THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN "One of Us is the Killer"
( 8 )
( 9 )
CATHEDRAL "The Last Spire"
( 11 )
( 2 )
Last Updated: June 18, 2013 10:16 PM
TARJA TURUNEN Performs In Slovakia; Video Available
- Jan. 22, 2012
Fan-filmed video footage of former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen's January 20 performance at Majestic Music Club in Bratislava, Slovakia can be seen below.
Turunen's new project, HARUS, last month released a CD/DVD/Blu-ray, entitled "In Concert - Live At Sibelius Hall".
The HARUS live album/DVD was made available worldwide by earMUSIC in collaboration with Edel's classic music division Berlin Classics. This joint venture from two music labels apparently far away from each other would probably sound bizarre at first sight (a label operating in alternative and metal music with one representing traditional classical music artists). The reason lies beneath the many sides of Tarja Turunen's music.
The first output of HARUS features traditional and emotional music from Finland presented together with more international repertoire.
Tarja's sophomore solo album, "What Lies Beneath", sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 24 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"What Lies Beneath" was released in North America on September 14, 2010 via The End Records.
( 1 )
TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Interviewed At NAMM (Video)
- Jan. 22, 2012
Vintage Rock's Junkman conducted an interview with vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, DIO DISCIPLES) at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention which took place January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
DIO DISCIPLES, the project featuring former DIO members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Rudy Sarzo alongside singers Owens and Toby Jepson (LITTLE ANGELS, GUN) last fall completed its first-ever U.S. tour. The band pays tribute to the legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio and is fully supported by Dio's widow/manager, Wendy, who recently posted that "there will never be another Ronnie, but we want to keep his music alive and hope you will support the band and become one of the DIO DISCIPLES."
Owens recently joined TRED, the new band featuring bassist Rudy Sarzo (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO), drummer A.J. Pero (TWISTED SISTER) and guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB, SONIC STOMP). An album's worth of material is currently being recorded for a 2012 release. European and U.S. tour dates are also planned.
( 2 )
LITA FORD Interviewed At NAMM (Video)
- Jan. 22, 2012
Vintage Rock's Junkman conducted an interview with '80s hard rock queen Lita Ford at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Lita Ford recently signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer. Her new album, "Living Like A Runaway", is tentatively due in May.
Best known for her work with THE RUNAWAYS and her solo career, including hit singles "Kiss Me Deadly" and the Billboard-charting duet with Ozzy Osbourne, "Close My Eyes Forever", Lita is ready to make a return to the throne as the queen of metal.
"SPV gets who I am, my work, and what it takes to bring this project to life. I'm very excited to have them on my team," says Lita.
"Living Like A Runaway" was co-written and produced by Gary Hoey and represents a return to form for Lita, who drew inspiration from her "ugly divorce" from NITRO singer Jim Gillette.
"Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics," she said. "We want to strip away all the electronics and plug-ins and keep it to vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Going back to basics is going back to what punk, metal and THE RUNAWAYS was for me."
She added, "[The album title] 'Living Like A Runaway' means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one."
SPV A&R representative/product manager Olly Hahn commented on the signing of Lita Ford: "When I bought 'Dancin' On The Edge' back in 1984, I never thought that I would ever sign Lita Ford to a label. But a dream of mine came true and it's a huge honor for us at SPV/Steamhammer to have one of the leading women in rock 'n' roll on our label."
In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Lita said that "Living Like A Runaway" will be her "real comeback album." She explained, "The last album I did was called 'Wicked Wonderland', I put it out with Jim Gillette, and we were married at the time. It is kind of a Jim/Lita album and not a really true Lita album. I got a lot of spiel about that. A lot of people have told me that they want a real Lita album, and I know what they mean. They are going to get it."
She continued, "I really wasn't that comfortable with 'Wicked Wonderland' — not at all, to tell you the truth. There are parts of it that are good but it doesn't sound like a Lita record. When it got released, a lot of my fans felt weird about it and said it wasn't a Lita album. This time I want to do it on my own. The last one turned out to be more of a Jim album. We worked pretty well together. It doesn't suck, it's not a bad album; it's just not a Lita album."
Lita and Jim are the parents of two sons, Rocco and James.
"Wicked Wonderland", the first album in 15 years from Lita Ford, sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 31 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart.
( 8 )
NICKO MCBRAIN, CHRIS SLADE Take Part In 'Living Legends Jam' At NAMM (Video)
- Jan. 22, 2012
Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) and Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC) took part in the "Living Legends Jam" on January 20 on the main lobby stage at at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch video footage of the jam in two parts below.
The following artists were scheduled to take part in the "Living Legends Jam":
* Bob Berryhill (THE SAFARIS) * Dennis Tufano (THE BUCKINGHAMS) * John Payne (ASIA) * Robert Sarzo (HURRICANE) * Scott Warren (DIO) * Roger Fischer (HEART) * Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) * Pete Lockett * Roger Wheeler (SWEET REASONS) * Jeff Pevar (STARSHIP, JOE COCKER) * Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) * Doug Rappoeport (EDGAR WINTER BAND) * Joey Mollandj (BADFINGER) * Christy McKinnon * Teddy Zig Zag (GUNS & ROSES, ALICE COOPER) * Koko Powell (SPENCER DAVIS, EDGAR WINTER) * Jeff Ganz (JOHNNY WINTER, JOHN LEE HOOKER) * Sean McNabb (QUIET RIOT, DOKKEN, GREAT WHITE) * Micky Dolenz (THE MONKEES) * Terry Hous (XYZ, GREAT WHITE) * Robin McAuley (Survivor, MSG) * Jimy Shons (SHADOWS OF KNIGHT) * Bobby Kimball (TOTO) * Alan White (YES, PLASTIC ONO BAND) * Denny Seiwell (WINGS, ART GARFUNKEL, JAMES BROWN) * Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT) * Chris Slade (AC/DC, ASIA)
This year's NAMM marks the 110th anniversary of the legendary trade show and is the meeting place for musical instrument retailers to view and purchase the latest musical innovations being shown by more than 1,400 manufacturers.
( 9 )
HUMANGLED To Release 'Odd Ethics' EP
- Jan. 22, 2012
Italian death metal act HUMANGLED has completed recording the four-song follow-up to its 2010 full-length album, "Fractal". Entitled "Odd Ethics", the EP will be released in early/mid-2012 through Abyss Records.
"Odd Ethics" was recorded at Italy's Mel-1 Studios. Sound production was handled by Dan Swanö (Unisound Studios). Cover art was designed by artist Marko Somero.
"Odd Ethics" track listing:
01. Needles Of The Blind 02. Skinned, To Feel All 03. Smells Acrid 04. Deny Your Creed
Andrew Goreds - Vocals Luke Scurb - Guitar Fred Valdaster - Drums Frank Nichols - Bass Vhell Miscarriage - Guitars
( 1 )
NAPALM DEATH: Performance Footage Of New Song
- Jan. 22, 2012
Video footage of British/American grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH performing a new song, "Quarantined", on December 13, 2011 in Sheffield, England can be seen below. The track comes off the band's 14th studio album (excluding the cover album "Leaders Not Followers"), "Utilitarian", which is scheduled for release on February 27 in Europe and February 28 in North America via the band's longtime partner, Century Media Records. The cover artwork (see below) perfectly fits the album's theme and was created by the Danish artist Frode Sylthe, who is also responsible for THE HAUNTED's "rEVOLVEr" artwork.
Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway explains the album title and concept: "After some deliberation, we have decided on 'Utilitarian' as the album title. We generally try to avoid generic titles, and this seemed to have a lot of scope to it. I won't explain the full meaning of utilitarianism here because it's an ethical theory, and as ethical theories go, the depth and debate around it is quite heavy at times. It has a certain 'morality' aspect to it and that isn't something that drives me, so I also certainly have issues with it."
"So, rather than just nail that straight to the mast, of course we wanted to put our own spin on it by suggesting that those (i.e. the utilitarian in us, perhaps) who try to challenge everything, or fight against conventions, well, we go through periods of real self-doubt where we wonder if we're really making a difference. I suppose the conclusion is that, for the sake of all our freedoms, you should never stop, as even the feeling of resistance is at least a signal to those who would like to entirely control and dominate us — meaning everything from our instinctive behavior to our human entitlement to walk the earth unprovoked.
"Regarding the album overall, the final creases should be ironed out fairly soon, and immediately after that, we thought it would be good to top it off with a few U.K. dates. We've been playing one new song ('Quarantined') out on a tour of Canada and it's been well received, so we hope to perhaps throw in another one for now. Either way, we'll be bouncing off the walls again near you very soon."
NAPALM DEATH last year contributed a brand new track called "Legacy Was Yesterday" to Decibel magazine's monthly flexi disc series. The song — the band's first new material since 2009's "Time Waits for No Slave" LP — was recorded at Rapture Audio with James Walford and mastered by Russ Russell.
"Time Waits For No Slave" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 95. The CD, which was released in the U.S. in February 2009 via Century Media Records, was recorded with producer Russ Russell. Drums were tracked at Parlour Studios in Kettering and guitars, bass and vocals were done at Foel Studios in Wales. The band then returned to Parlour for the mixing sessions.
( 6 )
JACK RUSSELL: New Video Interview Posted Online
- Jan. 22, 2012
Vintage Rock's Junkman conducted an interview with singer Jack Russell at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE will kick off a "worldwide" tour on March 1 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Joining Jack Russell on the trek will be Derrick Pontier, (former drummer for GREAT WHITE), Dario Seixas (former bassist for FIREHOUSE and the Stephen Pearcy band), Robby Lochner (former guitarist for Rob Halford's band and Cherie Currie) and Matthew Johnson (former guitarist for GREAT WHITE).
So far the following dates have been confirmed, with many more to follow:
Mar. 01 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing Mar. 03 - Sanford, FL @ Route 46 Mar. 09 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp'd Mar. 10 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage Apr. 06 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk Apr. 07 - Yucipa, CA @ Angeles Angel's Roadhouse Apr. 21 - Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgaters Apr. 27 - Denver, CO @ Casselman's May 03 - Agoura, Hills, CA @ Canyon Club May 04 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE made its live debut on January 14 at the Rock-n-Roll GangStar Apparel Pre-NAMM Festival & Jam at Delzano's in Redondo Beach. The set included GREAT WHITE classics as well as cover versions of PINK FLOYD's "Wish You Were Here" and RINGO STARR's "It Don't Come Easy".
The current touring lineup of GREAT WHITE — Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals) — issued a statement last month in which they claimed that Russell's "frail body" and "drug abuse" have prohibited him from taking part in the band's performances for the past year. They additionally revealed that Jack had undergone "five major surgeries" after his drug abuse got so bad that "his body began to shut down and ultimately resulted in colostomy surgery from a perforated bowel." In the statement, GREAT WHITE also insisted that the singer "does not have the right to start his own GREAT WHITE or use the name without our names in the lineup" and they vowed to "litigate any promoter that books 'Jack Russell's GREAT WHITE' or uses any logo featuring the name GREAT WHITE."
In an interview with Metal Sludge, Russell stated about his estranged bandmates, "I don't care what they say. The proof is in the pudding. Everyone is going to see that Jack is back, that it's all rumors. I mean, do people really give a shit if I'm sober or not? They can come, they'll see I look great, I sound great. I want everyone to come out and see. This January 14 thing is just a jam, and only four-fifths of the band is going to be there because [guitarist] Matt Johnson is going to be in Texas, but starting in February, I'm doing a a tour."
When asked about the rumors of his poor health, Jack said, "I am fine. I just bought a 45-foot boat, and I'm living on it in Redondo Beach, my old stomping ground when GREAT WHITE was its most successful. It's nice to see my favorite sushi restaurant and favorite Italian restaurant are still around. I go fishing three times a week, and I'm in great shape. All these rumors from the other camp about me being not healthy and everyone being afraid I am going to die, it's all B.S. Those guys haven't talked to me in months. They haven't talked to me, so come on, give me a break. Who even cares? I can still sing great. End of story."
Regarding the fact that the GREAT WHITE guys and their manager have a totally different opinion on whether Jack is fit to keep going, the singer said, "They're just trying to make me look bad. They feel scared and threatened, and they should be. They don't own the name. This is my band. Everyone knows this is my band. I started in 1978 and changed the name in 1982. The others, they came in because I was the one who invited them. It was cool for a while before all this crap started. They don't own the name, they don't own the logo. [GREAT WHITE's manager] Obi Steinman sues everyone in the world, but I'm lucid, I'm clear, and I'm sober. Just because I had a rough year and a half does not mean that I gave up on my band. My name has always been synonymous with GREAT WHITE. I came up with the name, and I am entitled to use it. The other GREAT WHITE, with Terry Illous singing my songs and my lyrics, now he's sticking his name into this, covering my tunes. Write your own stuff, dude."
Melissa Maria recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
According to Taylor, STONE SOUR will hit the studio in 2012, between SLIPKNOT's run on February's Soundwave Festival in Australia and a summer tour of North America that's slated to kick off in mid-June. The CD will probably be recorded in Iowa with producer David Bottrill, who has previously worked with TOOL, MUSE and Peter Gabriel, among others.
Taylor previously said about the storyline for the next STONE SOUR record, "It's basically the story of a man who's trying to figure it out. He can't figure out if he's happier when he's miserable, or if he's miserable about not being happy. It's almost like a mid-life crisis in a way. He's young enough that he knows that there's still a lot of life to live, but he's old enough to realize that he can't be hung up on the romance of teenage depression and youthful aggression."
( 8 )
CHICKENFOOT: Düsseldorf Concert Filmed For German TV
- Jan. 22, 2012
CHICKENFOOT's January 19, 2012 concert at Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Düsseldorf, Germany was professionally filmed by WDR's (German public TV) series "Rockpalast" and will be premiered on February 27.
A sample clip of CHICKENFOOT's performance is available at this location.
CHICKENFOOT's sophomore album, "III", sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's self-titled debut opened with 49,000 units back in June 2009 to debut at No. 6.
"III" was produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA) and is the much-anticipated follow-up album to the successful eponymous debut of a rock band packed with successful veterans.
Featuring guitar hero Joe Satriani and former VAN HALEN members Michael Anthony (bass) and Sammy Hagar (vocals), CHICKENFOOT's touring lineup includes legendary drummer/musician Kenny Aronoff, who is filling in for Chad Smith while Smith hits the road with his main band, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer of California metallers DEVILDRIVER took part in a clinic on January 20 at the Korg booth at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out the footage below.
Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer last fall relaunched their web site property www.allaxess.com.
AllAxess.com is shaping up to become a premier online guitar community, a hub for guitar "geeks" and a destination site for fans interested in gaining an all-access pass to their favorite riff peddlers.
The site has been gaining steam and growing steadily ever since its official launch, which took place on January 31, 2011.
While there are lots of guitar-oriented and guitar-driven sites crowding the digital space, AllAxess.com was created to fill a specific need in that realm. There are lots of YouTube videos of fans attempting to teach viewers how to play certain songs via webcams; however, upon closer inspection, it's clear that lots of these "lessons" are incorrect. AllAxess aims to feature clear, concise, and most importantly correct, guitar lessons from the actual guitarist who wrote the song, demonstrating how to play the song as it was intended. It's like having your favorite guitarist serve as your own personal guitar instructor! You can't beat that!
The site will also provide viewers and aspiring guitarists with a "Virtual All-Access Pass," hence the name, to their favorite guitarist. Years ago, getting your favorite guitarist to answer a question or to provide some insight on how he or she handles riff or to physically demonstrate how to your favorite guitar part would have been next to impossible. But thanks to the advances of modern technology and the development of AllAxess.com, access (or "axess") to these artists is now much more feasible. "All Axess" was founded with the focused goals of narrowing the gap between modern rock gods and their fans and of providing a resource for guitarists.
One of the features of the site will allow fans to posts comments on the videos, to which the guitarists will be able to respond and to participate in a dialogue. It's like an open-ended, interactive lesson that is a direct line to the guitarist and his amp! During the soft launch, ROB ZOMBIE's John 5, Marc Rizzo and PERIPHERY's Misha have all taken the time to reply to comments left on their videos.
"Only a few years ago it would've been almost impossible for fans to reach out to their favorite guitarists but with the advent of social media, it has become a lot easier," Kendrick said. "We want to bridge that gap even more and make it easy for fans to ask their favorite guitarist’s questions that will help them improve their playing. That is why we created All Axess."
Spreitzer concurred, saying, "When we first came up with the idea for All Axess, it was purely about making sure people were learning how to play songs correctly and being able to ask the artist's questions. Already it has grown into so much more. We now include gear reviews, rig rundowns and with the re-launch, we will be adding several more new sections. This site is growing quicker than we ever expected and we hope that one day, it will be one of the largest online guitar communities in the world."
( 1 )
STEVEN TYLER Gets Slammed For National Anthem Performance
- Jan. 22, 2012
AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler sang the national anthem before today's (Sunday, January 22) Baltimore Ravens vs. New England PatriotsAFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Video footage of his performance can be seen below.
Early reviews of Tyler's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" were not very good, with one football fan writing on Twitter, "Steven Tyler's national anthem before the Patriots/Ravens game couldn't have been any worse if John Madden farted it through a harmonica."
Tyler's May 27, 2001 version of the national anthem at the 85th Indianapolis 500 — where he came under criticism after he replaced "home of the brave'" with "home of the Indianapolis 500" — in 2010 made Billboard magazine's "10 worst national anthem performances ever."
Tyler immediately apologized and reaffirmed his patriotism after the incident.
Billboard magazine's "10 worst national anthem performances ever" (as of July 2010):
01. Kat DeLuna, 2008 02. Roseanne Barr, 1990 03. Michael Bolton, 2003 04. Scott Stapp, 2005 05. Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, 2006 06. Jesse McCartney, 2009 07. Steven Tyler, 2001 08. R. Kelly, 2005 09. Keri Hilson, 2010 10. Josh Groban and Flea, 2010
The entire article, including clips of all the above-listed performances, can be found at Billboard.com.
( 81 )
DEEP PURPLE To Release New Studio Album Next Year
- Jan. 22, 2012
British hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE are very excited by the prospect of making a new and significant album. To that end, they have decided to extend their writing and recording period through the summer of 2012.
Commented DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan: "We know we will disappoint some of our fans this summer. However, we look forward very much to our autumn/winter tour and continuing our worldwide tour with our new album in 2013."
During a 2011 interview with U.K.'s Express & Star, Gillan was asked when fans might be able to expect DEEP PURPLE's follow-up to 2005's "Rapture Of The Deep" album.
"The fact is that we've been touring flat out," said Gillan. "We did 48 countries last year. We're getting so much off on that we just don't feel the drive at the moment for writing."
Gillan did reveal, though, that DEEP PURPLE convened for a mini writing session earlier in the year.
"We were in Spain for a little while and we had a week off," he said. "We spent most of the time in the bar, to be honest with you. It was a good session, but nothing absolutely dynamic came out of it.
"I think to get some progress as far as an album's concerned you've got to have a target, you've got to work to a date, and that gives you pressure. If you've got the pressure, you get stuff done. We don't have a plan, to be honest.
"Things have always been chaos, certainly since I joined, and we've never been able to plan anything. If we'd been able to make plans, we'd probably have retired by now!"
"People like to do stuff that they're good at, that they enjoy, that they get something out of. So while it's fun and we're all getting older and bits are dropping off here and there, it's still great. I think there probably will be another album.
"And because we're not doing an album (right now) doesn't mean I don't write every day. It's a day off today and for me it's a full day at the office. This morning is interviews and this afternoon I've got two or three interesting pieces I'm working on at the moment. I write every day and so when I do come round to making an album there's never a shortage of what I call color material."
DEEP PURPLE's 18th studio album, "Rapture of the Deep", was released in November 2005. It was the fourth studio CD from DEEP PURPLE since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.
"Rapture of the Deep" was produced by Mike Bradford, who also worked on the band's previous release, 2003's "Bananas".
( 36 )
INMORIA Announces New Singer
- Jan. 22, 2012
INMORIA — the Swedish project featuring Christer Andersson (TAD MOROSE) on guitar, Dan Eriksson (ex-TAD MOROSE) on keyboards, Tommi Karppanen (MORGANA LEFAY, TAD MOROSE), and Peter Moren (TAD MOROSE, STEEL ATTACK) on drums — has recruited Ronny Hemlin (STEEL ATTACK, TAD MOROSE) as its new singer following the departure of Danish vocalist Søren "Nico" Adamsen (ARTILLERY).
Ronny sang for INMORIA on their U.K. tour in October 2011 and recently laid down his vocals on a number of songs from the band's latest album, "A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part I".
Three of the newly re-recorded tracks are available as free downloads exclusively via INMORIA's web site, www.inmoria.com.
"A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part 1" came out last October via Rock It Up Records.
Vocals: Ronny Hemlin Keyboards: Dan Eriksson Guitars: Christer Andersson Bass: Tommi Karppanen Drums: Peter Morén
Singer Charles Rytkönen (MORGANA LEFAY) left INMORIA in June 2010 "due to personal reasons."
INMORIA's debut album, "Invisible Wounds", was released in June 2009 via Massacre.
INMORIA's sound is described as "a mix of dark, brooding music and haunting melodies" which "take you on an emotionally charged journey that will wrap its spindly fingers around your mind, subconsciously pulling you in a direction you may not want to go in, yet you cannot turn away from."
( 2 )
ALTAR: Career-Spanning Collection Released
- Jan. 22, 2012
"Dark Domains", a collection of tracks recorded by long-defunct Swedish death metallers ALTAR during their six-year existence from 1989 to 1995, has been made available through Konqueror Records. The 17-track compilation was remastered by Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio in Sweden and features a brand new exclusive album cover artwork and layout by Poland's Kontamination Design.
This "Dark Domains" compilation CD is dedicated in loving memory of the late Mieszko Talarczyk (NASUM, ex-ALTAR).
"Dark Domains" track listing:
01. Nothing Human (1992 CD) 02. Lifeless Passion (1992 CD) 03. Daymare / A Message From The Grave (1992 CD) 04. Decapitated (1992 CD) 05. Ex Oblivione (1992 CD) 06. Sleeping Prophet (1993 Demo) 07. Floodgates Of Emotions (1993 Demo) 08. Darklight (1993 Demo) 09. Violent Acts (1994 Demo) 10. Days Forever Grey (1994 Demo) 11. Severed On The Attic (1991 Demo) 12. Decapitated (1991 Demo) 13. Hallucinations (1991 Demo) 14. No Flesh… (1991 Demo) 15. Instrumental (1995 Demo) 16. Severed On The Attic (1992 CD) 17. No Flesh… (1992 CD)
Featuring never-before-seen photos carefully hand-picked by ALTAR, "Dark Domains" is the ultimate collector's gem that every old-school death metal fan will ever need to possess.
( 2 )
INTO ETERNITY Recruits Female Singer For Upcoming Shows
- Jan. 22, 2012
Regina, Saskatchewan-based Canadian extreme progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY have recruited Amanda Kiernan of the Edmonton, Alberta-based metal band THE ORDER OF CHAOS as their new touring singer.
States Amanda: "This is a wonderful opportunity for me that I couldn't pass up. I look forward to this experience. However, THE ORDER OF CHAOS will remain my number one priority."
INTO ETERNITY vocalist Stu Block was recently recruited by power metal giants ICED EARTH, with whom he recorded the band's latest CD, "Dystopia".
INTO ETERNITY earlier in the month posted studio and rehearsal footage of their new song "Fukushima". The track was written about the Fukushima Daiichi, Japan nuclear disaster (a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. You can now watch the one-and-a-half-minute clip below.
As previously reported, Canadian label War On Music Records will issue several albums by INTO ETERNITY for the first time ever on vinyl. "Dead Or Dreaming" (2001), "Buried In Oblivion" (2004) and "Scattering Of The Ashes" (2006) will be made available, each as a limited LP release, starting in early spring 2012.
INTO ETERNITY's signature sound has often been described as a hybrid of latter-day DEATH and CONTROL DENIED, combined with the technical stylings of DREAM THEATER.
Commented INTO ETERNITY singer/guitarist Tim Roth: "The new songs are coming along quite well and we'll have two new songs finished and mixed in the upcoming weeks. So far five songs have been recorded (30 minutes) and we are looking forward to get working on the next batch of new INTO ETERNITY songs.
"2012 also brings some great news for vinyl-loving fans. Century Media contacted us about releasing our albums on vinyl. It has always been a dream of ours to have our collection put out on vinyl. Thanks to Charley at War On Music Records for finally making this dream a reality. I know a lot of fans have asked us over the years for vinyl, so this is really great news!"
INTO ETERNITY is among the confirmed bands for the 11th edition of the Manitoba Metalfest, set to take place February 24-25 at The Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
INTO ETERNITY last year released its first new material since 2008 in the form of a new song called "Sandstorm". The track, which is available on iTunes and Bandcamp, features guest death vocals by Rob Doherty and marks the recording debut of Newbury, who was previously known in the western Canadian metal scene as a member of Edmonton, Alberta-based group DEATH TOLL RISING.
"Sandstorm" was written the day the USA took out Osama Bin Laden, and is inspired by the events that transpired.
INTO ETERNITY's last album, "The Incurable Tragedy", came out in 2008 via Century Media.
Pictured below: Amanda Kiernan
Pictured below: INTO ETERNITY (featuring Stu Block)
( 24 )
MÖTLEY CRÜE Guitarist: 'The Music Business Is Really Tweaking Out And Getting Weird'
- Jan. 22, 2012
Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Classic Rock Revisited: Do you think MÖTLEY CRÜE will continue to do these kinds of residencies [like the upcoming Las Vegas run in February]?
Mick: I know it is a cool thing we are doing, and that we are probably going to make this possible for other bands to do the same thing. I don't know if we are planning on doing more of this type of thing or not. We are going to have to check it out and see. For me, personally, I like to jump on the bus every night and go around and see the whole world but we will have to see how this works out.
Classic Rock Revisited: There has been a lot of talk that MÖTLEY CRÜE is working on a new record.
Mick: We have a lot of things in the works. We want to do things like Crüe Fest. The music business is really tweaking out and getting weird. I think it is ridiculous what is happening. I think the future will have to see bands put together really cool packages that will be worth it for people to go see. As far as new music goes, I can tell you that I am writing a bunch of new material. Nikki [Sixx, bass] is writing a lot as well. I am hoping that we will have a new record out by 2013.
Classic Rock Revisited: A lot of fans worry about you because of your health issues. Are you able to survive a tour?
Mick: The thing is, as always, that I am able to keep touring. It is one of those things that I call an inconvenience. Of course, I have days that are worse than others and there is always some amount of pain with my hips. There are good days and bad days, but it is more of an inconvenience than anything else. I don't feel sick. There are a lot of people that go around that suffer from this type of thing and they go to their doctor and he tells them that they will be in a wheelchair. My advice to them is to go to another doctor because he is wrong. There are some things about this thing that I've got that are not so cool, but there is one thing that is cool — I ended up bent. I can always see my guitar. If I'd been straight then I would not be able to see myself play [laughter].
Classic Rock Revisited: Have you always been the quiet leader of MÖTLEY CRÜE?
Mick: In a way, but it is more like being a silent partner. Look, I love music but I do stay on top of the business end because it is a business. I love writing music, traveling and getting paid to see the world but you have to keep your eye on what is going on around you.
Classic Rock Revisited: As stated earlier, you are the quiet leader of the band. How did you deal with things like Vince's [Neil, vocals] car wreck and Nikki's overdose?
Mick: When you first hear about these things, it is a really numbing feeling. All you can really do is say what's on your mind. When Nikki overdosed, I really didn't know what to say to him. I just said, "Well, Sixx, that was a really good move." I will tell you something that sucked about that was that our tour manager told us, "You get to call up the people in Europe and tell them that you have to cancel all of the tour dates because Nikki overdosed." I was like, "Oh my God, what am I going to say to them?” I was already upset because here is my bass player who OD'd and all I could do was tell him, "Dude, don't do this shit. You're going to get really hooked on this shit and it's going to get bad."
Classic Rock Revisited: I heard you're doing a solo album.
Mick: I am thinking about it. There is word out about it and everybody is saying that I'm doing a blues record. It will be a blues record per se but it will be more like how Edgar Winter interprets the blues. It will have a '70s kind of feeling but I will be writing a more current style of music. I want to mix those two styles together. I'm an old-school guy and everything that I write for me I always ask, "Will MÖTLEY CRÜE be able to play this onstage?" If the answer is "no," then I scrap it for CRÜE but I put it away. I have to feel really good about what I'm doing or I go back and start from scratch.
BIOHAZARD Frontman 'Never Missed A Step'
- Jan. 22, 2012
BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Scott Roberts was rushed to the hospital prior to the kick-off concert of the band's "Persistence Tour 2012" on Friday, January 20 in Deinze, Belgium.
"Persistence Tour 2012", which also includes SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, TERROR, WALLS OF JERICHO, LIONHEART and CRUSHING CASPARS, played Oberhausen, Germany last night before moving to Hamburg on Sunday.
Commented the group: "Great news. Scott's alive and well! [He] made it out of the hospital with all new blood and fluids in his system, 100% BIOHAZARD! He never missed a step! Mad props to him for being a hardcore/metal trooper and sticking it out, anyone else would had quit the tour! We just rocked Oberhausen, Germany. Hamburg, here we come!"
The first in a series of video clips featuring footage from the road can be seen below.
BIOHAZARD's new album, "Reborn In Defiance", was released in Europe on Friday (January 20) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Not only is "Reborn In Defiance" BIOHAZARD's first original lineup album in 18 years, but it also marks the last album recorded by the band before the departure of bassist and co-vocalist Evan Seinfeld. The effort remains a testament to the four founding members (Billy Graziadei, Bobby Hambel, Evan Seinfeld and Danny Schuler) and their unique chemistry.
Having last recorded and toured as the fundamental lineup with the release of "State Of The World Address" back in 1994, BIOHAZARD reformed with all four original members back in 2008 to commemorate the band's 20th anniversary. They went back out on the road together over the next two years, during which time inspiration struck.
The legendary Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, METALLICA, SEVENDUST, KORN) was brought in to produce the 13-track "Reborn In Defiance", which was recorded in Los Angeles.
BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld left the band in June 2011 after the band's new CD was completed and was replaced by Roberts, who played on the band's 2005 "Means To An End" album and has been part of the BIOHAZARD extended family since.
( 13 )
EPICA: First 'Requiem For The Indifferent' Teaser Released
- Jan. 22, 2012
The first teaser for "Requiem For The Indifferent", the forthcoming fifth full-length album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below.
Commented the band: "Here we are with the first official teaser. This time however we're doing it like no one has done before, by weekly releasing an extra layer of music, giving our fans a little more insight in the complexity and the different aspects of EPICA's music.
"As this is the first video in the series, you'll only hear Ariën's [van Weesenbeek] drums. However, the next seven weeks we will add layer by layer, and make the sample longer and longer. Through these videos we will also weekly release backstage pictures, pieces of the album artwork, tour updates, etc, to make the wait for the album just a little bit more bearable!"
"Requiem For The Indifferent" will be released on March 9 in Europe and four days later in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany under the watchful eye of Sascha Paeth.
"Requiem For The Indifferent" track listing:
01. Karma 02. Monopoly On Truth 03. Storm The Sorrow 04. Delirium 05. Internal Warfare 06. Requiem For The Indifferent 07. Anima 08. Guilty Demeanor 09. Deep Water Horizon 10. Stay The Course 11. Deter The Tyrant 12. Avalanche 13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction
The artwork for the CD was created by Stephan Heilemann and can be seen below.
EPICA debuted a brand new song, "Storm The Sorrow", during the band's headlining concert last on January 12 at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Regarding the "Requiem For The Indifferent" album title, the band previously said, "This title refers to the end of an era. Mankind can no longer stick their head in the sand for the things that are happening around us. We are facing many challenges. There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control. More than ever we will need each other to overcome these problems. As we are all connected; the universe, earth, nature, animals and human beings, this period in time will be the prelude to the end for those who still don't want to, or simply won't see it. 'A Requiem For The Indifferent', but also a possibility for a new beginning with great new chances!"
A CD-release party for the new EPICA album will be held on March 16 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands.
EPICA will play the new album in its entirety, along with some older tracks, during the more-than-two-hour eve nt. Pyrotechnics and special show elements will be added as well.
EPICA's last album, "Design Your Universe", landed at position No. 12 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.