Michael Angelo Batio is rereleasing his long awaited solo album after years of touring and performing clinics. Intermezzo features all new original music and is filled with Batio’s signature virtuoso guitar playing of mixed meters, great melodies, superb arrangements, world class production.
Intermezzo features a massive line-up of some of rock and metals best guitarists on the planet along with some heavy solos from his kickstarter supporters. The list of featured guitarist monsters include George Lynch, Guthrie Govan, Michael Romeo, Jeff Loomis, Craig Goldy, Dave Reffett, Chris Poland, Rusty Cooley, Mike Lepond, Elliott Dean Rubinson, Joe Stump, Andrea Martongelli, Alex Stornello, Bill Peck, Max Carlisle, Florent Atem, Annie Grunwald, and Tobias Hurwitz. This also is the first album that Batio recorded using his new Dean signature MAB 7 “Warrior,” which is a 7 string guitar. Read the rest of this entry »
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, Delivering The Black, on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America via Frontiers Records. They will play a special album release show in Hamburg, Germany on January 23rd at the Rock Cafe.
Delivering The Black will be available in regular CD edition, deluxe edition with two bonus tracks and – in cooperation with Soulfood Music – vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a super-de-luxe version including a metallic eagle.
Delivering The Black tracklisting:
‘King For A Day’
‘When Death Comes Knocking’
‘Alive & On Fire’
‘Delivering The Black’
‘Road To Asylum’
‘One Night In December’
‘Never Pray For Justice’
‘Born With A Broken Heart’
‘Innocent Man’ *
Man Without Shadow’ *
‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (single edit) *
* Only available on Deluxe edition
DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition): ‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (video), ‘King For A Day’ (video), Making Of The Album (video).
Primal Fear will release the new single, ‘When Death Comes Knocking’, on December 3rd
‘When Death Comes Knocking’ audio sample:
Primal Fear are:
Ralf Scheepers – vocals
Alex Beyrodt – guitars
Magnus Karlsson – guitar, keyboards
Randy Black – drums
Mat Sinner – bass and vocal
For more details and Primal Fear’s tour schedule visit Primalfear.de.
Metal Blade Records new-boys Rivers Of Nihil have certainly announced their arrival in some style with their debut album “The Conscious Seed Of Light” – a devastating and cold cut of death metal centring on spring; the light and breezy quarter of a projected quadrilogy of albums based upon the seasons. True to the album’s seasonal sentiments, Rivers Of Nihil bring life anew to an at-times heavily-processed death metal world – there is both life and a live-feel to the album that begs to be heard. Since the guys will be full of the joys of spring after the successful launch of their debut, it seems as good a time as any to get a couple of questions into them… Read the rest of this entry »
Guitar virtuoso GUS G. has signed a worldwide solo deal with Century Media Records. Well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, GUS G. will make his solo debut with the release of ‘I AM THE FIRE’ in spring 2014.
Says GUS G. of the signing: “Loyalty is a very important thing in the music business, and for me it just felt natural to trust my first solo effort to the hands of the record company that has been loyal, supportive, and has helped build my career for more than 11 years now – a label that I truly feel as a family. Thank you Robert Kampf, Leif Jensen, Antje Lange, Don Robertson, Steve Joh, Jens Prueter, Nasrin Vahdani, Paul Gargano and the rest of the Century family! I truly feel blessed to be a part of CM history and look forward to exploring new territories with this new album!”
Century Media founder and owner Robert Kampf adds: “‘I AM THE FIRE’ is going to be another display of the amazing talent GUS G. possesses. We at Century Media are proud to work with a player and songwriter of his class and status, as well as the fantastic new album that Gus has crafted. Horns up!”
‘I AM THE FIRE’ was mixed by Jay Ruston [ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus’ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open,” “Redemption,” “End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me.” The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.’s soulful playing. Guest musicians and vocalists will be revealed in the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a rough few years for Esoteric, with only two original members remaining, and a number of line up changes over the past few years. The band have returned stronger than ever, releasing arguably the best album to date, Paragon of Dissonance in 2011. Catching them before they go on stage at the Garage, we have a quick chat about what the northern masters of depression have in store for the future.
Heading out again on tour, this time supporting Dark Tranquillity, Tristania were once again ready to show London what they’re made of. With their new album, DARKEST WHITE receiving rave reviews and the first nights of the tour being sold out, it was fair to say that things are going well for Tristania.
Ahead of the sold out show at The Underworld in Camden, London I spoke to vocalist Mariangela Demurtas to find out more about the new album, her influences and how things have changed since she joined the band six years ago.
Mariangela Demurta – Tristania The Underworld, 7 November 2013
Since their album Skydancer was first being released in 1993, it’s fair to say that Dark Tranquillity have racked up the releases since then. Hailing from Sweden, the new album, Construct is their tenth album from the melodic death metal’ers. With their World Construct tour taking them across Europe this year before heading over to America, Japan and Australia for early 2014, I took the opportunity to speak to Niklas Sundin (guitar).
Just after finishing their sound check for the first night of the tour at The Underworld in Camden, I sat down with Niklas to talk more about touring, the different audiences and to find out more about their new release, Construct.
After what seems like a very long 5 year wait, Satyricon return to London off the back of what once again has been a new album to divide opinion about the band. Given that the new album was chosen to be self-titled, it needed to be something defining to the style and progression of the band and their sound over the years and in my opinion it seems like they have achieved a really progressive mix of old and new styles whilst also experimenting into the future with tracks like Phoenix which features the first melodic lead vocals in Satyricon’s history.
Despite the recent split between the founding members, Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire still seem to be on full form, returning to bring us DARK WINGS OF STEEL. The sagas may be past and buried now but this band continues to live on, bringing out two powerful new players in 2011, and hitting both the road and the studio to continue spreading tales of magic, wizards and dragons to anyone willing to listen. Sat in a swanky hotel in the center of London, we chat to founding member Alex Staropoli about life in Rhapsody after Lucca and what the future holds for the band.
On Black Friday (Nov. 29th), a special “vomit-inducing” LP re-issue of CARCASS’ debut album, Reek of Putrefaction, will be available at participating retailers in the USA. Featuring the original banned artwork of autopsy photographs collected from medical journals, this Reek of Putrefaction LP comes tastefully wrapped in “black body bag” shrink-wrap with an assortment of bonus material waiting to be exhumed, including: (1) 24″x36″ fold-out color poster of album art (2) hand-numbered toe tag (3) puke-splattered vinyl.
Limited to 1500 copies, this re-issue will disappear fast. To find a store that carries the Reek of Putrefaction LP, please visit: www.recordstoreday.com
The most prestigious Heavy Metal festival in southern Italy reveals one more surprise for the 2014 Edition!
Just a few weeks after the announcement of the first confirmed bands, the organizers of the TOTAL METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL spread another wonderful news to the Italian metal audience! In fact, in addition to the already announced and warmly welcomed MOONSPELL, the famous Apulian event will also feature the stainless thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR!
Since their smashing debut in 1989, that Technical Thrash Metal masterpiece called “Alice In Hell“, Annihilator came overwhelmingly among the big names of global metal scene, standing out for their unique style which today is a source of inspiration for many other big band and, at the same time, inimitable! After more than 20 years of career, the band led by virtuoso and brilliant guitarist Jeff Waters is still an amazing war machine and it showed not only with their latest highly successful album “Feast“, but also with their latest fired live appearances on prestigious stages such as Wacken Open Air, the Metal Days in Tolmin and many others in every corner of the world where big metal fans were able to find a band in excellent form and capable with every single riff to penetrate deep within every soul devoted to the sacred creed of Heavy Metal!
“Thy Kingdom Scum” in stores and on-line everywhere now!
Church of Misery, Japan’s finest doom export, has been forced to issue another set of revisions for their North American tour. Due to unforeseen complications, Church of Misery has rerouted dates after December 5th. The new dates are listed below.
“Thy Kingdom Scum“was written and recorded by Tatsu Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa and features the return of the band’s original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa. The album has been praised as one of the best doom releases of 2013, with Decibel Magazine declaring it has “some of the wickedest doom grooves since Black Sabbath 40 years ago…it’s resounding proof that no one right now-not even the reunited Sabbath with a newly wound-up Ozzy-can come close to the gargantuan swing of the mighty Church of Misery.” Terrorizer Magazine adds that “Thy Kingdom Scum” is a “very welcome return of Hideki Fukasawa on vocals (and synth too)…reaching Anselmo-like drawling lows…”