00:55 - mz nice avantgardiesh blackish metal from 2015 [link] missed it all
23:56 - psykometal Speaking of that, gotta figure out how we're going to reflect the obvious member change from a male to female bass player (of which the popular, and seemingly obvious, opinion is that said new female bassist is Sean Yseult... :/
In the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow's retirement, dozens of demos and resumes flooded Iced Earth's management team. But one name kept popping up - Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block, who has been named the new lead singer for Iced Earth.
According to Schaffer, Robert Kampf, CEO of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.
"Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on," said Schaffer. "We heard one of Stu's incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, 'Damn, that dude has serious range.'"
Of Tides And Desert, the new album from Italian melodic death metal band Ritual Of Rebirth, is now available for streaming in its entirety/free download over at this location (press "Scarica" for download (email sign-up required) or "Ascolta" for the stream).
The band's 2008 debut album, Ethical Disillusion, is also available for free download/streaming at this location.
Of Tides And Desert tracklist:
01. Of Tides And Desert
03. All Is Blank
05. Sick Shylock
06. Zebra Stripes
07. Hell To Pay
08. The Blind Watchmaker
Hammerfall will release their new upcoming album, Infected, on May 20th through Nuclear Blast Records.
Laying down the foundation themselves in their own studio in Sweden, the band then traveled to Nashville, TN, to finish it up with acclaimed producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, Meat Loaf). He also mixed the album, giving it a decisive updated edge without losing anything of the essence of the band.
"James helped us create something that was new and exciting while still in the line of our heritage", Oscar Dronjak, guitar player and founder of the band, explains.
"Never before have we sounded this fresh and up to date without losing the essence of what HammerFall is all about: Pure "Infected" Heavy Metal!", comments vocalist and frontman Joacim Cans.
In case you were wondering, Manowar are still the loudest band on the planet... 'Cuz when they're in town, the power explodes.
During the sound-check last Friday afternoon (March 11th) for their first of two shows at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio, the self-proclaimed kings of metal blew one of the city's power grids, causing a massive blackout on the entire city block where the venue is located.
Workers at the local electricity company took 24 hours to get the grid back online. Temporary generators had to be rushed in to run Manowar's sound and lights, and a lot of extra gear was brought in for the show. Fortunately, the generators worked and the show was not cancelled.
California hard rockers Warrant have been in the studio recording their seventh studio album with legendary producer Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Scorpions) at the helm.
The CD - featuring singer Robert Mason (ex-Lynch Mob) - is tentatively titled Rockaholic and will be released worldwide in May through Frontiers Records.
In a recent Twitter update, the band states: "Three new songs mixed and sounding killer... stoked! 11 more to go."
Bassist Jerry Dixon commented: "The last few years has been like holding in a big "secret"from the world and now we get to share it. I really think we captured a perfect mix of the past and present on this record. Each song has its own vibe that's going to take people on a kick-ass Warrant rollercoaster ride. To help achieve an old school sound mixed with the flair of today, we called on the legendary Keith Olsen to do the production. There's enough '80's influence on songs like "Tears In The City" and "Sex Ain't Love" to keep the die-hard Warrant fans rocking while introducing them to new material."
Saxon will release their new upcoming album, Call To Arms, on May 23rd through Militia Guard Music, UDR & EMI.
The album was recorded at the Brighton Electric Recording Studio in Brighton earlier this year.
Call To Arms tracklist:
01. Hammer Of The Gods
02. Back In 79
03. Surviving Against The Odds
04. Mists Of Avalon
05. Call To Arms
06. Chasing The Bullet
08. When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory Soundtrack)
09. No Rest For The Wicked
10. Ballad Of The Working Man
11. Call To Arms
Gojira has issued an update from the studio, revealing plans for a live DVD, the Sea Shepherd EP and a new album.
In the words of the band: "We are currently working on a live DVD with important bonus section : "The Way Of All Flesh From The Inside", the Sea Shepherd EP, (a non profit operation with a lot of people involved is a bit complicated to wrap, but we're getting there and we promise to release these songs soon). We're also composing a new album! We've written pretty much half of it, and we are very excited by this new material. It's a big step for us. These songs are original and a good reflection of what we are today.
We are so focused on these things, that sometimes we forget to communicate with you guys, but we'll try to post more updates from now on."
Livia Zita has issued the following update on the health status of her husband, the legendary Kim Bendix Petersen - who underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery last November:
"Some of you have been asking for an update on King Diamond's health, so I thought I'll write what's been going on.
King has just finished his Cardiac Rehabilitation program this past Friday, and graduated with flying colors. Thanks to the wonderful people at the rehab center, his exercise regimen helpe him gain a lot of muscle, and start on the road of building up good endurance. We will start regular exercises now to get the endurance up to nice levels.
The examinations by his heart surgeon and cardiologist revealed that his health is steadily improving, and they all expect him to feel better than ever, 15 years younger than he really is. I am immensely proud of what he has achieved in these short 3 months, stopped smoking entirely, changed diet and doing regular exercise among other things.
Veteran Japanese heavy metallers Loudness have scheduled the following 30th anniversary US tour dates:
May 06 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
May 07 - Dante's - Portland, OR
May 08 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
May 10 - Avalon - Santa Clara, CA
May 11 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
May 12 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ
May 13 - Galaxy Concert Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
May 14 - 4th & B - San Diego, CA
May 15 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
May 17 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
May 20 - Token Lounge - Westland, Michigan , US
May 21 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
May 22 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
May 23 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
May 26 - Samurai's - Oklahoma, OK
May 27 - Trees - Dallas, Texas, USA, TX
"Pearl Of Wisdom", a brand-new track from US power/thrash metal band Vicious Rumors, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
Another new track, called "Razorback Blade", is still streaming at Decibel Magazine.
"Pearl Of Wisdom" comes off the band's upcoming new album Razorback Killers, which will be released on March 25th in Germany, on March 28th in Europe and on April 5th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer. More album details were previously reported over here.
In other news, Vicious Rumors has announced the following string of European tour dates:
April 29 - D-Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True Festival
May 01 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City
Turisas has just announced a row of shows in Spain and Portugal in support of their latest album Stand Up And Fight.
This is the first time Turisas does a proper headline tour in the region. An excited Warlord Nygård comments: "We've always had a very strong support on the Iberian peninsula and we're of course extremely happy about that. Over the years we've often been over there as part of a support act, but we felt we owed our fans in Spain & Portugal some proper headline shows for a change.
We've been trying to make this happen for ages, but it's taken time. So now we're definitely coming, make you turn up and show your support! I'm sure we'll have some amazing shows happening! We think this trip will prove that bands could do so much more on the Iberian peninsula, if they had the courage to just go a bit further and explore it. We are super excited about it! Let's paint Iberia black and red together!"
"Regorge In The Morgue", a brand-new track from Swedish death metallers Vomitory, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"Regorge In The Morgue" comes off the band's upcoming new album Opus Mortis VIII, which will be released on April 25th in Europe and on April 26th in North America through Metal Blade Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Canadian metallers Anvil will release their new album, Juggernaut Of Justice, on May 10 via The End Records.
The CD was recorded at Dave Grohl's (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) Studio 606 in Northridge, California with famed producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Filter, Atreyu, Alice Cooper).
Also the title track is available for streaming at this location.
Juggernaut Of Justice cover art] tracklist:
01. Juggernaut Of Justice
02. When Hell Breaks Loose
03. New Orleans Voodoo
04. On Fire
06. Turn It Up
07. The Ride
08. Not Afraid
12. Swing Thing