|RICHIE KOTZEN Doesn't See Any Reason THE WINERY DOGS Shouldn't Continue|
|Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock recently conducted an interview with THE WINERY DOGS guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
69 Faces Of Rock: The original version of what became THE WINERY DOGS was supposed to be with John Sykes. Well, that didn't work out, so how did Mike [Portnoy] and Billy [Sheehan] find you?
Richie Kotzen: Well, I don't know much about what they were doing with John. I don't really know. All I do know is that they were talking about doing something with him, but it never materialized. Billy and Mike wanted to play together and do something in the trio format. It was Eddie Trunk, the DJ, who approached me to find out if I was interested. The timing was just perfect because I just finished a long cycle for my last record, "24 Hours", which I was touring a lot. I was about to start a new record. The three of us got together in my house, and the first day, we went into my studio, and started playing, and came up with a bunch of ideas, and from there we developed those ideas into songs. And once we had seven or eight of those, we started cutting the record.
69 Faces Of Rock: How quickly before the three of you realized there was some outstanding chemistry happening?
Richie Kotzen: It was just that first day. I think on that day we recorded three or four ideas, and basically it was the guitar riffs and chord changes, and I went back and finished those off. The first one I remember singing on was "Six Feet Deeper" and "Criminal". These were the first two I sent back. And then we got together again, and continued to work in the same manner. Then I had a bunch of songs that I had previously written, that I brought into the band, and some of them we left alone, and a couple of them we've reworked, and that's basically it. Once we had it down we decided to start recording, we booked time at my place, and did drums over the course of two weeks. These guys went on tour with another project they have called PSMS. While they were on the road, I basically did all my vocals and guitars, and then Billy came back and did his bass. There was another break, and we got together one last time to do percussion. I had already done a lot of the background vocals, but we still went in and added Billy's voice and Mike's voice to the mix. And that was it, the record was done.
69 Faces Of Rock: This has to be one of the quickest records ever written and recorded, yet the quality is definitely there.
Richie Kotzen: Thanks. I guess when you talk about it, it seems quick, but the reality is, it all happened over the course of a year. Initially, when we got together, it was around a NAMM show, and then I remember the year ended, and suddenly there was another NAMM show, and the record was already recorded. So, it took a year to put this together, but in little blocks.
69 Faces Of Rock: What really elevated the album are your vocals. You're known as a guitar player, but you're making a strong statement as a singer here. What is you background in this field?
Richie Kotzen: Well, the first time I ever sang on a record was in 1990 on my second solo record. It was called "Fever Dream", and I realized quickly that it was what I wanted to do. A lot of people who are familiar with me know that my first record was an instrumental record, and that was a nice opportunity to me, but it really wasn't what I wanted to do ultimately on a creative level. As a kid, I always was in bands with singers, and that's what I wanted to do. In the process, I remember when I was writing for that second record, I was sending demos to the label with various singers. And it was actually the record company that suggested that I sing myself. And so, at that point we moved forward. Over the years ,you obviously grow as a person, and so my writing style grew, and at this point, I don't really put a divide on what I do. I don't consider the guitar separate from the vocals, it's all in one. It's who I am. The first objective for me is writing, and coming up with the material, and the whole creative process. That's the focus, and the vehicle to get that across to people is singing and playing.
69 Faces Of Rock: The idea of a power trio goes back to the '60s and '70s. Was that a conscious decision on the part of the band?
Richie Kotzen: Well, as far as it relates to playing rock, I love that era. I love the late '60s/early '70s. I think that's the best era of rock music. The bands like THE WHO and THE ROLLING STONES, and Jimi Hendrix, all the bands really. That's the real, initial wave of rock that just changed everything, and I think that's a big part of my influence. Billy and Mike were influenced by that as well. We didn't discuss any of that, we didn't discuss the direction. It just kind of happened naturally. I think if it was anything other than that. If we went in and planned what kind of record we were gonna make, it wouldn't be as honest as it is. That's another thing about the record that I like, it really just is natural. That's what we sounded like when we played together, and when we recorded, and those were the songs we wrote, and so far we've gotten a great response.
69 Faces Of Rock: THE WINERY DOGS are very unique in every possible way. Will there be enough steam to keep this project going?
Richie Kotzen: I think so, and I think that as long as we are enjoying what we're doing, there's no reason why it shouldn't continue. Obviously the record is new, it just came out, and we're in the middle of our tour cycle, and that's been going very well. It's like any other record that comes out. As long as we get the opportunity to play, and we're enjoying what we're doing. I've been a solo artist since I was 18 years old, so obviously I'm gonna make another solo record. Billy has his fusion band, NIACIN, and there's no reason why he shouldn't make more records with that. We'll continue to do what we've always done, but now we have this other thing that is very cool, and very exciting, so there's no reason not to do it.
Read the entire interview from 69 Faces Of Rock.|
|DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I've Learned To Let Go Of The Harsh Stuff Some People Say About Me'|
|In a brand new interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke about the opening track on the band's new "Super Collider" album, "Kingmaker", which is described as a scorching narrative on the scourge of the pharmaceutical industry on society, in particular teenagers.
"When I was growing up, pot was like the real big thing among young guys," Mustaine said. "I smoked when I was 13. Now, you see lots of young kids doing crack and ecstasy and crystal meth. It's so sad. And while I don't deny anybody the right to have an out-of-body experience, music can do that for you. Love can do that for you.
"My concern is we have a new generation of people who really don't want to experience any emotions, whether it's themselves or the people around them.
"Instead of learning to communicate and share their lives and emotions with other people, we're just putting them on psycho-pharmaceutical stuff just to shut them up. Like 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' kind of stuff."
Mustaine, who was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and is now a born-again Christian, also spoke about his own struggles with addiction and how his spirituality aided in his recovery.
"It's really weird," he said. "I was forced to go to AA. And I hated it. But I had come to a point where I knew that the jig was up. The thing was, God had entered my life and he sent me to AA. Then after I got sober at AA, he sent me back to him. Now I have this real simple, easy-Dave-and-the-Big-Guy relationship. There's no middle man. No funky stuff. No having to pay dues or membership or anything. And I don't push my beliefs on anyone. It's about attraction, not promotion."
According to Mustaine, he is no longer bother by some of the criticism that has been leveled at him over the years, particularly as it relates to his often-controversial viewpoints on everything from the theory of evolution to President Obama.
"I've learned to let go of the harsh stuff some people say about me," Mustaine said. "But I do pay close attention to what our fans are saying about what they like or don't like about our shows or song selections. I love when I can read music-oriented reviews of our records.
"There's nothing worse than reading a review from somebody giving a Rorschach ink-blot description of a band," he said. "I don't care if a guy is unbalanced. What's the music sound like? I don't care if you don't like the guy or what band you came to see. Is the music cool? It's all about the music, isn't it?"
Read more at Reno Gazette-Journal.|
|FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's HOOK And BATHORY Interviewed On U.K.'s TeamRock Radio (Audio)|
|Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory of Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH were recently interviewed on U.K.'s TeamRock Radio. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below.
The second volume of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's two-record set, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", sold 77,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The first volume, which came out in July, also debuted in the same position, although it sold a more substantial 113,000 copies.
Now that they've got a double-record set under their belts, The Pulse Of Radio asked FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody what other goals the band would like to achieve in the future. "We've always said that the sky's the limit," he said. "You know, we've talked about doing everything from a movie, like a concept film, to, you know, toys, I mean lunchboxes, which we just came out with — we've just talked about how to make the band bigger, better. You know, I mean we always really got off on the cool stuff growing up and I think a lot of bands kind of lose sight of that. So we've talked about just trying to do something that we think would be fun or special for our fan base."
The first single from "Volume 2" is "Battle Born", while the set also features a cover of the folk standard "House Of The Rising Sun", made popular by THE ANIMALS in 1964.
"Volume 1" has sold more than 310,000 copies to date. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's three previous albums have all gone gold for sales of 500,000 copies or more.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will next appear on the five-day Shiprocked cruise, scheduled to depart from Miami, Florida on January 26, 2014. The band may also launch a second edition of its Trespass America festival tour, which premiered two years ago, sometime in 2014.
|RUSH's 'Clockwork Angels' Album To Become A Comic Book|
|According to The Pulse Of Radio, RUSH's 20th studio album, "Clockwork Angels", will be adapted into a comic book next spring. The six-issue series will be published by independent company Boom! Studios beginning in March 2014. The 2012 concept album was already the basis of a novel by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson, who worked closely with RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart to develop the storyline.
Anderson will also be writing the comic book series. He promised that the comics will contain snippets of lyrics and other hidden references to earlier RUSH albums, saying, "We think RUSH fans are attentive and intelligent. It just gives them the extra thrill of seeing that this isn't just a straightforward story. There's a lot of interconnected things, too.”
Peart said about the idea of expanding upon the album's concept, "Kevin and I had talked for years about combining a novel and an album in some fashion, but I guess the idea had to grow up as Kevin and I did — gaining maturity and confidence in our own separate crafts, while gaining the life experience necessary to give the story its scale and depth."
The coming-of-age story is about a naive youngster in a turn-of-the-century world of airborne steam liners, pirates, carnivals, alchemists and wind-up contraptions
RUSH recently released a new live DVD titled "Clockwork Angels Tour". The band was filmed and recorded last November at a Dallas concert for the project.
Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson have been friends for more than 25 years.
Anderson has written or co-written novels and comics in the "Dune", "Star Wars" and "X-Files" universes, among others.
Boom! Studios has previously published comics written by musicians like SAY ANYTHING's Max Bemis and COHEED AND CAMBRIA's Claudio Sanchez.
Other rockers who have authored comics include Rob Zombie, Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE's Gerard Way.|
|STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Schedule Las Vegas Signing Session|
|STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will take part in a free autograph signing session this Sunday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Club Tattoo inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The band will perform later that night at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as part of KOMP 92.3 Las Vegas Totally PC Holiday Bash.
Professionally filmed video footage of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS performing the song "Black Heart" on November 1 at the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi can be seen below.
"High Rise", the new EP from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8 via Play Pen/ADA.
"High Rise" is STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first new disc with singer Chester Bennington, who replaced original frontman Scott Weiland earlier this year. Although the EP contains just five songs, Bennington told The Pulse Of Radio that coming up with music together was not a problem. "After our very first initial kind of let's sit down, you know, officially kind of shake hands and say we're doing this, I think by the time we got home, we were already like coming up with ideas," he said. "Within a couple of days we had nine or 10 demos that we were kicking around and I knew the second that I got the memo from Robert [DeLeo, bass], he was playing 'Out Of Time', the main riff, and it was like, I mean melodies just started coming."
"Out Of Time" was released over the summer and vaulted to the top of the Active Rock radio chart.
Other tracks on the new disc include "Black Heart", "Cry, Cry" and "Tomorrow".
STP fired Weiland in February, claiming that his own solo activities and erratic behavior were detrimental to the band.
The group later sued Weiland, with the singer firing off a countersuit and claiming that they could not use the band name without his involvement.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS recently completed its first North American tour with Bennington on the mic. In the meantime, Bennington has returned to the studio with his main act, LINKIN PARK.
|BEHEMOTH's ADAM 'NERGAL' DARSKI Interviewed On 'Metal Hammer' Radio Show (Audio)|
|Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH for the "Metal Hammer" radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.
BEHEMOTH will release its long-awaited new album, "The Satanist", on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world. Pre-order bundles, include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com (digibook and box).
BEHEMOTH's video for the new single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" has been unveiled. This visual masterpiece was produced by Grupa 13 and is one of BEHEMOTH's most unsettling and unique works to date.
Adam "Nergal" Darski states about the video: "Yes, we took all the time in the world to complete this project. And we did everything that was humanely possible to accurately express our vision. We crossed the Rubicon.
"'Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel' is an ecstatic manifest of our unrestrained artistic will, where we dare to reach out beyond the limitations of the heavy metal genre. And it's only the beginning."
"The Satanist" deluxe box, which is available in North America as an European import, includes: CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase with a high-quality 44-page booklet (with gold foil, UV gloss lamination), supersize poster flag (approx. 3.5' x 5'), wooden black inverted rosary cross, metal pin, black envelope with black communion wafers. The DVD, "Live Barbarossa", includes a professionally filmed show in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as well as 30-minute documentary about the creative process behind "The Satanist".
"The Satanist" was produced by BEHEMOTH, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand at Hertz Studio. The CD was mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER) and mastered by Ted Jensen (METALLICA, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound in New York City. The cover art for "The Satanist" was painted by renowned Russian painter and occultist Denis Forkas. The paint used included some of Nergal's own blood. Additional art and design was completed by Metastazis (PARADISE LOST) and Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST).
"I wanted to incorporate some of my DNA into the art," Nergal told Australia's Heavy magazine about having his blood included in "The Satanist" artwork.
"This album seems to be so defining of who we are now as people and as individuals, and considering all the instances in recent years, [we wanted] to make it more 'ours' than it is usually."
In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Darski described BEHEMOTH's new songs as "very atmospheric" and "very emotional." "Think BURZUM meets NEW ORDER meets KILLING JOKE," he added. But at the same time, fans shouldn't expect the album to sound too far removed from BEHEMOTH's past efforts. "Take SLAYER, for example," Darski said. "Whatever genre they deal with, they still end up sounding like SLAYER. Even when they were flirting with nu-metal, it was a SLAYER record. Same with BEHEMOTH."
According to Darski, at least some of the inspiration for the new BEHEMOTH album came from his five-month bout of leukemia he overcame in January 2011, after receiving a bone-marrow transplant. "When I was in the hospital, I was collecting experiences and emotions," he said. "I'm pretty sure that it's coming out now. There are moments I catch myself thinking about how my state was back then. It was me versus life, me versus death. It definitely changed my thoughts a lot. It's 100 percent being reflected in the record and songs I'm writing nowadays. I'm way more radical than I used to be."
Fans can still order the limited edition 12-inch EP of "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (1,000 white and 1,000 black, 180-gram vinyl) that will be released as a gatefold with each copy hand numbered and signed by the band. The 12-inch EP can be pre-ordered via BEHEMOTH's webstore, Nuclear Blast Europe webstore, and Metal Blade Records U.S. webstore.
"The Satanist" track listing:
01. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
02. Furor Divinus
03. Messe Noire
04. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
06. The Satanist
07. Ben Sahar
08. In the Absence ov Light
09. O Father O Satan O Sun!
|STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA's HATRIOT: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING Performance|
|Fan-filmed video footage of HATRIOT's December 12 performance at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting at Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands can be seen below.
HATRIOT is the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band led by former EXODUS and LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza.
HATRIOT will release its sophomore album, "Dawn Of The New Centurion", on January 24, 2014 through Massacre Records. The band once again used producer Juan Urteaga and graphic artist Mark DeVito for the new effort, which will be made available on CD and digital download, as well as a limited-edition CD digipak with bonus tracks, and a limited-edition vinyl LP.
"Dawn Of The New Centurion" track listing:
01. From My Cold Dead Hands
02. Your Worst Enemy
03. The Fear Within
04. Honor The Rise And Fall
06. Silence In The House Of The Lord
07. World Funeral
08. Dawn Of The New Centurion
09. Consolation For The Insane
"Over the past year, HATRIOT has grown tighter as a band, and the songs on the new record will reflect that," said Souza. "The songs are longer and more melodic, while keeping the classic thrash metal feel that we are known for.
"'Heroes Of Origin' was our 'Kill 'Em All', and 'Dawn Of The New Centurion' is our 'Ride The Lightning'."
The first single from "Dawn Of The New Centurion" will be "The Fear Within".
HATRIOT's drummer is none other than Steve's son, Nicholas Souza. Nicholas auditioned for the band after the departure of Alex Bent and "proved himself to be the best choice," according to Steve.
HATRIOT's lineup also includes Zetro's son Cody, who got his first bass as a present from his father after Zetro bought it off current EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson. "I told him," Zetro said in a recent interview with Metalholic.com, "'You have to try out [for the bassist position in HATRIOT if you want to be in the band]. There's no nepotism here, boy. If you can hang, you're on.' So he actually tried out, and he got the gig."
Regarding HATRIOT's musical direction, Zetro said, "It's in the vein of typical Bay Area thrash, but these guys are a lot younger, so there's gonna be some blast-beats in there. There's gonna be some kind of death [metal] approach to it, a little bit. 'Cause these guys are new. They're raw, and they're fast, young, heavy, hard and aggressive, and I'm trying to convey that along as well."
He added, "These new kids seem to understand what we did in the '80s, but still bring a little bit of a new essence to it. We put that together with what I write vocally and it's turned out to be really, really killer. It's good stuff."
|THAUROROD: 'Overboard' Video Released|
|"Overboard", the new video from Finnish/Swedish power metallers THAUROROD, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's sophomore album, "Anteinferno", which will be released in Europe on December 20 through NoiseArt Records. In Japan, the CD was made available on December 11 via Spiritual Beast and features an exclusive bonus track called "Japskin Syylä".
The cover artwork for "Anteinferno" was created by Ken Kelly of MANOWAR fame.
"I found this masterpiece with all the strong colors of the flames and a warrior on a horse and thought it would fit perfectly, but also would reflect the battle themes and the theme of the last song which is about the world's biggest horse breed, the Shire horse, which was used in medieval battles ages ago," explains bassist Pasi Tanskanen. "So I would say it's a pretty perfect cover for this album!"
"Anteinferno" track listing:
01. Planet X
02. Heart Of The Lion
04. Far From Home
06. Marked For Diablo
07. For The Rose To The Grave
10. Riders Of The Shires
THAUROROD last year announced the addition of Swedish singer Andi Kravljaca (SILENT CALL, SEVENTH WONDER) to the group's ranks.
THAUROROD parted ways with Italian singer Michele Luppi in July 2012. They attributed the split to the fact that Luppi "[didn't] have enough time for THAUROROD" and the group's desire to find someone who was "more motivated [and] who share[d] the same passion and hunger to go on with THAUROROD as the rest of the band."
THAUROROD's debut album, "Upon Haunted Battlefields", came out in Europe on September 24, 2010 via NoiseArt Records and Rock The Nation.
|LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY Announces Return Of Guitarist DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN|
|Italian "cinematic" metallers LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY have announced the return of guitarist Dominique Leurquin. Leurquin, who in 2012 injured himself with a circular saw while working at home, "is finally ready to join RHAPSODY on stage," says the band.
"We will headline the festival of Hodonin (Czech Republic) next year on August 15th, and on that same day Dominique will finally share the stage with all of us."
LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY will enter Sebastian Röder's Backyard Studios in Kempten, Germany to begin recording their new album, "Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus", for a 2014 release via Nuclear Blast.
Comments the band: "This album is very important to all of us. Behind it, there is the ambitious goal of creating one of the most epic and cinematic albums ever written."
Adds LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY singer Alessandro Conti: "Prepare yourselves for an amazing journey ranging from the myths and legends of the past to the unexplored borders of space and time, the revelations of quantum mechanics and beyond, while exploring the multi-dimensional levels of psyche and consciousness and the intimate secrets of heart and soul on the path of spiritual evolution. In short words: a roller-coaster ride of extreme emotions. Be ready!"
States guitarist/mastermind Luca Turilli: "I recently gave birth to my company Luca Turilli Music Productions and have partnered with great artists such as the U.S. producer/mixer Allen Morgan (U2, NINE INCH NAILS, TAYLOR SWIFT) and the Czech conductor Petr Pololanik (nominated for Hollywood Music In Media Awards in 2011) to start composing emotional music with impact, mainly for the world of cinema and the videogames.
"What I can say is that I am composing, writing and producing the guitar parts and the orchestral and choral arrangements for this new RHAPSODY album in the same exact way I would and will do it while scoring movie trailers or videogame soundtracks. Therefore, expect moments of high tension, pure action and adrenaline for a final result never heard before. In other words: the definitive consecration of cinematic metal!"
In August 2011, RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboardist Alex Staropoli announced their decision to go their separate ways.
Due to legal reasons, Staropoli is continuing under the RHAPSODY OF FIRE name. Turilli, on the other hand, is making his efforts available under the RHAPSODY moniker (RHAPSODY OF FIRE's original name), in which he is joined by guitarist Dominique Leurquin, bassist Patrice Guers, singer Alessandro Conti (TRICK OR TREAT) and drummer Alex Landenburg (AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA, STRATOVARIUS).
LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY's latest album, "Ascending To Infinity", entered the German Media Control chart at the position No. 32.
|VAN CANTO: 'Badaboom' Video Released|
|"Badaboom", the new video from the German "a cappella metal" band VAN CANTO — which consists of five singers and one drummer (no guitars, no bass, no keyboards) — can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's new studio album, "Dawn Of The Brave", which will be released on February 7, 2014 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded with Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN, HAMMERFALL) and Ronald Prent (MANOWAR, RAMMSTEIN, WITHIN TEMPTATION).
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Dawn Of The Brave" can be seen below.
Commented the band: "'Dawn Of The Brave' is our fifth studio album and it was important for us to go a little bit further than before. From the drum sound of Charlie Bauerfeind through to the choir recordings with over 200 VAN CANTO fans up to the mixing of Ronald Prent, who made the whole thing shine, as we always wanted to. The album will be bigger, fatter and more powerful-voiced than ever. We are thrilled to look forward to the release of the album and to play the songs live on tour."
"Dawn Of The Brave" track listing:
01. Dawn Of The Brave
02. Fight For Your Life
03. To The Mountains
05. The Final Countdown (EUROPE cover)
06. Steel Breaker
07. The Awakening
08. The Other Ones
09. Holding Out For A Hero (BONNIE TYLER cover)
11. My Utopia
12. Into The West ("Lord Of The Rings" soundtrack cover)
13. Paranoid (BLACK SABBATH C\cover)
|ICED EARTH: New Song 'Among The Living Dead' Available For Streaming|
|"Among The Living Dead", a brand new song from metal titans ICED EARTH, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from the band's studio album, "Plagues Of Babylon", which will be released on January 21, 2014 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany and was mixed at NHow Studios in Berlin, Germany. Guest vocals on "Highwayman" were laid down by VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen and SYMPHONY X/ADRENALINE MOB singer Russell Allen. Guest vocals on "Plagues Of Babylon", "Among The Living Dead", "Democide", "Resistance" and "If I Could See You" are by BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch. The cover and additional artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, HATEBREED).
"Plagues Of Babylon" track listing:
01. Plagues Of Babylon
03. The Culling
04. Among The Living Dead
06. The End?
07. If I Could See You
11. Spirit Of The Times
Songs 1-6 form the "Plagues Of Babylon" story line, part of the ongoing "Something Wicked" Universe
Exclusive "Plagues Of Babylon" pre-sale bundles are on-sale now at CM Distro.
Album and merchandise packages include the following:
* Standard CD (28-page booklet; jewel case; collectible top spine)
* Limited-edition deluxe CD/DVD (standard CD; DVD with "making of" documentary, alternate album mixes and gear guides; 32-page booklet with alternate cover artwork on cover; 6-panel matte digipack, collective top spine)
* Double LP (180 gram; gatefold sleeve on matte-laminated heavy cardboard; printed inner sleeves; available in black or limited-edition silver wax)
ICED EARTH will promote the new CD in its North American homeland with the headlining "Worldwide Plagues Tour", which kicks off April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support.
"This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer of "Plagues Of Babylon". "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.
"We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!"
"Among The Living Dead" audio stream:
"Plagues Of Babylon" (song) lyric video:
"If I Could See You" performance footage:
|PSYCHOPUNCH: 'Sitting By The Railroad' Video Released|
|"Sitting By The Railroad", the new video from Swedish rock and rollers PSYCHOPUNCH, can be seen below. The clip is the third video in a series of three (along with "Last Night" and "So Jaded") that, if put together, make a short film. Andreas "Ogrindo" Ekvall produced all three videos.
All three songs are taken from PSYCHOPUNCH's latest album, "Smakk Valley", which was released on February 25 via SPV/Steamhammer.
With the band's typical mix of full throttle and diversity, toughness and melodies, simplicity and complexity, PSYCHOPUNCH have produced an album full of highlights. Be it with their typical straightforwardness on tracks such as "Last Night" and "Back Of My Car", or mercilessly driving on "So Jaded", "Kick In The Head" and "I Will Never Ever", PSYCHOPUNCH always hit the golden mean between raw ferociousness and concentration on the things that really matter. In addition, "Smakk Valley" features a number of surprising moments: despite its slightly slower pace, "Sitting By The Railroad" impresses with its amazing power and gritty melodies, while the unusual "Emelie" impresses with its — as bassist Lindell calls it — "great country rock'n'roll bad-ass feeling. I get a big smile on my face every time I hear it."
"We tried to make and give every song that little bit extra special and I think that we've succeeded in doing that," guitarist/vocalist JM explains the band's special philosophy which in the end always shines through on PSYCHOPUNCH's material. Drummer Jocke describes "Smakk Valley" as consisting of "powerful songs with strong and catchy melodies," while Lindell considers PSYCHOPUNCH first and foremost a "great and honest no-bullshit rock'n'roll punk powerpop band" that keeps the spirit and tradition alive from such bands and artists as the RAMONES, SEX PISTOLS, JOHNNY THUNDERS, NEW YORK DOLLS, CHEAP TRICK, CHUCK BERRY, IGGY & THE STOOGES, GENERATION X or THE CLASH. "This list could go on forever, and we don't think our attitude has changed over the years in terms of wanting to be a great live band that makes people happy and gives them a chance to forget about their problems."
"Smakk Valley" was produced by PSYCHOPUNCH's longtime friend Pelle Saether, who has been part of the band's inner circle for years. Saether knows how to handle the group, he knows all about their moments of euphoria and exuberance which can easily turn into self-doubt and dissatisfaction in view of the great significance of album productions if there's nobody there to indicate the general direction. "We had some fantastic and some bad times at the studio," JM admits, "but most of it was fun. We had high expectations of ourselves. Pelle is always a great help to us. He and I worked really hard with the vocal melodies on the choruses to get the most out of every song. All in all we are very happy with the outcome of the new album, so it was well worth the pain."
But back to the question of the band's amazing output and the energy source which has fed their haunting new album "Smakk Valley". "To be honest, I sometimes wonder where we get the power from," JM admits, "but in the end I think it has to do with the fact that we love what we do. We all have our roots in punk rock, rock'n'roll, hard rock and metal. So making people feel good and having a great time, that's what gives us boundless energy!"
"Smakk Valley" track listing:
01. Back Of My Car
02. So Jaded
03. Last Night
04. Kick In The Head
05. Sitting By The Railroad
06. My Empty Head
07. All I Wanna Say
08. I Will Never Ever
09. Dead By Dawn
10. Smakk Valley Train
12. Down On My Dreams
13. Everybody Wants An Answer
14. Your're Totally Mistaken
|MIRACLE MASTER Signs With GOLDEN CORE RECORDS/ZYX MUSIC|
|MIRACLE MASTER, the German/Danish hard rock band formed out of the ashes of PUMP, has signed a worldwide record deal with Golden Core Records/ZYX Music. The group's debut album, "Tattooed Woman", will be released in the spring. The CD was recorded at Studio 22 in Germany and was produced, mixed and mastered by MIRACLE MASTER and Axel Heckert (BRAINSTORM, SYMPHORCE).
MIRACLE MASTER recently signed a worldwide management contract with Germany’s RockNGrowl Management.
MIRACLE MASTER is:
* Oliver Weers (OLIVER WEERS BAND) - Vocals
* Aki Reissmann (ex-PUMP, DOWNSPIRIT) - Guitar
* Selly Bernhardt (ex-PUMP, TALES OF SORROW) - Guitar
* Andy Minich (ex-PUMP, UNFROYND) - Drums
* Michael Vetter (ex-PUMP, CHINCHILLA) - Bass|
|HARDCORE SUPERSTAR's JOCKE BERG Talks To Italy's Metallus.it (Video)|
|Eva Cociani and Arianna G. of the Italian webzine Metallus.it conducted an interview with vocalist Joakim "Jocke" Berg of Swedish sleaze rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR before the band's November 16 concert at Estragon in Bologna, Italy. You can now watch the chat below.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR's latest album, "C'mon Take On Me", was released in Europe on March 1 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Split Your Lip" was produced by the bandmembers themselves and mixed by Randy Staub (METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE CULT).
"C'mon Take On Me" was made available as a CD in slipcase, as a digital download, on black vinyl and on strictly limited pink vinyl (only available at the Nuclear Blast mailorder).
Commented HARDCORE SUPERSTAR drummer Magnus "Adde" Andreasson: "We came up with the idea [for the 'C'mon Take On Me' cover] during the recordings of the album. It's just so sexy when a woman jumps into a drum kit — what could be more exciting? We discussed the concept with photographer Micke Johansson, who loved the idea. What we especially like about it is the combination of sex and bruises!"
"C'mon Take On Me" track listing:
01. Cutting The Slack
02. C'mon Take On Me
03. One More Minute
04. Above The Law
05. Are You Gonna Cry Now
06. Stranger Of Mine
07. Won't Take The Blame Pt. 1
08. Won't Take The Blame Pt. 2 (Sect Meeting)
09. Dead Man's Shoes
10. Because Of You
11. Too Much Business
12. Long Time No See
"Because Of You" video:
|VANDEN PLAS To Release 'Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld (Path 1)' In February|
|Frontiers Records will release VANDEN PLAS' new concept album, "Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld (Path 1)", on February 21, 2014 in Europe and February 24, 2014 in North America.
With "Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld", the German progressive metal combo continues the pattern of development from album to album that th eband's fans have grown accustomed to. This time the progress is quite substantial, since the input for this new release came from Wolfgang Hohlbein, who, with 43 million books sold worldwide, is not only Germany's biggest-selling author but also a fan of VANDEN PLAS. He suggested a creative collaboration: a rock opera for the stage based on his series "The Chronicle Of The Immortals". The result was "Bloodnight" ("Blutnacht"). The libretto was written by VANDEN PLAS singer Andy Kuntz, together with Hohlbein and his manager Dieter Winkler, himself a respected author. The VANDEN PLAS team of Stephan Lill, Günter Werno and Andy Kuntz composed 19 songs for the stage theater production.
"Bloodnight", with Kuntz in the leading role and the VANDEN PLAS musicians in the orchestra pit, celebrated a stunning premiere on the stage of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern in 2012. 25 sold-out performances in the 2012 and 2013 seasons with standing ovations that never seemed to end speak for themselves. Overwhelmed by this success, Hohlbein responded by writing another novel: the story of "Bloodnight".
The next step for the band was to turn the successful theatre piece into an equally successful VANDEN PLAS album. "Chronicles of the Immortals - Netherworld" has 10 tracks comprising the first act of "Bloodnight". "Path 2", the second half of the album, is scheduled to bring the story to a conclusion in early 2015. Kuntz, in agreement with Hohlbein, adapted the stage version to fit an album format. On it he appears as the storyteller, so that unlike the stage production he is not only the main character Andrej Delany, but also embodies the roles of the other protagonists. In this way the storyline is richer and more easily understood by the listener for whom the powerful visions from the stage production are not available.
The music of "Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld" is pure VANDEN PLAS. The songs are noticeably heavier than the stage version and several amendments to the live arrangements can be heard with certain scenes that were rewritten from scratch. Some large chorus scenes from the stage production reappear with stark intimacy on the album, while in other sections a lush orchestral accompaniment replaces the piano line that had led the action in the stage version. At the same time, all the elements come into play that have long been distinctive to VANDEN PLAS. Kuntz's incisive lyrics are interwoven with Lill's defining riffs and Werno's diverse keyboard parts. A solid base is provided by bass player Torsten Reichert and drummer Andreas Lill, whose collaboration has produced an atmosphere that seems more homogenous and transparent than ever.
It is the attention paid to details that make this album different from any other earlier VANDEN PLAS recording. It is evident that this album recounts the story from a newly staged theatre production, which makes the VANDEN PLAS music to "Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld" even more diversified and vivid.
VANDEN PLAS fans will immediately feel at home with this album. Hohlbein was also thrilled from the first time he heard the music. He said: "Great album. I loved it! I'm happy that fans of 'The Chronicles Of The Immortals' can re-experience the story through the rock opera 'Bloodnight'."
VANDEN PLAS is:
Andy Kuntz (Vocals)
Stephan Lill (Guitar)
Günter Werno (Keyboards)
Torsten Reichert (Bass)
Andreas Lill (Drums)
VANDEN PLAS To Release 'Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld (Path 1)' In February
|Legendary 91-Year-Old Actor CHRISTOPHER LEE Releases 'A Heavy Metal Christmas Too' Single|
|Legendary actor Christopher Lee, who has starred in almost 300 movies, including "The Lord Of The Rings", "Star Wars", "The Man With The Golden Gun", "Dracula", "The Wicker Man" and most recently "The Hobbit", has released a new single titled "A Heavy Metal Christmas Too".
The single includes two songs. "Jingle Hell" is a playful take on "Jingle Bells", in which he sings with the classically trained soprano Li Li. In a video message to his fans and while wearing a colorful hat in memory of the late Vincent Price, Sir Christopher said, "I sing another version, it's a bit more naughty. It's not bad, I mean bad in the sense of unpleasant. It's entertaining, it's certainly different."
The second song, "My Way" is not a Christmas song. The vocals were recorded back in 2006 for a cover version of the song made famous by Frank Sinatra and remixed specially for this single. "I was 84 years old when I sang it and my voice was higher than it is now," Lee said.
In Christmas 2012, Lee released the single "A Heavy Metal Christmas" which included the songs "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night". In May 2013, at 91 years old, Sir Christopher became the oldest heavy metal performer in history by releasing the concept album "Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death".
The new single is available through iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Check out audio samples at this location.
|THE VINTAGE CARAVAN: Third 'Voyage' Trailer Released|
|The third trailer for "Voyage", the new album from the Iceland classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN, can be seen below. The effort will be released on January 10, 2014 in Europe and January 21 in North America via Nuclear Blast as a limited first edition digipak, 2LP 180g vinyl in various colors and digital download. The cover artwork was created by artist Alex Matus and can be seen below.
The official video for the CD's first single, "Expand Your Mind", can be seen below.
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN is a young band hailing from the greater Reykjavik area. The group was originally founded around 2006 when the members were very young. However, it did not become a serious project until 2009.
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN is known for its energetic stage performance and has been very active live for the past few years. Since 2011, the band has released two LPs, with the most recent one having been issued by one of the largest record labels in Iceland, Sena, with which THE VINTAGE CARAVAN made a deal in early 2012. That same year, bassist Alex Örn joined the group.
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN's musical influences are very diverse, but mainly include the classic hard rock of the '60s and '70s. Though this may suggest a glorified retro-type band, THE VINTAGE CARAVAN does it in its own way with a powerful attitude and a modern twist.
|GRAND MAGUS: 'Triumph And Power' Track-By-Track Breakdown (Video)|
|A track-by-track breakdown of "Triumph And Power", the seventh album from Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS, can be seen below.
"Triumph And Power" will be released on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to last year's "The Hunt" was recorded with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. On Hooves Of Gold
02. Steel Versus Steel
04. Triumph And Power
08. The Naked And The Dead
10. The Hammer Will Bite
11. Blackmoon (bonus track)
Commented the band: "'Triumph And Power' has been completed. It's a metal triumph of Viking power!!!
"Once again we worked with Nico Elgstrand as producer, a tradition that started with 'Hammer Of The North' back in 2010.
"This is our strongest album yet. It has the northern feel, it has the power and the melody that has become our mark of excellence.
"Fans of true metal will take this album to their hearts. To top everything off, we have the striking and epic artwork of Anthony Roberts.
"The album cover perfectly captures the work on this album and GRAND MAGUS as a band."
Due to family obligations and work commitments, drummer Sebastian "Seb" Sippola left GRAND MAGUS last year.
|KVELERTAK, SATYRICON, OBLITERATION, SHINING Nominated For Norwegian SPELLEMANN Award|
|KVELERTAK, OBLITERATION, SATYRICON and SHINING have been nominated in the "Metal" category at the 42nd annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show will be held January 18, 2014 at Konserthus in Stavanger, Norway and will be broadcast live on the Norwegian channel NRK1.
The nominees in the "Metal" category are as follows:
* KVELERTAK - "Meir"
* OBLITERATION - "Black Death Horizon"
* SATYRICON - "Satyricon"
* SHINING - "One One One"
Last year's Spellemann award in the "Metal" category went to NEKROMANTHEON for the band's "Rise, Vulcan Spectre" album.
"Satyricon" debuted at position No. 1 on the official chart in Norway — the first time one of the group's releases topped the chart in the band's home country. "Satyricon" also saw success internationally, debuting at No. 6 in Finland, No. 23 in Germany and No. 26 in Austria. By comparison, SATYRICON's previous studio album, "2008'a "The Age Of Nero", entered the chart at No. 5 in Norway and No. 73 in Germany.
KVELERTAK's sophomore album, "Meir", topped the official chart in Norway. The CD, which sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, was issued on March 26 via Roadrunner Records. It was produced by CONVERGE's Kurt Ballou and features cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley.|
|FATES WARNING's RAY ALDER Speaks To HORNS UP ROCKS! (Video)|
|Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with vocalist Ray Alder of American progressive metal veterans FATES WARNING before the band's November 23 concert in New York City. You can now watch the chat below.
FATES WARNING's North American tour launched November 15 in Joliet, Illinois and will wrap December 14 in Seattle, Washington.
The band is touring in support of its eleventh studio album, "Darkness In A Different Light", which registered the following first-week chart positions:
The Netherlands: #90
"Darkness In A Different Light" sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1 via InsideOut Music.
Featuring founding guitarist Jim Matheos alongside classic-lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitar), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, "Darkness In A Different Light" was produced by Matheos and mixed by longtime FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti. The effort was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA, ANVIL) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California. The cover artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro.
In addition to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, "Darkness In A Different Light" was made available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180-gram vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with four bonus tracks.
"Darkness In A Different Light" track listing:
01. One Thousand
05. I Am
07. Into The Black
08. Kneel And Obey
09. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves
01. Firefly (extended)
02. Falling Further
03. One (live)
04. Life In Still Water (live)