Metal Maniacs co-founder Katherine Ludwig passes away

January 31st, 2015
by EvilG
Metal Maniacs co-founder Katherine Ludwig

Metal Maniacs co-founder Katherine Ludwig

Former Metal Maniacs editor Katherine Ludwig died yesterday (Friday, January 30) a little after 1:00 p.m. at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York. She passed very quickly and peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s Reed Mullin had this to say about Katherine Ludwig: “I’m not sure folks today know just how instrumental [Katherine] was in introducing and exposing your typical ‘metal maniac’ of the early ’90s to so many badass bands. A lot of which, like C.O.C., had never been given an audience like that before. We had been in fanzines with circulations of maybe a couple hundred, but Metal Maniacs was thousands and thousands! A great advocate for little known underground metal, as well as hardcore/punk bands, she promoted the ‘Blind’ album to the point where by the end of the year it was on virtually everyone’s top ten metal albums of 1991.”

He continued: “I can’t overstate how important she was to C.O.C.’s success. Without her, ‘Blind’ wouldn’t have sold what it did. And after that, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say there probably would never have been a ‘Deliverance’ album.”

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CHRIS HOLMES – Solo artist, ex-W.A.S.P. – Part 1

January 31st, 2015
by Marko Syrjala

Chris Holmes



Chris Holmes, born 1958 in Glendale, California, is a heavy metal guitarist who started his musical career in the Pasadena, California area in the late 1970s. Holmes is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of heavy-metal band W.A.S.P. Holmes was a member of W.A.S.P. from 1982 to 1990 and during that period the band released their most successful albums: W.A.S.P, THE LAST COMMAND, INSIDE THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS and HEADLESS CHILDREN.  Holmes left the band in 1990 but was asked to rejoin in 1996. The band released its cult classic album KILL FUCK DIE, followed by a live album and HELLDORADO (1999). Holmes and W.A.S.P. disbanded again in 2001 and since then Holmes has been a part of many different projects including his former bandmate Randy Piper’s Animal and Where Angels Suffer. In 2012, Holmes released his first solo  album NOTHIN TO LOSE which is produced, managed and distributed by Chris along with his wife Sarah. At the beginning of 2014, Holmes left behind his life in California and moved to Europe with Sarah. Currently they are living in France and he’s putting the final touches on his upcoming sophomore album titled SHITTING BRICKS. I met “the Mean Man” in May in Finland and then we went through Holmes’s life, career and his opinions about a variety of topics such as his former band mates. Read on! Read the rest of this entry »

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Rigor Mortis – Casey Orr, Bruce Corbitt & Mike Taylor

January 30th, 2015
by Robert Williams


Interview with Casey Orr, Bruce Corbitt & Mike Taylor

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Veteran Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas based thrash assassins Rigor Mortis recently released “Slaves To The Grave” their third and final full-length album this past October through the band’s own Rigor Mortis Records. The blazing, frenetic shredding of guitarist Mike Scaccia (R.I.P.) assaults the listener’s ears posthumously on tracks like “Poltergeist” “Flesh For Flies” & “Fragrance Of Corpse”. Shortly after the album’s release the surviving members of Rigor Mortis performed at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas under the Wizards of Gore moniker with their immensely talented friend Mike Taylor lending a helping hand on guitar. We caught up with bassist and founding member Casey Orr, original vocalist Bruce Corbitt and the aforementioned live guitarist Mike Taylor shortly after their performance at Housecore Horror Film Festival to talk metal and horror and are pleased to present you with this exclusive feature interview with one of the all-time greats of thrash metal.

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UFO Releases Album Teaser for A Conspiracy Of Stars

January 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


British Hard Rock legends UFO release a new teaser for the upcoming studio album “A Conspiracy Of Stars”.  The trailer is available for viewing HERE.

The album will be released March 3rd in jewel case, vinyl blue colored double LP and download through SPV/Steamhammer.  It is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.

Of course you don’t need to attach more importance to this piece of news than it necessarily has, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned: for the first time in more than 20 years, one of the most British rock bands in music history has recorded a studio album in their native country. Their latest offering is entitled A Conspiracy Of Stars, was cut by rock legend UFO and breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years. A strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start. The fact that A Conspiracy Of Stars was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) may be considered another successful element in a thoroughly consistent release. To cut a long story short: their 22nd studio recording to date sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended in a homogeneous whole.


Fri 20 Germany, Barby – Rautenkranz
Sat 21 Germany, Berlin – K17
Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabrück – Saal Stock
Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg – Downtown Blues Club
Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
Thu 26 Germany, Bochum – Zeche
Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg – Kubana
Sat 28 Germany, Affalter – Zur Linde

Mon 02 Germany, Rostock – Mau Club
Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw – Stodola
Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius  – Forum Palace
Fri 06 Poland, Krakow – Kwadrat
Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm  – Riffelhof
Tue 10 Germany, Osterode – Dorster Festhalle
Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg – Jazzhaus
Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug – Choller Halle

Thu 16 England, Norwich – Waterfront
Fri 17 England, Cambridge – Junction
Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sun 19 England, Manchester – Ritz
Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin – The Academy
Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast – The Limelight
Fri 24 England, Glasgow – O2 ABC
Sat 25 England, Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sun 26 England, Leeds – O2 Academy
Tue 28 England, Nottingham – Rock City
Thu 30 England, Bristol – O2 Academy

Fri 01 England, Falmouth – Pavilion
Sat 02 England, Exeter – Phoenix
Sun 03 England, Salisbury – City Hall
Tue 05 England, Brighton – Concorde 2
Wed 06 England, Oxford – O2 Academy
Thu 07 England, London – HMV Forum

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HIRAX Releases New Video For “Hellion Rising”

January 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Legendary Thrash Metal Act HIRAX have released a new video for the song “Hellion Rising” from their latest album Immortal Legacy.  The video can be viewed HERE.

HIRAX vocalist Katon W. De Pena comments on the making of their new music video for “Hellion Rising” from the album Immortal Legacy:

“The new HIRAX video “Hellion Rising” is a visual thrash metal experience. We filmed on location in the historic Battery Bunkers built in 1942 hidden in the hills of San Pedro, California.  This is our second video directed and produced by Donovan Vim Crony. The scenery is the perfect backdrop for HIRAX’s brand of intense thrash metal.  No green scenes, fake production or props were used in the making of this high definition video / film. The release will coincide with the announcement of our upcoming European tour / concert dates 2015.  We are very excited to hit the road again and play our music for all the die hard, European, thrash metal maniacs!”

HIRAX European Tour Dates 2015

13.03. UK-Gwynedd – Hammerfest Festival
14.03. UK-Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
15.03. UK-Birmingham – Asylum 2
16.03. UK-Manchester – Sound Control
17.03. UK-Winchester – Railway Inn
18.03. UK-London – Black Heart Camden
19.03. B-Deinze – Elpee
20.03. NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
21.03. NL-Katwijk – Scum
24.03. E-Zaragoza – Sala Utopia
26.03. E-Madrid – Sala Lemon
27.03. E-Palencia – At Mosh Phera Zero
28.03. E-Granada – La Petite
30.03. F-Toulouse – Les Pavillions Sauvages
03.04. I-Milan – Blue Rose Saloon
04.04. SVK-Bratislava – Randal Club
05.04. D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore

09.07. CZ-Trutnov – Obscene Extreme Festival
10.07. PL-Zori – Ozi Pub
11.07. PL-Gdynia – Atlantic Club
12.07. PL-Szczecin – Slowianin Club
13.07. PL-Warsaw – Progressja
14.07. D-Berlin – SO36
16.07. SVK-Kosice – Colliseum Club
17.07. CZ-Pohori – Agressive Fest
18.07. D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
19.07. D-Egelsee – Schwarzer Adler
20.07. CH-Olton – Coq d`Or
21.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
22.07. A-Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
23.07. D-Kassel – K19
24.07. D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
25.07. NL-Steenwijk – Stonehenge Festival
26.07. B-Ostend – JH Ohk

The latest studio album “Immortal Legacy” is out now worldwide SPV/Steamhammer.  The album is available for purchase from Amazon and iTunes.

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BLACKWELDER Announce Album Title And Release Date

January 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


International power prog metal band BLACKWELDER have announced “Survival Of The Fittest” as the title of their upcoming debut album, due to be released on April 24, 2015 via German label GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music.

Hailing from the four corners of the world, BLACKWELDER is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-GAMMA RAY) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (SEVEN SERAPHIM). Bjorn Englen (DIO DISCIPLES, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Aquiles Priester (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-ANGRA) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.

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Drum Legends Carmine & Vinny Appice Release New ‘Drum Wars Live’ Video – “Stand Up And Shout!”

January 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Drummers and music fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement about the new live CD track and music video by drum legends, brothers, Carmine & Vinny Appice, titled “Stand Up And Shout!” Drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell.

Check out the new video here:

Recently, these two drum virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars”, featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June 2014 at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records. Along with Carmine and Vinny, the ‘Drum Wars Live’ CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!

“After a bunch of friends and fans gave us a bunch of footage and photos from our ‘Drum Wars’ shows we decided to put together a video from our live CD. The ‘Stand Up And Shout’ video is a good representation of what ‘Drum Wars’ is – a kick-ass show!” – Carmine Appice

Here’s what’s being said about the new video:

“A full force drum battle complete with showmanship, sight gags, musicianship, power and sibling rivalry, captured on video.” – Radio Chick. Talk show host NYC

“STAND UP AND SHOUT. Powerful and relentlessly appealing! A Metal Anthem with overtones of DIO and Cactus from two of the most powerful drummers in the world.” – Allan Handelman, Show and Syndicated Show “Rock Talk”.

“Stand for Vinnie… Shout for Carmine… Drum Wars thunders with double the power and double the punch! Drum Wars battles through the legendary drumming brothers’ catalog and rocks you with shock and awe!” – A.J. Fritz Host of Fritzrocks WLVR FM

“This percussive pair will pulverize you with their paradiddles during Drum Wars on stage and on CD. Experience it while you can!”  –  On The Air & In The Wind, Fingers

“Drum Wars is a quick, fun listen that freshens riffs and energizes lyrics while keeping the songs relevant and fast paced. It’s an easy beginning to end listen.”  – Orlando Mornings 943 The Shark,  Brian Orlando, Morning Show Host 943 The Shark

For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Visit here:

“When me and Vinny play together we push each other to our limits. Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us!” – Carmine Appice

“A CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy.” – Vinny Appice

More ‘Drum Wars Live’ tour dates are currently in the works for March and beyond. Also, coinciding with the ‘Drum Wars Live’ CD release was a series of European shows featuring both Carmine & Vinny performing alongside a jaw-dropping list of metal vocalists and musicians. Dubbed the Metal All-Stars, this year’s crop includes Geoff Tate formerly of Queensrÿche, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, and lots more!! For details, visit:

This January, Vinny Appice will be embarking on the Extreme Guitar 2015 North American Tour featuring Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy, Elliott Rubinson, Vinny Appice, Mark Boals!

Extreme Guitar 2015 North American Tour Dates
Jan 21 Ramona, CA
Jan 22 Anaheim, CA
Jan 23 Hollywood, CA
Jan 24 Las Vegas, NV
Jan 25 San Jose, CA
Jan 26 Portland, OR
Jan 27 Seattle, WA
Jan 29 Moorehead, MN
Jan 30 Spring Lake Park, MN
Jan 31 St Charles, IL
Feb 01 Chicago, IL
Feb 02 Detroit, MI
Feb 03 Toronto, ON
Feb 04 Cleveland, OH
Feb 05 Hartford, CT
Feb 06 Londonderry, NH
Feb 07 Pougkeepsie, NY
Feb 08 New York, NY
Feb 09 Springfield, VA

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ROB ZOMBIE Added To Loudwire Music Festival

January 30th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL continues to grow the line-up for the inaugural three day, multi-stage rock festival with the addition of seven-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated rock legend, visionary filmmaker, and author Rob Zombie and alt-rock heroes Weezer as festival headliners.

The two bands join previously announced headliner, GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum band, Linkin Park on the bill for the Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 festival at Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, CO. In addition, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, and Hinder have been added to the festival bill, with the full lineup to be announced in the coming weeks.

Zombie will take a break from producing his next feature film 31 to bring his raw live show, which will feature an arsenal of incendiary, infectious classics like “Dragula,” as well as the Top 10 Active Rock single “Dead City Radio and The New Gods of Super Town” off his most recent solo album release, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Arena-filling megastars, Weezer–Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar), and Scott Shriner (bass)–will perform tracks from their recently released ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and a collection of hits from their 20-year catalog to the festival.

In addition, A Day To Remember, the Ocala, Florida band who’ve grown into a worldwide phenomenon since their formation in 2003 will join GRAMMY®-winning band Halestorm, who will be releasing their massively anticipated new album INTO THE WILD LIFE on April 7, and multi-platinum Oklahoma City, hard rockers Hinder, on the festival bill.

Says Lzzy Hale, lead vocalist and guitarist of Halestorm, “The boys and I are so stoked to be coming to Colorado for Loudwire Music Festival! This is one of the events we are looking forward to the most this summer! Prepare yourself for some crazy new tunes and your faces to be melted into your shoes!”

Produced by Townsquare Media, Inc., owners of, one of the leading websites in the rock world, the inaugural LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature some of the world’s greatest rock bands from all genres of rock–hard, classic, alternative, metal and indie–performing across three stages with the goal to create the most dynamic, interesting and fun rock music festival in the West.

A variety of ticketing and camping options are on sale for festival-goers. Camping scenarios include a fully immersive weekend with the festival’s on-site camping selections ranging from standard (within walking distance to the festival grounds) starting at $95 to premier (the closest camping to the festival grounds) and VIP (campgrounds for VIP ticket holders only, close to festival grounds) starting at $180.

Weekend ticketing options include General Admission passes for $79, Reserved Seating starts at $225 and the VIP Seating & Experience packages begin at $400. Additional festival information, including all ticketing and camping options, can be found here. Stay connected with up-to-date information on the LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL by following on Facebook or @LoudwireFest on Twitter. Cheat Tweets: @LoudwireFest announces addition of @RobZombie, @Weezer & more #LoudwireFest

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SABATON w. Delain, Battle Beast Aura and Roadkill Soda – Jan 27th, 2015 Bucharest, Romania

January 29th, 2015
by Metal Rules

Sabaton, Delain, Battle Beast, Aura, RoadKill Soda

Bucharest, Romania

Reporter: Anamaria Carla Ionita

(Please note: There were some last minute issues with access to the photo pit. )

Sabaton: Bucharest, Romania; 27.01.2015

Sabaton: Bucharest, Romania; 27.01.2015

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Interview with Justin, guitarist of Zephaniah

