"Metal From Hell", the legendary debut album of the U.S. heavy metal cult act SATAN'S HOST, which except guitar virtuoso Patrick Evil, features JAG PANZER and TITAN FORCE singer Harry Conklin (a.k.a. Leviathan Thisiren), will be reissued by Skol Records. This "ultimate reissue" will not only include "Metal From Hell" tracks remastered from the original tapes for the first time ever, but also six tracks from the mystical "unreleased album" from 1987, titled "Midnight Wind". Skol Records' CD, which will be limited to only 666 copies, will include deluxe booklet with many previously unseen photos, original artworks of both "Metal From Hell" and "Midnight Wind", and all lyrics. The album will be released on April 25 and will have its official premiere at the Keep It True festival in Germany (which is co-headlined by JAG PANZER). In other news, SATAN'S HOST recently recorded cover version of the GRIM REAPER classic "See You In Hell", which will be featured on another Skol Records' release, "Harder Than Steel - The Official Keep It True Tribute Album" CD compilation, that will also include cover versions of heavy metal classics performed by acts such as ATTACKER, CRYSTAL VIPER, OSTROGOTH, DEADLY BLESSING, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR and WITCH CROSS. The song was produced by Bart Gabriel (SACRED STEEL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, MORTICIAN), who also remastered mentioned "Metal From Hell" CD reissue. SATAN'S HOST's eleventh studio album, "Virgin Sails", was released on November 18, 2013 via Moribund Cult Records on CD. The vinyl version was made available via High Roller Records in January. The album was once again recorded at Flatline Audio with producer Dave Otero (CATTLE DECAPITATION, ALLEGAEON, CEPHALIC CARNAGE) and features cover artwork by Joe Petagno (MOTÃRHEAD, MARDUK).
Kirsti Heitz of MetalMasterKingdom.com conducted an interview with vocalist Mikael Stanne of Swedish death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY on February 8 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. On its North American tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY sold a seven-inch EP entitled "A Memory Construct", which will also be released digitally in the beginning of March. Recorded during the "Construct" sessions, the single contains the two songs, is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is available on a transparent red wax. Featured tracks are the previously unreleased "A Memory Construct" and "Sorrows Architect", previously only available as a limited flexi seven-inch released with issue #106 of Decibel magazine. DARK TRANQUILLITY's tenth studio album, "Construct", was released on May 27, 2013 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) at his Fascination Street studios in Ãrebro, Sweden. DARK TRANQUILLITY filmed a music video for the song "Uniformity" on April 13, 2013 with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
SINBREED, the German power metal band featuring BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist Marcus Siepen and drummer Frederik Ehmke, will release its sophomore album, "Shadows", on March 28 in Europe and April 15 in the U.S. via AFM Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Bleed 02. Shadows 03. Call To Arms 04. Reborn 05. Leaving The Road 06. Far Too Long 07. Black Death 08. Standing Tall 09. London Moon 10. Broken Wings The fourth in a series of video clips featuring footage from the "Shadows" recording sessions can be seen below. Siepen in 2012 joined SINBREED as a full-time member after previously performing live with the band at a couple of shows, including the ProgPower USA XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Fan-filmed video footage of SINBREED performing a brand new song, "Reborn", during their ProgPower USA XIII set can be seen below. SINBREED's debut album, "When Worlds Collide", was released in March 2010 via Ulterium Records. The CD was produced by Flo Laurin, mixed and mastered by Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, SYMPHONY X), and it included guest appearances by Joost van den Broek (AFTER FOREVER) and Morten Sandager (MERCENARY) on keyboards, and Thomas Rettke (REDKEY, ex-HEAVEN'S GATE) on vocals. The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (ICED EARTH, AYREON). SINBREED's brand of power metal is described as a "blistering combination of speed, melodic and aggressive arrangements combined with high and soaring vocals." SINBREED is: Herbie Langhans (SEVENTH AVENUE) - Vocals Frederik Ehmke (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Drums Alexander Schulz - Bass Flo Laurin - Guitar, Keyboards Marcus Siepen (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Guitar For more information, visit www.sinbreed.com. Studio footage:
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH was honored in the "Best International Group" and "Best International Album" categories at this year's Bandit Rock Awards, which was held on Saturday, March 8 at Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden. The awards ceremony was organized and hosted by the Stockholm-based radio station Bandit Rock 106.3. A video recap of the event can be seen below. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently selected its surprising cover of the classic folk song "The House Of The Rising Sun" as the next single from the band's recently released album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2". The disc came out on November 19, 2013 and is the second half of a two-record set, with "Volume 1" coming out in July 2013. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH filmed a "gasoline and rocket-fuel-soaked video" for "The House Of The Rising Sun" in the desert. "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2" sold 77,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The first half of "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 113,000 copies in its first week of release.
