Interview with Photographer Jorg Bruggeman, Author/photographer of Metalheads.

June 13th, 2013
by J P
METALHEADS - A GLOBAL BROTHERHOOD

METALHEADS – A GLOBAL BROTHERHOOD

Interview with Jorg Bruggemann by JP

An exciting new Metal themed coffee-table book, METALHEADS – A GLOBAL BROTHERHOOD was recently released and I had the opportunity to speak with author, editor and photographer, Jorg Bruggemann.


 

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Maryland Deathfest XI, Former Sonar Compound, Baltimore, MD May 23-26

June 13th, 2013
by Infamous Butcher

Maryland Deathfest XI

Former Sonar Compound

Baltimore, MD

May 23 – 26, 2013

 

Review by InfamousButcher

Photos by SheWolf and InfamousButcher

 

MDF Poster 2013

MDF XI Poster

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Jess And The Ancient Ones – Thomas Fiend and Thomas Corpse

June 13th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

Jess And The Ancient Ones

Thomas Fiend and Thomas Corpse

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

During the past few years, several interesting new bands have popped up who draw influences from 70′s mystical rock. The Finnish band, Jess And The Ancient Ones, were received wide attention before their self titled debut album saw the light of day. Jess And The Ancient Ones’ mystical and atmospheric occult and psychedelic oriented rock approach has spell-bounded several rock and metal fans. Therefore, it was about time to interview both Thomas Corpse and Thomas Fiend about the rise and success of Jess And The Ancient Ones and as for the band’s future, it will remain as an unsolved mystery from now on. 


Good day to the whole Jess And The Ancient Ones combo and whats up in the camp of the group now in the middle of the summer?

Thomas Fiend: Hello there, after releasing our “Astral Sabbat” EP we’ve being playing some festival shows abroad, like Roadburn in Holland. We just finished a mini-tour in Finland with Kuolemanlaakso and now it’s time to take a little creative break, preparing the material for the next full-length.

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THE BIRTH OF JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES

Even though Jess And The Ancient Ones is widely and well known in Finland, but before going any further, could you shed some light on how the band got started out in the first place ?

IMG_1838Thomas Corpse: A few years back there were many nights spent with the likes of Roky Erickson. Thomas Fiend and I then once again discovered the magic that lies within music, whatever the genre may be, and went on to explore new grounds. Sometimes a feather may outweigh a giant. Thus was born JATAO!

When did you consider forming a band and not playing extreme metal, instead focusing on a more psychedelic and catchy rock sounding approach?

Thomas Corpse: The love has always been there. Many things had to happen before this journey could appear in the flesh, and it took long before the time and place met and melt together. British heavy metal was my first real love, and it appeared to me in the form of Iron Maiden. And like many others a guitar was bought soon after the fall. So the more classical heavy side has been within me from the start, but I needed experience to grow and deepen my musical knowledge. When getting older, one starts to throw away those restraining barriers built in youth, as there should be no law within self expression. So we are not really focusing unto any certain genre, just doing what feels right.

Finding the right musicians to match the music and achieves is always important, was finding and recruiting the suitable guys to join the rank was an easy going on process after all  did you already know whom to be asked?

Thomas Corpse: I knew some of them from before, but some I’ve never met. Pleasant surprises all around… that was the feeling after the first gathering. It was fairly simple as all the pieces seemed to fit straight from the start.

Thomas Fiend: Yeah, Corpse kinda found the line-up while I was spending some months back-pack traveling in South-East Asia, so it was a pleasant surprise to return and have the band started right away.

The band’s name refers to the front-lady Jess, how did this come about ? Did did she step in to the picture in the early stage of the formation of the band or how did this name thing come up?

Thomas Corpse: The certain kind of group names like Neil Young and the Crazy Horse or Roky Erickson and the Explosives have always stuck my head, and I really love the separating, and yet still binding element that lies in them. One can exist without the other, but when joined all the mountains will fall. Of course we are all individuals on personal level, but together we release the entity that is JATAO.

