Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Rock and Metal: The Early Years (1975-1981)

September 19th, 2013
by EvilG

Years before MTV and decades before Internet and social media, there was a vibrant force in high-energy rock n roll that dominated the city of Los Angeles. Only a handful of stalwarts would survive the new millennium yet these bands and artists literally set the blueprint for Glam, Power, and Thrash Metal bands that would soon follow and reign supreme in Los Angeles and gain worldwide notoriety throughout the ‘80s and beyond.  These artists were the groundbreakers and trendsetters that set the course of heavy metal history.  Yet seldom is known about these founding fathers of hard rock and heavy metal music…until now!

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KATAKLYSM: Premiere New Track Entitled “Like Animals”

September 19th, 2013
by EvilG
Kataklysm - Waiting for the End to Come

Kataklysm – Waiting for the End to Come

Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, in cooperation with TheGauntlet.com, have made the brand new track “Like Animals” available for streaming here: http://goo.gl/cZYkih. The song comes from their highly anticipated upcoming release Waiting for the End to Come, which will be released on October 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

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EXHUMED – Interview with Matt Harvey

September 19th, 2013
by Peter Atkinson

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EXHUMED – Interview with guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from Exhumed Official Facebook Page

Life sometimes does imitate art. This seems to be surprisingly true of death metal, long a bastion of tales of corpses coming back to life and rising from the grave to feast on the living. Over the last several years, some of death metal’s legendary and long-dead acts have been reanimated, throwing open their coffins to once again walk the Earth to maim and kill – metaphorically, of course. Carcass just released their first album in 17 years, Surgical Steel, in September. Chicago’s Broken Hope will issue their first album in 11 years, Omen of Disease, in October.

Both bands, however, were beaten to the punch by California’s fittingly named Exhumed, who returned after a comparatively brief five-year slumber in 2011 with All Guts, No Glory, which they then followed up this August with their sixth full-length Necrocracy. This second life has proven rather revitalizing for the one-time hack-and-slash gore-grinders who have morphed into groovier, more technically adept – and even somewhat cerebral – death metallers. Led by guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, the lone constant member who was all of 15 when the band formed in 1990, Exhumed have enjoyed a steady diet of touring since their resurrection, gained a ton of new fans and found, for once, a seemingly solid lineup.

During a phone interview prior to a pair of high-profile shows at The Troubador in L.A. opening for Carcass, Harvey offered his thoughts on Exhumed’s return, resurgence and less gruesome, but still lethal, “gore metal.”

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TAD MOROSE RELEASES “BENEATH A VEIL OF CRYING SOULS” TEASER; First album in 10 years “Revenant” out this fall

September 17th, 2013
by EvilG

 

SWEDEN – Swedish veteran power metal act Tad Morose has uploaded a teaser of a new track “Beneath A Veil Of Crying Souls” to YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy5iIygNzj8. The song will appear on the band’s impending seventh studio album Revenant, out November 20, 2013 on Despotz Records. A music video for the track will surface in the coming weeks.

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Almah: “Unfold” studio reports

September 17th, 2013
by EvilG
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Almah – live

Brazilian metallers ALMAH featured by former ANGRA’s singer Edu Falaschi present several studio reports of the upcoming album “Unfold”, coming soon later this year.

Bass (Raphael Dafras) http://youtu.be/Ye7-Ty6kQ_E
Guitars (Marcelo Barbosa) http://youtu.be/IzzzVZZUXiM
Guitars (Gustavo di Padua) http://youtu.be/Vv5BOrkeInM
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GWAR “Battle Maximus” Available Today

September 17th, 2013
by EvilG

Title Track Streaming at GuitarWorld.com – “Madness at the Core of Time” Tour Kicks off October 2nd

The day has finally arrived. Your lords and masters GWAR have unleashed their 13th and most devastating album to date Battle Maximus. The album can be ordered from Metal Blade Records HERE, Amazon and iTunes.

In celebration of the album’s release, GuitarWorld.com the online home of Guitar World Magazine, is hosting an exclusive stream of the instrumental title Track “Battle Maximus”. Check out the song HERE. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE SKULL Performs Live With Drummer JEFF OLSON For First Time (Video)

September 17th, 2013
by EvilG

THE SKULL featuring original TROUBLE members vocaist Eric Wagner and drummer JeffOlyOlson alongside the band’s longtime bassist Ron Holzner with SACRED DAWN guitarists Michael Carpenter and Lothar Keller peformed at Tequila Jaxx this past Saturday, September 14 in Mentor-On-The-Lake, Ohio. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below. This is the band’s first performance with JeffOlyOlson.

