While their masks and their dark ambient sound may make From The Bogs of Aughiska an inaccessible entity onstage, getting to chat to the band, it’s a totally different scenario. Down to earth and funny, Bogs are just trying to capture the darkness of their heritage in their own way and with their own sound. While there may be serious tones running through every piece they create, as we sit down with Conchur O’Drona it quickly becomes clear there’s also some fondness and heart in every note and sample that makes their sound.
For a band that only formed 10 years ago, Swedish four-piece Tribulation have already been making waves on the scene. Mashing up a variety of styles, the band have found a refreshing new way of looking at the genre. Before taking the stage at Incineration festival, we got the chance to sit down with vocalist Johannes Andersson to chat about their latest release, Children of the Night.
The Black Heart, Camden
Interview by Caitlin Smith
Following on from the release of their latest album, Desideratum, it seems that Anaal Nathrakh can do very little wrong. Having played sets at both Temples Festival and Damnation recently, this band have long been proving they can pull some serious crowds. Hitting the Black Heart that evening, the night had long been sold-out due it’s minuscule capacity. The event promised to be one the most intimately explosive gigs seen in a long time. Sitting down with Vocalist Dave, we discuss the ins and outs of what makes up Anaal Nathrakh.
Grammy Award winning iconic rock band Motörhead, who are embarking on a 40th anniversary world tour in support of their upcoming release Bad Magic, have announced a US tour. These North American shows start in mid-August, with Saxon and Anthrax as special guests on select dates, before ending with the now-legendary Motörboat Cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise also features Slayer, Anthrax and a bumper line-up of bands including three exciting new acts, Others, Budderside, and No Words.
Bad Magic is the band’s 22nd studio album and is slated to be released August 28th via UDR Music / Motörhead Music. The album was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA with long-time producer Cameron Webb. Bad Magic is the follow up to the band’s highly successful album Aftershock which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful year yet, including a fourth Grammy nomination.
MOTÖRHEAD NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Wed 19 Aug – Riverside, CA – RHA
Fri 21 Aug – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Sat 22 Aug – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine
Mon 24 Aug – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Thu 27 Aug – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Fri 28 Aug – Denver, CO – RIOTFEST
Tue 01 Sep – Austin, TX – Cedar Park Center
Wed 02 Sep – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
Fri 04 Sep – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Sat 05 Sep – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Tue 08 Sep – St Louis, MO – Pageant
Wed 09 Sep – Indianapolis, IN – Murat
Fri 11 Sep – Chicago, IL – RIOTFEST
Sat 12 Sep – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Tue 15 Sep – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale
Wed 16 Sep – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
Sat 19 Sep – Toronto, ONT – RIOTFEST
Tue 22 Sep – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
Wed 23 Sep – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Fri 25 Sep – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
BAD MAGIC – TRACK LISTING
1. Victory Or Die – 3.09
2. Thunder & Lightning – 3.06
3. Fire Storm Hotel – 3.35
4. Shoot Out all of Your Lights – 3.15
5. The Devil – 2.54
6. Electricity – 2.17
7. Evil Eye – 2.20
8. Teach Them How To Bleed -3.13
9. Till The End – 4.05
10. Tell Me Who To Kill – 2.57
11. Choking On Your Screams – 3.33
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You – 2.58
13. Sympathy For The Devil* – 5.35
Thanks to: Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview and to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo and additional promo pictures of the band
Finnish vocalist Heidi Parviainen (ex- Amberian Dawn) recently released an album with her new band Dark Sarah. The album is called BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL and it ought to appeal to fans of symphonic goth/metal. The album came to life thanks to crowd funding on Indie a Go Go and was recorded in three separate parts which later became the album. We talked about the album, the guest appearances, and the on going process with releasing the album. The first video from the disc came two years ago so I guess Heidi was glad to finally unleash her work to the fans and the world. Read more about her journey below.
NECROMASS’ video “Fair of Blasphemy” is now available. The video was directed by Stefano Poggioni and features Claudia Cataldi(Factory Prod.) as director of photography, both winners of several video-clips and short films awards, such as “The Drift”.
This is the first official video of the cult florentine band and it is a first preview of the new split with Mortuary Drape, set to be released shortly by Funeral Industries.
The classic three piece line-up of Exciter has returned. The legendary Canadian metal band went through changes resulting in the break-up of the previous line-up a few years ago. When the return of the classic line-up was announced, die hard old school metal fans went totally berserk. The first three albums – HEAVY METAL MANIAC, VIOLENCE AND FORCE and LONG LIVE A LOUD are pure classic gems in the speed/thrash metal genre. Therefore, the return of the original Exciter is truly welcomed. Here we have guitarist John Ricci to talk about the band’s reunion and writing new songs.
Finnish Metal heroes CHILDREN OF BODOM will release their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos, worldwide on October 2nd, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out a message from the studio from Alexi and Janne HERE.
Pre-orders for I Worship Chaos are available beginning today!
I Worship Chaos will be available in following formats:
– CD + DVD digibook (incl. bonus DVD and three bonus tracks!)
Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have announced their highly-anticipated 26-date North American tour for 2016 with headliners NIGHTWISH! The trek launches in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd. Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in with a special message for their North American fans:
“It’s again been far too long since our last American tour, so we’re really happy to announce that we’re coming back once again…and with NIGHTWISHnevertheless. As we’ll be working on our next studio album in the spring of 2016, be ready to hear some surprises during the tour. Even if we prepared to be in the studio for the whole spring, this was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass on and we’re all looking forward to see our North American fans once again and kick some ass. Until then, take care and a big cheers!!”
Guitarist Michael Romeo commented on the new single:
“Without You” is a bit mellower than the first single, “Nevermore,” with a big chorus and a sweeping feel. I don’t know if I would call the track a ballad, but it’s a little bit softer, not so much about riff, but more the acoustic and electric interplay. Those two are good single choices, if you will, because they represent what the record is: it’s heavy, but at the same time, there are some of these soaring melodic parts.”
Two years since the release of their last record, ‘Target Earth’, iconic space thrashers Voivod embarked on a European tour that first took them to The Underworld venue in London. Even if the show suffered from out-of-place support acts (and not entirely enthusiastic ones to boot), the headliners still turned it into a reflection of the heavy metal world’s brotherhood, as well as its comparative open-mindedness towards rock ‘n’ roll.
From Hell’s Heart:
From Hell’s Heart: Top 5 Bands That
Should (AND CAN) Reunite
As usual, constraints must be placed on everyone’s suggestions. To qualify for this week’s list, the band has to be defunct. They cannot be actively recording or touring with a line-up that one may simply not like, or feel is legitimate. This week, it’s about bands we’d like to see return who are not currently active in ANY form. One extra caveat, the reunion has to be possible. If the band cannot reunite because a main person behind the sound is sadly dead (Pantera, Death, Dio, etc.) then an actual reunion is impossible. Yes a “tribute” or a “celebration” is possible with remaining members, but that is not the same thing as a band reuniting for another kick at the can, and it is to that idea we turn our thoughts….
David Vincent encourages fans to stay morbid in the official statement
“I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together.
Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects. Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides because, I am not.
I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid! ~David Vincent”
Grey Eagle Casino Calgary, Alberta, June 4th ,2015
by JP Photos by Jeff Bartelli
They say when one door closes another opens and in the case of metal-friendly venues this is the case. Recently the Republik Nightclub announced that after twenty years it would be closing it’s doors. Meanwhile on the other side of town the Grey Eagle Casino hosted it’s first ever Heavy Metal concert and plans to bring more to town!