Monday, March 31, 2014

ZOLDIER NOIZ: "Regression Process" Coming May 27 via Unspeakable Axe Records

Outlaw thrash extremists ZOLDIER NOIZ will release their second full-length, Regression Process, on May 27 through Unspeakable Axe Records, with distribution from Dark Descent Records. 

Their name evokes warfare, loud sounds, and primitivism, which are all good things to have in mind when preparing for the onslaught of French thrashers ZOLDIER NOIZ.  A ferocious blend of Motorhead, earliest Voivod, crust punk, death metal and more, ZOLDIER NOIZ have been around for over a decade now, churning out demos as well as a previous studio album Schizoid Reject. That effort landed them a coveted spot as Fenriz's Band of the Week back in 2010.  Now they are back to follow that up with their second album Regression Process.


The art is stark and evocative of punk and grindcore with its cut-and-paste aesthetics and overtones of social commentary.  There's definitely a strong punk vibe to the music as well, but at its core, Regression Process is metal in one of its earliest and most molten forms - speed metal blurring over into death; thrash without the technical window dressing.  Songs are vicious and to the point, and the rough and raw vocals suggest Lemmy if he tried to fill in at the mic for Bolt Thrower.


1. Grave Crawler
   2. Random Justice
 3. Tomorrow Is Today
   4. Regression Process
   5. Thirty Nine Forty Five
   6. Dread Relieves
   7. Vacant Worlds
   8. Ebola Syndrome
   9. Filthy Few
   10. Life Under Will

Definitively Love-it-or-Puke-it Old-School Metal the way it should be. No triggers, no expensive studio, no video games covers, no PC moral lessons, no costumes and a careless, FTW attitude. Throughout the years the band has shared stages in France, Spain and Italy with bands like Children Of Technology, Korgull The Exterminator, Charnier, Graveyard, Nunslaughter, Loculo, Necro, Insulters, Grave Desecrator.


Transcend Music to Release "Reflections" from Israeli Metallers FERIUM on April 7

Israeli aggressive metallers FERIUM will release Reflections through the UK's Transcend Music on April 7. 

Though a deft mix of metal sub-genres can be heard, the common denominator is one composed of stellar musicianship and memorable songwriting, making Reflections an album beyond compare. The result is a release that offers listeners a new experience every time the play button is hit. While lyrical themes of of personal struggles, relationship problems and the day-in-day-out struggles of a mundane existence can be detected, the potential for listener interpretation is wide open. FERIUM brings it with force and leaves you in deep thought, even as the pain from the body blows fights for your attention.

Stream select tracks from Reflections at soundcloud.com/ferium.


By the Book
Downhill from Nothing
The Very Existence
Mirror
Side Effects
The Black Eyes
Lust Fool
Caustic Value
Change of Winds
Business on Demand
Blood
Reflections

"Ferium are the real deal" (9/10) -Total Deathcore

"They've got a lot of talent and dedication behind their music. Really aggressive, massive metal..." - The Circle Pit

"Ferium's Reflections is a crimson juggernaut that will not be easily restrained or constrained into any one concise definition." - Matthew's Metal


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Couple Of Things

1. Just finished reading Robert Plant A Life by Paul Rees. Very well researched book about one of the most iconic rock vocalists ever. The man is clearly a bit of a contradiction, a family man with a roving eye for the ladies, tight with money yet generous if the mood takes him, fiercely loyal yet not so. I particularly enjoyed the section on his solo stuff as I love most of it. The cast of characters the author has interviewed is impressive from school friends to previous band members, he seems to have talked to numerous people from all eras of Plant's career that really enhance the story. He also gives his own opinions on all the albums and I always like that even if I don't agree with some of them. With Robert Plant it's always about the music, the author says that at 65 he is "still curious, still questing, still wanting to be challenged and surprised". That's why the Zep reunion show was a one off and he really didn't want to do it. Jimmy Page would go out as Zeppelin tomorrow, Plant would rather travel in a transit van and play club shows.

2. Yes it has its faults but I am enjoying the new season of That Metal Show. Great mixture of guests from the old to the new. The interviews for the most part are pretty good but there are some comments from guests that just scream for a follow up that never comes. Mick Mars was asked if he ever felt like leaving Motley Crue and he said yes during the Generation Swine album. Surely the next logical question was why didn't you or did the other band members know or feel the same way as you. None of the hosts went there. Last night had Vinnie Paul, nothing asked about Rex Brown or Phil Anselmo. The Pantera reunion is a safe and tired question. You know what else is tired, Eddie Trunk harping on that he had a hand in the formation of The Winery Dogs. They were guests last night and he couldn't wait to blurt it out. We know that by now. The album was released last year and it's nearly April 2014. The album is great. Gotta say that Yngwie last night was fantastic.

3. Forthcoming releases I'm really Looking forward to. New Winger, Kyng and I'm interested to hear what Sebastian Bach has done with John 5. Been some great releases already this year and people say the album is dead. Can't wait to read Paul Stanley's book. For me he has always been the workhorse in that band. New Joe Satch book soon too.

GUS G. appears on Fuse.tv's "Metalhead to Head"; announces "Ask Me Anything" chat on Mar. 31 via Reddit.com



GUS G. appears on Fuse.tv's "Metalhead to Head"; announces "Ask Me Anything" chat on Mar. 31 via Reddit.com


      

OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist and FIREWIND mastermind GUS G. recently completely an exclusive interview for Fuse.tv's series "Metalhead to Head". Joined by Mark Heylmun (SUICIDE SILENCE), GUS G. discusses trying out for OZZY OSBOURNE's band while showing off some signature guitar licks. To watch the video, head over to Fuse.tv now:


On Mar. 31, GUS G. will take part in an "Ask Me Anything" chat on Reddit.com. Fans are welcome to submit questions from 9PM CET//12PM PST//3PM EST to 10:30PM CET//1:30PM PST//4:30PM EST. GUS G. comments: "Wanna know why and how I created my debut solo album? Wanna know how I got the gig with OZZY OSBOURNE? Funny tour stories? Wanna talk about cats? Tattoos? Guitars? Gear and playing tips? Heavy Metal? Action heroes? Guitar heroes? Join me on Reddit on March 31st and Ask Me Anything."

GUS G. recently released his solo debut, I Am The Fire, worldwide via Century Media Records. To purchase the album, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats. For a preview of I Am The Fire, be sure to check out the following videos:

GUS G. handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on I Am The Fire, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that helped bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O'Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN), and vocalists Mats Leven (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-JOURNEY). I Am The Fire was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and GUS G.'s home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey through GUS G.'s soulful playing.

I Am The Fire track-listing
1. My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (feat. Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (feat. DEVOUR THE DAY)
4. Vengeance (feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can't Let Go (feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (feat. Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (feat. Mats Levén)

GUS G. w/ Marty Friedman / "Guitar Universe 2" Co-Headline Tour:
May 1 - Tampere (Finland) - Klubi
May 2 - Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi
May 3 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Stockholm Rocks Festival
May 5 - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Trädgårn 
May 7 - Malmö (Sweden) - KB 
May 9 - Krakow (Poland) - Lizzard King 
May 10 - Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja 
May 12 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage
May 14 - Hannover (Germany) - Musikzentrum
May 15 - Essen (Germany) - Turock
May 16 - Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij
May 17 - Hasselt (Belgium) - MuziekoDroom    
May 18 - Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
May 20 - Savigny Le Temple (France) - L' Impreinte
May 21 - London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy
May 22 - Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall

GUS G. online:

MASSIVE: FREE DEBUT ALBUM 'FULL THROTTLE' WITH CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE


The UK's Classic Rock magazine is offering up a very special treat for its readers this month by including a copy of Aussie rockers MASSIVE's high-octane debut album completely free with every issue.

Available now from all good newsagents across the UK, the new issue of Classic Rock features a free covermount CD featuring all eleven balls-to-the-wall tracks from FULL THROTTLE, giving established fans and newcomers alike the chance to rock out well ahead of the album's official release date on July 21st.

MASSIVE frontman BRAD MARR comments:

"Classic Rock is one of the few music mags that all of us in Massive read on a religious basis.  When we were asked whether we'd be up for having Full Throttle available as a cover mount giveaway, there was only one answer - fuck yeah man, make that happen for sure!"

To get your free copy of MASSIVE's debut album FULL THROTTLE, pick up the latest issue of Classic Rock from your nearest newsagent, or purchase the magazine online at http://bit.ly/O4seY6

FULL THROTTLE is also available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD, as well as limited edition vinyl in the following colours and quantities:

100 - Ghost White Marble
200 - Hot Rod Red & Yellow
300 - Massive Pink
400 - Black

Pre-order FULL THROTTLE now on CD and vinyl in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/massive or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/massive

MASSIVE explain what rocks their world: http://youtu.be/3iRgbXC-f6U




Watch MASSIVE's music video for the track "One By One" at http://youtu.be/XDmzOgGyWy4

"One By One" is also available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/1fO36f9 and on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/1hhjskf

MASSIVE are BRAD MARR (vocals, guitar), BEN LAGUDA (vocals, lead guitar), AIDAN MCGARRIGLE (backing vocals, bass) and JARROD MEDWIN (backing vocals, drums).

View some photos of the band at http://bit.ly/1cnct4V

Get more MASSIVE news and info:

Official site - http://www.massiveoz.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MassiveOz
Twitter - http://twitter.com/MassiveOz
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/MassiveOz

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Focus on Metal, King's X special with Ty Tabor is now available.


Episode 175 - King's X Special

All of us at FoM are psyched to bring this exclusive talk with Ty Tabor in which we go through the entire history and studio output of King's X.

Keep up with the band at http://www.kingsxrocks.com/
Keep up with Ty and get all your King's X merch at http://molkenmusic.com/

Grab it now from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedThe Cast Iron Ring or on iTunes

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

REVELATION: "Salvation's Answer" to be Reissued by Shadow Kingdom Records April 29

Shadow Kingdom Records will reissue a Doom Metal classic called Salvation's Answer from Baltimore's REVELATION on April 29. Shadow Kingdom's Tim McGrogan gives us the rundown:

"Shadow Kingdom Records is thrilled to finally re-issue a groundbreaking 90's Doom Metal classic - REVELATION - Salvation's Answer! This was originally released on the classic Rise Above Records all the way back in 1991. It was one of their first releases when they started the label. Even today, there's nothing quite like this album, a lost gem stuck in the sands of time. Very few bands have been influenced by REVELATION's unique brand of Progressive Doom Metal. This is a special album that will only attract people who are really looking for sub-basement classics."

Salvation's Answer is streaming now at shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com.


Details and ordering info can be found at store.shadowkingdomrecords.com


Versa Mynor to appear at HRC in Boston

Boston based Versa Mynor will make a special appearance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on April 5th. Versa Mynor was featured earlier this year on Focus on Metal and is definitely a band worth checking out. If you plan to be in bean town that night this will be a great bill to catch.


For more info hit up hearnowlive.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Def Leppard- Slang (Deluxe Edition)

  

    Def Leppard couldn't win no matter what they did. Seen as one of the poster bands of everything that was wrong with 80's hard rock they took a fall when grunge hit. They would have been killed had they done another sugary coated Adrenalize so they took a chance and went the other way. Well somewhat. Old school fans had shouted from the rafters for years that the band had lost their hard rock roots. The ultimate sin........chicks dug them in bucketloads. So they actually stripped back the layers so it sounded like a real band again. What happens, well they get shit for doing that too.

   I saw the Slang tour and you could tell the band were adjusting to their new environment. It wasn't that the new songs weren't any good cause they were they just sounded different. I suppose a rock sometimes was definitely out of the question. The album itself to me still sounds great. The only track that's Hysteria sounding Leppard is the title track. Truth, Turn To Dust and Pearl of Euphoria take a little getting used to. Work It Out is a great song written solely by Vivian Campbell. Gift of Flesh rocks. Where Does Love Go When It Dies is one of the best ballads the band ever wrote.

   So do the extra tracks add anything. Well for one there's a lot of them, some b-sides and unreleased demo tracks. Don't be fooled by the new titled songs on disc 2 as the majority of them are the same as on the finished album just with different lyrics in the chorus. For the uber fan there is a lot here though. Casual fans or even old school High 'N' Dry geeks made up their mind about this album a long time ago.

   In finishing I am surprised this got a makeover. There aren't many multi-platinum hard rock bands from the eighties chomping at the bit to revisit albums that hardly set the world afire in the nineties. Packaging as always for the Leps is great with sleeve notes from Joe and tons of pics. It's an album worth a listen again with fresh ears. This one is not as contrived as the follow up Euphoria and for a band like this was a brave move.

Focus on Metal 174 with Sean Peck of Cage and Death Dealer now online


Episode 174 - Death Dealer

Finally we have managed to get Sean Peck on FoM, This week we sit down and talk to Sean about his longtime band Cage and his new band Death Dealer. Either way you can't lose with these two great metal bands. Make sure you pick up a copy of the debut Death Dealer release "War Master" it's a relentless metal assault.

Enter the realm of the Death Dealer at http://deathdealer.co/

Grab it now from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedThe Cast Iron Ring or on iTunes

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

EVIL MASQUERADE to release "The Digital Crucifix" on April 22

Denmark's EVIL MASQUERADE will release "The Digital Crucifix" on April 22 via Dark Minstrel Music
This one will be the bands sixth full length release since 2004. The last time we heard from them was in 2012 with "Pentagram". First single "Like Voodoo" will be out on April 5th.


Track list:
01. LIKE VOODOO
02. BUYING SALVATION
03. THE EXTRA MILE
04. THE SHAME
05. THE NATURE IS CALLING
06. BAD NEWS
07. THE HANGOVER
08. ANYWHERE THE WIND BLOWS
09. LADY OF THE NIGHT
10. GASOLINE & ICE-COLD GIN

11. SIGN OF THE TIMES

Lineup:
HENRIK FLYMAN - guitar
TOBIAS JANSSON - vocals
THOR JEPPESEN - bass
DENNIS BUHL - drums
ARTUR MEINILD - keyboard

Additional musicians:
Lotte Ørtoft - cello
Andreas Tophøj - violin
Hans-Christian Haunsvig - trumpet
Mickey Fensmark Holm - clarinet

Mixed by Tommy Hansen (Jorn, Helloween).
Composed and produced by Henrik Flyman.
Cover painting by David Troest.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I'm Going To Throw This Out There

   A lot of folks are going to think I am bonkers for what I am going to write next. Jimmy Page has never fulfilled his potential. I realize that many a player would donate a finger or two to have a fraction of the god given talent the man has. Led Zeppelin are one of the biggest bands ever and their influence is everywhere. So why am I writing this now? Well it's because Jimmy has gone back to what is safe for him and re-mastered the Zep catalogue (again.....yawn) but wait, there's bonus tracks. I bet most of them will add nothing to the legacy and many fans will marvel at "new" music. Alternate takes with different lyrics and some rehearsal jams never match expectations. Great great band, I really mean that.

   So here's my point. Has what he's done since hit the mark with you. The Death Wish soundtrack and solo album Outrider had some fine moments. Some. Remember the hype over Robert Plant singing on one of the tracks. Can you name it? See. The Firm with Paul Rodgers never matched expectations. Now Coverdale/Page was great in 1993 but after a couple of shows in Japan fizzled out which was a pity. Cue a phone call to Mr. Plant and the Unledded album featuring Moroccan Zep and some new stuff that again didn't set the world afire. Then a new studio album proper, the has its moments Walking Into Clarksdale. I saw that tour and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. That was in the mid-nineties.

   Since then its been ye ole Zep revisited all the way, a re-mastering job, the Black Crowes thing and the O2 show with subsequent live cd/dvd combo. Oh and who can forget that collaboration with Puff Daddy sampling Kashmir. Like........really? So it's Zep or bust for Jimmy it seems and though there's talk of a solo album the man is 70 years old now. Yes a legend but it seems so long ago that the man has released anything new. Then again maybe he quit while the going was good and realized there was only a slippery downward slope ahead. It's not that he needs the cash now is it. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

ASKA Confirmed as Friday Night Headliners for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII


March 21, 2014  Cincinnati, Ohio -- The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization is very excited to welcome back the only band to headline the fest three years in a row. Dallas-based Traditional Metal professionals ASKA, who headlined in 2009, 2010 and 2011, has officially signed on as the Friday night headliner for our 7th annual Warriors Of Metal Fest. ASKA will be supporting their sixth studio album, Fire Eater which was released through Germany's Pure Steel Records in September of last year. 

The 7th annual Warriors of Metal Fest will be held June 27 - 28 at O'Shecky's LIVE Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.

Band founder, vocalist and guitarist, George Call states: "When we here at ASKA were approached by the brain trust about coming back to Warriors of Metal and headlining Friday's portion of the fest I said, 'Awesome! Who do we gotta kill?' Not because we actually wanted to kill anyone but you get the sentiment right? After all, who wouldn't want to get back to, perform for and hang out with those beloved portions of our extended metal family that the Warriors of Metal Fest has come to represent? See, WOM is not just a fest where we perform for fans but one in which we bleed, sweat, laugh and commune with our brothers and sisters of Metal. It really is one big family and the 'blood' that unites us is STEEL. And so it is with that sentiment that we look forward to this latest installment of the Warriors of Metal Festival, now indoors, come June - because just as much as you want to see ASKA, ASKA wants to see you. Dig? Hail and see you all at WOM Fest VII!"


The band's official music video for the track "Dead Again" can be seen HERE.



ASKA is brought back to Warriors of Metal Fest VII due to the generous fan sponsorships by Kit & Jen Ekman from Mobile, Alabama, brothers Edward and Mike Schmidt from Cleveland, Ohio, Dennis Schwan and Megan Stewart from Detroit, Michigan, and last but not least, Lance Souther & Laurie Rhodes from Dayton, Ohio. We are grateful for their contributions and constant support through the years.

Tickets are on sale and various levels of sponsorship opportunities are now available at the Fest's website at www.warriorsofmetal.org

Bands confirmed for Pre-Fest Showcase on Thursday, June 26 at O'Sheckeys Live Bar & Grill include:  ETERNAL LEGACY (headliner) AUTOMATON, DEADIRON, LOWER 13, DETHRATS, GRAVE ROBBER, SPLIT THE ABYSS and WINTERHYMN.  
Warriors Of Metal Fest VII confirmed bands thus far for the main Fest on Friday, June 27 & Saturday June 28 include: ARMORY, ASKA (Friday headliner), A SOUND OF THUNDER, A TORTURED SOUL, BENEDICTUM w/ special guest LEATHER LEONE, BEYOND FALLEN, BURNING SHADOWS, CELLADOR, CRUSADER, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT, MITHRIDIUM, NOBLE BEAST, RESISTANCE,  RESTLESS BREED, SHADOWSTRIKE, SHALLOW GROUND, STEEL ASSASSIN, VALHALLA, VERMITHRAX and ZEPHANIAH.

Keep up-to-date with all of the developments such as band announcements and ticket information for next year's show through the Warrior's of Metal Fest's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/warriorsofmetal

SALEM - official picture video to "X-Rated" published


The NWoBHM Band SALEM from England has released a new video for the song "X-Rated". This is a video consisting of pictures and shows photos taken at concerts and festivals in England, Belgium, The Netherlands and in Italy. The video was created by Paul Monteray. The Song is from the album „Forgotten Dreams", which was released on CD, vinyl and on digital download by Pure Rock Records.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kaotoxin Records Releases Posthumous INSAIN EP "Enlightening the Unknown"

French metal juggernaut Kaotoxin Records has given worldwide release to Enlightening the Unknown from the recently disbanded butchers INSAIN.    

This chaotic and explosive swansong is a fitting end to a band whose career was cut short,  but impact is difficult to deny. The EP is available as a digital download and on limited edition (1,000 copies only with no repress) DigiSleeve CD.   

Stream and purchase Enlightening the Unknown at listen.kaotoxin.com.


Order INSAIN merch and the band's full-length debut, Spiritual Rebirth at shop.kaotoxin.com



"Enlightening the Unknown is quite irresistible, a dangerously addictive venture which brings a sigh at the loss of a band once probably destined to be a giant of metal."
[10/10] - RingMaster Reviews

"This is an EP that will appeal to any metalhead that has an appetite for brutality and chaos. Insain, with this EP, seem to be saying that they would rather go out with a bang than any other way." - Axis of Metal



MONSTERWORKS Release "Universe" on Eat Lead and Die Records


13.7 billion years in the making, Eat Lead and Die Music is pleased to announce the impending release of MONSTERWORKS' Universe. The album is available as a download and special-edition, numbered digipak signed by the band, with lyric booklet.   

Another brilliant addition to MONSTERWORKS' critically-acclaimed discography, Universe is becoming known as one of 2014's "can't miss" albums. RingMaster Review called Universe "a piece of sonic alchemy which leaves the listener involved and excited on numerous levels." To experience Universe,visit one of the links below:  
  
Digital download - monsterworks.bandcamp.com 
Signed digipak CD - monsterworks.bigcartel.com 
  
Last month, MONSTERWORKS released a music video for the track "Voyager." Footage for the video is taken from various documentaries about the Voyager space mission and the "grand tour" of our solar system undertaken by its two spacecraft. Voyager 1 is the furthest from Earth of the two probes and has now entered interstellar space. 
The video is now playing at this location.  

Read the complete set of lyrics from Universe at the link below. 
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"Universe is a basket of musical treats including psychedelic candy, melodic rock cookies and delicious slices of space metal. The heart of death and thrash beats strongly behind the compositions, but every track brings forth something startling and captivating."
- A Metal State of Mind

"...a cosmic roller coaster ride of emotion, musical styles and psychedelic mind blasting"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

OVERKILL

   Every now and again I look at some of the other metal podcasts, radio and t.v shows out there to see who they are talking about. Fuck it, if you can't beat them join them. Ok:

KissKissKissKissKissAceKissKissPeterAceKissHallOfFameGeneKissKissKissKissKissKissPaulKiss
VinnieVincentKissKissKissTommyThayerKissKissHallOfFameKissGeneKissKissBobKulickKiss
KissKissPaulAceKissKissKissKissAliveKissKissKissAceKissKissBruceKulickKissKissKissKissKiss

KissKissKissFUCKINKISS!



ENOUGH!!!!! I love the band but jesus Christ give me a fucking break.

Richie.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Review - Don Jamieson "Hell Bent For Laughter" (Metal Blade)

Don Jamieson's second comedy release is scheduled to drop on March 18th via Metal Blade. Once again Don has delivered some solid metal comedy. If you don't know metal you probably won't get most of the jokes, but if you are a longtime metal fan all will make sense and you will enjoy the bulk of this release. Those who have seen Don on That Metal Show will have a good idea of what to expect but unlike on cable Don just lets it fly. 


Don Jamieson comments: "I'm really pumped to unleash my second stand-up comedy CD, 'Hell Bent For Laughter,'on the masses. In this day and age of "fake outrage," Metal Blade never asked me to tone it down or soften anything up. So I didn't."

With track names like "Halford, Ozzy and Kiss" and "Bad Dates, Dead Cats & Terrorist Ants" I think you get a general idea of what you are in for. You have to admire the guy. Doing metal comedy does tend to limit your audience and there's only a handful of guys out there with the balls to stick to their guns and Jamieson is one of them. Recorded in December of 2013 in the same venue as his previous release I think it's a warts and all honest representation of Don's stand up act.

My favorite moment? Probably when he talks about wishing Storage Wars was on back in the eighties and someone bidding on the locker that GNR was living in.


In true metal style Don is taking his sideburns and the album out on tour. You can catch him at the following dates:

Stand-Up Comedy
03/28   Rochester, NY               The Joke Factory
03/29   Rochester, NY               The Joke Factory
Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage
04/04   Seattle, WA                  Studio 7
04/05   Portland, OR                 Tonic Lounge
04/11   Puebla, MX                   McCarthy's
04/12   Ciudad de México, MX   Casino Life
Stand-Up Comedy
04/26   Poughkeepsie, NY         The Chance
Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage
05/03   Wilmington, DE             Mojo 13
Stand-Up Comedy
05/16   Columbus, OH              Rock on the Range
05/17   Columbus, OH              Rock on the Range
05/18   Columbus, OH              Rock on the Range
05/21   Point Pleasant, NJ         Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club
05/22   Point Pleasant, NJ         Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club
05/23   Point Pleasant, NJ         Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club
05/24   Point Pleasant, NJ         Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club

05/25   Point Pleasant, NJ         Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club

Karthago to release Outside's "Never In Security" on April 18th


The release date of the OUTSIDE album "Never In Security" on CD is April 18th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on April 4th, 2014 in our webshop.
Another legend of the 80’s is finally released on CD! The awaited album "Never In Security" from 1987 is available and remastered by Karthago Records from the Heavy Metal classic series!

OUTSIDE impressed not only with the beautiful cover artwork, but they were always able to express the best sense of the typical German Metal songs. Some of the songs stays for decades in your head.

The ones whom have witnessed the 80’s will recognize one or another song. Have’nt I heard this before? However, it was ....OUTSIDE! The CD is released with a detailed booklet including band history, information about the band, photos, lyrics, etc. The tray is coloured and the CD comes with a numbered certificate and limited-confirmed authenticity in the shape of a hologram.

possible TRACKLIST:
1. Wild Scud to Hell
2. Dangerous Games
3. Heavy Metal
4. Can't Stand Lonely Nights
5. Is It Love
6. Wild Way of Rock 'n' Roll
7. It’s Too Late
8. Shout It Out
9. Dream On
10. Child of Storm
Total Playing Time: 36:26 min



LINE-UP:
Karlheinz Scherthan – vocals, bass guitars, keyboards
Andreas Zeckra – guitars, vocals
Rudi Herzenstiel – drums
Volker Gutting – lead guitars, vocals, keyboards

Helmsplitter: "Enraptured by Suffering" Out Now on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

Rock Island, Illinois' HELMSPLITTER have made their Horror Pain Gore Death Productions debut with the ferocious beast known as Enraptured By Suffering. 

HELMSPLITTER are a Molotov cocktail of Black Metal, Sludge, Death Metal, Crust Punk, Thrash, Doom Metal and hateful Blues. This is extreme metal that takes you on a musical roller coaster through a world of misanthropy, pain, frustration and despair. Unpredictable, relentless and absurdly heavy, HELMSPLITTER manage to blend various styles together in a seamless, naturally flowing and unforced manner that is uncanny. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Scott Creekmore (BROKEN HOPE, NUM SKULL, LUPARA) and features Blakk (ANGELKILL, MORTUARY OATH, MASKIM) on vocals. Enraptured By Suffering is recommended fans of MORBID ANGEL ANGELCORPSE, GRAVE, DARKTHRONE, MALEVOLENT CREATION, EYEHATEGOD, GOATWHORE, GORGOROTH, and MARDUK, among others.

Enraptured by Suffering is available on digital and CD formats at the following links:



1. Tyrants for Blood
2. Panzram
3. Aura of Suicide
4. Burden of Our Existence
5. Dance of The Heretic
6. World So Wicked
7. Portrait of Scars
8. The Ground Bleeds Sorrow
9. Forged In Fire
10. Days of Loathing
11. Summon The Leeches


HELMSPLITTER was born in the summer of 2008 when guitarist Ross Mallie and drummer Nate Boyd joined forces. After filling out the rest of the lineup the band spent the next few years playing shows around the Midwestern region of the United States as well as recording a demo. Around this time it became apparent that the band would have to part ways with their original singer and bass player due to a combination of scheduling difficulties and musical differences. Vocalist Blakk and bassist Lyndon Ehlers were contacted in regards to filling the empty positions, and it was not long before both accepted the invitation. This lineup overhaul was exactly what the band needed to become what it was intended to be from the beginning. The music became more dark and sinister, and the lyrics became more thought provoking and disturbing. The visual aspect of the band also evolved as a result of the band agreeing on a new logo and artwork direction.   

Storms of Genocide, the band's self-released debut album, began to circulate around the underground and eventually caught the attention of Mike Juliano, owner of Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. It was not long before an agreement was reached and the band signed with the label. February 18th of 2014 saw the release of Enraptured by Suffering, Helmsplitter's second album and HPGD debut.  The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Lupara, Num Skull) at Mercenary Digital Studios during the months of September and October of 2013. Enraptured by Suffering is a merciless slab of sonic abuse that goes for the throat right out of the gate with the blazing opening track  "Tyrants for Blood" and does not let up all the way through to the end of the heavier than granite closer "Summon the Leeches."

HELMSPLITTER is a collective of talented and dedicated musicians who will stop at nothing to make their art the best that it can possibly be. This is just the beginning for a band that is just going to continue to get better and better at their craft.  The current lineup has only been together a few years and is constantly improving as musicians and songwriters, and as a live act. When people are passionate about what they do you can expect them to do it for as long as possible, and considering it is a fact that a true love of music is what motivates every member of HELMSPLITTER it is clear that it is a band that will not be stopping anytime soon.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

NOBLE BEAST Confirmed for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization is excited to confirm the return of one of last year's Pre-Fest Showcase feature bands, St. Paul, Minn., power metal band NOBLE BEAST to perform at this summer's Warriors Of Metal Fest VII. NOBLE BEAST will be supporting its self-titled debut full-length, which will be released on March 22. The Warriors of Metal Fest VII will be held June 26 - 28 at O'Shecky's Live Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.

Band vocalist and guitarist, Rob "Sir Robert" Jalonen states: "Last year's WOM Fest VI Open Air was a magical experience for Noble Beast, and we are stoked to return as part of this year's awesome line-up.  Last year, Columbus gave us an incredible reception.  This year, we plan on giving Columbus the kind of show that its incredible fans deserve.  See you there!"

"We Burn," taken from the band's debut, is now streaming at this location




Bands confirmed for Pre-Fest Showcase on Thursday, June 26 at O'Sheckeys Live Bar & Grill include:  ETERNAL LEGACY (headliner) AUTOMATON, DEADIRON, LOWER 13, DETHRATS, GRAVE ROBBER, SPLIT THE ABYSS and WINTERHYMN. 

Warriors Of Metal Fest VII confirmed bands thus far for the main Fest on Friday, June 27 & Saturday June 28 include: ARMORY, A SOUND OF THUNDER, A TORTURED SOUL, BENEDICTUM w/ special guest LEATHER LEONE, BEYOND FALLEN, BURNING SHADOWS, CELLADOR, CRUSADER, FLESH ENGINE, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT, MITHRIDIUM, NOBLE BEAST, RESISTANCE,  RESTLESS BREED, SHALLOW GROUND, STEEL ASSASSIN and VALHALLA.

Keep up-to-date with all of the developments such as band announcements and ticket information for next year's show through the Warrior's of Metal Fest's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/warriorsofmetal

Is He Crazy or What?

   I see Tom Gabriel Fischer has revealed that Celtic Frost was offered $140,000 to play one show at Wacken this year. Turned them down too. So what do you think, admirable or dumb? That's a lot of change to say no to and it's only one show be it a big one. Then again Tom has always followed the beat of his own drum and done whatever the fuck he wanted. Remember Cold Lake, many die-hard fans have spent years trying to forget it.

   I have to admire his stance though. Here's a chance to cash in if the show goes well and you know it would be a big deal. Then some reunion shows and more cash for the pension fund. There's a list longer then my two arms of bands that have done this. Most can't pull off what they used to, either we as fans are too dumb to care cause hey man they are taking us way back or the guys on stage don't want to know. So he nipped it in the bud straight away. Should have gone to see them may years ago and tough shit if you didn't.

   Then again he might do it for $10,000 more.......pride be damned.

Richie.

Friday, March 14, 2014

MASTER Gearing Up For US Tour

Death metal pioneers MASTER are set to make their North American return next month for 2014 North American Witchhunt Tour. 

  
Kicking off on April 17 in Philadelphia, MASTER will spend three weeks demolishing North American stages in support of their newest release, The Witchhunt. Joining MASTER's legendary founder/frontman will be guitarists Alex Bouks [ETURNUS, ex-INCANTATION] and VJS [NIGHTBRINGER, INCURSUS], along with drummer Ruston Groose [SURGEON].    

The Witchhunt track "The Parable" is now streaming at this location.  

North American Witchhunt dates are as follows:

4/17 Philadelphia, PA @Millcreek Tavern in
4/18 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
4/19 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
4/20 The Forvm - Buffalo, NY
4/22 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
4/23 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/24 Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
4/25 Oklahoma City, OK @ Leon's Metal Lounge
4/26 3 Denver, CO @ 3 King's Tavern
4/28 Portland, OR @ Slabtown
4/29 Seattle, WA @ 2 Bit Saloon
4/30 Oakland,CA @ The Metro
5/01 Rosemead, CA @ Spike's
5/02 Pomona, CA Characters
5/03 Tempe, AZ @ Red Owl
5/05 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
5/06 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
5/07 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
5/09 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter  


The Witchhunt features 11 brand new tracks of classic and catchy death metal played with the intensity and attitude that MASTER fans have come to rely upon over the years. The album's thick, massive production demonstrates the band's superb musicianship and songwriting skills. This is an album that sees MASTER at the top of their 20+ year career. The Witchhunt is out now on FDA Rekotz. 





Between now and March 17, FDA Rekotz is holding The Witchhunt Weekend sale. All items related to MASTER's newest release are being offered at a discount rate. CD, T-shirts, vinyl and patches!
For details, visit this location.

Shadow Kingdom Records to Reissue Manilla Road's "Mystification" April 29

Shadow Kingdom Records has announced the latest in a string of brilliant Manilla Road reissues with the Wichita, Kan., band's sixth album, Mystification.

Manilla Road's official sixth full-length is the last of what many longtime fans consider as their most classic period. Albums Crystal Logic, Open the Gates, The Deluge and Mystification are considered by many to be the bands best years. Even though they're one of the very few long time running Heavy Metal bands that are still putting out great records, those four albums are the golden years. Mystification marks Manilla Road's first foray into the realm of Thrash Metal. The band has played with faster tempos on previous album, but this is a record that delivers an intensity comparable to early Slayer. Manilla Road mainman Mark Shelton proves himself to be one of Heavy Metal's most skilled songwriters with this flawless mix of classic and thrash metal.


This reissue is noteworthy for being the first edition of Mystification to be released on CD in the original song order along with the original mixing and mastering. This will be a huge treat for fans that have never heard the album this way because the re-issue done in the year 2000, was mixed and mastered differently along with the track order switched around. You'll finally be able to hear the way it was originally was back in 1987! 



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Massacre's guitarist Rick Rozz Sits down for an interview with Focus on Metal

  

   Want to know the one genre of metal I've only dipped my toes in? That would be death metal. The vocals always turned me off. The heaviest I go would be Slayer and Sepultura and even then there is no guttural growl you hear with those guys (ok Derrick Green can get there). This is one genre where I lump them ALL in after hearing a couple of tracks. Sure they can play but the singing is hard on the ear, well for me anyway.

   So fuck it, the first e-mail interview I've done is with death metal band Massacre who have a new album out after many years called Back From Beyond on Century Media Records. I wanted to find out a little about the band, their impact, hopes for the future and the genre in general. So what have I been missing? The guitarist Rick Rozz has been in the death metal game for a long time. Educate me please:

Richie: The press release for the new album Back From Beyond states the band is back to take care of unfinished business. Do you believe you have something to prove?

Rick: Nothing to prove, just the fact that Massacre is more powerful and heavier then ever.

Richie: Can you tell me how you found Ed Webb to sing in the band and what criteria did he have to get the gig?

Rick: I happened to see Ed's band Destined To Ruin play at one time but at that time Massacre was not even a thought. I was in another project at the time called M INC. and we were doing a gig together. As time went on and the Massacre idea came up that is when I thought of Ed. I did not even know his name at the time but had his guitar player (Damian Heftel) phone number so I gave him a call to ask if Ed would have any interest. A few weeks later I spoke with Ed, he started to listen to From Beyond to get to know the songs so we could jam- and that he did. He came out and kicked our asses- that was all the criteria we needed and the rest is history.

Richie: From the release of Promise in 1996 to Back From Beyond this year how in your opinion has death metal changed if at all. If it has changed was it difficult to retain that creative and innocent spark from years ago?

Rick: I would say death metal has lost it's "old school feel" but that is all about to change this year.

Richie: If I said death metal is the most misunderstood genre of metal how would you respond.

Rick: I think it's more understood now then ever with Back from Beyond.

Richie: Just like all the original thrash bands had their scene in the bay area or Sweden with melodic rock bands why is Florida so widely known for death metal?

Rick:  Florida just happened to get that label and there are all types of bands and music in the Florida area. I don't get out much to see them though, been staying at home to write music.

Richie: Knowing what you know now, if you were to go back in time to the From Beyond era what one piece of advice would you give yourself?

Rick: Don't take any advance money from labels before you sell records.

Richie: Outside of death metal what are your favorite bands and which ones have influenced your playing style the most.

Rick: Kiss, Soundgarden, ZZ Top, Blackfoot and Sabbath.

Richie; Do you have any career regrets?

Rick: Not at all, everything happens for a reason.

Richie: Finally, what does the future hold for Massacre.

Rick: Lots of touring and 2 more brutal crushing releases on Century Media Records. Cheers and Peace.

   So there you have it. Go buy the album and support the bands. See them too. Say hello.

https://www.facebook.com/MassacreFlorida

http://www.centurymedia.com/artist.aspx?IdArtist=565

Richie.