Continuing a bit more about having a female as the vocalist; was it an obvious choice to have a female vocalist to have a  certain atmosphere and feeling in the music of Jess And The Ancient Ones? Did you even consider adding a male vocalist to the ranks?

Thomas Corpse: We were searching for a vocalist who could handle the clean singing, and Jess was the first to come along. Our drummer introduced her to us, and we tried out a couple of Roky Erikcson tunes. She knew how to work her way with them, and the choice was obvious after that. It wasn’t a gender related thing in any way, as it also could have been a male voice.

As most of members involved in Jess And The Ancient Ones have the strong background in extreme metal bands such as Deathchain and Demilich, what was the biggest impact as well as influence on you to play more rock-ish music with a 70’s psychedelic grip – did you want to explore a different kind of music and expand musical tastes to the wider approach?

Thomas Corpse: Like mentioned before, it’s all about the freedom and liberty of self expression. We are all loyal to all of our bands, and taking this step with some of those other groups would not have been a good choice. All groups have forged their own identity, and reaching that state has demanded tears, blood and growth. They all share the same goal in the end, but walk their paths through different soundscapes. The fire is always fire, it’s not tied to time or place.

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THE DEBUT ALBUM

The debut album is a fine slap of catchy songs with catchy ethereal spell bounding riffs. What kind of song creation process did you have when composing for the album? Did you create the basic ideas for riffs on your own to share them with the rest of the band in rehearsals, or how do you carry out that?images

Thomas Corpse: Usually the author of the song writes the lyrics, and the builds the base for a song. Then the songs is taken to the training grounds, and the whole group starts to go through it. Of course we always follow the original voice of the author, and build the rest around it. This has proved to be the best working method, and we continue to execute it in the future as well.

Does everyone bring input of their own into the song writing process? Is/are one or two guys of JATAO the main composer(s) coming up ideas and lyrics for songs?

Thomas Corpse: Everybody gives their own touch in the arrangement stage, but the main writing process is done through me and Thomas Fiend.

When composing the material, which elements are the main parts and factors in the structure of a song of JATAO which can’t be ignored or forgotten  certain melodies, harmonies, spell bounding riffs?

Thomas Corpse: Well we tend to keep things on a more rock based ground, but there really aren’t any limitations to what direction JATAO might go. Our next releases contain different voices, as we keep evolving all the time, but I’m pretty sure that our listeners will still immediately know that it’s us.

Thomas Fiend: Personally I have a very simple guideline within all the bands I compose music or write lyrics in; as long as the material comes sincerely from the heart and the initial impulse is being channeled with a desired energy, you’re on the right track. Of course there’s a lot of natural selection, like some ideas may fit better for some other band etc. but otherwise there are no barriers.IMG_1832

The album was recorded at the Necromorbus Studio in Sweden. Did the studio give the perfect and authentic sound world for JATAO or why was that studio chosen for the recording of the album?

Thomas Fiend: Yeah, Tore from Necromorbus Studio comes up with a lot of good ideas when it comes to production and sometimes arrangements, and I really like the sound he has captured for both the debut album and the EP.

The layout of the album is truly great, with a magical looking package. Is it essential to have an eye capturing album sleeve to catch the  attention of buyers in a record store, and how much effort did you put into the art and visual things of the package?

Thomas Fiend: We always put a lot of attention to album artwork and in the merchandise designs, the visual elements must support the sonic atmosphere and vice versa. With the debut album artwork, I think we did exceptionally well and it represents perfectly that particular moment in our history.

The album contains all in all six songs. Did you have more songs left for the album, or were these six ones all of them?

Thomas Fiend: We have a lot more material than just the songs that we’ve released so far. Some of them are complete songs but the arrangements still need polishing up, some of the material is just some structural skeletons… You kinda notice if a song either doesn’t fit into a specific release, if it needs some more time to mature up, or if it’s ready to release. And of course, many songs get that extra spark and develop further when we perform them live.

The acclaimed debut album saw the light of day last year and the single titled ”13th Breath of the Zodiac” a year earlier including the Coven song “White Witch of Rose Hall”, I can’t help ask how much Coven has inspired the sounds of Jess And The Ancient Ones?

Thomas Fiend: I heard Coven for the first time when I was visiting a good friend in Germany, almost a decade ago, and I’ve been liking their “Witchcraft…” album ever since. It’s a classic, and probably any rock band which has female vocals and a “satanic” or ritualistic approach is being compared or connected to them somehow. They are simply one of many influences that we have. Nothing more, nothing less.

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THE RISE AND THE SUCCESS

Inking the deal with the Finnish label Svart Records was an obvious choice, but did other label show the interest toward Jess And The Ancient Ones and how did you end up picking up Svart?

Thomas Fiend: I think Svart Records was the first label we got in touch with concerning JATAO, and after deciding to go with them we’ve been extremely pleased with their attitude and the way they work with us. After the debut album there has been many labels that are showing interest and that are contacting us, but we’re happy to say that we’re happy with Svart Records, heh.

Jess And The Ancient Ones has been in the headlines and received media attention in several metal/rock sites and magazines all around Europe. Has the international attention and interest toward Jess And The Ancient Ones come as an unexpected pleasant surprise for the band?

Thomas Fiend: Yes, all the attention was a surprise. Since creating and playing this kind of music together as a seven-piece was a bit exotic probably for all of us, in a way we didn’t even know what to expect when we started this band. We simply wanted to make this kind of music, that’s all. Now that we’re in this situation with promotion etc. you could say that the table is well set for the future. Also, the critics will probably be paying extra attention to what we do next, hahah!

Do you view the writing for the second album will be some sort of pleasant challenge for the whole band to top the material of the debut album?

Thomas Fiend: Making an album is always a purifying experience, as a songwriter there is something you need to let out in the form of music and lyrics. Of course we strive for evolving in all areas and we expect development from ourselves as musicians and songwriters, but we’re not looking back too much, you know? We’re not thinking about the debut album or the recent EP when making new material, we just create our own path as it goes.

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BEING CATEGORIZED INTO OCCULT ROCK?

IMG_1818Jess And The Ancient Ones has been ranked to the same league with other bands like The Devil’s Blood, Year Of The Goat, and a number of others. In general,  occult rock, stoner, and doom stuff have all become one kind of big trend, at least it seems like it has, how do you view the current flourishing occult rock phenomena?

Thomas Fiend: I agree that there’s a lot of talk about “occult” rock being a trend nowadays, but if you really think about it, how many bands exactly are doing that stuff? I recognize that there are dark currents which can be sensed by mystics and dark magicians and which manifests musically in a certain way. Occultism is not a musical genre, yet the word “occult” is being thrown to describe a band’s sound, visual image or basically anything. In the end, the whole concept and meaning of occultism, magic or esotericism are hidden from the masses, as it is expected from them heheh.

Seriously, does it bug when JATAO is outspokenly categorized to The Devils Blood and  others in the general opinions among the metal and rock audience even though JATC has the recognizable sound of its own?

Thomas Fiend: If you listen to our music with an open mind, it’s obvious that we have our own sound and that we know what we are seeking. I think this entire comparison-talk of who sounds like who will diminish with time. All of us who wander this one-way acausal path see that one is of course influenced by one’s experiences. We are embracing and respecting that by doing our own thing.

Do you view it as kind of mandatory thing for people to label and categorize a new band to find some kind of impression of how some certain new band sounds like?

Thomas Fiend: My point exactly. Especially in the Internet the negative feedback is always very present, people love to whine about stuff instead of focusing on something creative or positive. I embrace that feedback too, I don’t really mind that much because I know what I’m doing and why.

In which ways do you think the band needs to develop and improve to become better?

Thomas Fiend: Phew, I could list a whole lot of things since I happen to be very critical when it comes to all my bands, I’m constantly see and hear things that could and should be improved. Eyes to see, ears to hear. Life is constant evolving and in this light, the whole band-process is both a journey and a goal in itself and there’s no end to the eternal cycle of change. This is how I praise and manifest the dynamic energy of the Dark Goddess.

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PLAYING WITH THE DEVIL

IMG_1817The lyrics and the general impression of Jess And The Ancient Ones is closely linked to deal with the mysticism and occultism for obvious reasons, where do you ladle the inspiration for the lyrics after all?

Thomas Fiend: The lyrics stem from the fruits and results of magical workings, as well as from the magical workings themselves. Some lyrics come from the spiritual traditions and myths surrounding these workings.

Are some of you in JATAO heavily involved in studying the occult philosophies?

Thomas Fiend: Yes, I have been a member in a dark magical organization called Dragon Rouge for years and we study many occult philosophies and traditions of the Left-Hand Path, in theory and practice. I leave the other band member’s convictions as their private matter.

When writing the lyrics do you have to be in a certain mood to capture the right vibe? Besides these mentioned occult and magic theme oriented subjects, which other issues may influence you to write about?

Thomas Fiend: You don’t necessarily have to be in any mood, true inspration can strike whenever. It’s like split into these impulses where ideas just pop into your head, and to sessions where you consciously set yourself to create and unleash something out. Mostly I write only about things related to the occult. Of course my personal interpretations and reflections about some traditions color my texts, and I hide many personal things in them.

Do you view playing with the devil on Left Hand Path is the essential part of this kind of psychedelic rock music?

Thomas Fiend: No. Psychedelic music is psychedelic music, it’s a music genre, and the Left-Hand Path is an occult philosophy which has nothing to do with any musical genres. If someone wants to adapt these two, then that’s what they’ll do. Inner freedom, rebellion and liberation from all shackles and rules is the way.

What would be the most idealistic environment and place for the perfect show of Jess And The Ancient Ones?

Thomas Fiend: The audience is an important part of it, so usually club gigs, indoor gigs or festival gigs which are packed tend to be the most intense ones. Esoterically, the ideal place would be in the astral plane, heh.

All right! I for one thank you for your time and interest in doing the interview for Metal-Rules.Com, and of course the last words are yours..

Thomas Fiend: Thank you for this interview, and mighty cheers to all readers of Metal Rules! Shout at the Devil and He shall appear!


 

The official JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES sites

 www.jessandtheancientones.com

www.facebook.com/jessandtheancientones

www.myspace.com/jessandtheancientones

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Steelfest 2013 – Hyvinkaa Finland

June 13th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

Steelfest Open Air 2013 – Hyvinkaa Finland

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What would the summer be without metal festivals? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Finland is the real promised land of metal with festivals arranged all around Finland from the north to the south, from the east to the west. Steelfest Open Air is basically a newcomer to the Finnish festival map as the fest made its debut for the public audience last year. The line-up for 2013 looked tremendous due to Mayhem, Destruction, Sodom, Vomitory and a number of Finnish acts as well for example The Crescent, Horna, etc. Steelfest Open Air offered the ultimate start and kick-off for a summer of  metal mayhem.

Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova


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For me, the comeback of Purtenance was one of the most eagerly awaited events in this year’s Steelfest and while the band had a bit shy stage presence, their brand of Finnish death metal sounded good and at times spectacular. Unfortunately, the new generation of metalheads were not that interested to hear those exhumed tunes and there were way too little people watching even though announcer Klaus Flaming did his best to summon some folk to see the “legend’s return”. In some way, Purtenance were ahead of their time in the beginning of 1990′s and that’s why their brutal and dark material sounds still fresh in 2013. The lineup contains of two original stalwarts, drummer Harri Saro and guitarist Juha Rannikko, and two new guys on vocals and on second guitar. I really hope that after few gigs the overall rustiness and shyness is gone for good and band lives up to it’s newly found potential.

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Goatmoon was a late addition to festival lineup due URNs cancellation but the black metal band summoned nice amount of audience. It seems that Goatmoon is relatively popular among young black metal crowd in Finland.  The band plays a very undergound brand of melodic but raw black metal. At least this band is quite unique in the Finnish scene right now. I’ve seen Goatmoon few times already so their gig was nothing special but the genuine flute was nice touch to their sound.

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Finnish black metal triumphantly continued  when long time black metal veterans Horna unleashed their blasphemic hymns on the main stage. Horna has gathered a true legion of the fans saluting them. The frontman’s controlled performance with the eerie glimpse created a more evil and grim element to the show. Horna as usual sounded grim and eerie, but also remained loyal to the basic elements of the black metal approach.

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It was the probably the very last (and first) possibility to see death metal veterans of Vomitory on Finnish shores before their forthcoming disbandment. Maybe that was the reason that their gig lured in a delightful amount of audience. The gig showcased the whirlwind of competent death metal but maybe it was about time to call it quits. Even though the band started in early 90ies, they hit their prime way too late to be considered in the same context as bands like Entombed and Dismember and did never gain any real momentum in their career. On the other hand, there’s now an abundance of younger hungrier bands so I bet there will not be too many people crying in agony when Vomitory is gone. They are just too middle of the pack to make any lasting impressions.

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The German Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult didn’t have to express any excuses when the front lady split the blood and kicked the set off with a merciless uncompromising assault. The three piece delivered ultimate raw and nihilistic black metal. The front lady’s dominating stage presence left the other members more in a more static role. Nocturn SlaughterCult unleashed in total, 45mins of pure raw and nihilistic black metal without showing any mercy.

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Belphegor took to the second stage to unleash their hybrid death/black metal. The band seemed to have made some switches in the line-up as the long time vocalist Helmut was entirely focused on guitar and made space for the new singer, Barth, to take care of the growling. The current growler sounded like a standard  growler without the strong German English accent as Helmut has. As a matter of fact, Helmut’s personal growling and out of mind speeches made Belphegor exceptionally strong, and frankly, funny to watch. However, the four piece sounded vital murderous and brutal, but a bit too standard due to the new singer’s standard growl. Well at least Helmut remembered to thank the audience with the strong strong German English “Kizz My Ass”.

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Sodom’s Tom Angelripper recently turned 50, but getting a bit older hasn’t slowed the thrash icon’s anger and aggression at all, quite the contrary. The latest opus EPITOME OF TORTURE is an excellent piece of evidence of Angelripper’s passion towards brutal thrash. Sodom was on fire on the stage at Steelfest, the Germans offered the witching metal for about 90 minutes cranking each album by picking up the most memorable songs. The biggest surprise was without any doubt “Nuclear Winter”, when did they play that song before? I for one had been waiting for that particular song for 23 years!!!!!!! Angelripper and company didn’t slow an inch, just hammering the audience down with the all the classic tunes and a few newer cuts as well. The audience thanked and kept chanting Sodom and arranged a few real sadistic looking pits.

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Mind-Bending Black Metal Horde INFERA BRUO Set Release Date for ‘Desolate Unknown’

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

Inline image 2Boston black metal manglers INFERA BRUO are pleased to announce the imminent release of their sophomore album, entitled ‘Desolation Unknown.’ This mind-melting collection of vicious extreme metal prophecies will be available on CD and digital formats on July 1st, 2013, and in keeping with the band’s fierce independent streak, will be handled by the culprits themselves.
INFERA BRUO formed in late 2009 when and feature the considerable talents of past and current members of TRAP THEM, PILLORY, VIRULENCE, and more; members Germanicus, Adroth, Neutrino, and Galen have cut their teeth on everything from 70′s art punk and post rock to progressive jazz-infused grindcore, epic black metal, and technical death metal, and their schizophrenic skill sets rear their ugly heads in their latest project’s multi-faceted approach to extremity. Fans of Enslaved, Anaal Nathrakh, Blut Aus Nord, and early Opeth, take note!

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OTARGOS Signs With Listenable Records

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

French blackened death metal mongers OTARGOS have inked a worldwide deal with Listenable Records for the release of the band’s recently completed new album, Apex Terror.

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WATAIN reveals album artwork, track-listing for ‘The Wild Hunt’

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

Sweden’s most notorious metal extremists, WATAIN, have revealed the album cover artwork and track-listing for their fifth studio album, The Wild Hunt. Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of The Wild Hunt was done by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the Lawless Darkness artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN’s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

The Wild Hunt will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in North America by His Master’s Noise, via Century Media Records. Click here for a teaser for the album’s first single, “All That May Bleed”.

“All That May Bleed” will be released on June 25th in North America as a limited 7″ and digital download (see below for worldwide release dates and formats). Side B will be a track called “Play with the Devil,” originally recorded by the black/heavy metal band TAIWAZ in 1988 in WATAIN’s hometown, Uppsala (Gottfrid Åhman from IN SOLITUDE participates on solo guitar in WATAIN’s version).

The single will be released in the following formats:
–Black 7″ vinyl (limited to 2,000 copies worldwide)
–Red 7″ vinyl with sticker (only available from www.wolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)
–7″ Picture disc (available from www.cmdistro.com and www.wolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)

–digital download

The Wild Hunt track-listing:

1. Night Vision

2. De Profundis

3. Black Flames March

4. All That May Bleed

5. The Child Must Die

6. They Rode On

7. Sleepless Evil

8. The Wild Hunt

9. Outlaw

10. Ignem Veni Mittere

11. Holocaust Dawn

On August 24th, WATAIN will kick off The Wild Hunt world tour in their hometown of Uppsala. For those who want to see WATAIN’s infamous live ceremony taken to a new level, this is your chance. The venue chosen for this night of unchained metal magic is Svandammshallarna, located in the heart of the city. Tickets are on sale now through: http://www.evenemang.se/watain-svandammshallarna.html.

WATAIN online:
www.templeofwatain.com

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Advent of Bedlam joins the “Festival Siembra y Lucha” Line up

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

“Festival Siembra y Lucha”, the very first Open Air type, three days long festival in Central America has announced Advent of Bedlam as one of their acts.

This ambitious central american festival includes on its line up big acts such as Tristania, Alestorm, Sanctuary, Immolation, Suffocation, Overkill, Mayhem, Sabaton, Dio Disciples, Lujuria, Kraken, Sauron, Korpiklaani, Delirium, Virginia Clemm, Stratovarius along with the other national acts confirmed so far, Grecco and Kronos.

The Festival Facebook site uploaded a couple of pictures with elements of the “Flesh over god” album cover along with lyric excerpts previous to announcing the band today (June 12th) at 03:00pm CST.

“Festival Siembra y Lucha” will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica on December 6th, 7th and 8th 2013. For more information you may visit their website at www.fsl.cr.
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ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR: Running order published

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

From July 11th to July 13th it will be loud again in Ballenstedt. More precisely: The ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR will open their doors and bands like ACCEPT, AVANTASIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, KREATOR, SUBWAY TO SALLY and many more will definitely make it a festival highlight this summer.

The final running order is now online. You can find it here: http://www.rockharz-festival.com/bands/running-order-2013
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ATOMIC HEAD streaming new track

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

Chilean thrash metal band ATOMIC HEAD have released the promo/single called ” I Want You”. The track comes off its debut album “March of the Urban Zombies” that it will be released in North America via Digmetalworld Records and distributed by MVD Entertainment Group by the end of this year.

You can listen to the track “I Want You” on the following link:
http://soundcloud.com/atomichead/i-want-you
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Danish symphonic prog rock/metal band MYTHERY set to release debut album “The Awakening of the Beast”

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

The Danish symphonic prog rock/metal band MYTHERY are ready with their debut album, which will be released August 12th via Mighty Music/Target. In the past two years, mastermind Nikolaj Holger has worked intensively on writing “The Awakening of the Beast” – a grandiose symphonic masterpiece, meant to contribute with a fresh musical perspective to the genres of progressive rock and heavy metal!

MYTHERY can hardly be labeled as a ”typical metal band”, as the band members have very different musical backgrounds. Drummer, composer and lyricist Nikolaj Holger had by the end of 2010 recruited a bunch of very talented musicians to take part in what would become a very ambitious musical project. Nikolaj Holger met Laurits Emanuel (vocals), Simon Rabenhøj (guitars), Tobias Dall (bass) and Mikkel Rosenbeck (keyboards) while studying at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, and violinist Michala Høj was added to the line-up in late 2010. The vision was to create a distinctive, trademark sound that could be traced back to the roots of symphonic and melodic metal and, at the same time, push the boundaries of these genres. The result of their collaboration – “The Awakening of the Beast” – draws inspiration from the progressive and melodic elements of Dream Theater and the symphonic elements of Nightwish. Read the rest of this entry »

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DEADLY CARNAGE IN STUDIO

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

The Italian band Deadly Carnage (Post-Black/Doom) entered in studio to record their third album entitled “Manthe”. The album will be released in the coming months for the Italian label ATMF (www.atmf.net). Soon the band will release the official video (now in progress) of one of the tracks, “Dome of the Warders”, the director will be Danilo Montagna, collaborator of the band since the beginning. Deadly Carnage have announced the tracklist and the cover of the new work.

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SAXON and FOZZY announce North American “Sacrifice & Sin” tour

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG
SAXON and FOZZY announce North American "Sacrifice & Sin" tour

SAXON and FOZZY announce North American “Sacrifice & Sin” tour

Exclusive FOZZY VIP packages available at FOZZYROCK.COM

FOZZY are proud to announce that they will be touring with British metal legends SAXON on the North American “Sacrifice And Sin Tour” scheduled to run September 12 – October 10, 2013. FOZZY VIP Meet and Greet Packages are available exclusively at FOZZYROCK.com.

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New Philip Anselmo Track – “Bedridden” – Available to Stream

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG
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Phil Anselmo – Walk Thru Exits Only

“Bedridden,” a brand new track from Philip Anselmo’s upcoming solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, due out July 16 on his own Housecore label, is making its premiere today at BW&BK.

Produced by Philip Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at his New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band The Illegals – Marzi Montazeri/guitar, and drummer Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzales, Walk Through Exits Only is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.  The album’s eight songs are as unstrained as it gets, from “Battalion of Zero” to “Usurper’s Bastard Rant,” to the album’s title track that goes against the grain and right through the exits.  Brash, brutal guitars cut through punishing percussion as Anselmo screams with uncompromising ferocity and uncontainable fire.

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DYING FETUS recruit Metal Blade artists ABIOTIC and RIVERS OF NIHIL as supporting acts for Fall tour

June 12th, 2013
by EvilG

Dying Fetus have announced their headlining tour for this Fall with Exhumed, Devourment, Waking the Cadaver (10/4-10/19), as well as up-and-coming Metal Blade Records artists Abiotic, and Rivers of Nihil (10/26-11/2). The tour will begin in October 4th and wraps up on November 2nd.

Surfacing from the heart of South Florida, Miami’s ABIOITIC transcends high above the rest with a most preternatural sound. By interweaving well-cultivated musical dexterity and pronounced lyrical finesse, ABIOITIC epitomizes an unwonted entity of unmatched musicianship. In a short amount of time since the quintet’s inception in 2010, this ghoulish coterie has made a paramount impact in the death metal scene and support from the masses continues to grow. The five-piece group consists of vocalist Ray Jimenez, bassist Alex Vazquez, drummer Andres Hurtado and guitarists Matt Mendez and Johnathan Matos. The band’s Metal Blade debut, Symbiosis, is available everywhere now and their Dan Drescher-directed music video, Facades, is streaming at metalblade.com/abiotic. Read the rest of this entry »

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