Legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, ‘The Grinding Wheel’, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to Overkill’s history with their new drummer, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam).
"Overkill would like to announce its newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner," comments Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. "We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy ‘The Mexicutioner’ Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the Overkill machine. Jason is a long-time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoken for themselves. Let the touring continue... onward-upwards!"
Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner states:
"When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said 'Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?' It really didn't take much for me to write back a one word answer… ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I cannot wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the 'Mean Green Killing Machine!'"
Finnish epic metallers Wintersun proudly present their new second guitarist - 27-year old Asim Searah. Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.
Jari Mäenpää commented:
"We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realise how talented and skilful a guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realised he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude - a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!"
"It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!"
You can follow Asim on his social media channels:
Check out Wintersun's crowdfunding trailer (incl. song snippets):
Due to high demand, you can still support the band at their IndieGoGo campaign until April 30th: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Wintersun's third studio album 'The Forest Seasons', will also be released physically though Nuclear Blast in July.
Following a long stretch of radio silence, Portland, Oregon-based grindcore band Transient announces a revamped line-up, and plans of returning to both the stage and the studio in the months ahead.
Following the 2013 release of their self-titled debut LP through Six Weeks Records and an extensive US tour, Transient took some time to realign their line-up and attack. Having replaced two members in recent months, vocalist Krysta Curry (formerly Martinez, also of Landmine Marathon) and guitarist Adam Wilson now welcome bassist Brandon Curry, and drummer, Justin Rodda, both new members also hailing from Endorphins Lost, who released their debut LP through Six Weeks in late 2016.
Issues Transient on the status of the band, "We are really proud of the years that we've spent on this project. We love everyone who has helped bring the band to life at one time or another and continue to wish them all the best in their variegated endeavours. This Summer, Transient will emerge from hiding with new music and faces. Justin and Brandon bring with them tremendous abilities and will add a new depth and ferocity to our sound. Those that have had the privilege of watching them perform live know exactly how much infectious energy they'll bring. We're excited for what the future holds."
Transient has also booked Earhammer Studios for the first week of September, where the band will work with Greg Wilkinson to record the follow-up to their debut LP. Shows in Seattle, Portland, and Oakland are being booked surrounding the recording sessions. Transient will continue working on their new material, and will make their live re-emergence at Northwest Terror Fest in June, joining Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Samothrace, and dozens more.
Additional widespread touring from the band is imminent.
6/16/2017 Barboza - Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest [tickets]
Romanian Melodic Death Metal combo False Reality announces a line-up modification, after Marc Spedalska, the bass player who only performed in three live gigs, decided to quit the band, after being admitted as a resident neurologist medic in the city of Cluj-Napoca, thus pursuing his medical career.
His replacement is a young bass player from Brasov, the band’s home city, Radu “Snuff” Constantinescu, who was active in the bands Consequence and Around the World and who has other two active projects: Arrest The Moment and My Backyard Telescope. He already performed in two live shows with False Reality during the first two concerts in the End of Eternity album promotion tour that started in January this year.
False Reality will continue their Romanian tour with their new bass player, announcing four more shows for now, in March, in the following cities:
Triaxis are proud to reveal their new vocalist to be the incredible Greek musician and songwriter Angel Wolf-Black. Those with a keen interest in European metal will know Angel from her own solo work, or with bands such as ‘Seduce The Heaven’, ‘Bare Infinity’, featuring in ‘Vivaldi Metal Project’ or working with female metal vocalist community ‘Eve’s Apple’. Having recently moved from Greece to study music in Southampton, UK, this is a perfect time for Angel to bring her unique tones to mix with a typically British classic metal sound, forging something exciting for Triaxis fans old and new to enjoy.
Angel comments: “Over the last couple of months I have loved learning and rehearsing the Triaxis material and I am so excited to perform it live! I hope that the fans will share in my excitement and enthusiasm for the future. We have already begun to write for our next release so they shouldn’t have long to wait!”
Angel joins Glyn Williams and Matt Chambers (guitars), Becky Baldwin (Bass) and Gareth Arlett (drums), to work together rehearsing for upcoming shows and writing the band’s fourth album. Becky comments on the recent changes and the future of the band:
“We are very happy to welcome Angel on board, it was pure good fortune that such a perfect fit for the band had just moved to England when we had started advertising for a singer. We would also like to thank the Triaxis vocalist of 10 years, Krissie Kirby, for all her work with the band. When she first spoke about leaving the band we were of course feeling low and uneasy. But now we are honoured to have Krissie’s blessing in continuing the band in it’s new chapter with Angel at the helm. There is still an exciting future ahead for Triaxis!"
You can catch Angel Wolf-Black fronting Triaxis on tour this Spring, starting with a support slot on the 25th of February in Southampton, and a full headline performance in Birmingham on the 26th of February for Power Metal Quest Fest. (Get tickets from http://triaxis.bigcartel.com/ )
Watch a clip of Angel performing ‘Stand Your Ground’ from Triaxis’ latest album ‘Zero Hour’ here:
Gigs this spring include:
Saturday 25th February @ The Firehouse, Southampton
Sunday 26th February @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Friday 7th April @ Sound Circus, Bournemouth
Waiting is finally over! Folk metal superstars Eluveitie have taken a lot of time with the search for new musicians to guarantee you the best possible line-up of all time and with the help of a countdown on their homepage they have presented little by little the new formation with wanted poster, videos and interviews. On the 1st of January, they finally announced the last new band member - so the complete new line-up is set! This happened just right before the band's own festival, 'Eluveitie & Friends', will take place at Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland on the 6th/7th of January! At this festival, Eluveitie will perform with their new line-up for the first time!
Welcome to the family of Eluveitie (at the picture from left to right): Jonas Wolf (guitars), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, Celtic harp, Mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy) and Rafael Salzmann (guitars)!
The band states: "Above all we're super happy and thankful that we're complete again (even more than complete, actually) and given the chance to have such gifted musicians on board! What could be a better start into a new year? 2017 is our year! We cannot wait to enter the studios soon and finish »Evocation II«. And right afterwards we'll be back with full force to rock the summer festival stages. Cheers & sláinte."
If you want to get more information about the new members, check their facebook homepages:
Alain Ackermann: http://www.facebook.com/officialalainackermann/
Rafael Salzmann: http://www.facebook.com/salzmannrafael/
Jonas Wolf: http://www.facebook.com/adventuresofthewolf
Kay Brem: http://www.facebook.com/kaybremfansite/
Michalina Malisz: https://www.facebook.com/helvetion/
Nicole Ansperger: http://www.facebook.com/nicole.ansperger/
Chrigel Glanzmann: http://www.facebook.com/Chrigel-Glanzmann-Official-672844562792387/
Fabienne Erni: http://www.facebook.com/fabienneerniofficial/
Matteo Sisti: http://www.facebook.com/matteo.eluveitie.sisti/
Make sure you don't miss the 'Eluveitie & Friends' festival and catch one of the last tickets to enjoy Eluveitie live and in full strength with their new line-up! Get your tickets here:
2-day passes: http://www.z-7.ch/event.php?eventid=1297
Friday, Jan 6th: http://www.z-7.ch/event.php?eventid=1295
Saturday, Jan 7th: http://www.z-7.ch/event.php?eventid=1296
You can also still get some Meet & Greet tickets here:
VIP Upgrades Jan 6th: http://bit.ly/2gyyH02
VIP Upgrades Jan 7th: http://bit.ly/2fEJrW3
More live dates:
06. - 07.01. CH Pratteln - Eluveitie & Friends
08. - 10.06. CH Interlaken - Greenfield Festival
05. - 08.07. E Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
09. - 12.08 CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
Sorronia's back with new members, a new single album and a brand new lyrics video!
The band's newest song "Forsaken Tale" is gonna be released on the 5th of September with a brand new lyrics video. The video was made by Davide Cilloni who is also known for his works for Epica.
Sorronia's new single album, the forerunner of the band's second full length album, "Forsaken Tale" will be available from October.
There are gonna be three tracks on this EP, all with freshened, stronger sound and brand new melodies. The band's next LP is expected to be released in 2017.
In a new video, UK death metal giants Abhorrent Decimation confirm they have appointed Ross McLennan (of Reign of Fury fame) as their new lead guitarist. McLennan, a long time friend of the band, enters the fold to complete the line up and begins to contribute material as the group start work on their Prosthetic Records debut.
“I’m really happy to be joining the band at such an exciting time. I’ve known the guys quite a while and always admired their drive and professionalism. I hope that I can add something to that formula and I look forward to contributing towards making the next record a success.” Vocalist Ashley Scott added, “Ross has been a friend of the band for such a long time, it’s great to have him fill this position. As a unit, we are closer than we have ever been, the creative juices are flowing and we are ready to seriously up our game from the Miasmic era. The themes for this new one are all done, we have a considerable amount of demoed material already and we are just extremely excited to collaborate with Prosthetic on this release.”
On top of this, the video contains some new audio, perhaps a sign that things are changing with the bands sound? Bass player David Archer, who will also be engineering and producing the upcoming album had this to say…
“The dynamic of the band has changed recently and that has obviously altered the way that we do things. I really wanted to try to include influences from other genres and styles to make our sound a bit broader and more musical whilst still retaining that aggression of our previous material. The main thing that I want to achieve with this album is to create something that sounds a bit more involved and thought-out. Something dark, brooding and just a bit more reflective, whilst still being something that our fans can appreciate and that we will enjoy playing live.”
Rhythm guitarist William Cooke added,
“We’re bringing a lot more to the table this time around, the demos we have made so far are packed with new influences and I know our fans are going to love the general direction of this sound. It’s an extremely exciting time.”
The band have also shared the final run of dates that they will play before they head into the studio to begin recording this winter, they also confirm that they are main support to Wombbath in London next year at The Black Heart Camden, 3rd February 2017, get that one in your diaries.
The final shows are…
27 August 2016 - The Black Heart, London
22 October 2016 - TBA, Belgium
23 October 2016 - TBA, Belgium
28 October 2016 - The Facebar, Reading
30 October 2016 - Fulford Arms, York
German epic metal pioneers Equilibrium are very pleased to officially announce their new bass player Makki.
The band states:
"This time, we decided to take our time to pick a new member. We could've come up with the idea to hire Makki as our new bass player much earlier, since he has been on the road with us as our tour manager for many years and has already toured the world on his own. He has always been a part of the family and now we are happy to welcome him on stage with us!"
Makki himself added:
"July 2004: After a show, I'm buying this CD named ‘Demo 2003’ from our opening act 'EQUILI...what?', to support that rising underground act... and BAM! Twelve years later I am standing on stage together with Equilibrium. I am very grateful for the long friendship with the EQUI-family and I can't wait for the upcoming adventures and shows together with the best fans in the world! See you on the next gig..."
Makki will join Equilibrium on stage throughout their upcoming European festival run and autumn tour dates.
Recently, the band released the lyric video for the brand new track ‘Born To Be Epic’ via YouTube. Check it out here.
‘Born To Be Epic’ is now available as an instant-grat track when you pre-order ‘Armageddon’ digitally: http://bit.ly/EquilibriumDigital
The album Track-by-Track trailers can be seen here:
Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGmZ52nyblE&feature=youtu.be
Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhEyAWpOHbA&feature=youtu.be
The limited Digipak Edition includes a bonus CD with the instrumental version of the whole album.
You can pre-order ‘Armageddon’ here:
‘Armageddon’ Limited Edition 2CD Digipack + Exclusive Wallet Chain
‘Armageddon’ Limited Edition Double CD
‘Armageddon’ Limited Edition 2LP Purple Vinyl
‘Armageddon’ Digital Album
This time, the album was recorded, mixed and produced by René himself and was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Los Angeles). The cover artwork was again created by Skadi Rosehurst.
‘Armageddon’ will be released on August 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records
Richmond, Virginia’s speed metal punks Municipal Waste are very pleased to announce the addition of brand new member, Nick Poulos on second guitar!
Guitarist Ryan Waste comments:
"Nick joining the Waste is a big deal for us, we couldn’t just add anyone to the fold. It had to be a close friend, and he's one of our best buds in fact. It doesn’t hurt that he can play his ass off too! He gets our style and totally adds to it, making us an even heavier force to be reckoned with. We’re all having a blast working together, cooking up new tunes and pulling out some classic Waste cuts for this upcoming UK tour and Download Festival!"
Nick Poulos adds:
"I couldn't be more thrilled about teaming up with the Waste! We're no strangers when it comes to making music together and when they asked me to join on second guitar, there was zero hesitation. The history of this band and watching the growth has not only made me proud but excited for the future.”
Nick Poulos currently plays with Ryan Waste in Volture and Bat, and formerly played with bassist Phil Hall in Cannabis Corpse.
Additionally, Municipal Waste are set to commence their UK headline tour this week, kicking off with an epic performance at the legendary Download Festival.
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