Since their inception in 2007, Los Angeles’ WHITE WIZZARD has stuck to their manifesto of delivering classic, denim-and-leather heavy metal to the masses. Following the triumphs and critical acclaim that accompanied their first two albums, Over The Top (2010) and Flying Tigers (2011), WHITE WIZZARD has now returned with a brand new slab of high-speed heavy metal for this summer. The band’s main-man, Jon Leon, spent months crafting the nine songs that make up The Devils Cut before heading to the studio with a refreshed line-up of musicians to lay down the tracks. The man behind the distinctive vocal chords is Joseph Michael, ably backed up by the shredding might of Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner and the precision drumming of Giovanni Durst– making WHITE WIZZARD one of the most volatile forces in the US heavy metal movement!
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In anticipation of the release of their ninth studio offering, Deceiver of the Gods, Swedish death metal tyrants AMON AMARTH today unleash the second of their special three-part mini documentary. Fittingly titled Forging Mjölnir, the crisp black and white film was directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com) and offers up intimate interviews with the band.
Watch the latest fifteen-minute segment where the AMON AMARTH collective recall their earliest metal memories as well as the band’s primitive beginnings via their microsite at http://deceiver.amonamarth.com
Having blasted onto the Swedish melodic death metal scene with 1998′s Once Sent from the Golden Hall, every AMON AMARTH album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. Deceiver of the Gods captures the quintet at the peak of their powers.
From the moment the title track explodes in a haze of thrash-flavored aggression to the final mournful passages of epic closer “Warriors Of The North” there is not a wasted moment, the band bombarding the listener with ten tracks of compulsive and electrifying metallic fury. Whether they’re attempting to remove your face and separate your vertebrae with the deranged attack of “Blood Eagle” or carrying you on the back of the mammoth grooves driving “We Shall Destroy” and “Father Of The Wolf” they hit with decimating force, all the while unleashing ruthlessly captivating melodies. With the aforementioned thrash elements creeping in, as well as the old school metal and doom accents lending added depth and scale to standout track “Hel,” guitarist Olavi Mikkonen admits this time out the band were not afraid to wear their influences on their collective sleeve. “We decided fairly early that we should go all-in on the songwriting for this album. If we had ideas or riffs that were perhaps a little too thrash oriented or traditional-metal sounding for AMON – or that were maybe too AMON or perhaps similar to what we had done in the past – we would still keep them as long as we really liked them. A few years back we would pass on those ideas and riffs, while now we feel it was right to just go with it. I think the result is that the songs are wider, they have stronger melodies, they are better composed with lots of dynamics in them, and there are no fillers or blanks on there. Everything is as good as it can possibly be, and reflects just how driven we were to make this a great record.” Read the rest of this entry »
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jim Lipucci and Wayne Richards from Soulless. The new album IN DEATH’S GRIP is now available on Auburn Records.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada – Winners = Toronto Semi-Final= Crimson Shadows; Montreal Qualifying = Hollow
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce that Hollow (Montreal qualifying) and Crimson Shadows (Toronto semi-final) have advanced from their battling rounds. Hollow will perform at next week’s Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes with Dissension, Trainwreck Architect, Fallstaf, & Crosstitution, where two bands will move on to join Crimson Shadows at the national final in
The final will see two Toronto semi-finalists and two Montreal semi-finalists along with a wild card band compete for one to rule them all at Wacken 2013 this summer.
The next semi-final in Toronto will be on June 7th at the Rivoli along with the Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes . All bands will be judged by a panel of local music industry representatives.
Scene Magazine – Battle Chart - http://www.thescenemagazine.
Connecticut metallers FREEDOMS REIGN have released a video for the track “Up From Down,” taken off their recently released self-titled debut album.
Featuring the return of FATES WARNING’s original guitarist and founding member Victor Arduini, FREEDOMS REIGN were introduced the world earlier this year when Italian metal label Cruz Del Sur announced their signing. Since then, the band has been steadily gaining momentum through critical praise of the debut and their energetic live show. The release of Freedoms Reign was timed to coincide with, and celebrate, the 29th anniversary of the release of FATES WARNING’s debut album, Night on Bröcken.
With Keep of Kalessin and Killfloor Mechanic
@ Camden Underworld, London
13th May 2013
Review by Victoria Fenbane
Photography by Sabrina Dersel
Folk metal favourites Finntroll make a whistle-stop in London to play a one off London show as part of handful of exclusive release shows. Fans got an extra treat in being able to vote for their favourite song to be played at the gig they were attending, in advance via Facebook. The top 8-10 most popular being included in the set-list making each gig unique.
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ReVAMP, the Dutch symphonic metal band led by singer Floor Jansen (ex-AFTER FOREVER, current NIGHTWISH vocalist), has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising money for the band to tour throughout 2013 in support of their second album, due out in North America this fall.
Rewards from the various pledge levels include signed photos to singing lessons to exclusive stage clothing and a custom Ibanez guitar! Visit the ReVAMP Kickstarter page for more information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/
JIM FLORENTINE hosts new show on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard; That Metal Show season 12 begins TOMORROW
Comedian Jim Florentine has launched a new two hour show on SiriusXM. Fans can tune in to Florentine every week on Ozzy’s Boneyard at SiriusXM channel 38 to hear “Metal Midgets,” a show that is “all about metal and has nothing to do with midgets.” The first show aired yesterday, and will continue to air every Thursday from 5pm-7pm eastern, with encore broadcasts on Saturdays from 1pm-3pm eastern, Sundays 9pm-11pm eastern, and Tuesdays 10am-noon easterrn. Upcoming guests include Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel!
