SOILWORK singer, Bjorn “Speed” Strid, is once again making his legendary voice available for session work. Strid worked with several artists earlier in the year by doing session vocal work, and he is now back at metalizing more music with his vocals. Strid has been evolving his unique screams and dynamic cleans throughout the years with various projects, and he is now branching out to work with other artists and bands around the world.
Strid can be heard throughout the metal world as he has contributed to several other metal acts, including his latest work with fellow Swedes, SONIC SYNDICATE, on their latest track “Before You Finally Break”. Strid can also be found with guest appearances on tracks by DISARMONIA MUNDI, DEMON HUNTER, I LEGION, KAMELOT, and TERROR 2000.
British heavy metal legends Satan are releasing their first official live album to celebrate their live debut appearance on North American soil in support of their latest and very successful album, Life Sentence, released on ListenableRecords in April 2013. Entitled Trail of Fire – Live in North America, the album will be released in North America on November 18th by Listenable Records, preceded by a new North American tour this month (dates after the jump). This raw ‘n’ pure live recording is also testimony to the disturbing fact that Satan played 6 U.S. shows in 6 days in 6 states! As such, it sounds 100% genuine and live. Cover and tracklisting are as follows……
ENSIFERUM have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with hiskantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!
Bassist Sami Hinkka comments: “Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
26/11/14 JP – Tokyo – Club Duo Exchange
27/11/14 JP – Osaka – Mamba Rocket
13/12/14 NL – Eindhoven – Metal Meeting
22/01-26/01/15 US – Miami – 70,000 Tons Of Metal
30/07/15 – 01/08/15 DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
13/08/15 RO – Rasnov – Rockstadt Extremefest
13/08 -15/08/15 DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival
The Scumdogs of the Universe are sharpening their axes and stoking the fires of their great war engines in preparation for the fall 2014 GWAR Eternal Tour. Global leaders had hoped the bouts of terror accompanying GWAR‘s annual rampages would finally come to an end with the passing of the group’s monstrous captain, Oderus Urungus. But tonight politicians, religious leaders, and citizens around the world are asking, “Why?! Why won’t GWAR just leave the Earth in peace?”
The band’s toothsome guitarist, BalSac the Jaws of Death had this to say: “Something is wrong, unspeakably wrong. It feels as if the very fabric of reality has been ripped from belly to taint. And it all centers around Oderus’ disappearance. One moment, life is fantastic, as we celebrate the near sinking of Japan as a result of our recent journey across the Pacific; and the next, he is just gone. Suddenly the world is a dark, vile place with hordes of trolls biting at my hooves and daring to spit poison in my face. There is a great evil behind this, and I will not rest until I know what has become of my brother!”
The fall season sees a handful of releases from FnA Records, one of the leading “re-issue” labels on the scene. Everything we release comes from the heyday of the 80’s and early 90’s hard rock scene.
The newest release for this fall is Naughty, But Nice by Knoxville/Nashville Rockers JUSTIN HEAT. JUSTIN HEAT was formed when Hard Knox bassist Don Murray teamed up with local rocker Mark West in 1986. One of the interesting things about the Naughty, But Nice release is that it features 3 different singers, who came from 3 different incarnations of the band. Most notable, Rick Ruhl, who would later go on to form EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE sings on 5 of the tracks. Gene Hadley, from Hard Knox sings on 2 of the tracks, and Robert Leath sings on the rest. Drummer Jim Phipps, who also went on to be in EVERY MOTHERS NIGHTMARE plays drums on the majority of these songs. JUSTIN HEAT were definitely one of the hometown heroes who were just a smidgeon away from getting signed by a major label. Naughty, But Nice features 19 tracks, including 3 live tracks, an alternate take track, and an instrumental track. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out atwww.FnARecords.net.
Two monster releases on the roster are by the New Jersey band KIDD SKRUFF. KIDD SKRUFF started as a side project for then Lead Singer/Guitarist Jimmy Forest who was performing with the popular New Jersey band “PUSH” in the late 80’s and early 90’s. At that time, Jimmy was the Drummer/Songwriter for “Push”, and had a plethora of musical ideas that he wanted to express but they just didn’t quite fit the style of his current band, so KIDD SKRUFF was born. They had that well defined New Jersey sound like Skid Row and Bon Jovi. The first album released is entitledAngels With Dirty Faces, a 10 track album comprised of high quality recordings and demos which were only sold in cassette form back in the day. The second album entitled Perfect Disaster is another solid 10 track release in the vein of Skid Row. The album includes a 2014 version of the fan favorite “Best Friendz”. KIDD SKRUFF was a fan favorite of the New Jersey rock scene for many years. If you are a fan of Skid Row, definitely check out KIDD SKRUFF.
Lyric Video Now Playing + Pre-order Packages Available
Dublin’s finest metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen“, later this Fall via Metal Blade Records.
Commended by Pitchfork for their meticulously composed “folk and black metal-inflected classic metal that spirals and extends and, somehow, keeps getting bigger,” and crowned the, “most vital heavy metal band on the planet,” by Last Rites, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” serves as the followup to PRIMORDIAL‘s critically-adored, 2011-released “Redemption At The Puritan’s” Hand full-length and boasts some of the band’s deepest, most meticulously composed compositions to date. The eight-track, fifty-eight minute epic was tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma).
Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”
Sample the dark, victorious cadence of title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen,” with the official new lyric video now playing HERE.
Currently in the midst of a successful US run with Theory of A Deadman, FOZZY announce “THE CINDERBLOCK PARTY TOUR” a headlining run in support of their new single and title track of their most recent album, Do You Wanna Start A War.
After a busy year with intense studio sessions as well as incessant international touring activities, UK Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH have checked in with an update in regards to their much anticipated next album release. Vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway had the following to say:
“When we say that we’ve been working on the album recording for nearly a year, people might be thinking that this all sounds a bit too extravagant for Grindcore-type behaviour. The full story is though that we’ve been recording it in segments to try and achieve varying types of sonic assault. There is a belief in certain quarters that you can only do so much with our particularly noisy strain of music. We think otherwise, so as well as a few stylistic quirks on the album (that are sometimes happy accidents), generally it’s rawer, perhaps a little looser and of course always dense, nasty and, hopefully, invigorating too. Certainly not more polished – yuk!
Russ Russell helped us to give lots of people headaches down the years. He doesn’t mind us adopting certain, erm, techniques with studio equipment that most producer-engineers would find somewhat distasteful. So back we went again with Russ to Parlour Studios in the comparatively serene surroundings of Northamptonshire to do damage. There’s possibly some of the fastest and spazziest stuff we’ve ever done and, on the other end of the scale, some of the weirdest, most oppressive and adventurous no-wave-type stuff too.
Some song titles for you to chew on: “Copulating Snakes”, “Dear Slum Landlord” (aired at Roadburn 2014), “What is Past Is Prologue”, “Stunt Your Growth”. We’re nearly finished – we promise!”
In August of this year, from the Main Stage at Bloodstock Festival, UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn announced mid set that their new album was to be entitled ‘Demons’ and would be released on 26th October. The band then went on to debut a brand new song called ‘Smoke and Mirrors’. Today that very song is being unleashed to all as it features in the brand new Bloodshot Dawn music video.
Reactivated Seattle metal band, SANCTUARY, has released the video to their track, “Frozen”, which was filmed in Germany and directed by Dirk Behlau. The track comes off their upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died, which is due out October 6th in Europe and October 14th in North America via Century Media Records. To watch “Frozen”, click the link below:
Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: “This video shoot was a blast. The location was an abandoned coal mine processing plant near Essen, Germany. You can see many bizarre birdcage size baskets hanging from the ceiling. There were thousands of them. We were told that they were some type of ‘laundry management devices’. They appear as something much more creepy and ominous in my opinion. Almost as if they were some sort of medieval torture devices. The entire building seemed to have a very haunting vibe.”
STARKILL are set to release their second album VIRUS OF THE MIND on October 14 and will be doing a run of shows with label mates ARCH ENEMY starting in later this month. The band has just completed a video directed by Dave of Music Media Group (Sevendust, Butcher Babies) for the song “Before Hope Fades” and it’s streaming now on the Century Media YouTube channel. Check it out:
L-R: Alex Kot (Bass) | Jacob Wright (Guitar) | Tomislav Crnkovic (Vocals/Guitar) | Dave Crnkovic (Drums) – Photo Credit – Alexis Greene
Unleashing their upcoming release ‘Cynosure’, progressive power metal quartet VIATHYN has teamed with Calgary’s monthly arts and entertainment paper BeatRoute to offer fans an exclusive full album stream before it’sofficially out on October 7th.
“The Cynosure album is made up of 9 huge and unique tracks; each one tells a story and is integral to the overall journey within the album. Within the tracks, you will find progressive interludes, sing-along choruses, shredding solos, grandiose conclusions, and a full spectrum of emotion. With all the blood, sweat, and tears that we put into this album, we are proud to finally present it to you in the way it was meant to be heard: in full!” comments guitarist Jacob Wright.
CRIPPER has just launched the landing page featuring a brand new song and front art of their upcoming album “Hyëna” to be released the 21st of November, 2014!
Please click www.metalblade.com/cripper to check out the brand new song “Tourniquet” and make sure to pre-order your copy of the album which will be available as a limited CD+DVD Digipak as well as on vinyl in different colours. The bonus-DVD features the entire showCRIPPER played at the Metaldays Open Air 2014 and a lot more. Details on the bonus-DVD will be revealed shortly!
Ancient Bards are ready to embark on their first-ever European Tour supporting latest effort“A New Dawn Ending”
“A New Dawn Ending Tour 2014” European First-leg:
Oct 18 – BELGIUM (Metal Female Voices Fest – Wiez)
Nov 1 ITALY (Bologna – Zona Roveri)
Nov 14 GERMANY (Berlin – Blackland 666)
Nov 15 GERMANY (Bremen)
Nov 16 HOLLAND (Arnhem – Willemeen)
Nov 27 ITALY (Roma – Traffic)
Nov 28 ITALY TBA
Nov 29 ITALY (Busto Arsizio – Comunità Giovanile)
Nov 30 ITALY (Brescia – Colony)