Metal News for September 16, 2011
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Legendary UK traditional metal band Rogue Male posted a new music video for the song "Liar." The song is a brand new track available exclusively though the band's website here. The band is offering a free download of the track by emailing email@example.com.
Rogue Male was best known for its first LP "First Visit" released in 1985 and song "Crazy Motorcycle." After a follow up album "Animal Man" in 1986, the band split up in 1987 after rumors of a third LP proved wrong. The band reformed in 2008 and shortly after released "Nail It" in 2009 on the band's own label RM2kMusic.
"Liar" can be viewed here"
Working to break past social barriers and start a rock revolution, Malta based female-fronted act Indigo Darkpsych released the new album "These Are The Roots" this summer. Along with the album, Indigo Darkpsych showed what underground bands can do with enough determination by releasing the "Not The End" music video.
The band's namesake and front woman Marvic "Indigo" Lewis recently got in contact with Metalunderground.com to talk about the band's history and future activity, as well as the challenges of performing rock and metal in the Maltese music scene. More...
Christian metalcore act I, The Breather has posted the following announcement about gearing up to record a newalbum:
"So here it is, Its official! Were recording our 2nd album in November! We will be announcing our producer this coming week. Who would like to see what all of our lives are like at home?! I was thinking it would be an awesome addition to studio footage!
"We want to be as close as possible to you all, So what better way then to introduce you into our lives!? Maybe a cribs episode as well!? If you have ideas please reply!"
You can also check out a report from an I, The Breather show from the "Scream the Prayer" tour by heading over to this location.
California's Built to Sustain has posted a new song online titled "Can’t Escape," which is taken off an upcoming EP release. You can check out the song through Newlyfresh.com here or in the player below. The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Can’t Escape
2. Should Have Known
Swedish metal outfit Fullforce has premiered a new video for the song "Heart And Soul" today on the SPV youtube channel. Check out the clip below.
Fullforce was formed in 2009 and now consists of members Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Vocals), Stefan Elmgren (ex Hammerfall, Guitars), Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, ex Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Drums), CJ Grimmark (ex Narnia, Guitars) and Tommy Larsson (ex Heed, Bass). The band released "One" in June 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer.
Band performance times have been announced for Epicenter — Southern California’s Rock Festival. The day-long rock festival set for Saturday, September 24th at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA, will feature 12 hours of rock music with performances from 15 bands on two stages.
The lineup includes: Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd, Skillet, Everlast, RED, P.O.D., Asking Alexandria, Redlight King, Middle Class Rut, Crossfade and Drive A. Epicenter marks the first Southern California show for headliners Limp Bizkit in over a decade and their first American live performance of 2011. Band performance times are as follows (set times subject to change):
EPICENTER Main Stage
9:50 PM Limp Bizkit
8:50 PM Staind
8:00 PM Papa Roach
7:10 PM Five Finger Death Punch
6:20 PM Buckcherry
5:40 PM Puddle Of Mudd
5:05 PM Skillet
4:30 PM Everlast
4:00 PM RED
The Monster Energy Stage
3:15 PM P.O.D.
2:25 PM Asking Alexandria
1:40 PM Redlight King
12:55 PM Middle Class Rut
12:10 PM Crossfade
11:30 AM Drive A
New Jersey thrash metal band Eliminator's new album, "The One They Were Waiting For," is out today via Obskure Somber Records and Metalunderground.com has the full album stream for you to hear first. You can stream the entire album below.
"The One They Were Waiting For" is the band's follow up to their debut album, "Breaking the Wheel." Eliminator has recently made a name for itself by posting excellent covers of Slayer's "Angel of Death" and "Altar of Sacrifice/Jesus Saves" online.
The complete track listing for "The One They Were Waiting For" is as follows:
2. Calm Before The Storm
3. Me and The Devil Blues
4. The Man In The Picture...To Become What One Is
5. Answers Left Behind
6. Honey Sacrifice
7. He Who Laughs Best Today
8. Goodness Is Dead...Enter The Black Hole, Fucker!
UVTV has posted a video interview online with lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist David Sanchez of Havok before the band's show in Chicago. You can check out the clip below, or find recently uploaded Havok drum cam footage at this location.
Vancouver's Ninjaspy is now streaming the track "SKAINGKH (The Skank)" from the band's upcoming "No Kata" EP and graphic novel, which is set to be released later this year. Check out the track in the player below.
