QUEENSRŸCHE's Attorney Expects Stock Placement Deal To Be Successful

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 00:55

QUEENSRŸCHE's securities attorney, Marc LoPresti, spoke to The Seattle Times about the band's attempt to raise $2 million by selling stakes in what he calls a "new holding company for all things QUEENSRŸCHE" that will receive the revenues from its tours, merchandising, album sales and digital downloads. For a minimum investment of $50,000, fans who pass an independent accreditation process can purchase an equity ownership stake from a private consolidated holding company that entitles them to "a fixed percentage" of future revenue. "Traditionally, a band would not go into their personal pockets to [bankroll and controll a recording-and-touring effort]," LoPresti said. "They would go to Capitol Records" or the like, which would dictate the project and give them an advance but "also take a huge swipe of the money," he added. "By disintermediating the labels, we're leaving more money on the table both for the band and people who invest." QUEENSRŸCHE's stock deal utilizes a provision of the 2013 JOBS Act that allows promoters to publicize a private stock placement, though only "accredited investors" are eligible to invest. "If it's successful, which we expect it to be, we may do it again with other bands," LoPresti said. An internal board of directors comprising drummer Scott Rockenfield, bassist Eddie Jackson and guitarist Michael Wilton and band counsel Thomas Osinski will oversee the corporation. A PledgeMusic campaign, "Building The Empire", has been launched that will act as a pre-order campaign for QUEENSRŸCHE's next album, tentatively due in early 2015. Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton are offering fans various unique experiences to bring them closer to the band than ever before. The band is offering everything from limited-edition vinyl and merchandise to the actual instruments played on the upcoming album and a chance to hang with the band in their hometown of Seattle. A video clip announcing the PledgeMusic campaign can be seen below. QUEENSRŸCHE's latest, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Century Media Records.


from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 00:28

French bassist Frédéric Leclercq of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE has responded to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine in September — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Leclercq told Stay Tuned Interviews (see video below): "I don't know… I mean, it's very hard. I was actually talking to a bunch of friends of mine from my hometown, and we were talking about the fact that there's tons of festivals nowadays. And that's gonna come to an end, like, maybe in 10 years, 20 years, the formula's gonna change. So I guess music is evoving all the time, and so is rock and roll. But I don't think it's dead. As long as people still enjoy going to gigs and seeing people playing their instruments, as long as people do enjoy that sort of vibe and atmosphere, it's gonna carry on. Maybe it's gonna change. Maybe in 20 years, rock and roll's gonna be done with… I don't know… cellos and trumpets, and there will be no drums, no bass, no distortion — who knows? — but I think that the energy of a bunch of dudes rehearsing in a garage and practicing all together and they wanna play and get drunk, that's gonna exist for quite a long time. So, no, it's not dead. I don't think it is." DRAGONFORCE's new album, "Maximum Overload", was released on August 19 in North America via Metal Blade and August 18 in Europe through earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. It marks the band's first-ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

SLAYER: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Albany Concert

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 23:42

Fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER's November 25 performance in Albany, New York can be seen below. SLAYER recently returned to the studio to resume recording its new album for a tentative early 2015 release. Helming the sessions is Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on the song "Implode", which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following SLAYER's surprise performance at this past April's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles. Joining guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four and a half years. Bostaph was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified "Divine Intervention" (1994), the 1996 punk covers album "Undisputed Attitude", "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), "God Hates Us All" (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as well as the DVD "War At The Warfield" (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT. Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

Melechesh - New Album Coming In February

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 19:29

Five years and several line-up changes later, Israel's own <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=164&bandname=Melechesh>Melechesh</a> are finally releasing their new album. Titled <i>Enki</i>, the follow-up to <i>The Epigenesis</i> now has an official release date. Nuclear Blast will release it on February 6th (Europe), February 9th (UK) and February 10th (US), 2015. You can check out the album's tracklist below. Do you have high hopes for the new record? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25097>Read more...</a>

Nihill - New Album Streaming Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 17:30

Black metal trio <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4762&bandname=Nihill>Nihill</a> is exclusively streaming the entire fourth studio album <i>Verderf</i>, which means "decay" in Dutch, over at <a href="">Terrorizer</a>. The album is set to be released on the 1st of December 2014 via Burning World Records but you are lucky enough to be able to listen to it now. Is it better than their previous offering <i>Verdonkermaan</i> released back in 2012? Find out now. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25096>Read more...</a>

AT THE GATES: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Gothenburg Concert

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 17:13

Fan-filmed video footage of AT THE GATES' November 27 performace at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. AT THE GATES's new album, "At War With Reality", was released on October 28 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD, which sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR). AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg recently told Horns Up Rocks! abour the writing and recording process for "At War With Reality": "We've been very, very meticulous with this one. With the writing process, it went through a thousand different filters before we actually said that we were finished with the writing. But, you know, the way we did it — like, we didn't announce that we were doing a new record until we had all the material, so we actually wrote in secrecy, so we weren't stressed about what other people might think or how they would react. So we actually had an idea that anything goes — we should try anything that comes into our heads, but also anything could be thrown away. So it's lot of 'kill your darlings' — everybody has to agree about everything that was recorded. And that takes a lot of time. But if you have a positive, creative vibe where everybody is willing to sacrifice their favorite parts, or whatever, to make the best compromise, you will come up with a great album, if you take your time… That's where the maturity comes in. Back in [our] early 20s, it's your way or the highway, whereas now, it's actually [more] important for me that everybody else is happy than I'm happy. It's a totally different vibe when we do this now." Regarding the "At War With Reality" title, Tomas said: "It's actually an old title that Martin [Larsson, guitar] had been fooling around [with] back in the '90s. And when the idea of the album came up and I started writing lyrics, I actually remembered that title and felt that it could be a good starting point for the concept of the record. So that's why we used it."


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 16:42

Audio samples of the last five songs from PLANETARY COALITION's 14-track debut album, which was released on November 11, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. An ethnically flavored collective of diverse musicians from all over the world, PLANETARY COALITION is driven by the acoustic guitar of Alex Skolnick, whose work spans jazz (ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO), metal (TESTAMENT), and world music (RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, ISHTAR). He says: "It started with a lone, handwritten sentence on a notepad, describing a musical vision: 'An ethnically flavored collective of musicians from all over the world, driven by acoustic guitar and bringing together inspirational melodies, in-depth improvisation and the passion of the musical styles of gypsy, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin, East Asian, Mediterranean, Balkan/Eastern European, African and other indigenous lands.' "The reality: coordinating over two-dozen musicians from five continents. "Yet despite the numerous logistical challenges, PLANETARY COALITION has been guided by a single hope: that by weaving the threads that connect musical expressions with regional identities, we can bridge the gap between diverse cultures and people, and increase awareness of the ecological and social issues facing the planet, our island in the sky." In an interview with Chris McGovern, Skolnick stated about PLANETARY COALITION: "It's a bit of an ambitious project, and it's going to be my first crowd-funded project, but basically it's going to be my first acoustic album, my first world music album, and it'll have some electric as well. But that's just the musical side of it. I've already written some music for it and recorded it with some great local musicians, including Max Z.T. and violinist Rachel Golub. Depending on how things go, the goal will be to involve musicians from all over the world, from different cultures and regions, and to write music around them, collaborate with them, and eventually have a social component too, where we actually tell the story of some of these regions — the untold story from their perspective, including slide shows, video, etc. It's a vision I've had for a while now, and the few times I've performed the music, the response has been very good. Even on this metal web site, BLABBERMOUTH.NET, where they hate everything, they actually seemed to really like this music. Even though it's not metal music, it has an intensity." "Planetary Coalition" track listing: 01. Island In the Sky 02. Salto 03. Passage to Pranayama 04. Taksim Square 05. Playa La Ropa 06. Django Tango 07. Old World Dance 08. Alla La'Ke 09. Back To the Land 10. Mojito 11. Rock of Ramallah 12. Negev Desert Sunset 13. Return of the Yi People 14. Sleeping Gypsy

