ABORTED, ASPHYX, AT THE GATES, ATTIC, BLASPHEMY, BÖLZER, CARACH ANGREN, THE COMMITTEE, CRIPPER, CRUACHAN, DUST BOLT, ENSIFERUM, EVIL INVADERS, EXHUMED, FUNERAL WHORE, HOLY MOSES, IN SOLITUDE, MIASMAL, MORBID ANGEL, MORBUS CHRON, ONE TAIL ONE HEAD, ONSLAUGHT, ORIGIN, PRIMORDIAL, SAILLE, SINISTER, SISTERS OF SUFFOCATION, SKYFORGER, THANATOS, THYRFING, TRIPTYKON, UNLEASHED, URFAUST, VALKYRJA, THE VISION BLEAK, WOLAND.
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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has released the following statement:
"It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams. Tim played bass for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for almost four years until recently. Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally."
Williams is credited with playing bass on only one song on SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' latest album, '13, which came out in March 2013.
On Thursday August 14th former bandmanager, event organizer and record label owner Cees Ladestein has died. Cees was the owner of Teutonic Existence Records and was a frequent exhibitor of the Metal Markets in the nineties. Ladestein actively promoted bands like Pulverizer, Lords of the Stone, Conspiracy, Passion, Cromm Cruac, Cantara, Manifest, Warlust and many more. The last years of his life he was no longer active in the music business, but mainly with his fight against throat cancer and local politics. He is survived by a son. Cees Ladestein died at the age of 59 years old.
Musikmesse in Frankfurt has decided to open up its doors to the public a whole extra day for the 2015 edition. In the last 2 editions doors opened for the public in the afternoon on Friday, but due to great demand it is now open for all to see. That means more demos and clinics from the greatest names in the industry will likely be announced over the coming months. Furthermore, the business area is expanded and the hall layouts are optimized. The registration for exhibitors are already 10% more successful than this year’s edition. The biggest fair in musical instruments will be held on the dates of Musikmesse 2015 - 15 -18.4.2015 (9-18 hrs). For more information, go to http://musik.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/aussteller/willkommen.html
AMORPHIS have announced to do the legendary album ‘Tales From The Thousand Lakes” in full on next year’s edition of Wacken Open Air.
On the 22nd of August, the official Metal InQuizitor video clip was recorded with an allstarband. The allstarband consists of members of Asphyx, Deem Index, Heidevolk, Mortal Form and Bleeding God. This clip serves as a teaser for the game on the crowdfunding page that will be activated on 1 September. Sales of Metal InQuizitor begin on 1 September till September 31 through crowdfunding on www.metal-InQuizitor.nl.
OBITUARY make their Relapse Records debut with “Inked In Blood”, their 9th full length LP. “Inked In Blood” will be released October 28th in North America, October 27th in the UK, Europe and rest of the world and on October 24th in Germany, Benelux and Finland. The first taste of “Inked In Blood” has been made available in an exclusive album teaser video. Samples from three brand new tracks can be heard here.
Oderus is missing. Once the Scumdogs in GWAR finally notice this (it takes them a while to notice stuff), they will set off on a journey to find their departed brother using every resource available — including recruiting an ancient Scumdog warrior. GWAR will need the help from everyone, even the lowliest Bohab, as their enemies are plotting to take advantage of the hole in GWAR's ranks. BalSac The Jaws of Death on the "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" and what to expect: "Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting destiny's final blow. This fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'"
The CORT GUITARS CR230 is the latest addition to the Classic Rock single cut series from Cort Guitars. Capitalizing on the success of the CR line, they have modernized the new CR230. The single cut mahogany body features a black finish outfitted with EMG HZ SRO OC1 pickups, two coil taps operated by the two push/pull tone controls, two separate volumes, a traditional tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece, nickel hardware and vintage cream colored pickguard and bezels. The mahogany set in neck is topped with a rosewood fretboard and offers a 24.75” scale length for a classic feel with modern tones. To learn more, check out http://www.cortguitars.com/en/
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera – will release its new album, ‘Pandemonium’, in October via Napalm Records. The song ‘Bonzai Kamakazi’, can be streamed at YouTube
For the third year running Orange Amplification will be the headline sponsor for the Annual Progressive Music Awards. These critically and publicly acclaimed awards will be held at the Underglobe venue, situated below Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on Thursday 11th September 2014, hosted once again by veteran broadcaster Gavin Esler. To find out more about the 2014 Progressive Music awards go to the official website.
