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!
INSTINCTS is the upcoming album from Costa Rica-based melodic metal band Sight of Emptiness, and tells stories based on the region´s flora and fauna; the richest wildlife imaginable.
The album focuses on nature, and its gravest threat: mankind. Songs are based on animals, insects and natives. Lyrics explore two different perspectives: animals´ lifestyle in their environment, and humans not being able to respect it and co-exist with them.
PASSION tells the story of tropical birds: they fly free in the skies, but feel a deep unease about their future; they´re afraid that one day they might end up confined in a cage just to satisfy humans desire to have total control over everything around them.
As we are getting close to PAINTROPY release date, our YouTube channel is featuring the lyrics video for 184.108.40.206., the first song from the album made available online: http://youtu.be/UAYsO2xPu_0
Some reporters from the most important Italian metal portals could listen to the full album at the Octopussy Studios: their flattering studio reports have been published on Metalitalia.com, Metal.it, Metallus.it, Truemetal.it and Heavy-metal.it The show for PANTROPY release party has been scheduled for April 20th 2013 at Rock’n'Roll in Rho (MI, Italy), and more live dates will be announced soon. Read the rest of this entry »
Beyond the Shore have landed the opening slot for a portion of Veil of Maya’s upcoming headlining tour! The Canadian Forgiveness Tour begins April 28th in London, ON with Beyond the Shore confirmed through May 4th. Additional supporting acts on the tour are The Contortionist and Glass Cloud. The entire list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more still to be announced.
Beyond the Shore will also be joining Shai Hulud on tour in March-April, as well as appearing on the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA. Beyond the Shore is scheduled to perform at the fest on Sunday, April 21st.
Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters, ARSIS, have revealed the cover art and track listing for their upcoming fifth full-length album, Unwelcome. Artwork was handled once again by longtime collaborator Mark Riddick. The follow up to their 2010 release Starve for the Devil, will be released on April 30, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast records.
“So, we’ve had Unwelcome finished for quite some time now and we are happy to finally be able to share the finished product with everyone,” commented founder and lead guitarist/vocalist James Malone. “As a band/musician, it’s sometimes difficult to separate yourself from your work and visualize how others are going to interpret your work. In other words, it’s sometimes hard to know whether or not your ideas are relevant to anyone but yourself. With Unwelcome, we certainly put all of our everything into the writing and recording and stopped paying attention to what’s trendy or what we think might appeal to a larger audience. In doing so, I feel we have created one of the most sincere ARSIS albums and perhaps one of the most relevant.” Read the rest of this entry »
Amidst the plethora of extreme punk, hardcore and metal acts to come from within the underbelly of Philadelphia’s thriving music scene comes a bold new name to the progressive metal genre, in the form of SURGEON.
A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, SURGEON propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album Angry Guest at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Their energy and attitude carries through both in the studio as well as on-stage, a feature that has helped the three seasoned musicians become known across the Philadelphia region, with SURGEON having shared the stage with Stinking Lizaveta, Howl, Black Cobra and others.
The program of Comedy Meets Metal Benefiz-Open Air on 22nd of June 2013 in Naturtheater Steinbach is now complete! Benefited will be the “Albert Schweitzer Förderschule in Hildburghausen”.
Every year a facility gets supported by CMM which gives a chance to kids that did not have a good start into life – no matter if they are mental or physical disabled or ill or hit by domestic abuse. In a society where the right is on the side of the stronger the weak and the children bite the dust!
These three acts complete the festival:
Bembers (with guest performance of the Masserfaggers)
The complete billing looks like this: DORO BEMBERS LETZTE INSTANZ MARKUS KREBS KISSIN` DYNAMITE FAT KING KONRAD MACBETH MATTHIAS MACHWERK MOLLLUST M.I.GOD.
The aftershowparty is presented by PAUNCHY CATS The Rock´n´Roll-Bar in Lichtenfels!
The whole festival for 35€!!! Normally, this is the price for a solo-concert of Doro. More value for money is nearly possible. Get your tickets here: http://www.queens-of-metal.com/shop
Cathedral‘s The Last Spire will be released in North America on April 30th, 2013. Recorded at Orgone Studios in London, produced by Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings with assistance, mixing by Jamie Gomez Arellano, and art by Dave Patchett and Arik Roper, The Last Spire will stand as the band’s final effort. The first single to be released, Tower of Silence, can be heard now at metalblade.com/cathedral.
And lo, Lee Dorrian, mouthpiece of Cathedral for 23 years, doth solemnly intone the death rites of this mighty British metal Titan. Born in the dying days of Thatcher’s Britain, bonding over then-unfashionable, obscure names like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, Trouble and Dream Death, Cathedral’s sole ambition was to record a demo tape. In fact they revolutionized doom metal, first pushing their influences into new avenues of grinding extremity, then pioneering groovier forms of ’70s-indebted stoner doom.
Lee Dorrian adds:“When the last mix was finally done, there was a massive sense of relief. I think this was partly due to the fact that it meant Cathedral could finally be put to rest but also because we felt we’d done something that we were all very pleased with. I feel comfortable leaving The Last Spire as our legacy.” Dorrian continues, “The funeral of Cathedral has been a long but gratifying process. Deciding to end the band wasn’t an easy decision to make but we knew deep down in our hearts that it was the right thing to do.”
Read the full bio, written by Chris Chantler, at metalblade.com‘s Cathedral artist page HERE.
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS RAINBOW LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 ON 2CD, VINYL, AND DVD
~FEATURING CLASSIC LINE-UP OF BLACKMORE, DIO, AND POWELL~
~APRIL 30, 2013~
On April 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rainbow: Live In Munich 1977 on 2CD, DVD, and 2LP [Pre-book Order Date April 5, MSRP $34.98 2LP, $17.98 2CD, $14.98 DVD]
Captured during the band’s 1977 European tour, Live In Munich is the only full live concert ever filmed with the classic Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio/Cozy Powell classic line-up. With newly remastered sound, this is also the first time this complete concert is available on vinyl.
Rainbow was the brainchild of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, created in 1975 after his departure from Deep Purple. A string of hit albums ignited immediate success, which persevered until 1983, when Blackmore disbanded the group (and re-joined Deep Purple). Featuring the line-up of Blackmore, Cozy Powell (drums), Bob Daisley (bass), David Stone (keyboards), and premiere Rock and Roll vocalist Ronnie James Dio, the excitement in the air during this night was electric. This might be due, in part, to Blackmore’s late arrival to Munich just before the concert, after being smuggled out of Austria after trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier. This seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly
The DVD includes original promo videos for “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Gates Of Babylon,” and “L.A. Connection,” a photo gallery, slideshow with audio commentary, interviews, and the “Rainbow Over Texas ‘76” feature, which includes additional interviews and performance footage. Truly, Live In Munich 1977 is a brilliant showcase of the primal electricity of Rainbow.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
As posted by Iron Maiden to their official Facebook page:
“We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.
Steve Harris said “This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.”
Bruce Dickinson adds “I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family”
As Maiden fans all know, Clive joined Maiden in 1979 and performed on the first three albums Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number Of The Beast (1982). Prior to that he was a member of Samson, the band Bruce fronted before he too joined Maiden.”
Clive Burr (born 8 March 1957, East Ham, east London, died 12 March 2013) was a member of Iron Maiden from 1979 to 1982.
Avven have announced another leg of their tour, including gigs in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The tour will start with two concerts in their homeland (Slovenia) and continue with shows all around Poland, finally concluding with an appearance at BeltineFest, which is a more and more established Czech metal festival in Prague and Brno (CZ).
Live at Phoenix Concert Theatre March 7th, 2013 ( Toronto)
Review by Claudia Foote
Pictures by Pat Crawford from Radical Images
Remember when your heart quickened in anticipation of attending a concert? That period of time where you are counting down the time until you entered the venue and felt that charge of energy that you shared with everyone around you. Strangers yet connected by a commonality. LIVE MUSIC of a favourite band. This concert was no exception.
ICED EARTH’s first officially filmed headline show, “Live In Ancient Kourion”, will hit stores on April 15 in Europe and April 16 in North America via Century Media. This incredibly powerful package will come to you in various configurations and, a first for Century Media Records, also on Blu-ray disc. The limited-edition deluxe book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and a Blu-ray disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2CD set (4 discs in total). You can also enjoy the audio version of the full concert in a 3LP gatefold vinyl package or as a 2CD set. A standard DVD and digital audio download will also be available.
A performance clip of the song “Dystopia”, taken from the forthcoming DVD, can be seen below:
Iced Earth – “Live In Ancient Kourion”
The setlist for ICED EARTH’s August 19, 2012 concert was as follows…
New ‘Romeo Delight’ Song Commentary Video and Track-by-Track Analysis with Mike Portnoy is LIVE Now at MusicRadar.com
ADRENALINE MOB, featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), will kick off their headline tour today in New Haven, CT in conjunction with the release of their new eight-track covers EP Coverta. The EP is now available via all major digital retailers and at your local music retailer.
Today, MusicRadar.com posted the final ‘Romeo Delight’ video featuring commentary from drummer Mike Portnoy, accompanied by an in-depth track-by-track analysis of Coverta. You can watch the video and read the track-by-track overview now at this link. Stay tuned for the next batch of videos for the track “Barracuda” coming soon. Read the rest of this entry »