FIRST SINGLE “ROSENKREUZ (THE ROSE AND THE CROSS)” AND LYRIC VIDEO OUT NOW!
The LYRIC VIDEO of the first single entitled “ROSENKREUZ (THE ROSE AND THE CROSS)” is a little appetizer from the upcoming full length album of 70 minutes: PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS (out on June 19, 2015).
Stratovarius have broken their year long silence to reveal they are in the studio completing a new record. Its release will be preceded by a performance at Wacken Open Air Festival and followed by a full tour soon after release.
“Eternal” is the fourth studio album by the Finnish symphonic metal originators for the earMUSIC label.
The trilogy of albums “Polaris”, “Elysium” and “Nemesis” were released close to each other as the consequence of the renewed creative energy the band gained following the arrival of new members to support the historical members Kotipelto, Johansson and Michael. The previous three albums by Stratovarius showcased the many talents of guitarist Mattias Kupianen (prolific songwriter and producer of all the albums, including “Eternal”), virtuoso bass player Lauri Porra and, on the third of the three, the young talent Rolf Pilve, one of the best drummer of his generation who had to replace Jörg Michael after the latter decided to move into a new role in Stratovarius management.
On May 15 Metsatöll will release their new EP named Pummelung. Besides two unpublished tracks, the EP includes the cover of J.M.K.E’s Külmale Maale (To the Cold Land). Today the EP’s title song reached radio stations.
Pummelung is a self-ironic track about over-boiling debaucheries with copious amounts of alcohol. The shorter the mind, the greater the strength of will – further and on! Metsatöll does not preach, nor do they justify the “overboiled” debauchers: “Let’s take life as it is, without any enhancements, without putting our heads under pillows, with backs up straight. Just as the track lyrics say – the twilight will reveal which one of us is a true Estonian!”
With a heavy heart Heidevolk says good bye to both Reamon (guitars) and Mark (vox). After 12 intense years with Heidevolk they have decided that it is time to move on. We thank them for the great times both on and of stage and we wish them both the very best for all their future endeavors. The album release show May 2nd @ LuxorLive (Arnhem, NL) will be their last live performance with Heidevolk.
In just two weeks, iconic death metal giants, SIX FEET UNDER, will unleash the bestial wares of their “Crypt Of The Devil” full-length via Metal Blade Records. Composed by renowned growl king, Chris Barnes with Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten brutalic slabs of audio repugnance and, as a continuation from SIX FEET UNDER‘s previous works of deviltry, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest depths of the human condition, is chilling in both sound and concept.
Some album intros are totally annoying and you always skip them when you put on the album. However, some are excellent, set the mood for the listening experience, and are totally memorable. Those are the ones we focus on for this week.
For our selections, we limit the choices to ALBUM intros, not just any ole song intro. It can be a spoken intro, sound effects, or a shorter musical piece…but is not a “song” or a part of a song, it is a stand alone track on the album. We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below….
5 years. That’s the time Blind Guardian British fans had to wait to see their idols on stage again since the 2010 Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine European tour. Released in the same year, “At the Edge of Time” was a commercial success but perhaps didn’t reach the level of its predecessor “A Twist in the Myth”, which was a pure masterpiece. This time, the bards have highlighted the symphonic side on their new offering “Beyond the Red Mirror” by collaborating with three different orchestras and choirs (from Budapest, Prague and Boston). Concerning the folkloric elements, they have been completely removed. Some old fans may not appreciate this change of musical direction, but it is still a great Blind Guardian album that confirms their status of symphonic power metal masters.
Five years after the commercially successful “At the Edge of Time”, Blind Guardian is back in 2015 with the new symphonic power metal jewel “Beyond the Red Mirror”. They’re currently on tour throughout Europe and we have taken the opportunity to meet one of the bards before the beginning of their nearly sold out gig in London (the only date in the UK!). We were planning to meet Hansi Kürsch but he had to cancel all his interviews in order to preserve his voice for the show. In the end, we interviewed guitarist Marcus Siepen who didn’t hesitate to express his passion for touring.
The biggest Slovak metal festival Gothoom is ready for its 6th edition. This time, it will inhabit a new place, in lovely area of Ostrý Grúň (Kollárová). With the new location come of course new environment and a breath of fresh air for the fest. The aim at quality metal, support of local scene and a unique atmosphere of friendship will be maintained. One of the traditions of Gothoom is a monothematic Warm-Up day. This year’s opening party will be held on 29.7. and it will be devoted to concerts of pagan and viking metal bands. The list of bands includes WELICORUSS, KHORS, DORDEDUH and more.
Cradle Of Filth the UK’s visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.
Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative artwork;
“The artwork for ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty… and horror.”
Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, ‘Old Rake’, which features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic. The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA.
The first track, “Guitarists Playing Guitars” – which made its debut last night on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter– showcases the six-string shredder’s phenomenal fretwork and features special guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt(EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS). Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.
Oslo Faenskap are a band which might not be a well known band in the UK yet, but they are on the rise from being a young budding band in their home country of Norway.
The troupe of musicians managed to get themselves involved in most recent tour with Black Metal veterans Satyricon. We caught up with the whole band at their London performance in Kings cross’ own Scala.
It’s been a long time coming, but unabashed coffee connoisseur, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, has entered the world of entrepreneurship, announcing “Benante’s Blend.” The coffee will come in two different varieties: the ‘Be All End All’ blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the ‘Forever Metal’ blend, a milder coffee. “Benante’s Blend” will be available beginning today through Benante’s website, http://www.charliebenante.com/Store/
“I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home,” said Benante. “As a kid, I loved coffee so much, my mother said that at one point, she put some coffee in my bottle. For me, the taste of coffee is one of the greatest tastes that there is on earth, so I decided to create what was for me, the perfect cup of coffee.”
Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date – has completed recording what is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2015, Slayer’s 11th studio album and the band’s first new effort since 2011’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood. The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer’s own as yet unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).
Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several “An Evening With…” Slayer-only concerts. The confirmed itinerary is below.