DEATHSTARS To Release 'The Perfect Cult' In June
Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS will release its long-anticipated fourth studio album, "The Perfect Cult", on June 13 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009's "Night Electric Night" was captured in several studios: drums, guitars and bass were recorded at Bohus Sound Recording in Kungälv, Sweden; vocals at Gig Studios in Stockholm, Sweden; and keyboards, orchestration and editing was done at Black Syndicate in Stockholm. The mix, as usual, was handled by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, WITHIN TEMPTATION), while DEATHSTARS guitarist/keyboardist Emil "Nightmare Industries" Nödtveidt took care of the production. For the drum, guitar and bass production, Nightmare worked with Roberto Laghi (ENTOMBED, IN FLAMES) at Bohus Sound Recording. The mastering was handled by Svante Forsbäck (VOLBEAT, RAMMSTEIN) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.
As far as the lyrics are concerned, vocalist Andreas "Whiplasher Bernadotte" Bergh states that "all the tracks are about our lives. Each song is a reflection on a situation or a topic that deals with our experiences, usually from a jet black perspective."
With visions inspired by amoral excessive lives, human fears and decay, the songs will be nothing less than a dark playground set between straight forward tracks, atmospheric anthems and the unwashed loins of lawless rock.
"The Perfect Cult" track listing:
02. Fire Galore
03. All The Devil's Toys
04. Ghost Reviver
05. The Perfect Cult
06. Asphalt Wings
08. Temple Of The Insects
09. Track, Crush & Prevail
10. Noise Cuts"Night Electric Night" landed at position No. 51 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The CD, which was mixed at Toytown studios in Stockholm, Sweden with Stefan Glaumann, was made available in Europe in a deluxe package called "Gold Edition" featuring bonus tracks as well as a bonus DVD featuring six video clips, "making-of" footage and more. The "Gold Edition" was released as a digibook with new cover artwork.
TAYLOR MOMSEN-Led THE PRETTY RECKLESS Hits No. 1 On Rock Radio
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, the band led by actress-turned-singer Taylor Momsen, has become the second female-fronted act in the last three years to hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart. The band's new single, "Heaven Knows", just hit the top of the survey this week, allowing THE PRETTY RECKLESS to join the Lzzy Hale-fronted HALESTORM as part of a small and very select list of chart-topping rock acts fronted by women.THE PRETTY RECKLESS' second album, "Going To Hell", will arrive in stores next Tuesday (March 18).
The disc follows up the group's 2010 debut full-length, "Light Me Up", as well as a 2012 EP called "Hit Me Like A Man".Momsen began her career as an actress when she was a child before becoming a full-time musician years later. She told The Pulse Of Radio that her family always knew this was what she really wanted to do. "They knew that music was always where I was headed, and what my — that was my passion and my goal," she said. "I mean, acting was a day job, essentially, while I worked on writing a record's worth of material that I wanted people to hear, and finding the right people to work with and the right band and all that. So they weren't surprised when I jumped ship."
The video for "Heaven Knows", in which Momsen appears semi-nude, has gotten more than 2.7 million views on VEVO.THE PRETTY RECKLESS is currently supporting FALL OUT BOY on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. next month for an appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles.
The band is also confirmed to perform at all of the major U.S. rock festivals, including Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Rock Fest Kansas City and others.
ENTHRONED: New Song 'Of Shrines And Sovereigns' Available For Streaming
Belgium's leading black metal force ENTHRONED returns with a new studio album entitled "Sovereigns". The follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed "Obsidium" is scheduled for an April 15 release via Agonia Records. "Sovereigns" drifts from sonic blast beats to oppressive slower parts, melds together aggressive shredding with forceful riffs, and blends satanic whispers with Nornagest's trademark vocals. On the whole, band's 10th album feels coherent and offers first-rate black metal. The album introduces a new drummer, Menthor, in the place of Garghuf and a new rhythm guitarist ZarZax."Sovereigns" was recorded and mixed in ENTHRONED's own studio, Blackout Multimedia. The album will be available in: digipack CD, black vinyl, bone-white vinyl with green splatter limited to 100 hand-numbered copies and exclusive box CD limited to 333 hand-numbered copies (including the new album released in exclusive jewel-case edition, embroidered patch (8 cm x 10 cm), flag (42 cm x 59.4 cm) and a lighter with band's logo)."Sovereigns" track listing:
02. Sine Qua Non
03. Of Feathers And Flames
04. Lamp Of Invisible Lights
05. Of Shrines And Sovereigns
06. The Edge Of Agony
07. Divine Coagulation
08. Baal al-Maut
09. Nerxiarxin Mahathallah
The song "Of Shrines And Sovereigns" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.ENTHRONED is:Nornagest - lead vocals & lead guitars Phorgath - bass Neraath - lead guitars Menthor - drums ZarZax - rhythm guitar
EYEHATEGOD To Release Self-Titled Album In May; New Song Available For Streaming
Legendary New Orleans gods of sludge, excess and mayhem EYEHATEGOD will release their new, self-titled album on the following dates:
* May 27 in North America on Housecore Records
* May 26 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on Century Media Records
* May 21 in Japan on Daymare Records
A song from the CD, "Agitation! Propaganda!", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Mixed by Sanford Parker, "Eyehategod" will feature the final recordings of EYEHATEGOD drummer Joey LaCaze, who passed away last August of respiratory failure. He also suffered from severe long-term asthma. He has since been replaced by Aaron Hill, who comes by way of New Orleans' local acts MISSING MONUMENTS and MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD.
In a recent interview with NPR, EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike "IX" Williams stated about the band's forthcoming CD: "We started out the recording with Billy Anderson. He recorded the drums, bass and some guitar, but that was a mess. There was a documentary crew in there filming, and it was distracting away from our time recording. Jimmy [Bower, guitar] was having a couple problems at the time too, waiting for his kid to be born, so it was a weird time to be in the studio. We ended up using just Joey's drum tracks from Billy. He's awesome — I love him and there's no hard feelings, but we just wanted to finish it somewhere else. We got Steve Berrigan to come out to where I live two hours outside of NOLA, and redid the bass and the guitars. Phil Anselmo [PANTERA, DOWN] gave me some ideas for the vocals, like how we did the ARSON ANTHEM record; me and him work well together."
Asked if EYEHATEGOD ever considered giving up following Joey's passing, Mike said: "It was never an option as far as I'm concerned. I don't think it was for anybody else either.
"This all happened at the end of September, when we'd just gotten back from a six-week tour of Europe. He's had pretty bad asthma ever since I've known him, and in Europe he was having these weird sleep apnea things when he was sleeping. It was a breathing issue, a respiratory thing, but I don't know; I'm not a doctor. So when we got back, that's when he passed away, so there was a little bit of time in there when we had to think — 'We've got shows booked. What do we do?' We did have to cancel probably 50% of them, but we still just said, 'Let's keep going, that's what he would want us to do.' We'd even had conversations before, when Joey and I would talk, and he'd ask me, 'Who would you get to replace me?' Things like that, and just be honest with each other. He knew the band would keep going, and he wanted it to.
"To me, it's just part of life; it's just the way things happen, what cards you're dealt, how life treats you.
"We don't know how to give up. That's been the story of our entire career, our lives, even without the band. We just don't know when to quit. It's just a matter of moving forward."
BUTCHER BABIES Interviewed By Italy's Soundsblog.it (Video)
Italy's Soundsblog.it recently conducted an interview with BUTCHER BABIES. You can now watch the chat 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, 2013 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 2013 and went straight into the studio with producer Josh Wilbur (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED).
In a 2013 interview with Metal Exiles, Heidi stated about BUTCHER BABIES being labeled a "shock rock" band: "People say that we are, but sometimes I do not see us that way. I think people are just shocked at a couple of girls acting the way that we do. I think that’s what's mostly shocking. Besides Wendy O. Williams, I haven't seen a female do anything shocking in music in a long time. This is really who we are, but with the blood, the theatrics and the horror; those are things that we love, it's what we are about. It's part of our character, it is who we are when we jump on stage, so it's not for shock, it's just how we feel."
Regarding the lyrical inspiration for "Goliath", Heidi said: "'Goliath' is something that we have held inside us for a long time. I have a green binder that I have all of my writing in, and I have had it since I was 12, so anything I have ever experienced in my life is in there and that's where we pulled a lot of the material from. A lot of things on this record are things that most people go through and we just turned a negative into a positive."
In an interview with CrypticRock.com, Shepherd stated about the musical direction of "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."
"I Smell A Massacre" video:
MAUSOLEUM GATE Signs With CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC Cruz Del Sur Music has announced the signing of Finnish newcomers MAUSOLEUM GATE. The band's self-titled debut album will be released in mid-October on compact disc, vinyl and digital formats.
A glorious and pure offering of retro hard rock/heavy metal, deeply rooted in a late- '70s/early-'80s atmosphere, "Mausoleum Gate" was forged in the blood of SAXON, in the power and rudeness of the NWOBHM movement, in the spritual, epic nature of CIRITH UNGOL as well as the elegance of URIAH HEEP.MAUSOLEUM GATE's sold-out cassette EP, "Gateways For the Wicked", will soon be re-pressed by the band itself on compact disc, so watch out for it at the next Keep It True festival.
MIASMAL To Release 'Cursed Redeemer' In April
Gothenburg, Sweden's MIASMAL has completed work on its second album, "Cursed Redeemer", for an April 28 European and May 13 North American release via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded by Fredrik Nordström in Studio Fredman (AT THE GATES, OPETH, WOLFPACK, AGRIMONIA, MARTYRDOD) and contains eight tracks of ruthless, straight-forward death metal. The cover artwork was created by Mattias Frisk (GHOST, VAMPIRE, VANHELGD).MIASMAL will present "Cursed Redeemer" at a special showcase in Gothenburg with labelmates MORBUS CHRON and VAMPIRE. To honor the special event, Century Media will release a limited seven-inch split EP that offers one exclusive new track from both MIASMAL and VAMPIRE. MIASMAL's self-titled full-length debut was released in 2011 on CD by Dark Descent Records and given the vinyl treatment through Detest Records and Me Saco Un Ojo.
ERIC CARR's Heirs Sue KISS Over Unpaid Royalties
According to the New York Post, the heirs of the late KISS drummer Eric Carr have filed a lawsuit against the band over unpaid royalties.
The complaint states the estate is entitled to between a 5 and 50 percent cut on four songs that Carr, who died of cancer in 1991, wrote — "Breakout", "Carr Jam 1981", "Carr Jam 1991" and "Little Caesar".
The heirs, who have been getting royalties from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), decided to file the suit after realizing that they also should have been receiving payments from several KISS-affiliated companies, including the current group, two publishing firms and Gene Simmons Worldwide Inc.
"They thought they were getting it all from one source," the estate's attorney, Robert Garson, told the New York Post.Carr joined KISS in 1980 after the departure of the band's original drummer Peter Criss. He recorded eight albums with the group, starting with "Music From 'The Elder'" in 1981. His last recorded appearance with KISS was "Hot In The Shade", released in 1989.
MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, ZAKK WYLDE Confirmed For MOTÖRHEAD's 'MotörBoat' Cruise MOTÖRHEAD's first-ever cruise, the MotörBoat, will launch onboard the Carnival Ecstasy on September 22 from Miami, Florida to Key West and Cozumel and back on September 26. Joining them will be MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, Zakk Wylde, DANKO JONES, FIREBALL MINISTRY, WILSON and more.MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister states: "This will be everything you've come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping!
"If you thought waves could rock a boat, you've got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!"
MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine adds: "There never has and never will be another cruise like MotörBoat cruise.
"Come on a thrashing voyage with MOTÖRHEAD, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy's friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a metal concert."ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian comments: "ANTHRAX, MOTÖRHEAD and MEGADETH at sea??? To quote Chief Brody, 'We're gonna need a bigger boat.'"
"It's truly an honor to partner with one of the most iconic bands in rock music to deliver a one-of-a-kind fan experience for 'Motörheadbangers' from around the globe," says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment.
Tickets for the MOTÖRHEAD's MotörBoat cruise go on sale Tuesday, March 18 at noon ET.
The Carnival Ecstasy, which recently underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, features a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area, multiple dining options (including a 24-hour pizzeria), 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, a jogging track, as well as 12 lounges, bars and nightspots.
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PLANET RAIN To Release 'The Fundamental Principles' In May
Swedish melodic death metallers PLANET RAIN will release "The Fundamental Principles", part two of their philosophical album trilogy, on May 2 via Mighty Music. The CD was helmed by Swedish producers Teddy Möller (of Swedish prog metallers LOCH VOSTOK) and Ronny Hemlin (of both TAD MOROSE and INMORIA), was mixed by Teddy Möller and was mastered by DARKANE vocalist Lawrence Mackrory."The Fundamental Principles" track listing:
01. On Darkling Plains
03. The Dereliction Part II: The Bonds Of Oblivion
06. The Worlds We Devour
07. Shock Wave
The video for the song "Kryptographik" can be seen below.
Since its inception in 2006, PLANET RAIN has sought to redefine the genre and add to its fundamental characteristics a new dimension of speed, heaviness and melodiousness. PLANET RAIN launched in 2012 an album trilogy with the debut album, "Antichthon". In part two of their album trilogy, "The Fundametal Principles", PLANET RAIN delves even deeper into the philosophical matter of how the balance between life and death, earth and universe, and sanity and madness, is sometimes upset inspired by classical writers such as H.P. Lovecraft and others.PLANET RAIN has appeared at major festivals such as Metalcamp in Slovenia, Rockstad Falun and the Getaway Rock in Sweden.
The band, which takes its name from Devin Townsend's "Physicist" album, has now teamed up with Danish metal specialists Mighty Music in order to release the next chapter of their philosophical journey into the world of melodic death metal.PLANET RAIN is:Pär Sving: Guitar, VocalsEmil Westin: Guitar, VocalsMarcus Karlsson: Bass, VocalsTommy Holmer: Drums
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mural," the brilliant Jackson Pollock painting that took 20th century American art in a new direction, has re-emerged from seclusion with a stunning face-lift that's given it a brighter look and an even more towering presence than it had before.
Officer sues over Whitney Houston fallout
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Beverly Hills police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he faced retaliation after reporting that a detective made inappropriate remarks about Whitney Houston's body at her death scene.