Scottish Pirate Metallers Alestorm have announced they will play Sonisphere 2014
They will join Deftones, Frank Turner, Reel Big Fish as well as Iron Maiden, Metallica, The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit, Alice In Chains, Slayer, Anthrax with many more still to be announced.
Sonisphere will be held at Knebworth Park on 4th – 6th July 2014. Keep up to date with the very latest info on Sonisphere’s official site
Alestorm have just arrived at Lasse Lammert's LSD-Studio in Lübeck, Germany, to record their 4th full-length album, which will be titled "Sunset on the Golden Age".
‘Live At The End Of The World’ DVD is out now on Napalm Records - BUY IT HERE
If you've heard any of Leah’s music, you know it is her passion. You may have heard about Leah as the female vocalist who featured Eric Peterson (Testament / Dragonlord) as a guest vocalist on her latest EP, "Otherworld", or perhaps you heard that Leah is singing all the female choirs on the new Dragonlord album. Obviously, Leah is always working on something new, so it’s no shock that Leah is ready for her next project.
The one thing that an artist really needs in order to produce a great sounding record, print merch, tour, etc. is money, and while Leah keeps her family as her #1 priority (she is a home-school mother), she is hoping to complete her full-length album soon, and needs help from her fans. Visit her Indiegogo.com page here
Leah states, “Already, I have much material to sort through and refine, and in the process I usually end up writing even better songs and nix a few others (this always happens!). I've begun to flesh out a theme for the album content, the visualization (which will affect the photography and art), and more. I'm very excited about where this next album will take me - and you!”
She adds, “My main thing has been along the lines of Symphonic Rock / Metal with Celtic and Folk undertones or overtones. I will be staying along these lines, but always pushing forward. There will be some interesting players on this next one, and I think it will take me into new territory!”
With only a few days into the campaign, Leah is currently around the $4,500 mark, and is looking to raise a total of $25,000. Perks offered for donation include digital downloads of the new album pre-release date, a CD + t-shirt, a super-duper merch pack, a personalized cover song, and more!
In many circles, Leah is described as a Celtic vocal goddess and the “Enya of Heavy Metal”. From the coast of British Columbia, Canada, auburn-haired symphonic metal artist Leah is drawing attention from all over the globe. Inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences, Leah creates something magical and refreshing.
Her debut self-released album "Of Earth & Angels" received international critical acclaim, including landing on “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Awards for 2012. Leah’s currently available release "Otherworld" is a 5-song Celtic Metal masterpiece, mixed by Christian "Moschus" Moos at Spacelabe in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia, www.spacelab-studio.com), and mastered at Eroc's Mastering Ranch (http://www.eroc.de).
You can buy Leah’s recently released "Otherworld" EP now via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Rdio and several other digital retailers. Take a listen to her single ‘Dreamland’ (featuring Testament / Dragonlord’s Eric Peterson) now at Leah’s official Bandcamp page.
Downloads of "Otherworld" and merchandise bundles are also available at www.leahmchenry.com and www.leahmusic.net.
The musical assassins at Gear Gods have unleashed the latest track of technical tenacity and demonical debauchery from Sacramento Death Metal ogres, Alterbeast. Entitled "Mutilated Marvel", the track features on the band's forthcoming new full-length, "Immortal", set for release via Unique Leader Records next month.
Meticulously assembled in several locals throughout 2013, with guitars and bass recorded at Augmented Audio in Los Angeles by former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan "Bart" Williams, vocals arranged at Mayhemeness Studios in Sacramento by Bob Swanson (Rings Of Saturn et al) and drums tracked at Castle Ultimate Studios with Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al), who also mixed and mastered the release, Immortal vows to supply some of the most dynamic, instrumentally adept and plainly scathing material of the year.
Relays Gear Gods have this to say: "If you're looking for some shredding to the 10th level, Alterbeast may be your alter-best alter-bet... if you want some modern technical sorcery with an old-school vibe, here you go. And if you live near the tri-state area do me a favor and try to blast it loud enough to get some ice molecules moving."
Singe the paint off your walls with "Mutilated Marvel," now playing Here.
If you missed it, you can still break some pavement with opening track "Flesh Bound Text" HERE.
Formed in 2011 under the working title Gary Busey Amber Alert (GBAA), Alterbeast combines the teachings of The Black Dahlia Murder, Necrophagist and Spawn of Possession with the classic Death Metal mastery of band's like Dissection and Morbid Angel into an irate expulsion of audio wreckage. After a year of dedicated song-crafting, Alterbeast unleashed their first demo in 2012 and officially waged war on the populace with numerous shows opening for Deicide, Dying Fetus, Testament, Revocation, Exhumed, Severed Savior and many others. Their crushing live assaults combined with a DIY ethos quickly earned them a revered place within the local Death Metal community.
"Immortal" will rear its head upon the masses on March 18, 2014 via Unique Leader. Further info, including pre-order links, to be announced in the coming days.
After releasing their debut EP “Just(defied)” in 2013, Charlotte, NC metalcore 5-piece Bruised But Not Broken return with their debut LP, “Fragment” on March 4th via Standby Records. The cover art and track listing album (which was produced by Drew Fulk (Motionless In White)) can be seen below.
In a statement to fans, Bruised But Not Broken says: "It is with great pleasure, that after two years of hard work and determination, we present to you what we hope to be more than an album. We are more than excited to deliver this message of hope to each and every one of you. “Fragment” is now available for pre-order from Standby Records and we urge you to accept your own piece of this journey. We hope you enjoy, and we simply cannot wait for you to hear. This is just the beginning."
Get to know the band and more about the new album here and pre-order “Fragment” here.
Bruised But Not Broken is:
Hudson Hower (vocals, lyrics)
Matt Bentley (drums)
Josh Rhodes "J-Ro" (guitar)
Trevor Floyd (guitar)
Zac Johnson (bass)
Rival Sons are in LCS studios, working on their fourth full-length album following on from 2012's "Head Down".
The band began recording at the beginning of January and will spend a full six weeks recording. The album will again be produced by Dave Cobb, who will have worked on all five Rival Sons releases.
Dave Cobb shares his thoughts about this:
"This record the boys seem to have a fire in them! With Dave Beste in tow, we've never had this much time to make a record. During the previous albums, which were twenty days each, we had a room full of whiskey bottles at the end; this time, which is six weeks, there should be enough to fill a football field!"
Bassist Dave Beste adds:
"After we played Nashville last summer, the guys asked me to join them in the studio to make this new record. And I said, 'Of course!'. It's an involved process, at times quite intense, but going well - all of us are excited with what we have so far and although there's still a long way to go, spirits are high. I'm looking forward to this newest Rival Sons effort being released and the band getting back on the road soon."
Click here to watch Scott Holiday take you on a tour of the LCS Studios in Nashville:
The as-of-yet untitled new album is due to be released in spring 2014 on Earache Records in Europe, and via Century Media / Earache Records in the USA.
Sunshine State psychedelic death metal ensemble, Orbweaver, are readying to kick off a twenty-date stretch of roadside assaults next week. The live abrasions will commence on Tuesday, February 18th with a special hometown kick off show before the band joins fellow Floridian sludge assassins, Shroud Eater for a westward run of audio debauchery.
Guitarist / vocalist Randy Piro (ex-Hate Eternal, Gigan) admits excitement is buzzing about the camp: "We are really excited to team up with our good friends and riff lords, Shroud Eater, for the slow invasion of the Orb-Eaters...a tour which will take us from our homes in Miami, to the West Coast and back. Brains will be twisted, senses warped, and a mysterious trail of green slime will be left in our wake. May the strangers be listening!"
2/18/2014 Churchill's - Miami, FL
w/ Shroud Eater:
2/19/2014 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL w/ Ad Nauseum, Ex Vietnam
2/20/2014 The Shark Tank - Tallahassee, FL w/ Atrocitus, Short Walk
2/21/2014 The Handlebar - Pensacola, FL
2/22/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Lordy Dying, Gristnam
2/23/2014 Beerland - Austin, TX
2/25/2014 Kim's Sports Bar - Riverside, CA
2/26/2014 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA
2/27/2014 Frankie Teardrops - San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Hashmouth
2/28/2014 The Complex - LA, CA w/ Lightning Swords Of Death
3/01/2014 Yucca Tap Room - Phoneix, AZ
3/02/2014 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/03/2014 Taqueria Pedritos - Dallas, TX
3/04/2014 Vino's Pizza And Pub - Little Rock, AR
3/05/2014 The End - Nashville, TN
3/06/2014 Chapel Hill Underground - Chapel Hill, NC
3/07/2014 The Maywood - Raleigh, NC
3/08/2014 529 - Atlanta, GA
3/09/2014 Burro Bar - Jacksonville, FL w/ Porter, Atma
3/10/2014 Fubar Downtown - St. Petersburg, FL w/ Landbridge, Ulcer, Cosm
Orbweaver will be touring in support of their "Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon" EP, released upon the masses last Summer. Crowned "twitchy, trippy tech death" by Invisible Oranges, the critically-lauded five-track "Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon" is a multi-textured sonic exploration through time and space. Recorded at Miami's Pinecrust Studios with Jonathan Nunez of Torche and mixed / mastered with Brian Elliot at Mana Recording Studios (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Exhumed), the band transcends leagues beyond traditional genre realms with their cosmic fusion of Psychedelia, noise, and a warped interpretation of Progressive Death Metal. Shifting between these erratic, trance-like elements, the foursome produce interplanetary pandemonium reminiscent of a Zappa-esque brand of controlled and wildly elegiac chaos.
"Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon" was initially released in a limited run of 100 cassette tapes via Primitive Violence Records HERE and on CD direct through the band. The record is also available digitally via their official BandCamp page where you can twist your cranium to "Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon" in full. Point your browser HERE.
"Death metal weirdos like Gorguts and Obscura hook up with the unstable bent of Dysrhythmia and Psyopus for a sensory taxing good time." - Decibel
"ORBWEAVER have definitely blended the right mix of atmosphere with the right mix of experimental technical death metal to make a listen that is superbly solid and second to none. Whatever you want to call this stuff, I definitely hope to hear more 'alien metal' in the future. 5/5" - New Noise Magazine
"What we're talking here is off-the-wall, structureless noise tech that borders on the type of irreverence built by instrumental group Behold The Arctopus, complete with insane space atmospherics. I found that very little of Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon actually made sense, but that in and of itself is one of Orbweaver's many charms." - HeavyBlogIsHeavy
As announced last month, legendary Anthrax guitarist, author and television personality Scott Ian is taking his highly successful “Speaking Words” tour on the road in North America, beginning in Chicago, IL on February 20th. “Speaking Words” isn’t just a hilariously raucous story-telling experience, but an honest look at the insane life that Scott Ian has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. During each show, Scott Ian will take part in a special Q&A session with the audience. Fans also have the opportunity to take part in a unique VIP Pack experience. See below for tour dates and VIP Pack information.
Based on the resounding success of the UK leg of the tour, as mentioned above, not only was the decision made to continue the tour here, but also to create a DVD of Scott Ian’s Glasgow performance. The footage has been captured, but now comes the tough part—editing it all together and turning it into a high-quality product. Putting together a DVD like this requires funding, and Scott is asking his loyal fans around the world to help finance the project, by way of a Pledge Music campaign.
Visit the “Speaking Words in Glasgow” Pledge Music page and donate to make this DVD a reality, here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/scottian. Also, learn about the truly awesome pledge points ranging from $10-$25,000: like $1,000 for an LA-area vinyl shopping trip, $2,500 to catch a NY Yankees game with Scott, $5,000 for Scott to play on your band’s next record, $12,500 for Scott’s Custom “Zombie Killer” signed guitar, and beyond! The possibilities are endless!
Read a detailed, personal note from Scott Ian on how the tour and DVD came about, and how your personal pledge will help benefit the project, below:
“I’ve always loved musicians like Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins, who have the balls to do spoken word performances. It’s just them and the mike. There’s no band to make them look good or cover up their mistakes. They’re alone, naked. It’s seemed like a really cool thing to do, but I’m not especially political and while I’m interested in a lot of different subjects from good food to great comic books, I’m not enough of an expert in any one area to get onstage and talk about it like I know any more than anyone else.
Then over the past five years or so I’ve been lucky enough to become really good friends with some great comedians, like Brian Posehn and Patton Oswalt. We’d sit around and swap stories, and I realized they were as interested in the stories I have about my bands Anthrax and S.O.D., the people I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with -- like Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, Gene Simmons from KISS, the late Dimebag Darrell from Pantera and cutting my teeth alongside the guys in Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as I was in their jokes.
The thought of doing spoken word still terrified me, but they helped convince me that I’ve had a bunch of really stupid, funny, tragic and triumphant experiences over the last 10 years or so and that if I could write them all down or at least put them into some sort of order, I’d have at least a couple hours’ worth of material that Anthrax fans, and anyone who likes nerdy (nerdy meaning cool) shit like Star Wars, Stephen King, drinking and sports might want to hear.
Still, being able to sit with my friends in a bar and tell entertaining stories was a long way from standing in front of a paying crowd telling stories that would hopefully entertain them. And, I had no idea how to go about actually booking a show. I just had this big idea that I could do speaking shows and eventually it’d happen.
And it did.
One day my agent came to me and said, “Hello, Scott, I talked to a concert promoter in London and they’re interested in having you come over there and perform. “You mean the band,” I said. “No, he responded, “They’re interested in seeing your solo show.” I paused a couple seconds. “I don’t do a solo acoustic show. I play rhythm guitar and I don’t sing.” He laughed. “No, you idiot. Your spoken word thing. It’s a show called Rock Stars Say The Funniest Things and they want to hear you talk. Anyone who’s ever watched any metal documentary knows you can do that.”
I said yes without even thinking about it. I had four months until the date and I figured that would give me all the time in the world to prepare a killer show. I had all these grand plans to write my show and then invite my aforementioned comedian friends over to my house where I would do the show for them and have them give me notes. I’d be crafting my show, honing into the sharpest, funniest material I had in my brain. Well, four months flew by and I did none of that. Nothing. Not a word written down, not one rehearsal, zero preparation. It had become a nightmare case of be-careful-what-you-ask-for.
The night before the show I was in my hotel room sweating like a maniac trying to figure out a way to get out of doing the show. I said to my wife Pearl, “I can’t do this, I’ve got nothing. Nobody is going to care about anything I have to say. Who did I think I was saying yes to this? I’m going to tell my agent I’ve got the flu and I can’t do it.” Pearl looked at me calmly and said, “No, you’re not going to do that. Your brain is filled with all these great stories that you have told over and over again to your friends in bars all over the world. You know these stories, they’re your life and all you have to do is get on stage and talk to your friends in the bar.” She always has a way of un-confusing me. It really was that simple. Just go talk to the people.
I was nervous as Hell the next day. Pearl’s advice was the right advice but I still had to get up and do it, just me with no guitar or band to hide behind. When the house lights went down and they announced me it took everything I had to put one foot in front of the other and walk onto the stage. I was so nervous I was shaking. I looked out at the crowd, all sitting and waiting to hear what I had to say and using my inside voice I said “fuck it, let’s do this” and I dove in head first.
