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Norwegian genre-mashing maniacs Kvelertak have unveiled the latest video from this year’s awesome Meir album.

Watch the animated clip for Evig Vandrar below…

Meir is out now via Roadrunner.

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On September 11, Andrew Schizodeluxe of The Rock Pit conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: Well, let’s talk about the new DVD, “Dying Alive”. How did the idea of this new DVD come about?

Mille: Basically, it was the middle of the tour that we felt it went very well, we had many people at the shows and we knew it was a huge production and we wanted to give fans something back, like the memory. We felt this was the perfect time after 10 years of our last official DVD release, “Live Kreation”. We felt it was about time to come out with a new live DVD/live record package and we talked to the record company about it and they supported us and went along. We got a team of 24 cameras into the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, which is very close to where we live, and we had full control over everything that happened to make sure that the quality was 100% guaranteed.

The Rock Pit: Watching the live show on the DVD, there seems to be so many cameras around, you seemed to have captured every angle possible. Was that the band’s idea or was that someone else’s idea?

Mille: That was our idea — ours and the director. We talked about this for a long time and we definitely wanted to make sure that… I mean, it’s always different to when you are in a room and watch a band, it’s a different feel than being in your living room and watching it from your sofa or whatever, so we wanted to make sure that we got an impression of what it’s like to come to a KREATOR show.

The Rock Pit: I ask this question with a few other thrash bands regarding the recent resurgence of thrash metal in general. Obviously, the genre has never gone away but it seems to have crept back in a big way recently, which we haven’t seen in quite some time. What’s your take on this new interest in the genre?

Mille: For me, it never felt like it went away. It quietened in the ’90s, but that was metal in general, but now it’s stronger than ever because people have grown up. A lot of the bands that have been around back then that are still around are a little more controlled with how they handle things and they are more experienced. It comes down to the music. Now they live by fans that have grown up with this kind of music. Back in the day, neighbors were like strangers to this music and so the whole industry has changed. In my opinion, it has a lot to do with self-confidence nowadays; it’s a whole different deal. Nowadays, we are more confident in what we do and I think I can speak for a lot of the bands, a lot of the old-school thrash bands that nowadays when you get the feedback from the new generation of bands, it gives you a lot of energy.

The Rock Pit: Obviously you did a bit of experimenting in the ’90s and then came back to the thrash sound. Do you think you would ever try a different direction again or do you think you will stay in the thrash genre?

Mille: I think we experiment within our music. In the ’90s, we experimented on a whole album, nowadays we experiment within certain parts of certain songs but people don’t see that experimenting as much as we did in the ’90s. A lot of the elements, like in “Phantom Antichrist”, for example, is something that we took from that era and put it into our new music, so it’s always in motion. Our music always develops and we can look back on many, many hours that we have tried, riffs or melodies that we tried in the ’90s and we still profit a lot from that. It was not for nothing, even though some of the ’90s experimental albums weren’t that well received by the audience, for us, musically, it made us grow.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

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Jeff Waters and his ever-revolving door of bandmates in Annihilator are an under-appreciated entity in their genre. As the band approaches their thirtieth year, the band is not only refusing to slow down, but they are only getting better. I actually arrived late to the Annihilator party. The legendary Canadian thrash band had already seen their peak when …

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Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JON OLIVA’S PAIN). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Songfacts: Would you agree that SAVATAGE was one of the first-ever true prog metal bands?

Jon: Absolutely. No doubt about it. I think that really started with “Hall Of The Mountain King”, but then definitely from “Gutter Ballet” on, we definitely expanded. We had done three or four records that were basically the same, except for “Fight For The Rock”, which we don’t count. That’s like the red-headed stepchild. But yeah, we started going that route, definitely with “Gutter” and “Streets”. I had never heard of the term prog rock until a few years ago. I didn’t know what it was. Back in 1987 I don’t remember that term being around. Was it?

Songfacts: The only other band that may have been described that way is maybe QUEENSRŸCHE, but I really don’t remember them being described like that around the time that also SAVATAGE was around, back in ’87.

Jon: Yeah, it’s weird. I’m wondering when that prog base first started popping up as a new genre. I’ve got to check that out. That’s going to bother me all day now. I want to know when the first time someone said “prog rock.”

Songfacts: I think DREAM THEATER may have been the first band to be called prog metal.

Jon: If you really think about it, the first prog-type band was probably ELP. But I see what you’re saying. DREAM THEATER to me, I like that band a lot. I think the drummer is amazing, just too many solos for me. I can’t help it, man. They’re great players. You can’t take away the talent. These guys are unbelievably talented. Some of those solo sections are just like, “Okaaaay,” but great band. People like ’em, so people like 20-minute guitar solos.

Songfacts: Why do you think that TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA has reached such a huge audience, but SAVATAGE in the ’80s didn’t? Do you think it was just a matter of timing or just listeners’ tastes at the time?

Jon: Well, I think what happened with that mainly is that the name SAVATAGE, we ran the course with it. And because of some bad mistakes that we made business-wise in our younger days before Paul O’Neill, we never could quite recover from that and get into the bigger level. I mean, we did well. We did really good in Europe. But we never got SAVATAGE to that level, and after 20-some odd years and then losing Criss [Oliva, guitar] in the middle of that, we just weren’t ready to continue. The fatal thing that happened was with the song “12/24” off of the “Dead Winter Dead” album [1995]. We sent the song out around Christmastime, and a station down in Florida started playing it, and it became a hit down here. Atlantic Records sent that CD to every radio station in America and nobody would play it. They said, “Why didn’t you play the song?” It’s like, “Well, SAVATAGE, that’s a heavy metal band from the ’80s. We don’t play that shit.” They never even listened to it. You know how we know? Because the next year we sent the exact same song and put a Christmas tree on the cover and an angel and called it “TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA,” and it was #1 on 500 radio stations. So that just goes to show you that what was holding SAVATAGE back was SAVATAGE. It wasn’t the songwriting. It was the same, Paul and I, and before that, Criss, Paul, and I. You know, the proof was in the pudding. “12/24”, which is technically a SAVATAGE song from the album “Dead Winter Dead”, has sold millions of records. I’ve got them hanging on my wall. But when it was released as SAVATAGE, it sold 30,000. So what does that tell you? It tells you that the name’s turning people off for some reason, and that’s what it was. Now look at what’s happened. TSO is one of the biggest bands in the world, it’s unbelievable. It’s funny to me, because it’s SAVATAGE. [laughs] I get a kick out of this. I’m like, “It’s SAVATAGE with tuxedos and a bunch of other people from all around the world.” We bring in people from all around the world, which makes us kind of international, which I think is cool. But the thing that sells it is the music, Paul‘s stories, and Paul‘s poetry and the lyrics, and the way that Paul and I work together when we write. There’s a chemistry there.

Read the entire interview at Songfacts.

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2013 has been a pretty amazing year for progressive metal of all sorts. Last Chance To Reason put out the great almost aquatic sounding album Level 3, The Ocean dropped the entirely aquatic Pelagial, and Gorguts returned to show all you young'ins how an OG technical death metal band does the genre right with Colored Sands. There are so many more I could …

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The Five Finger Death Punch chaps stopped by the Metal Hammer Magazine Show studio to talk military trips, that LL Cool J cover and their awesome new album The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1, which is out right now and definitely worth your time.

Have a listen below:

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“Paralysis”, a brand new track from Italian folk metallers KRAMPUS, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The track was produced by Tommy Vetterli (ELUVEITIE, CORONER) and features guest musicians Merlin Sutter and Chrigel Glanzmann of ELUVEITIE on drums and uilleann pipes.

KRAMPUS found its own sound with the new material, mixing modern influences and keeping its unique folk instrumentation alive at the same time — one of only a handful of bands successful in doing so. Not only are they out to upend a whole genre, but they’re taking on old conventions as well. Rather than jumping through hoops to get the necessary financing for a full album production and risking limitations and deadlines, they picked the best of a year’s worth of writing and went on to produce those songs on their own — completely independent from any record label. Taking it another step further, KRAMPUS decided to release their new material to the public just weeks after recording — for free.

Comments the band: “We are extremely excited to share with you ‘Paralysis’, the very first brand new KRAMPUS track, produced with Tommy Vetterli at New Sound Studio just weeks ago and now available to you, for free. We hope you enjoy it and encourage you to play, download, and share however much you like!”

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The genre-collapsing OvO is pleased to announce the release of new album, “Abisso,” on November 4th via the vessel of all things Italian and loud, Supernatual Cat Records. The following press release was issued about the band: “The duo, made up of Bruno Dorella on a stripped back drum kit and Stefania Pedretti handling vocals and guitars, will be entering a thirteenth year together, showing no signs of relenting in the sonic exploration

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Like An Addiction is an album for serious fans of the ’80s glam genre. No more, no less — I’m assuming exactly as Sandness envisioned.

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Today was moving day here in the WEEKLY INJECTION outpost. I've got myself a lovely little view of a brand new corner of a storage room and I can almost hear Rob's hearbeat from here. Almost… To the metals… A.M.S.G. – Anti-Cosmic Tyranny Genre: Black Metal Origin: Edmonton, Canada Label: Profound Lore Buy now on A.M.S.G.  …

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