Hard rock legends SKID ROW are currently writing their upcoming second EP in the United World Rebellion series, entitled United World Rebellion – Chapter Two. In the meantime, the band is releasing a brand new lyric video for the track ‘This Is Killing Me’ cut from United World Rebellion – Chapter One, which is in stores now. Check out the lyric video here: http://youtu.be/GVflonjC2a4
The release of United World Rebellion – Chapter One in April marked the band’s first new music unleashed in seven years. The New Jersey hard rock legends announced that United World Rebellion – Chapter One would be the first in a series of EPs that they plan to release in the near future.
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have finally returned with their first studio album release in about a decade! Entitled Darkness In A Different Light, the album will be released on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Darkness In A Different Light is FATES WARNING’s first album of new material since the release of FWX in 2004 and also marks the first release for the band’s stellar current line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).
The album was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The (above pictured) artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.
FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with a comment as follows:
Darkness in a Different Light is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band.
I believe that this line-up is the best that Fates has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album. It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here.
We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years. We plan on touring as much as possible for Darkness in a Different Light and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been…”
Indeed, FATES WARNING already have headlining touring runs confirmed for October in Europe and November/December in North America, with further live activity to follow in 2014.
Here are all the dates announced so far:
FATES WARNING European Tour 2013:
SA 05.10.2013 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – Progpower Festival
SU 06.10.2013 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – Boerderij
MO 07.10.2013 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal
WE 09.10.2013 Essen (Germany) – Turock
TH 10.10.2013 Roeselare (Belgium) – Verlichte Geest
FR 11.10.2013 Augsburg (Germany) – Musikkantine
SA 12.10.2013 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
SU 13.10.2013 Brescia (Italy) – Colony
TU 15.10.2013 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar
WE 16.10.2013 Budapest (Hungary) – A38
TH 17.10.2013 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Randal
SA 19.10.2013 Thessaloniki Greece) – Eightball Club
SU 20.10.2013 Athens (Greece) – Gagarin 205
TU 22.10.2013 Moscow (Russia) – KZ Moskva
FATES WARNING North American Tour 2013:
FR 15.11.2013 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
SA 16.11.2013 Detroit, MI – Harpos
SU 17.11.2013 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
MO 18.11.2013 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
WE 20.11.2013 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club
TH 21.11.2013 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
FR 22.11.2013 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
SA 23.11.2013 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
SU 24.11.2013 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
TU 26.11.2013 Amityville, NY – Revolution
WE 27.11.2013 Reading, PA – Reverb
FR 29.11.2013 Springfield, VA – Empire
SA 30.11.2013 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
SU 01.12.2013 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
TU 03.12.2013 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
WE 04.12.2013 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
TH 05.12.2013 Dallas, TX – Trees
SA 07.12.2013 Phoenix, AZ – Rocky Point Cantina
SU 08.12.2013 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
TU 10.12.2013 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
WE 11.12.2013 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
FR 13.12.2013 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
SA 14.12.2013 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
More details about Darkness In A Different Light will follow in the coming weeks…
FATES WARNING Line-Up:
Ray Alder – Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Frank Aresti – Guitars
Richie Scarlet, nicknamed ”The Emperor of Rock ’n Roll”, is multi-talented musician and producer from New York. The man started his career back in the late 70’s but he’s best known from his long and successful collaboration with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Scarlet has also worked with such names as Sebastian Bach, Mountain, and he’s released several solo albums, including the latest I PLEAD THE FIFTH which came out earlier this year. Scarlet came to Finland in early June with his lovely wife Joann because he was one of the special quests for annual KISS Expo in Helsinki. Later on in the evening Scarlet also performed with Finnish Ace Frehley tribute band Frehley’s Vomit. I met a little tired but very talkative Scarlet the next morning at the hotel and here’s what I got caught on the tape. Read on!
Guitarist SLASH (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES) has posted the following message via Twitter: “Visited Lemmy (Kilmister, MOTÖRHEAD) today; he’s doing well. There’s been a lot of rumors. But he’s in good shape and finishing Motörhead record now.”
As reported by Bravewords.com:Lemmy walked offstage on August 2nd six songs into the band’s set at the famous Wacken Open Air being held in Wacken, Germany, due to health reasons.
A band statement reads: “The show had to go on because that’s how Lemmy rolls. Even though he was not 100% fit, he refused to feel he was letting the 85,000 Wacken fans down. They kicked ass in the 100-plus degree heat for a shortened, but powerful, set before, Lemmy finally realized he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Thus he will embark upon the recuperation recommended. We know that rumors are flying around, but once he fully recharges, Motörhead will be back, don’t you worry!”
