Candlelight Records has set a February 24 as the North American release date of "Consolamentum", the label debut from English doom metallers THE WOUNDED KINGS. Produced by Chris Fielding (ELECTRIC WIZARD), the album will be available for preorders via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 13. Discussing the CD earlier this year, guitarist and band founder Steve Mills revealed: "this album will be our most expansive and heaviest." Indeed it is. The album's opening song, "Gnosis", clocks in at a mammoth 13 minutes. From there, it latches on to your soul as it travels a dark and desolate sonic terrain. "The entire album was recorded and mixed in six days during the hottest week of the year in a studio miles from anything in the Cornish countryside," shares producer Chris Fielding. "Recorded completely live, it captures the natural feel of the band. I find it to be a real step forward musically and very rewarding." Overcoming numerous lineups since their formation in 2005, Mills and the rest of the KINGS have amazed audiences with their powerful stage personae. The two-time Roadburn alumni are cherished by attendees and the popular festival promoters, who call the band "British doom of staggering power that is made all the more distinct by the unsettling presence of singer Sharie Neyland, who stands on stage almost trance-like, invoking her lyrics in a chanted voice that holds the entire venue in thrall." To date, the Dartmoor-based five piece has released three full-length studio albums and a well-received split album with Richmond, Virginia's COUGH. The band has been finding a growing American audience since the release of its 2011 album, "In the Chapel Of The Black Hand". It is the first to feature Neyland. "Consolamentum" track listing: 01. Gnosis 02. Lost Bride 03. Elige Magistrum 04. Consolamentum 05. Space Conqueror 06. The Silence 07. Sacrifice THE WOUNDED KINGS is guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, vocalist Sharie Neyland, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath.
Love 'em or not, heavy metal studies at our institutions of higher learning are here to stay. Remember that heavy metal scholars are metalheads themselves, and they love the music, love the culture, and are working to preserve the heavy metal history that metal fans cherish worldwide. A video clip Dr. Karl Spracklen, Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, talking about goals of the International Society Of Heavy Metal Studies (ISMMS) and his focus on black metal can be seen below. In an interview with CvltNation.com, Spracklen stated about his decision to create Metal Music Studies: "Heavy metal is an important part of modern culture and everyday life, so studying heavy metal enables us to understand both of those things. For me, the interesting thing about heavy metal is the tension between metal's strong sense of being part of a non-mainstream subculture, and metal's place in the industry of modern pop and rock music. That's because I'm essentially a sociologist. Other heavy metal scholars might be interested in the way the music is constructed, or the meaning behind song lyrics, or the history of the scene, or the use of heavy metal as a philosophy or ideology of life. Heavy metal is just a subject field, a lens, through which we can think about problems in other academic diciplines." Asked if he thinks academia has been hostile to metal in the past, or simply seen it as being part of the amorphous cloud of "rock" without an identity of its own, Spracklen said: "I think there have been academics who have been very dismissive of heavy metal in the past, people who have seen the music as serving no good purpose in everyday life. I think for many of these critics, their own prejudices and tastes have got in the way: metal has always had that blue-collar association, and some cultural academics still can't bring themselves to acknowledge the diversity and depth of the genre. There are also some academics who think heavy metal is a great evil, and we still see some papers written that claim metal fans are more likely to be criminals and so on. This is just bad science, but every time someone publishes these crude generalisations the press picks up the story. This journal is the journal of the International Society For Metal Music Studies. This learned society is partly for academics who have a professional interest in metal, but also those in the industry who want to be a part of Metal Music Studies, including musicians and journalists, and fans."
HardRockHaven.net conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Lzzy Hale and guitarist Joe Hottinger of Pennsylvanian rockers HALESTORM before the band's December 8 concert in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below. Lzzy Hale has announced the launch of her own clothing, jewelry and accessory line, called Scissor Happy, which will feature products designed by Hale herself. An official web site has gone live with photos of Hale's first products. The initial four items are a denim vest, a "Running With Scissors" T-shirt, a belt buckle and a scissor skull necklace. They range in price from $30 to $70. Meanwhile, HALESTORM is climbing the rock radio chart for the fifth time with "Mz. Hyde", the latest single from 2012's album "The Strange Case Ofâ¦" Lzzy told The Pulse Of Radio that the song was inspired by her own onstage persona. "When I was growing up, I was a very kind of shy, introverted kid, so I more or less had to invent something or pretend to be something or bring something else out of myself in order to be the rock star that I wanted to be onstage," she said. "So 'Mz. Hyde', you know, was definitely a fun way to look at that." HALESTORM recently released "ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVerRs eP", a six-song EP features tracks originally written and recorded by JUDAS PRIEST, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, FLEETWOOD MAC, MARILYN MANSON and DAFT PUNK. The Grammy-winning act launched a new North American tour that brings it to Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday (December 10).
Fan-filmed video footage of BLACK SABBATH's November 20 concert in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. War Pigs 02. Into The Void 03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes 04. Snowblind 05. Age Of Reason 06. Black Sabbath 07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 08. N.I.B. 09. End Of The Beginning 10. Fairies Wear Boots 11. Rat Salad 12. Tommy Clufetos Drum Solo 13. Iron Man 14. God Is Dead? 15. Dirty Women 16. Children Of The Grave Encore: 17. Paranoid According to The Pulse Of Radio, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi is not sure if making a follow-up to this year's reunion album, "13", would be a good idea for the group. Iommi said in Revolver magazine, "I don't know if that would be an anticlimax if we wrote another album. I'd like to, but we haven't actually spoken about it, you know? I don't know if that would be a good idea after this one, because this one's done so well. I'm sure we'd all like to do one. But I don't know. Maybe I should talk to the others about it." Bassist Geezer Butler added, "I really haven't thought about it. I'm just glad that we made this one. It can't be something where you go in and go, 'Well, that one was No. 1, so let's do another No. 1 album.' I think we'll know if we can do it or if we can't. If we have to force it, then we won't be doing it." "13", the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature Iommi, Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne recording together, went No. 1 around the world, earning the band their first chart-topper ever in the U.S. Ozzy said about the prospects of making another record, "I don't want to say there's going to be another album, because I don't want you to ask me in another year, 'What happened when you said you were going to do another record?' I'll leave it open. I'm open for anything. I have three albums to deliver of my own solo thing to my record label." Ozzy added, "We'll all still be doing music. It's been a lot of fun doing it with BLACK SABBATH, and I'm not sorry at all for getting back together." The making of "13" was marked by several dramatic events, including drummer Bill Ward's withdrawal from the project over a contractual dispute and Iommi's cancer diagnosis. Butler told Revolver that he started writing a song for "13", called "Hanging By A Thread", that was inspired by Iommi's illness. He explained, "It was very much about dying, about giving your last breath and passing your spirit on." But the track didn't make it onto the album because, Butler said, "We never came up with the finished thing." BLACK SABBATH will return to North America in 2014 for 10 shows that will be among the last in support of "13".
Quality fan-filmed video footage of SCAR THE MARTYR's October 6 concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois can be seen below. SCAR THE MARTYR's self-titled debut album sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 129 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on October 1 via Roadrunner Records. Recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, SCAR THE MARTYR's album was helmed by Rhys Fulber, whose production and mixing credits include FEAR FACTORY, ROB ZOMBIE, MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY and more. The CD was written by SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison and lead vocalist Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), and joining them in the studio were keyboardist Chris Vrenna (NINE INCH NAILS), as well as Simon and Norris, who collectively handled all lead guitars on the album. In addition to Jordison and Bonner, SCAR THE MARTYR's current touring lineup features guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT). "With this project, I focused my efforts on writing for the better of the song," said Jordison. "I wasn't worried about flash or persona... It's all about writing a good solid song. I'm writing music that people can grasp and hold on to...something that resonates. If you don't have that, then you have nothing." "I'd been working on new SLIPKNOT material since the end of the 'All Hope Is Gone' tour cycle, but I ended up with so much stuff I had to take a step back and stop working on it," he explained to Metal Hammer magazine. "The time wasn't right. But I came up with a bunch of material that was really killer and heavy and started taking some of it in a different direction. I started focusing on a lot of the post-punk and industrial stuff that I've always loved and started putting super heavy and brutal guitars over the top of it. That's how it started. It's taken me a couple of years to get to this point, but I can honestly say this is the most satisfied I've ever been in the studio."
Gothic Beauty â the Portland-based quarterly magazine that covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and events for the goth scene â recently spoke to lead vocalist Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Gothic Beauty: In the themes that EPICA tends to deal with, I've noticed that religion is a recurring subject. With some of your writing being about Islam, I was wondering if people initially perceived your interest in religion as a band as specifically anti-Islamic and if that's caused any blowback for you, even though from my perspective it seems more like your focus is on religion as a whole rather than on any specific religion. Simone: You're totally right. We got that question yesterday during our chat with fans. There was a person asking, "What do you have against Islam?" and another fan who already knows us jumped in and pointed out that it's not Islam specifically, it's fundamentalism in any religion, the dangerous part of religion. I personally think religion can be great â it can give you hope and strength, make you part of a community â but then there are the extreme parts, the suicide attacks, the suppression of women. They always say one of the commandments is to respect and love each other, but then why can't gays marry? It's not equal. Gothic Beauty: Looking at the last album, it could seem like rather a bleak perspective on the current state of the world, which is interesting in the context of you just having had your first child, and Coen [Janssen, keyboards] also just having had a child. It's an interesting juxtaposition, an album that could be interpreted as having a sort of "the world is going to hell in a handbasket" feeling, while at the same time you have these two new lives. Simone: The message of the album is meant to be more that a higher level of consciousness is coming, and the people who're currently indifferent to the problems of the world will become more involved. I don't believe in the end of the world, but I do believe in a higher form of consciousness. I always loved children and always wanted to have them. Some people say, "I don't want to bring a child into this world, it's too cruel," but you can also have babies and turn them into wonderful human beings who maybe can make the change. Gothic Beauty: You could take the perspective that if the people who want to make a change don't have children then they're not going to have much influence on what's going to happen fifty years from now, so in a way, that's exactly the people who you do want to be raising children. Simone: A lot of people nowadays choose to put education or career first and then have children later. I chose to do it in the middle â not too young, not too old. I'm going to raise him into a fine gentleman, aware of the people around him, showing respect and contributing to society, and hope that he's going to make a change in the world. We, as a band, also think about what we write carefully because it can reach a large number of people. We don't write about the birds and the bees, each song does carry a message, and we're also very involved with charity. We try to set the right example. Read the entire interview from Gothic Beauty.
Matt Phelps of Ãber Rock recently conducted an interview with vocalist Joey Tempest of Swedish hard rockers EUROPE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Ãber Rock: How does the feeling onstage playing the newer stuff compare to the feeling you get when you blast out those really early songs like "Paradize Bay" and "Seven Doors Hotel"? Joey: There's an emotional side attached to playing stuff like "Paradize Bay", "In The Future To Come", "Prisoners In Paradise" and all this stuff. You look around and see your mates thirty years on from when we recorded them and it's amazing, so there's that element towards those songs. But at the same time there's a special element to the new songs, we really enjoy playing them. "Last Look At Eden", for instance, that's our favorite song to play right now, so it has a new value to it. The old ones have more of a nostalgic, emotional value but it is more fun to play new songs. On these occasions though when you do a sort of career-spanning DVD, it's amazing to play the old stuff because it's part of the catalogue and those are our favourite old songs as well. Ãber Rock: Looking back at the two distinct eras of EUROPE, your original run from '83 to '92 and then when you came back with "Start From The Dark" in 2004 to today, which would you say has been the most enjoyable personally? Joey: It's really difficult, because the first period was where we first got to tour in the U.K. and the U.S.; that was our dream when we started. We were just a little band from Stockholm, so there was a really big fulfilment there. Also to get a record deal with CBS in New York and to become one of the biggest rock bands on the planet for a while. But everybody wanted a piece of you, and we had to go on promotion tours for three months without playing live and stuff. It really wears on bands, and it was a lot of hard work in that sense. Playing wasn't hard, but doing all these playback shows and TV shows and not playing live that was hard, that was the other side to it. But we did feel fulfilled in the first period because we set out with the dream we had to become a touring band like THIN LIZZY and tour in England and tour America and we got our dream. But what is so satisfying with this new period is that we're doing it on our terms. We own our music and we license it out. We choose who we want to work with, management and agents. We plan our tours more. We're in control; that's a very satisfying feeling. Also we've been lucky this second time because we've gained some respect again and done some decent rock albums. The feeling is amazing to do it the second time around and it's even more gratifying to be able to do it on your own terms completely. It's a really good feeling. Ãber Rock: Has there been talk of maybe a new album? Album number ten! Joey: Yeah, album number ten. We're talking about it all the time now and we want to record next year. Whether we manage to get it out next year, we'll have to wait and see. But we are definitely writing and recording it next year and it's a big moment for us. Ten albums might not be a lot for some bands, but for us it's a milestone; it's very important and we're really looking forward to it. Having done "Live At Sweden Rock", and having done these four comeback albums, it's amazing to do a fifth studio album. That will mean we'll have done as many studio albums now, the second time around, as the first time around. Read the entire interview at Ãber Rock.
Brendon Small â the creative mastermind behind the smash-hit animated Adult Swim TV show "Metalocalypse" and the band DETHKLOK â was interviewed on the December 6-8 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean player below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. The original score from "Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera" was released as a full-length album on October 29. And this isn't just your average metal record â this is a full-blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This CD features the bonus DETHKLOK single "Blazing Star" and orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary ("Battlestar Galactica", "Walking Dead"). Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, THE ARISTOCRATS, Joe Satriani), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani). In "Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera", we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth â his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Says Small: "This is not like anything we've ever done. This is a full-blown musical â metal combined with symphonic passages, classic musical theatre, high-stakes drama, emotional moments, and yes, totally ridiculous comedy. "I drew from all of my influences to make this the most unique project I could dream of."
Guitar World magazine's January 2014 issue includes a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature on SEPULTURA's Andreas Kisser, who discusses the band's lengthy new album title, filling in for ANTHRAX's Scott Ian during the "Big Four"'s European tour dates, and his experience auditioning for METALLICA as James Hetfleld's temporary replacement (on guitar only) while James recovered from being burned onstage back in 1992. "Phil Rind, the singer and bass player from SACRED REICH, was very good friends with [then-METALLICA bassist] Jason Newsted," Kisser said about how his METALLICA audition came about. "He mentioned my name to Jason, and Jason said, 'Yeah, If you can manage to come to the United States, we're going to be in Denver auditioning different guitar players.' So I bought a ticket right away, and the next day I was going to Denver. I knew all the METALLICA stuff by heart â that's like my school â except the Black Album, which was very new at the time. But I went there and I practiced with them the first day. James wasn't there â only Lars [Ulrich], Kirk [Hammett] and Jason, and I played the songs, and they liked it a lot. Jason was really excited about my playing and they asked me to stay the second day, which were the finals. James was there that day. It was between me and James Marshall [METAL CHURCH guitarist and onetime METALLICA roadie], who had already filled in before when James broke his arm skateboarding. "Maybe they didn't choose me because I wasn't really ready with the full repertoire. I played many songs with them â 'The Shortest Straw', 'One' and 'Enter Sandman' â but 'The Unforgiven' was kind of hard for me, as was 'Nothing Else Matters'. Plus, I was nervous as well. To walk into a METALLICA practice room... The first time you see everybody there, it was like a dream/nightmare for me. But from there I got to be really good friends with them, especially Jason Newsted. We've met many times after that, and we've done demos together and jammed and stuff, so It was awesome. Even though I didn't get the job, it was an amazing experience for me." Pick up a copy of the Guitar World issue at your nearest newsstand or order it online at this location.
METALLICA set a world record on December 8, 2013 by becoming the first and only band in history to perform concerts on all seven continents in under a year. METALLICA's 10-song show in Antarctica on Sunday "was the most unique show [the band] has ever done," the group said in a statement. "The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in Antarctica! The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words cannot describe how happy everyone was." The METALLICA concert was sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero and fans from several Latin and South American countries had a chance to enter a contest and win the opportunity to join the band on the expedition. The concert took place under a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base and was heard by the fans through headphones, with no other amplifiers or sound system. The gig was also live-streamed in the participating countries. METALLICA's setlist was as follows: 01. Creeping Death 02. For Whom The Bell Tolls 03. Sad But True 04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 05. Master Of Puppets 06. One 07. Blackened 08. Nothing Else Matters 09. Enter Sandman 10. Seek & Destroy Coca-Cola Zero has uploaded a video recap of the concert as well as short pre-show interview clips with all four members of METALLICA. Check out the footage below. Speaking to Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone last month, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett said: "We are playing Antarctica; it's pretty wacky. It's crazy, because I don't deal with cold very well, so I have my reservations. But it should be pretty cool, because we've played the North Pole before â we've played Tuktoyaktuk [in 1995]â so we have to play the South Pole. Tuktoyaktuk was fine; it wasn't as cold as it sounded. But I have a feeling that the Antarctica is a lot colder than the North Pole. And it should be an interesting experience." Pre-show interviews:
Sofia Samrad of DC Hotspots conducted an interview with vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY on December 4 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. You can now watch the chat below. FEAR FACTORY is currently on the road in North America as the support act for MEGADETH. Also appearing on the bill is NONPOINT. The trek kicked off on November 23 in St. Paul, Minnesota and will conclude on December 19 in Reno, Nevada. Asked whose idea it was to perform FEAR FACTORY's classic classic 1995 sophomore album, "Demanufacture", on the band's Australian tour, Burton C. Bell told The Rockpit: "It was kinda like a joke at first. Last time we were there for 'The Industrialist' on tour, we were playing a lot of tracks from 'Demanufacture', and we just thought, 'Why don't we just play the whole damn record?' and the promoter was, like, 'Oh, that's actually a great idea. We should plan it properly,' and blah blah blah, and just started talking about it. And we thought about it, and it was Australia that embraced FEAR FACTORY wholeheartedly first and so Australia was where we received our first silver and gold records for 'Demanufacture', so we figured that we'd go to Australia." FEAR FACTORY will also perform "Demanufacture" in its entirety aboard the 2014 edition of the world's biggest heavy metal cruise â 70000 Tons Of Metal â which will sail January 27-31. FEAR FACTORY's new album, "The Industrialist", sold 9,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Mechanize", opened with 10,000 units back in February 2010 to land at No. 72.
"In The Vault With Shanda Golden" (web site) recently conducted an interview with MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel and Chris Cannella, guitarist for AUTUMN'S END and product manager and artist relations manager for Jackson Guitars. You can now watch the chat below. MACHINE HEAD will enter the studio in February 2014 to begin recording its new album for a late summer release via the band's new label, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Tentative songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Killers & Kings", "Beneath The Silt", "Ojos De La Muerte", "Sail Into The Black" and "Night Of The Long Knives". MACHINE HEAD's most recent studio release, 2011's "Unto The Locust", entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 22 â putting them in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's history. The CD was the follow-up to the 2007 metal milestone "The Blackening", widely hailed as one of the finest metal albums of the last decade, which led the band to an extensive three-year tour, sharing the stage with such heavy hitters as SLIPKNOT and METALLICA. MACHINE HEAD headlined the JÃ¤germeister Stage at this past summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with guitarist David Roads of Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE. You can now watch the chat below. AIRBOURNE's "Back In The Game" video was filmed earlier this year on tour around the world. The song comes off AIRBOURNE's third album, "Black Dog Barking", which was released in May via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2010's "No Guts. No Glory." was helmed by award-winning producer Brian Howes. In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, AIRBOURNE said about the new CD: "With 'No Guts. No Glory.', we might've rushed a few things here and there because we had two world tours back-to-back up against each other. We recorded the music just in the middle of all that. We even had some shows between recording. This time, we spaced it out, and got our sound back to tape again. "Brian Howes loves the same kind of music that we do, like IRON MAIDEN, MOTÃRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST and Elvis Presley. He always wanted to make a rock 'n' roll record, but he never got the chance to. When we recorded with him, that was our goal. It was very comfortable. We got to do this right." Regarding the "Black Dog Barking" album title, AIRBOURNE said: "When we started this band, the music scene had a lot of new stuff going on in the late Nineties and early Two-Thousands. METALLICA were still as big as they are. However, when we'd play shows, people would be like, 'What do you need all of those amps for?' We were like, 'What? This is rock 'n' roll.' They played this fucking indie shit or whatever-the-fuck it is. Our mindset was, 'Fuck you and your indie shit. We're going to play rock 'n' roll!' The venues started closing down because of noise pollution. We weren't going to let rock 'n' roll die though. That's what 'Black Dog Barking' is about. It's a call to arms. If you're with us, you're on our side. If you're not, then we're coming for you." AIRBOURNE is Joel O'Keeffe (vocals/lead guitar), Ryan O'Keeffe (drums), David Roads (guitar) and Justin Street (bass). Interview:
"Fight The Silence", the new video from FOR TODAY, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Daniel Davison, who has previously worked with AUGUST BURNS RED, THE CHARIOT, MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA and NORMA JEAN. "Fight The Silence" is the title cut of FOR TODAY's new studio album, which will be released on February 4, 2014 via Razor & Tie. The song has a strong social message and proceeds from the sale of this track and forthcoming album will go to support the A21 Campaign to help shine a light on the issue of human trafficking. FOR TODAY lead vocalist Mattie Montgomery had all of the lyrics written for the song before he arrived at the studio to record it. He explains: "The morning before we got in, I watched a video someone sent me called 'Girls Going Wild In The Red Light District'. They were, like, 'Ignore the title. Just watch the video.' In the video, there are six girls standing in the window of a brothel in Amsterdam. This song starts playing and these prostitutes all start doing this synchronized dance to this music. Then at the end of it, these girls get done and the windows go black and this screen at the top of the building comes on and says, 'Every year thousands of girls are promised a dance career in Western Europe. Sadly they many of them end up here." Mattie sat in the studio and wept for a good twenty minutes. "I was sobbing, snot coming out of my nose, tears coming down my face. "How can we help? Where do we even start? "I literally went through the lyrics to this song called 'Hope', which is ironic. I went through the lyrics that I had written and selected everything and I hit delete. "You know what? I want the world to hear about this thing. So I re-wrote them in 45 minutes that morning. Then we recorded it. That's 'Fight The Silence'." FOR TODAY will work to raise funds via the album and touring to continue the global effort to rescue and rehabilitate those who have been victimized and to oppose and prosecute those who are responsible for the buying and selling of other human beings. FOR TODAY was recently announced as one of the first five acts confirmed for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. The band will perform on the entire nationwide run from June 14 through August 3. FOR TODAY will also headline this January's "Fight The Silence Album Release Tour" with LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES, STRAY FROM THE PATH, THE PLOT IN YOU and FIT FOR A KING.
London shred-heavy melodic metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have set "The Fateful Dark" as the title of their upcoming new album, due to on March 10, 2014 in Europe via Earache Records and on March 18, 2014 in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. The follow-up to 2012's "Plague Of Conscience" was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with producer Scott Atkins (AMON AMARTH, SYLOSIS, BEHEMOTH) and features artwork created by Peter Sallai (SABATON). Comments SAVAGE MESSIAH frontman Dave Silver: "We're finally ready to unleash this record on the world! "After the months of hard work and preparation, we are proud to announce all the details for the forthcoming record. "This is easily our best record to date and we've been playing most of it live since we toured with WINTERSUN in July and the reaction to the songs in a live environment has been killer! "Hopefully you'll all enjoy listening to this one, and we look forward to seeing you all out on tour in 2014!!!" "The Fateful Dark" track listing: 01. Iconocaust 02. Minority Of One 03. Cross Of Babylon 04. Hellblazer 05. Live As One Already Dead 06. The Fateful Dark 07. Zero Hour 08. Hammered Down 09. Scavengers Of Mercy 10. The Cursed Earth 11. Be Quick Or Be Dead * 12. Lightning To The Nations * 13. Killers * * Earache webstore-/iTunes-exclusive bonus tracks "The Fateful Dark" is available to pre-order now on iTunes, and includes three instant grat tracks, which will be available to download on the following dates: December 11 - "Cross Of Babylon" January 10 - "Minority Of One" February 10 - "Hellblazer"
TENNESSEE MURDER CLUB has released its sophomore album, "Human Harvest", via Nailjar Records. The band delivers "timeless" death metal "with an extreme focus on well-structured material," according to a press release. Featuring guest appearances by some of the greatest names in death metal â Jack Owen (DEICIDE, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE), Mike Flores (ORIGIN), Shaune Kelley (DIM MAK, ex-HATE ETERNAL), and Steven Tucker (WARFATHER, NADER SADEK, ex-MORBID ANGEL), "Human Harvest" is an absolute must-listen for any fan of '90s death metal. TENNESSEE MURDER CLUB first made its presence known in 2011 with the independent release of its first album, "Carving A Legacy".
Having mauled the planet for over 25 years through an enormous arsenal of releases and widespread touring, Northwestern Italy's unstoppable hardcore/grind masters CRIPPLE BASTARDS begin their next full-on sonic attack now, as Relapse Records prepares to dispatch the band's new album in early 2014. Two and a half decades after their conception, CRIPPLE BASTARDS reign as Italy's most hostile and aggressive musical unit in existence, and are ready to prove it all over again with their newly completed debut LP for Relapse, the monstrous "Nero In Metastasi". Packing some of their most dense and metallic destruction into eighteen new tracks harnessed under the thirty-seven-minute mark, the album was recorded at the infamous Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik NordstrÃ¶m (ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, DARK TRANQUILLITY). While retaining the riotous old-school hatecore attributes they've carried forth since formation, yet elevating their delivery to put them on par with the most cutting-edge bands in the grindcore genre, "Nero In Metastasi" is the next major movement in CRIPPLE BASTARDS' steadfast campaign of extreme auditory revolution. A video teaser for "Nero In Metastasi" can be seen below. "Nero In Metastasi" will be released on CD, LP and digital formats via Relapse in North America on February 18, preceded by a February 14 street date in Germany/Benelux, and February 17 in the UK. Precursory warning shots from the album will be firing into the population as a New Year of degradation ensues, among widespread CRIPPLE BASTARDS tour actions, including the band's return to the U.S. on a full tour surrounding their performance at Maryland Deathfest 2014 and more. Focusing on human annihilation and existential decay and taking the NAPALM DEATH/EXTREME NOISE TERROR foundation onward with brutalizing breakdowns, guttural vocal overthrows, blazing hardcore attacks and spastic dementia ascendant to that of PHOBIA, BIRDFLESH, MAGRUDERGRIND, ASSÃCK and many others, CRIPPLE BASTARDS continues to terrorize the planet with their grind/hardcore ferocity since their 1988 formation, with literally dozens of EPs, LP's, demos, split releases and compilation contributions under the banners of Deep Six, Deathvomit, Selfmadegod, Rhetoric, Feto, HG Fact, Obscene and countless others, among nonstop DIY/demo releases lying in their wake. CRIPPLE BASTARDS has proven equally as effective on the road, brutalizing countless countries on all of the generally habitable continents on the planet since 1992, the current lineup alone having played more than three hundred shows including three full-length tours. 2010 saw the band sign Relapse Records, who in 2012 released "Senza Impronte", a seven-inch EP bearing fifteen new tracks showcasing the band's constant sense of evolution in their sound. The 2008-2012 touring schedule featured insane performances at Neurotic Deathfest, Brutal Assault, Obscene Extreme, Maryland Deathfest and a full headlining Brazilian tour. "Nero In Metastasi" track listing: 01. Malato Terminale 02. Fumo Passivo 03. Strage Di Ostacoli 04. Regime Artificiale 05. Lapide Rimossa 06. Promo-Parassita 07. Soggetto Leucemico 08. Passi Falsi 09. Occhi Trapiantati 10. Anima in Disgregazione 11. Senza Impronte 12. Nemico A Terra 13. L'apice Estremo 14. Sconfitto Di Ritorno 15. Agonia Di Un Rientro Forzato 16. Marcatori Positivi 17. Splendore E Tenebra 18. Morti Asintomatiche
Cruz Del Sur Music has announced the signing of the occult metal unit VESTAL CLARET. One of the most mysterious and intriguing bands to appear from the American underground in the last few years, VESTAL CLARET is the creation of Simon Tuozzoli and Phil Swanson (SEAMOUNT, HOUR OF 13). The group plays a killer mixture of doom and heavy metal riffage with a definite penchant for the morbid and sick atmospheres. VESTAL CLARET's first release with Cruz Del Sur Music, "The Cult Of The Vestal Claret", is the follow-up to the band's 2011 debut, "Bloodbath". An April 2014 release on CD, digital and vinyl formats is expected.
In early November, David Ellefson (MEGADETH) conducted an interview with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY members Zakk Wylde and John "J.D. DeServio at the 2013 Bass Player Live! award show and concert at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. You can now watch the chat below. Hartke, one of the leading bass amplification manufacturers in the world, left a mark on Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre on November 9 at Bass Player LIVE! The company brought together some of music's finest players for an all-star tribute to bass legend Geezer Butler. The all-star lineup partnered vocalists Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Doug Pinnick (KING'S X) and Sebastian Bach (formerly of SKID ROW) with guitarists Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Chris Broderick (MEGADETH) alongside a collection of some of the most notable bass players in music today. Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS), JD DeServio (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Jason Newsted (NEWSTED, formerly of METALLICA) and Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE) rotated bass duties on a set list that consisted of some of BLACK SABBATH's most notable songs as well as some rarely performed gems. Drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) was sole timekeeper handling all of the drum parts for every song. The all-stars and attending crowd were even treated to a performance by the legend and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Geezer Butler, grabbing the bass for SABBATH classics "Fairies Wear Boots" and "N.I.B."
Keyboardist Alex Staropoli of Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE was recently interviewed on the "Hard Rock Nights" syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. RHAPSODY OF FIRE released its new studio album, "Dark Wings Of Steel", on November 22 in Europe and December 3 in the USA via AFM Records. The CD was produced by Alex Staropoli, with all songs composed by Staropoli and Manuel Staropoli, with assistance from Roby De Micheli. All lyrics were written by singer Fabio Lione. The effort features a full orchestra, a choir and real string instruments, as in the finest RHAPSODY OF FIRE tradition. "Dark Wings Of Steel" was released on CD, double vinyl and as a digipak. The digipak and vinyl versions include a bonus track. "Dark Wings Of Steel" track listing: 01. Vis Divina 02. Rising From Tragic Flames 03. Angel Of Light 04. Tears Of Pain 05. Fly To Crystal Skies 06. My Sacrifice 07. Silver Lake Of Tears 08. Custode Di Pace 09. A Tale Of Magic 10. Dark Wings Of Steel 11. Sad Mystic Moon Bonus track on digipak and vinyl: 12. A Candle To Light (extended version) The song "Silver Lake Of Tears" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. RHAPSODY OF FIRE in June "respectfully" parted ways with their American guitarist Tom Hess due to "philosophical differences." RHAPSODY OF FIRE released a new live album, "Live - From Chaos To Eternity", on May 3 in Europe and May 7 in the USA via AFM Records. It was made available as two-CD digipak and as limited three-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the bandâs latest European tour in spring 2012. Staropoli and RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli in 2011 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).
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