Jeff and Frank from Tesla stop by to chat on the next episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show. Here’s some quotes:
Frank Hannon explaining to everyone that the Guns ‘n Roses song “Patience” was a rip off of a Tesla demo called “Better Off Without You.”
Frank Hannon: “Let me tell you something: “Patience”, we were label mates with Gun ‘n Roses on Geffen, there’s a demo of a song that we wrote called “Better Off Without You”. It is “Patience” note for note.”
Eddie Trunk: “Sue their asses”
Don Jamieson: “Breaking news on “That Metal Show””
Jim Florentine: “And I got something else, he whistled on the song dude. You don’t whistle on a song, you sing a song.”
BEATALLICA CONTINUES THEIR MASTERFUL MYSTERY TOUR AND LAUNCH AN IMPENDING VINYL CAMPAIGN
North Palm Beach, FL – Beatallica, that other band on the run, keeps the Masterful Mystery Tour on the road with a set of midwest and west coast tour dates throughout November and December. Continuing their infamous bash-up of Metallica and The Beatles, Masterful Mystery Tour is Beatallica’s second full length studio album and features the hits “Hero of the Day Tripper” and “Fuel On The Hill” as well as the fan favorite “I Want To Choke Your Band”. The official Beatallica catalog now includes the studio albums, Masterful Mystery Tour and Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band, over 40 speech tones, All You Need Is Blood and the Holiday EP, Winter Plunderband, featuring the debut of the first ever Beatallica originals.
After their world-wide crowd-sourced translation campaign for “All You Need Is Blood”, Beatallica is utilizing Kickstarter to mobilize their international fan club, aka Beatalli-bangers, again for a fan funded campaign to create limited edition vinyl for Masterful Mystery Tour and Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band.
“The first time I heard Kill ‘Em All and Revolver, they were on vinyl. Hell, I can proudly say I was the first kid in Milwaukee to own Master of Puppets on vinyl. I waited outside Rushmor Records all damn day for the shipment to arrive! So, man, it is with great pleasure Beatallica announces that we’re working on getting Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band and Masterful Mystery Tour out on vinyl as well. At first, I thought the only thing vinyl in this band would be Ringo’s “naughty boy” pants! Now, we can fully say we are looking to gladly join the 21st…I mean 20th century! – Jaymz Lennfield
Forthcoming U.S. Tour Dates include:
Thursday November 11 – Scottsdale, AZ at Martini Ranch
Friday November 12 – Los Angeles CA at Paladino’s
Saturday November 13 – Pomona CA at Friar Tucks
Sunday November 14 – Las Vegas NV at Cheyenne Saloon
Monday November 15 – Los Angeles CA at Key Club
Thursday November 18 – Portland OR at Music Millennium in-store
Friday November 19 – Portland OR at Dante’s
Saturday November 20 – Seattle WA at Silver Platters in-store
Saturday November 20 – Seattle WA at Tractor Tavern
Sunday November 21 – Billings MT at Railyard Ale House
Tuesday November 23 – Fargo ND at Nestor’s Tavern
Wednesday November 24 – Minneapolis MN at Robert’s
Friday December 3 – Milwaukee WI at Club Garibaldi
Saturday December 11 – Janesville WI at The Back Bar
Thursday December 16 – Butler PA at Ghost Riders 2
Friday December 17 – Pittsburgh PA at The Altar Bar
Saturday December 18 – Wapakoneta OH at Rhythm And Brews
Virginia-based melodic tech death metal masters, ARSIS, have announced a very special addition to the bands on their upcoming headlining tour this upcoming December! ARSIS will be performing the title track from A Diamond For Disease in it’s 12+ minute entirety! ARSIS vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone commented:
“We have been scheming among ourselves for quite a while about this, and now it’s finally going to happen. We rehearsed the full version of ‘A Diamond For Disease’ last week and it came together even better than we had hoped! It needed the right tour and the right point in the life of the band, and we would not do it at all unless it was perfect. We’re finally there. So everybody who’s been asking us to play the entire thing every night for years and years… you finally get your (poisonous) medicine this December!”
“A Tour for the Sick” is presented by MetalInjection.net and will include 8 bit metal heroes POWERGLOVE and the Sumerian Records touring juggernaut CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE.
ARSIS, POWERGLOVE, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE
12/01/10 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
12/02/10 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
12/03/10 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH
12/04/10 I Rock – Detroit, MI
12/05/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
12/07/10 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
12/08/10 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
12/09/10 The Venue – Boise, ID
12/10/10 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
12/11/10 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR
12/12/10 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
12/13/10 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
12/14/10 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
12/15/10 El Cien – Amarillo, TX
12/16/10 The Marquee Theatre – Tulsa, OK
12/18/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Starve For The Devilwas released in North America on February 9th anddebuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The video clip for the ARSIS song “Forced To Rock” can be viewed on YouTube and below:
The innovative Finnish metal sensation CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT are best known for their brutal assault of technical precision and unhinged rage, but the band will now harness this energy in a different way as they prepare to join the military in order to serve their country.
CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT states: “It’s a very tricky time in camp Contempt right now, with Finland law forcing a military trip for numerous members in January that will result in six months of service. However, until then we are currently hard at work in the rehearsal room laying down the sections for our second album that will definitely turn some heads. We are determined to create a more aggressive, dynamic and mature offering showing our continued growth as a band. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/circleofcontempt for frequent updates and we will be back in your face before you know it.”
Management representative Carl Sewell adds: “It’s an exciting, yet tricky time right now with members having to take time off touring for their mandatory military session, which means they will be out harder than ever come summer to make up for lost time. The new album is a real step forward and summer 2011 will see the CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT wave of brutality unleashed worldwide.”
CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT’s unrelenting debut album, Artifacts In Motion, afforded the band the opportunity to decimate the masses across the world and garner a devoted legion of diehard fans, but in 2011 they will put their definitive mark on the extreme metal genre.
“THE CLANS WILL RISE” EUROPEAN TOUR 2011 PART ONE feat. Special guests Grand Magus & Sister Sin
24.03.2011 Th Germany Hamburg-Markthalle
25.03.2011 Fr Germany Speyer-Halle 101
26.03.2011 Sa Germany Memmingen-Kaminwerk
27.03.2011 Su Germany Frankfurt-Batschkapp
28.03.2011 Mo Germany Berlin-C-Club
29.03.2011 Tu Germany Bochum-Zeche
30.03.2011 We Germany Ludwigsburg-Rockfabrik
31.03.2011 Th Germany Munich-New Backstage
01.04.2011 Fr Germany Glauchau-Alte Spinnerei
02.04.2011 Sa Germany Lichtenfels-Stadthalle
03.04.2011 Su Swiss Pratteln-Z7
04.04.2011 Mo Italy Milan-Alcatraz
05.04.2011 Tu Slov Ljubljana-Gala Hala Metelkova
06.04.2011 We Croatia Zagreb-Mocvara Club
07.04.2011 Th SK Bratislava-Randall
08.04.2011 Fr Czech Zlin-Masters of Rock Cafe
09.04.2011 Sa Germany Andernach-Live Club
10.04.2011 Su Belgium Vosselaar-Biebob
11.04.2011 Mo France Paris-Divan du Monde
12.04.2011 Tu France Lyon-Nikasi Kao
13.04.2011 We Travel Travel
14.04.2011 Th Spain Barcelona-Salamandra 1
15.04.2011 Fr Spain Pamplona-Navarra (Totem)
16.04.2011 Sa Spain Madrid-Caracol
17.04.2010 Su Portug Lisbon-Cine-teatro de Corroios
Earache Records is proud to announce EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, an essential free app for all metalheads which is coming to the Apple App Store on November 29th.
Available for iPhone and iPod Touch, with an iPad version due to be released in the near future, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING sees you dive into the familiar festival experience as you throw a pesky stage invader as far into the crowd as possible.
Play along to a raging soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you fling the stage diver into the air while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and of course the festival favourite – the portable toilets!
Throw the stage diver as far as you can and try to get a high score on the global leader boards.
EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING includes full music tracks from such killer bands as EVILE, AT THE GATES, DEICIDE, OCEANO, WHITE WIZZARD, DECAPITATED, BONDED BY BLOOD, THE HAUNTED, BRUTAL TRUTH and WORMROT.
All tracks are included in a fully integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want. The app also includes an exclusive, secret unlockable music track which can’t be found anywhere else!
Get your hands on EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING for free by searching for “extreme stage diving” on the App Store on November 29th.
Crossover thrash legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, who are currently pummeling cities throughout the U.S. on the Join The Army/ Deja Vu Tour, recently posted two new video updates from the trek. Witness the mayhem HERE.
The band will perform another week’s worth of dates, including a show at New York City’s Terminal 5 with the Cro-Mags and Underdog, before winding things down at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque. Just two days after their return, ST funk metal alter ego, INFECTIOUS GROOVES, will perform a very special show in Hollywood! Sponsored by KROQ, the performance will take place on November 23 at the House Of Blues and mark the band’s only U.S. appearance in 2010!
Check out footage of the band performing at the SWU Music and Arts Festival in October at the Maeda Farm in Itú, Brazil HERE. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour 2010 Join The Army/ Deja Vu Tour 11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/14/2010 Terminal 5 – New York, NY 11/15/2010 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Ireland’s DARKEST ERA releases recording update including studio photos, announces title of upcoming Metal Blade debut
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – November 11th, 2010 – DARKEST ERA, the heavy metal band based in Northern Ireland and one of Metal Blade’s newest additions to its artist roster, have recently completed work on their forthcoming album titled The Last Caress of Light and have issued the following update:
“It is with great pleasure that we announce we have finished work on our debut album; to be titled The Last Caress of Light. The album is a work of dark, stormy, epic heavy metal that we are proud to release upon the world. Chris Fielding did a fantastic job in capturing the Celtic atmosphere of our songs while bringing out our heavy metal influences from bands like Warlord. We are very excited about it” comments vocalist Krum. Guitarist Sarah Wieghell adds; “It has been an incredible experience recording our debut album for Metal Blade, the songs came out better than even we were expecting. I think we’ve made a really strong record to be proud of, I can’t wait for people to hear it!” In the coming weeks, Metal Blade Records will release more info on DARKEST ERA’s debut release The Last Caress of Light, including street date, track listing, cover art, and song premiers.
“As evident from the likes of ‘Visions of the Dawn’, the group have hit upon a very traditional Metal sound that suits them, and deserve to be commended for it…They’re undoubtedly one of the most promising young bands in the country if you’re a metal maniac in the most traditional sense of the words.” MetalIreland.com
“Darkest Era isn’t folk in the traditional sense of folk metal… Darkest Era instead go down a more straightforward route and blend elements of doom and folk into a classic heavy metal fold… complete with galloping rhythms, powerful clean vocals, and epic chord progressions… Fans of Primordial and those who like their metal epic need to hear this band.” SputnikMusic.com
“Some great pounding and powerful Epic Metal with some Power Metal references enforced by killer guitars and crystal clear vocals… There is a dark touch spread in all the compositions something that in my opinion is with no doubt the ‘key point’ in the music of this band. Straight in your face and memorable pounding riffing, brilliant lead themes and a skull crushing rhythm section are some more good pieces of their musical puzzle… do not miss this band… TO BATTLE!” Metal-Invader.com
The band formed under the name “Nemesis” in mid 2005. They wrote their first song, “Battle of Cul Dreimne” at their first full practice. The song had an unintentional Celtic leaning which was to permeate the band’s writing from then on. Originally taking influence from early Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Irish folk music, their self titled demo Nemesis was released in mid 2006. A collection of raw, energetic and twin guitar driven songs, it began to bring the band to the attention of the European true metal underground.
In April 2007, the band decided to change their name to Darkest Era; due mainly to the increasing number of bands using the Nemesis moniker, and also to reflect the changing direction of songwriting. Influences from Doom, Black, and Pagan Metal crept their way into the band and songs became darker with a more epic leaning.
