Exence has finally revealed the tracklist for their forthcoming new album “Tabula Rasa”. The album was mixed at the 16th Cellars Studios by Stefano Marbito. “Tabula Rasa” will be released to the stores coming May 2013 by Punihsment 18 Records.
01. Chitterlings for Vultures
02. Thought Phobia
03. Synthetic Memory
04. Tabula Rasa
05. Pray to the Porcelain God
06. Hysterical Raptus
07. Ego of the Beast
08. Heart Infected
09. The Nuclear Reset
10. Dominion of Silence
“The time has come. We started the recording sessions for our next studio album.
After the successful first leg of GERMAN METAL ATTACK 2013 we will become some kind of homebodys. We will be more and more in studio for the next months, because we want to release the next album in late autumn.
As a little teaser we tell you a little secret. We will be on a German TV-Show where no one will expect us.”
This stunning duet from Madrid, Spain will release their debut full length album “Mystery Timeline” on Metal Hell Records in early Spring 2013. Universal Theory performs atmospheric gothic rock – metal featuring dynamic male & female vocals with touches of progressive psychedelic rock. Fans of: The Gathering, Tiamat, Anathema and Type O Negative will definitely want to get hold of this fantastic release and it’s 8 highly memorable tracks!
The CD and Digital DL version will be out in May with the limited edition vinyl to follow later in the year.
The mythological occult metal masters, Absu, gained status amongst extreme metal fans and obtained an ultimate cult following. The mastermind, Proscriptor McGovern, with his drumming, and above all, unique lyrics have created the cult of Absu. The band paid visit to Finland for the second time and we sat down talk to Proscritor about his long career including albums, hiatus, and several other topics. Read the rest of this entry »
Author of ‘Heavy Metal: From Hard Rock to Extreme Metal’
Interview by JP
Author Kory Grow is from New York, NY and is perhaps best known as the author of Heavy Metal: From Hard Rock to Extreme Metal. Kory is also a contributor to Revolver, Spin, RollingStone.com, MTV Hive, Guitar World and The Village Voice, and more.
Comedy Rockers Workshop from India (featuring Devesh Dayal of Skyharbor and Demonstealer of Demonic Resurrection) have released their first official music video for the song ‘Gajanand Dhige’ from their second album ‘Made Love To The Dragon’. The video has been produced by 42Fps.
“Making this video was an absolute blast for the band and working with 42Fps was a pleasure as they completely surpassed our expectations. We wanted to keep the video simple and showcase the story as well as the band. We’re not one of those arty bands that wants to keep the message subtle and open to interpretation etc. We like to put it in your face.” commented Demonstealer.
Ian and Kane Shepp, the Key Club’s owners, couldn’t have foreseen the changes taking place and ultimately, the world famous Key Club in Hollywood has officially closed it’s doors. It was an unavoidable situation that sadly, is leaving dozens of employees looking for work in the harsh financial climate of the Southern California landscape. In the blink of an eye, the entire staff, from the doorman to the owners, is finding themselves looking to create a new situation to provide for their families and meet their bills while looking for work.
The Shepps have organized a fund-raising effort to help the staff maintain their expenses while getting back to work. A crowd-funding program has been put online, and the goal is to reach out to the thousands of patrons who have enjoyed the countless shows the staff has put together. Even the smallest of donations helps the dedicated members of the Key Club crew to stay on their feet while they re-organize and reestablish themselves in the workforce.
Find out more about how you can support the people who helped bring you the best hard rock acts on the planet by visiting the Go Fund Me website at this address:
As the the world famous Hollywood Key Club has closed its doors, this ends a legacy in the hard rock performance market that stretches back into decades of historical live performances by the genre’s key acts. On Monday, March 11th, 2013, staff, friends and supporters of the nightclub held a candlelight vigil, saying goodbye to a place where rock and roll legends were born.
Until 1994, the famed Hollywood Sunset Strip location was known as Gazzarri’s on The Strip. Prior to their conquest in the major FM radio market, artists including the Doors and Van Halen were repeat offenders, bringing teens out into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s elite at the undoing of parent’s attempts at putting the kabash on rock and roll.
Featured in the film “Decline of the Western Civilization: Part II – the Metal Years,” Gazzarri’s revealed the up front music scene, as well as a lot of the back room antics that drew musicians to Hollywood looking to take a bite of the nightlife, the fame and the entertainment industry at any cost. Crossing over generations of club-goers, the location became the “must-play” club in the rock and roll market, far surpassing the interests of the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, the Roxy Theater, the Troubadour and the Viper Room. To say you headlined at Gazzarri’s was a notch on your belt that set you and your band apart from the rest.
In 1991, Bill Gazzarri passed on, leaving the legacy of the club to fate. In the 1994 Southern California earthquake that devastated the landscape, the club was torn to the ground and reestablished with a new building on the foundation under the name Billboard Live, until 1998 when it was from that moment on, to be forever known as the Key Club.
At the peak of the location’s prowess on the music scene, the 90 yards of sidewalk that extended from the front of the Key Club location to the Rainbow Bar and Grill was the epicenter of the hard rock and glam movement. The lifestyle it presented spawned the creation of iconic incarnations including MTV’s Head Bangers Ball, Long Beach rock radio station KNAC and countless top selling live recordings including Cinderella’s “Live at the Key Club” as well as the rare bootleg recordings of Van Halen’s 1974 underground release. Artist’s like Jani Lane of Warrant, W.A.S.P. and long-standing legends Motley Crue called the club home, and on the 25th anniversary of Guns n’ Roses Appetite for Destruction, there was only one place to hold the celebration. That place was the Key Club!
Music promoter and record label founder Joe Dolan shares, “From my 16th birthday I knew well where I wanted to be. I was 3000 miles away from Hollywood, but my goal was defined, and the long schooldays spent daydreaming, while staring blankly out the window, built a foundation for the lifestyle I was going to both endure and enjoy. Hard rock had taken hold, and by hell or high water, I was going to be where the action was. I was headed for the Sunset Strip and I would call it (the Key Club) home. The irony that I would be part of the last night of it’s existence is hard to bear, but like millions of others, I’m proud to say I was here, and the club will forever be in my blood!”
Please take time to re-print and share this information across your Social Media Network, (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and keep the spirit alive. There is nothing definite to share about the next step in bringing the live hard rock music back to Hollywood, but a little bird has stated, good things may soon be in the works.
Metal guitar legend George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Mark Mclaughlin are currently working together on “Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky,” a stirring documentary that explores a hybrid way of life merging modern society with the ancient practices of people who have lived in harmony with the land for thousands of years; native American Indians.
The film follows Lynch and drummer/activist/artist Vincent Nicastro as they visit different reservations around the American Southwest with a trailer full of gear and group of musicians to get a firsthand look at effects of modern consumerism on our native population and the steps they’re taking towards sustainability.
While the documentary is nearly complete, the filmmakers are now seeking help in seeing their collective vision come to fruition. In order to see “Shadowtrain” become a reality, Lynch and Mclaughlin have launched an IndieGoGo Flexible Funding campaign where contributions can be made towards the completion of the film in exchange for autographed copies of George Lynch’s most recent release Legacy, guitar lessons, a signed guitar and more. To donate to the making of “Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky” visit the following link: www.indiegogo.com/projects/shadowtrain-under-a-crooked-sky Read the rest of this entry »
BLACK SABBATH will launch their world tour, in support of their upcoming new studio album, entitled 13, with a series of dates kicking off next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Later this summer, the band will kick off their North American tour, which will keep the band on the road from late July through September and includes one Canadian stop, on August 14th, at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the show go on sale on April 13th.
Black Sabbath’s new album, 13, will be released on June 11th. 13 was recorded primarily in Los Angeles and features the original Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi(guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) – who were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE). Produced by Rick Rubin (SLAYER, METALLICA), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the US.
The legendary Finnish thrash/speed band Stone was originally formed in mid 80’s. The band released four studio albums and one live album, before disbanding in 1992 to pursue different musical directions. In year 2000 band reunited briefly and in 2008 they did five shows including appearances at the Ruisrock and Tuska festivals. Last autumn, the band announced, somewhat surprisingly, that it intends to make a small-scale tour in the spring of 2013. It seems that at present there is a huge demand for the band. Five sold out shows and over 5000 tickets sold is an impressive achievement for any band in Finland. Official reason given for this comeback was the release of new Stone box set, but yes, perhaps the band just decided to respond the audience’s call and gave them what they wanted. Please welcome one more time: Janne Joutsenniemi, Roope Latvala, Markku “Nirri” Niiranen and Pekka Kasari, GET STONED!!
“Steelhammer” – that’s the name of the upcoming new album of legendary German Metal band U.D.O..
On May 24th (USA: May 21st) „Steelhammer“ will be released as CD, ltd. Digipak. ltd. 2-Vinyl and ltd. Fan Package.
A first album teaser is available here:
Udo Dirkschneider comments on the cover artwork:
“Our new album is a real battering ram,” Udo says. “That’s why we have chosen this cover. It really shows best that U.D.O. is pure heavy metal! U.D.O. is back!”
„Steelhammer“ was produced by Udo Dirkschneider and Fitty Wienhold.
Electro Rock artist WVM has released a new 5 track EP entitled “The End Is Only The Beginning” on iTunes. The EP features Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Tweaker) and Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) playing drums on various songs and mixing by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) who called the album an “electronic masterpiece.”.
Sean Beavan also says “WVM has all the warm, yummy, electronic goodness of vintage Gary Numan, with instant melodic hookery and a real artist’s vision; unique, original, and accessible.”
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON stunning new Metal Opera entitled “The Land of New Hope” on May 17th in Europe and May 21st in North America.
Hailed by fans and press as one of the forefathers of the Power Metal genre with his songwriting for the band STRATOVARIUS in the late 90’s and early 00’s, Timo Tolkki has been silently preparing his musical revenge. Following a call in August 2012 from Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, Tolkki quickly cancelled all plans and started writing new music following an original concept discussed years ago between the artist and Perugino. The idea was to have a magniloquent metal / rock opera with some cinematic orchestrations to bring back the STRATOVARIUS original sound in a more symphonic and grandiose fashion. “I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album”, explains Tolkki. “I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story. In STRATOVARIUS back in early 90’s, I was one of those who were there in creating the whole Power Metal genre, so it is natural that people may associate this music style to me. But on this album you will find a lot of different dynamics as well with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big”. Read the rest of this entry »