HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 15thstudio album My God-Given Right,due on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US), the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band’s first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career.
Today, HELLOWEEN releases a new album trailer, in which they talk about the background of the record, as well as give insight into their album listening party on the island of Tenerife.
In anticipation of their upcoming recordNoita, Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have release their second track-by-track video.Watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the creative process behind the songs “Jouni Jouni “, “Kylästä Keväinen Kehto“,Ämmänhauta”and “Sen Verran Minäkin Noita” here:
KORPIKLAANI will release their ninth full length studio album Noita,on May 1st (Europe) and May 4th (N. America) via Nuclear Blast. Noitais the first KORPIKLAANI release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula’s joining the band has added another dimension in the band’s folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. The albumwas recorded at Petrax Studios with musician and producer Aksu Hanttu.Jan Yrlund (MANOWAR, SIRENIA etc), of Darkgrove Design, created the artwork. Yrlund has created all of the KORPIKLAANI artwork in recent years and once again has come up with another masterpiece. Fans can pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/KORPIKLAANI-NoitaNB.
Tonight saw the return of Prong; the American industrial/thrash metal band, which was formed back in 1986 by guitarist and vocalist Tommy Victor to our UK shores and after announcing their cover album earlier this year, it was clear these guys were as excited to be here as we was to see them!
Skyforger – the only pagan/folk outfit to ever make it outside the borders of Latvia are finally ready to present their latest and highly anticipated studio album Senprusija that has hit the stores after 5 years or constant gigging and more or less intensive work on new material and concepts.
Legendary front-man Mike Howe returns to Metal Church! In the summer of 2014 the band suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer. As fate would have it, Kurdt was already in talks with Mike for another project that he was working on with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, so he decided to ask Mike to rejoin Metal Church. Mike agreed, but true to form, didn’t want to make it official until he knew for sure that the integrity of the new material was there. In Mike’s own words, ” I didn’t want to come back to Metal Church just for nostalgia, it had to be for the right reasons, it had to be the best stuff we’ve ever written together or it just wouldn’t be worth it to anyone, especially the fans.” Soon after, Kurdt and Mike began exchanging ideas and writing new material with the band. The end result sounds like “Classic Mike Howe era Metal Church, it’s both heavy and melodic” says guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and further states “Mike sounds the same as he did 20 years ago, this is going to be truly epic!!” Drummer Jeff Plate comments, “Mike Howe is the ONLY singer for Metal Church. He has a reputation of complete honor and respect. We can now take Metal Church to the next level!”
Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday like”.
The band is currently in the process of working on their new album, which will be released later this year via Rat Pak Records. Metal Church is: Mike Howe (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitars) Jeff Plate (Drums), Steve Unger (Bass) and Rick VanZandt (Guitars).
What exactly is a sad song? Well, that is personal, and up to the listener, but it usually has something to do with the lyrics which one relates to AND the feel of the music. We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below….
Thrashers and 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada champions MUTANK have announced new show dates in Ontario and Quebec, which includes a support date for Night Demon in Montreal, a slot at Trailer Thrash Fest in St. Pie, QC alongside Anonymus and Augury plus and appearance at Thrash Fest Rock in Trois Rivieres, QC and a fall date in NYC for New York Death Fest where they will share the stage with an international line up that includes Gutalax, Soils of Fate, Uncleansed, Dehumanized and more. Their latest album M.E.C.H. Metal was released in early 2014 and is available on audio cassette and free digital download here.
May 9 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog w/ Dealer, Cross Bones, Sights of War – Event and tick info here.
May 22 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar w/ Night Demon, Caym, Meet The Mailman – Event and ticket info here.
May 23 – Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf w/ Accursed Creation, Volatile, Sludgehammer – Event and ticket info here.
May 30 – Oshawa, ON @ The Atria w/ Sludgehammer, The Cuff, The Dixie Dead – Event and ticket info here.
June 5 – Hamilton, ON @ Doors Pub
August 22 – Saint-Pie, QC @ Trailer Thrash Fest w/ Anonymus, Augury, Eternal Judgment, Insurrection , Bookakee, Dark Century, Accursed Spawn and more! – Event and ticket info here.
October 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus – New York Death Fest w/ Gutalax, Soils of Fate, Uncleansed, Dehumanized and more! – Event and ticket info here.
November 6/7 – Trois Rivieres, QC @ Cafe Le Stage – Thrash Fest Rock w/ Horfixion, Hellbörn, Eternal Judgment, Voor, Phosphorus – Event and ticket info here. Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian powerhouse KATAKLYSM are set to release their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Godson July 31st (Europe, UK, US) via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a short video previewing music from the album and detailing their plan to release a video clip for every track on Of Ghosts And Gods, here: https://youtu.be/zeAtgH6zM2E
The artwork from KATAKLYSM‘s explosive new album was done by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist Surtsey(www.facebook.com/ocvltadesigns). The cover’s sinister artwork depicts the reality of humanity’s beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death through the mortal and the everlasting. The background shows an ancient incantation written in Aramaic.
Los Angeles, California’s Armored Saint are set to release their seventh studio album this summer. The album, Win Hands Down, is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. A limited number of European deluxe box set bundles have been imported for North American fans. Those bundles can be ordered now at metalblade.com/armoredsaint. While there, check out the brand new music video for the title track from Win Hands Down, then watch the newly released behind the scenes:
Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.) recently embarked on a European tour with Pepper Keenan who has been away from the band for a long time. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the band’s bassist, Mike Dean, to talk about the reunion with Pepper, the different versions of C.O.C., and of course to reflect on the past of the band from their heyday and hardcore era.
INTERVIEW WITH DIMI PONTIAC OF THE FINNISH SPEED METAL PATROL: RANGER
Hail the old school speed metal! It lives well in Finland, thanks to the rising forces of metalbangers known as Ranger. The four piece has taken the metal scene by storm and conquered both new and old metal heads with skull splitting metal. Ranger’s most recent output, WHERE EVIL DWELLS, is a pure old school speed metal onslaught, with a modern approach. The band’s frontman Dimi Pontiac talks more about the new awesome album, and yes, every old school worshiper needs to get a hold of the album now!
Further cementing their status as the hottest invention from the Finnish countryside since the AIV fodder, Finland’s STEVE’N’SEAGULLS present a unique opportunity to headbang the lice off your trusty beaver hat, when their rambunctious rendition of the Metallica classic “Seek & Destroy.”
See how the country cousins burn through the speed metal standard.
In case you need an S’N’S refresher, they hail from a tiny village in the Finnish countryside and shave taken the YouTube by storm with their rabble-rousing videos of hillbillified metal and rock classics. Farm Machine is the first-ever Spinefarm release featuring bumpkin beats, clodhopper chords, rural riffs and villager vocals, filled to the brim with S’N’S versions of immortal heavy metal standards.
“Valley Of Tears”, the new album by the British heavy metal legend TANK, has had its release date pushed back to September, 18th from the previously announced June, 8th. Cliff Evans, the band’s guitarist comments the situation in an official statement:
“We’ve decided, along with our label Metal Mind, to put the release date for our 10th album ‘Valley of Tears’ back until September 2015. Originally planned for release in June, we now feel that the album really deserves more time and attention during the mixing stage to get it exactly how we want it. Having ZP Theart on vocals has upped our game once again and the attention to detail in the albums production requires more time to get it exactly how we want it. ‘Valley of Tears’ will definitely be worth the wait!”
Evans comments also the recording process:
“Bobby (Schottkowski) recorded the drum tracks in Germany with his producer Waldemar Sorychta who’s previous work includes albums for Lacuna Coil, Tiamat and Sodom to name but a few. The drums are the backbone of the album and they seriously kick ass! Barend (Courbois) laid down the bass guitar in Holland a couple of days before heading out on a sold out world tour with German metal legends Blind Guardian. He’ll be back with us for our festival shows later this summer. The guitars were recorded in London under the guidance of producer Phil Kinman who is the master at capturing the sound of a Les Paul through a Marshall amp. No frills. Just awesome power! The album will be mastered by Ade Emsley who recently undertook the task of remastering the entire Iron Maiden catalogue for 24 bit iTunes release. They’ll be some teasers coming up over the summer including a video for the title track ‘Valley of Tears’ and more tour dates will be announced soon.”
British heavy metal legend TANK return with their tenth studio album! “Valley Of Tears” is their first album release featuring the amazing vocal talents of former Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart and marks a new era for the band. The vocalist injected new energy and inspiration into the band since joining them in 2013 and now it’s time to capture this sound on the new record! To complement ZP’s vocals TANK now have one of the best rhythm sections in metal: Bobby Schottkowski, formerly drumming with Sodom and current Blind Guardian member – Barend Courbois on bass. Together with Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitars they ready to take another big step forward in the evolution of TANK and make another metal album of great quality that will surely stand the test of time.
The band’s last two releases ‘War Machine’ and ‘War Nation’ (both released on Metal Mind Productions) were two of their bestselling albums and featured amazing performances from former Rainbow/Malmsteen and current Schenker vocalist – Doogie White. “Valley of Tears” is heading in a much heavier direction and as always will be driven to the max by their trademark Gibson Les Paul/Marshall stack wall of sound. The album was produced by Phil Kinman.
“Valley Of Tears” is scheduled for worldwide release on September, 18th.
“This is definitely our most pre-orderable album to date,” said guitar player Goldberg.
Heavy Meta track list:
1. The End of Infinity
2. We’ve Had Enough
3. Bring Us More
4. Snax & Violence
6. We Need a Gimmick
7. Full Body Xplosion
8. Let’s Get F***ed (with Andrew W.K.)
9. Mood Swing
Heavy Meta was produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Children of Bodom), Nicky Calonne and Nekrogoblikon with Matt Good mixing.
The 10-song album arrives via the multimedia outfit’s new label, Mystery Box, which is distributed by Razor & Tie. Mystery Box will serve not only as the band’s label but also as a freestanding production company and underground comedy club headquartered in downtown Los Angeles. For more information on Mystery Box goings on, visit: www.facebook.com/mysteryboxfortress.
Caleb ‘Sick’ Smith of Heavy Metal Thrash, The Sickroom Podcast recently conducted a 2 part interview with legendary Testament bass player Steve DiGiorgio talking about the bands up and coming studio album and his near miss on rejoining Testament. You can now listen to the chat below: