German melodic power metal pioneers HELLOWEEN inked a deal with their old label home Nuclear Blast earlier in 2014, where they previously released two albums – “The Dark Ride” (2000) and “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy” (2003) and have entered into their very own MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife, to get busy working on the successor to “Straight Out Of Hell”. Since then, the band have been very quiet and answer to no interview, as they want to focus on their work, to bring their fans the true power metal awesomeness again. But our very own Blackdiamond, who also presents a weekly show on one of the best British rock radio stations, Total Rock, was recently was successful to have some time with guitarist Michael Weikath for a chat and discuss subjects such as HELLOWEEN, their upcoming release and Halloween.
HELLOWEEN‘s die-hard fans, who would like to know more about their pumpkin heads can tune in to www.totalrock.com on Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem special Halloween Party Show, on Tuesday October 28th at 10 AM (GMT). For those who will not able to listen to this very special show, we at Metal Shock Finland will publish this interview three days after, on October 31st.
More information can be found on the official weblog of Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem.
Pennsylvania’s old-souled dirty groove rock quartet CROBOT will release their upcoming album, “Something Supernatural”, on on October 24 (EU) / October 27 (UK) 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The band has recently posted a video visualizer for the track ‘La Mano De Lucifer’ online, which can be see below:
For “Something Supernatural”, the band worked with the producer Machine (CLUTCH, LAMB OF GOD) at his Machine Shop studios. The same team worked on CROBOT’s self-titled EP.
Finnish heavy metallers SOULHEALER will release their upcoming album “Bear The Cross” on Friday 17 October via Pure Legend Records. The band has recently announced that the entire “Bear The Cross” album is available for streaming at Kaaoszine, starting Monday 13 October until the release date.
To celebrate this event with all their fans, the Official Release Gig from SoulHealer at Balls in their hometown Kajaani on Saturday 18 October will be streamed live as video worldwide at this location.
Spanish death metaller and AVULSED front man Dave Rotten, has recently announced his new death/doom metal project, FAMISHGOD, created together with Funedëim (SVIPDAGR/ MORKULV).
“Devourers of Light” is the title of this debut album by FAMISHGOD, a conceptual opus divided in 7 chapters with a length of almost one hour, where lyrics form a whole story separated in 7 acts. Cover artwork and 13 more pieces of art, have been created by finnish Tommi Grönqvist from DESECRESY, who’s responsible of all artworks on his own band.
Production, mixing and mastering of the album has been made by Dave Rotten at his very own Sanctuary Studios. Release date for “Devourers of Light” has been set for December 1st through Xtreem Music.
Tracklist for “Devourers of Light” is as follows:
1. Chapter 1: Devourer of Light
2. Chapter 2: Famish
3. Chapter 3: Black Eye
4. Chapter 4: Premature Grave
5. Chapter 5: The Monarch
6. Chapter 6: Two Last Stairs
7. Chapter 7: Brightless
Witch County England’s finest, DEVILMENT featuring the master of horrors, Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH, TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON), have released two new video trailers in which the legendary frontman shows his extensive collection of horror movies and talks the ones that had the biggest impact on DEVILMENT and him as a musician in general:
DEVILMENT will be touring for the first time later this year and have announced a string of live dates with LACUNA COIL and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. Dani Filth also makes a guest appearance on the latest MOTIONLESS IN WHITE single ‘Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale)’.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
31.10.14 UK Bristol – Anson Rooms
01.11.14 UK London – The Forum
02.11.14 UK Glasgow – 02 ABC
04.11.14 UK Manchester – The Ritz
05.11.14 UK Birmingham – The Institute
06.11.14 LUX Esch/Alzette – Rockhal
08.11.14 D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
09.11.14 NL Utrecht – Tivoli
10.11.14 B Hasselt – Muziekodroom
12.11.14 D Hamburg – Gruenspan
13.11.14 D Cologne – Essigfabrik
14.11.14 D Berlin – C-Club
15.11.14 D Herford – Club X
17.11.14 D Munich – Backstage
18.11.14 CH Pratteln – Z7
20.11.14 I Bologna – Zona Roveri
21.11.14 I Treviso – New Age
22.11.14 I Rome – Orion
23.11.14 I Milan – Live Club
Heavy metallers SAINT VITUS have kicked off their European headlining tour. In celebration of their 35th anniversary, the band will be performing their classic album ‘Born too Late’ in its entirety, plus other VITUS fan favorites. An inductee into Decibel Magazine’s “Hall of Fame” (issue no. 65, March 2010), ‘Born too Late’ is widely regarded as the quintessential SAINT VITUS album.
The band’s touring lineup is: Dave Chandler, Scott Weinrich, Mark Adams, and Henry Vasquez, the same lineup that wrote and recorded the highly regarded, comeback album ‘Lillie: F-65′. Additionally, SAINT VITUS recently reissued two of their older records, ‘Die Healing’ and ‘C.O.D.’ The re-issues are available on CD, limited-edition double Lp, and colored vinyl gate-fold Lps.
SAINT VITUS European tour dates:
10/10 Limoges (FR) @ CCM John Lennon
10/11 Barcelona (ES) @ Day of Doom
10/12 Madrid (ES) @ Shoko
10/13 Lisboa (PT) @ Rca Club
10/15 Bilbao (ES) @ Kafe Antzokia
10/16 Bordeaux (FR) @ Le Krakatoa
10/17 Genève (CH) @ L’usine
10/18 Mezzago (IT) @ Bloom Club
10/19 Roma (IT) @ Init Club
10/20 Bologna (IT) @ Locomotiv Club
10/21 Winterthur (CH) @ Salzhaus
10/22 München (DE) @ Backstage Halle
10/23 Saarbrücken (DE) @ Garage
10/24 Paris (FR) @ La Fleche d’Or
10/25 Tourcoing (FR) @ Le Grand Mix
10/26 Vosselaar (BE) @ Biebob
10/28 Bristol (UK) @ The Fleece
10/29 London (UK) @ Heaven
10/30 Dublin (IE) @ Button Factory
10/31 Belfast (UK) @ Limelight 2
11/1 Leeds (UK) @ Damnation Festival
11/2 Holland (NL) @ Rotterdam (Dutch Doom Days)
11/3 Köln (DE) @ Luxor
11/4 Dresden (DE) @ Beatpol
11/5 Kraków (PL) @ Fabryka
11/6 Berlin (DE) @ SO36
11/7 Malmö (UK) @ Babel
11/8 Stockholm (UK) @ Debaser Strand
11/9 Oslo (NO) @ Parkteatret
11/11 Göteborg (UK) @ Sticky Fingers
11/12 Hamburg (DE) @ Knust / Grünspan
11/13 Osnabrück (DE) @ Rosenhof
11/14 Jena (DE) @ F-Haus
11/15 Würzburg (DE) @ Hammer of Doom
Virginia’s long running epic metal legends WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are commemorating their 25th year with the release of their sixth full length album “Suspended At Aphelion” via Nuclear Blast this October. The band has recently posted the official lyric video for the track ‘Souls In Permafrost’ online, the video can be seen below:
Commented guitarist, keyboardist & vocalist Tom Philips: “Part 7 of »Suspended At Aphelion« is one of my favorite parts and epitomizes the madness of the album – this is what I’ve meant about music moving in every direction and intense counterpoint – with the angular guitar lines, Jim’s serpentine bassline, the gothic choir chants all juxtaposed beneath Rain’s lead vocal, this ‘rough edit’ of ‘Permafrost’ is about as complex as it gets without being overtly technical/self-aggrandizing…plus it provides a ‘sneak peak’ into what is to come with Part 8 as well!”
The cover art for “Suspended At Aphelion” was once again created by Gustavo Sazes (MORBID ANGEL, ARCH ENEMY etc.), and three separate audio masters were optimized for LP, CD, and digital download formats.
“Suspended At Aphelion” tracklisting:
II: Icarus And I
V: Indifference Turned Paralysis
VI: The Memory Of Bleeding
VII: Souls In Permafrost
VIII: Searching The Stars
IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers
X: Lifelines Lost
“Suspended At Aphelion” will be released by Nuclear Blast on October 24th (EU) and November 18th (USA).