Sunday, October 31, 2010

10 Best Metal Halloween Songs

In the spirit of the season, Noisecreep has put together a list of the best metal Halloween songs. Below are the songs that made the cut:

» Helloween - "Halloween" (from Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. One; 1987)

» The Misfits - "Halloween" (from Halloween single; 1981)

» King Diamond - "Halloween" (from Fatal Portrait; 1986)

» Entombed - "Left Hand Path" (from Left Hand Path; 1990)

» Alice Cooper - "Welcome to My Nightmare" (from Welcome to My Nightmare; 1975)

» Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath" (from Black Sabbath; 1970)

» Slayer - "Dead Skin Mask" (from Seasons in the Abyss; 1990)

» Dimmu Borgir - "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse" (from Death Cult Armageddon; 2003)

» Iron Maiden - "Fear of the Dark" (from Fear of the Dark; 1992)

» Morbid Angel - "God of Emptiness" (from Covenant; 1993)

To read more about each track and to stream the music videos, visit the original Noisecreep article.

Insidead Signs with Massacre Records

Insidead have officially signed on with Massacre Records. The Greek modern metallers will release their debut album, Chaos Elecdead, in late February of 2011. The album was produced in Germany by Roberto Dimitri Liapakis at Prophecy and Music Factory studios and was mixed and mastered by Liapakis and Christian Schmid. Cover art for the album was created by Meran Karanitant.

An official press release describes Chaos Elecdead as "a mixture of heavy, thrash, and deathcore elements with a modern touch that does neglect to include that warm and powerful feeling of the favorite music that we grew up with. Powerful yet broken riffs, using past and present inspirations, with melodic out brakes and solo parts that characterize this band as a fresh breath in the metal music scene. Insidead deliver strong compositions, played by their hands beginning to end and aspiring to blow you away."

Liapakis commented on the band's sound, saying: "Insidead are a breath of fresh air in the metal scene today as they tastefully combine classic heavy metal elements and modern ideas, keeping their playing real by recording all parts themselves note for note and producing the sound of the 21st century with a feeling in the vein of pure heavy metal."

Bassist Nick M added: "After years of hard work, both the timing and the people we worked with were right for us to find a label that can support our work and give us the stepping stone to present our music to a larger audience. We are grateful to our producer, R.D. Liapakis, and Massacre Records, whose faith in us was a reward by itself for the years of hard work and determination. We feel that the hardest part is to keep our consistency from now and prove they were right in believing in us."

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Exhumed Enters the Studio

Gore-metal band Exhumed are currently in the studio recording a new album. It will be their first full-length release since 2003's Anatomy is Destiny.

Founder/vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey, guitarist Wes Caley, and bassist Leon DelMuerte are currently at Arcane Digital Recording in Arizona working with engineer Ryan Butler (Misery Index) to record vocals, bass and guitar tracks. Drummer Danny Walker previously laid down his drum tracks at Trench Studios with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). Mixing and mastering will be handled by Brian Elliott (Graves of Valor) at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Nile). (Read More)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Memorain Reveals New Album Details

Thrash act Memorain has revealed both the artwork (pictured) and track listing for their upcoming album, Evolution. Slated for a 2011 release, the album's layout is as follows:

01. Nations on Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods of the Past
08. Death Shop
09. Circle
10. Power Out
11. Scratching the Surface
12. Misery

Memorain's current lineup includes includes Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth), and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism).

There will also be a number of guest musicians appearing on Evolution, including David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine, and Carlos E. Perez. (Read More)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Actor Christopher Lee to Make Guest Appearance on Re-recording of Manowar's Battle Hymns

Legendary actor Christopher Lee, who has appeared in numerous cinematic successes such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Man with the Golden Gun, and Dracula, is set to make a guest appearance on the re-recording of Manowar's 1982 debut album, Battle Hymns. The re-release is scheduled for release in 2011.

Commented the band: "He has played key parts in some of the biggest, most legendary movie franchises of all times. He has played kings, wizards, evil forces and shining knights. He is worshipped by movie and theatre fans all over the world. He speaks multiple languages fluently and is an accomplished singer of opera and metal as well. He has been knighted by the Queen of England and honored with numerous awards. And now, he is joining forces with The Kings Of Metal to rewrite heavy metal history: The legendary Sir Christopher Lee will be the narrating voice on "Dark Avenger" on Battle Hymns 2011!" (Read More)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Former Megadeth Guitarist Makes Guest Appearance on Gashead Single

Guitarist Chris Poland makes a guest appearance on "Skeletal" - the latest digital single from Colorado metallers Gashead. Produced by Dave Beegle, the new track is available in two versions at The track can also be streamed via

In 2003, guitarist Mike Lopez started Gashead as an all instrumental one-off, releasing the album LandSpeedRecord that same year. By 2005, Knuckles Avec Sombreos had been released and critics found a lot to love. (Read More)

The Soulless to Enter the Studio in December

Melodic death metallers The Soulless are set to begin recording a new album on December 15, 2010. The British act, who recently changed their name from Ignominious Incarceration, will record their new album at Outhouse Studios in Reading, England. The album will be produced by John Mitchell (who has worked with the likes of Funeral for a Friend, Architects, and Enter Shikari) and recording will run though to January 2011. The new album, which will be a follow-up to the band's 2009 release, Of Winter Born, is slated for an April 2011 release via Earache Records.

The Soulless frontman Andy Wardale commented on the band's return to the studio, saying: We couldn't be more excited about going into the studio. We were supposed to be going in in September, but because of the accident it had to be put back. So we've been waiting a long time to get in there! We have used our time well, however, to really tweak all the tracks and we are very happy with the result. We are also looking forward to working with the guys at Outhouse as we think they can really deliver the sound we want for this album."

"Everything we do will be recorded and so expect in-depth video updates of the recording process, showing clips of new material. We will also be putting up a video before we enter, showing our writing process and talking more extensively about the new style of music. Keep checking the updates and be excited!"

A recently released pre-production track titled "Earthbound" can be streamed via the band's MySpace page.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Desultory to Reissue Previous Albums

Reunited Swedish death metallers Desultory are set to release deluxe editions of two of their previous full-length albums: Into Eternity and Bitterness. The albums, which were originally released via Metal Blade Records in 1993 and 1994 respectively, will be re-released via Pulverised Records. In commemoration of the two releases, both discs will be released together and include bonus tracks from three demos circa 1990-1991. Also, each album, originally produced by Tomas Skogsberg, will be remastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio in Sweden.

Regarding this undertaking, Swanö said: "I've been remastering Desultory's demos and first two full lengths. The play time is more than 80 minutes! All the material has been restored to fit nicely together in the same playlist, and it's amazing how much a few small tweaks can change the overall sound from 'demo' to 'album.' A funny anecdote is that I 'forced' the band to go to the home of Tomas Skogsberg in the middle of nowhere and pick up the original DAT tapes of the demos. Maximum quality achieved!" (Read More)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Novembers Doom to Reissue The Knowing

Chicago, Illinois progressive doom metal act Novembers Doom will be releasing a reissue of their 2000 album The Knowing. The 2-disc reissue is set to be released via The End Records on November 23.

Vocalist and fouding member Paul Kuhr commented on the impending release, saying:

"To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of The Knowing, The End Records is reissuing this long out of print album which is one of the most sought after in the Novembers Doom collection. We wanted to make the reissue something special, so we decided to completely remix and re-master it in order to enhance the overall sound. Being able to revisit these recordings in a studio setting also allowed us to fix a few mistakes which have stood out in our ears for 10 years." (Read More)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Black Sabbath/Deep Purple/Iron Maiden Supergroup to Record Single

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan are set to record together once again - but this time they will do so with Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and former Deep Purple pianist Jon Lord. The supergroup are set to record a single for an Armenian music school. Using the moniker Whocares, their first charity single will be titled "Out of My Mind."

In 1989, Iommi and Gillan were involved in the recording of the infamous Deep Purple track "Smoke on the Water." This song was later re-recorded in order to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988. In October of 2009, the pair returned to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. (Read More)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dead by April Splits with Guitarist

Dead by April have issued the following brief statement regarding their recent split with guitarist Johan Olsson:

"We are sad to see Johan leave and wish him all luck in the future. Johan leaving will not affect the UK tour we're on right now and it will not affect the upcoming album recordings."

In turn, Olsson posted his own statement about his departure from the band:

"We have had some differences and been going in different directions for a while and there's always a certain point you reach when you need to really decide if you can go forward together or not. So I have decided to leave Dead by April to focus mainly on my own music and bands. Also give time to my other projects like my clothing company Suckerpunch Clothing as well as of course my family and friends. It is every kid's dream to be a 'rockstar' and you always have to balance the good against the bad." (Read More)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Arjen Lucassen on Star One, Steve Lee, and Ayreon

Netherlands-based guitarist and songwriter Arjen Lucassen recently finished the second album of his Star One project, which is scheduled for an October 26 release in the U.S. and a November 1 release in Europe. The progressive metaller has kept himself busy in the eight years between Space Metal and Victims of the Modern Age. Lucassen has written, recorded, and released several albums with Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Ambeon, and Stream of Passion and each of these projects has yeilded an array of musical styles which combine ample instrumentalist, vocalist, and musical talents. he man behind the helm of these projects took some time out for an interview with Metal Underground's Progressivity_In_All to discuss his musical ventures as well as the tragic death of Gotthard's Steve Lee, who had been a guest vocalist on the latest Ayreon album, 01011001. (Read More)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kerry King to Perform with Megadeth Tonight

Slayer axeman Kerry King is scheduled to perform alongside Megadeth on stage tonight (October 21) at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California. They will collectively perform the Megadeth classic, "Rattlehead." Tonight's performance marks the second time King has performed the song with Megadeth. The first performance was 26 years ago, in February 1984, during which time King played as the band's second guitarist.

Tonight's performance is part of the final show for the Jägermeister Music Tour, which features 1991's original Clash of the Titans lineup: Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.

During an interview with Decibel magazine in 2006, both Slayer guitarists - King and Jeff Hanneman - discussed King's decision to play with Megadeth over 20 years ago:

Hanneman: "I thought [Kerry] was an ass for doing that. [laughs] I remember talking to Tom [Araya] about it, like, 'I guess we're gonna get a new guitar player.' I thought he was kissing Dave's [Mustaine] ass or something, and I thought it was kinda fucked up. I think he was gonna join. Kerry will probably tell you something different, but why do that if you're not thinking about joining? I'm a loyalist, you know, and I thought Slayer was the best thing going. Why go hang out with somebody else? If Dave would've asked me to do it, I would've told him to fuck off."

King: "I did it because I admired Mustaine — I'd seen him play with Metallica. He'd be up there drunk off his ass, just ripping, not even looking at his fingers. Me and Jeff didn't know how to do that yet. [laughs] When he got kicked out and was sniffing around for a guitarist, I figured I'd do it because I thought I would learn something. The other guys in Slayer were probably unhappy, but we weren't really known back then, and the way I looked at it was that if people saw me playing in Dave's band, it'd be more publicity for Slayer. Now you look back and you think 'supergroup,' but back then, absolutely not. I played their first five shows, and then I was like, 'Man, this is taking too much of my time.' I can't speak for Dave, but I don't think he would've been unhappy if I stuck around."

Below is a video featuring former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson discussing King's time with Megadeth. Also below is footage from the 1984 performance of "Rattlehead." An image from Megadeth's official Twitter feed is included as well.

Conducting from the Grave Offers New Song for Streaming

Melodic metallers Conducting from the Grave will release their new album, Revenants, on October 25. The Sacramento, California quintet has teamed up with Lambgoat to debut the new track "Unholiest of Nightmares" (which can be streamed via this location).

Guitarist Jeff Morgan commented on the new track saying: "The track, 'Unholiest of Nightmares,' is my personal favorite on our new album Revenants. It has a little of everything that represents our style from classic CFTG thrash style riffing to pretty melodic parts, as well as crushing heaviness. The track does a good job of representing a fairly comprehensive musical picture of the band. We have been playing it most nights on the current tour [the Time to Bleed Tour with Suicide Silence]. So far it's been going over great, as well as has the rest of the new material we've been playing." (Read More)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Silent Civilian Parts Ways with Guitarist

Former Silent Civilian guitarist Dave Delacruz has issued an official statement regarding his recent departure from the Los Angeles, California-based metalcore band:

"As much as it was a difficult decision, it was the right decision. We made some great music and I was very happy to contribute to writing 50% percent of Ghost Stories. I will now be putting all of my attention to my Orange County, California-based band Unveil The Strength. Unveil The Strength is a much more 'melodic' band in a sense. It's a bit slower at times but has its fast, dark, and heavy side with blistering guitar work. Every song tells a story in which most can relate to. (Read More)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kamelot Guitarist Discusses New Album and Cancelled Tour

