We woke up as we were pulling into the island of Grand Turk, the capital of the Turks & Caico’s Islands Nation. It was a lovely day in paradise.
It was -25oC where we live (and snowing!) a full 50oC degree difference to our day on the island. After a few hours of sightseeing, we had the pleasure of bumping into Peavy from Rage, Sy from Onslaught and saw Delain taking a moment for a photo-shoot on the beach. It was amusing to see the drunks head banging to Manowar in the swimming pool (with swim up bar) at a bar called Jimmy Buffet’s Margeritaville. The local DJ was quite amused at the crowd and did his best to play as many Metal requests as possible as the Black Horde took over the bar, much like we did at South Beach in Miami a mere four days ago!
Looking South from the Southern tip of Grand Turk
The (Metal) Majesty Of The Seas
After a very relaxing time on the island of Grand Turk we were ready to start the second and final leg of our journey home. We boarded MAJESTY OF THE SEAS and the first formal ‘Metal related’ event of the day was Vika Goes Wild at 4:00pm in the piano lounge.
Vika goes wild!
View from the main foyer
Vika, a young pianist played metal songs on the grand piano in the lounge on the first day and the main concourse on the second day. She drew a surprisingly large crowd but I did not instantly recognize the songs which are so radically different in their piano form. Probably the most instantly recognizable was ‘Master of Puppets’ by Metallica. Her performance was a touch of class.
Back into the sunshine of the pool deck for the first electric concert of the day, we got to discover Subway To Sally. (Must see # 7)
This band is absolute huge in Europe, specifically Germany with many albums and hits but they are virtually unheard of in North America. To the best of my knowledge they have never played in North America nor have they ever released an album in North America. In fact, I think in 19 years since they released their debut in 1994 I have never seen a Subway To Sally CD in a store, and yet in Germany they are on Nuclear Blast! The indisputable fact that have one of the most stupid band names in all Metal has likely hurt their global credibility. The crowd was surprisingly small considering they were the only band playing at the time and I know everyone was on board because we had left shore!
Subway To Sally
The fact that the singer sung in German and addressed the crowd mostly in German didn’t help. At one point he asked the crowd if there was anyone from Germany and almost everyone in front of the stage was! Fans from Germany made up the largest percentage of people on the cruise so it was not shocking that they were all there to enjoy their countrymen. Despite being a regional anomaly of a band, I really enjoyed their folk/pagan/viking sound and they should probably get more credit for their pioneering work in this field. All seven of the band members performed admirably including Frau Schmidt the violinist and Bodenski who played some sort if cool, black, electric hurdy gurdy.
The Metal Hurdy Gurdy
Simon plays the Electric Tromba Marina
I enjoyed their music which seemed to be a mellower,more rock oriented version of Blind Guardian mixed with Orden Ogan. I left thinking it might be good to track down an import copy of a Subway To Sally Greatest Hits CD for my collection.
Subway To Sally
My curiosity satisfied with that pleasant surprise, I headed inside from the windy pool deck to see Fatal Smile (Must See #6). This band was a very late addition to the cruise, or at least a late announcement on the last day. Despite having three albums, I had not yet heard this Swedish quartet on several occasions I had seen these four tall, young good looking guys always hanging around in a pack who were obviously a band looking like rock stars. They were not acting like rock stars but they just looked like a band. When Fatal Smile hit the stage in the Spectrum Lounge I made the connection and from the minute the singer opened his mouth I knew I liked these guys. They look good (like a cross between Mötley Crüe and the Black Veil Brides) and their stripped down sleazy 80′s inspired Metal was delivered with fire. Their sound was certainly not the norm on the cruise but I certainly enjoyed their sound made a note to hit the merch boot to grab an album of theirs.
Rock star action!
After Fatal Smile I enjoyed some Turisas for the second time in the large Theater. They had a much better time slot than before (and no conflicting concert either) and as the sun slipped below the stormy horizon, the viking crusaders got the ample crowd going with songs of drinking and piracy, both perfect themes for the cruise.
Now I had come to my largest conflict of the entire trip; Angra vs. Ektomorf. One one hand I really like Angra and have almost all their albums. I don’t like Ektomorf nearly as much, their uninspired sound is largely derived from mid-years (CHAOS A.D., ROOTS) Sepultura, which is my least favourite era of Sepultura. On the other hand, I had seen Angra at their first show on the boat and I had never seen Ektomorf as they were on my Must See list. The chance of seeing either band ever again is extremely slim as Angra is from Brazil and Ektomorf is from Hungary and doesn’t really tour Canada ever. What to do? In the end you have to follow your heart and while it bothered me to pass up a chance to see a band I had never seen (Ektomorf) and see a band I love (Angra) again. So there is is no write up on Ektomorf (sorry guys!) but here are some pictures of the band performing.
My choice was the right one (in my mind anyway) as Angra played a similar set from their previous show. Fabio epitomizes the classical, operatic performing style so well, it was a pleasure to see him and hear him sing. As a treat they brought a guest on stage to do a cover if Iron Maiden’s ‘Wasted Years’, namely Courtney from the popular, all-female, Iron Maiden tribute band, the Iron Maidens. I was disappointed that they choose not to play anything from the debut album ANGELS CRY as were many in the crowd.
After Angra, I dropped in on Metal Church who were treating the enthusiastic crowd in the packed theatre to the debut album in it’s entirety. I know it is kind of a trendy thing to do (play a whole album live) but it was nice to hear some of the songs that had probably not been played live in decades. Vocalist Monroe did his very best David Wayne impression and it was impressive to say the least!
Bad Boys of Metal?
It was a real treat for the die-hard fans and I hated to leave early to catch Tyr, but I wanted to see Tyr at least once because I had missed them the first time around. Tyr had been on the boat the first time in 2011 and were still massively entertaining.
Despite having a tough break running up against the reunited Metal Church who were playing downstairs, Tyr performed admirably. They included the fan favourite ‘The Wild Rover’, which is always fun. It was good to hear Tyr break away from their usual lyrical theme and play ‘Shadow Of The Swastika’ from their last album, THE LAY OF TYRM. After Tyr I could relax just a bit because I had already seen the next four bands (Doro, Ensiferum, Onslaught, and Helloween) on their first concerts, so instead of another write-up on each artist, I made a few notes for each show.
Doro: Doro held court on the Pool Deck and mixed in a bunch of newer songs into the set including ‘Running From The Devil’ from FEAR NO EVIL, the title track from her new album and the very rare song, ’We Are The Metalheads’, which has never been released on a Doro album. She also thanked fans in about five languages!
Ensiferum: As much as I hate to admit it, Ensiferum (who were overlapping with Onslaught) are the younger, more charismatic, more fan-friendly band of the pair and so while Onslaught was grinding it out in the trenches upstairs in the small room, Ensiferum entertained a crowd three times the size in the larger Theater. I felt they were a little subdued compared to some of the times I have seen them live but that could just be my perception as the crowd was into it.
Onslaught: The only British band on the cruise played their 1986 album THE FORCE in it’s entirety and I had almost forgotten how relentless that album really is! They also shot some footage for their upcoming 30th Anniversary DVD!
Helloween: The sound problems and long delays that plagued the last Helloween set were eliminated as the headliners ran unopposed on the pool deck at prime time for another one hour fifteen minute set. The same four songs opened the show, the same choreographed stage moves, the same stage rap, the same sing-along parts…even the same drum solo! Not much changed from the previous gig. Fortunately, the band offered some good song variation in the set. I feel Helloween may be suffering from an undiagnosed case of ‘Iron Maiden Syndrome’. This is a scientifically true, factual and medically documented affliction of Metal deficiency. It is known to strike when a band is legendary and brilliant but is getting old and suffers from any number of symptoms, such as a lack of imagination in song selection, no live spontaneity and limited innovation. I feel blasphemous slagging one if my favourite bands but I felt they could do better. Then they busted out ‘I’m Alive’ and all my grumbling got swept away on the the warm tropical wind. Eventually, Andi Deris relaxed, chatted with the crowd and all was well. Long live Helloween.
I was pretty satisfied after seeing one of my favourite bands (Helloween) again and that took us up to midnight and time for Lacuna Coil the last show of the night in the large Theater. On our way to the show we needed to conduct some business. Co-ordinating press duties for Day Five with the friendly and helpful UMC staff (Allison and Andy) took a bit longer than we thought, so we had to miss Lacuna Coil. I had seen them before and the photography and interview arrangements we made were well worth missing Lacuna Coil. No offense to that excellent band intended but wait until you are what we cooked up for Day Five!
UMC President, Andy Pillar, holds a press conference earlier in the day.
It was now 1:00am and I had a big choice to make. Do I do the ‘responsible’ thing and go to bed and get some sleep or…do I stay up until 5:00am, drinking and see Nile (again), Heidevolk (again), Helstar (again) and catch a chance to see Holy Grail and Immolation for the first time on the trip even though I have seen them both before? Naturally, I did what any true Metal warrior would do… stay up late and drink!
My photographer bought me a drink called an ‘Italian Tea’ which consists of 2 shots of vodka, 2 shots of rum, amaretto and a slice of lime to ward off the scurvy. My liver took one for the team as my drink fortified me for a 1:00am, hour long attack of Death Metal delivered with bludgeoning heaviness on the pool deck. I love Nile, I have all their albums and even bought the Ramses EP on cassette back in 1996 but for some reason, sitting in the warm, tropical breeze by the pool sipping on my ‘Italian Tea’, Nile’s skull fracturing tales of Ancient Egypt didn’t have the same impact as the earlier gig in the Theater. The crowd was getting a bit thin but the few hundred in attendance loved every crushing note.
Back in the crowded and lively/drunken Spectrum Lounge Heidevolk entertained the moderately inebriated crowd. When the fans did not cheer loud enough during ‘Saksenland’, the vocalist, Boris asked the crowd if this was a Disney Cruise or a Metal cruise!! He reminded the fans at 2:00am that they could cheer loud as they wanted and not worry about the neighbours! The large drunk Viking fan in chain-mail drinking out of a horn and the dude dressed as the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle seemed to take it to heart!
Heidevolk shows us a fine example of ‘The Claw’!
The clock was creeping towards 3:00am as Helstar hit the Pool Deck in full flight. It was the third time in about 72 hours I had seen the band and they didn’t really change their set at all which was disappointing. The crowd was getting thin maybe a few hundred diehards and a dozen or so fans asleep (or passed out) on deck chairs in the warm air. But live James Rivera said, ‘No sleep allowed!’ However, it was great to hear cuts from NOSFERATU and REMNANTS OF WAR again as they did their best to wake the dead. Somewhere along the way, between Heidevolk and Helstar, I lost my photographer so I was last man standing… again.
Before I had a chance to recover from Helstar it was time to see the young and energetic power/thrash of Holy Grail for the first time on the cruise. Not the best time slot but they have it everything they had for the die-hards at 3:30am in the Spectrum Lounge. The 70,000 Tons tradition of the lounge chair mosh pit continued on as drunken Metallions rolled the wheeled lounge chairs around the floor in some sort of evil (but fun) Metal bumper car ride. The band finished the ripping set with ‘Fight To Kill’ from their debut album.
I must admit I was fading by the time Immolation hit the Pool Deck at 4:00am. Maybe it was the sun, the booze, the lack of sleep but I almost packed it in. However, I felt that if the band could stay up and perform for the fans I should support them. I feel the band got a bit of the shaft playing at 2:00am on Tuesday and 4:00am on Thursday. As a proud owner of the first half-dozen Immolation albums on CD (including the rare STEPPING ON ANGELS) I felt I owed it to the band to support them. To me Ross Dolan ranks up there with the other US, East coast Death Metal titans such as Glenn Benton, Chris Barnes, and John Tardy. The last 100 survivors were running on alcohol fuelled adrenaline at that point as Immolation delivered a minimalist set of spine-grinding, classic Death Metal. I was looking forward to seeing them on tour in North America with Cannibal Corpse in Canada in a few months. The fans were in for a special treat as the band did the World Premier of not one, but two songs! For the first time ever the band played ‘A Spectacle Of Lies’ from the (at the time of writing) forthcoming, new album KINGDOM OF CONSPIRACY and ‘Swallow The Fear’ from the PROVIDENCE EP.
The New York Death dealers were the perfect prologue to Day Five and the Day of Black Death! As Day Four came to a close it occurred to me that in past few hours we had seen five of the biggest Pagan/Folk/Viking bands from across the globe: Subway To Sally (Germany), Turisas (Finland), Tyr (Faroe Islands), Ensiferum (Finland) and Heidevolk (Netherlands) it was as if Day Four on 70,000 Tons of Metal was a mini PaganFest. Tomorrow promised to be much heavier!
We had now photographed almost every artist, covered 34 of the 41 bands and knocked a few more bands off my Must See list. After being up for 22 hours it was a working holiday indeed and time to hit our cabin for a few precious hours of Viking dreams of home.
On 23rd March 2013, female fronted symphonic metal band Epica are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special performance titled Retrospect. Joining them on stage will be a 70-piece symphonic orchestra and choir, making it the band’s most ambitious project ever.
It would be nearly impossible to take such a massive line-up on the road. To allow fans across the globe take part in the extraordinary event, Epica has partnered with LiveMusicStage who will broadcast the concert live online in HD quality. The high quality live stream provides an exclusive, social concert experience with a front row view.
“I am looking forward to this show very much. Everything we have done and achieved in these last 10 years will come together on the 23rd of March. With a big orchestra, our music comes to life exactly the way it’s meant to be. Very rarely can we realize all of it and that makes it so special”, says Mark Jansen of Epica.Tickets to watch the live stream at www.livemusicstage.com/epica cost 5 euro until March 7th, after which the pay-per-view will be 7 euro. The concert takes physically place in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. It is expected to sell out soon, so for most of the fans the live stream will be the only way to go. People from over 45 countries are already coming to the show but organizers expect to double this figure with the live stream.
LiveMusicStage is an online venue where the audience can often interact with the bands while participating in high quality live streams. For venues, festivals and other event organizers it’s a platform for broadcasting their gigs and concerts.
Legendary drummer brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice will kick off their first Canadian tour on May 9th, 2013 at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton, Ontario. “Drum Wars” was created with Vinny Appice and older brother drumming legend Carmine Appice. It is a Rock Drumming Show featuring music from the history of bands the Appice brothers have played with, as well as drum solos, comedy and a massive drum battle finale that tears it up. The brothers will also offer VIP Ticket Packages to fans for this tour. The packages offer concert attendees an opportunity to hang out with two of rock’s legendary icons – Carmine and Vinny Appice. VIP Packages also include admission to the show and sound check prior to the show; photo opportunities at sound check; free Drum Wars t-shirt; autographed Drum Wars photos; photos of VIP ticket holders behind Carmine and Vinny’s drum sets; and VIP commemorative passes. The VIP Ticket packages are limited to 10 per show and can be purchased for $125US through paypal at: http://www.serge.org/drumwarsviptix.htm.
“There is nothing like Drum Wars in rock music. When me and Vinny play together or battle, it’s like thunder!!” – Carmine Appice
Appice Drum Wars tour dates include:
Thursday, May 9, 2013 – This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton, Ontario – 9:30PM
Friday, May 10, 2013 – The Rockpile Nightclub, 5555 Dundas Steet West, Toronto, Ontario – 8PM
Saturday, May 11, 2013 – Le Petit Campus, 57 Prince Arthur Est., Monteal, Quebec – 8PM
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher’s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent’s “She’s Not There” and, most famously, The Supremes’ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein’s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert’s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell’s era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.
Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).
One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition to becoming a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In ’76, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” He left Stewart to record his first solo album, Rockers, and tour Japan and North America with an allstar band. . In the early ‘80s, he toured with Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent. In the mid ‘80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. And in the late 80s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record “Momentary Lapse of Reason and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake’s John Sykes and The Firm’s Tony Franklin. In the early ‘90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, a tradition he continues. In appreciation for his universal appeal, Los Angeles was one of four cities that have had “Carmine Appice Day.” In ’91, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood’s Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).
Vinny Appice – Bio
Has powered the rhythm live and in the studio with the bands DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL, OZZY OSBURNE, WWIII, AXIS, RICK DERRINGER, and at age 16 performed with JOHN LENNON “live” on stage and in the studio. Vinny has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs many which are multi-platinum records and still selling numerous copies and downloads today! Drumming across the world for over 2 decades and playing before countless fans and selling millions of records his drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks and DVDs including “Wayne’s World 2″, “Heavy Metal”, “Iron Eagle”, “Bedazzled” and recently “Bad Teacher”. He is the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD “Hard Rock Drumming Techniques” and has performed incredible drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about Black Sabbath and Dio with the authors always mentioning his unique powerful drumming style and has become a part of rock drumming history!
In 2006, Black Sabbath was reborn as Heaven And Hell with Vinny again driving the rhythm behind the band with the great Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Three world tours followed as well as a CD titled “The Devil You Know”, the first studio album since 1991’s “Dehumanizer”. The band also released “Heaven And Hell Live in Europe” DVD in 2010 which was the last video recording of the late Ronnie James Dio at the Wacken Festival in Germany. Vinny can also be heard on the recent release of “Dio At Donington”, a live performance of Dio in 1983 and 1987. In 2012, Vinny’s new heavy band Kill Devil Hill featuring mega bassist Rex Brown (Pantera/Down) vocalist Dewey Bragg and guitarist Mark Zavon, toured and released their first CD on SPV Records. The music is a cross between Sabbath, Alice In Chains and some Zep. Vinny is working on the release of a new rock drum instruction book and instructional video.
For more information about Drum Wars, please visit the following web sites:
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.