Photograph by Derek Carr from Vision in Pixels taken at Funky Winkerbeans in Vancouver, BC
Striker’s line-up features: Dan Cleary (vocals), Chris Segger (lead/rhythm guitar), Dave Arnold (bass), Adam Brown (drums), and new member Tim Brown (lead/rhythm guitar) replacing long time guitarist Ian Sandercock. Striker is currently on tour across Canada which is wrapping up on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Boonstock in Gibbons, Alberta. For other dates of the Heavy Metal Rampage Tour please visit the Tumblr here.
Charlotte, NC’s Wretched will be embarking on a headlining tour of the eastern and central US this August. Joining them on tour will be Metal Blade artists Abiotic, Allegaeon, and Rivers of Nihil. The tour will begin on August 2nd in Winston-Salem, NC, and wraps up on August 31st in Lake Worth, FL. Wretched’s latest album, “The Exodus of Autonomy,“ is available now via Victory Records.
Surfacing from the heart of South Florida, Miami’s Abiotic transcends high above the rest with a most preternatural sound. By interweaving well-cultivated musical dexterity and pronounced lyrical finesse, Abiotic epitomizes an unwonted entity of unmatched musicianship. In a short amount of time since the quintet’s inception in 2010, this ghoulish coterie has made a paramount impact in the death metal scene and support from the masses continues to grow. The five-piece group consists of vocalist Ray Jimenez, bassist Alex Vazquez, drummer Andres Hurtado and guitarists Matt Mendez and Johnathan Matos. The band’s Metal Blade debut, Symbiosis, is available everywhere now and their Dan Drescher-directed music video, Facades, is streaming at metalblade.com/abiotic.
Canadian power thrashers Sanktuary are premiering their second single ‘Heat Lightning’ off their upcoming debut album ‘Something Fierce’ on PureGrainAudio.com at the following location here.
The eight track power thrash thrill ride will be released on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 via Canadian metal label Spread The Metal Records and is available for pre-orderhere.
Spawning from high school friendship and growing into something much more epic, Sanktuary kicked things off with two back-to-back EPs – 2009′s self-titled release and 2010′s Black Magic Brew – and soon followed that up with a massive move from Whitehorse, Yukon to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, will return this August with their new epic masterpiece entitled Labyrinth. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio and hones in on the band’s unique traits, giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Colin Marks (ORIGIN, KATAKLYSM) also created the cover artwork, as well as several pieces of art for a massive inlay. Labyrinth will be released August 16, 2013 in Europe and August 20, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Read the rest of this entry »
Chicago’s OCEANO have revealed the artwork for their upcoming new album, INCISIONS, which is due to be released later this year on Earache Records in Europe, and via Century Media/Earache Records in the USA.
INCISIONS is the band’s third album, and was recorded at Electrowerks Studio in Downers Grove, Illinois. The artwork for INCISIONS was created by KEN SARAFIN (THE BRIDAL PROCESSION, CATALEPSY).
Las Vegas-based doom metallers DEMON LUNG will venture west in the coming weeks to perform selections from their recently released full-length debut, The Hundredth Name. Joining the quintet on select dates will be friends Wounded Giant and Castle. Dates are set to begin June 29th in Salt Lake City and wrap with a hometown show on August 18th.
Dream Theater’s Jame LaBrie is back with a powerful new studio album effort entitled “Impermanent Resonance”, to be released on July 29th, 2013 in Europe
and August 6th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
The new album’s dynamic opening track, “Agony”, is now available to be checked out via the website of UK’s Metal Hammer magazine here.
James LaBrie comments about “Agony” as follows:
“I am completely over the top with ‘Impermanent Resonance’ and here is its first single, ‘Agony’. I am more than sure that you will be banging your head and your blood will be coursing through you like jet fuel. As far as I am concerned this is only a teaser to 11 other tracks that will take you for a dynamic and emotional ride.
Crank this song and Raaaaaaaawk!”
Matt Guillory, LaBrie’s songwriting partner for over a dozen years now and keyboardist / background vocalist on “Impermanent Resonance” added as follows:
“Stylistically, I think ‘Agony’ is an interesting blend of melodic death metal and pop – from the riffing and blast beats interspersed in the intro, to where it really opens up melodically in the chorus. I like the pop-influenced interplay of the lead vocal and the keyboards that occur in the verse and chorus. This was a real fun collaboration with Peter Wichers. It’s got a little bit of everything.”
Sensory Records welcomes Norwegian progressive metal quintet WITHEM to the label’s roster, as the up-and-coming act prepares to release their debut full-length late this Summer.
Inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus, WITHEM formed in 2011, their music offering varied sonic landscapes for the listener to explore, whether with its elaborate interplay between all musicians or with straightforward power metal anthems. With a solid online fanbase and several stellar live performances in Oslo and beyond already under their belts, the band has completed their debut album which caught the ear of the prog aficianados at Sensory/The Laser’s Edge, who immediately brought the band on board for the release of the new opus.
Head over to WHITECHAPEL’sYouTube channel to check out a brand new video update from the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet that offers a personal look into the band’s lives on the road during the Asking Alexandria tour and stay tuned to the band’s website for an announcement coming soon. Fans can also subscribe to vocalist Phil Bozeman’s channel, which focuses on gaming as well as responses to questions from fans, at youtube.com/phillybo1985 and to guitarist Alex Wade‘s official YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/AlexWadeOfficial, which focuses on song play throughs, gear demos, and a home studio tour.
BAND TO HEADLINE MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE AT ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2013
CHILDREN OF BODOM – HALO OF BLOOD
Halo Of Blood, theeighth studio album by world renowned Finnish heavy metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM, has debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #54 following its first week of release. Additional Billboard chart debuts include:
#7 – Hard Music
#13 – Independent Albums
#22 – Current Rock
#24 – Rock
#52 – Top Current Albums
Halo Of Blood also debuted at #21 on the Canadian Top 200 Albums chart.
Rhode Island riff manglers HOWL will bring their sonic excess to the streets this Summer on a near month long headlining tour. Set to commence on July 20th in their hometown of Providence, the New Noise Magazine-sponsored trek will storm its way across the country, coming to a close on August 17th in Portland, Oregon. Support will be provided by label mates Lord Dying.
The Austrian Thrash/Death Metal band DARKFALL publishes a youtube-video including live sequences for “The Gods Await”. The song is taken from their new album “Road To Redemption” which was released in the end of May by Noisehead Records.
SAVAGE MESSIAH have confirmed plans to enter the studio on July 1st to begin recording their as-yet untitled new studio album.
The band will be working on the follow-up to 2012′s PLAGUE OF CONSCIENCE with producer SCOTT ATKINS (SYLOSIS, BEHEMOTH) at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, having already worked with him on the band’s last two albums.
Kiko Loureiro is a metal fusion solo guitarist and founding member of Brazilian progressive/power metal band Angra. In this interview Kiko had just finished, the previous night, performing at a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil which was filmed and will be released as
a live performance DVD in the next few months.
Kiko chats about this special concert which featured the 3 different musical styles and chapters in his solo career, from Metal, Progressive and Brazilian fusion music. The concert also featured special guest performers such as Virgil Donati (Planet X, Allan Holdsworth) on drums.
Kiko also shares his early musical roots, the formation of Angra, his approach to songwriting and soloing, and a lot more.