Following on from the recent success of “Inheritance”, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit ASHENT, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the bands long out of print 2006 debut album “Flaws Of Elation”. In addition this new print comes with all new artwork and the additional bonus of the bands very first ultra rare 2003 4 track demo!
“Flaws Of Elation” is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.
Lion Music are pleased to announce the signing of HEADLESS, a metal band that sees Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente teaming up with one of Europe’s premier rock vocalists in Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and a drum legend in Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche).
The forthcoming album “Growing Apart” sees 10 songs shaped around the classy drumming of Scott Rockenfield and melodic vocals of Goran Edman which fuse hard rock and heavy metal with progressive elements.
“Growing Apart” gets its digital release through Lion Music on 7th June 2013.
Behemoth Bike, as the project is initially called, is a custom motorcycle inspired and currently being created in collaboration with the global Polish icon of metal music – Behemoth and particularly band’s leader – Adam “Nergal” Darski. The project was initiated and is being enforced by Game Over Cycles, a Polish company producing custom motorcycles. The bike is planned by the designers to be a powerful dark machine with exceptional technical parameters and unprecedented ornamentation. Construction started in January 2013. Currently motorcycle’s main components such as body, frame, suspension arms are already completed and the machine is being prepared for test drives. Completion of construction is scheduled for May 2013. The whole process can be followed on Game Over Cycles’ Facebook profile.
German band Helloween is one of the pioneering forces and most successful bands in the power metal world and its related subgenres. The band was originally formed in 1984 by Michael Weikath, bassist Markus Grosskopf, vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. Their early albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I and KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS II, which featured vocalist Michael Kiske, are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band went through a large number of changes during the late 80’s / early 90’s. Hansen left in 1988, formed his own band Gamma Ray and was then replaced by Roland Grapow. Kiske and Schwichtenberg were out of picture in 1993 and they were then replaced by drummer Uli Kusch and current vocalist Andi Deris (ex-Pink Cream 69). The renewed lineup re-established the bands popularity and the album THE TIME OF OATH (1996) still remains as their best-selling album to date. Despite the continuous success, the band went through another set of changes starting in 2001. Today the band consists of Deris, Weikath, Grosskopf, guitarist Sascha Gerstner and drummer Dani Loble. This line-up has released altogether 4 studio albums and it seems that Helloween is now even more popular than the so-called “heydays” in the mid 80’s. Three sold out shows speaks for itself when the band arrived to Finland in late March as a part of massive “Hellish Rock II” tour which also featured Gamma Ray. In Helsinki we were fortunate to sit down with the bands guitarist/founding member Michael Weikath and discuss about various topics including the current tour, the latest opus STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL, Helloween’s 30’TH Anniversary and re-union rumors… Read on!
IRON MAIDEN will make a brief return to the USA this September, playing seven specially selected shows en-route to Latin America where they will once again headline at the legendary Rock In Rio Festival, Brazil, on 22 September, their show there having recently sold out to 70,000 fans in just a couple of hours
These will begin with a first-ever visit to Raleigh, NC, for the opening show on September 3rd at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion followed by taking Metal back to country music capital Nashville, TN where Maiden haven’t played in over twenty years, at the Bridgestone Arena on September 5th. There will also be shows in Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center on September 7th, St Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless on September 8th and the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV on September 12th, all of which Maiden last visited way back in 2000 on the Brave New World Tour. Plus a return to Austin, TX for a show at the 360 Amphitheater on September 10th, the first time the band have played in that city since the original Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour twenty-five years ago!
Very special guests on all these dates will be MEGADETH.
Before they finally head south towards Brazil, Maiden will also headline a very special event at the San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA. The Battle Of San Bernardino will take place on Friday 13th September. Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton will join tour special guests Megadeth for this performance only, making for a big, loud and exciting day out for Metal fans in Southern California.
Tickets for the Las Vegas and San Bernardino shows go on sale 12 April. Tickets for Raleigh, Nashville, St Louis and Austin go onsale 13 April. Tickets for Kansas City go onsale 17 May. Check ironmaiden.com for fanclub presale info.
Just after the release of their ninth album The Living Infinite [Nuclear Blast, 2013], Soilwork began the North American leg of “The Inifinite World Tour”. Joining the swedes as main support was progressive shred master Jeff Loomis. Adding some variety to bill were thrashers Hatchet, Bonded by Blood and death metallers Blackguard. On March 30th, 2013 the tour stopped at the Republik in Calgary, Alta., and a sizable line of fans eagerly awaited the show start.
Hatchet from San Francisco, CA kicked off the show early to a good-sized crowd. The band showed their roots with a Bay Area thrash sound. Their short set was energetic and seemed well received by the hard core thrashers in the crowd, but it wasn’t anything innovative.
Bonded by Blood, the second California thrash act of the night, kept a thrashing frenzy going from their first tune, “I Can’t Hear You”. The charismatic band worked the crowd very well , even getting a small mosh pit going.
Montreal’s Blackguard played a powerful set, creating a full and atmospheric sound. In their short set they gave the audience a taste of their upcoming album in among their older work. Vocalist Paul Ablaze is a gregarious frontman and he was singing into people faces and grabbing their heads, inciting more energy. Blackguard’s axemen shredded furiously and joining them on this tour was the Agonist’s bassist Chris Kells. Justine Ethier was a whirlwind of sticks and hair as she laid into her kit.
When Jeff Loomis took the stage a very enthusiastic multitude of fans had crowded up to the stage and welcomed him with cheers and raised horns. The instrumental set contained only a little banter and some thank you’s from Loomis. The forty-five minute set was all about show casing that stellar vibrato technique and speed that is impressively precise. The set was comprised of songs from Plains of Oblivion [Century Media, 2012] andZero Order Phase [Century Media, 2008] and the crowd loved hearing the technicality live. Everyone was captivated for the entire set.
Soikwork kicked off their set with “This Momentary Bliss” from their newest release The Living Infinite. They followed up right away with an older track, “Like the Average Stalker” and continued to assault the crowd with an hour and half worth of material. With the newest offering being a double album, Soilwork had a lot of songs to choose from for their live set. They included songs like “Spectrum of Eternity” and “Long Live the Misanthrope” among older favorites like “Nerve” and “Possessing the Angles”.
Bjorn “Speed” Strid’s vocals were spot on as he strode around the stage and leaned out into the crowd. Guitarist Sylvain Coudret shredded alongside David Andersson and both of the axe wielders got right up to crowd. Some technical issues had Coudret out for a few minutes but were resolved soon after and he got right back into the energy. Bassist Ola Flink… Dirk Verbeuren demonstrated his technique and speed behind the drum kick alongside Sven Karlsson’s ambient keyboards. A two song encore of “Late for the Kill” and “Stabbing the Drama” made for a strong ending to the evening.
Montreal extreme metal veterans CRYPTOPSY have released the official lyric video for the song “The Golden Square Mile.” The song comes off the band’s self-titled release, which came out last fall and was greeted with mass approval from critics and long-time fans who have been thirsting for the return of CRYPTOPSY’s tech-death glory days. Check out the lyric video for “The Golden Square Mile” above.
HATE – Bassist SŁAWEK „MORTIFER” ARCHANGIELSKIJ RIP
Poland’s Hate has just posted the following:
“At night 5th/6th April near a German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Sławek’s autopsy should be known soon. In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends.
Southern California has been hiding a dark secret. For the past nine years Lightning Swords of Death have been developing a unique brand of black metal on the underground LA scene. Described as embodying the dark place in the human mind and the space between spaces, this band are ready to defy all that is expected of them. Fresh off the release of Baphometic Chaosium, Vocalist and founding member Farron Loathing talks to Metal Rules about black magic, the occult and the abyss…
“The album is mindblowing, [that's] how good it is. I’m so over the moon about the way the album turned out. We wrote 16 songs … and I put it on my CD player, expecting me to be unhappy with the end result, but this big grin came on my face and my hair on the back on my neck [stood up] … It’s better than my wildest dreams; it’s so good.”
He continued: “People have been quoting me that this album was quite possibly the most important album of my career. What I meant by that is I didn’t want it to sound like a follow-up to ‘Never Say Die!’, ’cause that was when we were dying out within the band.”
With a statement on the official websitewww.overtures.it, the Italian heavy/power metallers Overtures published the artwork and many news concerning the new upcoming album “Entering the Maze”.
At first, the album will be released on May31st. Its worldwide distribution will be once more in charge of our Greek label Slesazy Rider Records (www.sleaszyrider.com). SSR already released the previous album “Rebirth” and thanks to the wonderful relationship between the band and the label, the collaboration between the two parts is very solid.