Frontiers Records announces the re-release in limited edition of some of long out of print classic releases of its catalogue on August 27th. Subject to the campaign will be four albums.
WETTON / DOWNES “Icon”, the album that marked the reunion between Geoff Downes and John Wetton. Originally released in 2005, this is the album that re-sparkled the flame between the two artists and brought later two more albums and the original ASIA line-up reunion. This edition will see the addition of 5 bonus tracks: Heat of the Moment 05; Paradox/ Let Me Go (different version); The Smile Has Left Your Eyes 05; In The End (different version); There In Your Bed (which originally appeared on the “Heat of the Moment 05” EP). Details and samples available on www.frontiers.it/album/4740/
HURRICANE “Liquifury”, the third album from the amazing US Hard Rock band featuring singer Kelly Hansen (who later went on to join Foreigner) and drummer Jay Schellen (who will shortly appear on the Unruly Child reunion album). This reissue will include two bonus tracks: Push, Promises (both have originally appeared on the Japanese edition of the album). Details and samples available on www.frontiers.it/album/4741/
SEVENTH KEY “Seventh Key”, the debut album from the collaboration between KANSAS bassist Billy Greer and former CITY BOY guitar player Mike Slamer. Both have played together in STREETS, the band formed by Steve Walsh in his brief hiatus from Kansas from 1983 to 1986. This album includes some songs which were originally demoed for the KANSAS “Power” album and feature performances from Steve Morse, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh and Rich Williams among others. This reissue adds two bonus tracks The Storm Rages On (original Japanese bonus track) and Remember You Well (US bonus track which was written by the other ex KANSAS, Kerry Livgren). Details and samples available on www.frontiers.it/album/4742/
SEVENTH KEY “The Raging Fire”, the band’s second album. From a studio project SEVENTH KEY evolved in a more stable unit which saw Greer and Slamer joined by Terry Brock and Jamie Thompson. Defined as “A brilliant album!” by Melodicrock.com at the time of the release, this reissue comes with one bonus track “Love Train”. Details and samples available on www.frontiers.it/album/4743/
WORK OF ART
Singer Lars Sarfsund is currently completing the vocal track recordings for the highly anticipated second album from WORK OF ART, the Swedish Melodic Rock band that took the scene by storm with the release of the self / titled debut in February 2008. The working title of the new album will be “In Progress” and Frontiers looks to release in before the end of 2010. Melodic Rock fans can expect a real step forward and the guys will deliver nothing else than a stunning release !
ALLEN / LANDE
Frontiers Records informs that the release of ALLEN / LANDE third album “The Showdown”, originally planned for September, is postponed to November 2010. We apologize with the fans for the unexpected delay.
Some very positive press results are blessing the return of ex HAREM SCAREM singer Harry Hess fronting FIRST SIGNAL, the new project produced by Dennis Ward of PINK CREAM 69. Some of the most remarkable ones include:
“FIRST SIGNAL is a well-constructed and melodic-as-hell album that welcomes Harry Hess and melodic rock fans with open arms.” Rockeyez
“If you dig Melodic Rock and the old Harem Scarem stuff then this album is something you will enjoy.” Welovemetal.com
“For die hard fans of Harem Scarem is First Signal featuring Harry Hess a good news show, its finger liking good” Furyrocks.com
“Simply put, First Signal is one of the contenders for being one of the best melodic rock albums of 2010”. Ytsejam.com
The US-Greek Hard Rock unit OUTLOUD is working already on the follow up to their successful self titled debut release. RockpagesTV “invaded” Basement Studios were the band is working and talked with drummer Mark Cross and guitarist Bob Katsionis about the recording of their sophomore album, the differences with the first and Outloud’s characteristics. You can read the entire interview at http://rockpages.gr or enjoy the interview clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eGfVyKxQGk
THE MURDER OF MY SWEET
The very well known Japanese actor/singer Anna Tsuchiya will use the original THE MURDER OF MY SWEET song “Follow The Rain” (titled “Shout In The Rain” in her version) as the lead off single from her third album released in Japan on Avex. The song in this new version can be enjoyed in this attractive videoclip
It’s very rare that a Japanese artist decides to cut a single with an already available song – but Avex and Anna T loved the track very much and the band feels honoured by their choice. THE MURDER OF MY SWEET are scheduled to appear live at the forthcoming Raismes Festival in France on September 11th.
MELODIC ROCK FANZINE
Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of MELODIC ROCK FANZINE. The 39th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mailorders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.
This new issue includes reviews and interviews of First Signal, Terry Brock, Terra Nova, Sister Sin Wheels Of Fire, Joey Summer, Kickhunter, Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train, Yoso, Jorn… and more!… and more!
