Brutally intense, unrelenting and outright savage were just a few ways the metal community described Montreal’s hottest export DESPISED ICON as any of their live shows are a true lesson in violence. After four, full-length albums backed with an unrelenting worldwide touring schedule the band has decided to call it a day and wrap up a stellar career with a final U.S. and Canadian trek this fall. Be sure to stay tuned to www.myspace.com/despisedicon to view all upcoming tour dates as they are posted in the coming weeks. Misery Index and The Last Felon are support on all Canadian shows listed below:
Wed/Oct-06 Calgary The New Black Center
Thu/Oct-07 Edmonton Avenue Theatre
Fri/Oct-08 Saskatoon Cosmos Center
Sat/Oct-09 Regina Distrikt
Sun/Oct-10 Winnipeg TBA
Tue/Oct-12 Sudbury Jubilee Hall
Wed/Oct-13 Windsor Chubby Pickle
Thu/Oct-14 Ottawa Ritual
Fri/Oct-15 Trois Rivieres Metal Fest
Sat/Oct-16 Royun Noranda Petit Theatre du Vieu Noranda
Now you can donwload the new promo EP of AlajA, as an advance of the second album of this powerful spanish thrash metal band. The EP, called “The mechanical god” contains three new songs and a great cover of the Deep Purple’s classic “Highway star”. After their debut album “Chaos Theory” (Hecatombe Records 2009), highly influenced by the thrash and heavy metal of the 80s, the sound of the band has evolved into a more extreme and dark thrash metal. You can download it for free at http://www.myspace.com/alajaband
1 – The mechanical god (06:16)
2 – Toxic (07:03)
3 – Black gold war (04:16)
4 – Highway star (Deep purple cover) (04:40)
Extreme metal at its very best, plain and simple, is what the Atlanta based quintet DAATH delivers. Currently the group is more determined, energized, and focused than ever before and is continuing to expand upon their unique, uncompromising and dynamic sound. For those previously uninitiated, feel free to head over to www.myspace.com/daath to see what they are all about.
DAATH are currently putting the finishing touches on their much anticipated third album, which is being co-produced by the renowned Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Metal Mark from Skulls N Bones recently spent some time in the studio with the band and compiled a video series documenting the recording process, so click on the link below now to check out the first installment. http://www.skullsnbones.com/video/daath-studio-report-the-new
Levi further states: “It’s hard to write about your own music so I’m going to keep this quick. DAATH has a new record coming out this October. This is the most unrestrained and over the top collection of songs we’ve ever captured. We went in with the intent of creating a freak show of a record and we achieved it. People looking for a wrecking ball of an album will be happy. People looking for an album they’ll still hear new things in one year down the road will be happy. People going in with any preconceived notions of who we are and what we sound like are in for a surprise.”
CATCH TESTAMENT WITH SLAYER AND MEGADETH THIS SUMMER ON THE ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR’
Thrash titans TESTAMENT are pleased to announce their upcoming appearance at Utopia Records in Sydney, Australia this Saturday, August 7th at 3:30pm! Stop in to Utopia to meet TESTAMENT before they perform at the Manning Bar that evening!
After returning from their Australian onslaught, catch TESTAMENT in the United States on the AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR with Slayer and Megadeth! TESTAMENT is offering a limited number of VIP Packages for every United States date on the tour. This is the fan’s chance to meet the band and get exclusive limited edition merchandise before TESTAMENT head into the studio to record the follow up to their Golden Gods “Album of the Year”, The Formation of Damnation! Now, the Testament VIP package offers some great additions, including an exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction T-shirt! Act now and make sure to take hold of this great opportunity to be a part of METAL HISTORY with TESTAMENT this summer!
The exclusive AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR VIP package includes:
– One general admission ticket with early entry (where available)
– Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of TESTAMENT
– Personal photograph with the band
– Autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Affliction Shirt
– Collectible Tour Poster (limited, numbered)
– Exclusive TESTAMENT Music Skin
– Official VIP Meet and Greet Laminate
– Official set of TESTAMENT Guitar Picks
SEE ALL TESTAMENT TOUR DATES BELOW:
TESTAMENT IN AUSTRALIA
8/6 Melbourne, AUS @ Billboard
8/7 Sydney, AUS @ The Manning Bar
8/8 Brisbane, AUS @ HiFi Bar
TESTAMENT ON THE 2010 AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR
8/11 Albany, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center
8/12 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
8/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center At UMASS Lowell
8/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
8/18 Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
8/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
8/21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/23 Kansas City, KS @ Capital Federal Park @ Sandstone Arena
8/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
8/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
8/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
8/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
INTERVIEW with interview with Daniel Zimmerman and Dirk Schlächter
Interview by MARKO SYRJALA & ARTO LEHTINEN
Technical support by Robert and Sandra
The German power metal squad Gamma Ray made their debut gig in 2000 at the Tuska festival. Since then the German power metal tornado has been a regular visitor up in Finland. The band has gained the solid fanbase resulting gigs have been quite packed and even sold out. The latest album titled TO THE METAL presents the true Gamma Ray power metal from the beginning to the end. It aint wonder why the editor-in-chief worships. However before Gamma Ray got on the stage at Nosturi, we had an opportunity of chatting both Dirk Schlächter and Dan Zimmerman .
Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén recently spoke to Metal-Rules.com about many topics one of the more important ones being about the importance of history.
Metal-Rules.com: So do you think it’s a crime that some people forget historical things that have happened, and the reasons why they happened? The saying goes “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”.
Joakim: Yes. I don’t think it’s important to know exactly on which date that something happened. This was something from history class where I was always thinking “Why the fuck should I remember exactly which year what Swedish king ruled?”. I knew it was in the late 1600’s but that was enough. What is important is what happened, what were the consequences, what was the igniting spark. Like the start of World War I or World War II – why, how, and approximately when – that might be interesting. I don’t know how it is on the other side of the Atlantic, but history here in Scandinavia, and at least in Poland, and Germany it’s focused too much on remembering dates to make it easy for the teachers instead of what happened. So yeah I agree. It’s not a crime, but it’s very important. I don’t know how old you are but I’m turning 30 this year and my mother is in the Czech Republic. She was on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall growing up and I’ve been there myself while it was still there. I have met people who were in concentration camps and things. I think if you are in your late 20’s and above, you are going to have some kind of relationship with this because you’re bound to even have say a friend’s Grandfather who was involved, especially here in Europe.”
“So I think in a sense, if someone is maybe 16 today, they are not going to have second hand experience even, like we have where we met somebody who was actually there to tell it so there is an emotional connection to it. For them it’s going to be more of a fucking history lesson which might be totally boring and uninteresting. I’m afraid that in maybe 15 years or in 35 years, they are the ones who will be presidents or prime minister’s and they may do all this same shit over again.”
Read more here including an update on why the long talked about Sabaton DVD isn’t out and on the forthcoming Sabaton re-release!
…AND CATCH ANGELS OF BABYLON BASSIST DAVID ELLEFSON ON TOUR WITH MEGADETH THIS SUMMER ON THE AMERICAN CARNAGE TOUR!
Attention ANGELS OF BABYLON fans! Make sure to catch bassist David Ellefson on the road with MEGADETH this summer on the American Carnage Tour with Testament and Slayer! See below for all current tour dates featuring David Ellefson! ANGELS OF BABYLON released their Burnhill Union Records debut, Kingdom of Evil, this past Tuesday, July 27th! The record is now remastered, and features three previously unreleased tracks. Kingdom of Evil was released in Europe by Metal Heaven Records in January of 2010, and in Japan with Hydrant Music in May of 2010. Download Kingdom of Evil for free at the Burnhill Union Records website, today!
ANGELS OF BABYLON features former MANOWAR drummer Rhino, Arizona based power-metal vocalist David Fefolt, guitarist Ethan Brosh and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. With this intense line-up of heavy metal greats and sharp musicians, ANGELS OF BABYLON is sure to see success in this evolving industry and genre. Forging ahead with the sounds of classic metal, while bringing fusion of new technique and prowess, the band is a new force to be reckoned with. With the launch of Kingdom of Evil worldwide, Earth will soon know the excellence that is ANGELS OF BABYLON.
ANGELS OF BABYLON drummer and Nashville, TN native Rhino began compiling tracks featured on Kingdom of Evil many years ago, but was patiently waiting for the optimum lineup to record and release an album. Rhino is well known for his amazing work with MANOWAR. In 1991, Rhino appeared on The Triumph of Steel; one of MANOWAR’s best selling album to date. Rhino continued on with MANOWAR, touring Europe multiple times and cruising through Japan between 1992-1995. Rhino left MANOWAR in 1995 to pursue personal interest. In the coming years, Rhino was soon introduced to Fefolt, Ellefson and Brosh, and they provided the key to his inspiration to forge ahead and complete the album.
Vocalist David Fefolt feels this album will surprise a lot of people due to its classic metal sound, but with an accent of majestic arrangements throughout. Fefolt was a member of the epic metal band, VALHALLA, and their debut album is still considered one of the staples of metal vinyl collectors worldwide.
Bassist David Ellefson is well known for his time with thrash icons MEGADETH. From1983 to 2002, Ellefson held his place as the co-founder and original bassist in the band. In February of 2010, Ellefson rejoined the ranks of MEGADETH, just in time for the much anticipated “Rust In Peace” 20th Anniversary tour of North America, aside fellow thrash legends TESTAMENT and EXODUS.
Guitarist Ethan Brosh graduated from Berklee in 2004 with honors and a major in songwriting before returning to the school in 2008 to teach. Brosh is currently an instructor in the guitar sessions program. His debut instrumental album Out of Oblivion, was released on March 24th 2009 by Magna Carta Records, and features impressive guest appearances and production credits. Read the rest of this entry »
(New York, NY) — DARKEST HOUR are about to enter the studio and they have announced that they are teaming up with renowned SOILWORK shredder Peter Wilchers. The band has put a lot of time and thought into choosing the right producer for this record and they’re convinced they’ve found one. “We’re really excited about working with Peter on this album. It’s going to be amazing collaborating with such an inventive and unique guitarist/musician to produce and document what we feel is the most emotional and melodic Darkest Hour album to date,” says drummer Ryan Parish.
With records such as ALL THAT REMAINS’ “The Fall of Ideals” and SOILWORK’s latest effort, “The Panic Broadcast” under his belt, DARKEST HOUR are quite confident in what Peter brings to the table. “Peter is someone we’ve admired and very much respected as a musician and producer for quite some time. Being a pioneer of the Swedish metal sound, (which has so greatly influenced our band) we hope to refine all of those classic elements with him and incorporate new methods to improve our songwriting” says font man John Henry.
This time around, these songs we’re done a bit differently. Guitarist and founding member Mike Schleibaum explains, “We have been working on these tunes ever since we left the studio last April. The Eternal Return was written during a very dark, bleak time for the band and I think that record matches that in both tone and character. Our vision was for it to be an in your face, no frill aggressive assault. The new material shares in that aggression and pushes Darkest Hour beyond the unknown.” The new songs are just about finished and ready for the studio. “I am very exited to work alongside the Darkest Hours guys, and I know from hearing some of their new material that it will be a killer one,” says Wilchers himself.
For more information on DARKEST HOUR and their experience in the studio with Peter, visit http://www.darkesthour.cc for updates over the next few months.
SYMPHORCE, featuring BRAINSTORM frontman Andy B. Franck, have checked in with the following:
Just a short update what’s going on. The album recordings have been finished, the whole thing is mixed and mastered and what can we say? it sounds FUCKING AWESOME! There’s no doubt that the small break we had turned out to be good for us, and we’ll be back with the best Symphorce record for sure. It’s what we believe at least 😉
We will come up with some more news very soon; exact release date, album title, artwork, and so on. We’re absolutely excited, and so will you be when the albums out, we’re pretty damn sure about that!
So far so good…..you guys have a great day. May the Phorce be with you!”
Go to this location for updates and Symphorce audio samples. Footage from the studio is available below.
Paragon Records are proud to be a sponsor of one of the most massive underground East Coast metal events of the summer, the 2010 edition of the New York Death Militia Annual.
Presented by the official NYDM and LIDM chapters, the event will take place on New York’s Long Island this August 13th and 14th, at the Black Rock Tavern in Yaphank. The two-day massacre will host a variety of brutal black, death and thrash acts including Morbid Visions, Bloodfest, Viaticum, Plague Legion, Blood Obsession, Ominous, Grotesqueuphoria, Agrath, Corpsefier and more. A simple $5 admission gets you in each day and includes buffet access, and all NYDM members will get in for free. There will also be merch tables from all bands as well as from Redrum Records and Paragon Records. View the flyer here.