In winter 2007, the band entered the studio to record their 4 song debut EP The Journey Through Damnation. In February 2008, a deal was signed with German label Eyes Like Snow, who produced a run of the EP and distributed it worldwide. The subsequent year saw the band step onto the international stage with hugely successful appearances at a number of European festivals including Fist Held High in Germany, Up the Hammers in Greece and Made in Hell in Italy.
In March 2010, the band announced a limited edition self released digi-pack entitled The Oaks Sessions Containing 3 songs, it once again ignited the interest of the European underground with many new fans from Australia and North America racing to snap up a copy.
With a now Europe wide reputation for their intense, ferocious and engaging live performances, and an original sound which draws fans from the Pagan, Folk and True metal genres, Darkest Era stand ready to bring their epic, Celtic metal to the world stage.
After the first incredible run of “killer gigs” throughout Eastern Europe, the band came back home after the conquest of the lands of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Czech Republic, Moldova and Ukraine, with more than thirty shows, cheered by hundreds of metal kids. The European tour will go on again in 2011 all over continental Europe. Other news soon…
Sensory Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of CYNTHESIS, and the release of their upcoming debut album DeEvolution.
CYNTHESIS is an entirely new band of its own, which also reunites three of the original members of progressive metal purveyors ZERO HOUR — founding twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and original vocalist Erik Rosvold — for the first time on a recording since the band’s heralded 2001 album The Towers of Avarice and 2003’s Metamorphosis, both still considered landmark releases in the progressive metal community. After reaping massive critical acclaim from major international metal media, ZERO HOUR successfully toured Europe and performed at two different ProgPower USA Festivals, the band parted ways with Erik Rosvold, disappointing diehard fans of the band across the globe.
In late 2007, Jasun began writing material for CYNTHESIS. As the music developed he could only imagine one vocalist to really connect to the material. “I’ve always been a fan of Erik’s vocals and I knew his lyric-writing would be a perfect match for the material” explains Jasun. After one phone call Erik was brought into the fold. Rounding out the lineup on drums is longtime friend Sean Flanegan, who not only played on Jasun’s 2000 instrumental release, Night’s Pulse, but is best known for his amazing work with prog rock heroes, Enchant.
Sure to be a label priority for the new year, DeEvolution tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribes shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader. By propping him up as possessing all the answers to societies ills the elites use him in order to gain and keep more control over the masses. They plan to influence the masses on several fronts: religion, media, consumerism, government. Jasun Tipton adds “Cynthesis allows us to explore new creative venues which provides a deeper listen. The band is very proud of DeEvolution.”
DeEvolution and is in the process of being mixed by talented producer/engineer Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Zero Hour), and the artwork commissioned to Dennis “Damn Engine” Sibeijn (Exodus, Dragonforce, Lamb of God, Him, etc.) coming together for worldwide release sometime via Sensory Records during the spring months of 2011.
Jasun Tipton – Guitars and Keys
Troy Tipton – Bass
Erik Rosvold – Vocals
Sean Flanegan – Drums
Stay tuned for more updates on CYNTHESIS over the coming months as we announce more info in preparation of DeEvolution!
If you are having a difficult time purchasing a unique and special gift for a metal-loving friend or loved one this holiday season, your search is over. LAMB OF GOD is offering multiple attractive Hourglass gift packages and anthologies available for your gift-giving needs. The Hourglass gift packages and anthologies come in multiple varieties and sizes, making them easy to purchase at any price range! Whether you are frugal or you like to splurge, the Hourglass gift packages and anthologies are a perfect gift for any LAMB OF GOD fan.
LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records have multiple gift options available now for purchase at www.lamb-of-god.com and Amazon.com, including the Vinyl Box Set, USB Box Set, Deluxe Set and Super Deluxe Set! The 3 CD Anthology can be purchased at your local record store. See below for all available Hourglass package and anthology varieties!
Available Hourglass packages include:
Hourglass: Vol 1 – The Underground Years – Available in stores only!
13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their early years. Culled from their first album Burn The Priest, their debut as Lamb of God, New American Gospel, and the album that put them on the map, As The Palaces Burn.
Hourglass: Vol 2 – The Epic Years – Available in stores only!
13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their career on Epic Records to this point. Both Grammy nominated songs “Redneck” and “Set To Fail” are surrounded by fan favorite anthems and crushing riffs from Ashes Of The Wake to Sacrament to 2009’s #2 debut Wrath.
Hourglass: The 3 CD Anthology – Available in stores only!
The ultimate Lamb of God retrospective: 44 tracks on 3 CDs. Volumes 1 and 2 join Volume 3 containing 18 rare or never heard before songs. Included are Japanese issued bonus tracks, multiple rehearsal demos, along side the 8 songs recorded prior to Burn The Priest.
Hourglass: The Vinyl Box Set
All 6 Lamb of God Studio albums for the first time on 180 Gram vinyl in a Linen-wrapped collectors box. Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.
Hourglass: The USB Box Set
All 6 Lamb of God studio albums on individual USB drives in a cigarette box shaped collectors package. Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.
Hourglass: The Deluxe Set
The collectors set including The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box set, The USB Box Set, and a Linen bound 144 page book of the art of Lamb of God as created by K3n Adams including designs for tour passes, albums, t-shirts, and his commentary on them.
Hourglass: The Super Deluxe Set
The limited edition definitive collectors set including a Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2, A 4’x6’ Pure American metal Flag, The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box Set, The USB set, the Book, an Hourglass sticker, and a signed 8×10 in a personalized Lamb of God Coffin Case. Only 300 will ever be made!
To order your Hourglass packages and to learn more about LAMB OF GOD, please visit www.lamb-of-god.com
Long-running Florida death metallers DIABOLIC have been confirmed and added to this year’s Goregrowler’s Ball in San Antonio, TX on Friday, November 12th. DIABOLIC’s addition to the fest comes after the last minute cancellation of Friday night headliners, SATHANAS.
Other acts scheduled to appear include: HOD (TX), CREATED TO KILL (KY), LETHAL PRAYER (FL), MEATHOOK (AZ), SOLIDIFICATION (OH), ENGAGED IN MUTILATING (TX), BLOODSOAKED (NC), EVIL INCARNATE (IL), and NOKTURNEL (TX).
Goregrowler’s Ball IV will be held at Bond’s 007 Rock Bar 450 Soledad in San Antonio, TX. For tickets or more information, visit www.goregrowler.net.
Legendary death metal act DIABOLIC released its first full-length album since 2003’s Infinity Through Purification on June 8, 2010, through Deathgasm Records. Entitled Excisions of Exorcisms, the new album is a nuclear explosion of Satanic death metal performed at reckless speeds and inclusive of the band’s most dynamic songwriting to date. Along with a blistering production from world renowned engineer Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, TERRORIZER, UNHOLY GHOST) and brilliantly iniquitous cover art from the one and only Joe Petagno (MOTORHEAD, KRISIUN, ANGEL CORPSE, MARDUK), Excisions of Exorcisms is death metal par excellence; brutal, uncompromising, and evil as Hell.
DIABOLIC’s current lineup includes founding members Aantar Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (bass, vocals), and guitarists Kelly McLauchlin (UNHOLY GHOST, PESSIMIST) and Jeff Parrish (BLASTMASTERS).
Demigods of Swedish death metal, TORTURE DIVISION will be bringing their battle-tested brand of brutality to the stage in celebration of their latest offering, Evighetens Dårar. The show will take place on November 12th at The Metal Club in Karlstad, Sweden and will feature performances by KARENSDAG, HADDOCK, OLAGA HOT, DAMIEN and THE LAW. Details can be found on The Metal Club’s website ( in Swedish).
In a statement taken from the band’s website, TORTURE DIVISION mainman Lord K. Philipson had the following to say regarding the gig:
“We just started to rehearse individually for this coming gig, the first one since we played Getaway Festival this summer. To say we are stoked to get back on stage is an understatement. We will premiere a song or 2 that we haven’t played live before and the first time we will do it together is when we are on the actual stage. We like that shit.
I just played thru the set we have planned for the gig and it’s fucken insane how these songs still lurk somewhere back in my mind some 5 months after last playing them on the guitar. It went real smooth and now I will work it like I always do; play thru the set at least once a day until the date of the gig arrives. Then me and Tobben might do a soundcheck (J works and will get to the place of the gig like an hour before the gig so we have no time to soundcheck all of us), if not – hey, well… it’s not the first time we work it like this, haha…
We will have albums for sale at this concert, as well as some brand new merch – so bring yer cash and support TD so we can record more music and buy tons of beers. Make us the first death metal millionaires, ok?
That’s it. See ya in Karlstad. We are fucken dying to play for you guys.”
Evighetens Dårar is now available through Abyss Records. The Digi-CD compiles material from the trio’s Evighetens Dårar I (2009), Evighetens Dårar II (2010), and Evighetens Dårar III (2010) demos and was mixed/mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios. In preparation for the release, TORTURE DIVISION has posted several tracks from the album, including “Traumatic Inhuman Severance,” “Total Death Punishment” and “Overtorture (Bound To Be Dead)” on their myspace page. Go to www.myspace.com/torturedivisionsweden to listen. The band’s US label, Abyss Records is currently streaming “Heretics! Now!” on their myspace page. Go to www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial for selections from several Abyss Records’ artists.
Evighetens Dårar is the second compilation of demos from the fiercely independent band to see release through Abyss Records in the States. The label released With Endless Wrath We Bring Upon Thee Our Infernal Torture in 2009, which compiled TORTURE DIVISION’s first three demos, also known as Trilogy. Abyss Records is also the proud carrier of official TORTURE DIVISION merchandise. Visit www.officialabyssrecords.com for details.
Evighetens DårarTrack Listing:
Traumatic Inhuman Severance
Eld Och Plågor
Total Death Punishment
Overtorture (Bound to Be Dead)
Righteous Fore Ensemble
The Axe Murderer
Under Fire Command
Ravishing Rampage Sluts
TORTURE DIVISION is:
Lord K. Philipson (THE PROJECT HATE, GOD AMONG INSECTS, ex-LEUKEMIA) – Guitar
Toronto bashers CAULDRON recently finished recording their upcoming new album, titled BURNING FORTUNE, in the band’s hometown.
CAULDRON recorded BURNING FORTUNE, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, CHAINED TO THE NITE, at Rogue Studios in Toronto, Canada. The album is due to be released by Earache Records on February 14th, 2011.
The album cover for BURNING FORTUNE features British model LORA LEIGH, who also appeared on the CHAINED TO THE NITE artwork.
In just two weeks, Sweden’s most successful Heavy Metal band HAMMERFALL will enter the studio to record the follow up to their gold album “No Sacrifice, No Victory”. The songwriting is almost finished, and guitarist Oscar Dronjak reveals: “The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we’re trying to preserve the essence of what HammerFall is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about.”
Expect the unexpected! The quintet also decided to work with a new producer, which is significant since the last four albums have been produced by Charlie Bauerfeind. The choice fell on James Michael, who recently worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF and others. James Michael comments: “We are about to make a fantastic album. The band is firing on all cylinders and I am excited to be part of this project.”
Oscar Dronjak explains: “Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe album James has been involved in (songwriter on “New Tattoo” and songwriter/producer on “Saints Of Los Angeles”) are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the 80’s. That, and the fact that HammerFall have used the same producer (Charlie Bauerfeind) since 2002 has me very psyched about this collaboration, it will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I’m sure we’ll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass, to get going in the right direction.”
Vocalist Joacim Cans adds another important aspect: “I see James Michael as one of my favorite singers of today and his work with SIXX:AM is simply fantastic. Not only is the album one of the best ever made production-wise, but James also delivers a vocal performance that most singers today are not capable of. James will be the perfect co-producer for us and I really think he will be able to get me up a notch in the vocal department”
The yet untitled record will be released in Europe on May 20th.