Metal News for May 23, 2010
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15 news articles posted on this day.
Holy Rage, the new band featuring original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins, has announced that they have completed work on their debut studio album, which is entitled, "Just Don't Run!" A message from the band reads as follows:
"Yes it finally happened. And we are very happy with the result. Holy Rage have many distribution deals in the pipeline and we should have everything sorted out within weeks."
Ozzy Osbourne is set to release "Scream" on June 22nd via Epic Records (June 11 in Europe, June 14th in the UK, and June 23 in Japan), his first album in three years and tenth studio album overall. "Let Me Hear You Scream"--the album's first single--is already Top Five (#5) on the Mainstream Rock Chart and Top Ten (#9) on the Active Rock chart in only its second week on the charts. The fist-pumping anthemic song had its world premiere, during a prison riot scene, on "CSI: NY" Wednesday, April 14th.
"Scream" was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY's 2007 worldwide million-seller "Black Rain," the album. The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of the album at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of OZZY's new guitar player, Gus G. OZZY's band also features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. OZZY will also embark on an 18-month world tour (dates TBA) in support of "Scream."
Also, all fans who purchase tickets to OZZFest at LiveNation.com through June 18th will receive an email with one unique download link per ticket for Ozzy's new album, "Scream" on June 21st, the day before the album is available in stores. OZZFest marks the first concerts in the U.S. in connection with the June 22 release of "Scream" (Epic Records), the OZZFest founder's first album in three years and 10th studio album overall.
The "Scream" tracklisting is as follows:
1. Let It Die
2. Let Me Hear You Scream
3. Soul Sucker
4. Life Won't Wait
5. Diggin' Me Down
9. I Want It More
10. Latimer's Mercy
11. I Love You All
Musica Diablo, the new thrash metal band featuring Sepultura frontman Derrick Green, has posted another new song from their forthcoming self-titled debut album online. You can check out the song, "Betrayed" by heading to the bands official Myspace page. The album is scheduled to be released in Europe and South America on May 28th, with a North American release to be confirmed.
Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring lesson videos from COREY BEAULIEU and MATT HEAFY of TRIVIUM. At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by TRIVIUM:
"DOWN FROM THE SKY"
"DROWNED AND TORN ASUNDER"
"GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD OF TREPIDATION"
"LIKE LIGHT TO FLYS"
"PILLARS OF SERPANTS"
"DOWN FROM THE SKY"
"WHEN ALL LIGHT DIES"
"RIGHT HAND WARM-UP"
"SEXTUPLETS IN MINOR KEYS"
"HARMONIC MINOR SCALE"
"SWEEP PICKING EXERCISES"
The lesson video for "SWEEP PICKING EXERCISES" can be viewed below:
The free printable tabs for "SWEEP PICKING EXERCISES" are available at this location.
A video interview has been posted online of HardTimes.ca speaking with Finnish act Swallow the Sun in Montreal. The footage can be viewed below.
BareBonesMusic.com conducted an interview with Andy Williams and Jordan Buckley of Every Time I Die prior to a live show. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below.
Vocalist Ari Nieminen of Finnish act Dauntless has checked in with the following announcement about returning to the band:
"Hey! I'm back! Okay, maybe I have to explain this a little bit... Well, here it goes. When I decided to leave Dauntless I thought it was the best decision at the moment. But when I had time to think it over, I felt like 'Oh fuck, this was totally wrong thing to do.' I told guys about it and they asked me to come back, because there were some disagreements with Micko. The break I had was a best thing for me and thus I realized that this is what I want and these are the guys I wanna rock with - forever!
"Sometimes you just have to take some time off to really know what you really want. So the rest is history... but for all you fans out there, I'm so fucking proud and excited about this and I really, really hope that this will be pleasant thing for you and all the people who still keep up hanging with us. Cheers! Peace and love fuckers! Keep it real!"
Buffalo, New York metal band Hold it High, featuring ex-members of Sons of Azrael and Asherah, will be headed out on tour in June to promote their debut CD. Here are the latest tour dates:
6/12 Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station
6/13 Virginia - Help
6/14 Murfreesboro, NC @ Zakk’s Coffee House
6/15 Douglas, PA @ The Warehouse
6/16 Pensacola, GA @ The Big Easy Tavern
6/17 Birmingham, AL @ High Note
6/18 Greenbrier, TN @ Loudhouse
6/19 Jonesboro, AR @ YMCA
6/20 Cincinnati, OH @ Blue Rock
You can check out Hold It High on their MySpace page.
Polish black metallers Silesia Inferior have posted a "report from the winter" video clip online, which can be viewed below.
French act Funeralium has checked in with the following update about lineup changes and working on a new album:
"Line up changes: We faced again some big line up changes during the last few months. Indeed, Tenebrion (former bass player) and Poky (2nd guitars) decided to leave the band for various reasons that we won't enumerate here. We thank both of them for their great involvements through the years and we wish them all the best with their other bands (Mourning Dawn & Heol Telwen).
"We decided to recruit Charleward (an old friend from the band) as a 2nd bass player. We decided to keep that 2 basses setup as that was a musical approach that we wanted to explore again in Funeralium. We have now rehearsed several times with him and we are already extremely satisfied about his involvement, creativity and motivation. He directly understood what we wanted from him and that's a real fresh air in the band. We haven't found a 2nd guitar player for the moment as we haven't found one which could fit. For the moment, we chose to go on working with different guitar players for the upcoming gigs and our 2nd album recording to come.
"2nd album: We are proud to announce that the composition of our 2nd album is nearly finished now. We just have some work remaining regarding the vocals but this should not take too much time. So that new album will gather 5 tracks in total whose titles will be soon revealed. Musically speaking that album shows a new direction towards a genre without even less musical barriers. To get an idea think about the most vicious gangbang between Trouble, Candlemass, Bethlehem, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Darkthrone and Neurosis. More precision will be revealed on time. More...
The upcoming "BlackDiamondSkye" tour, which features Alice in Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon, will now feature a stop in Fairfax, VA. The newly added show will take place on September 26th at the Patriot Center. The currently announced dates for the tour are as follows:
9/16 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
9/17 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/18 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
9/22 Boston, MA Agannis Arena
9/24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
9/26 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
9/28 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
10/1 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
10/4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/7 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
10/8 Seattle, WA Key Arena
10/9 Portland, OR Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum
10/15 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
10/16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Anger As Art has posted a sample video online from their "Live Dissent" DVD, which can be viewed below. The band has also checked in with the following update regarding their recent activity and decision to cancel upcoming European tour dates:
"What's going on you all? I thought I would give you a few updates into the world of Anger. First, it would be foolish to not mention the impact of the passing on Ronnie James Dio. Last Sunday, I was on the phone and online with so many people, and a lot of tears were shed. So many times, you think that a hero's impact on your life is internal, or personal. Like you are the only person that 'get's it' (maybe that is part of the appeal of underground metal bands, I dunno). But Ronnie jumped out of the speakers and appealed to this 12 year old pimply faced kid so long ago. I had been told by all of the music people around me that hard rock was just a bunch of screaming. But not Ronnie. That voice was powerful and majestic. Always.
"As an aspiring vocalist, it was a goal to shoot for - and I know that even on my best day I was no where close to him. Like all else who met him, he was a class act, and a gentleman.
But what I realized since his passing was that he had the same impact on me that he had on everyone else. People truly loved this guy. I will be attending the memorial service a week from today simply to pay respect and reverence to someone who shaped my life. Thanks Ronnie. It was not wasted effort. To this kid, it meant the world. More...
Slovenian metallers Inmate have issued the following recap of their Ljubljana show and announcement about performing at the Rock Otocec festival:
"Hi guys! Our last gig was at one of the best Slovenian venues – Kino Siska in Ljubljana. We were one out of 10 performing bands. The gig was actually a competition and 5 out of ten bands proceeded to play at one of the most famous Slovenian festivals – Rock Otocec. Our performance started at 8 pm sharp. We were a bit nervous because we really wanted to do it right. But when our intro started, our bodies filled up with energy and excitement.
"We went on that stage separately. When the intro was over, and the lights went on, everything else was history.The support of the crowd was simply amazing. It was great to see so many 'Red-is-the-new-Black' T-shirts of ours when we looked into the crowd. Thank you, guys! Inmate forces are getting bigger and bigger. All thanks to you all!
"At the end of the concert winners were announced. Inmate was announced as 'a band that with their performance really stepped out of all the participating bands and is definitely a band for big stages'. Rock Otocec - here we come! This gig will leave a mark in our brains until we grow beards! Stay IN, MATEs!"
The upcoming Inmate tour dates are as follows: More...
Germany's Running Wild has posted a video online explaining the delay in the release of their new live DVD, which can be viewed below. An English transcription of the video can also be found after the jump.
After the death of heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio was confirmed seven days ago, it made me think about the true pioneers of the genre, which Ronnie certainly was, and how we never expect them to leave us. In the United Kingdom, one of the men who helped define heavy metal and hard rock as we know it wasn't a musician, but a radio DJ and occassional television presenter by the name of Tommy Vance. Whilst it may seem strange to dedicate this weekly segment to a DJ and not a band, ask any of the older metal fans in Britain about Tommy Vance, and they'll tell you he was just as essential to the genre as Ozzy, Lemmy or Rob Halford.
Perhaps a little background information would be useful however. Tommy Vance was actually born with the name Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston in Oxfordshire, England in 1940. He began his radio career in the United States, using the alias "Rick West" but took the "Tommy Vance" moniker from a DJ who failed to show up to a show on Seattle's KOL station. He was forced to return to the United Kingdom in 1965 as a result of immigration difficulties. When he did return, he worked with the infamous pirate radio station, Radio Caroline before eventually being signed to BBC Radio 1, where he worked with equally revered DJ John Peel on the Top Gear programme, which specialised in "progressive" music.
His crucial role in British heavy metal would be kick started in 1978 however, when he began presenting the "Friday Rock Show" (which is currently hosted by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.) He presented this show for fifteen years and gave headbanging Brits a place where they could not only hear their favourite bands, but also discover many new ones that wouldn't have been known otherwise. Vance was a particular champion of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and would often feature interviews and performances from bands within the movement, as well as talking with the rock and metal stars of the day including Black Sabbath and AC/DC. He was also a regular fixture at the legendary Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, where he would DJ the event inbetween bands, as well as introduce them. However, after writing a critical report of the 1986 edition of the event, he was dropped from the next festival and banned from even attending.
In his later years, Vance appeared on several television shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Dumber And Dumber, Brass Eye and The Eleven O' Clock Show (which featured a young Ricky Gervais) where he allegedly encouraged people to call TV's Handy Andy and "tell him he's a twat." He hosted a revived Friday Rock Show on VH1 which featured interviews and music videos from the biggest and best names in metal and rock and made one last big contribution to the British rock scene by co-founding the popular internet radio station TotalRock. He sadly passed away from a stroke on March 6th, 2005 and his memory and work was celebrated with a 15 hour tribute show on TotalRock as well as a tribute concert at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London, which featured the recently reunited Judas Priest, along with the Scorpions and Deep Purpler singer Ian Gillan, along with special appearances by Bruce Dickinson and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey. More...