Posts Tagged “Gigs”

Fan-filmed video footage of British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley‘s (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) entire March 8 performance at the Underworld in London, England can be seen below.

Blaze‘s “Soundtracks Of My Life” tour will see him play 33 gigs in 40 days in 15 countries, celebrating Bayley‘s 30 years in the industry.

Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, “Soundtracks Of My Life”, on October 31, 2013.

Metal Mind Productions recently released the two-CD version of Blaze Bayley‘s “Alive In Poland” (previously available only as part of the limited-edition “Alive In Poland” DVD) in Europe and North America.

“Alive In Poland” was recorded in Poland in April 2007 during the 21st edition of Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland. It features a fantastic, over-one-and-a-half-hour show during which Blaze presented the best tracks from his discography, as well as select tracks from IRON MAIDEN (“Man On The Edge”, “Futureal”).

Bayley‘s latest studio album, “The King Of Metal”, was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.

The 50-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explained in a question-and-answer session that followed a recent screening of METALLICA‘s upcoming movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, that the film has actually inspired the metal legends to get moving on new music. Ulrich said, “Getting a chance to do all these challenges and adventures really fuels us to go back into the studio and make hopefully a better album… METALLICA, I think, increasingly depends on these types of things to feel challenged as artists. So making films is great and it certainly gets us out of our comfort zone, so when we get back to the studio we just feel more inspired and more invigorated.”

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band gets energized by branching out into other projects before returning to work on its next record. “There’ll be a new record and we certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that’s what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals,” he said. “I mean, it’s just, all that stuff’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time, you know.”

The drummer added that the band is immensely satisfied with the filmmaking experience and final result, saying, “Three years later it’s just so cool to sit up there and feel the energy and take it in that energy on the screen.”

Frontman James Hetfield agreed that the band’s creative process while making the film was similar to the way it comes up with ideas for its albums, saying, “We had a whole bunch of ideas and that was the easy part. Making them all come to fruition and getting them in the movie was (the hard part). We couldn’t put everything in there as the price tag would have doubled or tripled.”

“Through The Never” premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open in IMAX theaters on September 27, expanding to more screens on October 4.

This Saturday (September 21), METALLICA will play a special show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater as part of the promotion for the film.

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“Sounds Of A Playground Fading”, the video for the title track of the tenth studio album from Swedish metallers IN FLAMES, can be seen below. The clip, which is made up of concert footage, was produced by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.

IN FLAMES will play a very special show at the Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden on September 27. Gröna Lund had in fact closed their park for the season, but when they got word that IN FLAMES was available, they decided to re-open the park, just for this concert.

“Sounds Of A Playground Fading” (Century Media) sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.

IN FLAMES‘ previous album, “A Sense of Purpose” (Koch) opened with 20,000 units to land at No. 28. This was slightly less than the opening tally of “Come Clarity” (Ferret), which shifted just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to enter the chart at position No. 58.

“Sounds Of A Playground Fading” was the first IN FLAMES album to be recorded without founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who quit the band in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction.

IN FLAMES guitarist Niclas Engelin recently sat out a few of the band’s shows. His temporary replacement for those gigs was Patrik Jensen from THE HAUNTED.

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American hardcore metallers PRO-PAIN will release their new studio album, “The Final Revolution”, on November 25 in Europe and December 3 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. According to vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil, PRO-PAIN‘s 14th studio recording marks the band’s return to its old form. “The music is quite dark, and the groove and tempos are very reminiscent of the classic PRO-PAIN style as opposed to our last album, ‘Straight To The Dome’, which was a bit more thrashy,” he says.

“The Final Revolution” was recorded, mixed, and mastered by V.O. Pulver (GURD) from August 18 to August 29, 2013 at Little Creek Studio in Gelterkinden, Switzerland. Meskil wrote all of the music and lyrics at his home in Sarasota, Florida.

“In order to keep things interesting, I decided to take the reins and handle all of the writing duties alone this time,” he says. “It’s the first PRO-PAIN album since the ’90s in which I’ve written everything.”

The standard “The Final Revolution” release will feature twelve brand-new tracks. There will be other configurations available as well, in the form of a digipak and gatefold album. Those configurations will contain some bonus material (including live tracks plus a UK SUBS cover), foldout poster, etc. Meskil adds: “I’m sure the fans will love it!”