KILLER BE KILLED To Make Its Live Debut At Next Year's SOUNDWAVE Festival

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 16:24

KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), will make its live debut as part of next year's edition of Australia's Soundwave XV festival, set to take place February 21-22 at Bonython Park in Adelaide and Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and February 28- and March 1 at Olympic Park in Sydney and Brisbane Showgrounds in Brisbane. KILLER BE KILLED's self-titled debut album sold around 5,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on May 13 (one day earlier internationally) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the CD was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy-nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER and DEMON HUNTER. "Killer Be Killed" track listing: 01. Wings Of Feather And Wax 02. Face Down 03. Melting Of My Marrow 04. Snakes Of Jehovah 05. Curb Crusher 06. Save The Robots 07. Fire To Your Flag 08. I.E.D. 09. Dust Into Darkness 10. Twelve Labors 11. Forbidden Fire 12. Ghosts Of Chernobyl (vinyl-only bonus track) "Killer Be Killed" first-week chart positions: Australia: #47 USA: #58 UK: #71 Canada: #71 Germany: #90 Switzerland: #91 Belgium: #113 France: #173 MetalSucks placed Puciato at #1 on their list of the Top 25 Modern Metal Frontmen, but he also expresses himself through the dark electro-pop of THE BLACK QUEEN, together with NINE INCH NAILS touring guitarist Josh Eustis of TELEFON TEL AVIV and Maynard James Keenan's PUSCIFER. Puciato made a guest appearance in 2012 with MIXHELL, the DJ project of Max's brother, SEPULTURA co-founder Igor Cavalera. Cavalera is no stranger to collaborations, of course, having invited multiple guests onto SEPULTURA's genre-defining "Roots" and SOULFLY's gold-selling debut album in 1998. One such SOULFLY guest, Chino Moreno, has often joined Puciato onstage with both THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and DEFTONES. Max was one-half of the incendiary NAILBOMB, together with English record producer and FUDGE TUNNEL mastermind Alex Newport. The pair released one studio album in 1993 and performed a blistering set at the Dynamo festival in 1995. "We did the song on SOULFLY's 'Omen' and then we started talking about doing an entire album together, the way he had with Alex Newport," Puciato explains. "We eventually got together with some riffs we both had and wrote a bunch more material in a 72-hour blast out in the desert. We left with about 15 demos we made using the same drum machine and four track Max used working on 'Chaos A.D.'" Cognizant of the reputation both of them have cultivated after working with some of the world's best drummers, Puciato called upon David Elitch, who had toured internationally with the mind-bendingly psychedelic group THE MARS VOLTA. His expertise in everything from jazz to metal has led to live and studio collaborations with a diverse range of major artists including Justin Timberlake, French electronic wizards M83 and Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør. MASTODON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have toured together many times. During one such tour in the U.S., in late 2011, Puciato was telling Sanders about the new project. Before too long, Sanders and Cavalera were meeting at a festival in South America for the first time: "Hey, I'm Troy. And I think we're in a band together." The electric chemistry was apparent the first time they all assembled. "Having met, created and recorded an album together, this experience has easily exceeded my initial expectations," says Sanders. "The collective energy and mutual respect for one another eased the entire process and has been very therapeutic for me." KILLER BE KILLED is: Greg Puciato - vocals, guitar Max Cavalera - vocals, guitar Troy Sanders - vocals, bass Dave Elitch - drums Photo credit: Glen La Ferman

IN THIS MOMENT: 'Big Bad Wolf' Video Released

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 14:24

"Big Bad Wolf", the new video from IN THIS MOMENT, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "Black Widow", which sold around 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17. IN THIS MOMENT's previous CD, "Blood", opened with around 20,000 copies back in August 2012 to debut at No. 15. The band's 2010 effort, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", registered a first-week tally of 10,500 to enter the chart at No. 40. IN THIS MOMENT's sophomore effort, "The Dream", sold more than 8,000 copies back in its first week of release in October 2008 to land at No. 70. "Black Widow" was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Black Widow" track listing: 01. The Infection 02. Sex Metal Barbie 03. Big Bad Wolf 04. Dirty Pretty 05. Black Widow 06. Sexual Hallucination 07. Sick Like Me 08. Bloody Creature Poster Girl 09. The Fighter 10. Bones 11. Natural Born Sinner 12. Into The Darkness 13. Out Of Hell The band is currently on tour and singer Maria Brink told The Pulse Of Radio that she can feel the excitement from fans about the new album. "We're definitely feeling it and I think that where we most see it is in the crowd response, you know," she said. "Where it used to just be like, you know, they'd clap and they're happy and that's it at the end of a song, where now it's like they're screaming, like, with everything that they have in them. And some people are crying and it's definitely like going to a brand new level for sure that we've never had before." IN THIS MOMENT last year inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records. IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including "Blood".

BLIND GUARDIAN: First 'Beyond The Red Mirror' Studio Trailer

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 13:51

German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN will release their tenth studio album, "Beyond The Red Mirror", in Europe on January 30, 2015 and in North America on February 3, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The first studio trailer for the CD is available below. Says BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist and lyricist Hansi Kürsch: "It is impossible for us to choose a song that represents the whole album. The upcoming single needs to be seen as an appetizer. 'Twilight Of The Gods' is perfect, because it reveals incredible dynamic and contains great melody lines." Four and a half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010's "At The Edge Of Time" was recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, HELLOWEEN). The CD showcases BLIND GUARDIAN's collaborative work with three different classical choirs: one from the Czech Republic (Prague), one from Hungary (Budapest), and one from the United States (Boston). Two grand orchestras — each featuring 90 musicians — also lend their brilliant talents to the new recordings with absolutely spellbinding results. Transporting listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail, the ten songs comprising "Beyond The Red Mirror"'s story lines revolve around the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the 1995 tracks "Bright Eyes" and "And The Story Ends". "A story between science fiction and fantasy," explains Kürsch. "The story begins with our 1995 album, 'Imaginations From The Other Side'. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost." Asked to describe the band's guiding principles for the creation of this new release, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist André Olbrich shares: “We want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music.” Opening with a tidal wave of surging emotion courtesy of a spine-tingling choir "Beyond The Red Mirror" unleashes its first gem, "Ninth Wave", a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still seeking resolution. Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies and choral glories with a nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga, "Grand Parade" (called "the best song we have ever written" by Olbrich), the grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling in "Beyond The Red Mirror" is guaranteed to leave you breathless. Come 2015, you will soon experience why BLIND GUARDIAN are so influential in their genre and without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music. Featuring artwork by longtime collaborator Felipe Machado, "Beyond The Red Mirror" will be available in the following formats: * Jewel Case (10 songs) * Limited Edition Digibook (11 songs) * Double LP gatefold vinyl (11 songs) * Earbook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, and liner notes) * NB-Mailorder-Earbook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, liner notes + bonus 10") "Beyond The Red Mirror" is as follows: 01. Ninth Wave 02. Twilight Of The Gods 03. Prophecies 04. At The Edge Of Time 05. Ashes Of Eternity 06. Distant Memories (bonus track on limited editions + vinyl) 07. Holy Grail 08. The Throne 09. Sacred Mind 10. Miracle Machine 11. Grand Parade Standard Artwork Earbook/Digibook Artwork

HELLION: 'Betrayer' Video Released

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 13:36

"Betrayer", the new video from Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers HELLION, can be seen below. The clip features footage from the HELLION North American tour, including stops in Seattle, Toronto, Boise, Los Angeles, and more. The musicians enlisted by vocalist Ann Boleyn for the new HELLION are drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, UFO, QUEENSRŸCHE), keyboard player Scott Warren (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO), bassist Greg Smith (ALICE COOPER, RAINBOW, TED NUGENT), and guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle. Georg Dolivo (RHINO BUCKET) appeared as a special guest rhythm guitarist on the recent tour. In October, HELLION released its first CD of new music in a decade. "Karma's A Bitch" was produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has helmed such albums as DAVID BOWIE's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups". HELLION will release a live CD, which was recorded on their recent tour, in early 2015. The group plans to perform in England and Europe early next year.

AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG, BRIAN JOHNSON Talk 'Rock Or Bust', MALCOLM YOUNG And Band's Longevity (Video)

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 13:09

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and singer Brian Johnson were recently interviewed by Christian O'Connell of UK's Absolute Radio. You can now watch the chat below. SiriusXM has launched "AC/DC Radio," an exclusive, limited-run channel featuring the music of AC/DC. SiriusXM's "AC/DC Radio" will air through Sunday, December 7 via satellite on channel 25 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at The limited-run channel features music spanning AC/DC's entire career up to their new album, "Rock Or Bust", which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 2, as well as classic rock music that airs regularly on SiriusXM's Classic Rewind channel. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was missing from the band's new publicity photo and was also a no-show at the group's video shoot for "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust". Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith), with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to "procure murder" by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Rudd's attorney, Paul Mabey, and police. Mabey said that Hollister-Jones reviewed the case and concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge." Rudd still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of meth and marijuana, which his lawyer described as "minor."

Van Canto - Share Live Video Featuring Tarja, André Matos And More

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:29

A capella metal sensations <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2416&bandname=Van+Canto>Van Canto</a> have just released a brand new live video from this year's Wacken Open Air Festival 2014! They hit the stage together with many special guests: Tarja Turunen, Victor Smolski (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=14&bandname=Rage>Rage</a>), Chris Boltendahl (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=250&bandname=Grave+Digger>Grave Digger</a>), André Matos (ex-<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=32&bandname=Angra>Angra</a>) and Stimmgewalt (Hardchor from Berlin). You can watch the band's special performance of the song "Fear Of The Dark", the <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=60&bandname=Iron+Maiden>Iron Maiden</a> hit, right here. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25095>Read more...</a>

GRAND MAGUS: 'Steel Versus Steel' Video Released

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:26

"Steel Versus Steel", the new video from Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's seventh album, "Triumph And Power", which registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: Germany: #21 Austria: #36 Switzerland: #59 UK: #129 These are the best chart results ever for GRAND MAGUS in those territories. "Triumph And Power" was released on January 31 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2012's "The Hunt" was recorded with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. On Hooves Of Gold 02. Steel Versus Steel 03. Fight 04. Triumph And Power 05. Dominator 06. Arv 07. Holmgång 08. The Naked And The Dead 09. Ymer 10. The Hammer Will Bite 11. Blackmoon (bonus track) Commented the band: "Once again we worked with Nico Elgstrand as producer, a tradition that started with 'Hammer Of The North' back in 2010. "This is our strongest album yet. It has the northern feel, it has the power and the melody that has become our mark of excellence. "Fans of true metal will take this album to their hearts. To top everything off, we have the striking and epic artwork of Anthony Roberts. "The album cover perfectly captures the work on this album and GRAND MAGUS as a band."

Inquisition - To Reissue First Two Albums, Covers Revealed

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:14

Black metal duo <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2741&bandname=Inquisition>Inquisition</a> are now revealing the artwork of the reissue of their praised second full-length <i>Invoking The Majestic Throne Of Satan</i> which has been scheduled for release on February 23rd, 2015 (one day later in North America). This is part of Season Of Mist exclusively releasing the official catalogue of the band. <i>Invoking The Majestic Throne Of Satan</i> will come as all reissues with new artwork by the renowned artist Paolo Girardi, who already created the cover art for <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2741&bandname=Inquisition>Inquisition</a>'s latest album <i>Obscure Verses For The Multiverse</i> (2013). The original artwork will be included as well with each re-release. These will have the original masters; no remixes and no remastering. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25094>Read more...</a>