SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing SODOM’s new album, In War And Pieces on the following dates:
Germany: November 19th, 2010
Europe: November 22nd, 2010
USA/Canada: January 11th, 2011
The album will be released in four formats:
– Limited Edition Digipak with Bonus Live CD including ten tracks (Wacken, 25th Anniversary show 2007)
– Double Gatefold LP in bloodred vinyl with one bonus track (‘Murder One’)
– Standard Version
In War And Pieces tracklisting:
‘In War And Pieces’
‘Through Toxic Veins’
‘Nothing Counts More Than Blood’
‘Storm Raging Up’
‘Feigned Death Throes’
‘God Bless You’
‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’
A new In War And Pieces press release reads as follows:
For Tom Angelripper, his thrash metal band Sodom is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies – along with down-to-earthiness and honesty – a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, In War And Pieces, Sodom focus on the worst excesses of power: arrogance, greed, spotlight-seeking, fanaticism, corruption, cowardice and oppression. Tom: “I’ve always written about what’s going on in the world, about the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can’t change anything politically that way, but I would like to at least comment on the situation and generate an awareness of this deplorable state of affairs. Being a singer in a metal band allows me to voice my anger to a large audience.”
This uncompromising attitude marks the eleven songs on Sodom’s latest album which could hardly sound more dynamic and violent. In War And Pieces owes its bloodcurdling energy largely to producer Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC, ENEMY OF THE SUN), whose great skill and commitment were instrumental in creating the album’s – as Tom calls it – “phat, brutal and open” sound. With Sorychta’s support, Angelripper (vocals, bass), Bernemann (guitar) and Bobby Schottkowski (drums) succeeded in adding new impulses to their music without watering down the band’s long tradition. “Waldemar is a great musician himself and has done some brilliant work, especially on the guitar sound,” Tom explains. “He knows how to get the absolute maximum out of a speaker.”
As brutal as the production is the diverse songwriting on In War And Pieces, a kind of tour de force through the whole history of thrash metal, featuring harsh arrangements, melodic solos and raging vocal attacks. “I feel that we sound more contemporary and structured than we did on our recent releases,” Tom analyses. “At the same time, there are also references to recordings such as Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. After Venom, Sodom were the world’s first angry band, and nothing has changed that.” Tom lists as examples the impressive title track, as well as ‘The Art Of Killing Poetry’ with its ultra-deep guitar atmospheres and the German-language song, ‘Knarrenheinz’, which holds up the tradition of classics such as ‘Bombenhagel’ and ‘Ausgebombt’.
“Knarrenheinz is the mascot on the album cover, that’s why I felt he deserved his own lyrics,” Tom grins.
Talking of album covers: the artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor, who enjoys an excellent reputation on the scene thanks to his work for renowned acts such as TESTAMENT, GWAR and MEKONG DELTA.
EPICA To Release 'This Is The Time' Digital Single
“This Is The Time”, the new single from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, will be released digitally on October 15. A video for the song, which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was filmed in March was in Hilversum, The Netherlands and can be viewed below.
For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Commented EPICA: “The awareness that we should be more careful with the earth, increases every day. We should also try to live in closer harmony with nature. EPICA is lyric-wise strongly connected to these themes and would like to devote themselves to this cause for a better world!”
Added WWF’s Jörgen van Beem: “WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. A planet where people and nature can thrive together, in a stable environment, now, and for generations to come. For more than 40 years, WWF has been at the forefront in protecting the Amazon and are therefore enthusiastic that EPICA decided to raise funds for the Brazilian forest programs of WWF, which ensure conservation and sustainable development throughout the world’s largest rainforest.”
Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010
Neon Nights: 30 Years of HEAVEN & HELL- Live at Wacken will be released on CD and DVD via Eagle Records in North America on November 16th.
Columbia Music Entertainment Japan will release the set on CD on November 10th. The limited edition first pressing in Japan features cardboard sleeve artwork and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).
Neon Nights – 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell; Live At Wacken celebrates the band’s July 30th, 2009 appearance at Germany’s world-famous festival. The band – featuring BLACK SABBATH legends Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinnie Appice (drums) – were supporting their new studio album The Devil You Know. Although nobody knew at the time, it was to be Ronnie James Dio’s last filmed concert appearance before his death in May 2010 from stomach cancer.
Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell- Live at Wacken features the following tracklisting:
New solo project & album by charismatic Chilean singer/songwriter
PITCH BLACK RECORDS welcomes ALEXIS into its roster of artists and is pleased to announce their upcoming album, “Birds of Prey”, due for release on November 19th.
One of the founding members of Inquisicion and later on Witchblade, charismatic singer and songwriter Freddy Alexis has been enjoying a large following in his home country of Chile.
With a large number of releases in his background and the thrill of opening shows for such acts as Gamma Ray, Kreator and twice for Iron Maiden, Freddy Alexis is now returning with his new solo project, ALEXIS.
Joined by his old song-writing friend Gabriel Hidalgo, the duo have created an album that marks a new metal beginning for Freddy Alexis and his band mates; an album full of solid, melodic power metal and passionate performances.
The CD version includes an additional three bonus tracks of older compositions remixed and remastered and will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and Twilight-Distribution. It will also be available for digital download through several major mp3 stores.
3. Golden Path
4. Friendly Fire
5. Birds of Prey
6. Breaking the Spell
7. Metalizer II
9. Without You (remix/remaster)
10. The Witchblade (remix/remaster)
11. Killing Truth (remix/remaster)
As Singapore’s underground grind sensations, WORMROT have been steadily touring North America for the first time, they’ve been blogging about their experiences for the seminal extreme music resource, Invisible Oranges. On their 2nd exclusive piece for the site, WORMROT talks about eating pizza every day, their love for Wal-Mart and Denny’s as well as their first encounter with a Texas-sized flood:
“The next morning, we left the place at around 8:30am. Had our usual snappy Starbucks coffee with breakfast from Arby’s and head off to Oklahoma City for a gig at The Conservatory. Another long ass drive! What was supposed to be a 10 hours drive became 12 hours due to some complications on the highway in Amarillo, Texas. For the 1st time in our lives, we experienced real flood!!! The flood was so bad that some cars were covered in water. That totally sucks big time, man! We were damn lucky not to get stuck in the flood coz all the Wormrot boys can’t swim, for goodness sake!! Traffic was slow coz they had to block some parts of the road. And so we arrived late while the 1st band was playing. No bullshit, just load in and fucking play! Another small turnout for us considering the size of the place. LOL… But it was a fun gig. Sound system was good and the crowd was crazy, too. There was no place for us to sleep that night. so Mike h ad to drive to a hotel so that we can all have our beauty sleep. Oh yeah, the promoter did get us some food though. Pizzas.”
MISERY TO PERFORM “WELCOME HOME” SHOW ON OCTOBER 1st, 2010 IN PATCHOGUE, NY; PERFORMING AT THE 2010 SKATEBOARD MARKETING & NOVA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP CMJ SHOWCASE
Long Island, NY’s MISERY is fresh off of their United States tour with DevilDriver, Kittie and Kataklysm, and is pleased to announce their upcoming “welcome home” show at Club Loaded @ Karma on October 1st! MISERY will be supported by the bands Machine and Killjoy, and the show begins at 8pm. Club Loaded @ Karma is located at 620 Waverly Avenue, Patchogue, NY.
MISERY recently announced another home state performance at the 2010 Skateboard Marketing & Nova Entertainment Group CMJ Music Marathon showcase! The showcase will take place on October 21st, 2010 at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. The showcase begins at 5:30pm.
MISERY recently wrapped up recording on their gripping, in your face, highly anticipated full length release, Evil is Crowned. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z from fellow heavy-hitting New York metal band, Life of Agony. The album is scheduled to be released January 2011 via Super Metal Records, and the title track, ‘Evil is Crowned’ is scheduled to debut on Sirius XM Liquid Metal in the coming months. Currently, two other tracks from Evil is Crowned are spinning on Sirius-XM’s Liquid Metal and have been receiving rave reviews throughout the metal community.
See below for the Evil is Crowned tracklisting:
1. Evil Is Crowned
3. Gone Tomorrow
4. I Hate Your Face
5. Break the Silence
6. Social Anxiety
7. The Hurt Spell
8. Hangover in Harlem
9. Mind your Business
10. Live Fast Die Slow
11. Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Formed in the early 90’s, MISERY are known for their powerfully aggressive sound, often being compared to the likes of Pantera and Metallica with an eerie Black Sabbath undertone. MISERY are also recognized for their rigorous touring schedule, including support for large acts such as Napalm Death, Buckcherry and Testament. After hearing MISERY’s 2008 full length release, Fifteen Years of Aggression, producer Joey Z took such a liking to the band that he asked MISERY to support Life of Agony on their Winter 2009 tour. Playing with such an eclectic mix of bands has helped to expose MISERY to a world of new fans! In 2009, MISERY reached the #12 position on the FMQB Metal Radio charts, and currently can be heard on cable music outlets such as Music Choice and DMX.
For more information on MISERY, please visit these locations:
Hexfire members inform that during last weeks they recorded all the tracks for their forthcoming album and the recording session is finally over.
“It was really a great experience for us. There was a lot of work but everything was very exciting. We recorded our songs in the studio with a legendary Polish engineer Janusz “Yanek” Bryt who is known for his long-term cooperation with great metal bands like Destruction, Vader or Behemoth. That’s so cool. Stay tuned for further information!”
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial
Stockholm Rock Out is a new rock festival in Sweden which is now in its second year. When the first edition of the festival took place on May 1st it was almost disastrous because the giant volcano clouds forced most of the headliners to cancel their appearances but this time all measures worked well without any unexpected problems or last minute changes. By European standards, the band line up in Stockholm Rock Out was somewhat extravagant. The list included many great bands which haven’t been here in ages, like Keel and Tuff, and there were also some unique one off performances like the one with Great White w/ Paul Shortino on vocals and the farewell show of Zinny J. Zan. Like the organizers advertised, this festival is indeed organized for music lovers by music lovers.
Acclaimed guitarist Ron Jarzombek (BLOTTED SCIENCE, WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) has issued the following update:
“Basically, what is going on is I have too many things going on right now, and haven’t completed much of anything since the BLOTTED SCIENCE The Machinations Of Dementia CD in late ’07. (Well, I released ‘PHHHP! Plus’ last year but that was previously recorded material). This is what I get for starting up too many things, trying to run everything myself, handling nearly all production work, and I get so overloaded that I lose focus on what I should be working on, what is priority at the time, and nothing gets completed. Hopefully, one of the projects listed below will actually be completed sometime soon, but don’t hold your breath or you will die’
1. Instructional DVDs
I have not touched the DVD material since I posted the Oscillation Cycles video over a year ago. I had so many people asking what the DVDs would be like, so I completed that segment and posted it just to give fans a glimpse of what I’m putting together, but knew that after that I would be getting back with Watchtower in hopes of finishing up Mathematics. There will be three instructional DVDs, the 1st based on common scale use and abuse, the 2nd on timing, and the 3rd on 12 tone uses. I’ve got tons of work done on all three DVDs, but am far from being completed on any of them. They will be completed and released when they are done. How’s that? Believe me folks, I really want to get back to my DVDs, but I usually put bands/projects first when other band/project members are cooperating’
Seems like whenever we try to complete Mathematics, we hit a snag, roadblock, or wall. We’ve reworked the material for the third time now (2000, 2004, and now 2010), and I’m just tired of talking about it. It’s really getting old. You guy can keep asking me, but the answer will be the same… I really don’t know when the CD will be done. I really don’t. We need to get the damn thing done sometime, somehow, some way. But we have over an hour of good material sitting around waiting to be recorded and released. If we can just get this vocalist situation worked out, we should be fine. In April ’10 we digitally released ‘The Size Of Matter’ and played the Keep It True Festival in Germany and I thought at that point we would for sure get back on track and get the recordings done (just like I did in 2000 and 2004). So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
3. Blotted Science EP and new drummer!
When we got together for the Tampa rehearsals in mid ’08, we began talking about plans for a second Blotted Science CD and came up with a wacky concept. Let’s just say there were lots of crazy and interesting ideas floating around. The ‘Laser Lobotomy’ and ‘Oscillation Cycles’ rehearsal videos were posted and talks of gigging were in the air, but nothing materialized. No writing for the second CD really happened after that. Alex continued working heavily with CANNIBAL CORPSE, Charlie with BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS, and I was working on the DVDs/Watchtower. We just kept in contact and were thinking of how we could pull off this ‘concept’. After a year and a half of focusing on WatchTower, and it coming to a grinding halt, I REALLY wanted to get moving on something. I was getting hounded by fans about a second Blotted Science CD, so I began putting things together for Blotted Science II. Realizing that a full CD would take too long to complete, we decided that an EP would be our best and most realistic move at this point. Alex is heavily involved with Cannibal Corpse and our new drummer Hannes Grossman is writing/recording/touring with OBSCURA. New drummer?! What?!! Yes, folks, please welcome Hannes to Blotted Science! Those of you in the death metal world should be very familiar with his work with NECROPHAGIST and Obscura. Of course Alex and I wish Charlie the very best with his current bands/projects/sessions, and many thanks for doing an absolute brilliant job on Machinations.
The EP will consists of 4 songs totalling 22 minutes (3 of which are already already written), and will be hopefully released in early ’11. But again, but don’t hold your breath.
4. ‘Duodecimal Levorotation’
While Watchtower was in Germany playing the KIT Festival, we stayed over a few days and I got to hang out a bit with Hannes and Chris from Obscura. Chris and I soon starting talking about music theory, 12 tone uses, and thought that it would be cool for us to put something, maybe just a song or two, and have it available digitally. To fill out the recording lineup we fired up Hannes, and I asked my SPASTIC INK bandmate bassist Pete Perez if he was interested, so we all pitched in with a few tunes each, and came up with a 6 ‘ minute song. We haven’t come up with a name for the project yet, but the name of the song will be ‘Duodecimal Levorotation’.
5. EXIT STAGE LEFT
My local RUSH tribute band Exit Stage Left is at it again. We will be playing in the San Antonio area at Clicks (I410 and EVers), the Broadway 5050 Colonnade, and at Hooligan’s in a few weeks. Come out and have a brew while I kill my guitar on ‘Bytor’. Our first gig back is Nov. 6.
6. Ray Riendeau
Congrats to RAY RIENDEAU for completing his fifth solo CD Atmospheres. Ray played on the song Words For Nerds on Spastik Ink’s second CD Ink Compatible. And so my playing on the song ‘A Search For Life Forms’ from ‘Atmospheres’ completes our ‘trade’. Many thanks Ray, a freaking killer CD!
7. Online lessons
I have received quite a few inquiries about online gtr lessons. Right now I am only doing private live-in-person lessons 5 days a week at 3 locations in San Antonio, but am thinking about getting into online lessons. If/when this happens, I will post any info on all of my sites.
8. About my sites, if anyone wants to get a hold of me for anything, do not send anything to either myspaces or facebook. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my email a few times a day, and go to the myspace/facebook emails maybe once every week or two. I hate the setup of MySpace and Facebook emails and don’t care to deal with either of them (and of course on facebook there is so much garbage to sift through). If you send an email to email@example.com and I don’t get back to you within a few days, it’s probably because I’m working on a few things.”
Toronto based band BASTARD CHILD DEATH CULT (BCxDC) have announced the dates of their upcoming October UK tour. This will be the first overseas trip for the band who are touring in support of their debut album “Year Zero” (2009, Stereo Dynamite Recordings). * The entire “Year Zero” album is currently available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at: www.StereoDynamite.com
The band which is made up of x-members of Toronto bands Cancer Bats, Damn 13, and Monster Voodoo Machine have an “amps-on-11” sound that mixes the intensity of Black Flag, Discharge, and early Corrosion Of Conformity with the death n’ roll vibe of bands like Entombed, Disfear and Doomriders.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring our noise to the UK. We’re all huge fans of UK punk and hardcore, and can’t wait to get over there and mix it up with some great current UK bands.” Says BCxDC vocalist Adam (Doom) Sewell.
In preparation for their next album, Bastard Child Death Cult have recently posted 3 new demo tracks online:
“Everything Turns Grey”
“From Bone To Dust”
2010 UK TOUR DATES
Oct. 22 – Bath, UK @ Green Park Tavern
Oct. 23 – TBA, UK
Oct. 24 – TBA, UK
Oct. 25 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
Oct. 26 – Bolton, UK @ Soundhouse
Oct. 27 – Edinburgh, UK @ Bannermans
Oct. 28 – York, UK @ Stereo
Oct. 29 – Mansfield, UK @ Nottingham Punk Club
Oct. 30 – Cheltenham, UK @ Frog and Fiddle
Oct. 31 – Peterborough, UK @ The Park
Nov. 1 – London, UK @ The Gafff
Nov. 2 – Coventry, UK @ Kasbash Night Club *Supporting Cancer Bats
In the final installment of their track-by-track series, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the final song that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America tomorrow (September 28th).
Grutle on “Lightening”:
“This the last song Ivar came up with, and also the last one I did the lyrics for on this album. Another ‘love at first sight’ story for me; I enjoyed it straight away and had a really good time working on it. I really have to mention [lead guitarist] Ice [Dale]’s huge impact on this song, too. He really does some magic here and the beginning of the song had been remarkably different without his genius! I remember that I wrote the lyrics while listening to the pre-production on repeat, and the words just came out instantly. It was just like the words were already there and I was merely a medium… strange but cool. I won’t say too much about the lyrics other than they describe certain forces inside you, written in mythological metaphors. The title should provide a pretty good hint. Enjoy!”
Ivar on “Lightening”:
“[Keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand was a little bit concerned with the opening riffs on this song, as they seem to skip a lot between scales, bars, and time signatures. Then he and Ice Dale sat down to work out a collaboration between the lead guitar and the clean vocals. And WHAT a result! I dare say this is Herbrand’s most impressing vocal efforts to date, and it shows that Ice Dale is a guitar legend in the sense that he can feel the notes, not only shred them. Then Grutle takes over in the second part of the song, again showcasing very impressive timing and his best aggressive vocals so far in my ears. These lyrics by Grutle definitely gives off a sense of lightening, of brightening up – but to me it is more the bright light of an explosion than any kind of meek light of forgiveness. A perfect end to the album.”
Read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini,” “Raidho,” “Waruun,” “The Beacon,” “Axioma,” “Giants,” “Singular,” and “Nightsight” at this location.
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR. All upcoming tour dates are available here.
View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.
View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.
It’s a rarity that a band manages to surprise so many in such a short time. Their new album Blood Of The Nations has not only received endless accolades and reviews across the globe, it has easily become a candidate for top hard rock album of the year 2010. ACCEPT have also become a hot topic of discussion among the metal cognoscenti with their amazing return to the metal stage. The “Big Bang” in the international charts was a logical conclusion!
Blood of the Nations earned the band their highest chart debuts in their history. This is not just another rock band, this is the German metal pioneers ACCEPT we are talking about, a band that has achieved world wide acclaim throughout their long history and has long become a leader in the German metal scene. This is a band that started out in the small town of Solingen and conquered the world! Their endless tours have crossed the planet, playing sold-out shows alongside such hard rock luminaries as AC/DC, Kiss, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Dio and Iron Maiden.
Let’s jump to the present:
Sensational success stories are arriving almost daily from all over the world over the last few months. ACCEPT was the main support for AC/DC in Germany, they headlined the Sonisphere Festival in Istanbul and Bucharest, achieved #1 at the MySpace “All Genre” Video Charts, reached the Top 25 in the US iTunes charts, #12 in the European Billboard and #35 worldwide. ACCEPT managed to crash Twitter and received press coverage in the pages of Financial Times, BBC World, CNN, NY Times, Spiegel… this incredible list can go on for pages!