As previously reported, Olson rejoined THE SKULL last month stating: “I know that I’ve mentioned that I wouldn’t perform TROUBLE‘s music anymore unless it’s with the other original members, but I’ve had a change of heart. I want to rock again.”

“Although I have been having a great time playing keys for IN-GRAVED (led by former PENTAGRAM guitarist Victor Griffin), I miss the drums and playing classic TROUBLE songs. I’m still going to jam with Victor, but there is room for THE SKULL too.” Read the rest of this entry »

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY STREAM “UNBLACKENED”

September 17th, 2013
by EvilG

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“UNBLACKENED” AVAILABLE ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL VIDEO VIA EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT

iTUNES PRE ORDER NOW LIVE!

CD DOUBLE DISC VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is streaming their new LP in its entirety exclusively via Pandora Premieres in anticipation of their forthcoming CD/DVD “Unblackened” due out September 24th.  Click here to listen.

PRE ORDER ON ITUNES HERE

Enter your An “Unblackened” bundle is also available for pre-order. The first 200 per-orders via the eOne store will receive a CD booklet signed by Zakk! The poster will be shipped in a rolled cardboard tube.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THE SIGNED CD BOOKLET + POSTER

Unblackened,” the new live DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video from Black Label Society will be released on September 24, 2013 by Eagle Rock Entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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GRAVE releases new EP, ‘Morbid Ascent,’ today in North America

September 17th, 2013
by EvilG


Death metal legends GRAVE have released a new 5-track EP, Morbid Ascent, today in North America! To purchase Morbid Ascent, please visit CM Distro for the EP on black and mustard yellow vinyl (USA exclusive color; limited to 200 copies) or iTunes for a digital copy.

Morbid Ascent track-listing

Side 1:

1. Venial Sin

2. Morbid Ascent

Side 2:

1. Possessed (originally by SATYRICON)

2. Epos (Risen From The Tomb – Remix)

3. Reality Of Life

For a preview of Morbid Ascent, be sure to check out the album track “Venial Sin” (featuring some shrieking guest solos by AUTOPSY’s Eric Cutler). Read the rest of this entry »

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Philip H. Anselmo

September 16th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Philip H. Anselmo

Interview by Celtic Bob

Philip Anselmo, Brazil, April 2013

Philip Anselmo, 2013

This interview took place this summer just after the LP came out. It began as a late night/early morning talk while watching Philip’s interview with Loyola University on You Tube and how he would be very interesting to talk to. Shortly thereafter, I was on the phone talking to him about the new album, his label Housecore Records, his book, his film & music festival and Pantera’s POWER METAL album.

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AMON AMARTH: Deceiver of the Gods USA Headline Tour Announced

September 16th, 2013
by EvilG

Very Special Guests Enslaved and Skeletonwitch

Swedish heavy metal titans AMON AMARTH have announced a headline tour of America for January and February 2014 in support of their newly released album Deceiver of The Gods. Very special guest on the dates will be ENSLAVED with additional support from SKELETONWITCH (NO ENSLAVED ON SAN DIEGO).

Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg comments, “After our successful part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival this summer, it is with great confidence we’ll be heading back to North America as the headliner in January.  We are proud and happy to announce that our friends in Enslaved and Skeletonwitch will be supporting us on this raid and pillage tour across the continent! Come and join us for all the fun of a real metal show! WE. SHALL.DESTROY!”

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Rhapsody of Fire – Cover artwork & tracklisting for upcoming album “Dark Wings Of Steel”

September 16th, 2013
by EvilG
Rhapsody of Fire - "Dark Wings Of Steel"

Rhapsody of Fire – “Dark Wings Of Steel”

Rhapsody Of Fire unveil cover artwork & tracklisting of their upcoming album “Dark Wings Of Steel” (out on November 22 as CD, ltd. Digipak & ltd. Vinyl).

Tracklisting:

01. Vis Divina
02. Rising From Tragic Flames
03. Angel Of Light
04. Tears Of Pain
05. Fly To Crystal Skies
06. My Sacrifice
07. Silver Lake Of Tears
08. Custode Di Pace
09. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

Bonus track on Digipak & Vinyl:
12. A Candle To Light (extended version)

 

http://rhapsodyoffire.com/ THE OFFICIAL PAGE

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SABATON – New live video from Swedish Empire Live

September 16th, 2013
by EvilG

Sabaton have posted another song from their upcoming DVD / Blu-ray. This time they’ve shared “Uprising” with you.

Watch below, or click HERE to see this video on Youtube!

Swedish Empire Live can be pre-orderd here and will be out on the following formats:- 2 Blu-Ray Digi
– 2 DVD Digi
– DVD (Poland only)
– CD Digi
– 2 LP (limited black vinyl in gatefold + poster)
– 2 LP (limited yellow vinyl in gatefold + poster) Nuclear Blast Mailorder only
– Earbook (2 Blu-Ray + 2 DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48 pages Earbook)
– Special Leather Hardcover Earbook – Nuclear Blast Mailorder only (2 Blu-Ray + 2 DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48 pages Earbook)

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NIGHTWISH – Details of new live DVD “Showtime, Storytime” revealed!

September 16th, 2013
by EvilG
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Nightwish – Showtime, Storytime

Finnish Symphonic Metal legends NIGHTWISH have revealed the cover artwork and more details of their upcoming new live DVD. »Showtime, Storytime« contains the entire NIGHTWISH headliner show, played at this years’ legendary Wacken Open Air – the world’s biggest heavy metal festival. The live show in the front of 85 000 screaming metalheads was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total duration of 85 minutes.

The second disc consists of 120-minute tour documentary ‘Please Learn The Setlist in 48 Hours’, also directed by Ville Lipiäinen, with no short of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute NIGHTWISH Table Hockey Tournament, filmed on tour. On top of this there are two music clips: ‘I Want My Tears Back’ (Live at Hartwall Arena) and ‘Ghost Love Score’ (Live in Buenos Aires).

The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of the band’s `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2013, which saw the Norsemen and their Dutch amazon Floor Jansen (REVAMP) playing of 104 concerts in 34 different countries with total audience of over 1,5 million fans around the globe.
Mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen states: “Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in NIGHTWISH on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!” Read the rest of this entry »

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ANNIHILATOR’s Jeff Waters “Set The World On Fire had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo Festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that”

September 16th, 2013
by EvilG
Annihilator - FEAST

Annihilator – FEAST

ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters is featured in a career-spanning interview with Dead Rhetoric. An excerpt from the discussion is available below:

Dead Rhetoric: As the ’90s wore on, the band started to do better in Europe, but remained idle in America. At that point, were you like, “Forget it!”?
Waters: “Yes, I stopped looking in 1995 when I was trying to get a deal for King Of The Kill. The Japanese and European labels were signing me to good deals, but I couldn’t get anyone in North America to respond to my faxes – that was the thing back then, and phone calls. Nobody wants us, reality check. I took it as a slam against me, the industry wouldn’t accept me. If I didn’t have Europe or Japan behind me I would probably be a bum on the street or dead right now (laughs). Music is my life, I didn’t want to change band names or music styles, I got lucky.”

Dead Rhetoric: What was the tipping point in terms of you shifting your focus away from North America? Was it Never, Neverland?

Waters: “Roadrunner dropped everything that was metal. There were no bands left from that purge- Canadian or United States that had the word metal in it. You had Robb Flynn from VIO-LENCE turn into MACHINE HEAD, they didn’t start off with the thrash they have been playing recently – they had red jumpsuits on and changed their sound/image. Bands lost their record deals – nobody was in a position to carry on. Most bands just got jobs, some bands adapted and got rid of their name, changed out musicians and went on. For Machine Head that worked. We said, this is what we do. We had the luck of Europe and Japan staying with these styles and still buying our music.

My opinion would be much different if those two territories had not been there, I probably would have been quite bitter and depressed. We didn’t have an option in North America unless I wanted to change the name of the band and play a different form of music. Set the World On Fire didn’t do well in North America, but it was the second biggest album for us ever in Japan, and King Of The Kill was the biggest one there, Set The World On Fire had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo Festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that. I didn’t have time to tour the world and try to break back in Canada and the United States. Playing this was not the kind of music the labels wanted to sign anyway, a traditional form of heavy metal and thrash metal. Fans may have wanted it, but the industry didn’t, the clubs didn’t, the booking agents didn’t.”

Go to this location for the complete interview.

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