In the sixth 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 “Giants”:
“A wonderful doom/death piece that I also instantly liked. This one was also among the easiest to arrange and the first one we recorded vocals for. Perhaps the heaviest ENSLAVED song ever, and for the first time in many years, we even dug up our old [Roland] SH-1 [synthesizer] to add some psychedelic ‘70s-sounds! A really cool song to play, a monster! The lyrics deals with – as the title insinuates – the giants! Meaning the chaos inside each and every one of us and in our surroundings. The giants are the opposite of the æsir in Norse mythology, and symbolize the outer consciousness, female forces, and disorder. Always in conflict with the masculine, inner conscious order of the æsir.”
Ivar on “Giants”:
“This is definitely the heavy song of the album. If the opening riff is influenced by Voïvod, Black Sabbath, or both – I am not sure… but I am extremely satisfied with how it turned out. The main riff that follows is based on some kind of weird scale I came up with during a day on the tour bus in Portland last year. I don’t know one scale from the other, so I use associations to describe them. When the riff was played at a low enough tempo, I saw giants marching through the fog taking no heed of any obstacles, chaotic and determined at the same time. The ‘chorus’ (we don’t really have those, but common terms make it easier to discuss songs inside and outside of the band) keeps the marching feeling going and at the same time, musically depicts another side of the chaotic forces: One of beauty and freedom. As for who should have done the lyrics, there was no doubt once the title was ready: Grutle is definitely the man to write about the Giant forces. His lyrics fit the song perfectly!”
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.
WAKING THE FURY, the 2002 album from Canadian melodic thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR, has been reissued and is out now in Europe.
Following the recent release of ANNIHILATOR’s critically acclaimed, self-titled new album, Earache Records is reissuing six albums from the band’s illustrious back-catalogue. WAKING THE FURY is the third album in the series to be released, following CARNIVAL DIABLOS and CRITERIA FOR A BLACK WIDOW.
WAKING THE FURY is available now on CD in a custom slipcase and features a bonus live track and a bonus video where ANNIHILATOR mastermind JEFF WATERS explains the secrets behind his guitar set-up.
The full WAKING THE FURY track listing is as follows:
03. My Precious Lunatic Asylum
06. Prime-Time Killing
07. The Blackest Day
08. Nothing To Me
09. Fire Power
10. Cold Blooded
11. Refresh The Demon (Live)*
(* bonus track)
WAKING THE FURY is also available for the first time on limited edition coloured vinyl LP in the following quantities and colours:
100 – Maple Leaf
200 – Golden Sand
300 – Cherry Red
400 – Black
ACCEPT’s new album Blood of the Nations has reached sensational and lofty positions in diverse European charts – many are all-time high placements. In addition, the album has been able to hold on to these positions and is now creating a storm in the USA, Canada and Japan.
Blood of the Nations is currently holding steady to Number 12 in the European Billboard charts and an incredible Number 35 in the world wide best-selling albums charts. Amazon Canada is reporting Blood of the Nations to be in the Top 20; this week peaking at Number 12 overall and Number 2 in the metal charts. In the US, Blood of the Nations has broken into the Top 25 of the best selling album in iTunes. In addition, it has now reached Number 65 at Amazon’s Albums Charts and #4 within the “Metal” category. Many media outlets are calling Blood of the Nations the metal Album of the Year!
In Japan, Amazon reports Blood of the Nations at Number 75 and in the Top 5 on the Metal Charts. Overall, the album is holding steady in the Top 75 at the European Amazon best selling charts.
Baptized in Blood - debut album available October 19th
New York, NY: Canada’s BAPTIZED IN BLOOD are set to storm out of their native Canada and mount a takeover of American metal audiences when they release their self-titled, debut full-length for Roadrunner nationally on October 19. The band will also play alongside A Life Once Lost at the CMJ Music Marathon Metal Sucks Showcase, which will be held October 20 at Club Europa. Baptized in Blood have already turned the discerning head of a metal icon, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who was so impressed that he has taken on the role of co-manager for the London, Ontario-based band, alongside Mark Adelman.
Additionally, Mike D of Dark Icon Design, who also serves as the bassist for Killswitch Engage, designed the album artwork. While Baptized in Blood may have friends in high places, the band doesn’t rely on those associations; the five-piece delivers the goods with their bottom heavy, unrelenting metallic assault. Baptized in Blood are a classic Roadrunner signing that remains true the label’s long-standing history as the standard bearer of the best in hard rock and metal.
Baptized in Blood are influenced by Gothenburg metal, glam and everything in between, as long as it’s distorted! Their music is equally anthemic and groovy, without sacrificing one ounce of brutality. They’ve toured with US with Fear Factory and with Shadows Fall and Hatebreed in their native Canada. The band was also asked to join an already stellar lineup for the 2010 installment of the Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, Quebec Canada, sharing the stage with the likes of Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon to name just a few, performing in front of 15,000 fans.
The track listing for Baptized in Blood is as follows:
Metal Mind Productions presents Nocte Obducta – a true metal phenomenon and one of the most influential black metal groups in Germany. Their music is often referred to as ‘avant-garde black metal’ due to their uncanny ability to combine brutal, demonic metal with psychedelic and even progressive styles. Their fourth full-length album, “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” was originally released in 2002. This exclusive reissue brings back this devilish masterpiece in all its forbidden glory…
The band was primarily formed in the summer of 1993 in Mainz, Germany, under the name Desîhra. The group disbanded in 1995 without ever having played a single show or recorded a demo. However, on the ashes of that band Nocte Obducta was born. In January 1998 Nocte Obducta recorded their first demo. The release was very well received by both critics and fans, and the group was soon approached by Grind Syndicate Media who offered them a record deal. Their debut LP was released in 1999. Their second album – “Taverne – In Schatten schäbiger Spelunken” was released in 2000 and became “Album of the Month” in a German magazine Legacy, gaining very positive reviews from critics all across the country. Despite label problems which started to occur in 2000 Nocte Obducta managed to record soon two full-length albums: “Schwarzmetall – Ein primitives Zwischenspiel” (2001) and “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” (2002). After recording “Galgendämmerung“ A. Magic M. and Shin decided to leave the group. Their duties were taken over by Flerik (bass) and Thomas (guitar). Nocte Obducta signed a new contract with Supreme Chaos Records and released their fifth album – “Stille – Das nagende Schweigen” in 2003. In March 2004 the group finished recording one of their greatest works yet – the two album epic called “Nektar”. Part one, entitled “Nektar Teil I: Zwölf Monde, eine Handvoll Träume”, was released in August 2004, while part two – “Nektar Teil II: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher” – saw the light of day in April 2005. Despite their strong underground reputation and successful releases, the group disbanded in June 2006. The group’s legacy was carried on in the band Dinner Auf Uranos. However, their music has a totally different vibe.
Nocte Obducta remains one of the most remarkable black metal projects ever to emerge on the metal scene. With lyrics sang only in German, it is truly a significant group among other blasphemous acts. “Galgendämmerung – Von Nebel, Blut und Totgeburten” is an amazing example of devilish and unholy avant-garde. The new digipak edition of the album is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for October, 11th in Europe and December, 7th in USA (via MVD).
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1390 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
SADIST + Virgin Snatch, Crionics and two other bands will play the second run of concerts across all Eastern Europe during next october. Once the Polish leg of the “Beware of Your Neck 2010 European Tour” is done, the band will head toward the East in order to conquer the lands of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. This part of the raid will start on the 13th of October in Kaliningrad (Russia) with the last date on the 31rd of October in Lvov (Ukraine). A month later the tour will also visit other European countries, such as Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
30.09.2010 RZESZÓW / Pod Palmą
01.10.2010 LUBLIN / Graffiti
02.10.2010 WARSZAWA / Progresja
03.10.2010 OLSZTYN / Przystań Marina
04.10.2010 GDYNIA / Ucho
05.10.2010 BYDGOSZCZ / Estrada
06.10.2010 POZNAŃ / Blue Note
07.10.2010 WROCŁAW / Madness
08.10.2010 CZĘSTOCHOWA / Zero
09.10.2010 BIELSKO BIAŁA / Rude Boy
10.10.2010 KRAKÓW / Rotunda
13.10.10 – Vilnius, Lithuania
14.10.10 – Kaliningrad, Russia
15.10.10 – Riga, Latvia
16.10.10 – Tallinn, Estonia
17.10.10 – St.Petersburg, Russia
19.10.10 – Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia
20.10.10 – Lipeck, Russia
21.10.10 – Saransk, Russia
22.10.10 – Voronezh, Russia
23.10.10 – Moscow, Russia
24.10.10 – Smolensk, Russia
25.10.10 – Minsk, Belarus
26.10.10 – Mogilev, Belarus
27.10.10 – Gomel, Belarus
28.10.10 – Kiev, Ukraine
29.10.10 – Ilyichevsk, Ukraine
30.10.10 – Kishinev, Moldova
31.10.10 – Lvov, Ukraine
In the meantime, ANGRA (www.myspace.com/angraofficial) confirmed the concert in Taiwan in support to their seventh album “Aqua”. The show will take place on October, 19th and it will be the fourth time the band performs at the island where they have a lot of fans that have been following the group along the entire career.
FOZZY, the band featuring WWE Wrestling Superstar CHRIS JERICHO and Stuck Mojo mastermind RICH ‘The Duke’ WARD have announced that due to overwhelming public demand they will return to Australia for the first time since 2005!
FOZZY,who also feature SEAN DELSON and FRANK FONTSERE (Stuck Mojo) and BILLY GREY (Dangerous New Machine), will hit Australian shores this December touring in support of the latest and critically acclaimed album ‘Chasing the Grail’.
There is no doubt the FOZZY are one of the most dynamic and energetic live acts on the scene. Jericho brings his WWE theatrics to the stage along with Ward’s lively stage presence and fretboard wizardry topped off by the technical powerhouse rhythm section of Fontsere and Delson.
CHRIS JERICHO sounds the war cry: “Our fans in Australia are some of the best FOZZY fans in the world and we heard your demands, so we are coming back and we are looking forward to tearing the house down with each and every one of you crazy bastards this December!”
‘Chasing the Grail’ is in stores now via Riot! / Warner Music. Or from The Riot Shop
Special Limited VIP Meet and Greetpackages are also available!
Australian Tour December 2010 Thursday 2nd December
The Hi Fi – Melbourne
After the canceled North American tour, there has been much theorizing, but little hard facts surrounding the last minute decision by Roy Khan to return to Norway for “medical treatment.” In an interview last week with the Norwegian daily newspaper, Østlendingen, the KAMELOT singer opened up about his condition, a hasty English translation follows:
Broke down right before the tour started…
The vocalist of famous metal band Kamelot, Roy Sætre Khantatat from Elverum, is reported sick after a breakdown just before the start of the North American tour, and has decided to postpone the tour that would have started on Wednesday. “I am burned out, pure and simple. A breakdown a couple of weeks ago gave me a serious indication that something was wrong. Now I’m just glad and relieved that I got to the doctor,” says an honest Roy Sætre Khantatat to Østlendingen. Khan, as he’s also known, says that he’s been going completely “offline” lately. “I haven’t had the energy to check either my cell phone or my mail. It’s been difficult to keep up with my own and other people’s expectations of me,” he explains.
There has been a lot back and forth lately regarding Kamelot’s planned North American tour after the band’s frontman and vocalist, Roy Sætre Khantatat, became ill. First the plan was to continue the tour with the help of CIRCUS MAXIMUS vocalist Michael Eriksen. But on Tuesday this week came reports that the band had changed their minds. “No. Now, I haven’t talked much about that either, except supporting myself on my family. This whole thing is feeling very real. I need this break.”
Resting in Elverum…
The future is something Khan hasn’t thought very much about. “Most things has really been about getting back on my feet again, but I want to get back to Kamelot,” he says. The metal singer says he wants to spend time around his hometown as part of the restoration process. “I want to be around my family, my home region and the mountains,” says Khan.
Kamelot’s new album, Poetry For The Poisoned, was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (EPICA), Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) and Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA’S PAIN).
The album is available in three versions – Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition.
DVD bonus material:
– Kamelot video ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Exclusive and in depth Interviews with each Kamelot member
– Kamelot “Pick and Play” for the song ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Poetry For The Poisoned background Images
– Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010
– Bonus song ‘House On A Hill’ (uncut version)
Marquee/Avalon Records will release the album in Japan (date TBC).
The Italian based power Metal band CRIMSONWIND has signed a contract with IceWarrior Records (Rock It Up Records). The debut studio album called The Wings Of Salvation will be released in spring 2011. The limited IceWarrior Edition comes with two exclusive bonus tracks.
News from one of 70000TONS OF METAL’s scouting parties in Germany: They made their way up North. When they passed through the city of Hanover, a young female fronted band by the name of CRIPPER caught their attention. Then they proceeded further north to the city of Hamburg where they got almost hit by a deadly ray: GAMMA RAY!
28 out of 40 bands on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival
The confirmed 28 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
NEW DVD/CD ‘MADNESS IN MANILA’ TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER, MORE DETAILS TO COME!
Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL are pleased to announce a brand new slew of dates that will take them all over Asia in the coming weeks! SHADOWS FALL will visit Thailand, Taiwan, China, Philippines, and Korea! See below for all current dates.
SHADOWS FALL will be unleashing a brand new DVD titled Madness in Manila, scheduled for release this October! The footage seen in the DVD was shot at their recent Manila show in the Philippines, and includes over 60 minutes of live footage, as well as a live audio CD! Stay tuned for more information coming soon on this exciting package! The art for the set can be seen below.
CURRENT TOUR DATES IN ASIA:
9/30 – Bangkok, Thailand @ SCB Park, Mahisorn Hall
10/2 – Taipei, Taiwan @ KHS Auditorium
10/4 – Zeng Jiang, China @ Shiye Island, Midi Fest
10/6 – Manila, Philippines @ Stellar Night Club
10/10 – Seoul, Korea @ Ye Hall
For more information on SHADOWS FALL, visit these sites:
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH will be direct support to ROTTING CHRIST on their tour next March/April 2011. Joining them will be polish death metallers HATE, ABIGAIL
WILLIAMS, and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through EnterTheVault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after October 6, 2010. ROTTING CHRIST have added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet ROTTING CHRIST for a special event. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by the band. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com.
ROTTING CHRIST, MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, LECHEROUS NOCTURNE 03/09/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/10/11 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
03/11/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
03/12/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
03/13/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/14/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
03/15/11 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/16/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/17/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/18/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/19/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
03/20/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/22/11 The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/23/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
03/25/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/26/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
03/27/11 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
03/28/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
03/29/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
03/30/11 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
03/31/11 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
04/01/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
04/02/11 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
04/03/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
04/04/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX
04/05/11 Walter’s – Houston, TX
04/07/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
04/08/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/09/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
04/10/11 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis.
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 Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Southern doomsters KING GIANT have just recently completed and released the first video from their debut full-length Southern Darkness. Filmed on a mountaintop in West Virginia this past Spring, the video was shot and produced by Kevin Barkerand Doublekick Productions [http://www.doublekickproductions.com] and was built around the storyline to their song “13 To 1”, essentially about a lynching after a card game gone awry. Check it out here: http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=1382.
The band self-released Southern Darkness a year ago, and have been supporting the release heavily ever since through regional touring and massive self-promotion. The professionally produced album is a burly, blues-driven collection of ten whiskey-soaked originals, as well as a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Needle And The Spoon”, culminating in a thunderous, gritty, near hour-long monument prime for fans of Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Clutch, Down and other quality, groove-heavy Southern doom rock.
With a new album being brewed now for release in 2011, the band will continue to promote Southern Darkness through the new year with more live shows in the planning stages, as well as two additional performance videos in the works, for the tracks “Solace” and “Hollow” from Southern Darkness. Both will be released in the coming weeks.
Also just announced is a brutal rock blowout in Brooklyn this October 30th when KING GIANT will come rock the Trash Bar with a killer cast of rock brethren:
10/30/2010 The Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Solace, The Resurrection Sorrow, Motheater
TEXTURES 7-string guitarist Bart Hennephof has uploaded a second instructional video explaining “some of the coolest riffs used in the songs by TEXTURES” for his “Inside The Songs” series. This new video offers an inside look into playing “Laments Of An Icarus” from the band’s third album Silhouettes (2008).
States Hennephof: “It is a mid-tempo song, with some tricky rhythms that I tried to explain as clear as possible. Tune in for some heavy mathematical riffage that will break your strings!”
View the first instructional video for “Stream Of Consciousness” from the band’s second album Drawing Circles (2006) here.
The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.