While their new album is only coming out next year, Soreption have debuted today a brand new tune from Engineering The Void. The song is called "Breaking The Great Narcissist". Enjoy it while you can through the lyric video below. The technical death metallers will see the worldwide release of their new album on February 18th via Unique Leader Records. What are your thoughts about the new material? Read more...
MACHINE HEAD's FLYNN: 'DIMEBAG's Murder Brought Out The Best In BLABBERMOUTH's Notoriously Vocal Bunch'
In the latest installment of his online blog, "The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman... And Other Ramblings", MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn wrote about the emotions he felt while he was on the road in Europe around the time of the murder of his friend and one-time tourmate, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. "I read Blabbermouth and PRP endlessly and caught up on the Dimebag story," Flynn said, explaining that spent five days in a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland recovering from severe sinus infections and flu symptoms before flying back home at the end of the band's European run. He continued: "This is the day that websites became more important than magazines. "The speed which and wealth of info brought forth in the days following his murder was staggering. "Amazingly, Dimebag's murder had brought out the best in Blabbermouth's notoriously vocal bunch. "A letter from the mother of murdered fan Nathan Bray had pretty much everyone on Blabbermouth in tears, and in a bizarre way, brought everyone together. It showed how unimportant things, our petty differences, really were. "During this time, an article was put up on Blabbermouth from the conservative website The Iconoclast by author William Grim. The article was called 'Aesthetics Of Hate: Goodbye Dimebag Darrell, And Good Riddance.' I seethed with anger reading this article. I wrote a long tribute to Dimebag that night and in it I attacked William Grim. I ended it with 'You WILL burn in hell.' "A song began forming." Read Flynn's entire blog at this location.
Even though they just finished touring across Europe in November, hard rockers from Ireland The Answer are pleased to announce another headlining European tour. Despite more than 30 dates confirmed, this tour which has been scheduled for the next February/March will encompass only venues in United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. Support band(s) will be announced and confirmed subsequently. Read more...
Project Gallery has welcomed multifaceted musician, artist, poet and activist Serj Tankian in the premiere of his debut interactive art exhibit, "Disarming Time". A uniquely audible and visual experience, "Disarming Time" features a collection of Tankian's 22 original art pieces: paintings, mixed media and sculptural works paired with a track of music composed specifically for each visual work. Via a set of headphones accompanied by his newly created iOS/Android application "Eye For Sound" (powered by VStory), smartphones are able to scan and recognize art and immediately cue the associated audio track and other content. Of the project which began in early 2013, Tankian says, "The urge came to me in the discovery that music has become so temporal and devalued in the world today, so I wanted to create an exclusive experience…something unique for someone to hold so they become the only person to experience this. I'm aiming to have people SEE the music and HEAR the art. Using a modern app, we're able to take Kandinsky's 'Synesthesia' to a whole new level." Video footage from the exhibit's opening night can be seen below. Serj Tankian was on born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon and is an Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, painter and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the metal band SYSTEM OF A DOWN. During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with SYSTEM OF A DOWN, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan ("Serart"), as well as four solo albums: "Elect The Dead", "Imperfect Harmonies", "Harakiri" and "Orca", his first real classical symphony. A live orchestral version of "Elect The Dead" incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named "Elect The Dead Symphony" was released in 2009. He's also released two books of poetry, "Cool Gardens" and "Glaring Through Oblivion". In 2002, Tankian and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit organization, Axis Of Justice. Tankian also founded the record label Serjical Strike Records and in 2011 he was awarded the Armenian Prime Minister's Medal for his contributions to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the advancement of music. The application "Eye For Sound" was born from the desire to create a unique and immersive musical experience that reconnects the value of tangible products to music. It provides a fusion of art and music easily accessed through a smartphone or tablet making each experience personal and unique to each user. By exploring the simultaneous connection between art and music via optical recognition, each user experiences a one of a kind stimulation of the senses. "Eye For Sound" was created with broad intention and aims to become a platform for other artists to utilize. Beautifully designed, Project Gallery is a cultural destination located in the center of Hollywood, California.
Brutal death metal one-man band Putrid Pile has a new video for your viewing pleasure or displeasure. In fact, there's two, the censored and uncensored versions directed and edited by Andrew Tippett. The song used was "Blood Fetish", taken from the latest album of the same name. Hint: the song is called "Blood Fetish" for a reason. Read more...
