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Last updated on May 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM ET
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A new lyric video for "I Am The Storm" is available online, which comes off Artizan's new album "Ancestral Energy," released earlier this month via Pure Steel Records. Check out the clip below, or you can also stream the entire album at this location.
Texas act The Brothers Highhorse has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Last night was Eric's last show with us, we wish him the best and he is definitely going to be missed. We are now going to take some time off to write a new EP and to find a new front man, so if you or someone you know is interested please send us a message." More...
After splitting with the band's bassist at the beginning of the month, Rise With Honour has now posted the following message online about the return of a former member to fill the slot:
"Right folks we have a little announcement for you all regarding a new Bassist! And we did not expect this either!
"We would like to welcome back past guitarist Valentyn Tkach and he will be pursuing a new role in playing bass for us.
"We appreciate that Val originally left due to personal circumstances but since then this has been resolved!! Please make him feel welcome (again). So that's it, no one else leaving, our line up is now fully sorted and we couldn't be happier, we now look forward to what lies ahead!
"Thanks for your continuing support." More...
Oregon’s Rabbits and Norway’s Årabrot continue to co-pummel audiences across Europe on their ongoing brutal trek, touring in support of their new split 7” release, available now via Tiger (Europe) and Eolian Empire (USA).
To spread the vile news, today Invisible Oranges is streaming the noisemangled split release, right here (you can also check it out below). The following press release was also issued about the split:
"On the raging split release, Norway's ever-morphing Årabrot meets Portland's sludge-punk kings Rabbits, as if twins separated at birth with a psychic connection that spans a continent and ocean, both acts have mired themselves in the most base elements of rock and rebuilt these primitive pieces into music of violent, raw beauty. Årabrot's 'Blood On Bunny' (no dig at their split partners, they swear) is part industrial, part noise-rock, part sludge and all disturbing, while Rabbits's 'Yr In Luck' shifts between swinging, rolling, droning versus to grinding choruses, interspersed and ending with a pummeling dirge; like two fucked-up sides of the same shitty coin. The split will be pressed on mega-heavy 70-gram wax -- a split release with Rabbits' label Eolian Empire and Arabrot's Norwegian label Fysisk Format.
"Blood On Bunny, Fysisk Format confirms, is the first single from the pending self-titled LP from Årabrot, the act’s massive sixth full-length to date. The label will release more info on Årabrot in the coming weeks, while the band takes to the road with Black Cobra and Bison B.C. on a rampage through France, UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria." More...
Some bands at the beginning of metal have gone on to become icons which in the eyes of fans can do no wrong, regardless of what they release. Others also contributed heavily to the development of metal, but despite being rightly regarded as legends, sometimes escape the attention of many fans. If ever there was a group that deserved more recognition, it would British hard rockers, UFO. UFO was formed in London in 1969 by vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, guitar player Mick Bolton and drummer Andy Parker, initially under the moniker, Hocus Pocus, though they soon changed their name to UFO in honour of a local club where they were discovered by Beacon Records. Their first album, "UFO1," was released one year after they changed their name, in October 1970 and met with varying success, garnering mixed reviews but spawned some hits overseas, most notably the song, "Boogie" (also known as "Boogie for George," which became a hit in Germany, and their cover of the Eddie Cochran classic, "C’mon Everybody," which became a massive success in Japan, where the album was also well received commercially, as was their second release, "UFO2: Flying," which received more positive reviews and featured the near twenty minute epic, "Star Storm."
After the (initially Japan only) release of their first live album, "Live," (later re-titled, "UFO Lands In Tokyo,") the band parted company with Mick Bolton and searched for a more traditional rock guitarist to replace him. They initially hired Larry Wallis, who lasted one European tour before leaving and eventually becoming the first guitarist for Motorhead, before embarking on another tour with Bernie Marsden, who would also leave soon afterwards and go on to become a founding member of Whitesnake. Their search came to an end in the summer of 1973 when they recruited 18 year old German guitarist, Michael Schenker, who was then still a member of the Scorpions. With their new guitarist in tow, the band recorded their third studio album, "Phenomenon," which showcased their harder sound and remains one of their most beloved albums amongst fans today. It featured some of their best known work, such as "Rock Bottom" and the hard rock classic, "Doctor Doctor." The record attracted many new fans in the United States and their native, Britain, both of which were expanded upon after the release of their next album, "Force It" in 1975 and the 1976 record, "No Heavy Petting," which marked their first release as a five piece, following the addition of keyboardist, Danny Peyronel, who was soon replaced by Paul Raymond. More...