Finnish Symphonic Metal legends NIGHTWISH have revealed the cover artwork and more details of their upcoming new live DVD. »Showtime, Storytime« contains the entire NIGHTWISH headliner show, played at this years’ legendary Wacken Open Air – the world’s biggest heavy metal festival. The live show in the front of 85 000 screaming metalheads was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total duration of 85 minutes.
The second disc consists of 120-minute tour documentary ‘Please Learn The Setlist in 48 Hours’, also directed by Ville Lipiäinen, with no short of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute NIGHTWISH Table Hockey Tournament, filmed on tour. On top of this there are two music clips: ‘I Want My Tears Back’ (Live at Hartwall Arena) and ‘Ghost Love Score’ (Live in Buenos Aires).
The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of the band’s `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2013, which saw the Norsemen and their Dutch amazon Floor Jansen (REVAMP) playing of 104 concerts in 34 different countries with total audience of over 1,5 million fans around the globe.
Mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen states: “Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in NIGHTWISH on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!” Read the rest of this entry »
ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters is featured in a career-spanning interview with Dead Rhetoric. An excerpt from the discussion is available below:
Dead Rhetoric: As the ’90s wore on, the band started to do better in Europe, but remained idle in America. At that point, were you like, “Forget it!”?
Waters: “Yes, I stopped looking in 1995 when I was trying to get a deal for King Of The Kill. The Japanese and European labels were signing me to good deals, but I couldn’t get anyone in North America to respond to my faxes – that was the thing back then, and phone calls. Nobody wants us, reality check. I took it as a slam against me, the industry wouldn’t accept me. If I didn’t have Europe or Japan behind me I would probably be a bum on the street or dead right now (laughs). Music is my life, I didn’t want to change band names or music styles, I got lucky.”
Dead Rhetoric: What was the tipping point in terms of you shifting your focus away from North America? Was it Never, Neverland?
Waters: “Roadrunner dropped everything that was metal. There were no bands left from that purge- Canadian or United States that had the word metal in it. You had Robb Flynn from VIO-LENCE turn into MACHINE HEAD, they didn’t start off with the thrash they have been playing recently – they had red jumpsuits on and changed their sound/image. Bands lost their record deals – nobody was in a position to carry on. Most bands just got jobs, some bands adapted and got rid of their name, changed out musicians and went on. For Machine Head that worked. We said, this is what we do. We had the luck of Europe and Japan staying with these styles and still buying our music.
My opinion would be much different if those two territories had not been there, I probably would have been quite bitter and depressed. We didn’t have an option in North America unless I wanted to change the name of the band and play a different form of music. Set the World On Fire didn’t do well in North America, but it was the second biggest album for us ever in Japan, and King Of The Kill was the biggest one there, Set The World On Fire had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo Festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that. I didn’t have time to tour the world and try to break back in Canada and the United States. Playing this was not the kind of music the labels wanted to sign anyway, a traditional form of heavy metal and thrash metal. Fans may have wanted it, but the industry didn’t, the clubs didn’t, the booking agents didn’t.”
LACUNA COIL have officially begun work on their upcoming new studio album, the highly-anticipated follow-up to ‘Dark Adrenaline,’ which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour North America not only as headliners, but also on support runs with MEGADETH, MOTORHEAD and VOLBEAT, then SEVENDUST and COAL CHAMBER. Read the rest of this entry »
Renowned UK-based international rock festival booker and artist manager Seven Webster, owner of 7pm Management (worldwide manager of Skindred and booker of festivals such as “Hard Rock Hell,” “Hammerfest” and other events) has teamed up with A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO Founder & President Sat Bisla (who has worked as a rock DJ and was involved in the early support of artists such as Wolfmother, Rammstein, H-Blockx, Airbourne, The Temper Trap, Muse and many others) to launch the first-ever Global Rock Summit (GRS) in Hollywood, California in April 2014.
At the East Los Angeles’ iconic venue The Vex, a collection of eleven of underground grindcore’s sickest will performed in tribute to the Grindfather himself, Jesse Pintado. The brainchild of the late guitarist’s sister, Emma Pintado, the Sept 14th show featured performances by Nausea, Sadistic Intent, Repulsion, Excruciating Terror, Endless Demise, Fenders Ballroom, Anarchus, Stapled Shut, Bloodcum, Malpractice Insurance, and Your Enemy.
Mike Abominator, LA’s Gravehill and host of Hellheim Radio, had the following to say the event, “I just wanted to spread the word about this killer gig! I’m very proud of what my friends here have put together and the way everyone came together to support this insane time! The Los Angeles Underground has really come together to support and help out with this special event. The mighty Emma Pintado, sister of Jesse Pintado, has put together, with her GRINDCORE COLLECTIVE, an amazing show that will take place this Saturday September 14th. The line up is legendary and in place. All due respects and hails to Emma and the Grind Familia, the bands playing and the maniacs attending. Get ready to GRIND YOUR MIND, FACES AND EAR DRUMS! THIS IS FOR YOU JESSE!” Read the rest of this entry »
Soldierfield album pre-production has now begun and release is scheduled for early 2014. Commented Leigh: “We’re really happy with how things are going, the songs are shaping up great and we’re really building on the blueprint we laid out with the EP but taking the song writing further. Look out for the crushing riffs and massive hooks like before and the odd new element! It’s great to be working with Steve (Wray) again on the production side and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!”
25 October – Hark To Towler, Tottington (plus Sinnergod and Asylum City Zoo)
1 November – The Tudor, Wigan (supporting Sinnergod)
23 November – Snooty Fox, Wakefield (plus Sinnergod and Asylum City Zoo)
Debut EP ‘Bury The Ones We Love’ (October 2012)
“Something that makes ‘Bury The Ones We Love’ an impressive and exciting debut is that it bristles with an urgency and energy most bands fail to muster in an entire career” Fireworks
“Leigh’s voice is quite exceptional – melodic, powerful and passionate – and is the perfect accompaniment to the huge, driving riffs that are at the heart of the Soldierfield sound”. Zero Tolerance
Keep an eye on the website for forthcoming news and sneak previews along the way.
Tokyo based Japanese warriors in Cyclamen are back with a new line-up, and are releasing yet another tech metal infused album, entitled ‘Ashura’, a follow on from their album ‘Senjyu’.
But this time, it’s going to be available in two different masters, one from Hayato Imanishi (vocals), and the other master from Acle Kahney (TesseracT), to accommodate both preferences in production, the bedroom sound and the larger studio sound.
This album consists of a manic array of Japanese riffs and authentic vocals in the Japanese tongue.
Midwestern metal quintet, SKELETONWITCH, have released a second behind-the-scenes video documenting the recording of their highly anticipated new album, Serpents Unleashed, due to drop this October. Check it out at Invisible Oranges, HERE.
Serpents Unleashed — which ties a bow around the band’s rambunctious first decade of blackened metal — will be released in North America on October 29th, in Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on October 25th and on October 28th in the UK and the rest of Europe. The album, which was recorded at GodCity Studio earlier this year with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, High on Fire), has been hailed by Decibel as SKELETONWITCH‘s “best effort to date.” Agrees Metalholic in 9.5/10 rating: “Every song, every melody, every note just screams metal.” View a sneak peak of the band tracking “Burned From Bone” at THIS LOCATION.
Serpents Unleashed is now available for preorder on CD, audio cassette, three different 180-gram LP variants (black, clear or red) and a limited-edition seen-inch collector’s box via http://www.skeletonwitch.com.
Candlelight Records today confirms November 11th as the North American release date for Obsideo, the new album from Dutch metal extremists PESTILENCE. Produced by vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli, the album is the band’s inaugural recording for the label and first new material from the four-piece since 2011.
“We have gone beyond our human limits to achieve the highest form of brutal music,” reveals Mameli when discussing the album’s creation. “The musicianship is such high quality; it is really ten of the most demanding songs written in death metal.”
DAGOBA ANNOUNCES U.S. STREET DATE FOR NEW RECORD
“POST MORTEM NIHIL EST” AVAILABLE 11/5/13
NEW SONG DEBUTED TODAY
French metal act DAGOBA have officially announced the release of their new LP “Post Mortem Nihil Est,” which will be available in the states on November 5, 2013. In anticipation of its release, the band has released another single called “The Great Wonder.”
New Album ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ Hits Stores in North American on October 1, 2013
U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING are soon to unleash their new studio album entitled Darkness In A Different Light on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Another song from the new album, ‘I Am’, can be checked out now via a static video on the InsideOutMusic YouTube-channel:
Darkyra Black, the musical vision of one woman, a vision made reality with the completion of some of Europe’s best musicians. For those not familiar with Darkyra Black, she takes the best parts of female fronted symphonic metal and bends it to her will with her beautiful soaring melodies. Upon first listen you may liken it to industry greats such as Within Temptation or even Tarja (ex-Nightwish) but in doing so you wouldn’t even come close. Very few women in the industry are able to weave music in such as way as Darkyra and make music her own muse.
Latest video clip “Tears By Candlelight” proved just that when it took over Youtube with over 30000 views in less than a week. Unfortunately, resulting in an A-typical corporate response to flag it and remove the video. Still, the video has been reintroduced to demonstrate the untapped talent that Darkyra demonstrates and melodies that she bends to her own style.
With BLACK SABBATH’s North American tour wrapping up last week (September 3) with a sold-out show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, fans who didn’t see the band live will now have the chance to experience them via a new DVD, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” (Vertigo/Republic).
Pics and article by Arto Lehtinen & Timo Hanhirova
The 3rd Hammer Open Air was held at a new location. The line-up of this year’s Hammer Open Air was utterly killer and offered everything from sludge stoner to extreme black/death metal. The whole festival is an authentic event, even though there is quite a limited capacity as just over a thousand extreme underground metal diggers had crawled to the fest. Read the rest of this entry »