GUITAR WORLD magazine has posted an interview with guitarist Peter Wichers, of the Godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK, at the following location www.guitarworld.com/soilwork_lesson. In the video Wichers breaks down riffs from their new album The Panic Broadcast and talks about his gear and influences as a guitar player.
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Band To Tour Canada with HIGH ON FIRE, Appear on OZZFEST & HEAVY MTL, and Return To Europe; Completes New Video.
Athens, Ohio’s blackened thrash warlords, SKELETONWITCH, who are no strangers to the road, have quite the action packed summer lined up. The band will start July by doing some of their own shows en route to Vancouver, BC, where they’ll meet up with HIGH ON FIRE for a cross Canadian trek which will culminate with the band appearing at the HEAVY MTL (http://www.heavymtl.com/en/) festival in Montreal, along with SLAYER, ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, MASTODON and more. The band will then head out with OZZFEST where they’ll be appearing on the second stage along with former tour partners GOATWHORE and SAVIOURS and other acts including BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and KINGDOM OF SORROW. Check out their appearance on Ozzfest TV HERE. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxV6mDtmppE) Then, the Athenian madmen will head over to Europe, where they’ll be headlinging the “EUROPEAN BANGOVER” Tour.
Guitarist Scott Hedrick commented on the band’s plans; “Just when you thought Skeletonwitch couldn’t get any heavier… we’re going to eat a metric ton of bread, cheese, and beer in Europe!! Fuck yes! We’re heading across the pond w/ Warbringer and are being joined by Angelus Apatrida. It’ll be a true “European Bangover”
Of course, that is directly following the juggernaut of American heavy music festivals, Ozzfest, which we are proud to be a part of. The opportunity to play alongside greats such as Ozzy and Rob Halford is a bit of a mindfuck for us. It’s going to be a blast.
Since I seem to be working in reverse…….We’re kicking off our summer touring in July with High on Fire, Russian Circles, and Priestess in Canada. It’s going to be a lot of metal, a lot of traveling, and a lot of drinking, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Black t-shirt, white van. Heavy metal on the road.
Thanks to everyone for the support! Come out and see us. We’ll party!” Read the rest of this entry »
CHIMAIRA UNVEIL ‘COMING ALIVE’ DVD TRAILER AND EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER PACKAGES
CATCH CHIMAIRA THIS SUMMER ON THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL
Cleveland, Ohio’s CHIMAIRA have unveiled an exclusive new Coming Alive DVD trailer at their website. Make sure to head over to catch a sneak peek of the DVD! Along with this trailer, CHIMAIRA have also posted four different pre-order packages. The pre-order packages are available as follows:
1) Coming Alive Combo 1- $30
– Coming Alive 3 Disc Set (2DVD+1CD)
– Electrified Shirt
2) Coming Alive Combo 2 – $30
– Coming Alive 3 Disc Set (2DVD+1CD)
– Predator Shirt
3) Big Baller Combo – $55 – only 100 available!
– Coming Alive 3 Disc Set (2DVD+1CD)
– Coming Alive Numbered Collector’s Pass
– 24×36 Mosaic Poster
– Limited Edition Gold Coming Alive Shirt
4) Purchase Coming Alive from Ferret Music and the first 500 orders receive and autographed booklet!
Reunited British industrial metal pioneers GODFLESH have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for the 2010 edition of Supersonic Festival.
GODFLESH will be returning to their roots for the highly acclaimed Supersonic Festival, which is held in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England. This special headlining appearance will be GODFLESH’s first UK show in over ten years.
GODFLESH founding member JUSTIN BROADRICK comments:
“We cannot even recall specifically the first Birmingham Godflesh show. Oddly, we think it was supporting Suicide in 1988, just after the release of our first Mini LP on Swordfish, the record label of Birmingham’s best record shop. So it’s only natural that the first Godflesh UK show in its original form in over 10 years, comes home to its birthplace, and for whom better than Supersonic, the organisation responsible for keeping Birmingham on the map with underground music, be it metal or otherwise. It is with great pleasure that Godflesh returns to its roots.”
