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
Crushing Canadians DESPISED ICON are wrapping up the final shows of their storied career but they have added a few more in order to have one last hurrah with the Canadian fans that ultimately launched their incredible career. The band has announced 6 shows featuring support from THE ACACIA STRAIN and appearances by friends and peers such as OCEANO, ION DISSONANCE, BENEATH THE MASSACRE and MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE.
If you have been a supporter of DESPISED ICON, these will be your final opportunities to see the creators of an entire genre and movement! Dates are below.
w/ The Acacia Strain and more!
11/29/10 – Imperial – Quebec, QC (w/ Oceano, Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
11/30/10 – Cactus – Rimouski, QC (w/Oceano, Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
12/02/10 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON (w/Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
12/03/10 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON (w/Beneath the Massacre & Oceano)
12/04/10 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (w/Beneath the Massacre & Mychildren Mybride)
12/05/10 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (w/Ion Dissonance)
Hot off the heels of GUS G’s recent campaign as the new guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, Gus’ longtime traditional heavy metal band FIREWIND is back with a new effort. ‘Days of Defiance’ is out on October 26 via Century Media and offers the most ferocious tunes yet from the Greek Gods of rock!
‘Days of Defiance’ features GUS G at his best, playing fast and furiously with his bandmates as Apollo Papathanasio soars above it with his epic vocal performance, which has started to gain comparisons to the mighty Bruce Dickinson himself. Now, FIREWIND has posted a video to take you through a track-by-track breakdown of the new record. Gus and Apollo talk about their inspirations, playing techniques and recording process for each song on the album to give you a better sense of what is to come on October 26.
FIREWIND currently have pre-orders for the album available exclusively through CMDistro.com. Head over to pick up the CD or one of several bundle packages with bonus items ranging from t-shirts to posters and even a GUS G instructional DVD. Check these packages out here: http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/firewind_days_of_defiance
Catch FIREWIND on tour in the US with POWERGLOVE and THE ABSENCE!
11/4 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/5 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
11/6 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
11/7 – Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QUE
The new lineup of the Californian metal band AGENT STEEL — featuring the group’s returning vocalist, John Cyriis — made its live debut at the “Thrash Domination 2010” event on September 18-19 at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan.
Video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
AGENT STEEL is currently rehearsing its classic material as well as working on new songs for future release. One of the tracks that Cyriis has been writing lyrics to has a working title of “Behold…The Great Race”.
Cyriis appeared on AGENT STEEL’s first three releases — “Skeptics Apocalypse” (1985), “Mad Locust Rising” (1985) and “Unstoppable Force” (1987).
AGENT STEEL’s fifth album, “Alienigma”, was issued by Mascot Records on August 31, 2007.
REVAMP, featuring ex-AFTER FOREVER singer Floor Jansen, have issued the following tour report:
“Ninth show: Tuesday, October 5th – Itay
It was nice to have had a day off! At the end of that day I wished we could have another. It was so relaxing and nice. But when we came to the venue that feeling was all gone! But the weather was cloudy and a bit cold. That wasn’t what we expected, we’re in Italy… it should be sunny.
Well, half hour later the clouds moved and it was so great to be out in the sun! I had a nice breakfast and tried to upload video report number 2. The internet connection wasn’t fast enough so I had to do this in Switzerland. We had a relaxed schedule that day. We played late so there was enough time to eat and get ready before the show.
During the afternoon many people already came to the venue to meet us. It was heartwarming to be welcomed so nicely! The Italian audience was so happy to see the ex-After Forever singer back.
When the show started everybody went crazy immediately. Yeah! After the first song or maybe second they started chanting: “Floor”. I thanked the audience from the bottom of my heart but also introduced ReVamp.
A few songs later they chanted: ”ReVamp! ReVamp”!!! How amazing that felt! Also after the show I met a lot of fans and everybody seemed so happy to see me again and to like ReVamp a lot. I got a second chance with this new band and it’s so great to see how good it’s being pickup up!”
The world has lost one of it’s greatest rock singers: GOTTHARD frontman Steve Lee was killed in an accident during a motorcycle trip in the USA on Interstate 15 between Mesquite and Las Vegas and died at the scene.
The Gotthard singer had flown to the US with some biker friends last weekend to fulfill a long-cherished dream for which he’d never had the time, due to his heavy touring schedule for many years. It was to be two weeks through the states on a Harley Davidson. The 21 Swiss bikers started their journey on Sunday on a total of 12 motorcycles. On Tuesday, October 5th, about 50 miles from Las Vegas, the group had stopped at the roadside to put on their rain gear as it had started to rain. On the slippery road, the trailer of a passing truck began to skid. The driver attempted evasive action but his trailer clipped five of the motorcycles parked at the roadside; one of them hit Steve Lee. Rescue services attempted resuscitation but efforts were stopped after 20 minutes. At 4:13 PM local time, Steve Lee was pronounced dead.
Among the passengers were Gotthard bassist Marc Lynn and Lee’s girlfriend Brigitte Voss Balzarini. All other fellow riders were unharmed. Steve Lee was 48 years old.
With Steve Lee, we not only lose one of the world’s best rock voices but also an extraordinary personality. Despite his enormous successes, the singer had retained a very subtle eye for detail and often impressed the people around him with his sensitive observation. Due to his personality, he had a serious outlook, without losing his sense of humour and lust for life. Steve Lee met his environment with respect but always had, in his gentle way, a very simple, personal touch. He understood like no one else how to enjoy without going too far – to him, alcohol and parties were things he met with level-headedness. The singer sold several million albums throughout his career with Gotthard, several of them reaching platinum, double or triple platinum status.
As well as the legions of devastated fans, Steve Lee will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his personal greatness outside of his band’s achievements.
As previously reported, an In Memoriam video can be found at this location.
White Wizzard - Oct. 2010 Promo Photo: L-R - PETER ELLIS, GIOVANNI DURST, JON LEON, LEWIS STEPHENS
Los Angeles traditional heavy metal band WHITE WIZZARD has released a brand new song online.
The new song, titled SHOOTING STAR, was written as a tribute to RONNIE JAMES DIO and is the first track recorded with new WHITE WIZZARD vocalist PETER ELLIS. The track is available to listen to now and can be found embedded in the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/whitewizzard
SHOOTING STAR is due to be released as a single, also featuring a cover of DIO’s legendary anthem, WE ROCK. The SHOOTING STAR single will be released on iTunes on October 18th and will also be available on limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively on WHITE WIZZARD’s upcoming UK headlining tour.
Catch WHITE WIZZARD live in the UK and get your hands on one of the limited edition SHOOTING STAR 7″ vinyls at the following shows:
05 November 2010 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
06 November 2010 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy 2
07 November 2010 – Belfast, UK – Auntie Annie’s Porterhouse
08 November 2010 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
10 November 2010 – Sheffield, UK – The Corporation
11 November 2010 – Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
13 November 2010 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
14 November 2010 – London, UK – The Underworld