Although double bill concerts are not uncommon in Puerto Rico, it is not often that two bands hailing from the same place get a chance to play on the island: on August 17 Puerto Rico got a taste of the Connecticut Heavy Metal scene, via the Obsession/ Graven Image concert held at La Respuesta, Santurce.
Interestingly enough, one band, Obsession, has been around for thirty-plus years, while Graven Image are relatively newcomers on the scene, so the audience got a chance to get a taste of both the old school and new school of Connecticut Metal. It was also one of those rare instances where all of the bands, including the opening local bands, more or less play variations of the same style of music: classic Heavy Metal. The opening bands were Iternia and Aura Azul, who have also been around for some time as well. Read the rest of this entry »
After a year away from The Intrepid Fox, where Hornet played their first London show, the band finally returns to headline as a special one-off show for their fans on Friday 25th October, to release their new single, ‘Storm The Gates’.
Hornet stormed into the rock and metal scene in early 2012 with a whole new style, showing us a mix of punk, metal and rock that works perfectly together. Playing a monthly residency at The Intrepid Fox quickly made a big impact and by the end of the year Hornet sold out shows at The Borderline, The Barfly and Upstairs at The Garage.
The band then released their debut album ‘Skies Are Falling’ in July after a successful Pledge Music project and unveiled a brand new stage show last month at The O2 Academy in Islington which includes a custom stage, over the top lighting,rising drums, smoke, dry ice, wild stage props, confetti cannons and obscene hand puppetry, all of which are a must see.
Just in time for Halloween – the first ever all metal tribute to the King Of Pop, MICHAEL JACKSON, with an all-star line-up that will raise the dead!
Thriller: A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson will be released October 22nd by Cleopatra and features the following covers/artists:
‘Thriller’ – Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
‘Man In The Mirror’ – Danny Worsnop (ASKING ALEXANDRIA) and Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ – Angelo Moore (FISHBONE), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE) and Rudy Sarzo (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT, DIO)
‘Black Or White’ – Lajon Witherspoon (SEVENDUST), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS) and Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER)
‘Beat It’ – Priya Panda (DIEMONDS) and Ron Bumblefoot Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES)
‘Billy Jean’ – Corey Glover (LIVING COLOUR) and Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
‘Shake Your Body’ (DOWN TO THE GROUND) – Elias Soriano (NONPOINT)
‘Rock With You’ – Doug Pinnick (KING’S X)
‘Dirty Diana’ – Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
‘Bad – Paul Dianno’ (ex-IRON MAIDEN) and Craig Goldy (DIO)
‘They Don’t Care About Us’ (ICARUS WITCH)
‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ – Lonnie Jordan (WAR)
‘Smooth Criminal’ – ALIEN ANT FARM
‘The Waking Up’, a new song by modern thrashers Sawthis, is now available for streaming on Youtube:
Since their inception, Sawthis distinguished themselves for a very strong live attitude, having shared the stage with many international renowned bands such as Korn, Sepultura, Lacuna Coil, Entombed, Impaled Nazarene, Vader and The Haunted to name a few. With 2 albums under their belt (‘Fusion’, 2006, and ‘Egod’, 2010) which were very well received by fans and critics alike, the band have recently announced a new record deal with Bakerteam Records and a new album, ‘Youniverse’, which will hit the stores September 30th, 2013. ‘Youniverse’ is a conceptual work focused on the theme of multiple personality disorder and features a very special guest appearance by Rob Cavestany from Death Angel. More details will be revealed soon on www.bakerteamrecords.comand www.sawthis.it.
The British heavy metal legends produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.
There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with Unplugged and Strung Up, Saxon’s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.
Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic Saxon songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff and co re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow” from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with it’s orchestrally-arranged dovetail.
As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, Saxon superfans and collectors can purchase a digipack version of the release which will include 2002’s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple Saxon stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm of the Law” and “Dallas 1pm” it is a quintessential part of any collection.
Brazilian Metal masters Almah have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album ‘Unfold’. The material was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil and mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California.
The cover artwork was designed by Nathália Suellen, an internationally recognized digital artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who has previously worked with renowned musicians, writers and publishing houses from all over the world. ‘Unfold’ will be released November 25 in Europe and December 3 in North America.
The album single ‘Raise The Sun’ is available for streaming here:
Norwegian black metal masters SATYRICON have debuted a new lyric video for “The Infinity Of Time And Space” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/nKNJjszeWp4
The track comes from their self-titled eighth studio album released in North America last week, which debutedat #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #30 on the Hard Music chart. Other world chart entries include: #1 – Norway; #6 – Finland; #23 – Germany; and #26 – Australia.
