Victoria Fenbane quizzed Alea der Bescheidene from German medieval folk act Saltatio Mortis via email. Alea revealed the story of how he came to front a premier medieval folk act, the band’s origins in the German medieval re-enactment scene and the meaning behind their latest single ‘Wachstum über alles’. Their new album ‘Das Schwarze Einmaleins’ is released on 16th August via Napalm Records.
SHADOWS FALL guitarist Jon Donais, who has been touring with ANTHRAX since Rob Caggiano’s departure in January, will continue to play with ANTHRAX for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio (hear audio below), ANTHRAX’s founding rhythm guitarist Scott Ian stated about the band’s current second-guitarist situation: “Jon’s been with us since February, and I think I can safely say he’s passed the audition… [laughs]. I know we haven’t said anything official yet, but in my mind, he’s the guy. I’m sure some type of official announcement… because in this world, people apparently need that kind of information so they can sleep well at night. But as far as I’m concerned, Jon is the guitar player in ANTHRAX.”
Bobby Rock is a Los Angeles based rock/metal drummer. The man first came into awareness with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion which featured, as its name suggests, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, bassist Dana Strum and vocalist Robert Fleischman who was soon replaced by Mark Slaughter. The band released two albums before disbanding in 1988. Later on, Rock worked on several projects including The Skull, Nitro, and Hardline. He’s also been working many years with the band Nelson and released solo albums, including OUT OF BODY (1996), several instructional DVD’s, books, and has become a recognized health and fitness specialist, with certifications in exercise, nutrition, and meditation. In recent years Rock has also played with the metal band Carnival of Souls, Gary Hoey and Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz. In addition to all this, Bobby joined the legendary Lita Ford band last January. The band did a mini-tour in Sweden in late July 2013. At Skogsrojet festival, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to sit down with Bobby and discuss the current Lita Ford thing, his past with Vinnie Vincent and other interesting topics. Read on!
Bazillion Points Books: “What Are YOU Doing Here?” New Book Delves Into Black Women in Metal and Punk
Since Black Sabbath unleashed the floodgates of the hellish sounds of heavy metal in 1970, it’s been believed that heavy metal is the domain of white, heterosexual males. Is this representation accurate?
Keeping in tune with this notion, Scarab Productions, organizers of the Noctis 666 Metal Festival, are pleased to announce presentations that suggest otherwise, from author Laina Dawes and metal scholar Sarah Kitteringham, on Thursday, September 19th, from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary (708 8th Ave S.W.). Entrance is free and open to the public. Debate and dissent is welcomed! The session is being presented in conjunction with the festival, which runs in Calgary from September 19 to September 21 and will present bands as diverse as Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool, Possessed, Blasphemy, Gorguts, Exciter, Pagan Altar, and others.
Dawes is best known as the race, gender and pop culture writer responsible for 2012’sWHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Touching and shocking, Dawes book explores her experience in heavy metal, and black women’s contributions to the genre, while simultaneously discussing the intersections of race and racism within the metal scene. Dawes book has received praise from PopMatters, Vice, The Guardian, Revolver, and more. Recently, Dawes presented as one of three keynote speakers at Bowling Green University’s “Heavy Metal and Popular Culture” Conference. Her book is available at http://www.bazillionpoints.com
Also presenting will be University of Calgary Graduate Student and Mount Royal University alumni Sarah Kitteringham, who is currently wrapping up her Masters thesis entitled “Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses: The Rise of Women in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, and Grindcore.” Writing from a uniquely Canadian perspective, her research entailed interviewing 15 musicians from the subgenres, and asking about their experiences, opinions, and the challenges of being a woman in extreme metal. At times hilarious, contradictory, and surprising, her research aims to explore the notion that extreme metal is the exclusive domain of males, and will also discuss the treatment of female performers in those subgenres. Kitteringham is also a freelance metal journalist and photographer, and drummer in a metal band. You can see her photography at https://www.facebook.com/SarahKitteringhamPhotography
Special guest at the session will be Dr. Deena Weinstein from DePaul University, who wrote the first academic book on heavy metal, “Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology”. Facilitating the session will be Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen from San Francisco State University who is currently conducting research on “Cultural Capital vs. Socioeconomic Realities for Touring Metal Bands.”
HARD ROCK REBELS – TALKING WITH ROCK STARS BY NEIL DANIELS PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE OUT NOW! Available to buy from all Amazon websites Paperback and e-book
Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars is a bumper sized collection of dozens of interviews author Neil Daniels has conducted over a decade’s worth of rock writing. This 400+ page book features interviews with current and former members of Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Journey, Europe, Saxon, Judas Priest, Thunder, Slade, The Darkness, Scorpions, Queensrÿche and Mötley Crüe, Stone Gods, Sammy Hagar and lesser known AOR, prog, and metal bands, amongst others.
Hard Rock Rebels was previously published as Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries Volumes I & II (both out of print) and contains bonus material.
“UK classic rock expert Neil Daniels has been quickly, methodically making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and academic of rock biog penners…”
–Martin Popoff, Author
“Daniels really gets under the skin of the rock ’n’ roll industry…”
–Joel McIver, Author
“…this man obviously takes his rock ’n’ roll very seriously!”
– Greg Prato, Author
“Neil Daniels is a rock and roll warrior who writes from the heart. He is one of the few and mighty who are daring to keep music that matters in the limelight!”
–Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited
“[Daniels gives] an insight into the minds of some of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest characters…”
–Malcolm Dome, Total Rock Radio
“Neil Daniels is fast gaining a reputation as one of the leading rock scribes around.”
The band PANZER, one of the most traditional Metal bands from Brazilian Scene, with 23 a year career, is finishing recording sessions for their new album, which is already in the final stages of production. With just one year since their return to activities, the band has released a single, a music video, an EP, and played at a festival, returning the name PANZER as one of the greatest exponents of Brazilian metal.
The new album is set to be released in the second half of 2013 and more news will be announced soon.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends, CARCASS, have release the lyric video for the song “Captive Bolt Pistol” here http://goo.gl/XJcNs4. The track comes from their highly-anticipated sixth full-length album Surgical Steel, which will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). Surgical Steel will be available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://goo.gl/c96HS0.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse, KATAKLYSM, have revealed the alternate cover art for their highly anticipated upcoming release Waiting for the End to Come. The artwork by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) will be featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of their new album, which will be released on October 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast. The previously released cover by Peter Sallai (SABATON), will be featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions.
“This other version of the new art made by Eliran Kantor represents a more iconic and epic approach,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “A man representing all of humanity, shaking the foundation of existence and ultimately beginning the process of destruction. The main foundation is depicted here as the famous KATAKLYSM ‘tribal sun’ logo. It does not represent the end of KATAKLYSM by any means; more the beginning of a new era after the end of a certain existence.”
SAXON and FOZZY announce North American “Sacrifice & Sin” tour
British metal legends SAXON announce a North American tour which will run September 12th- October 10th. The tour is a rare treat for SAXON fans as it hits many markets that the band has not visited in some time. The group are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album Sacrifice but promise to play all of the fan favourites from their 30+ year catalogue, including tracks like “Denim & Leather”, “Wheels Of Steel”, “Ride Like The Wind”, “Motorcycle Man” and “Heavy Metal Thunder” all of which have cemented the band’s legendary status. All vids have over 8 million collective clicks on youtube and the band has sold over 12 million albums. Joining the trek will be FOZZY. Following the band’s highly successful appearance in last year’s UPROAR tour, FOZZY are touring on their most successful album yet, SIN AND BONES, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release. The album contains the track “Sandpaper”, whose video has already surpassed an amazing 500,000 views.
Canadian metal legends ANNIHILATOR are gearing up for studio cd #14, simply titled “FEAST”, which will be released on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 via the UDR label. 9 brand new tracks that will kick your ass. The deluxe ECO-book version will also feature a 15-song Bonus CD… a grand total of 24 songs in one package – with a 3D cover! Read the rest of this entry »
MINISTRY are back on the big block with an even bigger album of blistering live material from the final show of their 2012 “RELAPSE” tour. It was the perfect event for Ministry to shoot their live DVD at Wacken Open Air in front of 75,000 screaming fans. Tragically, Ministry’s longtime guitarist and Jourgensen’s best friend Mike Scaccia died less than five months later.
Jourgensen says: “Not only is this DVD a great recording of Mikey at his absolute best performance, in his element, having the time of his life, it’s one of the last live official videos of the band ever. If you didn’t see the tour, you’ll want to catch what you missed. And if you were there, well, you saw a piece of history and the DVD will make a great souvenir – or a great drink
Keep It True, the name says it all. Here the most dedicated metalheads gather every spring to trade records, meet friends, raise glasses and most of all, to witness pure and honest bands. Held once again in a small village Lauda-Königshofen, this now the 13th time. This year the lineup was so tempting I just had to travel to Lauda after one year break. KIT has been organized since ’03 and at first it was also on autumn but has now been held only on spring. Same organizers have now other events too so people hungry for quality old school metal should check out…
Most of the bands here are old ones, especially the headliners, and some of them have never been in Europe. So there’s a huge amount of expectations and feelings towards the bands. Of course there are also newer bands who represent the same style, mostly traditional metal but also some thrash and doom metal bands here and there giving a nice touch of variety. Most of the bands are from the 80’s but some from the later years. Also bands like Quartz are from the 70’s so all eras of metal are present.
In many cases the bands are doing exclusive shows, some having the original lineup and some doing their classic albums from the start to the last song. The audience has always been a bit older folks who have been waiting to see these bands for few decades. It’s hard to describe the feeling there is but definitely there is magic on the air and the fans are really into it from the bottom of their hearts.
By Saku Nurminen
THE FIRST DAY
After adventuring with German trains, taxis and buses I finally got into the sports hall which is the arena of KIT. A young Chicago based band High Spirits were just playing their last songs.
Morbid Saint took the stage next. They released their only album on ’88 and after it got re-released some time ago they finally got more attention from the metal fans. Formed in the early 80’s they played very brutal death/thrash in their early stages and now they’re continuing where they left in the 90’s. They played the whole album Spectrum of Death and from the first notes it was clear that these guys have not softened in their thrash metal. Extremely agressive vocals and the playing was tight as well. Great to see a band in this genre who after all the years are still energetic thrash as some comebacks are not like that as the aggression can sometimes fade away when people are ageing. Some minor things were probably irritating to some part of the audience like touches of modern metal on the stage precence but after all it’s music that matters the most so I find this a very enjoyable gig of violent in your face metal.
Next was Quartz, an old British group formed in the 70’s. Also didn’t expect to ever see them live but in KIT everything is possible it seems. Their metal is very much influenced by a certain band from their times, Black Sabbath, yet they still have a lot of their own magic in their music. There are actually linked to Sabbath as their first LP was produced by Tony Iommi and their bass player Geoff Nicholls did a lot of keyboards to many Sabbath albums. This time their singer was wearing a jacket with strings just like mr. Osbourne used to do in the past and his stage manners were straigh there from the 70’s. I didn’t hear their doing some of their golden oldies but got a good set of their classics, the playing time just don’t allow bands to just do every song people wanna hear. They closed their enjoyably by playing “Satan’s Serenade” from the same named EP, probably their biggest hit. In that time the audience was really on fire and were singing along this great tune.
More old British metal, this time in the form of Holocaust. Unlike many other bands from NWOBHM era, Holocaust have never split up but continued to record material all these years. Finally bands like Holocaust are getting some recognizability as many younger metal fans are finding them and they really deserve to play for a bigger audience. They were really energetic on stage which always nice to witness and especially their bass player was on fire. I have to say some of the newer songs are quite weird stuff and even a bit difficult to follow when played live but old and new ones were both played so this was a very good set they offered for us. Nothing surprising of what song was played last. Yes, Heavy Metal Mania, and now the crowd was singing louder than on any case so far. A perfect ending from a fine band.
Medieval Steel from U.S. next. Their self titled cult EP from ’84 has gained a lot of fans lately and indeed it’s a great release. There has been a reissue of that and other stuff lately and it’s about time they got to play in Europe. They offered us a good show of U.S. Metal and at least one new song was played. The audience, and I think also the band towards the end of the show, were waiting for the title song of the band. And finally it came and I have to say I’ve never ever heard any audience to have a sing along like that. The walls were shaking as the passionate crowd was screaming.
I missed some of Liege Lord as I needed to get something to eat but what I heard was just great portion of high quality US metal. They played a Rainbow cover Kill the King and like their own stuff, it was great. Someone said they played the whole Burn to my Touch album but can’t be 100% sure as I don’t have that particular album. They were co-headlining the first festival day and therefore I had enough time to enjoy their music. Actually they were supposed to play last but at festivals changes are always possible. Now I just need to get the missing Liege Lord albums from somewhere…
Last band today was Possessed from the infamous Bay Area, US. I have to say this must have been the best gig from them and I’ve seen them few times earlier. The lineup was totally changed apart from singer Jeff Beccerra who has been the only original member of the band after the comeback some years ago. The guitars had the same demonic sound on them what is present on the old Possessed albums and the vokals of Jeff were very deadly. One new song was played but it sounded kinda weird among the old tunes. Not bad at all but have to listen to it and get used to as I’ve been so much possessed by the old ones. Besides Morbid Scream they were the most brutal band on the bill and great ending of the Friday.
THE SECOND DAY
After some adventuring from the town where our hotel was we arrived to KIT. First band we catched was Midnight from Cleveland, US. The name was familiar but had not actually heard much of their music ’til now. First thing that I noticed was the band itself, each one of the threesome had a cloth around their head, a bit similar to executioner but without any holes. They started their wild set with a lot of energy which was around all the time. I’m sure these fellows are highly influenced by Venom and the likes, rocking black metal with sing alongs and great solos. One could say that they are today’s answer to good old times of metal from the eighties. Well, actually they aren’t that new as a band but definitely compared to many of the other ones on the bill.
At this point there were already a lot of people in this sold out hall and moving became hard so I knew this was to be a long day. Next was October 31, fronted by King Fowley who must be the most metal person in the known universe, at least of what I know of him. He continued where Midnight left, pure metal orgasm was present when King and his fellow bandmates were finally performing their metal to the fans of old continent. Very enjoyable show and it made me hungry to get their records.
Old NWOBHM act Legend (the one from Jersey) was next to jump on stage. It was time to calm down a bit as their British steel was very epic and more slow than the previous wild bands. This suited just perfectly as it gave variety and eerie sounds. Definitely they had the old yet ageless British sound on their music and especially the vocalist was channeling that perfectly. I liked this one a lot.
Then it was time for some US metal again in the form of Jack Starr’s Burning Starr. Known to many as the original guitarist of Virgin Steele but the man has had quite a few other bands during the years and is still going strong, true survivor from the past scene. Their set offered quality American metal as well as a solo spot of mr. Starr. Vocalist had a suberb voice going very high at times which fitted to this kind of metal perfectly. The highlight came in the end when they performed the song Evil Never Sleep. Well done guys! Unfortunately I had to miss Steel Prophet as it was time to get some food from the restaurant nearby, hope to catch these dudes next time. What I heard outside the venue was that they did a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, quite an ambitious song to cover but sounded good and what I heard from my friend is that it was an excellent one.
Angel Witch was the first co-headliner of the Saturday. I’ve seen them a few times so I didn’t expect anything to be differently. Yet with a joy I got to see an great show by them. The reason might be thet the band behind mastermind Kevin Heybourne (vocals/guitars) is now a thicker unit, more like a band and they really seemed to enjoy playing. Most of the songs I recognized as they were from their classic first s/t album as well as at least one from the Loser 7″. The new stuff they played was also excellent so I need to get the album as all the scepticism is now gone.
Finally the festival was reaching to it’s end and there was only Warlord left to play. By this time all the merchandise stands from the back of the hall were unpacked and close to everyone on the whole fest was witing for Warlord to start their performance. The atmosphere was like in a metal church and the soundtrack of Conan the Barbarian was played to the waiting audience. The show was delayed some 20 minutes or so and that made the atmosphere even more full of magic. The waiting was worth it and after a while the band came on stage and started their set with Deliver Us from Evil, one of their most well known songs. Their set continued with such old classics as Child of the Damned, Aliens and Lost and Lonely Days. The guitar harmonies were heavenly and clear which caused people to go in trance in the fully packed hall. Besides the guitars the musianship was perfect all in all, especially the drums. Perfect ending to KIT part 16.
So yet another KIT behind and again it was just a great celebration of old school metal. Many of the bands on the bill each year is more obscure stuff and personally I don’t even know all of the bands by name, let alone own their records. One thing is sure though, they all represent the metal I love, pure and honest. After this spring I now have some nice memories of the bands who played so gotta catch up to get some new records to my collection. Thanks everyone, friends, bands and especially the organizers. See you next year for sure!!!
Vocals: Pasi Rantanen
Guitar: Nino Laurenne
Bass: Titus Hjelm
Keyboards: Jukka Karinen
Drums: … YOU?
That’s right, for the first time in the history of the band, we are putting out an open call for drummers to audition for THUNDERSTONE! And we want to make it a process that everyone can enjoy, so read the next paragraphs carefully.
This is what you need to do:
1. Listen to the song ‘Forevermore’ (from Evolution 4.0)
3. Record your playing on top of the backing track. You can do this either with a multitrack or just blasting away in front of your phone camera—as long as we can hear the original in the background.
5. When sending the link or the file, add the following text: ‘I give Thunderstone permission to use this recording on all social media platforms’.
6. OPTIONAL: If you have videos of your earlier performances on YouTube or elsewhere, send us a link. This is not required for consideration.
7. DO NOT link your video to the Thunderstone FB page by yourself. We want to build a YouTube channel from these submissions so that fans can find all of them in one place—and we want to keep the excitement going on!
Things have been a little quiet from the Into Eternity camp since the departure of vocalist Stu Block for Iced Earth. However, things are about to change in a big way. As revealed below, the touring vocalist, Amanda Kiernan, is now officially a full member of the band and has recorded the next Into Eternity album. More details on the band’s curent situation and what’s coming next is detailed below.