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.
California Triple-Axe-Attack metal masters, LEATHERWOLF, have launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign today in support of their current ”Unchained” touring activities, which includes a fall tour of the U.S. with VICIOUS RUMORS and SEVEN WITCHES.
Drummer Dean Roberts states, “We’re taking LEATHERWOLF across the USA playing 40+ shows in cities we never played before and in cities we haven’t been to in a very long time. Hitting the road is a costly endeavor and our fan support through IndieGoGo will help us reach more fans and add even more shows.” The IndieGoGo contributions will go towards advertising, PR, transportation, lodging, and merchandise.
Aside from the usual crowd-funding offerings like signed CDs, posters and T-shirts, LEATHERWOLF is offering fans exciting perks likes private music sessions where a band member will fly to your hometown and spend a day with you giving you private music lessons or to talk shop. Another amazing perk is a custom built LEATHERWOLF guitar, similar to the one used by frontman Michael Olivieri.
The IndieGoGo YouTube video, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/qfWNTQojZyk, also reveals the new “Unchained” cover art by one of metal’s hottest artists, Marc Sasso (DIO, HALFORD, ADRENALINE MOB).
In the August 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine, Kathryn Hanneman, the wife of late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, recalled the spider bite that he suffered in January 2011 and the resulting infection that ravaged the flesh and tissues of Jeff‘s arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement, depression, and left him near death at several points
Describing the night that Jeff felt a small prick on his arm from a spider bite at a friend’s house, Kathryn told Guitar World that she knew there was something wrong when he walked in:
“He wasn’t feeling well, and he just wanted to go upstairs and go to sleep. Before he did he said, ‘Kath, I need to show you something, even though I really don’t want to.’ And he took off his shirt, and I just freaked out when I saw his arm. It was bright red and three times the normal size. I said, ‘Jeff, we need to go now. We need to get you to the ER.’”
Jeff was intoxicated and refused to go to hospital, but the next morning she managed to get him into the car despite his lack of strength.
“When we got to the hospital in Loma Linda, they took one look at him and they immediate knew what it was, so they took him right in … neither of us thought it would be a life-or-death situation.”
Three hours later, everything had changed.
“The doctor put it in perspective for me. He said, ‘I need you to see your husband. He may not make it.’ The doctor looked at Jeff and told him, ‘First I’m going to try to save your life. Then I’m going to try to save your arm. Then I’m going to try to save your career.’ And looking at Jeff on that stretcher and possibly saying goodbye, knowing that I may never see him again… [pause] was one of the hardest moments of my life.”
Kathryn says she encouraged him to go to rehab to get over the effects of the resting flesh-eating illness, but all he wanted was to get back to playing guitar.
“I couldn’t get Jeff to go to rehab or therapy. I think he was letting the visual of his arm get to his emotions, and it was messing with his mind. It was hard to keep him upbeat at that point. I think he thought he could do this on his own – that he would just to go rehearsal and play, and that that would be his rehab.
“But I think he started to learn, once he tried rehearsing, that he wasn’t playing up to his ability and that he wasn’t able to play guitar at the speed he was used to. And I think that really hit him hard, and he started to lose hope.”
For the rest of this story, plus a Jeff Hanneman poster, order a copy of the Guitar World August 2013 issue at the Guitar World online store.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s new album, “Everblack,” has debuted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200! The album also landed at #3 on the Billboard Current Hard Music Albums chart (behind Black Sabbath and Queens of the Stone Age). Additional chart debuts include #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums, #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #30 on the Hits Albums Chart. Additionally, the album peaked at #15 on the iTunes album chart, and #2 on the iTunes Metal chart, second only to living legends Black Sabbath.
Internationally, “Everblack” posted debuts on the Canadians charts at #8 on the Hard Music Chart, #30 on the Top Albums chart, and boasted day of release chart peaks on iTunes at #20 on the overall albums chart, #4 on rock, and #2 on the metal chart. In the UK, the album debuted at #25 on the rock and metal albums chart, and #45 on the independent albums chart. In Germany, “Everblack” heralds the band’s first ever debut on the German Album Charts Top 100 at #91, as well as earning the band debuts on the German Media Markt Top 100 Album Charts at #59, and the Weekend trend charts for Media Control Top 100 at #58.
The Roadburn festival has become an essential and important festival here in Europe. Even though the festival has been restricted to app. 2500 people, its appreciation is tremendous and praised amongst underground metal fans. What makes the Roadburn festival so popular? Well firstly, it’s bands of course. The festival offers such a diverse line-up covering a wide range of music from underground metal, psychedelic rock, avant-garde stuff, doom, or any other variation of metal pleasing fans of the music and above all giving a great general atmosphere. Metal-Rules.com had the privilege of visiting the Roadburn festival for the fifth time in a row to see plenty of killer bands, smell the weed and enjoy Electric Wizard being the curator of the Roadburn Festival 2013. The British stoner legends Electric Wizard had picked bands for the special day. In general, the whole Roadburn festival is such an unique concept that wouldn’t work anywhere else. Where else could some relative unknowns play to a crowned venue. Here we come again, here is a brief article on the fest.