The latest recordings from former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s new band, ‘Newsted’, which are debuting on the newest episode of Break Media’s hit web-series, ‘Man at Arms’ (on youtube.com/aweme). Newsted’s heavy metal pairs as background for the gritty series, which follows famous Hollywood blacksmith, Tony Swatton, as he builds real-life versions of iconic pop-culture (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, Spider-Man, etc…) weapons by hand. See the clip below for the latest episode featuring music from Newsted as Swatton recreates Wolverine’s claws.
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German thrashers EXUMER have parted ways with guitarist H.K., who played his last show at the Bang Your Festival in Germany on July 13. The guitarist’s departure has been an amicable one and has left for solely personal reasons.
Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: “We were sad to let H.K. go after touring with him for the past three years and recording our comeback album in 2011. However, the thrashing must go on and we already have found a session guitarists who will accompany us to South and North America for our upcoming tour dates there. We will try our best to fulfill all our touring obligations and find a permanent 2nd guitarist as soon as possible to ensure a band chemistry that will take EXUMER to the next level.” Read the rest of this entry »
SINNER, fronted by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner, recently entered the studio soon work on an album of re-recorded versions of the best songs from the band’s early years. The resulting collection, en titled “Touch Of Sin 2″ (in a nod to SINNER’s 1985 album, “Touch Of Sin”), will be released on August 30 in Europe and Septemebr 10 in North America via AFM Records.
According to RTL, Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh) — the BURZUM mastermind who served a Norwegian prison term for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) — was arrested this morning (Tuesday, July) 16 near the town of Salon-la-Tour, a commune in the Corrèze department in central France, on suspicion of planning a “massacre.”
Vikernes, 40, who has been living on a French farm with his wife and three children, was picked up by the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence, DCRI), a French intelligence agency which reports directly to the Ministry of the Interior.
A search of Vikernes’ farm for weapons and explosives is currently underway. His wife, a French national and a member of a shooting club, recently legally purchased four rifles.
Openly racist, Varg on April 3, 2011 posted a statement in French on his web site calling for the French to vote for the National Front and describing Norway as “the last Soviet state in Europe.”
According to RTL, Vikernes was one 530 supporters to have received the manifesto of Anders Breivik, the man responsible for the July 2011 bomb attack in central Oslo, Norway and shooting rampage in Utøya island that resulted in the deaths of 77 people, many of them children. Breivik e-mailed the 1,518-page manifesto to his contacts hours before he set out on a murderous rampage.
An official at the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office, which has been put in charge of the investigation, told Euronews: “[Vikernes receiving Breivik's manifesto] was at the origin of the investigation … There were several suspicions that made the services fear he could possibly carry out a violent act.”
New Episode Premieres on Tuesday, July 16th at 9/8 C, Featuring ROB ZOMBIE’s Newly Customized 1967 Ford F-100
Episode Filmed at San Bernardino, CA Kick-Off Date
As the kick-off date for San Bernardino, CA was ramping up and the fans were lining up, ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL main stage closing artist ROB ZOMBIE was doing a bit of heavy metal double tasking— filming behind-the-scenes for HISTORY®’s “Counting Cars” latest episode, in which the Count’s Kustoms crew delivers a custom macabre-style overhaul on Rob’s 1967 Ford F-100! The premiere episode, partially filmed on location at the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL kick-off date, will air on Tuesday, July 16th at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central Time.
Although the crew at Las Vegas based Count’s Kustoms are not new to the game, the finished product was no small feat. HISTORY®’s “Counting Cars” star Danny “The Count” Koker and his crew had just seven days to work on the truck and deliver it to Rob at the San Bernardino, CA kick-off— a turnaround faster than they’ve ever experienced on any project. Starting on July 19th in Camden, NJ, ROB ZOMBIE’s 1967 Ford F-100 will be touring with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL.
Every “Counting Cars” episode features stories behind vintage vehicles, striking before-and-after transformations, and Danny “The Count” Koker’s relentless compulsion to find and flip the greatest rides of all time, at any cost.
In April, ROB ZOMBIE released his fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, the first release on his new label, Zodiac Swan, through T-Boy Records/UMe. The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, and its second single, Zombie’s heavy-duty cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band,” has been No. 1 most added at Active Rock radio (BDS and Mediabase) for three consecutive weeks.
Make sure to check out ROB ZOMBIE’s custom ride at your local stop of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. See below for all remaining tour dates:
Date City Venue
7/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
7/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
7/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
8/2 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Artists performing this year not only include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer ROB ZOMBIE, but in addition, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE, CITY IN THE SEA, ATTIKA7 and SCORPION CHILD.
Sponsors for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include title sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and stage sponsors JAGERMEISTER, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Festival sponsors include IBANEZ GUITARS, ZIPPO, METAL BLADE RECORDS, NAPALM RECORDS, SQUATCH SNACK STICKS, FUCK CANCER and KEEP A BREAST. Media partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE and ZUUS MEDIA.
Fans can go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com to keep up with additional details as they are released.
Witching Metal Ritual, the debut full-length from Austin, TX-based metallers WITCHES MARK is now available on Heaven and Hell Records.
To celebrate the release of this eight-track firestorm of trad-rooted pure metal mayhem, the band has locked horns with PureGrainAudio.com for a full album stream of Witching Metal Ritual. Push the volume knob to 666 and check it out at this location.
Survivors of the album stream are encouraged to check out an in-depth video interview with the band and Metal-Rules.com’s Carlos M. Llanas. Included in the post are live performances and the recently released video for the album’s title track, featuring Ross “The Boss’ Friedman (Manowar). Watch the interview and videos HERE.
10th anniversary show in Gothenburg announced!
Swedish heavy metal act RAM have just recently shot a video for the song “I Am The End” from their latest release, “Death.” Metal Blade Records has partnered with Revolver Magazine to premiere the video in North America.
“I Am The End” was directed by Martin Högdal, edited by Leonard Palmestål and written by Oscar Carlquist – the same team that worked on the “Flame Of The Tyrants” video. The song was written by Harry Granroth and Oscar Carlquist.
Oscar Carlquist comments on the video: “The ‘I Am The End’ video shows a completely different side of the cinematic vision of RAM than what we created in the ‘Flame Of The Tyrants’ video. This video displays a lot of esoteric aspects, and has many layers of symbolism that will not be seen at once. We thank everybody involved for their outstanding dedication to making flesh out of our disturbed visions.”
Fans can order “Death” and watch the video for “Flames Of The Tyrants” at metalblade.com/ram.
Tampa-based black/death metallers MORBID ANGEL have announced the 20th Anniversary Of Covenant – United States Tour 1993-2013. The tour celebrates the band’s biggest selling release, Covenant. In 1992, Morbid Angel signed to a major label Giant Records / Warner Brothers and Covenant was to be their first release on that label in the USA on June 22, 1993 and went on to garner great critical and commercial success.
On the 20th Anniversary Of Covenant – United States Tour 1993-2013 tour, the band will play the Covenant album in it’s entirety and after a short intermission some additional surprise classic cuts. Further, there will be special commemorative items produced exclusively for this tour.
All advance tickets will go on sale July 19th.
Bandleader/mastermind/drummer Heleno Vale – Soulspell
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band
I had the opportunity to talk with bandleader/mastermind/drummer Heleno Vale from the Brazilian heavy metal project Soulspell. Soulspell released their third album last year called HOLLOW’S GATHERING that ought to appeal to fans of heavy & power metal music. Featured guests on the album are Tim Owens, Blaze Bayley, Michael Vescera and Amanda Sommerville. Read more about the essence of Soulspell below. Read the rest of this entry »
With Sons of Icarus and General
@ Kentish Town Forum
11th July 2013
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Listening to the feel good, slick sounds of clutch without a beer in hand and relaxing sunshine is defiantly not what the crowd wanted off the cards tonight. Luckily for the Maryland four piece the weather has been glorious and the barrels have been flowing. As you entered the forum tonight a real sense of united community was seen within the crowd, as groups of families gathered by the merchandise stall and bar alike.
The long silence is over! We know many of you have wondered what’s become of THUNDERSTONE—some even declaring the band dead. Well, we aren’t dead yet! In fact, in the next four weeks, we will announce major news regarding the band here and on Twitter. Stay tuned every Friday and you’ll know what’s happening in the near future. Believe me, it’s going to be exciting stuff!
In the meantime, feel free to post questions on our wall or send us private mail. We’ll do our best to reply as quickly as possible.
SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2013
Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä
“Welcome to the show” – welcomed by KISS when headlining the second day of the Sweden Rock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Sweden Rock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2013 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there witnessing bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
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Philip Anselmo has put together a series of, well, intimidating but humorous video clips in anticipation of his “Technicians of Distortion” tour that kicks of July 31. The clips instruct fans as to what Anselmo expects of them at the shows. So far, two have been made available, and you can see them here: Read the rest of this entry »