Ruisrock celebrated its 40th anniversary in sunny Ruissalo. Although the festival lineup included mostly domestic artists, there were lots of interesting foreign names as well such as the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, former Guns’n Roses guitarist Slash, Arch Enemy, and Amon Amarth represented the heavier side while there were also a long list of bands from pop, punk, prog and alternative worlds as well. Such names as: Billy Talent, Canned Heat, NOFX, Flogging Molly and the Sounds show clearly how versatile the festival Ruisrock is and that mix seems to work out well. Altogether there were over 70,000 visitors in Ruisrock during three days.
Steve DiGiorgio is known for his work with Sadus, Death, Testament, and of course been involved in a plenty of other great outputs. The man has gained the respected status in the metal world amongst musicians. His skill and passion to play various types of music from metal to jazz is nothing short of phenomenal. When Florida’s death metal squad Obituary conquered the European festivals including the Tuska Open Air Steve DiGiorgio had been recruited to handle the bass. Therefore, it was a great opportunity to have a chat with Mr. DiGiorgio.
Back in 1987 Death Angel’s debut album called THE ULTRA-VIOLENCE catapulted five young thrashers onto the map of Bay Area thrash metal. The years were wild and a full of touring until Death Angel faced the end of the road in the early 90’s. Since the Thrash of the Titans co-benefit show (for 2 metal warriors battling against cancer: Testament vocalist Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner of Death), Death Angel has been activate even though the line-up has undergone a few major changes. Despite these changes, the Death Angel is still flying high. Their newest album called RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION is due out September 3 in Europe and Sept. 14 in in The U.S.A. It was an utter pleasure to have a chat with the band’s frontman, Mark Osegueda, to speak about the new material and take a glance at the past.
The German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have released the promotional video for the “A Voice In The Dark” single, taken from the New 2010 release album “At The Edge Of Time”. The three-song single was released in Europe on June 25. You can view the video below.
The new album will be released in North America on August 24 via Nuclear Blast Records. A deluxe-edition digipack with a bonus CD (six songs, one video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available.
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)
In conjunction with the upcoming release The Conscious Sedation from the extreme modern metal act SYSTEM DIVIDE, Metal Blade Records has launched a landing page where fans can go to check out music, album artwork, a teaser for the upcoming music video, and specially low priced preorder packages for the album. Go to http://www.metalblade.com/systemdivide/
The first single, The Apex Doctrine, is currently streaming with two more tracks to come before the album is released on September 14.
The Conscious Sedation track listing is as follows:
1. Vagaries Of Perception
2. An Intoxicating Affair
4. The Apex Doctrine
8. Purity In Imperfection
10. The Conscious Sedation
11. Stagnant Progression
SYSTEM DIVIDE features Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Miri Milman (ex-Distorted), Cole Martinez (ex-Years of Fire, Antenora), Andrew Lenthe (Antenora), and Mike Heller (Malignancy). The band has already completed a music video shot by Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Dope, Dying Fetus, Suffocation) for the song The Apex Doctrine, which will be debuted shortly. Details on when and where the video will be debuted will be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned to the SYSTEM DIVIDE’s landing page for info.
TOUR DATES: 08.19 @ Bar Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC
08.20 @ Bar L’Octobre – Quebec City, QC
08.21 @ Club Soda – Montréal, QC
08.22 @ Maverick – Ottawa, ON
08.23 @ L’App’Art – Trois-Rivières, QC
08.27 @ Salle Gaston Mandeville- drummondville, QC
08.28 @ Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto
08.29 @ Music Hall – London, ON
08.31 @ Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
09.01 @ Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
09.02 @ The Exchange – Regina, SK
09.03 @ The Distillery – Calgary, AB
09.04 @ The Mead Hall – Edmonton, AB
09.05 @ Third – Prince George, BC
09.06 @ Red Room – Vancouver, BC
09.07 @ V-Lounge – Victoria, BC
About the band: Founded in the summer of 2008, SYSTEM DIVIDE quickly became a transnational project. The band set out to revolutionize the conventions of the over-saturated melodic death metal genre, proving that extreme metal can have more depth than blast beats, while female vocals do not have to conform to the precepts of the “Goth” genre. In mixing many styles, The Collapse, the band’s debut EP, breaks all the rules of extreme metal and is a landmark release for the new band.
As opposed to interjecting simple, predictable clean choruses into contrived song structures, SYSTEM DIVIDE unites serene female vocals and extreme vocals driven by lyrical themes that confront and seek to break everyday themes of disillusionment, societal materialism, and individual apathy. Musically, the band delivers myriad styles of riffing and grooves, while augmenting the entrancing soundscapes with hard-hitting drums and intricate bass lines. These elements together define the unique, spell binding, hypnotic sound of SYSTEM DIVIDE.
In order to achieve this complex calculus of sounds on The Collapse, Cole Martinez handled tracking duties at Conquistador Recordings. Mixing and mastering duties were handled by Jacob Hansen (Aborted, HateSphere, Volbeat) at Hansen Studios in Denmark in April and May 2009. Artwork for The Collapse was completed by Colin Marks (Strapping Young Lad, Aborted, Nevermore). The result is a sonic and visual masterpiece that metal has eagerly been waiting for.
The band recruited Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams) as a second guitarist after the release of The Collapse EP and continued writing material for its first full length, The Conscious Sedation, which will be available online and in stores everywhere September 14, 2010. Following the philosophy of ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,’ the band once again recorded with producer/engineer Cole Martinez. Mixing and mastering for The Conscious Sedation was handled by the infamous James Murphy (Aborted, SWWAATS, Lazarus AD, Sigh, Arsis).
One of the greatest hard rock singers of all time, the late Ronnie James Dio brought a stylized, sophisticated nature to the heavy side of rock. He and his band, Dio, whipped the London crowd at the Astoria Theater into a frenzy when they took the stage and plowed through the classic Holy Diver album in its entirety. Holy Diver Live features not only this 2005 performance, which is also peppered with choice tunes from RJD’s Black Sabbath and Rainbow days, but a bonus band interview. Originally released on DVD in 2006, this high-def version is a fitting tribute to a true icon. [MSRP $19.98]
Release Date: October 12 (pre-book order date September 17)
I’ve seen the trailer for your new video “Uprising” and it looks phenomenal! When’s the release date for online viewers?
It will be the first or second of August. We’re going to go down to Poland for an August 1st premiere which is the anniversary of the start of the Warsaw uprising. I’m looking forward to seeing it as well as I’ve only seen the trailer, the same as you (laughs). So I’m really excited. I’ve seen some additional footage without music when we were back in Poland in early June and it looks great. We actually told the director to cut as much as possible of us, Sabaton, headbanging, out of the video because we had actual real good actors. I’d never heard of the Polish ones before, they are the main male and female actors in the video. It turns out they are really famous in Poland. Also in the video is Peter Stormare who of course we all know from Armageddon and from Prison Break. He grew up only an hour and a half drive away from where we live now. He’s the same kind of fucked up person as we are (laughs). It’s a pleasure to see professional actors, even though we’ve been making music videos with 2-3 people in the production and then the band, you know you play the songs over and over and over for five hours. They do there to get many different camera angles of like the drummer or whatever. But this time it wasn’t like that at all. We were actually done after playing for maybe 2 – 2.5 hours in costume. I did some additional acting which was scary because I’m not an actor. It was really nice to have the focus on the story that we were telling instead of just six guys headbanging.
Did you guys request Peter Stormare to play a role in the video?
Yes that’s because we like him as an actor and our booking agent in Sweden is a friend of his. He knew of us through a Swedish band called H.E.A.T. which are on his label (the band is signed by Peter Stormares record label StormVox). They even played with us, supporting us for a couple of shows in Sweden and Europe. So we thought, we’d ask him…he’s a really good actor. So put it out there and see what happens. The manager said “Yeah, Peter gets 50 or maybe more suggestions about making music videos every year, so I’ll ask him, but don’t get your hopes up.” Then we heard back “Hell yes, I’m coming!” just like that! What he said made the difference was first that we came from his part of Sweden, and secondly, when most bands ask him to be in their music video they ask him to show up to like a desert outside of Vegas and have him play the bad guy, shoot people, go party and fuck hookers. But he said we had something different here, with a plan, a vision, telling a true story. It was not “Hello will you be in our video?”. It was like, “Hello would you like to participate, you would be playing the role of SS-Obergruppenführer von dem Bach.” I really admire him as an actor, and even more after. After we recorded the video with him we had such a fucking blast (laughs). I could tell you of a few things that happened but well (laughs)….
It’s not safe to publish.
No…it’s not (laughing).
The song title “Uprising” and what the song is about made me think of a film that I really like called “Uprising” which stars such great actors as Jon Voight and Donald Sutherland. Did that film at all inspire the song, or have you even watched it?
You mean the one with David Schwimmer from Friends as well?
Yes and Leelee Sobieski and Hank Azaria.
