Veteran thrashers EXODUS have some big news— the band is set to release a brand new album in 2014! They are currently immersed in the writing process and will issue more updates as they near the recording process.
EXODUS will head across the pond this week for a tour of 17 European cities, with stops in Barcelona, Dublin, London and more. Although Slayer is currently tapping the talents of guitarist Gary Holt for their European tour, Holt is confirmed to perform at select EXODUS dates. When Holt is not performing with EXODUS, Heathen guitarist Kragen Lum will fill in on guitar.
EXODUS Tour Dates
8/2 – Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Resurrection Festival
8/3 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 3
8/4 – Luynes, FR @ Le Korigan
8/5 – Pisa, IT @ The Jungle
8/6 – Graz, AT @ Explosiv
8/7 – Lindau, DE @ Club Vaudeville
8/8 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
8/9 – Gävle, SE @ Getaway Rock Festival
8/10 – Deinze, BE @ Alcatraz Festival
8/11 – Derby, UK @ Bloodstock Festival
8/12 – Dublin, IR @ Button Factory
8/13 – London, UK @ Underworld
8/14 – Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summerbreeze Festival
8/15 – Kufstein, AT @ Kulturfabrik
8/16 – Colmar, FR @ Grillen
8/17 – Geneva, CH @ Biubstock Festival
8/18 – Theix, FR @ Motocultor Festival
EXODUS recently revealed two brand new, exclusive t-shirt designs, available now only via their official merch store at www.jsrdirect.com/merch/exodus. The new designs, “Only Death Decides” and “Horned Skull”, come with a free sticker (with mail order only).
Metallica today revealed the details of Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture), the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming groundbreaking 3D feature film, Metallica Through The Never. The two disc CD set will be released on the band’s own record label Blackened Recordings on September 24th and highlights last year’s career spanning sets at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film. The soundtrack is available for digital pre-order at iTunes and both the CD and digital album will be available 9/24 at all retailers. There will also be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack album available in both 33 1/3RPM and special limited numbered 45RPM versions later in the fall. See below for a complete track listing.
“Let’s hear it for the old school soundtrack!” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way fuckin’ cool.”
Metallica Through the Never stars Metallica, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history. In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica’s most iconic songs — created exclusively for film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during the Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. Picturehouse will release Metallica Through the Never in North America on September 27, 2013 exclusively in over 300 IMAX® 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4, 2013.
Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)
1. THE ECSTASY OF GOLD
2. CREEPING DEATH
3. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
5. RIDE THE LIGHTNING
7. THE MEMORY REMAINS
8. WHEREVER I MAY ROAM
10. …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
1. MASTER OF PUPPETS
3. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
4. ENTER SANDMAN
5. HIT THE LIGHTS
Once again calling on the souls and spirits of musical persuasion, Ghost Gathering returns for its second year for another round of annihilation. Romania may not be the most obvious place you think of when metal comes into question. Overshadowed by Slovenia’s Metal Camp, Germany’s Wacken, Belgium’s Graspop, Hellfest in France and Obscene Extreme in Czech Republic for metal festival greats, it should not be completely overlooked. Perhaps the bands playing aren’t the major draws that get signed for the big festivals but this doesn’t mean that it should in any way be overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »
Pictures and interview by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan needs no introduction as every metalhead has to have at least an album or two that he has played on. The man is currently sitting behind the drum kit for Testament who recently visited the Tuska Open Air festival in Helsinki. We managed to meet the legend before the show and then we sat and listened when Gene Hoglan spoke. Read the rest of this entry »
“Vorna is a melodic black/folk metal band from Tampere, Finland. The band’s music have various influences from black metal to folk and rock. Lyrics are written in Finnish and often deal with themes like nature, myths and struggles of mind or emotions.”
The band was formed in the autumn 2008 and quite soon afterwards it was named after a Finnish folklore character; Vorna. Full line-up was reached in 2009 and it has remained the same ever since.
During these five years Vorna has mostly stayed out of the spotlight and has persistently built its own style and sound. Now, after a few gigs and demos, Vorna introduces itself with the debut album Ajastaika which combines their points of interest which have been leading their journey so far: stories characterized by myths and strong emotions that are accompanied with melodic yet aggressive metal music through the four seasons of northern nature.”
Ajastaika will be released August 16th in Finland and September 20th worldwide by Inverse Records.
At this link (http://youtu.be/8rigDihxMHs) you can watch the new videoclip by Hypnotheticall, “When The Kraken Comes”; it’s the fourth extract from the album “A Farewell To Gravity”, released on February 12th, 2013 under logic(il)logic Records. The track was entirely arranged by guitar player Mirko Marchesini, while the videoclip was realised by drummer Francesco Tresca. The band, after the successful performance at Masters Of Rock in Czech Republic on July 12th, will take part in another summer festival, Isola Rock, on August 23rd in Isola Della Scala (VR).
MANOWAR’s Kings Of Metal album, a milestone in metal history, was first released on November 18, 1988.
Already a significant force with international success since their debut album Battle Hymns, this release and the following 1989 Kings Of Metal world tour catapulted Manowar to a new sphere. Songs like Heart Of Steel, Kings Of Metal, Hail And Kill and Blood Of The Kings became instant anthems and remain among the most demanded songs in concerts, celebrated not only by Manowar fans.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kings Of Metal, Manowar are currently in the studio, recording a brand new special version of the album: Kings Of Metal 2014.
“The new rendition will honor the original as it’s inspiration, but with additional energy, fully utilizing the power of today’s technology and 25 years of experience, and it will contain new arrangements and changes that incorporate live performance elements added over the years,” said Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio. “The album will feature additional bonus material and many other surprises,” he added.
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.