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After a year-long search, Canadian power metal outfit Savage Blade are excited to announce the addition of lead vocalist Nikko Forsberg. Bringing an instantly memorable classic metal voice and commanding stage presence to the fold, this ex-Mormon wild child has proven to be the perfect fit for the true metal sound of Savage Blade.
The Blade is currently producing their debut album "We Are The Hammer" in Nelson BC, Canada, with the services of producer/engineer Andy Chute. Fueled by the NWOBHM and the classic power metal bands of the early eighties, Savage Blade pledge to Kill ’Em All For One. "We Are The Hammer" will be released in North America on indie label Black Banana Records, with European distribution to be handled by German-based Underground Power. In true 80's metal fashion, the band plans to release the album for retail on vinyl and cassette only, with online digital downloads available for free.
As a pre-album teaser, and in tribute to one of their biggest influences, the band has posted their cover version of the classic Saxon track, "Dallas 1PM," on their MySpace page.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends SAXON have updated their summer tour itinerary.
The Saxon schedule is now as follows:
23 - London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire (with GIRLSCHOOL & SWEET SAVAGE)
30 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
1 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
2 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
5 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
6 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
7 - Sydney, Australia - The Forum
6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
7 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
8 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
21 - Basque, Spain - Kobetasonik Festival
27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
5 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Rock Seaside
12 - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Metal Open Air Festival
18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz Open Air
26 - Lichtenvoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival
It's been announced that a new DVD entitled Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Of Heavy Metal will be released on June 10th via MVD Entertainment. The documentary is described by its distributors as follows:
"Back in 1976, nobody really knew that there was an old wave of British Heavy Metal. But within two years of their formation, Iron Maiden had spearheaded what came to be abbreviated the NWOBHM, and as with punk the year before, a new generation of Rock musicians bought in a new wave of the genre - and in the process made loud, raw, heavy rock the global phenomenon it is today. For the first time this film investigates this New Wave - the bands, the records, the media and the series of unconnected events that led to this astonishing, durable and still hugely relevant form which is still heard today in virtually every rock record released. Focusing on Maiden and the other pivotal bands of the time, such as SAXON, SAMSON, PRAYING MANTIS, DIAMOND HEAD, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and many others, this DVD is the ultimate expose of a style that may not get as much press as punk, but is equally as relevant to the music of the second millennium. It features rare footage of all the main NWOBHM bands; Live and studio recordings of the pivotal tracks; Scarce news items and archive of the movement, from the time, as it unfolded around the UK; Seldom seen photographs, many from private collections. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the major players, including, Iron Maiden's PAUL DIANNO and Dennis Stratton, Diamond Head's Brian Tatler, Tygers Of Pan Tang's Rob Weir, Samson's legendary drummer Thundersticks, Tino and Chris Troy from Praying Mantis, the current line-up of GIRLSCHOOL and many other high profile names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. There's also commentary, review and expertise from; Malcolm Dome [Kerrang, Classic Rock] Jerry Ewing [Metal Hammer, Classic Rock] Geoff Barton [staff writer at Sounds during the New Wave] Garry Bushell [Sounds journalist and champion of NWOBHM] Neil Kay [legendary metal DJ from the Soundhouse club] and British metal author and journalist, Joel McIver."
In addition to the documentary, there will also be extended interviews and a NWOBHM interactive challenge.
British heavy metal legends SAXON have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately the gig tomorrow (March 9) in Budapest [Hungary] is cancelled. We're waiting for a statement from the promoter and will post as soon as we have news."
