Graspop Festival update: W.A.S.P. and Overkill out, Iced Earth and Steak Number Eight in

June 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
Iced Earth

Iced Earth, Underworld, 20-12-12

Much to our regret both W.A.S.P. and Overkill have been forced to cancel their Graspop show for Saturday 29 June.

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has suffered a broken leg in a car crash. As a result, W.A.S.P. have been forced to cancel their 2013 European summer festival dates, including their GMM show. On the upside, we are pleased to report we have found a suitable replacement in ICED MOTHERFUCKING EARTH! Indeed, the American power metal kings are returning to the Dessel plains. Their epic and emotional performance at GMM2011 was their last Belgian show with vocalist Matt Barlow. This year they’re back with new frontman Stu Block, whose vocal skills are every bit as impressive as those of his predecessor. For the last eighteen months they’ve been touring the globe practically non-stop in support of the Dystopia album. On 29 June this well-oiled metal machine will unleash its ferocious power on the GMM crowd so warm up those neck muscles and prepare to weather the storm!

Official statement: “Blackie Lawless was injured in a vehicle related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery. W.A.S.P. apologizes with all sincerity and say to all of our fans that we will be back next year bigger and better than ever. Blackie would also like to thank in advance all of those who wish to make inquiries about his well-being.”

Overkill is being replaced with Steak Number Eight. Ever since they became the youngest ever winners of Humo’s Rockrally in 2008, their career kicked into high gear with three full-length releases, extensive touring across Europe and support slots for Deftones, Torche and Pelican. Their latest album, ‘The Hutch’, garnered rave reviews both in Belgium and abroad. In spite of their youth, Steak Number Eight can already be considered a top act on the European sludge metal scene.

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Damnation Plan: two Arnold Schwarzenegger movie theme covers available

June 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
Damnation Plan

Damnation Plan

Finnish Damnation Plan covered two Arnold Schwarzenegger movies theme, Judgement Day (Terminator theme) and The Butcher Of Bakersfield (The Running Man theme). The two songs can be listened to below.

You can download MP3 files of Judgement Day (Terminator theme) and The Butcher Of Bakersfield (The Running Man theme) covers at the following link: http://www.facebook.com/damnationplan/app_203351739677351

Drummer/song writer Jarkko Lunnas comments:
The Terminator theme idea came up when roughly 5 years ago during Finnish Labour’s Day celebration we ended up jamming the theme at our rehearsal room and recorded it. After that our friend Jaakko Jernberg suggested we should record it properly and release it! Well, during “The Wakening” sessions we did.

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BATTLECROSS post “War of Will” behind the scenes studio video

June 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

Last week, Detroit, MI’s BATTLECROSS unveiled the title, cover art, and first single from their upcoming new album, War of Will. This week, the guys have posted the first of two studio videos. The clips were filmed entirely by the band as they were holed-up at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida. In this first installment, fans will be treated to raw video of session drummer Shannon Lucas tracking songs for the album, as well as other candid clips from throughout their time in the studio. Watch clip #1 at metalblade.com/battlecross. At that page, fans can also stream “Force Fed Lies”  and pre-order the album.

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WATAIN launches video trailer for “All That May Bleed” single; Erik Danielsson to appear at Duff’s in Brooklyn for special DJ set

June 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

The first single from WATAIN’s new album, The Wild Hunt, will be released on June 25th in North America as a limited 7″ and digital download (see below for worldwide release dates and formats). A trailer for this new single, “All That May Bleed,” can be viewed below.

WATAIN comments about the track:

“‘All That May Bleed’ shows but one facet of a quite diverse album, but we chose this song as a first glimpse into ‘The Wild Hunt’ because of its bombastic lunacy and white-eyed malevolence which could be said to constitute a main foundation for the album. The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice. The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ!” Read the rest of this entry »

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WHITE WIZZARD streams new album, ‘The Devils Cut,’ online

June 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
  In anticipation of their upcoming album’s release, WHITE WIZZARD is now streaming this new effort, The Devils Cut, in full online. Due out on June 25th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records, The Devils Cut can be heard in its entirety here.

 Since their inception in 2007, Los Angeles’ WHITE WIZZARD has stuck to their manifesto of delivering classic, denim-and-leather heavy metal to the masses. Following the triumphs and critical acclaim that accompanied their first two albums, Over The Top (2010) and Flying Tigers (2011), WHITE WIZZARD has now returned with a brand new slab of high-speed heavy metal for this summer. The band’s main-man, Jon Leon, spent months crafting the nine songs that make up The Devils Cut before heading to the studio with a refreshed line-up of musicians to lay down the tracks. The man behind the distinctive vocal chords is Joseph Michael, ably backed up by the shredding might of Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner and the precision drumming of Giovanni Durst– making WHITE WIZZARD one of the most volatile forces in the US heavy metal movement!

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AMON AMARTH: Second Of Three-Part Mini Documentary Posted

June 3rd, 2013
by EvilG

In anticipation of the release of their ninth studio offering, Deceiver of the Gods, Swedish death metal tyrants AMON AMARTH today unleash the second of their special three-part mini documentary. Fittingly titled Forging Mjölnir, the crisp black and white film was directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com) and offers up intimate interviews with the band.

Watch the latest fifteen-minute segment where the AMON AMARTH collective recall their earliest metal memories as well as the band’s primitive beginnings via their microsite at http://deceiver.amonamarth.com.

Having blasted onto the Swedish melodic death metal scene with 1998′s Once Sent from the Golden Hall, every AMON AMARTH album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. Deceiver of the Gods captures the quintet at the peak of their powers.

From the moment the title track explodes in a haze of thrash-flavored aggression to the final mournful passages of epic closer “Warriors Of The North” there is not a wasted moment, the band bombarding the listener with ten tracks of compulsive and electrifying metallic fury. Whether they’re attempting to remove your face and separate your vertebrae with the deranged attack of “Blood Eagle” or carrying you on the back of the mammoth grooves driving “We Shall Destroy” and “Father Of The Wolf” they hit with decimating force, all the while unleashing ruthlessly captivating melodies. With the aforementioned thrash elements creeping in, as well as the old school metal and doom accents lending added depth and scale to standout track “Hel,” guitarist Olavi Mikkonen admits this time out the band were not afraid to wear their influences on their collective sleeve. “We decided fairly early that we should go all-in on the songwriting for this album. If we had ideas or riffs that were perhaps a little too thrash oriented or traditional-metal sounding for AMON – or that were maybe too AMON or perhaps similar to what we had done in the past – we would still keep them as long as we really liked them. A few years back we would pass on those ideas and riffs, while now we feel it was right to just go with it. I think the result is that the songs are wider, they have stronger melodies, they are better composed with lots of dynamics in them, and there are no fillers or blanks on there. Everything is as good as it can possibly be, and reflects just how driven we were to make this a great record.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview With Jim Lipucci and Wayne Richards of SOULLESS

June 3rd, 2013
by J P

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jim Lipucci and Wayne Richards from Soulless.  The new album IN DEATH’S GRIP is now available on Auburn Records.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada – Winners = Toronto Semi-Final= Crimson Shadows; Montreal Qualifying = Hollow

June 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce that Hollow (Montreal qualifying) and Crimson Shadows (Toronto semi-final) have advanced from their battling rounds. Hollow will perform at next week’s Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes with Dissension, Trainwreck Architect, Fallstaf, & Crosstitution, where two bands will move on to join Crimson Shadows at the national final in Toronto on June 22nd at the Opera House.

The final will see two Toronto semi-finalists and two Montreal semi-finalists along with a wild card band compete for one to rule them all at Wacken 2013 this summer.

The next semi-final in Toronto will be on June 7th at the Rivoli along with the Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes . All bands will be judged by a panel of local music industry representatives.

Scene Magazine – Battle Chart - http://www.thescenemagazine.ca/wacken-metal-battle-canada-2013-results/

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FREEDOMS REIGN Release Video For “Up From Down”

June 2nd, 2013
by EvilG

Connecticut metallers FREEDOMS REIGN have released a video for the track “Up From Down,” taken off their recently released self-titled debut album.

Featuring the return of FATES WARNING’s original guitarist and founding member Victor Arduini, FREEDOMS REIGN were introduced the world earlier this year when Italian metal label Cruz Del Sur announced their signing. Since then, the band has been steadily gaining momentum through critical praise of the debut and their energetic live show. The release of Freedoms Reign was timed to coincide with, and celebrate, the 29th anniversary of the release of FATES WARNING’s debut album, Night on Bröcken.

The video for “Up From Down” is now playing at this location.
Freedoms Reign is available at www.cruzdelsurmusic.com.


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FINNTROLL W/ Keep of Kalessin and Killfloor Mechanic @ Camden Underworld

June 1st, 2013
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Finntroll

With Keep of Kalessin and Killfloor Mechanic

@ Camden Underworld, London

13th May 2013

Review by Victoria Fenbane

Photography by  Sabrina Dersel

Finntroll

Finntroll

Folk metal favourites Finntroll make a whistle-stop in London to play a one off London show as part of handful of exclusive release shows.  Fans got an extra treat in being able to vote for their favourite song to be played at the gig they were attending, in advance via Facebook.  The top 8-10 most popular being included in the set-list making each gig unique.
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FLOOR JANSEN’S REVAMP LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

May 31st, 2013
by EvilG
ReVAMP

ReVAMP

ReVAMP, the Dutch symphonic metal band led by singer Floor Jansen (ex-AFTER FOREVER, current NIGHTWISH vocalist), has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising money for the band to tour throughout 2013 in support of their second album, due out in North America this fall.

Rewards from the various pledge levels include signed photos to singing lessons to exclusive stage clothing and a custom Ibanez guitar!  Visit the ReVAMP Kickstarter page for more information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1792610756/revamp-tour-2013-2014

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JIM FLORENTINE hosts new show on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard; That Metal Show season 12 begins TOMORROW

May 31st, 2013
by EvilG

Comedian Jim Florentine has launched a new two hour show on SiriusXM. Fans can tune in to Florentine every week on Ozzy’s Boneyard at SiriusXM channel 38 to hear “Metal Midgets,” a show that is “all about metal and has nothing to do with midgets.” The first show aired yesterday, and will continue to air every Thursday from 5pm-7pm eastern, with encore broadcasts on Saturdays from 1pm-3pm eastern, Sundays 9pm-11pm eastern, and Tuesdays 10am-noon easterrn. Upcoming guests include Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel!

In other news, season 12 of That Metal Show will begin tomorrow on VH1 Classic! The first episode will feature former Metallica and Flotsam & Jetsam bassist, Jason Newsted. Check out a sneak peak of that episode now on vh1.com. Also, Florentine recently taped an episode of the hit Showtime series, Californication. Fans can watch for that episode next season to see Florentine in his role as a pimp. Additionally, Florentine will be appearing on Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central on June 11th!

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SIX FEET UNDER announce new drummer

May 31st, 2013
by EvilG
Chris Barnes - Six Feet Under

Chris Barnes – Six Feet Under

SIX FEET UNDER have parted ways with drummer Kevin Talley. However, the transition for the new drummer will be near-seemless, as he is a former band member of bassist Jeff Hughell. Marco Pitruzzella has officially joined the ranks of SIX FEET UNDER and will make his debut appearance with the band this Saturday in Memphis, TN at Scion Rock Fest! For info on the fest, including the full line-up, visit scionav.com.

Chris Barnes discusses the lineup change: “I’m proud to announce a new addition to the ranks of Six Feet Under. Replacing drummer Kevin Talley is our new friend and cohort, Marco Pitruzzella (http://youtu.be/KVs_HBoxZds). Marco has worked with Jeff Hughell in their former band, Brain Drill, and is such an amazing talented and great guy. I’m very excited having him in the band and can’t wait to take the stage with Marco this Saturday in Memphis for Scion Rock Fest!

“It was good working with Kevin Talley for the past couple of years, but we are very ready and extremely focused on moving the band forward with a new, more stable and permanent lineup for writing as well as touring. Be prepared to be shredded! See you all soon!”

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Behemoth Announces Title of Forthcoming Full-Length Album: “The Satanist”

May 31st, 2013
by EvilG

BEHEMOTH, who have been holed up in Hertz Studios working on their tenth full-length album, are pleased to announce the title of their forthcoming full-length album—THE SATANIST. The album will come out in the fall of 2013—stay tuned for more studio updates, music, preorder info and more at metalblade.com/behemoth.

“It took us over two decades to come up with a title that…says it all. While our new songs artistically take surprisingly adventurous directions, our message stands steadfast—Proud and Radical. THE SATANIST stands for undying yearning for liberation and love for freedom in all aspects of life. Considering all our life experiences that often took dramatic curves I couldn’t think of more appropriate and fitting statement of who and where we are now” comments BEHEMOTH front man Nergal.

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HAVOK: New Single Available For Free Download

May 31st, 2013
by EvilG
Havok

Havok

Fans of Denver thrashers HAVOK are beginning to feel the growing excitement for the approaching North American release date of the band’s third full-length, Unnatural Selection. The album’s lead single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” impacted metal radio earlier this week; the only single to land on CMJ’s Loud Rock “Most Added” report. Sirius/XM Radio plus Syracuse’s WAQX, Baltimore’s WIYY, and Northern New Jersey metal powerhouse WSOU, among others, are a few of the key early supporters of the single.

To celebrate, Candlelight Records today makes “Give Me Liberty…Or Give Me Death” available as a free download at the label’s official Bandcamp page.  The topical thrash anthem delivers the young band’s classic thrash and old-school metal sound.

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