Posts Tagged “Rhythms”

British guitarist Mario Parga has announced that he has formed a new Los Angeles based all-acoustic trio called BONNET, PARGA & HEAVENSTONE with his longtime friend Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Beth-Ami Heavenstone (HARDLY DANGEROUS, TOMI RAE BROWN) on acoustic bass and backing vocals. Mario will provide lead acoustic guitar and backing vocals to the trio, who are currently recording new material and rehearsing for live shows around the world.

Mario said: “I’ve always loved acoustic music and have played the acoustic guitar along with the electric since I began playing years ago.

“The acoustic trio will give us the opportunity to play a variety of songs, from old to new and a couple of instrumentals in an ‘unplugged’ environment with a clear, clean sound.

“The acoustic guitar has great dynamics, and it can be used to great effect for rhythms and solos.

Graham sounds particularly amazing in an acoustic setting; he’s able to use his entire vocal range and dynamics, from the softest melodies to, well, Graham!

Beth-Ami‘s acoustic bass powers and grooves the trio with the bottom end, and her backing vocals complement Graham‘s voice.

Beth‘s been around on the L.A. circuit for decades and can play just about anything.

“We have a few new songs that are being recorded at my place and will be featured on our website soon (www.acoustictrio.net).

“Live shows are currently being set up and will be announced on the trio’s website

“We hope to see our old fans and new at the acoustic shows, and for them to hear us in a new setting.”

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Review Fix recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward about his fine art debut collection, “Absence Of Corners”. You can now listen to the chat at ReviewFix.com.

Fans are intivited to join Ward on October 26 for a special night as he discusses “Absence Of Corners”. The event will be held at the first U.S. gallery to showcase his collection, the highly acclaimed Annapolis Collection Gallery, located at 55 West St. on Gallery Row in Annapolis, Maryland. This event is free to the public.

If you plan to attend this special evening, RSVP by providing the information requested at BillWardDrumArt.com.

An extensive process from start to finish, “Absence Of Corners” took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection’s visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

Ward says about the project: “When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created.

“I’ve never ‘listened’ to bass notes; I ‘feel’ them. The keyboard’s black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.

“When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”

To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour‘s previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour‘s focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward‘s collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30″ x 18″ to the epic 85″ x 30″).

Ward claimed that he sat out the current BLACK SABBATH reunion because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task.

Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after.

SABBATH has used Ozzy‘s regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on SABBATH‘s new album, “13”, which came out June 11.



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As far as metalcore goes, The Devil Wears Prada always got the nuances and specifics right. A healthy balance of clean and screamed vocals, heavy and melodic riffs, and rhythms to breakdowns have always been a part of their writing. I feel that lately, metalcore is starting to drift from fast and bright to slow …

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We’ve only been sent another update on that new Hell album from our mate, Andy Sneap. What’s occurin’, Sneap?

“Spent most of today refining vocal ideas with Dave and getting final vocals down. We tend to demo things to a pretty high standard but its always good to come back and see whether you can better a take once we are all familiar with the songs. With most of the new stuff we’ve been jamming it as a band after demoing it to find comfortable tempos and little nuances that you only get in a band environment. Getting some great takes out of Dave, he’s really come into his own as a singer since the first record. Also been printing final keyboard stuff and getting rhythms down on another 2 songs. Solid 14 hr days in the studio right now but really confident with every song.”

New Hell album Curse And Chapter will be released November 25 via Nuclear Blast.

Tickets for this year’s monstrous Defenders Of The Faith IV tour are on sale….NOW!

Amon Amarth, Carcass, Bleed From Within and Hell hit the following venues this winter:

Dates:

Nov 12 Birmingham o2 Academy
Nov 13 Manchester o2 Academy
Nov 14 Glasgow Barrowland
Nov 15 Bristol o2 Academy
Nov 17 London Forum

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

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Fans are intivited to join legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward on October 26 for a special night as he discusses his fine art debut collection, “Absence Of Corners”. The event will be held at the first U.S. gallery to showcase his collection, the highly acclaimed Annapolis Collection Gallery, located at 55 West St. on Gallery Row in Annapolis, Maryland. This event is free to the public.

If you plan to attend this special evening, RSVP by providing the information requested at BillWardDrumArt.com.

An extensive process from start to finish, “Absence Of Corners” took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection’s visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

Ward says about the project: “When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created.

“I’ve never ‘listened’ to bass notes; I ‘feel’ them. The keyboard’s black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.

“When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”

To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour‘s previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour‘s focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward‘s collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30″ x 18″ to the epic 85″ x 30″).

Ward claimed that he sat out the current BLACK SABBATH reunion because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task.

Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after.

SABBATH has used Ozzy‘s regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on SABBATH‘s new album, “13”, which came out June 11.



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Due to a U.S. “immigration administrative delay,” MPIRE OF EVIL (formerly PRIMEVIL) — the band formed in 2010 by ex-VENOM members Jeff “Mantas” Dunn (guitar) and Tony “The Demolition Man” Dolan (bass, vocals) — has been forced to cancel its participation in the proposed North American tour with RAVEN. MPIRE OF EVIL says in a statement: “Applications were made in time for visas. However, a clerical error that came to light too late meant re-application, and this would have meant missing the whole of the dates planned. RAVEN will still be appearing on the tour, but MPIRE of EVIL apologize and have no control in this case but have rescheduled and will be there in March/April 2014.”

Fan-filmed video footage of MPIRE OF EVIL performing the VENOM classic “Withing Hour” on July 25 at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany can be seen below.

MPIRE OF EVIL recently filmed a video for the song “Taking It All” from its “Crucified” album.

“Crucified” came out on May 7 via Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records). The booklet includes art by Mantas, lyrics and band pics.

“Crucified” bulldozes through eleven tracks — including nine re-recorded versions of VENOM tracks from Dolan’s time with the group — opening with the driving “Temples of Ice” and not taking its foot off the gas through the closing beast, “Taking It All” (which includes the perfect anti-chant). The riffs are dense and mighty, rhythms propulsive, and the vocals relentlessly intense. The record takes on dystopian themes of destruction, evil, and corruption and in the case of pointed tracks like “Blackened Are The Priests”, all three.

After completing a successful U.S. tour with drummer Marc Jackson (who replaced Antony “Antton” Lant last year), MPIRE OF EVIL in May 2012 announced that Marc had joined the group on a permanent basis.

MPIRE OF EVIL released its full-length debut, “Hell To The Holy”, on March 26, 2012 via Scarlet Records. The CD was produced by Mantas and features cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák (ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, GRAVE DIGGER).

MPIRE OF EVIL last year completed a North American tour with fellow British thrashers ONSLAUGHT.



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In a new text/audio feature by music writer Joel Gausten, legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward opens up about how his new fine art series, “Absence Of Corners”, helped him deal with some of the intense emotions he felt after stepping away from the reunion of the original BLACK SABBATH lineup in 2012.

“The biggest thing that I’ve definitely felt from this [art series project] is I’ve got a new peace of mind,” shares Ward. “It’s been extremely therapeutic. If I have to put anything on the very top of the tree, it would be ‘therapeutic’… It’s really helped me a lot in some of the upheaval that I’ve felt since January 2012 up until now. I’ve had some very, very tough emotions; I’ve been very, very sad about some of the things that have happened. I know I’ve had to be kind of close-mouthed about the things going on with SABBATH… For me, it’s been a very difficult time, as I’m sure [it’s been] for a number of other people. I’m not discounting the other people in this, but for myself, it’s been very, very tough. I had no idea that by doing this project, it would turn out to be something that was actually quite personal and quite revealing.”

Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward created “Absence Of Corners” by using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms were then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcased a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

For more information on the project, visit www.billwarddrumart.com.

BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne recently took issue with Ward‘s contention that he was physically capable of playing drums for the band, which the group has suggested was one reason why he is not on their current tour nor on the band’s new album “13”. Ward said in an interview that he “would never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically . . . I’m the drummer in SABBATH and quite capable of doing the job.” He cited contractual issues as the reason why he declined to participate in the reunion.

Ozzy told the New York Daily News about Ward: “I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life.” Despite this, however, Ozzy said “the door is always open” for Ward to return and admitted that without him “it’s not the same.”

Ward said he would return on one condition, that he “play all or nothing.” It’s been speculated that SABBATH wanted Ward to play only part of its live shows because he wasn’t in shape to perform an entire concert.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk played on “13” while Tommy Clufetos is the touring drummer for the group.




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Deserters will be hitting the studio this weekend with producer Kyle Black (Alpha & Omega, Shai Hulud) to begin recording a new EP titled “Try To Feel.” When speaking on the follow-up to 2012’s “The Slow Rhythms of a Dead-Beat,” guitarist Will O’Bryan stated that “Try To Feel” represents where the band is at mentally, as a band and individuals. “Realizing that there is nothing left for us in the cities that saw us change from resident to visitor, we wanted to make an EP that could expresses that mindset, sonically,” he explained.

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Lion Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the “Astral Projection” album from George Bellas: “Screaming Guitar, Eccentric Rhythms, Outlandish Sounds, and Grandiose Forms are just some words to describe ‘Astral Projection’ the killer new album from world acclaimed guitar virtuoso George Bellas out on June 21st 2013 via Lion Music and available to pre-order now on iTunes at this location . “Astral Projection is home to 15 new compositions which are an amalgamation of guitar saturated songs and epic progressive instrumentals packed with chaotic guitar improvisations; mind-twisting rhythms; emotionally intense lyrical themes; and advanced explorations of modern melodic, harmonic and rhythmic principles that are combined with classical elements of counterpoint, harmony and form.” Joining Bellas once again is drummer Marco Minnemann, on whose performances George comments, “It’s always a pleasure working with Marco and hearing him humanise the drum parts I composed and also add his unique sense of style and finesse.

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Asking Alexandria: The UK’s bright young hopes?

Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce reckons the globe-conquering metalcore crew’s new album is mixing up some pretty interesting influences.

“There’s a lot of heavy riffage on this record, whereas in the past we relied more on rhythms and breakdowns,” he muses. “So in that respect it’s very much like old Slipknot,” he tells Guitar World. “But then the choruses and a lot of the bridges are more rock-based, which is our Mötley Crüe side.”

Slipknot vs Mötley Crüe. Interesting…

“The album is by no means a regurgitation of the Eighties,” he adds. “If kids buy this record thinking it’s going to sound like Girls Girls Girls, it doesn’t fucking sound like Girls Girls Girls. It sounds like Asking Alexandria.”

The new AA opus was recorded with producer Joey Sturgis at Foundation Recording Studios in Indiana and will be released in the first half of 2013 via Sumerian. The band play four huge, sold-out homecoming shows on these shores this and next month with While She Sleeps, Motionless In White and Betraying The Martyrs. Be proud, UK. We have a young metal band that are selling out Academy venues in 2013. Not bad at all.

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