Evergrey – Interview with Tom Englund

August 19th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Evergrey

Interview with Tom Englund

30th July 2016 @ Imperial Hotel, London

Interviewed by Oliver M.

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Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

August 19th, 2016
by Monika Deviat

Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

On September 14th, 2016 the biggest rendition of Calgary Metalfest (CMF) will be kicking off it’s fifth year and the line up has been catching international attention. The big deal this year is of course the final night of the festival where attendees will be treated to a “Historic Night of Canadian Metal” featuring Annihilator, Exciter (original 1985 line-up), Razor and Sacrifice, all sharing the same stage on September 17th, 2016. The preceding nights have killer draws as well with The Exalted Piledriver headlining Thursday September 15th at the Distortion Music Venue and Toxic Holocaust, the only international act on the bill, will be tearing apart Dickens Pub on Friday night. The rest of the bill is packed with a selection of local heavy hitters and new acts that the founder of the festival, Nate Renaud, thinks you should check out.

Nate and Nancy auctioning off the CMF Poster. Photo © Monika Deviat

Nate and Nancy auctioning off the CMF Poster. Photo © Monika Deviat

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The Duskfall to record the sixth album

August 16th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Swedish melodic death metallers THE DUSKFALL is preparing to record their sixth album “The Everlasting Shadows” from which they have already released a couple of teasers in their youtube channel. While waiting for more the band just released a 46 minute documentary movie from their first ever trip to Japan containing action from both on and off stage. Also a bonus was included when they play a tribute to legendary Gates of Ishtar. Here’s the link to the movie:
http://youtu.be/FbX4G9-c9rs

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Alex Julius – Scanner

August 14th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH AXEL JULIUS  OF SCANNER

The German power metal outfit Scanner has soldiered on since the late 80’s navigated by the guitarist Axel Julius. Despite long breaks and line-up changes, Scanner have always been active by releasing albums. Their latest output called JUDGEMENT presents razor sharp power metal to the bone. Metal-Rules.Com contacted the band’s mastermind Axel Julius to talk about the new album and something about the past. 

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Victory Records Issues Statement On Court Case With ‘A Day To Remember’

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Victory Records has issued a detailed response to a recent article in Kerrang! Magazine referencing the litigation filed against it by the band A Day To Remember. Victory Records is compelled to provide the following information to the public, specifically in response to untrue statements made by band leader Jeremy McKinnon.  Victory did not file this lawsuit, A Day To Remember did so in order to avoid their remaining recording commitments to Victory. In fact, Victory was blindsided by the lawsuit that the band began to surreptitiously prepare as early as 2010.

The core issue in the lawsuit is how many “Albums” A Day To Remember delivered under its agreement with Victory Records. Not once before filing the lawsuit did ADTR claim to Victory or to the public that they had satisfied their 5-Album recording commitment. They never asserted that Victory’s efforts concerning the marketing, promotion and distribution of the albums was anything less than stellar. During the years ADTR considered itself a Victory artist, they never complained about royalties.

Including the recent article in Kerrang!, virtually every press outlet that has covered ADTR’s album releases since 2006 have reported the number of full length studio albums ADTR released in total – this includes the three albums released by Victory (2007’s For Those Who Have Heart, 2009’s Homesick, 2010’s What Separates Me From You), Old Record (a 2008 re-release of a previous ADTR album on Indianola Records as part of a separate agreement), 2013’s Common Courtesy (the “Fifth” album), and now Bad Vibrations (the “Sixth” Album). ADTR’s inherently absurd claim that they delivered 13 “Albums” in the first two years of their agreement with Victory defies common sense, logic and reality.

Victory continued to pay A Day To Remember royalties even after the band filed this lawsuit. Victory ceased paying royalties when ADTR interfered with Victory’s merchandise sales to Hot Topic which was well into the lawsuit. Victory asserted a “Set-off” counterclaim in the lawsuit, which in this situation permits the withholding of payments that may be otherwise due based on ADTR’s material breaches of their agreement – which includes selling merchandise and music via ADTR.com, to other retailers, and refusing to deliver two commitment albums to Victory. As a result of these breaches, Victory sustained damages in the millions of dollars.

In August 2011 (two months after ADTR filed the lawsuit) Victory made its first of many settlement offers to resolve this dispute. They were all rejected by the band. ADTR rejected Victory’s settlement proposals again in 2013 and instead self-released Common Courtesy. This was a very obvious indicator that they never had any intention of settling their lawsuit.

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GWAR Pimps Products Available at GWAR B-Q ’16

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Listen up, Bohabs! The Scumdogs and their partners have graciously bestowed quite a selection for you to choose from in their ever expanding line of unique and praiseworthy brand creations designed for your consumption or collection! You decide that part but, meanwhile, feast your eyes on all your Lords and Masters will have on hand at GWAR B-Q ’16 for you to peruse and choose from…

We’ll be introducing the world to the greatest elixir ever invented, ARCTIC SNOW GWAR VODKA! You can make vodka out of a bunch of different things, but we went with a potato vodka because you can shoot a potato from an air cannon. It also tastes better. It was made in Richmond, Virginia, home of the GWARbar, by JAMES RIVER DISTILLERY. They’re small and mainly make craft gins. After we swung some battleaxes and severed some limbs they saw through the mist of blood and viscera, plugged their sucking chest wounds, and made our awe inducing Arctic Snow. It’s smooth. It’s delicious. Chicks dig it.

Re-read that last thing. Learn it. Love it. Live it. It’s important!

To accompany Arctic Snow, we have some diabolical GWAR concoctions cooked up for your drinking pleasure. There will be smoothies and, er, “punches” to delight you! And extremely liberal doses of TEXAS BEACH BLOODY MARYS, brought to you by the man Imbibe Magazine named “Bartender of the Year 2015”, the LEGENDARY BARTENDER (don’t call him a mixologist!) DEREK BROWN. Derek is a driving force in the DC cocktail scene and his restaurants, Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, and the Columbia Room have been serving some of the finest drinks to be found on the planet! What boozy creation has come out  of this unholy union? THE CROTCH PUNCH, that’s what!. The deadly spirit will be available at the GWAR-B-Q AND at the MORNING AFTER CHILL at the GWARbar.

If that doesn’t make your blood boil, try some BOHABANERO HOT SAUCE! Wimps can’t handle this gravy but it doesn’t sacrifice flavor for heat’s sake. Affectionately named after YOU, Bohabs, our hot sauce blends the smack of habanero peppers and the subtle sweetness of carrots in a distinctive combination! If you crave equal parts pleasure and pain, Bohabanero Sauce is what you’ve been seeking and you can try it for the first time at the GWAR B-Q!

In fact, pour it on BALSAC THE JAWS OF DEATH FAMOUS PORK SHOULDER SANDWICH if you wanna! Sure. It’s pork. Tastes like pork. Looks like pork. Could be pork. Could be Nigerian email scammers, but probably pork and Balsac perfected this dish at the GWARbar, and it’s become a favorite among Bohabs everywhere!

Smoked, braised, grilled to perfection, then slathered with equal parts GWAR-B-Q Sauce and the blood of innocent victims.

But mostly GWAR-B-Q SAUCE which is always at the fest to delight your greedy tastebuds! The metal monsters’ original signature sauce has jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, L’il Lucy’s Hot Pepper Ale, and some other exotic ingredients. Here’s a potion with the power to transform the lowliest cut of meat from a scrap unfit for a dog into the height of gastronomic perfection! Whether you slather it on ribs, chicken, seafood or road kill, it makes all dead things taste better! The perfect blending of sweet, smoke, spice and heat. GWAR-B-Q sauce is the ultimate weapon for any grill master!

And by now you know to wash it all down with ODERUS ALE!

CIGAR CITY BREWING is coming back to GWAR B-Q with their tribute to our Lord and Master with Oderus Ale – a most worthy sacrifice to the heaviest demigod to ever slay the universe, the one, the only, Oderus Urungus!

Need a smoke afterwards, Earth Dust? Then straight from MOUNT BAKER VAPOR comes the the newest flavors in our specialty line of GWAR FLUIDS: There’s “KEYSLYME PIE” where you can inhale the loathsome fruit of Slymenstra’s labor! Keyslyme Pie is a sadistic twist on a classic key lime pie recipe so delight in the sweet taste of destruction! Or try “ANTARCTIC ICE.”Throw your taste buds into the deep-freeze with a relentless hodgepodge of dragonfruit and citrus, frozen solid by savage gales of menthol. Then there’s “IMMORTAL CORRUPTOR.” This delectable e-juice drowns pineapple, marshmallow, and whipped cream in an infernal sea of pistachio pudding. Are you worthy of this sweet, sweet corruption?

And, if you want the real thing, because you start fires and grip cylindrical objects all day anyway, why not spark up a CiGWAR?TATUAJE CIGARS, the world famous cigar experts helmed by Pete Johnson, bring their expertise and Nicaraguan tobacco to make these hand-rolled luxury items designed exclusively for GWAR. JiZMak da Gusha was blown away by the CiGWAR, saying “It’s the second best thing I’ve ever had in my mouth!”

As an actual doctor of time and space, Doctor Nick was the only logical choice for GWAR when it came to selecting premium male grooming products. This was, of course, largely due to the fact that he is the only known curator of such products who also possesses the ability and desire to transcend space and time through the past few millennia.

Doctor Nick’s beard oils and other grooming products are simply a dream for any carbon based life form who’s concerned with the appearance of its hair covered meat bag and these special oils are no exception. Straight from the bowels of Antarctica, through a 9-mile time chasm and right onto your face that only mother can barely love. Each of them is crafted from only the finest organic bullshit that’s 100% guaranteed to not contain anything the media says is bad for you and chock full of everything they say is. So pinkys up! You look good, and everyone should fuckin know it.

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SODOM Release Lyric Video for “Caligula” New Album Decision Day Scheduled For Release August 26th, 2016

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

German Thrash Metal legends SODOM release a lyric video for the new song “Caligula” today. The song is taken from the forthcoming studio album “Decision Day”, which will be released worldwide on August 26th.

Tom Angelripper says about the song: “CALIGULA IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS ON DECISION DAY. IT`S ABOUT THE MOST NOTORIOUS AND RELENTLESS TYRANT WHO EVER RULED THE IMPERIUM. ONE OF HIS FAMOUS QUOTES READS AS FOLLOWS: “LET THEM HATE ME, SO LONG AS THEY FEAR ME”.

“Decision Day” Tracklisting

1.In Retribution  06:14
2. Rolling Thunder  04:22
3. Decision Day 04:03
4. Caligula  04:01
5. Who Is God?  04:35
6. Strange Lost World  04:59
7. Vaginal Born Evil  05:15
8. Belligerence  04:00
9. Blood Lions  03:17
10. Sacred Warpath  05:34
11. Refused To Die  04:27
12. Predatory Instinct  04:44 (bonus track for vinyl and iTunes edition)

Configurations

=> DigiPak incl. doublesided poster

=> Double gatefold LP with printed innersleevs, 180 g, red Vinyl, CD in cardboard sleeve and bonus track

=> Boxset limited to 1.500 units:Digi, 2LP,poster, hand signed photo card, sticker, button, patch and a flag

=> iTunes exclusive version incl. bonus track

=> Download version

SODOM live 2016

13.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air
20.08.SK-Zvolenska Slatina – More Than Fest
27.08.D-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival
10.09.I-Milan – Live Club
16.09.D-Berlin – Metal Hammer Awards
04.11.RUS-St. Petersburg – Klub Zal Ozhidaniya
05.11.RUS-Moscow – Klub Volta
26.12.D-Munich – Backstage

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SLAYER Talks About Fall Tour

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

SLAYER has just released a brand new video clip with Tom Araya and Kerry King talking about the band’s upcoming Fall tour of North America.  Fellow Big Four members Anthrax will Special Guest, and Death Angel will support.
Tour dates:

SEPTEMBER
9   Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10   Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12   Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13   Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
17   Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18   Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20   Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
22   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24   Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25   Knotfest, Devore, CA
27   Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28   Fillmore, Miami, FL
30   Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS

OCTOBER
1   Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3   Norva, Norfolk, VA
5   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
7   Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8   ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10   Fillmore, Denver, CO
11   The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
13   The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
17   ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19   S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20   Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
22   Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
23   Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
27   El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**

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ETERNAL CHAMPION To Release “The Armor Of Ire” In September

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

The US Epic Heavy Metallers ETERNAL CHAMPION will release their long awaited debut album titled “The Armor Of Ire”, on September 27, 2016, on No Remorse Records. The album will be available as CD and limited edition LP.

“I Am The Hammer” lyric video:

ETERNAL CHAMPION was formed in 2012 and features members of GRAVEN RITE, IRON AGE and SUMERLANDS. Their barbaric Heavy Metal, inspired by the epic fantasy tales of Michael Moorcock, and savage, pre-Christian war sagas, has been presented on their well received demo “The Last King Of Pictdom” (2013) and the split single with GATEKEPPER, which has been released in 2015.

“The Armor Of Ire” track listing:
1. I Am The Hammer
2. The Armor Of Ire
3. The Last King Of Pictdom
4. Blood Ice
5. The Cold Sword
6. Invoker
7. Sing A Last Song Of Valdese
8. Shade Gate

In other news, ETERNAL CHAMPION has been confirmed for the KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL XX, which will take place on April 28 and 29, 2017, in Lauda-Konigshofen in Germany, and when the band will share the stage with cult heroes such as MANILLA ROAD, OMEN, Q5 or MEDIEVAL STEEL, as well as other young Metal acts such as NIGHT DEMON or VISIGOTH.

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W.A.S.P. Featured In Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

W.A.S.P.’s 1984 self-titled debut is the latest in induction in Decibel magazine’s vaunted “Hall of Fame” series. The heavy metal touchstone – famous for classics “I Wanna Be Somebody” and “F*ck Like a Beast (Animal)” – was the main target of the PMRC 30 years ago.

“We found out the reason the PMRC went after us is because kids knew who we were,” comments frontman Blackie Lawless in the article. “That’s how they work. They go after bands that have visibility. They make it their mission to bring bands down, but I don’t think they were very successful. To this day, what they did was get more kids into music than had they not said a thing. ”

The full seven-page story on the making of W.A.S.P., which includes interviews with every musician who performed on the record, in the September issue of Decibel magazine, which is on newsstands now and available worldwide.

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Anthrax To Perform on “Late Night w/ Seth Meyers”

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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As part of its 35th anniversary celebration, thrash legends ANTHRAX are confirmed to guest on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday, August 24 performing their new single, “Monster At The End.”  This will be Anthrax’s “Late Night” debut.  “Late Night with Seth Meyers” airs on NBC at 12:35AM/11:35PM CT.

“Monster At The End” is from the band’s critically-acclaimed album For All Kings (Megaforce) that impacts at radio on August 16 and has already been added to stations like WJJO/Madison, KILO/Colorado Springs and WQLZ/Springfield.   Anthrax will join fellow Big Four members Slayer for a major North American Fall tour that launches September 9.

During their three-and-a-half decades together, Anthrax has sold ten-million units, been awarded Gold and Platinum albums and six Grammy nominations.  They are card-carrying members of The Big Four (the sole representatives from the East Coast), and helped break down the race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise.”  They were the first metal band to have their music played on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity.  Author and big Anthrax fan Stephen King included an Anthrax concert in one of his “Dark Tower” series books, and comic book artist Alex Ross has created several Anthrax album covers and t-shirt designs.

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SOILWORK to Headline the Second U.S. “Fury Tour” with Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross and Darkness Divided

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Swedish melodic metal frontrunners SOILWORK are thrilled to headline the upcoming “Fury Tour”, featuring support from a heavyweight line-up – Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross and Darkness Divided. The “Fury Tour” will kick-off on October 14th in Providence, RI and hit 26 cities, coming to a close in Toronto, ON on November 16th.

Tickets go on sale nationally starting August 12th and will be available via www.furytour.com, with VIP packages available now through Show Stubs via www.showstubs.com/furytour.

SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid states, “We are very excited to announce our first North American headline run in a while, together with old friends in Unearth and Wovenwar. We are also bringing Battlecross and Darkness Divided, two awesome bands that we are looking forward to get to know a bit better! We have already done two direct support tours in North America, for our latest album with Soulfly and Fear Factory, where we gained a lot of new fans. Now it’s time to bring “The Ride Majestic World Tour” to North America via the “Fury Tour” in full force with a headline set, featuring songs from our 20 year long career. It’s gonna be magical ladies n’ gents, don’t miss out!”

Unearth vocalist Trevor Phipps states, “The power of the riff is hitting North America by way of the ‘Fury Tour’ this fall and we couldn’t be happier to be part of it.  From the mighty SOILWORK, to the thrashers in Battlecross, our brothers in Wovenwar and the young guns in Darkness Divided this tour is stacked top to bottom.  See you out there, North America.”

2016 SOILWORK “Fury Tour” Headline Dates w/Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross and Darkness Divided
10/14 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
10/15 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
10/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
10/17 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
10/20 – Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
10/21 – San Leon, TX @ 18th Street Pier Bar and Grill
10/22 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
10/24 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
10/26 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
10/27 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/29 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/30 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
11/1 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center
11/2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
11/3 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
11/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/6 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards
11/7 – Kent, OH @ The Outpost
11/9 – Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo Center
11/10 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
11/11 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
11/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
11/13 – New York City, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
11/15 – Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
11/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West

Headliners and Swedish death metal leaders SOILWORK have been churning out melodic heavy metal masterpieces since their formation in 1995. The band is gearing up for the release of their upcoming special collection of rarities, Death Resonance, out August 19, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. You can watch the most recent in-studio update here. Pre-order Death Resonance in as CD digipak or clear vinyl here. They are also touring in support of their latest full-length album, The Ride Majestic. The Ride Majestic charted internationally upon its release, hitting the Billboard Top 200 in the US, and is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.

Unearth is touring in support of their latest release, Watchers of Rule, released in 2014 via Entertainment One Music (eOne). The album marked their eOne debut and saw a Top 10 Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart debut, as well as a Top 200 debut. Unearth originally exploded onto the scene with their 2001 debut The Stings of Conscience, and followed with metal favorites The Oncoming Storm and III: In the Eyes of Fire, both of which solidified them as one of the top metal acts of the new millennium. They are currently writing their follow up to Watchers of Rule. Read more about Unearth here.

Battlecross will be touring in support of their latest album, Rise to Power, which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band’s second Billboard chart entry (2013’s War of Will entered the charts at #130). To preview and purchase Rise to Power, please visit: www.metalblade.com/battlecross

Wovenwar features the talents of Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) of San Diego, California based metal act As I Lay Dying, and Shane Blay (vocals) of Oh, Sleeper. Their self-titled debut landed at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 charts! To preview and purchase the record, please visit: www.metalblade.com/wovenwar

Darkness Divided will be touring in support of their self-titled sophomore release, heralded by New Noise Magazine as the album that will ‘establish Darkness Divided as major players.” The Texas metal disciples recently released a music video for ‘Back Breaker,’ and will be demonstrating their groove-laden technical metal that refuses to conform to one style.

SOILWORK online:
www.soilwork.org
www.facebook.com/soilwork

UNEARTH online:
www.facebook.com/unearthofficial
www.twitter.com/unearthofficial

WOVENWAR online:
www.wovenwar.com
www.facebook.com/wovenwar

BATTLECROSS online:
www.battlecrossmetal.com
www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal

DARKNESS DIVIDED online:
www.victoryrecords.com/darknessdivided
www.facebook.com/darknessdivided

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MORBID ANGEL Signs with UDR Music

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Tampa, Florida-based death metal legends MORBID ANGEL are proud and excited to announce they have signed with UDR Music for all territories exclusively outside Japan. Featuring founding member and venerated guitar legend Trey Azagthoth, plus returning long-time member bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, MORBID ANGEL are delighted to be back working with people who know metal music and will ensure the band reaffirms their status as the world’s greatest death metal band.

“We are extremely excited to be in this partnership with UDR,” says Steve Tucker. “We are looking forward to making a great album and destroying the stage at many shows. UDR is a great label that supports the bands that they believe in, and we are proud to be one of those bands! Looking forward to a successful partnership!”

Formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1984, Trey Azagthoth played with several line-ups before joining up with David Vincent and Pete Sandoval from grindcore specialists Terrorizer, as well as Richard Brunelle.  It was this line-up that recorded and released the first MORBID ANGEL album in 1989, Altars Of Madness, which is widely recognized as a masterpiece and one of the major cornerstones of death metal music. Their intricate yet incredibly heavy music, featuring Azagthoth’s supremely technical yet ferociously feral guitar work, has seen MORBID ANGEL become one of the top selling death metal bands in the world.

While there are no specific details at this moment, Azagthoth and Tucker both look forward to writing and recording MORBID ANGEL’s ninth studio album, to be released sometime in 2017, and to taking the band back out on tour.

Striking a consistent chord of dark, dissonant death-metal empathy with their loyal fanbase, and with the world in its current state, this is the perfect time for MORBID ANGEL to ascend once more.

For more information, visit www.udr-music.com.

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Metal Blade to release CIRITH UNGOL classic “Paradise Lost” on CD and vinyl!

August 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Yes, the rumors are true. Metal Blade has managed to find the holy grail of Heavy Metal, the album that hasn’t been available officially for decades, by one of the best Heavy Metal bands of all time – ‘Paradise Lost’ by mighty CIRITH UNGOL!

Initially released in 1991 by Restless Records, Metal Blade has finally been successful in licensing the rights to this masterpiece!

On the 7th of October ‘Paradise Lost’ will be released for the first time ever as an official LP! Besides 180g black vinyl, differend colored and strictly limited versions will be made available: white/black marbled (ltd. 500), brown/black marbled (ltd. 300) and red/white splatter (ltd. 200 – exclusively available through our eBay shop). Additionally, ‘Paradise Lost’ will be available as a Digi-CD for the first time ever, including five previously unreleased bonus tracks! The album is now available for pre-order at metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the classic track “Join the Legion” is also streaming.

The LP will be released featuring a special vinyl master, using the original (!) master tapes as a source, re-mastered by Patrick W. Engel at the Temple Of Disharmony studios, best sound guaranteed! The vinyls feature 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster.

The Digi-CD has been newly mastered from the original master tapes as well, done by Bart Gabriel. The CD features five bonus tracks (all alternative mixes from album tracks). Both, CD and vinyl, feature previously unreleased photos in the booklet as well as liner notes and song descriptions by band members.

The story of ‘Paradise Lost’ as per Robert Garven (drums):
“The saga of Cirith Ungol’s fourth album is true to its namesake “Paradise Lost”. Like a classic Greek tragedy, it is an epic tale filled with pain, challenges, battles, lost opportunities, and final redemption. It contains a cast of heroes and villains, playing out their parts on a stage of metal, at a time when hair bands and speed metal were in vogue.

The seeds of this project grew from the fertile soil that was the aftermath of “One Foot in Hell”. After its release the band immediately started work on their fourth effort “Paradise Lost”. This was planned to be a concept album, and the album cover and theme had already been selected.

After its release the original record company could not secure distribution in Europe, and they released the band from its 3 album deal. Shortly thereafter, several of the remaining members left out of frustration. However, a few original members kept the fires of Ungol burning, closely guarded in its secret lair. They waited for the time when the stars were right, and the Great Old Ones were ready for it to come crawling out from its ancient crypt, back upon the metal stage. As of this writing, the being called Ungol has arisen to take its rightful place in the pantheon of true metal, and calls forth the Legions of Chaos to stand by their side to usher in its final act.”

CIRITH UNGOL line-up on ‘Paradise Lost’:
Tim Baker – vocals
Jim Barraza – guitars
Vernone Green – bass
Robert Garven – drums

‘Paradise Lost’ track listing:
01. Join The Legion
02. The Troll
03. Fire
04. Heaven Help Us
05. Before The Lash
06. Go It Alone
07. Chaos Rising
08. Fallen Idols
09. Paradise Lost
10. Join The Legion (alt mix) – CD only
11. The Troll (alt mix) – CD only
12. Before The Lash (alt mix) – CD only
13. Chaos Rising (alt mix) – CD only
14. Paradise Lost (alt mix) – CD only

CIRITH UNGOL will perform live for the first time in 25 years at the 2nd installment of the Frost and Fire festival in Ventura, CA, taking place October 7th-9th (frostandfirefest.com)

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Frontiers Music Srl To Release HARDLINE’s “Human Nature” October 14th!

August 13th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the return of HARDLINE with the brand new album “Human Nature”, set for release on October 14th.

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Following the rebirth of the band that happened with the release of “Danger Zone” in 2012, Hardline have regrouped around fabulous singer Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell ) with the excellent production and keyboard skills of Alessandro Del Vecchio (Rated X , Resurrection Kings , Revolution Saints), the shredding talents of guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm), and the powerful rhythm section made up of bassist Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen ) and drummer Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear , JORN ). All these musicians have an impressive pedigree, but what makes Hardline special is how well their unique and different talents blend together.

The goal for their new album was to have a heavier and updated version of the original HARDLINE sound. Think debut album, 1992’s “Double Eclipse” updated for the 21st Century, with a grittier and more straight ahead sound. Anthemic, hard rocking songs are what you can expect from this record and hook after hook, riff after riff, you’ll find yourself wowed by this absolute monster of an album!

When Gioeli and Del Vechhio got together to begin writing songs for the album, “[T]he plan was to create an album that emulates the feeling of “Double Eclipse” combined with the dynamics of modern day rock. Very heavy and in your face, but still with hitting melodies,” says Johnny. “I have a tremendous amount of Axel Rudi Pell fans that know me for the way I deliver a metal song too. So yes, it’s definitely the heaviest we have done since the debut. I see this album as the perfect mix of styles.”

“As a producer I pushed everyone to squeeze these songs and put as much attitude as we could on tape,” adds Alessandro Del Vecchio. “We wanted more of an in-your-face attitude than our softer albums. I think we understood we had something special in our hands when we finished “Take You Home”. Even if it’s the ballad of the album I guess it’s the focal point of the musical bond that Johnny and myself share with the whole band.”

“The guys put their heart and soul into their performances,” concludes Johnny “You can hear the essence of every drum strike and the sweat hitting the drums shortly after. Do it again, Cesco!  HARDER, HARDER! Josh, Anna and Ale wouldn’t stop until their fingers said “enough”…and then……we did it again and again. That’s rock and roll man. Songs like “Where Will We Go From Here,” “Human Nature” and “Take you Home,” to me they are the essence of what I LOVE to sing and HOW I love to sing!”

“Human Nature” Track Listing:

1. Where Will We Go From Here
2. Nobody’s Fool
3. Human Nature
4. Trapped In Muddy Waters
5. Running On Empty
6. The World Is Falling Down
7. Take You Home
8. Where The North Wind Blows
9. In The Dead Of The Night
10. United We Stand
11. Fighting The Battle

HARDLINE
Johnny Gioeli – Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Josh Ramos – Guitars
Anna Portalupi – Bass
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio

Follow HARDLINE:
http://www.hardlinerocks.com/site/
https://www.facebook.com/hardlineofficial

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