Δευτέρα, 29 Μαρτίου 2010

AMY LEE's interview at Billboard


Gary Graff of Billboard.com recently conducted an interview with EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee. A a couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On EVANESCENCE's forthcoming album: "I know that seems weird to say, but I wouldn't be here in the studio making another record if I didn't think it was going to be better than anything I've ever done. I feel like so much has already happened. I don't even know where to begin to try to describe it...'cause it's just so many things at once. I'm really excited." "It wouldn't be an EVANESCENCE album if it didn't sound somewhat like EVANESCENCE. I feel like our band has always had programming and inspirations from BJORK and DEPECHE MODE and MASSIVE ATTACK and that kind of thing. It's not like we're making one of those records; it's just, like, that is playing a bigger role in the sound of EVANESCENCE this time. Those little nuances and hints come in in ways that are cool. The sound that we're going for as a group is to fuse synthetic instruments with organic instruments and create something that sounds like a whole new place. It just sounds larger than life." On WE ARE THE FALLEN, the group formed by EVANESCENCE co-founder Ben Moody (guitar) and other former members — John LeCompt (guitar) and Rocky Gray (drums) — whose debut album comes out in May: "It just doesn't have anything to do with me or EVANESCENCE. The only thing that bothers me about it, really, is I keep hearing...about 'the original members.' The only original members of EVANESCENCE are me and Ben; John and Rocky came into the band after we'd already recorded [EVANESCENCE's debut album] 'Fallen', so there's a lot of years there...that didn't include anybody but Ben and I. Other than that, I don't have an opinion or anything to say about it." Read more from Billboard.com.
source: Blabbermouth

Κυριακή, 28 Μαρτίου 2010

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards Nominees 2010

Nominees for the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods have been announced! Check them below and vote here.

Best UK Band

  • Judas Priest
  • Bullet For My Valentine
  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • Evile
  • Skindred

Best International Band

  • Megadeth
  • AC/DC
  • Lamb Of God
  • Stone Sour
  • Them Crooked Vultures

Best Live Band

  • Skindred
  • Kiss
  • Machine Head
  • Rammstein
  • Airbourne

Best New Band

  • White Wizzard
  • Holy Grail
  • Taking Dawn
  • Dommin
  • Rise to Remain

Breakthrough Artist

  • Bigelf
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Behemoth
  • Steel Panther
  • Baroness

Shredder

  • Zoltan/Five Finger Death Punch
  • Satchel/Steel Panther
  • Kendrick/DevilDriver
  • Cazares/Fear Factory
  • Pepper Keenan/CoC + Down

Riff Lord

  • Jerry Cantrell
  • Joe Perry
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Slash
  • Zakk Wylde

Best Drummer

  • Chris Adler of LOG
  • McClain of MH
  • Brann of Mastodon
  • Portnoy of Dream Theater
  • Lombardo of Slayer

Underground Artist

  • Ov Hell
  • Shrinebuilder
  • Gama Bomb
  • Immortal
  • Black Spiders

Event of the Year

  • Bloodstock
  • Sonisphere
  • Download
  • Rammstein Pussy video
  • RATM Christmas #1

Παρασκευή, 26 Μαρτίου 2010

CANDLEMASS: 'Ashes To Ashes - Live' DVD

Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS will release a new DVD, "Ashes To Ashes - Live", in North America on June 29 via Nuclear Blast Records (April 23 in Europe). The set will contain footage of the band's performance at last year's Sweden Rock Festival in front of 30,000 people as well as CANDLEMASS' entire October 2007 concert in Athens, Greece. it will also include a 30-minute interview and two photo galleries. The DVD will be released as a CD+DVD, with the Sweden Rock show as the audio CD. For the die-hard fans, Nuclear Blast is putting two sets of double vinyl together (one set Sweden Rock Festival, one set Athens), limited edition (1,000 copies each).


Sweden Rock Festival setlist:

01. Dark Are The Veils Of Death
02. Samarithan
03. If I Ever Die
04. Hammer Of Doom
05. At the Gallows End
06. Emperor Of The Void
07. Bleeding Baroness
08. A Sorcerer's Pledge
09. Solitude
10. Kill The King (RAINBOW cover)

Athens setlist:

01. Mirror Mirror
02. Samarithan
03. At The Gallows End
04. If I Ever Die
05. Hammer of Doom
06. Dark Are The Veils Of Death
07. Demon's Gate
08. Emperor Of The Void
09. Man Of Shadows
10. Bleeding Baroness
11. Tears
12. A Sorcerer's Pledge
13. Demon Of The Deep
14. Solitude

A trailer for the DVD can be viewed below.

"Death Magic Doom", the latest album from CANDLEMASS, debuted at No. 79 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.

"Death Magic Doom" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 52. The group's previous CD, "King of the Grey Islands", debuted at No. 83 back in June 2007.

CANDLEMASS was among the five final nominees that competed for the "Best Hard Rock" honor at the Swedish Grammis awards, which was held January 15, 2010 at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm. The bands are all nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2009.
Έκπληξη λοιπόν για το ελληνικό κοινό απο τους αγαπητούς Candlemass, αφού συμπεριέλαβαν στο DVD, την συναυλία που έδωσαν στο Gagarin το 2007.
source: Blabbermouth

Πέμπτη, 25 Μαρτίου 2010

GUITAR LESSONS AT PlayThisRiff.com

Μαθήματα κιθάρας απο αγαπημένους κιθαρίστες, μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε στο πολύ καλό site PlayThisRiff.com.

Το εν λόγω site ανήκει στον Bob Balch των Fu Manchu.
Μαζί με τα video lessons, μπορείτε -οι επίδοξοι κιθαρίστες-να εκτυπώσετε τις ταμπλατούρες που τα συνοδεύουν.
Ένα μάθημα του Mike Spreitzer των Devildriver μπορείτε να δείτε παρακάτω.

Τετάρτη, 24 Μαρτίου 2010

ANATHEMA

ANATHEMA can officially announce the release of their eagerly anticipated 8th studio album ‘WE’RE HERE BECAUSE WE’RE HERE,’ to be released on May 31st via Kscope Records.


'‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ is Anathema’s most expansive album to date and by the far best thing we’ve ever done. Not only have we improved as writers, but because we took our time, we had the opportunity to select the very best material and concentrate on it. We gave the songs the chance to breathe and come alive by themselves and it’s ended up being magical – every song is as good as the rest of them. This album features the best performances by the band ever; Vincent’s greatest vocals and John’s and my best writing" - Danny Cavanagh

Vincent goes further in explaining the origins of the album's enigmatic title:

"The title 'We're Here Because We're Here' is inspired by a song that was first heard across the Allied trenches of World War One. Sung to the tune of 'Auld Lang Syne', the song served as a defiant rallying-call keeping up the morale of those who had to endure the incessant carnage and almost unimaginable horror. The spirit behind those words, and the deep questions they raised immediately struck all of us. Therefore we have appropriated these words to reflect the spirit and bond that all six members of the group have with each other. We have shared some incredible experiences, on all levels, and the fact that we have emerged stronger, more determined, and confident in our common vision is a testament to our resilience, both as individuals and collectively"

Danny continues:

"The bond is deeper than the music and you might say the direction of music is a product of our connection to each other; a real family in every sense of the word."

With that in mind the band can announce that John Douglas' sister Lee has joined the group on a full-time basis. She had this to say of her involvement:

"It’s great to be more involved musically, and I feel that my vocals are adding a new presence and depth to the dynamic of the group. I’m in it for the long haul, so bring it on!"

The self-produced album was mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and features the exquisite string arrangements of Dave Stewart (Stewart/Gaskin, Porcupine Tree) and mastering skills of legendary Jon Astley (The Who, Led Zeppelin). The song 'Angels Walk Among Us' features subtle backing vocals by Ville Valo of H.I.M.

Full tracklisting is as follows:

Thin Air
Summernight Horizon
Dreaming Light
Everything
Angels Walk Among Us
Presence
A Simple Mistake
Get Off, Get Out
Universal
Hindsight

A Natural Disaster from Anathema on Vimeo.

Τρίτη, 23 Μαρτίου 2010

Cathedral - "The Guessing Game"

Psychedelic UK based doom metal legends CATHEDRAL, have posted a video trailer offering audio samples from their upcoming record The Guessing Game:


The Guessing Game will be released on March 26 in Europe and on the unofficial stoner friendly holiday of April 20 in N. America.

Produced once again by Warren Riker (DOWN, CROWBAR), who also took care of the band’s last effort, “The Garden Of Unearthly Delights”, in 2005, “The Guessing Game” is one wild and unpredictable ride with one of the most unique and exciting acts the metal genre has got to offer! For the first time in the band’s history, they have recorded a double album that boasts thirteen tracks offering a colourful variety of musical styles and lyrical themes: “Requiem For The Voiceless”, for example, is pure, down ‘n’ out crawling doom — and the first animal-rights song in doom metal history! Then you’ll get classic stomping and grooving CATHEDRAL material with the catchy “Painting In The Dark”, plus many songs wading through psychedelic and proggy waters — especially “Funeral Of Dreams”, featuring none other than Alison O’ Donnell of MELLOW CANDLE (’70s Irish folk rock band) fame doing guest vocals.
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/CATHEDRAL and www.CathedralCoven.com.
source:www.smnnews.com

Δευτέρα, 22 Μαρτίου 2010

EPICA Singer Films 'This Is The Time' Video

On March 9, EPICA singer Simone Simons was in Hilversum, The Netherlands filming a video for the song "This Is The Time", which was written for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). A short preview clip can be viewed below.

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Video footage of EPICA's Simone Simons and Isaac Delahaye performing an acoustic version of "This Is The Time" during a fan-club meeting on October 9, 2009 at Escape in Veenendaal, The Netherlands can be viewed below.

EPICA will celebrate the five-year anniversary of its sophomore album, "Consign To Oblivion", by performing the CD in its entirety tonight (Sunday, March 21) at Effenaar in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The band states, "This might be your last chance to hear all of the songs of that album played live in one show! It will also be a show with special guests and special effects in the original 'Consign To Oblivion' setting. On top of that there, will be a special offer on 'Consign' merchandise."

Keyboardist Coen Janssen was forced to sit out EPICA's recent North American headlining tour because of "personal reasons." He was replaced by Simone's boyfriend Oliver Palotai (KAMELOT, SONS OF SEASONS, DORO).

EPICA's latest album, "Design Your Universe", landed at position No. 12 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.
source:blabbermouth

Σάββατο, 20 Μαρτίου 2010

ΑΡΡΩΣΤΕΙΑ!!!


Αναδημοσίευση απο το www.metalhammer.gr

Απίστευτο και όμως αληθινό! Η εργατική υπηρεσία της Σουηδίας, με μία πρωτοφανή απόφασή της, έκρινε πως η υπερβολική αγάπη του 44χρονου λαντζέρη Roger Tullgren για το heavy metal έφτανε στα όρια της αναπηρίας και εφ’εξής θα του χορηγεί ειδικό –συμπληρωματικό του μισθού του- επίδομα ασθενείας για αυτή του την εξάρτηση, ενώ και το αφεντικό του του παρέχει ειδική άδεια για να ακούει δυνατή μουσική την ώρα που πλένει τα πιάτα! Το ενδιαφέρον του Tullgren για το heavy metal ξεκίνησε το 1971 όταν άκουσε για πρώτη φορά Black Sabbath από τον μεγαλύτερο αδερφό του. Το 2009 παρακολούθησε 300 συναυλίες, χωρίς να μετράνε αυτές που έδωσε ο ίδιος, παίζοντας μπάσο με τα δύο groups του. Ο 44χρονος metal maniac, ομολογεί πως αντιμετώπιζε πάντα δυσκολίες με το να κρατάει μια δουλειά για πολύ καιρό, μιας και απουσίαζε για το μεγαλύτερο διάστημα. Οι ψυχολόγοι που τον εξέτασαν αποφάσισαν πως το πάθος του Tullgren για το heavy metal δεν μπορεί να διαγνωσθεί ως τίποτα λιγότερο από «εξάρτηση», δικαιώνοντας τον για τις χρόνιες προσπάθειές του να αναγνωριστεί η «πάθησή» του.

Σημ. του blog: Άιντε αδέλφια, όλοι για αναπηρική σύνταξη!!!

Παρασκευή, 19 Μαρτίου 2010

SHADOWS FALL RELEASE BARK AT THE MOON AS SINGLE

Shadows Fall will release a single and video of their latest cover of Ozzy Osbourne's seminal hit, 'Bark At The Moon', on March 29. The band have made a 'hugely entertaining' video, which harks back to classic horror movies of the past. The single will also come with a bonus track 'King Of Nothing', which features Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe on guest vocals.
source: terrorizer

Πέμπτη, 18 Μαρτίου 2010

Official OTEP “Rise, Rebel, Resist” Video

The official “‘Rise, Rebel, Resist” video from OTEP is now up and running. According to frontwoman Otep Shamaya

“The ‘Rise, Rebel, Resist’ video is a reflection of the outrage the American people are feeling at the absurd hypocrisy, and overwhelming nonsense and balderdash plaguing Washington D.C. It uses a bit of satire and a bit of wishful thinking to form this powerful amalgam of imagery that nourishes and empowers the living art of the song. Our message is clear: Either these elected officials do their job and protect the rights and lives of ALL Americans or be prepared to face the consequences.” – OTEP

source: www.smnnews.com

Τετάρτη, 17 Μαρτίου 2010

FEAR FACTORY- Live in Athens

Ανέβηκε βιντεάκι στο youtube, απο οπαδό των φοβερών και τρομερών Fear Factory, μετά την εμφάνισή τους, την 12η Μαρτίου στο Gagarin 205 στην Αθήνα. Το τραγούδι είναι το "Mechanize",απο το νέο ομώνυμο album τους.
Το τωρινό line-up των Fear Factory, αποτελείτε απο τους:
Dino Cazares (guitar)
Burton C. Bell (vocals)
Byron Stroud (bass)
Gene Hoglan (drums)

Τρίτη, 16 Μαρτίου 2010

FIREWIND/OZZY OSBOURNE Guitarist GUS G. Talks Gear

FIREWIND/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. was interviewed by Elixir Strings at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 14-17, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Watch the chat below.


Gus G. recently designed a new guitar: the LTD Revolver EC. Based on the single-cutaway ESP Eclipse shape, this guitar is insanely cool and totally unique. It features a custom graphic finish along with custom "Gus Fire" inlays. Unlike most EC models, the new Revolver EC has a 25.5" scale with set through construction, and features a mahogany body with a maple neck (22 XJ frets) and rosewood fingerboard. It also offers Seymour Duncan Blackout ABH-1 active pickups, with a single volume control and an on-off mini switch. The Revolver EC uses black nickel hardware, including ESP locking tuners and a Tonepros TOM bridge and tailpiece.

As for the art design on the guitar, Gus wanted to go for something different this time. So he teamed up with Patric Ullaeus and Bjorn Johansson who came up with the graphic and the whole concept of "RockART."

Patric Ullaeus is an acclaimed director and photographer and among other acts, he has shot three FIREWIND videos and has also been the band’s photographer since 2006.
source Blabbermouth

Κυριακή, 14 Μαρτίου 2010

TO DIE FOR -Νέο album στα σκαριά

Oι Φινλανδοί gothic metallers, ετοιμάζουν το νέο τους album. Οι συνθέσεις είναι έτοιμες, μένει η ηχογράφησή τους. Έτσι, μετά το best of, που κυκλοφόρησαν στις αρχές του έτους με τίτλο"Epilogue from the past", έχουμε να περιμένουμε το νέο άτιτλο ακόμη πόνημά τους. Οι ίδιοι δήλωσαν στη σελίδα τους στο myspace.


HEY you Immortals.

All songs for the TO/DIE/FOR´s 6th. album are composed.
Songs are only waiting to be recorded.


There is also gonna be a couple of songs which JAPE and TONMI did together in early 90´s with their band called MARY-ANN.

ANGELICA song,which is on TO/DIE/FOR epilogue from the past best of...album will be fixed too.More low guitars and more "balls" are gonna be there.

some songs are named but we have no name for the album yet.

IF the idea which we created lately will work (about how to handle money/labels,studio costs etc.) we can record the whole album in june/july i guess.
But next days will tell us a lot so let´s just fucking wait.


Before that Jape von Crow will have studio session with Sundown Sindrome in Germany between 28th.april to 8th.May.
Sundown Sindrome´s first album will be released also in 2010.

The rest of year 2010 is gonna be busy! but enjoyable.....hopefully!

~JAPE von CroW~


Σάββατο, 13 Μαρτίου 2010

The Haunted – Road Kill (DVD Trailer)

THE HAUNTED are offering up a DVD trailer of Road Kill, out April 19 (EU) and the US on June 8.

Swedens Thrash Metal act #1 returns with a long-overdue live DVD/CD release, featuring an intense recording of THE HAUNTED’s current and up-to-date set & an in-depth, very unique on the road movie!

source:http://www.smnnews.com/


Παρασκευή, 12 Μαρτίου 2010

New Arch Enemy Blog Post on Vans.com


Angela Gossow, vocalist for Sweden’s melodic death metal juggernaut, ARCH ENEMY, has posted the third and final installment of her tour blog on Vans.com, as the band closes the book on their most successful North American tour ever, the “Tyrants of Evil” tour. The new entry can be viewed at http://www.vans.com/musicblog/.

You can read such heart warming excerpts as:

Arsis had their van broken in twice. Total cost of the damage done about 1500$. Not funny. Arsis really add value to the tour (I love them), so we decide to cover their damage. For us it’s a tax write off, for them it’s either eat or not to eat. They are my brothers too.

ARCH ENEMY’s headlining run on the 16-city “Tyrants of Evil” tour, alongside Exodus, Arsis, and Mutiny Within, kicked off in Towson, MD on January 20 and wrapped up in Los Angeles on February 9. The band has been relentlessly touring in support of their latest release, The Root of All Evil, which hit stores in October on Century Media Records.

source: http://www.smnnews.com/



Πέμπτη, 11 Μαρτίου 2010

HIGH ON FIRE- Premier Video for “Frost Hammer”

Το δυναμικό τρίο,μόλις κυκλοφόρησε το υμνηθέν, απο τους κριτικούς, album τους, "Snakes for the divine",το οποίο παρουσιάσαμε σε προηγούμενο post.Χθές έδωσαν στη κυκλοφορία το ολοκαίνουριο video-clip, για το τραγούδι τους "Frost Hammer",που μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε παρακάτω.

Τετάρτη, 10 Μαρτίου 2010

BEATALLICA - new sound clip

Το αγαπημένο συγκρότημα των οπαδών των Metallica/Beatles!!!, οι Beatallica!!, συνεχίζουν να προμοτάρουν την τελευταία δουλειά τους,"Masterful Mystery Tour", πραγματοποιώντας εμφανίσεις, στην ανατολική ακτή των Η.Π.Α.,μέσα στον Απρίλιο.
Επίσης, κυριαρχούν στα ερτζιανά, με το καινούριο single/video, “Fuel on the Hill”,το οποίο μπορείτε να ακούσετε/δείτε παρακάτω.

Την ηχογράφηση και την παραγωγή του album, την έκανε ο Flemball Rasmartin και περιλαμβάνει τίτλους τραγουδιών όπως “The Battery of Jaymz and Yoko,” “Everybody’s Got a Ticket to Ride Except for Me and My Lightning,” και “I Want to Choke Your Band”. Καλός χαβαλές.

Τρίτη, 9 Μαρτίου 2010

NEVERMORE To Release 'The Obsidian Conspiracy' In June

Century Media Records has set a June 8 North American release date for "The Obsidian Conspiracy", the long-awaited new album from Seattle metallers NEVERMORE.

The drum tracks for "The Obsidian Conspiracy" were completed in the group’s hometown of Seattle with SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers, who previously worked with Dane on the singer’s solo debut, "Praises to the War Machine". Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD) once again handled mixing duties.

The following songs (among others) were laid down during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2005’s "This Godless Endeavor":

* "Emptiness Unobstructed"
* "Without Morals"
* "And The Maiden Spoke"
* "Termination Proclamation"
* "The Obsidian Conspiracy"
* "The Blue Marble and the New Soul"
* "She Comes in Colors"
* "The Day You Built The Wall"
* "Poison Throne"
* "Beautiful Mistake"
* "The Crystal Ship" (THE DOORS cover)
* "Transmission" (THE TEA PARTY cover)

According to Dane, the song "And The Maiden Spoke" "is going to blow your minds; it’s twisted, progressive lunatic fringe riffing with vicious hooklines."

He added: "These songs are full of newfound rage, lyrically and musically. Jeff Loomis has come up with some amazing new riffs that will no doubt please old and new fans alike. Also, I think the combination of Peter and Andy will result in something very, very special."

In an interview with Cerebral Metalhead, Dane said of "The Crystal Ship" cover, "THE DOORS song was not my original choice. I really wanted to do this song called ’Waiting For the Sun’.

"When I listen to songs, of course, since I’m a lyricist, I gravitate towards cover songs (for which) I admire the lyrics. Jeff [Loomis] being a guitarist, he goes for the guitar stuff that he thinks is really cool. And that’s how we came on THE DOORS thing.

"’Crystal Ship’, originally he [Jeff] had taken the approach of making it a little heavy. And I tried to work with it and I said, ’Jeff, I don’t think this is working. I think maybe what we should try is an all-acoustic approach to the song.’ And when we did it, he was like, ’Dude, you’re totally right.’ And he was like doing five-layered guitar parts over this.

"When people hear it, it doesn’t sound like THE DOORS anymore. I think that’s what people expect when we do cover songs. ’Cause we’ve been known to deconstruct and recreate more than one song."
source:blabbermouth.net

Κυριακή, 7 Μαρτίου 2010

IRON MAIDEN - "Τhe Final Frontier"


Οι Iron Maiden ανακοίνωσαν ότι το επικείμενο νέο στούντιο άλμπουμ τους, θα ονομάζεται "The Final Frontier» και αναμένεται να κυκλοφορήσει στα τέλη του καλοκαιριού, του τρέχοντος έτους.
(Ελπίζουμε ο τίτλος να μην είναι προφητικός).
Η ανακοίνωση έρχεται με την είδηση της περιοδείας τους στη Βόρειο Αμερική, με special guests τους Dream Theater, περιοδεία που θα ανοίξουν στο Ντάλας του Τέξας, στις 9 Ιουνίου και θα τελειώσουν στην Ουάσιγκτον, στις 20 Ιουλίου, καθιστώντας την, σαν την πιό εκτεταμένη περιοδεία της Βορείου Αμερικής, εδώ και πολλά χρόνια για τους Maiden.
Μετά από αυτές τις εμφανίσεις σε ΗΠΑ και Καναδά, το "Final Frontier World Tour", θα ταξιδέψει πίσω στην Ευρώπη για λίγα επιλεγμένα festivals και σταδιακές συναυλίες, με το συγκρότημα να σκοπεύει να συνεχίσει, σε πολλές άλλες χώρες το 2011.
Οι εμφανίσεις των Maiden σε Αμερική και Ευρώπη, έχουν ως εξής:
Jun. 09 Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
Jun. 11 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jun. 12 San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Jun. 14 Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Jun. 16 Albuquerque, NM - The Pavilion
Jun. 17 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Jun. 19 San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheatre
Jun. 20 Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
Jun. 22 Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Jun. 24 Vancouver, BC - GM Place
Jun. 26 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Jun. 29 Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Center
Jun. 30 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center (without Dream Theater)
Jul. 03 Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
Jul. 07 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Jul. 11 Holmdel, NJ - PNC
Jul. 12 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Jul. 14 Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagra Pavilion
Jul. 15 Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Jul. 17 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 18 Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul. 20 Washington D.C. - Jiffy Lube Live
The Final Frontier 2010 European Tour:
Jul. 30 - Aug. 01 UK - Knebworth Sonisphere Festival
Aug. 05 Germany - Wacken Festival
Aug. 07 Sweden - Stockholm Stora Skuggan Sonisphere Festival
Aug. 08 Finland - Helsinki Pori's Kirjurinluoto Sonisphere Festival
Aug. 11 Norway- Bergen Bergenhus Festning - Koengen

Σάββατο, 6 Μαρτίου 2010

Metal's Top Ten Speeding Ticket Songs

Παραθέτω ενδιαφέρον άρθρο του Keith Carman απο το www.exclaim.ca.
Ο καθένας μας, ας φτιάξει την λίστα που γουστάρει, για να πληρώνει κλήσεις. Έτσι κι αλλιώς περί ορέξεως...

