TRISTANIA Singer To Guest On EX DEO Album

Italian singer Mariangela “Mary” Demurtas of Norway’s TRISTANIA will make a guest appearance on “Caligvla”, the sophomore album from KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono‘s Ancient Roman-themed arsenal EX DEO. According to Iacono, “every invited guest on this album will have Roman or Greek descent.”

Iacono recently completed laying down vocals for “Caligvla”. He says, “It wasn’t without any hard work, blood and sweat and also close to a fainting spell after one of the hardest-longest screams I ever made. Ten days of vocal tracking, some of my best work in my career, the gods will be pleased … Some solos are left, some guest appearances to track and we start mixing this beast, should be all done by end of March.. eight months in the making people, soon we will give the metal world a well-deserved punishment!!”

EX DEO recently canceled its participation in the “Paganfest America Part III” tour with TURISAS, ALESTORM, ARKONA and HUNTRESS.

Commented Iacono: “We were all excited to play this festival and premier some new material, but unfortunately our new album, ‘Caligvla’, has been delayed, and we need to finish it and make it perfect. Add to that, the KATAKLYSM DVD is also on its final production phase… We decided it would be best to concentrate on giving every bit of attention to the album you have been waiting for, and also for the KATAKLYSM documentary to kick major ass. This being said, we will still perform with EX DEO on the Montreal [April 1 at Club Soda] and Toronto [April 2 at The Opera House] shows with Paganfest, as we will be in studio in the area, closing up the album ‘Caligvla’. Everything else is cancelled for EX DEO. We will return to support the album in the fall… Word from Rome is that the plans are already in motion for world conquest! We ask our fans to support Paganfest and the great bands playing this year!”

EX DEO‘s sophomore album, “Caligvla”, is being recorded with producer Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX, DESPISED ICON). The CD is tentatively due late summer via Austria’s Napalm Records.

The artwork and layout for “Caligvla” will be handled by classic artist Seth (SEPTICFLESH). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “I, Caligula”, “Burned to Serve the Nocturnal Light”, “In War Conquest/Roma Caput Mundi” and “Teutoburg (The Ambush of Varus) – Part 1″.

EX DEO last year completed a North American tour with NILE, PSYCROPTIC and KEEP OF KALESSIN.

“Romulus”, the debut album from EX DEO, landed at position No. 90 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.

 

MICHAEL KISKE, KAI HANSEN Talk UNISONIC In New Video Interview

RockNLive.org recently conducted an interview with former HELLOWEEN and current UNISONIC members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen. You can now watch the chat below.

In addition to Kiske and Hansen, UNISONIC features in its ranks Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany’s PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (who has previously played with ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS).

The self-titled debut album from UNISONIC will be released on March 30 (nine days earlier in Japan) via earMUSIC/Edel. The effort will be made available in the following configurations:

Europe rest of the world:

* CD jewel case
* CD limited edition Mediabook format with and extended booklet plus bonus track
* Vinyl and CD package limited edition

Japan:

*CD jewel case
* CD limited-edition digipack plus bonus track (exclusive for Japan)

The cover artwork, which was created by graphic artist Martin Häusler (MEAT LOAF, GOTTHARD, HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD), can be seen below.

“Unisonic” track listing:

01. Unisonic
02. Souls Alive
03. Never Too Late
04. I’ve Tried
05. Star Rider
06. Never Change Me
07. Renegade
08. My Sanctuary
09. King For A Day
10. We Rise
11. No One Ever Sees Me
12. Over The Rainbow (limited-edition bonus track)

UNISONIC‘s video for the song “Unisonic” can be seen below. According to a press release, the clip, which was directed by Häusler, “shows a powerful band performance at a magnificent ballroom in Heidelberg, Germany.”

UNISONIC released its debut EP, “Ignition” on January 27 via earMUSIC/Edel. The effort includes the track “Unisonic” plus one demo song and a cover version of the HELLOWEEN classic “I Want Out”, recorded live on October 15 at last year’s edition of the Loud Park festival at Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan.

After the addition of Hansen to the group’s lineup in early 2011, UNISONIC continued the songwriting process for its debut release, incorporating Kai‘s talent for writing great anthemic rock songs into its existing material. The recordings for the album started at end of September at ICP studios in Brussels, Belgium.

UNISONIC‘s music is very versatile and shows a broad approach to heavy rock without sacrificing the power and strong, catchy melodies that characterized the bandmembers’ previous projects.

Kai Hansen‘s position in GAMMA RAY will be unaffected by his involvement with UNISONIC.

UNISONIC is:

Michael Kiske (vocals)
Mandy Meyer (guitar)
Kai Hansen (guitar)
Dennis Ward (bass)
Kosta Zafiriou (drums)

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“Unisonic” video:

 

 

ICED EARTH: Second North American Tour Webisode Available

The second in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from ICED EARTH‘s North American leg of the 2012 “World Dystopia Tour”can be seen below.

ICED EARTH‘s video for the song “Anthem” was filmed on December 7, 2011 at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany.

“We had a blast making that video,” said guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer. “I think the fans can see it on our faces. ‘Anthem’ captures the energy of our live shows, as well as the fun we’re having together as a band.”

Produced and directed by Kosch Fabian Film, “Anthem” is the second music video from ICED EARTH‘s new album, “Dystopia”, which sold around 6,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 67 on The Billboard 200 chart.

ICED EARTH‘s previous CD, “The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)”, opened with 6,700 units in September 2008 to debut at No. 79.

ICED EARTH‘s 10th studio offering, “Dystopia”, was released in Europe on October 17, 2011 and in the U.S. on October 18 via Century Media Records. Two bonus tracks were also recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.

 

 

 

INTO ETERNITY Performs Live For First Time With New Touring Singer AMANDA KIERNAN

Regina, Saskatchewan-based Canadian extreme progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY recently tapped Amanda Kiernan of the Edmonton, Alberta-based metal band THE ORDER OF CHAOS as their new touring vocalist. Kiernan takes over from Stu Block, who was hired away last year by American metallers ICED EARTH, leaving INTO ETERNITY without a full-time singer.

Kiernan made her live debut with INTO ETERNITY on February 24 at the 11th edition of the Manitoba Metalfest at The Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
INTO ETERNITY founder and guitarist Tim Roth told the Regina Leader-Post that he invited Kiernan to Regina to try out for the band after hearing a tape of her performing his songs.

“I had all these guys who told me they could do the songs and hit the notes Stu could. So I had them try out and it was like, ‘No way.’ Nobody could do it,” Roth said. “But Amanda‘s got this great voice … none of the dudes could hit the notes Stu could, so maybe it makes sense that only a chick can do it. Besides, she already fits in like she’s one of the guys.”

Kiernan, who said she’s been an INTO ETERNITY fan since she was in high school, told the Regina Leader-Post about her audition, “At first, I was pretty intimidated. These guys are rock stars to me. There were times when I was sitting around with the guys, and then all of a sudden I’d get this little burst of energy because I reminded myself that I was sitting with INTO ETERNITY.”

INTO ETERNITY ‘s new single, “Fukushima”, was released earlier in the month. The track was written about the Fukushima Daiichi, Japan nuclear disaster, a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The song talks about the struggles involved, and the amazing ability of the Japanese people to overcome such a tragedy.

“Fukushima”, which features guest death vocals by Rob Doherty, was engineered, mixed and mastered by Justin Bender at Touchwood Studios in Regina. The artwork for the single was created by Mattias Norén.

INTO ETERNITY‘s signature sound has often been described as a hybrid of latter-day DEATH and CONTROL DENIED, combined with the technical stylings of DREAM THEATER.

INTO ETERNITY last year released its first new material since 2008 in the form of a new song called “Sandstorm”. The track, which is available on iTunes and Bandcamp, features guest death vocals by Rob Doherty and marks the recording debut of Newbury, who was previously known in the western Canadian metal scene as a member of Edmonton, Alberta-based group DEATH TOLL RISING.

“Sandstorm” was written the day the USA took out Osama Bin Laden, and is inspired by the events that transpired.

INTO ETERNITY‘s last album, “The Incurable Tragedy”, came out in 2008 via Century Media.

 

 

 

CHILDREN OF BODOM’s Austin Signing Session; Video Footage, Photos Available

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM took part in a signing session Austin Bazaar in Austin, Texas on February 21 prior to their headlining concert later that night at Emo’s. Video footage of their appearance can be seen below. Check out photos at this location.

CHILDREN OF BODOM is scheduled to commence the songwriting sessions for its next album late spring, according to Henkka.

Speaking to Plug’d In Magazine, Henkka stated about CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s plans for the immediate future, “We’ll [complete the current North American] tour, and then we go home. And then we will actually start writing new songs for an album in May and then we’ll go back on tour for summer and keep writing for the that album. Hopefully we can start recording at the end of the year.”

CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s last album, “Relentless Reckless Forever”, sold nearly 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, 2008′s “Blooddrunk”, opened with 19,000 units to land at No. 22. This number was roughly four times the opening tally of “Blooddrunk”‘s predecessor, “Are You Dead Yet?”, which premiered with 5,000 units back in October 2005 to enter the chart at No. 195.

“Relentless Reckless Forever” was certified gold in the band’s home country for first-day sales of over 10,000 copies. The CD was recorded in Finland’s Petrax Studios with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, MONSTER MAGNET).

 

 

PHIL LEWIS-Fronted L.A. GUNS Completes Recording New Album

L.A. GUNS — featuring Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Stacey Blades and Scotty Griffin — recently entered the studio with legendary producer, and old friend, Andy Johns (LED ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES, CINDERELLA, VAN HALEN, as well as the last three L.A. GUNS albums) to begin recording its new album for a late 2012 release via Cleopatra Records. According to a posting on the band’s Facebook page, “The album’s all recorded and we start mixing on Monday. It sounds amazing 15 new original songs and one in Spanish. You’re gonna love it.”

A CD and vinyl release, as well as bonus tracks available only on iTunes, is set for early summer. A nine-month world tour following the release is also currently being planned.

Singer Phil Lewis was said to be thrilled to get back in the studio and finally get a chance to record once again with Andy. “We’ve been waiting a long time to get back in and record,” he said. “Our last album, ‘Tales From The Strip’, was incredibly well-received and we’re looking forward to putting out something even better! With today’s uncertain musical landscape, it’s great to have a label like Cleopatra Records behind us. We’ve been friends with Brian Perera (Cleopatra Records owner and founder) for a long time, and are really looking forward to working together on this and many more projects with him in the future.”

Phil LewisL.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the Tracii Guns-led version of the group, which is also continuing to record and perform under the L.A. GUNS moniker.

 

MÖTLEY CRÜE Recording New Song

MÖTLEY CRÜE has entered drummer Tommy Lee‘s studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California to begin recording a new song that will be released to coincide with the band’s upcoming summer tour.

Commented MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx: “[The new music is] sounding snarky, nasty and just fucking cool.”

A photo from the studio sessions can be seen below.

MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s latest studio album, “Saints of Los Angeles”, sold 99,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release. The CD was CRÜE‘s first studio album since 2000′s “New Tattoo”, which has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band’s previous studio effort with all of its original members was 1997′s “Generation Swine”, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, and has sold more than 300,000 units.

“Saints of Los Angeles” was loosely based on the band’s memoir, “The Dirt”, which was published in 2001.

MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s latest “greatest-hits” collection, suitably titled “Greatest Hits”, was released on November 17, 2009 via Eleven Seven Music/Mötley Records.

CRÜE performed its classic 1989 album, “Dr. Feelgood”, in its entirety on Crüe Fest 2, the sophomore outing of the band’s summer festival tour, to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary.

Eleven Seven Music/Mötley Records re-released “Dr. Feelgood” on September 21, 2009.

 

 

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SLAVES ON DOPE: ‘Pork Sword’ Video Released

“Pork Sword”, the new video from reformed Montreal, Quebec, Canada rockers SLAVES ON DOPE, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s new album, “Over The Influence”, which will be released on February 28 via THC: Music/Rocket Science Ventures. The CD, which was produced and mixed by Kevin Jardine, features a guest appearance by Jonathan Cabana, lead singer of Quebec deathcore band BLIND WITNESS, on the track “Dear Enemies”.

SLAVES ON DOPE will launch “Over The Influence” with a free show at Foufounes Electriques in Montreal on Wednesday, February 29. The band will play the entire album, from start to finish, and debut the new video for the track “Pork Sword”.

“Over The Influence” track listing:

01. No One To Blame
02. Burn The Evidence
03. Cavalry
04. The Jokes On You
05. Hollywood
06. Dear Enemies (featuring BLIND WITNESS singer Jonathan Cabana)
07. The Land Of Make Believe
08. Pork Sword
09. Unraveling
10. Careless Coma

SLAVES ON DOPE‘s digital-only EP, “Careless Coma”, came out on November 1, 2011. The effort featured three new studio tracks, as well as remixes and a radio edit of the title cut.

SLAVES ON DOPE is:

Kevin Jardine – Guitar
Jason Rockman – Vocals
Peter Tzafaris – Drums
Sebastien Ducap – Bass

SLAVES ON DOPE‘s “Inches from the Mainline” album was released through Ozzy Osbourne‘s now-defunct Divine Recordings label. After Divine Recordings lost its distribution deal with EMI‘s Priority Records, the band was left without a label. After a long search, a deal was struck with Bieler Bros. Records. SLAVES ON DOPE‘s second major album, “Metafour”, was released in 2003.

In March 2004, SLAVES ON DOPE announced it was going on hiatus due to Jason Rockman leaving the band. The group officially reformed in 2009.

For more information, visit www.slavesondope.com.

 

 

 

 

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LEMMY Says MOTÖRHEAD Will Take Part In This Summer’s ‘Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’

MOTÖRHEAD founder, bassist and principal songwriter Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister has confirmed to Kevin and Ian from the “Metal Shop” show, which airs on the 99.9 KISW radio station in Seattle, Washington, that MOTÖRHEAD will take part in this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (see video below).

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will make a 26-date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. The headlining slot on the main stage will be occupied by Iowa legends SLIPKNOT. Next up will be legendary thrash metal kings SLAYER and MOTÖRHEAD will be playing in the third slot. The main stage will also spotlight a ferocious mix of today’s best artists in a rotation, including THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING and ASKING ALEXANDRIA.

In 2012 the tour has upgraded the production on the festival stage and this year the Jägermeister Stage will feature a special headline set by metal masters ANTHRAX supported by a rotation of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING and ASKING ALEXANDRIA, along with WHITECHAPEL, HIGH ON FIRE and the Jägermeister opener. Please note that bands may vary per market.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival lineup:

SLIPKNOT
SLAYER
MOTÖRHEAD
ANTHRAX
AS I LAY DYING
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
ASKING ALEXANDRIA
WHITECHAPEL
HIGH ON FIRE

For more information, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.

 

 

ADRENALINE MOB: Two New Songs Available For Streaming

“Feelin’ Me” and “Angel Sky”, two new songs from ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen and guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) — can be streamed on the group’s Facebook page. Both tracks come off the group’s debut album, “Omertá”, which will be released in Europe on March 19 in Europe via Century Media Records. The CD will be made available in the U.S. on March 13 through the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services.

The 11-song effort — which was produced by ADRENALINE MOB and mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked on ANTHRAX‘s “Worship Music” and STEEL PANTHER‘s “Balls Out” — includes a blistering reinterpretation of DURAN DURAN‘s classic “Come Undone” featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM.

“Omertá” track listing:

01. Undaunted
02. Psychosane
03. Indifferent
04. All On The Line
05. Hit The Wall
06. Feelin’ Me
07. Come Undone (feat. Lzzy Hale)
08. Believe Me
09. Down To The Floor
10. Angel Sky
11. Freight Train

ADRENALINE MOB earlier in the month announced the addition of DISTURBED bassist John Moyer to the group’s ranks.

Moyer will make his live debut with ADRENALINE MOB on March 12 at Hiro Ballroom in New York City.

Said Moyer in a statement: “Mike Portnoy called me about auditioning for his new band ADRENALINE MOB. He had heard through the grapevine that I was looking to stay busy while DISTURBED is on hiatus. After jamming with Russ, Mike Orlando, and Portnoy, the chemistry as musicians was undeniable. I am super stoked about joining ‘The Family’ and I can’t wait to hit the road with these guys and see what kind of musical mayhem we can create!”

ADRENALINE MOB will perform at several European festivals this summer, including Graspop Metal Meeting (June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium) and Gods Of Metal (June 21-24 in Milan, Italy).

ADRENALINE MOB‘s first-ever headline tour made stops in various markets, including Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. ADRENALINE MOB also opened for GODSMACK on select dates of the Massachusetts act’s headlining tour.

ADRENALINE MOB formed in early 2011 when Orlando approached Allen with some material the guitarist had written. Allen and Orlando refined those ideas, at which time Allen reached out to longtime friend Portnoy to see if he had any interest in playing with them. Portnoy jumped on board and soon thereafter DiLeo and Ward were recruited to join the family. From the very first note, the chemistry was apparent and the beast that is known as ADRENALINE MOB was born.

Guitarist Rich Ward (STUCK MOJO, FOZZY) and bassist Paul DiLeo (FOZZY) announced their departures from ADRENALINE MOB last month due to scheduling conflicts with their other projects.

Photo by Kellie Hoeke

 

 

LULLACRY: Fourth ‘Where Angels Fear’ Teaser Video

The fourth video teaser for “Where Angels Fear”, the long-awaited fifth album from the Finnish female-fronted heavy rock outfit LULLACRY, can be seen below. Due on March 7 in Finland through the band’s own label, OUTO Recordings, the CD — which marks the first LULLACRY release since 2005′s “Vol. 4″ — was produced by Mikko Herranen (ex-vocalist for MISERY, INC.), who also sings a duet with LULLACRY vocalist Tanja Lainio in the track “Feel My Revenge”. The album was mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers in Helsinki.

“Where Angels Fear” track listing:

01. Antidote To You
02. Still An Angel
03. Thousand Suns
04. Feel My Revenge
05. Bad Blood
06. All Behind
07. Gone Are The Days
08. I Am
09. Broken (Into Pieces)
10. Where Angels Fear
11. Stay
12. Love War

The first single, “Bad Blood”, will be released digitally on February 6. The track is available for streaming using the SoundCloud player below.

Commented LULLACRY guitarist Sami Leppikangas: “Yes, it sure has taken a lot of time and many things have happened.

“Last year has probably been the best we’ve had in LULLACRY, at least when it comes to vibes. And you can hear that in the album. For the first time we made songs without thinking that now we have to do a goth ballad or a rock song. We just did things more spontaneusly and it led to an album that is a lot more dark, ambitious and multi-dimensional than its predecessors. We also paid a lot more attention to lyrics, and the production was organic, which made the sounds more dynamic on ‘Where Angels Fear’.

“It will be awesome to go and play these new tunes to people; we’ve really waited this for long.”

LULLACRY is:

Tanja Lainio – Vocals
Sami Leppikangas – Guitar
Sauli Kivilahti – Guitar
Heavy Hiltunen – Bass
Jukka Outinen – Drums

“Vol. 4″ was released in the U.S. in February 2006 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Astia Studios with Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM, ENTWINE) and at Finnvox Studio with Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS). The first single off the album, “Stranger in You”, entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 16 upon its release in July 2005. The title cut was backed by a cover of KISS“I Stole Your Love”.

 

Bad Blood (from album Where Angels Fear) by LULLACRY

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MALFEITOR Completes Recording New Album

Swedish death metallers MALFEITOR have completed recording their new album, “Dum Morior Orior”, for a spring release via Hellthrasher Productions (with the vinyl version to be made available through Chaos Records).

The CD will feature the following track listing:

01. Conversation In Minor
02. Exile From Sanity
03. To Hell, Farewell
04. When Last Breath Fades
05. Scenes From a Slaughterhouse
06. Rolling With Corpses
07. Death, The Dead And Me
08. Beyond The Horrorizon
09. Psychosis
10. And The Sky Turned To Rage
11. Sojourn Hell

MALFEITOR last year announced the addition of drummer Janne Björkenfjäll (EXCRUCIATE, MORPHEUS, MASTICATION, EXHUMED) to the group’s ranks.

After MALFEITOR split up in 1994, Benny Moberg and Mattias Parkkila started BLOOD MORTIZED as an old-school Swedish death metal band in an effort to recapture a small shade of Tomas Skogsberg‘s famous Sunlight sound.

In 2010, Moberg decided to leave BLOOD MORTIZED and focus on the resuscitation of MALFEITOR. What we now will hear is a more intense, faster and brutal version of MALFEITOR, with influences from such acts as IMMOLATION and DEICIDE.