Former IRON MAIDEN singer PAUL DI’ANNO has issued the following update:
“Due to a snake (supposed USA booking agent) ripping everyone off in every way possible known to man (and a few ways not heard of yet) the USA tour will not be going ahead. After waiting and waiting and waiting and lies and lies and more lies (and then just a few more lies and bullshit) just like happened to many others before me – I have had to admit defeat to this lowlife and forget about the USA tour for now. As you can imagine, money changed hands over there in the USA (not my hands I might add) and keeping me suppressed was the best thing to do whilst it was all stashed away. My apologies to the American fans who have been let down and to the various promoters who got so badly burnt in this way. This slime bag snake knows who he is (and so does half of the metal and rock business) so lets hope his fall is a steep one…”
After last week’s announcement of the departure of their drummer, the band announced another departure this week, singer Rick Altzi.
THUNDERSTONE has parted ways with singer Rick Altzi, who joined the band in 2009 and is featured on the much-acclaimed album ‘Dirt Metal’. As many of you know, Rick recently joined our friends Masterplan and is currently touring with them. The band would like to thank Rick for an amazing job on ‘Dirt Metal’ and the countless fun times on tour. Cheers brother and good luck with your future endeavours! Here’s Rick’s statement:
‘It’s with mixed feelings that I and the rest of Thunderstone have decided to part ways. On the one hand I really loved the album ‘Dirt metal’ and feel proud of what we achieved. On the other hand I now realise I wouldn’t have had the time that a great band like Thunderstone deserves. I wish the guys a great future.’
Again, remember to leave a comment, send private messages and spread the news by sharing this update! Most importantly, check in next Friday for the third (very exciting, we must add!) installment of THUNDERSTONE news.
Having recently signed a distribution deal with Rocket Distribution (Metal Blade/Relapse/Season Of Mist & more) that will see our future releases in stores across Australia, Welkin Entertainment is excited to announce that, in addition to signing to Welkin’s booking agency roster, the sophomore album of Brisbane progressive heavy rock band CALIGULA’S HORSE, ‘The Tide, The Thief & River’s End’, is set to be released on OCTOBER 1 through Welkin Records! Read the rest of this entry »
Bombus are a metal/rock quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden who received excellent reviews for their self-titled, self-released debut album in 2010, making it to number 12 in the Swedish review charts. Their sound is mostly based around classic rock, metal and punk influences (Motörhead, Metallica, Melvins, Poison Idea, WASP), which is then built upon with a mix of eclectic contemporary sources.
Their new album, The Poet and the Parrot, is due for release on 26 August. Feffe, one of the lead vocalists (there are two) joined us by phone from Sweden to talk about the creative process, what happens when you scream for too long, and the importance of having enough length to your guitar leads!
THE BROWNING head out on the road for a month before preparing for the release of their new album later this year, with the first show of the trek taking place at Empire in Springfield, Virginia. Also joining THE BROWNING and CHIMAIRA on the tour are THREAT SIGNAL and DARK SERMON.
Star & Dagger is a New Orleans based fe-metal group formed by bassist Sean Yseult (White Zombie), with her good friends guitarist Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell), and vocalist Von Hesseling. They are releasing their debut album Tomorrowland Blues recorded at Rancho de la Luna, produced by Ethan Allen and Dave Catching, and mastered by J. Yuenger (White Zombie) on Cauldron 333, distributed by MRI July 23. I’m hoping you’d consider posting their new video for “Freak Train” The video was made from live footage of their recent tour of England, and showcases the live show that they will be delivering in the US on their tour dates aug 1-10. The song is about a nihilistic ride through a world of brain- numbing monotony – and getting the hell outta dodge on the Freaktrain. The entire video was shot with gopro cameras by Chris Lee, and edited by Todd Perley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_nvTc4t9H0&feature=youtu.be
Star & Dagger was formed with auspicious beginnings: Sean and Dava were drinking late one night with the legendary Lenny Kaye (noted rock journalist and founder member of the Patti Smith Group) and he declared: “You two must start a band, I see it!” They took his word and set to it.
Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars is a bumper sized collection of dozens of interviews author Neil Daniels has conducted over a decade’s worth of rock writing. This 400+ page book features interviews with current and former members of Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Journey, Europe, Saxon, Judas Priest, Thunder, Slade, The Darkness, Scorpions, Queensrÿche and Mötley Crüe, amongst others.
Hard Rock Rebels was previously published as Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries Volumes I & II (both out of print) and contains bonus material.
“UK classic rock expert Neil Daniels has been quickly, methodically making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and academic of rock biog penners…” Read the rest of this entry »
Colorado natives, ALLEGAEON, recently completed a brand new performance demo video. Watch as guitarist Greg Burgess and bassist Corey Archuleta show fans how they play “Secrets of the Sequence,”the epic closing track to their latest studio offering, Formshifter. The video is streaming now at metalblade.com/allegaeon.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends, CARCASS, have announced that they will release the track “Captive Bolt Pistol” as a limited 7” with bonus track on Aug. 9th (Rest of EU) / Aug 11th (UK) / Aug 13th (US). The single will be available both digitally and on colored vinyl.
Captive Bolt Pistol track list:
Side A: Captive Bolt Pistol
Side B: Intensive Battery Brooding
To celebrate his 30 year career as a singer, Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, ex-Iron Maiden) is releasing a best off album “Soundtracks of my life” under his own label Blaze Bayley Recording. This double disc album contains 30 recordings that have been important to Blazes career and personal life. The album features songs that have not been widely distributed before and two new songs written with Rick Plester (former guitarist Black Symphony).
With this release comes the book “Albums of my life”. This 40 page A4 book contains pictures, tour dates and autobiographical account of the recordings written by Blaze. This will only be available with the platinum pre-order package. The platinum package is limited to 300 copies. Read the rest of this entry »
Mysterious death metallers Reptilian Death from India have inked a deal with California based record label Old School Metal Records. The label will be releasing the bands latest album ‘The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence‘ worldwide on 10th October 2013.
Commented Demonstealer. “I’m really happy and grateful to sign up with OSM. I’ve known Patrick (OSM Ceo) for a while now and he’s very passionate about the music and I couldn’t have asked for a better label to release the album on. The album released a while back in India and now finally our fans overseas can get their hands on a copy. We should also be working on some dates to tour UK/Europe in early 2014.”
Death/thrash Metallers Devoid who won the Indian leg of the Wacken Metal Battle held in Bangalore earlier this month are set to represent the nation at the international leg of the contest in Germany. Wacken Metal Battle is a worldwide contest held by the promoters of Wacken Open Air and is currently in it’s seventh year. This also happens to be the band’s international debut. Vocalist Arun Iyer had this to say:
“When I first got into a band playing an open air gig was the ultimate goal. Playing to a sizable audience under the sky was the biggest thing a band could do. Now we not only get to do that, we get to do that in Wacken. As an Indian band we are really looking forward to bringing our brand of metal to a crowd made up folks from countless nationalities and hopefully make our country proud. As a debut international gig I couldnt be more happy to play in the temple of metal, Wacken Open Air.”
Devoid will be competing with over 30 bands from different nationalities. This is the 24th year of Wacken and headlining acts include the likes of Motorhead, Lamb of God, Anthrax etc.
Devoid recently put out it’s sophomore EP titled The Invasion in 2013 and went on to be nominated in 6 categories in The Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2013. Check out the official video to ‘Brahma Weapon’ from the EP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJwMQzwF3do
Check out at this link the trailer dedicated to the fourth edition of ROCK HARD FESTIVAL ITALY, where 10 bands from the international and national metal scene will alternate on Live Club’s stage next Milano.
Among that, the festival presents performances as unique as the Teutonic couple SODOM and TANKARD, never seen before on the same stage in Italy, as well as the exclusive ASPHYX show, and CRIPPLE BASTARDS special set dedicated to their master album “Misantropo a Senso Unico “.
With them you will see: ATTACKER, DEATH MECHANISM (w / Bulldozer), NATIONAL SUICIDE, ASGARD and AGONY FACE
“Serpent Reaper”, the new video from Cleveland, Ohio-based thrashers SOULLESS, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth full-length album, “In Death’s Grip”, which was released on April 23 via Auburn Records. The clip, which was directed by Kristoff Bates for Black Arts Media, was filmed on location in Cleveland at the House Of Wills, an abandoned former funeral home built in the early 1900s and rumored to be a place of very active paranormal activity.
“You have to see this place to believe it,” says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. “It’s a massive structure that was originally built in 1900 as a German opera house. 35 rooms in an abandoned funeral home with multiple basements, attics, hidden passageways, rotting floors, unexplained cold temperatures, no water or electricity, empty caskets and a crematorium. It looks as if the funeral home owners literally left in the middle of the night some 20 years ago. Many of their things are still there.
“This is officially the creepiest and craziest place I have ever been to in my life. The real deal in horror. Words cannot even begin to describe.
“Being locked up in that place for two full nights was a mind-altering experience — let me tell you! The smell of evil is everywhere. The perfect location for a SOULLESS video shoot.”