Intergalactic mutants GWAR and hardcore metal heavyweights Hatebreed are co-headlining a short run of gigs in September. GWAR has also confirmed a new festival date, appearing at Chicago’s “Riot Fest” for the second year in a row. Joining the fun will be Richmond, VA’s Iron Reagan, featuring members of Municipal Waste and Cannabis Corpse.
GWAR is gearing up for the 4th Annual GWAR-B-Q (Tickets Are On Sale Now) and the release of a new album in the early fall. Razor and Tie recording artists Hatebreed will be continuing their support of their newest release, “The Divinity of Purpose.”
Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta had this to say about the upcoming mini-tour: “We’re extremely happy to finally hook up some GWAR/Hatebreed dates after years of trying to get our schedules to connect! We’ll have spent this entire summer rocking stages in Europe so it will be great to get back to the good ole USA, to get down & dirty in the clubs with our favorite mutants from Antarctica. These gigs are not to be missed!”
GWAR front-thing Oderus made a simpler comment. “GWAR and Hatebreed together is really gonna fuck some people up.”
Come on and join all the sick fun at the following crummy dives and exhausting festivals…
06/17: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/ Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson Tickets
08/08: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom Tickets
08/09: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Tickets
08/10: Montreal, QUE @ Heavy MTL Tickets*
08/11: Philadelphia, PA @ “This is Hardcore Fest” Tickets*
08/17: Richmond, VA @ GWAR-B-Q (Hadad’s Lake) Tickets* Co-Headline Tour with Hatebreed
09/11: Lexington, KY @ Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
09/12: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
09/13: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest*
09/14: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
09/15: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/26: Austin, TX @ Emo’s (Housecore Horror Film Fest)*
Texas metal act Witches Mark posted a new music video for the track “Witching Metal Ritual.” The track features Ex-Manowar guitarist Ross the Boss (Death Dealer) and is the title track to the band’s debut full length LP, which is due for release via Heaven & Hell Records on July 15th.
“Witching Metal Ritual” features eight tracks of uncompromising metal glory blending elements of thrash, speed, doom, black, and death while anchoring their overall sound firmly within the framework of traditional heavy metal. A teaser for the album can be heard over at this location.
The album was co-produced by Witches Mark and Stuart “Batlord” Laurence (Agony Column/Ignitor). Mixing and mastering duties were handled by Brendon Bigelow (Ignitor/Death Of Millions) “Witching Metal Ritual” features a stunning post-apocalyptic inspired album cover courtesy of Yannick Bouchard of Illusory Dreams.
Other guest appearances on the album include: Jack Starr (Virgin Steele/Burning Starr) Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Watchtower/Ignitor/Broken Teeth) and Martin Debourge (Damien Thorne/Head Transfer Process).
Doom legends, PENTAGRAM, have announced shows in the US this summer. These shows will follow the band’s previously announced festival dates in Europe throughout July. The complete list of dates including the US shows are listed below, as well at facebook.com/pentagramusa.
In other news, premium subscription channel SHOWTIME just picked up the documentary “Last Days Here” from influential doom legends PENTAGRAM–showings can be found HERE.
PENTAGRAM’s most recent album, Last Rites, was released via Metal Blade Records on April 14, 2011 and their first ever official DVD (also out on Metal Blade), When the Screams Come, on August 30, 2011. Both releases were met by rave reviews from fans and critics alike and saw the band playing sets at infamous SXSW festival in Austin TX as well as tours across the US and dates in Europe. Recently, after months of searching and reviewing literally hundreds of applicants from around the world, PENTAGRAM announced the addition of their new guitarist Matt Goldborough. His debut with the “Ram Family,” rounded out by Bobby Liebling on vocals, Greg Turley on bass guitar and Sean Saley on drums, was on April 16th, 2013 at the sold out show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. If that gig wasn’t special enough, the band performed songs not heard live in over 40 years! Inspired by a demand from the fans, Liebling and company pulled out rare gems, including Be Forewarned. This track and more can be viewed now at metalinjection.net.
“No one has done doom better, for longer, than Bobby Liebling.”SPIN Magazine
“an unsung American counterpart to Black Sabbath”San Francisco Weekly
“Bobby Liebling’s vocals proved to be haunting yet comforting at the same time. The man has lost a lot to demons that kept him from achieving rock stardom decades ago, but his voice remains as powerful as it was then.”LA Weekly
07/06 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown Festival 2013
07/19 Paris, FR Glazart
07/20 Warsaw, Poland Days Of Ceremony 2013
07/22 Tolmin, Slovenia Metaldays, 2013
07/27 Clinton, MT Farmageddon Fest
08/02 Austin, TX Emo’s
08/03 Springfield, VA Empire
08/04 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
SAVAGE MESSIAH will be taking a break from recording their as-yet untitled new album to take part in the five-date trek, which kicks off on July 16th at the Garage in London. The band will then be heading out around the UK again in October on a mini headlining tour.
SAVAGE MESSIAH lead guitarist JOFF BAILEY comments:
“Me and the boys will be taking a break from recording our new album in July to tear up the road again around the UK with WINTERSUN! The band is in fighting form at the moment and we’re set to raise absolute hell around the UK on this tour and our headline shows in October! We’ll also be previewing some brand new songs taken from the new record throughout all of these dates, making it the heaviest Savage Messiah set list to date! It really is gonna kick ya fuckin’ skulls in. Mark our words… WE MEAN FUCKIN’ BUSINESS!! We really can’t wait to rip the throat out of these shows and catch up with all the Savages around the country! See you in the pit – then at the bar, mutha fukkas! BRING IT!!!”
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have made the official music video for the song “The Wanderer” available for viewing here http://smarturl.it/TheWanderer
The clip was shot by iconic director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, DREAM EVIL, MNEMIC) and comes from the band’s latest album, Circle, which was released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. “We’ve had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always,” commented the band. “See for yourselves – for us, it’s one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we’ve done so far! Enjoy & keep rocking!”
American powerhouse metal vocalist, Rick Mythiasin (Steel Prophet, ex Agent Steel, ex Redemption) is available for professional caliber musical projects. This could include anything from studio work to being a full time member and touring.
Mythiasin will be in San Francisco during the month of June to meet with some local musicians and to check out the Bay Area metal scene. Rick is still a member of Steel Prophet who just completed a new album which is in the process of being mixed and mastered. He’s also in collaboration with Mystic-Force with plans of live appearances and future recordings.
Interested parties can make arrangements by contacting Hasad Freitag at the following email
California’s vaunted heavy metal Triple Axe Attack, LEATHERWOLF, have announced that they will be joined by bassist Paul Carman on their upcoming run of June dates which gets under way June 13 at Bobby McGee’s in Chicago Ridge, Illinois.
“We’re grateful that our old friend Paul has agreed to step in for our regular bass player, Pat Guyton, who is not able to do these shows with us. We haven’t played with Paul since our last European tour so we’re looking forward to rekindling the old magic, kicking out the jams together and having a great time on the road.”
Paul Carman originally joined LEATHERWOLF in 1986 and appeared on the band’s two major label studio releases, “Leatherwolf” (1987) and “Street Ready” (1989), which spawned the MTV video classics “The Calling” and “Hideaway” as well as perennial fan favorites such as “Thunder”, “Gypsies & Thieves” and “Rise Or Fall”.
Carman joins a rejuvenated line-up consisting of original members, vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri and drummer Dean Roberts, and the explosive guitar duo of Rob Math and Greg Erba. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview. Thanks to Massacre Records for providing promo pics.
Pete Newdeck is the singer in Tainted Nation (as well as drummer in Eden’s Curse). I sat down with Pete before the band headed out on tour in the UK to have a chat about the band and the new album. The debut album is titled F.E.A.R. and if you’re into modern metal with an edge, make sure to take a listen to the album. Tainted Nation consists a lot of well known names such as Mark Cross (Firewind, Marco Mendoza, etc.), Ian Nash (Lionsheart) and the Swedish bass demon Pontus Egberg (The Poodles etc). Read on! Read the rest of this entry »
May 27th finally saw the release of Altered State – the 2nd studio album by TesseracT and one of the most exciting albums to come out this year.
Shortly before the album was officially released, TesseracT went on a short UK tour to promote the new material. On 16th of May, the tour came to an end at the London’s O2 Academy Islington where TesseracT guys were joined on stage by Enochian Theory and The Algorithm. Read the rest of this entry »
Acle Kahney – Guitars
Ashe O’Hara – Vocals
Jay Postones – Drums James Monteith- Guitar
Amos Williams – Bass
@ O2 Islington Academy
Interview by Anna Dumpe
Just moments before TesseracT take to the stage at the O2 Islington Academy in London, we met up with the guitarist James Monteith to talk about their new album Altered State, which was released on May 27th, 2013, via Century Media Records. Read the rest of this entry »
Just before Finntroll take the stage tonight, I managed to pop onto the Finntroll tour bus to catch-up with Mathias ‘Vreth’ Lillmåns [vocalist] and Madon ‘Routa’ Karlboms [Guitarist] before the last of a handful of exclusive release shows, promoting their latest full length release ‘Blodsvept’.
They ponder alcoholic accompaniments as they discuss the creation of ‘Blodsvept’ and the bands policy of remaining as unpredictable as possible!
WHITE WIZZARD have confirmed the first dates for a European headlining tour, which kicks off on September 27th in Brighton, England.
The band will be hitting the road in support of their new studio album, THE DEVILS CUT, starting off with a string of shows in the UK. The band will then be moving on to continental Europe, with dates due to be announced soon.
WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman JON LEON comments:
“We are very excited to get back over to Europe. Giovanni and I have worked hard to get a solid line-up of guys that will actually tour and stick it out and to make White Wizzard a stable entity for the fans. We appreciate all of our fans being so patient and supportive. What we have now is a line-up that has been together over a year that is very dedicated and serious. The fans will finally get to see the five guys that recorded the album and we promise we will not disappoint.
“This is only the beginning as we are already writing the next album and we are hungry to finally see the band through to its intended vision. If you dig the album, just wait until you see this group of guys live. We are on a mission in its first stages and we hope you come along for the ride. It is going to be a blast!!!”
STEEL PANTHER’s Spreading The Disease tour came to a close on the final day of the third annual Rocklahoma concert festival May 26th in Pryor, OK.
It was the first bus tour in the United States for Steel Panther and 88 Miles West were invited to sit in the back of the bus for a chat with Stix Zadinia (drums) and Lexxi Foxx (bass) to talk numerous things such as Lexxi’s ability to communicate with birds and makeup tips, while Stix puts on a show and offerssome driving advice. Plus, there’s a scoop on the new record.