The four original members of cult US metal band Sacred Oath are together again for the first time in more than 6 years and have released a video single “Snake Eyes” from the brand new full length album “Fallen” due on May 28th.
The band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut release “A Crystal Vision”, an album that somehow managed to become a cult classic despite going out of print almost immediately after its release in 1988. Singer Rob Thorne reformed the band in 2007 and has since released several albums with Sacred Oath, but “Fallen” is the first full length album since ‘88 to feature Pete Altieri (bass), Glen Cruciani (guitar), Rob Thorne (vocals/guitar) and Kenny Evans (drums) throughout. In a letter to fans posted on their website, Pete Altieri describes the album as “pure magic. I knew this was special, but until I sat down today to listen to ‘Fallen’ mastered and complete, I didn’t realize how much. This is truly a gift from the metal gods to all of us!”
SWEDEN – Sweden’s master of melancholy, Katatonia, has announced an in-store signing at Soundcheck Hollywood (8872 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Calif.) on Monday, May 27 beginning at 6:00 PM. The band will headline the Roxy Theatre later in the evening as the final date of its North American tour. Head over to: www.soundcheckhollywood.com and www.facebook.com/katatonia for additional details.
Katatonia is currently in the midst of a massive North American tour, “North American Heritage Tour 2013,” with fellow countrymen, Opeth. The extensive run will conquer over 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada this spring. A full list of confirmed dates, including several Katatonia headlining performances, can be seen below.
Following a maniacally successful run of US live assaults alongside Suffocation last month, West Coast road goliaths EXHUMED will take their hymns of repugnance overseas on an epic long storm through Europe. The journey deploys today in Bristol, UK and will soil nearly three dozen cities! No one is safe.
Says EXHUMED throat Matt Harvey, “We’re psyched to be back in the olde world for the Summer, exploring every available nook and cranny of Europe and subsequently filling them with empty beer cans, barf, and a hellish racket. We’re here to spread the word about our upcoming record that’s coming out in August, play some killer underground festivals, and enjoy some more flavorful beer for a change. It’s also killer to finally be in Europe with our ever-present staff physician, Dr. Philthy, which will allow us to do our full stage show in Europe for the first time, so it should be a good time for all in attendance. We’re here for quite a while, so we may even accidentally acquire a little class and culture. But probably not. See you all in the front!”
USDM pioneers INCANTATION have announced a new string of US dates in support of last year’s phenomenally-received Vanquish in Vengeance.
The band commented, “July marks a number of shows for us throughout the States. We’re poised to devour your souls on our ‘Will of Vengeance’ tour. Label mates and brothers in battle Acheron will join us for the first wave of carnage. You’ve been warned!”
New York death metal legends IMMOLATION have made a rebroadcast of the live video chat, which took place on April 29 with vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan and guitarist Bob Vigna, available here http://youtu.be/XPwfkzilYoA.
Kingdom of Conspiracy, IMMOLATION’s upcoming ninth full-length album and follow up to their 2010 release Majesty and Decay, will be released on May 14th in North America both digitally and physically via Nuclear Blast. Kingdom of Conspiracy was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION).
Fans of IMMOLATION can hear Kingdom of Conspiracy before it’s released at the Nuclear Blast Metal Night on May 9th in Los Angeles, CA. The event will take place at The Joint, which is located at 8771 W. Pico Blvd. The night is free to people 21 years old and up, and all those that show up are entered into a raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets to their Santa Ana show with CANNIBAL CORPSE and NAPALM DEATH on the Decibel Magazine Tour. The night will also feature a guest DJ set by CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho. For more information and to share this event with your friends, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/506385559420334/
You can now pre-order the Kingdom of Conspiracy on CD or limited-edition vinyl, with or without an exclusive t-shirt, while supplies last from the following location http://goo.gl/yY3wx.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Candlelight Records confirms June 25 as the North American release date for Unnatural Selection, the new album from Denver thrashers HAVOK. The ten-song album was produced by David Sanchez with mixing handled by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). It features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams).
“Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” the first single from Unnatural Selection, will hit Loud Rock/Metal radio on May 27. The topical song is a furious and urgent anthem that displays the band’s classic thrash and old school metal sound. Vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez ignites the fret board and barks the righteous lyrics while drummer Pete Webber punishes his immense kit. The song’s towering sound benefits from the unique acoustics of the old theater that was utilized as one of the many recording locations for the album.
“I am super pumped on how the drums came out,” chimes Webber. “We recorded the drums in a theater to get a huge sound. It was a challenging experience for me between time constraints and the drum parts having much more feeling in them. I believe the added pressure made for some really awesome stuff. I can’t wait to unleash this album to the world.”
Unnatural Selection bears a far more mature collection of songs when compared to Burn (2009), and Time Is Up (2011). HAVOK has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. Additional album stand outs include album opener “I Am The State,” “Chasing The Edge,” and the band’s rendition of the Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”
Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have almost completed work on a video for the title track of their Century Media debut album, Target Earth. The video, created by Italian filmmaker and multimedia artist, Nicola Piovesan, will recreate in 3D Motion Graphics the visions and artwork of VOIVOD drummer, Away (Michel Langevin).
To watch the teaser trailer for “Target Earth,” please click the link below.
Joris has left HEIDEVOLK. His last show was the Pagagfest gig in New York. We want to thank him for everything he has done during the more than ten years that he was a member of the band. We cherish the experiences of the last decade and we wish him all the best for any future music adventure.
His personal message to everyone:
“After ten great years with Heidevolk, new horizons are beckoning me and I feel it is time for a change. I want to thank all involved in Heidevolk for the good times we had, and I want to wish them all the best in their future endeavours. To all the people I met and had the honour of performing for: it has been a pleasure and I am deeply thankful for all the memories. Wæs þu hæl!”
HEIDEVOLK will soon start the search for a suitable replacement for the low vocal parts of the characteristic dual clean vocals. No live shows will be affected. Stand-in vocalist Mickael will take care of the vocal parts for the live shows to come until a new vocalist has been found
Jan Caldwell, Public Affairs Director for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, spoke with Artisan News about the capture, arrest and charges against AS I LAY DYING singer Tim Lambesis. Lambesis is expected to appear in court for an arraignment today (Wednesday, May 8th) or Thursday.
Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman from San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, told Reuters that they learned last week that Lambesis was looking for a hitman, and that the department had “averted a great tragedy” by acting quickly on the information.
Caldwell added that no further details about Lambesis’ motive or murder plan could be disclosed owing to the ongoing police investigation.
The world we live in continues spiraling down into violence caused in large part to the religious differences and political oppression that exists throughout our planet. What is not often recognized is that this is a problem not just in America, but all over the world. Religious zealots from Chechniya took nearly 1000 hostages in 2002 in a theater in Moscow resulting in over a hundred deaths. In 2004, over 40 people were killed when a terrorist suicide bomber from Chechniya blew up a subway car in Moscow during rush hour. And now in 2013 terrorists from Chechniya were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. We must remember we are all experiencing these tragedies across the globe. The imagery of religious and political struggle is not spoon-fed fantasy on the screen, but is instead a horrifying reality that is taking its toll on lives throughout the world.
Today, Russian rockers LOUNA release their new music video for ‘Business’, to remind fans new and old, that all cultures share in the heartbreak and strife that results when religious intolerance and hatred control the minds and hearts of people. This honest and thought-provoking new music video points out the misfortunes and dangers of religious and political oppression in our world. The video was originally completed in late March and was slated to be released in mid-April, just prior to the release of their new album Behind a Mask. Due to the horrible and unspeakable acts committed in Boston at that exact time, it was decided that it was inappropriate to release this video until the present. Now that there has been some measure of resolution and those responsible are in custody, LOUNA and their management believe that the message of this song and video are more appropriate to present.
LOUNA faces religious zealotry issues in their home country on a continual basis. LOUNA feels Orthodox church has been, and remains, a tyrannical and overreaching institution that is above criticism or reproach and is directly responsible for the loss of freedom of so many people in Russia (most recently their influence and involvement in the incarceration of the members of Pussy Riot). The United States has experienced yet another shameful, religiously motivated act (Boston Marathon bombing) first hand and has overcome that oppression by standing together and fighting back. The band empathizes with the tragedy that took the lives of innocent people and wishes to express their deepest condolences for the senseless loss of life that took place in April. Both Russia and the United States have been the victims of religiously motivated acts of terror, and it is the opinion of LOUNA that it is time for an awakening. It is time for us to stand together.
The new video for ‘Business’ has been unveiled exclusively by CraveOnline.com and is available for viewing now. ‘Business’ pays homage to several of the greatest films in history, and builds upon the symbolism contained within each of them to deliver a consistent and clear message: the reality perceived by the masses is no closer to the truth than two plus two equaling five. In doing so, LOUNA created the most epic and expensive music video in the history of Russia was created. Consisting almost entirely of CGI and filmed at the largest green-screen sound stage in Russia, ‘Business’ is quite simply art. Directed by young filmmakers Oleg Taravkov and Dmitry Zuev, and written and produced by Travis Leake who also wrote the lyrics to the song ‘Business’, this video represents an artistic vision of a world torn apart by religious hatred and intolerance.
In this video you will see two sides, enslaved by opposing yet equally messaged propaganda. There are attacks motivated by intolerance, first using stones as in the ancient times, and then progressing throughout the ages as technology developed. A bomb, a drone strike and finally a suicide bomber. The result is the mutual destruction of both sides and the death of innocent people caught in the crossfire.
Religion is a serious subject even in our modern and sophisticated world. Religious conflict shapes and forms the geopolitical realities that all of us, everywhere in the world share. None of us are untouched by it. LOUNA does not wish to tell anyone what they should believe–or not believe–but merely to consider that the struggle between these two sides will (in all practical reality) never be decided, because it is impossible to decide. The wars that are fought and have been fought between Islam and Christianity are older than any of us, or anyone who is alive today. The killing and bloodshed and hatred and envy and despicable acts that are committed by both sides must end for there to be any hope for peace. There are no innocent participants in the modern war for the hearts and minds of people.
In a band declaration, LOUNA states, “LOUNA would like to welcome you to our vision of the world. The message of the song and the video will likely encounter two types of viewers: those who will embrace it and those who will despise it. Probably no one will be able to watch it and listen to the song and have no opinion one way or the other. The message of the song and the video is a sensitive one, and everyone in LOUNA realizes the real possibility of some cultures in the world declaring holy war against us, and others will denounce it as atheist propaganda. While it is true that we in LOUNA are all atheists, the message of our song and video is nonetheless undeniable and illustrates the chaos and death that result from religious conflict. Our priorities are people, peace, truth and freedom. We are demonstrating the truth and saying what so many in the world think but are too afraid to articulate. We will not be silenced by intimidation or fear.”
LOUNA’s new album, Behind a Mask, was released last week via Red Decade Records and MEG/RED. The album will appeal to fans of a blistering and passionate hard rock sound. North American fans will recognize the album’s clear handiwork— Behind a Mask was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, The Pretty Reckless, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) and mastering duties were handled by the legendary Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, New York.
Lou Gevorkian (vocals)
Vitaly Demidenko (bass)
Rouben Kazariyan (guitar)
Sergey Ponkratiev (guitar)
Leonid “Pilot” Kinzbursky (drums)
For more information on LOUNA, please visit these websites:
Statement from DEMONICAL – the Swedish death metal band:
We are proud to hereby announce the “Darkness Unbound tour 2013” taking place in October. Divided into two parts the crusade will tentatively hit Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic.
Support on part I will come from Swedish deathsters DAEMONICUS and Austrian black reapers GROTESKH while on part II we will be joined by our Swedish comrades SPASMODIC and German melo-masters HAILSTONE.
Full dates and details TBA during the coming months.
ICED EARTH have announced that BRENT SMEDLEY will be stepping down from drum duty in ICED EARTH for personal family reasons. The new drummer will be RAPHAEL SAINI and will be performing with the group starting this summer.
“I have family members that are elderly and frail and need my help here in Jacksonville”, Brent Smedley says. “It’s been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I simply cannot commit to the kind of schedule the band deserves and requires so I decided to ask permission to step down from my post.”
“Brent has been a valued member of the group for a long time. We thank him for his contributions, friendship and energy and wish him all the best for the future. We want to welcome Raphael with open arms and are expecting for our fans to give him the welcome he deserves” – ICED EARTH.
ICED EARTH just released a concert from their “WORLD DYSTOPIA TOUR” in many different formats, including BluRay, DVD and CD. Entitled “LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION” it shows the band playing to a rabid, packed house in an ancient amphitheater in Cyprus and storming through an encompassing setlist of both fan favourites and deep catalog material.
The summer will be spent recording and mixing a new studio album entitled “PLAGUES OF BABYLON” and playing various summer festivals. A headline tour has been announced kicking off in January 2014.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce thatAdrenechromeand Crimson Shadows have moved forward from their qualifying round and will be performing in the Toronto semi finals taking place on May 31st (Hard Luck Bar) and June 7th (Rivoli).
Round 1 of qualifying in Montreal begins on Thursday, May 9th at Katcombes with Dissension, Bookakee, Warcall, Virulys followed by the third Toronto qualifying round on Wednesday, May 15th at Hard Luck Bar with Warmachine, Mastery, The Unborn Dead, Cecile Monique, Laugh At The Fakes.
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen will release her new album, “Colours In The Dark”, on August 23 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.
Despite her light and shiny personality, Tarja’s music has always been dressed “in black” — the color of heavy rock, of mystery and elegance.
With Tarja’s new album, fans will find out what happens when a splice of color is added to the mix. Or — better said — when the full-color spectrum enters the picture it does not cover the black but makes it shine through with many emotions and landscapes.
The NHL hockey team the Los Angeles Kings, which is currently in the first round of the playoffs, paid tribute to SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman on Saturday (May 4) by playing the song “Spirit In Black” from the band’s “Seasons In The Abyss” album as the warmup music for their game.
Asked in a 2011 interview with Revolver magazine how he felt about the fact that SLAYER’s song “Raining Blood” has been embraced in the sports world, Hanneman said: “Yeah. I finally heard it, God, they played it in a hockey arena. I couldn’t believe that. I love hockey, and I go to a lot of the games. And I was like, ‘Why don’t they ever play SLAYER?’ And then they finally played ‘Raining Blood’, and I was like, ‘Yes!’”
Hanneman died on Thursday, May 2 near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure.