The Age Of Metal conducted an interview with bassist Joey Vera of American progressive metal veterans FATES WARNING on December 7 in Tempe, Arizona. You can now watch the chat below. FATES WARNING's North American tour launched November 15 in Joliet, Illinois and will wrap December 14 in Seattle, Washington. The band is touring in support of its eleventh studio album, "Darkness In A Different Light", which registered the following first-week chart positions: Germany: #41 The Netherlands: #90 USA: #162 "Darkness In A Different Light" sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1 via InsideOut Music. Featuring founding guitarist Jim Matheos alongside classic-lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitar), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, "Darkness In A Different Light" was produced by Matheos and mixed by longtime FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti. The effort was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA, ANVIL) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California. The cover artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro. In addition to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, "Darkness In A Different Light" was made available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180-gram vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with four bonus tracks. "Darkness In A Different Light" track listing: CD 1 01. One Thousand 02. Firefly 03. Desire 04. Falling 05. I Am 06. Lighthouse 07. Into The Black 08. Kneel And Obey 09. O Chloroform 10. And Yet It Moves CD 2 01. Firefly (extended) 02. Falling Further 03. One (live) 04. Life In Still Water (live)
Charlie Owens and Randy Norris of Bleach Bangs Radio recently conducted an interview with Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA. The chat can be heard in its entirety using the widget below. Keifer's video for the song "The Flower Song" can be seen below. The track was inspired by Tom's wife Savannah, who also wrote and co-produced some of Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes", which sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 30 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). "Women are God's greatest gift to our world, truly beautiful inside and out," Keifer says. "'The Flower Song' is about recognizing your one true love in a world filled with so many amazing women. It can be dizzying. But then, you see the one. A miracle! I thank God every day for my miracle, inspiration and one true love, Savannah." "The Flower Song" video was filmed in Printer's Alley in Downtown Nashville and it features Keifer's friends and family, including his son, Jaidan, playing Keifer as a child. "He had never acted before but fell right into it, no problem," says Tom. "The Flower Song", the album's first single, was serviced to AAA radio stations nationwide on February 4, while "Solid Ground" was serviced to all rock formats on March 11. Keifer wrote "The Flower Song" with Jim Peterik, formerly of the bands SURVIVOR and the IDES OF MARCH. "The Way Life Goes" is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer's life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.
California thrashers HIRAX will release their new album, "Immortal Legacy", on March 4, 2014 (February 24 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be 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 HIRAX singer 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
"Life Love & Hope", the brand new album from the legendary rock band BOSTON, sold around 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 37 on The Billboard 200 chart. More than a decade in the making, "Life, Love & Hope" was released on December 3 in the U.S. and Canada and is available now for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The collection of brand new tracks, recorded at BOSTON mastermind Tom Scholz's very own Hideaway Studio II, was produced, arranged, and engineered by Scholz and is BOSTON's first release since 2002's "Corporate America". In addition to Brad Delp and David Victor, current BOSTON singer Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme and Scholz himself, contribute vocals on the new album. Diverse yet cohesive, the long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll's great acts. Albums purchased at Best Buy contain a bonus track titled "Te Quiero Mia". BOSTON is currently conquering the U.S. airwaves as "Heaven On Earth", the lead single from the newly released "Life Love & Hope", climbs the classic rock charts. Written and produced by Scholz, "Heaven On Earth" features David Victor on vocals with special guest Louis St. August. In other news, BOSTON is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled "God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen". This festive song, produced by BOSTON mastermind Tom Scholz, is available today on iTunes at and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocals, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums. For a limited time, BOSTON fans can also listen to a stream of the track on SoundCloud. Scholz said about the song, "This was my chance to BOSTON-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more." BOSTON burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, "Boston" generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling", "Peace Of Mind" and "Smokin'", rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, "Don't Look Back", was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by "Third Stage", which hit No. 1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda". With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON's music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live BOSTON audiences that spans generations.