January 28th, 2015
by J P

Interview with Justin, guitarist of Zephaniah

by JP

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Tell us a bit about the formation of the first incarnation of the band 10 years ago.
Well we were a bunch of teenagers that wanted to play music. Eventually through our influences and lineup changes we ended up a power thrash band. Our early years, most of our songs sounded like Manowar meets Iron Maiden rip-offs. Songs like “Deep Breath” and “Fight For Love” came from the first year. In 2004, I formed the band with none of the members we have now haha, We actually started as a 4 piece (Singer, drummer, guitarist, bass). After we recorded a rough demo, we required a second guitarist. After a year of lineup changes and losing our vocalist, Logan joined the band on vocals and Ian on Bass. And then a year after that, our drummer and second guitarist quit the band right before we had enough material to record an album. Ian moved to drums and we got Tyler Sumwalt on bass and Tyson Miller on guitar. And that was our most solid lineup and the lineup we had on “Stories from the Book of Metal”.
What does Zephaniah mean exactly?
Zephaniah has a latin meaning of “Spirit of the Wind”. We learned that after we chose the name, haha.
What was your motivation to reform the band? 
We had several promoters asking us to do some reunion shows. We tried to pull the original group together but due to some personal differences that still lingered, we were unable to do that. We got two new members that were motivated and we all had jammed with before. We knew they could handle the technical aspects of the music as well as bring an awesome show to the fans. That inspired us to completely reform and go into the studio to record our upcoming second album.
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The band took a hiatus and had some line-up changes.  How has this strengthened and re-invigorated the band?
We have the best lineup we have ever had. No bad personalities and extremely talented musicians.
Is the title of your debut album STORIES FROM THE BOOK OF METAL  a nod or tribute to the Dream Evil album, THE BOOK OF HEAVY METAL, or just coincidence?
Pure coincidence. When we put the album out, None have us had ever heard that album until after we released ours haha.
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Do you feel there has been an evolution in the bands sound or style?
Yes there has been. We have always been a power thrash band, but we have gotten a bit more progressive and definitely a bit faster. The catchiness and classical elements are still there but we are not afraid to try new things. Not the “lets make a pop hit” type new things and not try it. We always try to make our songs more exciting and push our listeners ear to the next level as well as keep that melody left in your head after you hear the song.
Do you plan to reissue the debut album or is it still available for fans?  Where can they get it?
We have reissued it once already and we are almost sold out of them, so we will definitely reissue them again. They can get it from our online merch store ( and at any of our upcoming shows.
What can you tell us about the upcoming album?  Title?  Some song titles?  A theme perhaps?
“Reforged” is the name of the album. It will be our follow-up to our first album. It will be twice as good and faster than our first album. Expect some technical awesomeness! I will explain some of the songs to you, song by song: The title track “Reforged” is a power thrash metal anthem basically explaining our reformation in a classic Dungeons and dragons way. “Quest for the Royal Crown” is a song, written by Tyler Sumwalt, our old bassist and myself. It has some of our old writing styles as well as some raw technical aspects we were getting into. It is a 10 minute epic of pure metal! We have a trilogy of thrash metal songs that we wrote together. They are called “Mad Max”, “Road Warrior” and “Thunderdome”. I think you get the idea of what those songs are about. Those are probably my favorite songs on the album so far.
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Do you plan to shop the album around for a label deal or remain independent? 
Yes we plan to shop the album around.
For our gear heads out there what kind of set up do you guys use.  A recording studio?  A home studio?    Any special pieces of gear that you rely on to capture your sound?
We have been recording with a pro-tools setup at our good friend and fellow musician Ron Daniel (From the band Viking). Honestly, it has been super great for us to record in a very relaxed environment. Unfortunately all I know is that we use computer magic to make us sound amazing haha
Besides the classic bands we all know and love, what exciting new bands are you drawing inspiration from these days or are excited to watch out for? I listen to a lot of bands so it is hard for me to choose some great new ones that are appearing out there. DragonForce’s new album is kickass, New Carcass, New Overkill, they all kick ass. Their are so many new albums coming out from new and old bands that kick ass!
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To wrap up, what is the timeline for new material and when can we expect to see you guys shooting a video, or touring?
We will have an album out this year for sure. We hope to shoot a video, and we will be touring around the USA. So pay attention to our website for the upcoming shows.

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New MASTERS OF DISGUISE Album “The Savage And The Grace” Out On February 20

January 28th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


With their 2013 debut “Back With A Vengeance”, MASTERS OF DISGUISE filled the musical gap left behind by the demise of SAVAGE GRACE, almost 30 years earlier. Not that they consciously copied the legendary Americans – it was more a need to prevent the passion and uniqueness of the band from being forgotten. MASTERS OF DISGUISE and their new album “The Savage And The Grace”, filled with razor-sharp riffs, once again honours the true Speed Metal spirit of the ’80s, without sounding antiquated or dusty. This album is sure to bring classic Speed Metal back into the heads and hearts of Metal fans.

When SAVAGE GRACE mastermind Chris Logue planned a reunion in 2009, he was unable to get a positive reaction to his suggestion from any of the original line-up members. Instead of giving up, he came into contact with the NWOBHM tribute band ROXXCALIBUR and promptly signed up all the band’s instrumentalists as members of his new line-up. After successfull tour and several festival appearances, Chris Logue left Europe and band members, no longer under obligation, decided to continue in the style of SAVAGE GRACE under new name: MASTERS OF DISGUISE.

“The Savage And The Grace” is coming out on Limb Music, on February 20, 2015.

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Krigblast – Dutch E. Welch & Felix Griffin

January 28th, 2015
by Robert Williams


Interview with Dutch E. Welch & Felix Griffin

Video editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

Blending D-beat punk, gutter metal and lot’s of attitude and attack, Krigblast is comprised of current and former members of Leftover Crack, Phobia, Choking Victim, Final Conflict and D.R.I. to name but a few. After releasing “Power Till Demise” their debut full-length album in 2014, Krigblast was invited to perform at Phil Anselmo’s “Housecore Horror Film Festival” this past October in the band’s hometown of Austin, Texas. We caught up with vocalist Dutch E. Welch and drummer Felix Griffin for a feature interview with this exciting new band.

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Tsjuder To Make UK Debut at Highbury Garage in February

January 27th, 2015
by UK Team

tsjuder flyrerAphrodite’s darkest power will be striking the blackest of London’s hearts this Valentine’s Day, with Aeon Promotions hosting what is sure to be one of THE extreme metal gigs in 2015.

On the 14th of February, Norwegian black metal legends Tsjuder take on the UK for the very first time in their career. Armed with the support of war-torn UK outfit Eastern Front as well as Necro Ritual and Premature Birth, the night is sure to be packed with the finest of dark sounds currently available to your ear.

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Interview with Brett Blackout, vocalist of Vanlade

January 27th, 2015
by J P

Brett Blackout, vocalist of Vanlade

by JP

Back in 2014 I came across a cool album by the band Vanlade.   Check out my review which was published in August of 2014.  They are about to release a new album so we had a chat with Brett!

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The longtime drummer leaves HIM

January 27th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

The longtime HIM drummer Gas Lipstick leaves the band after 16 years. Here is the official statement given by Gas Himself :

With a heavy heart I’m announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I’ve been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure.

I simply feel that it’s time for me to move on as a musician.

I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore.

I’ve always been a guy who played every note straight from my heart and I feel the music very strongly while I perform.
If my heart feels that it’s time to let it go, then I have to listen because otherwise it wouldn’t be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans.
It would end up being a forced effort and I can’t perform or create like that.

Another thing that I’ve recently started to miss is songwriting. I’ve always been a songwriter. I didn’t feel the need to write after I joined the band in 1999 and noticed that Ville is a tremendous songwriter. In my mind he has never brought a single half assed song to the practice room. Every song was top notch and I felt that I didn’t have the need to stir the mix. All of his songs were amazing as he presented them. But last fall I’ve started to feel that I’m missing writing again and that I would like to pursue my own musical interests. I started to miss the feeling of being in a band, where I could be one of the songwriters again.

Three years ago, I had a very heavy year with my arm problems and it took a toll on me.
It took me 9 stressful months to get back into playing shape, but after recording the “Tears On Tape” record and performing 100 + live shows following the release of that record, I can safely say that I’m back 100% physically and mentally. Those 9 stressful months were one of the toughest periods I have ever experienced throughout my career and adding everything mentioned above, I feel that I need a change in life. I need a fresh start.

I have nothing but great words to say about my brothers: Ville, Mige, Burton, and Linde, our touring crew Viltsu, Antti, Manne, Sean, Brad and our management Seppo, Taina and Vuokko. I wish them nothing but a great success in the future! They are all amazing people and it has been a pleasure working with them all of these years.
I’d like to as well thank all the record company people, promoters, past crew members, producers and engineers that I’ve had the privilege to get to know and work with. You rock BIG TIME!

And for the last but not the least important I’d like to thank all of you fabulous fans. Thank you for your never ending support and love. HIM has the best fans in the world!
Without you, nothing would’ve been possible.

I hope that our paths will cross again eventually and you can count on that I’m going to keep you posted about my future endeavours in the crazy world of Musicland. Stay tuned!

Cheers, Gas Lipstick.

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