SPIDERS & SNAKES, featuring Sunset Strip underground icon Lizzie Grey, will be recording their first-ever live album in honor of their 25th Anniversary at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in W. Hollywood, CA on Thursday, May 2015 at 10pm. The all ages show is in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the “Glitter n Glam Rockfest” shows that once ruled the Hollywood underground glam rock/shock rock scene of the mid-late 90s and includes sets by REBEL REBEL, WILLOW WISP and MOLLY VAMP. Doors open 8pm.
The 2015 SPIDERS & SNAKES lineup is comprised of band co-founders Lizzie Grey (LONDON, ULTRA POP), on Lead vocals and Tim Yasui (LONDON, ULTRA POP) on drums/Lead/backing vocals and long-time band members Phil St. Vincent on Bass/Lead/backing Vocals and Chris Sheridan (SWEET SAVAGE/JAMES KOTTAK) on Lead Guitars/Lead/backing Vocals – the very same lineup who recorded the band’s ninth studio album “Year Of The Snake” and that is currently on tour this summer in support of this new album.
Already getting a buzz on the net, Year of the Snake features appearances by Billy Sherwood (YES, CIRCA), Angelo Moore (FISHBONE), Ryo Okumoto (ASIA feat Jon Payne/SPOCK’S BEARD/ARETHA FRANKLIN), Betsy Bitch (BITCH) and Rik Fox (STEELER, WASP) and was produced by Gavin Ross in Burbank, California, mixed by Anthony Focx (STEVEN TYLER, VINCE NEIL, NIGHTRANGER, TED NUGENT) in Nashville, Tennessee and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ROB HALFORD, SEPULTURA, YES) in Los Angeles, California during the Chinese calendar Year Of The Snake.
The single and music video for the track “Kawasaki City” featuring Ryo Okumoto on keys and Betsy Bitch (BITCH) on backing vocals was released in Japan in early 2015 the album has been reporting strong sales on the import rock charts. “Kawasaki City” Music Video Link: http://youtu.be/0arba6dDE9s
This long awaited album shows that the BULLETBOYS are unstoppable with their grinding hard rock. Singer Marq Torien’s vocals hit every note with the power that is his trademark. “Can’t wait for our fans to hear this album. I put my heart and soul into this music,” exclaims lead singer Marq Torien. “This album has sick peaks and valleys … it is NOT a linear album. A straight out labor of love that I’ve dedicated to my amazing father, all of our Families and our unfaltering BULLETBOYS fans and friends.”
4. The Villain
5. Kin Folk
6. Saving You From Me
7. As Dumb As
8. Superhuman Girl
9. Drop Your Weapon
10. Bitch Is Back
The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .
The Metal Alliance Tour and DEICIDE have teamed up with Live Nation and Yahoo to live-stream their June 3rd concert live from Denver, CO. This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a 12-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen. Fans can tune in on June 3rd at 11:15PM ET here: https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/deicide. Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through Yahoo Screen on iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360.
The Metal Alliance Tour is proud to celebrating its 5th year anniversary as being of being one of the most anticipated metal tours of the year. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. The tour will be rounded out by Stockholm, Sweden natives ENTOMBED AD, Tampa’s own HATE ETERNAL, BLACK CROWN INITIATE, LORNA SHORE and newly added French Extreme Metal band SVART CROWN.
Date Venue City/State
May 28 Al Rosa Villa Columbus, OH
May 30 Emerson Theater Indianapolis, IN
May 31 Metro Chicago, IL
Jun 01 Amsterdam Bar & Hall Saint Paul, MN
Jun 02 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO
Jun 03 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Jun 05 The Pin! Spokane, WA
Jun 06 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
Jun 07 Tonic Lounge Portland, OR
Jun 08 Oakland Metro Oakland, CA
Jun 09 The Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA
Jun 11 LVCS Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12 Club Red Mesa, AZ
Jun 13 Mesa Music Hall El Paso, TX
Jun 14 Depot “O” Bar Live Lubbock, TX
Jun 15 Empire Garage Austin, TX
Jun 16 Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX
Jun 18 The Gramercy Theater New York, NY
Jun 19 The Otto Bar Baltimore, MD
Jun 20 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
Sweden-based melodic death metal experts SOILWORK have announced details regarding their forthcoming 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic. The new album will hit stores worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The Ride Majestic was recorded by David Castillo at Studio Gröndal, and was produced and mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street. The cover art was illustrated by Róbert Borbás (Grinddesign / www.theartofgrinddesign.com).
SOILWORK vocalist Björn Speed Strid comments, “We just put the final touches on our new album, The Ride Majestic, and all we can say is that it’s going to be massive. It definitely picks up where we left off with The Living Infinite, but slightly darker, atmospheric and almost anthemic, with some really interesting twists and turns. Can’t wait to play this epic beast live! Await The Ride Majestic ladies n’ gents!”
In celebration of The Ride Majestic’s impending release, SOILWORK have released a live video of their hit song “Let This River Flow” featuring Nightwish/Revamp singer Floor Jansen, which comes off SOILWORK’s most recent DVD/Blu Ray output, Live In The Heart Of Helsinki!
The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, NILE, are currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of their upcoming album What Should Not Be Unearthed.
Produced by NILE and mixed by Neil Kernon. The album will be released late summer via Nuclear Blast Records.
Mastermind Karl Sanders states:
“All of us in NILE are happy to announce our newest album What Should Not Be Unearthed. It’s our 8th official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an Annihilation Of The Wicked approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Our last record, At The Gates Of Sethu, was super surgically clean and very “musicianship oriented” whereas the new disc is a polar opposite; Unearthed is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting. Although Unearthed is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from NILEover the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around. These songs will be a blast to play live, and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!”
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
From British Columbia Canada comes Leah, a singer that released her second album KINGS AND QUEENS early this year. Her music is best described as symphonic metal influenced by world, Celtic, and middle eastern music. A few of the topics we handled include: the new album, her new label, the guest musicians (Tim Somers, Sander Zoer and Barend Courbois), her background, and why she hasn’t toured. Leah has gained a big fanbase with huge internet support from fans and I’m sure that the fans wants to see her live. Leah’s label has also re-released her debut album OF EARTH AND ANGELS. Enjoy.
The Wacken Open Air festival is held nearby Hamburg in a village simply called Wacken every year in the end of July and beginning of August. Every year about 100,000 metal maniacs gather to witness great performances by several metal bands in the festival. Booked bands on the bill present a wide range of metal, from extreme metal to symphonic power metal.
‘Smoking Snakes’ from SABATON’s current release, Heroes, deals with three Brazilian soldiers who were separated from their group in Italy in WW2. Refusing to surrender, the three soldiers fought against the German forces, which had more of soldiers than the Brazilians, until the bitter end.
On Brazil’s National Military Day, the Swedish heavy metal band was thanked by the military with a performance of their track “Smoking Snakes” by the orchestra of the 14th infantry brigade who are based in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina.
Watch the orchestra of the 14th infantry brigade’s performance of “Smoking Snakes” here:
SABATON’s bass playerPär Sundström commented about the performance: “This is one of those moments we are happy that we sing about history and not fiction. It’s absolutely fantastic to see that our music being performed like this!“
FEAR FACTORY, the pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, have issued the following update regarding their upcoming 9th studio release, Genexus:“The sensation of finalizing our newest album is one of relief and joy, wrapped within a massive whirlwind of excitement,” commented founding guitarist Dino Cazares. “We really feel this is a very special FEAR FACTORY album. While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic FEAR FACTORY vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans. The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever.
“Burt and I produced the album with Rhys Fulber co-producing. Damien Rainuad and Giuseppe Bassi handled most of the keys and pre-production. We also enlisted the masterful metallic skills of Andy Sneap for an amazing mixing job!
“We would like to thank everyone who has been a big part in the making of this record. We can’t wait for everybody to hear it.”
Genexus will be released on August 7th worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD).
HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right(May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US)) the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.
Today, HELLOWEEN has revealed the first out of four track-by-track trailers. Listen to song snippets and comments on the tracks ‘Heroes‘, ‘Battle’s Won’, ‘My God-Given Right’ and ‘Stay Crazy’ here:
Watch the new video-clip for “My God-Given Right” here:
Drummers are the driving force of the metal engine. As most focus is on a band’s front-person, we thought it would be nice to look at the skin-pounders and round up a list of our favs. For our purposes this time, the constraint is that they have to be a drummer that is currently active in METAL….that means the drummer has to actually still play in a current recording/touring metal band! We asked our staff to try and not make it a list of their top 5 fav bands, and to actually think about what they believe great drumming to be. It’s doubtful that everyone’s top 5 bands actually contain the best drummers…it’s possible, if you’re a drummer and listen to bands based on deadly drumming. Otherwise, each staffers list focuses on great drummers, regardless of the band(s) they are in.