From the harrowing doom of their 1990 debut Lost Paradise, to 1991’s genre-defining Gothic, to 1995’s break-out masterpiece Draconian Times, to 1997’s electronically-tinged One Second, to 2007’s return to a heavier form In Requiem, to last year’s opus Tragic Idol, PARADISE LOST has continued to evolve since their inception in 1988, inspiring countless artists throughout the years. To celebrate their influence on the scene, a special compilation will be released this fall to commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary landmark.
Entitled Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), this album will be released on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America) and features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir (www.metastazis.com), who has worked with artists such as ORPHANED LAND, MORBID ANGEL, WATAIN, and more than 150 others. All tracks found on the compilation are previously released rarities– except the new track “Loneliness Remains,” and newly recorded “Gothic 2013″ and “Our Saviour 2013.” These three tracks will also appear on a mint green 10″ (USA exclusive color; limited to 300 copies) that includes a CD booklet and CD insert.
To pre-order your copy of this limited PARADISE LOST 10″, please visit CM Distro.
ENGLAND – The UK’s heralded rock group, Anathema, has launched a clip of “Universal,” the title track from its new live Blu-ray, out now on Kscope. Check out the “Universal” clip on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/6oc4HgczbY0.
Pioneer Vedic Metal band, RUDRA, from Singapore will unleash their latest album, RTA, through SONIC BLAST MEDIA on 14 Oct 2013.
A legend in the Asian Metal scene, Rudra evolved from a humble Death Metal band in 1992 to the ‘founders’ of a new metal genre called Vedic Metal. With a history of over 02 (two) decades and a catalogue of 06 (six) full-length albums of critical acclaim; the music of RUDRA can best be characterized as a bridge between the east and the west: incorporating Indian traditional music, Sanskrit chants and mantras into Death/Black Metal. This aspect has won them much attention from the rest of the world and also gave birth to a new metal genre: Vedic Metal.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have made a third single from their upcoming release The Dream Calls for Blood available for streaming on their website! Check out “Fallen” at the following location: http://www.deathangel.us/#!tdcfb/c6sm.
The Dream Calls for Blood will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Rest of Europe), October 14th (UK), and October 15th (North America). Fans can now pre-order the album in various formats, with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here: http://goo.gl/xipVSX.
“Madness at the Core of Time” Tour Kicks off October 2nd
After a week and over 35,000 signatures, Antarctic overlords GWAR finally have officially reacted to the petition started by Jeff Cantrell of Morehead, Kentucky on Change.org to have GWAR play the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The petition can be signed at Change.org/GWARBOWL.
“It has long been the joy of GWAR to submit the human race to any number of hideous tortures, and I can’t think of anything more horrible than you having to watch acts like The Black-Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars perform. So the temptation to ignore this is great! But then you start thinking about all of the people that who have never experienced GWAR before, and will be forced to do so if we do get the gig, well, at that point my colossal mega-ego kicks in and I am all over it.”
After a long and wet fart, Oderus continued…”I really don’t think we should be limited to playing the halftime show…I am offering GWAR as an actual team that could complete in the NFL. Think of the titanic struggle involved as the NFL submits their best players, hell, we could play against all the teams at once and still emerge victorious. For too long has the NFL ignored the obvious fact that the players should be naked, blind-folded and armed with battle axes, that land mines should litter the field and whalers should hurl harpoons randomly from the stands. GWAR is throwing our entire cosmic weight (and we are fairly hefty) behind this petition, and command all of our followers, their families, and indeed anybody who has ever existed to sign this fucking thing, and in fact for those who have already signed it to create multiple fake email addresses and sign it again!” Read the rest of this entry »
The self-titled debut album by ASHES OF ARES – featuring vocalist Matt Barlow (ex-ICED EARTH), drummer Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE), and guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales(ex-ICED EARTH) – has debuted at #35 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and at #81 on the Hard Music chart.
ASHES OF ARES are currently en route to Paris to launch their European “Wolfsnächte” 2013 tour tomorrow with Powerwolf, Majesty, and Battle Beast.
Produced at Morrisound Recording by Jim Morris (DEATH, ICED EARTH, CONTROLDENIED), Ashes Of Ares can be ordered in CD or vinyl format from the album’s landing page: http://smarturl.it/ashesofares. A bundle with an exclusive album artwork t-shirt is also available.