After a roasting hot day, Sunday 20th July saw some hardcore fans heading up into the heat of Angel to the O2 Islington for the London leg of the “THRASH INVASION TOUR” with the O2 playing host to One Machine supporting Nightlord, Artillery and Onslaught. In this small, intimate venue metal enthusiasts geared up for a full on evening of thrash. And were not disappointed.
World-famous British metalers DragonForce are releasing their 6th album, titled “Maximum Overload”! Creating this album allowed the band to push themselves to new limits and evolve in their sound, while still retaining the essence of what the band has always been all about. I had the chance to ask some questions of DragonForce guitarist Herman Li, a founding member of the band.
The return of the gothic metal band from Florence (Italy) to the recording studio is expected in September. During this time, the band will be working on its new album that is to be released next year. The band is currently busy with the preproduction of the songs that will be in the new album.
“The new album will maintain the Fenix Tales style, empowered with a stronger energy in both the metal and the classical pieces, combined with a refinement of the sound and of the pictures evoked.”
The release of the new album will be due in the first part of 2015 and it will be available for sale on line.
This is some long awaited news by fans….fans who surely hope this is the beginning of something bigger!!! The news was released by Savatage on their official Facebook page today: https://www.facebook.com/savatage
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and SAVATAGE – only live shows in Europe in 2015!
Paul O´Neill and Jon Oliva are coming to W:O:A with their most important projects!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing live on stage at Wacken 2015, followed immediately by a Savatage reunion gig, that also marks their first live performance in over a decade.
Furthermore, these will be the only live appearances of both bands in Europe in 2015!
Commemorating the 25-year anniversary since the recording of their first EP, Sweden’s extreme musical deviantsMESHUGGAH have announced the artwork and the track listing to their upcoming live DVD / 2-CD release The Ophidian Trek, due out worldwide this fall and also available in Blu-ray.
With visual footage shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany, the live audio was processed & edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed byDaniel Begstrand (MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH), and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors(ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO).
Diabolical death / black metal giants, BELPHEGOR, will make their long overdue return to our North American shores with a headlining tour this Fall! Joining them on their raid of conquest and blasphemy dubbed the “Voices From The Dark” 2014 tour, is a cornucopia of the finest metal miscreants the world has to offer. The kings of atmospheric blackened avant-garde metal, ROTTING CHRIST (Greece), as well as BEHEADED from Malta and SVART CROWN from France, will all play their part in making each show a night to remember. Read the rest of this entry »
Wovenwar is streaming their debut self-titled album now on http://metalblade.com/wovenwar/! The album, which Revolver Magazine heralded as “more multifaceted than anything by As I Lay Dying”, and Decibel Magazine added that “Wovenwar sounds confident, vital, and even liberated on this splendid debut, will released in North America on Tuesday, August 5. Visit http://metalblade.com/wovenwar/ to stream the album and pre-order your copy! Read the rest of this entry »
The death metallers from Bulgaria released their 4-th album “The Voice of Human Perversity” in February this year. Now they are working on a new full-length album and they’ve signed with new booking agent from South America “Villa Metal”. Enthrallment are preparing for a tour in the beginning of 2015. The tour will cover most countries on the continent. More information will follow.
Heliosaga is excited to announce the long awaited debut “Towers In The Distance” available August 22nd worldwide via digital and CD formats.
Heliosaga is excited to announce the long awaited debut “Towers In The Distance” available August 22nd worldwide via digital and CD formats.
The anticipated album is rooted deep in European tradition, combining the best elements of power, symphonic, and gothic metal. Drawing comparisons from such bands as Xandria, Delain, and Leaves Eyes.
The name Heliosaga is a metaphor derived from helios, the Greek word for sun, and saga meaning the story/ history; thus, Heliosaga represents the journey of life.
“Towers In The Distance” lyrics are deeply personal, and the primary themes revolve around the state of the world, mortality and the personal struggles that all encounter. Mixed by Michael Hansen (Phonomik, Chainfist) at Phon Studio and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Epica, Volbeat) at Hansen Studios. Bass guitar tracks were recorded by Chad Novell (Fibonacci Sequence) and a guest guitar solo was performed by Gilbert Pot (Elegy).
Heliosaga was founded in 2010 by Damien Villarreal (keys/guitar) in San Antonio, Texas, soon after joined by Jordan Ames (drums). By September of 2010, the line-up was complete and the first practices were held. The ensuing year would see a five song demo, the first shows and various line-up changes. In 2012, Chelsea Knaack joined as lead vocalist and the band recorded the single “The Light of Ardor”, which was released in January 2013. Shortly before the recorded single was release, the band relocated to Minnesota and continued the writing process.
A lyric video for A Tower So Tall can be enjoyed here:
London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have announced that fellow Brits and labelmates THE MORE I SEE will support them on select dates of their recently-announced UK tour, which kicks off on October 25th in Oxford.
SAVAGE MESSIAH frontman DAVE SILVER comments:
“We’re really pleased to be bringing The More I See out with us in November. We’ve known the guys for a while and they’re a great bunch, and also a great new British heavy metal band. Bring on November!”
THE MORE I SEE lead guitarist GIZZ BUTT adds:
“It’s an absolute honour and a very exciting prospect that we will be touring with Savage Messiah in the fall of 2014. After the ‘Plague of Conscience’ album being eternally on repeat in The More I See band van, then ‘The Fateful Dark’ arriving in March 2014, and THEN to share quality time with Dave Silver as a fellow Heavy Metal Truant on the 160-mile cycle ride ‘to Download or bust’, it’s a privilege to be able to support a band we all really dig and feel akin with from a musical and labelmates perspective. FUCKING BRING THE FUCKER ON!!!”
Madam X is an American hard rock/glam metal band formed in 1981 in Detroit by the Petrucci sisters, Maxine and Roxy. The original line-up was completed by bassist Chris “Godzilla” Doliber and vocalist Bret Kaiser. The band relocated to New York and got soon signed to Don Arden’s Jet Records. The band released their debut album WE RESERVE THE RIGHT in 1984. A single, “High in High School” was a success and not least because of it’s now legendary video which was played heavily in MTV. Unfortunately, the band drifted into trouble and after several line-up changes they finally disbanded in 1988. But sometimes things do change. In the spring of 2014 the band announced that they’re going to re-unite and soon after it was announced that the original line-up of Madam-X would perform their first re-union show in the mighty Sweden Rock festival in early June 2014. There I sat down with the whole band and tried to find about the reasons behind this re-union, the past and the future of Madam X. Read On!
Tesla is an American hard rock band formed in Sacramento in 1982. The band has released 7 studio albums including multiplatinum sellers THE GREAT RADIO CONTROVERSY and MECHANICAL RESONANCE. The band broke up in 1995 but returned to stages in 2000. INTO THE NOW followed in 2004 and since then the band has been actively touring and recording. The latest Tesla album SIMPLICITY was released in early June 2014 and at that time the band performed at the Sweden Rock festival where I had a pleasure to sit down with the bands bassist and founding member Brian Wheat and discuss various topics including the new album, touring, and the bands disputed split with guitarist Tommy Skeoch in 2006. Read on!
Although it’s said you can never go home again, SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have today (July 31) announced they’ll celebrate the release of their new album WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three one-night-only club shows: September 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, September 25 (The Roxy) and September 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).
These gigs will amp up the excitement around WORLD ON FIRE–out September 16 SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline–and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. Tickets for all shows go on-sale August 1 at www.SlashOnline.com.
“We’re excited to unleash ‘World On Fire’ in a big way and be a part of Guitar Center’s 50th celebration,” says SLASH. “They’ve been really supportive of me since the very beginning on the Sunset Strip.”
Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win.
“World On Fire” marks SLASH’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s hell-raising first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.
The WORLD ON FIRE disc marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently on their summer tour with Aerosmith in addition to select solo dates, see full itinerary below. The group rocked a packed house at The Forum in Los Angeles last night (July 30). For all dates and tour ticket packages, visit: http://slashonline.com/tour. Check out the set list from The Forum show below:
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Set List from The Forum in Los Angeles
“You’re a Lie”
“Standing In The Sun”
“Back From Cali”
“You Could Be Mine”
“World On Fire”
“By The Sword”
“Sweet Child Of Mine”
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16, 2014. www.slashonline.com.
The long-awaited third release from SIXX:A.M., the band comprised of James Michael (vocals), DJ Ashba (guitar) and Nikki Sixx (bass) is entitled MODERN VINTAGE. Produced by James Michael, the album will be available on October 7, 2014 with the first single “Gotta Get It Right” hitting iTunes (http://smarturl.it/SixxAM_GGIR) and radio on August 5, 2014.
Says bassist Nikki Sixx: “Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, Sixx:A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics – three core elements that helped to define that era. Sixx:A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on “Gotta Get It Right” and the rest of Modern Vintage, having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again.”
Watch the band discuss the new album in the first of several upcoming behind-the-scenes webisodes at www.sixxammusic.com now. The video for “Gotta Get It Right” – directed by Paul Brown – will premiere on Vevo on August 6, 2014.
Shares vocalist James Michael: “On the first two albums, Sixx:AM established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. “Gotta Get It Right” is clearly a birth child of that creative freedom and an exciting next step for us as our goal was to create something which confounds both expectation and categorization”. Adds guitarist DJ Ashba: “Gotta Get it Right” is a great example of how Sixx:AM has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years and we truly feel we’ve made a genre defying album with Modern Vintage ”
MODERN VINTAGE – Tracklisting:
2. Gotta Get It Right
4. Get Ya Some
5. Let’s Go
7. Give Me A Love
9. High On The Music
11. Before It’s Over
SIXX:A.M.’s previous two albums, THE HEROIN DIARIES and THIS IS GONNA HURT – both of which were accompanied by books of the same name – have sold over 600,000 copies and spawned 2 number one radio singles, “Life Is Beautiful” and “This Is Gonna Hurt”.