25th – 27th April, 2014
Camden Town, London
The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, The Black Heart
Review by Anna Dumpe, Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Ashlinn Nash, Graham Hilling
On the first weekend of May, London’s Camden Town saw dozens of Stoner Rock and Doom Metal bands pass through to perform at the already legendary festival known as Desertfest. Happening in London and Berlin, pretty much at the same time, Desertfest brought together multiple bands of different sizes and popularity levels to throw one hell of a party that shall be remembered for the next year or so.
Metal-Rules.com team were privileged enough to join in and take part in Desertfest shenanigans in Camden Town’s three venues – The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld and The Black Heart where we saw hundreds of fans pass through, headband, down pints and have a bloody good old time.
EXODUS – the originators of the thrash metal genre – return to their roots. As announced yesterday via Loudwire, EXODUS proudly welcomes the return of frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza in the wake of former vocalist Rob Dukes’ amicable departure. Souza originally fronted EXODUS from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-2004, donning the mic on classic records like Pleasures of the Flesh, Fabulous Disaster, Impact is Imminent, Good Friendly Violent Fun, and Force of Habit. Souza also appeared on 2004’s Tempo of the Damned.
In a statement, guitarist Gary Holt says, “As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!”
Returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “I spent a great part of my life with EXODUS, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!”
In a statement posted to Facebook, Rob Dukes said: “I’m no longer the singer of Exodus. I’m grateful for the last 9 years. I’ve had the experience of touring the world playing music. I was just a regular guy, a fan, and I got the chance to front a legendary band while having no prior experience of being a singer. I had no idea what I was doing and made it up as I was going along. It was a great chapter of my life, Im bummed it ended with them, but I have another band Generation Kill. So I will concentrate on that right now and continue to build hotrods and build a car to race in the Baja 1000. I will be riding my motorcycle all over this beautiful country every chance I get, That’s the next chapter of my life.”
EXODUS are currently working on their eleventh studio album in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap, set to release later this year with Nuclear Blast. Things are moving along smoothly… stay tuned for more details coming soon.
On August 10th, EXODUS will perform at Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Deapeau in Montreal, QC with Slayer, Lamb of God, Hatebreed and more. The band will also appear on select international dates in Germany, Belgium and Columbia this summer, and will pick back up in South America in October. See below for a full listing of current dates.
EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DATES:
7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
8/10 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal
8/16 – Bogota, Columbia @ Rock al Parque
10/1 – Belem, Brazil @ Botequim
10/3 – Manaus, Brazil @ Arena Aparecida
10/4 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
10/5 – Porto Alegre @ Opiniao
10/7 – Asuncion, Paraguay @ Kop Town
10/9 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove
10/11 – Santiago, Chile @ Club Kmasu Premier
10/12 – Antofagasta, Chile @ TBC
10/14 – Lima, Peru @ Centrica
10/16 – San Jose, Costa Rica @ Pepper’s
10/18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador
Tomas Roitman from long-running Mexico metal band Split Heaven was kind enough to give us a few moments of his thoughts on being caught up in heavy metal genre, how the band is received in their homeland. His answers may surprise many.Read the rest of this entry »
Summer Breeze has confirmed three new bands on the bill. The long time Swedish death metallers Unleashed will unleash the horns at Summer Breeze. The Greek metallers Septic Flesh will bring the apocalyptic sounds from the beyond in Summer Breeze and finally Of Mice And Men out of England will be gaining more fans. As it is widely known Death Angel cancelled the Summer festival run including Summer Breeze. Summer Breeze will be on the 14th – 26th of August in Dinkelsbuhl in Germany. All in all 112 bands will be playing at the festival.
Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake is by far his best work to date! Produced by Bruce Bouillet and mixed by Jon Wyman, this 3rd offering from the Metal Church front man truly captures all the magic of the classic metal genre! “I wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time allow all my influences to shine through” states Ronny on the recording of the CD. “I put two years into the writing process of this album, but when it came time to start recording, I threw everything out the window and just went with my gut and it worked out better than I could have imagined” Ronny further states. Electric Wake also features collaborations with guitar legend George Lynch, Tesla guitarist Dave Rude, Pamela Moore (Queensryche’s “Sister Mary”), Paul Kleff (ex Firewolfe), David Donigian, Sean Baker and Tony Rossi. Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake delivers a healthy dose of fist-pumping, guitar-driven, well-conceived classic style heavy metal music and is a must-have for all fans of the genre! Three videos have been shot for this release, “United”, “Pray” and “The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal)” which features a duet with Pamela Moore, and Tesla’s Dave Rude on guitar which will debut in the coming weeks. Official release date is set for Tuesday June 24, 2014.
The Brazilian heavy metal band THE BLACK ROOK announces the release of their self-titled debut album. Ten tracks of heaviness, attitude & feeling!
In order to promote it, the band announces that the first single, “Checkmate“, is available for FREE download at THE BLACK ROOK´s SoundCloud site.
The entire self-titled album on sale online, in AMAZON, CD BABY and in THE BLACK ROOK BANDCAMP site. The album is also streamed at the band´s profiles at iTUNES, SOUNDCLOUD, BANDCAMP and GROOVESHARK. Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian blackened death metal band, Vile Insignia, have signed a production deal with Calgary based extreme metal label Xnihilo Records. They will begin production on their first full length album “Bestial Invocation” in late August after the conclusion of their summer festival dates. Sessions are scheduled to take place at Electric Park Studios in Calgary with engineer Nate Renaud. The album is scheduled for a fall release. “Bestial Invocation” will be the band’s second effort, following up their highly acclaimed self- titled, self-released demo EP from 2012. Vile’s demo can be found at http://vileinsignia.bandcamp.com/ and their single “Beneath the Frozen Soil” is available for free download at http://wackenmetalbattlecanada.bandcamp.com/track/vile-insignia-beneath-the-frozen-soil. Expect the tracks on the new album to be even tighter, faster and more brutal! Visit www.xnihilorecords.com for more details about the new album, tour dates, and album release dates as they become available.
The second of six webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza’s first-ever instructional DVD, “Intense Mega Drumming”, can be seen below. The footage shot this past March at Uberbeatz Studios in Seattle, Washington, and was produced and directed by Kari Pearson and Robert Bolger.
Big news – Savage Messiah front man David Silver is taking part in this years Heavy Metal Truant Bike ride in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Charity!
The bike ride idea started in 2012, where manager of IRON MAIDEN, RON SMALLWOOD, and Metal Hammer Editor-in-Chief ALEXANDER MILAS started the idea of influential people in the metal music community getting on their bikes and riding to Download Festival (instead of taking the limo or the helicopter), getting people to sponsor them then giving all the money to charityl Last year the event last year raised almost 100,000GBP for Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.
This year, our very own Dave Silver is taking this challenge to ride to Donnington in 3 days, covering 161 miles and very much looking forward to a festival at the end of it!
Sweden’s Opeth will release their eleventh studio album, Pale Communion, on August 26th via Roadrunner. Pale Communion, which was produced by the band’s very own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, will be heralded by the lead single, “Cusp Of Eternity” and available for pre-order starting Tuesday, June 3rd.
Pre-orders for Pale Communion made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of “Cusp Of Eternity”, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records Webstore and O Merch.
Pale Communion tracklisting:
“Eternal Rains Will Come”
“Cusp Of Eternity”
“Moon Above, Sun Below”
“Voice Of Treason”
“Faith In Others”
The new material find’s Opeth once again challenging the boundaries of extreme music. In a recent interview, Åkerfeldt stated, “I wanted to do something more melodic with this album… there’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall… I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process.”
Our album, “The Voice of Human Perversity”, mastered by the legendary James Murphy was released on February 14, this year via Rebirth the Metal Productions and Grindhead Records. We can truly say that it won us more fans. Right now we’re starting to work on our next album, the music is ready and we’re starting to arrange and record. We hope by the end of the year it will be ready and to release our next creation we’re preparing for you in the beginning of 2015.
Christofer Johnsson, leader and founding member of the Swedish Symphonic Metal Therion (he discharges this label!), has an absolutely clear musical vision that he has promoted and defended with much passion throughout his professional life, without fearing labels’ or fans’ support. He one of the fewest people in metal business who always do what he’ve got in mind apart from any contradictions and conflicts. Christofer will call me in a few minutes to give me a deep insight into the depths of Therion camp. The phone is ringing and…