A little something I’m working on…pass it on to anyone you know in Canadian Metal bands that released an album between Sept 1, 2012 and Nov 13, 2013
My name is JP, Managing Editor of www.Metal-Rules.com, one of the world’s largest and longest running Canadian Metal web-zines. I’m also co-host of Megawatt Mayhem, one of the world’s longest running Heavy Metal radio shows, also Canadian, now in our 26th year. I’m writing to you because I support Canadian Metal.
Two years ago CARAS (The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences), after an almost two-decade absence, the return of a Heavy Metal music category for our national awards program, The JUNO’s. Last year only a very small percentage of eligible Canadian Metal bands submitted an entry to CARAS to be considered for the award. I’d like to see that number increase.
As a fellow Canadian Metal fan I’m writing to you to ask you to consider entering your album into this years competition. The process is simple. The following is taken directly from the Junos Awards web-site…www.junoawards.ca
November 13, 2013 – Final Deadline
– $60.00 per submission for CARAS members
– $90.00 per submission for non-members
In order to be eligible for a 2013 JUNO Award your music must be released between September 1, 2012 and November 13, 2013. Your music needs to be available for national retail sale either in stores or online in Canada within this period.
If you’re actively participating in the Canadian music industry and plan on making a submission then a CARAS membership is a great option. Along with your discounted submission rates, you will receive voting privileges on 13 JUNO Awards categories, discounts on JUNO Awards ticket packages and more! Check outwww.carasonline.ca/members for more information and to apply.
According to my research there are over 300 eligible bands this year (that have released albums between Sept 1, 2012 and Nov 13, 2013) and it would be fantastic to show CARAS the wide range of talent, creativity and skill in the Metal community in Canada.
Please consider submitting your album to represent the best of Canadian Metal!
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH continue the countdown to the release of the second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUME 2 out November 19 via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories. VOLUME 2 can be pre-ordered HERE.
Today (11/6) marks the premiere of an exclusive new VOLUME 2 track-by-track webisode on LOUDWIRE.COM for the band’s current single “Battle Born” which is already conquering the rock radio top ten. In this new webisode, watch the group talk about how the song came together in the midst of the band’s rigorous touring schedule. Lead singer Ivan Moody also explains how writing the song enabled him to release the angst that he built up out on the road: TINY URL HERE.
Today’s premiere is the last of five track-by-track webisodes the band has debuted leading up to the release of VOL. 2 on November 19. The countdown kicked off with the webisode for “House of the Rising Sun” on Billboard.com, which can be watched here: http://tinyurl.com/ko6trew. The second track-by-track for “Weight Beneath My Sin” debuted on CraveOnline.com and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/H0k8NK. The third track-by-track webisode for “The Agony Of Regret” premiered on their Facebook page, helping the band reach the 3 million “Likes” mark. View it here: http://on.fb.me/1gFIlbN. Last week, 5FDP launched the webisode for “Wrecking Ball” on HitFix.com. The group also recently premiered the official video for current single “Battle Born” on USA Today: http://bit.ly/1c05nEJ
The band–IVAN MOODY (vocals), ZOLTAN BATHORY (guitar), JEREMY SPENCER (drums), JASON HOOK (guitar) and CHRIS KAEL (bass)—recently completed their extensive North American “THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN TOUR” and is currently on tour as special guest on Avenged Sevenfold’s European arena tour which kicks off today (11/6) in Helsinki, Finland. For all tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour.
On December 10, 2013 (Nov. 11 in the UK), American Recordings will reissue ten of Slayer’s seminal albums on vinyl. All ten albums will be available individually and were re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Albums include all nine of Slayer’s studio recordings, Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss(1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009), plus their live double-record Decade of Aggression: Live(1991).
Each title will feature the original album artwork including reproductions of the original 12X12 inner sleeves. For the first U.S. run, 500 unmarked copies will be pressed on 180-gram, blood red, colored vinyl and randomly inserted and sold in stores as part of a “lucky dip.”
There will also be a very limited quantity of rare test pressings for each title that will be given away. Fans are encouraged to check Slayer’s official website and social media outlets for further announcements and details.
As American Recordings’ owner and long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin put it, “Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer. Listen at your own risk.”
Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:
5 Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7 MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8 Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21 Kool Haus, Toronto, ON
23 CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24 Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
New ‘Otherworld’ EP Available via iTunes, Amazon and More!
Testament/Dragonlord‘s Eric Peterson has just entered a new realm, combining brutal death vocals and dramatic singing with Celtic-metal vocalist/composer LEAH on her new track ‘Dreamland’. The track is cut from LEAH’s new EP Otherworld. The EP is available now via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Rdio and several other digital retailers. Take a listen to ‘Dreamland’ now at LEAH’s official Bandcamp page.
The cinematic character vocals from Eric Peterson on ‘Dreamland’, a beautiful, symphonic progressive track with a fantasy twist, leave the listener electrified in his wake with “…an echo’s breath, a romance death!”
“It was a real treat to have Eric’s unique vocals on this track,” states LEAH. “My original demo went from having a mellow, Clannad-type feel to now almost dancing on the line of black-metal. I hope this is the first of many collaborations to come!”
“I’ve known LEAH for about 12 years, we’ve been friends since 2001. I jammed with her about eight years ago in Vancouver, and at the time it didn’t work out because I was busy with Testament and Dragonlord, but we stayed in contact,” adds Eric Peterson. “This time around, LEAH contacted me to play on her new record and I thought she wanted me to play guitar. But when she told me she wanted me to sing, I was honored because LEAH is the kind of person that will sing right in the middle of a store and sound amazing, she’s that kind of vocalist. She sent me the song and right away I knew exactly what I needed to do. She took my pattern, wrote some lyrics for me, we went into the studio and it was done! It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It’s really great to finally be able to work together with LEAH and put out this great track. I can hear this song in a movie! A couple of people I’ve let hear thought it was the soundtrack to the new Snow White movie! Ha!” Read the rest of this entry »
When you look at this band picture taken in August, 2013 at Wacken Open Air, it seems like NIGHTWISH’s “Imaginaerum World Tour” went by smoothly from the beginning to the end.
An intimate, two-hour documentary of NIGHTWISH’s innermost-workings – included in their upcoming Showtime, Storytime DVD due out in North America on December 10th – is a story about what happens when persistence and desire pushes towards dreams.
Watch the trailer for “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours” here:
TORONTO – Hamilton, Ontario based progressive metal band, VARGA, has just unleashed their 3rd full-length studio recording, ‘Enter the Metal,’ via the band’s own label, Vargantuan Music. Currently available digitally on iTunes and Amazon.com – http://Amazon.com, there are several formats of hi-resolution downloads available for purchase from the band’s own vargahq.com – http://vargahq.com website. CD’s will begin shipping and in stores November 14th, but can be pre ordered from vargahq.com – http://vargahq.com until then.
Comprised of members Joe Varga (bass & vocals), Adam Alex (guitar), Sean Williamson (guitar), and Dan Fila (drums), the veteran band (originally formed in 1989) has built a large and loyal following of heavy metal fans, particular in their home country, on the strength of such popular releases as 1994’s ‘Prototype’ (released via the Zoo label), which spawned the hits “Freeze Don’t Move” and “Greed,” earning the band a thumbs up on the then-popular ‘Beavis and Butthead’ program on MTV. After over a decade apart, Varga reunited in 2011, and issued their awesome reunion effort, ‘Enter the Metal’ (their first new studio album in 17 years).
The album was produced by long time friend and producer/engineer, Julius “Juice” Butty (Alexisonfire, Protest the Hero), and recorded at both Six Nations’ Jukasa Studio, and Butty’s own Silo Studios. As the band’s leader, Joe Varga, states, “In this collection of music, you’ll hear a return to our metal and progressive roots with songs laden with heavy licks, crazy time changes and insane vocals.”
As heard throughout ‘Enter the Metal,’ the long delay between releases has not dulled Varga’s penchant for penning inspired and challenging heavy metal in the slightest. Welcome back, lads!
Since the preparation of the album ‘Art of Killing’, CHAOS SYNOPSIS plunged deep into research on serial killers around the world. The result was an album full of peculiarities with the background and modus operandi of every murderer, with lyrics containing phrases in the native language of the killer in question.
The album was highly praised by the media and the public in Brazil and one of the highlighted songs was “Son of Light”, which tells about ‘Febrônio Índio do Brasil’, one of the most “distinguished” Brazilian serial killers.
Here’s the album cover artwork for the new Primal Fear album “Delivering The Black” released on Frontiers Records on January 24, 2014 – North America on January 28, 2014!
A sample of the forthcoming single is also available below.
Primal Fear – DELIVERING THE BLACK
The release of “Delivering the Black” will be proceeded by the release of the digital only single / video “When Death Comes Knocking” on December 2nd.
“Delivering The Black” tracklisting:
King For a Day; Rebel Faction; When Death Comes Knocking; Alive & On Fire; Delivering the Black; Road to Asylum; One Night In December; Never Pray for Justice; Born with a Broken Heart; Innocent Man (*); Inseminoid; Man Without Shadow(*)
(*) Only available on Deluxe edition
DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition) — When Death Comes Knocking (video), King For A Day (video), Making of the Album (video).
Ralf Scheepers — Vocals
Alex Beyrodt — Guitars
Magnus Karlsson — Guitar, Keyboards
Randy Black — Drums
Mat Sinner — Bass & Vocals
Can bands that reached the heady heights of rock and metal fame in the Eighties and Nineties still be relevant today? More importantly, can they still kick ass? That’s the question hanging in the air at the Limelight prior to Ugly Kid Joe and Skid Row’s co-headlining gig tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
Annihilator is a band with 24 years of touring experience and 14 critically acclaimed studio albums under their belt. Apart from that, they’re also a heavy metal band that has managed to maintain a strong and dedicated fan-base supporting them throughout the years.
August, 2013 saw the release of Feast – the latest Annihilator studio album that includes 9 brand new killer tracks and 15 re-recordings of the band’s most well-known songs.
On October the 13th, 2013, Annihilator lads paid a visit to London’s O2 Academy Islington to present their latest material and play some of the good old Annihilator classics to a sold out room full of London’s finest metalheads.
Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview. Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pictures. Additional promo pictures are from Tears Of Martyr Facebook Page taken by: Diana Álvarez
The symphonic/goth metal act Tears Of Martyr recently released their second album TALES. I got interested of the band when I heard TALES because the album is excellent. I hooked up with singer Berenice Musa in order to get to know the band and their history. The band comes from the Canary Island but lives now in Madrid so it was obvious that I had to find out what the Spanish metal scene are up to. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to Joakim Stabel at Triada Communication for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Triada Communication for the promotional pictures of James Christian
Promo pictures taken by: Richard Jones
Legendary James Christian (House Of Lords) has finally released a solo album. It took him nine years to finish LAY IT ALL ON ME and is long waited for by the fans and myself. Since I think Mr Christian is an amazing artist I got in touch with him in order to get to know a little about the new album and the story behind it. Read and enjoy what the master of AOR music has to say.
Magnus Rising recently teamed up with music video powerhouse and scene favorite, Gene Greenwood to record the video for “The Drill”, the first single from their new album Whatever It Takes. Right from the beginning, this video was destined to be everything that is rock and roll. The vibe, the sound and of course the girls. The setting was rustic, grungey, hell it was borderline filthy. But it was perfect. Watch it out now!
When presented with a moniker like Blood & Iron, there’s a certain degree of implied comfort that comes along with it – you know you’re probably gonna get some epic metal. And some epic metal ye will receive on Blood & Iron’s recently released VOICES OF ETERNITY. Some quick history for the uninformed – based out of Bangalore, India, Blood & Iron trace their origins back to 2005 and started releasing music independently shortly thereafter. Bred on a steady diet of classic metal, VOICES OF ETERNITY is actually the band’s third album, took 2 years to make, and features 7 contributing artists spread across 3 countries. That, dear readers, is what you called commitment to your craft. Summoning the inspiration in the most traditional of veins, Blood & Iron straddle the line between classic Maiden/Priest sensibilities, with the complexity and nuance of early Savatage/Queensryche, but strictly the pre-90’s material from said bands. It’s not always a perfect execution, but it’s pretty friggin’ respectable effort.
We pick up the story with guitarist/bassist Ashish Shetty.