Posts Tagged “Compositions”

Quality fan-filmed video footage of HELLOWEEN‘s September 23 concert at Stage 48 in New York City can be seen below.

HELLOWEEN is currently taking part in a 10-date North American tour. The band is travelling across the U.S. and Canada, bringing its power hooks and catchy melodies to fans who have yearned to see them since their 2008 tour with GAMMA RAY.

HELLOWEEN‘s new album, “Straight Out Of Hell”, sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band’s history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was released in Europe on January 18 and in North America on January 22. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the “7 Sinners” and “Gambling With The Devil” CDs.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also worked on “7 Sinners”, and sees the five musicians maintaining a rawer edge throughout, working quickly in the studio (MiSueno Studio in Tenerife) and delivering 13 brand new compositions that, in the words of founding member, guitarist Michael Weikath, will “kick even the laziest listener’s ass!”


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Dutch heavy metal band LORD VOLTURE has finished recording its as-yet-untitled third full-length studio album at Final Focus Studio in Tilburg and Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam with engineers Yuma van Eekelen (EXIVIOUS, ex-PESTILENCE) and Bart Hennephof (TEXTURES). All tracks are now going to Swamp Studio in Raamsdonk to be mixed by Stephen van Haestregt (ex-WITHIN TEMPTATION, ex-MY FAVORITE SCAR). An early 2014 release is expected.

Comments LORD VOLTURE frontman David Marcelis: “We cannot wait to share the new tunes with the world.

“We’re so proud to have made another album which is 100% LORD VOLTURE, yet renewing in its own way. The compositions are more compact and in-your-face than on our previous records, but at the same time there is more rest and maturity and a better flow. Everything sounds loud, tight and confident, even in the unmixed and uncompressed tracks.

“Each of us has grown a lot since our last release, ‘Never Cry Wolf’, in 2011. Drums, bass, guitars, vocals… everything. If you ask me, this will become an instant-classics-only album!”

In less then two weeks, LORD VOLTURE embark on the “Wolves In Bohemia” tour in Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands. More tours and shows are coming up in October, November, December and January for and the Netherlands and also covering France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark and Northern Ireland.

The band has announced that they will play live a number of the new album songs alongside classics from the “Beast Of Thunder” and “Never Cry Wolf” albums.

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Dutch rockers VENGEANCE will release their new album, “Piece Of Cake”, on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer.

“People can expect what to my ears is the best VENGEANCE album to date,” declares guitarist Timo Somers. “The songs are a nice blend of old-school VENGEANCE (think ‘Arabia’) and some more modern-sounding songs. This time the instrumental side of the band is really outspoken; it features a lot of nice intros, solos and instrumental pieces. And to top it off, Leon [Goewie, vocals] sounds better than ever.”

Somers promises eleven gripping new compositions: “‘Raintime’ is the fastest song on the album. The song kind of sounds like a Malmsteen song with Leon on vocals. Double bass, big chorus and a fast guitar solo are the keywords.” The most typical song is the title track “Piece Of Cake”. Somers says: “We needed a party song for the album and we wrote this together in about an hour in the studio. It’s this typical AC/DC thing with Leon going nuts and some Van Halen-like guitars.” The most unusual song is “Back To Square One”, a blues rock ballad in the vein of Gary Moore. “I don’t think a lot of people know this side of VENGEANCE,” Somers suggests, “but it showcases our more soulful side.”

VENGEANCE will embark on a European tour with labelmates MAD MAX this fall. “This is a double tour together with MAD MAX to celebrate our new albums being released on the same day,” Somers says. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be on tour in spring 2014 as well — we’re working on that at the moment.”


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Uncle Phil: still fresh

We get Pantera and Down legend Phil Anselmo to open up about his insanely brutal new solo album, his battle against drugs and why mobile phones fucking suck in our awesome new issue, out right now.

Here’s a look at what Uncle Phil had to say…

What do you think of rock crowds these days? It seems like they pretty much suck, all poling about on their phones when they should be stage diving…

“Oh my God! The song Battalion Of Zero, when I say, ‘Heads up, hands down’, it’s about everyone noodling around with those little fucking phones. Dude, it drives me fucking bananas! I don’t text, I don’t even have a phone! I won’t do it! God damn, man, whatever happened to a fucking conversation and looking each other in the face? Today’s society is not so cut out for the likes of me. I am not a hipster.”

“I know I’ll have to do it eventually because for work it’s crazy important and for people with children, but everybody’s tapping on these motherfucking things! You’re not gonna remember the fucking stage dive you could’ve whipped out! It’s not the same. There are no real pits in America any more.”

You’ve always championed the underground music scene. Are you listening to anything interesting at the moment?

“There’s an Australian band right now – and what’s funny about you asking this is that I never thought I’d be back into death metal like this – but there’s this band called Portal, and they are the single-handed greatest death metal band today! They’re just insane compositions of, pardon the terminology, but technical death metal. I don’t think a day has gone by in the last year that I haven’t listened to Portal.”

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Tool: Opiate to the masses

So, remember back in Feb when Tool drummer Danny Carey said there will definitely be a new Tool album this year? And then frontman Maynard James Keenan said soon after that there were no actual songs written? Well, ol’ Danny’s piped up again with some fairly positive news, suggesting that the album looks set to be wrapped up this year, with an early 2014 release looking pretty likely.

“It’s still the three of us [Carey, guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor] right now and [we will be joined by singer Maynard James Keenan] soon, you know, just working on all our parts and working on our compositions together,” he tells Loudwire. “Stylistically, we’re trying to push things in different ways, but it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what we’re trying to do. We’re working everyday on it and it’s going really well, so I’m hoping we’ll get into the studio by the end of the year.”

“I doubt it [will be released in 2013],” he adds. “Right now, since we haven’t started tracking stuff at this point, it’ll be hard. We could have the record finished by the end of the year — that’s a possibility, but the logistics of getting it manufactured and getting the record company in line and all this stuff, I doubt we’ll be able to get it out before Christmas. We’ll see how it goes. Most likely, it’ll be early 2014.”


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Lion Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the “Astral Projection” album from George Bellas: “Screaming Guitar, Eccentric Rhythms, Outlandish Sounds, and Grandiose Forms are just some words to describe ‘Astral Projection’ the killer new album from world acclaimed guitar virtuoso George Bellas out on June 21st 2013 via Lion Music and available to pre-order now on iTunes at this location . “Astral Projection is home to 15 new compositions which are an amalgamation of guitar saturated songs and epic progressive instrumentals packed with chaotic guitar improvisations; mind-twisting rhythms; emotionally intense lyrical themes; and advanced explorations of modern melodic, harmonic and rhythmic principles that are combined with classical elements of counterpoint, harmony and form.” Joining Bellas once again is drummer Marco Minnemann, on whose performances George comments, “It’s always a pleasure working with Marco and hearing him humanise the drum parts I composed and also add his unique sense of style and finesse.

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Winner of this year’s Most Inappropriately Named Music Event (aside from Britain’s Got Talent, of course) must surely go to Camden Burning, which this year takes place in Angel, a part of London that is not even in the borough of Camden, let alone the town. We’ll excuse the hard-working promoters in this case, as it turns out this was originally meant to take place in the cosy confines of The Black Heart, until it was upgraded to this marginally larger venue – perhaps best known as the home of drug-fuelled PVC Saturday night rave-up Slimelight.

As well as moving venues, further last minute switches have had to be made due to some distinctly naughty behaviour by one of the more nefarious characters playing tonight – and it’s honour and bribes alone that keep us from saying more. Suffice to say the line-up shuffle sees local death metal blasphemers Trifixion opening affairs, their militarily-precise assault warming up the early attendees nicely. Pushing affairs closer to the tech/grind side of the genre is Oblivionized, who offer a scattershot of pummelling compositions, an intense experience that sees the powerhouse showering the audience in shrapnel, albeit of the musical variety. Breaking up things up somewhat, while retaining the deathly overtones, is Born of Ruin, a slowly-rising outfit born – not of ruin – but from the ashes of melodic death metallers Anterior. Somewhat heavier than said group, BoR nonetheless retain a few ‘core overtones while impressing with their ridiculously tight performance – all the more remarkable given that some members haven’t slept in some 36 hours.

Brothers in arms Dishonour the Crown are up next, their frenzied and rowdy battery proving as invigorating as ever thanks to the high-energy combination of hardcore, thrash, groove and death metal – ones to keep an eye on for sure. Acrania take things back to a more straight up death metal template, albeit one with a definite deathcore injection. Early impressions are somewhat mixed due to a lack of energy and a somewhat generic approach to songwriting, though in fairness they certainly improve as they go along, though whether that is due to a better performance or simply the choice of songs we couldn’t be entirely sure. Another band often described as death metal, but offering something rather more mixed are (mostly) local six-piece Meta-Stasis, the outfit fronted by the memorably-named and undeniably intense Solomon J Lucifer Christ, ex-frontman of Ted Maul. With their matching outfits and stage presence, they’re certainly a group that feel like they should be playing on a bigger stage than this, and it’s not only their masked keyboard player that gives off a hint of Slipknot.Tonight the sound doesn’t do them any favours, the drums dominating affairs, and it would be nice to hear a bit more of the electronics that occasionally flavour the songs, but there’s no doubting the intent at work here.

Heading back to death/deathcore territories are Ingested, a band which pose the question; how does a slam band function when no one is willing to slam? To be fair to the lads, by the very end of the set the somewhat stiff (fatigued?) crowd have a pit going, but despite their energy, some question remains as to whether any of these somewhat forgettable songs are really going to survive the test of time. Has writing powerful songs become secondary to simply getting a crowd off their feet live? In decades to come will anyone celebrate the current crop of death metal bands in the way we do with bands like Repulsion or Autopsy today? And does it matter ultimately? Questions, questions…

Anyway, last up tonight, and deservedly so, are Dripback, a band whose chemistry and boisterous, yobby vibe resuscitates a good deal of the crowd. Blurring the lines between metal and hardcore metal without losing the intensity of either genre, their set is a constant barrage, one that attains brutality without sacrificing the power of the riff. A worthy finale to a worthy event – here’s to next year, Camden or not.

Review by Dayal Patterson

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Agonia Records has checked in with the following announcement about offering a free download from the upcoming Kongh album: “What’s possibly the most emotional and one of the best written compositions in Kongh’s discography, can now be downloaded for free from Soundcloud. The 4th and final song from the Sludge/Doom Swedes forthcoming ‘Sole Creation’ album, poetically entitled ‘Skymning’ and featuring a great clean vocal line by David Johansson, can be downloaded (or streamed) at this location .” The “Sole Creation” album will consist of 4 new tracks and 45 minutes of music, with a guest appearance of John Doe from Craft

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Ossuary Industries has issued the following announcement about the coming release of “Squealing to the new World” from Raped By Pigs:

“And so begins the REIGN OF RAPED BY PIGS! Introducing Tony Koehl’s masterpiece art for their upcoming album ‘Squealing to the New World’ to be unleashed on Ossuary Industries with select RBP appearances in the USA for 2013.

“With this release, the Peruvian based RBP take the best of the slam basis and accelerate into a conquering depth and skill level to rip open the gates of 3rd world Hell into first choice brutal metal! These focused musicians LIVE FOR METAL – get over to their page and let them know you’re listening!!

“The compositions and lead riffs combined with that pound-you-to-the-fucking-ground 808 bass and incredible beats are gonna switch back a lot of your unsuspecting heads for a triple-take on these fellas.”


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Finnish symphonic metal act Amberian Dawn announced the replacement for outgoing vocalist Heidi Parviainen, who split with the band back in November. New vocalist Päivi “Capri” Virkkunen was revealed along with sound samples in the video appearing below. The band plans to issue a compilation of re-recorded tracks with Capri on vocals to be issued in 2013.

The announcement on the band’s official website reads:

“Hey all. As announced recently we have spent quite some time with the search for a new singer. A pretty hard task, but we think we managed to find an extraordinarily talented singer.

“We are very proud to present you Capri! She is from Finland and a professional vocalist with a strong background: she has worked for a vast amount of different kinds of studio- and live-projects (musicals, lead and backing vocal recordings, live shows etc). Capri has a classical training but is still 100 percent a rock singer. We are sure she will bring AD to a new level by interpreting AD songs with a different kind of style and emotion.”

“And since we all thought that Capri can sing those “classic” AD songs with new and refreshing style and sound, we decided to re-record a selection of our best songs again with her. Also 75% of the music stems are going to be re-recorded. Mikko P. Mustonen, who did orchestral arrangements for our previous album (Circus Black) will add some more colour to those songs with awesome orchestral additions. He’s also going to mix this album. Release dates, track listing and cover art are to be announced later.”

Songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Tuomas Seppälä commented: “Finding Capri and getting her join AD is like a big dream coming true to me. Capri shares the same taste in music as I and that’s why is obvious that our new partnership is like “match made in heaven”. She really makes my compositions to shine like never before and I’m so impressed about her every way. I’m as excited as back then, when I found our original singer Heidi. Now my main focus is to make the whole world to hear about Capri and start composing new songs for her. But first, we’re all concentrating on recording this compilation album with Capri and then I’ll start working with new material for new studio album.”

Amberian Dawn’s latest release “Circus Black” was issued in February through Spinefarm Records. Check out the announcement video and samples here:

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