In other news, season 12 of That Metal Show will begin tomorrow on VH1 Classic! The first episode will feature former Metallica and Flotsam & Jetsam bassist, Jason Newsted. Check out a sneak peak of that episode now on vh1.com. Also, Florentine recently taped an episode of the hit Showtime series, Californication. Fans can watch for that episode next season to see Florentine in his role as a pimp. Additionally, Florentine will be appearing on Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central on June 11th!
SIX FEET UNDER have parted ways with drummer Kevin Talley. However, the transition for the new drummer will be near-seemless, as he is a former band member of bassist Jeff Hughell. Marco Pitruzzella has officially joined the ranks of SIX FEET UNDER and will make his debut appearance with the band this Saturday in Memphis, TN at Scion Rock Fest! For info on the fest, including the full line-up, visit scionav.com.
Chris Barnes discusses the lineup change: “I’m proud to announce a new addition to the ranks of Six Feet Under. Replacing drummer Kevin Talley is our new friend and cohort, Marco Pitruzzella (http://youtu.be/KVs_HBoxZds). Marco has worked with Jeff Hughell in their former band, Brain Drill, and is such an amazing talented and great guy. I’m very excited having him in the band and can’t wait to take the stage with Marco this Saturday in Memphis for Scion Rock Fest!
“It was good working with Kevin Talley for the past couple of years, but we are very ready and extremely focused on moving the band forward with a new, more stable and permanent lineup for writing as well as touring. Be prepared to be shredded! See you all soon!”
BEHEMOTH, who have been holed up in Hertz Studios working on their tenth full-length album, are pleased to announce the title of their forthcoming full-length album—THE SATANIST. The album will come out in the fall of 2013—stay tuned for more studio updates, music, preorder info and more at metalblade.com/behemoth.
“It took us over two decades to come up with a title that…says it all. While our new songs artistically take surprisingly adventurous directions, our message stands steadfast—Proud and Radical. THE SATANIST stands for undying yearning for liberation and love for freedom in all aspects of life. Considering all our life experiences that often took dramatic curves I couldn’t think of more appropriate and fitting statement of who and where we are now” comments BEHEMOTH front man Nergal.
Fans of Denver thrashers HAVOK are beginning to feel the growing excitement for the approaching North American release date of the band’s third full-length, Unnatural Selection. The album’s lead single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” impacted metal radio earlier this week; the only single to land on CMJ’s Loud Rock “Most Added” report. Sirius/XM Radio plus Syracuse’s WAQX, Baltimore’s WIYY, and Northern New Jersey metal powerhouse WSOU, among others, are a few of the key early supporters of the single.
To celebrate, Candlelight Records today makes “Give Me Liberty…Or Give Me Death” available as a free download at the label’s official Bandcamp page. The topical thrash anthem delivers the young band’s classic thrash and old-school metal sound.
To download click HERE. All available titles at Candlelight’s Bandcamp are available at a 15% discount through midnight June 3 2013. The code to enter on check out is GiveMeCandlelight. Read the rest of this entry »
At long last we are beyond proud to bring you our new album “Whatever it takes”. There could be no more appropriate title for this record and we assure you that we have poured our hearts and souls into it. This is for you. The fans that have stood by us no matter what. You are the reason we exist and we thank you. Enjoy!!
In other news, MAGNUS RISING can now announce that they will be performing at a festival in Canada this August with headliners 3 Inches of Blood. More details will surface soon about this upcoming event. Also, the band is finishing up on their new music video for the ‘The Drill’ and will be releasing that to the web soon.
Today, the band is hosting an album release party at Rickshaw in Vancouver. Doors are at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm.
with Cephalic Carnage, Havok and Fallujah
@ O2 Academy Islington
13th May 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Graham Hilling
On Monday, the 13th of May, extreme death metal band Suffocation paid a visit to London’s O2 Academy Islington to cause some rather brutal debauchery. What they brought along was three exciting bands – Cephalic Carnage, Havok and Fallujah. We had the privilege to be there and experience it all ourselves, because what can possibly seem like a better idea than a death metal gig to brighten up your Monday night? Exactly. Absolutely nothing!
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International Day of SLAYER Becomes Yearly Holiday; After Guitarist’s Death, Fans of Metal Adopt Holiday
In the wake of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s death, the directors of the International Day of Slayer — the Slayer-centric holiday that sprang to life on 6/6/06 — announce a change in the status the celebration of this year’s version of “the world’s first heavy metal holiday.”
“With the passing of Jeff Hanneman, it would be reasonable to assume that the 2013 celebration of the International Day of Slayer would be a somber one,” said Hessian spokesperson and International Day of Slayer CEO Jim Tate, “but nothing could be further from the truth. This year more than any other demands full engagement and celebration from Slayer fans and hessians across the globe.” Tate explained that the term “Hessian,” derived from the long-haired maniacal mercenaries of the revolutionary war, is a term of cultural self-reference for metal fans.
He explained that the significance of the International Day of Slayer goes far beyond Slayer. “The outside world was once again forced to reckon with us as a cultural movement when they acknowledged the loss of one of metal’s most important figures, so it would be a mistake to simply hang our heads and close up shop. Jeff made music that was loud and defiant, and we must continue to uphold this standard in how we commemorate him and represent the hessian community,” said Tate.
Slayer’s Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis. Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland. Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Slayer’s 2013 itinerary will have them playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October. The complete itinerary is below.
“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya. “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European fans, and we need to begin moving forward…having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.”
“I’m very excited to be rejoining Slayer,” added Bostaph. “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”
Bostaph was Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band – the Gold certified Divine Intervention (1994), the 1996 punk covers album Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus in Musica, (1998), God Hates us All (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance,” as well as the DVD War at the Warfield (2001), also certified Gold. In addition to Slayer, Bostaph has been a member of Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament.