Interview by Ritche and EvilG
Video and editing by Ritche
Kelle was in our neck of the woods here in NL Canada doing some recording with a local band. Thus the opportunity presented itself to talk about Kelle’s musical journey and of course to speak about his brother, the legend, Randy Rhoads. Enjoy!
“If you like the aggression, complexity and brutality of Dark Angel, Sadus, Razor etc., combined with the sense of melody, put into limelight by Forbidden and alike, then Thraw will surely become one of your favourite acts to bang your head on.”
“Decoding the Past” was co-produced and mastered by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Exodus, Heathen, Sadus…) and features Geoff Thorpe (Vicious Rumors)
“Beats of Aggression” can be streamed via YoutTube:
BLACKFINGER, lead by former TROUBLE vocalist Eric Wagner, have announced the addition of Chicago bassist Willie Max to its ranks. Willie, who is also a member of long running Chicago metal outfit SHADOZ EDGE, as well as SPILLAGE (featuring EARTHEN GRAVE’s Tony Spillman), replaces Ben Smith, who has moved on to pursue other musical interests. Check out Willie Max tearing up SPILLAGE’s version of “Devil Woman” at Days Of The Doomed Fest III this past June in Milwaukee, WI: http://youtu.be/5CMe3Z_mclw
As previously reported, BLACKFINGER have signed a worldwide deal with Germany’s The Church Within Records, and are expecting a late 2013 release of their debut album. A teaser promo vid can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/KdbnDui1A68
On the heels of three long months of touring (North America, Asia, Russia) in support of their latest album, “Pelagial,” The Ocean have unveiled the trailer and pre-order for their highly anticipated DVD! “Collective Oblivion” is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on youtube, including: Russia 2012 video blog, The Ocean in China, The Ocean North American tour blog 2011, and more. Finally, fans will be able to order this thorough and expansive look at The Ocean‘s career and touring experiences, including the “Heliocentric” record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more. Read the rest of this entry »
As has been the case for the past two years, in 2013 our booth will be stocked with brand new MetalSucks merch designs, free goodies from our friends at Nuclear Blast, and, oh yeah, some of metal’s heaviest hitters to sign your shit, take photos, and generally make you go all weak in the knees. This year’s guests will Monster Magnet guitarist/vocalist Dave Wyndorf on Friday, October 11 from 12-2 pm, and Anthrax bassist Frank Bello on Saturday, October 12 from 12-2 pm.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have made a second trailer previewing their upcoming album The Dream Call for Blood available here: http://youtu.be/Hn0tfRqY_hk. The Dream Calls for Blood will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Rest of Europe), October 14th (UK), and October 15th (North America). Fans can now pre-order the album in various formats, with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here: http://goo.gl/xipVSX.
Three years have passed since the release of DEATH ANGEL’s crushing Relentless Retribution album; three years of constant touring and on-the-road-songwriting. Now the band has returned with yet another visceral slice of thrash! The Dream Calls for Bloodwas recordedat AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). Read the rest of this entry »
Bay Area Thrash Veterans TESTAMENT have posted a new trailer for their upcoming DVD Dark Roots Of Thrash here: http://youtu.be/BNYliQu9mGc. The DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will now be made available on October 18 (Europe), October 21 (UK) and October 29 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
After the success of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon debut album “The Land of New Hope” which entered the top 100 album charts in 7 European countries (including a glowing Top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country Finland), Timo Tolkki has started working on a sequel to his first Metal Opera, slated for a 2014 release on Frontiers Records.
Fans can follow the progress of the making of the album, including writing and recording sessions and special cameos from the musicians and singers involved, from the new website www.avalonopera.com.
The entire cast of musicians will be revealed one by one in separate video blogs. Fans will be able to interact and take part to different phases of the production through the website and in the social media pages.
The confirmed cast of musicians/singers is once again full of internationally acclaimed artists, with some interesting twists and surprises. It will surely guarantee another masterpiece from one of the forefathers of Symphonic Melodic Power Metal.
To date, Timo Tolkki has sold over 2 million records in his career, has won a Finnish Grammy and has been chosen by the readers of the American Guitar World magazine to TOP 100 as “the Fastest Guitar Player in the World” and “the Most influential Metal Guitar Player in the World”. He has released 20 albums in his career and toured the world for over 3000 shows in 52 countries.
Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach is currently hard at work in the studio under the direction of producer Bob Marlette (Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Shinedown etc) to record the anticipated follow up album to the acclaimed “Kicking & Screaming”. The new effort will be released via label home Frontiers Records and is tentatively scheduled for spring 2014.
Of his forthcoming new album, Sebastian Bach commented, “I am happy to say we have completed the drums and most of the bass guitar for the new record. It is a pleasure to write songs with Duff, Steve, Bob, and Devin. The album will be mastered by Tom Baker who has mastered my last three albums. This CD will be balls out in-your-face high-energy rock ‘n roll which just so happens to be my favorite style of music. I look forward to releasing the record & playing these songs live for you all in 2014!” Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for the help.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pictures.
Additional promo pictures from the band’s website.
Dirt is a band from the northern part of Germany that at the end of last year released their debut album called ROCK N ROLL ACCIDENT. I hooked up with singer Sven Zaklikowski a while ago. We talked about the bands past present and future. If you’re into Southern Groove Metal than pay Dirt a visit.
THE WINERY DOGS–Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big)—will launch their latest U.S. headlining tour tomorrow in Agoura Hills, CA at the Canyon Club in support of their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was released in North America July 23 on Loud & Proud Records.
To further stir up excitement about the tour, the band world-premiered their latest video for the track “Time Machine” today on Billboard.com, which can be seen at http://bit.ly/15LGZSB. The clip was directed by Greg Kaplan and includes live rehearsal footage shot in Southern California, as well as concert footage shot during their recent sold-out tour of Japan. THE WINERY DOGS’ first-ever concert was in Osaka, Japan on July 15.
Fans can pick up the album on the band’s official website, iTunes, and Amazon. The band has already released three videos from the new album, “Elevate, “Desire,” and “I’m No Angel,” which can all be seen on their official YouTube page. “Elevate,” the album’s first single, debuted at #30 on Mediabase’s “Mainstream Rock” airplay chart and is currently bulleted at #17. It’s been the #1 most-played current song on WDHA-FM (The Rock of New Jersey, 105.5) for a number of weeks.
Of one of the band’s first-ever tour dates in August, Philadelphia’s Tell Magazine declared: “this band really is the Cream of 2013—three of the best musicians around grouped together and playing powerful music that takes full advantage of their virtuosity… their live show certainly exceeded my expectations. These guys are on fire. I don’t think anyone who attended that show wasn’t floored by the performance. I think the band members themselves were amazed by the power they’re putting out, and how much fun they’re having… It’s clear that this is a band with a great future ahead of them, and I implore you not to miss this combustible combination when they come to your town.”
During the upcoming tour, THE WINERY DOGS will make a special stop at the Hard Rock Café in New York City on October 23 to participate in a private star-studded celebration of Eddie Trunk’s 30th anniversary of his radio show. Trunk is best known as host of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” and he played a key role in the formation of THE WINERY DOGS. The seeds of the band were planted in 2011 when Sheehan and Portnoy were working on music together with a different guitarist and songwriter. When that line-up didn’t gel, Eddie Trunk suggested they contact Kotzen and see if he was interested in forming a band. The rest is history. Tickets for the party are free and fans can enter to win them by clicking on the banner of www.EddieTrunk.com Fans who enter will be picked at random and notified by e-mail if they are selected to attend.
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 10/3 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 10/4 Las Vegas, NV Count’s Vamp’d
Sat 10/5 San Diego, CA Ramona Mainstage
Sun 10/6 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Tue 10/8 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Wed 10/9 San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s
Thu 10/10 Portland, OR Star Theatre
Fri 10/11 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
Mon 10/14 Denver, CO Soiled Dove
Thu 10/17 Milwaukee, WI Potawatomi Casino
Fri 10/18 Palatine, IL Durty Nellies
Sat 10/19 Effingham, IL Effingham Performance Center
Mon 10/21 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Tue 10/22 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Wed 10/23 New York, NY Eddie Trunk 30th Anniversary Party
Fri 10/25 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Sat 10/26 Niagara Falls, NY Hard Rock
Sun 10/27 Allentown, PA Maingate Nightclub
Tue 10/29 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Wed 10/30 Patchogue, NY Emporium
Thu 10/31 Pawtucket, RI The Met
Sat 11/2 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Thu 11/5 Cincinnati, OH Mad Frog
Wed 11/6 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
BLACK SABBATH’s triumphant 2013 tour–which kicked off earlier this year in Australia–can now be seen by fans around the world via the forthcoming “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” (Vertigo/Republic). Preorders for “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” are available now at www.blacksabbath.com and www.amazon.com. A preview of “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses”–featuring the first-ever live performances of songs from the band’s 2013 critically acclaimed 13 album, along with BLACK SABBATH classics–can be seen at www.blacksabbath.com.
Here are the “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” track listings:
BLU-RAY and DVD track listing is as follows:
1. War Pigs
2. Into The Void
5. Black Sabbath
6. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
9. Fairies Wear Boots
10. Symptom Of The Universe
11. Iron Man
12. End Of The Beginning
13. Children Of The Grave
14. God Is Dead?
15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid
CD track listing is as follows:
1. War Pigs
3. Black Sabbath
6. Iron Man
7. End Of The Beginning
8. Fairies Wear Boots
9. God Is Dead?
10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid
Due out November 26, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” will be available via a variety of formats. Options include:
● DVD standalone
● Blu-ray standalone
● Blu-ray/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in a Blu Ray case
● DVD/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in an Amaray box
● Deluxe Box with a Blu-ray disc of live show with exclusive bonus visual extras/two DVD discs/a CD featuring live audio from the show/poster/signed set list/photo booklet/guitar picks/official show “ticket”
“Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when the band–OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)–kicked off their world tour in support of their 13 album, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.). Meanwhile, BLACK SABBATH will head to South America and Mexico in October for a headlining stadium tour (where they’re expected to play to more than 300,000 fans) and then onto Europe in November and December.
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have set “Delivering The Black” as the title of their tenth studio album, tentatively due in January 2014 via Frontiers Records. The CD was mixed with Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRETTY MAIDS, DESTRUCTION) at his Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark. 12 tracks were recorded during the new album sessions, including “two epic songs, one guitar ballad, and nine crushing metal songs with all the trademarks you know and love to hear from PRIMAL FEAR,” according to the band. The effort was engineered by Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN) and was produced by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner.
“Delivering The Black” features a guest appearance by Norwegian singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (LEAVES’ EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) on the song “Born With A Broken Heart”.
I was able to catch Mat at a good time between his busy schedule to ask him a few questions about the the newly released Sinner album TOUCH OF SIN 2. The album is a re-recording of classic Sinner material from the 80s that is now out of print.
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Metal legends DEICIDE are proud to unveil “IN THE MINDS OF EVIL,” the title track from the band’s crushing new studio album. The track was premiered last night by Jose Mangin on Sirius XM Liquid Metal, and can now be heard online here: