Lee Altus has been quite a busy man with both Heathen and Exodus. Both bands have been activate and touring often. Metal-Rules.com sat down with Lee to talk about the sounds of Heathen, the writing process for the new albums of Heathen and Exodus, and of course a little bit about the industrial and thrash metal in general. Read the rest of this entry »
BATTLECROSS has unveiled their brand new video for “Never Coming Back” from the album “War of Will.” The Roy Warner directed clip can be streamed on metalblade.com/battlecross. Fans that follow BATTLECROSS on-line have seen pictures from the shoot, and already know that Kevin Talley, who performed with the band at Orion Music and More, and who is drumming for the band all summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, appears in the video!
CANNIBAL CORPSE has been selected for induction in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. CANNIBAL CORPSE is the latest addition to the Hall of Fame, which also includes Buffalo natives the Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Sheehan, 10,000 Maniacs, and many more. The announcement of the inductees was filmed and is available on youtube HERE.
Founding member and bassist Alex Webster comments on the band’s induction: “We are extremely excited to hear about our induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. We never could’ve imagined something like this would be possible back when we were getting started at places like the River Rock Cafe or the Skyroom. We are truly honored and humbled by this.”
During the next few weeks while Lamb of God is gearing up for several dates overseas in August, vocalist Randy Blythe is busy gearing up for the release of his upcoming memoir. The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of his life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe’s already well-recognized writing style. It seems that almost every major media outlet has attempted to righteously cover the story of Blythe’s arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic last year, but now, the man at the center of it all unveils the truths of the ordeal, personally detailing every aspect in his own words. No ghost-writers, no co-authors, just Randy Blythe, himself.
Spawning from high school friendship and growing into something much more epic out of the deep dark north of the Canadian Yukon, power thrashers Sanktuary are proud to unleash their debut thrash thrill ride ‘Something Fierce’, out today, July2nd on Spread The Metal Records.
“On behalf of the Skank Squad, I am unbelievably stoked to finally be on the eve of releasing our debut album Something Fierce upon the world. A mighty appreciation goes out to Matt Day and Spread the Metal Records as well as all those along the way, who without would not have made this possible. We can only hope that all who give a listen will appreciate the blood, sweat, tears and beers upon beers that went into the making of this record. So horns up to the metal heads of Canada and the world and we are pumped to hear what has to be said of what we think to be Something Fierce!””
A new supergroup called Ghost Ship Octavius been formed after its founding members struck a chord with one another while touring as Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott’s solo backing band.
Nevermore drummer Van Williams and God Forbid guitarist Matt Wicklund joined Amott on his solo tour, and the trio have decided to spin off a new lineup with two extra musicians: bassist Sara Claudius and 17-year-old vocalist Adon Fanion.
Ghost Ship Octavius has now launched a Facebook page to gather fans to show their forthcoming music which they describe as “melodic progressive heavy metal,” and while there’s no samples available yet, the band assure Metal Sucks that 13 songs have been written and are looking to sign a record deal so they can launch it to the masses.
Meanwhile, you can hear 17-year-old singer Adon Fanion in some this clip from his solo Soundcloud page here
Interview With Ron Sobol, writer, producer and director of Randy Rhoads:The Quiet Riot Years
Interviewed by JP
Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with Ron Sobol. Ron is one of the world’s foremost historian and archivists of early Quiet Riot and Randy Rhoads material. His company Red Match Productions have recently released a coffee table book and a companion full-length feature documentary both called Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years. Ron was very generous to send us a copy of each and we have our interview with him here.Read the rest of this entry »
Motörhead deeply regret to disappoint all fans this summer. The band decided to cancel the summer shows.
Doctor’s strongly advised that Lemmy needs to take his time to get his body back in balance. To achieve this, the doctor and Lemmy agreed that it would be best to take it easy for a while. While saying this we can assure that the fall tour will be as explosive, loud and incredible as ever.
Lemmy says: “I’d like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where the economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can’t do anything else than follow doctor’s order but be sure we will be back and kick everybody’s ass.”
The doctor’s recommendation is that frontman Lemmy Kilmister be given more time to recover from a hematoma as well as the insertion of a heart defibrillator that he reportedly went through last month.
Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee told the Swedish newspaper GT.se that Lemmy’s condition is improving but also said, “The doctors in Berlin are recommending that he rests for another couple of weeks. We can’t keep canceling show after show, it’s too costly. Therefore we unfortunately have to cancel the entire tour.”
“Everything started with him falling and getting a nasty blow to his hip a little over a week ago,” Dee told the Swedish newspaper. Following that fall, Lemmy further injured himself when a fire alarm went off at the hotel Royal Kensington in London where he was staying.
“He had to walk eight stairs in the middle of the night,” Mikkey said. “Lemmy’s personal assistant said that that was fucked up and that he had an injured hip.”
Dee was a little hesitant when it came to talking about the actual state of Lemmy’s health, referring to a “soon-to-be-issued press release that will offer more information.” But he said that a “snowball effect” had a negative impact on Lemmy’s physical condition.
“He needs to have his body drained of fluid and that can’t be done too quickly,” he said. “When he remains in bed and can’t move, he can easily get pnemonia…. If you can’t move properly, other issues will follow. He is devastated beyond belief. It has a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It’s like chopping off a piano player’s hands. This is his life.”
Asked if he is worried about his friend Lemmy, Dee said: “I am worried because he’s not doing so well right now. But he’s improving, even though it takes longer for him than anyone else to become well. Now that the doctors feel that he shouldn’t go out an play you’ll just have to accept that order.”
Motorhead have yet to confirm reports regarding either the hematoma or the defibrillator Lemmy apparently obtained recently to assist with an undisclosed heart problem, declaring only that the legendary singer and bassist underwent a “Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring.”
When asked if he had a message for fans planning to attend the shows, which were scheduled to run through Aug. 4 in Belgium, Dee responded, “We’re really sorry. But we’re not canceling because of a cold and this is something we’ve put a lot of thought into.” He seemed particularly sad about having to cancel a July 4 show in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden: “It’s so f—ing typical, but what are you going to do? You have to put health before everything else.”
There is not much rotten in the state of Denmark this sunny Friday afternoon as the metal festival Copenhell, for the fourth time, is about to take place in the heart of the capital Copenhagen. 10.000 metal-fans are fitted into a playground of everything related to the Scandinavian metal-scene; Vikings, burning churches and a small cemetery for your resting pleasure. The gates to hell have once again opened and this year with an ever so growing and bigger line-up than the previous years. Read the rest of this entry »
As it’s nearly time to pack our bags with festival essentials and make our way to Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival 2013, we wanted to sum up why exactly we are so damn excited about it.
As most of you probably know already, Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival is a four-day outdoor celebration of all things heavy metal. This year it takes place from August 8th to August 11th of 2013, in Catton Hall in Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire England.
Most importantly, what makes Bloodstock one of the coolest festivals of 2013 is the excellent line-up that would please any kind of heavy metal fan, whether you’re into death metal, thrash metal, power metal or anything else. The three headliners over the weekend are going to be no one else but the living legend that is King Diamond, Slayer and Lamb Of God. And that is only the beginning…
Death To All But Metal – Steel Panther rocks the Sunset Strip
June 24, 2013
House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
Review by Metalette
I love hair metal, and I’m not afraid to say it. My love for it goes back to discovering Mӧtley Crϋe at 13 years old, and delving into the whole world of the 80s glam scene as a result. It was pure rock’n’roll fun, and I got my best friends into it, and we ran around like little hair-metal chickies and thumbed our noses at all the kids listening to Panic! At the Disco. So I consider hair metal to be my metal “roots”, if you will, because it steered me on the path of good music at an impressionable age. Now, the only thing that makes me happier than seeing guys in kilts and war-paint onstage is seeing a stage full of guys with giant hair and shiny spandex pants. I’m even the proud owner of the “American Hair Metal encyclopedia”, which will always have a cherished space on my decorative bookshelf. Read the rest of this entry »
GREAT WHITE – FEATURING JACK RUSSELL – EMBARKS ON A SUMMER TOUR “A PIRATES LIFE” TOUR STARTS FRIDAY, JULY 19TH @ THE WHISKY A GO-GO IN HOLLYWOOD, CA
GREAT WHITE featuring Jack Russell with his band of pirates are hitting the road to embark in a two month tour. The first show of the PIRATES LIFE TOUR starts at the World Famous Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA and then crossing the Nation.
Multi-Platinum original singer of GREAT WHITE still brings it to the stage belting out all the original beloved songs that made the band take a place in rock history. Russell will be performing all their greatest hits from Save All Your Love, One Bitten Twice Shy, Rock Me and more!
Celebrate the Fourth of July with Las Vegas’ favorite band, The Sin City Sinners @ Count’s Vamp’d, as they present METAL NIGHT 2. The Sinners will be joined by Special Guests Jeff Young (formerly of Megadeth) & Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint) to perform all your Heavy Metal favorites including Anthrax, Armored Saint, Black Sabbath, Dio, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Kiss, Metallica, WASP & more.
This is a FREE SHOW and it starts at 10pm
*First 50 people in the door receive a Sin City Sinners/Jagermeister Lighter
*Sin City Sinners shots available in a collectible Sinners Shot Cup while supplies last.
Keeping that rock and roll spirit alive, legends Quiet Riot will bring the sounds of the MTV generation to the Showboat Festival in Chesaning, MI on July 17th, 2013.
Quiet Riot, the LA born metal band, has continued a legacy since establishing their musical art form in the early 1980’s. With consistent airplay, MTV video plays and international touring that was showcased in every major magazine worldwide for decades, the band’s footprint is forever embedded into the history of rock and roll. On July 17th, the band will bring the hits to the stage of the Chesaning Showboat Festival alongside former Poison front man, Brett Michaels.