Pro-shot footage of the band’s W:O:A set can be seen below:
Lemmy’s departure from the stage was disturbing given the fact that the legendary three-piece had cancelled all of their summer shows due to their frontman’s ongoing health issues; in June doctors ordered Lemmy off the road to recover from a hematoma he suffered that month. According to BraveWords staff who were at the scene, on-stage he even referenced the doctors orders saying that he had to quit, but responded ‘We’ll have to see about that.”
With tongue-in-cheek, Motörhead kicked-off their set in front of nearly 100,000 people with ‘I Know How To Die’, but witnesses – including BraveWords who were backstage – saw that the legendary frontman was not in his usual form. The band stormed on with ‘Damage Case’, ‘Stay Clean’, but the set was cut short during their classic ‘The Chase Is Better Than The Catch’ as Lemmy walked off stage and Phil Campbell took charge until everything went black.
Wacken organizer Thomas Jensen walked on stage and told the crowd (translated from German) … “Lemmy had cancelled all his dates and tried to do Wacken, but this is all he could do.”
The Wacken crew have since issued the following statement: “Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he´s got to play an amazing live show. He´s keeping well – but the temperatures and circumstances lead to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality. We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey and particularly Mr. Rock n Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!”
Motörhead were scheduled to perform for an hour and fifteen minutes. After Jensen’s announcement the crowd starting chanting “Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy.”
The crowd was not upset or disappointed, but concerned for one of the godfathers of heavy metal.
DORO PESCH followed kicking off her 30th Anniversary tour, but made a point in stating to the crowd that “Lemmy was ok.”
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have announced they will not be undertaking their planned tour of North America from August to September 2013.
The band has been forced to withdraw from the tour with Danish thrash veterans ARTILLERY and BONDED BY BLOOD and FUELLED BY FIRE due to delays in securing visas.
“We’re really gutted to have to make this call, but we’ve found ourselves caught in a massive web of red tape and time’s run out to make the tour possible in the way we want it to be,” said singer Philly Byrne.
“We’ve been faced with barriers and delays all for months now, and we held off on making this call, but ultimately we’re dealing with big organs of state where there’s no one person you can ring up and make it happen.”
“Even worse than all the behind-the-scenes crap that’s gone on, letting our fans down is the hardest thing to stomach. If you bought a ticket for one of these cancelled shows, we’re coming back soon to make it up to you. We’re already working on making it happen.”
Bassist Joe McGuigan comments: “We’ve done our best to make this tour happen but unfortunately this whole process is out of our hands. We want to apologize to our friends in Artillery, our brothers in Bonded By Blood, and most of all to all the US thrashers out there.”
GAMA BOMB’s fourth album “The Terror Tapes” was released in May via AFM Records.
Friday, March 21, 2014 at Luzhniki Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia.
On this tour MANOWAR will perform the full “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” album along with a “best of” set of other immortal metal hymns in a completely new stage production.
“The MANOWAR fans in Russia have once again spoken loud and clear! And the promoters heard their call! We are ready to bring true, face-melting metal to Russia once again!” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.
MANOWAR’s “Kings Of Metal” album, a milestone in metal history, was first released on November 18, 1988, followed by a world tour in 1989. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of these events, MANOWAR are currently in the studio, recording a brand new special version of the album: “Kings Of Metal MMXIV.”
Battling our way ever closer to the venue, passing cattle-like throngs of football fans recently purged from nearby Emirates Stadium, I silently utter thanks that I am not a fan of ‘the so-called beautiful game.’ Then again, on reflection, perhaps these people have similar thoughts when they pass the line of gig going, black-clad metalheads all drunk and rowdy and drinking in the street… At least we’re queuing for something awesome! And tonight that is NOLA sludgemasters Eyehategod at The Highbury Garage…
Ipecac has confirmed the Oct. 29 release of Mutation’s Error 500, an album willfully devious, devilishly out-of-line and sonically uninhibited.
Drawing musicians from a ménage of disciplines and repute, Mutation is a band unlike any other, counting amongst their ranks Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts) and Jon Poole (Cardiacs), with guest appearances from Mark E Smith (The Fall) and Merzbow. The resulting reaction is an eight-man beast that exists to challenge the listener’s preconceived ideas of extreme music, steeped in volatility, and wholly unapologetic.
Mutation began as a need to hear an album that no one else looked likely to make. An album that wallowed in sheer grindcore brutality whilst allowing it to be lifted by twisted talons of melodic majesty, and, with no loyalty to genre, delves into darker recesses of sonic experimentation. Error 500 strikes you first by its personnel, and then exponentially more by the music itself, rewarding your attention with a white knuckle ride that travels at blast-beat speed along rails of industrial mayhem, thrilling with break neck twists and hyper rhythmic turns, guaranteed to leave you breathless and baying for more.
Intense and entirely random, this is an album to be loved by fans of all genres of experimental and extreme music, but especially by the type of listener that needs the parameters shifted a little more to the left.
If you’re waiting for the next step in the evolution of extreme music then look no further.
Slayer will headline concerts at two venues it hasn’t played in 25 years – the Hollywood Palladium on Monday, October 28, and New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, November 27, the night before Thanksgiving. Gojira and 4ARM will support. Registered Slayer Fan Club members will be receiving a special email offering them “first-access” to purchase tickets through a special pre-sale that begins tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, August 9 at 10AM local time. Log onto www.slayer.net for more ticketing info.
This will be the first time that Slayer – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will play a concert in New York since The Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, and the band’s first Hollywood show since 2010′s Jagermeister Music Tour.
Over the past eighteen months, Slayer has toured throughout Europe, India, Japan, South America, and Australia, and co-headlined the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour of North America.
Slayer has also been confirmed to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 to be held at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX November 8-10.
While recovering from the devastating loss of Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to these dates.
Skogsrojet is one of these newer hard rock / metal festivals organized in the promised land of festivals, Sweden. The two day event is held in the outlying village of Rejmyre and the nearest town is Norrkoping about 40 kilometers away. The festival was held for the first time in 2006 and it has been increasing steadily year by year. Last years line-up included Alice Cooper, Doro, Testament and L.A. Guns and now the fans were treated to Twisted Sister, Helloween, Pretty Maids and Lita Ford. As you can see from the list of names, the event organizers rely heavily on traditional hard rock spiced with a few heavier acts. I don’t know if this kind of concept would work anywhere else, but in Sweden, but it works. This year, the festival again gathered thousands of participants who were eager to rock hard!!!
So finally the wait it’s over! Skeletonwitch is finally playing for their fans in Puerto Rico.
The Fans didn’t hesitate to be early in the venue to see Skeletonwitch share the stage with the local bands HUSH, Argyle and Abismo Nuclear.
Kiss played for two nights, August 3rd and 4th at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s, NL. Metal-Rules.com was there to capture the band’s first ever shows in the city and their second only in the Province (1st was in 2011). Stay tuned for a full show review coming soon by Celtic Bob.
This is the news you have been waiting for: Pasi Rantanen is back!
We are extremely happy and proud to welcome Pasi back to the THUNDERSTONE family and look forward to creating something truly magical with him in the future. Says Titus: ‘Asking Pasi to come back was a no-brainer, really. He has one of the best voices in the scene and many people beyond Thunderstone fans were wondering what he was doing with his incredible talent. We’re really excited to be working with him again’.
And here’s Pasi’s statement:
‘Dear Thunderstone fans and friends
I’m back! And man, it feels good too! Leaving Thunderstone was a difficult decision and something that I regretted more than once during my time away. So when the guys approached me about a possible reunion, I had no second thoughts. I missed the music, the friendship, the craziness, and most importantly, the SMELL!
Thanks for all your support during the years. Stay tuned for some amazing stuff from THUNDERSTONE!’
Once again, remember to leave a comment, send private messages and SPREAD THE NEWS by sharing this update! Most importantly, check in next Friday for the fourth installment of THUNDERSTONE news.
Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD) issued the following update:
All sorts of stuff going on as I’m getting ready for a busy fall on the road!
Big FATES WARNING news as InsideOutMusic has just announced the album title and release date and unveiled the artwork for the new album! The record is called “Darkness In A Different Light” and will be out September 30 in Europe and November 1 in North America. This is the band’s first new studio album in almost 10 years and my first with them. Needless to say, I’m pretty damn excited because we’ve put a lot of hard work into this record – I know I certainly have. Once again, Jim (Matheos) has written some amazing songs which, in my estimation, are every bit as good as what we did with ARCH / MATHEOS a couple of years ago – and Ray (Alder) is singing great! Read the official press release on the Fates website http://www.fateswarning.com and stay tuned for further details and advance music as we get closer to the actual release.