After a busy year with intense studio sessions as well as incessant international touring activities, UK Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH have checked in with an update in regards to their much anticipated next album release. Vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway had the following to say:
“When we say that we’ve been working on the album recording for nearly a year, people might be thinking that this all sounds a bit too extravagant for Grindcore-type behaviour. The full story is though that we’ve been recording it in segments to try and achieve varying types of sonic assault. There is a belief in certain quarters that you can only do so much with our particularly noisy strain of music. We think otherwise, so as well as a few stylistic quirks on the album (that are sometimes happy accidents), generally it’s rawer, perhaps a little looser and of course always dense, nasty and, hopefully, invigorating too. Certainly not more polished – yuk!
Russ Russell helped us to give lots of people headaches down the years. He doesn’t mind us adopting certain, erm, techniques with studio equipment that most producer-engineers would find somewhat distasteful. So back we went again with Russ to Parlour Studios in the comparatively serene surroundings of Northamptonshire to do damage. There’s possibly some of the fastest and spazziest stuff we’ve ever done and, on the other end of the scale, some of the weirdest, most oppressive and adventurous no-wave-type stuff too.
Some song titles for you to chew on: “Copulating Snakes”, “Dear Slum Landlord” (aired at Roadburn 2014), “What is Past Is Prologue”, “Stunt Your Growth”. We’re nearly finished – we promise!”
In August of this year, from the Main Stage at Bloodstock Festival, UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn announced mid set that their new album was to be entitled ‘Demons’ and would be released on 26th October. The band then went on to debut a brand new song called ‘Smoke and Mirrors’. Today that very song is being unleashed to all as it features in the brand new Bloodshot Dawn music video.
Reactivated Seattle metal band, SANCTUARY, has released the video to their track, “Frozen”, which was filmed in Germany and directed by Dirk Behlau. The track comes off their upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died, which is due out October 6th in Europe and October 14th in North America via Century Media Records. To watch “Frozen”, click the link below:
Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: “This video shoot was a blast. The location was an abandoned coal mine processing plant near Essen, Germany. You can see many bizarre birdcage size baskets hanging from the ceiling. There were thousands of them. We were told that they were some type of ‘laundry management devices’. They appear as something much more creepy and ominous in my opinion. Almost as if they were some sort of medieval torture devices. The entire building seemed to have a very haunting vibe.”
STARKILL are set to release their second album VIRUS OF THE MIND on October 14 and will be doing a run of shows with label mates ARCH ENEMY starting in later this month. The band has just completed a video directed by Dave of Music Media Group (Sevendust, Butcher Babies) for the song “Before Hope Fades” and it’s streaming now on the Century Media YouTube channel. Check it out:
L-R: Alex Kot (Bass) | Jacob Wright (Guitar) | Tomislav Crnkovic (Vocals/Guitar) | Dave Crnkovic (Drums) – Photo Credit – Alexis Greene
Unleashing their upcoming release ‘Cynosure’, progressive power metal quartet VIATHYN has teamed with Calgary’s monthly arts and entertainment paper BeatRoute to offer fans an exclusive full album stream before it’sofficially out on October 7th.
“The Cynosure album is made up of 9 huge and unique tracks; each one tells a story and is integral to the overall journey within the album. Within the tracks, you will find progressive interludes, sing-along choruses, shredding solos, grandiose conclusions, and a full spectrum of emotion. With all the blood, sweat, and tears that we put into this album, we are proud to finally present it to you in the way it was meant to be heard: in full!” comments guitarist Jacob Wright.
CRIPPER has just launched the landing page featuring a brand new song and front art of their upcoming album “Hyëna” to be released the 21st of November, 2014!
Please click www.metalblade.com/cripper to check out the brand new song “Tourniquet” and make sure to pre-order your copy of the album which will be available as a limited CD+DVD Digipak as well as on vinyl in different colours. The bonus-DVD features the entire showCRIPPER played at the Metaldays Open Air 2014 and a lot more. Details on the bonus-DVD will be revealed shortly!
Ancient Bards are ready to embark on their first-ever European Tour supporting latest effort“A New Dawn Ending”
“A New Dawn Ending Tour 2014″ European First-leg:
Oct 18 – BELGIUM (Metal Female Voices Fest – Wiez)
Nov 1 ITALY (Bologna – Zona Roveri)
Nov 14 GERMANY (Berlin – Blackland 666)
Nov 15 GERMANY (Bremen)
Nov 16 HOLLAND (Arnhem – Willemeen)
Nov 27 ITALY (Roma – Traffic)
Nov 28 ITALY TBA
Nov 29 ITALY (Busto Arsizio – Comunità Giovanile)
Nov 30 ITALY (Brescia – Colony)
In the fourth of five exclusive trailers on GUITAR WORLD.com that showcases material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” EXODUSbassist Jack Gibson checks in about stepping up to the plate to handle engineering duties on the band’s new Blood In, Blood Out album: “With Gary [Holt] doing the SLAYER stuff, we were really getting down to the wire. We were gonna need to make this record in this window of time… so I just stepped up and said, ‘I’ll do it.’”
Legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality SCOTT IAN recently announced a special one-off west coast “Speaking Words” performance, taking place at renowned Los Angeles nightclub Largo next Friday, October 10th! The event will also serve as Scott’s official “I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax” (Da Capo Press, October 2014) book release party and signing! Doors open at 7:00PM, the show begins at 8:00PM, and tickets are just $30. For more information, please visit Largo LA’s website, or buy tickets here via TicketFly.
LORD ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE ‘THE DUNGEON ERA’ BOX SET
Australian melodic metal masters LORD have announced their latest box set release ‘The Dungeon Era‘ comprising of all 4 official Dungeonalbums (Resurrection, A Rise To Power, One Step Beyond and Pariah) re-recorded with the current band and modern production. The release is also accompanied by a USB ‘all access’ pass packed with retrospective Dungeon nostalgia as well as digital versions of the re-recordings and remix/remasters of the original releases.
Slated to be released November 1 to coincide with their appearance at the ‘Steel Assassins True Metal Festival‘ in Sydney, the band has announced exclusive pre-orders for fans through their online webstore.
Commented by Lord Tim:
“From a business point of view, we are doing this to regain control of our rights and make sure the writers of these great songs get their well-deserved time in the spotlight. Due to labels folding or not really getting behind these albums the first time, a lot of this material was lost in the background noise. This release gives us the opportunity to give these songs a second chance, and hopefully for the ex-Dungeon members who wrote a lot of this material to see something back for all of their amazing work.From an artistic point of view, while we’ve been proud of everything we’ve ever done and it was the best we could do at the time, there was always a desire to hear this done not just “as good as we could do” but “exactly as we always imagined it.” Due to budget or technology restraints, there was always a level of compromise. This release answers the question: “What if it wasn’t like that?”
And from a continuity point of view, we really consider Dungeon to be the first era of the band we’re currently calling LORD. We still play the Dungeon back-catalogue live, and now with this being Dungeon’s 25th anniversary, it was a good opportunity to expose new fans to these awesome old songs, and formally unite both eras of the band.”
We just entered Belle City Studio with Chris Wisco as a producer (Origin, Jungle Rot, Novembers Doom, Lazarus AD) to record new songs for upcoming material. We will be working for the next few weeks for our upcoming release.
We thrilled with the direction of the new songs and we are looking forward to completing the recording in next few weeks.
Interview with Addison Herron-Wheeler, author of Wicked Woman
What first inspired you to write a book about the history of Women in Heavy Metal?
I have been thinking about women in relation to the heavy metal world for a long time, ever since high school, when I first began going to metal shows and studying feminism. But it wasn’t until I took a class in college called “Women in Music” that the idea really hit me. We all had to do a project on women in some genre of music, and I chose metal. That project made me realize what an interesting story there was to be told, and it was a very early and crude version of this book.
How did you come up with the title?
The title is a reference to the Coven Song “Wicked Woman,” which I think conjures up (witchy pun intended) the way that women are both worshiped and sort of scorned in the metal community. Also, I thought it was a catchy title; alliterations stick in your head!
Have you read any of the academic literature on the topic of women in metal over the years?
There is not much, but I have read Running With the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser, which is very good. I’ve also read a good deal of scholarship on punk and women in rock.
Are you a performer or artist yourself?
I am a writer and editor first and foremost. I write for Culture which is a cannabis lifestyle magazine and for 303 which is a magazine in Denver. I also write science fiction and I work as a teacher and tutor. I do play amateur guitar, acoustic mainly. I got rid of all my musical equipment when I moved across the country from Virginia to Colorado. I need to get an electric guitar again so I can build my metal chops back up!
Who are some of the women in Metal who inspired you to tell their story?
There are so many it is hard to count, and they aren’t even all in my book! Jinx Dawson for starting it all, Wendy O. Williams, Patty Smith, my friend Kerry Zylstra of Occultist, who’s on the cover of the book, for being a really cool friend and a super badass frontwoman, my friend Dorthia Cottrell of Windhand for being like a big sister to me over the years, girls like Kat Katz and Thérèse Lanz for being in the grindcore scene when hardly any women are, the list could pretty much go on forever!
From inception to printing, how long did this project take?
Counting from when I first got the idea, it’s been like over eight years! But since I really started working on it and taking it seriously, putting aside time to write every day, it took me a year and a half. I could have possibly done it more quickly if I didn’t decide to start writing right before moving across the country.
I noticed that this is an independent project. Did you solicit any publishers or female artists to contribute?
I did talk to Ian Christie of Bazillion Points and he was really nice, but he said he wasn’t taking on any new projects until the end of 2015 which was way too long to sit on this. And I did have some really awesome female contributors helping me out. Thérèse Lanz of Mares of Thrace did an interview for the book, as did this really cool band from Denver called Dead Temple. Awesome photographer Sarja Hasan did all the photos and my friend Kerry Zylstra is on the cover, along with a really cool lady named Dominique Withoff of Versklaven in Texas. Last but not least, Hannah Swann, whom I worked on a magazine with at college, did the graphic design. And I am not at all ashamed to say my mom helped with editing. My mom is a grammar wiz and a wicked woman herself. I could not have done this at all without the help of all these wonderful ladies!
I also noticed the book is quite short. This is not a criticism, I just wanted to read more! Do you feel there is enough room or time and energy to expand it into a second/revised edition with artwork, and more features?
Yes, the book is short, and part of that is because I didn’t have photo rights so I didn’t use photos except for Sarja’s wonderful pictures at the beginning of each chapter. I would love to re-release the book. I have been talking to some people about collaborations for both content and photos. To do this I would probably need to find a publisher, which I really hope can happen in a year or so!
I think this is a tough but fair question. You divided your chapters into rough genres (Death, black, Thrash etc) and the role of women in each. Why did you skip Power Metal, the largest of all Metal genres and the one that has historically had the most female performers and the genre that has also historically been the most progressive and accepting of women in Metal?
Hmmm, I do have a chapter on what I termed symphonic metal, which I think is what you are kind of touching on here . There are a few reasons I did not focus too heavily on that area. First, I was aware that another very interesting book, Not Just Tits in a Corset by Jill Hughes Kirtland, was in the works, and that is pretty much what she focused on. Also, I feel this is one area where women actually do get a lot of appreciation and exposure, and I really wanted to focus on the areas where they were less appreciated, like death metal and grindcore, and then tell the whole story of doom and Coven. And to be totally honest, I wrote the most about what I like the most, which are the genres mentioned in the previous sentence. However, I do think I could have more on this whole area, and if I do a reprint I will certainly keep that in mind!
Tell us a bit about being an independent author. Did you have a specific writing routine, i.e., staying up late, lots of coffee and cigarettes etc? What were some of your biggest challenges in writing WICKED WOMAN?
My writing routine every day consists of way too much coffee and way too much sitting in front of a screen ruining my back! In all seriousness, I try to be healthy but I think all writers suffer from caffeine addictions and not enough exercise! The biggest challenge was finding the time to finish the book. I work from home and do all free-lance; I don’t have a “job,” but it’s really hard not to prioritize the things that pay today or this week and put off the long term-projects. Also, my designer lives in San Fran, my photographer lives in New York, all my friends live in Virginia and my mom lives in Pennsylvania, so trying to coordinate and get feedback with the different timezones and schedules and whatnot got pretty crazy.
What has preliminary feedback been like?
Preliminary feedback has been amazing! I am seriously overwhelmed by all the people who have gotten in touch about the book or bought it or reached out to say they liked it. Since this is my first book and it is completely DIY I had no idea what to expect, so I am blown away.
How can readers get their own copy of WICKED WOMAN?
The final most predictable question, what are your plans for the immediate future? A small book tour, some signing sessions or even another book?
I would love to do a book tour, and I’ve actually talked to a few other authors about speaking dates, but it’s all tentative so far. I plan to keep writing non-fiction articles and teaching, and I may go to graduate school to study creative writing. I currently have a book of science fiction short stories in the works due out in 2015. My fiction is pretty gritty and I almost always write strong female leads, so I am hoping for some cross over from my non-fiction audience!
Sonata Arctica was about half way through their North American tour when they hit Calgary on Sept 22nd. Touring in support of their 8th album PARIAH’S CHILD the band has even to Calgary on a few different occasions and I consider myself to have seen them seven or eight times over the years. They brought along Delain and Xandria, for a pretty flawless bill of speedy, clean European Metal.
Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album in over a decade. Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, the new mini-LP is set for release via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the UK, just before the band set out on a massive tour of the US. The title-track ‘Karma’s A Bitch’ is to be released as a digital download on September 29.