The Italian symphonic heavy metal masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE have revealed the tracklist of the upcoming Mini CD “The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony” to be released on October 15 via Nuclear Blast Records.
‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tracklisting is the following:
Act I: The Pass Of Nair-Kaan
Act II: Dark Mystic Vision
Act III: The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun
Act IV: The Betrayal
Act V: Neve Rosso Sangue
Act VI: Erians Lost Secrets
Act VII: The Angels Dark Revelation
Comments RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli: “For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 “acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing Rhapsody’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds: “Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for.“
The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony is based on the “dark secret saga“ and represents a new chapter, directly connected with The Frozen Tears Of Angels.
Luca explains: “After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian’s book could be finally found. ‘The Cold Embrace Of Fear’ tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular “bridges“ connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution. To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different “self“, the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly.“
Once again Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator.
“We couldn’t imagine to release something like this without his fundamental partecipation. Sir Lee is one member of Rhapsody Of Fire‘s family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times.
This extraordinary release, will hit the stores on October15th for a special price.
The band previous studio album “The Frozen Tears Of Angels” (2010) debuted at #16 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top Hard Music Albums chart and at #129 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Top 200 Albums chart.
Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, The Frozen Tears Of Angels was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, EPICA) and debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #60 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #132 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Other international chart entries are as follows: Greece #11; Italy #31; Germany #33; Finland #35; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; France #51; Austria #58; South Korea #69; Spain #81; and Belgium #96.
Singer’s main goal is to raise awareness and get people involved by registering to be a bone marrow donor
Since news on Nergal’s recent health issues has been released, the band, management, and label has received an overwhelming response from fans and bands all over the world asking how they can directly help Nergal. In response to everyone offering his or her help in terms of setting up benefits and shows to raise money for the frontman of the Polish blackened death metal band BEHEMOTH, Nergal has issued the following statement:
“I haven’t intended to manifest myself in any way and, especially at this stage, to share my feelings or any other news with the world for obvious reasons. It is simply too early for it. But it was YOU who provoked me to say a few words. Regarding my personal low opinion of humankind, I’m shocked by the reaction to my illness. I actually expected NOTHING yet received feedback which surpassed all expectations. I want to ensure you I read EACH mail I receive, although I’m unable to reply to all of them. The power of your words is pure magic and I thank you all for it. You are a gigantic indestructible army that truly inspires me in this difficult time. The fact is that a fight with this illness is going to last for many months. Most of this time I will spend in hospital and I will go through various psychophysical states. If you know the history of Behemoth you also know we achieved everything by hard work and a steely determination. The same goes for my private life. I happen to be a strong son of a bitch. I have no faith but rely on a 100% victory and I am sure I will get out of it stronger than ever. Sun Tzu in his ‘Art of War’ said that if you know your enemy and yourself the result of a thousand battles will not surprise you… I enter the ring with this Nietzschean attitude and I will leave it as a winner, as usual. Just watch and see!
So I want to emphasize that Behemoth will by no means goes through any hibernation state. Obviously all concert plans must be postponed until some unknown point in the future, but things are happening! Lately our newest video for ‘…Alas, Lord is Upon Me’ has premiered and stirred up quite a storm in mass media, which fills us with utter pride. Plus we’ve just finished the project of our new DVD; Evangelia Heretika is a three disc release, a real encyclopedia of Behemoth with nearly 5 hours of material and a bonus audio CD that will be out in November (Metal Blade US – Nuclear Blast Europe). Expect an experience of visual madness as we went to hell and back to make it! Our official Webstore has been functional for a couple of days and official merchandise and some very exclusive stuff can be bought there. At the beginning of 2011, Peaceville in Europe and Metal Blade in US will reissue the EPs with new artwork, bonuses, liner notes, and more. As you can see, despite a complicated situation and difficult circumstances we’re remaining active wherever we can.
Finally, I want to comment on some opinions which, provoked by religious circles, lead to far-fetched and inaccurate interpretations. I was surprised to hear my illness became a pretext for some people to embark on their own crusade. Opinions suggesting I might come closer to God or abandon my ideals and grovel to the only correct world view in this country not only surprised but also frightened me. This is a typical example of supporting one’s own views by preying on someone’s misfortune. ‘He fell ill so he will convert to Christianity, he will discover the religion he fought against is actually close to him.’ Halt! Why should the illness change my point of view? It is true this is a difficult time for me and the thoughts of ultimate matters are hard to chase away. But the idea that I will change my opinions, priorities, and values as a consequence of my illness sounds as if someone regards my head, and not my body, ill. Suggesting I might convert are ridiculous. To what would I convert? After all, I know Christian mythology pretty well, not only in its literary version, and I find nothing good, creative or beautiful in it. I read books better and wiser than the Bible. War, blood, blackmail, rapes, incest, pedophilia, zoophilia, collaboration and treachery – each page emanates with evil. Some may say I don’t understand the message of the Bible. I’d rather say the Christianity is nothing more than a rusty and archaic structure that is going to fall down any moment. It lasts only because of the gullible that follow the shepherd blindly; without any questions, without any consideration, not to any promised land, but to an intellectual slaughter. So, I say to those, who see some chances to break my rules, and myself because of the illness: over my dead body!”
Nergal’s official view on benefit concerts, fund raisers, etc. is focused on marrow donations as a whole issue, not his specific situation. If you want to help Nergal the best thing you can do is set up a marrow drive or register to be a bone marrow donor. Every person that registers to be a donor increases the chances of survival for Nergal and every other person out there suffering from the same illness.
THE ABSENCE premier new track off upcoming album ‘Enemy Unbound’ exclusively on Metal Underground.com!
Florida thrashers The Absence debut the track Maelstrom; music video for title track Enemy Unbound almost complete
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – August 31, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming full-length release from Tampa Florida’s THE ABSENCE titled Enemy Unbound, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to premier the melodic death metal act’s single Maelstrom. Be sure to head over to MetalUnderground.com, a metal site that provides fans with comprehensive metal news coverage, reviews, interviews, band info, live concert reports, photos, and is updated daily by a dedicated staff of die-hard metalheads, to check out the single Maelstrom. If you like what you hear head over to the band’s landing page and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. Enemy Unbound is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.
Track-listing for Enemy Unbound:
3. Deepest Wound
5. Enemy Unbound
7. The Bridge
9. Hidden in White
10. Vengeance and Victory
THE ABSENCE recently completed shooting a music video for the title track Enemy Unbound with director Luke Leonard, which will also be premiering on MetalUnderground.com. Details on when the video will drop will be released shortly so stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for further information.
About the band: Tampa, FL area natives THE ABSENCE laid waste to an unsuspecting metal community with their debut Metal Blade Records album, From Your Grave, and after nearly two years of touring the guys returned in 2007 with their fan and critic acclaimed release Riders of the Plague. Riders of the Plague was recorded at Erik Rutan’s Mana Studios in February / March 2007 with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge). THE ABSENCE has returned to the metal scene heavier than ever with their third full-length album, Enemy Unbound; a metal masterpiece full of the band’s brand of high flying guitar histrionics and melodies fans and critics alike have grown to love.
Vocalist Jamie Stewart continues to push himself vocally, spewing forth his grim lyrics with more force and violence than ever before. Guitarists Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle deliver blistering solos, harmony-filled leads, and a level of technicality that is off the charts, growing as musicians with every album they deliver. Original drummer, and one of the founding members of THE ABSENCE, Jeramie Kling is back behind the kit and will be joining the band on the road as they tour in support of Enemy Unbound. Jeramie will undoubtedly continue where he left off, acting as the tight backbone needed to hold together the band’s speedy melodic onslaught. With their latest offering, Enemy Unbound, THE ABSENCE deliver a stylish and flavored melodic death/thrash metal album that is sure to please both fans and critics alike.
Enemy Unbound was once again recorded at the famed, Erik Rutan-owned, Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL in November 2009 with Brian Elliott engineering and Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle producing the album. Going along with the saying ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’ the band went to Sweden’s Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) of Black Lounge Studios who handled both mixing and mastering on Enemy Unbound. Guest musicians on the album include Tom Englund of Evergrey and Andy Wood.
The Absence have toured with the likes Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, The Red Chord, Vader, Kataklysm, Grave, Nuclear Assault, Destruction, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Entombed, Dismember, Vivisec, Unmerciful, Dead to Fall, and Ion Dissonance just to name a few. Each stop on every tour has earned THE ABSENCE legions of new fans, which is something that will surely continue through the release of Enemy Unbound as the band tours through the states, Canada, and Europe in support of their highly anticipated release.
Since they formed in 1993, Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica has released six studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals along with some vocal-based songs. Whatever styles they’ve explored – from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms — their music has been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.
For their 7th album, 7th Symphony, the band has composed an album that’s not just symphonic, it’s practically a symphony. This time, the instrumental tracks are pure instrumentals with long, progressive passages. At the same time, 7th Symphony contains songs that rock harder than anything they’ve done since 2001 when they released the epic, transfixing album Cult, their first album to contain mostly originals. In the same way that Cult caused fans to view Apocalyptica from a different perspective, 7th Symphony is the next forward step in the group’s creative evolution. Most of the songs on the disc were produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) and two of the four vocal numbers were produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach).
iClips is pleased to announce the LIVE broadcast of Apocalyptica on August 31st from The Pageant in St. Louis, MO. The show will start at 9 PM EDT. For more information on the live broadcast go to www.iclips.net/livefaq
Having just returned from a successful tour in Europe with Despised Icon including a devastating set at Germany’s Summer Breeze Festival, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are ready to hit the road again in the US and Canada in support of their fourth crushing opus Deflorate. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s headlining tour begins Tuesday September 28 in Columbus, OH at Skully’s and finishes up on Saturday October 16 in Toledo, OH at the Headliners. Support on THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s headlining tour comes from label-mates and New Orleans Louisiana natives GOATWHORE, and Riverside County California’s Arkaik. The upcoming headline run marks the last leg of the Deflorate touring cycle; once the band returns home they will begin writing and recording their next full-length album.
Tickets are on sale now!
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER with Goatwhore and Arkaik 09/28 Columbus, OH Skully’s
09/29 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
09/30 Brooklyn, NY Europa
10/01 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
10/02 Bucksport, ME The Kave
10/03 Quebec, QC Imperial de Quebec
10/04 Montreal, QC Petit Café
10/05 Ottawa, ON Ritual
10/06 Toronto, ON The Wreck Room
10/07 Lemoyne, PA Championship
10/08 Richmond, VA Canal Club
10/09 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox Laundrolounge
10/10 Charlotte, NC The Casbah
10/12 East St. Louis, MO Pop’s
10/13 Des Moines, IA The Vaudeville Mews
10/14 DeKalb, IL House Café
10/15 Grand Rapids, MI Mixtape Café
10/16 Toledo, OH Headliners
Deflorate, which came out on September 15th 2009, hit the #43 position in Billboard’s Top 200 chart, #5 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart, #4 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #50 on HITS Top 50 Albums chart. The carnage didn’t stop here though as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s Deflorate also landed on Canada’s Billboard Charts coming in at #52 in the Top 200 chart, #3 in the Top Independent Albums chart, and #6 in the Top Hard Music Albums chart.
Toronto’s thrash band MASTERY is no longer an instrumental act, as the band has officially announced the addition of metal legend Billy Milano (S.O.D/ M.O.D.) as the group’s new frontman. A new bass player has also
been introduced, Tim “Tank” Casterline (M.O.D. touring bassist) joins Mastery as a much needed aspect of growth to their music. The band is still looking to fill the position of lead guitar, anyone interested can contact the band through their MySpace page.
“I am officially confirming that Billy Milano has joined MASTERY as a full time member,” commented guitarist and founder Markus Armellini. “Having Billy Milano sing for MASTERY is driving the band in a new direction and to a new level of performance.”
MASTERY has entered Studio 57 in Austin, Texas with producer/ engineer Tim Gerron and begun recording their debut album which should see the light of day in early 2011. The band is currently streaming a new song online at www.myspace.com/masterymetal.
MASTERY’s debut album, “Lethal Legacy”, was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The album was drew critical acclaim from Metal Maniacs who proclaimed, “While ‘Lethal Legacy’ pays homage to the classic thrash of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s with nods to Testament, Forbidden, Vio-lence and Metallica, it doesn’t sound as if the band are pinning for the glory days.” Decibel Magazine also loves Mastery’s brand of instrumental thrash, as they gave the band a whopping 9/10 and called them, “Mastery of Puppets”.
ORTURE SQUAD – AEquilibrium’s review on U.S. site Metal Archives
AEquilibrium, the new album from TORTURE SQUAD that came out in Europe by Wacken Records / SAOL on August 20, and for Brazil, expected to releasing in early September by Laser Company, has already begun to have repercussions in the world of metal. The review went on the U.S. site Metal Archives (www.metal-archives.com).
It known to gather information about various strands of metal bands in the whole world, providing information such as discography, history and reviews of their albums.
RHAPSODY OF FIRE are going to release an epic monument called: „The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony“.
„For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 „acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing the RHAPSODY’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds: „Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for.“
The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony is based on the „dark secret saga“ and represents a new chapter, directly connected with „The Frozen Tears Of Angels“.
Luca explains: „After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian’s book could be finally found. „The Cold Embrace Of Fear“ tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular „bridges“ connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution. To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different „self“, the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly.“
Once again Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator. „We couldn’t imagine to release something like this without his fundamental partecipation. Sir Lee is one member of the RHAPSODY OF FIRE‘s family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times.
This extraordinary release, will hit the stores on October, 15th for a special price.
PANTERA COWBOYS FROM HELL ULTIMATE BOX SET FEATURING T-SHIRT DESIGNED BY “DIMEBAG” DARRELL ARRIVES NOVEMBER 22 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK, “THE WILL TO SURVIVE,” SET FOR WORLDWIDE PREMIERE MONDAY, AUGUST 30 ON PANTERA’S FACEBOOK PAGE
LOS ANGELES – Originally released in 1990, Pantera’s COWBOYS FROM HELL turned modern metal on its ass and put Pantera in the musical history books. More than just their major label debut, most consider COWBOYS to be the official debut of the iconic Pantera lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.
Rhino is marking the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL with multiple offerings for Pantera fans of every generation. (Complete list follows below). All versions include a newly remastered copy of the original COWBOYS album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the era, and unreleased demos for nearly every album track.
“The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s demo sessions, is included in the Deluxe and Ultimate packages and will have its worldwide premiere on Pantera’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pantera) on Monday, August 30 at 12 noon EDT.
“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track,” says Paul. “I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die-hard Pantera fans around the world, as it shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”
The Ultimate Edition box lands November 22 for a suggested list price of $99.98, just in time for the holidays to round out your personal Pantera collection or give to your favorite Pantera fan. The box includes custom artwork and a 60-page booklet with rare photos, expanded liner notes and replicas from the Cowboys era as listed below.
· New Years Puke Party T-shirt – designed by Dimebag Darrell (XL)
· ‘We’re Takin’ Over This Town’ flyer reproduction (8 1/2″ x 11″)
· ‘It’s Up To You/Censorship’ flyer reproduction (8 1/2″ x 11″)
· Arcadio Theatre poster reproduction (11″ x 17″)
· Cowboys From Hell Fucking Hostile button
· ‘All Access Tour Pass ’90’ Fabric Sticker
· Cowboys From Hell Texas Guest Laminated Pass
· ‘U.S. Tour ’91’ All Access Laminated Pass
· Ticket reproduction, June 14, 1991
The previously announced Deluxe and Expanded Editions will be available on September 14. Suggested list price for the Deluxe version will be $29.98 (physical) and $17.98 (digital). Suggested list price for the Expanded Edition will be $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).
COWBOYS FROM HELL Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions 1. “Cowboys From Hell”
2. “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3. “Psycho Holiday”
5. “Cemetery Gates”
8. “Clash With Reality”
9. “Medicine Man”
10. “Message In Blood”
11. “The Sleep”
12. “The Art Of Shredding”
Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions (Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1. “Domination” – Live*
2. “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3. “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4. “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5. “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6. “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7. “Heresy” – Live*
8. “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9. “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10. “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11. “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12. “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only 1. “The Will To Survive”*
2. “Shattered” – Demo*
3. “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4. “Heresy” – Demo*
5. “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6. “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7. “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8. “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9. “Domination” – Demo*
10. “The Sleep” – Demo*
11. “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*
* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)
"Victims Of The Modern Age", the new album from STAR ONE
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen has released a new video message in which he announces the instrumentalists that perform on “Victims Of The Modern Age”, the new album from his STAR ONE project.
