Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Nothing More Announce New Album for September & Unveil New Video




NOTHING MORE announce the release of their eagerly awaited album The Stories We Tell Ourselves on September 15th via Better Noise Records. This is the band’s first release since their 2014 self-titled album. The album is available for pre-order now at all digital retailers along with exclusive merch packages, signed vinyl and CDs at PledgeMusic.

Fans demand nothing less than Nothing More and The Stories We Tell Ourselves sets the bar high. The band have just unveiled the album’s lead single “Go To War,” showcasing singer Jonny Hawkins’ dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. 
Watch the Wayne Isham directed video here:

"Trust is the foundation of every relationship. As trust erodes, our need for control grows. ‘Go To War’ is about how we circle the problem, unknowingly spinning the web tighter. If you circle enough, it becomes a spiral. If you spiral enough, it becomes a war." –Jonny Hawkins, Nothing More

As a special treat for fans, Nothing More have released a second track from the album, “Don’t Stop”--Listen HERE. “Don’t Stop” and “Go To War” are available now at all digital retail providers and streaming platforms.

The band will celebrate the release of The Stories We Tell Ourselves with fans across North America by heading back out on the road for The Noise Presents Nothing More: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour 2017. The extensive fall tour kicks off September 12 in Memphis, Tennessee and includes stops in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Dallas and the band’s hometown, San Antonio—see full tour routing at www.nothingmore.net.

(Ambition; Destruction)
Do You Really Want It
(Convict; Divide)
Let 'em Burn
Ripping Me Apart
Don't Stop
Funny Little Creatures
(React; Respond)
The Great Divorce
Still In Love
(Alone; Together)
Go To War
Just Say When
(Accept; Disconnect)
Who We Are
(End; Begin)

BMG to publish new book, 'For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records'

Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of 'For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records' on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica's Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label's 35th anniversary.

Slagel comments: "I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade. We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!"

'For the Sake of Heaviness' is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom's non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. The book recounts the early beginning of a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job, before cobbling together what he assumed would be a one-off compilation of fledgling bands from the L.A. scene. Released in 1982, the Metal Massacre LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler,Malice, Ratt, and Metallica.

'For the Sake of Heaviness' pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they've accomplished, and where they're going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue's career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist - twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads - from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show's Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon!

Joe Bonamassa `Live at Carnegie Hall’ DVD Review

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? That is a question that’s been on the lips of many a musician. It’s a historic venue in the heart of Manhattan, and a venue that has held some absolute memorable moments not just in music history but also it includes Suffragette speeches in 1908, through to the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s film `The Kid’ in 1921 and The Beatles in 1964. 

For Joe Bonamassa, his already extensive list of played venues is as long as it is illustrious, yet one venue that eluded him was Carnegie Hall. The bonus content on this DVD, Joe explains that from boyhood dream Carnegie Hall was the last one on his bucket list and precisely why it wasn’t his usual foray with electric instruments. 

To the main feature, the way the stage is set up and presence of the band is almost homely like Joe’s playing in your living room or at the end of the most picturesque pub nestled somewhere a village of equal beauty straight away Joe invites you in.

The inclusion of such an outstanding group of individuals is quite astonishing, although that’s not saying due to their quality but the fact Joe can transpose what would be a rip roaring electric blues set to an acoustic one and have many elements of world music is a huge credit to each individual member bringing in their stamp on this illustrious evening. 

Before we mention particular songs, draw your attention to the guitars on stage, mostly Gibson’s and most being at least 100 years old or there around, so in the grand scheme of things the blues should be played on these old beauties something that I’m sure the likes of Robert Johnson would have only dreamed of.

Opening the show with `This Train` it’s a very upbeat rendition of the electric driven piece, although the crowd haven’t started bouncing on their chairs, it’s definitely the right track and right mood to get them ready for an hour and half of a musical extravaganza. 

Although on `Drive`, Joe and company bring that ecstatic feeling down to earth with the adding a far more sombre tone that blues music does replicate, although some may assume that the blues can be all like `Drive` yet the Blues is very expressive and these two songs are perfect examples of that.

One aspect of `Live at Carnegie Hall’ and one that’s very much part of Joe’s sound is the use of world instruments and on this occasion Joe’s band consists of Egyptian, Australian, of course American and Chinese members, each adding in an extra ingredient to serve the song.

Joe is relentless with releases, with some who churn out so many albums so quickly, it can become tiresome yet with Joe his unique vision 99% of the time will result in watching something or listening to an album that’s pretty darn special. He won’t just put out a live album of `Live at?’ if it doesn’t have any resonance with himself or his audience. Definitely with `Live at Carnegie Hall’, you get that sense of true accomplishment that he’s doing something he loves and wants you to come along for the ride. 

9/10- Joe’s last venue on his bucket list, warm and inviting, its Joe B to a T.

Stand out tracks:
`Drive’, `This Train` and `The Rose'

Track Listing: 
1. Cold Streets (Intro)
2. This Train
3. Drive
4. The Valley Runs Low
5. Dust Bowl
6. Driving Towards The Daylight
7. Black Lung Heartache
8. Blue and Evil
9. Livin’ Easy
10. Get Back My Tomorrow
11. Mountain Time 
12. How Cam a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? 
13. Song of Yesterday
14. Woke Up Dreaming
15. Hummingbird
16. The Rose
17. Cold Streets (Credits) 

Joe Bonamassa online:

Decapitated `Anticult’ Review

Death Metal is a worldwide entity; it ranges from the US through to Sweden, all across Europe and as far into the Middle East.

As the world got smaller, Death Metal spread and Poland has really became a powerhouse of the scene, along with Behemoth and Vader, Decapitated are very much one of the horsemen of the scene. Formed in 96, they’ve gone through quite something, a tragic car accident in 2007 that claimed the life of a founding member. It’s was certainly a tribute that the band was reformed in 2011. 

`Anticult` is Decapitated 3rd album in 6 years, it opens with `Impulse’ and above all, this is a perfect indicator of `Anticult` overall resonance, its extreme metal with so much more added to the witches brew. With cleaner guitar parts to set the mood, the track then opens up with a heavy groovy riff that’s akin to Meshuggah with its downright precise intensity. At just over 6 minutes this track personifies just how Decapitated can take elements from other spheres in metal and apply it to extreme metal and not just make it 6 minutes of pure blast beats. 

Song 2 is `Deathvaluation’ and it carries on from its predecessor in it’s particularly groove mentality, especially within the guitar solo. It’s fast, there’s a hell of a lot of widdley in there but more importantly ultimately it’s very memorable and certainly one that people will try, although expect some bleeding fingers to attempt it note for note. It appears that Decapitated has an adage of thrash into their niche and with this solo they pay homage to their heroes of Exodus or Testament, melodic, aggressive but certainly memorable is the order of the day for Decapitated on `Deathvaluation’

The two singles `Earth Scar’ and `Never’ are much later on in the album structure, yet listening to them and how they are laid out and within the record ultimately you really get a superb taster of the rest of the songs on the 8 track extreme opus, clinically aggressive, fast and with a heap of atmosphere.

One aspect of listening to an album is the way in which it flows. Now in this day and age, an album is merely a collection of singles readymade for a quick listen or as part of a shuffle playlist, so listening through `Anticult’ from start to finish it flows well, each track seamlessly into its successor and doesn’t feel disjointed or any point like they just slapped a song where they felt like. Honestly, it feels like they took the time to really set this up, strange to think that an extreme metal album could be a harmonious affair.

If you love extreme metal with added thought, flow, groove, speed and intensity then ultimately this should be your new favourite album. Poland seems to be churning out some real blasting extreme metal and `Decapitated’ are certainly at the forefront with `Anticult’.

9.5/10- The complete extreme metal album, flowing, aggressive 

Stand out tracks:
`Never`, `Impulse’ and `Deathvaluation`

Track Listing:
1. Impulse
2. Deathvaluation
3. Kill The Cult
4. One Eyed Nation
5. Anger Line
6. Earth Scar
7. Never
8. Amen

Decapitated online:

Sunday, 25 June 2017




 Swedish rock ‘n’ roll legends, Europe, will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London’s legendary Roundhouse.

The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12th 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.
Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

“What an awesome night! 
It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!” 
Joey Tempest / Europe

The limited edition release will arrive in the following formats and available to pre-order very soon:
DVD/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
BluRay/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
A Digital audio only release
A 12” sized Boxset, limited to 1,000 units will also be available in September. 
It will contain the BluRay/2CD configuration, a double gatefold vinyl with only The Final Countdown portion of the concert, a 40 pg 12” sized hardcover photo book, a vintage replica scarf and a laminate/guest-pass.

…Live At The Roundhouse will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios a brand new album to follow up War of Kings, which was released in 2015.

THE HAUNTED 'Strength In Numbers' album details revealed; 'Brute Force' video launched

Swedish Thrash Metallers THE HAUNTED are geared up to kick off the promotional campaign for their upcoming, 9th studio album effort entitled “Strength In Numbers”. Recorded at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited), the album will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 25th, 2017 and it’s time to reveal the first details about the release...

The album’s first single for the merciless and in-your-face track “Brute Force”, so check it out in a video produced by Oscar Dziedziela / OD Visual here: 

Or stream “Brute Force” via Spotify here: 

THE HAUNTED checked in to comment on the track as follows: "We’re very excited to finally be able to air our first single from the new album “Strength In Numbers” and let it set the tone for the brutality of the album. “Brute Force” is one of those songs written in the early stage of making the album and shows our hunger to make new music, uncompromising, unforgiving and just to the point."

The artwork for “Strength In Numbers” was once again created by THE HAUNTED’s longtime designer Andreas Pettersson and the album’s tracklisting reads as follows:

THE HAUNTED – “Strength In Numbers”:
1. Fill The Darkness With Black
2. Brute Force
3. Spark
4. Preachers Of Death
5. Strength In Numbers
6. Tighten The Noose
7. This Is The End
8. The Fall
9. Means To An End
10. Monuments

The album’s limited edition Mediabook CD version will additionally include the bonus tracks “Illusions” and “Sinister”, expanded layouts as well as 3 stickers. “Strength In Numbers” will also be available on 180gr. vinyl in various editions:

Black LP (Unlimited), Silver LP (200x copies / Sweden) and Clear LP (300x Copies / USA).
And last but not least, a strictly limited Deluxe LP package will be available from CM Distro / CM Webshop in Europe. This very special edition is limited to 500x copies on transparent red coloured vinyl and comes with a printed guitar tablature book, a poster, a set of 3 guitar-picks and the entire album on CD as bonus. Grab it before it’s too late!

Pre-order the album in its various physical formats from CM Distro here: https://smarturl.it/BruteForceCMDistro

A video teaser from the album’s recording sessions can be seen here: https://youtu.be/sWHJnmXxfFY

A list of the upcoming live dates announced so far for THE HAUNTED in support of “Strength In Numbers” can be found here:

THE HAUNTED – Live 2017:
31.08.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Blå
01.09.2017 Stavanger (Norway) - Folken
02.09.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Hulen
08.09.2017 Örebro (Sweden) - Frimis Salonger + Witchery
09.09.2017 Linköping (Sweden) - Backstage + Witchery
15.09.2017 Borlänge (Sweden) - Liljan
16.09.2017 Sundsvall (Sweden) - Club Destroyer
21.09.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik + Witchery
22.09.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Debaser Strand + Witchery
23.09.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB + Witchery
29.09.2017 Hultsfred (Sweden) - Mörkaste Småland Festival
30.09.2017 Eskilstuna (Sweden) - Loket
07.10.2017 Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) - Graveland Fest

THE HAUNTED’s latest album “Exit Wounds” (2015) was highly praised as a return to form and managed to enter international sales charts upon release as follows: Germany # 64, Finland # 15, Switzerland # 100, Sweden # 32, USA # 151 Top Current Albums, USA # 5 Heatseekers.

THE HAUNTED line-up:
Marco Aro - Vocals
Jensen - Guitars
Ola Englund - Guitars
Jonas Björler - Bass
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums

More details about THE HAUNTED and “Strength In Numbers” will be revealed soon…


Saturday, 24 June 2017

EPICA announce EP 'The Solace System'; start pre-order; release music video!

With their latest masterpiece, EPICA set new standards. 2016’s The Holographic Principle is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high-quality, but not all songs have been put on the album. "This is only based on the fact that the record should not exceed 76 minutes," explains Mark. Since the band didn’t like the idea of ​​a double CD, they finally decided to release an EP with six brand-new numbers, which were created during the creative phase of The Holographic Principle.

Today, EPICA proudly announce their upcoming long-awaited EP, The Solace System, scheduled to be released on September 1st, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Mark tells about the songs: "The listeners can expect a high-quality EP - with songs that are far too good to use them only as bonus tracks. We wanted to publish these songs together in a context. It is always hard to decide at the end of a recording process which songs will be on the album, because this means that you have to miss some songs with best quality, just because they do not fit quite well into the overall flow of the record or because there are other songs that are more suited to the lyrics".

Check out the video for 'The Solace System', here: 

The Solace System was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. It was produced by anime-master Davide Cilloni. The stunning artwork is once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.

Simone Simons (vocalist) comments on the EP:
"During the early writing process of 'The Holographic Principle' we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn't fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!"

Pre-order now:
The box set The Holographic Principle – The Ultimate Edition as well as the EP The Solace System are now available for pre-order.

Nuclear Blast will also be re-release two classic albums from EPICA, Design Your Universe and The Divine Conspiracy on vinyl on August 18th. Each album is available in two different colours, the pre-order for which has already started last week.

Or get the digital version and get the title track 'The Solace System' instantly: http://nblast.de/EpicaSystemIT

More on EPICA:
'Edge Of The Blade' OFFICIAL VIDEO:
'Universal Death Squad' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
Europe tour 2017 aftermovie: https://youtu.be/0z4JVKs7aOA
'Dancing In A Hurricane' - Live at The Zenith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1qRwjqjurQ

More info: