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THE COWBOYS FROM HELL RIDE AGAIN
Rhino Expands Pantera’s Major Label Debut For 20th Anniversary
As A Three-Disc Deluxe Edition With Rare And Unreleased Demos And Live Tracks
Includes Previously Unreleased Track, “The Will To Survive”
Recorded During The Cowboys Sessions
Two-Disc Expanded Edition Also Available; Both Set For Release On September 14
Ultimate Edition Featuring Replica Memorabilia
From The Era Available November 22
LOS ANGELES – PANTERA found its growl and groove on COWBOYS FROM HELL, a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA’s major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL, Rhino rounds up a three-disc Ultimate Edition, a three-disc Deluxe Edition, and a two-disc Expanded Edition. All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the “Cowboys From Hell” Tour.
The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions will also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, “The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s sessions.
“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track. With so many killer songs, it was hard to pick and choose the ones that should make our major label debut,” says Paul. “After hearing it for the first time in about 20 years, its a pretty stellar performance and I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die hard PANTERA fans around the world! It shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”
The Deluxe and Expanded Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL will be released September 14 at all retail outlets, including www.pantera.com and www.rhino.com. The Deluxe Edition will be available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the Expanded Edition for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).
The Ultimate Edition will feature all three discs included in the Deluxe Edition and will be housed in an intricate box including several replica memorabilia pieces from the Cowboys era. The Ultimate Edition will be available on November 23 and final pre-order details, as well as the contents, will be unveiled soon on PANTERA’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Pantera.
Along with the remastered version of COWBOYS FROM HELL, all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA’s September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP Alive And Hostile, a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.
The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased “The Will To Survive,” along with demos for 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including early versions of the title track, “Psycho Holiday,” “The Art Of Shredding” and “Cemetery Gates.”
After being turned down “twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth,” ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for COWBOYS to be certified Platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.
The album’s liner notes include essays by each of the band’s surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw Pantera, Ross writes, “By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all—the attitude and the musicianship—blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they’re amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?”
COWBOYS FROM HELL Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions 1. “Cowboys From Hell”
2. “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3. “Psycho Holiday”
5. “Cemetery Gates”
8. “Clash With Reality”
9. “Medicine Man”
10. “Message In Blood”
11. “The Sleep”
12. “The Art Of Shredding”
Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions (Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1. “Domination” – Live*
2. “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3. “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4. “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5. “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6. “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7. “Heresy” – Live*
8. “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9. “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10. “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11. “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12. “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only 1. “The Will To Survive”*
2. “Shattered” – Demo*
3. “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4. “Heresy” – Demo*
5. “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6. “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7. “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8. “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9. “Domination” – Demo*
10. “The Sleep” – Demo*
11. “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*
* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)
“Gateways,” the first video released to support the new album ABRAHADABRA by Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is now available for viewing at the Nuclear Blast Europe & DIMMU BORGIR YouTube channels (and below).
Created by Katapult Films (Rammstein) director Sandra Marschner (Marilyn Manson, Children Of Bodom, Mando Diao), the “Gateways” video features guest vocalist Agnete Kjølsrud (Djerv, ex-Animal Alpha) and regalia by Tod Waters and Giuliana Mayo of Junker Designs (“In Sorte Diaboli,” “The Serpentine Offering,” “The Sacrilegious Scorn”).
ABRAHADABRA will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. Fans purchasing the new album will find an inserted coupon good for 2€ /$2 off any band merchandise redeemable at any upcoming DIMMU BORGIR show.
DIMMU BORGIR’s co-headlining tour with Korn launches September 19th in Amsterdam. The band’s headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour” in Europe launches on September 21st in London with fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as opening acts. Triptykon replaces Enslaved & Sahg at the following three shows: Milan on September 27th, in Zagreb on September 29th, and in Luxembourg on September 30th.
DIMMU’s 32-date run across North America launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Support will come from Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes. Advanced tickets for this tour go on sale on September 15th.