Supersonic Festival takes place from the 22nd to the 24th October, 2010 at the Custard Factory in Birmingham.
Supersonic Festival is organised by Capsule, which also runs ‘Home of Metal’, a project celebrating heavy metal music from the West Midlands, including such legendary bands as BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, GODFLESH and NAPALM DEATH. Fans are needed to contribute old photos, flyers and more to the ‘Home of Metal’ archive. To find out more and to upload items from your personal collection, head to http://www.homeofmetal.com
GODFLESH’s seminal 1989 album STREETCLEANER has been remastered and reissued in a special deluxe CD digipak, including a bonus disc featuring 12 previously unreleased live tracks, remixes and demos. Get the album in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_670_54
DOWNSPIRIT, the German/Swiss blues/metal-oriented band formed by SYMPHORCE/ex-FREEDOM CALL guitarist Cedric “Cede” Dupont, announce August 17th 2010 as USA/CAN release date for their highly anticipated debut album “POINT OF ORIGIN”.
DOWNSPIRIT has recently inked a deal with Metalville, The group’s debut album, “Point Of Origin”, will be released in Europe on July 23. The album will come as a limited edition digipack including one bonustrack.
“Blending old blues roots with a modern, downtuned guitar-feel, [DOWNSPIRIT’s] songs are a mixture of typical bluesy ’80s hard rock and a contemporary metal sound, which also includes some electro loops,” according to a press release.
Cédric “Cede” Dupont – Lead Guitars
Steffen Lauth – Vocals
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – Rhythm Guitars
Sven Rakowitz – Bass
Sebastian Dunkel – Drums
The video for ID: Exorcist‘s new song Demon Shaped Phoenix is now available at Youtube!
As reported earlier..
Finland’s best kept secret when talking about intense balls-to-the-wall metal-massacre, ID: Exorcist releases it’s new full-lenght album Under a Ton Of Ice during July 2010.
Under a Ton Of Ice presents ID: Exorcist more darker, mature and aggressive than on their previous works. Mix up Sentenced’s chilling melancholy with american-stylish bonebraker riffs á la Sepultura and Machine Head, and there you have it! The album is produced, engineerd and mixed by the band itself, mainman of the process being guitarist Sami Hauru. The tracklist as follows:
Let me go the way I want to
Feed my bloodstream
Death of a broken man
Good gone bad
Demon shaped phoenix
ID: Exorcist 2010:
Sami Hauru – Kitara
Ville Nissinen – Rummut
Antza Talala – Kitara
Jaakko Mäntymaa – Laulu
Teemu Romppanen – Basso
All the songs from band’s previous album, Imperiumi.net’s “Album of the week” Flatline are now available at ID: Exorcist myspace www.myspace.com/idexorcist
UNSUN, band led by ex-Vader guitar player, Mauser, has recently signed a worldwide deal with Mystic Production (home label of Behemoth and Riverside, among others). The band, who released their debut album, “The End Of Life” in September 2008 via Century Media Records, has entered studio this spring to record sophomore album. Vocal tracks were recorded in Studio X in Olsztyn and soon after Unsun moved to Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated) to record all instruments. After 5 weeks of hard work the album is currently being mixed and mastered.
The band has just uploaded first studio report which can be checked at Mystic Production YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/mysticprodtv#p/u/0/uZJ7Mh8l-As
Unsun’s new album was given “Clinic For Dolls” as working title. This album will feature 10 new songs (and a bonus track for Japanese edition) and will be released on 20th September via Mystic Production in Europe. American release date will be announced soon.
The band comments on the recordings and new label:
“Work on our second album is almost finished. We recorded 10 fantastic songs. At the moment we are listening to first mastered tracks. It’s metal, it’s powerful, heavy but at the same time melancholic and thrilling. You can expect also some softer tunes four one moving ballad. We are 100% satisfied with what we’ve done – so the plan was fulfilled J. Now we are also focusing on photo session, video, etc.
After fantastic reactions on our first album “The End Of Life” we signed a contract for the second album with Mystic Production, which is our exclusive European partner. Mystic Production is not only a successful music label, this is a bunch of fantastic people totally devoted to music and their artists. These are people with lots of experience who do their best to promote and support the bands. We are sure that this contract guarantees us the straight way to success. The faith in us and the support that Mystic Production gives us made Unsun even more motivated and determined. We will inform you about next steps soon – meanwhile please check the first part of our studio report”
Philly’s most bearded band JAVELINA have secured direct support slots for Floor on their Philadelphia and Brooklyn shows this week. The band are still rampaging their live shows with material from both of their Translation Loss albums — 2008’s Javelina, and 2009’s Beasts Among Sheep — as well as material they’ve written since.
JAVELINA Live Actions:
6/25/2010 The First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA w/ Floor, Gods and Queens
6/26/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ Floor, Unearthly Trance, Hot Graves
The JAVELINA horde are planning more live attacks for the coming months, and are booking a two-week Southern US tour for October. The outfit recently reunited with the band’s original drummer and plan on bringing a beating to the road, as well as on their upcoming 7″ to be released on The Path Less Traveled Records later this year. Stay tuned for more updates all-around on these mongrels. They are coming…
In the days leading up to the release of their new album, PROPRIOCEPTION, Detroit deathcore destroyers, AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH will a number of gigs in and around Michigan area to celebrate its release. Having just completed a large nationwide tour, AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray has been waiting for this homecoming for quite a while. “These are definitely shows we’ve been waiting for since we finished the album. They know us better than anyone else around and we’re stoked for Michigan to once again show us everything they’ve got.”
Catch AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH at the hometown cd release shows:
June 25th – Southgate, Michigan @ The Modern Exchange (CD RELEASE SHOW w/MOLOTOV SOLUTION, DR. ACULA and MONSTERS)
June 26th – Howell, Michigan @ The Howell Rec Center (CD RELEASE SHOW)
June 27th – Jackson, Michigan @ Club 789 (CD RELEASE SHOW)
PROPRIOCEPTION, the EARACHE RECORDS debut of Detroit’s AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH is now streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. For one week before the album’s June 29th North American release, fans can get a sneak peak at the hellishly brutal new album that The New Review calls “the crowning gem in any deathcore fan’s 2010 collection.”
Experience AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH‘s brand of murder city mayhem firsthand by listening to PROPRIOCEPTION on AOL Music: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/7
Flamenco Guitar Master BENJAMIN WOODS of the Band FLAMETAL Releases New Cd ‘HEAVY MELLOW” Featuring STEVE STEVENS
“It’s not hard to believe that Ben Woods might have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for musical virtuosity. With dark, feral eyes and fingers blurring on the guitar, it’s easy to imagine him at a crossroads cutting the deal” – East Bay Express~
HOLLYWOOD (June 23, 2010) – Benjamin Woods and his monster creation FLAMETAL will release their latest masterpiece “HEAVY MELLOW” July 6th on Flametal Records. This album embraces the metal-works of SLAYER, MEGADETH, KISS and the SCORPIONS to name a few. “This is a Flamenco Guitar tribute album to some of the great Metal masterpieces,” says Woods. “It is definitely a different album from the other FLAMETAL releases and is more of a solo effort that is a very powerful to play live. Although the songs are very dark, everyone gets it, even your Mom.”
Woods is a new breed of virtuoso and a speed metal guitarist from the start. By a twist of fate Woods gear was stolen by a junkie, leaving him with only a Spanish Guitar to practice on. This was the defining moment that ignited a passion for Flamenco Guitar. After spending years studying and performing authentic Flamenco, Woods created the genre-bending group FLAMETAL, earning him an international reputation as the master of Flamenco and Metal. Playing Metal without a pick, or distortion would seem impossible to most, but through his training and creativity, Woods is the first and only musician to successfully combine real Flamenco and Metal. Here he pays tribute to some of his favorite metal tunes, played in the Flamenco idiom, with traditional accompaniment. “I had to use all my Flamenco knowledge to play these metal favorites without losing the integrity so I picked great songs with great melodies. On some songs I sped up the tempo, dropped a verse or created a new solo version only slightly changing the arrangements,” explains Woods. “The King Diamond song was a great challenge to put into the 12/8 time Flamenco rhythm of Bulerias, and the solo was definitely fun, but a bitch to learn on the Spanish guitar. The Megadeth tune was difficult to create melodies from Mustaine’s vocal grunts and growls, but cool how it fit into the slithery rhythm of Tanguillos. I was very fortunate to have Steve Stevens do some nylon and electric guitar solos on my original tune “Cursed”. It’s a raw preview of what the next original FLAMETAL album will be with many great guest artists featured.”
Woods has built a substantial following through his years of touring and recording as “HEAVY MELLOW” unveils him to be a master musician with deep musical roots in metal, classical and Flamenco guitar. Woods is also one of the only American Flamenco guitarists to ever grace the pages of Spain’s national newspaper El Pais, and Spain’s number one Flamenco publication ALMA 100.
Woods raw energy combined with exotic and sophisticated acoustic playing and the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre.
VEX featuring Against the Plagues vocalist “Orlando Logan Perez” announce Texas shows with Woods of Ypres and the release of their full-length album , “Thanatopsis”.
VEX will release the long-awaited, “Thanatopsis” full-length album at the end of July / early August. VEX will join Woods of Ypres’ Texas tour dates ( July 7-10). The album will be exclusive for order or download on the HPGD website, but will also be available on the Terranidon Media website along with VEX shows.
The flyer and album cover can be viewed at www.terranidonmedia.com.
“First of all, we would like to thank our fans for their patience and support. We are finally getting this album out thanks to Horror Pain Gore Death. We realize it took a while, but we promise that these were due to extraneous factors that we simply could not control. We hope that this collection of songs will enlighten our listeners.”
Thanatopsis will be released on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions and will be available exclusively at the HPGD website along with www.terranidonmedia.com. The 7″ vinyl split with Divine Eve ( also on HPGD) is also available on the HPGD as well as the Terranidon Media Website. The Japan exclusive split album with Divine Even will be released through Obliteration records later this summer.
For more on the band, visit http://www.myspace.com/vexhomepage.
Legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” Monday night (June 21) with host Bob Coburn. During the appearance Ozzy shed light on the nature of his current relationship with SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, following a recently settled lawsuit over the use of the BLACK SABBATH name.
In response to a caller’s question, Osbourne revealed the last time he spoke to Iommi. Osbourne said, “I spoke to Mr. Iommi just the day after Ronnie James Dio’s funeral.” Osbourne went on to say, “I’m going to England tomorrow and I hope to meet up with him and have a chat with him about old times.”
Ozzy also blasted the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of Ronnie James Dio’s funeral. “I thought it was in such bad taste that those people had those banners about Ronnie James Dio. That’s disgusting. They say that we’re the anti-christ. Well, what makes them any better?”
In an new interview with AOL’s Noisecreep, Osbourne was asked if he will reunite with BLACK SABBATH again. “I am hoping,” he replied. “Tony [Iommi] and I spoke a few days ago. It was, ‘Let’s get together? Sure, mate!’ I talk to [drummer] Bill Ward every week. He is one of my dearest friends. We did a song. We are trying to do an album. It might not work out, but I’ve learned to never say never anymore.”
The final night of MEGADETH‘s historic month-long “Rust In Peace” 20th anniversary tour has been captured for the upcoming “Rust In Peace Live” Blu-ray, DVD and CD, due out September 7 on Shout! Factory.
On March 31, 2010, at this incredibly special show at the legendary Hollywood Palladium, not far from where Dave Mustaine formed the band in 1983, MEGADETH played their landmark, genre-defining 1990 “Rust In Peace” album in its entirety, in addition to other MEGADETH favorites. “Rust In Peace Live” also marks the return of original bassist David Ellefson (MEGADETH 1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group after eight years. Ellefson (bass), joins Mustaine (lead vocals, guitar), Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar).
“Rust In Peace Live” features the entire “Rust In Peace” track listing, including all-time classics “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” and “Hangar 18” along with bonus fan favorites from various other MEGADETH releases such as “Symphony For Destruction”, “Peace Sells” and “Skin O’ My Teeth”.
MEGADETH founder/frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine explains, “We are pumped to be able to share the ‘RIP Live’ concert with you all around the world. The anniversary and David Ellefson coming back was better than a facelift and a bottle of Viagra for old [MEGADETH mascot] Vic.”
The 80-minute “Rust In Peace Live” DVD (5.1 Dolby Surround 16:9 Widescreen) and Blu-ray (5.1 DTS Master Audio 1080p High Definition) were directed by Kerry Asmussen (GREEN DAY, JAY-Z, Coachella). The DVD and Blu-ray will also include behind-the-scenes footage, including a rare glimpse of the band rehearsing in their dressing room as they prepare to take the stage.
“Rust In Peace” is considered one of the best metal albums of all time by fans and critics and debuted at #23 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the U.S. and #8 in the U.K. The album showcased a much tighter sound, with Mustaine‘s writing style adopting a rhythmically complex progressive edge, prompting All Music Guide to cite “Rust In Peace” as “MEGADETH‘s strongest musical effort.” The album received Grammy nominations in 1990 and 1991 for “Best Metal Performance.” Emphasizing the massive impact of “Rust In Peace” in the July 2010 issue of Guitar World, writer Richard Bienstock calls it “one of the pinnacles of the first wave of thrash metal.” He continues, “A defining quality of MEGADETH‘s sound — and the one that perhaps most sets them apart from their ‘Big Four’ thrash brethren, METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — has always been the band’s fiery mix of speed-metal ferocity and progressive instrumental virtuosity… nowhere has this combination been displayed better than on ‘Rust In Peace’.”
The full track listing for the “Rust In Peace Live” CD, DVD and Blu-ray is as follows:
“Rust In Peace” Live:
01. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
02. Hangar 18
03. Take No Prisoners
04. Five Magics
05. Poison Was The Cure
07. Tornado Of Souls
08. Dawn Patrol
09. Rust In Peace…Polaris
10. Skin O’ My Teeth (Countdown To Extinction)
11. In My Darkest Hour (So Far, So Good…So What!)
12. She-Wolf (Cryptic Writings)
13. Trust (Cryptic Writings)
14. Symphony Of Destruction (Countdown To Extinction)
15. Peace Sells (Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?)
16. Holy Wars – Reprise (Rust In Peace)
If you attended last night’s history-making Big Four cinema concert event broadcast live from the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, SLAYER wants you to log onto their website and let them know all about your experience.
And, if you took photos at your local theatre during the event, Slayer would love to see those as well, so post them.
Just log onto Slayer’s special “Fan Photos/Metal At The Movies” section at this location.
Members of Slayer, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX joined METALLICA on stage earlier last night (Tuesday, June 22nd) at Sofia, Bulgaria’s Sonisphere to cover the DIAMOND HEAD classic ‘Am I Evil?’
Check out professionally shot footage on YouTube below:
Metal Katehizis has posted pictures galleries featuring Slayer and Megadeth, taken at the historic Big Four show in Sofia, Bulgaria. Check them out via the links below:
The Sonisphere Bulgaria show is being recorded for a forthcoming Big Four DVD.
Ibex Moon Record’s Estuary and Cardiac Arrest have been added to select dates on the upcoming Enthroned / Destroyer 666 / Pathology tour. Marking the first time in nine years that Enthroned has invaded US soil, this promises to be one of the heaviest tours of the summer. Cardiac Arrest drummer, Jim “Grindhead” Deabenderfer issued the following statement:
“We are very proud to be a part of such a strong lineup for the Enthroned/Destroyer 666 tour. All the bands on the bill are outstanding, including the headliners, Pathology, and Estuary. We are in good company, and it’s always nice to share the stage with bands that challenge you to up your game every night. Being on the road with our old friends in Estuary is a dream come true, and people coming to the shows are in for a well-rounded, killer metal show!
We’d like to express our thanks to John at Ibex Moon and Dan at The Pantheon Agency for providing this opportunity. The Word of ROT is Spreading… internationally! You are next!”
Tickets are available now at www.EnterTheVault.com