Now that ACCEPT have completed their highly successful European warm-up tour and are finishing up a warm-up US Tour, they are ready for the next hammer announcement. After their October appearance at the prestigious 45,000 seat Loudpark Festival in Japan, ACCEPT can now confirm their extensive European Tour to start in early 2011!
The 28 announced dates in support of Blood of the Nations will span Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, France, Belgium, plus some planned shows for Russia and UK as well. ACCEPT is back and on the prowl!
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have uploaded the track “Forsaken At The Gates” to their official MySpace page.
“’Forsaken At The Gates’ is FORBIDDEN‘s new thrash anthem for the 2010’s and beyond,” commented guitarist CraigLocicero. “If we could go back in a time machine to when we called it a day in 1997, there still would have been no way that we could have written ‘Forsaken…” back then. We needed the distance and hind-site to write this record and had to get a grip on what the hell FORBIDDEN was all about when we started. Our vision is clear. We are a Thrash Metal band! ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ says it all.
If I were to compare ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ to any of our old songs, it would be ‘March Into Fire’, which was one of the first songs that I’d ever written in my life. Ironically, ‘Forsaken…’ was the last song we’d written for Omega Wave. Funny how things work.
As far as the song itself, Mark was a fucking beast when we tracked it! I knew we had a monster on the first take, great energy and sense of urgency in his performance. It made one hell of a spine to connect all of the other moving parts to. Everyone blasted through their tracks with the same sense of urgency too. Playing those riffs, my blood pumps harder then in any other song I’ve played on. It was an intense session to track and Matt cruises through the entire thing like a bulldozer! The solo section brings me back to the good ‘ol days when trade-offs were all over the classic metal records we all love. I really love playing and writing with Steve, he makes me so much better and I think we make a great team.
After that, it’s Russ that’s next fucking level! Tim and I got him fired up and locked him behind the glass until he sounded as crazed as they lyrics are intended to convey. The song itself is about turning away the masses from the numerous underground shelters around the planet that will try to seek protection from any natural or unnatural disaster that would effect all of us on the surface.
The main line of the song says ‘Corpses laid out for the Rapture, New World Order buried in it’s tomb.’ In other words, if the surface isn’t worth living on and the powers that be decide who lives in a canned air bunker for future generations to come…let them rot down there, that’s not a world worth living in!”
Vocalist Russ Anderson added:
“Looking back on recording our first album Forbidden Evil and recording Omega Wave, there really is no comparison. During the recording of Forbidden Evil, we were in a time crunch and I sang the whole album in about one and a half days, impossible some could say, but true. I was happy with the results because that gave the album it’s rawness, that in my opinion goes down in history as true as a thrash album gets.
Omega Wave was a slower recording process. I worked with Craig and Tim as my right hand men and they know me. At times I think they were trying to ‘slap me around’ a little before the heavy songs like ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ to get me to approach the song with true aggression. You really should not be feeling love and flowers approaching a song like this, not to say that was what I was thinking, but it helps to bring out the aggression of the song through the vocals. ’Forsaken At The Gates’ was easier for me than some of the others, only because it was the last song I recorded and was done in one session.
By the time I was on the last of the songs I had a lot of fire to breathe and did not want to stop. ‘I love to record!’ As far as my voice being deeper or better, I don’t know, I tried to compliment each song and be one with it, and to do that, you must be one with your voice. That is something I have strived for over the years and hope it comes across.
I think that vocals can change or get better over time, like a fine wine, for instance if you listen back to James Hetfield when he did Kill ‘Em All he most defiantly has a more adolescent voice than, on say …And Justice For All. Vocals are touchy things and definitely unpredictable from day to day . The only way I have found to have any control over it is to approach every song with its intended emotion which is also the key to a good performance no matter how your voice is holding up that day. Point being, it’s a human instrument that mirrors the soul .
I truly gave it my all on Omega Wave and I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it . Hope to see you all on our United States tour that kicks off on the East Coast November 4th, ending on the West Coast on December 11th, 2010.
Thank you in advance to those that support FORBIDDEN and buy the album.”
Omega Wave,FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus,will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America. It wasrecorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).
FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.
Read all the studio blog entries on the making of Omega Wavehere. Song titles on Omega Wave include:
Forsaken At The Gates
Adapt Or Die
Behind The Mask
Dragging My Casket
FORBIDDEN are confirmed for January 2011’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise and will tour the U.S. this November supporting Overkill with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.
FORBIDDEN will go on to headline their own tour with Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood from November 22nd – December 11th. VIP tickets for pre-show Meet & Greet sessions with the band are now on sale at EnterTheVault.com. VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN RETURNS WITH KILLER NEW ‘RELENTLESS’ ALBUM, RECENTLY SELECTED AS ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S “TOP TEN GREATEST ELECTRIC GUITAR PLAYERS OF ALL TIME
“Shred guitar” and “neo classical metal” are two phrases that have been commonplace in the world of heavy metal for decades by this point, but both can be attributed to the unmistakable work by Yngwie Malmsteen.
Ever since the early 1980’s, Yngwie has been pushing the limits of guitar, and influencing countless other players in the process.
And he continues to impress to this day, as evidenced by his forthcoming album, ‘Relentless,’ the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Perpetual Flame’ (Yngwie’s first album for Rising Force Records).
The album is the second to feature ex-Judas Priest and ex-Iced Earth singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, and features over 60 minutes of incredibly complex, kick ass arrangements.
“This title truly is the right one for this album, explains Yngwie. “I mean, after all these years, some kind of force is driving me to create something that totally surpasses everything I’ve done before. I tried to capture the raw energy of a live performance, yet push myself to the most demanding level of playing and composing to harness that elusive magic that can’t just be switched on. All the way out, caution to the wind, but disciplined performances was what I went for. Maybe I did it too, check it out!”
Confirmed song titles for ‘Relentless’ include “Relentless,” “Look At You Now,” “Shot Across the Bow,” “Adagio B Minor Variation,” “Caged Animal,” “Critical Mass,” “Into Valhalla,” “Enemy Within,” and “Caprici Di Inferno.”
Bursting onto the scene with such classic releases as 1984’s ‘Rising Force,’ 1985’s ‘Marching Out,’ and 1986’s ‘Trilogy,’ Yngwie instantly made a name for himself, by recreating the spirit of celebrated composer/musician Niccolò Paganini, but within the realm of heavy metal guitar.
Soon, countless other guitarists were copying Yngwie’s style…but there is simply only one Yngwie. Yngwie’s career continued to thrive throughout the world, including such additional triumphs as his totally classical work for orchestra and solo electric guitar, ‘Concerto Suite,’ which proved once and for all that his classical credentials were genuine.
Yngwie continues to receive accolades worldwide, such as recently being selected as one Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players” (amongst the stellar company of Les Paul, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix).
A respected musician among both his peers and his fans, Yngwie continues to play and compose at a level of mastery that many career musicians only dream of. ‘Relentless’ is a must-have, which will appeal to all Yngwie fans and rock music fans alike. Prepare yourself for a ‘Relentless’ classical metal attack!
As reported by to Radio Bulgaria: The rock legend Ronnie James Dio will have a monument dedicated to him in the Bulgarian Black-sea coastal town of Kavarna. The decision to erect this monument was taken by the municipal administration, with the most active proponents being Kavarna Mayor Tsonko Tsonkov as well as leading journalists, musicians and singers. The monument is to be built in the town park and will mark the creation of the so-called Walk of Rock. The model of the monument is ready and was displayed during the three-day Kavarna Rock Fest last week. Ronnie James Dio died on May 16 this year. In the past few years, he came to Bulgaria five times to give concerts and took an active part in the campaign for liberating the Bulgarian nurses held in prison in Libya for eight years.
According to Standart News, the mayor of Kavarna, Tzonko Tzonev, has managed to turn his life-long hobby — rock music — into a successful and profitable project and thus pours funds into the treasury of Kavarna Municipality. Thanks to Tzonev’s efforts, some of the greatest rock musicians of all time have come and performed in the small coastal town of Kavarna.
Newly created plaster model of Ronnie James Dio statue (photos courtesy of Tzonko Tzonev‘s official web site)