Friday, 30 June 2017

VENOM INC. discuss writing process in second video trailer!


Reincarnated forefathers of black metal, VENOM INC., will unleash their upcoming full-length opus, Avé, out August 11, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Last week, the band revealed the first instalment in a new one-on-one video interview series discussing exclusive, behind-the-scenes details about Avé and the return of VENOM INC.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8hD3hMpRqQ
Today, fans can view part two - specifically detailing the writing process on Avé. 

Watch here:
More on Avé:
'Dein Fleisch' OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKBb24JaLXM

Pre-order Avé now: http://nblast.de/VenomIncAve

Regardless of your take on black metal forefathers VENOM, they are the undisputed originators of extreme metal as we know it. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalized 1989-1992 line-up of guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, vocalist/bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan and drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray have returned with a monster of an album.

VENOM INC. was born during an impromptu live set at 2015's Keep it True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The on-stage reunion was a rousing success amongst VENOM fans and music industry personnel alike, and although it was originally only set up for fun, Dolan began receiving numerous show offers for VENOMINC. from booking agents around the world. What started as a live set to celebrate VENOM's legacy immediately turned into a serious reunion discussion. The rest is history.

Going in to writing Avé, VENOM INC. realized their live performance was the key to creating an album that would be a metal classic. It was clear that any songs the trio came up with had to have the intensity, the honesty and the aggression that was happening for VENOM INC. in a live situation. Simply put, they needed to translate what they do on stage onto a record. Not once did they look back on the VENOM catalogue and think, "We have to write another 'Black Metal' or another 'Schizo'…" The focus is on VENOM INC. and everything the rejuvenated three-piece do in the here and now.

While unexpected at the outset, the end result of this reunion is an album that true VENOM fans will gladly add to the top of their playlists.

Avé - Track Listing:
01. Ave Satanas
02. Forged In Hell
03. Metal We Bleed
04. Dein Fleisch
05. Blood Stained
06. Time To Die
07. The Evil Dead
08. Preacher Man
09. War
10. I Kneel To No God
11. Black N Roll

VENOM INC. is:
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn | guitars
Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan | bass, vocals
Anthony "Abaddon" Bray | drums

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NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

KORPIKLAANI To release first ever live package in August; pre-orders available!


One does not simply stop Korpiklaani. For the first time ever, the Finns have captured and immortalised the power of their live performance on their first ever live Blu-ray/DVD+2CD package titled ‘Live at Masters of Rock’. Due to be released on August 25th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast. After hearing its title, it's easy to conclude that the performance was recorded at the identically named festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic. But there's even more to be excited about, this release doesn't just include Korpiklaani's show from 2016, it even houses a second full show from 2014 as a bonus feature. The 2016 concert features guest appearances from Tero Hyväluoma (additional fiddler) as well as Toni Perttula (additional accordion player), Sami's identical twin brother. The mixing and mastering of ‘Live at Masters of Rock’ were handled by front man Jonne Järvelä.

Jonne comments, 
"This our first ever DVD release, and we are quite proud of it. It has no backing tracks, no choirs, no samples, all the mistakes are included. It is just us, Korpiklaani, pure live rock 'n' roll…
I spent a lot of time during the mastering process with Svante Forsbäck who recently handled the Rammestein mastering and we worked very hard to get the right ambience and crowd sound. So when you turn it up loud, it feels like you are right there in the thick of it."

As a first taster, a live clip of 'Pilli on pajusta tehty' has been launched today. Check it out, here: https://youtu.be/20zqi-7QKP0

You can pre-order ‘Live at Masters of Rock’ now:

‘Live at Masters of Rock’ - Track Listing:
Blu-ray/DVD
2016:
01. Intro (Tanhuvaara)
02. A Man With A Plan
03. Journey Man
04. Pilli on pajusta tehty
05. Erämaan ärjyt
06. Lempo
07. Sahti
08. Ruumiinmultaa
09. Vaarinpolkka
10. Viima
11. Metsämies
12. Kultanainen
13. Kipumylly
14. Ämmänhauta
15. Rauta
16. Kylästä keväinen kehto
17. Wooden Pints
18. Vodka
19. Beer Beer

2014:
01. Intro (Tanhuvaara)
02. Tuonelan tuvilla
03. Ruumiinmultaa
04. Metsämies
05. Kantaiso
06. Juodaan viinaa
07. Petoeläimen kuola
08. Sumussa hämärän aamun
09. Vaarinpolkka
10. Kultanainen
11. Uniaika
12. Louhen yhdeksäs poika
13. Uni
14. Vodka
15. Ievan polkka
16. Rauta
17. Wooden Pints
18. Pellonpekko
19. Happy Little Boozer

CD1 (2016)
01. Intro (Tanhuvaara)
02. A Man With A Plan
03. Journey Man
04. Pilli on pajusta tehty
05. Erämaan ärjyt
06. Lempo
07. Sahti
08. Ruumiinmultaa
09. Vaarinpolkka
10. Viima
11. Metsämies
12. Kultanainen
13. Kipumylly
14. Ämmänhauta
15. Rauta
16. Kylästä keväinen kehto
17. Wooden Pints
18. Vodka
19. Beer Beer

CD2 (2014)
01. Intro (Tanhuvaara)
02. Tuonelan tuvilla
03. Ruumiinmultaa
04. Metsämies
05. Kantaiso
06. Juodaan viinaa
07. Petoeläimen kuola
08. Sumussa hämärän aamun
09. Vaarinpolkka
10. Kultanainen
11. Uniaika
12. Louhen yhdeksäs poika
13. Uni
14. Vodka
15. Ievan polkka
16. Rauta
17. Wooden Pints
18. Pellonpekko
19. Happy Little Boozer

Korpiklaani 2017 dates: 
6th Jul (ES) Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
9th Jul (DE) Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air
21st Jul (RUS) Usabda Otrada - Folk Summer Fest
22nd Jul (UKR) Dovzhanka - Faine Misto
11th Aug (RO) Brasnov - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
12th Aug (PT) Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
8th/9th Sept (CH) Hüttikon - Meh Suff! Metal Festival
16th Sept (JPN) Osaka - amHall
17th Sept (JPN) Nagoya - Rad Hall
18TH Sept (JPN) Tokyo - Liquid Room
20th Sept (CHN) Shenzhen - Red Sugar Jar
21st Sept (CHN) Guangzhou - Tu Space
22nd Sept (CHN) Chengdu - Little Bar Space
23rd Sept (CHN) Beijing - Gawara-Tango Live
24th Sept (CHN) Shanghai - Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Future House
7th Oct (FIN) Helsinki - Heavy Metal Heart Festival

The folk metal superstars recently announced a European tour with Arkona, Heidevolk and Trollfest for early 2018:
15th Feb (BE) Antwerp - Trix
16th Feb (DE) Hamburg - Markthalle*
17th Feb (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2*
18th Feb (NL) Amsterdam - Melkweg
19th Feb (DE) Saarbrücken - Roxy/Garage
20th Feb (FR) Paris - Elysée Montmartre
21st Feb (FR) Nantes - Stereolux
22nd Feb (FR) Toulouse - Le Bikini
23rd Feb (ES) Madrid - Sala But
24rh Feb (ES) Barcelona - Salamandra 1
25th Feb (FR) Lyon - Transbordeur
26th Feb (CH) Vevey - The Rocking Chair
27th Feb (DE) Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
28th Feb (DE) Berlin - Columbia Theater
1st Mar (CZ) Prague - Meet Factory
2nd Mar (DE) Munich - Backstage*
3rd Mar (DE) Stuttgart - LKA*
4th Mar (CH) Pratteln - Z7*
5th Mar (IT) Milan - Magazzini Generali
6th Mar (AT) Salzburg - Rockhouse
7th Mar (AT) Graz - Orpheum
8th Mar (AT) Vienna - Simm City
9th Mar (DE) Leipzig - Hellraiser*
10th Mar (DE) Geiselwind - Musichall*
11th Mar (DE) Hanover - Capitol
*extended shows - more info coming soon...!

