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German power metallers GAMMA RAY will release their eleventh studio album, “Empire Of The Undead”, on CD, CD/DVD digipack, LP and digitally via earMusic on March 28.

Two songs from the CD, “Avalon” and “Pale Rider”, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.

The “Empire Of The Undead” title track was already been made available on the single/EP “Master Of Confusion”, an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world with HELLOWEEN.

GAMMA RAY recorded the new album in various sessions in 2013, with Eike Freese at the mixing desk alongside bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.

It was just after landing in South America that the unbelievable news reached GAMMA RAY mainman Kai Hansen and his bandmates: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place, studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany, including their instruments, amps and tapes, had been destroyed by a terrifying fire.

GAMMA RAY will embark on the “Empire Of The Undead” tour in March, with special guests RHAPSODY OF FIRE.

The complete track listing for each “Empire Of The Undead” format can be found at

The CD and DVD contained in the CD/DVD digipack will feature the following:


01. Avalon
02. Hellbent
03. Pale Rider
04. Born To Fly
05. Master Of Confusion
06. Empire Of The Undead
07. Time For Deliverance
08. Demonseed
09. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European bonus track)
12. Avalon (live from the final studio sessions)
13. The Spirit (live from the final studio sessions 1)
14. Empire Of The Undead (live from the final studio sessions 1)


Four live songs from the final studio sessions

01. The Spirit (live from the final studio sessions 2)
02. Empire Of The Undead (live from the final studio sessions 2)
03. Demonseed (live from the final studio sessions 2)
04. Empathy (live from the final studio sessions)

* Tour Of Hamburg with GAMMA RAY
* Generic Interview with Kai Hansen and GAMMA RAY
* “To The Metal” promo video

Three Videos from “Skeletons & Majesties Live” DVD

01. Gamma Ray
02. Wings Of Destiny
03. Send Me A Sign (acoustic)

The official lyric video for the song “Hellbent” can be seen below.

“Master Of Confusion” was released on March 15, 2013 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

The release is not free from tasty rarities: a brand new studio cover versions of British glam rock band SWEET (“Lost Angels” — “the reason I have joined a band many years ago,” stated GAMMA RAY frontman Kai Hansen) and a hidden treasure of NWOBHM (“Death Or Glory” by HOLOCAUST).

“Master Of Confusion” is rounded off with six live versions (“The Spirit”, “Wings Of Destiny”, “Farewell”, “Gamma Ray”, “Time To Break Free” and “Insurrection”, recorded in Bochum) that were already included on the Blu-ray “Skeletons & Majesties Live” but were not featured on the CD release (which included the show recorded in Pratteln).

CD jewel case cover:


CD/DVD digipack:


Vinyl LP:


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Dimmu Borgir: Bloody love a bit of ‘Poker Face’

Think that metal bands only listen to metal bands? Think again.

Every month in our unholy magazine as a part of our Discs Of Doom feature, we ask your favourite bands to name the album that no one will believe they own a copy of. A guilty pleasure of sorts, if you will. Sometimes the answers aren’t all that surprising. Sometimes they’re pretty spectacular.

So, without further ado, here are some of the more unexpected listening habits of some of rock and metal’s greatest names…

“About a year ago I bought an LMFAO album. I don’t love it but there were a couple of singles that were doing well and it’s good fun party music. Stupid and silly but kind of unique, too. I don’t know why I bought it…well I do, actually, I was drunk. Ha ha ha!”

“They were playing (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection on the radio and I was like, ‘Who are these guys?!’ They were cool back then. It’s a really good record!”

“OK, I didn’t buy it, it was given to me, but I put it into my iTunes, so it’s Katy Perry. Don’t be hatin’, it’s definitely a guilty pleasure. I like that son E.T. I wonder if there could be a heavy version of it…”

“I like it, it has good songs, but the previous album was a bit more sophisticated. I think the one before sounded more genuine. I like things when they’re more spontaneous than contrived.”

“It’s actually pretty cool. Of course, pop music isn’t my favourite, but I’ve become much more open-minded in the last decade – to me, good music is good music. Every time we’re on a tour bus with a bunch of metalheads, it’s always a kickstarter to put on something like this or Lady Gaga. Everyone always sings along!”

“What do I like about it? I didn’t say I liked it, I just said I’ve got it! Ha, ha, ha! But it’s some of their better stuff.”

“I was a big fan of Shampoo. They were fairly big everywhere…for about five minutes. I liked the attitude, and I liked the choruses – Viva La Megababes and songs like that. I like girls singing.”

BAD [EPIC, 1987]
“Thriller and Bad are two of my favourite albums, but if I had to choose it would probably be Bad. He was obviously a very tortured artist, but he made fantastic music.”

“What’s interesting is to see from someone else’s perspective and look at what they’d be surprised at. I didn’t listen to any rock and metal until my late teens. I like goth and New Wave in the 80s – Depeche Mode, Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus…”

“Alexisonfire was on a major label in Japan, so when I went to the offices to meet everybody. I got pretty much their entire record catalogue – all this J-pop stuff that is absolutely insane sounding to me. It sounds so foreign, and that’s why I absolutely love it.”

PINK FRIDAY [Cash Money, 2010]
“It’s difficult because people have so many varied ideas of what I am into! I love Nicki Minaj, I particularly like her first record. The things she does with her voice, what she says, her flow, the continuity of her entire aesthetic, she is just wildly talented. I’ve seen her perform live and it’s all just very fun!”

PART 3 [TK, 1976]
“I was gassing up my RV the other day, and in the US, sometimes they have a television on the gas pump, playing commercials or music. They were playing I’m Your Boogie Man, and I was groovin’! I had a couple of those records back in the day!”

RHYTHM NATION 1814 [A&M, 1989]
“This one actually isn’t my fault! When I went out on tour with Amy Lee from Evanescence she gave me this album. We’d had a few too many to drink one night and we started singing Janet Jackson, so Amy sent it to me, and then she rented us this karaoke machine for the end of tour party and we sang a couple of those songs… We weren’t bad, actually!”

“I like it because every time I see her I want to fuck her.”

“That’s one of my favourite jazz albums. Would people think I go for that? Ha ha!”

“I love Eminem. When I was getting into music, it was all heavy, then he came in and that was the first [hip hop] I was able to listen to and think, ‘This is the same as those bands!’ Everything he does sounds so fucking heavy.”

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Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden’s Metalshrine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metalshrine: You’re just two years older than me and I just feel that there’s so much time left for you to put out cool music and have more cool stories. What made you [write your “My Bloody Roots” autobiography] now?

Max: Well, it was an idea that kinda came out of nowhere, actually. I thought it was a good time for it because of what happened with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. What happened was that the notebook that I wrote SEPULTURA on for the first time, the schoolbook, we actually donated it to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland and they displayed it together with Dimebag‘s [PANTERA] guitar and a bunch of stuff from other metal bands. I think that kinda led to the idea of now being a good time to do a book. I came all this way from being a kid in Brazil to be part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. That’s a huge journey, but you’re right. There’s a lot more to be done and the story will continue for many more years, but we just felt that it would be good to tell the story right now and we had Joel McIver, who’s a really good writer. He approached us and offered to write the book for us and we saw what he’d done. I read parts of his METALLICA book, the Randy Rhoads book and the MOTÖRHEAD one and I really like how Joel writes. We started working on it and it’s out in Brazil, finally, and it will be out in the rest of the world in January 2014. It’s a very cool book with cool stories and a lot of great people involved. Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS] wrote an amazing introduction. People in Brazil are really digging it. It was a good time for it now. I’m 44 and let’s just see what happens from now on.

Metalshrine: Did you sit down with Joel or was it mostly done via phone or Skype?

Max: We did most of it over the phone, but I sat down with Joel twice. We were touring a lot, but he came to two of the shows and we sat down during the day and we talked a lot. But a lot of it was done by phone. It was like an hour-and-a-half phone calls and three times a week. It was horrific and I did not look forward to them. It was, like, “Oh no, the phone call’s coming!” and I had to try and remember everything that happened during all these years. It was like therapy sessions.

Metalshrine: Were there things he brought up that you had forgotten about?

Max: Yeah. He was trying to get as much as possible. We ended up forgetting a couple of things, which is really amazing to me. For example, SEPULTURA toured with the RAMONES and that’s not in the book. Incredible that I left that I forgot about that. How could I? [laughs] It was just too many stories, too many things, but that’s why it’s so cool that Gloria [Max‘s wife and manager] has her blog that tells all these other stories that are not in the book. The making of the book was a long, long process and I think it took about three years all together. Gloria found a lot of cool pictures. There’s pictures of my grandfather and pictures of my great grandmother, who was an Indian, so there’s a really cool picture of her. Then there’s pictures of us as kids in Brazil and my mom and my dad and our teenage years and SEPULTURA. You see the whole madness developing. It’s really cool.

Metalshrine: This project you have together with Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), have you recorded everything [for your debut album]?

Max: We’re still recording and we’re actually going to the studio right now. I have to finish two more guitars and we’re singing today, which is cool. All the drums are done, twelve songs. There are some great songtitles like “Set Fire To Your Flag” and “A Throat Full Of Broken Glass” and some other crazy titles. I think it’s gonna be really, really cool. It’s really energetic and there are all these melodic parts that troy’s gonne be singing and bring that kinda MASTODON vibe to it. It’s exciting and it’s a combination of all the bands involved. A little bit of DILLINGER, a little bit of MASTODON, a little bit of SOULFLY and a little bit of Dave playing as in THE MARS VOLTA. It doesn’t really sound like any of those bands but you can hear parts of them. A cool fact is that the three of us are gonna sing on every song and that’s gonna make the singing really exciting. It’s like a metal version of THE TRANSPLANTS. It’ll probably come out late next year, because [SOULFLY‘s new album] “Savages” is just coming out and we’re gonna let it take its course and we’re gonna tour for a long time. After that we’ll probably release the project.

Metalshrine: Are you doing a new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album before or after the project?

Max: After. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is taking quite a long break right now. It’s good though. That’s the way CAVALERA is created, no stress. There’s no pressure and we can do it anytime we want. It’s SOULFLY now and then the project and once that’s settled, we can work on the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album, which is probably gonna be towards the end of next year or beginning of the year 2015.

Metalshrine: Why don’t you just call it THE PROJECT?

Max: Yeah, we don’t have a name yet, but that’s a possibility. We’re totally running out of ideas.

Metalshrine: Who’s producing it?

Max: We have this guy Josh Wilbur. He produced LAMB OF GOD‘s last records and the last GOJIRA record. He’s a very cool guy and very young. He’s only like 35 and very energetic. He’s doing a great job so far and he’s been able to get a lot out from us and the music is really coming out great and powerful. I think it’s gonna be a great thing.

Read the entire interview at Metalshrine.


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U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine recently asked guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM to give us his thoughts on the state of metal in 2013. As ever, his answer was an interesting one. Check out the clip below.

“The state of metal in 2013… It’s in a great place and it’s also in a bad place,” Heafy began. “I think the fact that there is so much… I guess to each his own, and I always talk about being acceptant of all styles of life and all genres of music — I mean, you can learn something from everything — there is a lot of manufactured nonsense out there.

“For me, when I think of hardcore and I think of metal and I think of bands that I love from those genres… I don’t know. In my head, I know what they should sound like. And I can see what these bands are all copycatting off each other’s copycatting and not quite making anything original and not making anything of their own; they just keep copying a form of a copy.

“I know I’ve been looking for that young, new metal band. Where are the kids that are picking up a guitar, saying, ‘Hey, I wanna be like IRON MAIDEN,’ ‘Hey, I wanna be like METALLICA.’ Instead it’s bands that are putting weird dance music in with heavy music. Which is fine — I guess they’re doing something that kids love — but for me, as a metal fan, I’m missing out on where are the young kids picking up a guitar and starting metal bands. I guess there are a few last hopes out there — there are some really incredible bands that are doing some really incredible things. The fact that METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN are bigger than ever is a really, really great thing.

“We, as fans of metal, need to not just look at it as a thing to get turned on to casually — it’s a lifestyle; it’s far beyond just something that we casually listen to.

“I think that metal fans and metal bands need to support each other and band together and help bring each other further and bring each other upwards versus trying to drag each other down. I’m not saying that’s a common feature and that’s what’s happening now, but I definitely don’t see enough of a brotherhood, of people helping each other — bands helping each other go up, fans supporting all bands because they’re in the genre they love. I think we need more of that. And we need more kids to start playing metal again.”

