Swedish Metalheads, Sabaton, have paid their dues, and have shown the world a glimpse of their style of music…power metal meets historical warfare. Their path to conquest has taken them all over the world by land, air, and sea. And giving fans exactly what they want; an explosive live show…Literally. Their latest release “Carolus Rex” has been in good standings since its release back in May of 2012. They were also recently nominated, and won, three Bandit Rock Awards this year: Best Swedish Album; Best Swedish Live Act; and Best Swedish Group/Artist. What more can these guys ask for? World domination perhaps? Led by the powerful vocals of Joakim Brodén, and the bass work of Pär Sundström, Sabaton are on their way to becoming power metal legends. Pär was kind enough to speak with me after a great live show in Houston, Texas. This is what he had to say.
IN~GRAVED the new band led by former Pentagram and Place of Skulls guitarist Victor Griffin has another new song available for streaming via the YouTube link below. “Thorn In The Flesh” comes off the band’s debut self-titled album which was released this month via Svart Records in Europe and Veritas Vinyl in North America. The CD was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee with producers Travis Wyrick (Place of Skulls) and Griffin. Engineers are Wyrick and Mike Dearing (Place of Skulls) with cover art created by Richard Schouten (Place of Skulls, Massacre).
After months and months working on their new opus, it’s time for the electric bastards Killus to present the first details extracted from their new album, which will be entitled “Feel The Monster“!
The artwork has been entirely designed by Damien Worm, reflecting the gloomy and dark vision of the band.
The album counts with the collaboration of Mechanical Ash in the track “Bastards”, guitar player of the well known band Static X / Davey Suicide.
Tracklist consists in 13 tracks:
1. We’re alone in this world (Intro)
2. Feel the monster
3. Bastards (feat. Mechanical Ash from Static X/ Davey Suicide)
4. I can’t feel it
5. Forever and ever
6. Crush our minds
8. The night of the knife
9. The darkness of the crypt
10. Holy Bible
11. I’m dead tonight
12. Satanic Verse
13. (Bonus track)
“Feel the Monster” will be characterized by a more devastating, direct and metal based sound than the previous albums of the band, which will be reflected the anger of the band on stage.
The album has been completely produced and recorded by Killus and mastered by Daniel Cardoso from Portugal (Noctem, Angelus Apatrida, Anathema, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Switchtense etc.)
Spanish release date: 31/05/13
Europe and rest: June 2013!!!
Crimson Shadows will be touring with Vesperia starting this Saturday, March 30th in Belleville, ON and doing several dates all over Ontario and Quebec over the next 4 months leading up to a West coast tour where both bands will be touring out to Victoria, BC.
Drummer Cory Hofing comments:
“We are really excited to be hitting the road once again with our brothers in Vesperia! Seeing as myself and our bassist Morgan Rider play in both bands it makes sense to save on gas and time to tour together. Yes, this does mean we will be playing 2 sets back to back every night but we have done it before and I’m sure we shall do it more in the future!”
Finnish folk metal merchants ENSIFERUM will return to North America as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest! The ceremonies will commence tomorrow in Denver and plunder through 21 cities with an included evening of pillaging at this the fifteenth addition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.
Comments the band: “Only one day to go before the most anticipated tour of the year begins! Needless to say, we are really pumped for this one because it’s been way too long since we raised pints with our North American brothers and sisters. With such a great lineup, Paganfest will take no prisoners and leave no heroes unsung. So, fellow sword bearers, are you with us?! See you all on the road!”
The lucky fans that were able to attend this year’s Monsters of Rock Cruise (which ran from March 16-20, and set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, before taking in such gorgeous tropical locales as Nassau and CocoCay), witnessed performances by countless renowned metal acts – including Cinderella, Tesla, Saxon, Lita Ford, etc. But certainly one of the top standouts of the cruise was Dio Disciples, comprised of members Mark Boals – vocals, Craig Goldy – guitar, Scott Warren – keyboards, Simon Wright – drums, Bjorn Englen – bass, and Oni Logan – vocals.
As Wendy Dio explains, “We want to thank Larry Morand, Mike London, Harlan Hendrickson, Joe Wright, Billy Deavers and all the staff and WONDERFUL fans on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise! Dio Disciples put on an AMAZING SHOW!”
In addition to a great set by the band, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund raised over $16,500 for cancer research, education and to help find a cure! Some of the events that raised funds for the charity on the ship were a live auction that featured a signed Tony Iommi Gibson Guitar, ESP Guitar, Schecter Guitar, Dio Memorabilia, Memorial T-Shirts and Wristbands and a Ronnie James Dio Photo Book! Rock Star Bingo was a huge success that featured members of Dio Disciples, Stryper, Y&T, Cinderella and Eddie Trunk calling Bingo Numbers! 100% of the proceeds raised from these events go directly to the charity.
Be sure to keep an eye out for when the next Monsters of Rock Cruise will set sail – this year’s voyage was a blast!
Murheenlaakso plays Mana Mana The 22nd of March 2013 Virgin Oil Helsinki Finland
Review and photos by Arto Lehtinen
Fields Of The Nephilim has carved immortal marks into the gothic/metal world by being one of the most innovative creators in this specific genre. Even though the line-up has undergone more than a few changes since the rebirth of Fields Of The Nephilim, with one original surviving member left (frontman Carl McCoy) the band still sounds and looks as it is supposed to. When Fields Of The Nephilim made their debut visit to Finland headlining the Helldone indoor festival organized by H.I.M., there were only a handful of people who had crawled to the show. Back in 2008, Fields Of The Nephilim had been booked to the Tuska Open Air festival, playing under the bright sunlight didn’t create the justified atmosphere for having the right mood. Finally, Field Of The Nephilim made the triumphal return to the soil of Finland in March by playing the nearly sold out show in front of 600 people.
“Classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” A fitting description from guitarist Ross the Boss about his new project, DeathDealer. Comprised of Ross, as well as vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar), DeathDealer will be dropping their debut full-length, ‘War Master,’ some time this summer.
The cover artwork was generated by Marc Sasso who has done previous work for Dio, Halford, and Adrenaline Mob, among others. Close ups of this highly detailed piece can be viewed at www.marcsasso.com.
But for collectors that want to add a truly unique and special piece to their collection, the “Death Dealer Ultimate Warrior Pre-Order Pak” is the way to go. The pak will only be made available through the official Death Dealer website – http://www.deathdealer.co/site/store.htm – and will not be sold to distributors. For only 35 bucks, you will receive the following:
LINER NOTE SKETCH ART BOOKLET, WITH ADDITIONAL SKETCH ART FROM MARC SASSO [WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY WORKED WITH DIO AND HALFORD], DETAILING THE GENESIS OF THE COVER ART AND CHARACTERS. ALSO INCLUDED ARE LINER NOTES FROM EACH OF THE BAND MEMBERS WITH INSIDER NOTES AND COMMENTS ABOUT THE BAND AND SONGS, AND THE COVER CONCEPT SKETCH.
DEATH DEALER STICKER PAK, INCLUDING THE BAND’S LOGO, SYMBOL, AND A HI-GLOSS COVER ART DECAL.
DEATH DEALER PATCH – YELLOW ON BLACK FOR YOUR JACKET, VEST, OR HAT.
GUITAR PICK SET – THREE FULL COLOR GUITAR PICKS OF ROSS THE BOSS, STU MARSHALL, AND MIKE DAVIS.
PERSONALIZED HAND SIGNED BAND POSTER – MADE OUT TO YOU IN YOUR NAME, SIGNED BY ROSS THE BOSS, RHINO, MIKE DAVIS, STU MARSHALL, AND SEAN PECK.
FULL COLOR MINI POSTER OF THE COVER ART.
Additionally, the first 250 orders will receive a Death Dealer VIP full color tour laminate, so the band can easily identify the early adopters – the first of the faithful – so when the band sees you at one of their shows, you shall be treated accordingly! And as Sean explains, the pre-order pak will include some true one-of-a-kind items. “The idea for the cover was to create an image that portrayed power, venom, justice, and something iconic. Marc Sasso was nice enough to include other samples of the ‘War Master’ character in various poses and some other pieces of his magic for us to enjoy, so we included them in this sketch book and liner notes package.”
Stu – “The album ‘War Master’ really represents a true power and return to the days of bands being able to play live what goes on the album. Apart from being the best album I have ever been involved with, I am working with some of the most talented guys on the planet. I remember the excitement of the new metal album coming out, I think some of those days had gone over the last 10 years in the industry and now it’s time to bring it back.”
Sean – “Making this album with this incredible line-up of guys was just a freaking great time! I cannot wait for everyone to hear it. This album really has it all in my opinion, soon to be metal classic songs that are heavy, hook-laden, and packed full of lots of guitar, drum, and vocal fireworks. When you look at who is in the band, I think the metalheads out there will be thrilled to know that without any hesitation I can assure them that the album sounds as badass as they would hope and expect it to be.”
Mike – “Since I’ve been in both Halford and Dramarama for the past ten years and having put 100% into both bands, I’m extremely excited and looking forward to working with some new, very talented musicians who share the same passion for music, and ‘War Master’ more than stands on it’s own as a vicious greeting to the metal world.”
Rhino – “I am very excited about being in this band and getting this first album out. I really feel at home with this line-up. All the guys really formed a bond as we put the band and album together. Recording and writing with Ross and the guys really flowed naturally and the results are amazing. I am really proud of everything about this record and it reminds me of the glory days of heavy metal. We all love metal and metal is or lives, and because of that, I know the diehards are going to freak out when they hear this record.”
Ross – “It’s been a long time since a CD like ‘War Master’ has come around. This is a great CD but only the tip of the iceberg for DeathDealer.”
DEATHDEALER – ‘WAR MASTER’ TRACK LISTING
1. DEATH DEALER
2. NEVER TO KNEEL
3. WAR MASTER
4. CHILDREN OF FLAMES
5. LIBERTY OR DEATH
6. HAMMER DOWN
7. DEVIL’S MILE
8. CURSE OF THE HERETIC
9. HEADS SPIKES WALLS
10. WRAITHS ON THE WIND
JAPANESE BONUS TRACKS
11. JUDGE JURY AND EXECUTIONER
12. TRIUMPH AND VICTORY
Italy’s Mortuary Drape will reissue two of its classic albums on CD and vinyl through Peaceville Records in 2013, starting with Tolling 13 Knell on May 27, plus Buried in Time to follow June/July. Each release has been fully remastered, with work overseen by the band, including bonus tracks on each release, plus updated layout.
Often regarded as one of the band’s strongest works, the Tolling 13 Knell album delivers an eerie concoction of evil metal riffing and dark occult atmosphere to unnerving effect. This reissue also contains extra tracks in the form of re-recorded versions of the infamous ‘Doom Return’ demo songs. These new versions were recorded during the Tolling 13 Knell sessions.
“It’s a great pleasure that Peaceville Records have taken these two reissues into consideration. I personally thank Paul and all the label’s staff,” said long-standing and sole-remaining member, Wildness Perversions.
“I’ve enriched these two re-releases with new bonus tracks and unpublished photos. I have also taken care of the reissues’ layouts myself, trying to make them more captivating. I’m also sure that now they could have a better distribution, wider than before, satisfying all our fans all over the world which with the previous printings couldn’t get these parts of our discography.
“We are looking to release a ‘best-of’ album containing songs from all our records, and the new album (played by the new line-up) is going to be finished in April 2013. Stay tuned on our websites to know more about all our new releases and to check out the next gigs”.
Cult band Mortuary Drape was formed in Italy in 1986 as a trio. Highly inspired by the dark arts and combining early influences from the old metal gods, Mortuary Drape developed its own unique style, defining itself as black occult metal. After releasing the demo ‘Necromancy’ in 1987, which spread the band’s name throughout the underground, it was not until 1992 that the first official release surfaced with Into the Drape. This was followed by the debut full-length album, the classic All the Witches Dance, in 1994.
Mortuary Drape has recently been busy recording its latest, as yet unnamed album, as well as performing some high profile shows across the globe.
Las Vegas’ Avenger of Blood reformed last year and self-released their Spawn of Evil 3-song EP/demo to rave reviews, metal radio play and enthusiastic responses from fans. Since the band has continued to play shows locally with bands such as Overkill and Gravehill.
Currently Avenger of Blood is putting the finishing touches on material for their full-length, which they have announced will be recorded in May at Arcane Digital Studio in Phoenix, AZ with producer Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Exhumed, Misery Index). The band is looking for a label to release it.
“We feel that Ryan is the best person for the job and we are very excited to work with him!” exclaims guitarist Brandon Gulling. “We will reveal more updates on the recording and the album artwork as we get closer to entering the studio.” Read the rest of this entry »
So let it be written so it shall be done. VIGILANCE ARE BACK!
“Under Sulphurous Skies”, a brand new single from VIGILANCE, can be streamed below (link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMSBusO55B4). “Under Sulphurous Skies” comes off VIGILANCES’ debut album, “Queen of the Midnight Fire”, which is scheduled for release on May 14, 2013 on Metal Tank Records
VIGILANCE guitarist Gilian Adam tells: “After months of hard work, the album is done. Rok Zalokar did a great job and we are very much excited to finally give you a taste of what is to come. The gates have been opened, the torches have been lit. Follow if you dare.”
Heaven and Hell Records will be releasing the complete recorded works from North Carolina death thrashers FALSE PROPHET on CD as part of the Lost Relics collection.
Formed in the late 1980s FALSE PROPHET would quickly become one of North Carolina’s leading metal bands and grew into one of the East Coast’s most fierce thrash/death metal acts by the early 1990s. Their first self-titled demo, released in 1989, saw the band gain attention throughout the underground. But it wasn’t until the release of their full-length, Second Death, in 1991 that the band began to gain mass critical praise from critics and peers. Many throughout the metal community saw FALSE PROPHET as the next Morbid Angel.
MADE IN IRON (formerly known as Power Slaves) are proud to announce they will be returning to Montreal on May 4th at L’Olympia and May 25th in Quebec City at Théâtre Capitole with its renowned Iron Maiden tribute show that showcases an experience like no other homage in North America. Experience 1984 Iron Maiden once again!
“The Last Spire” to be released April 30th in North America
UK doom legends, CATHEDRAL, will be releasing their final album, The Last Spire, next month. In addition to the album, the band also recorded their final music video, which is streaming now at youtube.com/cathedral.
Tower of Silence was inspired by classic cult British film institutions such as “Amicus” and “Hammer House of Horror”, Tower of Silence was shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson’s Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes. Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British doom metal institution and is taken from their final album, The Last Spire.
ABIOTIC recently completed a music video for Facades with director Dan Drescher. Fans will recall the band worked with Drescher for their previous video, Vermosapien. The video will be completed soon, and the band has released a making of to give fans a glimpse of the creative process. Watch ABIOTIC’s making of Facades now on metalblade.com/abiotic.
ABIOTIC is among bands in a poll to open this year’s The Summer Slaughter Tour! Fans can vote for ABIOTIC to open the tour on facebook HERE. Voting ends on March 31st. The band has also launched a contest with Orange Amplification! Enter to win merch and a signed Symbiosis CD via facebook.com/OrangeAmps.