Ernie Ball, one of the world's leading manufacturers of guitar strings and musical instrument accessories, is proud to launch a new digital series with the Grammy-winning, iconic guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame artist Slash and his band MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. The innovative online series, titled "Real To Reel With Slash", documents the entire in-studio recording process of the iconic artist's forthcoming third solo album, along with world-renowned music collaborators Myles Kennedy, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz, returning to the studio for a third time.
From the first day of recording to the last, the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series will follow Slash and THE CONSPIRATORS from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record the new album from start to finish. A new episode clip will be featured on the site for fans every week.
Each clip will showcase a behind-the-scenes sneak peek inside the recording sessions, giving fans unprecedented exclusive access to some of the world's most legendary musicians. The segments will give viewers up-to-date, virtually real-time progress on the recording journey each week, along with commentary from the band members, gear talk, and more.
"We're incredibly excited to give music fans an inside look into the recording process of one of the most anticipated rock albums of the year!" said Brian Ball, Vice President of Ernie Ball Inc.
Both Slash and Kennedy emphasize that creatively, it is was crucial for them to bring the recording process back to basics, keeping it simple by capturing the essence of a classic rock band utilizing the often forgotten art form of recording to two-inch analog tape.
"I love the process of recording live in the studio and the sound of a rock n roll band recorded on 2" tape as opposed to digital," explains Slash. "I thought it would be cool to show some footage of us doing exactly that."
Fans can tune in to the third episode of "Real To Reel With Slash, Presented By Ernie Ball" below.
Slayed In Oregon conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL before the band's November 13, 2013 concert at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The 27-minute video report, which includes performance footage, can be seen below.
Ellsworth last month entered the studio to begin laying down the vocals on OVERKILL's new album. The CD is being tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age".
The first three songtitles to be revealed from the forthcoming OVERKILL album are as follows: "Where There's Smoke", "Amorist" and "Pig".
OVERKILL pushed back the projected release date of its new CD to July from the previously announced March. As a result, the band has postponed all shows originally scheduled for March (except for the U.K. dates) to the fall.
Said OVERKILL in a statement: "We are still working on the new record, but this is gonna be worth the wait, with more old-school, face-melting thrash!"
OVERKILL's new CD will be released in North America via eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.
Speaking to Steppin' Out magazine, Ellsworth stated about OVERKILL's upcoming album: "The new record has a blend of what we've done over the past half decade. I'm noticing it's a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don't know. But my feeling is it's an eclectic collection of moments from us. 'The Electric Age' came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it."
OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of "The Electric Age" in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as a four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.
"The Electric Age" sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart.
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD entered GREEN DAY's Oakland, California's JingleTown Recording compound on February 9 to begin recording their new album for a late 2014 release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The first in a series of short segments regarding the production side of making MACHINE HEAD's new CD can be seen below.
Tentative songtitles set to appear on the new MACHINE HEAD album include "Killers & Kings", "Beneath The Silt", "Eyes Of The Dead" (formerly "Ojos De La Muerte"), "Sail Into The Black", How We Die" and "Night Of The Long Knives".
As part of this year's Record Store Day on April 19, MACHINE HEAD will release a 10-inch vinyl single, with the A-side containing the "demo" version of a new song, "Killers & Kings". The B-side will be a cover version of the track "Our Darkest Days" from one of MACHINE HEAD's favorite bands, IGNITE.
Speaking to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn stated about the band's new material: "It sounds like MACHINE HEAD! It's definitely moving forward, which I feel like we're probably always gonna do.
"We're not a band that ever looks back. We do our thing and try to take the life experiences that we have and the musicianship that we've evolved and try to use it. Obviously, we have our sound and we have the MACHINE HEAD patented harmonics, the downtuned riffs and I sing the way I sing.
"I think Bob Dylan said it best: 'You just find new ways to say the same thing.'"
Speaking about some of the specific tracks and the lyrical themes covered on the new album, Flynn said: "I've got some pretty cool lyrics ready. There's a song called 'Night Of The Long Knives', and it's pretty fucked! It's about the Manson murders, and the lyrics are really dark and vicious.
"We've found some new twists to give to the MACHINE HEAD sound and some new fire and excitement."
Asked what the band's main aims were when they started composing music for the new CD, Flynn said: "Well, it's nice to try and have a plan, but music has a way of unravelling over time! [Laughs] You've just got to roll with it.
"With [2007's] 'The Blackening', I'd love to say I had this grand vision of nine- and 10-minute songs, but the first four songs we wrote were the four shorter songs on the record. For months, there was no indication whatsoever that we'd have 10-minute songs. That stuff came later.
"Human nature wants to control and dictate where things will go, but you can't. It won't let you! The more you try, the more it goes, 'Fuck you.' It's going some other way!"
AMARANTHE — the modern metal sextet from Gothenburg, Sweden — has confirmed an autumn 2014 release date for its new studio album via Spinefarm Records. The as-yet-untitled outing will be the follow-up to "Amaranthe" (2011, now gold in Sweden) and "The Nexus" (2013).
AMARANTHE's first two releases, which defined the band's approach through their signature blend of musical styles and voices, caused an international stir right from the start; not only did "The Nexus" top the rock chart in Sweden, but it went straight to No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Metal chart, while the videos (from both albums) have continued to clock up millions of views ("Hunger", from "Amaranthe", is now at the 6-million-plus mark).
The success of these records saw AMARANTHE playing to audiences all over the world, and now — following shows across Europe, including an appearance at the Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm where one of the band's three singers, Elize Ryd, received the "Rock 'N' Role Model" award — the six-piece will head back into the studio.
Says AMARANTHE guitarist Olof Mörck: "2014 will indeed see the release of the next AMARANTHE record. We don't want to reveal any details yet, apart from this album representing a big step forward for AMARANTHE musically — where 'Amaranthe' and 'The Nexus' were closely connected, this new album is bolder and more different... but, of course, with the trademark AMARANTHE sound throughout."
AMARANTHE will be on tour in Europe from March 14 until April 12.
Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS will release its long-anticipated fourth studio album, "The Perfect Cult", on June 13 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009's "Night Electric Night" was captured in several studios: drums, guitars and bass were recorded at Bohus Sound Recording in Kungälv, Sweden; vocals at Gig Studios in Stockholm, Sweden; and keyboards, orchestration and editing was done at Black Syndicate in Stockholm. The mix, as usual, was handled by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, WITHIN TEMPTATION), while DEATHSTARS guitarist/keyboardist Emil "Nightmare Industries" Nödtveidt took care of the production. For the drum, guitar and bass production, Nightmare worked with Roberto Laghi (ENTOMBED, IN FLAMES) at Bohus Sound Recording. The mastering was handled by Svante Forsbäck (VOLBEAT, RAMMSTEIN) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.
As far as the lyrics are concerned, vocalist Andreas "Whiplasher Bernadotte" Bergh states that "all the tracks are about our lives. Each song is a reflection on a situation or a topic that deals with our experiences, usually from a jet black perspective."
With visions inspired by amoral excessive lives, human fears and decay, the songs will be nothing less than a dark playground set between straight forward tracks, atmospheric anthems and the unwashed loins of lawless rock.
"The Perfect Cult" track listing:
02. Fire Galore
03. All The Devil's Toys
04. Ghost Reviver
05. The Perfect Cult
06. Asphalt Wings
08. Temple Of The Insects
09. Track, Crush & Prevail
10. Noise Cuts
"Night Electric Night" landed at position No. 51 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 CD, which was mixed at Toytown studios in Stockholm, Sweden with Stefan Glaumann, was made available in Europe in a deluxe package called "Gold Edition" featuring bonus tracks as well as a bonus DVD featuring six video clips, "making-of" footage and more. The "Gold Edition" was released as a digibook with new cover artwork.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, the band led by actress-turned-singer Taylor Momsen, has become the second female-fronted act in the last three years to hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart. The band's new single, "Heaven Knows", just hit the top of the survey this week, allowing THE PRETTY RECKLESS to join the Lzzy Hale-fronted HALESTORM as part of a small and very select list of chart-topping rock acts fronted by women.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS' second album, "Going To Hell", will arrive in stores next Tuesday (March 18).
The disc follows up the group's 2010 debut full-length, "Light Me Up", as well as a 2012 EP called "Hit Me Like A Man".
Momsen began her career as an actress when she was a child before becoming a full-time musician years later. She told The Pulse Of Radio that her family always knew this was what she really wanted to do. "They knew that music was always where I was headed, and what my — that was my passion and my goal," she said. "I mean, acting was a day job, essentially, while I worked on writing a record's worth of material that I wanted people to hear, and finding the right people to work with and the right band and all that. So they weren't surprised when I jumped ship."
The video for "Heaven Knows", in which Momsen appears semi-nude, has gotten more than 2.7 million views on VEVO.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS is currently supporting FALL OUT BOY on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. next month for an appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles.
The band is also confirmed to perform at all of the major U.S. rock festivals, including Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Rock Fest Kansas City and others.
Belgium's leading black metal force ENTHRONED returns with a new studio album entitled "Sovereigns". The follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed "Obsidium" is scheduled for an April 15 release via Agonia Records.
"Sovereigns" drifts from sonic blast beats to oppressive slower parts, melds together aggressive shredding with forceful riffs, and blends satanic whispers with Nornagest's trademark vocals. On the whole, band's 10th album feels coherent and offers first-rate black metal. The album introduces a new drummer, Menthor, in the place of Garghuf and a new rhythm guitarist ZarZax.
"Sovereigns" was recorded and mixed in ENTHRONED's own studio, Blackout Multimedia. The album will be available in: digipack CD, black vinyl, bone-white vinyl with green splatter limited to 100 hand-numbered copies and exclusive box CD limited to 333 hand-numbered copies (including the new album released in exclusive jewel-case edition, embroidered patch (8 cm x 10 cm), flag (42 cm x 59.4 cm) and a lighter with band's logo).
"Sovereigns" track listing:
02. Sine Qua Non
03. Of Feathers And Flames
04. Lamp Of Invisible Lights
05. Of Shrines And Sovereigns
06. The Edge Of Agony
07. Divine Coagulation
08. Baal al-Maut
09. Nerxiarxin Mahathallah
The song "Of Shrines And Sovereigns" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
Nornagest - lead vocals & lead guitars
Phorgath - bass
Neraath - lead guitars
Menthor - drums
ZarZax - rhythm guitar
Legendary New Orleans gods of sludge, excess and mayhem EYEHATEGOD will release their new, self-titled album on the following dates:
* May 27 in North America on Housecore Records
* May 26 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on Century Media Records
* May 21 in Japan on Daymare Records
A song from the CD, "Agitation! Propaganda!", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Mixed by Sanford Parker, "Eyehategod" will feature the final recordings of EYEHATEGOD drummer Joey LaCaze, who passed away last August of respiratory failure. He also suffered from severe long-term asthma. He has since been replaced by Aaron Hill, who comes by way of New Orleans' local acts MISSING MONUMENTS and MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD.
In a recent interview with NPR, EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike "IX" Williams stated about the band's forthcoming CD: "We started out the recording with Billy Anderson. He recorded the drums, bass and some guitar, but that was a mess. There was a documentary crew in there filming, and it was distracting away from our time recording. Jimmy [Bower, guitar] was having a couple problems at the time too, waiting for his kid to be born, so it was a weird time to be in the studio. We ended up using just Joey's drum tracks from Billy. He's awesome — I love him and there's no hard feelings, but we just wanted to finish it somewhere else. We got Steve Berrigan to come out to where I live two hours outside of NOLA, and redid the bass and the guitars. Phil Anselmo [PANTERA, DOWN] gave me some ideas for the vocals, like how we did the ARSON ANTHEM record; me and him work well together."
Asked if EYEHATEGOD ever considered giving up following Joey's passing, Mike said: "It was never an option as far as I'm concerned. I don't think it was for anybody else either.
"This all happened at the end of September, when we'd just gotten back from a six-week tour of Europe. He's had pretty bad asthma ever since I've known him, and in Europe he was having these weird sleep apnea things when he was sleeping. It was a breathing issue, a respiratory thing, but I don't know; I'm not a doctor. So when we got back, that's when he passed away, so there was a little bit of time in there when we had to think — 'We've got shows booked. What do we do?' We did have to cancel probably 50% of them, but we still just said, 'Let's keep going, that's what he would want us to do.' We'd even had conversations before, when Joey and I would talk, and he'd ask me, 'Who would you get to replace me?' Things like that, and just be honest with each other. He knew the band would keep going, and he wanted it to.
"To me, it's just part of life; it's just the way things happen, what cards you're dealt, how life treats you.
"We don't know how to give up. That's been the story of our entire career, our lives, even without the band. We just don't know when to quit. It's just a matter of moving forward."
Italy's Soundsblog.it recently conducted an interview with BUTCHER BABIES. You can now watch the chat below.
BUTCHER BABIES' debut album, "Goliath", sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD came out on July 9, 2013 via Century Media Records.
The Los Angeles-based band — frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner — wrapped its tour with MARILYN MANSON in late February 2013 and went straight into the studio with producer Josh Wilbur (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED).
In a 2013 interview with Metal Exiles, Heidi stated about BUTCHER BABIES being labeled a "shock rock" band: "People say that we are, but sometimes I do not see us that way. I think people are just shocked at a couple of girls acting the way that we do. I think that’s what's mostly shocking. Besides Wendy O. Williams, I haven't seen a female do anything shocking in music in a long time. This is really who we are, but with the blood, the theatrics and the horror; those are things that we love, it's what we are about. It's part of our character, it is who we are when we jump on stage, so it's not for shock, it's just how we feel."
Regarding the lyrical inspiration for "Goliath", Heidi said: "'Goliath' is something that we have held inside us for a long time. I have a green binder that I have all of my writing in, and I have had it since I was 12, so anything I have ever experienced in my life is in there and that's where we pulled a lot of the material from. A lot of things on this record are things that most people go through and we just turned a negative into a positive."
In an interview with CrypticRock.com, Shepherd stated about the musical direction of "Goliath": "The album, as a whole, is very diverse. There is basically something for everybody. We all have different influences and everything is portrayed on this album. Jason [Klein, bass] loves death metal; Henry [Flury, guitar], in general, metal; I love nu-metal; and Carla loves classic metal. We all love every [kind of] metal but those are our favorite and those are where we came from. All our influences shine bright on this album. It's definitely a coloration of everybody's influences and everybody's love. We're all very proud of it in one way or another. There is something for everybody in it."
Cruz Del Sur Music has announced the signing of Finnish newcomers MAUSOLEUM GATE. The band's self-titled debut album will be released in mid-October on compact disc, vinyl and digital formats.
A glorious and pure offering of retro hard rock/heavy metal, deeply rooted in a late- '70s/early-'80s atmosphere, "Mausoleum Gate" was forged in the blood of SAXON, in the power and rudeness of the NWOBHM movement, in the spritual, epic nature of CIRITH UNGOL as well as the elegance of URIAH HEEP.
MAUSOLEUM GATE's sold-out cassette EP, "Gateways For the Wicked", will soon be re-pressed by the band itself on compact disc, so watch out for it at the next Keep It True festival.
Gothenburg, Sweden's MIASMAL has completed work on its second album, "Cursed Redeemer", for an April 28 European and May 13 North American release via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded by Fredrik Nordström in Studio Fredman (AT THE GATES, OPETH, WOLFPACK, AGRIMONIA, MARTYRDOD) and contains eight tracks of ruthless, straight-forward death metal. The cover artwork was created by Mattias Frisk (GHOST, VAMPIRE, VANHELGD).
MIASMAL will present "Cursed Redeemer" at a special showcase in Gothenburg with labelmates MORBUS CHRON and VAMPIRE. To honor the special event, Century Media will release a limited seven-inch split EP that offers one exclusive new track from both MIASMAL and VAMPIRE.
MIASMAL's self-titled full-length debut was released in 2011 on CD by Dark Descent Records and given the vinyl treatment through Detest Records and Me Saco Un Ojo.
According to the New York Post, the heirs of the late KISS drummer Eric Carr have filed a lawsuit against the band over unpaid royalties.
The complaint states the estate is entitled to between a 5 and 50 percent cut on four songs that Carr, who died of cancer in 1991, wrote — "Breakout", "Carr Jam 1981", "Carr Jam 1991" and "Little Caesar".
The heirs, who have been getting royalties from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), decided to file the suit after realizing that they also should have been receiving payments from several KISS-affiliated companies, including the current group, two publishing firms and Gene Simmons Worldwide Inc.
"They thought they were getting it all from one source," the estate's attorney, Robert Garson, told the New York Post.
"Until his death, Carr received the regular mechanical and/or publishing royalty payments that were owed to him on a regular basis, from various sources," the complaint reads. "The source of such payments varied depending upon which company or organization administered the publishing of the works. Upon his death, however, while some of these royalty payments continued to be made to his Estate and/or beneficiaries by respondents Universal-Polygram Int. Publ., Inc. (UMPG), no payments were received by the Estate, its executors or the beneficiaries from The Kiss Company or any company or corporation to which its rights have been sold, assigned or transferred for the compositions [in question]."
The complaint adds: "For over a year, requests have been made for missing payments or information regarding any reasons for non-payment from the representatives of KISS and Universal-Polygram Int. Publ., Inc. (UMPG), all to no avail. Additionally, the composition entitled 'Little Cesar', which was recorded and published with the United States Copyright Office in 1989 with Carr listed as an author, appears to have been re-registered with the Copyright Office in 1992 with Carr's name removed."
Carr joined KISS in 1980 after the departure of the band's original drummer Peter Criss. He recorded eight albums with the group, starting with "Music From 'The Elder'" in 1981. His last recorded appearance with KISS was "Hot In The Shade", released in 1989.
MOTÖRHEAD's first-ever cruise, the MotörBoat, will launch onboard the Carnival Ecstasy on September 22 from Miami, Florida to Key West and Cozumel and back on September 26. Joining them will be MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, Zakk Wylde, DANKO JONES, FIREBALL MINISTRY, WILSON and more.
MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister states: "This will be everything you've come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping!
"If you thought waves could rock a boat, you've got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!"
MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine adds: "There never has and never will be another cruise like MotörBoat cruise.
"Come on a thrashing voyage with MOTÖRHEAD, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy's friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a metal concert."
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian comments: "ANTHRAX, MOTÖRHEAD and MEGADETH at sea??? To quote Chief Brody, 'We're gonna need a bigger boat.'"
"It's truly an honor to partner with one of the most iconic bands in rock music to deliver a one-of-a-kind fan experience for 'Motörheadbangers' from around the globe," says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment.
Tickets for the MOTÖRHEAD's MotörBoat cruise go on sale Tuesday, March 18 at noon ET.
The Carnival Ecstasy, which recently underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, features a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area, multiple dining options (including a 24-hour pizzeria), 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, a jogging track, as well as 12 lounges, bars and nightspots.
For more information, go to this location.
Swedish melodic death metallers PLANET RAIN will release "The Fundamental Principles", part two of their philosophical album trilogy, on May 2 via Mighty Music. The CD was helmed by Swedish producers Teddy Möller (of Swedish prog metallers LOCH VOSTOK) and Ronny Hemlin (of both TAD MOROSE and INMORIA), was mixed by Teddy Möller and was mastered by DARKANE vocalist Lawrence Mackrory.
"The Fundamental Principles" track listing:
01. On Darkling Plains
03. The Dereliction Part II: The Bonds Of Oblivion
06. The Worlds We Devour
07. Shock Wave
The video for the song "Kryptographik" can be seen below.
Since its inception in 2006, PLANET RAIN has sought to redefine the genre and add to its fundamental characteristics a new dimension of speed, heaviness and melodiousness.
PLANET RAIN launched in 2012 an album trilogy with the debut album, "Antichthon". In part two of their album trilogy, "The Fundametal Principles", PLANET RAIN delves even deeper into the philosophical matter of how the balance between life and death, earth and universe, and sanity and madness, is sometimes upset inspired by classical writers such as H.P. Lovecraft and others.
PLANET RAIN has appeared at major festivals such as Metalcamp in Slovenia, Rockstad Falun and the Getaway Rock in Sweden.
The band, which takes its name from Devin Townsend's "Physicist" album, has now teamed up with Danish metal specialists Mighty Music in order to release the next chapter of their philosophical journey into the world of melodic death metal.
PLANET RAIN is:
Pär Sving: Guitar, Vocals
Emil Westin: Guitar, Vocals
Marcus Karlsson: Bass, Vocals
Tommy Holmer: Drums
Frontiers Records will release TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON's sophomore album, "Angels of the Apocalypse" on May 16 in Europe and May 20 in North America.
Following the release of the debut album "The Land of New Hope", the "Metal Opera" was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a Top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album.
"In August 2012, I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy," says Tolkki.
"I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous AVALON. This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that".
As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary STRATOVARIUS "Dreamspace" lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. "It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album," says Timo. "Definitely the right move."
The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen — who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single, "Design The Century" — along with Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), plus Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) — who appears again after contributing to the first album — and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album, which is also produced by Tolkki.
"Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform," says Tolkki.
"I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs, 'You'll Bleed Forever' and the 10-minute title track, are among my favorite ever."
Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.
"Angels of the Apocalypse" final track listing:
01. Song For Eden
02. Jerusalem Is Falling
03. Design The Century
04. Rise Of The 4th Reich
05. Stargate Atlantis
06. You'll Bleed Forever
07. The Paradise Lost
08. Neon Sirens
09. High Above Of Me
10. Angels Of The Apocalypse
11. Garden Of Eden
The first single, "Design The Century" (featuring NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen), will be released digitally worldwide on April 7.
* Timo Tolkki: guitars, bass and keyboards
* Tuomo Lassila: drums
* Antti Ikonen: keyboards
* Nicholas Jeudy: orchestration
* Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Fabio Lione, David DeFeis, Zachary Stevens, Elize Ryd, Caterina Nix: vocals
WAMI, the brand new project featuring vocalist Doogie White (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO) and bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) alongside 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, will release its debut album, "Kill The King", in May via Metal Mind Productions.
"Kill The King" track listing:
01. The Rider
02. Young Blood
03. One More For Rock'n'roll
04. Guardian Of Your Heart
06. The Resistance
07. Exodus (The Red Sea Crossing)
08. Heart Of Steel
09. Wild Woman (You Oughta Know)
10. Get Out Of My Way
11. I Don't Wanna Lose You
The first international single, "Wild Woman (You Oughta Know)", can be streamed below.
The front cover illustration of the album was created by Polish graphic designer Jaroslaw Wieczorek and can be seen below.
The idea to record an album together was born after THIN LIZZY's concert in Poland. Mendoza — impressed with Iggy, who supported THIN LIZZY with his band ANTI TANK NUN — suggested that they record some music together. This first idea, which was maturing for the next dozen-odd months, eventually evolved into the above-mentioned project.
In a recent issue of Polish edition of Metal Hammer magazine, Vinny stated about WAMI: "The music is quite heavy. but not as dark as, for example, BLACK SABBATH or KILL DEVIL HILL. It's melodic music, and very well performed. I would label it high-quality heavy rock." He added: "When I first heard that music, I really liked it. Later on, I was informed that the guitarist is only 16 years old. I thought, 'Wow, what an incredible instrumentalist.' And then I learnt that Marco Mendoza will be involved in this project and that made me even more interested in this idea. The demo versions of the tracks sounded very promising so I can't wait for the final results."
"Sleepwalkers", the new video from San Francisco Bay Area power-thrashers SKINNER, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD) and depicts a struggle between two consciences. The first is a dream world where the individual sleepwalks through life doing as they are told completely unaware of the reality around them. The second is the horrible reality that not everything is as it seems and life can be hard and scary. The individual eventually is able to break free of the mold and think for himself.
"Sleepwalkers" is the title track of SKINNER's upcoming full-length effort, which will be released on May 6 via Dead Inside Records. The CD was engineered by Steve Pelletier at Hellfire Studios in San Jose, California and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording NC. The cover artwork was created by Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix (PRIMAL FEAR, SABATON, SHADOWSIDE).
"Sleepwalkers" track listing:
01. Firebird's Lament
03. Orphans Of Liberty
04. Hell In My Hands
05. Blind Led Blind
07. Breathe The Lie
09. Miss Agony
10. The Breathing Room
11. The Enemy Within
SKINNER was formed out of the ashes of the now-defunct power/thrash band IMAGIKA.
IMAGIKA released seven albums and toured extensively before calling it a day in 2010.
Taking its name from its lead vocalist; SKINNER combines both the European power metal sound with the high-energy thrash attack of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Swedish heavy metal act PORTRAIT will release its new album, "Crossroads", on April 25 in Europe and April 29 in North America via Metal Blade Records.
The first single from the record, "In Time", can be streamed below.
PORTRAIT comments: "'Crossroads' is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable.
"This first single, 'In Time', was the first song written for 'Crossroads' and is one of the more straight-forward ones of the album."
The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as PORTRAIT was born in the year 2006 with the intention to exterminate the entire world. After the release of a demo, two singles and their self-titled full-length debut, PORTRAIT released its Metal Blade debut, "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae", in 2011. After numerous tours and festival appearances, the band began to focus on its third album, entitled "Crossroads". The writing and recording process took about a year, and Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio handled the production together with the band.
"This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn't be more satisfied with the final outcome," said PORTRAIT guitarist Christian Lindell.
"To me personally, PORTRAIT has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever.
"The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!"
"Crossroads" track listing:
02. At the Ghost Gate
03. We Were Not Alone
04. In Time
05. Black Easter
06. Ageless Rites
07. Our Roads Must Never Cross
Per Lengstedt - Vocals
Christian Lindell - Guitar
David Olofsson - Guitar
Mikael Castervall - Bass
Anders Persson - Drums
SHADOW SOCIETY, the Tampa Bay, Florida-based symphonic extreme metal act featuring members of DEICIDE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE and ORDER OF ENNEAD, has inked a deal with Loud Rage Music. The band released a debut EP, "Into The Unknown", in 2013, and is now putting the finishing touches on its debut album.
Said SHADOW SOCIETY vocalist Rob Thoth: "We are very excited to be working with Adrian and Loud Rage Music.
"When he approached the band and asked what we were looking for, I responded with, 'A label that appreciates our music and enjoys it, as well as wants to help take us to the next level.' We found those qualities in Loud Rage Music and are looking forward towards the next chapter for all of us! Plus, the label is based in Transylvania. Can you get any more dark and metal than that?"
Added Loud Rage Music owner Adrian: "We are very pleased to work with and for such a promising band as SHADOW SOCIETY.
"Tampa Bay, Florida gave the world some of the most influential names in death metal. It's time for a new name to emerge from those gifted lands, and SHADOW SOCIETY is that name.
"Judging by their impressive debut EP, 'Into The Unknown', I have no doubts the band will deliver an earth-shattering full-length album, so keep your eyes on Loud Rage Music and SHADOW SOCIETY for this album's developing story!"
SHADOW SOCIETY was formed in 2011 by Asgrim (IMMANIFEST, ROYAL ANGUISH, ex-COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN) and Rob Thoth (IMMANIFEST) with a very simple idea: no drama, no filler riffs and no compromise. In essence, SHADOW SOCIETY was forged to make music that they wanted to hear. Dark, foreboding, atmospheric, melodic and unforgettable are words used to describe the band's music. These ideals, together with the strength of the music, drew in other like-minded heavyweights in extreme music who wanted to shape these shared ideals and music into something uniquely their own.
SHADOW SOCIETY is:
Asgrim - Guitar/Clean Vocals
Rob Thoth - Lead Vocals
Kadath - Keyboards
Kevin Quirion - Guitar/Vocals
Adam Sagan - Drums/Clean Vocals
Dave Belmonte - Bass
Red Bank, New Jersey's RIOTGOD — which features in its ranks MONSTER MAGNET drummer Bob Pantella — will release its third album, "Driven Rise", on March 18 in North America via Metalville Records.
The video for the CD's title track can be seen below.
"Driven Rise" track listing:
01. Driven Rise
02. They Don't Know
03. Grenade And Pin
05. Prime Moment
09. You're My Waste Of Time
10. Beg For Power
In 2007, Pantella and bassist Jim Baglino of MONSTER MAGNET decided they wanted to form a band with musical ideas a bit different than their main gig. Guitarist Garrett Sweeny and vocalist/lyricist Sunshine were added and RIOTGOD was born.
In 2012, RIOTGOD welcomed Erik Boe to take over the bass spot from Baglino.
Says the band: "If you like unique, passionate, original, well done hard rock, you might want to keep track of us."
Bob Pantella - Drums
Garrett Sweeny - Guitar
Erik Boe - Bass
Sunshine - Vocals