The past few months have brought mixed luck for U.S. power metallers Kamelot, The band has achieved some of their highest chart positions thanks to their latest album, Poetry for the Poisoned. However, they also found themselves being forced to cancel a North American tour due to vocalist Roy Khan's health issues. Not long after the cancellation of the tour, Metal Underground's xFiruath caught up with guitarist Thomas Youngblood and chatted about the new album as well as Kamelot's plans for the future.

With regards to how Poetry for the Poisoned advances Kamelot's sound, Youngblood said, "I guess you could say, in my opinion, the new record is a bit more progressive and maybe more diverse. It’s another Kamelot album, another step in the direction we want to go in. With this album the direction we wanted to go was a little more progressive and darker. I think we achieved that." He then when on to discuss the band's brief attempt at continuing their ill-fated tour with Circus Maximus vocalist Michael Eriksen and working with Elize Ryd of Amaranthe.

xFiruath: Let’s jump right into the new album Poetry for the Poisoned. Tell me about this album and how it came together.

Thomas: Since Ghost Opera we'd been doing a lot of touring. We had some time off in between the touring parts so we started working on the new record. I guess you could say, in my opinion, the new record is a bit more progressive and maybe more diverse. It's another Kamelot album, another step in the direction we want to go in. With this album the direction we wanted to go was a little more progressive and darker. I think we achieved that. (Read More)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Primordial Issues Lengthly Statement on Decision to Bring Back Drummer Simon O'Laoghaire

Irish dark metal act Primordial has issued a statement regarding the band's recent decision to reunite with drummer Simon O'Laoghaire. The band had kicked O'Laoghaire out last June. Primordial vocalist Alan Averill commented by saying:

"It's been a while since my last confession.

"Joking aside, it really has been a long time since our last transmission and the reasons are manifold and really pretty simple.

"This has been one of the most tumultuous years in the band since the mid-Nineties. The wheels very nearly came clean off, so where do I start?!

"We can't go any further without clearing up the drummer situation. Truth is, we had an incident in Greece that if you follow or know anything about the band has been well documented, so we won't go into again. Simon had some real problems that night." (Read More)

Marty Friedman Launces Japanese Record Label

Marty Friedman recently made two very public business moves. The former Megadeth guitarist not only created a new record label, Gokukara Records, he's also heading it up as well.

Since Gokukara Records is a subsidary of Japanese label giant Avex, all of Fridman's solo releases will continue to be with Avex. However, new artist that the guitarist choses to work with will be released via Gokukara.

A nationwide search will determine the first release for Gokukara. The search will be conducted through NicoNico Douga, which is Japan's more interactive version of YouTube. Given that the number of entratnts is already remarkably high, only

NicoNico Douga community members will be able to create videos for consideration.

Entrants living outside of Japan are also permitted to create video entires, but said entratnts must be able to use a computer in Japanese. That being said, it is possible that access to NicoNico Douga may be limited outside of Japan (depending on the territory).

Currently, Gokukara is a domestic label, meaning all information found on Gokukara Records' website as well as NicoNico Douga is presented in Japanese.

More information (in Japanese only) can be found here:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pathology Guitarist Quits Band Mid-Tour

Dave Astor, drummer for the San Diego, California death metal act Pathology has issued the following statement through the band's official Myspace page:

"We regret to say that we are forced to miss the last two weeks of the Immolation/Vader US tour. At the show in Los Angeles our guitarist Tim Tiszczenko decided he no longer wants to be a part of Pathology. Tim has been with me for almost 5 years, so having him quit like this is a big disappointment and shock. He basically cannot handle life on the road so he has to leave the band mid-tour despite us requesting him to complete the dates through year's end.

"In addition, many of you know we have been touring in support of Legacy of the Ancients with different fill-in singers waiting for Matti Way to clear some personal issues and join us on the road but it is becoming more and more evident that he just can't commit to the live activity we have planned." (Read More)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Lemmy Documentary to Receive DVD Release in January 2011

Lemmy is set to receive its U.K. premiere in the headline 9:00 PM slot at NFT1 on October 23. Following this, the long-awaited documentary, which follows the life of Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, will be run in selected cinemas throughout the U.K. starting December 3. In addition, Lemmy directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski are slated to participate in a panel discussion called I'm with the Band on October 24 from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM in the Delegate Centre at BFI South Bank.

Lemmy is scheduled for release on DVD via Entertainment One on January 24, 2011. The film premiered in the U.S. in March 2010 during the South by Southwest festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. (Read More)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Extreme O.D. Recruits New Guitarist

U.K.-based act Extreme O.D. has issued the following update about the band's activity and recruiting a new guitarist:

"Hey dudes, I thought its about time I posted a much needed update! Following our appearance at this years Bloodstock Festival we are delighted to announce a management/development deal with Rocksector Records. This in turn led onto some successful support slots with the awesome UK metal band that is Beholder. We had an amazing time gigging with these guys and you can see us in their tour diary video here.

"Kieron [Berry] left the band in September. He will be focusing on another project, we wish him the best of luck with this. Last week on October 9th our good friends Enemo J played a brutal set supporting the almighty Korn at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Katie [Cairns] performed guest vocals on the track she recorded with them for their upcoming album. (Read More)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Slowmotion Apocalypse Issues Update Concerning Health of Guitarist

Melodic death metallers Slowmotion Apocalypse have issued an official update on the health of guitarist Nicolas Milanese, who was diagnosed with leukemia:

"Good news! We can finally say welcome back home Nicolas! After seven months of hospitalization due to acute leukemia, past treatment and after performing a bone marrow transplant, Nicolas is home again and is already working to resume playing and will continue to gradually undergo visits periodic monitoring. The good news is two, in fact, since there could promote Mothra with a live tour, we decided to stay close to those who feel our lack making available all the new merchandise at discounted prices at MySpace. Thank you all." (Read More)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Candlemass Bassists Comments on Plans to Perform Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in its Entirety

Leif Edling, bassist of the Swedish doom metal act Candlemass, recently released an official statement regarding the band's announcement to perform its iconic album, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, in its entirety at the Roadburn 2011 Festival:

"Candlemass is on for Roadburn 2011! I'm very happy! Not only for the chance to redeem ourselves, it is still our 25th anniversary, for god's sake!

"A black piece of vinyl called Epicus Doomicus Metallicus came out almost exactly 25 years ago, and it will be a bonechilling event for us play the whole shit live at Roadburn! Can't wait!" (Read More)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Diamond Head to Perform Entire Lightning to the Nations LP on Upcoming Tour

2010 marks the 30th anniversary of Diamond Head's first album, Lightning to the Nations (also known as The White Album). At selected dates on the band's upcoming European tour, the British metal veterans will be playing the LP in its entirety for the first time ever.

Lightning to the Nations was recorded in seven days at Old Smithy Recording Studio in Worcester, England in 1979. It was released on October 3, 1980 via Diamond Head's own label, Happy Face Records. Originally, only there were only 1,000 copies of album pressed and these were only available at the band's concerts or via mail-order for a price of £3.50.

The full track listing for Lightning to the Nations is as follows:

01. Lightning to the Nations
02. The Prince
03. Sucking My Love
04. Am I Evil?
05. Sweet & Innocent
06. It's Electric
07. Helpless (Read More)

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Sword Parts Ways with Drummer, Cancels All Tour Dates

Austin, Texas based heavy metal outfit The Sword announced today that they have officially parted wasys with drummer Trivett Wingo. As a result of the split, the band has cancelled all of its scheduled tour dates.

A statement from the band read as follows:

"We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band's success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn't be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It's been a hell of a ride, and we're sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and we'll be back on the road as soon as humanly possible." (Read More)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Anthrax Performs New Song with Joey Belladonna for the First Time

On October 8, Anthrax performed a new song, "Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't," with singer Joey Belladonna for the first time during a concert at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The performance was part of the Jägermeister Music Tour with Megadeth and Slayer.

"Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't" was first performed on May 28, 2008 at Double Door in Chicago, Illinois during the band's first gig with then-singer Dan Nelson. The song was also recorded with Dan for what was supposed to be the next Anthrax album, Worship Music, but ended up getting shelved - along with the rest of the album - following the departure of Nelson and return of Belladonna.(Read More)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Gotthard Vocalist Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Steve Lee, lead vocalist for Swiss hard rock band Gotthard, was tragically killed last Tuesday (October 5) after being involved in a motorcycle crash. Lee was 47 years old.

Lee had flown to the U.S. with some biker friends last weekend in order to fulfill a long-time dream of his: to spend two weeks biking through the U.S. on a Harley Davidson motorcyle.

The Swiss bikers - 21 in total - began their journey on Sunday, October 3. (Also in the group were Lee's girlfirnd, Brigitte Voss-Balzarini, and Gotthard bassist Marc Lynn.) At approximately 5:15 PM on Tuesday (October 5), nearly 50 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, it began to rain and the group stopped on Interstate 15 to put on their rain clothing. Whilst on the slippery road, the trailer of a passing truck began to skid. The truck swerved and the trailer slammed into some of the parked motorcyles - one of which hit Lee. He was pronounced dead at the scene. (Read More)

Ron Jarzombek speaks has posted an extensive interview with acclaimed guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, BLOTTED SCIENCE, SPASTIC INK). In it, Jarzombek talks about everything from his early days with S.A. SLAYER, also featuring current MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain, to his feelings on jazz music, and the upcoming BLOTTED SCIENCE EP which will be the group's first recording with new drummer Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, ex-NECROPHAGIST).

On S.A. SLAYER: "We used to play around Texas with WatchTower and Helstar quite a bit. It was more of a straight ahead metal kind of thing. I wore black spandex and a leather vest (which was actually made out of vinyl - LOL) and I always felt a bit out of place, but went along with it because it was a cool gig. The other guys in the band were listening to Motorhead and Iron Maiden while I was into Rush. It all was working pretty well until Don (Van Stavern) and Dave (McClain) decided that they wanted to form a band with Mark Reale from Riot, which fell apart almost as soon as it started. S.A. Slayer was then over and I was I in WatchTower shortly after, which was just fine with me, although I had a bitch of a time trying to fill Billy (White)’s shoes."

On jazz: "Sometimes my music is described as jazz, which I do not hear at all. I’m not a fan of jazz and actually whenever I try to work with heavily influenced jazz guys, I have problems. If a musician isn’t grounded in rock or metal and they have a bunch of jazz wanker guys listed as their influences, a bright red flag goes up for me. Don’t get me wrong, I totally respect and admire players like Larry Carlton, Allan Holdsworth, Al DiMeola, Frank Gambale, etc. but I don’t want to write/play with drummers and bass players who don’t have clue what they are supposed to be playing in a rock/metal context. Figure out all your widdling going-nowhere-crap on your own time, then when you figure out what you’re going to play, THEN hit the record button."

On BLOTTED SCIENCE: "We incorporated the 'Circle Of 12 Tones' writing system that Alex and I we are still using, and actually have a pretty interesting thing going. On the upcoming EP we have a VERY cool concept of what we are writing music to, and to be quite honest I don’t think any band has done it before. I’ve dabbled in it before with Spastic Ink, but this is EXTREME! and I’m sure this will knock people’s socks off. It’s a little too involved to do a whole album, so we’re going to see how all goes with this EP."

The full interview can be viewed at

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Abysmal Dawn Completes New Album

Los Angeles' own Abysmal Dawn recently wrapped up recording on their new album, which is a follow up to 2008's Programmed to Consume.

"We've been working on and off in the studio on this album since May and now we're finally done," commented guitarist/vocalist Charles Elliott. "After a series of set backs, illness, and going through a world of shit in our personal lives, we had no choice but to make this record our revenge and the defining moment for Abysmal Dawn. We've had the finished mixes for about a week now and everyone that has heard it has been just blown away. We can already tell that this will be the record that the band will become known for. It's a very varied, extreme, technical, and melodic record and I can promise you that no one will be disappointed." (Read More)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Amalgama Comments on New EP

New York's Amalgama has checked in with the following update about the release of their new EP, Amethyst:

"A hello from the great city of Albany here in upstate New York! It's raining, which means it's officially fall. That also means that snow is just around the corner and we're all getting ready to do battle with the elements once again. One upside to the cooling (OMG global climate change!1!!11!) is that our rehearsal space, normally sweltering, has become more tolerable to be in for extended periods of time.

"You know what else is here? Yes, the long awaited release of our latest EP, Amethyst. The artwork went through finally tweaking, the packaging designed and formatted, and the tracks uploaded and sent off to our distributor. It's a glorious thing to see those shiny cases come out of the box and head right back out the door to our fans around the world. Querys on when it was going to be available were hitting our inbox and Facebook page pretty reliably over the last few weeks but the day has finally arrived." (Read More)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wacken Open Air Panorama Website Now Available

The organizers of the Wacken Open Air Festival have given fans the option to witness a panoramic view of the 2010 festival. The new website offers 360° photos and video clips that can be viewed online via Regarding the new website, festival organizers had this to say:

"With the 3D 360° panorama you can have exclusive aspects of the Wacken Open Air, never seen pictures of the festival and backstage impression in high quality 3D. Being the first festival worldwide which created such a unique roundwalk over the whole festival ground, W:O:A sets new benchmarks regarding fan friendlyness. You can explore the festival area before, during and after the festival, have a look behind the stages and find out where the artists party. The 3D panorama consists of 80 single panorama and includes special sound effects and video clips." (Read More)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Former Dio Guitarist to Be Featured on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show

Former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson will be featured in an upcoming episode of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. Robertson will appear in a segment titled "Where Are They Now?"

This will be the sixth season of That Metal Show. The show, which celebrates all things hard rock and heavy metal, was taped in Los Angeles, California between September 30 and October 5. Hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson, the show is presented as a round-table talk show and features music legends as they hang out and discuss past and current projects as well as interact with fans (who populate the studio audience). Originally a 30-minute program, That Metal Show now has an official running time of one hour. (Read More)

Monday, October 4, 2010

To/Die/For Issues Band Activity Update

Finnish gothic metallers To/Die/For recently released an official statement regarding the band's upcoming activities:

"Time between Wounds Wide Open and 2010 is been too long time without doing 'nothing' with To/Die/For. We tried to create it with Tonmi Lillman and we used one year but things did not go forward as it should go. Tonmi is very great drummer and recorder and musician, but he is having so much other things to do also. TDF is thing I wanna do with all of heart and that's why I decided to be free, and do it without Tonmi again. It is sad but I have my life too and I cannot just wait and wait all the time. Of course there is other reasons too but nothing personal problems. I love him as a friend always." (Read More)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

In Virtue Issues Update on New Material

California power metallers In Virtue have issued an official update regarding the recording of new material:

"Well ladies and gentlenerds, we are elbow deep in it now. We began the process of recording our debut full-length album in February of this year with the drums. We spent two days at the renowned Prairie Sun recording studios in Cotati, CA, which has hosted such bands as Tom Waits, Primus, Marty Friedman, just about every Shrapnel Records shredder and none other than Sir Paul McCartney. We recorded in their studio B room which features a console formerly owned by Pete Townshend of The Who, used to record their legendary album Quadrophenia. Over the course of two action packed days we laid down all the basic drum tracks and drained enough Mountain Dew to kill a bull elephant at twenty paces." (Read More)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Iron Maiden to Play Indonesia?

The Jakarta Post has reported that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will perform in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Bali in February 2011. According to, local promoter Tommy Pratama has gone on record saying, "They [Iron Maiden] have confirmed it."

According to sources, the Jakarta show will most likely be held on February 17 or 18 with the Bali show following two days later.

Longtime Maiden manager Rod Smallwood recently told The New York Times that over 800,000 copies of the band's latest album, The Final Frontier, had been shipped to retailers worldwide by the end of August. (Read More)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Vengeful to Enter Studio

Montreal's Vengeful recently made an official announcement that they will be preparing to enter the recording studio very soon:

"We're still around. We have been hard at work the last few months completing what's to become our third album which as promised will be a double album. Get ready for a lethal dose. We don't have a title for it yet but some of the songs that will appear on it are: "Delusional," "Malice," "Decay," and "Distant Exit." The latter being a track similar to "Transcending" Let's not say more for now. Studio time is booked with Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, Neuraxis) starting on November 15th. He will once again be recording the drum tracks this time performed by Phil (Truesdell) who is definitely prepared to deliver the goods and put the record straight on being our real drummer. If everything goes according to plan (that rarely happens) we intend to be done with the album in March and then we start looking for a label to help distribute it as soon as possible." (Read More)