The British thrash metallers Onslaught’s most recent album simply titled VI proves thrash metal lives and well. The legendary British thrashers have returned and have shown on the last three albums that the still create murderous and brutal thrash metal without loosing an inch. The band’s long time guitarist and founder Nige Rockett sat down with Metal-Rules.com to talk about the VI album and the process of the writing and going back in time to the early days of Onslaught.
NEW ALBUM INCLUDES SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES FROM:
OPERATIC METAL DIVA TARJA TURUNEN, U.S. HIP-HOP ICON XZIBIT,
DAVE PIRNER (SOUL ASYLUM), AND HOWARD JONES (EX-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)
The Hydra, a mythological serpent creature from ancient Greece, couldn’t be killed. When one of its many heads was cut off, two more grew in its place…
“It’s like us – undefinable!” laughs WITHIN TEMPTATION guitarist and songwriter Robert Westerholt. “What’s more, ‘Hydra’ is a perfect title for our new album, because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music.”
WITHIN TEMPTATION’s sixth studio album, special guest performances on Hydra include: Finnish operatic metal diva Tarja Turunen, acclaimed singer-songwriter Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, metalcore hero Howard Jones formerly of Killswitch Engage and U.S. hip-hop icon, actor, and former MTV Pimp My Ride host Xzibit (Alvin Nathaniel Joiner).
Kirk Hammett of METALLICA recently spoke to Nikki Blakk from 107.7 the Bone about his upcoming horror convention and announced that CARCASS will be performing at the event. Listen to the entire interview here: http://youtu.be/GKhWL1VDRG4
“When we heard that Kirk Hammett was opening a carny fair in the Bay Area we knew we wanted in! We’re quite honored that we’ve invited to appear in the ‘freak show’ booth,” stated CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker in his typical self-deprecating sarcastic fashion. “Joking aside we’re looking forward to the Fear FestEvil, will be a nice ‘little’ warm up for our US Tour next year. See you there!”
On February 6th through 8th, 2014 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, lifelong horror enthusiast and METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will launch his first annual horror convention, dubbed Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL.
At a recent BROKEN HOPE show with Deicide, a fan was horrifically attacked by a maniacal concert-goer with a box cutter. The injured fan, Julio Serrano, had his throat slashed during the band’s set and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Numerous media outlets reported on the status of Julio, and BROKEN HOPE can now issue an accurate update on the progress of their most hardcore of fans!
Right after the incident happened, BROKEN HOPE rushed Julio Serrano a special care package in the hopes that the gifts would brighten his spirits. Julio responded recently with an update that he received the package and he is doing much better now.
BROKEN HOPE states: “BROKEN HOPE sent a special BH care-package to JULIO SERRANO– We wanted to lift JULIO’s spirits and let him know we genuinely support and care about him. If this photo says anything, JULIO SERRANO is doing much better! Cheers and the best of health to you, JULIO!!!
Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY are proud to reveal the first news about their new album, scheduled to be recorded and mixed once again in the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (Kempten, Germany) and released by Nuclear Blast in 2014.
The first comments by the band: “This album is very important to all of us. Behind it there is the ambitious goal of creating one of the most epic and cinematic albums ever written”.
In Solitude have returned to Sweden after their successful North American tour with Watain andTribulation. Throughout the tour, In Solitude performed a set consisting of songs from each of their three albums, including their newest release, “Sister.” At the Los Angeles show, clips were captured and two live videos have been launched. The first of which is for the title track from the new album, the second is for fan favorite song “To Her Darkness.” View the clips now at the links below to experience the raw, live exuberance of In Solitude.
“The Vatican,” a track off The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, the new album by Brazilian band SEPULTURA, is now available for online viewing: http://smarturl.it/TheVatican
The translation of the Bible quote (Matthew 10:34) into English from the Latin (the official language of the Roman Catholic Church) in the video’s opening reads: “Do not think I came [to] send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
“It shows various obscure facets of the church, from corruption to pedophilia, a dark side that many people like to ignore,” states SEPULTURAguitarist Andreas Kisser about the video. “The actors were very well selected, all with strong and striking expressions. The video tells the story of a priest who wants to leave the church because of all this dirt, and suffers pressure from the inside not to leave. It’s rather heavy and tense.”
