Posts Tagged “March 17”

On March 17, GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL in Manchester, England. You can now watch the chat below.

OVERKILL will release its new album, “White Devil Armory”, in July in North America via eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s “The Electric Age”.

“White Devil Armory” track listing:

01. Freedom Rings
02. Where There’s Smoke…
03. Pig
04. Amorist
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards
08. Another Day To Die
09. It’s All Yours
10. In The Name

The cover artwork for “White Devil Armory” can be seen below.

Said OVERKILL in a statement: “We are still working on the new record, but this is gonna be worth the wait, with more old-school, face-melting thrash!”

Speaking to Steppin’ Out magazine, OVERKILL vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth stated about the band’s upcoming album: “The new record has a blend of what we’ve done over the past half decade. I’m noticing it’s a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don’t know. But my feeling is it’s an eclectic collection of moments from us. ‘The Electric Age’ came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it.”

OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of “The Electric Age” in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as a four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.

“The Electric Age” sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have completed work on their brand new studio album, to be released later in the year.

Speaking to Artisan News at last night’s (Monday, March 17) VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band’s new CD (see video below): “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.” He added: “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next LP: “We felt it was very important to follow up [2008’s] ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.”

PRIEST‘s next album will mark the band’s first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).

Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.

Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: “Really, really strong. Exciting. He’s riffing and saying, ‘Robby, I’m thinking of this and this and this.’ It’s really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it.”

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the ‘Epitaph’] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST‘s songwriting process at all, Halford said: “It’s dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn’t really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It’s all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that’s below par. We’ve always had that attitude in PRIEST. We’ve always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We’re still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget’s Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that’s what we’ve been doing for four decades.”

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Attitude Clothing conducted an interview with HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale on March 17 at the Roundhouse in London, England.

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MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel joined WETT WILLY — San Francisco Bay Area’s “premier classic rock and dance cover band” — on stage on March 17 at Gallagher’s in Dublin, California to perform a cover of the UFO classic “Lights Out”.

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The Defiled: big things a-comin’

We’ve been backing The Defiled for big things right from the start and even gave away their awesome debut, Grave Times, with this very magazine, so we’re beyond delighted to announce that the London metallers have signed with metal mega-label Nuclear Blast! YES, lads!

To celebrate, the guys have released an official lyric video for a brand new track, Sleeper, taken from new album Daggers, which you can expect to drop this summer via NB.

“We’re ecstatic to announce that we are signing to Nuclear Blast Entertainment,” says frontman Stitch D. “After years of being an independent band and doing everything DIY we can’t wait to have such a huge label and great team behind us to take us to the next level. It’s an honour to be working with a label that have released some of our favourite bands of all time.”

“It’s amazing to get the seal of approval from Nuclear Blast, all the years of barely scraping by and putting literally everything in to The Defiled have finally been recognised by the amazing team that is Mark Palmer and Monte Conner,” adds keyboardist/band nutcase The AvD. “We have wanted to work with these guys for years now and our dream is being realised. Signing to Nuclear Blast means we can now go worldwide and do this thing properly, the way we have always envisioned in our heads.”

Get yourself some of Sleeper, which will be available to buy from iTunes this Sunday (March 17), below:

Watch this space and don’t say we didn’t tell you so.

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On Sunday, March 17 at 23.05 CET, Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio P4 will air the EUROPE documentary “Svenska Albumklassiker: The Final Countdown”.

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FirewalkMetal.com conducted an interview with ICED EARTH vocalist Stu Block on March 17 in Joliet, Illinois.

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Lisa Kart of the Tampa Metal Music Examiner conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher of Maryland extreme metallers DYING FETUS before the band’s March 17 concert at State Theater in St.

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Berlin Metal TV conducted an interview with bassist Lexxi Foxxx and vocalist Michael Starr of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER prior to the band’s March 17 concert in Berlin, Germany.

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Californian/Brazilian politically charged metal quartet Black Oil will be performing a few dates in the coming week in support of its second release, 2011′s “Not Under My Name.” Two of the dates will be in Mexico and another will be in support of Soulfly in San Diego. Check out the dates and venues below, along with a video for the title track of “Not Under My Name” and the second official video from that release, the deforestation song “Amazonia,” below.

March 17 Revolution Fest Foro Alterna Guadalajara, MX (Monster Stage)
(w/Exciter, Lizzy Borden, Destruction, Soulfly and many others) Check out the Revolution Fest Facebook event page.

March 22 (w/Soulfly) 4th & B San Diego, CA
March 24 (venue TBA) Tijuana, MX

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