ICED EARTH brainchild, Jon Schaffer, has developed a new project, SONS OF LIBERTY, for the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, t-shirts or tickets, but rather wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. Check out the new video below where Schaffer discusses the concept behind the song “Jeckyll Island”, and the book it’s based on – a core principle to the topics covered in the band’s lyrical content. Also, catch a special interview with Schaffer and G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island).
The entire album can be heard now at www.sons-of-liberty.net, so head over now to check it out. Schaffer setup the very informative resource website as a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. SONS OF LIBERTY: Brush-Fires of The Mind is set for a July 13th release.
Schaffer handles all vocals and instrumentation for SONS OF LIBERTY, but the effort also features guest solos by legendary producer Jim Morris, ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele and world-class bassist, Ruben Drake. Born from Schaffer’s desire to stimulate curiosity about a pattern of global banking corruption that is undermining the independence of people and their countries, SONS OF LIBERTY aims to spearhead a multi-faceted and peaceful resistance of the tyranny being wrought every day on regular people.
Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, and James Hetfield
The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX – played together for the first time in their history at the Sonisphere Festival last night (June 16th) at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in front of 100,000 fans.
Gazeta.pl has posted a gallery of photos from the event. Check it out at this location.
After 17 years, former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has returned to the stage with UNISONIC – the band also featuring Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany’s PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) – performing select dates throughout Europe and Russia.
Kiske checks in from the road:
“Having done my first live shows after almost 17 years I’d like to say that I was really thrilled about still having many friends out there after such a long time. Some people even came from Russia just for our freaking warm up shows, another guy came from Turkey! That’s unbelievable. I am deeply honoured and moved by this and don’t take any of it for granted. My voice was not half way where I want it to be in terms of condition for live situations, this always needs some time, especially after so many years, but on most songs I did well and the audience was great. It was very important for me to do this and to have new face to face contact with you people again after isolating myself for a long time. In Sweden it was extremely cool to see how welcome Unisonic was and how many autographs we had to give afterwards. And it was not only Keeper or Place Vendome CDs I had to sign; every second CD seemed to be one of my solo CDs. I didn’t expect that.
I have been quite harsh on the metal-scene over some time and was pretty pissed about it, because I can’t deal with certain things in it, and that might have made me be a bit unfair occasionally, but that wasn’t for very long. And meeting many of you fans now again has helped me to adjust even more now. I don’t hate all metal, I just hate morally wrong ideologies which are circulating within the metal-scene and I don’t accept any sort of art-slavery. But I still like rock music, yes, even some of my favourite metal-records of my youth, because most of them are simply great rock records. In many ways the music wasn’t really the problem. My problem was, is and will always be the satanic sickness that is so common in the scene. I have NO understanding for inhumanity and heartlessness glorifying people and fascistic mentalities. I believe in good-hearted humans, love and understanding, and that free and honest music is the only law for a healthy and true music-culture. What I have criticized about the metal-scene was and is very just, but to each its own of course. I will always speak my mind. My spiritual, moral and artistic convictions haven’t changed a bit, but I am a lot more relaxed now and if I went too far sometimes in the past, I am sorry, I don’t want to be unfair at all. Not all metal fans are ignorant or Satanists, I never really thought that anyway. I have actually met only cool, good-hearted and intelligent metal and rock-fans on this very short ‘tour’. Some even seem to understand my way of thinking, when we talked. They were much more open minded and friendly than I thought, and if that would be representative for the majority, I’d be very happy. I wanted to get these words out to you guys while all is still fresh.”
The tireless and tour-hungry hardcore loyalists in LA’s TERROR, spearheaded by the endless enthusiasm of frontman Scott Vogel, have returned with a vicious new chapter to their storied career. The much anticipated new album, Keepers of The Faith, is a worldwide call to the community and an attempt to hear back from the faithful on the front lines.
Keepers of The Faith is 13 new tracks produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory (A Day To Remember, H2O) at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange County, CA. It was engineered by Paul Miner (Death By Stereo, Adamantium) and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed). Keepers of The Faith is set for an August 30th release throughout Europe and a September 14th throughout North America. Doom Patrol will also be issuing the album in Japan on September 1st. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/terror to view their complete worldwide touring itinerary.
Vogel sums it all up, “This is the record we put everything we have into, from the music to the lyrics, the layout to the title and to the direct hand to hand street marketing approach, we are putting it all on the line. We took all the rules of what’s going on in the industry today and washed them from our minds. We wanted to capture those early days of hardcore. This is the record we were destined to make. This is TERROR at its best and I’m so excited to get this out and start touring surrounding its energy and passion.”
TERROR earned quite a reputation since forming at the turn of the millennium. Their melding of no-frills, breakneck hardcore and the fervor of new generation metal bridges the gap between young and old, and it makes for one hell of a pit no matter what city or stage the band leaves in ruins. Vogel has been a key figure in the scene’s survival, having given up a normal home life to slug it out on the road despite broken limbs, slipped discs and everything else that comes with hosting a TERROR show.
British thrashers EVILE, who are known in gamer circles as the band with the most complex and hard-to-beat song on popular video game Rock Band, now have another new song available for fans to try to master.
EVILE’s song, “Infected Nation”, which comes from the band’s latest album, is now live and available on the Rock Band Network store. The band’s headbanging anthem “Thrasher” was previously released on Rock Band and became an instant hit with fans and gamers who wanted one of the fastest, most challenging and complex tracks available.
Now, EVILE returns to Rock Band 2 with “Infected Nation”, which proves to be equally as hard – if not harder – to master. “Infected Nation” is available to download now from the Rock Band Network store (not the main Rock Band store) for Xbox 360.
EVILE recently marked another triumphant milestone in the band’s short history, as they were honoured with the “Metal As Fuck” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods. View a photo of the band with their award at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_goldengod.jpg
Catch EVILE live on tour this Summer at the following festivals:
18.06.10 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
31.07.10 – Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere
06.08.10 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
07.08.10 – Deinze, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
14.08.10 – Derby, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
26.08.10 – Bergen, Norway – Hole In The Sky Festival
After a 15 year break Germany`s hard rock legend ACCEPT is back in the game and success stories are coming daily.
Short overview: ACCEPT killed Twitter – ACCEPT main support for AC/DC stadium shows – ACCEPT`s video “Teutonic Terror” worldwide on no. 1 on the MYSPACE Video Charts – ACCEPT sold out the first European warm up tour.
Now ACCEPT are announcing the next highlight. The band got just confirmed for the headliner slots for the SONISPHERE festivals in Bucharest (Romania) and Istanbul (Turkey). On the three days now the following acts are headlining: Metallica, Rammstein and ACCEPT.
The ACCEPT Headliner Shows are on the following dates:
25th of June Bucharest
26th of June Istanbul
ACCEPT`s new album „BLOOD OF THE NATIONS“ will be released via NUCLEAR BLAST as follow:
Release Europe: 20th of August 2010
Release US: 14th of September 2010
Confirmed Tourdates and Ticketorder
JUNE 25th – ROMANIA, Bucharest – SONISPHERE Festival – HEADLINER SHOW
JUNE 26th – Turkey, ISTANBUL – SONISPHERE Festival – HEADLINER SHOW
Few metal drummers have a name as recognizable as Herman ze German Rarebell.
And with good reason – after all, it was Rarebell’s drumming that helped propel the Scorpions into one of the 1980’s most successful rock bands (as well as co-penning the all-time classic, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”). And Herman is back once more with his latest album, ‘Take It As it Comes,’ which was recently released via Dark Star Records.
A kick-ass, rockin’ good time, the album is available as a standard version, as well as a limited edition box set, which comes with two discs and a card autographed by ze German himself. The album can also be purchased via Amazon.com.
The new single from ‘Take It As it Comes,’ is the appropriately-titled “Let Me Rock You,” which has an add date at radio of June 3rd. Herman will also be in the U.S. starting July 12th in NYC, until July 30th ending in L.A., visiting radio and press nationwide supporting the new radio single. This will also tie in with a July 24th special appearance with the Michael Schenker Group, at this years Rock N’ America Festival, at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre (in Oklahoma City, OK).
Herman enthuses, “I guess most of you guys know me as the former drummer of the SCORPIONS – ‘Herman Rarebell.’ Together with my friends RUDOLF, MATTHIAS, and KLAUS, I enjoyed twenty truly awesome years of exhilarating rock n’ roll. We went through thick and thin, toured the world a couple times, and were awarded over 70 gold and 30 platinum records in addition to a bunch of other awards and prizes. It is my pleasure to tell you that my new solo CD, ‘Take It As It Comes,’ is now available on DARK STAR RECORDS.”
Get ready to be pounded into submission once more by one of rock’s greatest drummers…Herman ze German Rarebell!
FAUST, Evolutionary Death Metal band, announce PICTURE DISC release of their first album “From Glory To Infinity” by Negativity Records on July 1st, 2010. This will be a limited edition of 666 copies with exclusive artwork, after the CD (released on 9/9/9) and the DIGIPACK format (released on 10/31/2009).
Axel from 7HARD: This is a pure heavy metal/hard rock anthem. Catchy harmonies and easy to remember tunes, one of the most melodic CRYSTAL TEARS numbers! Lyrically it talks about second chances in life. Play it loud and simply enjoy!
CRYSTAL TEARS line-up includes Ian Parry on vocals (ELEGY, VENGEANCE, AYREON guest etc.), Dimitris Goutziamanis on guitars, Stratos Dionisopoulos on bass and Chrisafis Tantanozis on drums. The album was produced by R. D. Liapakis (MYSTIC PROPHECY, SUICIDAL ANGELS, ORDEN OGAN, etc.). Cover artwork and booklet design by Meran “Darkmouth” Karanitant (SIX FEET UNDER, HATEBREED, SODOM, LEAVE’S EYES, DIMMU BORGIR etc.). Videoclip and promotional album trailer by Jim Evgenidis.
Chrisafis Tantanozis: I’m so glad – throughout this shit our music industry is going through – there is a label and what is more, a serious label that trusts in us and has chosen CRYSTAL TEARS to be their metal comrades on the difficult path of rock. While Ian Parry is one of the most unique and flexible metal voices out there and R. D. Liapakis one of the very few producers who knows exactly what he wants to do and how to do it, we can feel nothing but secure about the quality of our work regardless the subjective factor of each one’s personal taste. Being honest, we really worked our asses off; we got our shit together, we listened and gave more than we could give. I truly hope you enjoy every little second of “Generation X” album, because it’s a sincere, straightforward effort indeed, well, at the end of the day… this is what rock is all about! Thank you very much for your time reading this! Hope to meet you all one day somewhere on the road!
Hails to all!!!!
We are proud to can tell you the next things:
-At first, Our drummer Jose is completely healed of him latest operation, in fact, a few days ago we returned to have rehearsals so our next gigs will continue without any new (we´ll do 2 gigs in Germany, see it down); the only thing is that we had to delay the recording dates, but we hope that it doesn´t affect to the release date . A lot of you asked us about him, maybe through internet or too in the last fest (PMF in Madrid), so we are very grateful to your support.
-On the other hand, we have now available more merchandising, we have new patches and new badges, so if you want to buy something the only thing that you must do is send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , asking about it.
-We have to say too that our mexican fans can be congratulated because the labels Old Skull Recs and Teyerizer Recs made a release in tape with some songs from our demos (Living Thrashers and Living Kufeso) with a different cover. The track list is:
And remaining in Mexico, just to say too that we appear too in the double compilation “Forged in Metal” released by Blower Recs with bands such Sentinel Beast, Cage, At War, etc… (for people that want to buy some of this 2 releases, you must put in contact with the labels; Old Skull: www.myspace.com/oldskullpatches , Blower Recs: www.blower-records.com/ . We DON´T sell this stuff).
Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The release also marks a very impressive milestone as it debuted at #125 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This is their highest charting debut ever and just further proves the band’s massive influence and stature within the metal genre. The disc also debuted at #88 on the Canadian Billboard chart.
Warrel Dane (vocals) further states: “We are so lucky to have such amazing and diehard fans and we can’t thank them all enough for going out the first week of release to support us while helping us achieve the highest Billboard chart entry of our career. It’s an amazing feeling to see such impressive sales in this ever changing retail climate and this is just the beginning for us as we’re planning on touring the world extensively to support this release. We are taking off to Europe tomorrow but will be travelling around all of North America this fall playing our most extensive headlining set ever, so be sure to come out and hang with us. We promise that it will be a night you will never forget. Thanks again for all of the support and see you all soon.
NEVERMORE has also partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now at the link below. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748
North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.
All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.
“Breathing the Fire is a burning, fucking beast!” says guitarist Scott Hedrick. “The drums are monstrous; Chance’s sickening vocals sound inhuman and somehow retain amazing clarity; Evan’s bass sounds like Steve Harris, Lemmy and D.D. Verni in a blender; and the guitars sound like jousting chainsaws. A lot of people said that on Beyond the Permafrost, we married black and thrash metal. With Breathing the Fire, they banged and had a kid – and that baby’s a burner!”
SKELETONWITCH’s vicious live show and fierce blue-collar ethic have helped to establish the band as torchbearers of today’s metal scene. They have logged countless miles on the road crisscrossing the nation with the likes of Municipal Waste, Job For A Cowboy, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder and more!
SKELETONWITCH brings together the old and sacred elements of true heavy metal, melts them down, and forges them into a brand new monolith of riffage. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll come out and bang your head when SKELETONWITCH comes to your town. Worship the ‘WITCH!
SKELETONWITCH will be touring in Canada next month!
7/8 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre w/ Russian Circles
7/10 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room w/ Russian Circles
7/11 Calgary, AB @ The Republik w/ Russian Circles
7/13 Winnipeg, ON @ Royal Albert Arms w/ Russian Circles
Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have revealed the track listing for their new album Heaven’s Venom, which will be released on August 20th 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).
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
Ozzfest 2010 will kick off on August 14 in San Bernardino (Ozzfest’s birthplace in 1996) and travel to Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Playing the Second Stage will be none other than Canada’s kings of northern hyperblast, KATAKLYSM.
Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage Acts
Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage Acts
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
KINGDOM OF SORROW
Ozzfest 2010 Dates
08/14/10 San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
08/17/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park (Chicago), IL
08/19/10 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh), PA
Knoxville’s sons of death metal, WHITECHAPEL, have entered Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Chart at #43 with just under 10,700 albums sold of the band’s highly anticipated album A New Era of Corruption. WHITECHAPEL’s A New Era of Corruption also debuted at #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores Chart, #3 on the Independent Albums Chart, and #5 on the Hard Music Albums Chart. In addition to breaking the charts in the states, A New Era of Corruption also charted in Canada coming in at #70 on the Current Albums chart, #9 on the Indie chart, and #8 on the Hard chart. A New Era of Corruption marks the band’s 3rd full-length album and 2nd for Metal Blade Records. Check out what press has had to say about the band’s latest, and to date greatest, release A New Era of Corruption below.
The band comments on the success of A New Era of Corruption: “We are excited to have charted on the Billboard 200 again, this time with the release of A New Era of Corruption and are thankful for all of our amazing fans who supported us and bought the CD. This CD will be a huge step forward in our career and we can’t wait to see where it will take us.”
WHITECHAPEL stands out in today’s overcrowded metal scene due in part to their ability to fuse memorable and even groovy riffs with crushing breakdowns, tremolo picking at neck breaking speeds, and incredibly evil and dissonant sounds. Their songs demand repeated listens and gang vocals at shows are common place. “This is Exile,” the band’s Metal Blade debut, was unleashed on July 8th, 2008, and debuted at #118 on the Billboard top 200 charts, #2 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers, and #14 on Billboard’s Top Independent albums. An accomplishment that is impressive for veteran artists, much less a relatively brand new metal act.
Early critical praise is emerging for A New Era of Corruption (which the group co-produced with infamous metal producer Jason Suecof at Jason’s Orlando, FL based Audiohammer Studios). Check out what critics have been saying below:
“while there’s a familiar sense of disgust spewed all over this third album, there’s been some evolving back at the deathlab. It’s easy enough to play fast and hard in death metal – easier still to make that all you do, but as Devolver’s ceremonious opener builds intensities, leveling the blows with a calculated malice for maximum damage, the band sound deadlier than ever.” 8/10 Decibel Magazine
“Say what you like about the way death metal has evolved, but to deny that Whitechapel are both insanely heavy and technically dazzling would be churlish petulance. They hinted at this level of bone-powdering brutality on their first two albums, but have slipped into a higher gear for their third, more than justifying their status as one of the few bands snapping at the heels of Job for A Cowboy… overall this is the sound of Whitechapel maturing and realizing their own considerable potential, with much precision, power, and simplicity.” 8/10 Terrorizer Magazine
“The band presents a truly mixed palette with progressive asides, tempered harmonies and arrangements that take surprising yet complimentary avenues… Whitechapel now appear unconcerned with all-out heaviness, in its place they have sampled the breadth of their genre creating a metal record both balanced and deep.” Rock Sound Magazine
“Sharp guitar melodies and serrated hooks augment the brawn without diluting it, and this new side of the band adds a superb twist to their already well-established fury.” 3/4 Kerrang! Magazine
“a sound so thick you could bite into it… Whitechapel are leading the next generation of extreme.” Metal Hammer Magazine
“Every band has their signature album. Slayer has Reign in Blood, Cannibal Corpse has Vile, Pantera had Cowboys from Hell. A New Era of Corruption is Whitechapel’s masterpiece.” 5/5, TheNewReview.net
“A New Era Of Corruption is more complete and more focused…Whitechapel has become the Behemoth of deathcore.” MetalReview.com
“a deadly, lumbering and ultimately trend-free beast” Noisecreep.com
“What Whitechapel will put out this year is nothing short of some of the grimiest metal sludge to ever breach the Billboard chart, a three-guitar wall of sound bolstered by vocalist Phil Bozeman’s rasp.” Albuquerque Journal
Phil Bozeman – Vocals
Ben Savage – Guitar/Leads
Alex Wade – Guitar
Zach Householder – Guitar
Gabe Crisp – Bass
Kevin Lane – Drums