Sick Drummer.com has uploaded live drum camera footage of Tommy McKinnon of Canada’s progressive death metal juggernauts AUGURY performing “… Ever Know Peace Again” from AUGURY’s 2004 debut release, Concealed on July 30, 2010 at Slim’s in San Francisco, California. The video is available for viewing here. View high-quality photos of AUGURY’s July 31st performance at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California here.
Called “one of the most astonishing prog-death bands on the planet” by AllMusic.com, AUGURY are currently on the “Panic Over North America” tour with the godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK, Bay Area thrashers DEATH ANGEL, Mutiny Within, and New Jersey’s pirate thrash armada SWASHBUCKLE. Remaining dates on the tour are:
08/05/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
08/06/10 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
08/07/10 Meridian – Houston, TX
08/09/10 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
08/10/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
08/11/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
08/12/10 Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA
08/13/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
08/14/10 Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
08/15/10 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
AUGURY’s Nuclear Blast debut, Fragmentary Evidence, was released in North America in August, 2009 and is available for purchase at the Nuclear Blast USA Webstore.
Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ works with Metal Blade Records’ A&R department; first bands signed are Sweden’s PORTRAIT and Ireland’s DARKEST ERA!
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce it has inked an imprint deal with Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ of Primordial to handle distribution of his label POISON TONGUE RECORDS. Alan’s POISON TONGUE RECORDS has already begun to gain notice as a promising label in the underground scene in Europe and now with distribution being handled by Metal Blade Records in North America, the label will be able to further expand its reach into States.
Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ elaborates; “so after twenty years experience in the music industry I am starting my own imprint label called Poison Tongue Records through Metal Blade Records, working in conjunction with Darragh at Invictus Productions and Cyclone Empire. The reasons are many fold and despite the confused state the industry itself is in I felt it was time to step up and make a few things happen. Poison Tongue will be underground, make no bones about it and will concentrate on a couple of releases a year together with Invictus dealing with the underground traders, Cyclone hitting the middle ground and Metal Blade taking care of the shops, main mail-orders and bigger advertisements. Attack on all fronts!
The first release is the BLOOD REVOLT Indoctrine album. Poison Tongue is responsible for the limited digi version available right now through Metal Blade (listen to the track ‘Year Zero’ on the website) in conjunction with Profound Lore in the States and Invictus here in Europe taking care of the jewel edition.
Next up is a joint collaboration on a new DESTRÖYER 666 7″ together with Invictus Productions. Something I’m very proud to be connected with having long connections with the DESTRÖYER 666 boys, this should be out to coincide with their tour with Watain in the fall. Then we are going to begin working with fellow Aussies, and one-time DESTRÖYER 666 members, Berserker and ASSAULTER on their new album, having recruited new members this is going to crush, plain and simple. A demo track is now up on the Poison Tongue site so be sure to check it out. More news will follow about releases to follow.”
In other news; Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’ works with Metal Blade Records’ A&R department and has already picked up two new bands. The first is PORTRAIT from Sweden and the second is DARKEST ERA hailing from Ireland. Metal Blade Records chairmen and CEO, Brian Slagel, comments on teaming up with Alan to assist the label in finding new metal acts: “We are very excited to work with Alan on this project. He has great ears and is really embedded in the underground.”
Alan adds; “I’ll be working A&R for Metal Blade, bringing some new angles and ideas. The first of which is Swedish old school contenders PORTRAIT. When this NWOBHM 80’s magma finally spews to the surface these guys are going to be there. The second is young Irish band DARKEST ERA who will release their debut later in the year. A heady and vibrant mix of sweeping Irish melancholy imbued with Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Omen and Slough Feg. Earth pagan power? Sound about right?
There will be more to follow believe me! If you are interested in getting in touch because your band might be what I’m looking for, email: email@example.com.”
“We take pride in signing to a label with a legacy like that of Metal Blade,” comments Portrait guitarist Richard Lagergren. “And in a way I’d like to say this will be our first ‘real’ album… You ain’t seen nothing yet! Hell awaits!”
Ade Mulgrew, guitarist of Darkest Era, comments; “this is a big step for us and gives us a great opportunity to get our music out to a lot more people. We’ve got a new album written that we are really excited about and can’t wait to get it recorded. Metal Blade has put out some of our favorite records over the years and we’re looking forward to working with them as we embark on this journey of conquest!”
Nuclear Blast USA’s webshop is now taking pre-orders for IMMORTAL’s first official DVD & live CD release, The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh, a visual documentation of the band’s headlining reunion show at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in Germany in 2007.
The $20.00 pre-order bundle includes an IMMORTAL “All Shall Fall” t-shirt and can be ordered here.
The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh will be released in Europe on August 6th and in North America on September 14th. The track listing for both the DVD and the live CD is as follows:
02. The Sun No Longer Rises (from Pure Holocaust)
03. Withstand The Fall Of Time (from At The Heart Of Winter)
04. Sons Of Northern Darkness (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)
05. Tyrants (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)
06. One By One (from Sons Of Northern Darkness)
07. Wrath From Above (from Damned In Black)
08. Unholy Forces Of Evil (from Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism)
09. Unsilent Storms In The North Abyss (from Pure Holocaust)
10. At The Heart Of Winter (from At The Heart Of Winter)
11. Battles In The North (from Battles In The North)
12. Blashyrk (Mighty Ravendark) (from Battles In The North)
View the trailer for The Seventh Date Of Blashyrkh:
Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have made their new album Heaven’s Venom available for streaming in it’s entirety on their Myspace page www.myspace.com/Kataklysm. Heaven’s Venom will be released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s Prevail, was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).
KATAKLYSM recently shot a video clip for the song “Push The Venom” with director Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED, DEATHSTARS, EX DEO) in Belgrade, Serbia.
Heaven’s Venom track listing:
1. A Soulless God
2. Determined (Vows of Vengeance)
3. Faith Made of Shrapnel
4. Push the Venom
5. Hail the Renegade
6. As the Walls Collapse
7. Numb & Intoxicated
8. At the Edge of the World
9. Suicide River
10. Blind Savior
British crossover thrashers SSS are kicking off a European tour tonight (5th August) in Hanover, Germany.
SSS are headlining the “Wreck and Annoy” tour, and have created a brand new tour diary to track the antics of the band as they thrash and destroy their way around Europe. Check out the tour diary at http://sssliverpool.blogspot.com
SSS frontman FOXY comments:
“SSS has grasped the nettle and are doing a tour diary for our European tour. Follow events live as they unfurl abroad. Daily updates by the best semi-professional crossover thrash metal band from the UK. Be the first to witness the sights, the sounds and the smells all in glorious 2D. That’s the plan anyway. See how long it lasts. See you on the dark side of the channel.”
Catch SSS live in Europe at the following shows:
05.08.10 Hanover, Germany – Musikzentrum (w/ SLAPSHOT)
06.08.10 Leisnig, Germany – Sucks’n’Summer Open Air Festival
07.08.10 Pinkafeld, Austria – Alte Gerberei
08.08.10 Vienna, Austria – Tüwi
09.08.10 Bratislava, Slovakia – Obluda Club
10.08.10 Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
11.08.10 Chemnitz, Germany – Subway To Peter
12.08.10 Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
13.08.10 Ieper, Belgium – Ieper Festival
14.08.10 Newport, Wales – Le Pub
Vincent Bennett is a burly bespectacled behemoth, a throat-shredding larynx overlord pushing out the poison as The Acacia Strain’s foreboding frontman. Formed in Springfield, Massachusetts nearly 10 years ago, TAS’ downtuned vitriol reached capacity on 2008’s Continent (Prosthetic), a dirgy slab of molten metal providing a fitting sound to the end of days. New bomber Wormwood (out July 20 via Prosthetic) picks up where Continent’s swirling miasma left off, a blatantly rage-filled cauldron of king sized riffs (courtesy of equally burly guitar whiz DL) fleshed out with the seriously killer drum chicanery of Kevin Boutot and lunging bassman Jack Strong both of whom are, oddly enough, sinewy and skinny as rails.
I recently caught up with the disarmingly soft-spoken singer via phone to discuss TAS’ new jams, the reality of being in a band of road dogs and the happiness that can be found in isolation. Vincent Bennet is a friendly dude but just wait and see why humanity has it in our best interest to keep him on the mic for a long time….
Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for the exclusive North American mail-order digi-pak edition of ACCEPT’s Blood Of The Nations album. This exclusive release features the bonus track “Time Machine.”
The pre-order bundle includes an ACCEPT “Teutonic Terror” t-shirt and can be ordered here.
Tracklisting for the Blood Of The Nations digi-pak is:
01. Beat the Bastards
02. Teutonic Terror
03. The Abyss
04. Blood of the Nations
05. Shades of Death
06. Locked and Loaded
07. Time Machine (North American Bonus Track)
08. Kill the Pain
09. Rollin’ Thunder
11. New World Comin’
12. No Shelter
13. Bucketful of Hate
Blood Of The Nations, ACCEPT’s twelfth full-length studio album recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy), will be released in North America on September 14th.
ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up (which features three on-going members) is: Wolf Hoffmann, guitar; Peter Baltes, bass; Stefan Schwarzmann, drums; Herman Frank, guitar; and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41 – here. View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.
(New York, NY) — Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR will re-release three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOMOFSORROW (with HATEBREED front man Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have revealed the artwork to their long awaited 5th album The Epigenesis. The cover art was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.The record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented vocalist/guitarist Ashmedi: ”The art was meticulously discussed over several phone calls and John, like a real credible artist, worked in utmost professionalism while having a real short deadline. The cover art perfectly represents our music and themes. It portrays an occult, mystical Near Eastern/ Mesopotamian atmosphere while strictly adhering to a non cliché standard. Aside from the mutual understanding between myself and John, The Golden Ratio principle was the starting and defining point for this sublime art, I am extremely satisfied with this cover art.“
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.
A benefit and memorial show has been planned for Makh Daniels, vocalist of EARLY GRAVES, who tragically passed away on Monday in a van accident, while on tour in Oregon. Everyone is encouraged to come and show support for someone who dedicated his life to touring and the metal scene, and help his family with the costs involved with this tragedy. All proceeds from the door and a percentage of profits from the bar will be donated to Makh’s family.
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have finished the recordings for their long-anticipated second full-length to be released this October!
Comments drummer Ed Warby: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although ‘Of Frost And War’ is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we’ve succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production…at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it’s off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood ‘n’ guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can’t imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed, on the contrary!”
The soon-to-be-titled album was produced by Ed Warby and like before, the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.
HAIL OF BULLETS nailed down 11 songs plus intro.
More details on pre-orders, streaming MP3s, track listing, and the new artwork will be released shortly!
Check out this video for the track Warsaw Rising, off their first full-length album of the same name, directed and edited by Dave Hall and Dave Cardoso when HAIL OF BULLETS played the 2009 Maryland Death Metal Fest.
Santa Monica, California, August 2, 2010 – – Black Tide will head out on the road this fall joining Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate on their 31 date tour of North America. The tour kicks off September 16th in Wichita, KS at The Cotillon and also includes Drive A on the bill. See below for a complete list of tour dates.
Black Tide broke onto the music scene in a big way in 2008 with their fist-pumping, fret-burning, fast-paced metallic anthems on their Interscope Records debut Light From Above. The Florida based quartet is putting the finishing touches on their sophomore set which will be released in early 2011. The new album was recorded at Spin Studios in New York with producers GGGarth (Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against) and Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God).
Black Tide is one of a young, new generation of rock bands who are equally at home in the metal, hard rock, and alternative worlds as evidenced by their inclusion on various package tours – Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Mayhem Festival- and as support for artists such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Escape the Fate and more. Lead vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Garcia, bassist Zakk Sandler, drummer Steven Spence and guitarist Austin Diaz immediately took to the road and to date has rocked over 300 shows in over 16 countries with over 1 million fans! Their debut, Light From Above, was released in March 2008 and garnered instant acclaim stateside with Rolling Stone naming the band one of the “Best Rookies of 2008” and “Metal’s New Teen Titans.” Spin Magazine went on to tap them as one of the “Next Big Things” and overseas Kerrang named them the “Best New Band of 2008!” Light From Above has sold over 100,000 albums and the band has had over 1 million views of their Youtube videos.
Below is a complete list of tour dates for Black Tide on tour with Bullet For MyValentine and Escape The Fate:
September 16 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
September 17 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
September 18 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
September 19 Austin, TX Stubbs
September 21 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
September 23 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
September 24 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
September 25 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
September 26 Norfolk, VA The Norva
September 28 Scranton, PA Cultural Center
September 30 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 1 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
October 2 Albany, NY Armory
October 3 Atlanta, GA *WKLS radio show / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 5 Providence RI Lupo’s
October 6 Montréal Metropolis
October 8 Toronto Sound Academy
October 9 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre
October 10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
October 12 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
October 13 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
October 14 Fargo, ND The Venue
October 17 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Centre
October 18 Calgary, AB McEwen Hall @ University Of Calgary
Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death masters, DECREPIT BIRTH, sold around 1,300 copies in the United States of their new album Polarity in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, making it the bands highest first week sales yet. Polarity was released on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Drums for Polarity were recorded at Sharkbite Studios (EXODUS) with producer Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, SUFFOCATION, IMMOLATION) while all other tracking was handled by Matt Sotelo before being mixed by Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.) and can be viewed here http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=374702.
Polarity Track Listing:
1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
3. The Resonance
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
11. Darkness Embrace
Mail order edition bonus track:
12. See Through Dreams (DEATH Cover)
“SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR”
DECAPITATED, THE FACELESS, ALL SHALL PERISH, THE RED CHORD, VEIL OF MAYA, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, DECREPIT BIRTH, CARNIFEX, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, VITAL REMAINS
08/04/10 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
08/05/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
08/06/10 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
08/07/10 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
08/08/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
08/09/10 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
08/10/10 First Ave – Minneapolis, MN
08/11/10 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
08/13/10 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
08/14/10 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
08/16/10 Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
08/17/10 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
08/19/10 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA