Drummers are the driving force of the metal engine. As most focus is on a band’s front-person, we thought it would be nice to look at the skin-pounders and round up a list of our favs. For our purposes this time, the constraint is that they have to be a drummer that is currently active in METAL….that means the drummer has to actually still play in a current recording/touring metal band! We asked our staff to try and not make it a list of their top 5 fav bands, and to actually think about what they believe great drumming to be. It’s doubtful that everyone’s top 5 bands actually contain the best drummers…it’s possible, if you’re a drummer and listen to bands based on deadly drumming. Otherwise, each staffers list focuses on great drummers, regardless of the band(s) they are in.
Barbarous hellhounds Cradle Of Filth recently premiered the first track from their forthcoming album ‘Hammer Of The Witches’. The official video for ‘Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych’ was filmed in an old jet-engine testing hangar at a former military base and was directed by Sam Scott-Hunter (Devilment, Slipknot, The 69 Eyes), who also took the band’s promotional photos. As well as featuring Dani and his troop of reprobates, model and Kinbaku enthusiast Gestalt a also makes an appearance. Watch how the idea came about and what the band had to say about the video, here: https://youtu.be/LU_Rv9AUUCY
Ensiferum‘s tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29th in New York City, but the night before, Ensiferum will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video! Fans in attendance on May 28th in Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for “Warrior Without a War“. The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band’s current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen, as previously discussed by the band in the facebook videoHERE. Sami Hinkka adds: “Get yourself to Philadelphia on 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!”
ENSIFERUM are touring in support of their valiant One Man Army full-length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heekseekers Chart upon its first week of release. In Canada, One Man Army placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts. Read the rest of this entry »
Munich, Germany, May 21st, 2015 — This week on FreqsTV: Author Ramon Martos narrates this inside look at his latest book…And Justice for Art: Stories about Heavy Metal Album Covers.
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KATAKLYSM hot sauces “GHOST FIRE” and “GOD’S FURY”
Canadian powerhouse KATAKLYSM are set to release their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Gods on July 31st (Europe, UK, US) viaNuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has announced the release of the new KATAKLYSM hot sauces “GHOST FIRE” and “GOD’S FURY” together with the new album.
“What better way to celebrate a great new album with the release of KATAKLYSM’s own hot sauce,” states vocalist Maurizio Iacono“We believe that a beer in your hand, metal music for your listening pleasure and a bottle of hot sauce in your pocket to spice up any meal go hand in hand in the metal world. To commemorate the release of the bands anticipated new album Of Ghosts and Gods this summer, KATAKLYSM will release two powerful hot sauces. ‘GHOST FIRE’, made with ghost peppers to bring the extreme heat, and ‘GOD’S FURY’, a milder but hard hitting sauce made with garlic and habanero peppers. These hot sauces will be made available in limited quantities with the new album pre-order on the bands official website www.kataklysm.ca and will be available at concerts worldwide “
Dutch fretless bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA, PESTILENCE, ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR) revealed that the new fusion group ‘SALAZH TRIO‘ will enter the studio this summer to record their debut. ‘Pianist & keyboard player Hans Grotenbreg (ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR), upcoming South-Korean drummer SunMi Hong (BENJAMIN HERMAN, JASPER BLOM, JI HOON KIM TRIO) and I worked on a first series of compositions. Most of the material is written and we’re very excited about it. Nevertheless, we continue to write for a while to add our latest ideas, then making a final selection for the album which is expected to be released before the end of the year’, says Thesseling.
Thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL will release The Bay Calls for Blood – Live in San Francisco on LP exclusively through Nuclear Blast mail-order on July 24th. The release will also be made available in the digital format and as a bonus CD with their upcoming DVD entitled a thrashumentary. Artwork for the LP version was created by Joey James Hernandez.
“Joey James Hernandez has created designs for most of our tour merch over the past few years,“ commented guitarist Rob Cavestany.“We love his style and felt it the perfect fit with this record!
Helloween is a German band founded in 1984 in Hamburg. The band is one of the pioneers of the power metal genre and their albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I & II, MASTER OF THE RINGS and THE TIME OF THE OATH are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band has gone through numerous changes, but the current line-up, singer Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bass guitarist Markus Grosskopf, and drummer Daniel Löble has been stable since 2005. Helloween releases its 15th studio album titled MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT on 25th of May. Andi Deris visited Helsinki in April to promote the forthcoming album, and here’s what the man had to say about the album, its creation process, the future/past, and about life in general. Read on!
Almost three months after a very successful European tour (including many sold out gigs), HammerFall had the great idea to offer an exclusive headlining show in London on the 9th of May. As the 2014/2015 World Wide (r)Evolution tour didn’t have any UK date, it was expected that the Swedish templars would come to the British lands soon or later.
New Jersey’s progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called Underworld on July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.
SYMPHONY X have triumphed, creating a panoramic “album rock” experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. “This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.
“Musically, Underworld has things reminiscent of the bands previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality,” stated Michael. “Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as fuck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we’ll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make Underworld worth listening to as a whole record. It’s what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together.”
The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, will hit the road this July in anticipation of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut. “We are beyond excited and honored to be touring with our great friends in COAL CHAMBER,” states the group. “It’s been years since both bands have shared the same stage together. It’s funny that it took us all these years to actually tour together but we are stoked that it’s finally happening!”
Tickets go on sale everywhere on Friday May 22nd at 10 am local time. Additional headlining FEAR FACTORY shows to be announced shortly.
Here is the official music video for the title track from Helloween’s fifteenth studio album, My God-Given Right. Out May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Director Oliver Sommer (AVA Studios) comments:
″The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the „play“-button…
So the female protagonist flees – reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated – from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes, that she won’t escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty… it is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip. Our post-apocalyptic world is a white desert, which exists in reality in Germany. The industrial disaster area, our hero is fleeing in and the band is performing in, is an incredible and giant area of the ex-steelworks (heavy metal!) Maxhütte – both locations are real wastelands…!″