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

DECAPITATED Vogg and Rasta discuss Anticult in new album trailer


Polish metal extremists Decapitated are inching closer to the release of their seventh album Anticult, which arrives via Nuclear Blast on July 7. In anticipation of the new release, Vogg and Rasta sat down to talk about the album, lyrical progression and the inspirations behind their new offering: https://youtu.be/0Rph_Ce8iEY

Pre-order Anticult:
Limited Silver & Clear Vinyl (inc signed insert): http://nblast.de/DecapAnticultNB
Limited Digipack CD & Vinyl (inc signed insert): http://nblast.de/DecapAnticultRS
CD or Black Vinyl (inc signed insert) from Recordstore.co.uk: http://bit.ly/RSAnticult

Decapitated will be performing on the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock this year. Catch them on Friday the 11th - buy tickets: http://bit.ly/BloodstockFest

ICYMI:
Watch the new video for 'Earth Scar' here: https://youtu.be/yR7AnukIl8U 

"We're really excited to release the second song from our upcoming new record Anticult - ​'​Earth Scar!' I have always drawn influence from all spectrums of metal and this song and​ our new​ record really reflect those influences. 

"​Much like 'Never,' ​this ​song ​has been designed to crush on a stage and we can't wait to add it to our set. Rasta wrote the lyrics with a lot of metaphorical content dealing with touring. The opposing lifestyles from the 'normal,' day-to-day of being at home vs. being on the road and seeing our 'tribe' interacting with the music and the almost restorative qualities of that! We hope you all enjoy it and we can’t wait to see you all very soon!" - Vogg

Ahead of the release, the band premiered the throttling new song 'Never'. Watch and listen, here: https://youtu.be/Dzsnunj-5gg 

Drummer Michal Lysejko showed off his chops in the drum playthrough for 'Never', which you can view  ://youtu.be/X24bcfTLD7k 

ANTICULT TRACK LISTING:
1. Impulse
2. Deathvaluation
3. Kill the Cult
4. One Eyed Nation
5. Anger Line
6. Earth Scar
7. Never
8. Amen

DECAPITATED ARE:
Rafał Piotrowski – Vocals
Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka – Guitars
Hubert Wiecek- Bass
Michal Lysejko - Drums

THE PICTUREBOOKS announce Home is a Heartache Tour 2017


Primal blues-rock duo THE PICTUREBOOKS will perform their blues-saturated heavy rock on the "Home Is A Heartache Tour 2017".

"We are so excited about our own headlining European-tour this year. It’s always fun supporting other bands like "Monster Truck", "Kadavar", "The Answer", "Les Butcherettes" etc, but going out and headlining ourselves makes it so much more exciting. We can´t wait to meet the many friends we made along the way and to make new ones as we go!" says Fynn Claus Grabke, Singer and Guitarist of THE PICTUREBOOKS.

The German duo , also featuring Philipp Mirtschink on drums, performs enticing blues-saturated heavy rock, with Fynn playing on obscure vintage guitars he bought from thrift shops around the world, while Philipp beats a drum set that consists of the largest possible drums that he hits with heavy duty felt beaters. The set has no cymbals whatsoever and instead includes a few self-made percussion instruments with huge chains, bells, and more.

Home is a Heartache serves as the band's sophomore release and Another Century label-debut. The 14-track album was recorded in the band's garage, where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The album captures a raw, rich, and real energy evoking the room's natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark. Home is a Heartache is available now everywhere: http://smarturl.it/ThePicturebooksHIAH

THE PICTUREBOOKS - Home is a Heartache Tour 2017:
13.09. DE Bielefeld - Forum
14.09. DE Hamburg - Molotow
15.09. DE Berlin - Cassiopeia
16.09. DE Jena - Rosenkeller
17.09. DE Frankfurt - Nachtleben
20.09. DE Köln - Blue Shell
21.09. DE München - Backstage Club
22.09. AT Wien - B72
23.09. AT Graz - PPC
26.09. CH Zürich - Dynamo
27.09. CH Luzern - Schüür
28.09. CH Bern - ISC
04.10. UK Southhampton - Joiners
05.10. UK Birmingham - The Flapper
06.10. UK Manchester - Stans Hollow
07.10. UK Dublin - Whelans
08.10. UK Belfast - Voodoo
09.10. UK Glasgow - King Tuts
11.10. UK Newcastle - Jumpin' Jacks
12.10. UK Liverpool - Studio 2
13.10. UK Grimsby - Yardbirds
14.10. UK Leeds - The Key Club
15.10. UK Sheffield - Corportaion
16.10. UK London - The Lexington
17.10. UK St Albans- The Horn
19.10. UK Bournemouth - The Anvil
20.10. UK Plymouth - The Junction
21.10. UK Brighton - The Hope & Ruin
22.10. UK Tunbridge Wells - The Forum
25.10. NL Zwolle - Hedon
26.10. NL Rotterdam - V11
27.10. NL Breda - Mezz
28.10. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
08.11. FR Paris - Le Supersonic
09.11. FR Dijon - Deep Inside
10.11. FR Nancy - La Vapeur De La Machine
11.11. BE Brüssel - Tattoo Convention
14.11. ES Bilbao - La Nube
15.11. ES Vigo - Fábrica de Chocolate
16.11. PG Lisbon - Sabotage
17.11. ES Madrid - Wurlitzer Ballroom
18.11. ES Albacete - Heartbreak
19.11. PG Zaragoza - Sala López
20.11. ES Barcelona - Sidecar
24.11. CZ Prag - Rock Cafe (Mighty Sounds)
25.11. AT Wien - Fuzz Fest
26.11. UG Budapest - Robot Club
06.12. DE Düsseldorf - Pitcher
07.12. DE Stuttgart - Goldmarks
08.12. DE Bremen - Magazinkeller
09.12. DE Kiel - Roter Salon
13.12. BE Antwerp - Trix Club
14.12. DE Münster - Jovel Club
15.12. DE Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
16.12. DE Moers - Bollwerk 107
17.12. DE Hannover - Lux
20.12. DE Nürnberg - Club Stereo
22.12. DE Dresden - Scheune
23.12. DE Leipzig - Werk2
27.12. DE Hamburg - Sankt Hell Fest

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THE CHARM THE FURY release new lyric video for 'Weaponized'


Amsterdam based metal band THE CHARM THE FURY have released the new lyric video for their song 'Weaponized'. The song comes off of their recently released album, The Sick, Dumb & Happy.

The band commented: "Love is one of those things songwriters and global media conglomerates just can’t get enough of. You can’t listen to the radio without being bombarded with sappy love songs. You can’t pick up a magazine or watch TV without being barraged with advertisements promising you to become more attractive, better looking, smelling better than anyone else. In short: something the opposite sex simply can’t resist. 

What’s often overlooked is that ‘love’ in the modern age has become an industry, designed in boardrooms, by people looking to push a product or image on you. A tool designed to keep consumers in check. And those that do not fit the norm end up feeling left out and misplaced. Victims of an industry.”

Watch 'Weaponized' now here: 

Order the band's current album The Sick, Dumb & Happy here:
Limited Edition formats (all include signed insert)
Digipack CD, Gatefold Vinyl, Vinyl Pic Disc: http://nblast.de/TCTFRS
Limited Edition Gatefold Bi-Coloured Vinyl (inc signed insert): http://nblast.de/TCTFNBUK
Digital Album: http://nblast.de/TCTFIT

More on The Sick, Dumb & Happy
Album trailer #1- Band Introduction: https://goo.gl/W7YOeq
Album trailer #2 - The Early Days: https://goo.gl/SYAqRC
Album trailer #3 - Album Artwork: https://goo.gl/J2A0tI
Dutch Trivia - https://goo.gl/u3T0JX
"Down On the Ropes" music video: https://goo.gl/LBSWff
"Down On the Ropes" behind the scenes: https://goo.gl/Ta3rAF
"Echoes" music video: https://goo.gl/SGrhf2
Caroline and Mathijs autograph posters for pre-order: https://goo.gl/iPytnp

Catch the band supporting ELUVEITIE & AMARANTHE later this year:
03.11.2017 UK – London, Assembly Rooms

THE CHARM THE FURY have matured since their debut. With several of Europe's biggest festivals under their belt, they have transformed their sound into a startling slab of ultra-modern but utterly distinctive metal that shrewdly and honestly redefines what THE CHARM THE FURY is all about. Driven by a collective distaste for the state of the world in the 21st century, the band recorded an angry album underpinned by ferocious intelligence and a heartfelt desire to wake people out of their digital stupors.

With more details about the band’s new album, The Sick, Dumb & Happy, to come, the critical moment has arrived: THE CHARM THE FURY are armed, ready and hungry for the next big push. When it explodes in 2017, the smart money is on these die-hard noisemakers claiming their rightful place among the new metal elite. They have the songs, the determination and the charisma to make it happen.

The band:
Caroline Westendorp - Vocals
Mathijs Tieken - Drums
Rolf Perdok - Guitars
Martijn Slegtenhorst - Guitars
Lucas Arnoldussen - Bass

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

ACCEPT 'The Rise Of Chaos' official video


Accept's 4th studio album to be released through Nuclear Blast, The Rise Of Chaos, will be in stores on August 4th. In anticipation of their new offering, the band have just premiered the official music video for the title track. Shot in Nashville's famous rehearsal centre Soundcheck, the video consists of 81,127 still images that were later transformed into video sequences. 
Watch 'The Rise Of Chaos': 

The video was directed, produced and edited by Scott Diussa, who also took the photos alongside Theodore Miesner (lighting and editor too) and Brad Moore. The team used a combination of four Nikon D5 cameras and 14-24mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, 105mm 1.4, 58mm 1.4 lenses.

PRE-ORDER 'THE RISE OF CHAOS':
Limited Mail Order Edition, Framed Gold Disc, Splatter Vinyl, Green Vinyl: http://bit.ly/ChaosNB
CD or Vinyl from Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/AMZAccept

The Rise Of Chaos track list:
01. Die By The Sword
02. Hole In The Head
03. The Rise Of Chaos
04. Koolaid
05. No Regrets
06. Analog Man
07. What’s Done Is Done
08. Worlds Colliding
09. Carry The Weight
10. Race To Extinction

"The Rise Of Chaos is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go - there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today - can be gone tomorrow and it's somehow irritating, because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover portrays our last stage set-up - but now clearly "destroyed" - like… after a catastrophe", explains Wolf Hoffmann.

The cover artwork of the new record was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.

ACCEPT will celebrate the album's live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band's creative power:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits. Whilst part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album Headbangers Symphony with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. The finale and part 3 will see ACCEPT sharing the stage with the orchestra and supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year's Night To Remember which makes it even more special. The Night To Remember is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition and allows for a selection of established bands to perform something unique and special for their fans.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: "It's always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It's a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans."

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Nothing More Announce New Album for September & Unveil New Video


NOTHING MORE ANNOUNCE FORTHCOMING ALBUM
THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVE - OUT SEPTEMBER 15 
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW!

UNVEIL NEW SINGLE “GO TO WAR” + PREMIERE VIDEO
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RELEASE SECOND TRACK “DON’T STOP”
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NOTHING MORE announce the release of their eagerly awaited album The Stories We Tell Ourselves on September 15th via Better Noise Records. This is the band’s first release since their 2014 self-titled album. The album is available for pre-order now at all digital retailers along with exclusive merch packages, signed vinyl and CDs at PledgeMusic.

Fans demand nothing less than Nothing More and The Stories We Tell Ourselves sets the bar high. The band have just unveiled the album’s lead single “Go To War,” showcasing singer Jonny Hawkins’ dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. 
Watch the Wayne Isham directed video here:

"Trust is the foundation of every relationship. As trust erodes, our need for control grows. ‘Go To War’ is about how we circle the problem, unknowingly spinning the web tighter. If you circle enough, it becomes a spiral. If you spiral enough, it becomes a war." –Jonny Hawkins, Nothing More

As a special treat for fans, Nothing More have released a second track from the album, “Don’t Stop”--Listen HERE. “Don’t Stop” and “Go To War” are available now at all digital retail providers and streaming platforms.

The band will celebrate the release of The Stories We Tell Ourselves with fans across North America by heading back out on the road for The Noise Presents Nothing More: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour 2017. The extensive fall tour kicks off September 12 in Memphis, Tennessee and includes stops in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Dallas and the band’s hometown, San Antonio—see full tour routing at www.nothingmore.net.

THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES TRACK LISTING:
(Ambition; Destruction)
Do You Really Want It
(Convict; Divide)
Let 'em Burn
Ripping Me Apart
Don't Stop
Funny Little Creatures
(React; Respond)
The Great Divorce
Still In Love
(Alone; Together)
Go To War
Just Say When
(Accept; Disconnect)
Who We Are
Tunnels
(End; Begin)
FadeInFadeOut

BMG to publish new book, 'For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records'


Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of 'For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records' on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica's Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label's 35th anniversary.

Slagel comments: "I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade. We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!"

'For the Sake of Heaviness' is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom's non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. The book recounts the early beginning of a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job, before cobbling together what he assumed would be a one-off compilation of fledgling bands from the L.A. scene. Released in 1982, the Metal Massacre LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler,Malice, Ratt, and Metallica.

'For the Sake of Heaviness' pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they've accomplished, and where they're going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue's career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist - twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads - from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show's Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon!

Joe Bonamassa `Live at Carnegie Hall’ DVD Review


How do you get to Carnegie Hall? That is a question that’s been on the lips of many a musician. It’s a historic venue in the heart of Manhattan, and a venue that has held some absolute memorable moments not just in music history but also it includes Suffragette speeches in 1908, through to the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s film `The Kid’ in 1921 and The Beatles in 1964. 

For Joe Bonamassa, his already extensive list of played venues is as long as it is illustrious, yet one venue that eluded him was Carnegie Hall. The bonus content on this DVD, Joe explains that from boyhood dream Carnegie Hall was the last one on his bucket list and precisely why it wasn’t his usual foray with electric instruments. 

To the main feature, the way the stage is set up and presence of the band is almost homely like Joe’s playing in your living room or at the end of the most picturesque pub nestled somewhere a village of equal beauty straight away Joe invites you in.

The inclusion of such an outstanding group of individuals is quite astonishing, although that’s not saying due to their quality but the fact Joe can transpose what would be a rip roaring electric blues set to an acoustic one and have many elements of world music is a huge credit to each individual member bringing in their stamp on this illustrious evening. 

Before we mention particular songs, draw your attention to the guitars on stage, mostly Gibson’s and most being at least 100 years old or there around, so in the grand scheme of things the blues should be played on these old beauties something that I’m sure the likes of Robert Johnson would have only dreamed of.

Opening the show with `This Train` it’s a very upbeat rendition of the electric driven piece, although the crowd haven’t started bouncing on their chairs, it’s definitely the right track and right mood to get them ready for an hour and half of a musical extravaganza. 

Although on `Drive`, Joe and company bring that ecstatic feeling down to earth with the adding a far more sombre tone that blues music does replicate, although some may assume that the blues can be all like `Drive` yet the Blues is very expressive and these two songs are perfect examples of that.

One aspect of `Live at Carnegie Hall’ and one that’s very much part of Joe’s sound is the use of world instruments and on this occasion Joe’s band consists of Egyptian, Australian, of course American and Chinese members, each adding in an extra ingredient to serve the song.

Joe is relentless with releases, with some who churn out so many albums so quickly, it can become tiresome yet with Joe his unique vision 99% of the time will result in watching something or listening to an album that’s pretty darn special. He won’t just put out a live album of `Live at?’ if it doesn’t have any resonance with himself or his audience. Definitely with `Live at Carnegie Hall’, you get that sense of true accomplishment that he’s doing something he loves and wants you to come along for the ride. 

9/10- Joe’s last venue on his bucket list, warm and inviting, its Joe B to a T.

Stand out tracks:
`Drive’, `This Train` and `The Rose'

Track Listing: 
1. Cold Streets (Intro)
2. This Train
3. Drive
4. The Valley Runs Low
5. Dust Bowl
6. Driving Towards The Daylight
7. Black Lung Heartache
8. Blue and Evil
9. Livin’ Easy
10. Get Back My Tomorrow
11. Mountain Time 
12. How Cam a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? 
13. Song of Yesterday
14. Woke Up Dreaming
15. Hummingbird
16. The Rose
17. Cold Streets (Credits) 

Joe Bonamassa online:

Decapitated `Anticult’ Review


Death Metal is a worldwide entity; it ranges from the US through to Sweden, all across Europe and as far into the Middle East.

As the world got smaller, Death Metal spread and Poland has really became a powerhouse of the scene, along with Behemoth and Vader, Decapitated are very much one of the horsemen of the scene. Formed in 96, they’ve gone through quite something, a tragic car accident in 2007 that claimed the life of a founding member. It’s was certainly a tribute that the band was reformed in 2011. 

`Anticult` is Decapitated 3rd album in 6 years, it opens with `Impulse’ and above all, this is a perfect indicator of `Anticult` overall resonance, its extreme metal with so much more added to the witches brew. With cleaner guitar parts to set the mood, the track then opens up with a heavy groovy riff that’s akin to Meshuggah with its downright precise intensity. At just over 6 minutes this track personifies just how Decapitated can take elements from other spheres in metal and apply it to extreme metal and not just make it 6 minutes of pure blast beats. 

Song 2 is `Deathvaluation’ and it carries on from its predecessor in it’s particularly groove mentality, especially within the guitar solo. It’s fast, there’s a hell of a lot of widdley in there but more importantly ultimately it’s very memorable and certainly one that people will try, although expect some bleeding fingers to attempt it note for note. It appears that Decapitated has an adage of thrash into their niche and with this solo they pay homage to their heroes of Exodus or Testament, melodic, aggressive but certainly memorable is the order of the day for Decapitated on `Deathvaluation’

The two singles `Earth Scar’ and `Never’ are much later on in the album structure, yet listening to them and how they are laid out and within the record ultimately you really get a superb taster of the rest of the songs on the 8 track extreme opus, clinically aggressive, fast and with a heap of atmosphere.

One aspect of listening to an album is the way in which it flows. Now in this day and age, an album is merely a collection of singles readymade for a quick listen or as part of a shuffle playlist, so listening through `Anticult’ from start to finish it flows well, each track seamlessly into its successor and doesn’t feel disjointed or any point like they just slapped a song where they felt like. Honestly, it feels like they took the time to really set this up, strange to think that an extreme metal album could be a harmonious affair.

If you love extreme metal with added thought, flow, groove, speed and intensity then ultimately this should be your new favourite album. Poland seems to be churning out some real blasting extreme metal and `Decapitated’ are certainly at the forefront with `Anticult’.

9.5/10- The complete extreme metal album, flowing, aggressive 

Stand out tracks:
`Never`, `Impulse’ and `Deathvaluation`

Track Listing:
1. Impulse
2. Deathvaluation
3. Kill The Cult
4. One Eyed Nation
5. Anger Line
6. Earth Scar
7. Never
8. Amen

Decapitated online:

Sunday, 25 June 2017

EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM EUROPE’S ICONIC ROUNDHOUSE SHOW RELEASED


EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM EUROPE’S ICONIC ROUNDHOUSE SHOW RELEASED

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW - LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IS RELEASED ON JULY 21st, 2017


 Swedish rock ‘n’ roll legends, Europe, will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London’s legendary Roundhouse.

The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12th 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.
Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

“What an awesome night! 
It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!” 
Joey Tempest / Europe

The limited edition release will arrive in the following formats and available to pre-order very soon:
DVD/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
BluRay/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
A Digital audio only release
A 12” sized Boxset, limited to 1,000 units will also be available in September. 
It will contain the BluRay/2CD configuration, a double gatefold vinyl with only The Final Countdown portion of the concert, a 40 pg 12” sized hardcover photo book, a vintage replica scarf and a laminate/guest-pass.

…Live At The Roundhouse will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios a brand new album to follow up War of Kings, which was released in 2015.

THE HAUNTED 'Strength In Numbers' album details revealed; 'Brute Force' video launched


Swedish Thrash Metallers THE HAUNTED are geared up to kick off the promotional campaign for their upcoming, 9th studio album effort entitled “Strength In Numbers”. Recorded at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited), the album will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 25th, 2017 and it’s time to reveal the first details about the release...

The album’s first single for the merciless and in-your-face track “Brute Force”, so check it out in a video produced by Oscar Dziedziela / OD Visual here: 

Or stream “Brute Force” via Spotify here: 

THE HAUNTED checked in to comment on the track as follows: "We’re very excited to finally be able to air our first single from the new album “Strength In Numbers” and let it set the tone for the brutality of the album. “Brute Force” is one of those songs written in the early stage of making the album and shows our hunger to make new music, uncompromising, unforgiving and just to the point."

The artwork for “Strength In Numbers” was once again created by THE HAUNTED’s longtime designer Andreas Pettersson and the album’s tracklisting reads as follows:

THE HAUNTED – “Strength In Numbers”:
1. Fill The Darkness With Black
2. Brute Force
3. Spark
4. Preachers Of Death
5. Strength In Numbers
6. Tighten The Noose
7. This Is The End
8. The Fall
9. Means To An End
10. Monuments

The album’s limited edition Mediabook CD version will additionally include the bonus tracks “Illusions” and “Sinister”, expanded layouts as well as 3 stickers. “Strength In Numbers” will also be available on 180gr. vinyl in various editions:

Black LP (Unlimited), Silver LP (200x copies / Sweden) and Clear LP (300x Copies / USA).
And last but not least, a strictly limited Deluxe LP package will be available from CM Distro / CM Webshop in Europe. This very special edition is limited to 500x copies on transparent red coloured vinyl and comes with a printed guitar tablature book, a poster, a set of 3 guitar-picks and the entire album on CD as bonus. Grab it before it’s too late!

Pre-order the album in its various physical formats from CM Distro here: https://smarturl.it/BruteForceCMDistro


A video teaser from the album’s recording sessions can be seen here: https://youtu.be/sWHJnmXxfFY

A list of the upcoming live dates announced so far for THE HAUNTED in support of “Strength In Numbers” can be found here:

THE HAUNTED – Live 2017:
31.08.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Blå
01.09.2017 Stavanger (Norway) - Folken
02.09.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Hulen
08.09.2017 Örebro (Sweden) - Frimis Salonger + Witchery
09.09.2017 Linköping (Sweden) - Backstage + Witchery
15.09.2017 Borlänge (Sweden) - Liljan
16.09.2017 Sundsvall (Sweden) - Club Destroyer
21.09.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik + Witchery
22.09.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Debaser Strand + Witchery
23.09.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB + Witchery
29.09.2017 Hultsfred (Sweden) - Mörkaste Småland Festival
30.09.2017 Eskilstuna (Sweden) - Loket
07.10.2017 Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) - Graveland Fest

THE HAUNTED’s latest album “Exit Wounds” (2015) was highly praised as a return to form and managed to enter international sales charts upon release as follows: Germany # 64, Finland # 15, Switzerland # 100, Sweden # 32, USA # 151 Top Current Albums, USA # 5 Heatseekers.

THE HAUNTED line-up:
Marco Aro - Vocals
Jensen - Guitars
Ola Englund - Guitars
Jonas Björler - Bass
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums

More details about THE HAUNTED and “Strength In Numbers” will be revealed soon…

THE HAUNTED online: