German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:
“R.I.P. Steve Lee (GOTTHARD) – on of the greatest singers in our world and a friend is gone…
After 15 shows we’ve arrived in Finland after a rough ferry ride through the night. We’re looking forward to the final 6 shows of the tour and the tour in Spain is just around the corner. Had a great time so far on the road and the band is in a fantastic mood. The vibe on and off stage is great – all support bands are doing a killer job.
Thx to ELVENKING and KISSIN’ DYNAMITE for a energetic time and we hope to see you soon again! Now we’re preparing for the final six shows starting tonight in Tampere, Finland.
Aside of being a member of the just released new HALFORD album, Made Of Metal, guitarist Metal Mike Chlasziak delivered two outstanding crushing guitar tracks for Ralf’s forthcoming solo album and the songs ‘Locked In The Dungeon’ and ‘Dynasty’.
Great job Mike and all the best for your tour in Japan!”
Primal Fear’s complete live itinerary can be found the band’s official website www.primalfear.de
NEVERMORE/SANCTUARY singer Warrel Dane spoke with Jay Nanda Thesilvertongueonline.com recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
The Silver Tongue: Why have you chosen to reform Sanctuary after 20 years, especially with Nevermore doing so well?
Dane: “Well, I said years ago that it would never, ever, ever fuckin’ happen, but that was at a time when we weren’t really friendly with each other. But we are now. “Water under the bridge” would be the best way to describe our relationship, and I’ve heard some of the new material Lenny (Rutledge) the guitar player has been working on, and it’s fuckin’ killer. So I had to re-evaluate the situation. It’s kinda weird, because Nevermore has been doing so well.”
The Silver Tongue: So was the grunge factor of the early ’90s the reason for Sanctuary’s casualty after Refuge Denied and Into The Mirror Black, or was there something more to it?
Dane: “You know, I’m pretty sure that did affect the break-up in some way. The songwriting got a little weird toward the end, and at that time, there was a lot of pressure, especially from record company people saying, ‘Well, I expected something a little grungier.’ Ugh! ‘We’re not a grunge band!’ When you have a major label telling you that, it just goes to show that they’re so fuckin’ clueless.”
The Silver Tongue: What did you guys learn early in your career from (MEGADETH’s) Dave Mustaine as he produced the first Sanctuary record?
Dane: “Oh boy, that whole period is kind of a drunken blur (laughs). I think every band gets a break somewhere, and to make it in the music business, you get your foot in the door. We were fuckin’ lucky that Mustaine paid attention to us. Had it not been for him, I probably would not be talking to you right now, so I have to give much respect to him for that. We were at a KING DIAMOND/Megadeth show, and Lenny gave somebody a demo, and he heard it, and we were told he said, ‘I’d like to produce you guys.’ And we were like, ‘Yeah, right.’ But he must’ve been serious, because we got the call, and the rest is just crazy history.”
The Silver Tongue: Will Sanctuary be working on another album, or is the cruise a one-off reunion thing? Will every original member be part of it?
Dane: “We’re gonna do another record, but I’m not sure when we’re going to have time because the touring cycle for Nevermore just started, and it’s going to get crazy. (Guitarist) Sean (Blosl) didn’t really want to do it basically, so Jeff (Loomis), who was actually a member of Sanctuary at the end, is going to do it live. I’m not sure he’ll be recording, though. That band was about Lenny, and Nevermore was more about Jeff, so we try to keep both of those separate.
Mumbai based Death Metal band ‘Reptilian Death’ have revealed their brand new logo on their Youtube Channel. (www.youtube.com/reptiliandeath) The logo has been created by none other than Michal ‘Xaay’ Loranc who recently did the logo for Mumbai metallers Demonic Resurrection and has also worked with the likes of Nile, Behemoth, Vader and Karl Sanders.
The band has also uploaded a drum practice session of two new tracks. Reptilian Death is the solo/side project of Demonic Resurrection frontman ‘Demonstealer’ that started out as a humorous death metal outfit but later turned more serious. Reptilian Death has been inactive since 2006 after the release of their EP ‘Intestinal Feast’. The band has not revealed if there are new members but is currently in the studio starting work on their untitled second album which is due for release in the summer of 2012.
WETNURSE, THE BINARY CODE, PACK OF WOLVES, BATILLUS TO SUPPORT
MetalSucks and NYC concert promoters 1000 Knives have announced details for the second of two shows they will be hosting at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. The show will be held the afternoon of Saturday, October 23rd at Fontana’s in Manhattan (105 Eldridge St.). It will start at 4pm, admission will be $10, and it will be open to the general public 21 and over. A limited number of CMJ badgeholders will be admitted.
POWERGLOVE, who recently released their debut E1 album “Saturday Morning Apocalypse,” will headline the event. Texas shredders PACK OF WOLVES (ex-AT ALL COST) will also make an appearance, and NYC metal titans WETNURSE (7th Rule), THE BINARY CODE, MEEK IS MURDER (ex-THE RED CHORD) and BATILLUS will round out the bill.
Complimentary cocktails will be served from 4-5pm courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum, and mixed drinks will be available for $3 thereafter.
The terrifying artwork depicted on the cover of OCEANO‘s November 9th release, CONTAGION was created by Dusty Peterson. Known for his work with BLOODBATH, SIX FEET UNDER and CATTLE DECAPITATION, the band sought him out as they are fans of his work. In the end, the band felt they couldn’t have had made a better choice in an artist. “Adam was particularly excited about the interior artwork to the album when I showed him,” says Dusty. “He said something about some lyrics that he had written that matched up with it perfectly. The concept of theirs is very vivid, just like the artwork!”
So how exactly did Dusty go about taking things from concept to the final product presented on the album? As the artist himself puts it: “At the start, Oceano had a very specific, lengthy concept that was based off of all of their lyrics. After considering the message that they wanted to convey, I basically dug deep into my horror movie interests and tried to make something that told the story of a government-caused viral outbreak but with a classic, old-school feel. I really wanted it to be colorful and eye-popping, but also very unsettling. I referenced everything from 28 days later to Dawn and Day of the Dead to classic Death album covers.”
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album, CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th. Take one look at the track list and fans will get a brief taste of the destructive tale to be unfolded within:
01. Precursor To Enslavement
02. Viral Re-Animation
03. Regulated Disposal Of Life
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
09. Sadistic Experiments
10. Remnants Aflame
11. Ending Intellect
OCEANO is giving fans the chance to win an iPad. That’s right! A brand-spanking-new iPad is up for grabs. All fans must do is go to http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698 and pre-order CONTAGION. Pre-order the album on its own, with a hoodie, a shirt or any other configuration that can be conceived. As long as the pre-order is made through the EARACHE US WEBSTORE, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing to win.
Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO have released a 6+ minute trailer for a bonus DVD that fans can find EXCLUSIVELY at all Transworld stores (which include FYE, Coconuts, Saturday Matinee, Spin Street and more) bundled with new copies of CONTAGION on November 9th. Entitled CREATING THE CONTAGION, this exclusive DVD captures everything that fans would want to know about the CONTAGION recording sessions and then some. Get up close and personal with OCEANO through in-depth interviews, tracking session footage and even a tour of the kitchen pantry at Planet Z Studios. For a taste of the CREATING THE CONTAGION DVD, watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu3Zdudwjc8
Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
Oct 23 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Catch OCEANO on their Contagion Across The Nation tour with CHELSEA GRIN, ATTILA, IN THE MIDST OF LIONS and MONSTERS:
11/5 Detroit, MI @ Hayloft
11/6 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
11/8 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
11/9 Holyoke, MA @ Waterfront
11/10 Montreal, QC @ Underworld
11/11 Providence, RI @ Jerky’s
11/12 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
11/13 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/14 Richmond, VA @ The Hat Factory
11/17 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
11/19 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/20 Dallas, TX @ Rail Club
11/22 Wichita, KS @ Oz Cafe
11/23 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/24 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
11/27 West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE Partner With Bloody-Disgusting To Present Exclusive Debut of The Scathing New Track “Path of A Traitor”; On Tour Now With Suicide Silence
Brutally unrelenting, savagely intense and downright uncompromising should be CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE’s mission statement as this band aims straight for the jugular with a barrage of frenetic riffs and a bottom end that will make your heart sink to your feet. This is the new face of extreme metal and the future never looked so bright. The Sacramento, CA quintet’s vicious new offering, Revenants (set for an Oct. 25th release), is bound to create some buzz within the metal scene and you don’t want to miss them on tour with Suicide Silence all this month. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/conductingfromthegrave now to view the entire tour schedule. Also, look for CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE on tour with Arsis and Powerglove this Dec.
Jeffery Morgan (vocals) further states: “The overlying theme of ‘Path of A Traitor’ deals with betrayals of friendship or trust through manipulating and taking advantage those who do not stop them from doing so, and in the end, the justice the betrayer deserves. The song starts out with a visualization of all of the misdeeds that have led to persecution and ends with the traitor being brought to justice, hence the line ‘you fucking traitor, there shall be justice when you burn alive.’ Overall, the lyrics are fairly generalized with some of Mikey’s personal experience tied in. We’ve all been betrayed at some point and have desired vengeance and retribution. That is what this song is about.
“We are currently out on the ‘Time To Bleed Tour’ with Suicide Silence, My Children My Bride, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza and Molotov Solution. So far the tour has been amazing. All of the people on the package are awesome and we’re all having a lot of fun. Not only is Suicide Silence probably the biggest headliner we have gone out with but they are also probably the most down to earth band and and are very cool to us. On this tour we are playing a little bigger venues than we have previously been used to. Having bigger stages to run around on has helped our live show a bit too. The crowds have been very responsive to our new material. We’re all counting down the days till October 25th. We can’t wait to unleash Revenants on the music world.”
Prog-Sphere.com has posted an extensive interview with acclaimed guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, BLOTTED SCIENCE, SPASTIC INK). In it, Jarzombek talks about everything from his early days with S.A. SLAYER, also featuring current MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain, to his feelings on jazz music, and the upcoming BLOTTED SCIENCE EP which will be the group’s first recording with new drummer Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, ex-NECROPHAGIST).
On S.A. SLAYER: “We used to play around Texas with WatchTower and Helstar quite a bit. It was more of a straight ahead metal kind of thing. I wore black spandex and a leather vest (which was actually made out of vinyl – LOL) and I always felt a bit out of place, but went along with it because it was a cool gig. The other guys in the band were listening to Motorhead and Iron Maiden while I was into Rush. It all was working pretty well until Don (Van Stavern) and Dave (McClain) decided that they wanted to form a band with Mark Reale from Riot, which fell apart almost as soon as it started. S.A. Slayer was then over and I was I in WatchTower shortly after, which was just fine with me, although I had a bitch of a time trying to fill Billy (White)’s shoes.”
On jazz: “Sometimes my music is described as jazz, which I do not hear at all. I’m not a fan of jazz and actually whenever I try to work with heavily influenced jazz guys, I have problems. If a musician isn’t grounded in rock or metal and they have a bunch of jazz wanker guys listed as their influences, a bright red flag goes up for me. Don’t get me wrong, I totally respect and admire players like Larry Carlton, Allan Holdsworth, Al DiMeola, Frank Gambale, etc. but I don’t want to write/play with drummers and bass players who don’t have clue what they are supposed to be playing in a rock/metal context. Figure out all your widdling going-nowhere-crap on your own time, then when you figure out what you’re going to play, THEN hit the record button.” On BLOTTED SCIENCE: “We incorporated the ‘Circle Of 12 Tones’ writing system that Alex and I we are still using, and actually have a pretty interesting thing going. On the upcoming EP we have a VERY cool concept of what we are writing music to, and to be quite honest I don’t think any band has done it before. I’ve dabbled in it before with Spastic Ink, but this is EXTREME! and I’m sure this will knock people’s socks off. It’s a little too involved to do a whole album, so we’re going to see how all goes with this EP.” The full interview can be viewed at http://www.prog-sphere.com/2010/10/04/ron-jarzombek-the-one-who-sets-the-difference/ For more info visit: www.ronjarzombek.com
On the road and going coast to coast, Vancouver’s follk metal contingent of Scythia will be pillaging their Montreal “Exiled Across Canada” tour date on the best night of the year. Halloween!!!
Already known for wearing their viking inspired clad that even includes an oboe of death player wrapped in a rabbit skin bra. Scythia will fit pefectly in place on Halloween night as they take to the stage at Katakombes (1635 St. Laurent) on Sunday, October 31st alongside Valfreya, Heroik, touring mates Marching Mind (Vancouver) and The Unconscious Mind.
“There’s no better city in Canada to play on Halloween then Montreal! We’ve been sharpening our axes and prepping are war cries for this night of plunder!” comments Scythia’s Dave Khan. “We come to conquer your ale and heathens and show Montreal the fierce force from the riders of Scythia.”
The night will consist of an unforgettable Halloween party that includes a hanging every hour on the hour for those with scurvy! (aka no Halloween costume) where they will be dunked into a bucket full of freshly shipped nordic ice waters.
Plus a planned appearance from Thor (not the metal music god), the God of Thunder as he leads his viking followers to compete to be the Viking Master of his hammer! Many more Halloween surprises to be announced. To follow this event plase join the facebook event here. – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153856791300136&ref=ts
Oct 31st @ 7:30 pm @ Katacombes
Halloween Metal Party w/
Valfreya, Scythia, Heroik, Marching Mind and The Unconscious Mind
Sponsors: Labyrinthe Boutique, Kustom Kulture Tattoo, Skunk Magazine, Reversed Records, Asher Media Relations
Tons of Giveaways & Prizes all night!!
Best Costume gets something special!!!
“Exiled Across Canada” Tour Dates
October 9, 2010 – Pogue Mahone, Kamloops, BC
October 14, 2010 – Brandiz Pub, Vancouver, BC
October 15, 2010 – Brooklyn Lounge / Lake City Bowl, Kelowna, BC
October 16, 2010 – Voodoo’s, Penticton, BC
October 17, 2010 – Vern’s, Calgary, AB
October 18, 2010 – TBA, Regina, SK
October 19, 2010 – The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
October 20, 2010 – Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON
October 22, 2010 – Smiling Buddha, Toronto, ON
October 23, 2010 – Coach and Horses, Windsor, ON
October 24, 2010 – TBA, Waterloo, ON
October 25, 2010 – Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, ON
October 26, 2010 – Top Shelf, Ajax, ON
October 27, 2010 – Bar Octobre, Quebec City, QC
October 28, 2010 – Bar Le Magog, Sherbrooke, QC
October 29, 2010 – Le Stage Rock Cafe, Trois Rivieres, QC
October 31, 2010 – Katakombes, Montreal, QC
November 1, 2010 – TBA, Sudbury, ON
November 3, 2010 – Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
November 4, 2010 – Walker’s Night Club, Saskatoon, SK
November 5, 2010 – DV8, Edmonton, AB
November 6, 2010 – The Dirty Jersey, Kamloops, BC
November 7, 2010 – Funky Winkerbeans, Vancouver, BC
Sacred Oath will release the brand new album World On Fire as an iTunes exclusive on Tuesday October 26th – just in time for Halloween. The deluxe bundle includes 11 songs and a PDF of the cover art, lyrics and liner notes.
The album was produced by singer/guitarist Rob Thorne at his studio in Connecticut during February and March this year. “I couldn’t be happier with how this album turned out,” says Thorne, who has produced all but one of Sacred Oath’s albums. “It was important to me that this album have its own sonic character. It really stands head and shoulders above anything we’ve done yet. I hope the fans will love it.”
This is Sacred Oath’s fourth studio album. Running time is 58:11. Track listing is as follows:
1 . Sweet Agony
2 . Meet Your Maker
3 . The King Must Die
4 . Sandrider
5 . Front Line
6 . Face of Evil
7 . Drums of War
8 . Revolution
9 . When the War is Over
1 0 .On Death Row
1 1 .World On Fire
World On Fire marks a return to the concept album format for Sacred Oath. Many of the songs are based on the popular sci fi novel Dune by Frank Herbert. The cover art was painted by famed sci fi artist Michael Whelan (Stephen King, Sepultura, Evile). “This cover is perfect,” said Thorne in a recent interview. “I was introduced to Michael at an Evile concert this summer and knew right away that I wanted to get his work on a Sacred
All other major digital retailers will have the album available for sale on November 9th (worldwide). A digipack CD version with lyric booklet will also be available in North America. No physical release date has been set for Europe, Japan, or South America as of yet.
TWISTED SISTER LIVE IN WACKEN THE REUNION- DVD/CD
For those who “stayed hungry” for the riotous rock of Long Island’s loudest band, Eagle Rock Entertainment are ready to satiate! Twisted Sister: Live In Wacken – The Reunion will be unleashed as a DVD/CD set on October 26, 2010. [MSRP $19.98] Twisted Sister established itself as a band to be heard AND seen. Their instantly recognizable image, fiery live shows, and a string of highly successful albums loaded with defiant anthems rocketed them to stardom before their split in the late eighties. In 2003, the classic line-up of lead vocalist Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda, bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, and drummer AJ Pero joined forces yet again and took the stage at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. 110 minutes thick with riffage and rebellion, this DVD/CD reissue of the concert, which was previously released in 2005, was the first filmed performance of the fully revitalized, post-millenial Twisted Sister.
Live In Wacken is the full experience of the band’s reunification. Fans are treated not only with live footage of Wacken on the DVD, but snippets of other performances and interviews chronicling the story of their reunion after so many years. The accompanying CD, Live…Past & Present, completes the package, encapsulating the band’s history with vintage live tracks from Detroit and Porchester in 1980, London in 1982, and the 2003 Wacken performance.
“The Kids Are Back” indeed.
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Track Listing: DVD: (*interviews sections)
1.) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can’t Hurt You)
2.) In The Beginning*
3.) The Final Show…1987*
4.) The Kids Are Back
5.) Stay Hungry
6.) The Speaks Reunion*
7.) A Night For Jason*
9.) Like A Knife In The Back
10.) TS on TV*
11.) The New York Steel Benefit*
12.) Under The Blade
13.) Old School Returns*
14.) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
15.) The Fire Still Burns
16.) South Korea April 2003*
17.) Shoot ‘Em Down
18.) We’re Not Gonna Take It
20.) The Price
22.) Burn In Hell
23.) I Wanna Rock
24.) Band Intro
CD: Detroit & Portchester 1980
1.) Bad Boys Of Rock ‘N’ Roll
2.) Born To Be Wild
3.) I’ll Never Grow Up. Now!
4.) You Know I Cry
5.) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
6.) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can’t Hurt You)
7.) The Kids Are Back
8.) Stay Hungry
9.) Like A Knife In The Back
10.) I Am, I’m Me
11.) The Fire Still Burns
The Wagnerian metal opera project, Lyraka, has announced a pre-order offer for their debut CD, entitled “Lyraka.Volume 1”. The CD, which is set for release November 27th, 2010, is available for pre-order at 15% off its release date price at Lyraka.com now.
The project, which bills itself as “Wagnerian Opera Metal, Defined” features 4 songs performed by Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ), one by Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING), and one by Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM). Jeff Pilson (Dio, Dokken, Foreigner) and Tim Luce (Alcatrazz) have been involved in the project, as well as Andre Maquera (8084).
The composer, Andy DiGelsomina, announced “We are proud to announce that famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly (Kiss, Rainbow, Manowar) is putting the finishing touches on the cover artwork now, and it’s looking KILLER.”
MSN /ROCK METAL TV Spain spoke with SLAYER´s guitarist Kerry King at the last Edition of Sonisphere Festival in Madrid. King talks about the “Big Four” tour, METALLICA, SLAYER´s last album “World Painted Blood” and remembers other efforts of the band like “Show No Mercy”, “Reign in Blood” or “South of Heaven”.
Also, he offers a glimpse about the future of the band.
The below news comes to us from Skully from Seasons Of The Wolf, and now also Queen Of Thorns.
“Here is something we put together on the side – Our new female singer fronted recording project Queen Of Thorns has now released the first single titled “Fools Gold” – Hope you enjoy it! Crank it up loud and let it roar! :)~”
After eight successful studio albums over the past decade, Germany’s AT VANCE figured it was about time to release a “Best Of” album. An aptly titled double-disc set, Decade not only includes highlight tracks from every AT VANCE record, but also includes a disc of rare tunes, Japanese bonus tracks, several cover songs, the popular adaptions of classical masterpieces (Vivaldi, Beethoven…) and much more.
Decade Track Listing: CD 1
01. Only Human
02. Take Me Away
03. Take My Pain
06. Broken Vow
07. The Evil In You
08. Fallen Angel
09. The Curtain Will Fall
12. Cold As Ice
13. Flying High (Remastered)
14. Princess Of The Night
15. Heart Of Steel
16. Ride The Sky
01. Broken Vow (live)
02. Heroes Of Honour
03. Logical Song (Supertramp cover)
04. Shout (Tears For Fears cover)
05. Highway Star (Deep Purple cover)
06. The Winner Takes It All (ABBA cover)
07. Money Money Money (ABBA cover)
08. S.O.S. (ABBA cover)
09. Gloomy Monday
11. Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor cover)
12. Desperado (Eagles cover)
13. Vivaldi / Spring
14. Vivaldi / Summer
16. Beethoven 5th Symphony
18. Caprice No.16
19. Bach Invention No.13
20. Cello Prelude G-Major
21. Chopin Etude No.4