“Victims Of The Modern Age” instrumentalists:
* Ed Warby (AYREON, HAIL OF BULLETS, GOREFEST) – Drums
* Peter Vink – Bass
* Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) – Keyboards Solos
* Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY) – Guitar solos
* Arjen Lucassen – All Other Instruments
The next update will feature the first guessing game. You will hear music from the album and you have to guess the name of the vocalist. Then post your answer at Arjen‘s message board and you will be informed if you have won a copy of the new STAR ONE album.
Lucassen has firmly established himself worldwide as driving force in progressive rock. While best known for his rock opera project AYREON, the multi-talented Dutchman also regularly embarks on musical side projects, which explore different aspects of Lucassen‘s musical personality. As his previous project (GUILT MACHINE‘s “On This Perfect Day”, 2009) was a relatively relaxed and subtle affair, Lucassen‘s muses responded by urging him to record something loud, heavy and anything but subtle for this new release. Thus it was a perfect opportunity to launch his musical spacecraft towards the galaxy of bombastic sci-fi rock by revisiting his STAR ONE project.
“Victims Of The Modern Age” is the follow-up to the STAR ONE debut album, “Space Metal” (2002). Compared to “Space Metal”, the overall sound of “Victims Of The Modern Age” is darker, heavier, more guitar-oriented, and slightly less “spacey”. Arjen has also raised the bar significantly when it comes to the album’s sound. “I think it’s my best sounding album to date; it’s a huge difference compared to the first STAR ONE,” he says. “For the guitars I spent weeks experimenting with different amps and settings in every combination imaginable — and it was worth it. The drums sound fantastic, and the vocalists all outdid themselves, putting in even stronger performances than they did the first time around.”
“Victims Of The Modern Age” will be released on InsideOut Music in North America on October 26 . With its stellar musicianship, strong melodies, meticulous production and compelling concept, STAR ONE“Victims of the Modern Age” is yet another exciting project from one of rock’s great visionaries.
“Victims Of The Modern Age” guest singers:
* Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X)
* Damian Wilson (HEADSPACE, THRESHOLD)
* Floor Jansen (REVAMP, AFTER FOREVER)
* Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, SECOND SKY, EDGE OF SANITY)
Bob Catley (MAGNUS), Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN), Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann and Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN) are among the musicians who will tour with AVANTASIA, the project led by EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet, on the group’s upcoming tour.
“It’s gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime affair!” said Sammet when the all-star project first set off on a world tour a few years ago. And although it seemed impossible to bring the project onto the stage after an extensive preparatory time, AVANTASIA headlined some of the biggest summer festivals in 2008. To this day, many fans recall the AVANTASIA live shows as magical, once-in-a-lifetime concert experiences.
Commented Sammet: “There has always been the desire to do it again, but, of course, there is always a risk. It requires a huge amount of time and energy; there are no figures based on experience, because I don’t know anybody who has taken an all-star metal opera on the road to play indoor venues. The stage production is abnormally expensive and you must not forget the many people who are involved and who come from different parts of the world. It requires a good timing.
“At some point we sat together and checked if and how we could possibly do it once again and we soon found out that December 2010 would be the right period to do a real tour.
“I admit that four weeks [is] not really a long time frame, but it’s better to do a short tour than no tour at all. And if we hadn’t taken that chance, it would have never happened because we will come with a lot of musicians and vocalists and it’s a nightmare to mind all our individual schedules with our main bands.”
Unlike AVANTASIA‘s festival tour of 2008, the band’s upcoming dates will be full-fledged headlining performances, with the group performing longer sets than has been the case in the past.
“It was great to play Wacken and Sweden Rock Festival, but playing a festival you only have so much time,” explained Sammet. “You play ten songs and people have a party and everybody’s got fun. But doing our own tour, we can really create an atmosphere, we can play a lot longer and take people on a journey through the history of AVANTASIA. We can actually take people to the world of AVANTASIA itself.
“Fans can expect a bombastic concert experience.
“Many so-called ‘metal operas’ have been released on albums recently, but AVANTASIA will bring it on stage and take fans around the globe with them.
“You can’t compare a normal band to what we are going to do. If all your favourite singers appear on one stage at the same night to take you on a musical journey, then this isn’t just great, it’s über-great!”
AVANTASIA released its new epic masterpiece on April 3 as regular CDs (“The Wicked Symphony” and “Angel Of Babylon”), two separate double picture vinyls, and as a beautiful collector’s edition with an AVANTASIA picture book. The deluxe box set features two CDs in two digibooks with impressive booklets, codes for online content (like bonus tracks, etc.) and the AVANTASIA book “The Wicked Trilogy”, including many never-before-seen photos from the tour and from photo sessions, etc. An exclusive interview, liner notes, and a biography is also included. All the album versions were released simultaneously on April 3, so no one ise forced to buy everything piece by piece; instead everyone is able to choose a version of his/her choice right from the release date.
“Dying For An Angel”, the new video from AVANTASIA, can be viewed below. The clip was shot in late January at the ancient town hall in Hannover, Germany and features a special guest appearance by SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine.
“The Wicked Symphony” and “Angel Of Babylon” are the continuation of the trilogy that began with the 2008 album “The Scarecrow”.
The cover artwork for the two CDs (see below) was created by Thomas Ewerhard, who also worked on EDGUY‘s “Hellfire Club” and AVANTASIA‘s “The Scarecrow” albums.
Regarding his decision to release the new AVANTASIA chapter in two separate CDs, Tobias said, “I have always given my very best, but this new chapter in AVANTASIA‘s history is too much and too ambitious to be just a regular album. I have worked on it for years now, and it has become even more than two albums!
“I knew that story would be spread out over two albums back then when we started working on it in 2006, ’cause we had written a real rock opera of over 20 songs even back then. But since then, we kept composing, and out came even bigger and better material.
“Looking at the music industry today with all the CD burning and downloading, I guess in the near future many of us traditional rock and metal bands won’t be able to spend such a production budget. I am afraid I won’t be able to afford so many guests and such a big production with orchestration and a choir and all that. That’s why this production takes so much time; it may be the last big epic I will be able to afford, and I want it to be the biggest piece I have worked on so far.”
Kiske has appeared on every AVANTASIA album so far, including the first two full-length releases, “The Metal Opera” (2001) and “The Metal Opera Pt. II” (2002).
Demonstealer Records is all set to release the kings of black metal Dimmu Borgir’s latest album Abrahadabra in India on October 15th 2010. The album will be released in jewel case format and will come with a special poster and sticker. DSR will also be releasing an officialDimmu Borgir t-shirt in India as well.
Abrahadabra is the band’s ninth studio album and features an ensemble orchestra (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra), as well as the Schola Cantorum choir.
“Abrahadabra“, loosely translated as “I will create as I speak”, was created by author Aleister Crowley in his work, Liber AL vel Legis, or The Book of the Law. This album is the second in the band’s repertoire to deviate from the traditional three-word title. The album cover artwork was designed by Joachim Luetke who previously worked on the bands two albums Death Cult Armageddon and In Sorte Diaboli.
Dimmu Borgir recently revealed the tracklist & coverart for the album.
1. Xibir (2:50)
2. Born Treacherous (5:02)
3. Gateways (5:10)
4. Chess With The Abyss (4:08)
5. Dimmu Borgir (5:35)
6. Ritualist (5:13)
7. The Demiurge Molecule (5:29)
8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal (5:16)
9. Renewal (4:11)
10. Endings And Continuations (5:58)
LEAVES EYES full North American tour dates confirmed
The news everyone’s been waiting for: Napalm recording artists LEAVES’ EYES will return to North American soil this September and October, their first tour dates in support of latest album Njord. Fronted by the alluring Liv Kristine, LEAVES’ EYES will be joined on this tour by KAMELOT and BLACKGUARD. Here are the CONFIRMED dates/venues: KAMELOT / LEAVES’ EYES / BLACKGUARD
9.8.2010 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
9.10.2010 – Atlana, GA @ Center Stage
9.11.2010 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx 9.12.2010 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 119.13.2010 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Gil’s Bar and Grill
9.14.2010 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
9.15.2010 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
9.17.2010 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
9.18.2010 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
9.19.2010 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House 9.20.2010 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
9.21.2010 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9.22.2010 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 9.24.2010 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
9.25.2010 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
9.27.2010 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9.29.2010 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10.1.2010 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
10.2.2010 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 10.3.2010 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon10.4.2010 – Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s Bar10.5.2010 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock10.6.2010 – Amarillo, TX @ The War Legion Underground10.7.2010 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit10.8.2010 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
VIKING SKULL’s Heavy Metal Thunder To Be Released October 26 2010
Restricted Release today confirms October 26 as the North American release date for Heavy Metal Thunder, a special reissue package from England’s VIKING SKULL. Remastered and featuring all new artwork, Heavy Metal Thunder combines the band’s popular debut album, Born In Hell, and the Chapter One EP, both previously unavailable through proper American and Canadian retail outlets. The album also includes five bonus songs and will precede a new, still untitled EP planned for release in early 2011.
VIKING SKULL, featuring vocalist/guitarist Roddy Stone, guitarists Dom Wallace and Frank Regan, bassist Kevin Waldie, with sole-American drummer Jess Margera (CKY, The Company Band), found initial American interest when the song “Skull Heaven” appeared on volume one of Bam Margera’s Viva La Bands compilation series in 2005. A second song, “Blackened Sunrise” would follow on volume two in 2007. Early fans would have to wait until the winter of 2008, however, to witness their first Skull show; the band finally landing on US shores to share the stage on a short east coast tour with Clutch.
Stone recalls,“our tour with Clutch was the first time for us playing the states. It quickly became quite clear to us that America loves big riffs through big amps and that’s what we’re about. No fancy hair cuts, eye liner, or spooky clothes, just balls out, meat and potatoes heavy rock. That tour was one of the best we’ve done in terms of crowd reaction, and on top of that we got to see Clutch every night.”
Heavy Metal Thunder comes nearly two years to the day after the release of Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey (Powerage); an album that was embraced by international media on its release in 2008. “Genuinely fantastic rock ‘n roll,” asserts Kerrang! “Whiskey-swigging, bar-room-brawling, southern-baked hard rock and metal,” said Blabbermouth. It was MetalSucks that most aptly described the band’s sound noting, “if you take a foundation built on Black Sabbath, add the support structure of Thin Lizzy, wall it up with a thick layer of Motorhead, and retrofit the whole package with the likes of Orange Goblin, this is the house VIKING SKULL has built.”
“We tend to think, if it ain’t broke don’t try and fix it,” notes Stone about the band’s straight-forward heavy metal anthems. “We like to think back to the day when men were men, and amps where amps. The time when having a good riff/song was important and had nothing to do with posing, we’re a proper band with proper tunes..”
It was 2002 when assorted members of England’s Raging Speedhorn and crew faced the very sobering notion that their daily offering of free booze would dry up whilst not on tour. So for founding members Stone, Waldie, and Regan, the lure of a free pint was enough to encourage them to form a band. In quick time, VIKING SKULL was recording and enjoying non-stop touring (European runs with HIM, Dio, CKY and others) when one memorable evening things came to an abrupt halt. In what can only be recalled as a drop-down, all out battle (fueled by lots, and lots of absinthe unfortunately supplied by then simply friend Jess Margera) the ‘Skull’s outer edges fried and the Northamptonshire-based band broke up. Later finding out what had happened Margera offered up his services and within short time wounds healed and VIKING SKULL was back.
Heavy Metal Thunder Tracklisting:
1. Beers, Drugs And Bitches
2. Wizard’s Sleeve
4. Rape Pillage And Burn
5. Crazy Trucker
6. Skull Heaven
7. Born In Hell
8. Crank The Volume
9. Red Hot Woman
11. Heavy Metal Thunder
12. Saddle Up
13. Double Or Quits (Demo Version)
14. Rock And Roll Suicide
15. Conquer The World
16. Baby Let Me Know
17. Skulls & Whiskey
18. Dirty Dirty Hole,
19. Inject My Woman (With Love)
20. You Can’t Kill Rock & Roll
VIKING SKULL are set to announce new tour dates for the UK late autumn/early winter and are in discussions for their return to US shores.