With the release of their debut single Haunted House Tapes in May on Heavy Artillery Records, Italy’s traditional heavy metal warriors SIGN OF THE JACKAL threw their hat in a ring that has been predominantly dominated by the Swedes, Germans and Americans to date. Their female fronted melodic metal attack fuses influences from classic Italian horror films from legends such as Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava and Dario Argento with pure heavy metal for fans of Warlock, Iron Maiden, Acid, Bitch and Blacklace or more recently, Enforcer, RAM, White Wizzard and Cauldron. Eager to earn their share of fandom in the resurging world of traditional heavy metal, SIGN OF THE JACKAL offer a preview of the demo version of “Night of the Undead” from their forthcoming debut album In the Mark of the Beast, tentatively scheduled for a March 2011 worldwide release on Heavy Artillery Records.
Catch SIGN OF THE JACKAL live during these festival appearances:
September 18th 2010 Villa Rosa di Martinsicuro (TE), ITALY @ Heavy Metal Night 3
April 29th-30th 2011 Lauda Koenigshofen, GERMANY @ Keep It True XIV
Born in the frigid winter of 2007 in the Rovereto, Italy four friends were brought together by a mutual passion for classic heavy metal and horror movies. These four friendssought to create a band that paid homage to such 80’s metal legends as Warlock, Black Knight, Taist of Iron, Black Lace, Judas Priest and Lizzy Borden-that band became SIGN OF THE JACKAL. The core of the band was formed with Bob on rhythm/lead guitar, Sergio Mate on drums, Kill on bass and lead vocalist and front woman Laura on vocals. The bulk of gigs in their first year found SIGN OF THE JACKAL covering their favorite classic metal songs, opting to avoid the hits and instead keep things interesting with a set list full of rare b-sides and obscure album tracks. However, the band desired to write their own songs and have a fuller sound so in April 2008 rhythm guitarist Max was added to complete the line-up. With the line up complete, SIGN OF THE JACKAL quickly found their own sound, meshing together classic metal and horror influences to create a buzz for themselves amongst European underground metal fans. By Winter 2008 SIGN OF THE JACKAL’s debut two track demo, the aptly-named Haunted House Tapes, found its way across the Atlantic to American underground metal fans and ultimately to HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS which gave Haunted House Tapes the vinyl treatment.
Since we had to sail all the way back to Finland, we took the opportunity to take another Finnish band on board. Please welcome ENSIFERUM to the line up of 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival.
The confirmed 21 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
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.