Archive for August, 2015

Nucleus Torn’s Neon Light Eternal

Neofolk group Nucleus Torn already have a new album prepared after last year’s Street Lights Fail. Neon Light Eternal will be the band’s new album to complete the conceptual double strike Street Lights Fail and Neon Light Eternal.

Nucleus Torn


They will also release a retrospective of decadent grandeur in the shape of Blowing Up The Entire World (Explosions 1997 – 2015) as a lush and extremely limited edition of only 187 copies.

Three DVDs will cover Nucleus Torn‘s entire oeuvre in new high-quality stereo and 5.1 DTS surround mixes specifically created by Schnyder for this release.

Apart from all six albums and three EPs, Blowing Up The Entire World (Explosions 1997 – 2015) exclusively contains the two EPs A Promise Of Sunlight and Waywaters, featuring more than 50 minutes of unreleased music.

These complete works come in a large format hardcover book with 96 pages. Besides a detailed chronology of Nucleus Torn and all major images from the band’s history, it offers interviews the master conducted with himself, reflecting his creativity in a very entertaining manner.

Neon Light Eternal tracklist:

01. A Declaration Of Mistrust
02. Nothing Between You And Death
03. Street Lights Fail

The new album will be released on November 6th.

(via Metal Storm)


‘LARS ULRICH Was 100 Percent Right’

Former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE drummer Shawn Drover was recently interviewed for the “Metal Brainiac” podcast.

On the current landscape for metal bands:

Drover: “From an artistic perspective, it’s probably the best it’s been since the ’80s. The festivals in Europe are thriving. For metal fans, it’s unbelievable. It’s not just Europe anymore. It’s probably bigger in South America, I would almost say, than pretty much anywhere in the world, if you wanna have a contest about it. But, you know, the point being, there’s so many places… Dubai, India… It just goes on… Australia… It goes on and on and on. There’s a lot of fans who love metal — certainly a whole new generation since I was younger back in the ’80s and stuff. But it’s a different time. The flipside to this conversation, which we can talk about this forever, is that, unlike the ’80s when MTV came out and everybody supported the music by buying the product — ’cause it was the only way you could do it; you had to physically buy the product — now everybody can steal it. So although there’s, I would say, as many fans for metal as there was back in the ’80s, maybe even more, the fact that you can get something for free is killing the industry, because now the record companies don’t have tour support for young bands, so you can’t put anything into your stage production. Record companies won’t sign you. They’ll drop you in a heartbeat if you don’t sell… your first record doesn’t do well. All those things… There’s no taking time and building the artist over three or four records, like there was back in the ’70s, with RUSH and VAN HALEN and all those bands. If one record didn’t do well, well, they would try again. That was certainly the case with RUSH. So when people don’t buy music, they can bitch about it all they want, saying that everybody’s trying to be a rock star. Horseshit! It’s like me going into your house and stealing your TV. It’s theft, and it’s killing the industry.”

On what’s going to happen to younger bands that can’t afford to tour to the level that more established acts can:

Drover: “That’s ultimately the question, isn’t it? Ultimately, what can be done to get people to buy and support the bands again? That’s the $64,000 question. And the answer is, at this point, no one has the answer. Do you come up with a new format to put out music, where you can’t put it in your computer and ultimately burn it? That enabled someone to figure out how to get that onto your computer to where you can start doing filesharing. Which, that whole Napster horseshit happened in the late ’90s that Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] got crucified for by certain people, because they thought he was being pretentious and all that stuff, when he was absolutely right — he was a hundred percent right — and no one can argue that. But at the end of the day, the proof is in the decline of sales. Look at it every year. Look at it from 1995 to now. Look from 1985 to now.”

On whether the decline in sales of CDs can be attributed to the fact that the currrent generation of Internet users is accustomed to obtaining free music:

Drover: “You could take the viewpoint of the kid, saying, ‘We were always able to get this for free. Why should I pay for it?’ And I get it. Some of them do it without really thinking about what it’s really doing; others do it in a malicious way where they’re, like, ‘Fuck those guys! I’m gonna steal it ’cause I think it’s funny,’ or just being a douche. But you can find someone who would go steal your CD in a music store too, so there’ll always be that kind of people… The only thing that people can’t steal anymore is going to a concert and being at the concert and having that experience. Of course, everybody films that and puts in on YouTube, but it’s obviously not the same. Watching old VAN HALEN videos from 1981, it’s cool to watch on YouTube, but unless you were there, like I was, it’s a completely different experience, man. You just have no clue.”

ACT OF DEFIANCE, which also includes former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick, ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner and SHADOWS FALL‘s Matt Bachand (bass), released its debut album, “Birth And The Burial“, on August 21 via Metal Blade Records.

Act Of Defiance

(via Blabbermouth)


Thaw’s “St. Phenome Alley”

Just one year after releasing its latest album, Earth Ground, experimental black metal project Thaw is announcing a new release, named St. Phenome Alley.

This, however, won’t be a conventional release. The music will be focused on the ambient/improvisation/drone territory.

The album, available as a limited tape/digital release, will see the light of day on October 1st via Unquiet Records.


(via Metal Storm)


DISTURBED Scores Fifth No. 1 Album In U.S. With ‘Immortalized’

According to Billboard.com, DISTURBED has landed its fifth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 chart with its latest studio effort, “Immortalized“.

The new disc opens with 98,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending August 27, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 93,000 were pure album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

DISTURBED is only the third group to score five consecutive No. 1-debuting studio albums. They join METALLICA (five No. 1-debuting studio sets between 1991-2008) and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (six; 1998-2012).

Immortalized” is DISTURBED‘s first studio set since 2010’s “Asylum“, which opened atop The Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The act previously led the list with “Indestructible” (released in 2008), “Ten Thousand Fists” (2005) and “Believe” (2002).

The only DISTURBED album to miss the top position was the band’s debut, “The Sickness“, which peaked at No. 29 in 2000.


(via Blabbermouth)


Protest The Hero Confirm ‘Kezia’ 10th Anniversary Shows

Kezia was the 2005 debut album of progressive metalcore group Protest The Hero and still remains one of their most beloved albums.

The band will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a bang and a string of shows with the original line-up.

The first shows announced will happen in home turf Canada and drummer Moe Carlson as well as bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi will be returning to the stage to indulge in a little bit of nostalgia.

Kezia will be performed in its entirety.

Protest The Hero

(via Metal Storm)


OZZY OSBOURNE Is Working On ‘Really Special’ New Album

Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone has confirmed to Billboard.com that Ozzy Osbourne is working on “a really special album.” She added: “It’s going to be amazing. It’s something Ozzy has never done before that he’s always wanted to do.”

Ozzy performed with his solo band on August 29 at the first annual Epic Fest — a celebration of the record label on Los Angeles’ Sony Pictures lot.

His set included “Suicide Solution“, “I Don’t Know“, “Bark At The Moon” and the BLACK SABBATH staples “War Pigs“, “Fairies Wear Boots” and “Paranoid“.

Ozzy Osbourne said last October that his “Memoirs Of A Madman” compilation was meant to remind fans that he hadn’t put an end to his solo career after spending a couple of years recording and touring with BLACK SABBATH.

Memoirs Of A Madman” served as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy‘s greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career, and was made available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.

(via Blabbermouth)


‘People Are Afraid Of Sexuality, Especially Americans’

Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with BUTCHER BABIES at the 2015 edition of the U.K.’s Download festival, which was held in June in Donington Park.

Speaking about the criticism BUTCHER BABIES receive from heavy metal fans who seemingly take issue with the sexy appearance of the band’s frontwomen, Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, Carla said: “There’s always gonna be haters. We actually don’t really play into the negativity, or read into the negativity. I think people are afraid of sexuality, especially Americans.”

She continued: “I’m not ashamed of who I am, or what I look like, or what I’ve done in my life. And, you know, I’m just gonna be who I am. And I don’t think that should detract, in any way, from what we’re doing with our music, or what we wanna do. And I just think it’ silly.

“I think most people that actually come to a live show and see us perform, they get it, and they know that we are a hundred-percent legitimate band that’s going out there and doing what we do. And I think the most important thing is that we all grew up as metal kids, we all grew up in the pit, we love heavy metal, and we live, breathe and die for it. We’re the real thing. And that’s all that matters.”

BUTCHER BABIES‘ sophomore album, “Take It Like A Man“, was released on August 21 via Century Media. The CD was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA.


(Read more at Blabbermouth)


Caligula’s Horse’s “Bloom”

Recently, Brisbane proggers Caligula’s Horse revealed that they would be releasing a new album called Bloom. Well, now the full album details have been unveiled. The cover artwork is quite colorful and according to the band, so is the music. Take a look at the cover below as well as tracklist and more.

Their 3rd record Bloom will come out through InsideOutMusic on the 16th of October 2015 in Europe and the 30th of October 2015 in the U.S., as well as extensive Australian and European tour dates. The album will arrive on Limited Edition digipak CD, vinyl LP with CD included and digital download (including one exclusive bonus track).


01. Bloom
02. Marigold
03. Firelight
04. Dragonfly
05. Rust
06. Turntail
07. Daughter Of The Mountain
08. Undergrowth

Caligula's Horse

(via Metal Storm)


THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Has ‘Five Or Six Solid Ideas’ For Next Album

Jorge Fretes of Spain’s GoetiaMedia.com conducted an interview with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN before the band’s performance at this year’s edition of the Hevy Fest, which was held August 14-15 at Port Lympne in Kent, United Kingdom.

Speaking about the progress of the songwriting sessions for THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN’s follow-up to 2013’s “One Of Us Is The Killer” album, guitarist Ben Weinman said: “We’re working on songs now, getting ready. We have five or six solid ideas starting up. And when we get back from this run [of shows], we’ll try to tighten it up, finish it up [before entering the studio around November].”

Weinman went on to say that THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s new material follows “the DILLINGER direction,” and described the songwriting process: “Ultimately, it starts out with music, and then Greg [Puciato, vocals] gets it, and it hits him a certain way. He hears most of the music fairly done before he starts working on it, and then we hear it back fairly done vocally. So it goes through different stages of development. It’s exciting to hear it go through all the stages.”

Asked if THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has already picked out a producer and mixer for the new album, Weinman said: “We worked on every single record with Steve Evetts, our producer. He’s been working with the band as long as I have… many years. So, every now and again, we might change it up a little, bits and pieces of it — I do some of the production as well — but we’re pretty much gonna keep going the way we’ve been going, I think.”

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s fifth full-length album, “One Of Us Is The Killer“, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14, 2013 through the band’s own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America. Party Smasher‘s partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House for Japan and Remote Control in Australia.


(via Blabbermouth)


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