**The ONLY UK shows by Metallica and Iron Maiden in 2014** 4th – 6th JULY 2014
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ROCK AT KNEBWORTH
SONISPHERE 2014 – CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ROCK AT KNEBWORTH
Iron Maiden and Metallica, the two biggest metal bands on the planet, will make history this summer when they co-headline the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, the very first time both bands have appeared together on a British bill, and the ONLY CONCERTS EITHER BAND WILL PLAY IN THE UK IN 2014.
Both Metallica and Iron Maiden headlined their first ever Knebworth concerts under the Sonisphere banner and now these giants of the world stage return together to fly the Sonisphere flag once more; bigger and bolder than ever before. For the first time ever fans will have the chance to see both bands come together to head up what will surely make for one of the most historic festival bills in heavy rock music.
British legends Iron Maiden will bring their immensely successful ‘Maiden England’ World Tour to a spectacular finale.
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson comments:
“We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.
This will be the last concert of our ‘Maiden England’ Tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable tour in our own back yard. We have tweaked the ‘Maiden England’ set list a bit to make it more representative of our whole 80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective. If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing.”
Also headlining will be one of the biggest selling rock acts of all time, Metallica. Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, Metallica are one of the most influential and successful rock bands in history. Next summer’s performance by Metallica will see the band delivering a ‘Metallica By Request’ interactive setlist spanning their entire career. For full details, see below.
Says Lars Ulrich:
“This just works on all fronts:
Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.
To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindf*ck. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honor, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.
And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.
Add the cherry on top…co-headlining with Iron Maiden, who are a big reason that Metallica exists in the first place. Although we haven’t played together on the same day since 1988, this is the closest we’ve come for 25 years, and for all our fans who share the same love for Iron Maiden as we, the band members do, this will hopefully amount to what many rock fans would consider a dream bill.
SWITCHBLADE resurrect the mighty eighties and often reminiscent of Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickinson. Huge, sawing riffs a la ACCEPT and catchy choruses that immediately are set the cornerstones of a terrific album! With a killer riff, the four musicians dash in an album that can take the herb all goats beards. The transition to the attic is mandatory to bring the long-mothballed Jean cowl back to life!
“Heavy weapons” consists of nine songs, some of them from the past of the band mixed with some dewy songs. Allen, where in 2012 the METALHEAD debut (KMR-CD012) has fallen, is also like SWITCHBLADE! Another Topalbum of traditional Metal, which will quickly find his trailer! Read the rest of this entry »
Michael Angelo Batio is rereleasing his long awaited solo album after years of touring and performing clinics. Intermezzo features all new original music and is filled with Batio’s signature virtuoso guitar playing of mixed meters, great melodies, superb arrangements, world class production.
Intermezzo features a massive line-up of some of rock and metals best guitarists on the planet along with some heavy solos from his kickstarter supporters. The list of featured guitarist monsters include George Lynch, Guthrie Govan, Michael Romeo, Jeff Loomis, Craig Goldy, Dave Reffett, Chris Poland, Rusty Cooley, Mike Lepond, Elliott Dean Rubinson, Joe Stump, Andrea Martongelli, Alex Stornello, Bill Peck, Max Carlisle, Florent Atem, Annie Grunwald, and Tobias Hurwitz. This also is the first album that Batio recorded using his new Dean signature MAB 7 “Warrior,” which is a 7 string guitar. Read the rest of this entry »
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, Delivering The Black, on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America via Frontiers Records. They will play a special album release show in Hamburg, Germany on January 23rd at the Rock Cafe.
Delivering The Black will be available in regular CD edition, deluxe edition with two bonus tracks and – in cooperation with Soulfood Music – vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a super-de-luxe version including a metallic eagle.
Delivering The Black tracklisting:
‘King For A Day’
‘When Death Comes Knocking’
‘Alive & On Fire’
‘Delivering The Black’
‘Road To Asylum’
‘One Night In December’
‘Never Pray For Justice’
‘Born With A Broken Heart’
‘Innocent Man’ *
Man Without Shadow’ *
‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (single edit) *
* Only available on Deluxe edition
DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition): ‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (video), ‘King For A Day’ (video), Making Of The Album (video).
Primal Fear will release the new single, ‘When Death Comes Knocking’, on December 3rd
‘When Death Comes Knocking’ audio sample:
Primal Fear are:
Ralf Scheepers – vocals
Alex Beyrodt – guitars
Magnus Karlsson – guitar, keyboards
Randy Black – drums
Mat Sinner – bass and vocal
For more details and Primal Fear’s tour schedule visit Primalfear.de.
Metal Blade Records new-boys Rivers Of Nihil have certainly announced their arrival in some style with their debut album “The Conscious Seed Of Light” – a devastating and cold cut of death metal centring on spring; the light and breezy quarter of a projected quadrilogy of albums based upon the seasons. True to the album’s seasonal sentiments, Rivers Of Nihil bring life anew to an at-times heavily-processed death metal world – there is both life and a live-feel to the album that begs to be heard. Since the guys will be full of the joys of spring after the successful launch of their debut, it seems as good a time as any to get a couple of questions into them… Read the rest of this entry »
Guitar virtuoso GUS G. has signed a worldwide solo deal with Century Media Records. Well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, GUS G. will make his solo debut with the release of ‘I AM THE FIRE’ in spring 2014.
Says GUS G. of the signing: “Loyalty is a very important thing in the music business, and for me it just felt natural to trust my first solo effort to the hands of the record company that has been loyal, supportive, and has helped build my career for more than 11 years now – a label that I truly feel as a family. Thank you Robert Kampf, Leif Jensen, Antje Lange, Don Robertson, Steve Joh, Jens Prueter, Nasrin Vahdani, Paul Gargano and the rest of the Century family! I truly feel blessed to be a part of CM history and look forward to exploring new territories with this new album!”
Century Media founder and owner Robert Kampf adds: “‘I AM THE FIRE’ is going to be another display of the amazing talent GUS G. possesses. We at Century Media are proud to work with a player and songwriter of his class and status, as well as the fantastic new album that Gus has crafted. Horns up!”
‘I AM THE FIRE’ was mixed by Jay Ruston [ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus’ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open,” “Redemption,” “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me.” The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.’s soulful playing. Guest musicians and vocalists will be revealed in the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a rough few years for Esoteric, with only two original members remaining, and a number of line up changes over the past few years. The band have returned stronger than ever, releasing arguably the best album to date, Paragon of Dissonance in 2011. Catching them before they go on stage at the Garage, we have a quick chat about what the northern masters of depression have in store for the future.
Heading out again on tour, this time supporting Dark Tranquillity, Tristania were once again ready to show London what they’re made of. With their new album, DARKEST WHITE receiving rave reviews and the first nights of the tour being sold out, it was fair to say that things are going well for Tristania.
Ahead of the sold out show at The Underworld in Camden, London I spoke to vocalist Mariangela Demurtas to find out more about the new album, her influences and how things have changed since she joined the band six years ago.
Mariangela Demurta – Tristania The Underworld, 7 November 2013
Since their album Skydancer was first being released in 1993, it’s fair to say that Dark Tranquillity have racked up the releases since then. Hailing from Sweden, the new album, Construct is their tenth album from the melodic death metal’ers. With their World Construct tour taking them across Europe this year before heading over to America, Japan and Australia for early 2014, I took the opportunity to speak to Niklas Sundin (guitar).
Just after finishing their sound check for the first night of the tour at The Underworld in Camden, I sat down with Niklas to talk more about touring, the different audiences and to find out more about their new release, Construct.
After what seems like a very long 5 year wait, Satyricon return to London off the back of what once again has been a new album to divide opinion about the band. Given that the new album was chosen to be self-titled, it needed to be something defining to the style and progression of the band and their sound over the years and in my opinion it seems like they have achieved a really progressive mix of old and new styles whilst also experimenting into the future with tracks like Phoenix which features the first melodic lead vocals in Satyricon’s history.
Despite the recent split between the founding members, Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire still seem to be on full form, returning to bring us DARK WINGS OF STEEL. The sagas may be past and buried now but this band continues to live on, bringing out two powerful new players in 2011, and hitting both the road and the studio to continue spreading tales of magic, wizards and dragons to anyone willing to listen. Sat in a swanky hotel in the center of London, we chat to founding member Alex Staropoli about life in Rhapsody after Lucca and what the future holds for the band.