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- UNDER THE BLACK SUN 2014: INQUISITION and two more bands confirmed (Dec 5, 2013)
- MIRACLE MASTER signs with Rock’N'Growl Management (Dec 5, 2013)
- GRAND MAGUS: New Song/Lyric Video Posted (Dec 5, 2013)
- HAMMERFALL - THE TEMPLARS RETURN IN FORCE IN 2014 (Dec 5, 2013)
- Saffire - bandleader/guitar player Victor Olsson (Dec 5, 2013)
- HORNET Interview (Dec 2, 2013)
- Interview with Loic of Holy Cross (Dec 2, 2013)
- Rivers Of Nihil Interview with Jon Kunz (Nov 28, 2013)
- Esoteric Interview with Greg Chandler, Gordon Bicknell and Mark Bodossian (Nov 27, 2013)
- ANNIHILATOR - Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki, November 6th, 2013 (Dec 4, 2013)
- Annihilator with support The Generals on Feast On Europe Tour 2013, Scandinavian leg Pumpehuset Copenhagen,Denmark (Dec 4, 2013)
- Dark Tranquillity + Tristania + Sworn Against at The Underworld, London (Dec 3, 2013)
- American Head Charge live at The Globe, Cardiff. 20th November 2013 (Nov 27, 2013)
- Windhand and Pilgrim @ Black Heart, 6th November, 2013 (Nov 27, 2013)
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke to Loudwire about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s next studio album.
Sixx and his bandmates last year released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of MÖTLEY CRÜE’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.
Written when the band was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”.
“We’ve been writing,” Sixx said. “We started the record with the song ‘Sex’ and I have a ton of riffs. I know Mick [Mars, guitar] has told me he has a ton of riffs and it’s just a matter of now collecting riffs. For a while, it was only writing segments of music and getting together and collaborating but now I’m starting to finish music more like I used to more — like I used to in the old days — and finish it top to bottom. So I look forward to getting in the room with my band and going, ‘Here’s ten of my ideas, what have you got?’ and then we kind of let that process happen.”
Asked about MÖTLEY CRÜE’s long-term future, Sixx said: “We haven’t been shy that MÖTLEY CRÜE has been talking about somewhere in the near future doing a farewell tour. We talked about it on ‘Piers Morgan’ and different interviews. It’s not that we hate each other or we don’t work together well. I think it’s just at some point we want to leave it with some sort of a legacy that’s leaving it in a good way. I just see some bands that keep fucking beating a dead horse and I’m like, ‘Get off the horse, dude, it’s dead.’ And MÖTLEY CRÜE is really at one of our highest points we’ve been and I would like to see us even climb higher by seeing us finish our movie, an album and then maybe announcing a farewell tour and going out at the top. It would be a really nice look.”
USA writer Ryan Bartek, best known for counterculture books ‘The Big Shiny Prison’ & ‘Fortress Europe,’ again returns with a new material from his current work in progress ‘Anticlimax Leviathan.’
Formerly promoted as ‘Acropolis Now,’ this new book ‘Anticlimax Leviathan’ is a massive departure from everything Bartek has ever released. Unlike his prior books, ‘Anticlimax Leviathan’ is purely autobiographical. This new book details the author’s life since 2002, and it is brimming with adventures alongside many of the misfit characters that have appeared in his earlier writings.
In acute detail Ryan Bartek presents the hopelessness that is American poverty in the first decade of the new millennium, and the effect it has had on individuals in the counterculture that are both extreme and absurd. Like many of the Great Depression/Beat Generation writers, Bartek assumes a similar role and uses ‘Anticlimax Leviathan’ to shine a spotlight on unconventional lives and desperate hopes that otherwise would be unrecorded and lost to time.
This freshly released chapter is entitled ‘The Curse of GhostNomad’ and fully demonstrates the wide range of writing styles in this new book.
The author has made this new chapter available in both PDF and Audio-Book form.
Listen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Download both as Zip file: http://www.mediafire.com/?
Says Bartek: “As a writer, ‘Anticlimax Leviathan‘ is the most important work of my career – it is also the most personal. This book focuses on the past 8 years of my life – everything in between the cracks of ‘The Big Shiny Prison‘ & ‘Fortress Europe‘ when the tape recorder stopped rolling. It is the story of a strange young man reaching adulthood and going against the grain of a society that is far stranger yet somehow aggressively masquerading as normal.”
“After waging a mental/emotional war of sorts in his homeworld of Detroit – drudging through a perplexing existence that resembles the plot convolution of ‘The Big Lebowski‘ – he eventually falls through the cracks of society completely, thus becoming a traveler in search the American Dream which has instead become an American Nightmare.”
“Eventually ending up on the West Coast as a sort of journalist drifter, he gets locked into a turbulent world of odd jobs and constantly collapsing living arrangements. Eventually he becomes homeless and lustfully embraces it while simultaneously being consumed by physical lust. He then re-creates himself as a sort of lead character in his own imaginary punk rock/heavy metal scumbag romance novel. Along the way he builds a legion of ‘West Coast Street Crazies’ that have fallen through the cracks as well, and step by step they build a new world out of the ashes of their former ghost lives. This all leads to a massive road saga through America and Europe, climaxing with the Occupy Portland encampment of 2011 and a final showdown with The 1% Power Elite at Bohemian Grove.”
“This will be the book I will be remembered for, at least in a critical sense. Despite having become a solid name in the underground, the ruling literary establishment will not touch me with a 20,000 foot pole. 99% of these Manhattan literary agents won’t even read a single word. They are so out of touch with my generation and so eager to pigeon hole everything into tidy marketing strategies that they see the words ‘punk rock/heavy metal’ and immediately compartmentalize my work as some ‘music thing.’ The one’s who actually give me the time of day always are enthusiastic and think my work is quality, but they have no idea what to do with it.”
“It’s ok though – I have my audience, and it only continues to grow. It will take many decades before I reach a wide readership and I am very well aware that I may never live to see that happen, but I keep moving forward regardless. One day they will exhume my literary carcass just like the did Lautreamont or Miller, but for now, I offer this chapter to the true. The book is still nearing completion, and there is no set release date. But I didn’t want to hold back any longer. Stay tuned.”
Also recently released were 25 book readings from Ryan Bartek, running the breadth of his previous works & available for free download & streaming: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Bartek is hard at work in the Northwest USA preparing a new record: “I’m on the verge of announcing a new band, which will be completely savage extreme metal making no concession to anyone or anything. Unlike the majority of my work which has always been about pushing the limits to convulsions, I’m actually setting out to do an album that is no-nonsense thrashing, grinding death metal madness. Imagine A.K.A. MABUS on steroids, on fire, with rabies. It will be a relentless juggernaut, built to destroy everything it’s path. Info TBA. To get a feel of my guitar work, the A.K.A. MABUS debut ‘Lord Of The Black Sheep‘ has been posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Download Ryan Bartek’s previous books, as well as records from his bands A.K.A. MABUS, JACK CASSADY and SASQUATCH AGNOSTIC here 100% FREE: http://ryanbartek.angelfire.
More first week chart positions have been revealed for HELLOWEEN’s new album, Straight Out Of Hell. The release has now achieved the following chart entries:
Japan – #2
Czech Republic – #4
Finland – #4
Germany – #4
Sweden – #6
Germany – #10
US – #97
The official video for the first single is the six-minute opus for ‘Nabataea’ which develops on several levels, including 3-D animation at motion picture level. The legendary kingdom Nabataea provides the atmospherically dense reference for the strong first release from Helloween’s new album. Check it out below:
Helloween’s live schedule can be found here.
WTVR.com are reporting that LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe will return to the US this week after it was announced in court that his trial on manslaughter charges in the death of a fan, Daniel Nosek, at a Prague concert over two years ago, would be delayed. Nosek’s parents are demanding compensation of 10 million Czech Koruna (approximately $530,000).
Blythe’s defense team asked for the delay because a key witness was sick, according to Prague Post reporter Jonathan Crane who is helping cover the trial for WTVR.com. The defense team wanted that witness to testify in person. Another witness is scheduled to testify Thursday, after which the trial will be postponed until March 4th, Crane said.
Blythe will be allowed to return to the US until his trial resumes. He indicated in court that he would definitely return to Prague next month, Crane said.
Blythe was held in custody in the Czech Republic after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Czech police at the Prague airport on Wednesday, June 27th. It is alleged that during a May 24th, 2010 Lamb Of God concert, Blythe pushed the 19-year-old fan, who had climbed onstage, back into the audience. The fan lapsed into a coma and died of bleeding in the brain fourteen days later.
More of WTVR.com’s coverage of the Randy Blythe trial can be found at this location.
Decibel Magazine to feature CATHEDRAL on the cover of their May issue
UK mainstays and international cult act CATHEDRAL, has released their first new recorded material in three years exclusively via Decibel Magazine’s subscriber-only Decibel Flexi Series. The song, Vengeance of the Blind Dead, can be heard in the flexi included in this month’s issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The track is also streaming on Decibel’s soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/decibelmagazine
Additionally, CATHEDRAL will be the featured cover story for Decibel Magazine’s May issue, on newsstands in April. The feature will highlight the band’s storied career, as well as discuss their final studio release, The Last Spire. More info on The Last Spire, including cover art and music will be available shortly. The album is scheduled for worldwide release this April/May.
In 2011, CATHEDRAL released Anniversary, a two disc live album, captured during a special show at the Islington Academy in London. Disc one features the band’s original line up performing their 1991 debut, Forest of Equilibrium, in its entirety. The second set featured the longstanding line-up of Lee Dorrian, Garry Jennings, Brian Dixon and Leo Smee, in which they performed a raucous selection of songs old and new. Sample a track from Anniversary and order your copy at metalblade.com.
Left to right: Dallas Dyck (Rhythm guitar), Roxanne Gordey (Vocals), Jurekk Whipple (Lead guitar, vocals), Denver Whipple (Bass), Trevor Swain (Drums) | Photo credit: Alicia Beisel Photography
Grande Prairie, AB power-thrash five-piece Edge of Attack whom are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album on Tuesday, February 19th via Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records are proud to premiere on BlankTV their new music video ‘In Hell’ directed by Karen Michelle Meola in support of the second single released off the album.
To view the video, please visit the following links below.
Album pre-order available at the following link here. (http://spreadthemetalrecords.
Produced by EAO guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple, the debut features ten tracks of haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming plus choral and symphonic arrangements along with guest artists by solo artist Ivan Gianinni, Ryan Boivard (Hallows Die) and Pellek (Damnation Angels).
Edge of Attack – Track Listing
1. In Hell 4:36
2. The Haunting 5:08
3. Demon (Of The Northern Seas) feat. Ivan Giannini 5:04
4. Take Me Alive 4:24
5. In The Night 4:27
6. Edge Of Attack 5:07
7. Rise Above 5:55
8. Forever 3:46
9. The Damned feat. Ryan Bovaird 6:01
10. Set The World Aflame feat. PelleK 8:29
Forever - Music Video - http://youtu.be/yL1diclz8tM
Lateral Constraint is available now in North America
Finnish metal act, Gloria Morti, have released a new video, featuring of each band member playing along to the track Slaves, from their new album, Lateral Constraint. Fans can watch Eero Silvonen, Juho Räihä, Aki Salonen, Kauko Kuusisalo, and vocalist Psycho, now on metalblade.com/gloriamorti.
In continued partnership with Germany’s Cyclone Empire Records, Metal Blade Records have released Gloria Morti’s Lateral Constraint in North America. Fans can pre-order the album, as well as listen to Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow, at metalblade.com/gloriamorti.
Gloria Morti has emerged as one of the finest up-and-coming melodic death metal acts. The band originated in Finland back in 1999, and has since released five demos, and four full-length albums, including Lateral Constraint. The album was recorded and mixed by the band’s guitarist Juho Räihä and mastered by Svante Försback.
Gloria Morti have been “blessed” with a vast number of exceptional supporting tours. They have had the honor to share the stage with such bands as BEHEMOTH, ZYKLON, MAYHEM, THE CROWN and DISSECTION. Lateral Constraint is an exceptional entry in the field of melodic death metal, more than worthy of mention alongside releases from Septic Flesh, Zyklon, Amon Amarth, etc.
Lateral Constraint track listing:
1. Lex Parsimoniae
2. The First Act
3. Our God Is War
4. Aesthetics of Self-Hyperbole
5. Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow
9. The Divine Is a Fraud
GLORIA MORTI live:
03/08 Lahti, Finland Torvi
04/05 Rovaniemi Finland Cafe Grande
04/06 Oulu, Finland Nuclear Nightclub
GLORIA MORTI is:
Eero Silvonen – Guitar
Kauko Kuusisalo – Drums
Juho Räihä – Guitar
Aki Salonen – Bass
Psycho – Vocals
REVAMP, the band launched by NIGHTWISH touring vocalist Floor Jansen following the demise of AFTER FOREVER, started recording their second studio album late last year.
Floor Jansen states: “I will start recording the vocals for the second ReVamp album next week! Been working on the last vocal lines and lyrics today and have some days ahead to spend on this great part of my work as musician!
The guys have been working their asses off already recording the drums, guitars, bass and keys. Can’t wait to hear the finished result pounding through the speakers… but we all have to be patient a while longer…
Stay tuned though for more updates!”
ReVamp hope to release the new album in the fall of 2013. The exact date and more info about possible tours will be announced soon. ReVamp’s self-titled debut was released via Nuclear Blast in June 2010.
Floor Jansen – songwriter/singer
Arjan Rijnen – guitar
Jord Otto – guitar
Jaap Melman – bass
Ruben Wijga – keyboards
Matthias Landes – drums
More on ReVamp at this location.
Fernandes Guitars and Ashmedi of Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH, have collaborated to present the very unique Vortex Scimitar 12-string electric guitar! This is arguably the first mass produced electric 12-string in a V shape, offering a whole new approach to composing extreme metal and music in general.
“The first time I played a 12-string I noticed that I could compose MELECHESH tracks differently,” commented vocalist/guitarist/mastermind Ashmedi. “New ideas started popping up and basically the 12-string opened a ton of new musical dimensions to me. I was very glad when Fernandes took on this adventurous endeavour and made it a reality. The octave sounds are subtle and great when playing power chords, single notes and fast riffing. To an extent, you get a feeling of a storm or an orchestra accompanying you when playing the Scimitar. Hopefully this will open up some new musical ideas in the extreme metal scene.”
Fernandes Vortex SCIMITAR 12-string DLX 2013 specs:
Maple, Neck Through
Rosewood, 25 1/2″ Scale
24 Jumbo Frets, 14″ Radius
Pearl Split Square Head Inlays
Graphtech TREM NUT 1 7/8″
TUNING GEARS :
Special Bridge for 12 Strings
BRIDGE : EMG-81
Check out the video clip for the song “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” from their most recent masterpiece The Epigenesis. The clip was shot at the cisterns in Istanbul, Turkey in late 2010 by Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari and produced by Tumay Irgas. Check out the clip at: http://www.youtube.com/
The Epigenesis, was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.
THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY is proud to announce the launch of its official Spotify app offering over 20 million Spotify users access to tons of entertaining and informative features from the most successful and fascinating acts in metal, prog, rock, punk and hardcore.
One of the app’s primary features are playlists which are continuously updated by both artist and label contributors. Some of the first playlists to be spotlighted are by Anders Friden (In Flames), Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and Bleed From Within. Check out playlists to see who inspired your favorite artists and who they’re currently listening to.
For fans that are more genre inclined, each label from THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY is featured with its own section. Each label will list brand-new releases, news pieces, tour dates and offer shopping capabilities directly from CMDistro.
THE CENTURY MEDIA FAMILY consists of primary rock and metal label Century Media Records (In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy), prog leaders Inside Out Music (Devin Townsend, Steve Hackett, Riverside, Transatlantic), alt prog label SuperBall Music (Trail Of Dead, Dredg) and punk rock specialists People Like You Records (Broilers, Mad Sin).
So, check out our new label app and enjoy the diversity and quality of our artists and labels in the best possible way on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/app/
Interview With Helstar & James Rivera
January 26, 2013
By Erich Heintzelman
Legendary US thrash metal band Helstar recently played a warm-up date in Tampa, Florida before embarking on the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. I caught up with lead singer James Rivera and the band backstage about 15 minutes before they went on stage. The band was pumped and the excitement in the small club was palpable. The show, which James promised to be a mini-version of the recently released 30 YEARS OF HEL live album lived up to the excitement. Lots of old metal heads were there. I ran into Mike Browning, former drummer of Morbid Angel and Nocturnus. He informed me that he would be pulling together some old vets soon to start playing some live shows! Read the rest of this entry »
Supporting run on “North American Heritage Tour 2013″ to kick off in April
SWEDEN – Sweden’s ultimate dark rock/metal band, Katatonia, has announced several headlining North American tour-dates in addition to the group’s supporting run with Opeth this spring. Katatonia headliners are confirmed for Montreal, Canada on April 25, Farmington, N.M. on May 22 and Los Angeles on May 27.
Katatonia recently announced an extensive North American tour with headliner and fellow Swedish elite, Opeth. The upcoming run, “North American Heritage Tour 2013,” will conquer over 30 cities this spring beginning April 18 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Commented guitarist, Anders Nyström, “Back in the U.S.A…That’s right Springsteen! We’re looking at round number two as special guests to our brothers in Opeth on their last North American leg of the Heritage World Tour. This time we’ll mainly cover off-territories, so regardless if you caught or missed us last time, consider this a second chance to attend the dead ends of North America with one of the best bills there’ll ever be!”
The tour will make two special stops, the first in Worcester, Mass. on April 20 where the band returns to play the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, then in Clifton Park, N.Y. on April 28 where acclaimed Porcupine Tree front-man Steven Wilson will join for the night. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
Katatonia last toured North America in September 2012 as part of the co-headlining “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” with The Devin Townsend Project.
Dead End Kings, Katatonia’s ninth studio album and the follow-up to 2009′s critically acclaimed, Night is the New Day, hit stores on August 28, 2012 via Peaceville Records.
The record debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #138 on the Billboard Top 200 and #10 on Hard Rock, topping Night is the New Day first week sales in the U.S. and making it Katatonia’s most successful U.S. debut in its 20-year career.
Dead End Kings can be purchased online in a multitude of formats and bundle packages via Omerch at: http://omerch.theomegaorder.
Stay tuned to the Dead End Kings mini-site: http://www.deadendkings.com for more information on Katatonia, Dead End Kings and “North American Heritage Tour 2013.”
Katatonia on tour w/ Opeth…
4/18 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
4/21 – Quebec City, QC @ Capitole
4/23 – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Forum
4/24 – Moncton, NB @ Casino New Brunswick
4/25 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus **Katatonia headline
4/26 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre
4/27 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
4/28 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall *w/ Steven Wilson
4/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/30 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa Theatre
5/02 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/03 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
5/04 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
5/05 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
5/06 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
5/08 – Lexington, KY @ Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
5/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
5/10 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/11 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
5/12 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
5/14 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue
5/15 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
5/16 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
5/17 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
5/18 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
5/20 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
5/21 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
5/22 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck **Katatonia headline
5/23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
5/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
5/25 – Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon Club
5/26 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
5/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy **Katatonia headline
Jonas Renske – vocals
Anders Nyström – guitar, backing vocals
Daniel Liljekvist – drums
Per Eriksson – guitar
Niklas Sandin – bass
Veteran Indian thrash metal band Sceptre have released the first single Wrath Of God from their sophomore album ‘Age Of Calamity’.
‘This song was the perfect choice for the single as it’s downright brutal and prepares listeners for what is in store on the album.‘ commented bassist Janus Sayal.
The single can be heard at: https://soundcloud.com/