Brazil's Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with LIZZY BORDEN frontman and namesake. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. LIZZY BORDEN celebrated its 30th anniversary by embarking on the "30 Years Of American Metal" tour. The trek included "a brand new show, created from the ground up just for this monumental occasion. The new show encompassed songs from each and every LIZZY BORDEN record to date, including classic songs like "Me Against The World", "American Metal", "Master Of Disguise", plus songs the band has never performed live." LIZZY BORDEN has spent the past few years working on material for the follow-up to 2007's "Appointment With Death" LIZZY BORDEN is: Lizzy Borden: Vocals Joey Scott: Drums Marten Andersson: Bass Dario Lorina: Guitar
The Rave TV conducted an interview with bassist Paolo Gregoletto and guitarist Corey Beaulieu of Florida metallers TRIVIUM before the band's December 7 concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below. TRIVIUM's new album, "Vengeance Falls", made Top 10 chart debuts in Japan, Australia, Germany and Austria as well as a Top 15 debut in Canada and a Top 25 debut in the United Kingdom. This marks the acclaimed metallers second consecutive Top 15 debut in the U.S. and highest-career debuts around the globe — including a No. 2 debut in Japan. "Vengeance Falls" sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record — which was produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) — arrived in stores on October 15 via Roadrunner. TRIVIUM's previous CD, "In Waves", opened with 22,000 units to land at No. 13 — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career. The group's 2008 effort, "Shogun", premiered with just under 24,000 copies to debut at No. 23. The effort followed up "The Crusade", which registered a first-week tally of 31,000 copies in October 2006 to enter the chart at No. 25. TRIVIUM's "Strife" video was filmed in July at Studio One in Orlando and was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. TRIVIUM is currently touring North America with DEVILDRIVER.
Australia's The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with bassist Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA, DOWN). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. The Rock Pit: Was there much that you did differently this time around compared to the first [KILL DEVIL HILL] album in the writing and recording process? Rex: Yeah, pretty much. A lot of that stuff was already kinda written and they had gone through several bass players; [it] just wasn't working out. So they called me and I had just had pancreatic surgery, major stuff done, trying to get my health back and this happened at a time when everything, the timing was just perfect for me. So between the first record... I had to put my stamp on it, and everything else, and arrangements and stuff like that, but the first one was done so quickly. I mean, we had the drum tracks done in four days and then started layering everything else on it, and before you knew it, it was time to get the fuck out of the studio, which I like doing records like that, if you have everything in place and that's a really good record, but that's just a starting point. That band was only six months old at that point. So it's one of those deals where us being on the road and finding each other's strengths and weaknesses, it has to come from the four individuals. I don't want it to sound like PANTERA, this has to stand on its own merit. That would be so easy for me to go put a band that sounds like PANTERA together and do it that way and play a bunch of covers. I've already been there and done that. Everything I put out, it's gotta have that stamp of integrity on it so to me, this is the right record at the right time. The Rock Pit: Do you ever get tired of fans comparing your music, whatever you do like with DOWN and KILL DEVIL HILL to PANTERA all the time or have you gotten used to it by now? Rex: I think people want to put their stamp or whatever the fuck on it, they've got to point their finger at what it's gonna be. But if you're looking for a PANTERA record, this isn't it. This is four different guys man, it's a different band and you can throw that fucking supergroup name out the window, I hate that, this is not a supergroup. Those other two guys who don't have the name or whatever together, those guys are just as talented as Vinny [Appice, drums] and I so what it comes down to is just a balance of everybody getting together, knowing their chops and writing great music. It's all about the song for me. The Rock Pit: How does it feel to be part of another great band after already having been part of some of the greatest bands in the last 20 years? Rex: Somebody's watching out for me. I don't know who it is, but it's a great feeling. I can't describe it, but I know I have to give 150% every fucking day. I'm in better shape than I've been in ten years. I had some really, really bad stomach issues and there was a team of doctors and they got me on this program. I quit drinking completely; I don't even think about it, and it's just amazing now. Like I said, I got fire shooting out my ass every fucking show and it's brought back that hunger, that feeling that you have when you are starting anew again. I've got to reinvent myself with this thing. I'm not going to rest on my laurels of PANTERA. You're just going backwards if you're doing that. It's not a PANTERA record, plain and simple. It has me playing on it, I'm still playing bass on it. If you listen, some of the other tracks are completely fucking left field to PANTERA. You can't put the two together musically, even though you can, because that's my style. I'm still playing the way I'm playing, but it's a totally different band, four different indivuduals and so you just have to put that into conversation. Just musically, I can't believe we've actually put out two records within a year of each other or finished two pieces of work like that within a year. It didn't come out within a year of each other but they were finished within a year of each other. But the progression between the first one and the second one is just bigger, it's badder and it's bolder, and that's all I can say for it. And I'll let the music do the talking. Like I said before, it's all about the song, man. If you don't have good songs, hang it up and get a lawn mower, start a landscaping business, whatever the fuck. I'm in this for the long haul, I'm a lifer, man, and that's all there is to it. So anything that I do has to be fucking that level. That's where my integrity is and I'm not going to put out a piece of shit; that's all there is to it. I could sit on the couch forever, but why waste your time. I got a gift and I want to show it. That's just the way I look at it. Read the entire interview at The Rock Pit.
Alice Cooper, Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Rob Zombie and all four members of KISS are among the musicians who performed on December 5 at a concert and live auction to raise money for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. They played with '80s and '90s cover band HAIRBALL to help the future of rock 'n' roll; the children. A backstage interview with Alice Cooper conducted by Sally Steele, publisher of Vegas Rocks! Magazine, can be seen below. The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy gives children the opportunity to grow by offering free music lessons to those that may not be able to get them. They help keep children off the streets, away from drugs, and offer a positive environment that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
On December 1, Underkill TV conducted an interview with BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson and guitarist/vocalist Ricky Warwick in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. BLACK STAR RIDERS is the band formed by THIN LIZZY alumni Ricky Warwick (guitar, vocals), Damon Johnson (guitar), Scott Gorham (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, DAVID LEE ROTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) on drums. BLACK STAR RIDERS's debut album, "All Hell Breaks Loose", sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 5 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. The "All Hell Breaks Loose" artwork features a painting by Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914 - February 29, 1980), the legendary U.S. painter best known for his work on pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. "All Hell Breaks Loose" was recorded and mixed by producer Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH) at his The Cave studios in Malibu, California. Mastering duties were handled by Bob Ludwig (JIMI HENDRIX, RUSH, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN) at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine. The album was released as a standard CD and also as a special-edition digipak featuring a bonus track, "Right To Be Wrong", and a "making-of" DVD. BLACK STAR RIDERS made its live debut on May 30 at The Marshall Theatre in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. The set featured a mix of music from "All Hell Breaks Loose" along with classic THIN LIZZY tracks.
Time for another bunch of news from the Timo Tolkki's Avalon camp. The new album will be released around May 2014, and in that month an European tour will also start, while recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. In March, a single and a promotional video for it will be released: and they will feature no less than Nightwish and ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen, who will play the leading role in the successor of The Land Of New Hope. Floor adds to the guest artists already announced, as Epica singer Simone Simons and ex-Stratovarius drummer and keyboardist Tuomo Lassila and Antti Ikonen. Read more...
MetalZone.biz conducted an interview with singer Mikael Stanne of Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY prior to the band's November 15 concert in Barcelona, Spain. You can now watch the chat below. DARK TRANQUILLITY's tenth studio album, "Construct", was released on May 27 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) at his Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden. DARK TRANQUILLITY filmed a music video for the song "Uniformity" on April 13 with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others. In a recent interview with Louder Than Hell, DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin stated about "Construct": "A typical effect of being locked up in a studio for 2-3 months listening to every single second of the new songs over and over again is that you're getting extremely tired of the material. At the same time as you know that you've created something great, there's a part of you that never want to hear the songs again. Also, the collaborative and democratic nature of DARK TRANQUILITY means that there always are riffs and ideas that a single member doesn't find too interesting according to his personal preferences, so what normally happens directly after a studio session is that I sit down and think that the result is OK, but if X and Y would have been done differently, it would have been even better (again: for my own tastes). In this case, there were two main parameters that were different: The members' opinions on the material were a bit more uniform — i.e. no great clashes in taste — and the actual mixing process brought out a lot of details and nuances in the songs that we previously weren't aware of. The result is that I for a change actually was a massive fan of 'Construct' from the first time I heard the final mix." Asked if the band had a direction or "game plan" when entering the studio to make "Construct", Niklas said: "There never is a defined game plan as such; we usually start writing songs without knowing exactly where the music will take us. Every time we've tried to decide that the next album should go in a certain direction, it usually ends up being the complete opposite, ha ha! This time, though, we all were certain that we needed to do something different in order to find the motivation to even make a new album. It's a similar situation to the one before 'Projector' (1999) where we either could split up or do something new, and from that realization we actually succeeded in reinventing ourselves."
Legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) revealed to Anderson Guimaraes of The Rainbow Fanclan Legacy that he has launched a brand new band called LEGACY X with drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS), bassist Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) and guitarist Jeff Watson (NIGHT RANGER, MOTHER'S ARMY). Watson joined the group as the replacement for Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD), who was unable to commit to the new project due to his heavy touring schedule with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. The full interview where Turner talks about LEGACY X, RAINBOW, SCHUBERT IN ROCK and SUNSTORM will be available at The Rainbow Fanclan Legacy later this week.
Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have notched a 2014 Grammy nomination. The band's song "In Due Time", the lead single from this year's critically acclaimed "Disarm The Descent" album, which marked the return of original singer Jesse Leach after a decade-long absence, has been recognized in the "Best Metal Performance" category. This is the band's second Grammy nomination. The title track from 2004's gold-selling "The End Of Heartache" was nominated for a Grammy in the same category in 2005. Of the nomination, Leach said, "All of us in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are pleased to be nominated for a Grammy! We are also honored to share this nomination with such great bands. "No matter what the outcome, it means even more to us to be able to do what we love and have such amazing fans. "Huge thanks to everyone that has supported us and to all the hard-working people who help make this band what it is — we can't do this with out you! "It is refreshing to see metal being noticed by the Grammys and we hope in the future it receives even more exposure and recognition." 2013 has been an incredible year for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Upon the April release of "Disarm The Descent", the band maintained a near-constant presence on the road, embarking on a highly successful headline tour in the summer and returning to the road this fall to enjoy a co-headline trek with LAMB OF GOD. The band's latest single, the powerful and resonant "Always", is currently at radio, with the emotional video garnering plenty of attention for its heartfelt and moving portrayal of a relationship in crisis between two siblings. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will start 2014 with a bang. In addition to this Grammy nomination, the band will head to Ireland before embarking on a U.K. tour with their labelmates in TRIVIUM. The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category are as follows: ANTHRAX - "T.N.T." Track from: "Anthems" Label: Megaforce BLACK SABBATH - "God Is Dead?" Track from: "13" Label: Vertigo/Republic DREAM THEATER - "The Enemy Inside" Track from: "Dream Theater" Label: Roadrunner Records KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - "In Due Time" Track from: "Disarm The Descent" Label: Roadrunner Records VOLBEAT feat. King Diamond - "Room 24" Track from: "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" Label: Republic Records Nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced this past Friday night (December 6) by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the sixth year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. "This year's nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, in a statement. This year's Grammy Awards process registered more than 22,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013). Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on December 11 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by January 8, 2014, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 56th Grammy telecast. The 56th annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director. The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Italy's MARTIRIA will release its new album, "R-evolution", on February 10, 2014 via Rocksector Records. The CD celebrates the 10th anniversary of the band's first album, "The Eternal Soul", and includes a guest appearance on all tracks by legendary drummer Vinny Appice (KILL DEVIL HILL, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO). Based in Rome, MARTIRIA was originally formed in 1987, focusing mainly on playing doom metal. After a several-year hiatus while the members pursued other projects, the band regrouped in 2002 and released the aforementioned debut in 2004. A further four albums followed, including 2012's "Roma S.P.Q.R." MARTIRIA went through several lineup changes over the years — former members include Rick Anderson (WARLORD) — culminating in the band's 2013 incarnation: Andy Menario (guitar and keyboards), Flavio Cosma (vocals), Derek Maniscalco (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), Marco R. Capelli (lyrics). The resulting style of "R-evolution" is a combination of the band's original doom metal vision, including references to the sounds of CANDLEMASS and BLACK SABBATH, mixed with the uplifting influences of classic and power metal. There's drama and poerty in the superb vocals and lyrics, while the soundscape is epic and moving. Finally, of course, the drumming of Vinny Appice adds a further dimension of undeniable quality. The relationship with Vinny Appice was forged when in 2006 both Andy Menario and Marco R. Capelli worked with the drummer on the POWER PROJECT, which also featured Carl Sentance (ex-KROKUS), Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT), and Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN). "R-evolution" will be released physically in Europe, and digitally worldwide. A pre-order package will be available from January 10. "R-evolution" track listing: 01. King Of Shadows (Orpheus) 02. Steam Power 03. Southern Seas 04. Salem 05. The Road To Tenochtitlan 06. Grim Reaper 07. Light Brigade 08. Dark Angels 09. Revolution 10. The Mark Of Cain 11. The Viol And The Abyss 12. Across The Mountains 13. Tsushima The CD was mixed and mastered at Antfarm Studio in Denmark by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, HATESPHERE, EKTOMORF). The drums were recorded at Freedom Studio in the U.S. by Thomas Le Blanc.