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HEAVENWOOD – A Note To Portuguese Audience: dia 3 de Abril – 22h30 – BLÁ BLÁ Music Club em Matosinhos.

Os Portuenses HEAVENWOOD actuarão no próximo dia 3 de Abril (Sábado) a partir das 22h30 , no Blá Blá Music Club em Matosinhos.

Todos os fans da banda que apresentarem no dia do espectáculo a sua cópia original do CD “Redemption” na entrada do recinto terão acesso gratuito ao evento.

O preço do ingresso será de €10 para os uqe não levarem o CD.

A abertura do concerto ficará a cargo dos SECRECY, outra banda Portuense. Eles que aproveitarão este espectáculo para apresentar o seu segundo álbum de originais denominado de “Of Love And Sin”. Aos 200 primeiros espectadores a chegarem ao local, a banda oferecerá o single “Shadows Call” (em formato físico) retirado do seu novo longa-duração de originais denominado de  “Of Love And Sin”.

Info:

Blá Blá | Music Club
Rua Brito Capelo, n. 1085
4470-077 Matosinhos

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MMD – Debut EP Being Recorded

Helsinki Dark metal group MMD has started a new EP recording and it’s due to Summer. Foreign distribution agreements are ongoing and they’ll inform everyone about it as soon as  all details are confirmed.
The recordings are taking place Klaukkala D studio and stables. Knobs are being turnied by Jarno “Jassi” Hänninen and Thomas Uutela.

To be informed about the recordings  follow the band’s MySpace, Twitter or Facebook pages listed bellow:

www.myspace.com/mmdofficial
http://twitter.com/mmdofficial
http://www.facebook.com/pages/MMD/31757078987

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RUSH – Inducted into “Songwriters Hall”

Today from Toronto’s SUN:

Rush drummer Neil Peart is also the Toronto veteran prog-rock band’s resident wordsmith.

So it should come as no surprise that Peart will write and deliver the acceptance speech as he, bassist-vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony Sunday night at the Toronto Centre For The Arts.

“Public speaking isn’t easy for me and I know all the evening the blood will be roaring louder in my ears,” Peart, 57, said down the line from his adopted home of Santa Monica, Calif., recently.

“But it’s a challenge and I love those kind of things. Even performing live, after all these years, is an intensely tense (experience) all day long and leading up to showtime and then just before it, again the blood rushing in your ears, and heart pounding, and everything feels tingly and kind of unwell. But it’s a challenge as well to go up there and play well under those circumstances.”

Peart, the author of four non-fiction books, is an avid reader who said he is constantly going back and reading poets such as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, and novelists Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and Ernest Hemingway to get better at his craft.

Peart, who says he would have been an English high school teacher if he hadn’t become a rock drummer, is pleased at the Rush songs chosen for induction, particularly Subdivisions.

“It’s a very unusual song construction lyrically and musically that we managed to make work,” he said. “It was written at a time when we weren’t working, so to speak. We were mixing a live album and we just started playing around and wrote a song for fun. Although it’s very serious in it’s musical structure, one of the most complicated actually that we’ve had in terms of arrangement drum part alone, it’s a really intricate drum part to play and consequently I still love playing it almost 30 years later and that’s a good testament.”

Peart is also stoked that YouTube sensation Jacob Moon, who plays Subdivisions entirely by himself on a Hamilton building rooftop, is among three artists paying tribute to Rush Sunday night.

“We all shared Jacob Moon’s performance of Subdivisions quite a long time ago and sent it to each other, ‘Hey have you seen this?’ because it’s such a beautiful cover. The imaginative way that he uses the little cassette player to get my voice in there. It’s superb. And it is that kind of song. It’s a singer-songwriter’s song. I loved to see his version of it and I loved the idea that song has endured to his generation.”

The two others performing Rush songs are Les Claypool of Primus, who will perform The Spirit of Radio, and St. Catharines, Ont., band Alexisonfire, which will perform Tom Sawyer.

Peart fondly remembers Primus, which Rush toured with a couple of times in the 1990s, as the only band they had a jam session with every day on the road.

“The rule was you weren’t supposed to play your own instrument so the two guitar players, Alex and Ler (Larry LaLonde) from Primus, were bringing in accordions and flutes, you know banjos and violins, and we would have everything that was sitting around the room, bicycle frames, drum cases, all this kind of stuff became percussion.”

It’s pure coincidence, too, that Dolores Claman’s The Hockey Theme is being inducted on the same night as Rush and the band’s classic songs Limelight, Closer to the Heart, The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions.

Peart recently re-did the iconic hockey song for TSN.

“It’s one of those wonderful synchronicities in life,” said Peart. “(Claman) lives in Britain now, in her 80s I believe, and just the total synchronicity of the two of us happening to be inducted at this time just after I’ve re-interpreted her classic. I hope she doesn’t throw something at me.”

Alexisonfire covers ‘Tom Sawyer’

If anybody wins the award for singing for their supper Sunday night at the CSHF gala ceremony it’s got to be screamo-hardcore rock outfit Alexisonfire.

After opening for Toronto pop-punk Billy Talent at the Air Canada Centre earlier in the evening, the St. Catharines, Ont., outfit will race north to the Toronto Centre For The Arts to perform the Rush classic Tom Sawyer in the final minutes of the gala.

“I believe we have a police escort, I think so, that’s what I’ve heard,” said AOF drummer Jordan Hastings down the line from a tour stop in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

“We’ll see it how it goes. It’s going to be a tight one. I hope we make it in time.”

Rushed (pun intended) or not, Hastings said it’s flattering to be asked to perform for CSHF inductees Rush, even if a little nerve-racking.

“Yeah, I try not to think about it too much to be honest,” Hastings said. “Being a drummer, you kind of gotta be a Rush fan to a certain degree I think. I remember being a kid just having this one particular drum teacher who was a massive Rush fan, who played bass, while the students tried to figure out Neil Peart’s drum beats. So I’ve definitely inspired by Neil Peart over the years.”

It’s a good thing then that AOL has been rehearsing “a little bit heavier” version of Tom Sawyer on the road for the past couple of weeks.

“Luckily on the Billy Talent tour they kind of set up a warm-up room with like a separate drum kit and bass guitar and guitar,” Hastings said. “If they didn’t have that I don’t know what we would have done. So we’ve been kind of jamming it out over the last week or two, still getting the bugs out but it’s getting there for sure.”

Rush loved ‘I Love You Man’

Rush fans who watched the 2009 comedy I Love You Man were thrilled when the Toronto prog-rock trio turned up to play themselves during a concert scene in the movie featuring lead actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel as Rush superfans going nuts in the audience.

Turns out, it was fun for Rush too.

“Oh, we killed ourselves because those two guys are so funny,” drummer Neil Peart told QMI Agency leading up to Rush’s induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Sunday night in Toronto. “When we filmed our sequence for example they did take after take improvising, getting the two of them out in the crowd in front of us, getting more and more outrageous and we were supposed to be a serious rock band and we’re cracking up, trying to hold it.”

Peart says he, bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson also got a kick outta the film’s “slappa da bass” catchphrase uttered by Rudd’s character as he comically played air bass along to a Rush song in an earlier scene in the movie.

“They showed us that scene the day we shot — slappa da bass — yeah, very funny, very great,” Peart said. “In fact, I met a guy in his 20s a few weeks ago, he didn’t recognize me, and it gradually came up what I did and he said, ‘You’re in that movie!’ And that’s all he knew about me!”

New album in the works

Rush drummer Neil Peart says the group’s Canadian Songwriting Hall of Fame induction Sunday night in Toronto comes as he is in the midst of writing lyrics for the next Rush studio album.

He says the band is about five songs into the record with co-producer Nick Raskulinecz, from 2007’s Snakes and Arrows, but won’t talk about the sound or how or when the tunes will be released or subsequent tour plans.

“I stopped in Toronto a couple of weeks back and went over to Geddy’s house and listened to what they’ve been working on from my lyrics and it’s very exciting, we’ve got probably five very good songs there,” Peart told QMI Agency. “So we were saying, ‘Well, I kind of just want to keep working on this and finish the record.’ But on the other hand we were thinking, ‘Well, something we haven’t done since the ’80s is write new songs and go out and play them.’ It’s interesting to be so deeply involved in songwriting right now with this honour coming up. It kind of puts a fresh observation on it for me.”

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TY TABOR – Talks about “Somethings Coming” and more…

Jarrod Dicker from Ultimate-Guitar.Com website has recently interviewed TY TABOR and they talked about his new solo album “SOMETHINGS COMING” as well as King’s XLIVE IN LONDON’ DVD, JELLY JAM and more. Check out some excerpts of this interview…

Minion Ty Tabor, the loyal lead guitarist and songwriting subject of King’s X is at it again; this time it’s personal. Embarking on yet another solo album (his sixth to be exact), Tabor is liberating all musical demons in his upcoming March release, “Something’s Coming,” inviting close friends and family to assist him on guaranteeing perfection for his latest masterpiece.

UG: “Something’s Coming” is slated for a mid-March release, and will be your sixth solo record under the Ty Tabor moniker. What made you decide on the title, “Something’s Coming” for the new release?

Ty Tabor: It’s a song on the record. In a foreboding way, it encapsulates the majority theme of the album. A lot of the songs are pointing to things that “should” be warnings, things that we “should” be angry with and want to change; whether it is politicians or the environment. So “Something’s Coming” is the only track that fits everything, and describes the general feel of the entire album.

TY TABOR "SOMETHINGS COMING" NEW ALBUM

You are involved in a range of projects – how do you choose between solo work, a side project, or King’s X?

I usually try to do whatever it is that I want to be doing musically at the moment. If King’s X has some time off and something comes up that would be fun to be involved with, I usually do it. I don’t think too much about it. Everything has to work around King’s X scheduling and that’s my priority for the most part. But King’s X has quite a bit of time off between albums, tours and stuff so I just keep making music. I have been writing a lot these days and need outlets to produce the work. I was also looking forward to doing another Jelly Jam album this year. It’s very likely, but it’s whatever falls in the holes that I could work out scheduling.

On that, what is the current standing of King’s X? I know a LIVE-IN-LONDON release is scheduled for spring 2010…

We’re resting at the moment. We have a couple shows in April we’re going to do–both really big shows. And then in May or June we’re looking to go out in the States. At the moment we have a co-bill put together with another band but I can’t announce it yet because it hasn’t been finalized. We’re also looking to do some more opening slots and go in front of as much new people as possible and do less of the club headline stuff this year. We will promote that DVD around June, which is why we’re getting back out there. In the meantime we’re just preparing for the next record.

For the whole cool interview please access Ultimate Guitar.com (click here).


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ACCEPT – New Song Preview


“The Abyss”, a brand new song from reformed heavy metal legends ACCEPT, was premiered on Eddie Trunk‘s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show last week on New York’s Q104.3 FM and then again on KNAC.COM‘s “The Vault” this past Sunday, March 21 with host DJ Will.

A reduced-quality, incomplete version of the track is now available for streaming in the YouTube clip below (as recorded off the KNAC.COM online stream).

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SOULFLY – New Song Available for Download. But for a short period!

Roadrunner Records has released a track for a limited period of time from SOUFLY’s new album today at their official website. “Rise Of The Fallen”, the brand new song  is available for free download at this location (sign-up required). The track features a guest appearance by Greg Puciato of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and comes off the band’s seventh album, “Omen”, which is scheduled for release on May 25 via Roadrunner Records. The CD will be made available in a standard edition and a special autographed (while supplies last) limited-edition CD/DVD with access to an exclusive MP3 download of the song “Kingdom”.

The Special Edition

The Standard Edition

“Omen” limited-edition CD/DVD track listing:

CD:

01. Bloodbath & Beyond
02. Rise Of The Fallen
03. Great Depression
04. Lethal Injection
05. Kingdom
06. Jeffrey Dahmer
07. Off With Their Heads
08. Vulture Culture
09. Mega-Doom
10. Counter Sabotage
11. Soulfly VII
12. Four Sticks (LED ZEPPELIN cover) (Bonus Track)
13. Refuse/Resist (SEPULTURA cover) (Bonus Track)
14. Your Life, My Life (EXCEL cover) (Bonus Track)

DVD – Live at the With Full Force festival in, Germany on July 3, 2009:

01. Blood Fire War Hate
02. Sanctuary
03. Prophecy
04. Back To The Primitive
05. Seek ‘N’ Strike
06. Living Sacrifice
07. Enemy Ghost
08. Refuse/Resist
09. Doom
10. L.O.T.M.
11. Molotov
12. Drums
13. Warmageddon
14. Policia
15. Unleash
16. Roots Bloody Roots
17. Eye For An Eye

A music video for the track “Unleash” will also be featured on the DVD.

SOULFLY filmed a video for the song “Rise Of The Fallen” during the band’s March 17, 2010 live performance at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York. Directing the clip was Dale “Rage” Resteghini, who has helmed over 550 music videos since 2003, including clips for such metal bands as MUDVAYNE, HATEBREED, ANTHRAX, and SHADOWS FALL. Rage has also directed videos for some of the biggest names in the hip hop world, including Lil Wayne, Diddy, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube.

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W.A.S.P. – BLACKIE LAWLESS interviewed in Mexico

Mexico’s Search & Destroy has issued an audio interview with W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless.

For much more follow this link: SEARCH & DESTROY

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RUSH – Alex Lifeson talks about new material

A day before his band’s induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the guitarist reflects on the group’s past glories, current honors and future plans.

After more than 35 years making music together, legendary Toronto-area rockers Rush, you might think, wouldn’t have much left to accomplish. But this weekend, the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. The honour arrives just as the band is back in studio, writing away and gearing up for another spin around North American stages. Lifeson talked to The Globe and Mail about the hallowed halls of fame, and enjoying the fourth decade of Rush.

How does this latest accolade feel?

Well, it always feels nice to get this sort of thing. It’s funny, because Geddy and I have been writing for the last five or six weeks at a nice, easy pace – we have about half a dozen things that we’ve put together, and [we’re] getting excited about it, so the whole cycle continues. Although it’s very nice to get this award, we’re moving forward.

You’ve said you’re not concerned whether Rush gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is that still true?

Honestly, I really, really don’t care about it. There’s so many politics involved in that. I think there are so many other bands that are deserving to be in there, even before us, bands that we looked up to and were influenced by. They’ve got a lot of bands in there that I don’t think should really be in there. It’s fine, they can do whatever they want – it’s their hall of fame and whatever. Personally, in the long run, I’d prefer that we don’t get the offer, because I’m not so sure I’d want to go. Our fans are very insulted that we’ve been passed over so many times, but honestly, it doesn’t matter to us.

Credits to http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Follow the link for the complete interview!

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VAN CANTO – ‘Last Night Of The Kings’ Video is up!

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