Archive for November, 2016

‘We Needed To Come Up With An Album That Blows Everyone Away’

Metal Wani editor in chief Owais “Vitek” Nabi recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR.

Speaking about the five-year gap between 2012’s “Phantom Antichrist” album and the upcoming “Gods Of Violence“, Mille said:

“It didn’t seem that long, to be honest, because we have been touring so much. And I think in order to come up with something relevant and something exciting, it’s definitely important to take some time off, and hat’s what we did. After the extensive touring cycle for ‘Phantom Antichrist‘, we just took almost… not two years off — we played a couple of festivals — but, basically, we didn’t do much in ’15 and until now [in] ’16; those two years were free of any long touring. And so, yeah, being able to do this was a luxury, but was also necessary in order to come up with something great.”

Mille also talked about the songwriting process for “Gods Of Violence“, explaining:

“We just wanted to write new songs that are just, ‘Wow!’ I think that’s basically what we had in mind. One thing that we were all conscious about was that we needed to come up with an album that blows everyone away. So whatever it takes, we do. That’s the only conscious decision that we made — to come up with something exciting; that’s the key.”

Regarding KREATOR‘s decision to return to Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden to record “Gods Of Violence” with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA), Mille said:

“It was fantastic. We had a great time. We knew the location, we knew the studio, and it was really cool. And it was summertime this time, so it was a lot easier, really. It was nice.”

Gods Of Violence” will be released on January 27, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the disc was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited-edition artwork for KREATOR‘s last album, 2012’s “Phantom Antichrist“, and has lent his talents to bands like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT and OVERKILL in the past.

The exclusive North American cover was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco, who has previously worked with SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY and HATEBREED.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Apocalypticon
02. World War Now
03. Satan Is Real
04. Totalitarian Terror
05. Gods Of Violence
06. Army Of Storms
07. Hail To The Hordes
08. Lion With Eagle Wings
09. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

The video for the “Gods Of Violence” title track can be seen above. The clip was filmed with renowned video production company Grupa13, which has previously worked with AMON AMARTH, BEHEMOTH and ELUVEITIE.


(via Blabbermouth)


SÓLSTAFIR Launch New Video For “DAGMÁL”

Sólstafir are now releasing a new video for the track “Dagmál“, which is taken from the band’s latest full-length, Ótta.

In other news, Season of Mist also announced the re-signing of Sólstafir and today marks the start of the third week of the band recording their new album.

They are working with renowned producers Birgir Birgirsson (Sigur Rós, Alcest) and Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Oranssi Pazuzu).


(via Metal Storm)



Italian symphonic metal band Secret Rule have released a new video for “You’re The Player”. Special guests for the video are current Delain guitarist Timo Somers and former Delain drummer Sander Zoer.

The track is taken from their new album Machination.

Machination was mixed and mastered at Antfarm Studio in Denmark and produced by Tue Madsen.

In the lineup of the album you can find Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, Sander Zoer (ex-Delain) on drums, other special guests include Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), and Fabio D’Amore (Serenity).

After the successful European tour this summer and being the opening act for Serenity in Switzerland, the bands next shows are listed for 2017:

29 – Rome, Italy – Orion Club

2 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Reaper
3 – Ciudad Real, Spain – Sala Nana
4 – Sevilla, Spain – Sala Le Calle
5 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Silikona


(via Bravewords)



Three members of RATT‘s classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — have taken control of the band’s name after a judge ruled against drummer Bobby Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015.

The judge furthermore decided that the corporation WBS, Inc., of which Blotzer and DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders, and which Blotzer has claimed owns the RATT name and brand, did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement: Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini and Blotzer.

Under a 1985 written Ratt Partnership Agreement, the name/trademarks are the property of the partnership and can only be transferred with the unanimous approval of all partners. Thus, in 1997 when Blotzer, DeMartini and Pearcy purported to transfer the trademarks to WBS, that transfer was invalid since Croucier, who was still a partner, was never advised of, and therefore did not consent to, the transfer. Thus, the partnership still owns the RATT name.

Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier have now expelled Blotzer from the partnership, according to a press release issued by the trio. Blotzer thus has no further interest in the RATT name and may now only refer to himself as a “former member of RATT“, as per the partnership agreement. DeMartini, Pearcy and Croucier look forward to continuing to tour as RATT and thank their fans for all the ongoing support.

Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini performed as the “surprise band” on October 1 on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise West, also known as Monsterwood. Joining them on stage at the event were former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT‘s last studio album, 2010’s “Infestation“, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.

Blotzer has been touring the U.S. for the last year with his own version of RATT, featuring a rotating cast of musicians, including vocalist Josh Alan (ex-SIN CITY SINNERS).

DeMartini filed a lawsuit against Blotzer last year, claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his “tribute band” as the real thing.


(via Blabbermouth)



The French metallers The Great Old Ones are unleashing the next brooding song extracted from their new opus EOD – A Tale Of Dark Legacy, which has been composed as a sequel to H.P. Lovecraft‘s masterpiece “The Shadow Over Innsmouth“.

Listen to “Mare Infinitum” above. If you like it, buy the record through Season Of Mist on January 27th, 2017.

Vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Guerry comments:

“We are proud to present the next track taken from our new album. It comes heavily laden with melancholy but also filled with transcendence. The song pays tribute to the infinite depth of the sea – an essential plot device within Lovecraft‘s mythology. For those, who want to keep the surprise element about this tragic trip to Innsmouth, we will give no further explanation or spoiler about our story. Like with any book, you will have to experience it for yourself. We are also stoked about the great production work made by Mobo at Conkrete Studio.”


(via Metal Storm)



Divided… Conquer Them“, the new video from the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based metal act NONPOINT, can be seen above.

The track is taken from the band’s latest album, “The Poison Red“, which was released on July 8 via Spinefarm Records.

The CD was recorded at Uptown Recording Studio in Chicago with producer Rob Ruccia.

Divided… Conquer Them” is currently at radio and is additionally featured on both Spotify‘s Rock Hard Playlist and Apple Music‘s A List Rock.

The Poison Red” is the first NONPOINT album to feature lead guitarist BC Kochmit, whom Soriano has described as “Eddie Van Halen‘s illegitimate child.”

The Poison Red” track listing:

01. Generation Idiot
02. Foaming At the Mouth
03. Bottled Up Killer Bees
04. Rabbit Hole
05. Chasing White Rabbits
06. Standing In the Flesh
07. Divided… Conquer Them
08. Radio Chorus
09. Spanish Radio Hour
10. El Diablo
11. No Running Allowed
12. Promises
13. Be Enough
14. My Last Dying Breath

NONPOINT will kick off 2017 in expected fashion — on the road and touring with ALTER BRIDGE. The dates begin on January 24 and run through February 22.


(via Blabbermouth)



Negură Bunget have released a new video from their latest opus, Zi.

The video is for the track “Marea Cea Mare” made in collaboration with Thy Veils, a Romanian ambient band, also from Timisoara.

The video is the work of Daniel Dorobantu, mastermind of Thy Veils.

Negură Bunget

(via Metal Storm)



UK-based metalcore powerhouse Bury Tomorrow have released their new music video for “Cemetery“.

Speaking of the track, frontman Dani Winter-Bates says:

“‘Cemetery’, right from the beginning of recording was always one of our favorite on the album. We decided to do the video with our old friends in Sitcom Soldiers, who have smashed it on a fair few of our videos! We wanted to do something we’d never done before, rain, It was an amazing experience, albeit colder than ice! We wanted a video that reflected the dark nature of the track and the album as a whole.”


(via Bravewords)



KATATONIA, the Swedish purveyors of dark progressive rock/metal, have announced they will be heading out on a headline tour of North America in March and April 2017 to support the release of their latest studio album, “The Fall Of Hearts“.

Fallen Hearts Of North America” 2017 tour dates:

Mar. 16 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Mar. 17 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
Mar. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Mar. 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Mar. 21 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Mar. 23 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
Mar. 24 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Mar. 25 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
Mar. 26 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Mar. 28 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Mar. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Apr. 01 – San Francisco CA – Slim’s
Apr. 03 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 04 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Apr. 05 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
Apr. 07 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway
Apr. 08 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Apr. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Apr. 11 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Apr. 12 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Apr. 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
Apr. 15 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Apr. 16 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
Apr. 17 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Apr. 19 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Apr. 20 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA
Apr. 21 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

The Fall Of Hearts” was released on May 20 via Peaceville. The follow-up to 2012’s “Dead End Kings” was recorded at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl & Tri-lamb studio, and was produced by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse.

Mixing and mastering duties were carried out by Jens Bogren (OPETH, IHSAHN, DEVIN TOWNSEND) at Fascination Street Studios, with Karl Daniel Lidén (SWITCHBLADE, THE OCEAN, GREENLEAF) brought in as engineer.

The dramatic-yet-desolate artwork was created by longtime KATATONIA designer and illustrator Travis Smith.

The Fall Of Hearts” is the first KATATONIA record to feature new drummer Daniel “Mojjo” Moilanen and recently recruited guitarist Roger Öjersson (TIAMAT), who came in just in time to sprinkle some blistering solos on the album.


(via Blabbermouth)


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