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In a new interview with Guitar World, Chris Broderick discusses leaving Megadeth behind (along with Shawn Drover) and forming new band Act of Defiance. Excerpts from the interview follow.
GW: Was there a dress code in Megadeth?
There definitely was a dress code that he wanted to maintain for a Megadeth look. For me, with everything in this camp, I saw very early on that Dave is the owner of the company and he is the one that has the right to say how the company is presented and how it should look. The only time we had any issues was when I didn’t know a specific thing about how he wanted my appearance to be, and then I would find out as we went along. I saw it very early on as a job requirement and I felt that if the job is worth it to me then I would make those changes.
GW: Had you considered leaving the band in the past?
I was constantly weighing the positives against the negatives. I likened it to a lawyer that’s working for a firm and finally wants to break out and start his own firm or a chef that wants to open up his own restaurant. You have to deal with the corporate mannerisms from the company you’re working for. And once it gets to a point where you feel like you would be happier on your own, that’s when you finally to cut the cord. I had been thinking about what to do for a long time, but up until I decided to leave, I always felt the positives outweighed the negatives.
GW: When did that balance tip?
Not until the last quarter of 2014. I was dwelling on my lack of musical creativity in the band. Dave was getting ready to go in and do another CD and my heart just wasn’t in it because I knew I wasn’t going to have any artistic say in the definition of the album and the music. He was calling saying, “Hey, I want to get you guys down there.” The last thing I wanted to do was go down there and work on a partial CD and then say, “Hey, this isn’t for me.” It was just the right time to leave.
Act Of Defiance's debut full-length album "Birth and The Burial" is set for an August 21st release via Metal Blade Records.
Megadeth meanwhile has continued on with Kiko Louriero (Angra) on guitars and guest drummer Chris Adler and will soon reveal full details on a new album to follow "Super Collider." More...
Read the full article at GuitarWorld.com.
Exquisite Ending continues a barrage of hatred and self-destructive loathing of mankind with the second installment of "The Rite Of Misanthropism" chronicles.
Keeping with the group's style of occult, depressive, nihilistic black metal, Exquisite Ending has added a new dimension, expanding the sound to embrace the avant-garde, the weird, and the depraved. The album is set to be released via Hibernacula Records on October 23, 2015. Check out opening track "Psalm V: Accursed Be Thy Kingsmen" below.
1. Psalm V: Accursed Be Thy Kingsmen
2. Psalm VI: Banishment Of Noble Coercion
3. Psalm VII: The Bestowing Of Abhorrence, Universum
4. Psalm VIII: Unbound Bloodletting Of The Orthadox Order
5. Psalm IX: Before The Chasmn Of Nullity More...
Formerly California and now Texas-based outfit Casket Of Cassandra has issued the following announcement about parting ways with two members:
"Due to creative differences and personal circumstances we are sad to announce the departure of long term fill in musicians Isaac Holliday and Quinton Rivera. Their departure comes after almost two years of dedication and hardwork in helping us grow as a band and make an impact in the Texas market.
"Each of these two brought a powerful sound with them on stage and in the practice room, and have certainly each left a mark in their own way on Casket of Cassandra's style and stage performance. Both Isaac and Quinton have great careers ahead of them as they continue to pursue their passions as musicians and we wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
"Effective immediately we will be hosting open tryouts for a new lead guitarist and bass player. Any interested parties can send an email to casketofcassandra[at]gmail.com for more information.
"We will be moving forward with writing new material and have plans to be on the road again very soon. Thank you to all of our fans for your continued support and we can not wait to see you all again real soon."
Drummer Blake Richardson from Between The Buried And Me has issued the following statement online about walking off the stage in Salt Lake City:
"Hey everybody! First off I want to thank everyone for coming out to our show in Salt Lake City last night. It was, by far, one of the biggest gigs we have ever played there and we can't thank you enough for your support!
"With that, I would like to apologize to my band, crew, Animals as Leaders, The Contortionist, and especially to everyone who came out to watch us play. I've been battling with a nerve issue in my left leg this entire tour.
"The pain in my leg, coupled with a night full of technical difficulties caused me to lash out in frustration towards the end of the set. It was inappropriate, unprofessional, and extremely regrettable. In my eleven years of touring, up until last night, I have never acted in that manner... ever. I hope that those who were in attendance can forgive my actions. The support and kindness y'all showed when we came back on to finish our set is something I will never forget. I promise that we will come back and give you all a proper BTBAM experience!
"As for the rest of the tour, we WILL be performing at all the remaining dates. My playing may not be 100%, but we figure that a BTBAM show is better than no BTBAM show! I sincerely appreciate the support from our fans, band mates, crew, and tour mates. You all have made this such an amazing tour for me!
"I'd also like to send a big thank you to everyone who has come out to see this tour. We would not have means to support ourselves and our families without YOU. We are forever grateful for your support."
Finnish goth rock band The 69 Eyes secretly returned to the studio to record a new biting opus for the hungry masses with producer Johnny Lee Michaels, who was already responsible for the recording of "Blessed Be" and "Paris Kills." Vocalist Jyrki 69 reveals:
“Dear Helsinki vampires loyalists, how's your summer been? I've been thinking of you a lot lately. Especially in the nights... in the studio. You see, we are currently in the studio recording our new album here in Helsinki.
"It's coming out really good, feels like a record I've always wanted us to do. A bit hard to explain but you will hear it soon! If you happened to like those albums we’ve made earlier with Johnny, you will love this new one too. The first single will come out later on this year and the album in early 2016. August moon - where are you...?“
Only a few months ago The 69 Eyes released "The Best Of Helsinki Vampires,| a full best-of collection spanning a quarter of a century of the band’s history, featuring 28 tracks in total. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming album. More...
Stepping up its game from a previous debut EP, Countless Skies has forged onward into the twilight, bringing mournful melodies and rasping vocals on new single, "Solace."
The track does provide solace: from the toils of the world and from the solitude of which the song speaks. Give it a listen below or grab a digital copy of the song at Bandcamp here.
Belgian death metal horde Serial Butcher - which features current and former members of Aborted, Emeth, Moker, Ectopia and more -- will spew forth a first full-length offering in five years on September 18 via Unique Leader Records.
Titled "Brute Force Lobotomy," the follow-up to 2010's "A Crash Course In Cranium Crushing" offering was recorded and mixed by Lander Cluyse (Hessian, Oathbreaker, Amenra etc.) at Hearse Studio, mastered by Serial Butcher guitarist Kenneth Keysers at Badass Audio Mastering, and boasts ten death metal mantras.
Comments the band in a collective statement, "Sometimes there's need for careful thought... for tranquil conversation... for peaceful mediation. And sometimes... you just want to stab someone in the eye with a blunt, rusty knife. Until (s)he's dead. And then you stab some more... Just to be sure.... It's the very definition of the latest Serial Butcher recording, 'Brute Force Lobotomy.'"
1. Hypovolemic Shock
2. Sadistic Spare Parts Surgery
3. Brute Force Lobotomy
4. Born On A Chopping Block
5. Bowel Soup
6. Fresh Frozen Females
7. Flayed Human Skin
8. Facialized By A Flamethrower
9. Rusty Lawnmowing Massacre
10. Worm Buffet More...
Metal Allegiance has a self-titled album due to drop September 18, 2015 and the massive supergroup has been releasing a series of teaser discussing the songs off the release.
Today webisode #4 comes online as the band talks about "Can't Kill The Devil," which features Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser. Watch this new one below, or check out webisode #3 about the song "Dying Son" at this location.
New album "Of Ghosts and Gods" is almost here (due out July 31st) and every single day up to the release Kataklysm has been releasing a new music video.
Following "Carrying Crosses" from yesterday, today video clip #8 out of 10 comes online - check out "Shattered" below.
“Shattered” is about someone who functions in a normal society in an automatic mode but is actually riddled with inner demons.
The new album's track listing (and links to previous videos) is as follows:
1. Breaching The Asylum (check out the video)
2. The Black Sheep (see music video here)
3. Thy Serpents Tongue (see the clip here)
4. Soul Destroyer (see music video here)
5. Vindication (video available here)
6. Marching Through Graveyards (see music video here)
8. Hate Spirit
9. Carrying Crosses (video available here)
10. The World Is A Dying Insect More...
Seattle's He Whose Ox Is Gored has been raising the brows of the underground masses with an eclectic, oft trance-inducing fusion of doom, prog rock, post hardcore and psychedelic shoegaze. Following the release of the Bleeding Light Records-issued "Rumors" 7" last year, the band will undrape a full-length debut on October 9th.
Titled "The Camel, The Lion, The Child," the eight-track, near hour-long sound exhibition was tracked at Red Room and Ex Ex Audio in Seattle by Robert Cheek with additional recording taking place at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn. Matt Bayles handled mixing duties and frequent collaborator, Blake Bickel, mastered the album at Dynamic Sound Service.
Elaborates guitarist/vocalist Brian McClelland of the band's latest output: "'The Camel, The Lion, The Child' is a cup that runs over. From the writing process and through the studio, we made it a point to make the record that we wanted. The songs grow and breathe with their own lives and personalities, and unfold with layers that surprise us to this day. The excellent engineering and mixing of Robert Cheek and Matt Bayles raised the bar, and pushed us to make the best record we could. Now, we share it with you." More...
Miss May I is gearing up for the release of 5th album "Deathless" this coming August 7th via Rise Records, and in anticipation has shared a new song/video for the record’s title track. Check it out below, and you can also see the previously posted clip for "I.H.E." over at this location.
“This music video for 'Deathless' was one of the best locations we have ever shot,” singer Levi Benton told Billboard.com. “We got to film in an old ran down school that had a great dark vibe. The story for 'Deathless' was to show that you can dream of something greater than where you are and a peaceful place to reach for whether or not someone holds you back.”
Be sure to also catch Miss May I live on these dates:
July 29 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center (Warped Tour)
July 30 - Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
Aug 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairpark (Warped Tour)
Aug 2 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Parking Lot (Warped Tour)
Aug 5 - San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot (Warped Tour)
Aug 7 - Portland, OR - Portland Stadium Parking Lot (Warped Tour)
Aug 8 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
Aug 12 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
Aug 23 - Horseheads, NY - iMatter Festival 2015 More...
This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica and Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie will join forces to co-headline across North America.
This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s The Agonist supporting on all dates. Martina Edoff will also join the package as the opening band from Sept 18th to Oct 3rd. Check out a teaser video below with a special message to fans from Epica and Eluveitie.
This will mark Epica’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head in late 2013 got cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of latest album "The Quantum Enigma," which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond. More...
Shrine of Insanabilis is gearing up to release debut album "Disciples of the Void" through W.T.C.Productions on September 22.
Emerging from nothingness earlier this year, Shrine of Insanabilis is composed of no mere acolytes, instead evincing a master's knowledge across this first album. Never more aptly titled, "Disciples of the Void" comprises six testimonies to the fiery aspiration for enlightenment through inconceivable nothingness. The track listing is:
1. End All
3. Acausal Paths
6. Still Of This Earth
7. Cycles And Circles
9. Omega More...
New Orleans-based cult black metal outfit Ritual Killer has unearthed a rare collection of live performances shot in New Orleans in 2012. The footage, showcasing early Ritual Killer tracks "Through Entrails and Satanic Might" and "Dead River Intervention" is streaming below.
Ritual Killer also recently premiered the first track from forthcoming album, "Exterminance." If you haven't heard it yet, listen to "Bury the Earth, Bury the Sky" at this location. "Exterminance" will see release on September 18, with pre-orders online now over here. More...
Portland, OR band Red Fang has announced a headlining U.S. tour this October with support from Whores and Wild Throne.
The tour comes on the heels of the band's recent European and Australian treks and includes appearances at Slipknot's Knotfest and Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival. This tour will mark the last shows the band performs this year before heading into the studio to begin recording a new full-length next year.
Red Fang comments: "We are extremely excited to hit the road with two of our favorite bands, Whores and Wild Throne, this October! Come hang out and let the AUTUMN BREEZE blow you away!!" More...
The Sweden-based melodic metal giants from Soilwork are gearing up for the release of their forthcoming 10th studio album, "The Ride Majestic," hitting stores worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.
In preparation of the album’s release, Soilwork has created a two-part mini-documentary inviting fans and newcomers alike to take an insider’s look at the band.
In this clip, vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid gives a one-on-one, personal account of what has shaped Soilwork. Check out part 1 below, courtesy of MetalSucks.
Strid comments: “After finishing up the album, the band was asked if we had a bunch of footage from the studio, potentially shaping up to become a making of-style documentary. Truth was, we didn't get much on tape at all in the studio. At least video. There was a lot of audio though, which you all get to hear on the 28th of August. Perhaps not all that weird, after going through some really rough times in our personal lives, while the album was recorded (once you see this mini doc, you'll understand why).
"Thinking about it made me realize, that as interesting as it might be for the fans, I believed it was time for something new. In my mind, the typical webisode format seemed watered down. I believed we had a different story to tell this time around, rather than showing off gear and making silly faces in the studio. Just a week ago, I did some brainstorming and put together somewhat of a script, where I told my part of the story and how this album came together for me personally.
"One of the main reasons, aside from that this awesome band I'm a part of, is spread out all over the world, and pretty hard to gather in matter of hours, is because that the vocal recording was extra special for me this time. I moved back to the city where it all began for me. the city where I started my first bands. I basically reconnected with the people and the scene, that all had a huge impact on me. I wanted to somehow share it with you, and tell the story of how it all lead up this new record of ours. Expect nothing close to 'The Seventh Seal' by Ingemar Bergman. However, it's a very honest story, how everything came to together for me personally, and how the hardship we all went through the latest year, shaped our new album 'The Ride Majestic.' Hope you enjoy it!” More...
"Catholic Dictatorship," the second album from Poland's ruthless death metal/grind quartet, Norylsk, is out now on Selfmadegod Records. The album is streaming in its gutting entirety below, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Product Of Lobotomy
3. Potential And Flesh
4. Mental Alienation
5. Sexual Apartheid
6. Mental Selection
7. Children Of The Political System
8. Political Monologue
9. Opec Paradox
10. The Run
11. The Pilgrimage To The Holy Places
12. The Face Of Death
13. The Whore Across The Ocean
14. The Creator More...
On the lead up to Gehtika's release of "A Monster In Mourning" next month, the extreme metal quintet has unleashed a first single and video for "One Night: Seven Sins" (available below).
The band once again teamed up with Wil Henry of Silent Syndicate Productions, someone who Gehtika had worked with on the "Impossible Question" music video. Vocalist Anthony Knight comments: "The whole album follows a dark fantasy tale and 'One Night: Seven Sins' is the opening track and the catalyst for all the events that follow.
There are three characters in this track; The Prince (who's played by Prok from Morgue Orgy), The Serving Girl & Lady Morgana Mai and none of them get off to a particularly good start! It’s two nights before The Prince and Lady Morgana are due to be wed, but the Prince is a bit of a 'playboy' and decides to have his way with The Serving Girl (naughty!) For reasons unknown at this point in the story Morgana, during her sleep, she is given sight of these deceitful events unfolding and awakes 'with a panic and a hellish fright'. A grimoire lays at the foot of her bed; open and inviting, she’s drawn to it and begins to read.
"In her anger and emotionally fragile state she reads through the hateful curses of the grimoire and condemns the shallow, devious Prince to life both faceless and nameless… much to the shock of both the Prince and the Serving Girl, who flees at the sight of his face falling away. More...
Leaves' Eyes will celebrate the new album "King of Kings" - due for release via AFM Records on September 18th - with a European tour this fall. Support will come from Spain's Diabulus In Musica and French all star symphonic metal act Melted Space.
The dates for the tour are as follows:
15.10.2015 DE - Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
16.10.2015 AUT - Graz, Explosiv
17.10.2015 IT - Milan, Cerbero
18.10.2015 IT - Rom, Traffic Club
20.10.2015 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
21.10.2015 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
22.10.2015 NL - Zoetermeer, Boerderij
23.10.2015 BE - Vosselaar, Biebob
24.10.2015 FR - Paris, Glazart
26.10.2015 CH - Lyss, KuFa
27.10.2015 DE - Augsburg, Spectrum
28.10.2015 DE - Berlin, K17
29.10.2015 CZ - Prague, Nova Chmelnice
30.10.2015 DE - Dresden, Puschkin
31.10.2015 DE - Hameln, Autumn Moon More...
Accursed Spawn has announced that 6-string, fretless bassist Weiyun Lu will be playing his first official dates with the band this summer in Ontario and Quebec, including stops at Grind Your Mind Open Air, Trailer Thrash Festival, and the third annual Oshawa Deathfest.
Guitarist Adam Pell comments: "We've all known Wei for some time now, having listened to his work in other bands like Argus Panoptes and Maou Mindu. We knew right away that Wei would bring a new, technical dynamic to the songwriting in Accursed Spawn. We are really excited to welcome him into the fold!”
07/31: Oshawa Deathfest III, Oshawa, ON
08/01: The Cavern Barn, Toronto, ON
08/15: Grind Your Mind Open Air, Drummondville, QC
08/25: Trailer Thrash Festival, St-Pie, QC More...
Dutch band Obese just released a brand new video clip for the song "Red As The Sun," taken from the album "Kali Yuga" that was released by Argonauta Records in June 2015 on CD/DD.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Obese at Hogshed Studios, while the video production was handled by Smooth Sailor Productions. The new album's track listing is:
2. Rite Of Fire
3. Kali Yuga
4. The Bitter Blast
5. Red As The Sun
7. Down The Gauntlet
9. Begetter Dead Letter More...
Erfurt, Germany's Macbeth (not to be confused with the two other German acts or the Italian act under the moniker Macbeth) is streaming the new track "WN62." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Imperium," which is set to drop via Massacre Records on September 11th.
Check out the tune here:
French black/death metal veterans Temple of Baal have set "Mysterium" as the title of the next full-length album. The album is due out on October 2nd via Agonia Records. The first taste is in the form of the new track "Divine Scythe," which can be streamed in the player below. The song, which features guest vocals by Georges Balafas (Drowning, Eibon, Decline Of The I).
In the band's 15 year career, marked by four full-lengths and numerous split releases, the highly respected French coven Temple of Baal have evolved from a primitive black/thrash outfit into one of epic dimensions. As the album's title suggests, "Mysterium" dwells on the topics of spirituality and religiosity. "From the opener, Lord Of Knowledge And Death, to the closing number, All In Your Name, every inch of this record drips with it" - comments the band. "Mysterium can be seen a collection of meditations and prayers over the mysteries of Faith, directed towards the gods of the left hand path".
Musically, Temple of Baal's black metal roots are back in full force, allowing the atmospheres to develop through songs of epic proportions, mostly clocking around 8 or 9 minutes each. "Mysterium" covers a wide musical specter, from slower ritualistic parts, to furious blasts and thrashy riffs or the surprisingly melodic choirs of "Magna Gloria Tua" and "Hosanna", each song taking the listener into a spiritual journey, evolving through various climates, keeping the listener's mind awake. "I never got that much into monotonous, uniform albums" - says band's leader Amduscias. "I like music to take my mind from one point to another. Even if I have a strict view of what Temple of Baal should be, stagnation is not something I'm very fond of." More...
Operation: Mindcrime - the new band featuring former Queensyrche frontman Geoff Tate - released a new music video for the track "Re-Inventing The Future." The song appears on the album "The Key," which is set for release on September 18th via Frontiers Records.
"Musically, this album is quite adventurous," says Tate of "The Key". "Of course there are key elements in the music, melody and phrasings that are really identifiable, but throughout my career I've opened my eyes and ears to new standards and arrangements, and that's what keeps things fresh and exciting as an artist — we've thrown out the rules for this record, and it's been really liberating. I'm a fan of old prog, and that music didn't stick to rules. It's inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it's great being in a position to write without constraints."
The track listing for "The Key" is:
3. Re-Inventing The Future
4. Ready To Fly
5. Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room
6. Life or Death?
7. The Stranger
8. Hearing Voice
9. On Queue
10. An Ambush Of Sadness
11. Kicking In The Door
12. The Fall
Check out the track here: More...
On the heels of signing with InsideOut Music, Brisbane based progressive alternative act Caligula's Horse released a teaser for the upcoming new release "Bloom." The album is set to drop on October 16th (AUS/NZ/EU/UK) and October 20th (USA) via the label.
"Bloom" follows 2011's colorful and dynamic debut "Moments From Ephemeral City," and 2013's critically acclaimed dark narrative concept album "The Tide, the Thief & River's End.
"'Bloom' is very special to all of us - it's an album full of color and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow," says lead vocalist Jim Grey. "It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own."
More information is expected soon, but check out the clip, which features the unveiling of the album's artwork and samples of some of the music, here:
SoCal hardcore outfit Forced Order premieres its entire Revelation Records debut album entitled "Vanished Crusade", which will be out on CD and digital platforms August 7, with a vinyl version to follow.
Check out now the entire album "Vanished Crusade" below.
British heavy metal veterans of Satan premiere a new song titled "The Devil's Infantry" taken from their upcoming new studio album "Atom By Atom", out in stores this October via Listenable records.
Check it out now below.
Saint Asonia, the new act featuring ex-Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, premieres a brand new song titled "Fairy Tale", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which will be released on July 31 via RCA.
Check it out now below.
Stray From The Path premieres the new track "Eavesdropper" taken from the upcoming new album "Subliminal Criminals", out on August 14th via Sumerian. The new track features also guest vocals by Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds.
Check out now "Eavesdropper" below.