The "No Kata" EP/graphic novel is the follow up to Ninjaspy's 2007 album "Pi Nature," produced by Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, RHCP, Mudvayne) and Ben Kaplan (Atreyu, Haste the Day, Shakira).
Cradle Of Filth has launched a mini-site in anticipation of "Evermore Darkly…," the band’s forthcoming CD/DVD package, and follow-up to last year’s "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa." The mini-site can be accessed online by heading over to this location, and contains audio samples from the new mini-album, the band’s latest music video for “Lilith Immaculate,” album info, downloads, and more.
"Evermore Darkly…" will hit stores in North America on October 18th courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records. The impending release can be pre-ordered now through the Nuclear Blast webstore as a CD or CD/t-shirt bundle pack here.
"Evermore Darkly…" will feature the brand new musical beast, “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” a special remix of “Forgive Me Father,” courtesy of Rob C. from Anthrax, an extended rendition of “Lilith Immaculate,” as well as tempered demo versions of three "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" songs. The CD closes with a special taster from Cradle Of Filth’s impending orchestral project, in the form of a classic reworking of fan-favorite, “Summer Dying Fast.”
The "Evermore Darkly…" DVD contains footage from Summer 2011, when Cradle Of Filth embarked on a spat of tours, accompanied by two filmmakers. The track listing is as follows: More...
Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard, which recently announced the recruitment of new guitarist Jake Dreyer, is preparing to release the brand new album "Flying Tigers" on Monday, September 19th in Europe. The album will be released in North America on November 15th.
Ahead of the release of "Flying Tigers," White Wizzard bassist and mainman Jon Leon took some time to speak to Victor Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio about the band's approach to writing the new album. Leon comments:
"I didn't go into Flying Tigers feeling like there was any debt to prove anything to anybody. Everything with me, with the writing of White Wizzard, has been pretty much a natural flow, and it's been exactly what I've been feeling at the time and what's come out of me - none of it's contrived. I'm just pretty much a Rush geek and an Iron Maiden geek that loves music, that finally got sick of compromising being in different bands and just decided to form this band not caring if ten people showed up, and I still write like that. I feel blessed that people have reacted so positively to White Wizzard; I'm really, really happy to see that something that I did just kind of on a whim, to form the band I wanted to form and make the music I want, has at least resonated with some people and hopefully it will continue to do so.
"I'm really just focused on myself and our fans, and anybody else that is judging us or feeling like we need to prove something to them, I really am not worried about. At the end of the day I'm very, very proud of this record and I think it's the best thing I feel I've ever done musically as an artist, and I feel like White Wizzard's continuing to progress and I'm progressing as a writer. It was a pleasure to make this record and it's definitely a very exciting time for me as far as what we're going to be putting out."
This week's selection of new metal tracks added to the Rock Band Network isn't as large as in past weeks, but the lineup is solid and has a decent variety to help you get your rock on over the weekend. Xbox 360 gamers get new music from Arch Enemy, Underoath, and Ghost Brigade, while PS3 users will see a new Mastodon track starting next week.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all non-metal songs, is as follows:
Arch Enemy - "Nemesis" (160 MSP)
Underoath - "In Division" (160 MSP)
Ghost Brigade – “Into the Black Light” (160 MSP)
The Blue News - Just a Game (80 MSP)
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives - "Hey" (80 MSP) More...
Footage has been posted online of Swedish act Opeth performing the song "Nepenthe" live on television, which can be viewed below. You can also find footage of Opeth performing the new song "Pyre" at this location.
"Nepenthe" and "Pyre" are taken from the new album "Heritage" (reviewed here), which is due out September 20th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.
Kambrium has officially inked a deal with Massacre Records, and the record label had the following to say about the signing:
"The band has existed since 2005 and gained a lot of live experience at a lot of gigs, for example at Germany's Waldbrand Festival. Kambrium is five guys: The composer and keyboard player Jan Hein, Julian Schenke and Karsten Simon who are responsible for the backing vocals and who both play guitar, the lead vocalist and bassist Martin Simon as well as drummer Fabien Chmiel.
"Kambrium plays epic, progressive melodic death metal and combine atmospheric and uplifting keyboard melodies with a heavy, powerful and rhythmic guitar sound and drums."
Additional details on the band are available through Facebook, and the Kambrium lineup is as follows:
Jan Hein - Composer & Keyboards
Karsten Simon - Guitar
Martin Simon - Vocals & Bass
Fabien Chmiel - Drums
Julian Schenke - Guitar
Christian metal act Oh, Sleeper has posted a lyric video online for the title track off the band's new album "Children of Fire." Check out the song in the clip below. "Children of Fire" is already available online through digital retailers, and will hit stores on September 27th via Solid State Records.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Shed Your Soul
3. The Marriage of Steel and Skin
4. Hush Yael
5. The Conscience Speaks
6. Dealers of Fame
7. Means To Believe
8. In The Wake of Pigs
9. Claws of a God
10. The Family Ruin
11. Chewing The Stitch
12. Children of Fire
Carnifex has posted the fourth and final studio update online for the band's "Until I Feel Nothing" album, which can be viewed below. You can also find the previously posted third clip by heading over here.
Brooklyn Vegan is currently streaming Megaton Leviathan’s “Guns & LSD” for all the world to hear. The track comes off the Portland, Oregon doom-gazers’s recently reissued 2009 demo, unleashed on limited-edition vinyl through Volatile Rock Records.
Check out the “Guns & LSD” track by heading over to this location.
Megaton Leviathan joined Wolves In The Throne Room on the already-in-motion "Celestial Lineage" tour yesterday (September 15) in Philadelphia. Remaining dates are as follows:
9/16/2011 Steel City Firehall – Bethlehem, PA
9/17/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/18/2011 Legitimate Business – Greensboro NC w/ Mt. Eerie
9/20/2011 JD’s – Sheffield, AL
9/21/2011 The Little Hamilton – Nashville, TN
9/22/2011 Club 529 – Atlanta, GA
9/23/2011 The Chop Shop – St Petersburg, FL
9/24/2011 The Farside Collective – Tallahassee, FL
9/25/2011 Nowe Miasto – New Orleans, LA
9/27/2011 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/28/2011 Lola’s Saloon – Fort Worth, TX w/ Garuda
The U.S. release date for Absu's upcoming new album "Abzu" has been pushed back from October 4th to October 11th, 2011. The band has also announced a string of live shows in support of the release. Details are as follows:
10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/13/2011 TBA – Boston, MA
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC
The "Abzu" cover artwork and a statement from the band about the album can be found by heading over to this location.
Tennessee's Ocean Architecture has posted several video clips online from a live performance at the New Band Showcase. You can check out the first clip below and the rest after the jump.
Sick Drummer Magazine has released the fifth "Brutal Beatings E-Compilation" online, which features metal songs available for streaming. Head over to this location and click "Launch Player" to check out the online compilation. This compilation features the following bands:
Anatomy of I
Death Toll Rising
The Scarlet Claw
Vale of Miscreation
Vale of Pnath
Your Pain is Endearing
Obscura, which parted ways with bassist Jeroen Thesseling, has now officially confirmed the band's new bass player.
Linus Klausenitzer will be rounding out the Obscura lineup. Linus has played with Obscura on the band's European tour with Hate Eternal as well as a recent North American tour alongside Children of Bodom and the Devin Townsend Project. Linus is also part of the progressive metal outfit Noneuclid. A video statement from the band can be viewed below.
Cormorant has announced the band's new album "Dwellings" is due out December 6th, 2011. Pre-orders for the album are now available online at this location. The artwork for the release is also available below. More...
Nattdal, the vocalist of Swedish black metal band Lifelover, otherwise known as "B," has reportedly passed away. The band has issued the following statement:
"On Friday morning, September 9th, B didn’t wake up from his sleep. He didn’t take his own life nor was he victim of any apparent action. The authorities in charge are still examinating his body to find the exact cause of death.
"We, the remaining members of Lifelover have decided to lay the band to rest. This would be the only right thing to do considering B was the main composer of Lifelover.
"Therefore, we won't be performing at our coming, planned shows. We are very sorry and hope that all of the fans that had been looking forward to seeing Lifelover play live will understand. The concerts in Belgium and Holland were the last concerts of Lifelover. We want to thank everybody that was present and helped out, especially Rob "Svograth" Polon of Monads and the members of IXXI.
"These last days have been very hard for us and everybody that knew B. We want to thank all of our fans for being so respectful, dedicated and understanding and, most of all, for supporting Lifelover during all these years.
"Kim, Henrik, Felix, Johan, Rickard and Kral"
Lifelover's latest album, "Sjukdom," was released worldwide February 14th, 2011 by Prophecy Productions.
For the long-running USA metal festival, ProgPower USA, metalheads typically have no problems driving or flying from all across the country. Where else can you see sixteen mostly international bands, all of whom are pushing their own abilities and the boundaries of metal, over a two-day period? Now in its twelfth year, ProgPower takes place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Center Stage venue. Run by Glenn Harveston, who is first and foremost a fan, the festival spans the days of Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th, but officially kicked off on Thursday. The Swedish band Evergrey also performed an all-acoustic show at The Loft on Wednesday.
The show lineup, as announced on ProgPowerUSA.com, is as follows:
Thursday - Powerglove, Vanden Plas, Evergrey
Friday - Creation's End, Darkwater, Voyager, Eldritch, Mob Rules, Ihsahn, Sanctuary
Saturday - Haken, While Heaven Wept, Red Circuit, Labyrinth, Forbidden, Therion
On Thursday morning, I had packed and left Nashville, TN, driving four hours to get down to Atlanta, which was further away than I thought. Upon reaching the venue, I was instantly impressed. Center Stage has air conditioning, several bar areas, a spacious interior, and seats as well as a pit area. By metal’s standards, this was the music venue equivalent of a Four Seasons hotel. I met with Swedish melodic metal kings Evergrey for a very entertaining interview before the show. Immediately after, I also met with the well-spoken and well-trained video-game metal iconoclasts, Powerglove.
During sound check, the speakers in the lobby were playing what was coming off of the sound board, which meant that guests checking in or buying tickets were treated to Evergrey and Vanden Plas warming up. The Evergrey sneak preview was definitely notable, because the band was warming up material from their album, “In Search of Truth,” which they were to play through from start to finish in their first set. This was the first time they had done such a set, and as I learned in the interview, not expected to be done again in the near future. More...
U.S. Power metal band Iced Earth posted a new video on the making of the new LP "Dystopia." This is is Pt. 1 in a series of videos leading up to the release of the album scheduled for October 17, 2011 (EU) and October 18, 2011 (North America) through Century Media Records. It will be the band's first full length release since "The Crucible Of Man" in 2008. It is also the first to feature Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block.
Track listing for "Dystopia" is as follows:
3. Days of Rage
4. Soilent Green
6. Boiling Point
7. Anguish of Youth
8. Iron Will
9. Dark City
10. End of Innocence
12. Tragedy & Triumph
Check out the video here:
Onslaught is set to bulldoze its way through the U.K. with Irish maniacs Gama Bomb on a Terrorizer-sponsored tour later this month. The updated tour itinerary is now as follows:
Sep. 21st - Cardiff - The Globe
Sep. 22nd - Maidstone - Babylon Lounge
Sep. 23rd - London - The Garage
Sep. 24th - Nottingham - MG Ballroom
Sep. 25th - Swansea - The Garage
Sep. 26th - Liverpool - The Masque
Sep. 27th - Newcastle - Legends
Sep. 28th - Edinburgh - Studio 24
Sep. 29th - Belfast - Spring & Airbreak
Sep. 30th - Cork - An Cruiscin Lan
Oct. 01st - Dublin - The Pint* (*not with Gama Bomb)
October 31st sees the release of Enslaved's 1992 demo "Yggdrasill" on limited vinyl, featuring new liner notes written by the band. Peaceville Records commented on the release:
"'Yggdrasill' is a stellar example of the early 90's wave of black metal, with Enslaved's raw & hypnotic Viking/Norse-inspired epics sealing them as one of Norway's premier extreme metal acts, as they have continued to dominate & evolve through the years."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Allfoðr Oðinn
3. Hal Valr
4. Niunda Heim
5. Resound of Gjallarhorn
6. Enslaved (bonus track)
German black metal band Thulcandra posted two new songs, "In Blood In Fire" and "Echoing Voices (A Cold Breeze Of Death)" and from the forthcoming Napalm Records release "Under A Frozen Sun." The LP is scheduled for release on September 30, 2011.
The track listing for "Under A Frozen Sun" is as follows:
1. In Blood and Fire
2. Black Flags of Hate
3. Ritual of Sight
4. Under a Frozen Sun
5. Aeon of Darkness
6. Echoing Voices (A Cold Breeze of Death)
7. Gates of Eden
8. Life Demise (Unanimated Cover)
"In Blood In Fire" can be heard here:
"Echoing Voices (A Cold Breeze Of Death)" can be heard here:
Polish extreme metal band Hate has signed with Napalm Records. The band is currently on a European headline tour (with Vesania, Negura Bunget, Inferi and Livarkahil) in support of its latest release "Erebos," released on November 15, 2010.
Hate w/Vesania, Negura Benget, Inferi and Livarkahil tour dates:
Sep 16 The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 17 Turock-Open Air - Essen, Germany
Sep 18 The Underworld - London, United Kingdom
Sep 19 White Rabbit - Plymouth, United Kingdom
Sep 20 Soundhouse - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 21 The Waterfront Studio - Norwich, United Kingdom
Sep 23 Metal Assault Festival - Lausanne, Switzerland
Sep 25 Steinbruch-Theater - Muhltal, Germany
Sep 26 Le T.o.t.e.m - Nancy, France
Sep 27 Warm Audio - Lyon, France
Sep 28 La Secret Place - Montpellier, France
Sep 29 Glazart - Paris, France
Sep 30 Grillen - Strasbourg, France
Oct 01 Hotel de la musique - Lille, France
Oct 02 Le Ferrailleur - La Filée, France
Oct 04 TBA - Toulouse, France
Oct 05 Le Local - Marseille, France
Oct 07 Maison Des Jeunes - Jembloux, Belgium
Oct 08 Evening of Metal Festival - Saint Dizier, France
Dutch death metal legend Asphyx posted an update on the recording of the forthcoming LP "Deathhammer." The album is the follow up to "Death....The Brutal Way" in 2009. The new LP is scheduled for an early 2012 release through Century Media Records.
The band checked in with the following status report about the new album:
“By now, all the guitars, drums and bass tracks for the upcoming 'Deathhammer' album are recorded. Drums were recorded in the classic Harrow Studio, known from the Asphyx classics as 'The Rack' and 'Last One On Earth.' The guitars and bass were recorded in The Mörser Studio. In a few weeks, the vocals will be recorded in the Harrow Studio as well and then Dan Swanö will do the album’s mixing and mastering, just as on 'Death…The Brutal Way' and 'Live Death Doom.'
" 'Deathhammer' promises to be a darkened successor of 'Death…The Brutal Way.' Almost every band is praising their newest album to be heavier and more brutal than the previous one, but actually in this case it's the harsh truth. 'Deathhammer' is in every way heavier, doomier and darker. Maybe it’s because of the fact that most of the songs were written in late Autumn/Winter?! We do not know…but it’s easily our heaviest effort so far!."
In other Asphyx news, the band will be playing a string of dates in Europe, including an appearance at the NRW Deathfest in Germany on Saturday, September 17th, 2011. Asphyx will also perform at Metropool in Hengelo, Holland on October 15, 2011, where the band will play the complete “Last One On Earth” LP. Another appearance is scheduled at this year’s Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 16, 2011, where the band will be play the “The Rack” album in its entirety to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release.
Confirmed 2011 tour dates include:
17.09.2011 NRW Deathfest - Wermelskirchen (Germany)
23.09.2011 Vera - Groningen (The Netherlands)
24.09.2011 Salzmann Factory - Kassel (Germany)
01.10.2011 Skullcrushers - Dresden (Germany)
15.10.2011 Metropool - Hengelo (The Netherlands) * Special “Last One On Earth” show!
12.11.2011 Stromgitarrenfest Vol. 2 / H.O.F. 23 - Berlin (Germany)
18.11.2011 Poznan - Blue Note Club (Poland)
19.11.2011 Katowice - Mega Club (Poland)
10.12.2011 Madrid In The Dark Festival - Madrid (Spain)
16.12.2011 Eindhoven Metal Meeting - Eindhoven (The Netherlands) * Special "The Rack” show!
Italian thrashers Hellstorm announced that its new LP will be entitled "Into the Mouth of the Dead Reign." The album is inspired by the "Saga of the Dead" film series by George A. Romero. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the album, which is being recorded at ADSR studio in Milan, Italy with producer Charles Meroni. No release date was announced.
The track listing for "Into The Mouth Of The Dead Reign" is as follows:
1. Some Flowers in the Graveyard (Intro)
2. Dead Walk
3. The Deepest Night
5. Into the Mouth of the Dead Reign
6. Logan (Dr. Frankenstein)
7. A Golden Cage
8. Deadreckoning (Fast & Raging Evil)
9. A Journey to North (Outro)
Legendary gothic metal band Tiamat announced today that it signed on with Napalm Records. Founder Johan Edlund had this to say about the signing:
"We are very proud to announce that Tiamat have signed to Napalm Records, home of great bands such as Monster Magnet, Seventh Void, Leaves' Eyes & many more. We are very excited about this new collaboration and are working on our new album which will be released in 2012."
Tiamat is currently working on new songs, which will follow-up the band's last album "Amanethes" (reviewed here).
Canadian progressive metal band Heaven's Cry has recently reunited. The band split in 2004 after releasing two LP's ("Food For Thought Substitute" in 1996 and "Primal Power Addition" in 2002). The first reunion show happened earlier this month (Sept. 8) at Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal as the supporting act for Katatonia. The band is currently recording its third LP for release in 2012. The current line-up includes:
Pierre St-Jean (Ex-Voivod) (vocals/guitars)
Sylvain Auclair (vocals/bass)
Eric Jarrin (Ex-Despised Icon, Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (guitars)
Rene Lacharité (Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (drums)
Keyboardist/writer Tuomas Holopainen posted the following update on the upcoming "Imaginaerum" movie. The movie will accompany the new LP of the same name, which is scheduled for release on November 30, 2011 in Finland and December 2, 2011 in Europe.
"Yesterday I had the chance to walk into the studio for the first time and see the set-up, props and dresses, and meet the actors. I was blown away by everything I saw, from the dedication of the people working there to the otherworldly atmosphere of the different stages. I had my make-up tests and dress fittings done, and truly enjoyed seeing myself as a gray and wrinkled 50-year-old. Ha!
4 years in the making, and finally 'Imaginaerum' is coming alive in a most beautiful way. I can`t help feeling completely awestruck and grateful for the chance of doing something that was nothing but an insane (but sincere) idea a few years ago."
In 2006, somewhere along the banks of the mighty Rhein in Midwestern Germany, an idea was born. Out of the ashes of “regular power metal acts” like Jester’s Funeral, Fading Starlight and Deadly Sin, a new vocal project had quickly turned into what we now know as “power a cappella metal.” The idea seemed simple enough…take power metal songs and strip out all the instruments. While most metal fans roll their eyes and scoff at the idea of metal without guitar, laughing it off as an oddity and a gimmick, what resulted was arguably the most creative band ever assembled.
It started with “A Storm To Come,” an eerily prophetic title, and a cover of Metallica’s “Battery.” Unlike Apocalyptica’s cello version, the song was redefined with no loss of power despite the fact that the band is made up of only five singers and a drummer. Since then, Van Canto has gained momentum with two more releases (“Hero” and “Tribe Of Force”), hooking in fans with highly memorable original anthems and redefining covers of metal classics, culminating in the highly successful set at the 2011 Wacken festival.
Now, Van Canto is back with its fourth release, “Break the Silence” [reviewed here]. If the prophecy of the first release rang true, then the new album very well may break the silence to the rest of the world. Founder Stefan Schmidt spoke to metalundergound.com and explained the origins of the band, fighting through the criticism and the nuances of “rakkatakka.” More...
Duff McKagan has released an 80 page excerpt of his upcoming autobiography titled It’s So Easy (And Other Lies). For those hesitant to read another “rockography” or are burned out from reading ex-Guns N’ Roses books I’m here to say you may want to give this one a chance. More...
Never in my life have I been so eager to make the 3½ hour drive from Boston to Manhattan. And as a lifelong Red Sox fan, Yankee Stadium is not a place I like. But to catch one of just two Big 4 shows in the U.S., I would have worn a Yankees jersey if I had to. Well maybe that’s going a little too far.
Me and two comrades in metal piled into my Toyota Matrix at 8 a.m. Wednesday and sped toward what we knew was going to be heavy metal nirvana. We checked into our hotel, grabbed a quick bite and hopped the D train from mid-town up to the Bronx where we were greeted by a glorious scene: a sea of black T-shirt clad warriors filing toward metal mecca. Thousands unfortunately missed Anthrax as they were stuck outside the security gates in massive lines that moved at a snail’s pace.
Too bad because the native New Yorkers set it off proper.
“It’s a beautiful day for metal,” Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna boomed, welcoming the crowd to the historic day. “I can’t believe we made it into this building. They never let metal in here.” Well they sure did this day. More...