Reunited late '80s/early '90s San Francisco Bay Area funk-metallers MORDRED will embark on a U.K, tour in August. In addition, the band has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise enough funds to cover tour costs as well as the expenses involved in releasing an EP of new material and reissuing the band's catalog, including making the "In This Live" video available as a DVD/digital download. Says the band: "It's been a while... but we just jammed together in San Francisco over the summer and had an awesome time! We heard there was still a following for us; we had no idea! So we got the idea from a friend why not have some fun and tour again? Play for all our friends and fans old and new, and maybe even write some new songs. Of course, we'll be getting paid from the gigs and stuff we sell on the summer U.K. tour, but we need money now for things like promotion, paying someone to help us book this thing, merchandise up-front costs, 6 plane tickets, 6 visas, transportation, fuel, living accommodations the list goes on and on and on. "And we've been writing new material too! We want to put out an EP of new material, re-release our original material, which has all been professionally remastered, and re-release our 'In This Live' video in a DVD/download format that's been digitized from the original film masters! "We're also offering Indiegogo campaign perks only: handwritten lyrics, custom ring tones, Skype lessons from members of the band, we've got exclusive t-shirts, hats and hoodies, even original test pressings of Pause's scratch sample mix on vinyl we made especially for touring back in the day! "And we've opted for the option to take the entire amount even if we don't reach our goal. So help the Bastard Son of Heavy Metal tour again; every bit helps! See you soon!!!" The BNR Metal Pages says: Initially part of the San Francisco thrash fraternity of the Eighties, MORDRED starting making a name for themselves by incorporating funk influences to their sound, then quite a novelty. Most of "Fool's Game" (1989) is pretty much thrash (save one song), but the follow-up "In This Life" (1991) is where the new influences (aided by the rap-style turntables of Aaron Vaughn) really come to the fore, giving the album and band a very distinctive style. By the time of the "Vision" EP (1992), internal friction within the band developed, leading to the departure of longtime vocalist Scott Holderby. With new vocalist Paul Kimball, the band released "The Next Room" (1994), a slightly toned-down release compared to their previous efforts. MORDRED is: Scott Holderby - Vocals James Sanguinetti - Guitar Danny White - Guitar Art Liboon - Bass Aaron "Pause" Vaughn - Keyboards, Vocals, Turntables Gannon Hall - Drums
On Friday, March 7, Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE were awarded one of Switzerland's most prestigious recognitions in music: a Swiss Music Award in the category "Best Live Act National." ELUVEITIE was chosen to receive the honor after a highly competitive fan voting, marking the very first time ever for a metal band to receive this award. Watch ELUVEITIE accept their award at the Hallenstadion stadium in Zurich during a massive two-hour show on live television at this location. Commented the band: "Now that we have recovered from Friday night's events (although our minds are still blown), we would like to say a few words: "Winning a Swiss Music Award for 'Best Live Act National' is certainly one of the highlights of our career, and an immense honor. However, it is not just our honor, but yours to share with us: this award goes out to all of you! "The stage at the stadium in Zurich [Friday] night was as much yours as it was ours. It is also not simply a recognition of our most recent activities, but the result of many years of hard work and amazing times. "We want and have to thank each and every one of the amazing people who have worked with us and supported us in any way during the last 12 years. There are many, and listing them here would exceed the scope of this message. Please take the time to visit our website, where we have tried our best at the futile attempt to list all their names: "But most of all, we want and have to thank all of our amazing fans all over the globe, who stood with us, supported us and came to our shows. Our die-hard fans, our incredible fan clubs (in particular in Brazil, Poland, and France), all the members of our official forum and everybody who voted for ELUVEITIE, joining forces with us to show the whole music world how strong metal really is! This award is your award! You all rock! "Even more motivated we now return to Tommy Vetterli's New Sound Studio, where recordings for our new album have started last week already. ELUVEITIE 2014 is going to be a big one!" ELUVEITIE recently announced the addition of violinist Nicole Ansperger to the group's ranks. ELUVEITIE's latest album, "Helvetios", sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 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. "Helvetios" was released in Europe on February 10, 2012 via Nuclear Blast RecordsNew Sound Studio in PfÃ¤ffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron; CORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist).
Finnish metal/rock act SHEAR will release its second album, "Katharsis", on March 24 in Europe and on April 1 in North America via Lifeforce Records. The artwork for the CD was created by TEXTURES bassist Remko Tielemans. Another song, "Hollow, Black & Cold", from "Katharsis" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "Katharsis" was recorded between April and October 2013 at Sound Supreme Studio and and 5by5 Studio, where the effort was also mixed. The mastering was handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The CD features a guest appearance by STRATOVARIOUS keyboardist Jens Johansson. According to a press release, SHEAR "impresses with a mature and beneficial designed sound that is catchy and heavy at the same time. Just as important: SHEAR are playing authentic and honest music that is based on deep-seated emotions and a latent slope to great hymns. This is their 'Katharsis'. The chosen style is of subordinate importance for the effect of the perfectly balanced songs. Metal and rock come to fruition to create a Scandinavian heavy sound with a fresh approach and a convincing self-conception. "Listening to 'Katharsis', you will fall in love with the charismatic voice of Alexa Leroux. But keep in mind: SHEAR is more than a female-fronted fairytale. Somewhere in between melodic metal, symphonic power and classical rock the Finns are heading for well-written and â simply â beautiful music with a unique charm." SHEAR in 2012 parted ways with bassist Eerik Purdon and replaced him with Silver Ots (DEAD SHAPE FIGURE, THE NIBIRUAN, AMORAL). SHEAR released its full-length debut, "Breaking The Stillness", in March 2012 via Lifeforce Records. SHEAR guitarists Mikael Gronroos and Lauri Koskenniemi, and keyboardist Lari Sorvo have played together since 2001. SHEAR is: * Alexa Leroux - Vocals * Mikael GrÃ¶nroos (CRYSTAL BLAZE) - Guitar * Lauri Koskenniemi (THE NIBIRUAN, ELENIUM, CRYSTAL BLAZE, ex-IMPERANON) - Guitar * Silver Ots (DEAD SHAPE FIGURE, THE NIBIRUAN, AMORAL) - Bass * Lari Sorvo (CRYSTAL BLAZE) - Keyboards * Juhana Karlsson (AMORAL, CRYSTAL BLAZE) â Drums
Audio samples of all the songs that will appear on "The Human Contradiction", the new album from Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The CD will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, April 4 Rest of Europe: April 7 USA, Canada: April 8 "The Human Contradiction" track listing: 01. Here Come The Vultures 02. Your Body Is A Battleground 03. Stardust 04. My Masquerade 05. Tell Me, Mechanist 06. Sing To Me 07. Army Of Dolls 08. Lullaby 09. The Tragedy Of The Commons The CD once again features a guest appearance by Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH and TAROT; George Oosthoek (ex-ORPHANAGE); and THE AGONIST vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Comments DELAIN: "We are very excited about the much-anticipated return of vocal force Marco Hietala on our upcoming record. "After our collaboration with Marco on our first two albums, we can't help but hearing his voice in some of the songs we write! We love his contributions on 'The Human Contradiction': Marco adds greatly to the power of 'Your Body Is A Battleground' as well as to the melancholia of 'Sing To Me'." Says Marco: "I've done quite a few visitations on select albums during my career. DELAIN and their albums are among the most frequent. If you listen to their stuff, you'll know why. Martijn and his group seem to have plenty to say, both musically and lyrically. Keep it up, mates!" DELAIN last year released a special album, "Interlude", via Napalm Records. The effort was described in in a press release as "a fantastic blend of brand-new songs, special versions and mixes of popular DELAIN tracks, covers, and the beautiful single 'Are You Done With Me'. Thanks to the new mix, the well-known anthem shines with a new-found splendor. The album includes a special DVD featuring exclusive live footage and clips from the band's career.
Universal Music has announced the deluxe release of DEEP PURPLE's seminal live album "Made In Japan" in multiple formats on May 19. An extended trailer promoting the upcoming release can be seen below. Together with LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE has been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal" in the early to mid-Seventies. One of the most influential and important guitar bands in history, they have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. "Made In Japan" was recorded live over three nights during August 15â17, 1972 at Festival Hall, Osaka and Budokan, Tokyo. Four of the tracks come from the band's 1972 "Machine Head" album. It featured what many consider the classic DEEP PURPLE lineup â Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (organ) and Ian Paice (drums). Originally recorded only for the Japanese market, the album has since become seen as one of DEEP PURPLE's seminal albums, and one of the greatest live albums of all time (A Rolling Stone magazine readers poll in 2012 voted "Made In Japan" as the sixth greatest live album of all time). May 19, 2014 will see the album newly remastered and released in a number of special formats. The format options include previously unseen footage on DVD, bonus material and mixes, memorabilia and a hardback book. The "Made In Japan" formats: * Limited Edition Super Deluxe 4 CD+DVD+7" Boxed Set and Limited-Edition Super Deluxe 9LP Boxed Set * Deluxe Edition 2CD * 180g 2LP * Blu-ray Pure Audio * HD Download * MFiT * Standard Digital format METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich last year told writer Peter Makowski that he is working on getting his all-time favorite band, DEEP PURPLE, a long-overdue spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Asked why the creators of "Smoke On The Water" were not in there yet, Ulrich said, "What you've got to understand is that a lot of the people that have run the selection process are critics, and DEEP PURPLE, as you know, were never a critic's band â especially in America, because their influence was probably felt more in Europe." But Ulrich added, "It's only a matter of time. Rather sooner than later. We've already lost one member. The fact that LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH are in and PURPLE is not is one of the crimes of that whole institution. We'll get them in soon enough. I'm working on it." Founding PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord passed away in July 2012. Ulrich, who wrote a tribute to Lord on METALLICA's web site, told Makowski, "I'm not sure that the people in today's hard rock world really truly understand how innovative this guy was . . . he really did something nobody had done before with the sound of the keyboards and I think that's probably the biggest thing to remember him for." At their own induction in 2009, METALLICA's James Hetfield included PURPLE on a list of acts they wanted to see in the Hall. "We're somewhat of a heavy band and we have a small list that we'd like to also put some nods out and maybe plant a little seed, it's a band called DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, RUSH, KISS, TED NUGENT, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÃRHEAD... who we would love to invite through the door now." DEEP PURPLE was denied entry to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013 â losing out to such artists as American pop singer-songwriter Randy Newman and R&B singer Donna Summer. The members of PURPLE, who released a new album titled "Now What?!" on April 30, 2013 in North America via earMUSIC, say it is no big loss. "I fought against, all my life, becoming institutionalized. So it really does not affect me," singer Ian Gillan told Noisecreep. "But on the other hand, my family and friends and everyone that has stuck with us all these years, it means something to them. They love that recognition. "To analyze it, and I'll try not to sound cocky or anything, I will say it as respectfully as I can, it's sort of like the Oscars and Grammys and the other awards like that â in the States, just like it is in England, and other places â these awards and honors are usually not decided by the fans, but by a cartel of influential people. These are the same people that decided THE MONKEES were America's answer to THE BEATLES. [laughs] "So I'm not too concerned about it. Maybe it will happen one day, bit if not, my diary is full and I'm very happy. It hasn't affected our career but it does concern the fans â that's who I feel for."
Arianna G. of Metallus.it conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH on Febraury 20 in Bologna, Italy. You can now watch the chat below. BEHEMOTH's new album, "The Satanist", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. BEHEMOTH's ninth full-length studio CD, 2009's "Evangelion", opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56. "The Satanist" was released on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world. "The Satanist" deluxe box, which is available in North America as an European import, includes: CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase with a high-quality 44-page booklet (with gold foil, UV gloss lamination), supersize poster flag (approx. 3.5' x 5'), wooden black inverted rosary cross, metal pin, black envelope with black communion wafers. The DVD, "Live Barbarossa", includes a professionally filmed show in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as well as 30-minute documentary about the creative process behind "The Satanist". "The Satanist" was produced by BEHEMOTH, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand at Hertz Studio. The CD was mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER) and mastered by Ted Jensen (METALLICA, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound in New York City. The cover art for "The Satanist" was painted by renowned Russian painter and occultist Denis Forkas. The paint used included some of Nergal's own blood. Additional art and design was completed by Metastazis (PARADISE LOST) and Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST). BEHEMOTH's video for the new single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" was produced by Grupa 13 and is one of the band's most unsettling and unique works to date.
"My Soul To Take", the new video from Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS, can be seen below. The song comes off "Louder Than Ever" â a collection of new songs and re-recorded tracks from PRETTY MAIDS' past albums â which will be released on March 21 in Europe and March 25 in North America. After celebrating thier 30th anniversary as a band and the release of their latest monumental album, "Motherland", the Danish melodic hard rockers are serving the fans with an album which includes eight re-recorded classic songs from the 1995-2006 era, plus four brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the '80s, brand new interviews and plenty of cool material for the fans! "There were two main reasons for us to do this album," explains singer Ronnie Atkins. "First of all, we wanted to keep the ball in spin and release some kind of an 'in between' album before the next 'real' studio album. Then we were curious to hear how some of the older songs would sound like with the band lineup we have today and in the hands of our current producer, Jacob Hansen. The original idea was actually to do a mix of both re-recorded, re-mixed, covers and new songs, but in the end decided to cut it down to what it is. We deliberately chose not to re-record some of the Eighties and early Nineties material, since it's some kind of 'sacred,' both to ourselves as well as the fans." The release of "Louder Than Ever" will be followed up by a three-to-four-week tour in Europe in May 2014. In addition, the band will appear at several festivals during the summer. "Louder Than Ever" track listing: CD: 01. Deranged (new song) 02. Playing God 03. Psycho Time Bomb Planet Earth 04. My Soul To Take (new song) 05. He Who Never Lived 06. Virtual Brutality 07. Tortured Spirit 08. With These Eyes 09. Nuclear Boomerang (new song) 10. Snakes In Eden 11. Wake Up To The Real World 12. A Heart Without A Home (new song) DVD: * A Retrospective of the "Motherland" 2013 world tour * Includes archive footage from early stages of the band's career, interviews, backstage, studio footage and the usual freakiness. PRETTY MAIDS is: Ronnie Atkins: Vocals Ken Hammer: Guitar Rene Shades: Bass Allan Tchicaja: Drums Morten Sandager: Keyboards
Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of DEATH ANGEL performing the song "Thrown To The Wolves" on February 28 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California. You can now watch it below. DEATH ANGEL's seventh album, "The Dream Calls For Blood", sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. DEATH ANGEL's previous CD, "Relentless Retribution", opened with 2,700 units in September 2010. The band's 2008 effort, "Killing Season", registered a first-week tally of around 2,300. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, "The Art of Dying", which premiered with around 2,100 copies back in May 2004. Released on October 11, 2013 in Europe (except for the U.K. where it arrived three days later) and October 15, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, "The Dream Calls For Blood" was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). Asked how DEATH ANGEL was able to construct such fast, aggressive, brutal material for "The Dream Calls For Blood" while many of the band's contemporaries have, to varying degrees, abandoned thrash and speed metal, DEATH ANGEL singer Mark Osegueda told Metal Blast: "I think with us we kind of went the opposite direction. We got all of the experimentation out while we were young back in the '80s; we tried to push the envelope then and maybe pushed it a little too much. When we reformed in 2001, we were writing new material, sort of fishing a bit, not knowing which direction things would go in. Over time, we started getting on the same page a lot more. Then we lost a couple of the original members, which in turn brought us two younger players who were very hungry to play, very eager to tour, and were also much more thrash-based players. Will [Carroll] is a much more thrash-styled drummer than Andy [Galeon, former drummer], who was a much more groove-based, almost '70s rock kind of drummer. Dennis [Pepa, former bass player] was a much more punk-derived player than Damien [Sisson] is. When Rob [Cavestany] was coming up with the riffs for the new record, he was definitely playing off those strengths. So all of that lead to us going back to our thrash roots and coming up with some of the strongest material we've written to date."
AndrewHaug.com has uploaded video footage of GOJIRA's February 23 performance at the Sydney stop of this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. Check it out below. This spring, GOJIRA will release "Les Enfants Sauvages", a limited edition 5" x 7", 60-page hardcover photo book chronicling the band's journey around the world over the last two years, since the release of their critically acclaimed Roadrunner debut, "L'Enfant Sauvage". The images were taken around the globe, spanning over 150 shows on three continents, and were hand-selected by GOJIRA guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier and his brother, drummer Mario Duplantier. The package also includes a live CD and DVD capturing last year's performance at the legendary Brixton Academy in London, England. In addition to the CD/DVD/book, a bundle that includes an exclusive T-shirt is available. "Les Enfants Sauvages" track listing: 01. Intro 02. Explosia 03. Flying Whales 04. Backbone 05. The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe 06. L'Enfant Sauvage 07. Toxic Garbage Island 08. Wisdom Comes 09. Jam 10. Oroborus 11. Drum Solo 12. The Axe 13. The Gift Of Guilt GOJIRA has also premiered a live performance of "Flying Whales" along with a gallery of images from "Les Enfants Sauvages" over at Noisey. GOJIRA's fifth album, "L'Enfant Sauvage", sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "The Way Of All Flesh", opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138. "L'Enfant Sauvage" entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart). "L'Enfant Sauvage" (which translates to "The Wild Child") features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).
Legendary Danish heavy metal guitarist Michael Denner (DENNERS TRICKBAG, MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, FORCE OF EVIL) was interviewed on the March 7 edition of "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson", the Internet radio show hosted by original TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson (currently in THE SKULL). You can listen to the chat in its entirety below. "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" airs exclusively on www.inthepitradio.com on the first Friday of every month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. EST.The show features interviews with musicians from various metal subgenres, celebrities, interesting people from all walks of life, comedic segments, hot topics and music news. DENNERS TRICKBAG's video for the song "Don't You Let Me Down" can be seen below. The song comes off the band's debut album, which was released in September 2013 on CD, LP and as a digital download. Said Denner: "I got the idea [to form DENNERS TRICKBAG] one evening when I was sitting at home philosophizing about whom I would rather play with if I had a free choice within the heavy metal world I've found myself in for so many years. I called these four guys up, and they all said yes.... The condition was that the music had to be tough progressive '70s heavy with a lot of guitar solos â and everyone was totally involved in the idea. "If bands like MOUNTAIN, THREE MEN ARMY, MONTROSE, TEMPEST, BOXER, JERICHO and CAPTAIN BEYOND are among your favorites, then this band will be right up your alley!" DENNERS TRICKBAG is: Lars Berthelsen - Vocals Peter Domtrop - Guitar Kim Hagemann - Drums Flemming Muus - Bass Michael Denner - Guitar For more information, visit www.dennerstrickbag.com. Interview (audio):
HIRAX singer Katon W. De Pena was interviewed on the latest edition of "Rich Davenport's Rock Show". You can now listen to the chat using the Mixcloud widget below. (Note: The Katon interview begins around the 57-minute mark.) HIRAX released its new album, "Immortal Legacy", on March 4 (February 24 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer. It was made available as a CD, gatefold colored LP and a digital download. "On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record," says Katon W. De Pena. "Our philosophy has always been to remember where we come from and stay true to our roots. "Our fans know that we will never let them down and that they have helped to raise us up to a level with bands such as SLAYER, SODOM, KREATOR, EXODUS, OVERKILL, TESTAMENT, ANNIHILATOR and many others. "This record proves that we are at the top of our game musically." According to Katon W. De Pena, the reason "Immortal Legacy" sounds so powerful is the fact that the members of HIRAX's current lineup agree 100 percent on the group's stylistic direction. "Lance [Harrison, guitar] is a riff-writing master and a major force to reckon with," says Katon. "Nicknamed the Shred Baron for obvious reasons. He believes in heavy metal 100 percent." His younger brother Steve (bass) is an important part of the HIRAX sound. "Nobody plays bass like him," says Katon. "There is a unique sound and bond between Steve and his brother. As a bass player, he is a true musician." Last but not least, there's Jorge Iacobellis (drums and percussions), who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Iacobellis is a seasoned veteran who plays with lots of heart and soul. Katon says: "The best way I can describe his drumming style is loud and powerful." The most unusual song on "Immortal Legacy" is "The World Will Burn" which has to be heard to be believed, according to Katon. His favorite track on the record changes daily, "but if I had to decide today, it would be 'Black Smoke', along with the title track, 'Immortal Legacy'. Once you hear them, you will never forget them." "Immortal Legacy" was produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, ARMORED SAINT, W.A.S.P., SACRED REICH) who previously worked with HIRAX in the early 1980s on their first two albums. Metoyer is a master of his craft and HIRAX feel honored and lucky to have him working with them. For Katon, Bill is a "musical wizard and his work on our new album is genius." The cover of "Immortal Legacy" was created by legendary artist Philip Lawvere (KREATOR, CELTIC FROST), marking his first oil painting in 25 years since coming out of retirement. He is the artist behind such classic album covers as KREATOR's "Pleasure To Kill" and CELTIC FROST's "Emperor's Return". Lawvere had done stunning illustrations for numerous albums and is best known for a slew of thrash metal offerings released on Noise Records. The HIRAX frontman comments: "We couldn't be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album. After getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the thrash metal cake!" With guest guitar players Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL), Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL, EVILDEAD) and Rocky George (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, FISHBONE) on the album, Katon is excited about a real metal monster that his band has produced. "This is our most epic-sounding record to date, sonically powerful and over the top," he says. "14 new raging thrash metal songs that will make you bang your head!!!" He adds: "This is probably our most diverse album ever. I think there is something for every heavy metal fan on this record! Obviously I'm very proud of it." CD Version: 01. Black Smoke (4:35) 02. Hellion Rising (4:05) 03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07) 04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia - The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54) 05. Earthshaker (0:44) 06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05) 07. Deceiver (3:42) 08. Immortal Legacy (4:40) 09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57) 10. Violence Of Action (3:36) 11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30) 12. The World Will Burn (2:07) Online Version: 01. Black Smoke (4:35) 02. Hellion Rising (4:05) 03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07) 04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia - The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54) 05. Earthshaker (0:44) 06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05) 07. Deceiver (3:42) 08. Immortal Legacy (4:40) 09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57) 10. Violence Of Action (3:36) 11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30) 12. The World Will Burn (2:07) Bonus track: 13. Mephistopheles (5:16) LP Version: Side 1 01. Black Smoke (4:35) 02. Hellion Rising (4:05) 03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07) 04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia - The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54) 05. Earthshaker (0:44) 06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05) Side 2 07. Deceiver (3:42) 08. Immortal Legacy (4:40) 09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57) 10. Violence Of Action (3:36) 11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30) 12. The World Will Burn (2:07) Bonus track: 13. Mass Hysteria (3:45) HIRAX is: Katon W. DePena - Vocals Lance Harrison - Guitar Steve Harrison - Bass Jorge Iacobellis - Drums
Mark Dean of Myglobalmind webzine recently conducted an interview with former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Myglobalmind: Looking back over your extensive musical career, what have been the particular high and low points? Dave: Well, it fluctuates; up and down, you know. A low point was probably January of last year whenever [the most recent split] went down, you know, with SLAYER. It was leading up to that, you know, unfortunately. Well, not really leading up to it, because my bags were ready and packed to go [with the band to Australia for the Soundwave festival]. Myglobalmind: It still must be difficult for you on a personal level? As they were your friends, and people that you had grown up with. Dave: Yeah, it's strange. It's unfortunate as well, because I realize now that they weren't really my friends. They were just business partners. I lived and hung out with them, as if they were friends. "Wow, these guys are watching out for me," and it didn't quite turn out that way. Myglobalmind: How do you feel one year on? Has your attitude to the situation mellowed, orâ¦? Dave: Yeah, I have, I am more, like, "Oh, well, shit happens." Move on, you know. Myglobalmind: Are you generally a modest person about your personal musical talent and ability? How do you deal, for example, with compliments. I read, for example, that Bill Ward [BLACK SABBATH] called you âone of the best drummers in metal"? Dave: Yeah, I am honored. First of all, I am honored to have Bill Ward as my friend. This is a guy that I looked at these albums and listened to this music, and played along to these albums as a child and a little kid. For me to know Bill, it is surreal, and it feels very odd, but it is awesome. Myglobalmind: How do you find being a working and touring musician in the Internet age? Is it more difficult to make a living? Dave: Well, it is. Myglobalmind: You can't do this full time? I have talked to other guys who have established careers and still have to take other jobs because life is difficult, and can't sustain a living solely from music. Dave: Well, the thing is you have to find other ways and get creative and find other ways to market your music and to recreate yourself. It's, like, once the Internet and the worldwide web came into the picture, everyone scrambled, and the first was the music industry, because everyone was downloading music, so they started scrambling ways to make a living. So you just have to get creative. Yeah, it is difficult. It's a little different. The royalties aren't the same from the physical CDs, but there are other avenues of income that you just need to sign up online and you will start receiving royalties on the songs that you have recorded. I never knew this until recently, about six months ago, and it was, like, "Woah, I got a nice check in the mail." All I did was just go online and register my name all the music that I did in my life that I have recorded. Myglobalmind: That you weren't aware of, that type of royalties thing? Dave: I was never aware of. Nobody told me, thank you fucking very much. Myglobalmind: What about your health over the years? Playing drums at the velocity and energy levels that you exhibit regularly on stage, has that had any adverse health effects? Dave: Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Thank God. I've been healthy. The only things that have been wrong was I broke my leg and I had to stop for only about three weeks 'cause I got straight on the drums again. They said, "No, you gotta stay off the leg. No, no." I worked it up. Myglobalmind: It's in the blood, is it? Dave: Yeah, I just kept going and it was great. I wrote a song and it's on the new album, the new PHILM album, with a broken leg, soâ¦ But other than that, no. I drink a lot of water. I try to stay off the booze, although I like it, but there's limits. I try to eat right and I try to walk a lot. You could really becomeâ¦ You could grow stagnant. You could get very lazy if you don't stay active. Myglobalmind: Playing that type of music obviously is going to have that chance of health issuesâ¦ Dave: I started PHILM, you know, when I noticed that [SLAYER], in a way, health-wise, was crumbling, not only with Jeff [Hanneman, guitar], but with Tom [Araya, bass/vocals] and Kerry [King, guitar] doesn't take care of himself. He should be careful. Well, I'm not going to tell him thatâ¦ Myglobalmind: Nobody would tell him that. Dave: Nobody. And I'm not either. Myglobalmind: He's quite an imposing character, shall we say. Dave: Yeah, of course. He has a lot of insecurities. Read the entire interview at Myglobalmind.
RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with guitarist Marcus Siepen of SINBREED and BLIND GUARDIAN. You can now watch the chat below. SINBREED's sophomore album, "Shadows", will be released on March 28 in Europe and April 15 in the U.S. via AFM Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Bleed 02. Shadows 03. Call To Arms 04. Reborn 05. Leaving The Road 06. Far Too Long 07. Black Death 08. Standing Tall 09. London Moon 10. Broken Wings Siepen in 2012 joined SINBREED as a full-time member after previously performing live with the band at a couple of shows, including the ProgPower USA XIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia. SINBREED's debut album, "When Worlds Collide", was released in March 2010 via Ulterium Records. The CD was produced by Flo Laurin, mixed and mastered by Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, SYMPHONY X), and it included guest appearances by Joost van den Broek (AFTER FOREVER) and Morten Sandager (MERCENARY) on keyboards, and Thomas Rettke (REDKEY, ex-HEAVEN'S GATE) on vocals. The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (ICED EARTH, AYREON). SINBREED's brand of power metal is described as a "blistering combination of speed, melodic and aggressive arrangements combined with high and soaring vocals." SINBREED is: Herbie Langhans (SEVENTH AVENUE) - Vocals Frederik Ehmke (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Drums Alexander Schulz - Bass Flo Laurin - Guitar, Keyboards Marcus Siepen (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Guitar For more information, visit www.sinbreed.com. Interview:
Reunited U.K. thrashers XENTRIX played a new song, "World Of Mouth", last night (Saturday, March 8) at the Up The Hammers Festival in Athens, Greece. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. XENTRIX played its first show in almost seven years on April 14, 2013 at the Moses Gate in Bolton, England. XENTRIX has had numerous offers to reform over the years but original singer Chris Astley always declined and as guitarist Kristian Harvard stated, "without him, it wasn't really XENTRIX." Astley has since had a change of heart and the promise of recording new material has prompted him to return to the fold and bring back one of the U.K.'s best-loved thrash bands. Originally thrust into the public eye in the late '80s after their demo received a five-K review in Kerrang!, which in turn caught the attention Roadrunner Records, XENTRIX soon found themselves in the studio making "Shattered Existence". Of course, their now-infamous cover of "Ghostbusters" remains a firm favorite with fans old and new as does the band's phenomenal second album, "For Whose Advantage?", which is regarded as a bonafide thrash classic. The band went onto enjoy a short-but-successful career that saw them share stages with SLAYER, TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA, ANNIHILATOR, SABBAT, TANKARD and SKYCLAD before calling it a day in 1996, having become disillusioned with the U.K. metal scene. XENTRIX previously reunited with their original lineup in 2006 for a two gigs in their home country. XENTRIX released four albums on Roadrunner Records: "Shattered Existence" (1989), "For Whose Advantage" (1990), "Dilute to Taste" (1991) and "Kin" (1992). They also issued "Scourge" (1996) on Heavy Metal Records with Simon Gordon on vocals and Andy Rudd on guitar.
Metal-Rules.com conducted an interview with guitarist Roope Latvala of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM on March 1 at House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. You can now watch the chat below. CHILDREN OF BODOM kicked off a six-week major-market North American headlining tour on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and is hitting 32 markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping with a two-night stand at New York City's Irving Plaza on March 28 and March 29. The tour features support from folk metal heroes TÃR and represents CHILDREN OF BODOM's first Stateside headlining run since the release of the band's new LP, "Halo Of Blood". New York fans will have the opportunity to see two unique CHILDREN OF BODOM shows, a different set each night. In addition, 100 two-night packages are available for New York City which include one ticket for each evening, early entry to the venue both nights, an exclusive show poster and access to the VIP Balcony section. CHILDREN OF BODOM's eighth album, "Halo Of Blood", sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on June 11 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami SaramÃ¤ki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll". CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOM has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll", as well as Swedish producer Peter TÃ¤gtgren (MARDUK, AMON AMARTH), who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.
Anthony Toto of Pop-Break.com recently conducted an interview with vocalist Johan Hegg of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Pop-Break.com: On "Deceiver Of The Gods", the sound is heavily focused on melody with guitar leads and musical passages reminiscent of bands like IRON MAIDEN. You guys weren't afraid to wear your influences on your sleeve this time around. Johan Hegg: We always were influenced by a lot of bands before us but they were just never put into the albums or music before. On this album, we weren't really afraid of showing those influences so that's why you could notice it more. I think we managed to use those influences and make it onto our own but with a new twist. Pop-Break.com: One thing I appreciate about your band is the usage of imagery in your music; your lyrical content paints a picture of the stories you are trying to convey. The lyrics on your albums read like novels. Johan Hegg: Yeah, I mean, that's the way we always worked when it comes to writing lyrics. It's nothing really new and it's just the way we have done it throughout the years. Pop-Break.com: Bringing up IRON MAIDEN again, you look at different IRON MAIDEN album covers and Eddie's [IRON MAIDEN's mascot] presence draws in listeners from a visual standpoint. In a similar sense, your albums "Twilight Of The Thunder God", "Sulfur Rising" or "Deceiver Of The Gods", the covers have such an incredible mystique. What is the importance of having a great album cover? What does it mean for you in terms of showcasing your music? Johan Hegg: For us, especially growing up in the Eighties with IRON MAIDEN album covers and stuff like that, we loved those types of album covers; all of them. The album covers are definitely important for us. We want them to be powerful, majestic, epic, and all those themes to fit the music. That's why we wanted to do that with our album covers. We wanted the covers to properly sit in front or our albums and CDs. That's because of where come from as music fans ourselves. Pop-Break.com: Consistency in writing and performing has played a huge role in keeping this band alive and growing in terms of popularity. This lineup of the band has been together since 1998; could describe the chemistry of working with the same group of musicians for such a long time? Johan Hegg: Yeah, I mean, it's hard to describe why it works and why it doesn't work for some other bands because obviously, I have only been in this band. Laughs] I have no other reference really. We're just five guys with the same kind of goals, determination, and love of music. Obviously, that helps. I think the fact that we share everything equally; workload and money-wise as well. It's always been a team effort for our band and I think that's very important. Pop-Break.com: Being from Sweden, what is your take on AT THE GATES recording a new album? Johan Hegg: I think it's awesome and I'm really curious to see how that comes out. I listened to them a few weeks ago and they are still a big influence on my band. I'm very excited. I think it's the right move for them if they want to continue doing this reunion. They need to put something out there. I have feeling that it is going to be something spectacular because I don't think they would release anything less than what they would be satisfied with themselves. I'm really looking forward to hearing what they come up with. Read the entire interview at Pop-Break.com.
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