Sweden’s legendary death metal masters THE CROWN have published the following statement regarding the recording process for the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed album, Doomsday King (2010):
“A lot of things are happening with THE CROWN at this very moment. We are in the middle of recording a true masterpiece. Marko is more or less done with his rhythm guitar work and Magnus has started with the bass stuff. He recorded a bass track for one song today before we all got together and filmed a small ‘jingle’ for our Japanese friends. Only three months until we hit Japan for the very first time. We are extremely excited about this. Hopefully we’ll see YOU there.
Last but not least, we are very proud to announce our new lineup. Yes, we have a new member in the band. His name is Robin Sörqvist and he fits the band more than perfectly. You have probably heard him in the band IMPIOUS before. He’s got the lead guitar skills and the will to kick ass, just as the rest of us.
Thrash metal lives well on the West Coast and LA, where Anger As Art unleashes their thunderous terrorizing thrash metal onslaught. The four piece has undergone some line-up changes, but the mastermind of the band, Steve Gaines, still pushes his anger ahead, not giving up or showing any mercy. The fourth opus HUBRIS INC proves the band’s aggressive thrash still runs in their blood. Steve Gaines, former of Abattoir, tells us more about the upcoming album and how the band has been renewed by the current line-up.Read the rest of this entry »
Band comprised Of Todd La Torre, Michael Wilton, Parker Lundgren, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield heading out on “Return To History World Tour”
(March 4, 2013 – New York, NY) – Legendary Seattle rockers QUEENSRYCHE are poised to regain their place as hard rock/heavy metal royalty in 2013. The band has just signed a new label deal with Century Media for the release of their latest studio album. The album is slated for release on June 11 and marks the debut album from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (Vocals), Michael Wilton (Guitars), Parker Lundgren (Guitars), Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Scott Rockenfield (Drums). The band premiered a snippet from a new song called “Redemption” from the upcoming release on Eddie Trunk’s radio show on February 22. The 90-second snippet can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/P8iaNZBUK9c. QUEENSRYCHE join Century Media’s diverse roster comprised of some of music’s most recognizable talent, including IN FLAMES, IN THIS MOMENT, LACUNA COIL and ARCH ENEMY to name a few.
“QUEENSRYCHE is excited to begin writing this next chapter of our career with Century Media. Their passion and love for music has been apparent since early discussions and we are pleased to call them partners on this journey,” states bassist Eddie Jackson. “We are also thankful for all of the fans who have supported us from day one and helped us get to where we are today. Todd, Scott, Parker, Michael and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for each and every one of you.”
QUEENSRYCHE will also be heading out on their “Return To History World Tour” this March and April. The tour kicks off on March 5th in Dubuque, IA and makes stops in 9 different countries wrapping up on April 26th in the Netherlands. The band will also be taking to the high seas on this year’s “Monsters Of Rock Cruise” and “Sweden Rock Cruise.” The 23 date trek will make stops in New York, Tennessee and Florida as well as in Canada, United Kingdom and Germany amongst others. Tickets for all shows are currently on sale.
QUEENSRYCHE first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold-out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album The Warning in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of Rage For Order, QUEENSRYCHE continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80′s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album Operation: Mindcrime, which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Empire in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewers choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit “Silent Lucidity”. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. QUEENSRYCHE has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.
We awoke early to a beautiful day and Death Angel programmed into the alarm. What a great way to wake up on the highseas! After a quick morning routine Day Three was underway. The merchandise sales opened at 8:10am and by 10:00am the lineup was incredible. Fortunately, there were two merchants areas, one for band merchants in a larger concourse and a smaller one who just wanted a 70,000 Tons Shirt or ball cap.
I always feel sorry for the band that had to start first on the pool deck on the second day. This honour fell to Unexpect one of the few bands from Canada. There were a couple hundred curious souls in the bright sunshine on the breezy deck and a surprisingly large number of women, likely there to check out the power and charismatic performance of vocalist Leilindel. Her voice is so good that if they were based in Europe I’m sure they would be huge.
Leilandi of Unexpect
As it stands the quirky avante-garde, progressive, death-jazz fusion (with backing tracks of violin, piano and sound effects instead of touring musicians) worked hard to wake up the crowd with their jarring, angular musical attack. My highlight was hearing ‘ in Velvet Coffins We Sleep’. I was proud of my fellow Canadians! I’d seen them a number of times so it was off to tackle the merch booth to get my ‘Tour’ shirt and make my way to see Steel Engraved.