We all have them: the songs that immediately get your adrenaline pumping and cause you to lose any sense of rationality. Once that riff, drum beat or solo kicks in, you start caterwauling at the top of your lungs, slamming the wheel and “fuckin' givin' 'er,” as us metallions say. Those albums and/or tracks are drivin' tunes, songs that make the trip a little easier, the foot a little heavier and the tickets a lot more expensive.

Partly through experience and partly because we think you might have fun testing our theory, we wanted to present you — well, the Aggressive Tendencies fans, at least — with what we feel are ten of our top heavy metal speeding ticket songs.

Keep in mind this list is not definitive. These are just our favourites. And if you do opt to challenge us by spinning these tracks, we assume no responsibility for fines or demerit points incurred.

Metal's Top Ten Speeding Ticket Songs:

“Drugged and Driving”
Dayglo Abortions Here Today... Guano Tomorrow, 1987
It's a song about having to swallow your stash and then outrun the pigs et to a riff Tony Iommi wishes he'd created and having some pretty severe tempo changes at that. 'Nuff said.

“Betrayer”
Kreator
Extreme Aggression, 1989
Anger hath no fury like a woman scorned. Or a German metal dude, for that matter. This song works for people driving somewhere when pissed off at anything: work, loved ones, other drivers. From the instant insanity and screaming opening line, “This is a song which I use to describe how I feel about people like you,” to the brain cell-obliterating bridge, it's fossil fuel's worst enemy/the policeman's ball's trust fund.

"502"
Megadeth
So Far, So Good... So What!, 1988
Another tune dedicated to getting blasted and just driving as fast/far as you can before getting nailed. Fueled by cigarettes, burgers, caffeine and alcohol, who could argue? Not only that, but the double-time feel and super-cool car crash that pulls it back to the solo make you wanna redefine road rage.

"Motorbreath"
Metallica
Kill 'Em All, 1983
It was either this or "Dyer's Eve" for the obligatory Metallica contribution. Since you can't hear the damned bass on "Dyer's Eve" and this one features Cliff Motherfuckin' Burton, it's a no-brainer. That cool drum fill at the beginning — one of the only times Lars did something right — sets a pretty nifty pace.

"Institutionalized"
Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies, 1983
Screaming your brain off about not being crazy at a hyperactive pace rules. Imagine how it looks to other drivers though. Oh, wait! They won't see you because you'll be zinging by them at top speed, until you stop for a Pepsi, that is.

"Reanimated"
Sacrifice
Torment In Fire, 1987
Go up to any Canadian metalhead and ask if they know what the Power Hour is. Virtually guaranteed they'll scream, "Reanimateeeeeddddd" at the top of their lungs and go into a retarded air guitar solo while grunting the main riff. Imagine doing that while in control of 3,000 pounds of steel and rubber barrelling across asphalt at triple-digits. Yes, the song is that cool.

"Jesus Built My Hot Rod"
Ministry
Psalm 69, 1992
It's been almost 20 years since Gibby Haynes did anything cool, and the last thing was a song with his buddies in Ministry, go figure. While it may seem like the song title has something to do with how raging this track is, it actually doesn't matter. Haynes is just babbling, but the way it flows with the relentless pace of the beat just gets those aortas — and carburetors — pumping.

"Iron Fist"
Motörhead
Iron Fist, 1982
This and "Snaggletooth" are some severely rockin' numbers, even by Motörhead standards. Catchy choruses, an upbeat pace and, it's Motörhead. What do you expect? You're going to be chain smoking, swigging whatever's on-hand as if it were a bottle of Jack Daniel's and sneering at the cops as they struggle to catch up with you.

"All Hell Breaks Loose"
Misfits
Walk Among Us, 1982
It's not an outright metal tune but a) it's the Misfits, and other than Motörhead, the Misfits are the only true crossover band for both punks and metal heads, and b) "All Hell Breaks Loose" is their most metal tune that just continues to get increasingly aggressive and rabid as it plays out. You start off just kind of rockin' away, but by the end, you're setting land speed records and frothing at the mouth while bellowing along with Danzig.

"Angel of Death"
Slayer
Reign In Blood, 1986
Actually, Reign In Blood as a whole is worthy. See if you can go the whole 29 minutes at top speed without getting nabbed.

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Πέμπτη, 4 Μαρτίου 2010

THE HAUNTED - new DVD/CD

Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED are putting the finishing touches on a new concert DVD/CD, "Road Kill", to be released later in the year via Century Media. The band is also working on material for a new studio album and is preparing to hit the road in Europe as the support act for SLAYER. In addition, the group will make several festival appearances this summer.

Commented THE HAUNTED guitarist Anders Björler: "As you might have noticed, the SLAYER dates have now been moved to the summer (May - August).

"We are very happy to have been invited personally by SLAYER as support for these club shows. We will, of course, add more tour dates/festivals in between the shows with SLAYER, so keep checking our sites.
"A lot has happened the last couple of months: We are working hard on writing new material. We are currently also finalizing the DVD 'Road Kill' which will be released in a couple of months time."

THE HAUNTED recently signed a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records.

The band's last three albums — "rEVOLVEr", "The Dead Eye" and "Versus" — were released through Century Media.

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving told the German edition of the Metal Hammer magazine last summer about the band's forthcoming CD, "Looking at the ideas that we're coming up with, looking at the stuff that we're doodling around with, it's gonna be a very heavy and it's gonna be a very strange record. It's gonna be like a continuation of what we started experimenting with both on 'rEVOLVEr' [2004] and on 'The Dead Eye' [2006], so it'll be eclectic and hard. 'Cause around the time of 'The Dead Eye', we felt that we really needed to do something that we hadn't done that we really wanted to do, and we got a lot of critique for it; a lot of people didn't like it. We loved it, and the songs that we're playing off that record are going over really well with the audience and we're really enjoying to play them. So we figure, why the fuck shouldn't we play and continue to try and evolve as musicians and songwriters?! And that's what we'll do."

THE HAUNTED is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Versus", which entered the Swedish chart at position No. 14 and the Finnish chart at No. 12.The CD was recorded in part at PUK studio in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (HEAVEN SHALL BURN, DARK TRANQUILLITY, MOONSPELL, etc), who previously worked with the group on its two previous LPs, "rEVOLVEr" and "The Dead Eye".

SONISPHERE FESTIVAL- Βρέ τους Τούρκους!!

Για όσους τολμούν..
METALLICA
, SLAYER, MEGADETH, HEAVEN & HELL and RAMMSTEIN are among the confirmed bands for the Turkish edition of the Sonisphere festival, set to take place June 25-27, 2010 at BJK Inonu Stadi in Istanbul.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

METALLICA
SLAYER
MEGADETH
ANTHRAX
HEAVEN & HELL
MANOWAR
ALICE IN CHAINS
RAMMSTEIN
STONE SOUR
MASTODON
HAYKO CEPKIN
MANGA
FOMA
BLACKTOOTH


Tickets go on sale March 5 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, go to this location
source: blabbermouth.net

PETER TAGTGREN - interview

Metal Hangar 18 conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Peter Tägtgren of Swedish extreme metallers HYPOCRISY prior to the band's February 27 concert at the Blue Box club in Sofia, Bulgaria. Watch the chat below.

HYPOCRISY's Sofia show was filmed for an upcoming DVD release. The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Valley Of The Damned
02. Hang Him High
03. Fractured Millenium
04. Adjusting The Sun
05. Eraser
06. Medley: Pleasure Of Molestation / Osculum Obscenum / Penetralia
07. Medley: Apocalypse / 4th Dimension
08. Killing Art
09. A Coming Race
10. Let The Knife Do The Talking
11. Weed Out The Weak
12. A Fire In The Sky
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13. The Final Chapter
14. Warpath
15. Roswell 47 (666)

Photos of the concert are available at this location (courtesy of Nedko Ignatov from Metal Hangar 18).

Fan-filmed video footage can be viewed below.

HYPOCRISY will finally make its long-awaited return to North America in May. Support on the trek will come from HATE, BLACKGUARD and SWASHBUCKLE.

HYPOCRISY has now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet HYPOCRISY for a special event that is being offered this one time only. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com and each venue will put them on sale through whatever ticketing system they use in the coming days.

"A Taste Of Extreme Divinity", the new album from HYPOCRISY, sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 23 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.
source: blabbermouth.net

Τετάρτη, 3 Μαρτίου 2010

HIGH ON FIRE - new album

"Snakes for the Divine", the new album from the Oakland, California-based power trio HIGH ON FIRE, sold around 8,600 copies in its first week of release in the United States to debut at position No. 63 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Snakes for the Divine" will be released in Europe on March 8 via Century Media Records (under exclusive license from E1 Music). The follow-up to 2007's "Death is this Communion", which was made available in North America on February 23 via E1 Music, was recorded at The Pass Studios in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman and is described in a press release as "HIGH ON FIRE's magnum opus, capturing every nuance of the legendary band's ongoing musical progression and evolution into one of heavy music's all-time greats. Sharper, faster and darker than anything the group has ever recorded, 'Snakes for the Divine' is an unrelenting tour de force, showcasing cult guitar hero Matt Pike's utterly unique and inventive musicianship and the band's epic, thundering sound. Premium production by Fidelman — the man who produced SLAYER's 'World Painted Blood' and is mixing the upcoming METALLICA live album — boosts HIGH ON FIRE's strength and power while blackened lyrical tales of ancient wars, frozen planets and doomed societies emerge from Pike's bellowing barks and throaty war cries. From the moment the leviathan-like title track explodes to kick off the album, it is immediately evident that HIGH ON FIRE is determined to push modern heavy metal into new and uncharted realms."

"Snakes for the Divine" track listing:

01. Snakes for the Divine
02. Frost Hammer
03. Bastard Samurai
04. Ghost Neck
05. Fire, Flood & Plague
06. How Dark We Pray
07. Holy Flames of the Fire Spitter
08. Mystery of Helm

The European version of the album will include one bonus track. The deluxe gatefold 180-gram vinyl edition will contain the aforementioned bonus track, the album on CD plus a cover art poster as additional goodies.
source:blabbermouth.net

TRIVIUM - New video clip

Καινούριο video-clip για το τραγούδι των Trivium, "Shattering the Skies Above", το οποίο συμπεριλαμβάνεται στην ΕΡ συλλογή ,"God of War:Blood and metal, για το ηλεκτρονικό παιχνίδι, God of War.
Με αυτό το track, oι Trivium έκαναν μία πιό progressive στροφή στη μουσική τους. Θεωρείται δέ σαν δείγμα για το πώς θα ακούγονται οι Trivium απο εδώ και πέρα.

Τρίτη, 2 Μαρτίου 2010

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - THE END


Norway’s THEATRE OF TRAGEDY has released the following statement:

"After nearly 17 years in existence, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY has decided to call it a day and close down.

"This has not been an easy decision to make and we have thought about this for a long long time. We finally agreed to this during the production of our latest album, ’Forever Is The World’.

"THEATRE OF TRAGEDY will come to an end on October 2, 2010, exactly 17 years after we started making music together.

"Over the years all of us have strived to combine the THEATRE with everyday life but in the end it has proven more and more difficult.

We have come to appreciate our family lives and jobs, which makes it very hard to continue this life of rock ’n’ roll on the road.

"We know that some of you will probably be very disappointed, but we also hope you will continue to listen to our music, which all of you learned to appreciate and love so much.

"We want to thank everyone of you for all your support over the past 17 years! THEATRE OF TRAGEDY wouldn’t have been possible without you!

"Be sure to catch us on the last THEATRE OF TRAGEDY shows ever this year!

"The final gig will take place on October 2 in Stavanger, where it all began.

"Our music will live on... and forever is the world."

For the first time in 10 years, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY will feature a live bass player when it hits the road in early March. The band says, "We have the privilege to announce that the talented Erik Torp from LOWDOWN will handle this duty around Europe." Support on the trek will come from WHERE ANGELS FALL.

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY will release a a limited-edition tour version of its seventh album, "Forever Is The World", on March 5 to coincide with the band’s upcoming European shows. The set will include a new EP called "Addenda" and will feature 10 tracks of b-sides, rarities, remakes and remixes. Once the limited version of "Forever Is The World" is sold out, the EP will be sold separately.

The winner of the creative competition, Martin Pöhlmann, created the artwork for this release.

"Forever Is The World" was released in September 2009 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2006’s "Storm" was recorded at Room 13 studios in Oslo with producer Alexander Møklebust, who has previously worked with ZEROMANCER, SEIGMEN, GÅTE, MONOMEN and DELAWARE, among others. The mastering was handled by Bjørn Engelmann at the Cutting Room in Sweden.

"Forever Is The World" was made available in three different versions: a limited digipack with one bonus song, a very limited double vinyl version with two bonus tracks (one exclusive to the vinyl edition!) and a regular jewelcase.
source: Blabbermouth.net

ΕΙΣΙΤΗΡΙΑ RAMMSTEIN

Τρίτη 2 Μαρτίου, ώρα 10:30, άρχισε η προπώληση των εισιτηρίων για τους Rammstein. Σπεύσατε λοιπόν.

Τα πρώτα 1000 εισιτήρια γενικής εισόδου κοστίζουν 35€ (Ξεχάστε τα ήδη)
Τα επόμενα 1000 εισιτήρια γενικής εισόδου κοστίζουν 45€ (Επίσης ξεχάστε τα)
Μετά την εξάντλησή τους η τιμή των εισιτηρίων γενικής εισόδου θα διαμορφωθεί στα 55€
Η τιμή των εισιτηρίων της διακεκριμένης θέσης είναι 75€

ΣΗΜΕΙΑ ΠΡΟΠΩΛΗΣΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΩΡΕΣ ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑΣ

TICKET HOUSE
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στην τιμή του εισιτηρίου. (Τί μου λές!)

Δευτέρα, 1 Μαρτίου 2010

EXODUS – NEW COVER ARTWORK


Bay Area forefathers of thrash EXODUS will be releasing their ninth
studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, in Europe on May 10th.
Guitarist / songwriter Gary Holt checks in about what the band was
looking to capture art-wise and why the final version chosen nailed it:


"We wanted to portray the violence of man at its finest, so we
started with our own version of the Leonardo da Vinci sketch [of
Vitruvian Man ], but done the ‘EXODUS’ way! I was pointed in the
direction of Colin Larks of Rainsong Design for the cover and he killed
it! To me, the artwork represents man and his affinity for bloodshed,
ignorance, and all-around ability to be led like sheep to the
slaughter. The image fits the songs on this record perfectly. The whole
layout is going to be as sick as the record itself!"


Exhibit B: The Human Condition was recorded this past December in
Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy,
Kreator).

source: http://www.terrorizer.com/