"Nothing Stands In Our Way" is the new video from the Italian group <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=147&bandname=Lacuna+Coil>Lacuna Coil</a> and can now be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album, <i>Broken Crown Halo</i>, which arrived in stores on April 1st via Century Media. Enjoy! The band will have a busy year in terms of touring. You can catch <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=147&bandname=Lacuna+Coil>Lacuna Coil</a> in <a href="/events/event.php?event_id=103863">North America</a> in September and October. They will also do a European tour with <b>Motionless In White</b> and <b>Devilment</b> after that. Plenty of opportunities to catch them live. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24265>Read more...</a>
A new <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3579&bandname=Kroda>Kroda</a> album is coming, and it is going to be called <i>Ginnungagap-Ginnungagaldr-Ginnungakaos</i>. For those who are curious about it, some sample songs can be heard at <a href="http://kroda.com.ua/">this location</a>. However these are still not the final outcome, just demo tracks. You can also stream them below. Tell us your impressions. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24271>Read more...</a>
Elliot Paisley of EQPTV conducted an interview with DOWN drummer and EYEHATEGOD guitarist Jimmy Bower at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. DOWN's new EP, "Down IV - Part Two", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on May 13 via Down Records/ADA Music, the effort was tracked at Nodferatu's Lair — iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo's home studio — and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and DOWN. Guitarist Bobby Landgraf made his formal stage debut when DOWN headlined Anselmo's first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival in front of a packed audience of the faithful in October 2013. EYEHATEGOD's new, self-titled offering studio recording was released in May via Housecore Records. The recording process for the CD started with producer Billy Anderson back in the fold (he recorded 1996's "Dopesick"). The session saw both producer and band not quite on the same page and at the end, the album was unfinished. A few months later, the band reconvened at longtime friend Phil Anselmo's home studio with producer Stephen Berrigan (DOWN). Both Anselmo and Berrigan helped draw out the missing pieces to one of underground metal's most anticipated albums in years. An unexpected tragedy occurred shortly upon returning home from a five-week European tour in the fall of 2013: Joey LaCaze passed away due to respiratory failure. An outpouring of condolences and tributes spread online. Fortunately, LaCaze's drum tracks were captured by Anderson and appear on the album, creating the definitive tribute for the member of the band who encapsulated best just what EYEHATEGOD was all about; seriously not taking yourself too seriously. New Orleans native, Aaron Hill (MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD, MISSING MONUMENTS), took over for LaCaze without missing a beat, both figuratively and literally.
Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has apologized for criticizing Robin Williams over the actor's suicide, saying that it was "not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did." In the original column he wrote for LA Weekly, Rollins blasted Williams for the devastating effect his death will have had on his three children. While recognizing Williams' magnificent career and undisputable talent, Rollins explained that he regards people who have committed suicide "with a bit of disdain." "I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life," he wrote. "They were real but now they are not. Following the public outcry over his comments, Rollins took to his Facebook page to apologize for damage his words caused. He wrote: "For the last 9+ hours, I have been answering letters from people from all over the world. The anger is off the scale and in my opinion, well placed. "The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt. This is perhaps one of the bigger understatements of all time. I read all the letters. Some of them were very long and the disappointment, resentment and ringing clarity was jarring. "That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result. "I have had a life of depression. Some days are excruciating. Knowing what I know and having been through what I have, I should have known better but I obviously did not. I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way. Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them. "I am not asking for a break from the caning, take me to the woodshed as much as you see fit. If what I said has caused you to be done with me, I get it. "I wrote something for the LA Weekly that they will post on Monday. "I wanted to get this out at this moment. "I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry. It is not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did. Thank you for reading this." Rollins was not the first rocker to apologize for comments about depression and suicide. Last week KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons clarified comments he made in July — prior to Williams' death — which caused outrage among many fans and celebrities. Simmons admitted in his apology he made the comments in "the spur of the moment" and without "regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression."
If you can't wait for the follow-up to <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=136&bandname=Kamelot>Kamelot</a> last album <i>Silverthorn</i>, there is good news for you. The band's guitarist and mastermind Thomas Youngblood recently revealed that he is in Stuttgart, Germany with keyboardist Oliver Palotai working on the the next <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=136&bandname=Kamelot>Kamelot</a> album. This will be their second opus with new singer Tommy Karevik. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24273>Read more...</a>
Being in a funeral doom metal band does not mean you can't have a sense of humor. Indeed, that's one of the messages the German horde <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2139&bandname=Ahab>Ahab</a> showed through a comical set of photos via their Facebook page, and as the band has put it: "As music business is a dirty business find here an 'educational' comic how to better NOT sign a record deal." Not only that but they have also officially announced their contract renewal with Napalm Records. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24264>Read more...</a>
The Scottish band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6385&bandname=Falloch>Falloch</a> are ready to release their second album, and now, one month before its release, they revealed a teaser for their upcoming album <a href="/bands/album.php?album_id=77551&band_id=6385&bandname=Falloch"><i>This Island, Our Funeral</i></a> as a foretaste. You can listen to an excerpt taken from the song "Sanctuary" here. How did you like the teaser? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24262>Read more...</a>
Florida death metal legends <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=110&bandname=Obituary>Obituary</a> make their Relapse debut with <i>Inked In Blood</i>, their 9th full length album. According to the label, almost three decades in, <i>Inked In Blood</i> stands out as one of the finest moments in <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=110&bandname=Obituary>Obituary</a>'s discography. Today you can listen to the first taste of the album in an album teaser video. Samples from three brand new tracks can be heard in the video, which is available for viewing below. What do you think about it? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24266>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4060&bandname=Cain%26%23039%3Bs+Offering>Cain's Offering</a> guitarist Jani Liimatainen posted on his blog new information regarding <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4060&bandname=Cain%26%23039%3Bs+Offering>Cain's Offering</a> future. Since June, the ex-<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=166&bandname=Sonata+Arctica>Sonata Arctica</a> guitar player has been working on new songs for the forthcoming album. So, finally fans have some news on the successor to their debut album <i>Gather The Faithful</i> five years later. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24260>Read more...</a>
Good news from the Tokyo underworld: Japanese death metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6947&bandname=Desecravity>Desecravity</a> have recently announced the exact release date for their forthcoming second album. <i>Orphic Signs</i> will go on sale on November 15th, courtesy of <b>Willowtip Records</b>. Mark your calendars, folks! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24270>Read more...</a>
Norwegian/American hard rock band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6616&bandname=TNT>TNT</a> is finally unleashing <i>30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert</i>, a unique document of their 3 decade career captured on June 2nd, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. Backed by Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and with appearance by Hank Von Helvete, Dee Snider, Dag Ingebrigtsen and Tony Mills, this is truly a must-have for fans. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24269>Read more...</a>
Century Media Records founder, Robert Kampf, has announced the formation of a new record label, <b>Another Century</b>. The label will focus on hard rock and has already signed 3 bands to the roster: Los Angeles rock veterans, <b>Rev Theory</b>, New Zealand's rising stars, <b>Like A Storm</b>, and Chicago based, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6045&bandname=The+Bloodline>The Bloodline</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24252>Read more...</a>
The playthrough video for the song "Equalizer" from ARMAGEDDON, the band led by former ARCH ENEMY guitarist Christopher Amott, can be seen below. The track is taken from ARMAGEDDON's new album, "Captivity & Devourment", which will be released later in the year. The CD was mixed by Fredrik Larnemo at Studio Recordia and mastered at Stockholm Mastering. The cover artwork for "Captivity & Devourment" was designed by visual master Paolo Girardi, who created this oil painting after reading the album lyrics and story written by Claudius. The group states: "He took his own inspiration and painted a scene of total destruction as described across the album. We thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration with him. We strictly did not want the uninspired digital photoshop album art that is so prevalent these days. This is hand painted visions of a man inspired by music." ARMAGEDDON first came to life in Sweden in 1997 as a studio project, with the release of "Crossing The Rubicon", a sci-fi themed concept album. Two more full-length efforts followed, "Embrace The Mystery" in 2000 and "Three" in 2003, both featuring different lineups and different musical directions, with Amott as the sole remaining original member. ARMAGEDDON is now resurrected in its most powerful form. The band is based out of New York City, and has brought unto itself a crushing lineup of musicians. Together they have once again conjured up the force that is ARMAGEDDON. "Captivity & Devourment" consists of 10 awe-inspiring and ingeniously crafted songs, full of devastating riffs, soaring guitar leads and fist-pumping choruses. Heavy, melodic, technical, and groovy, this is creative metal songwriting with one foot in deep in the classics and and one eye gazing towards the distant future. ARMAGEDDON 2014 is: Matt Hallquist - Lead Vocals Christopher Amott - Guitar, Clean Vocals Joey Concepcion - Guitar Sara Claudius - Bass Márton Veress - Drums Amott's latest solo album, "Impulses", can be purchased directly from his music store. Amott in March 2012 issued a statement explaining that he left ARCH ENEMY to pursue his solo career. He said, "I'm gonna continue to be very active in music, working with all kinds of styles — this does not rule out metal." ARCH ENEMY recruited American guitarist Nick Cordle (ARSIS) to replace Christopher. Christopher Amott started his career in music in 1995 as a founding creative force and guitarist in ARCH ENEMY. In this context, he is known for his tastefully technical guitar work and memorably emotive playing style. After garnering his early success, Christopher had the desire to express himself on a personal level in the same genre. At this time he began writing albums under the name ARMAGEDDON. Christopher wrote and recorded three albums over the next few years as ARCH ENEMY grew into an internationally recognized act, with his compositions featuring his own vocal stylings on the last album. This would be Christopher's first foray into singing and a spark of inspiration for his later musical ventures. In 2008, Christopher began to consider his creative options as a mature musician. He began writing songs of an entirely different atmosphere, which saw his guitar playing focused less on technical ecstasy and more on a chord-based blues rock ambience as a foundation for more prominent vocal and lyrical ideas. These compositions developed into his next solo project; the album would be called "Follow Your Heart", released under his own name in 2010. Photo credit: John Fell "Equalizer" playthrough video: "Thanatron" lyric video: "Captivity & Devourment" album teaser: "Captivity & Devourment" song audio stream:
In a brand new interview with AltPress.com, vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES was asked about the direction of the band's new album, "Siren Charms", compared to that on 2011's "Sounds Of A Playground Fading". "We don't sit at a round table and say, 'We should do this. We should do that.' It just happens. We just wanna make a good album, basically. When I get the music, I just fly with it and do my thing. It's like I get an 80-pecent complete painting and I use my brush and my colors. Björn [Gelotte, lead guitarist] and I never talk like, 'Now we should do this song. Now we should do that song.' It's just, 'Does this feel good?' We don't really look into what other bands do and what other people say we should do. "I think we are the worst band for A&R people. It must be scary. [Laughs] "My record company asked me before, 'Do you have any songs?' And I was like, 'Yeah, we got songs. Don't worry.' Obviously, we didn't. We don't let anyone into the studio apart from producers. Friends come and go, but they don't have any say. "We don't have a record company saying, 'Do this! You need this type of song!' We always stay close to our own hearts and try to incorporate what we're known for, which is melody and aggression. We blend that all kinds of ways." He added later in the interview: "I wanna challenge our listeners a little bit. They shouldn't know exactly what they're gonna get. They're definitely gonna get IN FLAMES in some sort of way, but I don't wanna do 'Whoracle' or 'Jester Race' part 2. "We're not a big planning type of band. It's metal, it's rock 'n' roll; let's do whatever. "When I got into the metal scene and first heard of punk rock and metal, for me, it was, like, 'Whoa! There are no rules! You can do whatever you want.' Then, when I started playing in bands, all of these rules were told to me. What? Can I not do what I want? I have to be this person to be part of this scene. I cannot look this way? To me, you can do whatever you want. I can promise you one thing: We will never do a country album." Speaking about what he was trying to do vocally this time around, Anders said: "I just had to do what I did this time. Live, I still like to scream. You get an energy from your fans. But standing in front of that mic, I just didn't feel like doing it the same way. Some songs I do, but most of the songs are in a different vocal style. It's also a conscious decision. It happens because the songs need that sound. It doesn't mean I won't scream. I still love the screaming. I'll probably do it on another album. I might be a little bit angrier in another two years."
WOVENWAR guitarist Nick Hipa was interviewed on the August 15-17 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. The self-titled debut album from WOVENWAR, the new band featuring the talents of Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) of San Diego, California based metal act AS I LAY DYING, and Shane Blay (vocals) of OH, SLEEPER, sold around 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 36 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Bill Stevenson (DESCENDENTS, BLACK FLAG) and mixed by Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM). The official video for the song titled "All Rise" can be seen below. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with director Scott Hansen (Digital Thunderdome). In a recent interview with The Weeklings, Hipa stated about tnew name of the new band: "The name is just something that we collectively settled on based on the idea that at our core, we're all the same. "As human beings, there's a common thread that runs through us, and we have the spectrum of love and hate and everything in between; we're born exactly the same but as we age and go through life, certain parts of our character are cultivated, whether it's a belief system or whether it's a religious belief or a political belief, or prejudices or anything. Those are influenced by the people who are raising you or the environment you're reared in. "You see so much bigotry, hatred violence and war, but they're all fabricated — they're not necessary, but they're just created. "I think people lose sight of the fact that the human heart is the same in all of us and that's where the name comes from. "We chose 'WOVENWAR' instead of 'WOVENHEARTS' or something like that because we had to go with the heavier-sounding one and that might sound superficial, but the idea is there. "If you recognize that those things are all created, then you can choose to live a life in opposition to that." Hipa also spoke about WOVENWAR's much more melodic vocal approach compared to that of AS I LAY DYING. He said: "It happened in a pretty natural way. "When we were thinking of singers, we thought about who met our criteria who we'd want to be in a band with, almost immediately when Shane's name came up, that was it. There was no tryouts with other guys, or there was no, 'OK, he's an option, let's see who else is out there.' This is somebody that's been my friend that half of my life, and somebody that the guys knew and that they respected as a musician and who we were all comfortable with. It was like he was already one of us, and he's such a talented guy, so let's see what we can do with Shane. "When you're in a band, you want to draw from everyone's strengths. In AS I LAY DYING, I think we made the made the best music we could with what everyone was awesome at and we're proud of that. With WOVENWAR, Shane's strength, apart from his guitar playing, which he doesn't do enough of on this record, is his voice. He's just got a great voice and what he does best is sing, and we love that about him and we wanted to explore that, so that's what we did. It worked out extremely naturally because we didn't ask him to do anything that he didn't feel comfortable doing. We'd say, 'Here's some music, what would you do with this?' and he'd come back with all these vocal melodies. Immediately Josh hears those and has all these harmony ideas, so you've got two singers making the vocal presentation something that, if you take away all of our past musical endeavors, on its own, we felt it was awesome and that's what we wanted to develop. The sound of the band, while extremely different, came about in a very natural sort of way in the sense of, this is what everyone does well."