The world’s most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite lineup of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet to Canada. Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be recruiting one independent Canadian band to perform at this year’s highly celebrated gathering of metal heads in Wacken, Germany. Searching forthe strongest contenders, Metal Battle Canada will showcase Canada’s premiere talents for one true champion to represent the nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival.
Being held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC during the months of May and June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join a list of Canadianheavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches of Bloods, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.
The W:O:A Metal Battle was founded in 2004 to encourage future generations of heavy metal and rock, as Wacken Open Air believes in supporting the future of metal music and its musicians.
Submissions for Metal Battle Canada can be completed via the online application at the following link below and will be open from Feb 18th to deadline on March 10th. (Please remember to select the city in which you would like to potentially compete.)
REALM OF CHAOS, the classic 1989 album from British death metal legends BOLT THROWER, has been remastered with Full Dynamic Range audio and is available now on CD/DVD and limited edition vinyl LP.
REALM OF CHAOS is the band’s second full-length album and their Earache Records debut, which cemented the band’s position in 1989 among the heaviest of the underground scene. The album features new artwork from the original artist, JOHN SIBBICK.
The album has been specially remastered from the original tapes using Full Dynamic Range (FDR) mastering, allowing the music’s nuances to shine through, giving the whole album a more ferocious and dynamic sound and enabling the listener to immerse themselves in the full audio heaviness like never before.
The REALM OF CHAOS Full Dynamic Range CD includes a bonus DVD featuring a full, previously-unreleased live performance from the legendary 1989 “Grindcrusher” tour. The album is also available on limited edition vinyl.
Italian blackened metaller Azrath-11 have posted on YouTube the streaming of a brand new song that will be contained on the band’s second new full-length titled “Ov Tentacles And Spirals”. Cover was created by artist Marco Hasmann, famous to have worked for band like Blasphemer, Collapse Within, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septycal Gorge, Stillness Blade, Vile and many more. The new album will be release on February, 23 via Punishment 18 Records. “Ov Tentacles And Spirals” tracklist:
01. Awaiting the Inexorable (intro)
02. Emblem Ov Primordial Tides
03. Enraging The Water Spirit
04. Maelstrom Descent
05. Domination Ov The Streams
07. Sunset Ov The Abysmal Embrace
08. Beholding The Oceans
09. Let The Realms Rise
10. He Who Dwells The Dephts
11. God Ov Emptiness (Morbid Angel Cover)
Curated by Primordial lead vocalist, Alan Averill, the purpose of this inaugural Redemption event in his home city of Dublin was to bring together half a dozen of Europe’s top black metal outfits under a single roof in a way which the Irish capital had never seen before. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever dreamt about or wondered what it feels like to travel around like a real rock star? Do you want to ride, party and sleep in a real rock’n'roll-nightliner-bus? Just like the band and crew? Do you want to experience life on the road – like your favourite band? SAXON? How about not only like Saxon – but with them? Dream no more, because now not only is this possible, it is now a reality!
According to the press release:
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience offers you – for the first time ever – the opportunity to join Saxon on tour! Travel with us in a real nightliner bus, the same kind of bus that the band and crew travel in on their tour. We will take you to selected gigs (Nottingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. Dates 19, 20, 21, and 22nd of April). You will follow the bands tour bus to the gigs, and in most cases (depends on individual gig access) park right next to them.
You will then join the band and crew at soundchecks, we will provide your tickets for the shows and also arrange for you to have priority access/entrance to the shows so that you get the best views at the shows. Not only that but we will arrange either an exclusive The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience-meet-and-greet with the entire band where you can ask them anything you have been dying to ask them, get your autographs and take loads of your own pictures, close-up and personal. Or we will arrange that you will have a once-in-a-lifetime-treat, your own exclusive meal with the band in a local restaurant or backstage. (the meet-and-greet or meal will be confirmed in advance, so you will know which of these fantastic offers are available)
In addition you will receive your own collectable laminated exclusive The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience-tourpass. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience has saved the best treat until last, we will arrange your own fantastic aftershow party with the entire band attending. This party will be the highlight of your The Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience tour with us.
Included in the deal:
• Your own Rock ‘N’ Roll-nightliner-bus and experienced Rock ‘N’ Roll-driver.
• Your own tour manager who will liaise with the bands tour manager to organise each days events.
• You will have VIP-access to all the gigs/shows.
So do not wonder anymore, live the dream and join us on our next tour.
All of this is available exclusively to Rock ‘N’ Roll Experience-clients only. There are very limited places available for these fantastic touring experiences on each tour.
It’s official, original TROUBLE drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson (RETRO GRAVE, IN~GRAVED) will appear on the next as-of-yet untitled TROUBLE album set for a 2013 release. Olson wrote on his HEADY METAL WITH JEFF OLSON Facebook page today:
“It’s official… I’m going to be playing some keys on the next Trouble record. Been working on some intros. Don’t know when the record will be released. I’m also going on tour with Victor Griffin’s In~Graved this Spring playing keys… tour dates coming soon. After that, a new Retro Grave record with special guests guitar players. Can’t wait!”
Suffering is the Seed, the sophomore album from Colombian death/black metal assassins NEPENTE is out now via Singapore-based independent record label Sonic Blast Media.
Previously available through the band, Sonic Blast recently allied themselves with NEPENTE for the release of Suffering is the Seed on CD format. Vinyl treatment for the album will come later this year courtesy of badGod Music. Suffering is the Seed is available at this location.
Suffering is the Seed was mixed and mastered at Poland’s legendary Hertz Recording Studio (VADER, HATE, BEHEMOTH, DECAPITATED, etc).
Extreme metallers THE AGONIST have announced a string of dates with DANZIG and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY along the West Coast! In regards to these upcoming tour dates (and the recent cancellation of their trek with CRADLE OF FILTH in February/March), the band comments:
“We were very honored and excited to have been included on this tour with three amazing bands that we have the utmost admiration and respect for…So when news of the cancellation came through we were not only disappointed but heartbroken about losing out on the entire experience of touring with CRADLE OF FILTH, THE FACELESS and DECAPITATED. All the members of THE AGONIST have been gearing up for this tour since the fall of last year and we were really looking forward to putting on an amazing show for both old fans and new fans alike…But alas, THE AGONIST moves on and is proud to announce an upcoming tour with the almighty DANZIG(!!!) as well as the legendary CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in the month of April, 2013! As a way to still connect with our fans, we will be holding specials in our online merch store throughout the next month. We want to wish the best of luck to the bands that were on this tour and as for the fans, the wait will be more than worth it when we come to your town in the upcoming year!”
Check the dates below to see when THE AGONIST will be coming to a city near you (more dates will be added soon):
DANZIG, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, THE AGONIST tour dates
Apr. 17–Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Apr. 19–Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Apr. 20–Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Apr. 22–Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ
Apr. 23–Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street
Apr. 24–Dallas, TX @ Palladium
Apr. 26–Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
Apr. 27–Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
Apr. 28–Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
THE AGONIST will be touring in support of their recent release, Prisoners. If you still haven’t heard Prisoners, click here to watch the video for the album track “Panophobia.” The album is available for purchase at iTunes here and CM Distro here.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal act HATRIOT, featuring former EXODUS frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza, released their debut album, Heroes Of Origin, on January 25th in Europe, and on February 12th in North America. The album was recorded with producer Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, Exodus, TESTAMENT) and features guest appearances from Testament’s Chuck Billy and MACHINE HEAD’s Phil Demmel.
The band has checked in with the following update:
“Hatriots! Hope everyone is pleased Heroes Of Origin! We truly appreciate all of your support on iTunes, Amazon and those who could obtain it in stores so far. News for all is we are going to be filming a music video for a song off the album, ‘And Your Children To Be Damned’!
Not getting into details too much but we need a little help. In an open search we need two northern California Hatriot ladies between the age of 19-26 to help us shoot our video. If you or someone you know would be interested to fill the spot out please message our Facebook page. The video will be shot March 10th. So if you’re interested to be a part of our video, and helping us out please message us for more details.”
Heroes Of Origin tracklisting:
‘Weapons Of Class Destruction’
‘Murder American Style’
‘Blood Stained Wings’
‘The Violent Time Of My Dark Passenger’
‘And Your Children To Be Damned’
‘The Mechanics Of Annihilation’
‘Shadows Of The Buried’
‘Heroes Of Origin’
According to the official website of NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen, the keyboardist has eight songs “roughly ready” for his Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck project. “Only two months until the demo studio,” he says.
Holopainen recently talked about the roots of the project:
“It was back in 1999, during the Oceanborn tour, that I remember first having the idea of writing a ‘soundtrack’ to my all-time favorite piece of Disney comic, The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, by Don Rosa, the apparent heir of the almighty Carl Barks. This book has had such an overwhelming effect on me throughout these years, and finally I have the means and the time to make that dream a reality.
It all started with a story called Last Sled To Dawson, which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck – magazine in the late ’80′s. It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald – stories and also introduced Mr. Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual Life And Times – opus, though, but ‘a companion story’, set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12 – chapter piece was released in mid ’90′s I was completely and utterly hooked. It was similar to reading The Lord Of The Rings as an eight-year-old, or seeing Raiders Of The Lost Ark for the first time. Adventure, fun and the strangely familiar feeling of home.
With Scrooge there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags.
This is a book about life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It’s about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It’s about love & family, gain and loss, darkness & rebirth.
And on top of that, well, it’s just your good old fashioned storytelling fun!
I have been twiddling around with certain themes for some months now and have an idea for five songs. The demo recordings are scheduled for May 2013, just before the festival season starts and we’re off with Nightwish again. The actual recordings then start in August – September and should be finished by the end of the year, making a release during the first half of 2014 a possibility.
Mr. Pip Williams has agreed to do the orchestral and choral arrangements and we will use pretty much the same London session musicians as we did on Imaginaerum. Troy Donockley will bring Scrooge’s Scottish origins to life with his pipes and whistles, and there will also be a few more guest musicians and singers involved.
This journey is very, very dear and personal to me and I’m honored to have Mr. Rosa’s approval on the project. It’ll be a beautiful storytime, once again!”
Blazing with over fifty minutes of supreme, metallic occult rock, Angels’ Necropolis, the infernal debut album from YEAR OF THE GOAT, has been claiming mass praise from heavy metal fans and critics alike, elevating this new act in the ranks of the scene quickly.
A brilliantly infectious album highlighting classic metal/occult rock harmonies Östergötland/Norrköping, Sweden-based quintet seemingly permeate the air around them with, rather than “perform” or “execute,” the atmospheric permeation of the eight rituals which comprise their Angel’s Necropolis offering form the proper conditions to transport the listener to another plane of existence; a meditative state in tribute to Lucifer and his legions. The album was released on CD, LP and digitally worldwide via Ván Records, also liable for bringing The Devil’s Blood, The Ruins Of Beverast, Nagelfar and others into the cult spotlight over the last decade.
This week YEAR OF THE GOAT has set loose a brand new video for the track “Spirits Of Fire,” showcasing the incredibly hooks and melodies the band have seemingly perfected, depicted in a psychedelic 70s Occult horror theme.
YEAR OF THE GOAT will hit the stage sporadically and continuously through the year, having just announced the acts first confirmed performances of 2013. Stay tuned for further updates as more shows are confirmed.
YEAR OF THE GOAT Live Rituals:
3/01/2013 John Dee – Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway
3/09/2013 Dynamo – Norrköping, Sweden
3/22/2013 Harry’s Rock Night – Linkoping, Sweden
5/24/2013 Club Destroyer – Sundsvall, Sweden
7/27/2013 Skogsröjet – Rejmre, Sweden
8/29/2013 Beyond The Gates – Bergen, Norway
11/16/2013 Hammer Of Doom Festival – Würzburg, Germany
Critically acclaimed Dutch pagan metallers HEIDEVOLK will embark upon their first North American tour starting next month! Touring alongside the esteemed ENSIFERUM and former labelmates TYR as well as hot newcomers Trollfest and Helsott, Napalm recording artists HEIDEVOLK will proudly take part in Paganfest America Part IV, which will roll through 21 cities across the United States and Canada. Presented by Rock The Nation America, the Paganfest America Part IV tour will be hitting the following cities/venues:
3/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
4/01 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/03 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/14 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
A statement from HEIDEVOLK to their North American fans reads: “Pagan brotherhood of Vinland, your shores beckon! We are preparing to cross the mighty waves of Aegir’s realm to pay you a visit! Once there, our heathen legion will join forces with the tribes of Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, and Helsott to form a horde of unsurpassed power! Hail the gods, hail to Vinland! See you at Paganfest America!”
A web-friendly ad-mat for the tour is available here, and also in hi-res upon request:
HEIDEVOLK’s Batavi was released by NAPALM RECORDS in North America last March. For more info, consult www.heidevolk.com, www.facebook.com/heidevolkofficial, www.napalmrecords.com, and www.facebook.com/paganfestusa.
The original 1996 release of Skin The Living marked the beginning of JUNGLE ROT’s reign over Midwest metal and put the Wisconsin foursome on the map. Almost 20 years later, this classic debut albumis coming out of the vault. On February 19th, the band will rerelease the newly mixed and remastered Skin The Living. Not just a welcomed memory for metal fans, vocalist Dave Matrise reflects on loyal fans and sticking to their roots. Watch the video here.