A foreboding Wagnerian majesty will soon shroud all major cities in the U.S. and Canada. Launching the “Darkness Reborn Tour” on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts, Norway’s infamous symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR return to the western hemisphere on a headlining, 32-date run across North America supported by fellow countrymen Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes from Los Angeles.
Confirmed tour dates are:
11/05/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/06/10 Northern Lights – Albany, NY
11/07/10 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
11/08/10 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/10/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/12/10 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/10 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
11/14/10 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/15/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/16/10 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/19/10 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
11/28/10 The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/30/10 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
12/01/10 Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ
12/02/10 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
12/03/10 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
12/04/10 Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO
12/06/10 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
12/07/10 House of Blues – Houston, TX
12/09/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/10/10 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
12/11/10 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
12/12/10 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/13/10 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/14/10 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Advanced tickets will go on sale online on Wednesday, September 15th.
DIMMU BORGIR’s new studio album, ABRAHADABRA, will be released in North America on October 12th. The “Gateways” single is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page and is available for purchase on iTunes at this location.
Download the DIMMU BORGIR app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad here.
For their first music video in 15 years, Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL will host its exclusive premiere on the band’s official website.
The video for the title track of IMMORTAL’s reunion album All Shall Fall was shot in Norway by Vardefilm and features the band’s full line-up: Abbath, Apollyon, Horgh, and founding member / lyricist Demonaz.
Nuclear Blast USA’s webshop is now taking pre-orders for IMMORTAL’s first official DVD & live CD release, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh, a visual documentation of the band’s headlining reunion show at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in Germany in 2007. The $20.00 pre-order bundle includes an IMMORTAL “All Shall Fall” t-shirt and can be ordered here.
The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh will be released in Europe on August 6th and in North America on September 14th. The track listing for both the DVD and the live CD is as follows:
02. The Sun No Longer Rises (from Pure Holocaust)
03. Withstand The Fall Of Time (from At The Heart Of Winter)
04. Sons Of Northern Darkness (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)
05. Tyrants (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)
06. One By One (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)
07. Wrath From Above (from Damned In Black)
08. Unholy Forces Of Evil (from Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism)
09. Unsilent Storms In The North Abyss (from Pure Holocaust)
10. At The Heart Of Winter (from At The Heart Of Winter)
11. Battles In The North (from Battles In The North)
12. Blashyrk (Mighty Ravendark) (from Battles In The North)
View the trailer for The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkhhere.
The Greek melodic metal phenomenon FIREWIND, led by the young guitar sensation Gus G. has returned with the scathing new studio album effort Days of Defiance, which is easily their defining musical moment. The much anticipated disc is set for an October 25th release in Europe, as well as an October 26th release in North America. Days of Defiance is a truly ambitious and dynamic opus featuring some of the most brilliant guitar playing the genre has seen in many years.
A special iTunes edition for Days of Defiance will feature the exclusive new track, “Riding On The Wind.”
FIREWIND’s guitarist and songwriter Gus G., currently on tour with Ozzy Osbourne in Europe, checks in with the following comment about the album and its artwork: “I’m very excited and cannot wait for our fans to listen to our new album! We feel we’ve captured great performances and took our songwriting to the next level on this one. There’s tons of cool guitar on there and I believe Bob has finally managed to reach warp-speed with his keyboard solos! Even more seriously, I highly recommend that you listen to this album at a very loud volume. “As for the artwork, it was once again done by our visual wizard and webmaster extraordinaire, Gustavo Sazes. This time we asked Gustavo to come up with a great landscape scenery, with a more traditional approach and even get the “pencil” style of artwork on there, but also combine it with more modern stuff. So, he gave us that…with a slight futuristic, sci-fi element and I think the end result is stunning!”
FIREWIND – Days of Defiance Track Listing
1. The Ark Of Lies
2. World On Fire
4. Embrace The Sun
5. The Departure
6. Heading For The Dawn
8. Cold As Ice
9. Kill In The Name Of Love
11. Losing Faith
12. The Yearning
13. When All Is Said And Done
14. Riding On The Wind (iTunes Exclusive)
British thrashers EVILE have revealed that they are currently hard at work writing for a brand new studio album.
EVILE, who recently won a coveted Metal Hammer Golden Gods award, are writing the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 album, INFECTED NATIONS. The band announce that they will once again be working with producer RUSS RUSSELL.
EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:
“We’re well on our way into writing the material for Evile’s third album now. We’ve been playing around with the odd part and riffs since ‘Infected Nations’ came out in 2009. I have about ten song ideas which are being built on daily, but not going to stop there. We’re not going to limit ourselves this time to a certain number of songs. We’re just going to write until it’s time to give up and go into pre-production. We’ve been sending tracks/recordings/ideas back and forth between ourselves, Russ Russell and our management (Wiseblood) and there’s an excellent vibe going.
“I don’t want this to be a typical ‘new album’ update using the same descriptions and words most bands use to big up an album, so I’ll just say the new stuff is really getting my blood boiling and my heart racing. We’ve been through a lot over the past year, and it’s being naturally reflected in the music which is coming out. I’ve never been as passionate as I am now about writing the best material we can. With Joel in the mix, and him being a die-hard thrash fan since the ’80s, I’m looking forward to see how this will turn out. Keep an eye on our website for more details, and come catch us on one of the 77 shows in September-December in North America! (If you don’t see me I’ll be busy riffing for the benefit of your ears.)” Read the rest of this entry »
As previously announced Metal Mind Productions will release “War Machine” – a brand new studio album of the legendary British band Tank.
Tank – featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside ex-Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White, ex-Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale and ex-Zodiac Mindwarp drummer Dave ‘Grav’ Cavill – are back in action and ready to establish themselves once more as one of Britain’s finest rock bands. The band’s seventh studio album will be released in October and as the band claims: “we think it’s going to be our best album so far”.
Front cover illustration of “War Machine” was done by Jens Reinhold / zenz-art.com
The production was handled by Pedro Ferreira (known from his previous work with The Darkness, Therapy?, Meatloaf) and the recording was done at Pedrock Studios, London, UK. Drums were recorded by Tony Newton at Steve Harris’ (Iron Maiden) Barnyard Studios. Due to the changed line-up, “War Machine” will combine all the influences and experience of individual band members. Cliff Evans: “We intend to make this a classic British rock/metal album that every fan should have in their collection”.
“War Machine” will be released in 4 different versions: as a jewel case CD, a limited edition digipak CD including 2 bonus tracks and LP with one bonus track. Japanese edition of the album will include two exclusive bonus tracks which won’t be available elsewhere.
The tracklist of the standard CD edition looks as follows:
1. Judgement Day
2. Feast Of The Devil
3. Phoenix Rising
4. War Machine
5. Great Expectations
6. After All
7. The Last Laugh
8. World Without Pity
9. My Insanity
Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for 25th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).
Hollow is easily one of the most underrated bands in the history of progressive power metal. Their two stunning albums – “Modern Cathedral” and “Architect of the Mind” – never received the attention they deserved, despite stellar reviews in the music press. Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive double reissue which brings back true classics from the past, filled with music that brings “power” back to “power metal”…
The history of the band began in the early 1990’s in the university town of Umeå, Sweden. There guitarist/vocalist Andreas Stoltz teamed up with Marcus Bigren (guitar), Thomas Nilsson (bass) and Urban Vikstrom (drums) to form a unique power metal group, which they called Vaalkyrian. The name was eventually changed to Hollow and in 1995 the band released a demo called ‘Speak To Me”, which contained six tracks. This was followed in 1997 by a self-titled EP with 4 tracks, which caught the attention of MM Records – a small, independent label. This way, by the end of the year Hollow managed to release their debut LP – “Modern Cathedral”. In 1998 the album got re-issued with a new cover by Nuclear Blast.
“Modern Cathedral” was an amazing collection of progressive power metal tracks strongly influenced by such acts as Queensryche, Crimson Glory or Elegy. With their debut release Hollow have proven that the genre holds no secrets for them. Crafty compositions (like the doom-infected “In Your Arms” or the brilliant power ballad “Lies”), phenomenal guitarwork and Andreas Stoltz’s impressive vocals all made up for a truly extraordinary LP. Hollow returned in 1999 with their sophomore offering – “Architect of the Mind”. This time the music was even heavier and more powerful than on “Modern Cathedral”. With such brilliant tracks as “Rain”, “Father” or the ultra-fast “Shadow God” the group once again showcased their incredible skills. Even Stoltz’s singing got better – his vocals in mid and high register were equally mind-blowing. The album received a very warm reception in the music press and Hollow were considered a breath of fresh air on the power metal scene. Unfortunately, due to several circumstances the band ceased to exist not long after the release of “Architect of the Mind”… As of 1999, Hollow remains a solo project governed solely by Andreas Stoltz. He occasionally posts new tracks on his MySpace page, the latest being called “Descending” – a song written in memory of Crimson Glory’s late vocalist Midnight who departed in July, 2009.
This exclusive double re-release of “Modern Cathedral” and “Architect of the Mind” holds two extraordinary musical gems that after all these years shine with the same overwhelming intensity. Both albums are absolutely essential for fans of progressive power metal, delivering all the best this genre has to offer. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 11th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).
Hollow - “Architect Of The Mind / Modern Cathedral” (remastered)
Hollow “Architect Of The Mind / Modern Cathedral” (remastered) Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1396 DGD
Format: 2CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: Progressive power metal
Release date: 11.10.2010 Europe / 07.12.2010 USA
CD 1 – “Architect of the Mind”
1. Transcending Sorrow
4. Shadow God
5. Secluded Dreams
6. Walls of Confusion
7. Binary Creed
9. Alone In Darkness
CD 2 – “Modern Cathedral”
2. Can You Hear Me?
3. Speak To Me
8. In Your Arms
10. Hold Your Banners High
11. What I Can Be
In a recent interview with David E. Gehlke of Blistering.com, BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist and lyricist Hansi Kürsch answers editor David E. Gehlke’s questions about the new Billboard-charting album At The Edge Of Time, the songwriting process with guitarist André Olbrich (“We don’t have to talk a lot anymore”), if BLIND GUARDIAN would ever play their seminal fifth studio album Imaginations From The Other Side live in its entirety, and what makes “The Bard’s Song” such a special song.
With At The Edge Of Time, BLIND GUARDIAN secured the #1position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #19 on the Independent Current Albums chart, #29 on the Top Internet Albums chart, and #108 on the Billboard Top 200chart. In Canada, At The Edge Of Time debuted at #18 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart and #108 on the Top 200 chart according to Nielsen Canadian Soundscan.
At The Edge Of Time was released in North America on August 24thand features album artwork created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).
View the video for the single “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – here.
Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.
TEXTURES 7-string guitarist Bart Hennephof has launched an “Inside The Songs” online video series explaining “some of the coolest riffs used in the songs by TEXTURES. I talk about how they are created and what processes we have gone through to come up with rhythms and patterns that challenge us while still keeping it as musical as possible. I think it’s a nice way to get some insight into our songs, and for guitarists, it’s cool to see how some riffs are played.”
First in the series, which was recorded at Final Focus Studio in Tilburg, offers an inside look into playing the song “Stream Of Consciousness” from the band’s second album Drawing Circles from 2006. View the video here.
In a recent interview with Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Examiner, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffman checks in about the writing process for the new album Blood Of The Nations, the band’s long-time not-so-secret-anymore lyricist, and the “friendly rivalry” with their fellow countrymen the Scorpions.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th. Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.
ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Confirmed tour dates are:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)
09/23/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
09/26/2010 ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King’s – New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
10/08/2010 The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues – Houston TX
Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.
ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show”here. View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41 – here. View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition
The House Of Zazz host Sam Hatch of WWUH was able to hang out on the EXODUS bus during the band’s stop at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on August 27, 2010.
Songwriter and shred guru Gary Holt spoke with Sam about vintage thrash metal, neo-thrash, the state of the music industry, his love for Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, Rob Dukes’ relationship to Sol Rosenberg, vintage Hondo Strat copy guitars and his persistent night terrors.
EXODUS are currently on their headlining “March Of Brutality Tour” with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood. Remaining tour dates are:
09/03/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
09/04/10 The Social – Orlando, FL
09/05/10 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09/07/10 The Door – Dallas, TX
09/08/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
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
Bloody-Disgusting.com is currently hosting an exclusive online contest to win an autographed EXODUS ESP Viper-200FM guitar.
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have issued the third video in a series of album trailers for the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis here:
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey. The artwork to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.The record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS finally return to the spotlight with their first new studio album in five years, Return To Zero. Once again, the Beggars effortlessly manage to confirm they are a band that continues to defy musical boundaries and that delivers Classic Heavy Rock at its very best! The much anticipated disc is set for an Oct 12th North American release via InsideOut Music (and is out now in the UK/Europe)
Head over now to the band’s new MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/spiritualbeggars) to stream the new track “The Chaos Of Rebirth.”
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New singer Apollo Papathanasio states: “I was completely inspired by doing the recordings for the new SPIRITUAL BEGGARS album. Working with Richard Bengtsson (co-producer/mixer) and Michael Amott while recording was fun and super creative! We were all on the same page and we had a good flow in the studio and I’m more than pleased with the end result! There were no arguments, we worked effectively – and we laughed a lot. Michael and I share the same kind of humor and that was awesome. I always liked SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, but as I’m listening to the catalogue more carefully, I understand more what fantastic songs and arrangements they have on their past albums. I’m proud to be a part of this band and the new album. The biggest difference between SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and other bands that I’ve played with is that this band gives me the opportunity to use a more bluesy vocal approach. ‘Return To Zero’ has that instant feeling of the 70’s that I love, lots of groove and the cool improvised stuff that we did in the studio. To me, it’s perfect. Looking forward to come out and play live with the guys!”
Spiritual Beggars is Michael Amott (Guitars | ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS, Ludwig Witt (Drums | FIREBIRD), Per Wiberg (Keys | OPETH), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass | ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) and Apollo Papathanasio (Vocals | FIREWIND)
Black Tide are currently in the studio with renowned producer GGGarth (Atreyu, Chevelle, Mudvayne) recording the follow up to their 2008 critically acclaimed debut, Light From Above. The band has just released two studio updates from the recording sessions that can be seen on their Vevo Channel.
The first clip has drummer Steven Spence tracking drums live in the studio and showing off his “stickless” drumming technique.
The second clip features guitarist Austin Diaz getting tattooed in the studio and also has snippets of the new song “Honest Eyes.”
“Honest Eyes” is featured on Black Tide’s upcoming split-single, along with “Bury Me”. The two new tracks will be released 9/21.
Black Tide will be heading out on the road with Bullet For My Valentine, Escape The Fate, and Drive A starting in mid September. Go to Black Tide’s Myspace for the complete tour dates.
With their spectacular debut “The Pathway”, Finnish progressive metal outfit ANTHRIEL have produced an album which has all the potential to be hailed a classic and is guaranteed to fascinate metal fans worldwide.
Formed in 2004 by guitarist Timo Niemistö, keyboardist Antti Hakulinen and drummer Jari Kuokkanen the band went through a couple of line up variations before finding bassist Klaus Wirzenius and ultimately released a 3 track e.p. “Visions of Inner Light and Deeper Thoughts” in 2007 which won considerable praise on the underground metal circuit. Yet it was until the band found powerhouse vocalist Simo Silvan in 2008 that the bands sound became fully realised.
Anthriel – the Archangel of balance and harmony is the perfect name for the bands music. With a sound driven by big guitar riffs, deft keyboard touches, a rock solid articulate rhythm section and a healthy dose of expressive vocals high in melody built into intricate yet digestible arrangements this is metal that is easily appreciated on first listen – yet where further plays reveal numerous hidden depths that will keep the listener coming back for more. The quality of material would not be best represented with anything less than a superb production and this is exactly what the “The Pathway” serves up being an impressive self production by Timo Niemistö and mix by Jussi Kulomaa at MSTR Studios.
On the bands sound Simo Silvan comments, “We don’t want to go extremity with any style of music. There is a time for a head banging and time for musical landscaping. We try to keep our music as versatile we can. “The Pathway” is a mixture of various different kind of music styles like heavy, pop, acoustic, orchestral and instrumental and symphonic metal. The music and lyrics were written hand in hand with the album theme”.
Thematically “The Pathway” is a concept based on a sequence of individual songs and themes with inspiration coming from R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: “The Dark Elf Trilogy”.
On the basic premise of “The Pathway” Timo Niemistö comments, “The Pathway is the story of a man who finds himself grown against his former principles and philosophy of life. He decides to leave his past behind and begin a journey to find his own personal promised land and balance. As the path gets rough good and evil starts to battle in his mind where the reality and fantasy gets mixed. He puts the blame to the Gods for playing with his life and turns his adversities to the divine entertainment with consequences that ultimately lead to the discovery of perfect harmony from within his own soul”.
This compelling story is a captivating lyrical theme for the first class musicianship on offer all of which comes together to make “Anthriel – The Pathway” a serious contender for best newcomers in progressive metal in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »