Assembly member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored Chuck Billy, an Antioch resident and the vocalist for Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, on the State Assembly floor for the positive influence he has made in the Native American community and on the general public.
On January 14, 2013, Chuck Billy earned the distinction as the first Native American entertainer to be permanently featured in the memorabilia display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chuck was also among those recognized in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibit, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture.
“The world of music is inhabited by creative and talented individuals whose work enhances the quality of life for all who are fortunate enough to have entered their sphere of influence,” said Jim Frazier. “Not only does Chuck Billy embody all of these admirable qualities, he also personifies the strength and enduring spirit of Native Americans.”
Chuck Billy, a descendent of the Pomo Native Americans, was born in Oakland and spent much of his youth on the Hopland Indian Reservation north of San Francisco. He is best known as the vocalist for TESTAMENT, where he plays several songs including “Trail of Tears”, “Allegiance”, and “Native Blood”, in honor of his ancestral lineage.
ANTI-MORTEM, Nuclear Blast Entertainment’s recent signing, will be embarking on their inaugural tour of the U.S. and Canada as support for headliners Holy Grail. The stretch of 28 shows will launch on June 19th in San Diego, California and end with the band’s debut in Hollywood, California on July 26th at The Whisky.
“Destroy,” a new heavy-metal instrumental single by Roy Z (Judas Priest, Sepultura, Sebastian Bach) can be downloaded now for free from the Zombie Squash facebook page in advance of its June 17th release date at iTunes & Amazon.“Destroy” was written, performed and produced by Roy Z and is the first single from the upcoming soundtrack for the free iOS and Android game Zombie Squash which stars the voice-talents of George A. Romero, the iconic director of “Night of the Living Dead.”
RIVAL SONS will be trekking around Europe for a month in support of their latest album, HEAD DOWN, including a number of festival appearances and headlining shows, as well as three shows with rock legends KISS.
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, recently completed an official music video for the song “The Wanderer” with director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, DREAM EVIL, MNEMIC). The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Circle, which was released on April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. “We’ve had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always,” commented the band. “See for yourselves – for us, it’s one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we’ve done so far! Enjoy & keep rocking!” The video will premiere online next Tuesday, June 11. In the meantime, screenshots from the shoot can be found attached below.
I AM I have now been confirmed for an Acoustic performance at 2.40pm on Sunday on the Jagermeister Acoustic stage at Download, as well as their electric show at 19.55pm later that evening on the Red Bull stage.
They are also doing a promotional/signing session along with States Of Panic at the Metal Family stall out in the Zippo arena on Saturday, 2.45 to 3.45pm. This is to promote the Headbangers Balls tour on which both I AM I and States Of Panic will be playing, of which all profits are going to the Teenage Cancer Trust so not only is it going to be fun, it’s for a good cause too!
It’s going to be a cracking weekend and we hope to see you there!
In just a little over a week, Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion VREID will take their sonic mayhem to North America alongside headliners Melechesh. Set to commence June 16 in Los Angeles, California, the long-awaited roadside assault includes over two weeks of live devastation, concluding in Brooklyn, New York on June 30. Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies.
BLACK SABBATH will mark the release of their new 13 with a special live event the day of the album’s release (Tuesday, June 11). All three members Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler will participate in the Black Sabbath Town Hall via Google+ Hangout streamed live on YouTube and Google+ and broadcast Live On Ozzy’s Boneyard On SiriusXM at 7:00 PM (ET). Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler will appear from the live event at Angel Orensanz Foundation, For Contemporary Art, with Tony Iommi beaming in from Birmingham, England, while 13 drummer Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) and Jack Osbourne (who directed the clips to launch the album) will join live face-to-face via Google+ Hangout from Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by comedian Jim Norton (a host on Ozzy’s Boneyard and a co-host on The Opie & Anthony Show on SiriusXM).
Viewers around the world will join the celebration here, the event will also air live on Ozzy Osbourne’s SiriusXM channel Ozzy’s Boneyard, via satellite on channel 38, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
Black Sabbath will premier their new video, for the 13 album track, ‘God Is Dead?’, on June 17th.
With the band’s much-anticipated 13 album less than a week away, the entire album is now available as a free stream via iTunes.
WITCHES MARK the self-professed “Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death” hailing from Austin, Texas have completed work on their “Witching Metal Ritual” full length, due to be released through Heaven and Hell Records on July 15th, 2013
“Witching Metal Ritual” is currently available for Pre-Order at a special introductory price of $8.99 (US) Follow the link to secure your copy!
“Witching Metal Ritual” features eight tracks of uncompromising metal glory blending elements of thrash, speed, doom, black, and death while anchoring their overall sound firmly within the framework of traditional heavy metal.
Co-Produced by WITCHES MARK and Stuart “Batlord” Laurence (Agony Column/Ignitor) with mixing and mastering duties handled by Brendon Bigelow (Ignitor/Death Of Millions) “Witching Metal Ritual” features a stunning post-apocalyptic inspired album cover courtesy of Yannick Bouchard of Illusory Dreams.
Metal fans can also expect a number of exciting guest appearances on ‘Witching Metal Ritual” including Ross “The Boss” Friedman (Manowar/Death Dealer/The Dictators) Jack Starr (Virgin Steele/Burning Starr) Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Watchtower/Ignitor/Broken Teeth) and Martin Debourge (Damien Thorne/Head Transfer Process)
The four band members of WITCHES MARK recently commented on their new album WITCHING METAL RITUAL in a string of interviews with the underground metal press.
“When people think of the U.S. they don’t think of the traditional metal, they think of Britain, Germany… But the United States had Manowar, they had Virgin Steele, they had Slayer… Tons of bands that really were the best out there and that’s what we wanted to showcase on our album because we are American as well.” bassist Andy Gonzalez stated in an interview with SA Musicians Talk Show Radio.
When asked in an exclusive video interview with Robb’s Metal Works to describe what metal fans can expect to hear on the band’s new album “Witching Metal Ritual” vocalist and guitarist Robb Bockman had the following to say “I’d best describe it as a bunch of dudes that love metal and we just play what we wanna fucking hear. It’s a celebration of metal.”
“Definitely energy, power and attitude…Gotta make a statement, you know?” stated drummer Scott Palmer in an interview with Slayed In Oregon. Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams added “We were able to bring a heavier, meaner, darker sound.”
“Witching Metal Ritual” will be released in Enhanced-CD format and will also include bonus video content including a music video for the album’s title track.
In late 2009, Heaven and Hell Records released “A Grim Apparition” the debut EP from WITCHES MARK
Roadrunner Records has announced the eagerly anticipated new album from the legendary Dream Theater. “DREAM THEATER” – the first self-titled collection in the GRAMMY®-nominated band’s nearly three decade career – arrives at last on September 24th.
“DREAM THEATER” was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with founding guitarist John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing. The album marks a brilliant new chapter for the always adventurous band, their first to have been written and recorded with drummer Mike Mangini wholly integrated into the creative process from the start.
“I see every new album as an opportunity to start over,” says Petrucci. “To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about ‘DREAM THEATER’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
Poland’s blackened death metal outfit BEHEMOTH have been forced to cancel their upcoming appearance on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival due to their drummer Inferno taking ill and requiring surgery.
The band’s front-man Nergal comments; “This must have been the most difficult decision we were forced to make in recent years. Behemoth is known for not canceling any shows or tours. But this is not something we can do when we are missing our driving force, the man behind the drums – Inferno. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized due to appendix surgery and it’s gonna take him few months to fully recover and get back to shape. We are trying to save selected European Festivals with a fill in drummer (Krimh, ex-Decapitated), but we won’t be risking doing a full-on prestigious tour like the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival without Inferno. Behemoth is a solid unit and any part of this unit missing makes us weaker, and that is not how we want to present our new material to our fans. Please, accept our apologies and be patient, we shall return to Europe (this fall) and US (early 2014) empowered and motivated as never before!”
It’s time to get metaled up. VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming, “That Metal Show” is returning for its 12th season. The acclaimed hard rock and heavy metal talk show hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine kicks off the latest season on Saturday, June 1st at 11:00PM ET/PT. “That Metal Show” is back with fan-favorite segments like “Stump The Trunk” and “The Vault”, but will also feature some new additions this season: “Metal Modem” features an online video chat with the biggest names in metal and hard rock from the far reaches of the globe, “Take It Or Leave It” where the hosts discuss an array of current topics and share their overly biased opinions, and many other surprise segments this season. Also returning this year is the “Guest Musician” where a legendary guitarist or drummer performs as a one-man house band throughout the show. This season’s guest musicians feature Ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, Jake E. Lee, return guitarist Richie Kotzen, and on drums, the brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice.
An evocative snare-drum seemingly derived from some mysterious place, the tender sound of an orchestra followed by a familiar and seductive oboe melody… When TARJA’s distinctive voice resounds through the speakers, her warm timbre fills the room. Her melody is full of tender emotion before the song explodes into an epic, heavy chorus:
Phoenix, Arizona’s black ‘n’ roll death miscreants TOAD (Take Over And Destroy) are readying to unleash their long-anticipated Endless Night LP. Featuring five cold, cavernous, groove-strewn hymns of chaos and disillusion, the initial scripting process of Endless Night was plagued by various bouts of misfortune including lost rehearsal spaces, run-ins with the law, crippling illness and death. However through perpetual negativity came a primal, disordered source of motivation. Indeed, the malevolent energy captured on Endless Night has inarguably resulted in band’s most sincerely powerful and cryptically profound output to date.
Endless Night was captured by returning producer/engineer Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording in Mesa, Arizona who worked with the band previously on their mammoth Rotten Tide EP and offers up a strikingly grim cover by Sean R. Williams (Animetalphysical) viewable HERE. Read the rest of this entry »
Ragnarokkr Metal Apocolypse Festival is gearing up for its fourth installment to be held next year in Chicago, IL. The festival as featured in the past some of the best true heavy metal bands in the world such as; Omen, Shok Paris, Helstar, Brocas Helm, Wizard, Virgin Steel, Blacksmith, and Oz among many others. 2014 promises to up hold this tradition of gathering the best metal bands to for the finest true metal festival in the United States.
Such a project is a massive undertaking and the help and support of the fans is needed…
A Kickstarter campaign is underway to help raise funds to see this glorious gathering happen again. For the price of a coffee, a value meal, or that last beer at the bar you can make a small donation to show your support to the metal cause and helped to assure that this event continues.
Please check out the Kickstarter campagn by clicking the link below? Several packages have been assembled for you donations. Non too small or too great, and all is appreicated. Thank you and hoped to see you all at Ragnarokkr 2014.