Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio KADAVAR, have shared the first round of track-by-track commentaries regarding their upcoming second studio album “Abra Kadavar”. Vocalist/guitarist Lupus Lindemann, bassist Mammut and drummer Tiger provide you with background information on the album’s first four tracks below:
01. – Come Back Life “On `Come Back Life´ we’ve tried to write similar melody lines for the vocals and guitar. After the song was done, I got the impression that someone had twiddled with out time machine and had sent us back to 1969!” (Tiger)
02. – Doomsday Machine “It’s both the second track on the album and the second song that was written for it, probably showcasing our trademark sound best. Between changes in tempo, single note riffs and guitar solos, the lyrical concept deals with destruction – inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie `Dr. Strangelove´.” (Lupus Lindemann)
03. – Eye Of The Storm “After playing this six-minute piece, my fingers always glow like fireflies – a rough storm on the high seas! One of the songs that might be most fun to play live, due to it’s multifacetedness. Not a single second of rest for your ears, if you don’t want to miss one of the song’s great twists and turns!” (Mammut)
04. – Black Snake “This song is about a friend of ours who’s been living in a small cave in the middle of Paris without water supply for about 10 years now. The cave is solely lighted by candles and filled with taxidermied animals and voodoo puppets – one for each of his ex-girlfriends. Try to recall a dark acid trip and multiply it by 10 – that’ll give you a rough idea…” (Lindemann)
Behold the cover art to Airbourne‘s upcoming third album, Black Dog Barking! The disc will be available everywhere May 21! Produced by award-winning producer Brian Howes, this is the follow-up to 2010′s No Guts. No Glory. The band says, “A lot of thought and effort has gone into this record not only by the band, but by the production crew who worked countless hours, seven days a week, even through Christmas and New Year’s Eve to achieve the best possible performances, backed by real undying tones. Now we’re handing it over to you…so crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!”
Lynch Mob “Unplugged” (Live From Sugar Hill Studios) was recorded at historic Sugar Hill Studios in downtown Houston, Texas during the filming of “Slow Drag”, the video from the band’s highly successful Rat Pak Records release “Sound Mountain Sessions”. Produced by renown Houston engineer Dan Workman, “Unplugged” features rare acoustic versions of “Wicked Sensation”, “River Of Love”, “Where Do You Sleep At Night”, “All I Want” and also includes a bonus 15 minute interview track. The entire performance was also filmed by producer Ross W. Wells (Zen Film) for an upcoming episode of Live From Sugar Hill Studios due out in early 2013 and is sponsored by Vitamin Water. Lynch Mob “Unplugged” features George Lynch (Guitars), Oni Logan (Vox), Robbie Crane (Bass), Brian Tichy (Guitars) and Tyson Sheth on percussions. Official release date for EP is set for March 26th, 2013.
Deadline Records (a division of Cleopatra Records) will release a special edition of THE FLESH AND BLOOD SESSIONS from War & Peace. The collection includes an unreleased track and liner notes from Jeff Pilson.
War & Peace is the all-star line-up of Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner) on lead vocals and guitar, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Kill Devil Hill) on drums, Michael Diamond (Legs Diamond) on bass, and Randy Hansen on lead guitar.
THE FLESH AND BLOOD SESSIONS contains the original 1988 studio sessions recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios by Angelo Arcuri (Black Sabbath, Dio, Hellion) and mixed by Neil Kernon (Dokken, Queensryche, Kansas), as well as five tracks chiefly put together by Jeff Pilson in the mid 1990s.
Re-mastered by Wyn Davis (Dokken, Dio), THE FLESH AND BLOOD SESSIONS re-issue comes with all new artwork, liner notes by Jeff Pilson, and includes an exclusive bonus track, “Heaven Knows”, featuring guitarist Darren Housholder (Love/Hate), not found on the original 1999 release. Making a guest appearance on “What I Hid Behind” is Robin McAuley, with whom Jeff was working in MSG.
Jeff Pilson is a prolific musician, a multi-instrumentalist who has been in internationally-recognized bands almost his entire career. As evidenced by the musical fire power in War & Peace, Pilson’s collaborations lead to material that holds up in today’s heavy music environment. “To this day I’m frequently asked about this period of the band and thought that putting out this CD could answer many questions,” said Jeff.
THE FLESH & BLOOD SESSIONS Track List:
Kill For The Love Of God
If I Put My Love In You
I Don’t Want To Be Lonely
Nailed To The Cross
Bringing It On
What I Hide Behind
Premiering yesterday on GuitarWorld.com and RevolverMag.com, the music video for “NO MONEY, NO LOVE” marks HEAVEN & EARTH’s first music video from their new album ‘Dig,’ which is available April 23rd on Quarto Valley Records. The video–directed by acclaimed photographer Glen Wexler, who has worked with Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Michael Jackson–features performance footage of the band, along with an old hotel packed with a motley crew of midgets, magicians, and scantily clad temptresses. To watch the video, up now, please visit:
HEAVEN & EARTH–guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist CHUCK WRIGHT, drummer RICHIE ONORI and keyboardist ARLAN SCHIERBAUM–fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical with bravado and a razor-sharp focus. The band’s forthcoming studio album ‘Dig’ was produced by Dave Jenkins–who’s worked with everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power–and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto).
The track listing for ‘Dig’ is as follows:
2. No Money, No Love
3. I Don’t Know What Love Is
4. Man & Machine
5. House of Blues
6. Back in Anger
7. Waiting for the End of The World
8. Sexual Insanity
9. Rock & Roll Does
10. A Day Like Today
11. Good Times
12. Live as One
About HEAVEN & EARTH:
The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock’s most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Camine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH’s first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000). HEAVEN & EARTH’s groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garnering Smith the award for “Best Guitarist” and “Best New CD” for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.
The time has come. On March 26, 2013, legendary punk/thrash icons SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will release their first new music in over 13 years. The band’s upcoming full-length, entitled 13, will be released via Suicidal Records. Produced by Mike Muir and Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Ozzy Osbourne, Hole, Marilyn Manson, Infectious Grooves), the release of 13 marks the 30th anniversary of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.
The brand new music video for the new track ‘Cyco Style’ is available for viewing now on YouTube. Check it out at this link.
1. Shake it Out
2. Smash It! (feat. Larry Linkogle and Jimmy Fitzpatrick of the Metal Mulisha)
3. This Ain’t a Celebration
4. God Only Knows…Who I Am
5. Make Your Stand!
6. Who’s Afraid?
7. Show Some Love…Tear It Down (feat. Pro skaters Danny Way, Tony Trujillo, Steve and Alex Olson, Vincent Alvarez, Elijah Berle and Jim “Red Dog” Muir)
8. Cyco Style
9. Slam City
10. Till My Last Breath
11. Living the Fight
12. Life…(Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It)
13. This World
Mike Muir states, “First, thank you for all the people that have patiently waited for this record. Now I will shut up and let the music do the talking.”
In conjunction with the release of 13, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will head out on a full U.S. tour, dubbed the ‘Slam City Tour’. The tour features support from various champions of hardcore music both young and old. Support will range from NYC hardcore heroes MADBALL and SICK OF IT ALL to Houston greats D.R.I. The tour will include a stop at this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA on April 21st. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES @ SXSW (Not open to the public, invite only)
3/15 Austin, TX @ Virgin 608 House – Outdoor Stage (W/ ST. LUCIA, ZABRA KATZ, JMSN, WATCH THE ENEMY, LE1F, TJ KONG, ROBERT DELONG)
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and INFECTIOUS GROOVES Cyco Family Weekend
4/5 INFECTIOUS GROOVES @ GARDEN TOKYO
4/6 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES @ GARDEN TOKYO
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Slam City Tour Dates with Various Support:
4/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom (W/ MADBALL, WAKING THE DEAD)
Swedish death metal supergroup SKINEATER, who just released their debut Dermal Harvest last month on Pulversied Records, have premiered a video for the song “Dismantled.”
Produced by Uppsala-based digital production company Oddville, the video has been posted by the band at this location.
De-skinned to perfection, Dermal Harvest showcases some of the most resilient veterans in the Swedish Extreme scene, with past and present members from Wombbath, In Thy Dreams, Dark Funeral, Carnal Forge, Defleshed, etc. The end result is an unstoppable skin-butcher unit literally flaying everything in its path! Never has Death Metal extremity been so well brewed with melodic darkness in a long time.
Recorded at various locations, mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Studio Underground (Carnal Forge, Steel Attack, Fleshcrawl, Necrodeath, etc), and with the striking album artwork designed and conceptualised by Mathias Björkbacka, “Dermal Harvest” is without doubt a world-class audioviolence with sick torturous intent.
Chris Hathcock of Reticent acclaim has returned to the realm of extreme music in the form of black metal project, Zeromus. In the vein of bands such as Gorgoroth and Dark Funeral, Zeromus is a straight forward and grim expression of aggression. “I just needed to do something different. The Reticent offers me a lot of emotional release but sometimes you need to just be outright hostile. Rather than sing you just want to scream with as much hatred as you can muster. I love bands like Gorgoroth for their intensity, aggression, and disregard. This is just my diversion to create and release that hostility and have some fun.” Hathcock said he plans to release an album with Zeromus. An EP titled “The Four Fiends” is in the works but release may be delayed due to his work with The Reticent. Two demo tracks have been posted on Reverbnation of the band and can be found at reverbnation.com/zeromus
Heaven and Hell Records plan to re-issue North Carolina thrash legends Denial ‘No Comment’ EP later in 2013.
Recorded at locally famed Reflection Studios and originally released in 1990 with the line-up of John Lawther (bass), Kelly Rodgers (drums), Joe Walsh (guitar), and Jeff Triece (vocals/guitar). The self-released six songs EP quickly caught on in the thrash metal underground and soon after its release it landed the band a deal with Colossal Records who released the band’s only full length offering ‘Antichrist President’. The band seemed to disappear not long after leaving behind their small mark in the world of thrash metal. Years later with the resurgence of all that is thrash and collector demand Denial’s name would begin to surface once more but with a new generation of headbangers.
Heaven and Hell Records plan to re-issue the classic ‘No Comment…’ EP later this year, re-mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios, with new artwork by TJ Barber. The release will also include a live soundboard recording that included tracks that were never released.
Recently Eugenic Death drummer Ian Pasquini has quit the band due to outside personal obligations.
“There were no tensions in the band and no hard feelings, Ian simply had obligations that require his fullest attention. ” -Jonathan McCanless
Coincidentally Pasquini’s departure comes about as Eugenic Death guitarist McCanless joins Indiana’s Steel Aggressor as their new drummer.
The remaining three members of Eugenic Death; Jonathan McCanless, Keith Davis, and Shane Lucas are currently working on the follow up to the 2012 debut ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ entitled ‘Under the Knife’ due for release sometime in 2013.
Heaven and Hell Records will be releasing all the North Carolina False Prophet material on CD early in 2013. As one of the next releases in the Lost Relics collection.
Formed in the late 1980s False Prophet would quickly become one of North Carolina’s leading metal bands and one of the East coast’s most fierce thrash/death metal acts of the early 1990s. Their first self-titled demo released in 1989 gained them promising attention in the underground. But it wasn’t until the release of their full-length ‘Second Death’ in 1991 that the band began to gain mass critical praise from critics and peers. Many of whom saw False Prophet as the next Morbid Angel. Read the rest of this entry »
A lot is brewing in the world of The Reticent. New members added to the live show, a free EP, and the next full-length.
Recently, The Reticent recruited former Oracle guitarist Robert Kerns as the new resident lead guitarist. This has allowed The Reticent to again return to the stage and begin playing some select live dates.
Fans of the band were quite excited to hear from mastermind Chris Hathcock that there are not one but two albums in the works this year.
The first is an EP of unique interpretations of some yet to be disclosed cover songs. The EP will be titled “Artifice” and will be made available for free (!) via download through Heaven & Hell Records’ website for a limited time. Said Hathcock, “I wanted to do something where I could explore some lesser known songs I enjoy and take some more well known songs and rearrange them. I’m not at all interested in covering bands that The Reticent is already compared to nor covering anything that is already in the ‘progressive’ sphere.
It’s far more interesting to step away from expectation and explore, in my opinion. I think a lot of people will be surprised by some of the tracks on the album and hopefully they won’t be too awful to listen to.”
After finishing off a very eventful past year of promotions for their previous album release, Bilateral, acclaimed Norwegian progsters LEPROUS entered the studio to start recording their next album after wrapping up their “European Progressive Assault” headlining tour in September/October 2012.
This new album is entitled Coal, and it will be released on May 20th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via InsideOut Music.
LEPROUS singer/synth-player Einar Solberg comments about the release:
“With our upcoming album ‘Coal,’ I feel we are one step closer to a personal expression. Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne were the producers of this album, together with LEPROUS. They helped us a lot with reaching the full potential of the songs, and the album would not be equally good without their expertise. Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren @ Fascination Street Studios mixed the material and have made this album shine like nobody else could. I see less interest in defining music than in creating music, but I will give a short overview on what to expect… ‘Coal’ is a more melancholic and darker album than the more playful ‘Bilateral’. By darker I don’t mean more aggressive, but more severe. There is still a big range in the dynamics, but no jumping between different moods within a song. We cannot wait to show this album to the world!”
Check out a studio-video from the drum recording sessions for Coalhere.
Death metal behemoths SIX FEET UNDER are back, and with the seething UNBORN, the tenth full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band are returning with an overhauled line up that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral music they have ever put their name to.
Pure Grain Audio will be hosting the third single off of UNBORN, “Neuro Osmosis”, starting today! Listen HERE
In November of 2010 when vocalist and founding member Chris Barnes first started to get the idea of working with new writers for SIX FEET UNDER’s next release, he contacted Rob Arnold, Jari Laine, and Ben Savage to share in the writing process. After just two years of writing and recording 20 plus tracks, and releasing UNDEAD in May of 2012, SIX FEET UNDER are now proud to unveil UNDEAD’s demented fraternal twin…
UNDEAD proved to be one of SIX FEET UNDER’s most critically acclaimed albums to date, and with a revamped and tour-hardened lineup rounded out by: guitarist Ola Englund, drummer Kevin Talley, bassist Jeff Hughell, and long-time guitarist Steve Swanson, UNBORN promises to elevate the band to even loftier heights.
The lyric video for Zombie Blood Curse, the first track to be loosed from UNBORN, is streaming now at metalblade.com/sixfeetunder. While there, fans can also pre-order their copies. Head over to Metal Hammer Germany at metal-hammer.de for the exclusive world premiere of
Prophecy, Six Feet Under’s second single off of UNBORN.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Last week following two Japan performances, Taiwanese extreme metal group Chthonic joined fans in Tokyo at Rockaholic (bar-rockaholic.jp) for a live battle of the band’s new mobile music app game “CHTHONIC – Rhythm Crusher.” Fans from all around the world were invited to join the festivities via the game’s online ‘Vs. Mode,’ with the winning fan in attendance taking home a brand new iPad Mini. Chthonic fan, Satoshi Mukaide, took home the grand prize, despite losing the final match to Chthonic vocalist Freddy Lim.
Said Lim, “When I’m playing ‘Rhythm Crusher,’ I can feel the energy from the music even more! I think that’s why I’m so addicted to it.”
Chthonic continues to battle online against fans every day. The band members can be identified by their personal screen names: FreddyLimTT, dorisyeh0919 and Jessefilth, so be sure to keep an eye out for the chance to battle the current “Chthonic – Rhythm Crusher” World Champion, vocalist Freddy Lim!