Yeah, actually I got that movie from our web master half way through the album production. I had about 80% of the song written already and some mock-up lyrics, temporary lyrics. I was signing “rise or fall” not “Warsaw” at that time. He heard it and said he had a movie that was about this stuff, so he gave me a copy of the movie. It was really a good help in finishing the song. I also saw a CNN Documentary that I found online…probably illegal, but if I could of paid for it, I would of, but the CNN Documentary aired in the early 2000’s like 2003-2004 and it’s about the Warsaw uprising. It featured a lot of interviews from the survivors who were actually fighting. Stuff like that is really a gold mine when trying to get a closer connection to the song.
Fist – one of the many groups that emerged during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Despite the strong support they had from the critics, the band failed to gain the popularity they deserved. And today Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive re-release of Fist’s debut album from 1980 – “Turn The Hell On” – which brings back a true heavy metal legend.
The band was originally formed in April 1978; at that time they were known as Axe. In 1979 the group reformed under a new name – Fist. Their first single – “Name, Rank and Serial Number” (April 1980), immediately catched the attention of Sounds music magazine, who gave the song a very good review, recognizing the group’s impressive potential. This paid off really well for Fist, as they were soon offered a recording deal by MCA. By the end of 1980 the band released their debut LP – “Turn The Hell On”. With twelve ferocious tracks, Fist (at that time consisting of guitarist/vocalist Keith Satchield, bassist John Wylie, drummer Harry ‘Hiroshima’ Hill and guitarist Dave Irwin) delivered a well-balanced dose of prime heavy metal. The reviewers once again valued the group for their work, praising the musical content (especially the catchy choruses), as well as the lyrics, which were a breeze of fresh air compared to the typical, cliché heavy metal topics that other bands sang about (like the occult, for instance). Fist’s songs often dealt with surprising themes, such as fear of flying or suicide. Unfortunately, the band’s debut offering did not achieve commercial success and MCA dropped Fist from their roster in early 1981. The group went on hiatus for a short time but returned in 1982 with their second album called “Back With a Vengeance” (Neat Records). Same as with their first LP, Fist had a great feedback from the critics but commercially their album went by unnoticed. In late 1982 the group decided to call it quits… This, however, was not the end of Fist. In 2001, two members from the 1981-82 line-up joined forces with a another two veterans from the band Hollow Ground to form a completely new incarnation of the classic heavy metal formation. The new and improved Fist released an album called “Storm” in 2005, bringing a sound that was heavier than anything they ever recorded in the past. Since 2006 the band remains silent…
“Turn The Hell On” was never given the proper acclaim at the time of its release. This exclusive re-issue, enriched by two bonus tracks, takes another glimpse at this long forgotten classic, showing its true, marvelous face – the face of heavy metal. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for 6th September in Europe and 9th November in USA (via MVD).
Fist “Turn The Hell On” (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1371 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Release date: 06.09.2010 Europe / 9.11.2010 USA
1. Hole In The Wall Gang
2. The Watcher
3. Collision Course
4. You’ll Never Get Me Up (In One Of Those)
5. Forever Amber
7. The Vamp
9. One Percenter (1%)
10. Name, Rank And Serial Number
11. Brain Damage
12. Law Of The Jungle
UNSUN, band led by ex-Vader guitar player will release its second album “Clinic For Dolls” via Avalon/Marquee in Japan on September 20th. Japanese edition will include one bonus track. European version will be available since October 11th via Mystic Production.
Comments Naohiro Yamazaki, president of Marquee Inc.: “We are so happy to release the second studio album of the talented artist UNSUN. I trust it will be received very well in our market again. The album itself has a potential to become so.”
Here are some words from the band: “Hello Dear! We’re sending this message especially to our friends from Japan and East Asia. Thanks to your great response to our debut album in Japan, we signed a deal with Avalon to release second album “Clinic For Dolls”. As proved during last two years, Avalon is a guarantee of perfect cooperation between band and the label. Owing to their and your support, dear fans and listeners – we will also soon have the chance to present our music live in your country. See you on tour!”
The cover artwork for UNSUN’s new album was created by Hi-Res Studio. The same studio gets the credit for photo session. This album will feature 10 new songs (+ one Japanese bonus track – “Whispers – Dark Remix”):
1.The Lost Way
2.Clinic For Dolls
5. Not Enough
6.The Last Tear
9.A Single Touch
UNSUN has signed a worldwide deal with Mystic Production (home label of Behemoth and Riverside, among others). The band, who released their debut album, “The End Of Life” in September 2008 via Century Media Records, has entered studio this spring to record sophomore album. Vocal tracks were recorded in Studio X in Olsztyn and soon after Unsun moved to Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated) to record all instruments.
Unsun will tour Europe in October with Tristania to promote “Clinic For Dolls” live.
8.10.2010 – Underworld, London (England)
9.10.2010 – Metropool, Hengelo (Holland)
10.10.2010 – Melkweg , Amsterdam (Holland)
11.10.2010 – Glazart, Paris (France)
12.10.2010 – Die Rohre, Stuttgart (Germany)
13.10.2010 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt (Germany)
14.10.2010 – Markthalle, Hamburg (Germany)
15.10.2010 – Alte spinnerei , Glauchau (Germany)
16.10.2010 – Loch Ness , Cracow (Poland)
17.10.2010 – Randal, Bratislava (Slovakia)
19.10.2010 – Exit Chmelnice, Praha (Czech Republic)
Canada’s most exciting female fronted export, THE AGONIST, are back out on the road trekking across North America with Otep, The Birthday Massacre and Beneath The Sky. The group will be debuting some new material on these dates and be sure to visit www.myspace.com/theagonist now to view their complete tour itinerary.
Alissa White-Gluz (vocals) further comments: “THE AGONIST is back on tour. We all packed our bags and headed ardently into the ‘Blue Hornet’ (Chevy Express) that carries us off to distant states to perform, but unfortunately the tour got off to a rough start. First, we get held back at the border and miss the first week of shows (which hurt us just as much as it hurt you, if not more!), and now as we are only just three shows in, our van dies on us. As soon as we get back to Montreal we are going to scrap this van in the most spectacular way possible (might ask our buddy Bam for advice on that) – it has been the bane of our touring for a long time. Luckily, we have the privilege of touring with some very awesome bands and extremely fun people, Beneath the Sky, The Birthday Massacre and Otep. It’s definitely fun for me to have other girls on the tour, not to mention other Canadians! So far the fans have been incredibly unique and fun to play for and we look forward to the rest of the shows (van permitting). It’s great to hit the West Coast and Southern U.S. again and we are EXTREMELY excited to be hitting Argentina and Chile on August 19 through 22.
“We are also excited to be able to start showcasing some material from the new album. We are now deep into the writing process and we are challenging ourselves once again, even further than we did on Lullabies for the Dormant Mind. We also have a fantastic new addition on this tour, guitarist Paco Jobin, who is also participating in the writing of our upcoming release.
“THE AGONIST is also happy to announce that we are FINALLY playing Europe! Come check out our MySpace page or my fan page (www.facebook.com/AlissaWhiteGluzFans) for dates and so I can answer any questions you may have. We are working hard on some major projects and hope to see you soon.”
A nine minute video of behind-the-scenes & live footage from REVAMP’s appearance at this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium is available for viewing here. Fan-filmed footage of the song “Disdain” (featuring Björn “Speed” Strid from SOILWORK on the studio recording) is available here.
REVAMP’s live line-up includes Floor Jansen on vocals, Jord Otto on guitar, Arjan Rijnen on guitar, Jaap Melman on bass, Ruben Wijga on keyboards, and Matthias Landes on drums.
The band’s self-titled debut album was released in North America on July 27th. They will be supporting EPICA on their 18-date headlining European tour in September and October. The tracks“Million,” “Head Up High,” “Sweet Curse,” and “Disdain” are available for streaming on REVAMP’s MySpace page.
Candlelight Records today confirms October 26 as the North American release date for The Isolationist, the new album from KRIEG. Recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago, the nearly hour-long album will challenge the listener with its primitive yet complex sound. It is KRIEG’s sixth full-length recording, and the first since 2006’s Blue Miasma.
Working with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, Yakuza), The Isolationist finds KRIEG further experimenting with sound. The rage and dissonance fans have come to expect from the New Jersey band emerges even more frenzied making the journey through this album far more intense than on previous efforts. Vocalist Imperial admits, “The Isolationist presents KRIEG at it’s most evolved yet primal state thus far in fifteen years of causing problems for people’s hearing. It is my ugliest and most personal child, going deep into the darkest places in my own history on earth. I’m a fucked up wreck, and this record shows that.”
The Isolationist features performances from guitarist Joseph Van Fossen (Noctuary), bassist Wrest (Leviathan), and drummer Chris Grigg (Woe). “It was an intense process, considering everyone only had a few days in and out due to their own hellish schedules. I was fortunate to work with dedicated artists who each brought their own identity to the project and a good understanding behind the meaning of the record.”
KRIEG has been an integral part of the American black metal scene since forming in 1995. In addition to their full-length albums, including 2003’s acclaimed The Black House (which Terrorizer Magazine noted it as “one of the ten most important American black metal records”), KRIEG has recorded and released numerous demos, split and live recordings. Fans tally more than 40 individual items as part of the band’s creative efforts. In addition to KRIEG, vocalist Imperial has several other band projects including N.i.l., Apothecary.Sound.Lodge and his doom band March Into the Sea. He is also a member of Twilight which features members of Nachtmystium, Leviathan, The Atlas Moth, Isis, Minsk and more.
The At The Edge Of Time jewel case version plus a work shirt bundle is available here for $27.50. The 2-CD digi-pak version plus a work shirt is available here for $29.50. The jewel case CD can be pre-ordered alone for $10.00.
At The Edge Of Time will be released in North America on August 24th and features album artwork created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).
A free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app is now available for download at the Apple app store at this link.
With one week to go before the August 10th North American release of their sophomore album, EXILED TO EARTH, Pomona, CA’s BONDED BY BLOOD has teamed up with GuitarWorld.com to bring fans an exclusive “First Listen” stream of the entire album. An intense thrill ride from start to finish, EXILED TO EARTH‘s aggressive shred attack solidifies the reputations of guitarists Alex Lee & Juan Juarez and makes GuitarWorld.com the best and only place to experience the album until its release.
EXILED TO EARTH is a concept album set 600 years in the future and tells the tale of The Crong, an alien race who were sent to Earth long ago with one goal — global domination. A skilled group of warriors must now face the impossible and overthrow The Crong to take back our planet. A comic illustrating some of the story can be found at http://www.earache.com/exiledtoearth. The album, produced by Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, UFO, WHITE WIZZARD) takes the band’s music to a whole new level with a more serious aggression and progressed musical ability making for a treat for both the ears and the mind. Read the rest of this entry »
NACHTMYSTIUM embrace the true spirit of individuality and intolerance forming solely as an outlet to express the dark musical visions and summonings of those involved. This vicious, uncompromising group’s (led by mastermind Blake Judd) has also just lent itself to the new disturbing and eerie new video clip for the track, “Every Last Drop,” shot by Jimmy Hubbard and Seldon Hunt, edited by Alan Dubin (ex-Khanate, Gnaw), Special FX Make Up by Brandy McDonald and the Director of Photography Chris Polinski. It also features Judd, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Aubrey Smith (the girl on the Addicts: Pt. 2 cover). It was shot in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday July 24th and Sunday July 25th. Click on the link below now to view the video stills. http://bit.ly/9uEJTR
We are also proud to announce NACHTMYSTIUM’s next step in global intoxication, as the psychedelically lethal horde will headline the most cerebrally brutal underground tours of the year. Be sure to head over to http://www.myspace.com/nachtmystium to acclimate yourself with this phenomenon.
Set to kick off in early September, NACHTMYSTIUM will be joined by brethren Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle. Presented by Stereogum and Haunting The Chapel, the nearly month-long trek will weave it’s twisted path through sections of the Eastern and Midwest U.S. and into Canada for several dates, before coming to a halt in NACHTMYSTIUM’s Chicago stomping grounds, surely leaving a trail of smoldering cerebrums in its wake. Still heavily supporting their latest black-mangled-rock fantasy album Addicts: Addicts: Black Meddle Part II, which was released in North America in early June via Century Media, the other groove, space, doom, thunder and noise elements culminated by openers Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle should prove this tour to be the most mind-melting of them all
This headlining tour follows NACHTMYSTIUM’s meaty 2010 tour schedule, which has already included massive North American tours with Kreator and Voivod, Eyehategod, a European tour with Jarboe, appearances at several massive festivals including Roadburn, Festung Open Air and much more. The band will also be headed to Oslo, Norway to slay Oyafestivalen (Oya Festival) alongside Iggy Pop & The Stooges, The Flaming Lips and more on August 12th.
Stereogum/Haunting The Chapel Present: NACHTMYSTIUM w/ Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle
9/09/2010 Otto’s Nightclub – Dekalb, IL
9/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
9/11/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
9/12/2010 La Sala Rose – Montreal, QC
9/13/2010 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
9/15/2010 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY
9/16/2010 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
9/17/2010 Club Hell – Providence, RI
9/18/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA
9/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/21/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
9/23/2010 Hat Factory – Richmond, VA
9/25/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
9/26/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/27/2010 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
9/28/2010 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
9/29/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/1/2010 Mickey’s Finn Pub – Toledo, OH
10/2/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL