The Nightwish/ReVamp singer Floor Jansen will appear in the leading role on the next album of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon Metal Opera.
Jansen is the main vocalist on the album and sings lead vocals on the first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius. Lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).
A European Tour is also planned for May 2014, to coincide with the release of the album. More details on the live lineup and dates will be revealed later.
Timo Tolkki comments straight from the studio: “I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10 minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds.”
The Brazilian metal magazine Slammin’ has been resurrected after being on hold for more than 15 years. The magazine is known for the amazing layoyt with 52 colour pages and above all the magazine offers a free sampler included with the brand new issue. The returned Slammin’ Magazine features interviews with Krisiun, Hatriot, Rotting Christ, Lee Altus (Exodus, Heathen) and of course interviews with the Brazilian cult metal pioneers Vulcano and Dorsal Atlantica.
The magazine is written in Portuguese and is available thru important selling wholesalers and can ordered direct from Slammin’ Magazine
Bands and labels are free to send the promo material
Vocalist Andy Pierce (real name: Anders Persson) of Swedish hard rockers NASTY IDOLS died on Thursday, December 5 after suffering a brain hemorrhage at the home of his girlfriend in Denmark. He was 45 years old.
“We, the band members, have been talking a lot and it is a shock,” NASTY IDOLS guitarist Peter Espinoza tells the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan. “It goes up and down. One second you’re not thinking about it, and then the next second, it hits you like a bomb. It’s terribly sad.”
He adds: “[Andy] was a very funny human being. We were always having minor quibbles at gig time. My hair is falling off, it happens to most people sooner or later, and he always said, ‘It’s cool that you’re going bald, but wouldn’t it be cooler with a baseball cap?’ We were always giving each other friendly jabs like that. He was a truly wonderful and funny person.”
Formed in Malmö in 1987 by Pierce and bassist Dick Qwarfort, NASTY IDOLS released their first single, “Don’t Walk From Love”, the following year. The band’s debut album, “Gigolos On Parole”, came out in 1989, earning them the status of one of the hottest new rock acts in Scandinavia. Their second album, “Cruel Intention”, was recorded in 1990 between gigs and tours just as the L.A sleaze/glam rock scene was at its peak. Following the release of “Cruel Intention” in 1991, NASTY IDOLS became icons in the genre and their music videos for “Cool Way Of Living”, “Can’t Get Ya’ Off My Mind” and “Trashed N’ Dirty” were in rotation on MTV’s “Headbangers Ball”.
Pantera/Morbid Angel Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR February 8, 2001
Review by Michael de los Muertos
Pictures and Commentary by Ice Maiden
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with arena shows. While I’ve seen some excellent concerts in large venues, like most metalheads the intimate feeling of a small club is vastly preferable in many ways. Unfortunately when your town is suffering a drought of metal club shows as Portland has been for the last several months, you tend to look upon arena shows as the last bastion of the scene. Local clubs and promoters may not have the balls to put money on the line to bring an underground metal band to town, but the big concert promoters still smell a buck or two on the wind with the big-name acts like Pantera…right?
Blodsvept Over North America tour 2013
Finntroll at the City National Grove of Anaheim!
With Metsatӧll, Blackguard, and Xanthochroid
Sunday 24 November 2013
Review and live photos by Metalette
Southern Californian metal fans stormed the City National Grove of Anaheim to see Finntroll’s Blodsvept North American tour! And they were quite an appropriately-dressed bunch, as I saw plenty of kilts, a few Viking helmets, and loads of war-paint throughout the crowd.
After interviewing Finntroll guitarist Mikael “Routa” Karlbom and vocalist Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns, I headed into the venue to check out the first band.
The historic guitar duel and recording of P. Sarasate’s violin masterpiece, Zigeunerweisen Op. 20, has become an instant internet sensation! It was released on The Commander-In-Chief’s YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/thecommanderinchief1, less than 72 hours ago.
World leading guitar magazine, Guitar World, posted it on their website, FB and Twitter less than 48 hours ago. The feature on their website has more than 20 000 Shares already! The two guitar virtuosos, The Commander-In-Chief (also known as the Queen of Shred) and classical guitarist, Thomas Valeur, are totally overwhelmed by the positive feedback and amount of support this release has gotten.
This is the first professional guitar duel between a metal guitarist and a classical guitarist. This is the first time this piece of music has been recorded on guitar. The response has been 99% positive, with metal fans being very supportive of it.
LEATHERWOLF, have set a December 15 2013 release date for their new album, “Unchained Live”.
Southern California heavy metal Triple Axe Attack, LEATHERWOLF, have set a December 15 release date for their new album, “Unchained Live”.
Engineered by Michael “Kramarica” Kramer, mixed by producer extraordinaire, Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, SEPULTURA, HALFORD), and mastered by Tom Baker (QUEENSRYCHE, JUDAS PRIEST, SEBASTIAN BACH), the album contains several of the band’s biggest classics culled from their highly acclaimed first three albums, including the MTV video singles “The Calling” and “Hideaway”, as well as fan favorite “Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)” from their most recent studio release, “New World Asylum.”
As an additional bonus, the band has re-cut their 1989 instrumental standout, “Black Knight”, which originally appeared on the “Street Ready” record.
The “Unchained” packaging features striking artwork by noted conceptual designer Martin Deschaumbault (“Assasin’s Creed”) as well as Marc Sasso (DIO, MANOWAR, ROB ROCK).
CARCASS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GORGUTS, and NOISEM headline renowned metal mag’s latest national tour this March!
With two triumphant star-studded national tours under our bullet belt, Decibel Magazine is raising the (bloody) stakes on our hotly anticipated third cross-country domination. This spring, we’re proud to bring you the reanimation of death metal demigods CARCASS alongside melodeath powerhouse THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, technical death metal heroes GORGUTS and emerging death/thrash squad NOISEM.
The third time’s the harm, as CARCASS —the Liverpool legends responsible for Surgical Steel, our number one album of 2013—embark upon their first sustained domestic tour in five years. Presented by Nuclear Blast, Peavey, Metal Blade, IndieMerchstore.com, Season of Mist and Lace Music, the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour will fester across North America for 21 putrefying dates, once again seamlessly integrating the past, present and future of extreme music.
Thursday, February 13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Friday, February 14 Duncan, BC Cowichan Theatre
Saturday, February 15 Kelowna, BC Level
Monday, February 17 Edmonton, AB The Ranch
Tuesday, February 18 Calgary, AB Flames Central
Wednesday, February 19 Medicine Hat, AB The Esplanade Arts Centre
Friday, February 21 Regina, SK The Exchange
Saturday, February 22 Saskatoon, SK The Broadway Theater
Sunday, February 23 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick Theatre
Monday, February 24 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
Wednesday, February 26 London, ON London Music Hall
Thursday, February 27 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
Friday, February 28 Montreal, QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Guitar icon Zakk Wylde, leader of Black LabelSocieity has announced An Evening With Zakk Wylde a solo13-city tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’sbest-selling solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory.
“This is a special Thank You to the Canadian fans for making “Ain’t No Sunshine” top 20 – Top 20 people!” said Wylde. “I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you’re so embraced – is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar.
Zakk also has a special message to his Canadian fans: “Thanks to the Canadian chapter of the almighty Black Label for the success of Unblackened and the single, “Ain’t No Sunshine!!!” I am looking forward to an special evening with our Canadian family.”
‘WORLDWIDE PLAGUES’ North American Headlining TourTo Launch April 2; SABATON And Revamp To Support. “Plagues Of Babylon” Lyric Video Out Now
With the release of new studio album ‘PLAGUES OF BABYLON’ approaching, metal titans ICED EARTH have launched a video teaser to preview the album and their upcoming WORLDWIDE PLAGUES headlining tour. The video can be viewed here:
SAXON: “Unplugged and Strung Up” Debuts at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart + New Music Video for “Frozen Rainbow” Released “Unplugged and Strung Up” – New Album of Alternative Takes on Classic Favorites is in Stores Now via UDR Music
British heavy metal legends SAXON are pleased to announce that their new album, Unplugged and Strung Up, debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #89 on the Top Rock chart! If that wasn’t enough, the band also has a new music video available for viewing now. The music video showcases the beautiful new rendition of ‘Frozen Rainbow’. Take a look here: http://youtu.be/4CJwkDjtzKM
Wizards, Dwarves, and Ruffians – Huzzah!Canadian Power Metallers SCYTHIA Unleash New Medieval-Themed Music Video for “Bear Claw Tavern” Today via Guitar World
New Album ‘…Of Conquest’ – Boasts Impressive Production Credits from the likes of Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot), Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory), and More!
Do you fancy yourself a jolly good time with a mischievous dwarf? Perhaps whilst downing a few cold brews with some fun-loving medieval ruffians? Throw in some powerful, folk-driven heavy metal to make the experience even better, and you’ve transported yourself to a mystical world by way of SCYTHIA’s new music video for ‘Bear Claw Tavern’! Watch the video now, viewable exclusively today via Guitar World. Watch it here.
It is with great pleasure that Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, welcomes ANETTE OLZON to their expanding roster of powerful frontwomen.
Best known for her time fronting symphonic metal brigade Nightwish for five years before fleeing the band in 2012, the Swedish born songstress has established herself as a true apex among female rock singers globally and will continue the trend with her forthcoming solo release entitled Shine. Produced by Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner, co-produced by OLZON alongside Johan Kronlund and mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette), Shine is a logical next step in OLZON‘s flourishing musical journey.
“I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album,” comments OLZON. “I’ve been working on it for a long time. The album is very personal with songs I’ve been writing since 2009 but there are also very recent songs. The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life, making you shine… no matter what.”
Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD recently released a video for the song, “Kluskap O’Kom”. The video was directed by Syl Disjonk, known for his short horror film, Ethereal Chrysalis. The director of photography was JP Bernier (Despised Icon). The video originally premiered at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror FilmFestival in October in Austin, TX and can be viewed here…
When asked about the meaning of Kluskap O’Kom, vocalist Denis “Snake ” Bélanger had this to say:
“Sometimes described as a giant coming out of the woods, sometimes a monster in a lake or sometimes a powerful being that came from the sky, Kluskap is the name for this strange character and O’Kom is the place where he lives. Kluskap is inspired by a legend from a Canadian native tribe called the Micmacs. He once came to earth to kill all the Dinosaurs in order to help the humans to take over the planet. One day Kluskap will come back with another mission to the humans. There are many similarities between the Kluskap story and other legends from tribes all around the globe; stories told of encounters with beings from other worlds. This one is very unique I thought. So here it is; Hear the thunder, it is me, coming back!!!! KlusKap O’Kom!”
BEHEMOTH’s long-awaited new album, “The Satanist,” is now available for pre-order. Pre-order bundles, include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com ( digibook and box). “The Satanist” will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE.