One band will rule them all! After reviewing over 400 submissions, Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce its selection of 103 independent Canadian metal bands to participate in this year’s 2014 battle line up for Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver . The bands will compete during the months of March, April and May in 22 qualifying rounds, 6 semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House. One independent Canadian metal band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honour at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.
The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.
1 finalist from Vancouver, BC
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
2 finalists from Toronto, ON
1 finalist from Montreal, QC
Drum-cam footage of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza laying down the drums to the song “Enter Through The Sun” can be seen below.
“Enter Through The Sun” marks the second collaboration to a previous “Ghost Resurrection” between Menza and Widek (Maciej Dawidek) can also be seen below.The footage was shot this past Monday, Febuary 3 at the Soultone Cymbals Studios in Los Angeles, California.
“Enter Through The Sun” will feature SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond and THREAT SIGNAL frontman Jon Howard.
Menza: “It feels good be jamming across the internet with such talented and rad players, Mike LePond is first rate I’m huge fan of SYMPHONY X and THREAT SIGNAL, Jon Howard has an amazing voice and vocal range. it’s to bad that Widek (Maciej Dawidek) don’t live here in the sates as he would be my first choice as the guitarist.”
“Enter Through The Sun” is expected to be released and available free in the weeks to come.
Cleveland, Ohio doom rockers VENOMIM JAMES have released a new single called “33rd Degree” via Auburn Records. The single is currently available through iTunes, Amazon and other major digital distributors.
This is the second single to feature vocalist Mike Martini. The first single, “Sailor’s Grave”, was released last summer and received very positive response. Martini was officially announced as the band’s new vocalist this past July, replacing original vocalist Jim Meador.
“’33rd Degree’ alludes to the secret societies of the world”, says Martini. “The behind the scences decision makers. The thieves of the ancient Sumerian texts and information. The info that was supposed to help all of humanity but was used against humanity”.
Nordic Noise Festival are ready with four new names to this year’s rock festival. This time, the festival unveils a part of the alternative rock line-up which includes Kellermench.
The Copenhagen based rock-festival, Nordic Noise, was founded in 2013 and takes place in Pumpehuset, Copenhagen May 23rd and 24th 2014. The people behind the young two-day festival have already announced Swedish Freak Kitchen, Electric Guitars, Denners Trickbag and Fate for the line-up Saturday. Now a part of the line-up Friday is ready. Read the rest of this entry »
Self-described as “heavy, melodic, tongue-in-cheek, and unfashionable,” German superhero heavy metal quintet EDGUY have taken their trademarked sense of humor, packed it in a rocket, and headed for space – again. The artwork for their eleventh studio album, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, has now been unveiled on the band’s website, including the first pixel of their new band photo. Seriously.
“We have focused on what makes this band unique and recorded what we believe is going to be the strongest & heaviest album this band has ever recorded,” states the band. “We didn’t waste any time with updates or distractions. There is no doubt that this album is going to be the album we’ll be measured against in the future. And it makes us proud to say that as a band that has been existing for over 22 years now, we are fully aware that the best is yet to come.”
Set for release this spring, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown is the follow-up to 2011’s Age Of The Joker.
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.
To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org). Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
This Is Your Life will be available from Rhino on April 1, 2014 for a suggested list price of $18.98. A digital version will also be available.
Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with Rainbow, including Metallica’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley,” which combines the Rainbow songs “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.” Scorpions add a scorching take on “The Temple Of The King” while Motörhead is joined by Biff Byford from Saxon on “Starstruck.” Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “The Man On The Silver Mountain.” The final line-up of Dio’s solo band – Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren – are joined by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) for “Catch The Rainbow,” a track from Rainbow’s 1975 debut.
Anthrax and Adrenaline Mob honor Dio’s memorable stint with Black Sabbath with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules” respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from Dehumanizer.
This Is Your Life also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums Holy Diver (1983) and The Last In Line (1984), with Doro’s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, Halestorm tackling “Straight Through The Heart,” Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark” and Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line.” Killswitch Engage’s cover of “Holy Diver,” a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.
Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life.” Originally released on Angry Machines (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.
RONNIE JAMES DIO: This Is Your Life Track Listing:
“Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
“The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
“The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
“Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
“Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
“Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
“The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
“Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
“Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
“Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
“I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
“Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
“Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
“This Is Your Life” – Dio
Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers HELLION have inked a contract with London-based HNE/CHERRY RED RECORDS. The first of three HELLION albums set for release this year is a 2-disc anthology entitled TO HELLION AND BACK, which will be released on April 1, 2014, and the first 1,000 copies will be autographed by the band’s singer, ANN BOLEYN.
TO HELLION AND BACK chronicles the band’s beginnings from 1982, to the present, and features new music from Hellion. In 1983, when the term “female metal singer” did not exist, HELLION’s demo recordings (released as a self-titled Mini-LP) climbed to Number 6 in England’s rock charts. In America, HELLION however was regarded by the corporate music world as “too heavy” for a band with a female singer. Despite never releasing an album on a major record label, Hellion was the first female-fronted metal band to be featured on MTV and VH-1 and was also the first U.S. metal band to perform in the former-Soviet Union on a MONSTERS OF ROCK festival.
TO HELLION AND BACK features a collection of fan-favourites, hard-to-find recordings, and previously unreleased tracks. Among the collection are also two songs that were produced by RONNIE JAMES DIO at the legendary SOUND CITY recording studio.
The musicians enlisted by powerhouse vocalist Ann Boleyn for the new HELLION include drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, QUEENSRŸCHE, DIO, DIO DISCIPLES), keyboardist Scott Warren (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL), Swedish import bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES), and up-and-coming lead guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle.
HELLION’s new tracks were produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE’s “Hunky Dory”, “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, “Aladdin Sane” and “Pinups”. A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for THE BEATLES. He has engineered countless classic works, including GEORGE HARRISON’s “All Things Must Pass”, ELTON JOHN’s “Madman Across The Water”, “Honky Chateau” and “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player.” Other credits include gold and platinum albums by SUPERTRAMP, DAVID BOWIE, MISSING PERSONS, KANSAS, and more. Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: “Working with Bowie or working with Ann of HELLION, you’ve got sheer talent.” Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: “Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it’s new musicians. The one constant thing about HELLION is Ann, and her incredible voice.”
Says Wright of working with Boleyn and HELLION: “She’s tried to stay true to that heaviness and a certain darkness. She’s sticking to the same formula, just different musicians though.”
HELLION will tour in Europe, and the UK in 2014 and are expected to appear on a number of major festivals. The cover artwork was designed by Italian artist Gaetano Di Falco and inspired by the photography of P.G. Brunelli.
The TO HELLION AND BACK CD will be available through The Omega Order for pre order, by visiting here:
2. Driving Hard
3. Don’t Take No For An Answer
4. Break The Spell
5. Up From The Depths
6. Run For Your Life
7. Get Ready
8. Witching Hour
9. Screams In The Night
10. Upside Down Guitar Solo/
11. The Hand
12. Bad Attitude
13. Tower Of Air
3. The Evil One
5. The Black Book
6. Living In Hell
8. Demon Attack
9. Resurrection/Will Not Go Quietly
10. Shit (Is Gonna Hit The Fan)
11. Dead and Gone
12. Dream Deceiver
13. Hell Has No Fury
FATAL SMILE´s brand new video for the single “LIKE A ROCKSTAR” directed by Owe Lingwall, Dreamday Media is officially released & can be viewed here:
FATAL SMILE – Photo by Tim Tronckoe
The bands 5´th album “WHITE TRASH HEROES” will be released by FS Records/GMR Music Group on April 7 and the band will follow up with their “WHITE TRASH OVER EUROPE TOUR” on the following dates:
FATAL SMILE – “WHITE TRASH OVER EUROPE TOUR”
April 10, Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany April 11, Rattlehouse Rock, Bruckmühl, Germany April 12, VMax, Leipzig, Germany April 13, Futurum Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic April 25, Backstage Bar, Trollhättan, Sweden April 26, Rockbåten M/S Harmony. Helsingborg, Sweden April 31, Josefs House Of Blues, Eskilstuna, Sweden May 10, Hammersmith Visby, Sweden May 22, Six Pence, Kristiansand, Norway May 23, Hawk Club, Fredrikstad, Norway May 24, Olsen På Bryn, Oslo, Norway June 20, Skull Fest, Wervik, Belgium June 21, High Voltage, Copenhagen, Denmark Aug 1, Rock Out Wild, Sorsele, Sweden Aug 2, Skogsröjet, Rejmyre, Sweden Sept 6, Metal War Fest, Budapest, Hungary
Someone should really change the name of Hellfest. To Amazing-fest or something. Just cast your eyes over the 2014 lineup and you can see why this French festival has become known throughout the world since it’s first incarnation in 2006.
A headlining trio of Iron Maiden, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath is just the start, there’s also Deep Purple, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Emperor, Megadeth, Opeth, Monster Magnet, Watain and one of the Queensrÿche’s. And that’s all before you get into the smaller stages properly – Phil H Anselmo & The Illegals, Nile, Paradise Lost, Clutch, and Electric Wizard are just a fraction of what you’ll find there.
Proof that Hellfest doesn’t really do small; just world class. And that’s not only when it comes to the music. Hellfest is equally known for its attention to detail on site from the hidden bars to the firepits and the ramshackle metal stalls, and of course the ‘Hellfest’ tree – fed with metal and adorned with a swing.
See it for yourself at www.hellfest.fr – we think you’ll agree that hell ain’t a bad place to be.
You can also view our coverage of Hellfest 2013 HERE.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have released a brand new video clip for the track “Left For Dead” at www.deathangel.us! The song is taken from the band’s recently released seventh studio album The Dream Calls for Blood, and comes on the verge of their upcoming tour with CHILDREN OF BODOM. Commented guitarist Rob Cavestany:
“We would like to present to you our new video for the song ‘Left For Dead’ – the opening track off our latest record The Dream Calls for Blood. Directed by none other than Tommy Jones at VideoHammer Studios, it is comprised of footage filmed at AudioHammer Studios in Florida during the recording of the album. Catch a glimpse into our world in the recording studio as we create, collaborate, lay down tracks and attempt to survive the insane madness of making a DEATH ANGEL album! Hope you enjoy this little morsel that we proudly serve up to you as an appetizer – catch the main course when we hit your town on tour which kicks off this Thursday! 8 weeks across North America – plenty of chances to feast upon us… bon appétit and see you in the pit!”
Supergroup Comprised Of dUg Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch (Lynch Mob/Dokken) and Ray Luzier (Korn)
A new musical force to be reckoned with is about to turn the rock world upside down with the release of their self-titled debut, KXM. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Korn’s drum maestro, Ray Luzier, rounds out the powerhouse trio. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. The debut album is set for release on March 11th via Rat Pak Records. KXM is launching a pre-order today for the new release on their label’s website, http://www.RatPakRecords.com/KXM. The album, in various bundles, includes signed CD’s, CDs and t-shirts and even a phone call from a band member is available with certain purchases. The album was produced by KXM and Chris Collier, who is known for his work with Lynch Mob, Lita Ford and Tommy Bolin to name a few.
The self-titled debut of KXM is something truly unique and special. The songs are powerful, precise, and transcend beyond the boundaries of the imagination. In today’s overpopulated music arena, true gems become harder and harder to find, but KXM’s unified vision rises above the normal and creates its own space. From the opening drum riff of “Stars” to final chord on “Human Friction,” KXM is an album that is sure to resonate with fans from the band’s original projects while garnering new ones as well. Songs like “Gun Fight,” “Faith Is A Room” and the first single “Rescue Me” are sure to be instant favorites among fans. The band shows their softer side on the ballad “Never Stop” along with their dark side on the tale of domestic violence, “Sleep.” A trailer for the album can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/KXMTrailer.
The track listing for KXM is:
2) Rescue Me
3) Gun Fight
4) Never Stop
5) Faith Is A Room
6) I’ll Be Ok
10) Do It Now
11) Human Friction
12) Tranquilize (Bonus Track)
13) Rescue Me (Radio Edit) (Bonus Track)
KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was born from those jam sessions and is now an important piece in each band member’s musical legacy. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players!
The Vivaldi Metal Project grows up week by week! Here some recent updates…
World renowned guitarist and producer Tommy Denander just joined theProject. Tommy has appeared on more than 2000 albums with artists such as: Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin, BB King, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, … (read more)
ARTISTS CONFIRMED BY NOW
So far, the artists that joined the Vivaldi Metal Project and have been already announced are:
Mark Boals (Y. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire, Royal Hunt, …)
Following the recent news that BRUTAL TRUTH will be calling it a day this October, the band has started to announce their final European shows. The grind crew will play several more dates throughout the year, including their final appearances on British soil as they play Temples Festival this May alongside the likes of Electric Wizard, Neurosis, Tombs, Clutch and many others.
Of their appearance at Temples, founding bassist Danny Lilker stated: “OK people, this is it! The last Brutal Truth UK show! Unlike that well known and loved British icon Ozzy, when we say we’re done, we’re done! Come on down and grind with us one more time. Love, Dan Lilker.”
Following the appearance at Temples, the next day BRUTAL TRUTH will play their farewell show in the Netherlands at Neurotic Deathfest, and their final show in France will take place at Hellfest in June.
In addition to announcing their final tour dates, BRUTAL TRUTH has also unveiled the brand new video for the track “The Stroy.” The video is being exclusively premiered worldwide today via Terrorizer Magazine’s website, who describes the video as “a creepy and atmospheric journey that sees our grind heroes zoning out and and embarking on an astral dirge that’ll give you nightmares for weeks.”
Stroy is taken from BRUTAL TRUTH‘s scathing recent split with Bastard Noise, entitled The Axiom of Post Inhumanity, released by Relapse in November. The split album, drummer Rich Hoak promised, would “fry your brain”, a view that many reviews agreed with. Combining over four decades of grinding noise dominance, The Axiom of Post Inhumanity is a long overdue pairing of extreme music veterans that is sure to push the limits of even the most masochistic listeners. Both the CD and LP formats of the release contain entirely different sets of music from both bands while the digital version collects all of the tracks onto one compilation.
The Axiom of Post Inhumanity is streaming at Bandcamp; listen to the entire release HERE. To purchase the album in a physical format, click HERE, and to buy from iTunes click HERE.
Confirmed BRUTAL TRUTH European shows:
5/02/2014 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK – Last ever UK show
5/03/2014 Neurotic Deathfest – Tilburg, NL – Last ever Netherlands show
5/21/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, France – Last ever France show