WOLAND: 'Hyperion' Teaser Available
Helsinki, Finland's WOLAND will release its new studio album, "Hyperion", on February 24 (February 17 in Norway and February 21 in Germany/Austria) via Indie Recordings.
A teaser for the album can be seen below.
WOLAND's music relies on a foundation without boundaries and a focused vision. When others crawl in the mud and idolize the past, the band gazes to the future with a Nietzschean vision and welcome it with opened arms. The core idea is to rise above one self and become one with divinity, to be everything you can be.
While the music and lyrics are not tied to any specific events or follow any single dogma, they are heavily influenced by some of the modern worlds most prominent philosophers and writers as well as inspired by mythology with its gods and heroes.
Founded in the year 2010, WOLAND released a double single called "Conquer All & Live Forever" in February 2011 for the international event Finnish Metal Expo. While the songs have been freely streamable online, WOLAND concentrated on writing the full-length album "Hyperion", which is since completed and features elements from flamenco guitar to jazz piano, resulting in a unique and modern outcome. The album also features additional vocal performances from artists like Geir Bratland (DIMMU BORGIR), Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns (FINNTROLL) and Janica Lönn (BLACK SUN AEON). "Hyperion" track listing:
01. Conquer All
02. Art Of Ascension
03. Living Water
05. Extacy And Rapture
06. Honey In The Lion
07. Live Forever
08. Elevated Existence
MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON: Faith Is 'About Finding A Strength That Lies Beyond Our Own Finite Abilities' Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.Classic Rock Revisited: Some people can't get over the fact that the bass player for MEGADETH is a Christian guy who does not drink or smoke. Are you far enough removed from all of this that you can see the irony?David: Of course. The truth is I've been raised in a Christian household from the beginning. I was baptized at one month old and I've been in the fold since then, even though I don't exactly remember the ceremony.Classic Rock Revisited: When did you know you had to do this in book form and did you have any apprehension knowing that many people might freak out a bit?David: Sure, I was apprehensive about putting a lot of stuff in it because I have teenage kids, as well as many friends and family not in the music business, those who would not appreciate the tales of decadence and debauchery. So, once I told my story to Joel [McIver] and looked at it on paper, there were certain things that became clearer as to what should be told, and what should be left out. I was not going to write this gruesome "tell-all" just to make a buck. The most important thing was that it is a story of a kid who was "called" into rock 'n' roll. Not because I needed the approval, the girls, or the drugs, but because the genuine desire was put upon me, for some strange reason.Classic Rock Revisited: When did first know that you could not continue to use drugs like your buddy [Dave] Mustaine and survive? What made you fail faster, so to speak?David: Everyone has their breaking point and mine came before I was 25 years of age. I had had enough and saw that if I kept going on the path I was going that my life wasn't going to get better; it was going to get worse. For me, it was obvious that the party was over, even in rock 'n' roll. If I was going to pursue the things important to me, I was going to have to step up and change how I was living my life.Classic Rock Revisited: Do you find strength in prayer and meditation? Must you subscribe to a certain faith to find salvation or is God bigger than any one church?David: I absolutely do. I was once told by a dear friend that I have three powers available to me at all times: the power of prayer, the power of example, or the power to jump in and make a mess of things with my own will power. Based on my own experience, clearly, he was right. To me, faith isn't about church; it's about finding a strength that lies beyond our own finite abilities. Church is just a fellowship of like-minded believers, much like a rock concert is a fellowship of like-minded believers. Plus, we all want to know where we came from. Scientists confirm we are all made up of atoms, but who made the atom? I guess that is the answer we all seek at some point in our lives.
Read the entire interview at Classic Rock Revisited.
TAINTED NATION: 'Dare You' Video Released "Dare You", the new video from U.K.-based modern hard rockers TAINTED NATION, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's debut album, "F.E.A.R.", which was made available on January 25 via Massacre Records. The CD was produced by Pete Newdeck and mixed/mastered by Dennis Ward.Newdeck, who is mostly known for his work with EDEN'S CURSE and bands like GRIM REAPER, KILLERS and Steve Grimmett, started writing songs with bandmate and friend Ian Nash, who also played guitar for Grimmett, in 2009.
While with EDEN'S CURSE and supporting STRATOVARIOUS and FIREWIND in May 2009 on their U.K. tour, Pete and then-FIREWIND drummer Mark Cross became close friends and discussed the idea of forming a new band, only this time with Newdeck as the lead singer.Newdeck's vocal abilities were truly convincing and in the spring of 2010, Pontus Egberg, bass player for Swedish hard rockers THE POODLES, completed the lineup.Newdeck, Nash, Cross and Egberg recorded the TAINTED NATION debut album in the U.K. and mixed and mastered it in Germany under the supervision of Dennis Ward, producer of many successful international artists.TAINTED NATION's music is described in a press release as "a commercial, modern and powerful-sounding rock mix."TAINTED NATION is:Pete Newdeck (EDEN'S CURSE) - VocalsMark Cross (FIREWIND, HELLOWEEN) - DrumsPontus Egberg (THE POODLES) - BassIan Nash (LIONSHEART) - GuitarJoel Peters (FURY) - Guitar
CARNIFEX: New Album Details Revealed
San Diego death metal outfit CARNIFEX will release its Nuclear Blast debut on March 7, (Europe) and March 4, 2014 (North America). Entitled "Die Without Hope", the CD was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). Cover art for the album was created by renowned artist and longtime collaborator Godmachine.
"CARNIFEX and Godmachine have been working together for many years," commented CARNIFEX vocalist Scott Lewis. "To be able to bring his art to the cover of this album is truly when all the pieces fell into place.
"The artwork here represents the tone and overall blackened feeling 'Die Without Hope' captures." "Die Without Hope" will contain 10 tracks and over 35 minutes of crushing metal. Lewis states, "'Die Without Hope' is CARNIFEX at our very best. This is an album over two years in the making. We pushed ourselves every step of the process to include new elements never before heard on any previous CARNIFEX album." "Die Without Hope" track listing:
01. Salvation Is Dead
02. Dark Days
03. Condemned To Decay
04. Die Without Hope
05. Hatred And Slaughter
06. Dragged Into The Grave
07. Rotten Souls
08. Last Words
09. Reflection Of The Forgotten
10. Where The Light Dies
On recently signing to Nuclear Blast, Lewis continues: "Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career-defining moment for CARNIFEX.
"To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honor.
"This worldwide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast, you will see CARNIFEX like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal."CARNIFEX's Nuclear Blast Records debut will also introduce new lead guitarist and longtime friend of the band, Jordan Lockrey. CARNIFEX's last studio CD, "Until I Feel Nothing", was produced by Tim Lambesis (AS I LAY DYING) and was released in October 2011.CARNIFEX is:Scott Lewis - VocalsShawn Cameron - DrumsJordan Lockrey - GuitarCory Arford - GuitarFred Calderon - Bass
PAUL STANLEY's Memoir 'Face The Music: A Life Exposed' To Arrive Next April KISS frontman Paul Stanley's memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", will be released on April 22, 2014 via HarperOne The 432-page hardcover will feature rare photographs of the legendary rocker and detail his hard-partying lifestyle as one of the co-founders of the heavy rock band who has sold over eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world.
During an appearance on the "Sixx Sense" radio show hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx in November 2012, Stanley, 61, was asked if he has read some of the other rock and roll autobiographies out there and whether he has plans to write a book of his own.
"This will come back to haunt me, because, of course, mine is in the works," Stanley said.
"Autobiographies, for the most part, to me, are like writing a love letter to yourself," he continued. "I mean, George Orwell said that the autobiography is the most outrageous form of fiction. How objective can you be when you are writing about yourself.
"I've seen people around me write books and somehow they're always in the center of everything that happened, they were the one who made it happen. There's been a lot of those books that didn't really interest me much. I thought Duff's [McKagan] book was great. I think a book that just says, 'Gee, aren't I the greatest thing?' And 'I was smarter than everyone else.'…"
Asked how his book will be different from the other rock and roll autobiographies and whether his book will be "a history lesson in music," Stanley said, "Well, everybody will tell you the same thing: 'Well, my book is brutally honest.' It's a history lesson in music, but it's also a history lesson in somebody taking themselves and making themselves into something they weren't — taking a not-so-great deck of cards and winning at poker. So it's good. I think it's terrific. Especially, it's funny, at this point, with the three other guys from the original lineup having written books. It’s kind of like, 'OK, have you all said your piece? OK? Now let me tell you what happened.'"
In a 2007 interview with Australia's TheAge.com.au, Stanley stated about the prospect of writing an autobiography, "Show me anyone who writes about themselves and doesn't find themselves in the center of the universe? I have seen other people's autobiographies and I had some questions about those.
"Tooting my own horn is of no interest to me ... it takes you away from real life. It's a waste and I don't find a need to sing my own praises."
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss' memoir, "Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss", landed at position No. 7 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best-sellers list. The book arrived in October 2012 via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner.
