Archive for November, 2015

Brutal Assault 2016

The organizers of one of the best European metal festivals revealed the first batch of bands which will perform during the 21st edition of Brutal Assault.

As usual, the bands are very varied, representing the whole spectrum of extreme music. The line-up is already impressive, with over 50 bands still to be announced, and the biggest names so far include Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Exodus, Ministry, Moonspell and Satyricon, who will perform a 20th Anniversary Nemesis Divina set.

The annual extreme metal fiesta will take place from 10th-13th August 2016 in the Fortress Jozefov, Czech Republic.

Bands announced so far: Aborted, Agnostic Front, Arch Enemy, Archgoat, Birdflesh, Bury Tomorrow, Coroner, Dark Funeral, Dark Tranquillity, Destruction, Electric Wizard, Eskimo Callboy, Exodus, Gruesome, Hypno5e, Insomnium, Leprous, Ministry, Moonspell, Nile, Obituary, Omnium Gatherum, Satyricon, Septicflesh, Sigh, Taake, Terror, Textures, The Algorithm, The Black Dahlia Murder, Valkyrja, Whiplash.

(via Metal Storm)


‘Thirty Years After The First Record, We Are Still Relevant’

Rock Revolt Magazine recently conducted an interview with EXODUS singer Steve “Zetro” Souza. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Rock Revolt Magazine: When I was first approaching this interview, I was going to gear it towards a “wrap-up” of the past year since “Blood In Blood Out” was released. However, a quick check of EXODUS tour dates has you guys going string well into March of 2016. That really speaks to the demand for you being back in the band and the strength of the album as well. What are your thoughts on that?

Zetro: I think both elements are definitely a factor to it. I don’t want to say it doesn’t have anything to do with me coming back, [but] sure, it does. “The original guy, the guy that sang for them when I was in high school.” That’s the mentality. Our fans are very loyal to that. When bands replace the singer, there’s big dynamic there that you’re used to. Does Arnel Pineda [current JOURNEY vocalist] do a great job in JOURNEY? Sure he does. But, how awesome would it be if Steve Perry came back, though? I look at it that way. When Blaze Bayley was singing in IRON MAIDEN — that’s probably some of the heaviest stuff MAIDEN‘s done. But Bruce [Dickinson] is MAIDEN. Same with [Rob] Halford — I love “RipperOwens; Tim is my boy. But, when Halford came back to PRIEST, what was it like? It’s the same thing — I hear it night after night. People scream, “Thanks for coming back, Steve!” That makes me feel great. It makes me feel appreciated, and gives me motivation, knowing that we’re still relevant in the business. Thirty years after the first record, we are still relevant.

Read the entire interview at Rock Revolt Magazine.

(via Blabbermouth)


Mourning Beloveth’s “Godether”

Ireland’s death/doom metallers Mourning Beloveth have today unveiled the first new music from their upcoming sixth album, Rust & Bone.

The clip is an edited version of the track “Godether“, and is taken from the new album, due out on January 22nd, 2016, via Ván Records.

Mourning Beloveth


01. Godether
02. Rust
03. The Mantle Tomb
04. Bone
05. A Terrible Beauty Is Born

(via Metal Storm)


FARMIKOS’ “Scapegoat”

Scapegoat“, the new video from FARMIKOS, the Los Angeles-based band featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE and DAVID LEE ROTH guitarist Joe Holmes and vocalist Robbie Locke, can be seen above.

The song features Locke on vocals and Holmes on guitar, with guest appearances by current drummer Ken Schalk (CANDIRIA) and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (PHILM, WAR).

The “Scapegoat” clip was filmed at The Mouse House Studio by Terry Moews, edited by Michael Weissman and produced by Rich Mouser, who has lent his talents to recordings by FLYING COLORS, WEEZER, DREAM THEATER and TRANSATLANTIC.

Mouser also handled the engineering, mixing and mastering of FARMIKOS‘s debut album at The Mouse House Studios.

The audio track for the “Scapegoat” video features former Holmes‘s OZZY OSBOURNE bandmate Robert Trujillo (now in METALLICA) on bass and Brooks Wackerman (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ex-BAD RELIGION) on drums.

Says Mouser: “In making the album, we always tried to keep the sounds raw and organic, recording to analog tape and using natural room reverb for the drums. We rode the line between classic and modern.”

Farmikos” track listing:

01. Scapegoat
02. Am I One
03. Kings Of Dust
04. The Spoon And Sun
05. Fragile
06. The Sound Of My Gun
07. Ascension
08. I Was Them
09. Exit Stencils
10. Facing East

(via Blabbermouth)


Myrath’s “Believer”

After announcing a fourth album which will be delivered soon (March 2016), Tunisian progressive output Myrath have landed the very first teaser of the song “Believer“.

The band have recently started a fundraiser for its video.


(via Metal Storm)


BLOODSHED’s “Salvation By Bloodshed”

Back in 1997, NASUM members Anders Jakobson and Mieszko Talarczyk had a short-lived death metal project called BLOODSHED. They recorded a three-song demo titled “Salvation By Bloodshed“, but it was never released properly. The demo tape was only handed out to a handful of people.

Now, 18 years later, this lost recording is being released as a vinyl single by Swedish label Bone Records. Remastered by Dan Swanö, the pressing is limited to 500 copies and is being made available on red (100 copies) and black vinyl (400 copies).

Listen to opening track, “Carnal Revelation“, using the SoundCloud widget above.

For orders, send an e-mail to: bonerecordssweden@gmail.com.

NASUM was hit hard by the passing of guitarist and co-founder Mieszko Talarczyk in the 2004 Asian tsunami, but embarked on a farewell tour in 2012 to mark the band’s 20th anniversary and close the book on the influential act.


(via Blabbermouth)


Sorcier Des Glaces’ “La Noirceur Éternelle”

Quebec black metallers Sorcier Des Glaces have released a first song from their upcoming new album North, to be released via Obscure Abhorrence Productions on February 29th 2016. The first cut to be made available is titled “La Noirceur Éternelle“.

Sorcier Des Glaces


01. Passage au-delà des Glaciers Noirs
02. (To The) Snow-Crowned Mountains
03. La Noirceur Éternelle
04. Storming From Beyond
05. Dawn Of The Apocalypse
06. North
07. Witchcraft
08. Rites Of The Black Moon

(via Metal Storm)


‘I’m One Of The Hardest-Working Drummers In The World’

Rodney Holder of Australia’s Music Business Facts recently conducted an interview with Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the current state of the music business:

“Well, as you know, it’s at its, probably, toughest point in the history of music. Record sales are at an all-time low, and record companies and labels are folding left and right, and it’s just a tough time all around. That being said, though, I think it’s created many opportunities that have actually benefitted the artist. I think for so many years… When I was starting out in the ’80 and early ’90s, the only way a band could get any kind of exposure, you had to sign away your life to a shitty record deal and the record companies kind of screwed you and kept everything to themselves while the artists weren’t making anything. So everything was always loaded in the corporate side’s favor and against the artist. Now, these days, it’s sad because all the labels are closing, everything’s folding, but at least the artists are in a position where now they can control their music. So I think that much is a good thing. I like the fact that, at this point, I don’t have to be at the mercy of a record company to have a video seen or have a song heard. You have the Internet and you have YouTube and Twitter and Facebook that you could all utilize to yourself. So as much as it’s a tough time, I think in a lot of ways, the artist is kind of getting the music back, which is nice in that respect.”

On whether he is very involved with taking care of his business affairs:

“To be honest, I’m pretty horrible with the business side. Not only do all the bands I’m in — we have managers and agents and lawyers and all that crap — but even generally within the band chemistry of all the bands I’m in, I’m usually not the one that oversees that stuff. And luckily, I’ve aligned myself with other people in my bands that are generally good in that department. I’ve always been very much a leader in all the bands I’ve been a part of — I’m very, very hands on in every area — except for the business. That’s the one area that I kind of shy away from, and I spend more time concentrating on the creative side. The merchandise and the web sites and the fan clubs and the discs and the directing and the producing, that’s all the stuff I spend my time obsessing over. I have to admit I’m not the best business guy.”

On whether most of his income these days is generated from live performances:

“Yeah, that’s where most musicians are making money these days — is on the road. Merchadise is a big part of it. There’s not much money in terms of record deals. When I was with DREAM THEATER, we were getting record budgets of seven hundred thousand per record or whatever. These days, those kind of budgets don’t exist anymore, and luckily, you don’t need budgets like that these days. These days, you can have your own home studio and make an amazing-sounding record for twenty thousand dollars and it will sound as good as anything else out there. So, luckily, you don’t need those kind of budgets anymore, but the labels giving those kind of budgets, those days are gone. So, artists these days, you have to make your money on the road… touring, merchandise… wherever else you can — wherever you can kind of figure out a way to monopolize your situation.”

On whether the music business has made him what some would consider a wealthy man:

“Well, everything is… Everything is… subjective… I don’t know. I think I’ve been able to live a very comfortable lifestyle — thank God — but it didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been doing this for thirty years now, so it was an accumulative thing that took many, many, many years of incredibly hard work. I mean, I’m one of the hardest-working drummers in the world. So I work my ass off for what I have. And I do have a wife and two children. My daughter’s in college. So I work really hard, and luckily I’ve been able to provide for them comfortably. But it’s all… you know, it’s all… I don’t know the word I’m looking for. But it’s all in proportion. Yeah, I may do well compared to a lot of younger bands, especially compared to other bands that are in the metal or the prog world, but sure enough, if you compare me to a pop star or a rap star or an athlete, the way I live is extremely modest. So, you know, it’s all… It’s all relative; that’s the word I’m looking for. It’s all relative.”

(via Blabbermouth)


Black Star Riders’ “Soldierstown”

Black Star Riders have released a lyric video for “Soldierstown“, taken from their newest second album, The Killer Instinct.

Black Star Riders are currently on the road in Europe before heading over the UK and Ireland for a tour with Whitesnake and Def Leppard, which kicks off in Dublin on December 6th.

Black Star Riders

(via Metal Storm)


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