|MARDUK: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Utrecht Concert|
|Fan-filmed video footage of MARDUK's December 4 performance at Tivoli in Utrecht, The Netherlands can be seen below.
Due to problems with a nerve in the spine, MARDUK drummer Lars Broddsson is unable to join his bandmates on their current tour. Filling in for him is F. Widigs.
MARDUK's "Panzer Division 2013" tour with GRAVE, DEATH WOLF and VALKYRIA kicked off on November 28 in Erfurt, Germany.
MARDUK's 12th studio album, "Serpent Sermon", sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 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.
MARDUK's previous CD, "Wormwood", opened with around 650 units to enter the Heatseekers chart at No. 99.
"Serpent Sermon" was made available as standard CD, vinyl and limited-edition media book with an exclusive bonus track entitled "Coram Satanae".
|ROB HALFORD Performs 'Lift Me Up' With FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH In Birmingham (Video)|
|JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford joined FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH on stage last night (Thursday, December 5) at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England to perform the song "Lift Me Up". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
Halford is featured on the studio version of "Lift Me Up", which appears on the first installment of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's masterwork titled "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", released in July.
During an interview with Full Metal Jackie, Halford stated about FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: "I absolutely love the band, I think the band is absolutely amazing."
He added: "I've been watching the band from the early days, much like I've been doing with much of the metal scene. I'm just feasting on it all the time especially since it's so easy now through the Internet to pick up on things."
Halford said he was "absolutely thrilled" to receive the invitation from the band, adding that "I was excited because I started following the band's career and I just had a feeling they're about to go over what we call a tipping point and I think the band's going to explode this year worldwide, I really do. I asked for the track to be sent to me just to check it out, and as soon as I heard it coming out the speakers, I went, 'Man, I want in on this.'
"We just bonded right away and they just have their hearts in the right place, I love them for that and I love them for the fact that they believe in themselves a thousand percent and not letting anybody get in their way. I'm just happy for them that the single is doing so good right now and I'm sure it's going to get better over the coming weeks."
"Volume 1" has sold more than 300,000 copies to date. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's three previous albums have all gone gold for sales of 500,000 copies or more.
|Ex-ACCEPT/BANGALORE CHOIR Singer DAVID REECE Discusses New Solo Album On 'Hard Rock Nights' (Audio)|
|American singer David Reece was recently interviewed on the "Hard Rock Nights" syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Reece, though brought up on a diet of Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette, has been sharing his bluesy rock voice with the world since the late 1980s. His most notable early releases were ACCEPT's 1989 album "Eat The Heat" and BANGALORE CHOIR's 1992 classic "On Target", closely followed by LPs with SIRCLE OF SILENCE and STREAM. Disillusioned with a floundering rock scene, David took a hiatus from music in the mid 1990s to follow other pursuits and dreams.
Returning in 2008 with the critically acclaimed GYPSY ROSE album "Another World", David's debut solo album "Universal Language" surfaced in 2009. The culmination of many years writing and performing, the album featured musicians including Andy Susemihl (U.D.O.), and fine songs such as the bombastic "Rescue Me", the huge "We Were Alive", the soaring ballad "Queen Of My Dreams" and the distinctly leftfield "Yellow"; a definite song for fans of COLONEL MUSTARD.
The album "Cadence" in 2010 saw the first brand new BANGALORE CHOIR material in 18 years. 2011 marked David's return to working with GYPSY ROSE founder Martin Kronlund, this time under the moniker REECE KRONLUND releasing an album simply called "Solid". The album also marked David's first ventures with lyricist Jon Wilde, who has since co-written on the third BANGALORE CHOIR album, "Metaphor", released in 2012 and now on this; David's second solo album, "Compromise" — an apt title given the amount of compromise we all face in our lives, be it working in the music industry or going about our daily grind.
With vocals recorded at KMan studios in Blaine, Minnesota and produced by Kelly Peterson, the album features a big name cast including bassist Ronnie Parkes (SEVEN WITCHES), guitarist Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, SAVATAGE, METALIUM), keyboardist Paul Morris (RAINBOW, DORO, JURGEN BLACKMORE), and special guests Christian Tolle and Andy Susemihl. The mix was handled by Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT) and Martin Kronlund, with Martin also performing full mastering duties.
The result is a peach of an album with a wide range of songs from sublime ballads "Someone Beautiful" (with music by renowned writers Tom and James Martin) to metal masterpieces "End Of It All", stomping rockers "Where My Heart Belongs" and more. David, with influences as diverse as Ian Gillan, Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell, loves tackling a variety of styles and one listen will tell you he has the voice to pull it off. And with musicians the calibre of those here, and lyrics boasting a darn sight more intelligence than your standard clichéd rock fair, he has the firepower to back him up all the way into classic album territory.
"Compromise" recording lineup:
Vocals: David Reece
Bass: Ronnie Parkes
Guitar: Jack Frost, Kelly Peterson
Keyboards: Paul Morris
Guests on guitars: Andy Susemihl and Christian Tolle
"Compromise" track listing:
02. End Of It All
03. Fortunate Son
04. Someone Beautiful
05. Along For The Ride
06. Coast To Coast
07. All Roads Lead To War
08. Where My Heart Belongs
09. Everything To Everyone
10. Evil Never Dies
11. Treasure Hunter
"Disaster" audio sample:
"Where My Heart Belongs" audio sample:
"End Of It All" audio sample:
|Video: MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Interviews THE ROLLING STONES' DARRYL JONES At 'Bass Player LIVE!'|
|In early November, David Ellefson (MEGADETH) conducted an interview with Darryl Jones (THE ROLLING STONES) at the 2013 Bass Player Live! award show and concert at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Hartke, one of the leading bass amplification manufacturers in the world, left a mark on Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre on November 9 at Bass Player LIVE! The company brought together some of music's finest players for an all-star tribute to bass legend Geezer Butler. The all-star lineup partnered vocalists Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Doug Pinnick (KING'S X) and Sebastian Bach (formerly of SKID ROW) with guitarists Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Chris Broderick (MEGADETH) alongside a collection of some of the most notable bass players in music today. Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS), JD DeServio (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Jason Newsted (NEWSTED, formerly of METALLICA) and Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE) rotated bass duties on a set list that consisted of some of BLACK SABBATH's most notable songs as well as some rarely performed gems. Drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) was sole timekeeper handling all of the drum parts for every song. The all-stars and attending crowd were even treated to a performance by the legend and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Geezer Butler, grabbing the bass for SABBATH classics "Fairies Wear Boots" and "N.I.B."
|MORBID ANGEL's DAVID VINCENT Says Former Drummer PETE SANDOVAL Has 'Found Jesus'|
|During a brand new interview with Invisible Oranges, MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist David Vincent was asked whether it was weird to perform the band's 1993 album, "Covenant", in its entirety on the group's current North American tour without MORBID ANGEL's longtime drummer Pete Sandoval.
"Nope. Not at all," Vincent replied. "Tim's [Yeung, MORBID ANGEL's current drummer] an excellent drummer. He handles the material very well. He was a big fan of the record when it came out, too. He's a couple years my junior, but it's cool. He feels the songs really well, and it's fun.
Regarding whether Sandoval is still a member of MORBID ANGEL, Vincent said: "Pete's no longer in MORBID ANGEL." He added: "His whole way of life has changed. He's in a different spot, and the spot that he's in right now, Pete Sandoval and MORBID ANGEL are not compatible."
Pressed to elaborate on this supposed "incompatibility" between Sandoval and MORBID ANGEL, Vincent offered: "Well, [Pete] has found Jesus. You can see where the incompatibility comes from."
During a chat with Brazil's Som Extremo in October 2011, Sandoval was asked for his opinion about MORBID ANGEL's "controversial" new CD, "Illud Divinum Insanus", which incorporates industrial and electronic elements into the band's traditional death metal sound. "No comment! I don't play on that album." He was then questioned about what he thought he would have done different on "Illud Divinum Insanus" had he played on the record. "More exreme deathgrind metal and less DJ, boring awful typical I care less industrial experimental same as everybody boring bull!" he said. "This is not what MORBID has been all about! ...Hmmmmmm, and I really care less...!"
Sandoval recently celebrated the 24th anniversary of TERRORIZER's classic album "World Downfall" by performing the LP in its entirety at several shows. He was joined at the gigs by Lee Harrison (MONSTROSITY) and Sam Molina.|
|BLACK SABBATH: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Frankfurt Concert|
|Fan-filmed video footage of BLACK SABBATH's December 4 concert in Frankfurt, Germany can be seen below.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes
05. Age Of Reason
06. Black Sabbath
07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
09. End Of The Beginning
10. Fairies Wear Boots
11. Rat Salad
12. Tommy Clufetos Drum Solo
13. Iron Man
14. God Is Dead?
15. Dirty Women
16. Children Of The Grave
According to The Pulse Of Radio, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi is not sure if making a follow-up to this year's reunion album, "13", would be a good idea for the group. Iommi said in Revolver magazine, "I don't know if that would be an anticlimax if we wrote another album. I'd like to, but we haven't actually spoken about it, you know? I don't know if that would be a good idea after this one, because this one's done so well. I'm sure we'd all like to do one. But I don't know. Maybe I should talk to the others about it."
Bassist Geezer Butler added, "I really haven't thought about it. I'm just glad that we made this one. It can't be something where you go in and go, 'Well, that one was No. 1, so let's do another No. 1 album.' I think we'll know if we can do it or if we can't. If we have to force it, then we won't be doing it."
"13", the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature Iommi, Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne recording together, went No. 1 around the world, earning the band their first chart-topper ever in the U.S.
Ozzy said about the prospects of making another record, "I don't want to say there's going to be another album, because I don't want you to ask me in another year, 'What happened when you said you were going to do another record?' I'll leave it open. I'm open for anything. I have three albums to deliver of my own solo thing to my record label."
Ozzy added, "We'll all still be doing music. It's been a lot of fun doing it with BLACK SABBATH, and I'm not sorry at all for getting back together."
The making of "13" was marked by several dramatic events, including drummer Bill Ward's withdrawal from the project over a contractual dispute and Iommi's cancer diagnosis.
Butler told Revolver that he started writing a song for "13", called "Hanging By A Thread", that was inspired by Iommi's illness. He explained, "It was very much about dying, about giving your last breath and passing your spirit on." But the track didn't make it onto the album because, Butler said, "We never came up with the finished thing."
BLACK SABBATH will return to North America in 2014 for 10 shows that will be among the last in support of "13".
|CANDLEMASS' LEIF EDLING Says Singer ROBERT LOWE Was 'Not Easy To Deal' With|
|David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with AVATARIUM/CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
DeadRhetoric.com: Next to KRUX, the last new band you launched was ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA, which was 20 years ago. For you, what are the differences in launching one today, versus back then?
Edling: [pauses] That's a good question. [laughs]
DeadRhetoric.com: If you think about when you launched ABSTRAKT, it was hard because you had all of this success with CANDLEMASS and people wanted one thing from you. So now because of time, it might be a bit different.
Edling: The thing is I can think about is what you're aiming at is that it's a little harder getting a record deal today, and to get signed by a bigger label. It's a relief to be a signed by a label if you don't expect anything, if you're okay with 2,000 euros or 3,000 euros…maybe $5,000. Something like that, and then they expect you to make an album and it's really hard to make an album. And somebody is expecting to make money from [it]. But I understand it because of the downloading. It's not easy to get a record deal and I felt it when we talked to some labels and what they offered you. At the same time, you understand them. But you need money to record a decent album. I'm going to use old-school studios. I'm going to do it the old-fashioned way with real drums and a real studio, but it's not easy when you're offered $5,000 and it has to be enough to record and mix the album. I can't really work like that, but I'm not making excuses. I want the album to sound good and then you have to have a real mix. I want the drums to sound good, but you have to record those in the studio. There's no way around it. The album will cost $10 - 15,000 dollars. That's just how it is. [laughs] I'm not making any money out of that. [laughs] Back in the day, it wasn't difficult to get $20,000 to record.
DeadRhetoric.com: The [CANDLEMASS] singer switch last year took some people by surprise, including me. However, I saw you in Cleveland in 2008 and I remember Robert [Lowe] reading the lyrics from a notebook while on stage and it bothered me. Was it a long time coming to make a change?
Edling: I would say that. Robert was not easy to deal [with] and he could have learned the lyrics.
DeadRhetoric.com: He was reading some of the classics. I think the crowd knew them better than he did.
Edling: Yeah, yeah, I know. I would say that after every gig. Still, he has an amazing voice. He's one of the best singers in the world at that. He has a gift from God, but working with Mats [Levén] now — he's a true professional. He can sing every CANDLEMASS song inside out and he can do it as good, if not better than Robert or Messiah [Marcolin], or whoever. These gigs we've done lately have been fucking tremendous. I can't praise Mats enough. Maybe we should have approached him earlier. [laughs]
DeadRhetoric.com: I have to ask: You're playing "Ancient Dreams" in full now, but it's no secret it's not one of your favorite CANDLEMASS albums. Revisiting that album after 25 years, has it given you a different perspective?
Edling: A little bit. Now when we remastered the album and it sounds a bit better now, I'm more at peace with the album. There were too many problems going on at the time, so you don't have this great sound. We haven't played those songs so much live. We played a lot of songs live with CANDLEMASS over the past few years, but we haven't done too many off "Ancient Dreams". It feels like a fresh area to go to, to play like "Battle Of Cain". We've never played "Incarnation Of Evil" live. When we played "Darkness In Paradise" in Stockholm, people were yelling… they've never heard it live. People loved it. I'm looking forward to it, but of course, we need to rehearse like idiots. [laughs]
Read the entire interview at DeadRhetoric.com.|
|HATEBREED Talks To Australia's MUSIC FEEDS (Video)|
|On December 1, Music Feeds conducted an interview with guitarist Frank Novinec and vocalist Jamey Jasta of Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED in Sydney, Australia during this year's Vans Warped Tour Australia.
HATEBREED bassist Chris Beattie sat out the band's fall North American headlining tour after sustaining an injury in an accident. His temporary replacement on the road was Matt Bachand of SHADOWS FALL.
HATEBREED's latest album, "The Divinity Of Purpose", sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on January 29 in North America via Razor & Tie and on January 25 in Europe through Nuclear Blast. The CD was co-produced by HATEBREED, Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), with Wilbur also handling mixing duties. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR).
|AIRBOURNE's RYAN O'KEEFFE Speaks To Sweden's ACCESS: ROCK (Video)|
|On October 30, Anna Dave Bertram of Sweden's Access: Rock conducted an interview with drummer Ryan O'Keeffe of Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE at Tyrol, Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.
AIRBOURNE's "Back In The Game" video was filmed earlier this year on tour around the world. The song comes off AIRBOURNE's third album, "Black Dog Barking", which was released in May via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2010's "No Guts. No Glory." was helmed by award-winning producer Brian Howes.
In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, AIRBOURNE said about the new CD: "With 'No Guts. No Glory.', we might've rushed a few things here and there because we had two world tours back-to-back up against each other. We recorded the music just in the middle of all that. We even had some shows between recording. This time, we spaced it out, and got our sound back to tape again.
"Brian Howes loves the same kind of music that we do, like IRON MAIDEN, MOTÖRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST and Elvis Presley. He always wanted to make a rock 'n' roll record, but he never got the chance to. When we recorded with him, that was our goal. It was very comfortable. We got to do this right."
Regarding the "Black Dog Barking" album title, AIRBOURNE said: "When we started this band, the music scene had a lot of new stuff going on in the late Nineties and early Two-Thousands. METALLICA were still as big as they are. However, when we'd play shows, people would be like, 'What do you need all of those amps for?' We were like, 'What? This is rock 'n' roll.' They played this fucking indie shit or whatever-the-fuck it is. Our mindset was, 'Fuck you and your indie shit. We're going to play rock 'n' roll!' The venues started closing down because of noise pollution. We weren't going to let rock 'n' roll die though. That's what 'Black Dog Barking' is about. It's a call to arms. If you're with us, you're on our side. If you're not, then we're coming for you."
AIRBOURNE is Joel O'Keeffe (vocals/lead guitar), Ryan O'Keeffe (drums), David Roads (guitar) and Justin Street (bass).
"Back In The Game":
|GWAR: Video Footage Of San Francisco Concert|
|Capital Chaos has uploaded quality video footage of GWAR's October 20 concert at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California. Check it out below.
GWAR's new album, "Battle Maximus", sold around 3,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 109 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD — the band's first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player Flattus Maximus — was issued on September 17 on Metal Blade Records.
GWAR's previous CD, 2010's "Bloody Pit Of Horror", opened with around 2,800 units — roughly half of the first-week tally registered by 2009's "Lust In Space", which premiered with 5,000 copies to land at No. 96.
"This album is both a tribute to Flattus and a telling of the next chapter in the story of GWAR," Oderus Urungus stated about "Battle Maximus". "The combo of the brand new album and show should satisfy even the most hardcore Flattus devotee with the fact that GWAR's slay-skills are as supreme as ever, and the band stands poised to embark on our most earth-shattering world tour yet. We have mourned, we have honored, and now it's time to fucking DEVASTATE in the name of Flattus and the supreme entity that is GWAR."
GWAR's "Battle Maximus" features twelve brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR's latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet... the insidious "Mr. Perfect", who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR — the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the "perfect" human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered shithead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.
|BLACK STAR RIDERS' DAMON JOHNSON Speaks To GetYourRockOut At HARD ROCK HELL VII (Video)|
|Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson at the Hard Rock Hell VII festival, which took place November 28-30 at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, North Wales. 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.
|DREAM THEATER's MIKE MANGINI: 'I'm Just Blown Away By How Great Everybody Is To Me'|
|Howard Whitman of TechnologyTell.com recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Mangini of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat below.
TechnologyTell.com: When you did the audition, which we all got to watch online and on the DVD that came with the "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" album, you seemed pretty confident. Did you have a good feeling about that?
Mangini: I had the best possible feeling in the world about it. And I have rehearsed such situations, meaning that I have addressed what it is that happens in an audition, what the possibilities are in that audition, good and bad, and accounted for them on a piece of paper and literally used my imagination to try to get through every possible situation. And because of that, I felt confident that I was ready to deal with whatever occurred.
TechnologyTell.com: How does it feel to watch it now in retrospect, since this is the close of this phase of DREAM THEATER as you go into the next phase with the new album and tour?
Mangini: It was highly effective on me, and very emotional for me, because as much as I was trying to think about my ability to do justice to the drum parts, I couldn't help but be swept away by how kind everybody was to me with their words — I'm talking everybody in the band, the crew — and how patient they were with me, how truly experienced they all are with allowing me to go through my ups and downs and to grow. And I'm just blown away by how great everybody is to me.
TechnologyTell.com: In approaching some of the songs from before you were in the band, are trying to bring your own flavor to it rather than just emulating what's been done before?
Mangini: Yes. I've made a change where I have found a way to reflect the older drum parts but in a way where I can still, let's say, play them half-lefty and half-righty, which allows me to sort of change cymbal sounds when the band changes key signatures. It adds a nice effect to the key signature change. I also am matching some of the lines a little more spot-on than the album versions as far as which drums or cymbals I'm choosing to hit, meaning I like to match the frequencies of the riffs being played. And instead of a standard drum fill, I like to melodically play what is being played by everybody else. And with some of the open drum fill sections, I'm definitely going for it this time and just doing my own thing.
TechnologyTell.com: It seems like the fans have really accepted you in the band and like the different things that you bring to it as well, rather than just trying to recreate what's been done before.
Mangini: Right. To a point, if I play it too exact, that's a little creepy, you know what I mean? But I want to uphold the greatness of those drum parts. I want the fans to be happy that they're hearing what they're used to. And I also like to put a bit of a twist in it, so I can just feel a little bit self-expressive and also maybe even take it to a place that excites the band and the fan.
Read the entire interview at TechnologyTell.com.|
|SCYTHIA: 'Bear Claw Tavern' Video Released|
|"Bear Claw Tavern", the new video from Canadian metallers SCYTHIA, can be seen below. The old world-themed clip, directed by fantasy movie director Richard Olak and filmed at the Storm Crow Tavern in the band's hometown of Vancouver, B.C., is an uproarious three-minute scorcher featuring the band rocking out in a medieval tavern filled with hooligans and mysterious characters. The video also features a dwarven troublemaker that gets himself into hot water when he decides to irritate a "wizened" old man.
"Bear Claw Tavern" is the first single from SCYTHIA's upcoming melodic, power/folk fusion record, "…Of Conquest". The album, which also includes progressive and death metal influences, is engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (ALESTORM, GLORYHAMMER, HALCYON WAY, SVARSOT) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, FEAR FACTORY). The album is mixed by Nino Laurenne (ENSIFERUM, WINTERSUN, KIUAS, FIREWIND) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (RAMMSTEIN, FIREWIND, KORPIKLAANI, APOCALYPTICA) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.
"…Of Conquest" is set to arrive in early 2014.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Fanfare 1516
02. Merchant Of Sin
03. Bear Claw Tavern
04. Sailor's Accolade
06. The Kraken
07. Into The Storm
08. Land Of Scythia
09. Wrath Of The Ancients
10. Army Of The Bear
11. Path Through The Labyrinth
Formed in 2008, SCYTHIA's music is recognized throughout their home country for its rich, poetic storytelling and epic melodies. Because of this, and touring like a cavalry of nomads, they have taken the independent scene by storm as they gather more and more fans both domestically and internationally.
SCYTHIA delivered its first album, "Of War", in 2010.
Dave Khan - Guitar, Main Vocals
Terry Savage - Bass, Harsh Vocals
Jeff Black - Keyboards, Back-Up Vocals
Celine Derval - Drums, Back-Up Vocals
|BLACK VEIL BRIDES' ANDY BIERSACK Speaks To PitCam TV (Video)|
|PitCam TV recently conducted an interview with vocalist Andy Biersack of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES. You can now watch the chat below.
In a recent interview with Artisan News, Biersack stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for BLACK VEIL BRIDES' follow-up to this year's "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones": "We've got nothing more than some concepts, and that's usually when we do our best stuff — when we don't get too 'heady' about it and we don't try to delve too deep into something before it's ready. We did that going into 'Wretched And Divine'. Beforehand, we had started writing on the road and we went in with a producer, and it just didn't click, 'cause that's not the way that… The dynamic of the band, artistically, has never worked that way. So this [time] we're gonna try to go into it where, like we did when we finally met with [producer] John Feldmann and we made the ['Wretched And Divine'] record — we just jumped into something with a concept and that's about it. So I think that that's when we work the best — kind of that pressure-cooker situation, in a way, where you know what you wanna do and you have to do it now. But it would be nice to be able to do that over an elongated period of time as opposed to doing it in two weeks and then trying to get the record out."
He continued: "Once this cycle is over, we're not gonna be disappearing or [having] any kind of time off or anything, but I think we're not gonna be touring for a little bit — we're gonna be working on writing and then putting out a new album that is as good as it can be.
"We're always reaching for the best BLACK VEIL BRIDES record, so hopefully this next one will be that. I don't think we've done it yet."
"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 8 via Lava/Universal Republic, the CD was produced by by John Feldmann (PAPA ROACH, THE USED, ATREYU) and is a full-fledged concept effort. The cover artwork for the album was created by the band's longtime friend, artist Richard Villa.
|MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN On Next CD: 'It Needs To Be A Timeless Album'|
|MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn's latest installment of his online blog, "The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman... And Other Ramblings", reads as follows:
"As you may have noticed, there aren't any, 'Hey, we're in the recording studio' updates happening. That's because we're not!
"A few journals ago, I said we'd hit the studio at end of October, and while we tried our damnedest to make that deadline, the fact is, we weren't ready.
"We started writing in January of this year, but between the bassist auditions, teaching [new bassist] Jared [MacEachern] all the old tunes, rehearsing for headline dates, doing [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival], getting Jared up to speed on the new tunes, and back into writing mode in September, we just didn't have the songs yet. We probably only wrote music for 4 out of those 9 months. If we went in [back in October], it would have been rushed.
"This is an important record for us. With a new label, a new member, and this being the follow-up to 'Unto The Locust', all eyes are on us. This record cannot be rushed or hurried, it needs to be great. It needs to be classic MACHINE HEAD. It needs to be a timeless album.
"Our new label, Nuclear Blast, agreed and said, 'Hey, if it comes out in April or August, who cares? In 5 years, they're only going to remember if it's great or not.'
"It was refreshing and we were grateful that's how they felt.
"We are now going in the studio the first week of February 2014.
'We already have 5 or 6 song demoed. Some are in more finished stages than others, so we'll continue demoing through the New Year. Shit, who am I kidding? We’ll probably be demoing up until the day before we hit the studio, LOL!
"Thanks for the patience, my friends."
Tentative songtitles set to appear on the next MACHINE HEAD CD include "Killers & Kings", "Beneath The Silt", "Ojos De La Muerte", "Sail Into The Black" and "Night Of The Long Knives".
MACHINE HEAD's most recent studio release, 2011's "Unto The Locust", entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 22 — putting them in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's history. The CD was the follow-up to the 2007 metal milestone "The Blackening", widely hailed as one of the finest metal albums of the last decade, which led the band to an extensive three-year tour, sharing the stage with such heavy hitters as SLIPKNOT and METALLICA.
MACHINE HEAD headlined the Jägermeister Stage at this past summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
|MASTODON: 'Black Tongue' Performance Clip From 'Live At Brixton'|
|On February 11, 2012, MASTODON took the stage at London, England's O2 Academy in Brixton, capping off the Atlanta-based band's world tour in support of their critically acclaimed album "The Hunter". This sold-out performance was MASTODON's first show at the legendary venue. It won't be their last, as the London audience positively erupted from the opening chords until the final, frenzied encore.
In addition to performing "Curl of the Burl", "Black Tongue" and "Dry Bone Valley" from "The Hunter", the band dug into their catalog, unearthing such scorching tracks as "Colony of Birchmen", "Capillarian Crest" and "Iron Tusk". Rolling Stone magazine referred to the band's sonic attack as one that: "Demonstrates how contemporary hard rock can still be made with imagination, precision and a majestic sense of force."
Now this extraordinary live show is being released digitally by Warner Bros. Records as "Mastodon Live At Brixton" on December 10. An audio-only version and a live video version directed by Ryan Mackfall (Crashburn Media) (both featuring the full 97-minute performance) will be available from all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Dry Bone Valley
02. Black Tongue
03. Crystal Skull
04. I Am Ahab
05. Capillarian Crest
06. Colony of Birchmen
10. Sleeping Giant
11. Ghost of Karelia
12. All The Heavy Lifting
14. Curl Of The Burl
15. Bedazzled Fingernails
16. Circle of Cysquatch
17. Aqua Dementia
18. Crack The Skye
19. Where Strides The Behemoth
20. Iron Tusk
21. March of the Fireants
22. Blood and Thunder
23. Creature Lives
The "Black Tongue" performance clip, taken from "Mastodon Live At Brixton", can be seen below (courtesy of RollingStone.com).
At present, MASTODON is hard at work on material for its next studio album, tentatively due in early 2014.
|SEVENDUST's MORGAN ROSE: Entire ARTISAN NEWS Video Interview Posted Online|
|Artisan News' entire interview with SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose, conducted during this past summer's "Carnival Of Madness" tour, can be seen below.
SEVENDUST last month launched a PledgeMusic direct-to-fan campaign to help fund the band's long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album over the course of 130 days.
As of right now, the Atlanta band reached 123% their goal with 1884 pledges. However, the campaign is far from over. Plenty of incentives are left, including the basic $10 pledge for an album pre-order and access to exclusive updates from the band as the album is being created, and any additional funds raised will simply be a bonus for the campaign. Additionally, even though the grandest incentive ($10,000 for a private acoustic concert at a fan's house) was scooped up the first day, the band decided to add two more of this very special offer.
SEVENDUST's ninth studio album, "Black Out The Sun", sold 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which arrived in stores on March 26 via the band's 7Bros. Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services, was recorded at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey with engineer Mike Ferretti.
|APOCALYPTICA's PAAVO LÖTJÖNEN Talks To FaceCulture (Video)|
|On November 26, Holland's FaceCulture conducted an interview with Paavo Lötjönen of the Finnish cello rock band APOCALYPTICA. You can now watch the chat in two parts below.
APOCALYPTICA released "Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig", an epic live collaboration with the acclaimed MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, on November 19 on BMG. The album's release is perfectly timed since 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of iconic German composer Richard Wagner.
For "Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig", APOCALYPTICA created new compositions based on Wagner's body of work and his life, teaming with award-winning choreographer and dancer Gregor Seyffert to stage a brilliant and magical, cross-genre event featuring a live concert and theatrical production.
"We've been asked many times to do this type of project, but this is the first one we got excited about," explains APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen. "The mission was to celebrate Wagner, [so] we took elements of his life and used his original music and rearranged it," Toppinen adds. "It was like writing a score for a movie, I had a list of themes and I had to think about the length of scenes and write the music while envisioning APOCALYPTICA performing on a massive stage with the symphony, choir and one-hundred dancers."
May 22, 2013 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer Richard Wagner. The Berlin choreographer, award-winning dancer and artistic director of the Berlin State School of Ballet Gregor Seyffert (best dancer in the world, winner of the German dance award) staged an exceptional cross-genre spectacle with a combination of dance, artistry, object theatre, audiovisual media and a live concert that enabled audiences to experience the oeuvre of Richard Wagner. The focus was not on individual works or dramas but on visual presentation of the unique life and work of Richard Wagner, presented on stage in this form for the very first time.
To stage the theme and Wagner's biography in a contemporary way, Gregor Seyffert wanted to create new musical highlights by bringing today's popular rock music together with compositions by Richard Wagner. A contemporary equivalent was created by the compositions of the Finnish cello-rock band APOCALYPTICA, which, with its unmistakable sound, provides a bridge to modern popular music.
"Wagner Reloaded - Live In Leipzig" EPK:
|PHILIP ANSELMO: I Don't Know Why VINNIE PAUL Is Scared Of Me|
|PANTERA/DOWN vocalist Philip Anselmo recently spoke to Loudwire about the moment he knew PANTERA was over and how he misses having a friendship with the band's drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott.
"It is unfortunate," Anselmo said about the rift between him and Vinnie Paul (see video below).
"I am a music fan. I hate reading about fucking my favorite bands arguing or inner turmoil or anything like that, especially under these circumstances. It's kind of unfair to the fans.
"I'm sick of the fence riding, or the fence in general, because it took all of us to break the band up.
"The truth is, when I was doing terribly, and I realized that PANTERA was dissolving and [Vinnie Paul and PANTERA guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott] had moved on and they were doing [a new band called] DAMAGEPLAN, the first thing I did was call Vince. And he was, like, 'Man, this is what we're doing.' He was actually pretty cool about it. And he said, 'It's good to hear from you.' And I said, 'What do you think, man? I wanna talk to Darrell.' He goes, 'Man, I don't know. He's really upset with you.' And I called [Darrell]. And he was short, he was to the point. He said, 'We're sick of waitin' for you. We're gonna go ahead and do DAMAGEPLAN.' And that day I knew PANTERA was over."
Anselmo also spoke about whether there he has publicly tried to reach out to Vinnie Paul in an effort to bury the hatchet. He said: "There was no public attempt, really; it was just [me being asked about it in] interviews. It was really just interviews.
"He's surrounded by security guards. Man, if I showed my face, Jesus Christ…
"I don't know why he's scared of me. He's got this fear. I think it all comes from deep love, really. 'Cause when you love something, or somebody, so much and things go backwards, that if you love 'em that much, then eventually the word 'hate' comes in, and you can hate 'em even worse. So…
"I know the dude loves me. I know he does. And I miss him."
Anselmo was asked how he feels about hearing Vinnie Paul state over and over again in interviews that he is not interesting in having any kind of personal relationship with Philip and former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown.
"I don't even pay attention to that," Anselmo replied. "I don't even know that that happened. I don't pay attention. He's the captain of his own ship — that's that — and I'm heading in my direction."
Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.
Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer.
|INDIAN: New Song 'Rhetoric Of No' Available For Streaming|
|Chicago's favorite blackened doom nihilists INDIAN will release their long-awaited fifth full-length album, "From All Purity", via Relapse Records on CD/LP/digital in North America on January 21, 2014, Germany/Benelux/Finland on January 17, and in the rest of the world on January 20. The effort was recorded at Electrical Audio and Soma Studios in Chicago with engineer/co-producer Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, YOB, SAMOTHRACE).
"From All Purity" track listing:
02. The Impetus Bleeds
04. Rhetoric Of No
The song "Rhetoric Of No" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
On "From All Purity", INDIAN takes its infamously hateful aggression to new levels of despair. Now augmented with an even keener sense of harsh noise, all the trademark elements of INDIAN's sound have been refined to reach new lows of powerful and punishing anguish. This is truly the antithesis of easy listening.
Forged in 2003, INDIAN's debut EP, "God Slave", was a self-released mission statement, welcoming the band into the world like young, kicking, screaming giants. INDIAN's first three full-lengths — "The Unquiet Sky", "Slights And Abuse" and "The Sycophant" — were all issued through Portland, Oregon-based metal imprint Seventh Rule Recordings. Each of these releases found the band gaining momentum and attracting followers, as well as performing shows with scene heavyweights such as WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, LOCRIAN, and AGALLOCH.
After signing to Relapse Records in 2010, INDIAN began to diligently craft its fourth full-length, knowing all eyes were on them. Not only did the band live up to fans' lofty expectations, they also achieved a massive critical breakthrough. "Guiltless" was released in 2011 to rave reviews. The Chicagoist described the album as, "a musical journey into the mouth of teeth-rattling metal madness," while Metal Hammer simply called it, "pretty much an essential album." Fans were also impressed, gathering to soak up the band's feverish rays of doom on tour across the country. INDIAN performed shows with HIGH ON FIRE, BATILLUS, and YOB, translating their recorded sounds into a murky, devilish live spectacle. Such performances confirmed INDIAN as one of the most exciting metal acts making music today, recalling an era in which the genre felt truly new, bursting with energy and untapped potential. Or, as Revolver puts it, "nothing has sounded more genuinely evil and distressing in a long time."