TESTAMENT’s video ‘Native Blood’ won the award for Best Music Video at the 37th annual American Indian Film Festival last night at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA.
he American Indian Film Festival recognizes outstanding Indian cinematic accomplishments, and will recognize Native media makers and talent via its American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show. The Festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers, tribes, media and public audiences to come together and share in the creative experience and celebrate cinematic accomplishment.
‘Native Blood’, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, CA. The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (MACHINE HEAD, STAIND).
The video, as well as making-of features, can be seen below:
NIGHTWISH’s British fan club The-Islanders.co.uk conducted an interview with the band’s new touring singer, Floor Jansen, prior to the group’s November 6 headlining concert at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. The nine-minute chat, which includes questions that were submitted by fans, can be seen below. A couple of excerpts follow.
On what it felt like travelling to the U.S. on such short notice to join NIGHTWISH in the middle of their North American tour after the band abruptly parted ways with previous singer, Anette Olzon:
Floor: “I don’t think I could feel anything else [but] pure excitement. It went so fast that I had no time to really realize what I was doing. And I was so focused on learning the lyrics that all I did was learn [the words]. I was [mouthing] along [to the lyrics on the plane] silently, but still pronouncing the words, because sometimes, especially the ‘Imaginaerum’ [material], [the words are being spit out so] fast, you need to have a taste — taste it [to get a feel for how it should be sung].”
On how it feels to be singing for NIGHTWISH after having toured with the guys in the past with her previous band, AFTER FOREVER:
Floor: “Well, in a way, nothing is different, because we all are the same [people]. But you do get to know each other on a different level really fast. And especially because the situation was so extraordinary, you really are kind of dependent on each other, and that creates a bond immediately. And also because things worked out really nicely from minute one, that was really special. And I was afraid, maybe there [would be] a language barrier or something, but since the guys speak English well, and I do too — they’re used to speaking English also among each other — it was just really good.”
On whether she was surprised how quickly NIGHTWISH fans embraced her:
Floor: “Yeah, I was. I know a few years ago how a lot of people had a hard time seeing [original NIGHTWISH singer] Tarja [Turunen] leave and welcoming Anette. I think [Anette] really had to fight for her spot. And I think maybe now it’s different that again a singer changed — that might make things easier. And maybe because I’ve been around also the metal scene for the last 13 years… I don’t know. Fortunately, I had no time to think to actually think of what to expect from fans, because, like I said, everything went so fast, but I couldn’t have dreamed of so many positive reactions — so many warm welcomes. Everybody was, like, ‘Wow. OK. We like her. She sings the songs well. She fits the band.’ I’ve had so many compliments that it’s [been] really, really good.”
Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Turunen, after the latter was fired in 2005.
Punishment18Records is going to reprint the first 2 albums of the Italian Death Metal Band LUNARSEA “Hydrodynamic Wave”(2006), “Route Code Selector”(2009). You can buy the albums directly thru the Band’s Store, https://lunarsea.bigcartel.com by theyr Digital Channel, https://lunarsea.bandcamp.com/ or by official distributors:
CODE7/PLASTIC HEAD (U.K.)
TWS SOURCE OF DELUGE (Germany-Austria-Switzerland-
Are we all ready to LOCK UP the rest of the line up for BARGE TO HELL? To start things off, please welcome this supergroup from the UK with the following crushing line up: Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear).
So are you ready to embark on a trip to the undead? A trip where you can enjoy your own GRAVE? Are you ready for the World’s Most Extreme Metal Cruise?
If you make it back, you will be BONDED BY BLOOD with 2,000 of the most extreme Metal fans from around the World!
More mysteries will be revealed, but not all in one night. But one more can! Please welcome NACHTMYSTIUM on board BARGE TO HELL, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.
The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That’s 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it’s own unique atmosphere:
- The luxurious “A Chorus Line” theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?
- The cozy “Spectrum” that gives you the real club feeling.
- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.
You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don’t forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done.
BARGE TO HELL: The World’s Most Extreme Metal Cruise!
The following 30 of 40 bands are known. Who will be the last 10? Stay tuned for more!
AT THE GATES
BONDED BY BLOOD
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
SIX FEET UNDER
BARGE TO HELL will sail Monday, December 3, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7, 2012.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 hour room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Less than one month until sailing! Don’t miss out and grab the last few cabins NOW!
Old school thrash metallers rejoice – this is a fucking great time to be a metalhead! ‘80s thrash metal is having a bit of a second renaissance now, with Big 4, the return of Joey Belladonna, Alex Skolnick, and David Ellefson to Anthrax, Testament, and Megadeth respectively, and new albums from each of these bands. This time last year, Anthrax announced they would be touring with Testament and Death Angel to support their new album, WORSHIP MUSIC. Back in 1987, Anthrax took Testament on their first European tour, so this 2011 – 2012 US tour was flashback to that classic time period. The Anthrax / Testament / Death Angel tour was so successful they added a second leg and a third leg. Tonight’s show in Atlantic City, NJ is the final show of the third leg. This is the last time to catch these thrash legends on the same bill. Read the rest of this entry »
Having recently released their critically acclaimed album Silencing Machine, NACHTMYSTIUM is now ready to bring their unique brand of black metal to fans on Barge To Hell! In regards to their upcoming appearances (as well as their cancelled North American tour with JARBOE), the band comments:
“NACHTMYSTIUM fans on the east coast: we ARE coming out for three shows in a little over a week and finish with a fourth one in Chicago! Then we will be appearing on the Barge To Hell metal cruise ship going from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and back. Playing alongside SODOM, AT THE GATES, MAYHEM, ROTTING CHRIST, MOONSPELL, MORGOTH, NAPALM DEATH and many, many many more awesome bands!”
“A full U.S. tour WILL be happening sometime between January and April, 2013. Sorry to any of you hoping to catch us on this run. The tour was doomed from the get go in a lot of ways due to things unrelated to the band or our ability to tour. Just poor timing, nothing more, nothing less. We will be doing a thorough US tour early in 2013, so look for us coming to your city soon…And anyone out in the areas we’re playing in a week or so, we look forward to seeing you at the shows!”
All upcoming NACHTMYSTIUM tour dates are below.
NACHTMYSTIUM live 2012
11/18–Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/19–Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
11/20–Pittsburgh, PA @ Ironworks
11/21–Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
12/3-7–Barge To Hell
If you still haven’t heard NACHTMYSTIUM’s 6th full-length album, Silencing Machine, be sure to visit Spin.com for the exclusive album stream. To purchase the album, please head over to iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of CD/LP formats.
November 9, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) — 3 INCHES OF BLOOD has released a lyric video for their track, “Storming Juno.” Taken from their most recent album, LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL, vocalist Cam Pipes explains how the song is a tribute anthem: “Storming Juno is a tribute to the soldiers of the Canadian armed forces that got the first foothold for the allies on D-Day during World War II. Every November 11 we remember all who served, some who made the ultimate sacrifice, in service to their country. Releasing this lyric video is our way of acknowledging those who served our country and how proud we are of the significant contribution Canada had in fighting tyranny all those years ago.”
The lyric video for “Storming Juno” can be seen below:
3 INCHES OF BLOOD has stayed on the road throughout 2012, continually supporting LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL. Produced by Terry “Sho” Murray [City of Fire, DOA], the astounding twelve-track achievement offers an explosion of sound, setting new standards for the traditional metal genre. Described by MSN as “good, honest, melodic heavy metal,” the music video for “Metal Woman” can be seen here: http://youtu.be/_Y8xwttdjCc
Next month, the heavy metal veterans will embark on a headlining West Coast run. The two-week trek will feature special guest HUNTRESS as main support, and HOOKERS as the tour opener. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more to be announced shortly.
11/30/12 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
12/01/12 – Tacoma, WA @ The Loch’s
12/02/12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
12/03/12 – S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whisky Dick’s
12/04/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
12/05/12 – San Diego, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
12/06/12 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
12/07/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
12/09/12 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
12/11/12 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
12/12/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
12/13/12 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
12/15/12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
For more information on 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, please visit:
Finland’s SONATA ARCTICA will be returning to North America next month and cranking their melodic metal to “11” for eleven shows! Debuting new material off their seventh studio album Stones Grow Her Name, the tour will launch in New York City on December 6th and close with a raucous party on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood on December 20th. Direct support will be provided by melodic tech-deathsters and label mates ARSIS.
Confirmed dates for SONATA’s “Stones Grow Her Name North American Tour 2012”are:
12/06/12 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
12/07/12 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
12/08/12 The Note – West Chester, PA
12/09/12 Empire – West Springfield, VA
12/11/12 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/12/12 The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
12/13/12 Peabody´s – Cleveland, OH
12/14/12 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
12/15/12 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
12/17/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
12/20/12 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
StonesGrow Her Name achieved “Highest 1st Week Sales” status for the band in North America and debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart this past May. In Canada, the album debuted at #74 on the Top 200 and #7 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart. In Europe, Stones Grow Her Name debuted at #9 on the English rock album charts. In SONATA’s native Finland, the new album achieved Gold status in seven days.
Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS, are pleased to officially announce Brandon Ellis as their new guitarist. Brandon has toured with the band in the past but will finally make his recording debut with ARSIS’ upcoming full-length release. Brandon replaces guitarist Nick Cordle who was recently tapped to replace Christopher Amott in Swedish supergroup, ARCH ENEMY.
“I am super happy to say that Brandon Ellis has recently become the new lead guitarist for ARSIS,” commented vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone. “Not only is he one of the best musicians that I have been able to work with, but he shares my passion for all things that are 80′s metal, including ridiculously tacky paint jobs on guitars. I am beyond excited about writing new material with Brandon. Until then, listen for his shredilicious leads on the upcoming ARSIS full length. Come check him out live with ARSISthis December!”
“Initially when Nick joined ARCH ENEMY, we all thought we could make it work with him having the time for both bands,” continued bassist Noah Martin. “Things unfortunately overlapped and we weren’t able to work on the new album with him. We appreciate everything he’s done for ARSIS. We’ll miss our friend greatly and do wish him all the best. Both Nick and Ryan Knight (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), contributed ridiculous leads for the album.
Brandon‘s solos on this full-length are both crushing and particularly creative. His presence, along with Shawn‘s (Priest – drums), were integral to the tone of this album. We’re in the post-production stage, now that the masters were just finished. In the meantime, come have beers with us on the SONATA ARCTICA run!”
Check out a quick example of Brandon’s playing here.
SONATA ARCTICA, ARSIS
12/06/12 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
12/21/12 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV (ARSIS only)
12/23/12 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK (ARSIS only)
ARSIS recently wrapped of the recording sessions for their fifth full-length release. The album was tracked at Audiohammer Studios in FL with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). The follow up to their 2010 release Starve For The Devil is tentatively scheduled for a first quarter of 2013 release via Nuclear Blast. The album will also debut new drummer/longtime session member, Shawn Priest.
Starve For The Devil was released in North America on February 9th 2010 anddebuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The video clip for the ARSIS song “Forced To Rock” can be viewed on YouTube.
James Malone – Guitars/Vocals
Noah Martin – Bass
Shawn Priest – Drums
Brandon Ellis – Guitar
AWARD-WINNING BANGER FILMS’ CALL TO ARMS TO THE METAL COMMUNITY Global Grassroots Initiative Aims To Unite Metal Fans and Musicphiles to Help Make Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode”
Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as “The Lost Episode” a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favourite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.
“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we’re launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels can be found here:
Pre-Order of The Lost Episode – Pre-order your digital download copy of The Lost Episode of Metal Evolution to be delivered by password protected link directly to your inbox when it’s finished.
The Unholy Scripture – The complete transcripts of the entire Metal Evolution series (over 300 pages) – right from our deliverables package required by broadcasters – get a word for word look at the series. It also comes with the credits including cast, crew, music and archival footage. Sam will even share a note describing his highlights from the making of each episode.
Scutifer Ov Sonneillon – Digital download link, The Unholy Scripture (series transcripts) and a Special Thanks on our website.
Neophyte Ov Verin – Digital download link and Special Thanks acknowledgement in the end credits.
Disciple Ov Verdelet – Personalized postcard from Sam+Scot, digital download link and Special Thanks acknowledgement in the end credits.
Heavy Metal Ancestral Lords – Available for the FIRST TIME EVER – the groundbreaking Heavy Metal Family Tree as a HUGE high gloss Limited Edition poster (46″x28″ full colour with silver ink) personally made out to YOU and signed by Scot and Sam. Limited to a run of 666, each poster will be hand-numbered by Sam. This is the kind of thing you’ll want to frame for your lair. Plus you’ll get a digital download link and acknowledgement in the end credits.
Originally broadcast on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s series Metal Evolution presented 11 episodes based on their “Heavy Metal Family Tree” originally shown in their groundbreaking documentary, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. Host and metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of Heavy Metal across its 40+ year history, covering everything from the Pre-History of Metal and Shock Rock to Grunge and Thrash Metal. But one very important episode was left out: Extreme Metal. Perceived to be perhaps too niche or “extreme” to attract enough audience interest, the episode did not see the light of day, ironic considering it is Heavy Metal’s most vibrant and fastest growing genre.
“For many fans, including myself, extreme metal is massively important. It continues to push metal forward, both sonically and aesthetically,” says Sam. Alex Webster, co-founder/bass player of death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, agrees: “There’s really no way that you could tell the complete story of heavy metal without including a chapter that covers extreme metal. And given their knowledge, experience, and passion for the genre of heavy metal, I think that Banger Films are the most qualified people to do it!”
Contributors’ support will send Sam on a global journey from San Francisco and Tampa to the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden to investigate the history, myths and intricacies of extreme metal. Sam will unravel the lineage between Extreme Metal’s divergent branches – Death Metal, Grindcore and Black Metal – and meet with the sub-genre’s most influential sonic architects, including members of Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Napalm Death, Entombed, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Enslaved and many more. The result will be an unforgettable portrait of metal’s most iconoclastic sub-genre.
Melodic Metallers FIREWIND are wrapping up the calendar year 2012 with 4 special club-shows in their native Greece, where the band in order to commence the celebration of the bands 10th Anniversary of existence. The shows will be each at two nights in the same venues of Athens and Thessaloniki and will feature two different sets. Here are the exact dates:
15.12.2012 Thessaloniki (Greece) – 8ball Club
16.12.2012 Thessaloniki (Greece) – 8ball Club
20.12.2012 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live
21.12.2012 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live
Currently, FIREWINDs mastermind guitar-wizzard and Ozzy Osbourne bandmember Gus G. is over in the UK for two special guitar clinic event starting today. Make sure to catch him here:
Most recently, FIREWIND have also been confirmed to appear at 2013s Sweden Rock Festival, taking place in Sölvesborg, Sweden from June 5th 8th. Other bands appearing include Kiss, Rush, Status Quo, Saxon, Accept, Amon Amarth, Bullet, Leprous and many more. Check out more details here: www.swedenrock.com or here: www.facebook.com/swedenrockfestival
Here is a list of all next FIREWIND live-dates revealed so far:
15.12.2012 Thessaloniki (Greece) – 8ball Club
16.12.2012 Thessaloniki (Greece) – 8ball Club
20.12.2012 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live
21.12.2012 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live
25.04.2013 Melbourne/Richmond (Australia) The Corner Hotel
26.04.2013 Perth (Australia) Rosemount Hotel
27.04.2013 Sydney/Leichhardt (Australia) The Bald Faced Stag
28.04.2013 Brisbane (Australia) Beetle Bar
A live-clip of the FIREWIND song Glorious off their current album Few Against Many recorded live (with fancams) in Londons O2 Academy during the bands last headlining tour can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=5_Jsf3crOWs
FIREWINDs current album, Few Against Many, was mixed by Jason Suecof & Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (Trivium, All That Remains, Death Angel, etc.) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Mastodon, Hatebreed, Symphony X, etc.). The iconic albums artwork was once again created by FIREWINDs longtime partner in all design matters, Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Angra, Dream Evil, etc.). While the albums standard version is available in the CD format as well as LP and also as Digital Download, Few Against Many is also released as limited edition Digipak CD with two bonus tracks. Few Against Many has recently climbed up the national sales charts in Greece to occupy the # 1 top spot for several weeks!
Alunah are proud to announce that they have signed a deal with Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions! The legendary Austrian label, home to Karma to Burn, The Sword, Candlemass, The Answer, Brant Bjork and Monster Magnet just to name a few, will be re-releasing their second album “White Hoarhound” on 12” vinyl mid January.
The limited edition 12” vinyl gatefold will be available in two colours – white and transparent green. The tracks have been remastered for vinyl by Tony Reed and will sound warmer and heavier than ever! The gatefold also features new artwork.
Sophie Day, singer and guitarist commented about the band’s new deal “Alunah are extremely happy to be joining the Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions family with the upcoming vinyl release of our current album. We’re sitting amongst some amazing bands and the label really understand what we’re about, 2013 looks set to be a great year for us”. Sophie also said this about Alunah’s PR company “Platinum PR have done a great job in getting us coverage in the European press, we really hope that we can expand on that coverage with this release and subsequently, our tour“.
Alunah will be touring Europe in 2013 to support the vinyl release, as for remaining 2012 dates, they will be playing with Gentlemans Pistols on Friday November 16th in their home city of Birmingham, England and with Gods of Hellfire and Arkham Witch in Bradford on Saturday 10th November. They will also be working with Oath Communications to film and produce a new video to accompany the track “White Hoarhound” .
Reckless Love have enjoyed quite a bit of success on these shores recently, after performing to a packed tent at Download and very nearly stealing the show on their run supporting Black Veil Brides. No doubt helped by the meteoric rise of fellow glam-metal group Steel Panther, although they are a lot more serious and less of a gimmick, Reckless Love have easily appealed to the same audience and snowballed in popularity.