HARK: 'Crystalline' Cover Artwork Unveiled
Welsh heavy rock power trio HARK has finished recording its forthcoming Season Of Mist debut, entitled "Crystalline". The album was tracked at Monnow Valley Studios (BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, JUDAS PRIEST, PORTISHEAD) in Wales, and mixed by CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE, KVELERTAK, YOUNG WIDOWS), and will hit the stores on March 14 in Germany and the Benelux, March 17 in the rest of Europe, and March 18 in North America.
The cover artwork for "Crystalline" illustrated by HARK's acclaimed graphic artist and guitarist/vocalist Jimbob Isaac (ex-TAINT)."Crystalline" track listing:
02. Hounded By Callous Decree
03. Sins On Sleeves
04. Black Hole South West
05. Breathe And Run
07. Scarlet Extremities
08. All Wretch No Vomit
09. Xtal 0.6
10. Clear Light Of...HARK has already released the "Mythopoeia" seven-inch single, which they managed to sell out on tours with RED FANG and CLUTCH.HARK carries TAINT's torch forward, passed on from a legacy that began in 1994. With fresh chops and almighty riff power, HARK continues to fuse punk attack with SABBATHian dirge, and decorates post-whatever angularities with classic rock flourish. While Isaac's vocals expand on his tried and tested palette, his lyrics continue to shatter prose with bleak metaphor and acerbic spittle.
Made up of the former WHYTELEAF rhythm section Nikolai Ribnikov and Simon Bonwick, the HARK engine brings an OCD approach to song craft, and endlessly creative pummel. Their dynamic chops and blood lust for riffs meld with Isaac's honed and equally determined musical vision.
Regarding the recording of "Crystalline", mainman Jimbob Isaac stated: "Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our mottos since HARK's inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. Long days, little sleep and grim determination made this record the beast that we believe it to be. We pushed ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout. We're having fun biding our time, but there's only so long you can keep a bull in its pen."
TEMPEL: New Song 'Rising From The Abyss' Available For Streaming
Phoenix, Arizona-based instrumental duo TEMPEL will release its debut album, "On The Steps Of The Temple", on CD, limited-edition vinyl and digitally on January 21 via Prosthetic Records. The CD and LP — the first pressing of which is limited to just 250 copies — can now be pre-ordered at this location for just $8 and $15, respectively; a Bandcamp pre-order is also available, where you can receive an instant download of the song "Mountain".
Formed in 2003 by Ryan Wenzel (guitar, keys) and Rich Corle (drums), TEMPEL manages to blend metal's dark and melodic elements seamlessly. "On The Steps Of The Temple" has already received praise from notable press outlets such as The A.V. Club, who proclaimed, "TEMPEL takes things to uncharted — and astounding — territory... this is not your typical ethereal, chin-stroking post-metal." Featuring 53 minutes of towering riffs, crushing drums and hauntingly powerful compositions, "On The Steps Of The Temple" consists of "a perfect balance of dedication and originality" (Sludgelord). The album's cover art, pictured below, features a painting by the iconic ancient Chinese landscape artist Li Cheng."On The Steps Of The Temple" track listing (CD/digital)
01. Mountain (8:30)
02. Rising From The Abyss (9:05)
03. Final Years (4:37)
04. The Mist That Shrouds The Peaks (10:14)
05. Avaritia (8:41)
06. On The Steps Of The Temple (10:59)"On The Steps Of The Temple" track listing (vinyl)
01. Mountain (8:30)
02. Rising From The Abyss (9:05)
03. Avaritia (8:41)
04. Final Years (4:37)
05. The Mist That Shrouds The Peaks (10:14)
06. On The Steps Of The Temple (10:59)
The song "Rising From The Abyss" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's ALEXI LAIHO: Me And My Guitar
U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine has uploaded a video clip of CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho talking about his ESP Alexi Blacky model guitar. Check out the footage below.CHILDREN OF BODOM will make its triumphant return to North America this February. The band has announced a six-week major market headlining tour that will kick off on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and hit 32 markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping with a two-night stand at New York City's Irving Plaza on March 28 and March 29. The tour will feature support from folk metal heroes TÝR and represents CHILDREN OF BODOM's first Stateside headlining run since the release of the band's new LP, "Halo Of Blood".
