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Last updated on September 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM ET
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It's official - after 18 years of waiting, Faith No More will release a new album in 2015! The band revealed the news to Rolling Stone in a new interview, stating the record is due out next April through Reclamation Records.
Remember that new song "Motherfucker" the band played in London earlier this Summer? That will be the lead single off the album, and will be released separately on November 28th.
Industrial black metal outfit Aborym has announced the addition of guitarist Giulio Moschini (Hour of Penance) to the group's ranks.
Giulio brings a wealth of experience to the band, having already performed with Aborym during it's last round of live shows.
Devin Townsend is extremely pleased to announce the long-awaited new Ziltoid double-album "Z²" on October 28 in the U.S. and October 27 in Europe. The "Z²" project will also see him play a landmark show at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall on April 13, 2015. Tickets are available for this enormous show from www.kililive.com.
"So it's been years I've been trying to get the energies in line to do another Ziltoid record, and it's finally happened! Z2 is my new record, and it's a multimedia event that has taken a ton of people a ton of effort to bring to you! It's a double album, (one side DTP, and one side Ziltoid) and the concept expands on Ziltoid the alien, and his sci-fi adventures in a way that kind of throws back to 50's radio plays... but obviously with complicated, heavy music as its soundtrack. It has taken a great deal of energy to put this all together, and the music is just one of the aspects of it. It's a dream come true in a lot of ways, and I'm excited and honoured to be able to finalize the project with a live version of the entire record at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London on April 13th of next year! (!!) Basically what we did with The Retinal Circus a few years back will be taken to the next level with Z2 live.
"At the end of this process, we reached for the stars, and hopefully got to the moon, and after this album cycle, I will be taking some time to recharge my batteries and see what the next chapter holds. I hope you enjoy this record and all its offshoots, as one of my goals is to hopefully inspire folks to reach for unconventional ways to express themselves as well. We couldn't have done it without you! See you at the show?" More...
Facebook's ever-growing community, And Justice For Art has joined forces with Metal Underground to present monthly episodes of their infamous series "Look-alike Metal album covers." These short but thought-provoking articles focus on artworks that somehow, are uncannily similar, both visually and conceptually. Of course, the Metal connection will always be there. Is this a coincidence? A mere rip-off? Let's try to figure it out together....
Grave Digger Vs. Dissection
German irreverent Heavy Metal quintet, Grave Digger, finally released its seventeenth studio opus, "Return Of The Reaper." The album came accompanied by a cover art courtesy of their longtime artist/collaborator, Gyula Havancsak. It features the reaper-like figure previously established by the band, relentlessly driving a ghostly carriage throughout a graveyard.
Although the graphic seems to be a continuation of the band's previous covers (also featuring the reaper) this idea, however, is far from original. Before Gyula, legendary designer, Thomas Holm, explored a similar setting on King Diamond's "Abigail" (1987) and then, in 1993, Swedish maestro, Kristian 'Necrolord' Wåhlin (At The Gates, Tiamat) created its own rendition for Dissection's debut ,"The Somberlain."
What connects "Return Of The Reaper" cover with these illustrations (especially with "The Somberlain") is not just the theme but also the structure of the whole composition, featuring a similar point of view, the relentless attitude of the main rider character, the graveyard setting and even way the horses look like. Thankfully, Gyula's vibrant painting style is far from Whalin's quasi-monochromatic approach and this creates the well-needed differences.
Was Wahlin inspired by Holm? Was Gyula consciously influenced by Kristian Wåhlin? We just don't know. One thing is true: both "Abigail" and "The Somberlain" covers have been part of the Metal imagery for decades. Consciously or not, these images could have been in Gyula's mind at the moment of creating his own, otherwise, arresting graphic... In his defense, Gyula briefly comments: "I tried to avoid the "Abigail' direction and I love Dissection, but I forgot "The Somberlain" artwork! How could I forget "The Somberlain" cover!?"
Dear Gyula, this could happen to anyone... Better luck next time.
Iron Maiden Vs. Earth, Wind and Fire
After portraying the irreverent Eddie as punk street assassin (Killers), the devil's puppeteer (Number Of The Beast) and a mentally unstable patient (Piece Of Mind) UK's mythical illustrator, Derek Riggs, decided to adorn the cover of Iron Maiden's 1984 album "Powerslave" with the band's beloved mascot acting like a pharaoh-like, giant monument surrounded by all kinds of Egyptian references. Such arresting image, demonstrated Eddie's capacity to mutate into different characters without losing its iconic trademarks and magnetic allure.
According to Martin Popoff's book, "Run For Cover", Riggs took inspiration from a concept initially suggested by bassist Steve Harris, to reinforce some of the album's lyrics. "Steve had this picture of these five guys dragging this Pharaoh's head along, some engraving he'd found," Riggs recalls. "So I started drawing it, and it just grew and grew. Most of this I invent as I go along." Of course, the final image (rich in post modern overtones and inside jokes) was far and away what Harris and Riggs had originally imagined.
However, as original, refreshing and imposing as this cover is, its overall look, color palette and Egyptian-based thematic are however, uncannily reminiscent of another album artwork. We're talking about the illustration produced by Japanese illustrator, Shusei Nagaoka for Earth, Wind and Fire's "All 'N All." Originally created in 1977, that graphic proposes a reconstruction of the ancient Abu Simbel Temple of Ramesses II, garnished with all kinds multicultural iconography and futuristic subtext, which extents to the album's back sleeve.
Both covers ("All 'N All" and "Powerslave") have many distinctive attributes that make them original in their own right—for example, the campy humor injected by Riggs and Eddie's transformation are unrivaled. Also, Nagaoka's postmodern flare is one-of-its-kind.
However, one can't but wonder if somehow (probably unconsciously) Derek took certain inspiration from Nagaoka's which came out seven years before Iron Maiden's 5th album. Just compare the symmetric look of both compositions, the similar use of colors, the placement of the pyramids ruling over all the other elements in both pictures, etc... Is it "Powerslave's" cover a ripoff or just a coincidentally look-alike? Most probably the latter. After all, it has enough differential elements to be called an original art. After all (to be fair) the cover of the Earth, Wind and Fire's album is just a fragment of Nagaoka's entire panoramic original piece.
But really... what's originality? Isn't art and even human life itself, an evolutionary process? It should be perfectly Ok to take from here and there in order to create something new. Remember: there's nothing completely new under the sun, Egyptian or not.
Italian speed metal act Explorer (not to be confused with U.S. metal act Exxplorer), will release the sophomore full length album "Shout in the Fog" on September 12th via Iron Shield Records (distribution via Pure Steel Records). The album is the first since the 2011 debut "Sober Deserve to Die!!"
The track list for the album is:
1. Tell Me (What You Want)
2. Just Escape
3. Into the Pub (With No Exit)
4. Fading Away
5. Maggots of Evil
6. Hidden in the Dark
7. Earth Massacre
8. Runaway From the Cross More...
Italian horror rock act Death SS released a new lyric video for the track "Bad Luck." The song is the closer from the latest full length album "Resurrection," which was issued in 2013 and is available via Lucifer Rising Records.
In addition, the band has launched a video contest for the track. From the band: "Make your home-video clip for the song 'Bad Luck'! The requirements are simple: create a music video, preferably in cartoon style, for the song 'Bad Luck' from the latest Death SS album 'Resurrection.' You have time until Halloween and anyone can participate. The best video wins a customized DEATH SS - 'BAD LUCK' electric guitar, 1 'BAD LUCK' t-shirt, 5 signed copies of the forthcoming 'Resurrection' DVD (that will feature the winning clip along with the credits of the author) and, last but not least, the release and the worldwide promotion of the video by Lucifer Rising Records/Self Distribuzione. For any further info, please visit the web page dedicated to the contest: www.luciferrising.com.
Check out "Bad Luck" here: More...
Aussie deathcore act Thy Art is Murder released a guitar play-through video, which features the track "Immolation" from the latest album "Hate." The album was issued in 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The video was filmed on a day off during the European Summer tour 2014 by Savage Photo/Film. Check it out here:
California hard rock/progressive metal act Faithsedge, featuring former and current members of Dokken, Trixter and Hardline, released a lyric video for the new track "Saving Anything." The song appears on the new album "The Answer Of Insanity," which drops today via Scarlet Records.
The album was produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles.
The track listing for "The Answer of Insanity" is:
1. Now I Know The Truth
2. Revolve My World
3. The Way I Have To Let You Go
4. Are We Gonna Stand?
5. Comes Crashing Down (streaming here)
6. Saving Anything
7. Pray For This
8. Until Your Home
9. When I Lost You
10. Destroy You
Check out "Saving Anything" here: More...
Spanish metal act Lords of Black, featuring Saratoga members Tony Hernando (g) and Andy C. (ex-Dark Moor), released another new lyric video, this time for the band's eponymous track "Lords of Black." The song is the title track from the debut album, which was self-released back in May.
Check out "Lords of Black" here:
Swiss folk metal masters Eluveitie released a new lyric video for the track "The Silver Sister." The song appears on the new album "Origins," which was issued at the beginning of August via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).
In just a few weeks, Eluveitie will embark on a North American Tour with Tyr and Metsatoll, beginning in Baltimore on September 19th. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "The Silver Sister" here:
Swedish melodic death metal act Gormathon released a second new music video, this time for the new track "Absence of Light." The song appears on"Follow the Beast," the new full length release due out on September 29th (EU) and October 7th (USA/CAN) via Napalm Records. The band previously released a video for the track "Land of the Lost," which you can check out at this location.
The track listing for "Follow the Beast" is:
2. Land Of The Lost
4. Break The Chains
5. Celestial Warrior
6. In Benevolence
7. World Of Sin
9. Absence Of Trust
10. Warlords Of Doom
11. Into Oblivion
12. Silent Walk
Check out "Absence of Trust" here: More...