Canadian Hard Rockers FAMOUS UNDERGROUND have released a new video, for the track ‘Dead Weight‘, featured on their new self-titled debut album out now via Dust On The Tracks Records. The new single ‘Dead Weight‘ is a melodic romp that takes you on a trip with an anthemic message that pertains to everyone. Sonically this represents the light and shade that is F.U., the song is a wakeup call for people to realize that they have the power to help create a more positive world. Watch the video below: http://youtu.be/nI9I9ekK8v8
Indian death metal band Reptilian Death have signed a deal with Darzamadicus Records to release their new album ‘The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence’. The release will be limited to 500 copies and released in Macedonia. The album released on Universal Music in India on May 19th. The album features artwork done by Michal ‘Xaay’ Loranc who has workedwith artists like Nile, Behemoth, Demonic Resurrection etc.
Commented Demonstealer, ‘We’re extremely stoked to sign up with Darzamadicus Records. I’ve known Dejan the label owner and he’s been extremely supportive of the band and the music and when he made us the offer to release the album in Macedonia we just couldn’t say no. We’re already in talks with some labels for a proper release for the rest of Europe, USA as well as the UK and hopefully you’ll hear some more about that in the coming weeks.’
The band also recently released the first single and lyric video for the song ‘O’. Watch the video here.
The on-stage performance by German thrash overlords KREATOR at this year’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark will be streamed live this Friday, July 5th at 2 p.m. PACIFIC / 5 p.m. EASTERN. Tune in to the live stream at www.roskilde-festival.dk.
KREATOR’s upcoming Dying Alive DVD will be released in North America on September 3rd and features the band’s sold-out, hometown, December 22nd, 2012 performance in Oberhausen, Germany shot by 24 cameras plus guitar and mosh-pit POV cams. View the DVD artwork on the band’s official Facebook page.
Band Set To Unleash “Father Of The Wolf” Video; Main Stage Slot On North American Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest Now
The release of Deceiver of the Gods, the latest studio album from Swedish melodic death metal titans, AMON AMARTH, has broken the band’s previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date.
In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2.
Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200.
In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet.
Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »
New album “The Killer Angels” out now on Despotz Records
SWEDEN – Civil War, the new symphonic power metal band from ex-Sabaton members, Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback and Daniel Myhr, along with frontman, Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors), and bass player, Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (Volturyon), has uploaded its new song, “Gettysburg,” to Soundcloud in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the historic battle. Check out the song, taken from the band’s debut full-length The Killer Angels out now on Despotz Records, online here: https://soundcloud.com/despotz/civil-war-gettysburg.
Lee Altus has been quite a busy man with both Heathen and Exodus. Both bands have been activate and touring often. Metal-Rules.com sat down with Lee to talk about the sounds of Heathen, the writing process for the new albums of Heathen and Exodus, and of course a little bit about the industrial and thrash metal in general. Read the rest of this entry »
BATTLECROSS has unveiled their brand new video for “Never Coming Back” from the album “War of Will.” The Roy Warner directed clip can be streamed on metalblade.com/battlecross. Fans that follow BATTLECROSS on-line have seen pictures from the shoot, and already know that Kevin Talley, who performed with the band at Orion Music and More, and who is drumming for the band all summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, appears in the video!
CANNIBAL CORPSE has been selected for induction in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. CANNIBAL CORPSE is the latest addition to the Hall of Fame, which also includes Buffalo natives the Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Sheehan, 10,000 Maniacs, and many more. The announcement of the inductees was filmed and is available on youtube HERE.
Founding member and bassist Alex Webster comments on the band’s induction: “We are extremely excited to hear about our induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. We never could’ve imagined something like this would be possible back when we were getting started at places like the River Rock Cafe or the Skyroom. We are truly honored and humbled by this.”
During the next few weeks while Lamb of God is gearing up for several dates overseas in August, vocalist Randy Blythe is busy gearing up for the release of his upcoming memoir. The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of his life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe’s already well-recognized writing style. It seems that almost every major media outlet has attempted to righteously cover the story of Blythe’s arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic last year, but now, the man at the center of it all unveils the truths of the ordeal, personally detailing every aspect in his own words. No ghost-writers, no co-authors, just Randy Blythe, himself.
Spawning from high school friendship and growing into something much more epic out of the deep dark north of the Canadian Yukon, power thrashers Sanktuary are proud to unleash their debut thrash thrill ride ‘Something Fierce’, out today, July2nd on Spread The Metal Records.
“On behalf of the Skank Squad, I am unbelievably stoked to finally be on the eve of releasing our debut album Something Fierce upon the world. A mighty appreciation goes out to Matt Day and Spread the Metal Records as well as all those along the way, who without would not have made this possible. We can only hope that all who give a listen will appreciate the blood, sweat, tears and beers upon beers that went into the making of this record. So horns up to the metal heads of Canada and the world and we are pumped to hear what has to be said of what we think to be Something Fierce!””
A new supergroup called Ghost Ship Octavius been formed after its founding members struck a chord with one another while touring as Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott’s solo backing band.
Nevermore drummer Van Williams and God Forbid guitarist Matt Wicklund joined Amott on his solo tour, and the trio have decided to spin off a new lineup with two extra musicians: bassist Sara Claudius and 17-year-old vocalist Adon Fanion.
Ghost Ship Octavius has now launched a Facebook page to gather fans to show their forthcoming music which they describe as “melodic progressive heavy metal,” and while there’s no samples available yet, the band assure Metal Sucks that 13 songs have been written and are looking to sign a record deal so they can launch it to the masses.
Meanwhile, you can hear 17-year-old singer Adon Fanion in some this clip from his solo Soundcloud page here
Interview With Ron Sobol, writer, producer and director of Randy Rhoads:The Quiet Riot Years
Interviewed by JP
Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with Ron Sobol. Ron is one of the world’s foremost historian and archivists of early Quiet Riot and Randy Rhoads material. His company Red Match Productions have recently released a coffee table book and a companion full-length feature documentary both called Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years. Ron was very generous to send us a copy of each and we have our interview with him here.Read the rest of this entry »
Motörhead deeply regret to disappoint all fans this summer. The band decided to cancel the summer shows.
Doctor’s strongly advised that Lemmy needs to take his time to get his body back in balance. To achieve this, the doctor and Lemmy agreed that it would be best to take it easy for a while. While saying this we can assure that the fall tour will be as explosive, loud and incredible as ever.
Lemmy says: “I’d like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where the economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can’t do anything else than follow doctor’s order but be sure we will be back and kick everybody’s ass.”
The doctor’s recommendation is that frontman Lemmy Kilmister be given more time to recover from a hematoma as well as the insertion of a heart defibrillator that he reportedly went through last month.
Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee told the Swedish newspaper GT.se that Lemmy’s condition is improving but also said, “The doctors in Berlin are recommending that he rests for another couple of weeks. We can’t keep canceling show after show, it’s too costly. Therefore we unfortunately have to cancel the entire tour.”
“Everything started with him falling and getting a nasty blow to his hip a little over a week ago,” Dee told the Swedish newspaper. Following that fall, Lemmy further injured himself when a fire alarm went off at the hotel Royal Kensington in London where he was staying.
“He had to walk eight stairs in the middle of the night,” Mikkey said. “Lemmy’s personal assistant said that that was fucked up and that he had an injured hip.”
Dee was a little hesitant when it came to talking about the actual state of Lemmy’s health, referring to a “soon-to-be-issued press release that will offer more information.” But he said that a “snowball effect” had a negative impact on Lemmy’s physical condition.
“He needs to have his body drained of fluid and that can’t be done too quickly,” he said. “When he remains in bed and can’t move, he can easily get pnemonia…. If you can’t move properly, other issues will follow. He is devastated beyond belief. It has a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It’s like chopping off a piano player’s hands. This is his life.”
Asked if he is worried about his friend Lemmy, Dee said: “I am worried because he’s not doing so well right now. But he’s improving, even though it takes longer for him than anyone else to become well. Now that the doctors feel that he shouldn’t go out an play you’ll just have to accept that order.”
Motorhead have yet to confirm reports regarding either the hematoma or the defibrillator Lemmy apparently obtained recently to assist with an undisclosed heart problem, declaring only that the legendary singer and bassist underwent a “Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring.”
When asked if he had a message for fans planning to attend the shows, which were scheduled to run through Aug. 4 in Belgium, Dee responded, “We’re really sorry. But we’re not canceling because of a cold and this is something we’ve put a lot of thought into.” He seemed particularly sad about having to cancel a July 4 show in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden: “It’s so f—ing typical, but what are you going to do? You have to put health before everything else.”
There is not much rotten in the state of Denmark this sunny Friday afternoon as the metal festival Copenhell, for the fourth time, is about to take place in the heart of the capital Copenhagen. 10.000 metal-fans are fitted into a playground of everything related to the Scandinavian metal-scene; Vikings, burning churches and a small cemetery for your resting pleasure. The gates to hell have once again opened and this year with an ever so growing and bigger line-up than the previous years. Read the rest of this entry »