Time is running out… Only a week remains in The Sin City Sinners quest to produce two new CD’s. Vegas’ favorite band has taken to the popular Kickstarter route, but has a lot of catching up to do. The Kickstarter site has become a great tool in helping independent artists fund their projects, but it’s not without it’s risks… Kickstarter is all or nothing, if you don’t reach your goal, all the money raised is returned.
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LORD ANNOUNCES ASIA TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER
Appearing for the first time in Singapore and Malaysia.
Making their long awaited return to Japan.
As the summer heat has really kicked in for many of us, it got us thinking about the albums we reach for on a hot summer’s day. The type of album best played while having a few cold ones, having a BBQ, sitting at a pool, going swimming, or just melting in our own hell!
We took in about 150 nominations from staff which we then narrowed down to the list that you see below. We applied some guidelines to the nominations: it had to be albums (not demos, no EP’s) and it goes without saying, the nominations had to be metal. Nominated albums were both new and old, and covered everything from glam to death metal. However, when scoring, the main point kept in mind was that the album had to remind us of summer, or we had to feel it was suited to summer listening. That means that what someone had as a #1 selection was not necessarily their favorite album from the nomination list, it was just the one they thought was best suited.
So load up your CD player, iPod, or whatever medium you prefer, crack a cold one and enjoy listening to some of the greatest summer metal albums available.
-EvilG, July 2013.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013
San Bernardino, California
June 29, 2013
Review and band photos by Metalette
Crowd photos courtesy of Adrenaline PR
The San Manuel Amphitheatre is situated in a classic California desert-mountain valley. It was in this harsh, desolate, and port-a-potty-covered wasteland that the first day of Mayhem Festival 2013 took place. There was literally nothing else around the festival; just tall, brown, shrub-covered mountains and lots and lots of dust. The day itself was so hellishly hot – peaking at a scorching 107 F – it was almost as if Satan himself had a hand with the weather (maybe he was even at the festival; he’s kind of into the metal scene, isn’t he?). I’m sure the Mayhem people made a fortune on the ice cold $3 waters and $6 lemonades they were peddling all day long, and I witnessed at least one girl pass out from the heat. But with a name like Mayhem, what else would you expect?
PledgeMusic campaign in support of project launched
Inspired by the soon-to-be-published book by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly, the Metal on Ice – Tunes from Canada’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes companion album tells the tale of Canadian hard-rock through the rerecording of chart-topping heavy metal hits from the 1980s. Slated for release in October 2013, the album will include new recordings of original hit songs by celebrated Canadian artists Brian Vollmer (Helix), Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch), Darby Mills (Headpins), Lee Aaron, Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) and Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs). The project will be supported by an extensive PledgeMusic campaign, which launches today.
WHITE WIZZARD have confirmed dates for a full European headlining tour, which kicks off on September 27th in Brighton, England.
The band will be hitting the road in support of their new studio album, THE DEVILS CUT, starting with a string of recently-announced UK shows, followed by stops in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman JON LEON comments:
“We are very excited to get back over to Europe. Giovanni and I have worked hard to get a solid line-up of guys that will actually tour and stick it out and to make White Wizzard a stable entity for the fans. We appreciate all of our fans being so patient and supportive. What we have now is a line-up that has been together over a year that is very dedicated and serious. The fans will finally get to see the five guys that recorded the album and we promise we will not disappoint.
“This is only the beginning as we are already writing the next album and we are hungry to finally see the band through to its intended vision. If you dig the album, just wait until you see this group of guys live. We are on a mission in its first stages and we hope you come along for the ride. It is going to be a blast!!!”
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Italian Post-Black Avantgarde Metal band Nahabat is entering studio to record their debut full-length going by the name of Amor.Gnosis.Quantum (follow up to their 2012 Ep ‘Essence’). The Italian act’s line-up fronted by female vocalist Satya Lux Aeterna was recently renewed with the addition of Mike Crinella (already active with progsters Ashes of Chaos) on guitars, Adress on bass (involved in post-Black Metal band Deadly Carnage) and Marco Ceccarelli, an already established presence in Black Metal and DSBM scene (Deadly Carnage, Nostalgie, … DotDotDot, Dark Paranoia etc.) behind the drumkit. The album will include eight tracks (two of them being instrumentals) and its release is roughly scheduled for the end of 2013.
Tracklist is as follows:
02. Amor Fati
03. Sol Luna Maithuna
04. Ex Astris
06. Quantum Threshold
Canadian Hard Rockers FAMOUS UNDERGROUND have released a new video, for the track ‘Dead Weight‘, featured on their new self-titled debut album out now via Dust On The Tracks Records. The new single ‘Dead Weight‘ is a melodic romp that takes you on a trip with an anthemic message that pertains to everyone. Sonically this represents the light and shade that is F.U., the song is a wakeup call for people to realize that they have the power to help create a more positive world. Watch the video below: http://youtu.be/
Indian death metal band Reptilian Death have signed a deal with Darzamadicus Records to release their new album ‘The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence’. The release will be limited to 500 copies and released in Macedonia. The album released on Universal Music in India on May 19th. The album features artwork done by Michal ‘Xaay’ Loranc who has workedwith artists like Nile, Behemoth, Demonic Resurrection etc.
Commented Demonstealer, ‘We’re extremely stoked to sign up with Darzamadicus Records. I’ve known Dejan the label owner and he’s been extremely supportive of the band and the music and when he made us the offer to release the album in Macedonia we just couldn’t say no. We’re already in talks with some labels for a proper release for the rest of Europe, USA as well as the UK and hopefully you’ll hear some more about that in the coming weeks.’
The band also recently released the first single and lyric video for the song ‘O’. Watch the video here.
The on-stage performance by German thrash overlords KREATOR at this year’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark will be streamed live this Friday, July 5th at 2 p.m. PACIFIC / 5 p.m. EASTERN. Tune in to the live stream at www.roskilde-festival.dk.
KREATOR’s upcoming Dying Alive DVD will be released in North America on September 3rd and features the band’s sold-out, hometown, December 22nd, 2012 performance in Oberhausen, Germany shot by 24 cameras plus guitar and mosh-pit POV cams. View the DVD artwork on the band’s official Facebook page.
AMON AMARTH Score Their Strongest Chart Impacts Around The World With The New Album “Deceiver of the Gods”
Band Set To Unleash “Father Of The Wolf” Video; Main Stage Slot On North American Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest Now
The release of Deceiver of the Gods, the latest studio album from Swedish melodic death metal titans, AMON AMARTH, has broken the band’s previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date.
In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2.
Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200.
In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet.
Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »
New album “The Killer Angels” out now on Despotz Records
SWEDEN – Civil War, the new symphonic power metal band from ex-Sabaton members, Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback and Daniel Myhr, along with frontman, Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors), and bass player, Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (Volturyon), has uploaded its new song, “Gettysburg,” to Soundcloud in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the historic battle. Check out the song, taken from the band’s debut full-length The Killer Angels out now on Despotz Records, online here: https://soundcloud.com/
INTERVIEW WITH LEE ALTUS OF Exodus and Heathen
Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen
Lee Altus has been quite a busy man with both Heathen and Exodus. Both bands have been activate and touring often. Metal-Rules.com sat down with Lee to talk about the sounds of Heathen, the writing process for the new albums of Heathen and Exodus, and of course a little bit about the industrial and thrash metal in general. Read the rest of this entry »
BATTLECROSS has unveiled their brand new video for “Never Coming Back” from the album “War of Will.” The Roy Warner directed clip can be streamed on metalblade.com/battlecross. Fans that follow BATTLECROSS on-line have seen pictures from the shoot, and already know that Kevin Talley, who performed with the band at Orion Music and More, and who is drumming for the band all summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, appears in the video!
CANNIBAL CORPSE has been selected for induction in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. CANNIBAL CORPSE is the latest addition to the Hall of Fame, which also includes Buffalo natives the Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Sheehan, 10,000 Maniacs, and many more. The announcement of the inductees was filmed and is available on youtube HERE.
Founding member and bassist Alex Webster comments on the band’s induction: “We are extremely excited to hear about our induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. We never could’ve imagined something like this would be possible back when we were getting started at places like the River Rock Cafe or the Skyroom. We are truly honored and humbled by this.”