases such as “Symphony For Destruction”, “Peace Sells” and “Skin O’ My Teeth”.
MEGADETH founder/frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine explains, “We are pumped to be able to share the ‘RIP Live’ concert with you all around the world. The anniversary and David Ellefson coming back was better than a facelift and a bottle of Viagra for old [MEGADETH mascot] Vic.”
The 80-minute “Rust In Peace Live” DVD (5.1 Dolby Surround 16:9 Widescreen) and Blu-ray (5.1 DTS Master Audio 1080p High Definition) were directed by Kerry Asmussen (GREEN DAY, JAY-Z, Coachella). The DVD and Blu-ray will also include behind-the-scenes footage, including a rare glimpse of the band rehearsing in their dressing room as they prepare to take the stage.
“Rust In Peace” is considered one of the best metal albums of all time by fans and critics and debuted at #23 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the U.S. and #8 in the U.K. The album showcased a much tighter sound, with Mustaine‘s writing style adopting a rhythmically complex progressive edge, prompting All Music Guide to cite “Rust In Peace” as “MEGADETH‘s strongest musical effort.” The album received Grammy nominations in 1990 and 1991 for “Best Metal Performance.” Emphasizing the massive impact of “Rust In Peace” in the July 2010 issue of Guitar World, writer Richard Bienstock calls it “one of the pinnacles of the first wave of thrash metal.” He continues, “A defining quality of MEGADETH‘s sound — and the one that perhaps most sets them apart from their ‘Big Four’ thrash brethren, METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — has always been the band’s fiery mix of speed-metal ferocity and progressive instrumental virtuosity… nowhere has this combination been displayed better than on ‘Rust In Peace’.”
The full track listing for the “Rust In Peace Live” CD, DVD and Blu-ray is as follows:
“Rust In Peace” Live:
01. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
02. Hangar 18
03. Take No Prisoners
04. Five Magics
05. Poison Was The Cure
07. Tornado Of Souls
08. Dawn Patrol
09. Rust In Peace…Polaris
10. Skin O’ My Teeth (Countdown To Extinction)
11. In My Darkest Hour (So Far, So Good…So What!)
12. She-Wolf (Cryptic Writings)
13. Trust (Cryptic Writings)
14. Symphony Of Destruction (Countdown To Extinction)
15. Peace Sells (Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?)
16. Holy Wars – Reprise (Rust In Peace)
SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival
If you attended last night’s history-making Big Four cinema concert event broadcast live from the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, SLAYER wants you to log onto their website and let them know all about your experience.
And, if you took photos at your local theatre during the event, Slayer would love to see those as well, so post them.
Just log onto Slayer’s special “Fan Photos/Metal At The Movies” section at this location.
Members of Slayer, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX joined METALLICA on stage earlier last night (Tuesday, June 22nd) at Sofia, Bulgaria’s Sonisphere to cover the DIAMOND HEAD classic ‘Am I Evil?’
Check out professionally shot footage on YouTube below:
Metal Katehizis has posted pictures galleries featuring Slayer and Megadeth, taken at the historic Big Four show in Sofia, Bulgaria. Check them out via the links below:
Ibex Moon Record’s Estuary and Cardiac Arrest have been added to select dates on the upcoming Enthroned / Destroyer 666 / Pathology tour. Marking the first time in nine years that Enthroned has invaded US soil, this promises to be one of the heaviest tours of the summer. Cardiac Arrest drummer, Jim “Grindhead” Deabenderfer issued the following statement:
“We are very proud to be a part of such a strong lineup for the Enthroned/Destroyer 666 tour. All the bands on the bill are outstanding, including the headliners, Pathology, and Estuary. We are in good company, and it’s always nice to share the stage with bands that challenge you to up your game every night. Being on the road with our old friends in Estuary is a dream come true, and people coming to the shows are in for a well-rounded, killer metal show!
We’d like to express our thanks to John at Ibex Moon and Dan at The Pantheon Agency for providing this opportunity. The Word of ROT is Spreading… internationally! You are next!”
BEHEMOTH posts “making of” for their new video, “Alas, The Lord Is Upon Me” on Metal Blade TV
Masters of blackened death metal, BEHEMOTH, just shot a new production video for the track Alas, the Lord Is Upon Me off their latest release Evangelion, which was released August 11, 2009. The video was produced and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz and Grupa 13 who also shot BEHEMOTH’s videos for Ov Fire and the Void and At the Left Hand ov God. The “making of” video for Alas, The Lord Is Upon Me is live NOW on MetalBlade.tv HERE and can also be seen below:
Vocalist and guitarist Nergal comments on the band’s upcoming video for Alas, the Lord Is Upon Me:
“First of all, we’ve overcome ourselves with this new video clip. Period. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Pretty much no digital intervention, no blue boxes, no fake shit this time, but great filming, good acting, and a fuckin’ awesome storyline. It’s disturbing, crazy, and evil. We’ve had over 70 people working for us on this video so we can easily say it was the biggest production so far. I’m beyond excited! Wait and see.”
Dariusz Szermanowicz of Grupa #13 comments:
“This time we decided to make something different. We’d like to make video in ‘cinematic’ style without so many VFX like in last two videos. We found great location, we had dozen of actors and extras and awesome stylizing. During the 16 hours of hard work we’ve created amazingly killer video!”
Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM will commenceshooting a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” next July with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO) in Belgrade, Serbia. The track comes from their new album Heaven’s Venom, which will be released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).
“It wasn’t a hard decision for us to choose who will do the next KATAKLYSM video. As some of you know we’ve released some of the craziest videos lately with our other band EX DEO. So we decided to give KATAKLYSM a visual masterpiece as well and hire Ivan Colic once again to direct and produce the new clip for the song ‘Push The Venom’. It’s a hard hitting track with lots of anger and power and I’m positive Ivan will give it justice. We will shoot the video right after completing the EX DEO tour in Europe in mid July, so stand by for its premier in August!”
Heaven’s Venom track listing:
1. A Soulless God
2. Determined (Vows of Vengeance)
3. Faith Made of Shrapnel
4. Push the Venom
5. Hail the Renegade
6. As the Walls Collapse
7. Numb & Intoxicated
8. At the Edge of the World
9. Suicide River
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We are only just a mere three weeks away from the release of the new IN THIS MOMENT album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, and the reaction to the new single “The Gun Show” further proves that this is one of the most anticipated metal releases of the year. The band are extremely excited to partner up with Revolver Magazine to exclusively present their new cowboy themed video for “The Gun Show,” which was shot by acclaimed director David Brodsky (As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder). Click on the link below now to check it out. http://www.revolvermag.com/video/detail/exclusive-video-in-this-moment-premiere-the-gun-show/
Massachusetts’ metal mammoths, THE ACACIA STRAIN has confirmed the appearance of three guest vocalists on “Wormwood,” their new album, due July 20th on Prosthetic Records. HATEBREED’s Jamey Jasta, 100 DEMONS’ Bruce LePage and Kyle Chard of BORN LOW all lend their vocal stylings to the album, which was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. Jamey Jasta commented on the album’s opening track, “The Beast,” which he appears on: “The song is brutal, kids will lose their minds.” The track listing is:
The Beast (Featuring Jamey Jasta)
The Hills Have Eyes
Nightman (Featuring Bruce LePage)
Jonestown (Featuring Kyle Chard on Itunes and Vinyl version only)
Bay of Pigs
Skin Chamber was a short-lived industrial metal project, led by two members of the legendary experimental group Controlled Bleeding – Paul Lemos and Chris Moriarty. This oppressive music creation combined cold, raving electronics with brutal guitar riffs and sickening vocals. The duo released two full length albums – “Wound” and “Trial” – before ultimately disbanding in 1993. And today Metal Mind Productions presents an exclusive two-disc reissue which brings back a truly violent phenomenon in all its despicable glory…
The project emerged in 1991, after Controlled Bleeding had left their label WaxTrax!, which caused the group to put their artistic output on hold. The duo managed to interest Roadrunner Records in their work and this way, in 1991 they released their official debut album called “Wound”. This 13-track monstrosity delivered a powerful sonic attack, described by some as a soundtrack to a cybernetic nightmare. The band totally blurred the line between the synthetic and organic sounds, placing pounding late 80’s industrial (in the vein of Chemlab for instance) right next to slow, metallic brutality (think early Celtic Frost). It wasn’t an entirely new idea, as Godflesh paved this road long ago, but the combined talents of Moriarty and Lemos made up for an extremely intensive record. With such tracks as the upbeat “Skin Me” or the creepy, atmospheric “Slice of God” Skin Chamber managed to mark their name on the industrial map with capital letters. In 1993 the duo released their second album, entitled “Trial”. Lemos described it as a logical continuation of the band’s style: “It just kind of continues where Wound left off. It’s a lot more focused than “Wound” (…) I think the production is a lot more interesting, and within it are certain structured frameworks; there’s a lot of experimentation going on.” “Trail” was indeed a more diverse offering, presenting a very focused material filled with all the best qualities of brutally heavy industrial. The band’s love for sickening electronics was best heard in the track “Swallowing Scrap Metal (Part 5)” – a 25-minute string of uncontrolled noise, depicting all known forms of destruction. Or, as the reviewers often called it, an “electronic Armageddon”. Paul Lemos was very thrilled with his project’s output: “I think Skin Chamber is something that’s new, it has no history behind it, there’s no big catalogue of obscure releases. And so it’s kind of in a way a fresh start in a whole new orientation for us.” But in 1993 both Lemos and Moriarty decided that Controlled Bleeding should be their main focus and the spontaneously created side-project was soon shut down.
To fans of industrial all over the world, Skin Chamber was something much more than a mere project. Many scene activists point to both “Wound” and “Trial” as some the genre’s most overlooked and admired releases. With this exclusive double re-issue we give you a genuine industrial phenomenon, proving that metal and electronics can form a truly ferocious mixture.
“Wound” and “Tail” will be available in a double digipak edition limited to 2000 copies. “Wound” includes a bonus track. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for 2nd August in Europe and 5th October in USA (via MVD).
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have decided to join the BP-boycott by not using any BP or BP-affiliated products and facilities on their upcoming 2010 North American headlining tour.
“We’re outraged about BP’s obvious profit-over-safety policy leading to this terrible disaster and their extremely poor handling of the oil spill,” commented the band.”In joining the boycott and calling all our fans to do the same, we can collectively make a statement strong enough to bring this shameless, careless corporation to its knees, and to avoid such catastrophes in the future.”
Catch SOILWORK on theirNorth American headlining tour this Summer with San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL! Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.
SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL for a special event that is being offered. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by both bands. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com .
BURIAL INVOCATION: Rituals of the Grotesque - EP '10
Turkish old school deathsters and Dark Descent recording artists BURIAL INVOCATION have been invited to play Denmark’s Kill-Town Death Fest, one of the few non-Scandinavian acts participating. The three-day festival is scheduled for September 16-18, 2010 in Hovedstaden, Denmark. The lineup will also include Dark Descent bands STENCH OF DECAY and MIASMAL, both of whom will be releasing albums on the label in 2011.
BURIAL INVOCATION released the Rituals of the Grotesque EP on Dark Descent Records earlier this year and will unleash their highly anticipated full-length on the label in 2011.
About: Burial Invocation was formed in 2008 with the oath to summon the spirits of ancient death metal. Morbid and sublimely dark, Burial Invocation’s EP Rituals of the Grotesque is released on CD through Dark Descent Records in February 2010 and on tape through Skeleton Plague Records in March 2010. Following is a LP release by Me Saco Un Ojo Records in later 2010, featuring 4 tracks, 18 minutes total in length of devastating dark death metal.
I am proud to announce that after 15 years, I have a new solo album in stores today! The album, called “Tattoos & Tequila,” features two original songs and some of my favorite covers from throughout the years. “Tattoos & Tequila” is essentially a window into my life — the songs that have made me who I am today — a musical autobiography, if you will.
Featuring songs by Aerosmith, Scorpions, Elton John, Sweet and even Elvis Presley, we recorded “Tattoos & Tequila” in Las Vegas with Dana Strum on bass, Jeff Blando on guitar and Zoltan Chaney on drums.
Be sure to visit the all-new website, WWW.VINCENEIL.NET. There you can join the fan club, get the latest news, interact with other fans, and find tour dates and other info. Check it out.
I hope you like “Tattoos & Tequila” as much as I do.
Go to www.vinceneil.net to pick up Tattoos & Tequila. There’s a regular edition, with a physical CD and digital download of the album, as well as a deluxe edition, which includes a signed CD in the first 100 copies – An exclusive Tattoos and Tequila T-shirt and Flask plus a preorder of Vince’s forthcoming memoir, all housed in a commemorative box.
Great news from Austria´s elite thrash legion DEMOLITION. After nearly two years of silence, Viennas pride returns with a glamorous bang ! DEMOLITION have been confirmed as support act for MEGADETH´s show in Austria on July 2010. After two years, this marks the return of DEMOLITION to the stage.
DEMOLITION welcomes Tom amongst their ranks filling in the vacant drummer´s seat. Tom, who has cooperated with a lot of Austrian bands in the past, is already rehearsing with the band and everybody is looking forward to his first exhibition when DEMOLITION will be supporting MEGADETH on July 1, 2010 at the Gasometer in Vienna, Austria.
Austria´s NIGHT OF ROCK 2010 festival, the promoter approached DEMOLITION to fill in the vacant headliners spot for the first day of the festival on Friday, July30, 2010. So people in Austria will have the possibility to see DEMOLITION twice in a month, of course the headlining show on NIGHT OF ROCK 2010 will be more extended than their support show for MEGADETH. DEMOLITION are well prepared and looking forward to the festival after recruiting a new drummer.
More shows are in line for this autumn for DEMOLITION, watch out for more news to come soon !!!