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On March 16, Soundcrave Magazine writer John Baxter conducted an interview with singer Andrea Ferro of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL in Portland, Oregon. You can now watch the chat below.

LACUNA COIL will play a special “Broken Crown Halo” CD-release show on April 1 at The Roxy Theatre. There are no advance tickets for the concert; fans must buy a copy of the new CD at The Roxy on April 1 to gain admission to see the band perform live.

“Broken Crown Halo” will be released in North America on April 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW.

“Broken Crown Halo” is LACUNA COIL‘s seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to “Dark Adrenaline”, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and SEVENDUST after debuting at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 album chart.

“Broken Crown Halo” track listing:

01. Nothing Stands In Our Way
02. Zombies
03. Hostage To The Light
04. Victims
05. Die & Rise
06. I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)
07. Cybersleep
08. Infection
09. I Burn In You
10. In The End I Feel Alive
11. One Cold Day

LACUNA COIL last month hit the road as a quintet as part of “The Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour” following the departures of guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore and drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati. Marco “Maus” Biazzi handled all guitar duties on the trek while drummer Ryan Blake Folden once again sat behind the kit.

The Revolver-magazine-presented “The Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour kicked off February 20 and featured LACUNA COIL sharing a stage with SICK PUPPIES, Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL and CILVER. The tour launched in Wilmington, North Carolina, and ran through March 20 in Anaheim, California.

Interview:

“Broken Crown Halo” album trailer:

“Die & Rise” lyric video:

“Nothing Stands In Our Way” lyric video:

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The official trailer for “Broken Crown Halo”, the new studio album from Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL, can be seen below. Due in North America on April 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records, the CD was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW.

“Broken Crown Halo” is LACUNA COIL‘s seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to “Dark Adrenaline”, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and SEVENDUST after debuting at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 album chart.

“Broken Crown Halo” track listing:

01. Nothing Stands In Our Way
02. Zombies
03. Hostage To The Light
04. Victims
05. Die & Rise
06. I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)
07. Cybersleep
08. Infection
09. I Burn In You
10. In The End I Feel Alive
11. One Cold Day

LACUNA COIL last month hit the road as a quintet as part of “The Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour” following the departures of guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore and drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati. Marco “Maus” Biazzi is handling all guitar duties on the trek while drummer Ryan Blake Folden is once again sitting behind the kit. The band states: “Fans will already be familiar with Ryan, as he performed live with LACUNA COIL on the majority of the 2012 and 2013 ‘Dark Legacy’ and ‘Dark Adrenaline’ tours.”

Regarding the departures of Migliore and Mozzati, LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia told U.K.’s Metal Hammer: “It’s something we announced [in mid-Febraury] but knew for a few weeks, and honestly, I feel good, because we couldn’t have a better — I don’t even wasn’t to use the word ‘split’; that sounds like, ‘Oh, we had a big fight and we don’t want to see each other anymore,’ she said.

“It was something that was coming from the heart, very sincere. They just decided they wanted to change their lives. It’s not like they didn’t like the band anymore, but this lifestyle is not easy. You’re on tour all the time, you don’t have any private life anymore.

“Being on tour is really surreal, because time moves in a different way, so I think it’s absolutely normal that after so many years together, some of us want to carry on doing what we do because we still enjoy it, and some of us would want to move on, keeping the great memories we have together. I mean, they’re not planning to join other bands. It’s not going to be a huge difference, because we will have the same songwriter, and we are determined to go on. So I’m sad that they’re leaving, but we will continue seeing each other outside the band. They are happy, we are happy, everyone is happy.”

She continued: “The drums [on the U.S. tour] will be played by Ryan Folden, who played with us for the last year while Criz was at home growing up his kid. And for guitar, we are going on with Marco only, and then we will decide.

“It’s too early to think about replacements, and we don’t even know if we want that. We might work with session musicians for a while, because even if we are serene and happy, it’s hard for us, because we lost two brothers, so we don’t want anyone to come into the family just like that. It would be wise, I think, just to go on with us four and then move on with friends like Ryan, who is a great drummer and very easy to get along with. And that’s an important factor, because if you’re going to share a tour bus with people, you have to be able to get along with them!”

The Revolver-magazine-presented “The Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour kicked off February 20 and features LACUNA COIL sharing a stage with SICK PUPPIES, Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL and CILVER. The tour launched in Wilmington, North Carolina, and runs through March 20 in Anaheim, California.

“Broken Crown Halo” album trailer:

“Die & Rise” lyric video:

“Nothing Stands In Our Way” lyric video:

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RockRevoltMagazine.com conducted an interview with vocalist Andrea Ferro of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL. You can now watch the chat below.

LACUNA COIL‘s new studio album, “Broken Crown Halo”, will be released in North America on April 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW.

“Broken Crown Halo” is LACUNA COIL‘s seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to “Dark Adrenaline”, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and SEVENDUST after debuting at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 album chart.

“Broken Crown Halo” track listing:

01. Nothing Stands In Our Way
02. Zombies
03. Hostage To The Light
04. Victims
05. Die & Rise
06. I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)
07. Cybersleep
08. Infection
09. I Burn In You
10. In The End I Feel Alive
11. One Cold Day

LACUNA COIL is touring as a quintet following the departures of guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore and drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati. Marco “Maus” Biazzi is handling all guitar duties on the trek while drummer Ryan Blake Folden is once again sitting behind the kit. The band states: “Fans will already be familiar with Ryan, as he performed live with LACUNA COIL on the majority of the 2012 and 2013 ‘Dark Legacy’ and ‘Dark Adrenaline’ tours.”

Regarding the departures of Migliore and Mozzati, LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia told U.K.’s Metal Hammer: “It’s something we announced [on February 14] but knew for a few weeks, and honestly, I feel good, because we couldn’t have a better — I don’t even wasn’t to use the word ‘split’; that sounds like, ‘Oh, we had a big fight and we don’t want to see each other anymore.’

“It was something that was coming from the heart, very sincere. They just decided they wanted to change their lives. It’s not like they didn’t like the band anymore, but this lifestyle is not easy. You’re on tour all the time, you don’t have any private life anymore.

“Being on tour is really surreal, because time moves in a different way, so I think it’s absolutely normal that after so many years together, some of us want to carry on doing what we do because we still enjoy it, and some of us would want to move on, keeping the great memories we have together. I mean, they’re not planning to join other bands. It’s not going to be a huge difference, because we will have the same songwriter, and we are determined to go on. So I’m sad that they’re leaving, but we will continue seeing each other outside the band. They are happy, we are happy, everyone is happy.”

She continued: “It’s too early to think about replacements, and we don’t even know if we want that. We might work with session musicians for a while, because even if we are serene and happy, it’s hard for us, because we lost two brothers, so we don’t want anyone to come into the family just like that. It would be wise, I think, just to go on with us four and then move on with friends like Ryan, who is a great drummer and very easy to get along with. And that’s an important factor, because if you’re going to share a tour bus with people, you have to be able to get along with them!”

The Revolver-magazine-presented “The Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour runs through March 20 in Anaheim, California. Visit www.hottestchickstour.com for additional details and VIP packages.

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Zakk Wylde: willing to pay respects to his fallen brother

Zakk Wylde has addressed longheld speculation that should the surviving members of Pantera ever perform together again, he could be the man to step in on guitar duties.

“It’d be up to Vinnie, Phil and Rex — they’re the guys that make everything happen,” he tells Artisan News. “So if they were all gonna do it and honor Dimebag and [if they said to me], ‘Zakk, would you wanna honor Dime and do Dime’s parts?’ Of course, I was a pallbearer for him — I laid him to rest — so, of course, I’d say, it would be a beautiful way to honor him and stuff like that. And to celebrate all things Pantera and what they achieved. ‘Cause they changed the game, as far as extreme metal goes. I mean, they’re the kings of it. But it’s up to the fellows. Then it would just be me woodsheddin’ 25-8, learning all of Dime’s parts, you know what I mean?! Yeah, but like I said, as far as I’m concerned, it would just be honoring Dime.”

Meanwhile, Black Label Society have finally begun work on the follow-up to 2010′s awesome Order Of The Black, with Zakk confirming that the riffs are now officially a-flowin’.

“It’ll have all the heavy riffs and other stuff everyone knows and loves,” Wylde promises Billboard. “Order Of The Black was already three years ago, which is pretty insane. But the whole time we’ve been working, touring and stuff like that; it’s not like we’ve been sitting around the house. It’s crazy because back in the beginning of Black Label we were pumping out an album a year and constantly touring. But don’t mind doing it this way, either.”

BLS are set to release Unblackened, a special collection of live acoustic re-imaginings and a couple of covers, this week. The opus includes an awesome acoustic cover of Bill Withers classic Ain’t No Sunshine, complete with bonkers video:

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Alison Hell has apparently been thrust into the fashionable zombie age, judging by the gory chick clawing and gnawing on a heart in 3-D fashion for ANNIHILATOR‘s fourteenth album, “Feast”. At least Jeff Waters and company make the most of the moment, delivering a largely fast, well-entertaining ride.

Moving on past the ooh and ahh hologram cover spiffing up the ECO-book version to “Feast”, this album is by-and-large a serious ass-kicker. Stacked with heaps of thrash, killer shredding, smelted solos and superb drumming, “Feast” throws a few monkey wrenches into the scheme using the same exploratory spirit of “All For You” without dramatically altering the crunchy-yet-crisp feel of this record.

Kudos to Jeff Waters for keeping the criminally-overlooked Dave Padden on board all this time, especially now that his singer has of late been picking up rhythm guitar duties on the road. “Feast” was laid out with Waters fielding guitars and bass (Alberto Campuzano handles the latter outside of the studio), but it still feels more of a collaborative effort with Padden‘s trusty dynamics and fluid pounding from drummer Mike Harshaw.

Harshaw is terrific all over this album, as sharp as anyone Waters has corralled into the ANNIHILATOR compound. Harshaw has proven himself worthy of stepping onto Mike Mangini‘s pedals, laying down steady mosh and thrash pulses throughout “Demon Code” and “No Way Out”. He’s especially huge with his snub-nosed snare rolls on the shifty genre-collision of “No Surrender”.

“Feast” gets rowdy in a hurry with the thrashy “Deadlock” and “No Way Out”, while “Smear Campaign” alternates between mid-tempo power lines and stepped-up thrusts. “No Surrender” then presents one of the album’s curveballs, mingling some funky licks all over the verses ala LIVING COLOUR before walloping the song with massive metallic rivets on the choruses and bridges. Lifting “No Surrender” through a mosh-driven middle section and an out-of-nowhere gloom arc filled with the sounds of a presumed zombie attack, then a scorching solo from Waters, the left-of-center tinkering throughout “No Surrender” is flat-out weird. Yet it’s also a welcome sojourn back to the thrash-prog motifs of ANNIHILATOR‘s early years. Waters also loads “One Falls, Two Rise” at the end of the album with one of the busiest rounds of progression he’s ever attempted.

“Wrapped” struts out with dukes up on a mostly straightforward rawk jive that gets the benefit of some wicked top riffs and a fret-scratched solo. Then the murky anti-ballad “Perfect Angel Eyes” interrupts the headstrong chaos of “Feast”, keeping a strong slow pulse with a nifty bass loft and a subliminal static hiss lurking overtop the acoustic spiral of the song. After this point, “Feast” gets back on the gas with only a few noodlings scattered throughout “Demon Code” and the uppity “Fight the World” (which has a nifty slow fakeout intro before rumbling into speed mode) before the decorative signature swaps come all over “One Falls, Two Rise”. Padden‘s soaring vocals on “One Falls, Two Rise” hit new timbres on the opening verses than we normally hear out of him and they’re wonderful, even more so once the song blasts into a thrash arc and Padden dips into his trademark blend of clean-growl. The song takes a hundred directions from that point and Padden adjusts himself flawlessly as if by instinct.

The ECO-book version of “Feast” comes with the bonus disc “Re-Kill”, fifteen re-recordings from the back catalog, half culminated from ANNIHILATOR‘s celebrated couplet “Alison Hell” and “Never Neverland” and the rest spread throughout the non-Padden years. While the entire notion of heritage acts releasing bonus discs with redos has become passé, “Re-Kill” is harmless if perhaps a little insulting to Coburn Pharr and Randy Rampage. As much as it’s a joy listening to Dave Padden through ANNIHILATOR‘s last handful of studio albums, it’s more than enough for us to hear him take down “Alison Hell”, “Fun Palace” and “Word Salad” onstage. The man’s created his own legacy, modest though it may be, just like his benefactor, Jeff Waters.

That aside, “Feast” is still a hell of an enjoyable trip and Jeff Waters‘ enduring faith in Padden has paid off. From “Metal” to “Annihilator” and now “Feast”, Padden has forced Waters to raise his game, even if Padden sowed the seeds on “All for You” and “Schizo Deluxe”, two ANNIHILATOR albums that deserve more respect. “Feast” is a culmination of both of those albums while hearkening back to the early days in spots. All delivered with excellent production and a tasteful sense of style. The repeat and tweaked guitar intros to many of the cuts on the album reveals a return to songwriting fortitude in Waters‘ always-changing mindset. No need to gush about Waters‘ fret prowess on “Feast”. That comes as an automatic selling point. With much congratulations due, “Feast” is an album destined to keep a-rolling more than a few times simultaneously in your player.

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The brainchild of guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors), One Machine, is alive and kicking. One Machine boasts classic and modern influences, featuring a collection of international members carefully selected by Smyth: Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary) on vocals, Jamie Hunt (Biomechanical) sharing guitar duties, rounded out by a powerhouse rhythm section with Tomas “O’Beast” Koefoed (Mnemic) on bass guitar and Raphael Saini (Chaoswave) on drums

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Kansas City act Marasmus has issued the following announcement about the band’s new lineup:

“The line-up is finally solidified; Marasmus would like to welcome, and are honored to announce, Ryan Bender and Richard Tufts to our fold. Ryan will be assuming the guitar duties and Rich will be taking over on bass. Both musicians are the guitar masterminds behind the whirlwind that is Obliterate the Apex. Current line-up:

Devon – Vocals
Ryan – Guitar
Andy – Guitar
Rich – Bass
Trynt – Drums

“As a band, we will be playing a select amount of shows in the upcoming months because we are focusing on writing our new album. We have already started writing the new material and so far, this new material is going to destroy our previous release. That’s a promise.”

Check out music from Marasmus and find more info on the band over at Facebook here.

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Testament: well thrashy

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson has chatted to Music Radar about the 25th anniversary of The Legacy, some of the lessons he’s learned in his time with the band and sharing the stage with Alex Skolnick. Check out some excepts below…

MusicRadar.com: 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Testament‘s debut album, “The Legacy”. What were your initial expectations of the band?

Eric: “[Initially], none. I just wanted to put a record out. Then when [second album, 1988’s] ‘The New Order’, came out, we had a seven record deal with Atlantic Records and we just thought, ‘If we can live out that term, that would be awesome. We were watching a lot bands around us fold on their second or third album. We realized how hard it was. The playing is the easy part, it’s just everything in between — that’s what breaks bands up. I don’t think it’s the music at all, it’s the chemistry. It’s dealing with all of the downtime in between the two hours you’re onstage.”

MusicRadar.com: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your years as a musician?

Eric: “Just being consistent and sticking to your blueprint. It’s easy when other bands come into the scene that are like a whole new different style to go, ‘I wanna be like that now!’ But we have a following and we’ve got to be like, ‘This is how we are!’ It’s very important that you stick to your guns. When you’re a thrash band, it’s not a good idea to add rap, or start wearing trippy clothes — the fans can see right through that crap.”

MusicRadar.com: Alex Skolnick has been back with the band since 2005. Has the way you divide guitar duties changed over the years?

Eric: “The duties have changed a little bit. Alex is still the lead guitarist, but I’m starting to do a little more soloing now. As players, we’ve all grown a lot. Alex has got a lot of influences and it really, really shows in his playing. When you hear his leads, you know it’s him. But when Alex left the band I started taking on more. The other guitar players that I jammed with, first Glenn Alvelais and then James Murphy, were all like, ‘Dude! How come you don’t play leads? You’re killer!’”

MusicRadar.com: So that gave you the impetus to start developing your leads…

Eric: “It wasn’t like that before. No one said to me, ‘Play leads!’ It was just ‘Alex is the lead guitar player, you’re the rhythm. This is how we’re doing it.’ When Alex came back I said, ‘I’m not going to step on your toes — we’re not going to fight for solos here — but it’s just going to add more to it.’ And he was like, ‘Totally, dude! You should totally do that.’ That was a real breathe of fresh air, because the old way would have been, ‘Well, I’m the lead guitar player.’ We’ve all grown up now and it’s such a better band [for it].”

Read the rest of the interview over at MusicRadar.com.

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The following press release has been issued about Canada’s Laika heading out for the “Laikaruptour 2012″ featuring Abhorupt:

“The time has come again, its tour season. Laika is going our west again and bringing along local technical death metallers Abhorupt with them. It has been a busy year for laika after completing a massive Eastern Canada tour and gearing up to record their second full length album.

“With this new tour we are showing the newer sound of Laika and exposing fans to true winnipeg Melodic Death metal We have enlisted Ronnie Ladobruk to join us on the journey out west taking over guitar duties. If this name sounds familiar, you may know him from this years Canada’s Got Talent! He was apart of the Winnipeg Auditions. Ronnie has been putting a crazy amount of effort to make this tour a succesful one, awesome guitarist and cant wait to show him tour life.

“After the tour Laika will be heading into the studio with Ryan Forsyth again to record the long overdue follow up to 2010′s Crafting the Cataclysm which was self released and made available for free download on their website.”

July 23rd – Regina, SK – Exchange/the club
July 25th – Prince George, BC – Pizzaricos
July 26th – Vancouver – Red Room Lounge
July 27th – Edmonton – Avenue Theater
July 29th – Calgary – Lord Nelsons
july 30th – Saskatoon – The Fez
July 31st – Brandon – TBA
August 1st – Winnipeg – The Zoo

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Norwegian act Allfader has issued the following update about parting ways with Osmose Productions and working on new material for an upcoming release:

“Hey, it’s about time we gave you an update! A lot has been happening lately. First, we’d like to sum up the past few years:

2006 – At Least We Will Die Together released via Osmose Prod.
2006 – Per Valla leaves the band (John inherits guitar duties)
2010 – Finn Henriksen moves an 18-hour drive aways, and leaves the band
2011 – Black Blood Flux released via Osmose Prod.
2012 – Per Valla is officially back in the band after performing as live guitarist for the better part of a year

“It’s obviously quite a big deal when integral band members leave. Finn was a founding member and contributed immensely to the band’s musical prowess. Still, we wish Per a sincere welcome back, and we’re very much looking forward to letting our creative forces find new paths together. If you haven’t already done so, we urge you to check out the other bands Per has been involved with the past years: Vredehammer and Elite.

“These days we’re mostly gearing up towards our first gig outside Norway, ever. On Friday may 18th we’re playing at the Hub & Heuy Metalfest IX in Roermond, The Netherlands along with Aura Noir, Aeturnus, Grave and a whole bunch of other ass-kicking bands. Maybe we’ll see you there?

“We’ve started working on new material! We have most of the music ready for seven new songs. We’re hoping to find time to work on lyrics and vocals this summer. So, a new album is in the making – but it’s too early to say when we’ll start recording. First we need to refine the madness.

“Also, we’ve ended our collaboration with Osmose Productions. We thank them for their trust and effort. This means we aren’t signed for the time being and thus we are open for offers. We’re always ready for gigs as well, so get in touch.

“Thanks to everyone who listens to our music, attends our shows and support us in every possible way – ‘in our eyes you’re immortal!’”

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