Probably only a hundred people made it to the Spectrum Lounge to hear this American classic Power Metal quintet however they were very appreciative of the early supporters and gave a surprisingly energetic show. Steel Engraved (Must See #15) was one of the only bands I did not have any CD’s of bit after hearing their powerful Maiden/Priest inspired sound, I realized to track down their albums. Vocalist Marco Schober has a classic high powerful voice in the Halford/Dickinson vein. I think his mighty scream at the beginning of ‘Solitary Mission’ woke up everyone on the boat who was still asleep!
Steel Engraved – Marco Schober
Their sweet Power Metal was music to my ears (literally!) even at 11:00am. I especially enjoy checking out brand new (to me) bands. I found it amusing when the band sang happy birthday to the guy who came on stage dressed in some sort of pink French Maids outfit with a pink pirate hat and sandals, probably the result of some drunken bet that he lost from the night before!
Happy Birthday Galaxie!
Both bands at opposite ends of the ship had started on time so yesterday’s logistical delays were avoided, so far. A fresh start!
One of Russia’s biggest bands, Arkona, took the pool stage and we started to see quite a few more breakfast beers in the hands of the faithful. The pool deck was pretty crowded by lunch time. It is sort of odd to see corpulent, sunburned Germans suntanning, heavily tattooed girls in bikinis frolicking in the pool and well groomed servers in flowery Hawaiian shirts served tall, fruity drinks with umbrellas to skinny, pale Black Metal fans while the heavy folk infused melodies of Arkona entertained the crowd the hot sun.
Fun in the Sun
We had to miss the set of Etecc but it was a good trade off because we got to interview Victor Smolslki of Rage.
The Italian heavy metal quartet NO MAN EYES has signed with Mighty Music and will be releasing their debut album “Hollow Man” June 10th 2013.
NO MAN EYES band was founded in Genova in 2011 from the ashes of the Italian power/heavy metal band Graveyard Ghost. Soon after the break-up, the band’s guitarist Andrew Spane and drummer Michele Pintus (Mechanical God Creation) started recruiting new members for their common vision of a modern dark-sounding heavy metal band. Fabio Carmotti (vocals) and Alessandro Asborno (bass) completed the line-up and under the new moniker NO MAN EYES, the band started to record their debut album “Hollow Man” in 2012.
Eleven songs were recorded with an attitude pretty much distant from power metal. Even though the melodic content is still prominent thanks to Fabio’s super clean and mid/high pitched vocals, the work of the rhythmic section is heavy and pounding. Guitars often exhibits a “Nevermorish” flavor, still retaining a classic metal mood partially hidden under the heaviness of Spane’s 7 string guitars. Alessandro’s bass guitar bounces from pounding notes to neoclassic inserts, while Michele’s drums are fast and sharp, played with an attitude that resemble the complexity of death metal in the fastest tracks.
The debut album “Hollow Man” will be released in Europe via Mighty Music June 10th 2013.
Check out the video for the title track on YouTube here.
Against the Plagues embark on a series of Promotional / Album Release shows today. It is the first time Against the Plagues has performed since their 2007” Architecture of Oppression” tour . Against the Plagues will be doing select shows in the Illinois and Wisconsin areas promoting their new EP , “THE QUATERNION” which is available on I-tunes, CD-baby and other online retailers. The album will also have limited physical copies available at the shows
“ We are excited to be doing these shows and playing for the fans that have been waiting ever-so patiently. It’s also good to show-off our more, refined material to new listeners as well. It has been quite a while, but we are energized, ready, and happy to be on stage once again. We urge all fans to come down and check us out. We will have plenty of Against the Plagues swag ( shirts, stickers, limited cds ) . And keep in mind that the more support we get, the more possibilities open up. For more details check out our facebook “
March 1st at Ye Olde Inn (YOTI)- Mt. Prospect, IL
March 2nd at The End Zone – Aurora, IL
March 3rd – Album Listening Party @ EXIT – Chicago, IL
March 8th at Regent Street Retreat -Madison, Wi
March 9th at Cobra Lounge -Chicago, IL
AMORPHIS Release Lyric Video For ‘Hopeless Days’ Single
Finnish melancholic dark metal masters AMORPHIS will release their 11th studio album, Circle, on April 19th via Nuclear Blast. The band have released the single for the track, ‘Hopeless Days’, as well as a lyric video for the track:
Amorphis will be celebrating the release of Circle at a special record release show, on April 25th at The Circus in Helsinki, Finland. At this show, Amorphis will be performing Circle in its entirety. Further details at this location.
The tracklist of Circle is follows:
‘Shades Of Gray’
‘Into The Abyss’
‘Enchanted By The Moon’
‘A New Day’
North American run with CrashDiet and Snakeskyn Whiskey to kick off this month
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden’s all-female hard rock/metal group, Crucified Barbara, has announced an initial batch of North American tour-dates set to commence later this month. CrashDiet and Snakeskyn Whiskey will accompany the Swedish quartet, who will be touring in support of its third full-length record, The Midnight Chase, which released last summer on Nuclear Blast. Additional dates will be announced soon, so keep an eye on the official Crucified Barbara Facebook page: http://bit.ly/cbtourdates for the latest info.
Formed in Stockholm in 1998 by bassist Ida Evileye and guitarist Klara Force, Crucified Barbara plays a fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll tinged with metal and lashings of punk, pop, thrash, and more.
The new music video for “Rock Me Like The Devil,” taken from The Midnight Chase, can be streamed on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/tjL5apEyiig.
Legendary guitar hero Slash appeared in Finland for the second time as a solo artist, this time in Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Slash released his second solo album LOVE APOCALYPTIC LOVE last May and it also features Slash’s longtime touring band members: vocalist Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Todd Kerns. The new album has not only been a sales success, but critics have also generously praised the disc. The success of this album and ongoing tour has proved that ex Guns’n Roses guitarist is doing great on his own without the burdens of the past.
Israeli death metallers SONNE ADAM of Century Media Records announce a return to London with a date in May on their “Doctrines of Dark Devotion” tour of Europe. Support acts of uncompromised quality have been announced, with addition of some of the unholiest bands in London:
SONNE ADAM (ISRAEL) – Death Metal http://www.facebook.com/SonneAdam
GRAVE MIASMA (UK) – Death Metal http://www.facebook.com/gravemiasma
The rotten, cult death metallers will be giving their ONLY UK gig for the entire year before working on the follow up to their 2009 release “Exalted Emanation”.
ADRENALINE MOBand GuitarWorld.com Release First ‘Coverta’ In-Studio Video for ‘Romeo Delight’ (Van Halen Cover); Upcoming Headline Tour Kicks Off in Sync with Release of New Covers EP ‘Coverta’ on March 12, 2013; Log On to the ADRENALINE MOB Facebook Page and Win a Chance to Meet the Band
GuitarWorld.com has posted an exclusive new video of ADRENALINE MOB recording their cover of ‘Romeo Delight’ (originally by Van Halen) for their new covers album Coverta, hitting stores on March 12, 2013. ADRENALINE MOB, featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), will release a series of these in-depth recording videos via GuitarWorld.com in the coming weeks. Check out the current video of ‘Romeo Delight’ at this location.
ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando states, “Recording ‘Romeo Delight’ was an absolute blast for me. I grew up listening to EVH, and from the moment I heard ‘Eruption,’ I was hooked for life! Tracking the guitars was such a blast, as I plugged in my white-and-black Charvel, my trusty ol’ MXR Phase 90 and went right into my cranked-up Marshall JCM800, entering that EVH zone and giving my all to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock guitarists ever! We had a great time with Mike Portnoy’s idea to insert a medley of kick-ass VH parts in the mid-section while going into a great treat before we head back to the final chorus!”
Coverta is an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs. Long-time fans of Mike Portnoy are aware of the multiple cover CDs he has released with Dream Theater and with Neal Morse. Coverta is the first CD of covers recorded by ADRENALINE MOB.
01. “High Wire,” Badlands
02. “Stand Up and Shout,” Dio
03. “Break on Through,” The Doors
04. “Romeo Delight,” Van Halen
05. “Barracuda,” Heart
06. “Kill the King,” Rainbow
07. “The Lemon Song,” Led Zeppelin
08. “The Mob Rules,” Black Sabbath
In support of their album Omerta and debut single, ‘Come Undone’, ADRENALINE MOB will be commencing a U.S. tour on March 12th.
Yesterday, the band began leaving individual posts on their official Facebook page for each tour date below, inviting attendees to that specific date to comment. A few of the lucky commenters on each date post will be chosen to take part in a special meet & greet with the band before that show date (winners will be announced in the comments). Head to www.facebook.com/adrenalinemob to check out the posts… New Haven, CT and New York City have already been posted!
The tour will consist of two legs this spring and tickets are on sale now. The dates for the first leg are:
3/12 – New Haven, CT @ Toads Place
3/13 –New York, NY @ Marlin @ Webster Hall
3/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/15 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
3/16 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire
3/18 – Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Roc Bar
3/19 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
3/20 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven
3/22 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
3/24 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/25 – Abilene, TX @ Lucky Mule
3/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/28 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
3/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
4/1 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
4/2 – Kansas City, KS @ The VooDoo Lounge
4/4 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/5 – Nashville, TN @ Exit IN
4/6 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/7 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Nothing More will be the support act on the first leg.
Today the promoters of the fifteenth annual NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are pleased to announce two new additions to the lineup in the form of legendary hardcore battalion Terror and blackened thrash tyrants Goatwhore! This adds to an already monumental lineup that features over seventy acts from all walks of the extreme music spectrum, including headlining sets from Hatebreed, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as iconic thrash behemoths Anthrax, who will be performing their classic Among The Living full-length in its entirety as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.
A new lyric video for the track “No Lungs To Breathe,” which was made by the band’s guitarist Nick Hipa, is now live in conjunction with the band’s North American tour with The Devil Wears Prada that kicked off this past Friday (2/22) in Ventura, Calif. at the Ventura Theater. Check out the lyric video for “No Lungs To Breathe” HERE. Read the rest of this entry »
New York death metal veterans, SUFFOCATION, have sold 3,213 copies of their new album Pinnacle of Bedlam in the U.S. during its first week of release. That puts the band at #152 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) Chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Pinnacle of Bedlam is an album that we couldn’t be prouder of,” commented the band. “A lot of blood and sweat went into the making of this album and the fans have responded! Thank you to all of you who support SUFFOCATION, as well as Nuclear Blast for their support in helping to bring this brutal beast to the masses, and to our management team for keeping all the pieces together. We’ll see all of you on the road on the ‘Despise the World’ tour!!!”
Catch SUFFOCATION on the “Despise the World North American 2013 Tour” this April with EXHUMED, JUNGLE ROT, RINGS OF SATURN and ADIMIRON.
SUFFOCATION, EXHUMED, JUNGLE ROT, RINGS OF SATURN, ADIMIRON, LORD OF WAR*
04/04/13 Long Island, NY – 89 North
04/05/13 New York, NY – St. Vitus
04/06/13 Philadelphia, PA – The Note
04/07/13 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
04/08/13 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
04/09/13 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
04/10/13 Denver, CO – Marquis
04/11/13 Boise, ID – The Venue
04/12/13 Spokane, WA – The Hop *
04/13/13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *
04/14/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne *
04/15/13 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House *
04/16/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Vex
04/17/13 Tempe, AZ – 910 Live *
04/19/13 Dallas, TX – Trees
04/18/13 Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans Nightclub
04/20/13 San Antonio, TX – Korova
Pinnacle of Bedlam is out now! Order the CD or deluxe CD/DVD digipak version of the record, with or without an exclusive t-shirt design while supplies last, from the following location http://jsrdirect.com/webstores/nuclearblast/.
Pinnacle of Bedlam deluxe digipak track listing:
01. Cycles Of Suffering
02. Purgatorial Punishment
03. Eminent Wrath
04. As Grace Descends
05. Sullen Days
06. Pinnacle Of Bedlam
07. My Demise
09. Rapture Of Revocation
10. Beginning Of Sorrow
Bonus: The making of Pinnacle of Bedlam DVD
Pinnacle of Bedlam was produced by the band and tracked at Full Force Studios in New York by longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering was handled this time around by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss (HATEBREED, ARSIS, SUICIDESILENCE). Pinnacle of Bedlam features 10 genre-defining-bone-crushing tracks and also marks the return of drummer Dave Culross, who played with the band previously on their Despise The Sun EP. Artwork was handled by artist Raymond Swanland (DEEDS OF FLESH, PSYCROPTIC).
“The Metal Voice” recently conducted an in-depth interview withKrokus’ vocalist Marc Storace. Storace talks about the release of Krokus’ new album Dirty Dynamite, their back catalog and the upcoming tour. Marc Storace also responds to Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider’s negative comments about Krokus written in Snider’s book “Shut up and give me the mic.”