Acclaimed extreme metal drummer GEORGE KOLLIAS has embarked on a drum clinic tour in Italy, showcasing music taken from his new solo-album ‘Invictus’, featuring intensive workshop-style sessions alongside fans. The dates, which begin tonight in Milan, see KOLLIAS trek throughout the country before concluding in Montebelluna. A full list of performances and clinic schedules can be found below.
GEORGE KOLLIAS is touring in support of his ambitious solo-album, ‘Invictus’. The album is streaming here. ‘Invictus’ is available across several CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop. The album artwork and track list for ‘Invictus’ can be found below.
Regarding the new album, KOLLIAS comments:
“This album definitely stands for the best that I have done in music. ‘Invictus’ represents exactly who and where I am today, my playing, my sound, everything.
It was a big challenge to complete the album all by myself. Yet to me that was also the most fun part! I very much enjoyed getting back into recording guitars and bass, or sing, which i have not done for a long time- Although my time to complete this album was limited, it felt extremely rewarding to get into each level of the process.
‘Invictus’ comprises exactly what the words ‘solo project’ actually mean: one musician writing and performing all instruments. From the reactions so far, this has been a surprise to many people as that is not seen coming from an extreme metal drummer often. I have played most of these songs in my drum clinics already and have witnessed how strongly the fans are supporting this project. I want to dedicate this album to them.”
1. Echoes of Divinity
3. The Passage
4. Aeons of Burning Galaxies
5. Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead
7. Treasures of Nemesis
10. Through Empty Eyes of Light
11. Buried under the Flames
12. Aeons of Burning Galaxies (R. Cooley Shred Version)
13. Voices (E. Karadimas Vox Version)
14. Epitaph (Drum Track)
15. Apocalypse (A. Trapalis Violin Version)
GEORGE KOLLIAS is a world class drummer of the legendary death metal band NILE. The venerable KOLLIAS teaches at LAB Music Education and the Modern Music School in Athens, Greece and is also known from his solo clinic tours which have taken him across the globe. His first instructional drum DVD, ‘Intense Metal Drumming’, has soared past one million views online and made him one of the most prominent drumming names in the landscape of heavy music.
GEORGE KOLLIAS clinic dates:
6/1 Milan, Italy @ Percussion Village
6/2 Lavagna, Italy @ Cam
6/3 Montebelluna, Italy @ Cantieri Musicali
Legendary death metal drummer George Kollias from NILE has just announced that he will be playing drums on the new DEMONSTEALER album. Sahil Makhija, the frontman of Indian metal band DEMONIC RESURRECTION who writes his solo material under the moniker ‘Demonstealer‘ is gearing up to release his sophomore album in May 2015.
Commented Demonstealer “Having George be a part of this album and to play drums on it is a huge honour for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect something like that to happen. I had the pleasure of meeting George personally in 2011 to interview him for my show Headbanger’s Kitchen and we became good friends, but still I’m only going to believe it when I have the drum tracks in my hands.”
“This album has been 4 years in the making and often took a backseat due to my work with DR, RD and Workshop, all who released albums over the last 2 years. The music is quite melodic and I think there is a lot of emotion in this album. The music is more melodic death metal so it’s going to be very interesting to hear George play on this because it’s definitely not as ferocious or fast as Nile so definitely excited to see what he brings to the table.”
Watch the announcement video here:
Demonstealer is also running a crowd funding campaign for the album where fans can pre-order the music and merchandise. The campaign link is: https://www.fairfundr.com/campaigns/recording-releasing-solo-album-2/
Ex- ICED EARTH drummer Raphael Saini has released a video clip from his 2012 performance with Italian hardcore metallers ARHYTHMIA from Italy’s largest drum event at BATTERIKA. Check out the clip below:
A DVD of the event, recorded live ,has just been released which can be purchased here. The DVD also features legendary drummer George Kollias from NILE.
NILE drummer George Kollias is at 9800 Studios in Athens, Greece with with engineer Antonis Kontozoglou putting the finishing touches on the pre-production for his upcoming solo album. Kollias is scheduled to begin laying down drums for the CD on July 15. He says: “[I am] really happy with the songs so far.”
A new video update from the studio can be seen below.
Kollias‘ solo album is primarily set to show off some of George‘s craziest metal drumming to date, is being completely written and recorded by George, including the guitars, bass, keys, vocals, and percussion. It will also feature a DVD of the recording process.
Hudson Music last year released George‘s “Intense Metal Drumming II” instructional DVD.
Produced independently by Kollias, and appearing on the Hudson Ltd. label, this brand-new two-disc set comes four years after George‘s first instructional DVD release Since then, Kollias has become known as an international authority on extreme metal drumming, and this DVD is a must-have for anyone interested in this topic.
Providing multiple workouts and specific concepts, “Intense Metal Drumming II” is a highly educational product that goes beyond licks and gives you a meaningful program that can help you in pushing your abilities to the next level. Topics covered include blast-beat concepts and workouts, extreme fill-ins, developing speed around the kit, and odd time concepts. George also covers reading concepts, practicing systems, general tips, and warm-ups, which take this DVD beyond just metal and make it useful and helpful for drummers of all styles. Another highlight of the DVD is a complete section on double bass speed, control, balance, and expanded vocabulary. Bonus features include a PDF containing all the exercises on the DVD, a documentary from George‘s 2010-2011 clinic tour, backstage footage, an equipment tour, and extensive interview with George.
Metal Blade Records has issued that TÝR, hailing all the way from the Faroe Islands, are currently recording their new album with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Aborted, Mercenary) at his studios in Denmark. For drum tracking on this album, TÝR has enlisted the services of George Kollias, one of metal’s most accomplished drummers, primarily known for his work in Nile, as well as Nightfall. A video featuring drum tracking highlights, as well as a short message from Kollias, is streaming now on youtube below:
George Kollias comments on the experience: “Hey Týr fans, this is George Kollias and I hope you are ALL ready for a crushing new album from Týr!!! I had the pleasure to record the drums on the new album, we had an absolutely great time in the studio and I gotta tell you, the material is super strong and catchy, I’m 100% sure you will all love this new album!! Big thanks to Heri, Terji and Gunnar for the opportunity and to Jacob Hansen for his incredible work with the recordings!”
TÝR comments: “It was a pleasure to have George in studio. He’s an amazing drummer and he certainly made an impact on this album. We’re very excited to release this album” – Heri, Terji & Gunnar
A recent announcement on the TÝR facebook page has confirmed that the band has parted ways with drummer Kári Streymoy. The band commented on the amicable split:“We regret to inform you that Kári Streymoy and the rest of the band have parted ways. Kári suffered a back injury in 2008, and since then he has had some issues with his drumming. That is the main reason that the co-operation has been problematic for some time now, and we finally decided to part ways. We want to thank Kári for his time in the band. It’s been great to have you with us, we wish you the best of luck in the future and we hope you recover fully some day.”
This album will be the band’s seventh full length effort. One of the new tracks, “The Lay of Our Love”, will feature a duet with TÝR vocalist Heri Joensen and Liv Kristine from Leaves Eyes. In an update on facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial, Kristine announced:
“Dear Viking-Metal Fans & Friends,
I am very happy to announce that I will be joining Týr for the duet THE LAY OF OUR LOVE on their up-coming album (title still to be revealed), which is set to be released this Fall. Heri already joined Leaves’ Eyes at our headliner show in Wacken Open Air 2012. This was an absolute highlight during our live performance, moreover, I really like his voice and I am grateful for the invitation. A superb track, with inspiring melodies and lyrics, proving the authenticity of Týr.
More details will be unveiled in the forthcoming months as music and art are completed. The band has been posting images from the studio throughout the recording process, so make sure to follow them at facebook.com/tyrband for candid photos and personal updates from the band.
The official trailer for “Intense Metal Drumming II”, the new instructional DVD from NILE drummer George Kollias, can be seen below. The disc will be released soon through Hudson Music.
Commented Kollias: “This new DVD stands on the same concept as ‘Intense Metal Drumming’ did back in 2008. There is A LOT of educational stuff for beginners and more advanced players, many killer concepts and exercises that will help everyone. The quality of the new DVD is crazy; we used eight video cameras, 26 audio channels and there is a lot of bonus material that everyone will enjoy!”
Kollias is writing and recording a solo album in between drum clinics and touring cycles. The CD, which is primarily set to show off some of George‘s craziest metal drumming to date, is being completely written and recorded by George, including the guitars, bass, keys, vocals, and percussion, and it will also feature a DVD of the recording process.