Empires of Eden is very happy to announce Sean Peck as one of the feature artists on the upcoming album “Reborn in Fire”. The screamer from San Francisco is lead vocalist for US based power metal band Cage.
From guitarist Stu Marshall: “Sean was one of the guys I approached for the album after being a huge fan of his band Cage. His vocal range is something to really hear as the guy has one of the most intense and expressive voices in metal music today. The other great thing was his ability to compose material. I sent him a song that was really aggressive and he was able to rearrange the parts as he saw a best fit. Sean’s song Total Devastation is definitely the heaviest track on the cd and pure, kick in the face screaming heavy metal. The new album from Empires of Eden – “Reborn in Fire” will feature some of the world’s most respected heavy metal voices. With the already announced Mike Vescera, Zak Stevens, Steve Grimmett and Carlos Zema the album also showcases the incredible talents of Aussie singers Louie Gorgievksi, Chris Ninni and Mike Zoias.”
Studio videos are now online and free Iphone content is available at the bands page.
Released by 7Hard and also available on Itunes, the album is set for release globally on July 16.
With a 30 piece orchestral score – 8 singers – one album – Empires of Eden – Reborn in Fire.
THE ACACIA STRAIN have revealed the title, cover art and track listing which will be released July 20th in North American and August 2nd in Europe. The album is titled “Wormwood,” and features cover art by acclaimed artist, Justin Kamerer, who has done previous work for Bleeding Through, Guns N Roses, Slayer and many more.
Check out a video of front man Vincent Bennett announcing the title and cover, as well as the previous “Guess The Album Title” contest, HERE. Bennett also commented on the album:
“We worked just as hard if not harder on this album as we did on (2008’s)“Continent.’ We took an entire block of time off of touring and our lives in general to focus 100% on the creation of wormwood. Where we normally write a record with a theme already attached to it; this time around we wrote a record and the theme developed as we went. we wanted to do something that was still acacia strain, but broke away from the ‘mold’ that has been struck by all the bands these days that we seem to get grouped in with. all the songs have their own dynamic, instead of writing an album filled with like sounding songs. This is the heaviest record WE have ever written and these are the most personal lyrics I have ever written. Justin Kamerer; who did the artwork for the album, was really great to work with and really brought the songs to life with his imagery. I am really excited for this release, and we are all very proud of what we did with this record. i hope you enjoy.”
The track listing of “Wordwood,” is as follows:
The Hills Have Eyes
Bay Of Pigs
THE ACACIA STRAIN played will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.
6/26 Leeds University, Leeds UK. – Ghostfest
7/13 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle %
7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %
7/15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %
7/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar %
7/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy %
7/18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %
7/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues %
7/21 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %
7/22 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
7/23 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %
7/24 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %
7/25 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %
7/27 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %
7/28 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %
7/30 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre %
7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %
8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %
9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus $
9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $
9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89 $
9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront $
9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $
9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $
9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live $
9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation $
9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $
9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $
9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart $
9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt $
9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $
9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $
10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk $
10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $
10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $
10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust $
10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $
10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $
10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $
10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $
10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $
10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade $
10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $
10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA $
10/13 Wien, GER – Arena $
10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton $
10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk $
10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36 $
10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $
% “Cool Tour”
$ “Hell On Earth” Tour
“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs which can be viewed at http://www.prostheticrecords.com/ THE ACACIA STRAIN’s first DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK have posted a trailer for the bonus DVD of their upcoming album “The Panic Broadcast”. The clip also contains a snippet of the bonus track “Sweet Demise” which be included on the limited digipack version of the album. View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVqtkP4DaM
For over twenty-five years, Lizzy Borden has proudly waved the flag of "American Metal" and consistently delivered his brand of over the top stageshows, heavy on blood soaked theatrics. From the band’s early inception with the release of the "Give ‘em The Axe" EP on Metal Blade Records in 1984, to Lizzy’s notable appearance in Penelope Spheeris’ acclaimed "Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years" Lizzy has stuck by metal through thick and thin and is currently enjoying some much deserved notoriety afforded by the band’s recent nomination for "Video of The Year" on Mtv2’s "Headbanger’s Ball" program, for the song "Tomorrow Never Comes" taken from Lizzy Borden’s most recent studio album "Appointment With Death". Never at a loss for words, the charismatic frontman recently took the time to chat with Metal-Rules.com about his storied career, this summer’s touring activities, new axe-man Dario Lorina, and Lizzy’s immediate plans for the future. Oh yes… "There Will Be Blood Tonight!"
This was actually my first gig since the passing of Ronnie James Dio, and it was really nice to hear classic Rainbow being belted out through the PA before Slayer took to the stage, as today was the date that the Dio memorial was taking place in LA.
It was even nicer to note that the customary chants of Slayer! Slayer! Slayer! were saved for the gaps between tracks, as everyone enjoyed the moment and respected the meaning of the songs. Read the rest of this entry »
Masters of Metal is another addition to the map of the Finnish metal festivals. Originally the event was planned to be carried out in a bigger venue. However, because of the unexpected low ticket sales the whole MOM event was switched to a smaller venue and a couple of bands got dropped from the bill. However the line-up looked pretty solid which should have drawn more people to the event. After all approximately 300 people crawled out to the MOM event. Although the line-up looked all in all solid, but as for the general arrangements of the event, the roadie and break time between each bands was occasionally quite insanely long. That definitely bugged some people off even though the beer was cold and metal ruled. But even though the festival is a small indoor one, if the people of the fest believes in the future of the fest, then we can expect to have another MOM event in the next year.
German melodic death metallers DARK AGE are launching a special video contest and need your help.
The band’s idea: “We are planning to do a video for the song ’10 Steps To Nausea’ from our current album Acedia (out now on AFM Records). We want to something different from the normal (and usually boring) performance clips you see all the time; we want our fans to be a part of the clip.
Just switch on your webcam (or a digi cam) and film yourself going crazy to ’10 Steps To Nausea.’ Use your imagination, You can do a crazy performance alone or with your friends … indoors, outdoors, whatever comes to your mind is welcome.
After filming the stuff, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of your video. We will get back to you with further instructions. Please DO NOT send anything without notification!
After receiving your filmed material, we want to compile everything and present something very unique which will include YOU!
So, tell your friends, switch on your cam and let the madness begin! We are really looking forward to your ideas! Thanks and greetings from Germany!” —
PAIN, the band featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, will finally make their latest release Cynic Paradise available to North America on June 8th. This version will also feature an alternate cover and a bonus live CD recorded on March 23-24, 2009 at the Zenith in Paris, France during the band’s European tour with NIGHTWISH.
“Hi Pain-heads! We’re finally releasing the PAIN album in North America and we’re really happy about that,” commented Tägtgren. “It gives us a bigger chance to hit the road there now, so stay tuned for tour dates on our home pages. We decided to give the US fans something special since the release has been long over due there. That’s why we recorded the show in Paris and to offer that as an exclusive bonus CD for the North American fans. So check it out if you haven’t already!”
1. I’m Going In
2. Monkey Business
3. Follow Me
4. Have A Drink On Me
5. Don’t Care
6. Reach Out (And Regret)
7. Generation X
8. No One Knows
9. Live Fast / Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us
Disc 2 (Live In Paris)
1. Intro / I’m Going In
2. End Of The Line
3. Zombie Slam
4. Just Hate Me
5. Same Old Song
6. Monkey Business
7. On And On
8. Shut Your Mouth
Accept, the legendary heavy metal band out of Germany, conquered the metal world back in the 80’s with thunderous classic catchy songs such as RESTLESS AND WILD, BALLS TO THE WALL, BREAKER, METAL HEART, and the list continues. The legendary five piece made a triumphant return to the limelight in 2005, crisscrossing European metal and rock festivals and received excited reception from metal fans. However, things within the band didn’t work out and the band went on hiatus. Finally Accept got back together, but without vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. The former TT Quick frontman Mark Tornillo stepped in to take over on vocals. Original members Wolf Hoffman and Peter Baltes had plenty of new strong sounding Accept material written and the new album BLOOD OF THE NATIONS was recorded during last year at the helm of Andy Sneap who had a strong input on new songs and album. The whole band was on a promotion trip and doing some shows here and there. Metal-Rules.Com got an excellent opportunity hear the new album and then hav a chat with Wolf Hoffman and the new singer Mark Tornillo.
Rarely, if ever, has one festival organization gone through so many difficulties as Stockholm Rockout faced out during this spring. First, there were many cancellations for whatever reasons, even some headliners got canceled, and finally the volcano eruption in Iceland and its ash clouds meant that most of the U.S. bands not reaching Sweden in time. The organizers of Rockout didn’t give up and they decided to organize a small-scale one day event with bands which were now available. The actual Rockout -festival will then be re-arranged for later next September. Read the rest of this entry »
After thirty years of wrecking necks live, East Coast thrash metal legends Overkill are still in their prime, as evidenced by this year’s excellent onslaught of an offering dubbed "Ironbound". Hitting the road in support of the new record, the green and black attack headlined the aptly-named KILLFEST tour atop a bill that also featured God Dethroned, Vader, Evile, Warbringer and Woe of Tyrants. Overkill frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth is in good spirits this night in Austin, Texas as he cracks jokes and fills us in on life out on the road. The subject of the evening is primarily focused on the pummeling new Overkill record and the band’s immediate tour plans. Rather than placing too much emphasis on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the band’s debut album "Feel the Fire", Blitz seems very content with the band’s present achievement and looks to the future of the band with excitement and anticipation. Tonight’s concert is further proof why now is as good a time as any, to be an Overkill fan.
Thanks to Tania Baggo at Target Distribution for the help to get this done.
Thanks to Target Records for providing the promo pictures of the band.
Live pictures taken from the archives of Anders Sandvall
I hooked up with band-members Thomas – lead vocals, Morten – guitar and Jacob – drums in the Danish 70’s hard rock/kick ass rockn’ roll act Karma Cowboys with the intent to talk about their brand new album SHAKE IT. We talked about the new album but we also talked about the bands history, labels, touring and what the future has in store for the band. This is the first interview with Karma Cowboys in metal-rules.com and if you’re into retro hard rock/rockn’ roll with a lot of feeling and attitude then be sure to check out the next big act from Denmark.
Australian rock sensation Airbourne has just released its sophomore album titled NO GUTS.NO GLORY. The new world tour started in January and this time it included three shows in Finland which were instantly sold out. In Helsinki I had a change to sit down with the band’s drummer and co ‘founder Tommy O’Keefe. We talked about the new album, the early years and Airbourne’s future plans. Enjoy
The Roadburn festival has gained a real monumental status amongst metal and rock fans around the planet. The festival has become such an ultimate popular event during the past few years that tickets for the festival have been sold out within less than one hour. What makes the Roadburn festival such popular ? Well firstly bands of course, as the festival offers such a diverse line-upl covering a wide range of music from the underground psychedelic and rock, avant-garde stuff, doom or any other variation of metal stuff pleasing the fans of the music and above all the general atmosphere. Metal-Rules got an excellent privilege of visiting the Roadburn festival for the second time in a row to see a plenty of killer bands, smell the taste of the weed and enjoy Triptykon. However as it is widely know the volcanic outburst in Iceland caused nothing but a tremendous headache for the organization of the Roadburn festival. As all the flights were canceled and airports were closed cos ashes of clouds were rolling over Europe resulting several bands were unable to arrive at the Roadburn festival. For example the Swedish doom legends Candlemass was forced to cancel, and Jesu, Evoken and so on. The Norwegians had troubles in getting at Roadburn, but however made it. As several bands didn’t have any other choices, but cancels the appearance that resulted the whole schedule had to be remade and re-arranged. Despite big cancellations, there were after all tons of magic and unique bands on the stage and magic music.