After a successful, sold-out show in Copenhagen (alongside Pretty Maids), celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album “Fear Of Tomorrow”, Artillery started working on new songs. “6” is the working title of their forthcoming album scheduled for release on March 21st, 2011. The new album will include 11 songs. Some of the titles are “Ain’t giving in”, “Concealed in the dark”, “If only death was an illusion”, “Monster” and “Warrior blood”. The album will be available in minimum 3 different formats, which will include 4 bonus tracks: “The Eternal War”, “Show Your Hate”, “The Almighty” (these are all re-recorded versions of tracks taken from the band’s first album – “Fear Of Tomorrow”) and “Computer god” (a cover version of the song by Black Sabbath). The band will enter the recording studio on November 29th. The new material will be recorded again at Medley Studios in Denmark, with Søren Andersen as the producer. Artillery 28.08.2010 – photo by john-son Artillery plan to promote the new album with a world-wide tour. The band has recently changed their booking company for Dragon Productions. www.metalmind.com.pl
Jon Nödtveidt was best known for being the founding member of the Swedish black/death metal group Dissection, which was strongly associated with Anti-Cosmic Satanism and the Occult. The group disbanded in 2006 after Nödtveidt after his sudden death. Not many people know that Jon was involved in a number of musical projects, such as The Black, Nifelheim, Ophthalamia, Siren’s Yell an Terror (with members of At The Gates). De Infernali was also one of those projects but this time the music ventured into an entirely different dimension of brutality…
De Infernali was an extremely short-lived affair, lasting only two years in total. It started in 1996, when Nödtveidt begun experimenting with dark ambient sounds, writing music for no particular purpose. It wasn’t until his roommate Damien Midvinter was let into this project that De Infernali became a more serious creation (which it was never intended to be in the first place). Nödtveidt wrote the core of the material, while Midvinter contributed the songs “Ave Satan” and “Sign of the Dark”, and helped with some of the other compositions. Soon the duo had enough tracks for a full-length album. They decided to record it with the famous Swedish producer and musician Dan Swäno (known from working with Therion, Opeth, Katatonia, Marduk, Bloodbath and others) who also did the vocals on “Sign of the Dark”. The album was released by Nuclear Blast in 1997. The musical content of “Symphonia De Infernali” left a lot of listeners familiar with Nödtveidt’s previous works (especially Dissection) genuinely puzzled. The songs were completely deprived of any guitar sounds, focusing on dark ambience and haunting electronics. Some of the tracks were purely piano-driven (like the opening “Into The Labyrinths of Desolation”, as well as “Orcus Lursus” and “Revival/Paroxysmal Winds/Forever Gone”), other were more mechanical (“Atomic Age”, “Liberation”), taking a slightly more industrial direction. Although not really associated with metal music in general, the album showcased a unique black metal atmosphere. The lyrics were strongly connected to Nödtveidt’s beliefs, dealing with themes of Satanism, Anti-Christianity and death. De Infernali disbanded shortly after releasing their debut offering.
“Symphonia De Infernali” remains an obscure, yet fascinating release, revealing a side of Nödtveidt that not many of his fans knew before. This exclusive reissue brings back a true dark ambient gem in all its despicable glory. The new digipak edition of the album is limited to 2000 copies. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 7th October in Europe and 7th December in USA (via MVD).
De Infernali – “Symphonia De Infernali” (remastered)
Canada’s modern metal masters, THREAT SIGNAL, have parted ways with drummer Norm Killeen and are currently auditioning new members for the position.The band has issued the following statement:
“After three amazing years together the THREAT SIGNAL camp has decided to part ways with drummer Norm Killeen. This was a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings towards each other. We will still continue to work with Norm’s graphic design company NME Studios. We wish you all the best with your future endeavors Norm, much love and respect.
So now the drummer search begins! We’re looking for someone preferably with touring experience, but if not, that’s fine. We have quite a bit of dates coming up in October and November through out North America and Europe, so we’re looking for someone that can really nail these songs quick and hit the road.
To audition we’re going to need a video of you playing the songs ‘As I Destruct’, ‘To Remember’, and ‘Beyond Recognition’. Post these songs on YouTube or wherever you’d like and send them to email@example.com. Any further questions please feel free to contact us.“
Vigilance, the groups 2nd outing, was produced by vocalist Jon Howard and mixed by Greg Reely (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). The record was released on September 8th 2009 (N. America)) via Nuclear Blast Records and sold around 1,100 copies in its first week of sales in the United States. The CD landed at position No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The video clip for the track “Through My Eyes” can be viewed below:
SF Bay Area Power/Thrashers IMAGIKA has commenced writing of their 8th album. The follow up to their critically acclaimed “Portrait Of A Hanged Man” will see the debut appearance of new members Guitarist Rob Kowolski and Drummer Wayne DeVecchi. The CD will be engineered again by Guitarist Steve Rice and mixed by Andy LaRocque. Sole founding member Steve Rice discusses the approach to the new CD,
“The band is definitely ready to kick ass with the new material that has been developing since we’ve been back from our US tour this past Summer. 13 new songs are in the works and as usual it will be a departure from our past releases. The original idea was to approach this as a concept album, but we agreed that it’s been beat to death by so many other bands that there is no point. I mean how can you top some of the great Metal concept albums like Operation Mind Crime or Abigail? It’s very hard to accomplish and not really our thing at the end of the day. But after hearing our singer’s seemingly endless collection of fruity, flowery Euro Power Metal while on the tour bus and sparing his iPod a horrible asphalt death I definitely knew what I didn’t want to do! HA! A CD full of progressive, complex and melodic Thrash Metal is more appealing to me and the band at this point and decidedly the definitive goal for this next release. By bringing new blood into the band there’s an aggressive attitude for making a bold statement with a lot to prove! Also being able to approach the recordings as a 2 guitar band is inspiring since we haven’t done that since our “My Bloodied Wings” 2006 release. It’ll be cool to kick it up a notch and bring more shred and harmony to the table this time. All in all I’m expecting nothing but the best from the band.”
A Spring 2011 release on an undetermined label is expected.
Ralf live with PRIMAL FEAR in Toronto, Canada (May 24, 2010)
As posted earlier, guitarist Henny Wolter has quit both PRIMAL FEAR and SINNER. He commented: “It just didn’t feel like a band anymore. I am looking forward to work with my buddies Klaus (Sperling – ex-Primal Fear) and Oimel (Larcher – vocals) in my new band NITROGODS. It’s a mean little three-piece and we are working on the debut album which should be released in early 2011.”
Primal Fear have commented on Wolter’s departure: “The split happened seven weeks ago. There was no reason for us to make a sensational headline or bad mouth each other. We feel sorry about this, but we have no more comments on the situation.
At the moment we’re rehearsing for the forthcoming European Tour that kicks off on Saturday in Warsaw, Poland and takes us through nine European countries. Be sure, we are well prepared and definitely ready to hit the road with five very common faces on stage, looking forward to meet you all. The band is thrilled to play a different new set-list incl. Some nice surprises and we will start working on a new studio album right after the tour ….. and as a friend on Facebook commented – yes it is the two headed guitar monster.
We wish Henny, his wife and kids all the best for the future and good luck on his forthcoming musical projects.”
Agoura Hills, CA – September 13th, 2010 – As I Lay Dying will be meeting up with fans before every show on their headlining tour for a meet and greet/signing. The band will be signing autographs for 30 minutes as soon as doors open and will wrap up right before Carnifex hits the stage. As I Lay Dying will be signing a FREE poster for fans – so make sure to show up early to meet the band and get your poster!
As I Lay Dying’s headlining tour kicks off tomorrow in El Paso, TX at Club 101. Tickets for the tour are available NOW on both asilaydying.com and thepowerlessrise.com – so head there now and get your tickets before they sell out!
As I Lay Dying’s highly anticipated limited edition SUPER DELUXE FAN BOX will be in stores on November 9th, 2010. Once these are sold out, they will be gone forever – this is truly a limited edition! The fan box includes:
• The Powerless Rise CD and 12″ Vinyl Picture Disc
• The Powerless Rise DVD Documentary w/In Studio footage and interviews + EXTRAS: Guitar, Bass & Drum tabs featuring Jordan Mancino, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert – Song Stems for “Upside Down Kingdom” – Expanded recording outtakes
• Hard cover book includes lyrics, photos, editorial from the band
• 12″ X 12″ Lithograph
• Three (3) guitar picks
• Mini drumstick Keychain
• AILD Patch
• Window Cling
• Metal AILD logo pin
AS I LAY DYING
Tour w/ All That Remains, Unearth, Carnifex
09/14 El Paso, TX Club 101
09/15 Odessa , TX Dos Amigos
09/16 Abilene, TX Midnight Rodeo 3
09/17 Little Rock, AR The Village
09/18 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
09/19 Knoxville, TN Valarium
09/20 Covington, KY The Madison Theater
09/21 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
09/22 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
09/23 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
09/24 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
09/25 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
09/26 Quebec, QC Imperial De Quebec
09/27 Montreal, QC Metropolis
09/28 Ottawa, ON Captial Music Hall
09/29 London, ON Cowboys
10/01 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
10/03 Saskatoon, SK Odeon
10/04 Calgary, AB Macewan
10/05 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Center
10/07 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
10/08 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/10 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
10/11 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
10/15 Yuma, AZ Club Blackout w/Carnifex, Beg For Life, Demise Of Hollywood
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded a video tour diary containing footage from their US tour with SOILWORK this past Summer. Watch all the mayhem at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI-G2_bHQOA.
DEATH ANGEL will embark on their first North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Retribution in early 2011! Joining them are some of the best names in the new wave of thrash metal today including LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, and HEXEN. Reduced service charge tickets are now available through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all other major ticketing services after September 25, 2010. Meet and greet packages will go on sale September 25th as well. Packages will include a concert ticket, meet and greet, photo, autograph, merchandise and more! Details on where to obtain these will be announced shortly. “North American Retribution 2011” DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, BONDED BY BLOOD, HEXEN
01/30/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
01/31/11 The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
02/01/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/02/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
02/03/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
02/04/11 Club Hell – Providence, RI
02/05/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
02/06/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/07/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/08/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
02/09/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/10/11 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
02/11/11 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
02/12/11 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
02/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/14/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/15/11 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have uploaded the track “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” to their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Melechesh. The track comes from the bands highly anticipated new album The Epigenesis.
Guitarist/Vocalist Ashmedi commented: “For all the nomadic souls out there, we realize that the anticipation for the release of The Epigenesis is building up. Here you have it, ‘Grand Gathas of Baal Sin’! A song which represent but one aspect of the album since the album itself is diverse and comprehensive. About this track well, it is extreme, it is tribal, it is Sumerian Sonic Magick” The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.
The artwork (attached) to their long awaited 5th album was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.
The Epigenesis will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
After five demos and six years of anticipation, Bay Area black metal tyrants NECRITE have finally unleashed their debut curse upon us… The Flenser is proud to present NECRITE’S brooding full-length Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. Seamlessly fusing elements of droning doom, funeral ambience, and thrashing black metal, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi is a monument in the legacy of West Coast black metal along with the likes of Weakling’s Dead As Dreams and Leviathan’s Tenth Sublevel of Suicide. NECRITE has created something very special and very creepy on Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, brandishing over 66 minutes of horrifying, ambient black metal of the most oppressive and bleak type.
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi Track Listing:
1. A Mass for the Harvest of Death 16:04
2. Bereft of Hope (11:33)
3. Bathing Open Wounds with Shards of Glass (7:55)
4. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (27:07)
5. Worship the Sunn ((O)) (7:33)
NECRITE is a three-piece: Thrull (vocals, guitars, studio bass), Tenspyr (guitar, live bass), and Malick (drums, vocals). Thrull himself recorded Sic Transit Gloria Mundi in a basement hole over the course of two and a half years, Thrull along with Eric Medina mixed and mastered the album. Since their debut, NECRITE have shared the stage with acts such as Watain, Destroyer 666, Enthroned and more, and has become a well-kept secret in the San Francisco black metal community. NECRITE has managed to craft some of the most visceral and demonic audio terror around, forgoing traditional song structure and predictability in lieu of a pure unflinching devotion to creating the aural essence of death bathed in a drone of tingly creepiness. The Flenser is most pleased to unleash this aural vomit into the ears of the unsuspecting… Sic Transit Gloria Mundi will be unleashed on November 2nd, 2010, but promos are available now for journalists seeking vile, anti-human music.
CALIFORNIA – San Francisco Bay Area gore titan, Autopsy, has posted a stream of the brand new track, “The Tomb Within”, on their recently launched mini-site at: http://www.peaceville.com/autopsy/. The new song is the title track for the band’s forthcoming EP, which is due out on October 5th on Peaceville Records.
Along with the song stream, the new mini-site also features audio samples of each of the EP’s four other gut-wrenching tracks, as well as an in studio video trailer for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the forthcoming musical bloodbath. ‘The Tomb Within’ EP is the band’s first collection of newly recorded tracks in over a decade.
The highly anticipated, ‘The Tomb Within’, was recorded in mid-July 2010 at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz, and unites the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles, and Eric Cutler, joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-Abscess). Cover art is supplied by renowned fantasy/horror artist, Matt Cavotta.
The track list for ‘The Tomb Within’ is…
1. The Tomb Within
2. My Corpse Shall Rise
3. Seven Skulls
4. Human Genocide
5. Mutant Village
Autopsy decided to make an official comeback after working together on two songs for the special 20th anniversary edition of their debut album, Severed Survival, in late 2008. The band had originally decided to split before the release of their 4th album, Shitfun, in 1995.
Autopsy emerged in 1987, and had an almost immediate impact on the global underground heavy metal scene. Frontman Chris Reifert was already known due to his work as drummer with Florida’s highly respected extreme metal combo, Death, along with Chuck Schuldiner. Autopsy’s debut album, Severed Survival, was unleashed in 1989 on Peaceville Records, and the band went on to become true legends in the death metal scene, recording four studio albums in total, before splitting up in the mid 90’s.
Head to www.peaceville.com for more information on Autopsy, and ‘The Tomb Within’. Autopsy is…Chris Reifert – drums/vocalsDanny Coralles – guitarEric Cutler – guitarJoe Trevisano – bass
In the third of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Grutle on “Waruun”:
“This was one of the songs that took the longest time to get into. It also turned out to be the biggest surprise and among the songs I enjoy the most on this album. This was among me and [keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand’s biggest difficulties when figuring out what to sing over things, and one of the last we recorded. It became quite experimental on all layers, but at the same time weirdly catchy! The best of those two worlds, one might say! A killer song, in my maybe not too humble, opinion.”
Ivar on “Waruun”:
“This is one of the first songs written for the album. The way the songwriting process starts is that I go away somewhere with my mobile recording rig. This time I didn’t go far, but far enough out of Bergen [Norway] to start forgetting some of the mundane distractions that can block creativity (rock-blocking?). The title is a construction of mine, and people can put whatever they want into it; I know vocalists Grutle and Herbrand have made their own interpretations. It is one of our heaviest song openers and shows how focused ENSLAVED’s musical energy can be, contrasting the more floating, ‘spacey’ parts that follow the opening. This is one of the songs that really benefitted from our heavy focus on working out arrangements in the rehearsal room rather than in the pre-production studio. The dynamics vary a lot and ‘solving’ the song requires finding the transitions between these dynamics. To be able to do that requires working in a ‘real’ environment, i.e. rehearsal room. Studio work only reveals so much of the inner life of the song.”
Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini”and “Raidho.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR. All upcoming tour dates are available here.
View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.
View Metal Hammer’s video interview here where Ivar Bjørnson & Grutle Kjellson shed some insight on the new album artwork by Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.
Progressive Metal act TesseracT will release their Concealing Fate EP on Oct. 12th. This EP will be available online with a limited edition digipack sold exclusively at CM Distro. Pre-order packages are available now at the link below. The band’s much anticipated debut full- length, One, will be released early 2011 and will feature the songs from Concealing Fate along with 5 additional tracks plus some soon to be announced bonus features.
A new video trailer is now available at the link below featuring audio snippets of all the songs on the EP, so head over now to check it out. http://bit.ly/aW6ePb
TesseracT will make their North American debut this fall as direct support to Devin Townsend, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/tesseract to view their entire tour itinerary.
TesseracT are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity. TesseracT fully embraces their experimental, prog sensibility without excessive indulgence or pretentiousness, delivering atmospheric, metallic songs that stir strong emotions and evoke powerful mental images.
Devin Townsend w/TesseracT
October 08th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 09th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE – Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
QUIET RIOT BACK IN BUSINESS WITH NEW SINGER AND UPCOMING TOUR
After the tragic passing of co-founding Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007, many figured that the band was over. But while going through the vaults of vintage video material for an upcoming documentary of the band’s history, the spark was reignited once more for drummer Frankie Banali to kick QR back in gear. The easy part was filling the guitar and bass slots – as former members Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar) promptly signed on. However, having to fill DuBrow’s large shoes was no small task.
A longtime fan of heavy metal, singer Mark Huff came to Banali’s attention while fronting a California-based Van Halen tribute band (that focused on the “Sammy Hagar era”). A true Cinderella story, Huff auditioned via a cattle call audition, promptly blew Banali away, and got the gig. After getting the blessing from DuBrow’s mother to carry on with Quiet Riot (and to celebrate her son’s music), the group was ready to rock once more.
Quiet Riot hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out arena shows and non-stop MTV video airplay. However, it was the DuBrow-Banali-Wright-Grossi line-up that proved to be DuBrow’s favorite touring line-up (and also, most stable).
Quiet Riot is currently firming up plans for a full U.S. tour – their first in three years. And with the aforementioned documentary on the horizon, and the band’s music being used in hit films (‘The Wrestler,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’), video games (‘Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s’), and even musicals (‘Rock of Ages’) – as well as QR being name-checked in songs by Weezer and Ben Folds – Quiet Riot remains a major force in heavy metal. And soon, you will get a chance to bang your head once more to Quiet Riot, at a concert venue near you!