Once I got over my jitters and latched into a groove I felt like I was performing at Madison Square Garden. The euphoria of being onstage telling stories about my life and getting an immediate reaction from the crowd was better than crystal meth… not that I’ve ever tried crystal meth, but I’ve watched enough episodes of “Breaking Bad” to know it gets you really fucking high. I was making contact, they were intently listening, empathizing and laughing, not at me, but with me. Some stories were better than others, but overall the pace, the flow, the interaction felt amazing. And while I know I’m a long way from guys like Rollins and Biafra, I felt like I had been doing this for years and I couldn’t wait to do it again. I immediately told my agent to book more shows.
A UK and Ireland tour was put together for me and I couldn’t have been more excited. I knew I had something to offer people and that my show would get better night after night, honing it through the experience of actually doing it. Anyway, I figured that while I was doing these shows I might as well bring along a good friend of mine named Mark Johnson to tour manage, drive, and I’d have someone to drink with in cities where I didn’t know anybody. So with a little preparation, a few props and a head full of shit to talk about, I flew overseas and I did my speaking words bit for a couple hundred people a night in small venues. And I called it my Speaking Words tour because that’s what I do. Calling it spoken word was way to fancy-pants. This ain’t no poetry recital.
Things were going well and after each show, I checked with Mark to see if I wasn’t just high on the fumes coming from the rusted, cracked English heating system. No, he said, I was actually entertaining. Mark is not an ass-kisser, he really could give less of a shit and would tell me if I sucked.
With that endorsement I realized I needed to document the tour by shooting a show. It had to be done.
The shows were getting better and better each night so I decided I would film towards the end of the run in Glasgow. Scotland has always been great for Anthrax and I just had a feeling that that show would be a special one and I would be at the top of my game for sure. We looked back at the footage of the show and it really felt like my stories were coming across great and the Q&A session at the end of the show was a hilarious fucking free-for-all with people asking anything they wanted which would then open the door to so many other stories. I got home and I decided to ask my editor from my Blood & Guts web series to edit it into a full stand-up show for a DVD. We had the footage, now we just needed to put it all together etc etc. Of course, doing a show and turning it into a high-quality DVD requires funding.
Anthrax fans have always been loyal and supportive and that has allowed me to act like a rock star for more than 30 years. So, I wanted to reach out first to my fans to help finance this one-of-a-kind DVD that reveals more about me, my sense of humor and my bizarre career than anything you’ve ever read or seen.”
As mentioned above, a special opportunity to join a VIP meet & greet at each date is available now via Scott Ian’s webstore. This unique and limited event will allow you to spend time with Scott like never before. It’s a veritable post show hangout with a metal legend— one that’s sure to enrich your knowledge of not only all-things Scott Ian, but Anthrax and metal history in general. The VIP meet & greet also includes a special VIP laminate, banner, and other goodies. Learn more and get your passes here:
SCOTT IAN “Speaking Words” North American Tour Dates:
2/20 - Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage
2/21 - Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
2/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
2/24 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
2/25 - Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo Club
2/26 - Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
2/27 - Ottowa, ON @ Ritual
2/28 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
3/01 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ramshead Live: Power Plant Live
3/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
3/04 - Boston, MA @ Hard Rock Cafe
3/05 - New York, NY @ BB Kings
3/06 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
3/07 - West Warwick, RI @ Manchester 65
3/08 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
UKEM Records are very pleased to announce the signing of London based Progressive Brutal Death Metal band ‘Days of Perversion’.
Seasoned UK underground veterans, and featuring ex-members of Crepitation and Blasphtized, the band combine a mix of crushing Death Metal with more melodic and progressive elements which makes for a truly unique sound.
Set for a late 2014 / early 2015 UKEM Records will release the band’s debut E.P. which will include their 2007 demo as bonus material. Head over to the bands Facebook page and support! https://www.facebook.com/DaysOfPerversion?fref=ts
Have a listen as to what you can expect from the release here:
The band has promised more of the same, but on a higher level!
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