In the third of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs 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 on September 28th.
Grutle on “Waruun”:
“This was one of the songs that took the longest time to get into. It also turned out to be the biggest surprise and among the songs I enjoy the most on this album. This was among me and [keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand’s biggest difficulties when figuring out what to sing over things, and one of the last we recorded. It became quite experimental on all layers, but at the same time weirdly catchy! The best of those two worlds, one might say! A killer song, in my maybe not too humble, opinion.”
Ivar on “Waruun”:
“This is one of the first songs written for the album. The way the songwriting process starts is that I go away somewhere with my mobile recording rig. This time I didn’t go far, but far enough out of Bergen [Norway] to start forgetting some of the mundane distractions that can block creativity (rock-blocking?). The title is a construction of mine, and people can put whatever they want into it; I know vocalists Grutle and Herbrand have made their own interpretations. It is one of our heaviest song openers and shows how focused ENSLAVED’s musical energy can be, contrasting the more floating, ‘spacey’ parts that follow the opening. This is one of the songs that really benefitted from our heavy focus on working out arrangements in the rehearsal room rather than in the pre-production studio. The dynamics vary a lot and ‘solving’ the song requires finding the transitions between these dynamics. To be able to do that requires working in a ‘real’ environment, i.e. rehearsal room. Studio work only reveals so much of the inner life of the song.”
Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini”and “Raidho.”
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.
Progressive Metal act TesseracT will release their Concealing Fate EP on Oct. 12th. This EP will be available online with a limited edition digipack sold exclusively at CM Distro. Pre-order packages are available now at the link below. The band’s much anticipated debut full- length, One, will be released early 2011 and will feature the songs from Concealing Fate along with 5 additional tracks plus some soon to be announced bonus features.
A new video trailer is now available at the link below featuring audio snippets of all the songs on the EP, so head over now to check it out. http://bit.ly/aW6ePb
TesseracT will make their North American debut this fall as direct support to Devin Townsend, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/tesseract to view their entire tour itinerary.
TesseracT are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity. TesseracT fully embraces their experimental, prog sensibility without excessive indulgence or pretentiousness, delivering atmospheric, metallic songs that stir strong emotions and evoke powerful mental images.
Devin Townsend w/TesseracT
October 08th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 09th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE – Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
QUIET RIOT BACK IN BUSINESS WITH NEW SINGER AND UPCOMING TOUR
After the tragic passing of co-founding Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007, many figured that the band was over. But while going through the vaults of vintage video material for an upcoming documentary of the band’s history, the spark was reignited once more for drummer Frankie Banali to kick QR back in gear. The easy part was filling the guitar and bass slots – as former members Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar) promptly signed on. However, having to fill DuBrow’s large shoes was no small task.
A longtime fan of heavy metal, singer Mark Huff came to Banali’s attention while fronting a California-based Van Halen tribute band (that focused on the “Sammy Hagar era”). A true Cinderella story, Huff auditioned via a cattle call audition, promptly blew Banali away, and got the gig. After getting the blessing from DuBrow’s mother to carry on with Quiet Riot (and to celebrate her son’s music), the group was ready to rock once more.
Quiet Riot hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out arena shows and non-stop MTV video airplay. However, it was the DuBrow-Banali-Wright-Grossi line-up that proved to be DuBrow’s favorite touring line-up (and also, most stable).
Quiet Riot is currently firming up plans for a full U.S. tour – their first in three years. And with the aforementioned documentary on the horizon, and the band’s music being used in hit films (‘The Wrestler,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’), video games (‘Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s’), and even musicals (‘Rock of Ages’) – as well as QR being name-checked in songs by Weezer and Ben Folds – Quiet Riot remains a major force in heavy metal. And soon, you will get a chance to bang your head once more to Quiet Riot, at a concert venue near you!
(New York, NY) — POWERGLOVE are pleased to announce their participation in a short run of tour dates with power metal titans FIREWIND led by the young guitar sensation Gus G (OZZY OSBOURNE) and THEABSENCE. Dates are scattered through out the northeast and Canada. “We’re very excited to go out on this run. We’re all big fans of Firewind, and the blazing guitar work of Gus G. And with a powerful band like The Absence on board, this should be a diverse and fun lineup. It will be our first time on the road after the release of our new album Saturday Morning Apocalypse, and we have some new shit in store for you!”says drummer Bassil Silver.
November 4th – Volume 11 Raleigh, NC
November 5th – Jaxx West Springfield, VA
November 6th – The Gramercy New York, NY
November 7th – Les Foufounes Electriques Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
The band recently released the morphing album cover and video teaser surrounding their next record “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” which is due out September 28th, 2010 via eOne Music. Combining power metal style with nostalgic theme songs of popular 80’s and 90’s cartoon and television theme songs, the band has tapped into the minds of generation X and Y with their most interesting release to date.
“Saturday Morning Apocalypse came out brighter and darker, faster and slower than our previous releases,” says Silver. This is the band’s first record with eOne Music and this time they’re taking their songs in a new direction. The band had previously stuck to 8 bit Nintendo game theme songs. However, this new release is their take on Saturday morning cartoons and movies that anyone who’s grown up in the 80’s will immediately recognize. Silver concludes with, “No matter what we write, we know all the comments will be about how bizarre we look, how ridiculous this track list is, and the fact that we somehow got Tony Kakko to sing the Pokemon theme for us. We would tell you how clown-rapingly awesome it is, but you can decide that for yourself when the album comes out in September.”
A full track listing of their power metal renditions can be found below.
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (Feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flinstones 11. Gotta Catch Em All (Feat. Tony Kakko)
“We are POWERGLOVE and we are here to f*ck with your childhood!” proclaims the band at the beginning of their live shows. After finding success mining the brains of the A.D.D. driven video game generation with songs like “Tetris,” POWERGLOVE have set their sights on the inner child in all of us. To this end, the band has set its blasters from stun to kill; it’s target: the world! The band has recently completed two separate, successful, tours with HAMMERFALL and SONATAARTICA. Watch for them this summer as they continue to add dates for video game festivals and live performances.
POWERGLOVE is composed of four battle-hardened rockers out of Boston, MA: Alex Berkson, Bassil Silver, Chris Marchiel, and Nick Avila. This band shreds metal renditions of everything from old school 8- bit video game classics to contemporary blockbusters, all with a heavy metal attitude – and there’s nothing you can do to stop them!
25 Years In Rock, the long-awaited new 2DVD/CD set from German metal queen DORO PESCH, will be released in Europe via Nuclear Blast on November 26, 2010 and in the rest of the world in 2011.
PESCH celebrated her 25-year career as the reigning queen of German heavy metal by performing a three-hour set on December 13, 2008 at the ISS Dome in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany. Holy Moses, Leaves Eyes’ and Arch Enemy opened the proceedings followed by a full DORO set. The performance included guest appearances by Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Grave Digger’s Chris Boltendahl, former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, Scorpions’ Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, a host of female vocalists such as Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes), Floor Jansen (After Forever), Liv (Sister Sin) and many others.
25 Years In Rock includes this special once-in-a-lifetime event in its entirety, as well as a China tour special, out takes from her 2500th concert and much more.
In related news, PESCH is preparing for her return to the U.S. later this month for four special dates in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Virginia and New York as part of the on-going Fear No Evil world tour. Said Pesch of the upcoming shows, “I’m so excited to return to U.S. soil and see my American fans again! They will definitely be great shows as the band is doing all these summer festivals and we are on fire! I can’t wait!” The US dates will serve as virtual warm up shows for the band’s Japanese debut this October [check out the Japanese teaser video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/EarsplitPR#p/u/0/HLG_9UCkbdo]
DORO PESCH U.S./Japanese Tour Dates:
09/30/2010 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
10/01/2010 The Pennant – Brooklawn, NJ
10/02/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
10/03/2010 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
10/08/2010 Holiday Shinjuku – Tokyo, Japan
10/10/2010 Holiday Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan
10/11/2010 Holiday Osaka – Osaka, Japan
Guitarist Henny Wolter has quit German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR because — in his words — “it just didn’t feel like a band anymore.” Wolter, who is also no longer a member of SINNER (led by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner), is focusing on his new band NITROGODS, also featuring ex-PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and vocalist Oimel Larcher. The group’s self-titled debut album is expected in early 2011.
KISSIN’ DYNAMITE, ELVENKING and CIRCLE II CIRCLE will support PRIMAL FEAR on their upcoming European headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off on September 18 in Warsaw, Poland.
PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, “16.6 – All Over The World” (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled “Live In The USA”. Frontiers Records issued the two products separately and as a limited-edition combo on June 22 in the USA. The DVD is filled with an abundance of extra materials, such as an entire bootleg section with funny moments on the road, bootleg footage from various festival appearances and other concerts, all of PRIMAL FEAR’s most recent promotional videos, plus the making-of footage for “16.6” and a brand new interview section about the past, present and future of PRIMAL FEAR.
SG Records and Gianluca Ferro are proud to announce the deal to publish the secondo solo album by Gianluca Ferro: “Unheimlich”.
Gianluca Ferro is a guitarist from exemplary curriculum, involved from years in collaborations with artists as Andrè Matos (Angra, Shaman), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Rafael Bittencourt (Angra) and Scott McGill (Michael Manring, Vic Stevens). At the present he’s a guitar teacher in a Attualmente insegna chitarra in a known musical accademy.
The 15 tracks of the album were composed by Gianluca Ferro and recorded with the collaboration of famous musicians. The album will be released in November.
1. Olympia’s strangely mechanical actions (3.43)
2. Accelerating future (6.26)
3. Moroccan dilemma (2.44)
4. Crimson Robotron (1.56)
5. Solaris (5.36)
6. Metanfenasia (6.08)
7. Life in a raindrop (1.59)
8. Cyclopic overtone (5.34)
9. Overture 1089 X 9 (2.24)
10. Bipolar zombie (6.35)
11. Black lydian (1.58)
12. On a day like today (4.45)
13. Ulam spiral dysphoria (5.23)
14. City rises (5.05)
15. The bunraku puppet (7.15)
HEAVENWOOD - Live Date Announced For Oporto's HARD CLUB w/ MOONSPELL (19.09.2010)
HARD CLUB (www.hard-club.com), one of the most important rock clubs in Portugal is back and ready to receive the best Metal/Rock bands around the world in Oporto City.
The official return of HARD CLUB will happen with HEAVENWOOD on the spot together with MOONSPELL for a very special and great celebration on September the 19th, 2010 – 21:00 PM (Lisbon hour).
In other news, HEAVENWOOD are giving the final touches to their as-yet-untitled 4th album in Braga, Portugal, the follow up of 2008’s highly acclaimed Redemption record, which had guest appearances of some of biggest metal celebrities such as Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR) and Gus G (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE). Recording sessions will finish very shortly and continue in Germany where the album will be mixed and mastered.
Twelve songs will appear on the record and there are plans for some bonus material.
Song titles set to appear on the CD include:
The Arcadia Order
A Poem For Mathilde
Goddess Presiding Over Solitude
Morning Glory Clouds
For diehard fans of traditional heavy metal, German outfit ATLANTEAN KODEX’s upcoming album The Golden Bough is one of the most anticipated releases of 2010. To see release via Italian metal label Cruz Del Sur Music this October, the powerful album boasts nine tracks of pure heavy metal packed with raging solos, plenty of melody but with a serious underlying heaviness, all fueled by soaring, triumphant vocals.
Since their inception in 2006, this tight German band has built a strong and devoted fanbase over a series of limited edition releases, as well as participation in some of the most important European metal festivals including Keep It True, Hammer of Doom, Up the Hammers and more.
Taking their next leap forward on The Golden Bough, the magic of ATLANTEAN KODEX’s heavy metal is more bold and apparent than ever, before, already being praised by Rock Hard Germany as, “Maybe one of the best metal albums from Germany ever” and MusikReviews as “One of the best albums by a German Metal Band ever… Album of the Year: 15/15.” With references to early Manowar, Hammerheart-era Bathory and Solstice, The Golden Bough should not leave any fan of epic heavy metal unmoved.
The Golden Bough Track Listing:
1. Fountain of Nepenthe
3. The White Goddess
4. Temple of Katholic Magick
5. Disciples of the Iron Crown
6. Vesperal Hymn
7. The Atlantean Kodex
8. A Prophet in the Forest
9. The Golden Bough
It has been a busy year for the Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus who took part in the high profile "Rust In Peace:Twentieth Anniversary" tour alongside Testament and headliners Megadeth playing to sold out venues all spring before releasing their latest album "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" this past May through Nuclear Blast Records. Guitarist Gary Holt recently spoke to Metal-Rules.com about the new album, re-recording the classic "Bonded By Blood" album with the band’s current lineup for the "Let There Be Blood" release, cheering onstage for Kreator and Gary remembers his friend Toby Rage dubbed "The Original Headwalker" who tragically passed away recently. Be sure to catch Exodus on tour with Holy Grail, Malevolent Creation and Bonded By Blood when they hit a thrashzone near you.
Italian metallers ELVENKING have released a new teaser from their new album, Red Silent Tides, due out on September 17th in Europe, on November 9th in North America and in Japan in October (date still to be confirmed). Check out the video below:
Elvenking’s new video for the Red Silent Tides track ‘The Cabal’ is also available below:
Here are the details of all the different editions of the album:
Standard jewel case edition:
‘The Last Hour’
‘Silence de Mort’
‘Your Heroes Are Dead’
‘This Nightmare Will Never End’
‘What’s Left Of Me’
‘The Play Of The Leaves’
ELVENKING “RED SILENT TIDES”. Cover artwork by Samuel Araya.
Two-CD digipack special edition, including the legendary one and only To Oak Woods Bestowed demo (the very first recording of the band that goes back to year 2000 and which has been sold out since years), in a very special elegant packaging:
Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO have a new album coming out (in North America) on November 9th. Entitled CONTAGION, this highly anticipated sophomore release vastly improves upon the hard-hitting formula that has turned the Billboard-charting act into one of the most notable and most polarizing bands in metal today. Whether loved or hated themselves, there is one thing that OCEANO loves as much as anyone else — free stuff!
OCEANO is giving fans the chance to win an iPad. That’s right! A brand-spanking-new iPad is up for grabs. All fans must do is go to http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698 and pre-order CONTAGION. Pre-order the album on its own, with a hoodie, a shirt or any other configuration that can be conceived. As long as the pre-order is made through the EARACHE US WEBSTORE, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing to win.
While making their CONTAGION pre-orders, fans can listen to the BRAND NEW track, “Precursor To Enslavement,” now available on OCEANO‘s official MySpace page: http://myspace.com/oceano
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album, CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th.
Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:
Oct 01 – Macon, GA – The 567
Oct 02 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 03 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Oct 04 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain
Oct 05 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Oct 23 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
Calgary, Alberta (Updated September 9, 2010). Scarab Productions is adding the final guest speakers and panellists to the second instalment of the NOCTIS METAL MUSIC CONFERENCE, being held Friday Sept. 24, 2010 at the Ramada Hotel, downtown Calgary. A partial list of speakers includes guest appearances from TOM ‘ANGELRIPPER’ SUCH (Ger) of SODOM; filmmaker and producer SAM DUNN, (Can) of Metal: A Headbangers Journey, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, and Rush, Beyond the Lighted Stage; IAN CHRISTE (USA) authorof Sound of the Beast; ANDY SNEAP, (UK) well known metal producer, sound engineer, and member of Sabbat; MATT JACOBSON, (USA) CEO Relapse Records; ERIC GRIEF, entertainment lawyer and former manager ofDeath; RYAN TAYLOR and EVAN HARTING, promoters of the MARYLAND DEATHFEST; CHRIS BRUNI, (Can) CEO, Profound Lore Records;MARTIN ATKINS, (USA) author of Toursmart; DAN ROZENBLUM (USA) lead agent of The Pantheon Agency;ROB SHALLCROSS (Can)Producer,Reversed Records; CRAIG BOYCHUCK (Can)Producer, CBAudio; MIRA BORN (Netherlands), freelance music photographer for metalshots.com, Metal Hammer and Terrorizer; TOPON DAS (Can) from Fuck the Facts, SEAN PALMERSTON, Editor, Hellbound.ca; JOSH HOGAN (Can) of Diminished FifthRecords; JON ASHER (Can) from Asher Media Relations; and more.
Topics for the conference will include items of interest to metal bands and fans and will feature live interviews with artist and producers, and discussions on various topics such as what it takes to get signed to a label; how to get endorsements and distribution deals; the latest in DIY recording; how to promote your band; touring, working with promoters, improving your live metal photography; etc. For more information on all the speakers, the metal music conference, bands, venue and tickets please visit: www.noctisvalkyries.com
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION recently shot a video for the track “Slaughterhouse”, which comes from the bands 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion. The clip was shot in Florida and Central City Studios in Los Angeles and was helmed by young up-and-coming director Chris Cullari (WESTLAND, THE APPRECIATION POST). Still pics from the production can be found here http://www.myspace.com/malevolentcreation/photos/albums/album/3225828
“We are deep into our US tour and everything’s going killer,” commented the group. “The band’s playing tight and the set list consists of several classics and one new song, ‘Slaughterhouse’. We shot a video for ‘Slaughterhouse’ the week in between our headlining tour and the ‘March of Brutality’ tour with EXODUS. it is both a brutal homage and clever twist on horror films such as Hostel and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,using MALEVOLENT CREATION’s music as a soundtrack to madness. 20 plus years and still no one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION!”
Invidious Dominion was released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast andwas produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida. The cover art (attached) was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
Watch a video clip of the recording process below:
Invidious Dominion Track Listing:
2) United Hate
3) Conflict Finalized
5) Compulsive Face Breaker
6) Lead Spitter
7) Target Rich Environment
9) Born Again Hard
11) Invidious Dominion
“March Of Brutality” Tour EXODUS, MALEVOLENT CREATION, HOLY GRAIL, BONDED BY BLOOD
09/10/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
09/11/10 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
09/12/10 The Avalon – Santa Clara, CA
09/13/10 New Oasis – Sparks, NV
09/14/10 Club Khaos – Amarillo, TX ç NO EXODUS
09/15/10 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK ç NO EXODUS
09/17/10 Big Daddy’s – Tallahassee, FL ç NO EXODUS