Dutch thrashers LEGION OF THE DAMNED will release their new album, "Ravenous Plague", on January 7, 2014 via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by Andy Classen (TANKARD, KRISIUN, HOLY MOSES) at the Stage One Studio in Germany. "Ravenous Plague" track listing: 01. Intro: The Apocalyptic Surge (by Jo Blankenburg) 02. Howling For Armageddon 03. Black Baron 04. Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon 05. Ravenous Abominations 06. Doom Priest 07. Summon All Hate 08. Morbid Death 09. Bury Me In A Nameless Grave 10. Armalite Assassin 11. Strike Of The Apocalypse The official video for the song "Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon" can be seen below. "Ravenous Plague" will be LEGION OF THE DAMNED's first album with new guitar player Twan van Geel who joined the band two years ago following the departure of Richard Ebisch. The CD's intro was created by Jo Blankenburg, whose tracks have been used in advertising campaigns of major Hollywood feature films such as "The Hunger Games", "Harry Potter", "X-Men", "Lincoln", "Hitchcock", "The Wolfman" and "How To Train Your Dragon".
According to Radio.com, former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE mainman Josh Homme and ex-DEAD KENNEDYS singer Jello Biafra are among the musicians who will make appearances in the next season of the IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia". "Whether there is no shortage of celebrities who want to visit Portland, or 'Portlandia' has an endless number of friends, it's good news for IFC viewers and we're once again blown away by the creativity and talent this show brings to our air every season," Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC, said in a statement. The fourth season of "Portlandia", which stars Fred Armisen and former SLEATER-KINNEY singer Carrie Brownstein, is set to premiere February 27 on IFC. The season will consist of ten episodes airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Welsh heavy rock power trio HARK has finished recording its forthcoming Season Of Mist debut, entitled "Crystalline". The album was tracked at Monnow Valley Studios (BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, JUDAS PRIEST, PORTISHEAD) in Wales, and mixed by CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE, KVELERTAK, YOUNG WIDOWS), and will hit the stores on March 14 in Germany and the Benelux, March 17 in the rest of Europe, and March 18 in North America. The cover artwork for "Crystalline" illustrated by HARK's acclaimed graphic artist and guitarist/vocalist Jimbob Isaac (ex-TAINT). "Crystalline" track listing: 01. Palendromeda 02. Hounded By Callous Decree 03. Sins On Sleeves 04. Black Hole South West 05. Breathe And Run 06. Mythopoeia 07. Scarlet Extremities 08. All Wretch No Vomit 09. Xtal 0.6 10. Clear Light Of... HARK has already released the "Mythopoeia" seven-inch single, which they managed to sell out on tours with RED FANG and CLUTCH. HARK carries TAINT's torch forward, passed on from a legacy that began in 1994. With fresh chops and almighty riff power, HARK continues to fuse punk attack with SABBATHian dirge, and decorates post-whatever angularities with classic rock flourish. While Isaac's vocals expand on his tried and tested palette, his lyrics continue to shatter prose with bleak metaphor and acerbic spittle. Made up of the former WHYTELEAF rhythm section Nikolai Ribnikov and Simon Bonwick, the HARK engine brings an OCD approach to song craft, and endlessly creative pummel. Their dynamic chops and blood lust for riffs meld with Isaac's honed and equally determined musical vision. Regarding the recording of "Crystalline", mainman Jimbob Isaac stated: "Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our mottos since HARK's inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. Long days, little sleep and grim determination made this record the beast that we believe it to be. We pushed ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout. We're having fun biding our time, but there's only so long you can keep a bull in its pen."
Phoenix, Arizona-based instrumental duo TEMPEL will release its debut album, "On The Steps Of The Temple", on CD, limited-edition vinyl and digitally on January 21 via Prosthetic Records. The CD and LP â the first pressing of which is limited to just 250 copies â can now be pre-ordered at this location for just $8 and $15, respectively; a Bandcamp pre-order is also available, where you can receive an instant download of the song "Mountain". Formed in 2003 by Ryan Wenzel (guitar, keys) and Rich Corle (drums), TEMPEL manages to blend metal's dark and melodic elements seamlessly. "On The Steps Of The Temple" has already received praise from notable press outlets such as The A.V. Club, who proclaimed, "TEMPEL takes things to uncharted â and astounding â territory... this is not your typical ethereal, chin-stroking post-metal." Featuring 53 minutes of towering riffs, crushing drums and hauntingly powerful compositions, "On The Steps Of The Temple" consists of "a perfect balance of dedication and originality" (Sludgelord). The album's cover art, pictured below, features a painting by the iconic ancient Chinese landscape artist Li Cheng. "On The Steps Of The Temple" track listing (CD/digital) 01. Mountain (8:30) 02. Rising From The Abyss (9:05) 03. Final Years (4:37) 04. The Mist That Shrouds The Peaks (10:14) 05. Avaritia (8:41) 06. On The Steps Of The Temple (10:59) "On The Steps Of The Temple" track listing (vinyl) 01. Mountain (8:30) 02. Rising From The Abyss (9:05) 03. Avaritia (8:41) 04. Final Years (4:37) 05. The Mist That Shrouds The Peaks (10:14) 06. On The Steps Of The Temple (10:59) The song "Rising From The Abyss" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine has uploaded a video clip of CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho talking about his ESP Alexi Blacky model guitar. Check out the footage below. CHILDREN OF BODOM will make its triumphant return to North America this February. The band has announced a six-week major market headlining tour that will kick off on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and hit 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 will feature 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.
Germany's EMP Rock Invasion recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about recent comments from MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, in which Flynn called AVENGED's new "Hail To The King" CD a "covers album" and specifically called AVENGED SEVENFOLD out for songs like "This Means War", which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA's "Sad But True", Christ said: "I heard a little bit about that. "Everyone has their own opinions and they're entitled to them. "We've never been shy to admit that METALLICA is a huge influence in our lives and on our music. "We wrote some songs, like we always do, and we got in thereâ¦ "If we're compared to METALLICA, the greatest metal band in the world, I think that's actually a pretty damn good compliment." He added: "I never really cared about [the negative things people have to say about our music]. Like I said, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. And it's fine. If I disagree, it's not gonna bum me out. I just don't have time to really sit there and worry about someone disliking what we put so much effort into." Christ also revealed that METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich got in contact with AVENGED SEVENFOLD shortly after the release of "Hail To The King" and was happy about the band's success. "Lars reached out to Matt [AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows] when the record first came out and debuted at No. 1 and had nothing but good things to say about it," the bassist said. "So, I mean, we've gotta be doing something right." AVENGED SEVENFOLD is getting ready to release both an animated series and a mobile game based around the band's recently issued sixth album, "Hail To The King". The series will consist of six episodes and will be available on Machimina's HappyHour channel on YouTube starting December 15. The series will serve as a prologue and back story for the group's mobile game, "Hail To The King: Deathbat", with M. Shadows saying, "We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you all an idea about the type of game we are creating." The "Hail To The King" series was directed by Jon Schnepp, producer of the Adult Swim animated show "Metalocalypse". Both the series and game tell the story of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's fictional mascot, the Deathbat. The game will debut sometime in early 2014. Shadows said about it, "We wanted to bring the story of the Deathbat to life and allow you to control its destiny. While the game stands on its own in terms of the story and game play, we still wanted to add in some extras for our fans." The band recorded seven brand new songs for the game, which will also include 16 pieces of never-before-seen artwork from all the group's albums that players can unlock. "Hail To The King" sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's "Nightmare".
AmbPirate of Capital Chaos conducted an interview with ORGY, the reactivated "death pop" band from California, on November 30 at Assembly in Sacramento. You can now watch the chat below. Guitarist Ashburn Miller announced his departure from ORGY in October to focus on a career in production/engineering. ORGY recently launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal set of raising $100,000 in 60 days to pay for recording, production, distribution, music videos, touring and even starting a new record label. However, the campaign raised less than $9,000 before ending in late October. Originally formed in 1997, ORGY was signed to KORN's label Elementree Records and released its debut album, "Candyass", in 1998. Featuring two hit singles â a cover of the NEW ORDER song "Blue Monday" and "Stitches" â along with the song "Revival" featuring Jonathan Davis of KORN, the CD went on to sell almost two million copies. ORGY appeared on the Family Values Tour with KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, ICE CUBE, INCUBUS and RAMMSTEIN and was featured on the live compilation album from the tour released in 1999. Their second album, the science fiction-themed "Vapor Transmission", was released in 2000 featuring the singles "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" and "Opticon" and the band later released the song "Faces" for the soundtrack to the movie "Zoolander". Joining vocalist and sole remaining original member Jay Gordon in ORGY's current lineup are Carlton Bost (DEADSY, THE DREAMING, LUNARCLICK) on guitar, Nic Speck (RUN RUN RUN) on bass and Bobby Amaro on drums.
Swedish singer Angelica Rylin was recently interviewed on the "Hard Rock Nights" syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. ANGELICA's debut album, "Thrive", was released on November 29 in Europe and December 3 in North America via Frontiers Records. Best known for being the singer in THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, Angelica Rylin finally decided to pursue her childhood dream and to walk in the footsteps of such amazing singers such as Ann Wilson of HEART, Leigh Matty of ROMEO'S DAUGHTER and Robin Beck and record her debut solo album in a true melodic rock style. Some melodic rock songwriting luminaries answered the call in order to create the magic harmonies and music displayed on Angelica's debut album. "Harry Hess, Daniel Flores, Robert Sall, Alessandro Del Vecchio and Anders Wigelius all contributed," says Angelica, and some excellent guitarists such as Jesper StrÃ¶mblad (IN FLAMES), Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR), Per Berquist (SMASH INTO PIECES) also appear on the album. There is also a very special performance by keyboardist Matt Guillory (JAMES LABRIE). Still, Angelica wrote or co-wrote several songs on her record, showing another side of her abilities. "I got the chance to step out of my comfort zone and just focus on being a great singer. I also got to do a couple of amazing co-writes, for instance with Harry Hess of HAREM SCAREM," continues Angelica. "But what I'm most happy about is that I got to include a couple of my own songs too. It's a great mix of classic but modern AOR love songs." Helped by producer, drummer and songwriting partner Daniel Flores (FIND ME, SEVENTH WONDER, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET), Angelica managed to create a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likeable hook lines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. "After releasing two albums with THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, I get an opportunity to show my fans a slightly different side of me and at the same time have fun and explore another side of rock music that I grew up with and truly love," says Angelica. "I have pushed my boundaries vocally on this album and grown as a singer, which is very important for me on a more personal level. I guess this is every singer's dream." "Thrive" track listing: 01. Breaking My Heart 02. I Am Strong 03. To Your Rescue 04. Can't Stop Love 05. Nothing Else You Can Break 06. Riding Out The Storm 07. Rain On My Parade 08. Losers In Paradise 09. You Will Never Win 10. This Kiss Is Just For You 11. I'm Not Waiting 12. Take Me To Your Heart 13. Breaking My Heart (bonus videoclip) Interview (audio):
Eyes From The Mosh Pit conducted an interview with the Welsh "ragga metal" act SKINDRED at the Hard Rock Hell VII festival, which took place November 28-30 at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, North Wales. You can now watch the chat below. SKINDRED's new album, "Kill The Power", will be released simultaneously in Europe in January 2014 via Double Cross /Cooking Vinyl and Napalm Records and it will be made available in North America on February 18 via Red River Entertainment, distributed by Sony/RED. The CD was recorded at The Chairworks studio in Leeds, United Kingdom with producer James "LeRock" Loughrey (PAGE & PLANT, FLUX PAVILION), who previously worked with the band on their 2011 album, "Union Black". "'Kill The Power' is our fifth studio album," says SKINDRED frontman Benji Webbe. "We are more than excited to unleash this SKINDRED bomb on the world! "'Kill The Power' is for all them that are sick of being the underdog, and wanna step up and destroy all those who oppress and hold them down! Use this album as a backdrop to overcome and take your life back! "We ain't fighting the power no more â we are definitely killing it!!" "Kill The Power" track listing: 01. Kill The Power 02. Ruling Force 03. Playing With The Devil 04. Worlds On Fire 05. Ninja 06. The Kids Are Right Now 07. We Live 08. Open Eyed 09. Dollars And Dimes 10. Saturday 11. Proceed With Caution 12. More Fire SKINDRED's distinctive mix of reggae, metal, punk and electronic has favored them throughout their career, having won Kerrang!'s Devotion Award and Metal Hammer's Golden God for Best Live Act in the past. Interview:
German metal queen Doro Pesch has unveiled two new wines, red wine Herzblut and the Cava Reserva Hero, which is said to be the worldâs first "rock 'n' roll champagne." The wines commemorate Doro's "30 Years Strong And Proud" tour, during which she celebrated 30 years of being on stage. Description of the red Herzblut: "80-130 year old Grenache vines from the heart of the protected (DO) region Calatayud result in a dark red exceptional wine. Dark cherry, blackberry jam, cassis, coffee and light balsamic notes on the palate â racy, earthy, dense with juicy fruit, coffee and chocolate in the long finish. Ah yes, the very good addition: Doro for her first wine (of course) selected a flawless organic quality!â" Description of the Cava Brut Reserva: "The first 'rock 'n' roll champagne' comes from central Spain and is produced by the high-quality 'mÃ©thode champenoise,' including traditional second fermentation directly in the bottle. A complicated process which produces a fine and elegant 'Cava Reserva' that already feared some of the best champagne in blind tastings!" For more information, go to this location.
The world-famous Whisky A Go Go nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California turns 50 years old on Thursday, January 16, 2014. The venue will ring in this historic evening with a show by legendary THE DOORS guitarist Robbie Krieger and his JAM KITCHEN band. Mayor John Heilman will be there to present a proclamation to the venue for its 50 years of service. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Whisky has been a home to every genre of music, ranging from the surf and psychedelic rock in the '60s, the punk explosion in the '70s, and the heavy metal in the '80s. The 50th anniversary will include a month-long celebration with bands from all eras and many special guests. "It's an honor to join the Whisky's 50-year celebration: so much history," said Robert Trujillo, bass player for METALLICA and INFECTIOUS GROOVES. Scheduled events: January 3 - THE UNTOUCHABLES January 9 - LITA FORD January 10 - STEPHEN PEARCY (RATT) January 11 - THE FEAR January 12 - DRAMARAMA January 15 - X January 16 - ROBBY KRIEGER'S JAM KITCHEN January 17 - BUCKCHERRY January 18 - FEAR FACTORY January 19 - MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS January 23 - ULI JON ROTH & BUMBLEFOOT (GUNS N' ROSES) January 24 - JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE January 25 - FASTER PUSSYCAT & JETBOY January 26 - THE BANGLES January 31 - INFECTIOUS GROOVES Founded in 1964, the Whisky A Go Go has been an anchor in the music scene on the Sunset Strip, hosting rock and roll legends like THE DOORS, GUNS N' ROSES, LED ZEPPELIN and VAN HALEN. The Whisky is recognized as a historic music landmark and is the only surviving music venue to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH vocalist Stu Block and guitarist Jon Schaffer. You can now watch the chat below. ICED EARTH makes its triumphant return with the January 21, 2014 release of new studio album, "Plagues Of Babylon", on Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany and was mixed at NHow Studios in Berlin, Germany. Guest vocals on "Highwayman" were laid down by VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen and SYMPHONY X/ADRENALINE MOB singer Russell Allen. Guest vocals on "Plagues Of Babylon", "Among The Living Dead", "Democide", "Resistance" and "If I Could See You" are by BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi KÃ¼rsch. The cover and additional artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, HATEBREED). A new teaser for the "Plagues Of Babylon" album and "Worldwide Plagues Tour" can be seen below. "Plagues Of Babylon" track listing: 01. Plagues Of Babylon 02. Democide 03. The Culling 04. Among The Living Dead 05. Resistance 06. The End? 07. If I Could See You 08. Cthulhu 09. Peacemaker 10. Parasite 11. Spirit Of The Times 12. Highwayman Songs 1-6 form the "Plagues Of Babylon" story line, part of the ongoing "Something Wicked" Universe ICED EARTH will promote the new CD in its North American homeland with the headlining "Worldwide Plagues Tour", which kicks off April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support. "This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer of "Plagues Of Babylon". "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog. "We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!" Interview:
Fuse recently spoke to SLAYER members Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Paul Bostaph (drums) about losing guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the band's plans for the next studio album. You can watch the report below. SLAYER kicked off its North American tour on October 25 at the The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. SLAYER performed many of the band's most classic and fan-favorite songs, all of which were originally written and released between the group's inception and the 1990 gold disc "Seasons In The Abyss". SLAYER's "old-school night" set included tracks from 1983's "Show No Mercy", 1985's "Hell Awaits", the genre-defining and gold-certified "Reign In Blood" (1986), 1988's "South of Heaven", also certified gold, and "Seasons". SLAYER's five-week North American headline tour â the band's first in two years â featured support on all dates from GOJIRA and 4ARM. SLAYER's current touring lineup consists of Kerry King (guitar), Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt (EXODUS), who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman. Bostaph was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band â the gold-certified "Divine Intervention" (1994), the 1996 punk covers album "Undisputed Attitude", "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), "God Hates Us All" (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as well as the DVD "War At The Warfield" (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT. Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band's Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).
Digital Tour Bus, which gives fans "an all-access pass" to the tour buses that their favorite bands travel in, has posted its latest "Crazy Tour Stories" episode, focusing on former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and his solo band. The three-and-a-half-minute clip, which was filmed on March 25, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois, can be seen below. The special tour edition of Loomis' latest album, "Plains Of Oblivion", was released on April 16 via Century Media Records. "Plains Of Oblivion - Tour Edition" features three bonus tracks, in addition to the original "Plains Of Oblivion" disc that was released last year. Loomis's second solo album, "Plains Of Oblivion", sold 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 179 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 2 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. "Plains Of Oblivion" was released on April 10, 2012 in North America (one day earlier in Europe) via Century Media Records. The CD was produced by Aaron Smith (7 HORNS 7 EYES) and features cover artwork by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design, who has previously worked with ALL SHALL PERISH, THE END and XERATH.
Swedish hard rock act SISTER will release its new album, "Disguised Vultures", on January 21 in North America and January 27 in Europe via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Birbrant and features the previously released single "Sick". European fans were able to get their hands on a limited colored seven-inch single of "Sick" while the band was on tour with WEDNESDAY 13 throughout Europe. "Disguised Vultures" emphasizes what the band is all about: heavy, raw sound and attitude. Fans will find plenty more of what Revolver magazine described as "a genre-bending amalgam of street punk attitude and glam-inspired melodies" on this new album.
Austria's Stormbringer.at webzine conducted an interview with vocalist Mark Osegueda of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL prior to the band's December 2 concert in Vienna. You can now watch the chat 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 in Europe (except for the U.K. where it arrived three days later) and October 15 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). METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett on "The Dream Calls For Blood": "DEATH ANGEL have gone big yet again and delivered an album that is so incredibly fast, brutal and blister burning heavy â it's a classic earspank, for sure! Every song is a slice of heavy metal heaven and I'm very impressed â it's the best album I've heard in 2013!"