Thursday, 26 February 2015

HELLOWEEN – release album title & artwork



HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 14th studio album due on 1st June, the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band's first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career. The forthcoming album is now available for pre-order exclusively via Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB

My God-Given Right was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.

The enchanting artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.

Martin Häusler comments his recent creation: “We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the "classical HELLOWEEN" elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title My God-Given Right and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster "Day After Tomorrow" and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11" Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done 'in one piece', using a 3D program…we did not want one of those 'cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version', but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!”

Frontman Andi Deris states: ”I never know how, but somehow we did it once again…the albums really rocks and kicks some major asses!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible. Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range ;-)”

Adds guitarist Michael Weikath: ”... this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi Deris, I’m very happy about the new album.”

Their most recent studio effort, Straight Out Of Hell saw HELLOWEEN entering the official German album charts on a sensational #4. Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 ranking as well as the US Billboard Top 100, Straight Out Of Hell is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.

DOPE - MAY UK Tour Dates With Coal Chamber Announced / New Album in September



American Industrial Metallers DOPE have signed to Steamhammer/ SPV to release their upcoming sixth studio album, ‘Bloodmoney Pt. 1’ in September, and have announced a slew of UK tour dates supporting the reactivated COAL CHAMBER alongside SOIL and AMERICAN HEADCHARGE in May.

“Finally, after more than 15 years, we will make our first ever trip to the UK!” says frontman Edsel Dope. “We've been patiently waiting for the perfect UK tour opportunity. This Coal Chamber reunion was undeniably the opportunity we've been waiting for. What an exciting time!”

Dates are:

May 20 – Leeds, (Uni Stylus) May 21 – Norwich, (UEA LCR) May 22 – Warwick, (Copper Rooms) May 23 – Nottingham, (Rock City) May 24 – Glasgow, (ABC) May 26 – Bristol, (Motion) May 27 – Exeter, (Lemon Grove) May 28 – Brighton, (Concorde 2) May 29 – Wolverhampton, (Wulfrun) May 30 – Manchester, (The Ritz) May 31 – London, (Koko)

RANGER to release Where Evil Dwells on March 16th via Spinefarm Records



‘Skull-splitting metal’ merchants RANGER will release their Spinefarm debut Where Evil Dwells on March 16th. True to old school form, the album is an analogue recording, featuring the sound of melting Marshall amps.

Where Evil Dwells will be out on CD, LP, cassette & digital.



Just voted among the most interesting new generation metal bands in Finland, Helsinki's RANGER will melt your face. Overloading all senses with a relentless onslaught of turbo-charged heavy/speed metal, RANGER'S torrid riffs, twin-guitar assault, intense rapid-fire drumming, pummeling bass attack and banshee-like vocal delivery thrashes you to oblivion.

We're talking heavy metal here, the sort that transcends generations: organic, authentic, classic and, blatantly put, crazy as a fucking shithouse rat. Contagious. Unstoppable.

Where Evil Dwells tracklist:

01. Defcon 1 02. Deadly Feast 03. Phantom Soldier 04. Dead Zone 05. Black Circle (S.Y.L.S.) 06. Where Evil Dwells 07. Storm Of Power

About RANGER: A true product of the Finnish underground, RANGER is a four-piece unit founded in 2008. Skyrocketing in success and popularity since the release of their debut Knights Of Darkness 12” EP (Ektro) in 2013, within two years they have laid waste to the stages of basically every major Finnish festival. Their rapidly energetic shows have wreaked havoc in a manner unprecedented in Finland, whipping punk and metal audiences alike into a riotous thrashing frenzy, leaving behind mangled armies of euphoric fans drenched in sweat, parched with thirst and smiling like morons.

After a couple of demos and EP releases (plus a compilation comprised of the aforementioned items), Where Evil Dwells is RANGER'S debut full-length album, proving that their frenzied output is every bit as effective in larger portions as EP-sized.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Native Construct to release debut album in April



Native Construct is the product of collaboration between several students that began in 2011 at the storied Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Guitarist and composer Myles Yang's passion for innovation, coupled with his extensive academic study of arranging and compositional techniques, makes Native Construct a truly distinctive up-and-coming metal act. Yang, along with bassist Max Harchik, and vocalist Robert Edens completed work on their debut album Quiet World in between 2011 and 2013. By 2014, the band's music caught the ear of Brian Slagel at Metal Blade Records, and led to a recording contract and a worldwide release of the band's debut album. Listen to the first single, "Mute," and pre-order the album now at metalblade.com/nativeconstruct.

Quiet World was largely self-produced and written between 2011 and 2013 in between the individual band members' studies at the Berklee College of Music. What began as jam sessions simply for fun eventually turned into a full-fledged musical endeavor. All tracking and programming was done at the band's home studios in Boston, MA, with the exception of vocals, which were recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC. The album was mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist).

A brief listen to Quiet World is enough to make it apparent that there is a concept, here. Though it's best to let the band explain the album in their own words: "Quiet World is about a guy who loves a girl. The guy is a bit of an odd and eccentric person - an outcast. He's also a mute, and a little unstable, as it turns out. The girl doesn't return his feelings, but he can't bring himself to let go. As his unrequited passion for her devolves into obsession and eventual resentment, his mind begins to slip further and further away. He convinces himself that he can't be loved because of his condition and abnormalities. So he decides to create for himself a new, fantastic world of which he has complete control - a world where there are no oddballs or outcasts. A world where everyone is surrounded by people who are just like themselves: a much quieter world.

"It's at this point that the first track of the album, "Mute," begins. And it turns out that many of the subjects of his new world are not as content living this way as he is. In the second track we see a new character, the Archon, rise up and unite his people in the clouds with the once distant people in the sea. He leads an opposition to "Sinister Silence," as the people come to call him. The rest of the album unfolds with events within the "Quiet World" and manifestations of the enduring struggle between the Archon and Sinister Silence. The lone exception is track number four, "Your Familiar Face," which steps out of this world for a moment to give a closer look at the events prior to the first track and the tragedy of Sinister Silence."

What is impressive about Native Construct is not necessarily an involved concept on a debut record, it's that they wrote, produced, and recorded the album while balancing school work and on a college student budget. It's the epitome of "self produced." And what Native Constructwants fans to know is that "the composition process for this album was intensely meticulous from top to bottom. Each note, each lyric, each twist and each turn were arrived at with the utmost care. As such, we were able to weave rich, often subtle layers of meaning into the music and text. We're very excited for you all to experience the result of our efforts!" Quiet World is slated for release on Metal Blade Records on April 21st, 2015.

9ELECTRIC sign to Another Century



Los Angeles based hard rock outfit, 9ELECTRIC, are excited to announce officially inking a world-wide deal with Another Century.

Ron Underwood (9ELECTRIC vocals) states: "I'm completely stoked to now be signed to Another Century. It's a family of true music lovers who put passion into their work. I know this because a lot of the same people helped build my former band's career. It's really good to be back. In a similar twist, it's gonna be awesome to hit the road again with Orgy, only this time with 9E. I've grown a lot since my debauchery days with Opiate for the Masses. Hopefully Jay won't get me to wear booty shorts when I sing 'Blue Monday' with them this time around, ha. The tunes for our debut full-length album are really shaping up. I love writing with my guys! The new rhythms seem generally more aggressive and punchy, but the melodies are becoming slicker as we cut out more and more of the fat. I wanna create this laser beam where you know exactly what everybody's experiencing. It's on the line and absolute in its color and texture. It polarizes the people and creates a battery. That's my goal with 9E."

Check out 9ELECTRIC's latest music video for the track 'Goodbye', which is featured on the group's debut Control EP:



Look for their new full-length album through Another Century later this year.

FIRE IN THE RADIO ANNOUNCE CANADIAN DATES WITH KNAPSACK; PERFORMANCE AT POUZZA FEST



On May 12, 2015, Philadelphia’s Fire in the Radio will release its new record entitled “Telemetry.” In support of the record, the band has just announced a pair of Canadian tour dates supporting Knapsack. This will include a performance at this year’s annual Pouzza Fest in Montreal. The dates are as follows:

May 16 – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (w/ Knapsack)

May 17 – Pouzza Fest, Montreal (w/ Knapsack)

Work on "Telemetry", which contains eleven tracks, started last year when Fire in the Radio spent time at Inner Ear studios in Washington, DC, with engineer Don Zientara (Fugazi) doing a series of demos. The demos turned into the foundation for a full-length record that was recorded in the summer of 2014 at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia (The Menzingers, Restorations) with producer Thom Flowers (Lagwagon) and engineer Matt Schimelfenig (Cayetana). The record was mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids) at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, and mastered by Alan Douches in New York. The band, who derives their name from the Charles Bukowski poem “Regard Me," has a unique sound that has been appropriately described as an amalgamation of Jawbreaker, Tigers Jaw, Weezer and Title Fight.

Line-up: Richard Carbone (vocals, guitar), Adam Caldwell (drums), Jon Miller (vocals, guitar) and Ed Olsen (bass).

**TRACK LISTING:**

1 June 14th 2 Best Shot 3 Motor Boys and Girls 4 Stacks 5 Are We On Tonight 6 Bury 7 The Push 8 Luna, I'll Be Home Soon 9 Steve McQueen 10 A Ghost To Haunt You 11 Was It Something I Said

VH1 Streams Two New EUROPE Tracks - "Days of Rock N' Roll" and "Nothin' To Ya"



Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings.

To celebrate the upcoming release of War of Kings, VH1 is teaming up with EUROPE to exclusively reveal two new tracks from the album. “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya” are streaming now via VH1.com at this link: EUROPE.VH1.COM.

Make sure to listen now, the tracks are only available for streaming until the morning of Friday, February 27th!

War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.

Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.

War of Kings tracklisting:

1) War Of Kings 2) Hole In My Pocket 3) Second Day 4) Praise You 5) Nothin’ To Ya 6) California 405 7) Days Of Rock n’ Roll 8) Children Of The Mind 9) Rainbow Bridge 10) Angels (With Broken Hearts) 11) Light Me Up

Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)

EUROPE recently released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In only a few weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 93,000 views. Watch it here:



Catch EUROPE on the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail on April 18th from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more.

Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:

EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:

4/18 - 4/22 - Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise 4/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino 4/25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues 4/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue 4/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders 4/30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders 5/1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den - w/ Black Star Riders 5/2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival 5/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun