Big James and Big Nate encouraging people to donate more money for the charity auction.
Calgary Metal Fest (CMF) started out as a two day event in 2012 put on by Nate Renaud to celebrate his birthday and this year it expanded into a five day party. Along with the expansion of the fest Renaud has expanded his repertoire and is now running shows and this event under his company Big Nate Productions. This year’s event started out with a free kickoff party at the Ship and Anchor, three nights of line-ups at Dicken’s Pub and Vern’s Tavern and ended with an impromptu hangover party at Dicken’s pub – the idea for which was drunkenly conceived in a kitchen by organizers and bands partying late into what was supposed to be the final day of the festival. Unlike last year there was no all ages venue, all five nights being 18+ shows.
The MC of this year’s CMF was James Arsenian aka Big James, known for his vocal work in Endast and Exes for Eyes and his YouTube show “The Big James Morning Show”. Big James was an excellent choice as shown by his gregarious and witty personality. He did his research on bands and was able to help promote upcoming tours and albums when he introduced the bands.
Big James and Big Nate
CMF MC Big James
On the final night of the festival there were prizes auctioned off between bands Renaud joined Big James on stage to auction off tickets to some western Canadian festivals like Farmegeddon and Armstrong Metal Fest. The big prize was the massive poster with the CMF logo, band logos and signatures of bands and, as requested by the winner, fans. This year $1400 was raised for the Make a Wish Southern Alberta charity. We have to say thank you to Big James for giving us the best photo of the festival (featured above after the title) during the auctions between bands.
Big James and Big Nate during the charity auction
Big James and Big Nate during the charity auction
Giant CMF Poster for auction.
Winner of the giant poster.
Big Nate and Family with the Big Check. Photo courtesy of Jaelle.
Today, SVART RECORDS is happy to announce that we have signed a contract with San Francisco’s ACID KING and will be handling their forthcoming new album worldwide. The new album, which is the legendary stoner rock band’s first in 10 years, was recorded at Sharkbite Studios by Billy Anderson with Toshi Kasai and mixed by Billy Anderson. Featuring cover art by esteemed tattoo artist Tim Lehi, the nine-track album will be available on CD, gatefold double-LP, and digital formats in February 2015. Title and tracklisting to be announced shortly. Read the rest of this entry »
Austrian Death / Black Metal commandos BELPHEGOR havereleased the first studio report from their upcoming tenth studio album Conjuring The Dead. The trailer provides a glimpse into the recording process for bass & drum tracks atMana Studios in Tampa, Florida. Watch the footage on the Nuclear Blast Records YouTube channel:www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQm7MLb3f_8
HESPERUS begins the recordings of the new HESPERIA album titled “METALLVM ITALICVM”. The recordings will be made by DPF STUDIO (http://www.dpfstudio.it).
The album is the fourth and last part of the concept about the Roman Poem ENEIDE.
METALLVM ITALICVM will be influenced from every musical style (from Italian opera to epic metal, from black metal to AOR, identitary and folk music) to create an epic and italic sound. Among the guests will be a Tenor-singer to perform some passages. This will be the first experiment ever, that puts Metal and Italian Opera (Musica Lirica) with a male opera lead singer together.
More infos about the upcoming album will coming soon.
It was painful to go inside on the first sunny day in a week! As I waited in line enjoying the last few warm rays of sunset I watched the faithful. Many people were dressed up and faces painted. Countless folk/pagan/Viking shirts made me think this is one of the strongest sub genres right now. Doors open an hour behind schedule which for once didn’t bother me as it was fine to soak up a last few rays of sunset while in line.
The Sonisphere Festival is an annual touring metal/rock festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. In Finland, the tour was seen for the sixth time and this time it was organized in Hietaniemi beach in Helsinki. Headlining was, as usual, Metallica. The show is part of “Metallica by Request” tour, where fans can vote for this concert set list. Other performers included: Slayer, Danzig Mastodon, Gojira and Ghost. For practical reasons I didn’t get into area until 06:00, just in time to see Danzig show to begin, so I missed the first three bands this time. But let’s start from there then !!
Amoral is heading out for a European tour this November as the main support act for Dark Tranquillity. The band – whose recently released album “Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows” has been praised both by the media as well as the fans – will play a 50-minute set each night. Also on the bill are bands Acyl and The Lehmann Project.
“We are thrilled to get to share the stage with the Gothenburg legends”, says guitarist Ben Varon. “There’s a bunch of familar cities and venues on the tour initerary where we’ve had a great time before, so this shaping up to be a great run!”
Before the European tour, Amoral will play a string of shows in its homeland Finland, with dates annouced soon. The bands next performance is at Tuska Festival, Helsinki.
SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have released “WORLD ON FIRE” the first single and title track off their new album today, Friday the 13th at radio. Listen to the hell-raising “World On Fire” on Revolver HERE and Slashonline.com HERE. To download the song on iTunes, http://smarturl.it/slashworldonfire.Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian hard rockers FAMOUS UNDERGROUND, the band featuring former SLIK TOXIK vocalist Nick Walsh, have released a new video for the song “Bullet Train“, taken from their international debut release. The video can be viewed below:
Canadian hard rockers FAMOUS UNDERGROUND, the band featuring former SLIK TOXIK vocalist Nick Walsh, have released a new video for the song “Bullet Train“, taken from their international debut release. The video can be viewed below: http://youtu.be/72sXrmIXYfk FAMOUS UNDERGROUND recently announced a show for Toronto, ON on June 27th at Rockpile East. Walsh has checked in with the following update: “Come One, Come All! This truly is an entrance to summer bash. Even if you are planning on going away for the long weekend, spend your Friday night with FAMOUS UNDERGROUND, some friends and rock! We will be performing some new songs that we are in the middle of recording and mixing for our next CD. Hope to see you all there. Horns up!” Go to the event page here for complete details. FAMOUS UNDERGROUND’s self-titled studio release produced by Nick Walsh and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (The Black Crowes, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world. www.famousunderground.tvwww.facebook.com/famousunderground’]
FAMOUS UNDERGROUND recently announced a show for Toronto, ON on June 27th at Rockpile East. Walsh has checked in with the following update:
“Come One, Come All! This truly is an entrance to summer bash. Even if you are planning on going away for the long weekend, spend your Friday night with FAMOUS UNDERGROUND, some friends and rock! We will be performing some new songs that we are in the middle of recording and mixing for our next CD. Hope to see you all there. Horns up!”
Go to the event page here for complete details.
FAMOUS UNDERGROUND’s self-titled studio release produced by Nick Walsh and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (The Black Crowes, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.
Following the April premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the subsequent release of the documentary on DVD, Blu-Ray, Deluxe Editions, and digital formats this month via Eagle Rock Entertainment, rock’s greatest showman, Alice Cooper, heads out on a lengthy North American tour.
The summer trek starts with three shows in Michigan June 26-28 before Cooper joins Motley Crue’s final “All Bad Things Must Come To An End” tour as a Very Special Guest on July 2nd, running through late November.
The tour marks the debut of Alice’s new guitarist Nita Strauss, who was recently ranked #1 on Guitar World’s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.” She takes the place of Orianthi, who has toured with Alice for the past few years. Nita, who has made her name in bands including the Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale, and LA Kiss, joins Alice’s band’s three guitar attack, which also features guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.
Super Duper Alice Cooper was produced and directed by the Banger Films team of Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema. Banger previously delivered the award-winning documentaries “Iron Maiden: Flight 666″ and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.” Eagle Rock Entertainment released the film in DVD and Blu-Ray on June 3rd, including a deluxe edition with extensive bonus material film footage from a rare 1972 Montreal concert and a full length recent Alice Cooper concert from the 2009 Montreux Festival on CD.
Alice recently marked the tenth anniversary of his radio show “Nights With Alice Cooper,” which airs five days a week across the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as in the UK and Germany, syndicated worldwide by United Stations.
Ladies and Gents, sometimes no matter how hard you try and no matter how much you want something to happen, at times events and other circumstances that are completely out of your control unfortunately conspire to prevent those things happening. So it’s with great regret that we have to announce that the European leg of the ‘Thrash Invasion’ tour has been cancelled. Its a shitty situation but things were always out of our hands on this tour! Needless to say ourselves and the other bands involved are gutted. We will, however, be looking to reschedule the shows at a later date. The UK tour is still going ahead as planned with Onslaught and Artillery and believe me it’s going to be pretty damn epic! We would like to thank and wish Zetro all the very best with Exodus and hope to hook up with him and the rest of the guys from Hatriot very soon.
All the best
With a musical career spanning three decades, KREATOR, ambassadors of Germany’s distinctive brand of smoldering thrash metal, will be returning to North America once again, this time as direct support to Sweden’s unstoppable melodic death metallers ARCH ENEMY.
Sponsored by Dean Guitars, the 26-show co-headlining “War Eternal – American Tour 2014” features support from California’s HUNTRESS and Chicago’s STARKILL (on select dates). The trek launches on October 23rd in Baltimore, Maryland, includes eight Canadian shows, and ends on November 23rd in Cleveland, Ohio.
“It’s been three long years since ARCH ENEMY last played North America, but now the wait is over!” states ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott. “We’re riding a veritable metal tsunami in Europe with our new album War Eternal and look forward to spreading the chaos on this North American run!ARCH ENEMY is very proud and excited to be teaming up with Teutonic thrash titans KREATOR as well as HUNTRESS and STARKILL! Miss this show at your own peril!”
“Both bands have been talking about touring together for many years, now it becomes reality,” states KREATOR guitarist frontman Mille Petrozza.“KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY on one bill in the USA and Canada! We are looking forward for another killer run in support of our album Phantom Antichrist before we will start writing new stuff in 2015! With ARCH ENEMY’s new album War Eternal being a monster, this will be THE metal tour of the fall. Don’t miss it!”
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the addition of German thrashers CRIPPER to its roster! CRIPPER are convincing with their enthralling mix of old-school and modern thrash metal. Served with technical refinement and a lot of groove, they kick ass while being varied and distinct. Since their founding in 2005, the guys and gal from Hannover, Germany have left their marks as being a rousing live band, carrying the audience with dashing songs and sweaty shows. On tours with Overkill and Onslaught, CRIPPER have spread their virus throughout Europe. Once a big festival was infected, they would book the band again – CRIPPER played several times on festivals such as: Summer Breeze, Wacken Rocks, Metalfest, and Rockharz Open Air. But there’s more – boarding the well-known 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise ship from Miami twice, playing the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic, shows at the Bang Your Head, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and being invited to enter the stage of the Slovenian Metaldays five times have allowed CRIPPER to gain international recognition and a continuously growing fanbase. Read the rest of this entry »
Swedish Metallers IN SOLITUDE are heading on a European tour together with Finnish Rockers BEASTMILK, starting from October on. Scandinavian colleagues OBNOXIOUS YOUTH will support them.
Comments IN SOLITUDE: “We’re very glad to announce this headlining tour, and we can’t wait to steer and spill death’s lights in Europe again. And in such splendid company. We’re sure this will be something particularly steep and special for all of us!”
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02/10/14 SE – Malmö – Babel
03/10/14 SE – Gothenburg – Truckstop Alaska
04/10/14 SE – Stockholm – Kägelbanan
05/10/14 DK – Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
06/10/14 DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
07/10/14 PL – Wroclaw – Firlej
08/10/14 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia
09/10/14 DE – Leipzig- Hellraiser
10/10/14 AT – Wien – Arena
11/10/14 FR – Colmar – Grillen
12/10/14 FR – Marseille – Portrail Coucou
13/10/14 FR – Nantes – Ferralieur
14/10/14 FR – Paris – Glazart
15/10/14 UK – London – Underworld
16/10/14 UK – Glasgow – Underworld
17/10/14 IE – Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
18/10/14 UK – Manchester – Sound Control
19/10/14 UK – Bristol – Exchange
20/10/14 DE – Köln – MTC
21/10/14 DE – München – Feierwerk
22/10/14 AT – Innsbruck – Weekender Club
23/10/14 DE – Trier – Exhaus
24/10/14 DE – Essen – Turock
25/10/14 BE – Antwerpen – Kavka
26/10/14 NL – Arnhem – Willemeen
IN SOLITUDE from Uppsala have released their third album “Sister” in the fall of last year and the band looks back to some gigs at bigger festivals such as Wacken, Summer Breeze or Metalcamp already.
With the release of their hugely anticipated new long-player, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, now less than one month away, New Orleans devious metal merchants unleash all out Hell with “Schadenfreude,” currently corrupting the airwaves of mega music portal, Loudwire.
Literally meaning the pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others, ninth cut, “Schadenfreude,” is at once predatory, epic, misanthropic and sadistic. Notes vocalist Ben Falgoust of the debaucherous hymn:
“This song represents the downward spiral of man at his most vile. The seething element of satisfaction when others around fail and fall, then the gratitude that this sickly rejoicing has accomplished in the overall end.”
Adds Loudwire: “‘Schadenfreude’ is a classic take-no-prisoners, leave-no-survivors type of GOATWHORE track. The band’s black metal influence is at the forefront of ‘Schadenfreude,’ as guitarist Sammy Duet builds a dark atmosphere with his open chords and sinister progressions, while vocalist Ben Falgoust explores his full guttural range throughout the track.”