Guitarist Christopher Amott, who previously played in ARCH ENEMY, has issued the following “little update.”
“I’ve decided to step away from the GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS project. So, I am no longer involved with that. Best of luck to the rest of the guys.
I’m focusing entirely on a new ARMAGEDDON album. We are in rehearsals at the moment. There’s a lot of news to be announced, new members and so forth. We have almost completed writing the album.
That’s it for now.”
Formed in the Summer of 2012, Ghost Ship Octavius features guitarist Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID, ex-HIMSA), drummer Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE, ASHES OF ARES), and vocalist Adon Fanion. The band describe their sound as “melodic progressive heavy metal.”
In an interview with Billboard, metal God Rob Halford spoke about the bands upcoming album:
“The writing process is complete,” he reports. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.”
Priest is producing the album itself at the moment, but Halford notes that “there’s always a possibility somebody might come in to overview some of the things we’re doing.”
Halford describes the project’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”
Priest plans to tour in support of the album, though not quite as extensively as it has in the past. Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of the group’s debut album, “Rocka Rolla,” which Halford says will be commemorated in some way.
“We’ll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year, I’m sure of that,” he says. “That just makes the (fantasy camp) another tremendous moment for Priest, to be in Vegas kicking of the 40th anniversary year, meeting our fans, making this special metal moment happen together.”
Air Canada Center in Toronto Ontario
August 14, 2013
Concert Review by Emidio Vaz
(Guest Writer Canada)
Black Sabbath took the stage at the ACC in Toronto on Aug.14/2013 to a capacity crowd. From the moment you entered the concert arena you could feel the presence of the Heavy Metal Gods, magic & sheer ecstasy filled the air. Throughout the day leading up to the event, the energy that was felt was mesmerizing. Mind you that this wasn’t just another concert, after all it was Black Sabbath in concert.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends CARCASS, in cooperation with TheGauntlet.com,have made the track “Unfit for Human Consumption” available for streaming here http://goo.gl/VyH8V0. The song comes from their upcoming record Surgical Steel, whichwill be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The highly-anticipated sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats and can now be ordered with or without an exclusive t-shirt design here http://smarturl.it/SurgicalSteelCD.
According to numerous reports out of New Orleans, Joey LaCaze, drummer of EYEHATEGOD, OUTLAW ORDER and TEN SUICIDES, has passed away. He was 42 years old and leaves behind a wife and a child. No further details are currently available.
EYEHATEGOD just completed a month-long tour of Europe (see our review here AND here) and was gearing up for a string of dates in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
It was recently announced that EYEHATEGOD would make an appearance at Philip Anselmo‘s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival this fall in Austin, Texas.
Since forming in 1988, EYEHATEGOD has defied all odds and continues to exist and persist despite personal and professional setbacks. They’ve been called doomcore, sludge and stoner rock, survived line-up shuffles, label hassles and a short-lived split. And after more than two decades of creating some of the most corrosive, vile music known to man, EYEHATEGOD still hasn’t lost the piss and vinegar that fueled it back the late Eighties.
With their brand new third album Labyrinth, Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse have unleashed a masterful mashup of death/black metal brutality and aggression starkly contrasted by orchestral beauty and operatic grandiosity. Tied together by a metaphoric storyline built around the myth of Theseus and his journey through the Labyrinth of Knossos to kill the minotaur, it is an exercise in taking everything over the top — yet it is adeptly executed and avoids the common traps that seem to trip up these sorts of albums time and again. It’s a benchmark of symphonic extreme metal that raises the bar for performance and presentation – and sheer audacity. As the band were preparing to leave for the states to join a tour headlined by Finland’s Wintersun, lead vocalist/guitarist Tommaso Riccardi took some time to chat over Skype about Fleshgod Apocalypse’s remarkable musical growth, the trial and error that enabled them to pull off something as ambitious as Labyrinth and their desire to bring their music to the masses, wherever those masses might be.
For those of us who didn’t make it Bloodstock this year and knowing the next round of ‘UK tour’ announcements will almost inevitably leave out Northern Ireland (argh!), tonight’s Lamb of God gig in the Limelight gives up something to be whimperingly grateful for. In fairness, LOG has returned to both the north and south of Ireland several times (take note, other bands!) Read the rest of this entry »
Baltimore thrashers NOISEM will embark on their most widespread and extreme tour to date this fall, the quartet having been confirmed as support for a massive chunk of the upcoming North American trek with Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder! Sharing the support slot with Fallujah, the NOISEM crew will hit twenty-four cities across the US and Canada with the massive tour from October 24th through November 19th, the band promising to remove faces every night. Get there early and watch these young assassins lay down a wall of divebomb-strewn high-octane thrash intensity.
Preceding the tour, NOISEM will tear it down at several other regional gigs including three dates with A389 labelmates Full Of Hell in September. Read the rest of this entry »
YOU Decide What Happens on Next “The Atomic Clock” DVD!
The time has come! Earlier this month, GENE HOGLAN announced that there would be another “The Atomic Clock” DVD coming out, along with the announcement of his upcoming clinic tour, “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”. Now, Gene can unleash these details! The jam-packed DVD is available for pre-sale NOW, with several awesome package options (see below), at http://www.hoglanindustries.com/Fan_Packages.html. If that isn’t enough, although Gene has footage chosen for his next “The Atomic Clock” DVD, he’s leaving it up to his biggest fans to really decide what they would like to see!
Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives, TÝR, will be released on September 17th in North America, and September 13th/16th in Europe/UK. Fans can now view a small glimpse of the creative process behind Valkyrja while at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. The video features some of George Kollias’s drum tracking, as well as vocal tracking, and can be viewed now at metalblade.com/tyr.
The opening track to the album, “Blood of Heroes,” is streaming now at metalblade.com/tyr, where Valkyrja is also available for pre-order. Limited edition pre-order bundles are available that include Týr rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl LP, and the CD.
L-R: Jason Hook [Guitar], Ivan Moody [Vocals], Chris Kael [Bass],
Zoltan Bathory [Guitar], Jeremy Spencer [Drums]
In the midst of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s massive worldwide success–with their newly released album THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL Volume 1–the rock group are premiering a brand new track-by-track webisode today (August 21)–encompassing all the songs on the new album—on GuitarWorld.com and Revolvermag.com. Check out the webisode here: http://tinyurl.com/mdz7ont (GuitarWorld.com) & http://tinyurl.com/mhqr2jn (Revolvermag.com)