TRIVIUM‘s new album, “Vengeance Falls”, will be released on October 15 via Roadrunner Records. Produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE), the follow-up to 2011’s “In Waves” is available for pre-order at The first single, “Strife”, is available as an instant download with all pre-orders.

TRIVIUM‘s “Strife” video can be seen below. The clip was filmed in July at Studio One in Orlando and was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.


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Shawn of Rockstar Radio conducted an interview with Michael Poulsen of Danish/American metal rock ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT before the band’s September 14 performance at Operation Kick Ass in Chula Vista, California. You can now watch the chat below.

VOLBEAT‘s fifth studio album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”, was released in North America on April 9 via Vertigo/Republic Records/Universal Music. The CD finds the core trio of Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums) joined by former ANTHRAX/THE DAMNED THINGS guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the album with longtime VOLBEAT co-producer Jacob Hansen.

“It’s a new vibe for VOLBEAT,” said Poulsen. “You’ve got everything — the rockabilly stuff, the melodies, the ultra-heavy stuff, the Western motifs and the big rock songs. It’s everything that VOLBEAT are all about, but taken even further.”

The “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” album title is a phrase that evokes another time, an era when elegant lawbreakers were the rock stars of the day. It tips its fedora to everything from the bad men (and women) of the old west to the old-school metal bands who influenced the young Michael Poulsen to form his first band, DOMINUS, back in the early 90s.

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Few genres of music have been more entwined with the imagery that the music invokes more than heavy metal. Since the late 1960s, the imagery of the heavy metal genre has been closely connected with the music itself. Classic albums evoke memories of famous cover artwork; metal bands have become forever synonymous with their iconic logos; and landmark live shows have led to instantly recognizable gig posters that embody the time, place, and passion of the events. It’s even possible to trace the genre’s evolution by examining a continuum of its art.

In “The Art Of Metal: Five Decades Of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, And More”, renowned music journalists Malcolm Dome and Martin Popoff offer a beautifully presented chronological collection of the colorful, outlandish, and sophisticated album covers, posters, T-shirts, and more that span decades of heavy metal music. More than 400 gorgeously reproduced works of art are complemented by in-depth features, including quotes from the graphic artists and musicians responsible for them. Dome also spotlights the metal genre’s most influential artists and photographers and delves into other topics that include metal merch, magazines, fashion, and tattoos. In the process, “The Art Of Metal” illustrates and explores the close-knit relationship between those timeless riffs that thunder from Marshall stacks and the images that have come to represent the songs, anthems, and sheer nature of headbanger culture-a must for any true thrasher’s bookshelf.

“The Art Of Metal: Five Decades Of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, And More” will be released on October 15 via Zenith Graphic Histories.

About the authors:

Malcolm Dome started writing about music, and metal in particular, for Record Mirror in 1979. He was part of the Kerrang! team in the 1980s, cofounded RAW magazine in 1988, and now writes for Metal Hammer, Prog and Classic Rock, among others. Dome has also authored a number of books, including “Encyclopedia Metallica” (from which a certain band got its name), and histories of VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH, and AC/DC. He has presented his own radio shows for TotalRock and has appeared in a number of documentaries, including the award-winning “Anvil: The Story Of Anvil”.

Martin Popoff has been described as the world’s most famous heavy metal journalist. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press“Rush: The Illustrated History”. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” and VH1‘s “Metal Evolution”. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

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Metal musicians don't just listen to metal. We asked what non-metal musician would they like to perform with. Featuring members of: Slipknot/Stone Sour, Children of Bodom, Born of Osiris, Job For A Cowboy, Airbourne, Suicidal Tendencies, Battlecross, Huntress, City In The Sea, Scorpion Child, Devin Townsend, Goatwhore, Attika 7, Thrown Into Exhile

The post ASK THE ARTIST: Which Non-Metal Bands Would You Play With? appeared first on Metal Injection.

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“Metalhead” (a.k.a. “Málmhaus”), the new movie from acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Ragnar Bragason, best known for his films “Börn” (“Children”) and “Foreldrar” (“Parents”), had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the month. This darkly comic drama about a grief-stricken young woman who adopts the persona — and decibel-blasting predilections — of her deceased brother Málmhaus, includes songs by JUDAS PRIEST, RIOT, LIZZY BORDEN, SAVATAGE, SOLSTAFIR, MEGADETH and more.

The official trailer for “Metalhead” — with English subtitles — can be seen below.

In a recent interview with Spindle magazine, Ragnar stated about his love of metal: “I bought my first metal album when I was like 10, turning 11, it was IRON MAIDEN‘s ‘The Number Of The Beast’. And the reason is I saw one song on a TV show in Iceland and I’d never heard anything like it. Then I went with my mother past the record store and saw the album cover in the window and I kind of pestered her into buying the album for me. So that’s kind of where it started. I spent most of my teenage years collecting heavy metal albums and listening to lots of metal and buying all the metal magazines I could find, and doing that postal thing, going to the post office and writing a cheque and sending it off to London and getting an album back a few weeks or months later. So that was kind of, and still is kind of my hobby; I mean I spent like $400 on records today you know, found a lot of cool obscure metal from the ’80s, so I’m still collecting.”

Asked what his favorite metal bands are, Ragnar said: “Well, like I said, my first one was IRON MAIDEN, so probably IRON MAIDEN, but I like a lot of bands, especially bands from the ’70s and ’80s, like JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, all the originators, MOTÖRHEAD… And then, of course, the big ’80s bands like SLAYER, METALLICA, stuff like that, MEGADETH. Yeah, a lot of cool metal bands.”


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Matt Sullivan of the Nashville Scene recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On politics:

Mustaine: “You’ve got all these politicians saying that they’re your friends, and they’re not. Republican, Democrat, whoever they are, they’re all the same monsters, and they don’t care about us. When they passed that bill exempting them off of Obamacare, that was the cherry on top of the cupcake for me. All I have to say is, ‘I told you so.’ ”

On openly embracing Christianity:

Mustaine: “I don’t think that my faith has anything to do with my lyrics. I try and keep religion out of it. Frankly, for me, I don’t believe in religion. I have a personal relationship with God and with Christ, and that’s it. I don’t push that on anybody; it’s private. I kind of leave it there. Dave‘s [Ellefson] real open about it.”

On his days in METALLICA:

Mustaine: “I remember when I was in METALLICA, the second-to-the-last show that I did with those guys, [IRON MAIDEN bassist] Steve [Harris] came and checked us out. I was talking to him after the show and he goes, ‘Yeah, I think you guys are going to be big.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I think so, too.’ Little did I know.”

On up-and-coming metal bands:

Mustaine: “Regardless of their age, if they’re young or they’re old or whatever, they’ve got talent. I’ve got to say that. But the originality is like flaxseed oil. To me, it’s absolutely tasteless.”

On how much of his competitive fire is still there:

Mustaine: “I’m not going to say I’m complacent, but put this into another metaphor. You’re a gunslinger. Just because you’re the best doesn’t mean you have to keep your gun out on the table all the time. You get respect. When people want to challenge you, they’ll let you know. It’s like, if you’re standing in front of a samurai, if he pulls his sword out even one inch, you’re fucked. Excuse my French.”

Read the entire interview at Nashville Scene.

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Wagner “Antichrist” Lamounier, former vocalist for the long-defunct Brazilian cult ’80s black/death metal band SARCÓFAGO, joined Brazilian black metallers MYSTIFIER on stage on August 9 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil to sing the classic SARCÓFAGO song “Nightmare”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance in front of around 300 fans at Matriz Casa Cultural can be seen below.

Formed in 1985 in Belo Horizonte, SARCÓFAGO (Portuguese for “sarcophagus”) has been described as one of Brazil’s most controversial metal bands ever. The front cover of the group’s debut album, “I.N.R.I.” (1987), was an early influence on black metal’s image, especially with respect to the corpsepaint-style makeup.

MYSTIFIER recently inked a reissue agreement with the Florida-based label Greyhaze Records. The deal will involve the re-release of two classic albums by this cult band. The LPs in question are “Wicca” (1992) and “Goetia” (1993). Long out of print, both efforts will be reissued by Greyhaze in different formats, including deluxe CD/DVD digipaks of each album as well as deluxe vinyl versions. The releases will feature rare photos, bonus audio tracks, videos and other band memorabilia.

Photos courtesy of Luiz Fernando Figueiredo from



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