_ Awa (far right) sadly departs Lordi but on a good note,
Lordi’s longtime keyboardist Awa will leave the band. She will be seen on stage for the last time at Simerock in Rovaniemi, Finland on August 11, 2012 when Lordi will be celebrating the band’s 10 year anniversary. Awa joined the band in 2005 and her first Lordi album was the international success record "The Arockalypse". Awa has played altogether on three Lordi studio albums.
Awa’s successor, a new keyboardist of the band, has been selected already. The keyboardist will therefore be playing on the band’s next studio album, which is planned for early 2013. Awa will not be heard or seen on the next album or on the next tour. The characters and character names of the new keyboardist and the drummer will be revealed together with new masks and outfits before the release of the band’s next studio album.
Awa tells about her decision as follows:
”Playing in the band has been an incredible experience and clearly one of the best times in my life. I have always been very fond of Lordi, its music and image, and will surely be following news about it closely. The band and the crew were and will always be a second family to me and I will be missing them and our fans greatly. However, seven years in the band has been physically and emotionally very demanding. You have to be in a band like this 100%. If you are not able to do that anymore, you have to let go and give space for something new.”
“I want to emphasize that I am not going to leave music or making music, because music is the most important thing to me in life. I am on a creative break now, but have several new ideas already. You will hear about them if and when the time is good. I also believe that I can still be seen behind the keyboards some day,” she continues.
The leader of the band, Mr. Lordi states:
“We have been discussing this behind the scenes for quite some time, but nobody knew that this year would be this kind of a year of changes for Lordi. Of course you always believe and wish your current line-up would be permanent and final, but these are not issues of faith. Situations change, things happen and plans are renewed. All the rest of us in the band wanted her to go on with us, but we also understand her decision and respect that. We know that this decision was not easy for her either. It took a long time to come to this conclusion.”
“We agreed already earlier, that she will not participate our next album studio sessions. In this case she would have had to hang out with us for the next couple of years. Naturally it would have not been fair to her, to the band or to our fans, “ Mr. Lordi says.
Taken from: http://www.lordi.fi/2012/07/25/lordis-keyboardist-awa-will-leave-the-band/
Cauldron Announce New Drummer
__(Left to right: MYLES DECK, IAN CHAINS, JASON DECAY)
Canadian heavy metallers Cauldron have revealed their new, permanent drummer as MYLES DECK.
Myles spent much of his life living and playing in bands in Halifax, Nova Scotia, including blackened thrashers Hellacaust, as well as fronting a Detroit-style punk rock outfit called MYLES DECK AND THE FUZZ. He replaces Cauldron's former drummer, Chris Steve.
Bassist and vocalist Jason Decay comments:
"Rather than just grab the next available drummer, we wanted to take our time this time and make sure we found the right guy, which we're pleased to announce is Myles Deck. Myles moved halfway across the country from Moncton, New Brunswick, which shows his dedication. He's also into a lot of the same bands as us and understand our vision and goals. He's also tall so we won't have to prop him up on a stool for band photos! We wish Chris Steve all the best with his new band Old James (heavy Skynyrd), and would like to thank Chris Rites for helping us out again with the new record."
MYLES DECK adds:
"I was vacationing in Moncton, New Brunswick, catching some rays on the shore of the Petitcodiac when I got 'the call'. I love the kind of music that makes you wanna bang your head or thrust your hips. I'd seen Cauldron a handful of times and they made me wanna do both. So I sold most of my belongings and moved up to Toronto to play drums for this great band. I'm absolutely chuffed to be playing with Cauldron and look forward to spending many gruelling hours in the van and studio together."
Aug. 24 - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Mountain Theatre
Aug. 25 - Norwich, ON - Outback Campground
Sep. 21 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
Sep. 22 - Pembroke, ON - Lasso Saloon
Sep. 28 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's
Oct. 12 - Kingston, ON - The Mansion
Oct. 13 - Montreal, QC - Hémisphère Gauche
Oct. 18 - Halifax, NS - Michael's Bar
Oct. 19 - Charlottetown, PE - Baba's Lounge
Oct. 20 - Moncton, NB - Plan B
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_"Native Blood“, the new single by Bay Area thrash gods Testament is available now as digital download as well as on limited 7“ vinyl in various colours!