PRO-PAIN will play some Florida shows in October, which will mark the band’s first U.S. gigs in more than four years. The band also has a European tour scheduled from November 29 until December 21, with ZUUL FX (France), KOMAH (Belgium), and SOULLINE (Switzerland) supporting.

Meskil concludes: “We hope everyone will enjoy our new album as much as we do! See you on tour!”

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Children of Bodom, Born of Osiris, Job For A Cowboy, Airbourne, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, City In The Sea, Scorpion Child, Attika 7, Thrown Into Exhile let us know about their worst gigs ever.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, Los Angeles firefighters were called to the home of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne for the second time this year on Tuesday night (August 27), after Ozzy reportedly started a fire in their kitchen while making a bacon sandwich. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Sharon tweeted about the incident, “I’m in London, @OfficialOzzy is in LA making a bacon sandwich last night and the fire brigade ended up at our house!!”

There were no reports of any injuries to Ozzy or whether there was any damage to the kitchen or house.

In January, Ozzy was injured and had to receive medical treatment after Sharon left a candle lit overnight that exploded in its glass vase, sparking a fire which took over the living room of their home.

The couple’s attempts to put out the flames then only resulted in more damage and Ozzy‘s injuries, with Sharon saying on “The Talk” after the incident, “His eyebrows are gone . . . he’s got, like, skinned cheeks. We are, like, two idiots, it was like the Three Stooges. Everything you are not meant to do, go to bed with candles alight, open the doors and put water on, we did it all.”

Ozzy was back home in Los Angeles as BLACK SABBATH winds down its current North American tour in support of its reunion album, “13”.

The band plays the trek’s final three gigs on Friday (August 30) in Phoenix, Sunday (September 1) in Las Vegas and Tuesday (September 3) in Los Angeles.

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French progressive technical death metallers GOROD have parted ways with drummer Samuel Santiago. The band states: “The reasons for this split up only concern Samuel and GOROD. No others statements will be made about this.

“The few gigs booked for the end of the year are confirmed and will be done with a temporary drummer. These gigs will be the the last concerning ‘A Perfect Absolution’.

“In the following weeks, GOROD will focus and start to compose for a new album… and, we have few ideas, will search for a new drummer. More news soon.”

GOROD‘s fourth full-length album, “A Perfect Absolution”, was released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 via Unique Leader Records (March 2012 in Europe through Listenable Records). The CD was mixed by producer Frédéric “Elmobo” Motte, who oversaw the recording of the drums, bass and vocals, while all guitars were tracked by GOROD‘s mastermind Matthieu Pascal at his Bud Records Studio. The mix and the mastering were done at Elmobo‘s Conkrete Studio by Pascal and Elmobo.

The lyrical concept of “A Perfect Absolution” is based on the history of Kievan Rus during the 10th century.

In the year 945, Igor, King of Kiev, was killed while collecting a “tribute” when he visited a neighbor pagan tribe (the Derevlians) who lives in the forest. He left a widow, Olga, who avenged him in an extremely harsh manner before converting to Orthodox Christianity.

“A Perfect Absolution” features guest guitar solos by Christian Muenzner (OBSCURA) and Mike Keene (THE FACELESS).

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After disbanding in 1987, legendary British occult metal act HELL was reincarnated in 2011, with Andy Sneap (guitar) and David Bower (vocals) joining original members Kev Bower (guitar, keyboards), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums). Now the British quintet is about the release the follow-up to its highly acclaimed 2011 debut, “Human Remains”. The band’s sophomore offering, “Curse And Chapter”, will be made avialable on November 22 via Nuclear Blast. The effort will include a bonus DVD containing six songs from HELL‘s February 23, 2013 show at the Darwin Suite Assembly Rooms in Derby. A single, “The Age Of Nefarious”, will precede the full-length album this fall.

Commented Sneap on the upcoming release: “We’ve been working solid on the album for the last couple of months between gigs, although we’ve been demoing to a good standard over the last year or so.

“This time around the album consists of around 50% old material, 50% new.

“We really see this as a band that’s moving forward rather than a nostalgia trip. Obviously, there’s a lot of history within the band, but there’s also a whole world of ideas we want to get out.

“We have this week left tracking. Four more vocals and bass to get down, two more songs of guitar and then mix.

“I’m super happy with how things are shaping up. It feels more like a band on this record to me than the first, which, I guess, is just a natural progression of everyone playing together a lot more over the last couple of years.”

Concerning the lyrical content, vocalist David Bower added: “Alongside some of our favorite themes of historical, political and religious persecution, intolerance and prejudice, you will find some good old fashioned myths and legends being invoked and reinterpreted in our own inimitable way. We also have some songs in which the listener will be implicitly invited to solve the clues contained in the lyrics in order to find the meaning of the stories for themselves. Being completely aware that many people interpret things in ways that writers do not expect as a matter of course, it seemed logical to take that idea a little further.”

About the album title, Bower explains: “It’s a hellish play on words of the English saying chapter and verse, and also a reference to a song lyric in ‘The Age Of Nefarious’, the opening track on the record.”

“Human Remains” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 46.

Cited as a huge indirect influence, and as one of the true founding fathers of occult metal, HELL formed in 1982 from the carcasses of U.K. metal bands RACE AGAINST TIME and PARALEX, whose “White Lightning” EP was listed by METALLICA as a favorite, and which was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich, Geoff Barton “NWOBHM ’79 Revisited” sampler album.

Despite over five years of constant touring, the band was cruelly overlooked by the ’80s music press, who just didn’t get it. HELL were too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for all but the most enlightened to understand them. The final crushing blow came when their long-awaited 1986 album deal with Mausoleum collapsed as the label went bankrupt, followed by the tragic suicide of singer/guitarist Dave Halliday in 1987. The remaining members drew a line in the sand and stopped playing overnight.

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“After 20 years, 7 albums, more than a thousand gigs and 10 million beers consumed together, it’s simply time to put the band to rest and do other things,” says

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Long-running Swedish rap/metal combo CLAWFINGER has released the following statement:

“Sometimes you grow together, sometimes you grow apart, sometimes you don’t grow anywhere but you still keep on going anyway for lack of better options because it’s all you know how to do!

“Anyway, the simple truth here and now is that CLAWFINGER are calling it a day, throwing in the towel, going fishing, quitting and moving on to pursue other goals in life!

“After 20 years, 7 albums, more than a thousand gigs and 10 million beers consumed together, it’s simply time to put the band to rest and do other things! Nothing is, of course, ever carved in stone, but please don’t hold your breath; that is, if anybody out there is stupid enough to even consider doing so!

“It’s been one hell of a ride, no doubt about it. Bumpy, yes; long and winding, yes; full of dead ends and wrong turns; but all the same one hell of a fucking ride, an experience to remember and treasure for life!

“All our love, repsect and admiration goes out to the people who have supported us along the way, the fans, most of all, because you’ve always been the fuel on our fire, but hell, even the record companies deserve a little thanking at a time like this.

“There are too many people to thank, but you know who you are, and if you’ve been there for us, respect to you all for the love, patience and understanding you’ve shown us through the years. Your dedication has been priceless and maybe we’ll see you out there again for the 30th anniversary if we decide to try and cash in on past achievements with the old classic reunion trick; only time will tell!

“Thank you for everything, respect and one love to you all!”

In an August 2009 interview with Bulgaria’s Tangra Mega Rock, CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell stated about the band’s status, “We’re just trying to survive like all the other bands out there. The business is very different from what it was 15 years ago. You can’t survive only by being in a band these days, so we’re working and doing what we have to do to pay the rent and trying to find time for CLAWFINGER. The only plan we have for a release at the moment is a remake of ‘Deaf Dumb Blind’ for the 20th anniversary . The plan is to re-record all the songs from that album and bring in guests. We’ve been talking to some of the guys from RAMMSTEIN and Peter Tägtgren from PAIN and HYPOCRISY. We’ve made some friends through the years and hopefully we can get them to add their own flavorings and colorings to those old tracks.”

CLAWFINGER‘s latest album, “Life Will Kill You”, was released in the U.S. in July 2008 via Locomotive Records. The CD, which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 89 upon its European release in 2007, was recorded and produced at Sweden’s Fear And Loathing Studios, a facility that CLAWFINGER runs along with the members of MESHUGGAH.

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