You can now pre-order the Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album “This Is Your Life” featuring amazing renditions of Ronnie James Dio classics from Metallica, Motörhead with Biff Byford, Anthrax, Rob Halford, Corey Taylor, Tenacious D, Halestorm, Scorpions and more fantastic artists! 100% of the monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund goes directly into cancer research! Order the album at a very special price here.
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KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), will release their debut album on May 9 (Europe), May 12 (UK) and May 13 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The upcoming self-titled release was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur whose production credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER, and DEMON HUNTER.
“He’s a Polish worker in the back of a dark truck, but he looked like a criminal to me,” explains Clark about his choice for the cover’s image. “Multiplying his face seemed to give him a sort of split personality/schizophrenic vibe, which feels like a good mesh. Not just for the band name but the idea of a (for the lack of a better term) super-group.”
“Killer Be Killed” track listing:
01. Wings of Feather And Wax
02. Face Down
03. Melting Of My Marrow
04. Snakes of Jehova
05. Curb Crusher
06. Save The Robots
07. Fire To Your Flag
09. Dust Into Darkness
10. Twelve Labors
11. Forbidden Fire
12. Ghosts Of Chernobyl (vinyl only)
Ultimateclassicrock.com have reported the following breaking news out of Mexico: The Hell and Heaven Metal Fest, which was scheduled for this coming weekend and to be headlined by KISS and GUNS N’ ROSES, has reportedly been cancelled due to safety concerns. However, the organizers of the festival haven’t given up the fight.
Vintage Vinyl says that the state government has shut down the festival, claiming that the organizers have not properly prepared for crowds of up to 80,000 at the Feria De Texcoco Estadio De Mexico in Texoco. They’ve cited inadequate plans for fire safety, evacuation and fireworks.
Last week, Pollstar reported on the attempts to shut down the festival, hinting at a political struggle between the town and state governments, which are controlled by rival parties. The stadium has held fairs and concerts before, including those featuring the controversial “narco corridos” songs, which chronicle the actions of Mexico’s drug cartels.
“I don’t know if this is discrimination against the metal community,” said Juan Carlos Guerrero, a representative for the organizers of the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest. “I couldn’t prove that’s the case, but there are some things that make you wonder, and one is that massive ‘grupero’ concerts have been held in Texcoco, with as many as 200,000 people.”
The festival was scheduled to be the opening date on Guns N’ Roses’ tour of Latin America, which will run through April 9. They will begin their second residency at the Joint in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 21.
Photo by Mark Metcalfe/George De Sota, Getty Images
Gothenburg’s MIASMAL have finished the recording of their second album. “Cursed Redeemer” was recorded by Fredrik Nordström in Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Opeth, Wolfpack, Agrimonia, Martyrdöd), containing eight tracks of ruthless, ferocious and straight forward death metal and featuring a fine cover artwork by Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Vampire, Vanhelgd etc.).
MIASMAL will present “Cursed Redeemer” at a special showcase in Gothenburg at Truckstop Alaska together with their fellow label-mates of MORBUS CHRON and VAMPIRE. In order to honor that special event, Century Media will release a limited 7inch split EP that offers one exclusive new track of both MIASMAL and VAMPIRE.
The “Cursed Redeemer” will be brought to life in April.
No mercy, no regrets, no compromise, no bullshit: This is Death Metal.
Fear the curse.
April 5th – Gothenburg / Sweden – Truckstop Alaska
(“Death Comes Ripping!”” showcase with MORBUS CHRON and VAMPIRE)
Bass player Emil Wigelius from Swedish glam metallers BILLION DOLLAR BABIES has re-enacted a Swedish folk tale with the bands’ tour manager and booking agent Tord Fjällborg. Check out the picture photographed by Olof Wikström at Skrikhult Productions:
“The story is about an old Swedish folk tale about a naked guy “Näcken,” playing the violin in streams, luring people to him and then he drowned them… We got dared to do this picture, as he usually is portrayed when we go to this farm, so we grabbed the instruments we found and went for it haha!”
BILLION DOLLAR BABIES are working hard on new material for the upcoming album which will be recorded later on this year. The band toured Germany and Switzerland earlier this year and in April and they are planning some club shows in Sweden and also some shows in Germany again before the festival season. So pretty soon more shows will be announced,but confirmed so far are:
April 19, Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad (swe)
May 2nd @ Harry B James, Stockholm (swe)
May 16 Logo, Ahaus (germany)
July 18 Bäääm Metal Festival, Kierspe-Rönsdal (germany)
The band are hoping to tour Europe in the autumn.
For more information about BILLION DOLLAR BABIES check their official Facebook page here or the official website at www.billiondollarbabies.nu
Eddietrunk.com have revealed details about this years Guitar Gods tour featuring Swedish virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen:
Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the most technically accomplished guitarists of all time, rewriting the book on hard rock/heavy metal guitar. In addition to countless awards from music and instrument specific publications, none other than TIME Magazine hailed him as one of the ten greatest electric guitarists.
2013 was a banner year for Malmsteen, as he released his bestselling autobiography ‘Relentless’ which coincided with a wildly successful tour that played to full houses all over the world. The only way he could top that in 2014 was to hand pick an all-star lineup of Guitar Gods to share the stage with him on a magical full North American tour.
“Fans can expect the unexpected,” Malmsteen said regarding his live shows. “I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different.”
Held in the highest regard in his own right, Uli Jon Roth brings the very special 40th Anniversary Scorpions set that has been playing to frenzied audiences in Europe to North America, embracing his storied history with the band and digging deep into their catalog for this tour.
Acclaimed for his accomplishments for perfecting his playing in multiple genres (rock, blues, surf) and respected by both fans and peers alike, Gary Hoey performs his radio hits such as the Billboard Top 5 smash Hocus Pocus along with other favorites.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumbleoot (as seen in the just released DVD ‘Appetite for Democracy’ which documents the bands Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel residency) embarks on his first solo tour, playing songs from his entire critically praised recorded history.
Tour to take place from June-July. Exact dates TBA.
To celebrate the launch of the LA KISS, the newest expansion team in the Arena Football League and co-owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, KISS will be performing an acoustic set April 3rd, 2014 at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.
Under 50 tickets are remaining for the show. They can be purchased at this location.
This once-in-a-lifetime fan experience will feature limited seating for a truly intimate experience with one of the greatest acts in rock & roll history.
Must be age 21 to enter Casino.
VICOLO INFERNO’S Hourglass Tour is heading over to the UK. In March, the Italian rockers will play six gigs in England to promote their debut album ‘Hourglass’.
Released back in May 2013, ‘Hourglass’ has received very positive feedback from critics and fans alike and now the band, while focusing on composition of new material, is ready to bring their energetic stage presence to the UK.
Vocalist Igor Piattesi said “ As a band we have been looking forward to playing in the UK for sometime. Our latest album has had some great reaction over in the UK so we feel the time is right to bring Vicolo Inferno to the British fans and hopefully we can pick up a few more fans at our live dates”
This is VICOLO INFERNO’S first trip to play in the UK and the British fans are very much looking forward to having them over here to rock blighty to its core!
Here are the dates of the UK tour:
03/25 Boston @ Axe & Cleaver
03/26 Northampton @ King Billy
03/27 Wakefield @ Snooty Fox
03/28 Neath @ The Duke
03/29 Telford @ The Haygate
03/30 Londa @ Dublin Castle
You can download the new album here.Right click to save.
Spanish black Metallers WRONG inked an agreement with XTREEM MUSIC for the imminent release of their second album that will be entitled “Pessimistic Outcomes” and will include five tracks with a total length of 47 minutes.
“Pessimistic Outcomes” was entirely produced by the band themselves at their own Delta314 Sound Studio and means a logical progression to the atmospheric and oppressive musical style adopted in their previous album “Memories of Sorrow” but this time, going one step further, with more mature and progressive compositions, highlighting its powerful and defined production.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Thru the Grey Path to Nowhere (08:53)
2. His Hatred Breathes (08:19)
3. Pessimistic Outcomes (07:48)
4. Dragging my Soul Until the Sunset (11:25)
5. I Thought I’d Woken (09:38)
Release date for “Pessimistic Outcomes” is scheduled for 22nd of April and an advance track of the album’s title track can be heard below:
Swiss folk metal act ELUVEITIE have been awarded one of Switzerland’s most prestigious recognitions in music: a Swiss Music Award in the category “Best Live Act National” on Friday, March 7th 2014. Watch Eluveitie accept their award at the “Hallenstadion” stadium in Zurich, during a massive 2-hour show on live television at this location.
Commented the band: “Now that we have recovered from Friday night’s events (although our minds are still blown), we would like to say a few words:
Winning a Swiss Music Award for “Best Live Act National” is certainly one of the highlights of our career, and an immense honour. However, it is not just our honour, but yours to share with us: this award goes out to all of you! The stage at the stadium in Zurich last night was as much yours as it was ours. It is also not simply a recognition of our most recent activities, but the result of many years of hard work and amazing times.
We want and have to thank each and every one of the amazing people who have worked with us and supported us in any way during the last 12 years. There are many, and listing them here would exceed the scope of this message. Please take the time to visit our website, where we have tried our best at the futile attempt to list all their names: http://eluveitie.ch/swiss-music-awards-2014/
But most of all we want and have to thank all of our amazing fans all over the globe, who stood with us, supported us and came to our shows. Our die-hard fans, our incredible fan clubs (in particular ELUVEITIE Brasil, Poland, and France), all the members of our official forum and everybody who voted for ELUVEITIE, joining forces with us to show the whole music world how strong metal really is! This award is your award! You all rock!
Even more motivated we now return to Tommy Vetterli’s New Sound Studio, where recordings for our new album have started last week already. ELUVEITIE 2014 is going to be a big one!”