Metal Mind Productions presents Quartz – one of the first bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era. Their albums showcased the true essence of late 1970’s/early 1980’s metal, delivering a stunning mixture of brilliant guitar riffs and passionate vocals. The group’s second opus – “Stand Up And Fight” – is to this day considered as their most stellar work, reminding the modern listener how real metal should sound like…
The band was formed around 1974 in Birmingham, UK. The first line-up consisted of Mike Taylor (vocals), Mick Hopkins (guitar), Malcolm Cope (drums), Geoff Nicholls (guitar) and Derek Arnold (bass). In 1976 the group signed to Jet Records. The label sent them out on tour with AC/DC and Black Sabbath, which turned out to be very fruitful for the band, as Sabbath’s tour manager Albert Chapman agreed to take them under his wing. Also Tony Iommi became a huge fan of Quartz and insisted to produce their debut album, which the band recorded between 1976 and 1977. With their self-titled debut release Quartz joined the ranks of groups such as Def Lepard and Diamond Head, proving that metal can be faster and more aggressive. Unfortunately, in 1979 Geoff Nicholls left to join Black Sabbath, with whom he stayed until 2004. Quartz continued to play as a four-piece. In 1980 the band moved to a bigger label – MCA – where they released their second LP called “Stand Up And Fight”. The album brought an excellent blend of Sabbath-like riffs with upbeat hard rock. Quartz managed to write some of their heaviest material ever which proved the group’s extreme talent and brilliant songwriting skills. The album was produced by Derek Lawrence, known from working with Angel and Deep Purple on some of their early records (including their debut “Shades of Deep purple” from 1968). After a string of live shows Quartz returned to the studio to record their third offering – “Against All Odds” (1983). Sadly, in the same year the group disbanded because of their irreconcilable differences.
This exclusive re-issue of Quartz’s classic album “Stand Up And Fight” brings back the true essence of NWOBHM, captured in these eight amazing tracks. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies and contains a bonus track. 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).
“Stand Up And Fight” (remastered + bonus track)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1372 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
The time has come to announce the first leg of WATAIN’s Lawless Darkness tour in North America. When the darkness of November falls, WATAIN will cross the Atlantic to set the continent aflame once again, this time with Behemoth on their upcoming Lawless States of Heretika Tour!
Set to strike in early December, the massive tour will be WATAIN’s first full-on North American assault in support of their fourth full-length release Lawless Darkness, bringing their flagrantly evil, intense live rituals back to ravenous fans once again, joined by additional openers Withered and Black Anvil. This will also be the first North American WATAIN tour to feature a full live lineup, with E performing only vocally instead of covering bass or guitar duties as well. Prepare for invocations of the most perverse kind. Legions rise; harvest time has come!
Vocalist E comments on the upcoming filth: “It is with a scornful leer towards our enemies and a proudly risen cup of blood towards our devoted followers that we now reveal our plans for America in the fall. We have also managed to sort out the past problems we have had when it comes to the compromised lineup for US tours, which feels extremely good. The songs of Lawless Darkness truly demand a full lineup as well as my total submission to the vocal duties, which is exactly what they will get now. Watain is coming, in all its horrible glory, and it won’t be pretty.”
The Lawless States of Heretika Tour
Behemoth with Watain, Withered, and Black Anvil
11/3/2010 Imperial – Quebec City [NO WATAIN OR BLACK ANVIL ON THIS DATE]
Serbian Black/Death metal hoard, BANE is set to release their long-awaited full-length debut, Chaos, Darkness, Emptiness, later this year through Abyss Records. recorded at Hellsound Studio in Czech Republic, and will be produced, mixed & mastered by Honza Kapak (who played in Judas Iscariot, Krieg, Nargaroth, etc). Recorded Hellsound Studio in The Czech Republic, Chaos, Darkness, Emptiness was produced, mixed & mastered by Honza Kapak (Judas Iscariot, Krieg, Nargaroth, et al).
The album will also feature very special appearances from Jb of Svart Crown (France), Deimoz of The Revenge Project (Bulgaria) and Nocturnal of Shadowdream (Serbia).
Cover artwork by the legendary Marcelo Vasco (Belphegor, Obituary, Vader, Borknagar, Gorgoroth, Satyricon)
Chaos, Darkness, Emptiness shall contain nine track and will be divided equally into three chapters.
CRADLE OF FILTH REVEALS TITLE FOR NEW RECORD
‘Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa’ due out this November on Nuclear Blast Records
ENGLAND – Britain’s legendary extreme metal outfit, Cradle Of Filth, has revealed the title of their Nuclear Blast Records debut as Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa. The forthcoming record from one of the most notorious names in metal is set for a November 9th release in North America.
The Grammy-nominated, Cradle Of Filth, has been a pioneer of extreme music since their 1994 debut, and has continued to evolve with each subsequent release. The band has consistently refused to bow to convention, or conform to prevalent trends and fads, and has constantly sought to push the boundaries of their art. This rings true once more on Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa.
A loyal stalwart to the satanic horror ethos, Cradle Of Filth has again created a concept album, this time based on Adam’s first wife, the lascivious demoness Lilith. Throwing medieval nuns, Knights, Templars, Greek mythology, lashings of sex, occult lore, and violent bloodshed together into a creative milieu, Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa is a dark erotic nightmare set to Cradle Of Filth’s unique scope of supreme vampyric metal.
Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa was recorded last month at Monkey Puzzle Studios near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England. It is the follow-up to 2008’s Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder.
Whether through their wildly elaborate & theatrical live shows (which incorporate giant lumbering puppets, fire-breathing dancers, freaks and stilt-walkers), provocative merchandise (including the now legendary ‘Jesus Is A C***’ t-shirt), breathtaking artwork, or the weighty subject matter of their albums (their latest told the story of a French Lord who fought alongside Joan Of Arc before embarking on a horrific killing spree), this is a band whose uncompromising stance has been rewarded with legions of fans around the world, making them the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden.
New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this Fall with prog-deathster THE FACELESS, deathcore merchants THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, tech-death meisters DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy’s brutal/symphonic/avante garde horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The tour is being called the “The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010” and is being sponsored by Decibel Magazine and the Extreme Management Group. Tour dates to be announced shortly!
“SUFFOCATION is excited that Nuclear Blast, Decibel Magazine and Extreme Management Group have teamed up to deliver you the most heinous tour of the Fall,” commented the group. “This is one of the most brutal lineups for us ever including THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. We welcome you to come experience the devastating speed, mind-bending technicality, and relentless brutality of The Decibel Defiance Tour!”
“The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010”
SUFFOCATION, THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
View the video clip for the track “Cataclysmic Purification” at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYSU4XGLpI. The footage was directed by David Brodsky (ARSIS, GOD FORBID, KATAKLYSM, SWASHBUCKLE) with animation by Tim Kellen.
WINDS OF PLAGUE are busy decimating the weak across North America as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival all summer long while continuing to write material for their much anticipated new album.
Click on the link below to view a very candid, in-depth interview with Jonny (vocals) from WINDS OF PLAGUE talking about the start of Mayhem, the rigors of the touring lifestyle, his mobile gym and daily work-out routine, the benefits of a 30 min set, the plan for recording the next album and what they hope to accomplish with it. http://bit.ly/cFYq2m
Be sure to head over now to the group’s revamped MySpace page at www.myspace.com/windsofplague to access a slew of new photos and view their complete summer touring itinerary.
Maurizio Iacono, vocalist of iconic Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM, recently gave us a track by track break down of the their new album Heaven’s Venom. The following is Part 2 of the commentary, which encompasses tracks 4 – 7 from the album.
“Push the Venom”:
“One of my faves on the album for its simple in your face approach. The first video and single off the album. Aggressive with no compromise and you will be singing ‘Push the Venom’! This one deals with people who think they know you but they don’t and judge you for it with no merit.”
“Hail the Renegade”:
“A more experimental KATAKLYSM on this song but again an undeniable KATAKLYSM approach. Song is straight forward with weird patterns and a bass solo that will blow your mind. Again some old KATAKLYSM here and a very cool JFK speech at the end. Song deals with the protecting our freedoms at any cost necessary and showing that this battle has been on going since the very beginning of civilization and still today.”
“As the Walls Collapse”:
“This song is in the melodic haven where the intricate clashes the dark melodies. A very fist pumping song. I can see this one becoming a fan favorite very quickly. IRON MAIDEN would be proud. Song is about feeling imprisoned and having those walls around you and what it takes to bring them down.”
“Numb & Intoxicated”:
“This is a mid paced melodic and chugging track. To the point Death metal with a crazy chorus riff that would make Zack Wylde bang his head. Song title says it all.” Read the rest of this entry »
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD are gearing up for a short string of shows in Europe before the band hits the road in North America until mid-December with the likes of EXODUS, OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE, GAMA BOMB, MALEVOLENT CREATION and more.
BONDED BY BLOOD are set to storm Europe on August 12th with a performance at Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic. The band will then play two club shows in the UK before their main stage set at Bloodstock Open Air on August 15th.
BONDED BY BLOOD frontman JOSE BARRALES has recorded a video message for the European fans. Watch the video here:
BONDED BY BLOOD’s ripping new album, EXILED TO EARTH, is a concept album set 600 years in the future and tells the tale of the Crong, an alien race sent to Earth with one goal – global domination. A skilled group of warriors must now face the impossible and overthrow the Crong to take back our planet. A comic illustrating some of the story can be found at http://www.earache.com/exiledtoearth
EXILED TO EARTH is due to be released in North America on August 10th and in Europe on August 16th. The album is available to pre-order on limited edition CD with a free patch, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl LP and a special, low-priced CD version. The limited edition vinyls are available in the following colours and quantities:
100 – Lazer Explosion Purple
200 – Crong Green
300 – Revolution Red
900 – Black
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.