First a quick description: large format hardcover, 9 1/2” x 11 1/4”, full colour throughout, the story of the band using lots of my previously unpublished interviews with the band, long reviews of the whole catalogue by top journos and mostest coolest… an explosion of visuals, from the very best live photography down to passes ‘n’ ads. basically done up real pretty like my new Rush book – if you like that format, here it is applied to the kings of thrash.
A little something I’m working on…pass it on to anyone you know in Canadian Metal bands that released an album between Sept 1, 2012 and Nov 13, 2013
My name is JP, Managing Editor of www.Metal-Rules.com, one of the world’s largest and longest running Canadian Metal web-zines. I’m also co-host of Megawatt Mayhem, one of the world’s longest running Heavy Metal radio shows, also Canadian, now in our 26th year. I’m writing to you because I support Canadian Metal.
Two years ago CARAS (The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences), after an almost two-decade absence, the return of a Heavy Metal music category for our national awards program, The JUNO’s. Last year only a very small percentage of eligible Canadian Metal bands submitted an entry to CARAS to be considered for the award. I’d like to see that number increase.
As a fellow Canadian Metal fan I’m writing to you to ask you to consider entering your album into this years competition. The process is simple. The following is taken directly from the Junos Awards web-site…www.junoawards.ca
November 13, 2013 – Final Deadline
– $60.00 per submission for CARAS members
– $90.00 per submission for non-members
In order to be eligible for a 2013 JUNO Award your music must be released between September 1, 2012 and November 13, 2013. Your music needs to be available for national retail sale either in stores or online in Canada within this period.
If you’re actively participating in the Canadian music industry and plan on making a submission then a CARAS membership is a great option. Along with your discounted submission rates, you will receive voting privileges on 13 JUNO Awards categories, discounts on JUNO Awards ticket packages and more! Check outwww.carasonline.ca/members for more information and to apply.
According to my research there are over 300 eligible bands this year (that have released albums between Sept 1, 2012 and Nov 13, 2013) and it would be fantastic to show CARAS the wide range of talent, creativity and skill in the Metal community in Canada.
Please consider submitting your album to represent the best of Canadian Metal!
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH continue the countdown to the release of the second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUME 2 out November 19 via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories. VOLUME 2 can be pre-ordered HERE.
Today (11/6) marks the premiere of an exclusive new VOLUME 2 track-by-track webisode on LOUDWIRE.COM for the band’s current single “Battle Born” which is already conquering the rock radio top ten. In this new webisode, watch the group talk about how the song came together in the midst of the band’s rigorous touring schedule. Lead singer Ivan Moody also explains how writing the song enabled him to release the angst that he built up out on the road: TINY URL HERE.
Today’s premiere is the last of five track-by-track webisodes the band has debuted leading up to the release of VOL. 2 on November 19. The countdown kicked off with the webisode for “House of the Rising Sun” on Billboard.com, which can be watched here: http://tinyurl.com/ko6trew. The second track-by-track for “Weight Beneath My Sin” debuted on CraveOnline.com and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/H0k8NK. The third track-by-track webisode for “The Agony Of Regret” premiered on their Facebook page, helping the band reach the 3 million “Likes” mark. View it here: http://on.fb.me/1gFIlbN. Last week, 5FDP launched the webisode for “Wrecking Ball” on HitFix.com. The group also recently premiered the official video for current single “Battle Born” on USA Today: http://bit.ly/1c05nEJ
The band–IVAN MOODY (vocals), ZOLTAN BATHORY (guitar), JEREMY SPENCER (drums), JASON HOOK (guitar) and CHRIS KAEL (bass)—recently completed their extensive North American “THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN TOUR” and is currently on tour as special guest on Avenged Sevenfold’s European arena tour which kicks off today (11/6) in Helsinki, Finland. For all tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour.
On December 10, 2013 (Nov. 11 in the UK), American Recordings will reissue ten of Slayer’s seminal albums on vinyl. All ten albums will be available individually and were re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Albums include all nine of Slayer’s studio recordings, Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss(1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009), plus their live double-record Decade of Aggression: Live(1991).
Each title will feature the original album artwork including reproductions of the original 12X12 inner sleeves. For the first U.S. run, 500 unmarked copies will be pressed on 180-gram, blood red, colored vinyl and randomly inserted and sold in stores as part of a “lucky dip.”
There will also be a very limited quantity of rare test pressings for each title that will be given away. Fans are encouraged to check Slayer’s official website and social media outlets for further announcements and details.
As American Recordings’ owner and long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin put it, “Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer. Listen at your own risk.”
Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:
5 Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7 MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8 Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21 Kool Haus, Toronto, ON
23 CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24 Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
New ‘Otherworld’ EP Available via iTunes, Amazon and More!
Testament/Dragonlord‘s Eric Peterson has just entered a new realm, combining brutal death vocals and dramatic singing with Celtic-metal vocalist/composer LEAH on her new track ‘Dreamland’. The track is cut from LEAH’s new EP Otherworld. The EP is available now via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Rdio and several other digital retailers. Take a listen to ‘Dreamland’ now at LEAH’s official Bandcamp page.
The cinematic character vocals from Eric Peterson on ‘Dreamland’, a beautiful, symphonic progressive track with a fantasy twist, leave the listener electrified in his wake with “…an echo’s breath, a romance death!”
“It was a real treat to have Eric’s unique vocals on this track,” states LEAH. “My original demo went from having a mellow, Clannad-type feel to now almost dancing on the line of black-metal. I hope this is the first of many collaborations to come!”
“I’ve known LEAH for about 12 years, we’ve been friends since 2001. I jammed with her about eight years ago in Vancouver, and at the time it didn’t work out because I was busy with Testament and Dragonlord, but we stayed in contact,” adds Eric Peterson. “This time around, LEAH contacted me to play on her new record and I thought she wanted me to play guitar. But when she told me she wanted me to sing, I was honored because LEAH is the kind of person that will sing right in the middle of a store and sound amazing, she’s that kind of vocalist. She sent me the song and right away I knew exactly what I needed to do. She took my pattern, wrote some lyrics for me, we went into the studio and it was done! It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It’s really great to finally be able to work together with LEAH and put out this great track. I can hear this song in a movie! A couple of people I’ve let hear thought it was the soundtrack to the new Snow White movie! Ha!” Read the rest of this entry »
When you look at this band picture taken in August, 2013 at Wacken Open Air, it seems like NIGHTWISH’s “Imaginaerum World Tour” went by smoothly from the beginning to the end.
An intimate, two-hour documentary of NIGHTWISH’s innermost-workings – included in their upcoming Showtime, Storytime DVD due out in North America on December 10th – is a story about what happens when persistence and desire pushes towards dreams.
Watch the trailer for “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours” here:
TORONTO – Hamilton, Ontario based progressive metal band, VARGA, has just unleashed their 3rd full-length studio recording, ‘Enter the Metal,’ via the band’s own label, Vargantuan Music. Currently available digitally on iTunes and Amazon.com – http://Amazon.com, there are several formats of hi-resolution downloads available for purchase from the band’s own vargahq.com – http://vargahq.com website. CD’s will begin shipping and in stores November 14th, but can be pre ordered from vargahq.com – http://vargahq.com until then.
Comprised of members Joe Varga (bass & vocals), Adam Alex (guitar), Sean Williamson (guitar), and Dan Fila (drums), the veteran band (originally formed in 1989) has built a large and loyal following of heavy metal fans, particular in their home country, on the strength of such popular releases as 1994’s ‘Prototype’ (released via the Zoo label), which spawned the hits “Freeze Don’t Move” and “Greed,” earning the band a thumbs up on the then-popular ‘Beavis and Butthead’ program on MTV. After over a decade apart, Varga reunited in 2011, and issued their awesome reunion effort, ‘Enter the Metal’ (their first new studio album in 17 years).
The album was produced by long time friend and producer/engineer, Julius “Juice” Butty (Alexisonfire, Protest the Hero), and recorded at both Six Nations’ Jukasa Studio, and Butty’s own Silo Studios. As the band’s leader, Joe Varga, states, “In this collection of music, you’ll hear a return to our metal and progressive roots with songs laden with heavy licks, crazy time changes and insane vocals.”
As heard throughout ‘Enter the Metal,’ the long delay between releases has not dulled Varga’s penchant for penning inspired and challenging heavy metal in the slightest. Welcome back, lads!