SCAR SYMMETRY will release their new album and successor to 2011’s highly acclaimed masterpiece “The Unseen Empire” called “The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)” on October 03 (EU), October 06 (UK & France) and October 14 (US) 2014 via Nuclear Blast. “The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)” is the first part of a trilogy.
Speaking about SATYRICON's plans for the foreseeable future, Satyr said: "The way we usually do things in SATYRICON is that we separate touring from writing, so [being om the road] is what we do right now and at some point in a few months, we'll probably start looking into the beginning of the shaping of a new album, but that's gonna take some time. We try and focus on what we do at the moment. So let's say when we're in songwriting mode, that's really what we do and we'll do a few shows here and there to make sure that we maintain our form as a live band. But this is what we do now. And we enjoy it a lot." "It starts with, you know, when you jam, there are many leads and you can decide, based on what you enjoy the most, what kind of direction you would like to follow, but it should also be some, probably, looking a little bit at what have you done in the past and what you would like to come across us in the future," he explained. "At least that's a part of our consideration that we find to be important."
MÖTLEY CRÜE's song "Kickstart My Heart" can be heard in the latest ad for the Dodge Charger. Check it out below. Dodge is the presenting sponsor of MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour", which kicked off in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on July 2.
Evil Masquerade has released the following message:
The sinking ship a.k.a YouTube just accused us of buying fake views for our latest video 'Like Voodoo' and have therefore removed it without further investigation. Completely outrageous since it "only" had about 21.000 views, which is nothing out-of-the-ordinary 5 months after a new Evil Masquerade release. We have of course re-uploaded the video, but all previous links are now broken. We now ask you kindly to show the fuckers at YouTube that they don't stop Evil Masquerade this easy”... “Together we are unstoppable. m/ m/ (devil’s horns)”.
Century Media founder Robert Kampf has announced the formation of a new record label, Another Century. The label will focus on hard rock and has already signed three bands to the roster: Los Angeles rock veterans REV THEORY, New Zealand's rising stars LIKE A STORM and Chicago's THE BLOODLINE. Comments Kampf: "Twenty five years after starting Century Media, the excitement to do another version of the label could not be any larger. "My undying love for rock has driven the formation of this label, Another Century. "Over the years, great bands like OTHERWISE and IN THIS MOMENT have been released on Century Media but sometimes got lost or felt ill mixed among some of the heavier CM bands. Another Century now has a clear path and mission statement: To develop and break the best bands in rock to come!"
NONPOINT will release their new studio album, ‘The Return’, on September 29 via Metal Blade Records. The first single, ‘Breaking Skin’, is available for streaming
Sammy Hagar will be reuniting with the living members of MONTROSE when he re-opens Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill in Roseville, CA on September 15th. The concert will take place at 7 PM on September 13th at downtown Roseville's Vernon Street Town Square, in front of Roseville City Hall. The re-opening comes almost a year after former owner Steve Pease disappeared and was later found dead in the Pacific Ocean near Gualala. The circumstances of his death have not been solved.
On October 14th, ECW Press will publish FAR AND NEAR: ON DAYS LIKE THESE, the new book from Rush drummer Neil Peart.
GLENN DANZIG is currently in the studio working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. A tentative early 2015 release is expected. http://www.danzig-verotik.com/
MACHINE HEAD will release its new album, ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’, in November via Nuclear Blast Records. http://www.machinehead1.com/
EVERGREY will release its new album, ‘Hymns For The Broken’, on September 26 via AFM Records. The video for the song ‘King Of Errors’ can be viewed here:
SONATA ARCTICA swung by the studio to re-record their debut album Ecliptica, which was released 15 years ago. This new version will be released on October 24th under the banner, Ecliptica - Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition, on Nuclear Blast. Ecliptica was originally recorded at Tico-Tico studios and mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Children Of Bodom). The album was promoted live on tour with Stratovarius and Rhapsody.
Below is the lead-off track from reunited SANCTUARY's third album, The Year The Sun Died. Check out "Arise And Purify" below.
After taking a creative break last year, HAMMERFALL are “fully recharged and back with a vengeance”. Entering a new chapter of the Hammerfall story, (r)Evolution will be out on August 27th in Sweden, the 29th throughout Europe, September 1st in the UK and the 2nd in North America via Nuclear Blast. band's new video for "Hector's Hymn", directed by 11Frames Productions, can be seen below:
On September 26th, the first ever solo release is due from Mike LePond of Symphony X. Mike LePond's Silent Assassins features guest performances by guitarist Metal Mike (Halford, Testament), lead guitarist and drum producer Michael Romeo (Symphony X), vocalist Alan Tecchio ( Hades, Watchtower), and, of course, main man Mike LePond on bass and rhythm guitar.
WHITESNAKE has announced JOEL HOEKSTRA as their new guitarist.
ENSIFERUM have completed writing for their upcoming new album and Metal Blade Records debut! With pre-production out of the way, the band is prepared to begin recording. Work will begin on September 8th at Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo. Fans can expect to hear new music at the beginning of January 2015.
SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album on October 7. The video for the song ‘Gotta Get It Right’ is available here:
IN FLAMES will release its new album, ‘Siren Charms’, on September 5 via Sony Music. The new single, ‘Rusted Nail’, was released on June 13. The official video for the single can be viewed here:
THE HAUNTED will release their new album, ‘Exit Wounds’, on August 25 via Century Media Records. The album will contain vocal guest appearance by TESTAMENT’s Chuck Billy.
EXORCISM are announcing to have parted ways with drummer GARRY KING. With their critically acclaimed record “I AM GOD” backing them up, the band is booked for shows in November later this year. EXORCISM is also currently in the pre-production phase for their second album scheduled to be released in 2015.The band is currently looking for a suitable player to record their second album. Drummers who have got the possibility to record their own drums tracks, have gear and are professional are welcome]https://www.facebook.com/exorcismband]welcometo apply here[/url]. EXORCISM has been confirmed for this year’s HARD ROCK HELL VIII, which takes place from November 13-16, 2014 in North Wales, UK
MAYHEM have announced the second European leg of their 30-year Anniversary Tour, in support of new album 'Esoteric Warfare'. This part of the tour will kick off on November 2nd in Gdansk, Poland and will run until November 16th for a final gig in Gothenburg, Sweden. Support will come from Norwegian thrash / black metal act Blodhemn.
In addition to the upcoming gigs MARTYR will start within 2 weeks the final recordings for our new 5th studio album. The recordings will start at Sept 4 at the Temple Of Doom studios Belgium with producer Jack Nobelen (also responisble for MARTYR’s “Circle Of 8” and “Fear “ album).
COLDWAR release the first music video, ‘13th Moon’, taken from their fifth album ‘Pantheist’ which was released earlier this year via Candlelight Records. Watch ‘13th Moon’ here.
ETERNAL SEX AND WAR signs with Quality Steel Records. In May 2013, after having written and rehearsed hard the new material, they entered at Artesonika Recording Studio in Pordenone to lay down their second effort, "Negative Monoliths" due out in the fall of 2014.
Welcome to another edition of Lords of Metal Boulevard: Former Motley Crue vocalist JOHN CORABI, who also sang for Union and The Scream, married his longtime girlfriend, Debbie Sorensen, August 17th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple reside in Nashville, Tennessee
BULLETBOYS will have their 1988 self-titled debut album reissued by Rock Candy Records on October 7th. The album reached #34 on the Billboard 200 upon and was certified Gold in 1989 selling over 500,000 copies.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will release his memoir, ROCKS: MY LIFE IN AND OUT OF AEROSMITH, on October 7th via Simon & Schuster. Perry worked with author David Ritz on the memoir. In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.
SAVAGE MASTER will release their debut album titled "Mask Of The Devil" via Skol Records on Halloween, October 31st, 2014.
GENTRIFICATION released a new album called Deviance, and made it available as a free download at Bandcamp. It can be streamed and downloaded here.
WÖMIT ANGEL's second album "Holy Goatse" will come out on October 3rd through Inverse Records.
01. Serpens Cauda
02. Skin 'n' Fuck
03. Nekrofilian kutsu
04. Nailgun Crucified
05. Summoning The Spirits Of Agony (Through Self-Fatality)
06. I Come With A Murder
07. The Witchhammer
08. Holy Goatse
The DVD ‘METAL DOWN UNDER’ has been released, a project which took two years of making and which deals with over 40 years of Australian metal heritage. It contains over 40 exclusive interviews as well as rare archive footage and photographs. Metal For The Brain, Metal For Melbourne, Big Day Out, music videos, live concerts and much more, ‘Metal Down Under’ captures the past, present and future of the Australian metal scene and condenses it into three hours of riveting, essential viewing. It is the brainchild of lifelong metal fan and filmmaker Nick Calpakdjian, who spent two long years traveling the country interviewing the who's who of the Australian scene. Written and directed by Calpakdjian, produced by Animus Industries and with cinematography by Adrian Price, ‘Metal Down Under’ is presented as three 55-minute episodes and comes with a bunch of extras. It is available on DVD and as a stream on iTunes.vFor more information, visit http://www.metaldownunder.com.
‘Sweetest Poison’, a brand new song from the Pennsylvania metal band TEXAS IN JULY, can be streamed using this SoundCloud widget. The track is taken from the group's fourth full-length album, ‘Bloodwork’, which will be released on September 16 via Equal Vision Records.
FOO FIGHTERS will release eighth studio album, ‘Sonic Highways’, will on November 10. The follow-up to ‘Wasting Light’ was produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters and is being released in the U.S. on Roswell/RCA.
INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND (I.N.C.) will release its new concept album, ‘Black Hearse Serenade’, on October 21 via Ferocious Records (an affiliate of CDS Records, LLC).
DECAPITATED have just released the first trailer for their upcoming new masterpiece “Blood Mantra”. Check it out here:
DREAM THEATER will release ‘Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)’, a live Blu-ray/DVD set of the band's one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014. Produced by the band's own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, ‘Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)’ is over two hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College Of Music Orchestra And Choir. The DVD is due on September 30 via Roadrunner.
AT THE GATES will release their much-anticipated comeback studio album, ‘At War With Reality’, on October 28 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media.
TEAM SLEEP, the side project of Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, will enter the Applehead Recording studio in Woodstock, New York this fall to begin work on its second album for a tentative early 2015 release.
Dark Essence Records have inked a deal with Iceland's MOMENTUMand are preparing to release the band's next full-length album, ‘The Freak Is Alive’, on a date as yet to be announced.
The new DAGOR DAGORATH album "Dissident" was released on Darzamadicus Records. "Dissident" is a 9 track of “Dystopian Black Metal” and was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Sepultura, Angra).
AUSLÄNDER release their self-titled debut via Domestic Genocide Records.
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be releasing "Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium" next month on Metal Blade Records. The September 26th release will be available on DVD and via digital retailers.
JAM TRACK CENTRAL (JTC) announce the launch of Guitar Hero Ballads. Their first original album features eleven brand new, exclusive ballad tracks from a star-studded lineup of their own artists. You can see a trailer for the new album below. With brand new tracks by artists such as Guthrie Govan, Andy James, Alex Hutchings and Marco Sfogli, it should be an essential purchase for any fan of guitar instrumentals. This 50 minute masterpiece also features the incredible Jack Thammarat, Al Joseph, Jake Willson, Sergey Golovin, Jakub Zytecki, Feodor Dosumov and Dave Lockwood. These talented musicians draw heavily on their own experiences to compose a collection of epic, beautiful and diverse ballads full of sensitive chord voicings, played with jaw dropping technique. These new and exclusive tracks will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up with their sheer understated intensity.
Lifeforce Records announce the signing of Swiss band LAST LEAF DOWN.
Innocence Descent is the heavy melodic rock/metal debut album from 4-piece ANN MY GUARD, released on Smash Fabric Records in April 2014.The full album can now be streamed in full here.
Nordavind Records announce the signing of ATRUM TEMPESTAS, adding that the band’s debut full-length Néant is already scheduled for an October release.
1. Quitter ceux qui étaient déjà partis (14:18)
2. S'éclipser (06:22)
3. Et après... le néant (11:06)
SOLACE OF REQUIEM have released a brand new video for the song “ Soiling The Fields Of Putridity“. The track is taken from the band's new album “Casting Ruin” that will be released worldwide on August 29 via ViciSolum/SoundPollution.
DEVILMENT featuring Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH, TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON), have published the first epsiode of the official album interview series for the band's upcoming debut album, “The Great And Secret Show”, which is scheduled to be released on Halloween 2014 (October 31). Check out Dani, Daniel and Lauren talking about the band's name origin, the musical direction and how it differs from CRADLE OF FILTH. The album is released through Nuclear Blast.