The single exclusively contains the spanish sung version of the song as a B-Side.
Get "Native Blood“ Vinyl here
Get "Native Blood" Digital (incl. digital booklet here
The song comes off the bands highly anticipated new album "Dark Roots Of Earth“ which will is about to be released July 27, 2012 (today) via Nuclear Blast.
More Info on „Dark Roots Of Earth“:
In-studio video part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VDEzxQ2uiM
In-studio video part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjdhnWLwew
In-studio video part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kT8OK4aQ2k
In-studio video part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUKdV_EErXM
Making of „Native Blood“: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jGitAOIOqg
Wintersun – Unveil new official picture for "TIME I“ & release behind-the-scenes material of the photoshoot!
_Finland´s epic metallers Wintersun will release their long-awaited second album "TIME I“ on October 12 before hitting the road in October / November headlining the so-called Heidenfest tour. Recently the band went into the studio with photographer Nana Simelius to shoot the new pictures for the upcoming album.
Commented the band:
"Looking for the photographer for TIME I we went through many photographers' portfolios, but looking at Nana´s portfolio we instantly knew she had that extra something that would fit well with our new mix of oriental and traditional winter styles. She was very inspired with our ideas so we were really happy to work with her. We drove down to Turku (200 km away from Helsinki) where the photoshoot took place in her studio. We were shooting all day and the result turned out to be amazing, thanks to Nana's talent and vision, but also her stylists and assistants! We aimed for a magical winter and oriental look and we think we succeeded perfectly."
Check out a behind-the-scenes video here:
Click here to see the photo gallery of the photoshoot
“TIME I” will be released October 12 via Nuclear Blast, the tracklisting looks as follows:
1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
_ 2012 marks the 10th year in the career of Swiss “New Wave Of Folk Metal” pioneers Eluveitie! In order to celebrate this anniversary properly, the band around founder and main man Chrigel Glanzmann has decided to re-record the very first EP “Vên” completely and to re-master the debut album “Spirit” in order to put these two sought-after collector’s items into one 2CD-bundle. This magnificent gift to the fans is entitled “The Early Years” and will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on the 17th of August.
As a foretaste, the band has now published the re-recorded version of the track `Lament´ from “Vên” that can be enjoyed here within the framework of an entertaining photo slideshow, including pictures of Eluveitie’s early days: http://youtu.be/Fggu2sa2hVU
Additionally, the track can be downloaded via the band page on the Nuclear Blast website. Also make sure to check out the terrific Eluveitie songpier smartphone app and other great gimmicks there
Also check out our recent interview with the Swiss Metallers here.
_ Masters of Mesopotamian Black / Thrash Metal, Melechesh, have finally made their debut album, "As Jerusalem Burns“, available for digital download via iTunes. The long out of print landmark album can be purchased through the following link: http://bit.ly/meljerus
Commented guitarist / singer and mainman Ashmedi:
"Finally available for legal downloading. Our debut album from 1996, "As Jerusalem Burns...Al Intisar“ means a lot to me, it was recorded with next to nothing budget in the city of Jerusalem and all the odds were against us, at the time no one paid attention to black metal being made in the holy city, with time we changed that. We recorded it live to tape so this means we all played at the same time without any breaks in the songs so no room for corrections or to remake one particular part. If we felt there was one little mistake we would re-record the whole song all over again, I think this gave it a sense of authentism. So for now it is available as a digital format and that’s it. Hopefully we will also make it availed on vinyl for the first time. Furthermore one day we perhaps might license it on CD for re-release. The music is raw as we intended it to be with hints of middle eastern music. This is Melechesh more than 15 years ago though half of our sophomore album "Djinn“ was written then.“
_ Serpentine Path is gearing up to unleash their suffocating debut full length on September 11th via Relapse Records. The band, featuring all three members of NY underground icons Unearthly Trance as well Tim Bagshaw of UK stoners Electric Wizard and Ramesses, has unleashed their first track from the new album, called "Crotalus Horridus Horridus" on Pitchfork!
Now available from Relapse's online shop, Serpentine Path's self-titled debut is available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl comes in two version, 180 gram black and a limited edition snot green vinyl. All versions can be pre-ordered here.
Ohio melodic metal band Miss May I are currently destroying stages at this years Warped tour and in turn, cementing their reputation as THE metal band to watch for 2012 and beyond.
The band have been filming their every move over the Summer and are ready to show instalment #3 HERE
Miss May I will be over this November /December for their first headline UK tour. The eight-date tour takes them all over the UK so everyone can see what the fuss is about.
The stunning new album ‘At Heart’ which charted at #32 in the Billboard charts is out now on Rise Records. At Heart was produced by famed record producer Machine (Lamb of God, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence) this past winter at Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey.
“MISS MAY I has arrived as a BAND. A real fucking band,” adds At Heart producer Machine. “We have created an unstoppable, pure, metal, freight train of a record. My instincts tell me that when people hear it, it will be infectiously unstoppable. There's more feel and power musically, lyrically, than I have heard from the band before. It is a pleasure for me to work with such a young band who knows who they are and are not afraid to focus on the big picture.”
Miss May I UK tour 2012
30th November Club Academy, Manchester
1st December Classic Grand, Glasgow
2nd December O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
3rd December Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
4th December The Cockpit, Leeds
5th December Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
6th December Relentless Garage, London
7th December Great Hall 2, Cardiff
Tickets go on sale Friday 29th June at 9am and are priced from £10.00. Doors 7pm
_When God Forbid's drummer, Corey Pierce isn’t tearing it up on drums and making fans laugh, he is satisfying his love for food! Pierce takes some time out from his hectic touring schedule to show Bruce Moore with Brutally Delicious on ifood.tv how to bang out his favorite recipe for Cheese-Stuffed Hamburgers.
Watch Pierce cook and talk about everything from the God Forbid writing process for their current album, "Equilibrium", to his experiences while touring world-wide. Fans can see how with a little soul and a lot of meat, greatness is made!
Ground beef - 1 Pound
Garlic - 1 Tablespoon, minced
Horseradish - 1 Tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce - 5 Dash
Gouda cheese - 1 Small (cut into 1/16 in size cubes)
Hot Sauce - 1 Dash
Salt - 1 Pinch
Pepper - 1 Pinch
Place all your beef in a large bowl and add one tablespoon of the garlic and horseradish. Add a liberal dash of the Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Mix well, by hand. Cut the Gouda cheese into small cubes about 1/16 in size, then split the beef into individual and equal patties around 6 oz. each. Depress and roll the cubes of Gouda into each patty and fold inward. Try not leave the cubes of cheese exposed. Season the patties with salt and pepper on each side and make a depression with your thumb in each burger. Now brush with oil lightly and cook on medium high heat to high heat (depending on your tastes as far as rare or medium). You want to cook the burgers anywhere from 3-6 minutes a side. Place on buns and add whatever vegetables and or condiments you see fit. Enjoy!
Catch God Forbid on the Trespass America Festival going on now and stay tuned for more updates. Check current tour dates here.
_English Doom merchants Conan are nearing the July 31st release date for their North American debut, "Monnos" via Gravedancer Records. The monstrous record has already been praised by Pitchfork for finding "the perfect guitar tone" and now the entire new album is available for streaming via AOL Noisecreep here.
Conan are currently plotting their first strike on North American soil and are planning to venture across the pond later this year. For now, fans can sink their teeth into 'Monnos' in a variety of formats. The CD and digital versions of the album will be available on July 31st, while a beautiful imported gatefold vinyl is available for pre-order at the Gravedancer Records webstore.
Stay tuned for more news on Conan and check out the full new album now!
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