New York fans will have the opportunity to see two unique CHILDREN OF BODOM shows, a different set each night. In addition, 100 two-night packages are available for New York City which include one ticket for each evening, early entry to the venue both nights, an exclusive show poster and access to the VIP Balcony section. CHILDREN OF BODOM's eighth album, "Halo Of Blood", sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on June 11 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami Saramäki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll".CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOM has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll", as well as Swedish producer Peter Tägtgren (MARDUK, AMON AMARTH), who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD Bassist: Being Compared To METALLICA Is 'A Pretty Damn Good Compliment'
Germany's EMP Rock Invasion recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about recent comments from MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, in which Flynn called AVENGED's new "Hail To The King" CD a "covers album" and specifically called AVENGED SEVENFOLD out for songs like "This Means War", which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA's "Sad But True", Christ said: "I heard a little bit about that.
"Everyone has their own opinions and they're entitled to them.
"We've never been shy to admit that METALLICA is a huge influence in our lives and on our music.
"We wrote some songs, like we always do, and we got in there…
"If we're compared to METALLICA, the greatest metal band in the world, I think that's actually a pretty damn good compliment."
He added: "I never really cared about [the negative things people have to say about our music]. Like I said, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. And it's fine. If I disagree, it's not gonna bum me out. I just don't have time to really sit there and worry about someone disliking what we put so much effort into."
Christ also revealed that METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich got in contact with AVENGED SEVENFOLD shortly after the release of "Hail To The King" and was happy about the band's success. "Lars reached out to Matt [AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows] when the record first came out and debuted at No. 1 and had nothing but good things to say about it," the bassist said. "So, I mean, we've gotta be doing something right."AVENGED SEVENFOLD is getting ready to release both an animated series and a mobile game based around the band's recently issued sixth album, "Hail To The King". The series will consist of six episodes and will be available on Machimina's HappyHour channel on YouTube starting December 15. The series will serve as a prologue and back story for the group's mobile game, "Hail To The King: Deathbat", with M. Shadows saying, "We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you all an idea about the type of game we are creating."
The "Hail To The King" series was directed by Jon Schnepp, producer of the Adult Swim animated show "Metalocalypse".
Both the series and game tell the story of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's fictional mascot, the Deathbat.
The game will debut sometime in early 2014. Shadows said about it, "We wanted to bring the story of the Deathbat to life and allow you to control its destiny. While the game stands on its own in terms of the story and game play, we still wanted to add in some extras for our fans."
The band recorded seven brand new songs for the game, which will also include 16 pieces of never-before-seen artwork from all the group's albums that players can unlock.
"Hail To The King" sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's "Nightmare".
ORGY Talks To CAPITAL CHAOS TV (Video) AmbPirate of Capital Chaos conducted an interview with ORGY, the reactivated "death pop" band from California, on November 30 at Assembly in Sacramento. You can now watch the chat below.
Guitarist Ashburn Miller announced his departure from ORGY in October to focus on a career in production/engineering. ORGY recently launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal set of raising $100,000 in 60 days to pay for recording, production, distribution, music videos, touring and even starting a new record label. However, the campaign raised less than $9,000 before ending in late October.
Originally formed in 1997, ORGY was signed to KORN's label Elementree Records and released its debut album, "Candyass", in 1998. Featuring two hit singles — a cover of the NEW ORDER song "Blue Monday" and "Stitches"— along with the song "Revival" featuring Jonathan Davis of KORN, the CD went on to sell almost two million copies. ORGY appeared on the Family Values Tour with KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, ICE CUBE, INCUBUS and RAMMSTEIN and was featured on the live compilation album from the tour released in 1999. Their second album, the science fiction-themed "Vapor Transmission", was released in 2000 featuring the singles "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" and "Opticon" and the band later released the song "Faces" for the soundtrack to the movie "Zoolander".
Joining vocalist and sole remaining original member Jay Gordon in ORGY's current lineup are Carlton Bost (DEADSY, THE DREAMING, LUNARCLICK) on guitar, Nic Speck (RUN RUN RUN) on bass and Bobby Amaro on drums.
ANGELICA RYLIN Interviewed On 'Hard Rock Nights' (Audio)
Swedish singer Angelica Rylin was recently interviewed on the "Hard Rock Nights" syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.ANGELICA's debut album, "Thrive", was released on November 29 in Europe and December 3 in North America via Frontiers Records.
Best known for being the singer in THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, Angelica Rylin finally decided to pursue her childhood dream and to walk in the footsteps of such amazing singers such as Ann Wilson of HEART, Leigh Matty of ROMEO'S DAUGHTER and Robin Beck and record her debut solo album in a true melodic rock style.
Some melodic rock songwriting luminaries answered the call in order to create the magic harmonies and music displayed on Angelica's debut album. "Harry Hess, Daniel Flores, Robert Sall, Alessandro Del Vecchio and Anders Wigelius all contributed," says Angelica, and some excellent guitarists such as Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES), Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR), Per Berquist (SMASH INTO PIECES) also appear on the album. There is also a very special performance by keyboardist Matt Guillory (JAMES LABRIE). Still, Angelica wrote or co-wrote several songs on her record, showing another side of her abilities.
"I got the chance to step out of my comfort zone and just focus on being a great singer. I also got to do a couple of amazing co-writes, for instance with Harry Hess of HAREM SCAREM," continues Angelica. "But what I'm most happy about is that I got to include a couple of my own songs too. It's a great mix of classic but modern AOR love songs."
Helped by producer, drummer and songwriting partner Daniel Flores (FIND ME, SEVENTH WONDER, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET), Angelica managed to create a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likeable hook lines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound.
"After releasing two albums with THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, I get an opportunity to show my fans a slightly different side of me and at the same time have fun and explore another side of rock music that I grew up with and truly love," says Angelica. "I have pushed my boundaries vocally on this album and grown as a singer, which is very important for me on a more personal level. I guess this is every singer's dream.""Thrive" track listing:
01. Breaking My Heart
02. I Am Strong
03. To Your Rescue
04. Can't Stop Love
05. Nothing Else You Can Break
06. Riding Out The Storm
07. Rain On My Parade
08. Losers In Paradise
09. You Will Never Win
10. This Kiss Is Just For You
11. I'm Not Waiting
12. Take Me To Your Heart
13. Breaking My Heart (bonus videoclip)
"Breaking My Heart" video:
SKINDRED Speaks To EYES FROM THE MOSH PIT (Video) Eyes From The Mosh Pit conducted an interview with the Welsh "ragga metal" act SKINDRED at the Hard Rock Hell VII festival, which took place November 28-30 at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, North Wales. You can now watch the chat below.SKINDRED's new album, "Kill The Power", will be released simultaneously in Europe in January 2014 via Double Cross /Cooking Vinyl and Napalm Records and it will be made available in North America on February 18 via Red River Entertainment, distributed by Sony/RED. The CD was recorded at The Chairworks studio in Leeds, United Kingdom with producer James "LeRock" Loughrey (PAGE & PLANT, FLUX PAVILION), who previously worked with the band on their 2011 album, "Union Black".
"'Kill The Power' is our fifth studio album," says SKINDRED frontman Benji Webbe.
"We are more than excited to unleash this SKINDRED bomb on the world!
"'Kill The Power' is for all them that are sick of being the underdog, and wanna step up and destroy all those who oppress and hold them down! Use this album as a backdrop to overcome and take your life back!
"We ain't fighting the power no more — we are definitely killing it!!"
"Kill The Power" track listing:
01. Kill The Power
02. Ruling Force
03. Playing With The Devil
04. Worlds On Fire
06. The Kids Are Right Now
07. We Live
08. Open Eyed
09. Dollars And Dimes
11. Proceed With Caution
12. More FireSKINDRED's distinctive mix of reggae, metal, punk and electronic has favored them throughout their career, having won Kerrang!'s Devotion Award and Metal Hammer's Golden God for Best Live Act in the past.
"Kill The Power" (song) video:
DORO PESCH Unveils Signature Wines
German metal queen Doro Pesch has unveiled two new wines, red wine Herzblut and the Cava Reserva Hero, which is said to be the world’s first "rock 'n' roll champagne."
The wines commemorate Doro's "30 Years Strong And Proud" tour, during which she celebrated 30 years of being on stage.
Description of the red Herzblut: "80-130 year old Grenache vines from the heart of the protected (DO) region Calatayud result in a dark red exceptional wine. Dark cherry, blackberry jam, cassis, coffee and light balsamic notes on the palate — racy, earthy, dense with juicy fruit, coffee and chocolate in the long finish. Ah yes, the very good addition: Doro for her first wine (of course) selected a flawless organic quality!”"
Description of the Cava Brut Reserva: "The first 'rock 'n' roll champagne' comes from central Spain and is produced by the high-quality 'méthode champenoise,' including traditional second fermentation directly in the bottle. A complicated process which produces a fine and elegant 'Cava Reserva' that already feared some of the best champagne in blind tastings!"
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BUCKCHERRY, FEAR FACTORY, ULI JON ROTH To Help Celebrate Whisky A Go Go's 50th Anniversary
The world-famous Whisky A Go Go nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California turns 50 years old on Thursday, January 16, 2014. The venue will ring in this historic evening with a show by legendary THE DOORS guitarist Robbie Krieger and his JAM KITCHEN band. Mayor John Heilman will be there to present a proclamation to the venue for its 50 years of service. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Whisky has been a home to every genre of music, ranging from the surf and psychedelic rock in the '60s, the punk explosion in the '70s, and the heavy metal in the '80s.
The 50th anniversary will include a month-long celebration with bands from all eras and many special guests.
"It's an honor to join the Whisky's 50-year celebration: so much history," said Robert Trujillo, bass player for METALLICA and INFECTIOUS GROOVES.
January 3 - THE UNTOUCHABLES
January 9 - LITA FORD
January 10 - STEPHEN PEARCY (RATT)
January 11 - THE FEAR
January 12 - DRAMARAMA
January 15 - X
January 16 - ROBBY KRIEGER'S JAM KITCHEN
January 17 - BUCKCHERRY
January 18 - FEAR FACTORY
January 19 - MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS
January 23 - ULI JON ROTH&BUMBLEFOOT (GUNS N' ROSES)
January 24 - JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE
January 25 - FASTER PUSSYCAT&JETBOY
January 26 - THE BANGLES
January 31 - INFECTIOUS GROOVES
Founded in 1964, the Whisky A Go Go has been an anchor in the music scene on the Sunset Strip, hosting rock and roll legends like THE DOORS, GUNS N' ROSES, LED ZEPPELIN and VAN HALEN. The Whisky is recognized as a historic music landmark and is the only surviving music venue to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
ICED EARTH's BLOCK, SCHAFFER Talk To France's RockNLive.org About 'Plagues Of Babylon' (Video) RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH vocalist Stu Block and guitarist Jon Schaffer. You can now watch the chat below.ICED EARTH makes its triumphant return with the January 21, 2014 release of new studio album, "Plagues Of Babylon", on Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany and was mixed at NHow Studios in Berlin, Germany. Guest vocals on "Highwayman" were laid down by VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen and SYMPHONY X/ADRENALINE MOB singer Russell Allen. Guest vocals on "Plagues Of Babylon", "Among The Living Dead", "Democide", "Resistance" and "If I Could See You" are by BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch. The cover and additional artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, HATEBREED).
A new teaser for the "Plagues Of Babylon" album and "Worldwide Plagues Tour" can be seen below."Plagues Of Babylon" track listing:
01. Plagues Of Babylon
03. The Culling
04. Among The Living Dead
06. The End?
07. If I Could See You
11. Spirit Of The Times
Songs 1-6 form the "Plagues Of Babylon" story line, part of the ongoing "Something Wicked" UniverseICED EARTH will promote the new CD in its North American homeland with the headlining "Worldwide Plagues Tour", which kicks off April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support.
"This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer of "Plagues Of Babylon". "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.
"We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!"
"Plagues Of Babylon" album/tour teaser:"Plagues Of Babylon" (song) lyric video:"If I Could See You" performance footage:
Nearly three years after its debut, DC Comics is pushing its New 52 five years into the future with writers Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello and Dan Jurgens to examine how heroes change with the passing of time and technology.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said.