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Primal Fear parts ways with drummer Randy Black

August 12th, 2014
Randy Black

Randy Black

Official statement from the band:
“Due to irreconcilable differences between singer Ralf Scheepers and drummer Randy Black, Primal Fear announce that Randy will leave the band effective August 16th, 2014 – one day after the band’s performance @ the Summer Breeze Festival, Randy’s final show with the band. Primal Fear will announce their new drummer in September. We wish Randy all the best in his future career! “

Ralf Scheepers:
“For all of you out there who are wondering now about the reasons why Randy has left the band: We’ve agreed to keep the reasons private! Decisions are made and have to be accepted! It’s as sad as it is but Randy and I have agreed on having respect to each other and there will be NO dirty laundry! If we can’t work together as pro’s anymore, we still can go separate ways like pro’s! So please show some respect to Randy’s decision, to him as a person, the bands future and me as a person.

Thank you!
Ralf”

Mat Sinner:
“Bang! One part of me can understand Randy’s decision, the one part not. But after 11 years together in a band, sharing buses, stages & hotels, through good & bad times, this is a sad moment – good luck Randy! I accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be!”

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BLACKWELDER Stream New Song

May 14th, 2014

BLACKWELDER, the brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in power prog metal today, streaming the brand new song ‘The Night Of New Moon‘. The band is currently recording and mixing its as-yet-untitled album for a late 2014 release via GoldenCore/ZYX Music. The CD will be mixed by Matt Smith (THEOCRACY). The song can be streamed below.

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Primal Fear – Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 3, 2014

May 11th, 2014

Primal Fear

Primal Fear - Toronto May 3 2014

Primal Fear with opening bands
Answer with Metal and Sovereign Council

Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 3, 2014

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1st US Randy Black of Primal Fear Drum Clinic – May 5th 2014 in Chicago

April 28th, 2014
1st US Randy Black of Primal Fear Drum Clinic - May 5th 2014 in Chicago

1st US Randy Black of Primal Fear Drum Clinic – May 5th 2014 in Chicago

Randy Black is conducting his first ever US drum clinic May 5th , 2014 presented by Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago between dates on Primal Fears current US tour.  The following night you’ll be able to catch him performing live with Primal Fear at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois.

 

Randy Black is well known as a seasoned professional live and studio musician known for his technical precision, symmetric cymbal set up (Including Hi-hats and Rides), and ambidextrous playing style; Randy is sure to amaze in this intimate event.

 

Randy will be performing with his personal drum set used on tour, giving attendees a chance to take a close look at his setup and the instruments he uses.

 

There will be a chance to meet Randy following his clinic along with purchasing his specially priced Hudson Limited double DVD instruction video, currently only available in the US at the Vic’s Drum Shop location.

 

Randy has recorded and played with: Bif Naked, Annihilator, Rebellion, DuskMachine, & Primal Fear.

 

The clinic location:

 

Vic’s Drum Shop located in the Music Garage

345 North Loomis St, Chicago Il 60607

www.vicsdrumshop.com

 

Randy Black’s website:

www.randyblack.de

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BLACKWELDER Featuring PRIMAL FEAR, DIO DISCIPLES, HANGAR Members, Signs With Rock’N’Growl

January 25th, 2014


International power prog metal band BLACKWELDER signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK’N’GROWL MANAGEMENT. Hailing from the four corners of the world, BLACKWELDER is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim). Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.

BLACKWELDER are:

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray)
Andrew Szucs – Guitar (Seven Seraphim)
Bjorn Englen – Bass (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)
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Primal Fear – DELIVERING THE BLACK Album Release Show Announced For Hamburg, Germany

December 1st, 2013
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Primal Fear – DELIVERING THE BLACK

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, Delivering The Black, on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America via Frontiers Records. They will play a special album release show in Hamburg, Germany on January 23rd at the Rock Cafe.

Delivering The Black will be available in regular CD edition, deluxe edition with two bonus tracks and – in cooperation with Soulfood Music – vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a super-de-luxe version including a metallic eagle.

Delivering The Black tracklisting:

‘King For A Day’
‘Rebel Faction’
‘When Death Comes Knocking’
‘Alive & On Fire’
‘Delivering The Black’
‘Road To Asylum’
‘One Night In December’
‘Never Pray For Justice’
‘Born With A Broken Heart’
‘Innocent Man’ *
‘Inseminoid’
Man Without Shadow’ *
‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (single edit) *

* Only available on Deluxe edition

DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition): ‘When Death Comes Knocking’ (video), ‘King For A Day’ (video), Making Of The Album (video).

Primal Fear will release the new single, ‘When Death Comes Knocking’, on December 3rd

‘When Death Comes Knocking’ audio sample:

Primal Fear are:
Ralf Scheepers – vocals
Alex Beyrodt – guitars
Magnus Karlsson – guitar, keyboards
Randy Black – drums
Mat Sinner – bass and vocal

For more details and Primal Fear’s tour schedule visit Primalfear.de.

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Primal Fear DELIVERING THE BLACK album cover art unveiled; song clip posted

November 4th, 2013

Here’s the album cover artwork for the new Primal Fear album “Delivering The Black” released on Frontiers Records on January 24, 2014 – North America on January 28, 2014!

A sample of the forthcoming single is also available below.

Primal Fear - DELIVERING THE BLACK

Primal Fear – DELIVERING THE BLACK

The release of “Delivering the Black” will be proceeded by the release of the digital only single / video “When Death Comes Knocking” on December 2nd.

“Delivering The Black” tracklisting:
King For a Day; Rebel Faction; When Death Comes Knocking; Alive & On Fire; Delivering the Black; Road to Asylum; One Night In December; Never Pray for Justice; Born with a Broken Heart; Innocent Man (*); Inseminoid; Man Without Shadow(*)

(*) Only available on Deluxe edition

DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition) — When Death Comes Knocking (video), King For A Day (video), Making of the Album (video).

PRIMAL FEAR:
Ralf Scheepers — Vocals
Alex Beyrodt — Guitars
Magnus Karlsson — Guitar, Keyboards
Randy Black — Drums
Mat Sinner — Bass & Vocals

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SILENT FORCE – New Line-Up Revealed!

October 23rd, 2013

Silent Force announce new line-up!

Alex Beyrodt – guitars
Michael Bormann – vocals
Mat Sinner – bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards
André Hilgers – drums

Silent Force

Silent Force

The new album “Rising From Ashes” will be released on December 13th on AFM Records.

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Silent Force – Rising From Ashes

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SILENT FORCE Return; Rising From Ashes Album Coming In December

October 10th, 2013
Alexander Beyrodt - Primal Fear

Alexander Beyrodt – Primal Fear etc.

Guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Sinner, etc.)  and his band SILENT FORCE have been working very hard on new material within the last months.

The band’s first studio album in nearly seven years, entitled Rising From Ashes, will be released via AFM Records on December 13th.

Complete details to follow with the forthcoming press release.

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10th studio album of Primal Fear will be called… Delivering The Black!

October 3rd, 2013
PRIMAL FEAR

PRIMAL FEAR

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have set “Delivering The Black” as the title of their tenth studio album, tentatively due in January 2014 via Frontiers Records. The CD was mixed with Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRETTY MAIDS, DESTRUCTION) at his Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark. 12 tracks were recorded during the new album sessions, including “two epic songs, one guitar ballad, and nine crushing metal songs with all the trademarks you know and love to hear from PRIMAL FEAR,” according to the band. The effort was engineered by Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN) and was produced by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner.

“Delivering The Black” features a guest appearance by Norwegian singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (LEAVES’ EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) on the song “Born With A Broken Heart”.

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PRIMAL FEAR – Studio Update

August 2nd, 2013
Primal Fear - UNBREAKABLE promo photo 2012

Primal Fear – UNBREAKABLE promo photo 2012

Primal Fear has posted the following update regarding the recording of their next album:

“It’s the final day @ the House of Music studios in Germany – drums, guitars, bass & all specials delivered. We’ve recorded 12 tracks incl. 2 epic songs, one guitar ballad and 9 crushing metal songs with all the trademarks you know & love to hear from Primal Fear.

The album is produced by Mat Sinner, engineered by Achim Koehler. Mixing duties will be handled in September by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) Hansen Studios in Denmark. The yet untitled album will be released worldwide via Frontiers Records in January 2014.”

In other PF news, the band announced that they will be playing live in Costa Rica on Dec 06 2013. More tour-dates in Latin America will be announced soon!

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MAT SINNER: classic album „Back To The Bullet“ to be re-issued

May 26th, 2013

A Hard Rock highlight from the early 90‘s finally will be made available again: „Back To The Bullet“ by MAT SINNER. On June 21st, this album RE-RELEASE (incl. bonus track, videos, completely redesigned cover artwork/booklet and remastered by Achim Köhler (Primal Fear, Brainstorm etc.)) gives every fan the opportunity to complete his collection with a true gem which was out of print for many years.

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PRIMAL FEAR’s Ralf Scheepers On New Album – “We Will Top The Last One!”

May 5th, 2013

Primal_Fear_live_4.jpgPRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers has posted the following update:

“I’m taking the opportunity to wish my best friends from the band VOODOO CIRCLE much success and fun for their forthcoming tour! Next Saturday we will share the same stage in Schiffweiler close to Saarbrücken, Germany.

In other news I will team up with Mat Sinner (Primal Fear/bass) after their tour to write some new lyrics and vocal melodies. Once again, we all knew it will be really hard to top our last album Unbreakable, but from what we have so far as new material it will be simply amazing and yes, we WILL top last one! Cheers!”

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Frontiers Records and Primal Fear Renew Partnership

January 25th, 2013
Frontiers Records and Primal Fear are pleased to announce to have renewed their partnership

Picture courtesy of Frontiers Records and Primal Fear.

Frontiers Records and Primal Fear are pleased to announce to have renewed their partnership for another multi album deal which will include two more studio albums and one further Live cd and dvd. The band is already in advanced stages for the songwriting of the next studio album, which will be recorded during the summer of 2013 and released in early 2014.

Primal Fear bass player, songwriter and producer Mat Sinner said: “We’re very excited about the final news that we will renew our contract with Frontiers Records for some more albums. My personal thanks go out to Serafino & Mario for their patience to deal with me. The band is very happy to continue with Frontiers Records after the release of our worldwide most successful album “Unbreakable” and their great work. We plan to enter the recording studio during the summer to record a new, ass kicking, pure metal album!”

Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino stated “Working with Mat, Ralf and the other guys from Primal Fear is truly a professional delight. Not only they are among some of the true living talents of Heavy Metal music, but also outstanding professionals who live up to their word and to the expectations that all the fans have from them. Long Live Primal Fear!”

Official site: http://www.primalfear.de

Frontiers Records

 

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Best of 2012 – EvilG

January 18th, 2013

Best of 2012 – EvilG

#1. Primal Fear – Unbreakable

Primal Fear - Unbreakable (full artwork)

Primal Fear – Unbreakable (full artwork)

Some may forget this one for best of 2012 as it came out back in January 2012. For me, no other album has been played as many times this past year. The effortless vocals and range of Ralf Scheepers, and the strong song writing prowess of Mat Sinner and cohorts, meant that we were delivered with another magical metal album from one of the BEST metal bands in the business. It’s really too bad that the band didn’t make it to North America for the UNBREAKABLE tour, hopefully this will corrected in 2013.

 

2. Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth

Testament's new album, DARK ROOTS OF EARTH - released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Testament – DARK ROOTS OF EARTH

Jaw-dropping is but one way to describe this release. Four years ago, we were collectively blown away by The Formation of Damnation as it topped the Metal-Rules.com Best of 2008 list. If Dark Roots doesn’t chart really high for 2012, I’ll be shocked because it is even better! Its heavy parts are heavier, and the melodic parts are even more melodic. It’s just such a well-rounded/written/preformed/recorded masterpiece!

3. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending to Infinity

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY "Ascending To Infinity"

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY “Ascending To Infinity”

Let’s just overlook all the weirdness with the split of the band into the “LT” and the “of fire” versions. All I care about is that they can both continue to create groundbreaking symphonic metal. With Ascending to Infinity, Luca proves that he still has the magic. New vocalist Alessandro Conti also pushed the operatic elements further with vocals that are some of the best I’ve heard.

4. Kamelot – Silverthorn

Kamelot - Silverthorn (limited edition)

Kamelot – Silverthorn (limited edition)

Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that new vocalist Tommy Karevik is pretty much a dead ringer for Roy Kahn. From his enunciation of words, range, and even stage crouching moves, he made sure the transition was seamless and for a casual fan, unnoticable. The music of Silverthorn is also top notch. The album drags a little further in with some of the slow ballad styled songs. However, this concept album is amongst the best the band has done.

5. Dragonforce – The Power Within

Dragonforce - The Power Within

Dragonforce – The Power Within

I was rather surprised with how good this album turned out to be. I’ve always LIKED Dragonforce, but they’ve never cracked into my best album list until now. I think the “over the top-ness” of their music was the main reason why I never completely jumped on board. With new vocalist Marc Hudson and with more songs that are much more calm like the powerful “Cry Thunder” the band covers more bases while still maintaining the frenzy with songs like “Give Me the Night”.

6. Accept – Stalingrad

Accept - Stalingrad

Accept – Stalingrad

Another excellent album from masters of classic heavy metal. Coming just two years after the brilliant BLOOD OF THE NATIONS, this proves that their comeback is no stroke of luck.

7. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist

KREATOR: PHANTOM ANTICHRIST

KREATOR: PHANTOM ANTICHRIST

Mille is awesome…his ripping solos continue to provide me with inspiration. His vocals are still insane, and for me, are about the best in “brutal” vocals period. I’ve loved Kreator since the first time I saw the video for “Toxic Trace” on the the Much Music Power Hour way back in the 80′s and the band still maintains the same level of intensity and awesomeness to this day.

8. Vision Divine – Destination Set to Nowhere

Vision Divine - Destination Set to Nowhere

Vision Divine – Destination Set to Nowhere

Wow…this is Vision Divine’s 7th album, yet it’s the first one I’ve really played the shit out of. Part of me wonders if that’s because of the spaceship on the cover…but that only caught my eye, not my ears. Vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) as always sounds fantastic and the prog/power metal songs and riffing were something that I instantly loved.

9. Sabaton – Carolus Rex

Sabaton - "Carolus Rex"

Sabaton – “Carolus Rex”

This is Sabaton’s last album to be recorded with the line-up we all became familiar with. So it will be interesting to see how the band’s next album sounds. The Art of War (2008) is still my fav Sabaton album, and Carolus Rex sounds quite similar to Coat of Arms (2010)…perhaps too similar in a way. I love it, but hope for something just slightly different next time.

10. Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth

I was NOT a believer. I never thought DLR and the Van Halen’s would put aside their egos or tempers or whatever it is that has kept them aprt for an eternity to get this quality album out!  I really thought Eddy was DONE….and I’m very happy to be proven wrong!  I was never into Van Hagar, didn’t like the Extreme fronted VH…for me, the only required VH is their very early stuff. While I wish the album was full of songs like “China Town”, the album is still remarkable for what it represents.

11. Heidevolk – Batavi

HEIDEVOLK "BATAVI"

HEIDEVOLK “BATAVI”

Sadly there are not many folk/viking metal bands with melodic clean vocals. Heidevolk  (Dutch for “heath-folk”) has two rich dual vocalists who provide a uniqueness sound that is all their own. The mix of folk and metal riffage is also done expertly.

12. Prong – Carved Into Stone

Prong - Carved Into Stone

Prong – Carved Into Stone

While many of the bands that claim an influence from Prong suck, Prong themselves were innovators and were one of the cooler bands of the early 90′s. Not since then have they released such a vital and ass kicking album.

13. Seven Kingdoms – The Fire is Mine

Seven Kingdoms - The Fire is Mine

Seven Kingdoms – The Fire is Mine

Saw these dudes, and gal, open for Blind Guardian in 2010 and was made a fan then. Their new album is stronger again than their previous  with some vicious playing and great songs.

14. Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name

Sonata Arctica - Stones Grow Her Name

Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name

While this album is a bit puzzling at times with a hillbilly song, a cock rock song, some power metal, some rock, some ballads…but most of the album is really surprisingly good.

15. Striker – Armed to the Teeth

Striker - Armed to the Teeth

Striker – Armed to the Teeth

After checking out a bunch of Canadian metal recently, one band really shone through with a pure metal heart, and that band is Striker. Very traditional sounding, and not what you’d expect from a Canadian band…also my top “discovery” for 2012! Excellent band, hope they get heard more!

16. Overkill – The Electric Age

Overkill - "The Electric Age"

Overkill – “The Electric Age”

Good ole reliable Overkill. Never a letdown, always a precise thrash attack!

17. Bloodbound – In The Name of Metal

Bloodbound "In The Name Of Metal"

Bloodbound “In The Name Of Metal”

A mix of traditional metal and power metal in line with bands like Dream Evil and HammerFall. Easily one of this band’s best albums!

18. Thy Majestie – ShiHuangDi

Thy Majestie - ShiHuangDi

Thy Majestie – ShiHuangDi

Here’s a band I’ve been a fan of since day 1. They’ve had some ups and downs but again deliver a solid release with ShiHuangDi. “Qin Shi Huang was the king of the Chinese State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC, during the Warring States Period. He became the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC. He ruled until his death in 210 BC at the age of 49.” (Wikipedia). The thing that makes this album stand out is new vocalist Alessio Taormina (he’s the best frontman they’ve had to date, so if you didn’t like them before give them another try!).

19. Orden Ogan – To the End

Orden Ogan – To the End

Orden Ogan – To the End

Great band, even though I often misspell their odd band name! :)

20. Joe Stump – Revenge Of The Shredlord

Joe Stump - Revenge Of The Shredlord

Joe Stump – Revenge Of The Shredlord

Man it was hard to narrow down my list to 20 and very hard to knock a few away as I liked them equally. However, since this level of inspired yet melodic shred isn’t often heard, I had to go with the mighty Joe Stump!

Best Live Album

Gamma Ray – Skeletons & Majesties Live

Gamma Ray - Skeletons & Majesties Live

Gamma Ray – Skeletons & Majesties Live

For some reason the video (blu-ray/DVD) for this isn’t out in North America yet otherwise it may have also made my selection for best live video. The song selection here isn’t just the typical material as the band digs deep and pulls out some gems that stand up against their most known material. As Gamma Ray is my favorite band, I don’t make the distinction between the two as I listen to the albums in full as they were meant to be heard! Such as great band, and a nice farewell to longtime drummer Daniel Zimmermann, he’ll be missed for sure.

Best DVD / Blu-ray

Stratovarius – Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere (Blu-Ray)

Stratovarius - Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere (Blu-Ray)

Stratovarius – Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere (Blu-Ray)

Another of my fav bads is saying farewell to their drummer with a live release. The songs in here are more-so the most known ones. The only problem I had with the DVD is the 5.1 audio mix has the vocals way too low! In stereo mix, the vocals sound loud enough though and it’s a great concert from the highly influential melodic Finnish power metal band.

 

Best Remake Album/Compilation

Blind Guardian – Memories of a Time to Come

Blind Guardian - Memories of a Time to Come

Blind Guardian – Memories of a Time to Come

While this is mostly remixes (which sound awesome), there are also a few glorious re-recordings on this double CD package.

Best (metal-relayed) Movie

Rock of Ages. This is definitely not 100% “metal”. It is mostly hard rock / classic rock, but it does capture some of the 80′s Sunset Strip sound and glam metal bands. Strangely absent is the biggest of them all from this scene and era – Motley Crue. Also puzzling is the absence of Ratt, Dokken, and Van Halen…with the perplexing inclusion of C-level glam and some questionable classic rock.. It’s really too bad no one asked me what bands/songs to include eh? haha!.  Oh and BTW…the live musical for Rock of Ages that I saw in Toronto was better than the movie.

Best Local Metal Band

Again this year, I have to give the nod to Wizards of Kaos. In 2012, they signed with Canadian label Diminished Fifth Records, opened up locally for Black Label Society, and have played live countless times at the only 2 local bars that support original heavy music (Distortion and The Levee).

Best Concert

Nightwish/Kamelot (at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Sept. 20th)

Nightwish/Kamelot (at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Sept. 20th)

Nightwish/Kamelot (at the Sound Academy in Toronto, Sept. 20th)

Just days before Annette’s departure from the band I had the pleasure to see them live in Toronto. It was magical. Kamelot’s opening set was also mind-blowing.  It was cool to attend with a fellow Metal Rules writer (Waspman) as well!!

Best Book

While I’ve read a bunch of metal books in 2012, none of them actually came out in 2012. So rather than leave this section empty, I’ll list the metal book that I most enjoyed in 2012: Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006 by Mape Ollila and Olga Pohjola (released in 2008).

Best New Band

Huntress

Huntress - Spell Eater

Huntress – Spell Eater

Huntress was a band that got a lot of exposure in 2012 with the release of their debut full-length, SPELL EATER. It was the song and video for “Eight of Swords” that caught my ear. I really wish the band would lay off the hipster instagram photos though, it’s not 1960 and these photos make you (and the other bands who think they are great) looks like silly hipsters. :P

Best Discovery

STRIKER

STRIKER,  from Edmonton, Canada, are:

Dan Cleary – Lead Vocals
Ian Sandercock – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Chris Segger – Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Dave Arnold – Bass Guitar
Adam Brown – Drums

Striker (Promo shot 2012)

Striker (Promo shot 2012)

Check out the band here.

Disappointments

Firewind – Few Against Many: Too “rock n’ roll”, too many groove riffs, not heavy enough, etc. I’ve spun this album many times, even enjoyed it on some level, but it has nothing on any of the other recent Firewind albums. Everyone’s performance and playing is solid, it’s just the songs are overall kinda bland. You’d think Gus would of put out a heavier, speedier, more power-thrash laden album after playing Ozzy’s greatest hits for a couple of years. I’m still a big Firewind fan, and I have hope as Gus is one of the better younger shredders. This is a disappointment that was simply born out of very high hopes.

Fear Factory – The Industrialist: Not as good as the previous, just not as many hooks, and therefore kinda forgettable.

Unisonic: The single from this album was fantastic – upbeat, a mix of hard rock and power metal with some soaring vocals and riffing. This song is what I expected from the album as I knew we would not get a bunch of classic Helloween songs – no matter how much I wanted it to be so. Sadly, the rest of the album lost me. The performances are professional, but the songs just didn’t grab me as most are more in the hard rock realm.

Metal Evolution (Banger Films): While I loved a lot of this mini-series and would highly recommend that metalheads check it out, overall it left me feeling a bit empty. My main beefs are the inclusion of grunge and mallcore (incorrectly called “nu-metal” by the mainstream, but it was  neither new nor was it ever metal!). Neither played a role in the evolution of metal, and were put in there perhaps to pander to the masses, VH1, or whatever….I dunno, it just has no bearing on metal so it should of been omitted! Sadly they left out black metal and death metal (an oversight even the creators acknowledge and want to roll into a single episode using pledge music). Also, Sam Dunn’s lack of “understanding” of Power Metal is baffling considering his love of Iron Maiden and other NWOBHM bands and the clear progression from this style that power metal represents. That fact that he felt it necessary to even mention he didn’t “get” power metal kind of made me a little unhappy little…hahah.

 

Metallic Hopes for 2013

  • Primal Fear to play in Montreal and Toronto for the UNBREAKABLE tour….they haven’t been over this way in a while now, time to come back!
  • Helloween & Gamma Ray Hellish Rock returns to Canada.
  • Would also love to see Kamelot and Stratovarius in 2013….
  • Albums I’m looking forward to: Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Stratovarius, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Queensryche with new frontman, Riot continus onwards and pays homage to their fallen brother Mark Reale, Jag Panzer reunites to record new material, etc….
  • Floor Jansen (perhaps my fav female vocalist!) is a permanent member of Nightwish and the band recorded AND releases a new album in 2013…..wouldn’t that be awesome!
  • Savatage anniversary/reunion album featuring both Jon Oliva & Zachary Stevens…one can dream…I’ve had this one listed for what, almost 10 years?
  • As I’ve mentioned before…  The demise of all the core bullshit in metal. It’s become almost as bad as “mallcore” and the trend needs to go away…there doesn’t need to be a “trend” just listen to metal already!

Top Metal News of 2012

  • Black Sabbath: Live shows without Bill Ward / Tony Iommi’s Lymphoma
  • Annette Olzon leaves Nightwish; Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever, ReVamp) fills in (hopefully she’ll permanently join).
  • RIOT Guitarist Mark Reale Passes.
  • New singer for Luca Turilli’s Rhapsosy reveaved and band releases amazing album.
  • LORDI Drummer Tonmi Lillman (Otus) Passes Away.
  • Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Arrested in Prague for Manslaughter and the un-going BS.
  • Ongoing Queensryche drama surrounding now former vocalist Geoff Tate.
  • Guitarist of Ministry and Rigor Mortis Michael “Mike” Scaccia dies.
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