GWAR to Annihilate Record Store Day

March 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Exclusive Record Store Double LP Edition of

America Must Destroyed To Be Released For Record Store Day

Not ones to rest on their laurels and fresh off the announcement of the 2015 GWAR B-Q, the intergalactic overlords GWAR have confirmed they will be taking part in the annual Record Store Day Festivities on Saturday April 18th.

“I used to like Chinese food, now I don’t give a fuck”, said guitarist Pustulus Maximus when asked about Record Store Day.

Just how exactly do they plan on doing this? First, Metal Blade Records will releasing an exclusive Record Store Day double LP edition of GWAR’s third opus America Must Be Destroyed. Previously only available on import vinyl from the UK, this exclusive version which has been meticulously recreated by the slaves of GWAR, features the original color insert with lyrics, an official (looking) certificate of authenticity and a killer ‘pop up’ of GWAR’s pet dinosaur Gor Gor!   Additionally, it is confirmed that on April 21st the Grammy nominated classic Phallus in Wonderland will be reissued on DVD in a convenient CD sized package.

But that’s not enough for GWAR.  They have planned a special Record Store Day appearance as well. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes place at Asylum Records April 18th from 12:00 – 3:00pm located at 108 W Main St in Mesa, Arizona.  On this day you will be able to worship at the feet of the almighty GWAR, get your albums signed and if they deem you worthy, maybe even get a picture with them.  There will be special giveaways and raffles including a one of a kind airbrushed guitar signed by the band!

Of course, GWAR could not make it to Arizona without the help of their personal slaves.  So in order to get the slaves to agree to help, GWAR has agreed to let the slaves appear as “RAWG” and play a special show that evening at the Nile Theater across the street from Asylum in Mesa, AZ.  The doors open at 5:30 PM and you can grab tickets HERE.

“These working conditions are inhumane. Thanks, Obama”  -nameless slave

In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film Empire Records in which they had a starring role.  GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8th – 10th.  More details on GWAR’s invasion of Brooklyn, NY can be seenHERE.

Don’t forget to come celebrate GWAR’s 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any summer! The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231).

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Wacken Metal Battle News: Victoria Round (one and only) Winner: Torrefy; VANCOUVER On April 10

March 30th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

VICTORIA ROUND (one and only) WINNER from March 28, 2015 @ The Cambie Esquimalt, 856 Esquimalt Road) – TORREFY – https://www.facebook.com/Torrefy

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/772331709528191/

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Author Greg Prato’s New Book ‘IRON MAIDEN: ’80 ’81’ Available Now

March 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Iron Maiden book cover
By the mid/late ’80s, Iron Maiden was unquestionably one of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet – regularly headlining arenas/stadiums, each new album rocketing up the charts, and t-shirts sporting their ghastly mascot (Eddie) was one of the most popular fashion statements by metalheads. But by this point of their career, most of the band members were different than the ones that appeared on their classic 1980 self-titled debut album, while musically, they had transformed from a raw “punk metal” sound to a more refined “prog metal” approach.

Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ focuses solely on the early era of the band. Set up in an oral history format, interviews include Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden singer, 1978-1981), Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden guitarist, 1979-1980), Wil Malone (‘Iron Maiden’ producer), Biff Byford (Saxon singer), Udo Dirkschneider (former Accept singer), Kim McAuliffe (Girlschool singer/guitarist), Brian Tatler (Diamond Head guitarist), Lips (Anvil singer/guitarist), Doro (Doro singer), Scott Ian (Anthrax guitarist), Charlie Benante (Anthrax drummer), David Ellefson (Megadeth bassist), Dave Lombardo (former Slayer drummer), Mike Portnoy (former Dream Theater drummer), Richard Christy (Death and Iced Earth drummer), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest guitarist), Pete Way (former UFO bassist), and Eddie Trunk (‘That Metal Show’ co-host, radio DJ), among many others.

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, and has authored such books as ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,’ ‘Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention,’ ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,’ and ‘The Eric Carr Story.’ ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ is his 15th book overall.

Available as a paperback version [$16.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ helps put it all into perspective.

Read an exclusive excerpt here:

songfacts.com/blog/writing/iron_maiden_80_81/

Ordering info here:

Paperback and Kindle: amzn.com/1508536384
Nook: barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121563912

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MEGADETH – GUEST Drummer Chris Adler Confirmed

March 29th, 2015
by EvilG
Lamb of God

Lamb of God

Dave Mustaine, of MEGADETH, and Chris Adler, drummer for  LAMB OF GOD, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of MEGADETH’s anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to MEGADETH’s roots.

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WAMI Announce Vinyl Edition Of Debut Album

March 28th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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The names associated with the project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 3 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.

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Vocalist Simon Cruz leaves CRASHDÏET

March 28th, 2015
by EvilG

As originally posted to http://www.crashdiet.org/news/latest-news/2015/02/26/simon-cruz-leaves-crashdiet/

crashdiet_live_Kb_Malmoe_2013_6Dear crashdiet fans

There is a reason for our lack of news lateley. The reason for that is that Simon Cruz has left CRASHDÏET. Well, actually he decided to leave in the midst of our mini tour in Japan… With no notice what so ever.

The last few months have been confusing to say the least and we haven’t been sure of what to make of this… other than that our collaboration with Simon is over.

However… The recording of the new album will proceed as planned and you can expect hear more from us soon!

Yours truly

Martin, Peter and Eric

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Corrosion Of Conformity @ The Electric Ballroom, London

March 28th, 2015
by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Corrosion Of Conformity
@ The Electric Ballroom, London

13th March 2015

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Inty Malcolm

Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity

Oh my. Now this is something. North Carolina metallers, and some time three-piece, Corrosion of Conformity (COC) reunited with frontman and guitarist Pepper Keenan for the first time in almost a decade. Scratch that; more like two for this line-up in the UK. Stuff dreams are made of? Perhaps a bit strong, but it’s been doing nicely for a couple of nights, culminating in this, the last date of the UK Deliverance tour. So deliver us.

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Wacken Metal Battle News: Montreal Round 3 Winner: Decadawn + Toronto Round 4 Winners: Apokalyptik Warrior + Call of The Wild

March 28th, 2015
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

MONTREAL ROUND #3 Winner from March 27, 2015 @ Katcombes, (1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) – DECADAWN – www.facebook.com/decadawn

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/781155558625069/

JUDGES:
ANDREW WEILER (CJLO),
JEFF WATERS (ANNIHILATOR),
MIKE MARINO (IBANEZ),
LEX IVIAN (ONDES CHOCS)

Bands:
EVERTRAPPED – www.facebook.com/evertrapped
FAYNE – www.facebook.com/faynemusic
DISTORTHEAD – www.facebook.com/Distortheadband
DECADAWN – www.facebook.com/decadawn

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TORONTO ROUND #4 Winners from March 27, 2015 @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen Street West) – APOKALYPTIK WARRIOR – www.facebook.com/ApokalyptikWarrior + CALL OF THE WILD – www.facebook.com/callofthewildofficial

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/770980682950485/

Judges:
Jon Asher (Asher Media Relations)
Oscar Rangel (Annihilator)
Dan Hand (Underground Operations)
Andrew Epstein (FlinkTO)

RIVERS RUN RED – www.facebook.com/riversrunred
BLACK EVE – www.blackevemetal.com/#!music/c1t44
APOKALYPTIK WARRIOR – www.facebook.com/ApokalyptikWarrior
CALL OF THE WILD – www.facebook.com/callofthewildofficial
OLDE – www.facebook.com/oldedoom

history of all rounds can be found here – http://ashermediarelations.com/festivals-associations/wacken-metal-battle-canada-2015/

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Interview with Brett Hoffman of Malevolent Creation

March 28th, 2015
by Infamous Butcher

Brett Hoffman Interview

Interview by InfamousButcher
Photos by SheWolf

Interviewed on March 6, 2015
at the Malevolent Creation show in Brooklyn, NY

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Amaranthe + Engel + Santa Cruz at the Islington Academy, London

March 28th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Amaranthe

With Engel & Santa Cruz
@ Islington Academy, London

17 March 2015

Review by Rowena
Photography by Michelle Murphy

Amaranthe

Amaranthe

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OVERKILL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST; ANNOUNCES BOX SET & NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SYMPHONY X

March 27th, 2015
by EvilG
OVERKILL

OVERKILL

OVERKILL, New Jersey’s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.  Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X. 

OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”

Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:

“NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Atkins May Project Feat. Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Release New Anthology With Unreleased Bonus Track

March 27th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May’s new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.

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Elderoth – “My Future” [Metal-Rules.com exclusive premiere]

March 27th, 2015
by EvilG

Collin McGee of Elderoth - Live

Collin McGee of Elderoth – Live

Comment from Colin McGee on My Future:

“When I wrote My Future, I was actually having a lot of issues going across my mind. Mostly things about moving on from past relationships or friendships. I never quite wrote a song about this kind of subject before but I find it’s always interesting to try something new. Especially just as long as I find it’s natural and appropriate. The overall sound of this song is a little bit inspired from In The Rain from the first album, except with a few new dynamics to it. Some of the more obvious new dynamics would be the far eastern influences and the added syncopation. Overall, I’m very satisfied with how this song turned out. It’s definitely a song that sticks in my mind.”

Links:

Elderoth.com | Facebook | Twittter | Reverbnation | Soundcloud | Youtube | Last.FM | Tumblr | Google +
Album Pre-order Bandcamp
Track Listing – Elderoth – Mystic:
1. Within (1:01)
2. Black and Blue (4:15)
3. This Shadow By My Side (4:48)
4. My Future (3:27)
5. Falling Star (4:09)
6. In A Dream (3:36)
7. The Ocean (4:35)
8. Far In The Sea (4:27)
9. Always Remember (3:56)

Album Length: 34:17

Elderoth - Mystic

Elderoth – Mystic

Album Credits:
• All songs performed by: Collin McGee
• All songs written by: Collin McGee
• Produced by: Collin McGee
• Mixed by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc
• Mastered by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc

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Hardcore Superstar with support on Bandit Insanity Tour Sweden 2015 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

March 27th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

Hardcore Superstar
Bandit Insanity Tour Sweden 2015
H.E.A.T – special guest
Outtrigger – support act
Smash Into Pieces – support act
Crunge – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
7/2 – 2015

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Wicked Sensation – Bass player Martin Mannhardt

March 27th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

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Wicked Sensation
Bass player Martin Mannhardt

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica for setting up the interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.

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Bass player Martin Mannhardt from the German band Wicked Sensation hooked up with us to talk about the bands’ brand new album ADRENALINE RUSH. This is their fourth album from this melodic hardrock six-piece act. Besides talking about ADRENALINE RUSH we dedicated our conversation to handle the singer Robert Soeterboek’s status in the band, what part session singer David Reece plays on the album and which members are featured in the current line-up.  Read the rest of this entry »

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