NASHVILLE, TN – Have you ever wondered what it is like to go through the grueling process of recording a full-length record? Well, Tennessee’s Southern-fried heavy metal outfit, The Showdown, is giving fans the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the their recent recording session in Nashville, as they record their fourth studio album, Blood In The Gears, to be released on Solid State Records on August 24th. Head to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Npjt9Rv_s (or watch is below) to see the band cook various Southern delicacies and enjoy a rare Tennessee snowfall, as they track drums for the forthcoming record. The Showdown will post more behind-the-scenes footage each week, so stay tuned for updates.
Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc.
The track “Blood In The Gears” is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/theshowdown. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have announced a free show in London, UK this July, just days before the band kicks off a UK tour supporting Brazilian thrash legends SEPULTURA.
GAMA BOMB, who have recently been confirmed for their first ever US tour with OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE and BONDED BY BLOOD later this year, will be playing the free show on July 12th at The Unicorn in London with support from local thrashers DAMNAS. GAMA BOMB kick off their UK tour with SEPULTURA on July 14th in Bristol.
Frontman PHILLY BYRNE describes the experience of witnessing a GAMA BOMB show:
“In many ways a GAMA BOMB gig is like a Ryanair flight. Firstly, our ‘passengers’ are subjected to a sonic barrage of babbled spoken word and mechanical screaming noises by a crew of foreign people who look bad in tight-fitting clothes – namely, us. Secondly, we’re constantly trying to force people to drink sub-standard liquor and buy shoddy mementos. Finally, our gigs often end with a bumpy landing and a round of applause that half the crowd don’t think is deserved. We’re looking forward to hanging out with old friends and meeting some new ones on this UK tour with Sepultura. Oh, and we’re going to start charging fans to use the toilet. Thanks for flying Gama Bomb, Europe’s number one budget thrash band.” Read the rest of this entry »
Whitechapel post live and behind the scenes footage from Van’s Warped Tour 2010! Whitechapel have posted footage that was filmed at the Ventura, CA date of Warped Tour 2010. Fans can catch a glimpse of Whitechapel’s experience so far and check out some live footage from their set on the Altec Lansing stage. The video can be seen now HERE on MetalBlade.tv!
I have tried to see TURISAS twice at Wacken Open Air. The first time in 2005 when it was wet and cold and they were playing at 2 am and all I could think about was raising my body temperature with a warm shower. The second time in 2007 they were playing on the Wet Stage and the tent was so crammed, you couldn’t even get near the entry.
When their Australian tour was announced I was ecstatic, but I didn’t purchase my tickets straight away — I’d already been disappointed by the promoter with the cancellation of the PARADISE LOST tour. Sure enough, the TURISAS tour was canceled and if I hadn’t received an email from Soundwave Touring (of Soundwave Festivals fame) announcing the reinstatement of the tour, I’d have never known it was canceled in the first place. The unfortunate casualty of the off/on status of the tour was the Brisbane venue had already filled the vacant date and TURISAS was only going to play Sydney and Melbourne.
Titanic metallers, THE ACACIA STRAIN have launched the second video documenting the strange happenings which occurred after the recording of their new album, “Wormwood,” which is due out July 20 on Prosthetic Records. This time around, we find out about the strange surgery bassist Jack Strong recently underwent. Watch it @ prostheticrecords.com.
The band recently confirmed the appearance of three guest vocalists on “Wormwood;” HATEBREED’s Jamey Jasta, 100 DEMONS’ Bruce LePage and Kyle Chard of BORN LOW. “Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The track “Jonestown” is now available as a digital single at Itunes. It can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jonestown-alternate-version/id376447333
You can stream “Jonestown” and pre-order “Wormwood,” at the Prosthetic Webstore. (store.prostheticrecords.com) “Wormwood,” is available on CD and LP in six different colors, and can be ordered on its own, or in a variety of different package combinations with shirts, hooded sweatshirts, in limited collectors’ boxes (featuring an exclusive banner, pin and chip clip!) and more! Newbury Comics is offering copies signed by the band through pre-order and retailer FYE will be giving away an exclusive 24” by 36” poster to the first 5000 people who purchase the album in stores.
THE ACACIA STRAIN will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.
Dutch extreme progressive technical metallers TEXTURES have issued the following update:
“It has been quiet the past few months in the TEXTURES camp as we have mainly been focusing on writing a new album, building a new rehearsal room and preparing for a few summer festivals with our new singer Daniel de Jongh. We shot our new podcast during our rehearsals with Daniel and the large amount of hours it took building a new rehearsal room. View the podcast on our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/texturestv.”
Upcoming live TEXTURES shows:
03 July 2010 Fortarock, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
24 July 2010 Sikelian Hell Stadio Comunale L. Catella – Alcamo (TP), Italy
The band’s follow-up to 2008’s Silhouettes is due out in 2011.
DEBUTS AT #4 IN THE U.S.; ALBUM IS #1 IN GREECE AND ALSO LANDS IN TOP TEN ON CHARTS IN FINLAND, JAPAN, NORWAY, CANADA AND GERMANY
ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE “LET ME HEAR YOU SCREAM” IS NOW #1 ON BOTH ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS AND STILL #1 AT MAINSTREAM ROCK FOR THE 5TH WEEK.
SCREAM–OZZY OSBOURNE’s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–has entered the charts in the Top Ten in seven countries. Beyond earning the #1 slot on the charts in Greece, SCREAM‘s chart entries include: U.S., #4; Finland, #3; Japan #4 (international chart, #11 on combined chart); Norway, #5; Canada, #4; andGermany, #7. In his native England, SCREAM is at #12; it also is #11 in Australia. The acclaimed album (see quotes below) was released June 22 via Epic Records, with first single “Let Me Hear You Scream” now #1 on both Active Rock charts and still #1 at Mainstream Rock for the 5th week.
Just before SCREAM was released, the rock icon hosted a Sunday afternoon in-store CD signing at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles (June 20). The first 600 fans who purchased a copy were also given a free ticket to that night’s 10:00 PM House of Blues show. OZZY and his band–new guitar player Gus G., bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman–raised the roof with a red-hot performance encompassing new material and his many classics.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of SCREAM at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker. It was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY’s 2007 worldwide million-seller Black Rain. OZZY co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko.
OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of SCREAM. His U.S. dates will kick off with an August 12 performance at the 70th anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota before he launches this year’s OZZFest on August 14. The six OZZFest dates will feature the main stage line-up with full sets from Ozzy, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool,Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm. Each OZZFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned” featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.
Here’s some early critical praise for SCREAM:
“Oz is as sharp as a dagger and at the top of his headbanging skills for Scream. His voice is clear, and he belts every song with conviction. The opening tune, ‘Let It Die,’ sets the bar. This is metal music that begs for arena play, where the sounds of heavy bass, cowbell wallops and guitar power chords can expand. Ozzy’s vocals are as good as they get as he mixes his controlled scream with funky swagger. That sweat-and-danger attitude carries into ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ which combines thrash metal with a tempo that would allow ‘Scream’ dance-hall success…This is heavy, stairway-to-hell music that demands more volume than your ears should hear.”
–Dan Aquilante, New York Post , June 15, 2010
“The highlight is the fist-pumping first single, ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ on which, against a blitzkrieg of snarling guitars, the Ozzster works up a real rebel yell.”
—People Magazine, July 5, 2010
” Metal master Ozzy Osbourne thrashes, roars and rocks on a strong batch of tunes…”
—Mario Tarradell, DallasMorning News, June 21, 2010.
“…a glorious, imaginative effort by by Osbourne, quite possibly his best album release since 1981’s Diary of a Madman.” (4 stars)
—Patrick Prince, Goldmine Magazine, July 2, 2010
“…this is the most invigorated and relevant Ozzy’s sounded in years…cuts like “Crucify” and “Soul Sucker” [are]… bristling with a brutality and energy that rockers half Ozzy’s age have trouble mustering…his best album in more than 15 years.”
–Jason Ferguson, SHOCKHOUND.COM, June 22, 2010
The Swedish band THE HAUNTED, since a few days already confirmed as one of the meaning guests of the Total Metal Festival 2010 that is organized for the next 25 September in the city of Bari (Southern Italy), will be also touring around that date with the promotional tour of the Italian Festival. Vivo Management Agency in fact has organized a total of 4 dates between Italy and Switzerland for the north-European thrashers that will be represented by the mark “TMF on The Road”.
These are all the planned dates for The Haunted:
– Wednesday 22 September – AARAU (CH) – Kiff
– Thursday 23 September – CASALECCHIO DI RENO (BO) (IT) – Blogos
– Friday 24 September – ROMA (IT) – Jailbreak
– Saturday 25 September – BARI (IT) – Total Metal Festival – Demodè Club
Canadian traditional metal act, CAULDRON recently ended their European “Chained To The Steel Enforced Suicidal Wings” Tour with SUICIDAL ANGELS, ENFORCER and STEELWING and immediately began readying new material for their next album upon their safe return to the great white north. Frontman, Jason Decay offered this post-tour update where he discusses new material and much more:
“So its been a couple weeks now since we returned from Europe and I figure its time for an update on what’s been going on since our last blog dropped off the face of the internet. I’ve added a summary of the last 3 weeks of the Euro tour to the “CHAINED TO THE STEEL ENFORCED SUICIDAL WINGS” tour blog.
We’ve been busy tweaking the new songs for the next album since we got back. We just did a couple new demos for BREAKING IN and RAPID CITY and also laid down some solos over the weekend for ALL OR NOTHING and FROZEN IN FIRE. BURNING FORTUNE is the working title for the record so far and we have about 10 songs demoed now. Some of the other new tunes are TEARS HAVE COME, THE SERPENT SORCERESS and I CONFESS. We’re looking to record hopefully in September and have this out early next year.
We have a few gigs this summer to keep us busy… this Saturday in Ottawa with Flying Fortress at Mavericks. This one should be quite interesting as it will be our first as a four-piece. No, we haven’t got a new member, but I cut a few of my fingers open pretty badly on some broken glass over the weekend and just had them stitched up. I’m not able to hold a pick right now, so rather than cancel the show I’ve asked my old friend Brandon Wars to fill in on bass for the show. Should be fun, I’ve never really done the “lead singer” thing before and I haven’t played with Brandon in over 4 years, so I’m kinda looking forward to this.
We also have a couple TO gigs this summer… August 7th at Sneaky Dee’s with Ash Lee Blade, Flying Fortress and Cop Shades and September 16th at the Wreckroom with RAVEN!” Read the rest of this entry »
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded the album cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL) for their upcoming release entitled Relentless Retribution, to their official Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/DeathAngel. [Out on September 3, 2010 (Europe) and September 14, 2010 (North America)]
Relentless Retribution is a full return to the bands thrash roots and will be released on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America.
The album was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).
Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:
“I haven’t been as excited about the cover artwork on any other DEATH ANGEL album as I am for this one! It fits the whole theme of the album! Angry and aggressive! I think what excites me most is that Brent did the artwork based on our lyrics! It wasn’t an already finished product. When we first saw Brent’s work we were floored by the mixture of fantasy meets reality and we knew we wanted him to do the artwork for this album! In the end he surpassed our expectations with the fiercest DEATH ANGEL album cover to date!”
Cover artist Brent Elliot White added:
“Originally the theme of this album was betrayal by those close to you and revenge against the deceitful. After a pretty spirited conversation with Rob and emails back and forth the saying “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” kept coming up. Basically we danced around that metaphor till it became pretty clear that a direct interpretation was the way to go. Illustrating betrayal and revenge in a single piece proved to be a challenge but as I received the lyrics to the songs things quickly fell into place.“
Legendary manager Bill Aucoin sadly passed away at age 66 in June 28th after losing his long battle against prostate cancer. Bill was the man known for masterminding and managing the career of the group KISS but later on he also managed such bands as: Starz, Billy Squier and Billy Idol amongst many other names. I interviewed Bill back in 2006 in Helsinki when was here working with Finnish monster band Lordi. For reason or another this interview was never published in here in Metal-Rules.com so I decided to do it now as my tribute to Bill.
REST IN PEACE BILL !
INTERVIEW AND QUESTIONS BY MARKO SYRJALA
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTION BY MAURA HAIMOLA
Swedish Death Metal legends THE CROWN have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. Marko Tervonen (guitars) states: “We are happy as hell to turn a new page in THE CROWN’s history book and to pick up the journey with Century Media Records supporting us feels great. We can’t wait to unleash the new album, Doomsday King, upon you all!”
Jens Prueter (Head of A+R, Century Media Europe) further comments: “Some of the very early Century Media signings have been Unleashed, Grave, Tiamat, Asphyx, Morgoth – the glory days of the first Death Metal wave. We are still in love with Death Metal and are more than proud to announce the signing of Swedish Death Metal legends THE CROWN. They haven’t lost any aggression since the early 90’s and are still a guarantee for some Death Metal Holocaust! In case of doubt, go to one of the summer festivals and hear some new songs live before the album’s fall release. We will be there as well. Cheers!”
The band was founded in 1990 in Trollhättan under the name Crown of Thorns but was forced to change their name to THE CROWN in 1998 due to another band from the U.S. using that name. Three of the original founding members are still in the band: Marko Tervonen (guitar), Magnus Olsfelt (bass) and Janne Saarenpää (drums). In 1993, Marcus Sunesson (guitar) stepped in to replace Robert Österberg. In 2004, the band announced their break up, but by good luck for all Death Metal fans, the band decided to reform in 2009 with Jonas Stålhammar (from the Death Metal pioneers God Macabre) taking over vocal duties from Johan Lindstrand. For more background information about the reunion, please check the in-depth interview Marko did last December with Metal Sucks.
DANZIG’S DETH RED SABAOTH DEBUT’S AT #35 on BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART #3 on TOP INDEPENDENT ARTISTS CHART
Brooklyn, NY – The release of DANZIG’s brand new album, Deth Red Sabaoth returns the legendary artist to the Billboard Charts this week.
Deth Red Sabaoth was released on June 22 on Evilive/The End Records and is Danzig’s ninth studio album and first in over six years. The album debuts this week on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #35 and at #3 on the Top Independent Album Chart. It marks Danzig’s highest-charting album since the release of Danzig 4 in 1994.
The 11-track collection was written and produced by Glenn Danzig and joining Glenn in the studio for the recording of Deth Red Sabaoth were guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry), a Danzig cohort on and off since 1997, and drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void). While Kelly has toured with Glenn intermittently since 2002, this is the first time he has recorded with the band. Glenn handled the bass chores for most of the album, and played drums on “Black Candy.”
The CD cover artwork for Deth Red Sabaoth is an original painting by the award-winning artist Joe Chiodo whose work has graced not only Danzig’s Verotik publishing line, but the covers of numerous graphic novels and comic books, including “X-Men Unlimited.”
Deth Red Sabaoth marks Danzig’s ninth studio venture that began back in 1988 with the Rick Rubin-produced, Platinum-certified, Danzig. In 1993 “Mother” became a major hit and added to his iconic status that began over a decade earlier when he founded the near-mythic punk band Misfits and then Samhain. Sales of over ten-million albums later and having been dubbed “goth-punk’s godfather” by SPIN, Glenn Danzig is arguably the most versatile talent to emerge from hardcore’s first wave, and truly is a renaissance man – a graphic designer, photographer, comic book publisher and composer. His venture into composing and recording classical music yielded Black Aria, that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Classical charts, and Black Aria II, that had Glenn sharing the Billboard/Classical’s Top Ten with Itzhak Perlman and Andrea Bocelli. His indelible stamp is on artists like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, and he has written songs that have been sung by a diverse array of artists, from Metallica to Roy Orbison to Johnny Cash.
Over his decades-long career, Glenn Danzig’s intense musical and lyrical statements have left a permanent mark on rock music, and continue to do so going into the 21st century. Glenn’s song “Thirteen,” originally written for Johnny Cash and then recorded for Glenn’s own Satan’s Child album, was the opening song in last year’s box office smash and Golden Globe winner, “The Hangover.”
Danzig – Glenn, guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Johnny Kelly and bassist Steve Zing – also a founding member of Samhain with Glenn – recently completed an exclusive 9-city album release tour and will continue to tour extensively to support Deth Red Sabaoth.
Candlelight Records today confirms September 28 as the North American release date for A Thin Shell, the new album from Sweden’s OCTOBER TIDE. Currently featuring guitarist/founder Fredrik Norrman (Katatonia), vocalist Tobias Netzell, drummer Robin Bergh, and session bassist Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge), the album is the band’s first in ten years and follows the 2009 reissue of their debut, Rain Without End (Candlelight).
Mixed/mastered at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden and featuring artwork from American photographer/graphic designer Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Testament, Death), A Thin Shell delivers what fans have anxiously awaited from this treasured band. Seven doom-laden and emotive songs that are every bit as heavy as they are catchy fill the impressive recording that officially closes the band’s self-imposed, decade-long hiatus.
“I have wanted to get OCTOBER TIDE back together for some time,” reveals Norrman. “When we decided the time was right, ideas for new songs surprisingly came together nicely. Many sleepless nights were involved, with lots of coffee of course, but the songs were written in flow one after another.”
Discussing the recording process Norrman notes, “we started recording in March of last year. Jonas (Kjellgren) liked what he heard and offered to get it into the (Black Lounge) studio’s schedule even though we didn’t have a label yet. What was meant as a side project so long ago is now my main project and I am very proud of it. We only hope people enjoy it as much as we do.”
Formed in 1995 by then Katatonia guitarist Norrman and Katatonia/Bloodbath vocalist Jonas Renkse, OCTOBER TIDE quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999 (Rain Without End and Grey Dawn, respectively). Much of the band’s music was written during a short break up of Katatonia which later proved only temporary as the band would reform and continues today; their latest album Night Of The New Day features work by Norrman. OCTOBER TIDE would not perform live during this short period of activity and few interviews with the members were granted despite praise from both media and fans. The band, until reforming in late 2009, would maintain a cult status throughout the doom/metal community.
Decibel Magazine calls Rain Without End “a peculiar album. It reminds of past and future Katatonia albums yet, it’s entirely unique in vibe and riff assembly.OCTOBER TIDE‘s slow to mid-paced doom/death stuns… Renkse and Norrman using counterpoint, build/release tension and melody to peerless effect.” EBlogger Lonely Ghost Transmissions on its 2008 review of the album’s European re-release says, “Rain Without End is without a doubt the greatest doom-death metal album ever.”
A Thin Shell Track Listing
1. “A Custodian of Science”
2. “Deplorable Request”
3. “The Nighttime Project”
4. “Blackness Devours”
5. “The Dividing Line”
Candlelight Records is distributed exclusively in the United States by Caroline Distribution, EMI Music for Canada, and Plastichead Music for the rest of the world.