VOIVOD: 'Kluskap O'Kom' Video Released "Kluskap O'Kom", the new video from Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD, can be seen below. The clip, which originally premiered at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in October in Austin, Texas, was directed by Syl Disjonk, who is best known for his short horror film "Ethereal Chrysalis". The director of photography was JP Bernier (DESPISED ICON).
Asked about the meaning of "Kluskap O'Kom", VOIVOD vocalist Denis "Snake " Bélanger said: "Sometimes described as a giant coming out of the woods, sometimes a monster in a lake or sometimes a powerful being that came from the sky, Kluskap is the name for this strange character and O'Kom is the place where he lives.
"Kluskap is inspired by a legend from a Canadian native tribe called the Micmacs. He once came to earth to kill all the Dinosaurs in order to help the humans to take over the planet.
"One day Kluskap will come back with another mission to the humans.
"There are many similarities between the Kluskap story and other legends from tribes all around the globe; stories told of encounters with beings from other worlds. This one is very unique, I thought.
"So here it is; Hear the thunder, it is me, coming back!!!! 'KlusKap O'Kom'!"VOIVOD also released a seven-inch single for the song, featuring artwork from the band's drummer, Michael "Away" Langevin, and limited to 1000 copies worldwide. The b-side features a live version of "Kluskap O'Kom" recorded in Berlin on the band's last European headlining tour. The single comes in black, grey and black and white swirl colored vinyl and can be purchased here.
In related news, VOIVOD recently partnered with a local Montreal brewery to produce a limited batch of "Kluskap O'Kom" beer. Guitarist Dan "Chewy" Mongrain explains: "Frederic Cormier, the brewer and owner of Hopfenstark Micro-Brewery, and I had this Idea for a couple years of crafting a VOIVOD beer. This year, with the new album, 'Target Earth', and our 30th anniversary, the timing was perfect to celebrate and brew! So I asked the guys if they were into it and everybody thought it was a great idea! We sampled different types of ale, lager, stout, IPA, season, wheat etc to come up with the type of beer we wanted to do. We also talked about the concept and decided to associate the VOIVOD beer not only with the band's name but with a song from the latest opus. We chose Kluskap O'Kom, which is inspired by American-Indian legends and modern reality.
"We wanted the beer to have a taste from the woods, the terroir, so to speak. So Frederic had this idea of crafting the beer with Mugwort and Balsam Fir, which we ended up picking up in the woods.
"The beer is made with fresh ingredients; it's easy to drink yet with complex, well-balanced flavors.
"We just invited friends and fans to the release party in Montreal at Station Ho.st (bar owned by the brewer) and it was a complete success! Lots of people celebrating the 30th anniversary of VOIVOD, making toasts with a Kluskap O'Kom beer, listening to some VOIVOD, watching a two-hour [documentary on the] making of the beer, plus we had a surprise when our director friend showed up with a DVD to play the promo video of 'Kluskap O'Kom'!! It was a perfect magical evening... I ended up going to bed at 6 a.m... smiling. How could life be better than that?"
SAXON: 'Unplugged And Strung Up' First-Week Sales Revealed "Unplugged And Strung Up", the new album from British heavy metal legends SAXON, sold around 500 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Issued on on November 18, "Unplugged And Strung Up" reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, "Unplugged And Strung Up" contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of "The Eagle Has Landed" and "Crusader" by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. "Frozen Rainbow", from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while "Red Star Falling" soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail.
As if this reinvention wasn't enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which includes 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits "Heavy Metal Thunder". Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as "Motorcycle Man", "Strong Arm Of The Law" and "Dallas 1pm", it is a quintessential part of any collection.
The standard single CD of "Unplugged And Strung Up" comes in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release is also available. The digipack is a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc "Heavy Metal Thunder", and there was a digital release of the same."Unplugged and Strung Up" track listing:
01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)"Heavy Metal Thunder" track listing:
01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm Of The Law
03. Power & The Glory
04. And The Bands Played On
06. Dallas 1pm
07. Princess Of The Night
08. Wheels Of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs To The Wall
THROWDOWN To Release 'Intolerance' In January
Southern California metal act THROWDOWN will release its new album, "Intolerance", on January 21, 2014 via eOne Music. The follow-up to 2009's "Deathless" was recorded at Hurley Recordings in Costa Mesa, California with rising producer Davey Warsop and mixed at Planet Z. "Intolerance" features guitar solo contributions from Dave Nassie (BLEEDING THROUGH, NO USE FOR A NAME, INFECTIOUS GROOVES), who joined THROWDOWN's recent touring lineup alongside DEMON HUNTER drummer Tim "Yogi" Watts and "Deathless"-era bassist Mark Mitchell.
Comments THROWDOWN frontman Dave Peters: "Completing this record felt great in so many respects, most important of which was the opportunity to finally give longtime supporters of the band this music that I've had swirling around in my head over the past four years.
"The variety of people from different places and scenes who have found the band through vastly different avenues over the past 15 or so years will each get into it for their own unique reasons, I think. And for those who think it’s junk, it's only about 28 minutes they have to regret."
"Intolerance" combines the massive production punch of the moody, sludgy and powerfully diverse masterpiece "Deathless" (which spawned the Sirius XM staples "This Continuum" and "The Scythe") with the focused resolve of the band's genre-classic-filled back catalog.
The big sound that developed on "Deathless" works magic upon the brutal missives found all over "Intolerance", nearly all of which clock in around two minutes. "Deathless" and "Vendetta" collaborator Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, CROWBAR, DEMON HUNTER) returned to mix the new record.
Drummer Jarrod Alexander (AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, SUICIDE FILE, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE) made his first recorded appearance with THROWDOWN on "Haymaker", returning as a session player again for "Deathless" and the brand new album, "Intolerance"."Intolerance" track listing:
01. Fight Or Die
02. Borrowed Time
04. Hardened By Consequence
05. Defend With Violence
06. Suffer, Conquer
07. Cut Away
09. Without Weakness
10. Born And Buried Alone
11. Condemned To Live
LITA FORD Talks To ARTISAN NEWS About 'Rock This Christmas Down' Collaboration With CHERIE CURRIE Lita Ford has partnered up with her former RUNAWAYS bandmate Cherie Currie to record a special holiday song. "Rock This Christmas Down" marks the first time Lita and Cherie have recorded new music together since 1977.
The single was released on iTunes on December 3.
A video interview with Ford in which she discusses "Rock This Christmas Down" can be seen below (courtesy of Artisan News).
Tired of the same old Christmas songs, Lita was ready for something new.
"I thought the world could use a new Christmas song," she said.
"The song was written by Mitch Perry, my guitarist and Michael Dan Ehmig, my lyricist, along with Marty O'Brien on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. We so rocked it!
"What I didn't know is that I'd be singing it as a duet with my long-lost sister, Cherie Currie.
"I am blessed to have her back in my life, and what an appropriate time and song to rehash an old friendship. Christmas!!!
"Cherie hopped a plane from Chicago to L.A., and drove straight to the studio and threw down her vocal track on this rocking song! Needless to say, it was magic and history in the making.
"We were left with such a smoking track for everyone to hear, every Christmas, every year!
"Let's rock this Christmas down!"
Cherie was equally excited about reuniting and working with Lita again.
"I have dreamed, literally, of seeing Lita again for over three decades," she said. "Even after all that time, I still thought of her often.
"THE RUNAWAYS was something that was always left unfinished to me. Especially when it came to Lita, but I only knew her as a child.
"What floored me more then the unbelievable gift of working with her again was the woman she had become. She is the bravest, kindest, strongest, most loving human being I have met.
"Lita asking me to be a part of this amazing song and a part of her astonishing life has filled that void, that hole I had in my heart that maybe we both shared. It is now filled with love, support and admiration for a dear and wonderful friend whom I am so proud to say is Lita Ford.
"'Rock This Christmas Down' has the flare of our RUNAWAYS legacy, but it's pure Lita. It rocks like only she can.
"We took a dim, negative and unfinished past and turned it into a positive future. It doesn't get any better than that.
"I know this will be the best Christmas I have had in decades. Thank you, sister!"
GRAND MAGUS: 'Triumph And Power' Lyric Video Released
The official lyric video for "Triumph And Power", the title track of the seventh album from Swedish heavy rockers GRAND MAGUS, can be seen below."Triumph And Power" will be released on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to last year's "The Hunt" was recorded with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. On Hooves Of Gold
02. Steel Versus Steel
04. Triumph And Power
08. The Naked And The Dead
10. The Hammer Will Bite
11. Blackmoon (bonus track)
Commented the band: "'Triumph And Power' has been completed. It's a metal triumph of Viking power!!!
"Once again we worked with Nico Elgstrand as producer, a tradition that started with 'Hammer Of The North' back in 2010.
"This is our strongest album yet. It has the northern feel, it has the power and the melody that has become our mark of excellence.
"Fans of true metal will take this album to their hearts. To top everything off, we have the striking and epic artwork of Anthony Roberts.
"The album cover perfectly captures the work on this album and GRAND MAGUS as a band."
Due to family obligations and work commitments, drummer Sebastian "Seb" Sippola left GRAND MAGUS last year.
WATAIN: 'Outlaw' Video Released "Outlaw", the new video from Swedish black metallers WATAIN, can be seen below. The clip was produced by WATAIN and Johan Bååth, who previously helmed the band's "Opus Diaboli" DVD in 2012.
Comments WATAIN: "The 'Outlaw' video is a knife stab in the face of today's clean and witty metal scene and yet another step for us to bring back something real and extreme into this limping music movement."
A short interview with WATAIN vocalist/bassist Erik Danielsson about the ideas and the inspiration behind the video is available on the band's web site, www.templeofwatain.com."Outlaw" is taken from WATAIN's fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt", which sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band's own label His Master's Noise through Century Media Records.
Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, "The Wild Hunt" is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN's roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band's classic sound, "The Wild Hunt" also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as Erik Danielsson puts it, "is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world."
Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of "The Wild Hunt" was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the "Lawless Darkness" artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN's temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.
DEATH TO ALL: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Manchester Concert
Fan-filmed video footage of DEATH TO ALL's November 28 performance at Sound Control in Manchester, England can be seen below.DEATH TO ALL features former members of DEATH celebrating the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner.
The band's current touring lineup includes the three surviving members of DEATH's "Human" lineup (guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Sean Reinert), along with with special guest vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps of CYNIC/EXIST, performing material from the group's first four albums.
In an interview with Metal-Rules.com, Masvidal stated about DEATH TO ALL's current lineup: "[Because] it's just the 'Human' lineup, it's a tighter show. We're focusing on the best of leading to 'Human' and then a bunch of 'Human' material. So it's more the early DEATH catalog, and it just feels really good, 'cause Sean and I have a lot of chemistry from playing together a long time from CYNIC and everything. And Steve, who is just kind of one of us too, so it feels like really cohesive, it feels tight and we've been able to make it the kind of show that feels like a band show versus the last one. Which I think was a little bit more fragmented 'cause there was a lot of different musicians and it was kind of all over the place. So this feels tighter."
He added: "This [lineup] is as close as you'll get [to reproducing the 'Human' era] and Max bears a slight resemblance [to Chuck] if you squint your eyes. It's kind of interesting. And he sounds like him, too. It's pretty crazy but yeah, it works, it works well."Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.
Ex-KYUSS Singer JOHN GARCIA Performs SLO BURN Classic With KOMATSU: Pro-Shot Footage
Former KYUSS and current VISTA CHINO frontman John Garcia joined the Dutch band KOMATSU on stage at Speedfest in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on November 23 to perform the song "July" from Garcia's previous group SLO BURN. Professionally filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.KOMATSU's cover version of "July" is featured on the band's new split release with British blues stoners DESERTSTORM.
Playing a mix of sludge, stoner rock and metal, KOMATSU released its full-length debut album, "Manu Armata", in February 2013.
The band's sound has been compared to that of such groups as QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TORCHE, MASTODON, MONSTER MAGNET and KARMA TO BURN.KOMATSU is:Mo Truijens (lead vocals, guitar)Martijn Mansvelders (vocals, bass)Stephan Quint (vocals, guitar)Miriam Bekkers (drums)
BILLY HOWERDEL Talks To RockRevolt Magazine About A PERFECT CIRCLE RockRevolt Magazine recently conducted an interview with A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.RockRevolt Magazine: What do you feel have been some of the greatest joys and successes you've experienced within A PERFECT CIRCLE?Howerdel: I mean, right off the bat, right out of the chute, I think that just starting out like we did was just incredible. That time — I can still remember that feeling of putting out this record, opening for NINE INCH NAILS and having the record come out and being the biggest debut release in history. Also, having David Fincher just finish our first video. The first record going platinum. It was all those things, and the feeling from those is just eally hard to reproduce and recreate. I think it would be hard-pressed to reproduce that time again. RockRevolt Magazine: How does it feel to you playing in front of a ton of A PERFECT CIRCLE fans? What does it feel like being in the zone?Howerdel: Grateful. I would say during the show I'm not thinking about much — I mean, things do come in and out — but you are in somewhat of a zone. I certainly get in that place where you have to have a concentration of sort in what you are doing — especially like on "Stone And Echo". That was, for lack of a better word, kind of an auto-pilot kind of thing; you know what you're playing, your muscle memory is intact and you're now able to experience and give more nuance and more emotion into the performance. So there's not a lot of thinking. Back to the 2010 tour, when we had to learn the material we hadn't played for years, that certainly took more concentration. Relearning those 40-some-odd songs that we did live over those three nights was definitely a different thing. I think there was more struggle in that performance, for me at least, just because it just came together, right before the first show while I was still practicing in the dressing room — trying to remember the songs we'd never played live (like all of the "eMOTIVe" songs) we had to reconfigure and retool for a live setting. They weren't going to work as the record was recorded, and it just wasn't doing itself justice in a live sense. So we kind of ripped them apart and reworked them. And that was the really exciting part. Basically, over the past few years have been like the "eMOTIVe" tour. It's been the reworking of these songs that are totally different than the release. That's a really cool thing — to be able to go in and get really creative with something that was already a known. We were doing a cover in the first place, and then we're doing kind of a cover of the cover.
RockRevolt Magazine: You've released "By And Down", which has been gaining much momentum. I've heard it played several times on Sirius XM Octane. Tell us about this song, where did it come from lyrically and musically?Howerdel: The music was just me playing around with my three-year old at the time. He was playing piano, banging around on the keyboard, and I was just trying to play a melody to help have him follow along with, (use one finger instead of pounding with your fist), and the melody of "By And Down" just came out of that. I hit record on my phone, recorded the beginnings of that, the chord structure, kicked my three-year old out of the room, probably put him in front of the Wiggles or something like that on TV, and got to work on the song.
Read the entire interview at RockRevolt Magazine.
MAYAN: Second 'Antagonise' Trailer Released MAYAN— the band featuring EPICA guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst— will release its sophomore album, "Antagonise", on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The 11-song CD, which was recorded at Sandlane studio with producer Joost Van Der Broek (REVAMP, STREAM OF PASSION), features guest appearances by Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and the Greek virtuozo violinist Dimitris Katsoulis.
The second trailer for "Antagonise" can be seen below.
The cover artwork for "Antagonise" was created by Stefan Heilemann, who previously worked on MAYAN's debut album, "Quarterpast".
Comments Jansen: "The cover is based on the lyrics for our upcoming album, 'Antagonise'.
"Stefan doesn't need any directions; he reads the lyrics and comes up with a phenomenal piece of art. That's why we love working with this guy!
"When Snowden revealed the information about the mass electronic surveillance data mining program called Prism, what quite some people already thought became a proven fact. We all have been spied on for many years and all our data has been backed up and safely stored. It can be used any time it's needed. All of this in the name of 'war against terrorism,' which, in fact, basically is a cover-up and a way to bring fear to people in order to get them under control. This trick has already been used many times in the past. History just keeps repeating itself.
"The media were covering the story, but politicians around the world, and in Europe in particular, didn't know how to react and remained silent. America is an ally, and not just a little one.
"Since it became clear that the NSA (and let's not forget about their British partners in crime of the GCHQ) have also been spying on many world leaders, things have changed. Now it's finally all over the news!
"Is this the beginning of a turning point in history? Or will we allow a small group of elites to take all our freedom away for their own benefits?
"The constitution, the basis of our democracy, is not being respected.
"Don't get yourself fooled, this is not in our interest.
"If you want to see the truth, you'll see the truth.
"We are what we eat!? A bunch of chickens, imprisoned and fully under control with no freedom whatsoever. This is what we will possibly become. If we let it all just happen...
"George Orwell, eat your heart out.""Antagonise" track listing:
01. Bloodline Forfeit
02. Burn Your Witches
03. Redemption - The Democracy Illusion
04. Paladins Of Deceit - National Security Extremism Part 1
05. Lone Wolf
06. Devil In Disguise
08. Human Sacrifice
09. Enemies Of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies - National Security Extremism Part 2Henning Basse (LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA) and Laura Macri recently joined MAYAN as permanent members.MAYAN is:Mark Jansen - grunts, screamsHenning Basse - vocalsLaura Macri - sopranoJack Driessen - keysFrank Schiphorst - guitarRob van der Loo - bassArien van Weesenbeek - drumsMAYAN will present "Antagonise" at two Dutch CD-reloease shows: on January 30 at Mezz in Breda and on January 31, 2014 at Tivoli in Utrecht.
Guitarist Isaac Delahaye (EPICA) recently left MAYAN because he "wanted to concentrate on other things."MAYAN's debut album, "Quarterpast", was released in Europe on May 20, 2011 and in North America on July 12, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Sascha Paeth (EPICA, KAMELOT).
LONDON (AP) — Television cook and author Nigella Lawson on Thursday accused lawyers for two former assistants of treating her like a suspect rather than a witness, as she again denied allegations of heavy drug use.
NEW YORK (AP) — Edward Hopper's "East Wind Over Weehawken" has sold for $40.5 million — an auction record for the artist.
Report: Arts, culture add $500B to nation's GDP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Phil Collins, the former Genesis drummer whose earnest ballads made him a star in the 1980s, is penning songs again. Although he dreads the idea of extended touring because it would take him away from his five children, Collins says he has missed the creativity of music since he retired in 2010.
NEW YORK (AP) — With a flick of the switch, a 76-foot Norway Spruce officially became the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after it was illuminated for the first time this holiday season in a ceremony that's been held since 1933.