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's book, "No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir", debuted on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list at No. 10. The book, which was described as a look back at Ace's "life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll," arrived on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
IMPENDING DOOM's DAVID SITTIG Speaks To ROCK HARD LIVE (Video) David Dye of Rock Hard Live conducted an interview with bassist David Sittig of Southern California juggernauts IMPENDING DOOM on December 5 at the Assembly in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.IMPENDING DOOM's new album, "Death Will Reign", was released on November 5 via eOne Music. The CD was recorded, produced and mixed by Will Putney at The Machine Shop (SUICIDE SILENCE, LAMB OF GOD).
"IMPENDING DOOM have never sounded uglier and more desperate than on 'Death Will Reign'," says Alternative Press.IMPENDING DOOM has crafted a stunning, deliberate and unrelenting collection with a sense of purpose, drive and continuity. "Death Will Reign" is the culmination of all that has come before, mining the bleak darkness and "scare" factor of last year's "Baptized in Filth" and the dynamic fury of "There Will Be Violence" and "The Serpent Servant". All of those elements are injected with the return of the gritty rawness found within the unpolished grind of "Nailed. Dead. Risen", IMPENDING DOOM's squealing cult-classic debut that introduced the world to their unique combination of reverent worship and sick gore-core, dubbed Goreship.
"We wanted this album to sound very natural and unpolished," explains IMPENDING DOOM's longtime bassist David Sittig, a part of the lineup since before the first album's release. "There's no crazy digital stuff. There are no fake drums. We wanted it to have the feel of our first album with the songwriting from the last one. We've gotten better at song structures and so forth over the years, but we wanted to recapture that old-school vibe, too."IMPENDING DOOM's fourth full-length album, "Baptized In Filth", sold 4,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 106 on The Billboard 200 chart.
TODD LA TORRE-Fronted Version Of QUEENSRŸCHE Interviewed On 'In The Vault With Shanda Golden' (Video) "In The Vault With Shanda Golden" (web site) recently conducted an interview with the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE. You can now watch the chat below.
The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE in September filmed a "mini movie," with the tracks "Spore", "Midnight Lullaby", "A World Without" and "X2" providing the score to a 10-plus minute story, dubbed "Queensrÿche: Ad Lucem". The film was created by Veva Entertainment Co. with director Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby and producer Marco De Molina and was filmed on location at Central City Stages in Los Angeles.
You can watch the "mini movie" below.
Commented Todd: "We decided to take a different approach with this video, which is comprised of four pieces of music from our latest self-titled release, 'Queensrÿche'. It's a conceptual mini-movie music video that invites the audience to scratch beneath the surface a bit, rather than the usual 'chewed food' that so many are used to being fed. We really wanted to deviate from a performance type of video so the music and story-line could be the main focus."
He added: "The overall theme of the song 'Spore' is one that deals with personal demons, relationship struggles, career pressures, personal/professional morals and ethical dilemmas. These are issues we all face on some level and the video touches upon them all.
"'Midnight Lullaby'/'A World Without' deals with the loss of a mother during childbirth, leaving a father as a single parent and struggling to move forward through the turmoil.
"'X2', though it opens up our album, provides for a nice outro to it all. The end result is a roller coaster of emotion in an effort to find a healthy resolve.
"Given our history, we feel that this multifaceted conceptual video, along with a great cast of actors to suit, will really resonate with our fans."
QUEENSRŸCHE's new, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records."Queensrÿche" marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums). The drums for the album were recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer James "Jimbo" Barton— the man who engineered and mixed the band's classic 1988 LP, "Operation: Mindcrime", and its 1990 follow-up, "Empire", and co-produced 1994's "Promised Land". The rest of the music and vocals were laid down at several different facilities on the West Coast. The cover artwork was created by Craig Howell, who has previously worked on designs for "Star Wars", SLIPKNOT and "American Idol", to name a few.
"Queensrÿche: Ad Lucem" "mini movie":
Making of "Queensrÿche: Ad Lucem" "mini movie":
DEGRADEAD: 'Scars Of Misery' Video Released "Scars Of Misery", the new video from Stockholm, Sweden-based melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fourth album, "The Monster Within", which was released on August 23 via Metalville. The CD was recorded between January 14 and February 2 at Panic Room studios in Skara with producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson and marks the group's first release with new drummer Amit Mohla. According to the band, "This album ended up being the best DEGRADEAD album so far! More dynamic, more melodic, more thrashy, more of everything!"
Commented Johansson: "It has been great going back to the roots even on this one. No drum triggers or sample replacements used whatsoever, which is otherwise so commonplace in today's metal productions. We did it the hard way, with getting the right sounds from the start and having Amit actually playing the parts until we got the takes we needed, tuning the drums in between takes, switching snares for different songs etc... No plugins were used in the process either other than for very surgical tasks and special FX. All other processing are real chambers, hardware reverbs, delays, compression and EQ. Five times more work, but five times more fun and inspiring plus it's five times more fun to listen to.""The Monster Within" track listing:
01. One Against All
02. The Monster Within
03. For Better Or Worse
04. Dead Will Come Alive
05. We'll Meet Again
06. The Dark Mind
07. Strive To Struggle
08. Scars Of Misery
09. Tendency To Sin
10. Sorrow Never SurvivesDEGRADEAD's singer, Mikael Sehlin, earlier in the year joined fellow Swedes ENGEL as their new frontman.
Regarding what impact Sehlin's addition to ENGEL will have on his status in DEGRADEAD, DEGRADEAD said: "Mikael is still our vocalist and he is still 100% dedicated to DEGRADEAD and this will not affect DEGRADEAD."DEGRADEAD's third album, "A World Destroyer", was released in North America on June 28, 2011 via Metalville Records.
On August 6, 2010, DEGRADEAD played for their first time at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken. Germany. Their full set, as performed on the W.E.T Stage before an enthusiastic audience, along with many extras, is included on the DVD release, "Live At Wacken And Beyond", which was released on February 28, 2012 via Metalville Records. The disc also contains "From Tullinge To Hyderabad", a 50-minute documentary following DEGRADEAD from their first years in Tullinge, a small suburb south of Stockholm where the band was formed, to their successful tour of India in February 2011. It includes interviews, live clips and a lot of other "interesting stuff for the fans."
BUTCHER BABIES Share 'Crazy Tour Stories' (Video) Digital Tour Bus, which gives fans "an all-access pass" to the tour buses that their favorite bands travel in, has posted its latest "Crazy Tour Stories" episode, focusing on BUTCHER BABIES. The three-minute clip, which was filmed on July 27, 2013 in Tinley Park, Illinois, can be seen below.BUTCHER BABIES' debut album, "Goliath", sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD came out on July 9 via Century Media Records.
The Los Angeles-based band — frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner— wrapped its tour with MARILYN MANSON in late February and went straight into the studio with producer Josh Wilbur (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED).
In a recent interview with CrypticRock.com, Shepherd stated about "Goliath": "The album, as a whole, is very diverse. There is basically something for everybody. We all have different influences and everything is portrayed on this album. Jason [Klein, bass] loves death metal; Henry [Flury, guitar], in general, metal; I love nu-metal; and Carla loves classic metal. We all love every [kind of] metal but those are our favorite and those are where we came from. All our influences shine bright on this album. It's definitely a coloration of everybody's influences and everybody's love. We're all very proud of it in one way or another. There is something for everybody in it."BUTCHER BABIES' "Magnolia Blvd." video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby, who has previously worked with BUCKCHERRY."Magnolia Blvd." video:
KORN: Rig Rundown With PREMIER GUTAR (Video) John Bohlinger of Premier Guitar met with KORN's James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and their guitar tech, Jim Otell, to get the lowdown on the band's down-tuned wall of sound before their headlining show in Nashville, Tennessee's Bridgestone arena on November 25. Check out the footage below.KORN's eleventh studio album, "The Paradigm Shift" (Prospect Park), sold 46,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8 via Prospect Park."The Paradigm Shift" is the first KORN disc to feature Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror" and follows up 2011's dubstep experiment, "The Path Of Totality". Welch recently told Rolling Stone that the new album has "the old KORN vibe, but with a new twist . . . The end product is a really good mix of old KORN mixed with some new elements. It's got a fresh new KORN 2013 sound."Welch left KORN in 2005 after he converted to Christianity and got off drugs. He rejoined them for a handful of live performances last year before officially becoming part of the lineup again in early 2013.
'Mary Poppins' among 25 US films to be preserved
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just in time for a new movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.
New Yorker's escape from Bolivia still a mystery
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — It's a smoke and mirrors saga fit for Hollywood, complete with a major movie star, murky reports of a kidnapping and an American fugitive sneaking across the border of a nation unfriendly to the U.S.
BEIJING (AP) — "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" actress Zhang Ziyi has reached an undisclosed settlement with a U.S.-based dissident news website that she sued for libel after it published reports that she was paid to have sex with Chinese government officials.