Upcoming SAXON shows:
Apr. 23 - London, UK - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - Tokyo, Japan - On Air East
May 01 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
May 02 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
May 05 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
May 06 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
May 07 - Sydney, Australia - The Forum
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008
Jul. 18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz Festival
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
British heavy metal legends SAXON have scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 07 - ESP Granada Atarfe Festival
Mar. 09 - HUN Budapest Rockfest
Apr. 23 - UK London Shepherd's Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - JP Tokyo O East
May 01 - JP Nagoya Club Quattro
May 02 - JP Osaka Club Quattro
May 05 - AUS Brisbane The Arena
May 06 - AUS Melbourne Billboard
May 07 - AUS Sydney The Forum
Jun. 28 - GER Balingen Bang Your Head Festival
Jun. 06 - SWE Sölvesborg Swedenrock Festival
Jul. 18 - GER Osterrode Rock Harz Festival
SAXON have updated their tour schedule to reveal the following dates:
7 - Granada, Spain - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival
9 - Budapest, Hungary - Rockfest
23 - London, England - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire
6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008
18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz More...
SAXON vocalist Biff Byford has posted this message on the band's official website:
"Hi all you lot,
Hope you all had a good year. Just like to explain the idea behind the set list concept. It should be SAXON songs with an English theme or connection, not British! There will be a prize for the most interesting set, 15 songs, you can explain the connection, if its not obvious give a short reason .e.g 'Battle Cry'... it's about the Battle of Culloden between the Scotts and English. The prize will be an exclusive guitar from DEAN with St. Georges cross art work, two tickets for a 2008 SAXON show, two t-shirts and a chance to visit the band at the studio or back stage. The contest is only through Metal Hammer UK so get thinking. Write your list to: saxon[at]futurenet.co.uk.
Live to rock!"
Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.
According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AT THE GATES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
MY DYING BRIDE
OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.
"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".
Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:
01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor
British heavy metal legends SAXON have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately we can't make it to the Rock Radio anniversary in Glasgow, Scotland because the band is writing the new album and Biff [Byford; vocals] has a serious, serious cold. We thank you for your understanding!"
UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.
Metal-Experience.com recently conducted an interview with SAXON frontman Biff Byford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal-Experience.com: Can we go back to your latest album "The Inner Sanctum" for a moment? What do you think are the main differences between "The Inner Sanctum" and "Lionheart"?
Biff: All the obvious things, really. It's obviously a different album! It's very difficult to pin down. The thing is, we're not predictable, we don't do the same thing over and over again, if you know what I mean, musically, anyway. Lyrically, I do cover the same ground a bit. You can't really tell where we're going with the different styles sometimes. I just think that "Lionheart" was a very British album and "Inner Sanctum" is not. The "Inner Sanctum" album is half rock 'n' roll and half full-on heavy metal and I think we explored that more on this album than we did on "Lionheart". I think we found a unique goal for ourselves there. It has a fresh sound but some of the songs are quite traditional.
Metal-Experience.com: How do you work when you're writing a new album?
Biff: Well, we're usually just banging things around. I have a studio and me and Paul are actually in there at the moment, we're writing songs right now for the next album.
Metal-Experience.com: What is the utmost important ingredient for a SAXON song?
Biff: The first thing we like to get, although we don't always get it, is the guitar riff, the main riff that starts the song. It's always good to have that. It might only last thirty seconds but we like a nice riff to start with! And then basically we'll work it from there, arranging and picking a format. Along the way we'll decide whether it's going to stay in the same feel or the same tempo or whether we're going to branch off and go on to other things. And then I'll be putting melodies on there and the last thing that really goes on are the lyrics.
Metal-Experience.com: How important is it to you that people listen to the lyrics?
Biff: Well, it's quite important. If you're doing a song about something that means something, you know, not just a song about driving cars fast, but something like "Red Star Falling", I think it's important that people listen but whether they do or not, I don't know. I know I don't! (laughs) I'm a vocalist and I usually just listen to the choruses and the first verse, that's it! So I'm just as bad as everybody else. It's just how people are, really. Some people really get off on the lyrics, and some people don't. I get off on writing the lyrics. If I'm doing something that's historic or if I'm writing about something that's important to me, then it matters. I spend a lot of time writing lyrics but I don't know if people actually listen to them. I think maybe people read them in the booklet. Look at some of our older songs, "Crusader", for instance, everybody knows the first verse and the chorus, but does anybody know all the verses? The chorus is usually the thing people remember best, especially with SAXON.
Metal-Experience.com: What's your opinion on the heavy metal scene these days, is there anything missing?
Biff: I think it's great at the moment, actually. Our album sales our going up, we've just been to Japan, which was fantastic and we did a sold-out festival in England. Magazines are selling more, websites are doing well. Our website is up to date now and we do a podcast now and then, you have to not be scared to show how it really is. We're really into that, into the instant thing you can do with your website. You just have to be not too bothered about looking fantastic all the time! In the real world nobody ever does, do they?!
Read the full article at Metal-Experience.
German metallers EVIDENCE ONE have posted this message on their official website:
Safely, exhausted, but satisfied we got back from our trip with the mighty SAXON! All we can say, is thank you! Thank you to our crew Franky, Seegi, Mike and Gerassi; to our ever-patient driver Norman; to SAXON and their crew; to ICS for giving us the opportunity to present our sound to new people once again; simply to every local involved in making this the most remarkable and unstressful tour, we've ever had. And finally: To YOU! All you crazy bastards rocking, sweating and banging with us in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic! Thanx so much!!! And by the way: We'll be back!!!
Hutch, Schimmi, Bernd, Barish and Lizard
P.S. If you got any pix of our shows, no matter what quality they might be of, please send them to over via e-mail.
P.P.S. Merry X-mas everyone and happy and rocking 2008!"
Night of the Vinyl Dead will reissue SAXON's "Dogs of War" and MERCYFUL FATE's "Into the Unknown" albums on limited-edition vinyl this month. The details are as follows:
SAXON - "Dogs of War" (originally released by SPV in 1995)
* Limited-edition sandy vinyl plus bonus SAXON stickers set
* Hand-numbered 333 copies
01. Dogs Of War
02. Burning Wheels
03. Don't Worry
04. Big Twin Rolling Coming Home
05. Hold On
01. The Great While Battle
02. Demolition Alley
03. Walking Through Tokyo
04. Give it All Away
05. Yesterdays Gone
MERCYFUL FATE – "Into the Unknown" (originally released by Metal Blade in 1996)
* Limited-edition sunset vinyl
* Hand-numbered 500 copies
02. The Uninvited Guest
03. Ghost Of Change
04. Listen To The Bell
05. Fifteen Men (And A Bottle Of Rum)
01. Into The Unknown
02. Under The Spell
04. Holy Water
05. Ktulu (The Mad Arab Part II)
QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AGE OF EVIL
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
Former 3 INCHES OF BLOOD drummer Alexei Rodriguez has issued an "open letter of apology" regarding an incident that occurred earlier in the month at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Minehead, UK which left SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler with broken glasses and a black eye.
Nigel previously stated about the episode: "There was no party, no-one was hitting on anyone, it was a totally unprovoked and vicious attack on me in the doorway of the apartment as I opened the door to the guy [Alexei] who was obviously out of it and was trying to bust said door down — for what reason, I have no idea. I wanted to ask him what his problem was and he just smashed me in the face and dragged me out onto the entrance balcony with such force that I went flying into the railings, hoping that they wouldn't give way and send me over the edge. As I went to get up, he punched me some more and then proceeded to to kick me in the face, head and body as I lay on the floor — then he ran off as the security guys arrived, and that was it, pure and simple."
Rodriguez's "open letter" reads as follows:
"To my friends, fans, and the greater metal/musical communities at large;
"It is with a significant degree of humility that I write to express my sincere regret at the events in Minehead during this year's Hard Rock Hell festival in England. I in no way am writing this in an attempt to exonerate myself from the blame of having instigated a truly ugly situation, merely to let any who care to know where exactly it is that I stand after said fiasco, and to of course apologize to any and all who were hurt, disappointed, or put out in any way.
"I have already issued lengthy and sincere apologies to those most directly affected, and while it is those folks' prerogative if they care to make those statements public, they were indeed only intended for their original recipients: Nigel Glockler, and the members and management of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. Of course the band was embarrassed and did whatever damage control had to be done by expelling me, and to a certain degree the security guards that evening were also doing what they felt had to be done to contain an explosive situation, and for them I would hold no ill will. In fact, Nigel accepted my apology and correspondence with an astonishing degree of forgiveness and compassion, and I should be so lucky as to henceforth be able to refer to him as a friend, however backward the circumstances of our meeting. I wish him, his lovely girlfriend Gina, and SAXON nothing but the best in their lives, both musical and personal. I only hope that everyone else can be as non-vindictive and adult about the whole mess. (PS, don't bother him anymore; he's expressed quite clearly that he wishes not to discuss it further.)
"I can say with the gravest sincerity that I have NO desire to engage in anything remotely resembling that sort of (self-)destructive behaviour ever again, and that for my part, I'm doing everything I can to both make it right, and to quell whatever it is within me that caused me to behave in such a manner so that it NEVER happens again. Already I feel as if during my down time I've been able to make great initial strides in that direction. I can only hope that those of you that matter to me, both personally and professionally, would be so generous as to give me the benefit of the doubt, but I ask for nothing, and thus expect nothing.
"Thank you to all the friends, old and new, who've come out of the woodwork to stand by me, rather than engage in the juvenile sideline tabloid-style commentary of the quick-to-judge; I owe you my sanity, and my newfound optimism, to say the least. I hope to see you on the road soon."
JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, CARCASS and AT THE GATES are among the bands that have been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
JUDAS PRIEST (UK) (Headliner)
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (US)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (UK)
AT THE GATES (S)
DERRINGER BAND (US)
HAVANA BLACK (FIN)
THE BLUES BAND (UK)
COHEED & CAMBRIA (US)
HENSLEY/LAWTON & LIVE FIRE (UK)
ULI JON ROTH (S)
SHAKIN' STREET (FR)
LIZZY BORDEN (US)
ASTRAL DOORS (S)
German melodic metallers EVIDENCE ONE will support SAXON on the following dates:
Dec. 07 - GER Karlsdorf Altenbürghalle
Dec. 08 - GER Andernach JUZ Live Club
Dec. 09 - AUT Hohenems Eventcenter
Dec. 10 - AUT Salzburg Rockhouse
Dec. 11 - SWI Pratteln Z7
Dec. 12 - BEL Antwerpen Hof Ter Lo
Dec. 14 - F Strasbourg La Laiterie
Dec. 16 - GER Nürnberg Löwensaal
Dec. 17 - CZ Prag Retro Music Hall
Also appearing on the bill is PHARAO.
Komodo Rock recently sat down with SAXON frontman Biff Byford. The following is an excerpt from the interview:
Q: So, what defines Classic Rock to you?
BB: "For us, what defines it is heavy guitars with melodic vocals. A classic style that's been around for years. Obviously we're much darker now and we are much heavier now when we want to be. So our albums now consist of half rock n roll and half full-on heavy metal. And that seems to be the right mixture for us."
Q: So we're talking commercial success, we're talking 'I've Got To Rock To Stay Alive' your new single featuring Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Angry Anderson (ROSE TATTOO), Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN). Was that fun to make?
BB: "I just asked some mates to sing with me on the song. It's a song about being in the business for a long time, and obviously Lemmy and Angry have! Andi's not been around quite so long."
Q: You had a good time making it. Do you think some of what your doing now, obviously you're a jobbing singer, this is what you do, this is what's making your living. Is it more about fun rather than making it big now. I was talking to Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) earlier and he said it's more about enjoyment now, because people know who we are, we've already made it, the thing is now to give people a good time, give the people what they want?
BB: "No, actually it's not like that with us. We like making records. Every record we make we try to make it better than the last one. It's really important to us that people are interested in what we're doing musically, because we're songwriters. We're not vaudeville entertainers so I think it is fun, yeah, but it's tinged with a seriousness that people take our music seriously, because we release albums every year or two years. In Dee's case they don't. They play classic songs from the '80s, we're slightly different from Twisted Sister. Dee makes records, but the rest, I don't think the rest are interested. It's the old thing, if you sell 3 million albums, why would you make one that sells 56 thousand? They're a little bit scared, and actually we don't give a shit! We just make records, we like making music, it's what we do."
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