Vader / Hate @ Glasgow Audio
The Blitz Tour 2015, 19th March 2015
Photography & Review Ritchie Birnie
April 3rd, 2015
Vader / Hate @ Glasgow Audio
The Blitz Tour 2015, 19th March 2015
Photography & Review Ritchie Birnie
April 3rd, 2015
Says ANGRA guitarist Rafael Bittencourt: “Oh boy! My spine is still giving me goosebumps!
“Kiko is in MEGADETH! Wow! What a feeling of pride!
“I have known Kiko for many years and he deserves this great opportunity more than anyone else.
“I usually say that we have a brotherhood’s relationship, so we always wish the best for each other.
“Kiko has been tracking a very serious and talented career.
“I take to say this is also an amazing achievement for Brazilian metal.
“The beginning of this new epic stage is something we all should celebrate. It will be great for ANGRA and for all Brazilian bands, since it draws attention and highlights the talent of Brazilian musicians in general.
“Regarding the works with ANGRA, I believe he will comply with all activities that he has already committed to and he will always be part of our family. He will definitively not be able to turn his back for something he helped build with so much effort. I’m sure we will still make a lot together, either in or out of ANGRA.
“Brother, lots of luck and success to you! ”
April 2nd, 2015
KAMELOT have a new song & video OUT, watch it here:
April 2nd, 2015
Dave Mustaine announced the new guitarist for Megadeth today and as suspected, it’s Kiko!!
“I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then I’ve come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I’m deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, “the best is yet to come!” -Dave Mustaine”
April 2nd, 2015
Korotory – Organized Hypocrisy – Song Stream – https://youtu.be/N_sXsbx3vVs
New York based underground Metal veterans Korotory are excited to announce that they have teamed up with record label upstart Sofa King Vinyl for a record release project as part of the label’s launch, which also coincides with the band’s 20-year anniversary. Sofa King Vinyl is currently hosting a pre-order campaign for the LP along with exclusive and limited bundles via Kickstarter including the opportunity to score a test pressing. If the goal is met, Sofa King Vinyl will press 500 copies of Korotory’s celebrated album ‘God Less America’ on 140 gram audiophile quality vinyl. If Sofa King Vinyl doesn’t hit the goal then nobody pays a dime and the records don’t get pressed.
Korotory is a Thrash/Death/Groove Metal hybrid from Long Island, NY that for the last 20 years has been the underground Metal world’s best kept secret; drawing Influence from the best parts of the scene to craft their signature sound.
Sofa King Vinyl is a brand new label with no investors, and they’d like to keep it that way as they want complete creative control. A Kickstarter campaign appears to make the most sense in order to help kick this label into gear.
PRE-ORDER Now via Kickstarter here – Exclusive Bundles Available!
140g black audiophile quality vinyl
April 2nd, 2015
U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, has teamed up with Noisey to launch an exclusive performance clip from its newly released double-disc DVD collection, All Your Sins, at: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/pentagram-bobby-liebling-interview. Featuring over seven hours of numerous electrifying concerts spanning three decades – all straight from the band’s collection – All Your Sins released yesterday via Peaceville Records.
All Your Sins can be purchased now through the Peaceville web-store at: https://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/product/261/6367/country/222/ and Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/All-Your-Sins-Pentagram/dp/B00NG39OV4.
This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer and more. Two DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, All Your Sins – Video Vault unearths the rumored lost visual evidence pent up in the Ram Family vault for decades. This definitive collection contains over seven hours of footage from nine venues and numerous historical shows, including a charged performance at the legendary CBGB’s club in 1985 – a mass of classic renditions from the band’s catalogue finally gathered together for a live journey spanning over 30 years.
An All Your Sins teaser trailer can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H26b2Hg_HPc.
1.1 Death Row Live at the Silver Fox – 1983 [01:29)
2.1 The Paragon – 1993 [01:02]
Pentagram, the highly influential American heavy metal/doom act fronted by mastermind, Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.
Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, following the life, trials and tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition, travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
Stay tuned for more information on Pentagram and All Your Sins, out now on Peaceville.
April 2nd, 2015
The Metal Alliance Tour is proud to celebrating its 5th year anniversary as being of being one of the most anticipated metal tours of the year. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. It is with great honor to celebrate this 5 year hallmark than to announce DEICIDE, the pioneers of the death metal as the official Metal Alliance Tour 2015 headliner.
The tour will be rounded out by Stockholm, Sweden natives ENTOMBED AD, Tampa’s own HATE ETERNAL, BLACK CROWN INITIATE and newly added French Extreme Metal band SVART CROWN.
The Metal Alliance will announce another round dates and an additional band to the already impressive line-up very soon. Until then see you in the Pit.
You can order your Pre-Sale & VIP Tickets NOW at: http://ma.soundrink.com
Date Venue City/State
April 1st, 2015
In celebration of the release of the first-ever VAN HALEN live album with David Lee Roth, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, and to announce the band’s 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN performed a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, March 30, on Hollywood Boulevard, performing some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics. Portions of the concert aired last night on the late night talk show, with additional concert footage airing tonight. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.
VAN HALEN is also appearing Thursday, April 2, on The Ellen Degeneres Showin the band’s first-ever daytime television performance. Ellen airs weekdays at 4 p.m. on NBC.
VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com with advanced tickets on sale to American Express® Cardmembers beginning today, March 31. A limited number of VIP Packages will also available and may include great tickets, sound check visit, exclusive merchandise & more. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
The special Hollywood Boulevard concert featured some of the essential Van Halen tracks included on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning today, March 31, 2015 in stores, online through Amazon and digitally at iTunes.
Also being released beginning today, March 31, are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warningdue out soon. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band’s record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Go to http://van-halen.com/ for updates and more information.
VAN HALEN 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
March 31st, 2015
Endless Forms Most Beautiful, the highly anticipated new studio album from Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH, has been released today in the U.S. and Canada. Order your copy of the new NIGHTWISH album in the format of your preference from the Endless Forms Most Beautiful Landing Page at http://smarturl.it/NIGHTWISH-
Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, the title for Endless Forms Most Beautiful was taken from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin. The album features the participation of London’s The Metro Voices choir group, London’s Young Musicians Children‘s Choir, and the Orchestre De Grandeur led by the esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, who teaches Music and Music Technology at the London College of Music. Professor Richard Dawkins not only narrates the introduction to the album’s opener, “Shudder Before The Beautiful,” but also the album’s closer, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” which takes its name from his 2009 book on evolution.
March 31st, 2015
Anthrax, five-time-Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling, and card-carrying-member of The Big Four, will begin the set-up of its brand new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up, a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals – Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).
On this first leg, Anthrax will play a “fan favorites” set, comprised of band classics such as “Anti-Social,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am The Law” and “Indians.” The set will also feature one brand new song, “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock),” Anthrax’s contribution to HBO’s “Game of Thrones'” “Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II” which was made available on March 17 and is already getting airplay on hard rock radio. Anthrax’s Bello, Benante and Ian are massive fans of the show, so having been asked to write a song for the Mixtape was an enormous thrill. You can hear “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock)” (and the entire mixtape) for free on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Anthrax’s new album follows the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed Worship Music that featured the return of “classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna, was named one of the best metal albums for 2011 by countless media outlets, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year. The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. “Jon’s been great,” said Scott Ian. “So far, he’s played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing.”
The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian. With producer (and “sixth member of the band”) Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.
Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year. According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”
Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”
“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”
“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”
Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.
Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are as follows:
* Volbeat dates
March 31st, 2015
SF Bay Area/LA/Vegas metallers KILL RITUAL have released the preview track “The Enemy Inside” from their upcoming release “Karma Machine” CD which will see the light of day in Summer 2015 through a yet to be determined label. The track ushers in the bands new line up of vocalist David Reed Watson and drummer Koryuan Bobikyan alongside stalwarts’ guitarist Steven D. Rice and bassist Danyael Laughing Bear following the departure of vocalist Josh Gibson and drummer Gee Anzalone. The CD will be mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg Sweden in May and was tracked and produced by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven D. Rice at Fossil Sound. The track is available here for free download and streaming. Read the rest of this entry »
March 30th, 2015
Hammerfest VII – Metal Marauders
Hafen Y Mor, Pwllheli, North Wales
Photographs and Overview by Mia Metall
On the road again! This was my second year attending Hammerfest and the 3.5 hour trip to our cosy caravan by the sea had begun on Thursday Lunchtime.
The festival has seen some changes from it previous formats and has now involved HRH. Hammerfest used to be spread across to stages in the main concert hall and the Boardwalk but instead this year was moved to the pub down in the Caravan Park leaving the HRH part of the festival to take on the main stage and HRH Stoner, Sleaze and Doom to take over the Boardwalk.
We pulled into Hafen Y Mor campsite just after teatime eager to get checked in. Hammerfest is no normal metal festival. The festival takes places on a Haven Holiday site with the stages that normally stage men in tiger suits and over excited children’s entertainers, instead hosting the very best underground metal bands!
Each party gets a static Caravan, Apartment or Cabin to share with their rocking pals and it is all very civilized with a nice Bedroom, shower toilet and Kitchen don’t even get me started on the Living room, Fire, TV and DVD player! HEAVEN!
We arrived just in time to head back to The Mash and Barrel pub that hosted the Hammerfest stage, to see RSJ.
RSJ are a band from York with a groovy metal sound. The band brought energy to the traveling metalheads, with fast beats, powerful vocals and a energetic performance.
Appearing animated on stage, their punchy brand of dissonant riffs, grimy riffs and vocal diversity was an alarming way to open.
After a few beers and pizza from the on site Papa John’s the next band up was Blitzkrieg.
Blitzkrieg are initially from Leicester formed in 1980. The current line-up is Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Alan Ross (guitar) and Bill Baxter (bass) . Mick Kerrigan (drums) has recently parted ways with the band and they are due to make an announcement soon regarding his replacement.
Ross is the only remaining member from the band’s founding. The old school performance included many songs from the 1980s and also their namesake tune famously covered by Metallica.
Melodic NWOBHM vocals and crunchy proto-thrash riffing led to beers raised in approval by the old school brigade.
Next up this weekend for me was Winterfylleth.
Following some technical difficulties the band opened their set with a wailing violin present throughout their set creating plenty of atmosphere along with the dark green stage lighting and the black metal riffs of the Manchester band.
New guitarist Dan Capp fitted in well with the aesthetic created by the plain black t-shirts and swirling heritage sounds of England.
Elvenking livened things up with their folky power metal, complete with violin and face paints! The band’s mixture of genre kept a varied set which was well received.
Their unique makeup added some interesting variation compared to what had been seen earlier that day, and the Italians certainly impressed and won over some new fans
A chilly stroll from the pub, up through and past the sites lakes, complete with pedal boats shaped like swans and zip wire.
Over to the Boardwalk where the Doom night was in full swing. The Boardwalk also held the “metal market” an array of stalls including New rock and retailers of Patches and Merchandise, Kreepsville and banned, handmade and silver jewellery.
Diesel King played the doom stage.
With a blend of dirty sludge and down tempo heavy metal, the band played tracks from Concrete Burial and acid-tarpit.
It is great festival music, with their heavy, crushing beats and cutting guitars that could have well sliced some ear drums in half!
After a rainy few days the weather cleared nicely for a Sunny start to Saturday. After sampling the delights of VIP Caravaning and a sausage sandwich made my way upto the Main stage HRH to catch some White Widdow
Next on the HRH stage was Reach.
Reach are a hard rock band from Sweden seemingly with all kind of influences, particularly Europe! But the roots are mostly 70-80s hard rock.
The band seem quite fresh faced but the foundations are good if a classic hard rock sound is your thing.
Gleeming pop melodies may not have struck a chord with the more extreme attendees, but meant that the songs stuck in the minds of all newbies to the band
Sedulus are from London.
They have their own mix of stoner rock/ psychedelic space rock and progressive rock and metal and were well suited to the Stoner stage in the boardwalk.
Hypnotic guitars were molded together by free, jazzy drumming before being layered by a unique, atmospheric vocal style.
The song “Pilgrim” was especially memorable for it’s grungy sound.
Sigirya are a Stoner metal band from Swansea. The songs are mostly about time, space and earth.
A walk back across to the Mash and Barrel to watch Skalmold.
Skalmold are a viking folk metal band. A catchy and energetic set went down really well with the audience and must of won the band many new followers who soon caught onto the lyrical content and joined in with the traditional folk like see shanties.
Amongst the pipes and typical folk elements, the guitars added a more doomy, dissonant flavour, with various vocal styles showing a range of influences from the orthodox to the extreme.
Lead melodies broke up any cliches and chugging riffs suggested some power metal tones in the mix aswell.
After a short break, and a Burger King, yes the site even has Burger King, I dropped back into the Stoner stage to watch Hang the Bastard
The West London metallers combined the best of fuzzy riffing and wicked themes whilst still showing a forward thinking approach.
Their next show is at London’s Desertfest so if this sounds like your bag, catch them there!
A quick jog back over to the Hammerfest stage to catch me some Raging Speedhorn
Originating back to 1998, the Corby sludgercorers are now the most popular they’ve been in a long time.
Kicking off with “Knives and Faces”, grabbing the audience who were soon well into the set and enjoying Dungeon Whippet, a hardcore metal band, formerly riding the new metal wave of the early noughties and are well worth checking out again.
Orange Goblin followed their pals onto the stage to carry on the audiences good vibes.
Their doomy stoner metal went down amazingly as usual and even now on their 8th studio album, the band continue to go out there and make the stage their own with humbling thanks and excitement.
Joe Hoare’s dexterous riffing provided the basis for some soaring, festival perfect vocals to soar over. Bluesy solos also broke up the more moody sections that were awash with choral guitar work and some fluent drumming
With all the excitement, someone somewhere got something wrong and we were left without water! So after nipping back to the “house” to use that wonderful en suite I ventured back out for the closing
A smoke filled stage started the evening with the usual theatrics for Hell.
The occult metal bellowed through as David joined the stage, whip in hand, covered in blood and with a crown of thorns.
Epic keyboards and guitars, supported by prowling beats and chromatic riffing won over fans in the ritual like atmosphere created by the elaborate as usual stage props and eccentric front man.
Despite having a few years on some of the other bands playing, they showed more than ample energy!
It wasn’t long before he was up on the crowd barriers casting out the sins of audience members. The band took to the stage to thank everyone for turning out, making the joke of it being a Haven site…. and they are Hell… It’s Haven and Hell!
The theatrics continued with explosions, billowing smoke and lights.
All in all the weekend was a lot different to the usual Hammerfest set up, but the metal acts still made it a really enjoyable weekend and of course the happy little metal community enjoying their spring holiday on the beach.
March 30th, 2015
As a member of the Legendary Rock Band RATT, Bobby Blotzer has headlined arenas the world over, selling over 20 million records worldwide! In 2015, the acclaimed drummer affectionately known as “The Blotz” plans to introduce the world to his own one of a kind RATT Experience Live Show.
While the members of RATT are currently on hiatus, Blotzer has assembled a group of world class musicians that will perform not only the RATT hits fans have come to expect, but also several deep album cuts as well, including many songs that have never been performed live!
The Experience is rounded out by Josh Alan (Sin City Sinners), Scotty Griffin (Ex LA Guns), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate) & 21 Year Old Guitar Hero Blaze.
March 30th, 2015
America Must Destroyed To Be Released For Record Store Day
Not ones to rest on their laurels and fresh off the announcement of the 2015 GWAR B-Q, the intergalactic overlords GWAR have confirmed they will be taking part in the annual Record Store Day Festivities on Saturday April 18th.
“I used to like Chinese food, now I don’t give a fuck”, said guitarist Pustulus Maximus when asked about Record Store Day.
Just how exactly do they plan on doing this? First, Metal Blade Records will releasing an exclusive Record Store Day double LP edition of GWAR’s third opus America Must Be Destroyed. Previously only available on import vinyl from the UK, this exclusive version which has been meticulously recreated by the slaves of GWAR, features the original color insert with lyrics, an official (looking) certificate of authenticity and a killer ‘pop up’ of GWAR’s pet dinosaur Gor Gor! Additionally, it is confirmed that on April 21st the Grammy nominated classic Phallus in Wonderland will be reissued on DVD in a convenient CD sized package.
But that’s not enough for GWAR. They have planned a special Record Store Day appearance as well. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes place at Asylum Records April 18th from 12:00 – 3:00pm located at 108 W Main St in Mesa, Arizona. On this day you will be able to worship at the feet of the almighty GWAR, get your albums signed and if they deem you worthy, maybe even get a picture with them. There will be special giveaways and raffles including a one of a kind airbrushed guitar signed by the band!
Of course, GWAR could not make it to Arizona without the help of their personal slaves. So in order to get the slaves to agree to help, GWAR has agreed to let the slaves appear as “RAWG” and play a special show that evening at the Nile Theater across the street from Asylum in Mesa, AZ. The doors open at 5:30 PM and you can grab tickets HERE.
“These working conditions are inhumane. Thanks, Obama” -nameless slave
In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film Empire Records in which they had a starring role. GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8th – 10th. More details on GWAR’s invasion of Brooklyn, NY can be seenHERE.
Don’t forget to come celebrate GWAR’s 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any summer! The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231).
March 30th, 2015
VICTORIA ROUND (one and only) WINNER from March 28, 2015 @ The Cambie Esquimalt, 856 Esquimalt Road) – TORREFY – https://www.facebook.com/Torrefy
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/772331709528191/