‘Merry metallers’ Reckless Love will be returning to London in June in the wake of their sold out show at the Scala Theatre in March. The flamboyant Finns, who have recently released their fourth studio album, ‘InVader’, via Spinefarm Records UK, have now been added to the line-up for the ‘Camden Rocks’ festival, set to take place on Saturday, June 4th.
Says guitarist, Pepe: “Camden Town is truly a special place for Reckless Love, as we rocked our first ever UK show there back in 2010! Since then, we've returned many times to this beautiful place, and even held a smashing month-long residency at one of its many lively rock clubs. So it is with the greatest pleasure that we come back in 2016 to take part in the awesome Camden Rocks Festival!!”
In support of this one-off outing, Reckless Love will be releasing a new single / video, ‘We Are The Weekend’ – opening track on ‘InVader’ and a genuine party-starter in true RL spirit. In addition, a double coloured vinyl version of ‘Invader’ – complete with previously unreleased bonus track, ‘Zoo’ – is about to go into production; apart from a Record Store Day piece in 2014, this will the first time the Finnish Four have had their music issued on vinyl! And the colour of the vinyl? Pink. Next silly question.
Finnish cinematic metal band Dark Sarah (of ex Amberian Dawn singer Heidi Parviainen) will release a new album called "The Puzzle" later this year. The first music video for the song "Little Men" is just released. Check it out below
Musically "The Puzzle" album will continue the cinematic metal sound, but this time a bit heavier and faster, combining different music styles spiced up with black humour and mystical stories with creatures of the Underworld.
Story: In the end of the debut album called "Behind the Black Veil", released last year through Inner Wound Reordings, the Evil Tree had broken into pieces and Dark Sarah´s soul with it. She did not die, but was left in a loop between two worlds, between life and death. She was sent down to the River of Death to drift along the streams and she ended up on an island in the middle of a mighty ocean. She woke up on the shores of the misty island. It was a magical rocky island, the rocks were black and they sparkled like covered by millions of diamonds in the endless night. Sharp cliffs and huge statues painted the dark sky, the ocean was wild on its shores.Dark Sarah felt the air in her lungs - she was alive after all. She felt the strength coming back to her limbs, she got up and started to explore the island. She found a cave and went in. There she saw a light twinkling in the back of the cave and started to move towards it slowly. She looked through the small hole and was mesmerized.
And THIS is the place for the first music video called "Little Men". It is surely something REALLY DIFFERENT and same time REALLY CRAZY!
Guests on the album: Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria) - Fate, JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings) - Dragon and YET UNNAMED GUEST - Evil Siren Mairmaid
Official album trailer: https://youtu.be/GIDqKVvGEhM
French heavy metal band Lorraine Cross is very proud to have signed with Mighty Music / Target Group. The fact that "The Slab Was Trapped" is the first single by French heavy metal band Lorraine Cross. It will be released on all digital platforms on the 22nd April and is taken from the upcoming debut album “Army Of Shadows” to be released worldwide on the 26th of August.
Lorraine Cross was born in 2012 in Toulouse, South of France when two Heavy Metal enthusiasts - a couple in life, Katia Figuera (manager) and Guillaume (founder & bass player) - decided to form a band to perpetuate the spirit of Hard’n’Heavy.
Soon after this, four talented musicians joined their quest: Tony (lead singer) D.K & Florent (Guitars) and Thomas (drums). After a demo (Lorraine Cross, 2014) the band received the support of french Heavy Metal specialist Christophe Bailet (ex manager of Sortilège, ADX, Nightmare).
The album “Army Of Shadows” was recorded and engineered by François Merle (Manigance) and mastered by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray, Pretty Maids) and is a mix of influences like US Hard Rock, British Heavy Metal and German Speed Metal. But even if Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest or Helloween are the inspirations, the heart of Lorraine Cross beats in France.
France and its tormented past, hence the name... Lorraine Cross, the symbol of Free French Forces during world war II. An iconic symbol, for all those who refuse to surrender and to live on their knees. Like Guillaume’s grandfather, a French resistant who was nearly shot by a German fire squad.
He was like his brother in arms, one of the anonymous martyrs fighting oppression. He was one, from the Army of Shadows.
Israeli Thrashers Shreadhead have released an official video for "Devil's Race," courtesy of Metal Underground. The song is taken from 2015 release Death is Righteous. Check out the video at this location.
Purchase Death is Righteous at http://shredhead.bigcartel.com/product/death-is-righteous-cd
Shreadhead will hit the road in November on a European tour supporting Overkill, Crowbar and Desecrator. Dates are as follows:
02.11.16 CH Zürich
03.11.16 IT Brescia
04.11.16 IT Pinarella
05.11.16 AU Graz
06.11.16 GER Stuttgart
07.11.16 GER München
08.11.16 GER Frankfurt
09.11.16 GER Köln
10.11.16 GER Erfurt
11.11.16 GER Osnabrück
12.11.16 GER Weissenh. Strand
13.11.16 PL Gdansk
15.11.16 PL Warsaw
16.11.16 PL Krakow
17.11.16 HU Budapest
18.11.16 AU Vienna
‘Headbangers Symphony’ - Track Listing:
01. Scherzo (L. v. Beethoven)
02. Night On Bald Mountain (M. Mussorgsky)
03. Je Crois Entendre Encore (G. Bizet)
04. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor (A. Vivaldi)
05. Adagio (T. Albinoni)
06. Symphony No. 40 (W. A. Mozart )
07. Swan Lake (P. Tchaikovsky)
08. Madame Butterfly (G. Puccini)
09. Pathétique (L. v. Beethoven)
10. Meditation (J. Massenet)
11. Air On The G String (J. S. Bach)
Accept’s guitar powerhouse Wolf Hoffmann, inspiration and role model for generations of new guitar players, is getting ready to release his 2nd solo album entitled ‘Headbangers Symphony’. His classical handwriting carved a different niche for Accept since the early music labelling of something called ‘heavy metal’. The new record is completely dedicated to the grand classic maestros.
‘Headbangers Symphony’ will be released on July 1st, 2016 by Nuclear Blast.
Wolf Hoffmann has a passion. His life-long love and dedication to heavy metal music is documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades with his long time heavy metal band Accept. But beyond heavy metal, Wolf has an incessant craving for the classics, yes, the ones written decades and centuries ago.
Classical music has always been an influence - albeit limited - on Accept's Teutonic approach to rock and heavy metal. However, it wasn't until 1997 during an extended hiatus from Accept, that Wolf Hoffmann finally had the chance to fully explore and fulfil this interest by recording his first astounding solo album ‘Classical’, a record filled with his rock guitar driven interpretations of some of classical music’s most loved compositions.
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with ‘Metal Heart’, but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do and I did not want to overload Accept or force it in any way. I always knew I could make a whole record of it and that’s how the first record ‘Classical’ was born. Even today, fans tell me that they are still listening to it, that's why it is so fantastic now to do another one."
‘Headbangers Symphony’ is truly a bold statement by a genuine musician who simply refused to rest on his laurels and continues to push and challenge himself.
"I am just so excited about ‘Headbangers Symphony’. It has taken a long, long time but here we are, it's done, finally!" Wolf is just bursting with vigour as he talks about his latest labour of love. But why now? "It's truly coincidental, after we completed the last Accept tour, I finally had the time to finish it. I started this a few years ago. The early recordings have been sitting in my archives in my home studio for years, almost completed. The reality was that with the continued success of Accept, I was only able to work on it when Accept was not recording or touring."
The prevalent early challenge was to pick the most suitable compositions. This was an exploratory process that only increased Wolf's adoration for the classics. "I always listen to classical music, it's always playing throughout my house. I have a huge collection of classics and as I listen - often at random, I take notes if something truly strikes me. When I notice that this or that could work in a translation to rock or heavy metal, I remember it and I pursue it! This has been going on for a long time!"
There are several reasons for the necessary experimentations that faced Wolf. Most classical compositions were written to be performed by a full orchestra. The fluid timing, those multiple, complex layers and sections that stretched out for lengthy periods, classical music was simply never designed to be played to the rigid beat so prevalent in rock 'n' roll.
‘Headbangers Symphony’ showcases an overabundance of highly skilled improvisations. Wolf took the main pieces, and then wrote riffs that fit them. Lastly, in the grand hard rock tradition, he layered a guitar solo over it. He shaped the sound into a quite adventurous elegance, but the key themes of the originals remained.
The first volume had a focus on the better known pieces; the second – ‘Headbangers Symphony’ - takes a similar approach. "In general, it does follow the same path," admits Wolf, "but this time I did try to add a couple lesser known compositions. Mostly though, listeners will say, hey, I know that melody… so it’s pretty much the same path as the ‘Classical’ record. It was my desire to record melodies I like and melodies people recognise."
Now that the album is done, Wolf is proud looking back and is pleased with this true labour of love; something he has wanted to do since the first record ‘Classical’ came out almost 20 years ago. While Accept's Peter Baltes added several impressive bass lines, and other notable guest musicians made an appearance as well, the bulk of the work was completed by himself and Italian musician and arranger Melo Mafali.
"There are two major categories," Wolf elaborates. "First the heavier stuff like Beethoven, the bombastic, full force epics on which you can simply shred along. Of course then there are the ballads, slower compositions that bring out the deeper feelings in each listener."
The highlights on ‘Headbangers Symphony’ are plentiful and easy to pin point. The album kicks off with 'Scherzo' from the well-known '9th Symphony' by Ludwig v. Beethoven. Many listeners might recognise the opening riff from the Accept song 'Teutonic Terror'. "Back in 2009," Wolf explains, "when we started working on the songs for the ‘Blood Of The Nations’ album, I played the classical demos to our producer Andy Sneap. He liked that riff a lot and insisted on using it for the album. So we wrote 'Teutonic Terror' using this ‘borrowed’ riff."
Other highlights follow in rapid succession: 'Night On Bald Mountain' by Russian composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is a very dramatic dark song on the theme of a witches’ Sabbath, a perfect fit for Wolf's ‘metal treatment’. 'Symphony No. 40' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be immediately recognisable. "It's a little more up-tempo, pretty happy, typical for Mozart. Not mean and heavy as most of the other stuff," Wolf points out. Additional highpoints include Wolf's interpretations of such masterworks as Tchaikovsky’s 'Swan Lake', 'Pathétique' also from Ludwig v. Beethoven, 'Méditation' from the opera ‘Thais’ by French composer Jules Massenet, and of course the aforementioned 'Madame Butterfly'.
All in all, the eleven compositions on ‘Headbangers Symphony’ paint the perfect portrait of Wolf's life-long passion for the classics and his adoration for heavy metal.
"I worked so much and so long on this until I felt it was ready. Now it is and I am thrilled and proud. This is my baby, my labour of love, ready for me to set it free."
Close to the release of their new music video "Curly Wolves," which will be released on April 28, premiere on Laestadea webzine, the band offers us a small preview of their new work as a teaser, where you can appreciate the quality and forcefulness which is to come. Composed of fragments of the 10 songs of the album makes it very clear line to follow this emerging band that will delight lovers of modern Melodic Death Metal.
Produced by Facundo Novo at Novo Estudios, the songs presented a fat and deep sound that fits perfectly with synthesizers, choirs and other details that bring brilliant hues and playing with contrasts between guttural and melodic vocals of the singer Patricia. Betting on a renewed melodeath with a very personal touch.
Check out the album teaser below
Pre-orders of the album are already available, digipak and t-shirt limited edition. The pre-orders will receive a gift and will be entered into a draw for the background canvas of 'Melodichrome Tour' dedicated and signed by the band's members. Don't wait more and order here: http://www.synlakross.com/#!pre-orders/c19iw
Earache Records has teamed up with ADA / Warner in the USA for a new distribution and services deal, to make its iconic catalogue available again physically on CD and vinyl LP from May 5th.
Founded over 25 years ago in Nottingham, England, Earache launched the early extreme metal movement in the 1990s with bands such as Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Godflesh, Sleep, Clutch and Carcass. Almost ten years ago, Earache released the USA debut of Bring Me The Horizon, a then-little-known UK band which has since gone on to great global success. Still founder-owned and operated, label head Digby Pearson was honoured with the AIM Pioneer Award 2015 for services to the independent sector.
Recently the label has been at the forefront of a re-energised blues rock movement, with bands such as Long Beach's Rival Sons - currently playing arenas supporting Black Sabbath - and The Temperance Movement - who completed a tour with The Rolling Stones last year - both charting Top 20 across the UK and Europe. Titles from both bands will be available for sale. Earache will issue Rival Sons' new album 'Hollow Bones' on June 10th exclusively through ADA / Warner, which will cement this exciting partnership.
Earache USA Label Manager Al Dawson comments:
"We at Earache are beyond excited to partner with ADA for the USA. This is a next level, game-changing step in the company's evolution within today's rapidly-changing music business. Our ADA team has so much talent it's awe-inspiring. Look forward to us building careers for many more new and mind-blowing artists."
Retailers should contact their ADA/Warner representative for more details.
A few weeks after unveiling some audio excerpts from its new effort, French alternative Nu Metal outfit Blunderbuss just released it brand new EP, called 'Resurrection', on CD, digital and full stream on Bandcamp.
In addition to the official announcement, BDB will celebrate this EP release at a release party on April 30th @ La Péniche Antipode in Paris.
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For the record...
Born around the year 2011 in Paris area (France), Blunderbuss is a five-piece band playing a Nu-Metal revival music, influenced by pioneers such as Limp Bizkit and RATM or metalcore bands like Avenged Sevenfold or Trivium. After a debut EP in 2014 ('Fell aright') the band played a bunch of gigs, worked hard to get back in studio in order to record a more professional effort called 'Resurrection' released on spring 2016.
For fans of Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, A7X, Trivium...
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