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On March 12, singer/bassist Schmier of German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION was interviewed by Nick Perkel (a.k.a. Japan Nick), a contributing writer for The Aquarian Weekly and host of “Japan Nick’s Rock And Metal Pandemonium” on Montclair State University’s WMSC 90.3 radio station. Asked about his recently announced side project with members of ACCEPT, Schmier said: “It’s actually the drummer, Stefan [Schwarzman], who used to play for RUNNING WILD for many years, and he’s playing for ACCEPT now for many years also. And it’s Herman Frank, the guitar player. We met on several festivals in the last years and we’ve been hanging out. And they’re great guys. And we liked each other since point one. And somehow we had this crazy idea that in between ACCEPT and DESTRUCTION breaks, we could do something together. Because Stefan lives very close by now; he moved down here where I live. So we started to do some stuff, some rehearsals, and it turned out really great.”

He continued: “I’ve been doing this HEADHUNTER project back in the ’90s, and that was also a mix of classical heavy metal with a little bit of DESTRUCTION. So now I’m gonna go back to using my DESTRUCTION vibes, but the music is gonna be much more classical heavy metal, but it’s also, of course, gonna be more heavy and a little more powerful than ACCEPT stuff. So it’s gonna be a nice mixture. It fits really well.

“We have already written five songs. It’s actually still not really so official. So you’re one of the first persons that is interviewing me about this. I only did one interview before, with a guy from Israel, who basically put this on Blabbermouth back in the day.

“We still don’t have a name for the band. We’re writing songs right now, and as soon as we have a demo, then we’re gonna put out an official statement. But we’re having those five songs recorded now as a pre-demo, so when I’m coming back from [touring] the States [with DESTRUCTION], then we’re gonna enter the studio and record a pre-recording for the final album. So I’m excited. It sounds great. It sounds fresh. To me, it’s something different than DESTRUCTION, so it’s a great experience. And the guys are, of course… especially Herman, he’s a little bit older than me. He’s like my big, old brother. He has a lot more experience. Even if I am in the business for a long time, he has some more years, so I can learn from him. And it’s very interesting.”

He added: “I love classical heavy metal; it’s my fucking favorite. And it’s gonna be fun to do that. So I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great side project.

“I’m not somebody who likes to sit at home the whole day. I like to be entertained and play music and have fun. And I’m looking forward to this new thing.”

Regarding whether fans can expect to hear the first music from the new project before the end of 2014, Schmier said: “It could be by the end of this year. If everything works out, we’re gonna have demos in April/May. Then look for a label. So we could enter the studio in the summer. So I hope it’s gonna happen. But, I mean, I have to do a DESTRUCTION album also, which will have top priority, of course. So we’ll see how everything goes. But I think the way it goes right now, the project will be [in the studio] earlier [than DESTRUCTION]. ‘Cause we have five songs done, and we already have new ideas. So if we find a good label fast, then it should be out by the end of the year.”

DESTRUCTION‘s 30th-anniversary album, “Spiritual Genocide”, was released on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Day Of Reckoning” was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany with engineer Martin Buchwalter and was mixed by Andy Classen. The album features guest appearances by Thomas “Angelripper” Such (SODOM), Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (TANKARD) and Ol Drake (EVILE). In addition, the “Mad Butcher”/“Release From Agony” lineup of DESTRUCTION — featuring guitarist Harry Wilkens and drummer Oliver Kaiser — reunited for one song.

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Metal-Trails.com conducted an interview with guitarist Ken Hammer of Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 1-3 in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

PRETTY MAIDS‘ latest album, “Motherland”, was released on March 22 in Europe and March 26 in North America via Frontiers Records.

After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, PRETTY MAIDS celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release, “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)”, in 2012. “Pandemonium” showed the world that PRETTY MAIDS were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the “Future World” / “Red Hot And Heavy” era of the Eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated PRETTY MAIDS as strong as ever.

In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow-up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins explained: “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow. I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up albums like ‘Future World’, we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became ‘Motherland’.”

The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE) for the new CD. Ronnie said: “Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the ‘Pandemonium’ album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about ‘Motherland’. In my view, it has all the ingredients of a good PRETTY MAIDS album, maybe even more melodic than ‘Pandemonium’ and absolutely, as far as I’m concerned a worthy follow-up.”

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French symphonic power metallers OPERADYSE will release their debut album, “Pandemonium”, through a joint venture between Sonic Attack and SPV in Europe on November 25 and in North America on November 19. The CD was recorded in late 2012 at Draudenhaus Studio in Nantes, France and “shows a strong atmospheric touch wrapped around a pounding rhythm, driving guitars, oscillating keyboards with the clear and very powerful voice of Franck Garcia giving the band’s style its typical expression,” according to a press release.

The band’s origin goes back to 2006 when guitarist Damien Marco, the mastermind behind OPERADYSE, formed this six-member unit with the help of his friends Bastien Sable (keyboards) and Jennifer Lassalle (vocalist) and three more members. Their first EP, “Hope Era Dies”, was released in 2009 after the band successfully proved its talent by winning the rock competion “Duels Rock”. After some member changes, the band settled on its current lineup with the addition of Emmanuel Colombier (drums) and Stephane Lambert (bass). Garcia , who is also involved in french band SPHERIC UNIVERSE EXPERIENCE, finally joined the group after OPERADYSE‘s original female vocalist Jennifer left the band for personal reasons.

OPERADYSE is strongly influenced by European metal in the tradition of IRON MAIDEN, HELLOWEEN and RHAPSODY.

“Pandemonium” track listing:

01. Rise (1:41)
02. Celestial Sword (4:57)
03. Unfold Legend (4:02)
04. Keeper Of The Flame (3:36)
05. The Path (5:51)
06. Fairies Secret Garden (5:06)
07. Arkanya (4:54)
08. Pandemonium (6:21)
09. Nevermore (6:04)
10. Frozen (2:57)

OPERADYSE is:

Damien Marco: Guitars
Bastien Sable: Drums
Emmanuel Colombier: Drums
Stephane Lambert: Bass
Franck Garcia: Vocals

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Progtopia recently conducted an interview with guitarist Thomas Youngblood of American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT as part of the podcast’s “Backstage Pass” series. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below.

KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai is sitting out the band’s North American tour so he can stay home with longtime girlfriend Simone Simons, (EPICA singer) as they await the birth of their first child. Filling in for him is Coen Janssen of EPICA.

KAMELOT‘s latest album, “Silverthorn”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Poetry For The Poisoned”, opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74.

“Silverthorn” was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marks the band’s first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).

Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT‘s very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour.

KAMELOT supported Finnish/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on their North American tour last summer.

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Behind-the-scenes footage from KAMELOT‘s September 8 performance at Clud Soda in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below.

KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai is sitting out the band’s North American tour so he can stay home with longtime girlfriend Simone Simons, (EPICA singer) as they await the birth of their first child. Filling in for him is Coen Janssen of EPICA.

KAMELOT‘s latest album, “Silverthorn”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Poetry For The Poisoned”, opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74.

“Silverthorn” was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marks the band’s first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).

Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT‘s very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour.

KAMELOT supported Finnish/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on their North American tour last summer.



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Chris Day may be the last man standing from the original lineup in NORMA JEAN, but that hardly means this band is dead. If anything, adding three new players since the group’s last round, “Meridonal” has sparked a sense of urgency. Their latest album, “Wrongdoers”, will often remind loyal fans of the group’s frenzied early years even as NORMA JEAN appears to be scraping out a new identity.

“Hive Minds” starts the album with one of the most straightforward plots (straightforward for NORMA JEAN, anyway) that builds touchy anticipation and gives an immediate impression by the gnarling bass lines and deliberate splooging of the front and back vocals that NORMA JEAN means to kick the snot out of this album. That ends up being the case in most spots, though necessarily not through the entire ride. This is a new NORMA JEAN responding to a climate change where screamo and metalcore acts are hanging on borrowed time and their continued sustenance relies on reinvention.

What NORMA JEAN is doing right even with the roster shakeup is keeping true to their chaotic selves while taking a flexible step forward. The blistering “If You Got it at Five, You Got it at Fifty” and “The Potter Has No Hands” are reminiscent of “O God, the Aftermath”-era NORMA JEAN. It’s all there, right down to Cory Brandan Putman‘s loose cannon woofing, the sprawling pandemonium, the static echoes and screechy feedback shrills. Subsequently, the title track teases with more of the same during the intro and on the second verse before settling into tempered, harmonic choruses that tread perilously close to emo. At least the breakdowns get in and get out while Brandan Putman roughs up any intended sweetness on “Wrongdoers”‘ choruses.

On the flipside, the gnawing end section of “The Potter Has No Hands” is full of brackish guitar scrapes even set to an extended breakdown slide it transitions into one of the album’s nastiest sequences. Interestingly, it’s outdone within seconds by the churning bass intro to “Sword in Mouth, Fire Eyes”, even if the latter song assumes a slower course than what NORMA JEAN fans are accustomed to. In this case, the switch to a more conventional rock mode turns a pretty good trick. NORMA JEAN is still louder than your prototype AOR pop metal band, and as close as “Sword in Mouth, Fire Eyes” veers in that direction, the effervescent choruses are still way too chunky for mainstream purposes.

Better is the minute-plus carnage NORMA JEAN wrings out of “The Lash Whistled Like a Singing Wind”, setting up the grinding viciousness of “Neck in the Hemp” and “Triffids”. While ringing like the “Redeemer” years, there’s a lingering collision of punishing riffs and (most notably in the case of “Triffids”) a reaching-out for counterpoint melody. They accomplish this without turning soft soap. NORMA JEAN is as heavy as ever and “Funeral Singer” is this album’s noisome climax, dishing out speed, tumbled riffs and tone-drenched bass rumbles. Cast between the brisk moving insanity is the stretch for a hummable chorus or two and the strategy plays out perfectly.

Unfortunately, a befuddling string of nonsense following the closing anti-ballad “Sun Dies, Blood Moon” comes close to derailing the entire project altogether. After punching this album home within the first seven of the track’s fifteen minutes, hardcore fans will hardly be deterred. The lucid bass troughs, acoustic sways and clean singing following the dirty front end of “Sun Dies, Blood Moon” proves that NORMA JEAN has the full capacity to write outside of their comfort zone. The artistic second and third sections are strangely beautiful, and at seven minutes, it would’ve become an instant tour de force. However, the attached dickering and nattering that clunks like sound check mode becomes a prolonged nuisance. “Wrongdoers” has so much going for it, gents, so cut the crap, already.

Nevertheless, NORMA JEAN comes out like gangbusters through much of this album and despite yet another facelift in personnel, this is a band that still matters when most of their ilk have been outgrown by their demographic.

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Behind-the-scenes footage from KAMELOT‘s August 31 performance at Centro De Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan, Puerto Rico can be seen below.

KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai is sitting out the band’s North American tour so he can stay home with longtime girlfriend Simone Simons, (EPICA singer) as they await the birth of their first child. Filling in for him is Coen Janssen of EPICA.

KAMELOT‘s latest album, “Silverthorn”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Poetry For The Poisoned”, opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74.

“Silverthorn” was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marks the band’s first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).

Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT‘s very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour.

KAMELOT supported Finnish/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on their North American tour last summer.



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Fan-filmed video footage of KAMELOT‘s August 31 performance at Centro De Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan, Puerto Rico can be seen below.

KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai is sitting out the band’s North American tour so he can stay home with longtime girlfriend Simone Simons, (EPICA singer) as they await the birth of their first child. Filling in for him is Coen Janssen of EPICA.

KAMELOT‘s latest album, “Silverthorn”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Poetry For The Poisoned”, opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74.

“Silverthorn” was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marks the band’s first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).

Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT‘s very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour.

KAMELOT supported Finnish/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on their North American tour last summer.




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Hells Headbangers has announced April 16th as the release date for Cerekloth’s “In the Midst of Life We are in Death.” The following press release was issued about the album: “A hottly tipped name in the death metal underground, In the Midst of Life We are in Death is the Danish quintet’s debut album, which will see release on both CD and vinyl LP formats through Hells Headbangers, who’ve previously released Cerekloth’s Halo of Syringes and Pandemonium Prayers 7” EPs.

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Pandemonium – The Uprising is one of the first extreme metal events going to be held in New Delhi, India. Pandemonium is coming this December 9th at Cafe Morrison and will feature the debut live show from Fragarak. Full details can be found at this location, and the lineup is as follows:

Wintergate
Fragarak
Necrofilth
Spear of Destiny
Poltergeist

You can also check out a new song from Fragarak titled “Resurgence” over at this location.

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