Paragon Records’ latest releases include the varied black metal attack of French legion ALDAARON’s latest release Nous Reviendrons Immortels, brutally-charged death metal from inter-continental act SECTIONED’s Purulent Reality, and most recently, the violent and haunting black metal of Serbian duo KOZELJNIK’s latest full-length Deeper The Fall. Upcoming Paragon releases also include new albums from DIMENTIANON, the KHORS The Flame Of Eternity’s Decline/Cold 2xCD reissue, and more. Contact Earsplit PR for all Paragon Records-related promo requests. Interviews with all Paragon acts are available upon request. *NOTE – Paragon Records’ website was hacked recently; check out the new site at:http://www.themetalunderground.com
Following the incredible success stories and sold-out shows from Europe and the United States, Germany’s ACCEPT are proud to announce their latest news from Japan: ACCEPT have signed a new recording deal with Universal Japan. The new ACCEPT album “Blood Of The Nations” will be released by Universal in Japan on September 4th, 2010. The band’s and Universal’s promotional machines for this highly anticipated release have already shifted into high gear. The interest by the Japanese media is at an all-time high, and the first high-profile press representatives are on their way to conduct face-to-face-interviews with ACCEPT at their home in Nashville, USA next week.
As ACCEPT’s guitarist Wolf Hoffmann explains: “Japan was our last missing component in the international marketplace, which we have completed now with Universal! They are the perfect partners for us over there. Japan has always been a terrific market for us. We had tremendous success there in the past, so we are very happy to come back to Japan after all these years. Rock music is still a big thing in Japan and every good rock band in the world has Japan on their wish list. We can see from our website that we have a lot of fans there. We are excited and looking forward to bring them our new album and our great live shows.”
“Blood Of The Nations”, the new, long-awaited studio album from ACCEPT, will be released on the following dates:
August 20: Europe (via Nuclear Blast)
September 4: Japan (via Universal Japan)
September 14: North America (via Nuclear Blast)
“Blood Of The Nations” was recorded at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer and SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MASTERPLAN and many more). The 80 + min long CD marks the recording debut of the band’s latest addition, vocalist MARK TORNILLO (ex-TT QUICK) and contains 12 tracks, including “The Abyss”, “Shades Of Death”, “Teutonic Terror”, “Blood Of The Nations” and “Pandemic”….
ACCEPT 2010 is:
Wolf Hoffmann: Guitar
Peter Baltes: Bass
Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Herman Frank: Guitar
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums
ACCEPT confirmed for Japans biggest Heavy Metal Festival LOUDPARK
After traveling over 60.000 miles and visiting 16 countries and performing in front of 450.000 people in 80 days, the unstoppable ACCEPT virus has spreading all over the planet. To top it off, the band conducted more than 150 interviews and uncountable meet & greets to get up and personal with their fans. Now ACCEPT is ready to conquer the next continent!
ACCEPT have just been confirmed to appear at this year`s LOUDPARK in JAPAN at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Tokyo.
Loudpark is the biggest heavy metal festival in Japan. Situated just north of Tokyo, the Saitama Super Arena holds over 40.000 rock fans. ACCEPT will perform on Saturday,October 16th. Other acts appearing at the Loudpark Festival include Ozzy.
ACCEPT – First video “Teutonic Terror” from the upcoming album “Blood Of The Nations”
Like many here in North America, I only discovered Sabaton sometime in 2008 with their glorious album THE ART OF WAR. Their spin on the power metal style was, and remains, refreshing. Not that I don’t love the mighty warrior dragon wizard stuff as well, but I’ve always been interested in history and especially fascinated by World War II. So after hearing Sabaton sing about WWII and other wars and conflicts, the mixture of history and metal was a winning combination. With Sabaton’s 2010 release COAT OF ARMS the band continues on the same path honing some amazingly catchy and memorable anthems. I had the opportunity to speak with the voice of Sabaton, Joakim Brodén, in late July 2010. We spoke about the band’s image, and about war and how it is more than just history. It is something that should be studied not to memorize specific dates, but to learn from what has happened so that the same things will not happen again.
Rhapsody of Fire:
The Frozen Tears of Angels interview with Alex Staropoli
Interview and transcription by Erich Heintzelman
I recently spoke with Alex Staropoli, the keyboardist for Rhapsody On Fire about their new album, Frozen Lake of Tears. Due to legality issues, Alex and I did not discuss the band’s struggles over the last four years but Alex expalined the making of the new album, plans for a tour, and what he considers to be one of the best bands making music right now.