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Swedish hard rock/heavy metal outfit Crucified Barbara has signed a recording and publishing deal with Sweden’s Despotz Records.

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Opeth: Bringing the prog

Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has offered an update on the progress of the Swedish titans’ follow-up to supremely proggy 2011 opus, Heritage.

“We’ve been looking at Rockfield Studios in Wales where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Åkerfeldt tells Expressen. “But it will be an expensive album. There’s a lot going on, lots of string arrangements that we haven’t had in the past.

“Will it be heavier than Heritage? Maybe a little bit heavier,” Mikael adds. “Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There’s also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs.”

Expect that to land next year via Roadrunner.

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Mikael Akerfeldt and co. working on “sinister-sounding riffs” for the “Heritage” follow-up.

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This coming Friday, September 6, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will set sail on Melloboat 2013, a two-day cruise between Stockholm, Sweden and Riga, Latvia featuring performances by a number of progressive cult bands and heavy hitters, including Morgan Ågren (featuring a guest appearance by Devin Townsend), SAGA (Sweden), CRESSIDA, ICECROSS, TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET, ÄNGLAGÅRD, PANTA REI 2.0 and BADGE. The cruise will mark OPETH‘s very last show in support of the band’s latest album, “Heritage”, which came out in 2011. The group will spend the remaining months of 2013 putting the finishing touches on the writing and recording process for its next studio effort, which will be released sometime next spring.

According to OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, four songs have already been written for the upcoming CD and three others are in various states of completion.

“We’ve been looking at [tracking the next album at] Rockfield Studios in Wales where QUEEN recorded ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Åkerfeldt tells the Swedish newspaper Expressen. “But it will be an expensive album. There’s a lot going on, lots of string arrangements that we haven’t had in the past.”

Will it be heavier or softer than “Heritage”?

“Maybe a little bit heavier,” Mikael says. “Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There’s also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs.”

Who’s producing?

“I am,” Mikael says. “I love the way DIO‘s ‘Holy Diver’ sounds, this early-’80s sound where you can still hear the ’70s, but the production is heavier. Right now I’m into having a similar production that isn’t retro but it still sounds like real instruments and it’s heavier than ‘Heritage’.”

“Heritage” sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23.

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Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Songfacts: Looking back at the early days of thrash metal, at what point did you realize that there was a movement going on and that it was also clearly different from the opposite of the spectrum, the glam metal bands that were going on at the time?

Chuck: Being from San Francisco, especially the late ’70s/early ’80s, the Bay Area was more glam metal and punk rock was the aggressive, rebellious kind of music that was going on here in the day. And once METALLICA and EXODUS and those guys came on the scene in the early ’80s, it kind of changed. This movement grew so quick, and all those glam bands left the San Francisco Bay area and went to L.A., where everybody ended up in that glam movement. So the next thing you know, we were just more of a punk rock/heavy metal community, that grew really quick. And there were so many places to play back in those days. You could go to a show at The Stone and then later on catch the midnight show across the street at the Mabuhay Gardens or the Rock On Broadway. Or go down around the corner and there’s another venue. Then everybody seemed to follow, and you’d always see the same people and the same crowd at all these shows. It was a little community of the same people, and then the after-parties — going to Paul Baloff‘s house to a party or something and the same crowd from the show is there. It was just a trippy scene that grew really quick in those early years.

Songfacts: By and large, how does songwriting work in TESTAMENT?

Chuck: With us, it’s been me and Eric [Peterson, guitarist] for a long time. Eric will come up with a structure, what he thinks is the verse, chorus, lead sections. Once I hear it, I listen to where I feel that the vocals should be, and then I’ll either rearrange it or stick with what he hears and come up with the arrangement. Once we get the arrangement down, Eric will take it back again and then rework it to make it all flow together. If he has to build an extra part to connect what he thought was the chorus that’s now a verse, going into a new chorus or something, he’ll redo it. That’s always worked the best. There are some songs in the current years, like “More Than Meets the Eye” or even “Native Blood”, some of those songs we came up with the riff and he had a lot of it already completed. From the first time we heard it to trying it live in the studio, the patterns were there, the song structure was there, and it came together really quick. And those are the ones where we go, “Wow, this is a special song because it just came together so quick and it still stands strong even after you reexamine it and make sure it’s got everything we need in it.” And those don’t happen all the time. Most of the time, it’s just building them. But sometimes we get lucky in that sense, and I think after working with somebody for 25-plus years writing music together, it’s like anything in life you do that long, you hone your craft and get better at it. We kind of know what each other is thinking at this point and what our limits are and what keys not to go in and play in. He knows what I turn down as far as the scales and the keys he picks to write songs in. We’ve been pretty lucky in that sense as a team.

Songfacts: Who are some of your favorite songwriters as far as either rock bands or solo artists go?

Chuck: Well, METALLICA‘s James Hetfield has always been an inspiration with clever lyrics. When I first started hearing METALLICA, it was something new to me the way his cadence of vocal styles sang to the music. Because when I was growing up, I was more like, UFO and THIN LIZZY and SCORPIONS and PRIEST, where the vocalists were more melodic singers. So when there was that thrash attack, it was a whole new thing to me. In TESTAMENT, it was what we were becoming, that same style. He really inspired me with his clever lyrics and clever hooks. Bruce Dickinson. Ronnie James Dio has always been a great songwriter and lyricist, same with Bruce. And then Rob Halford. Those guys always were my heroes.

Read the entire interview at Songfacts.

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Every week, I like to browse the Billboard Hard Rock/Heavy Metal charts and see how well Metallica's landmark Black Album sells, and every week it pushes at least 1500 copies, which is insane, seeing as though the album came out 21 years ago. To my surprise, directly below the Black Album this week was the new …

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The Oath: Unbreakable

Having scored Darthrone legend Fenriz’s coveted ‘Band of the Week’ award and featuring a logo designed by Erik of Watain, the scene credentials of magickal Berlin rockers The Oath are already pretty impressive – all the more so given that they feature in their ranks both Simon Bouteloup of psychedelic rockers Kadavar, and Vincent Wager, drummer of experimental black metallers, Fleurety. Fronted by vocalist Johanna Sadonis and rounded out by guitarist Linnéa Olsson, the band are truly an international entity, with members drawn from all over the globe by a shared musical vision.

“The core of our music is heavily coloured by my influences as a guitar player,” explains Linnéa, “and a lot of it is basically punk, whether it may be Steve Jones or Pig Champion or Fast Eddie Clarke. Then on top of that, there’s the classic hard rock, heavy metal and black metal; Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Bathory, etc etc. As for Johanna’s vocals, she’s really into singers like Ann Wilson, Robert Plant and Ronnie James Dio, to name a few. I usually say that our stuff is eighties riffs mixed with seventies vocals – or the other way around!”

While their diabolical overtones and retro inspirations might sit them comfortably alongside the current legion of occult doom, psychedelic and rock bands doing the rounds, Linnéa is quick to distance the group from any lazy comparisons…

“We’re a heavy metal band – comparing us to bands like The Devil’s Blood or Blood Ceremony would be far-fetched, simply because our only common denominator is the fact that all bands have female vocalists. As for the ‘occult’ part, I think the simplest way to put it is that rock n’ roll is the devil’s music. There’s no doubt what side we’re on. But you wouldn’t call Led Zeppelin or AC/DC ‘occult’ rock bands, even though they’re playing for that very same team as well would you?”

Night Child/Black Rainbow is out now via High Roller.

Interview by Dayal Patterson

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HALESTORM was the surprise winner of the Grammy Award in February for “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance”, but singer Lzzy Hale told the Oakland Press that not a lot has changed for the group since their big win.

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Jackie Kajzer, better known as Full Metal Jackie, has announced the launch of Full Metal Jackie Radio, a new hard rock and heavy metal station on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s industry-leading digital radio platform.

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“Last Days Here” (formerly “Last Rites”), which tells the story of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the cult hard rock/heavy metal band PENTAGRAM, will air on Showtime, on Thurday, May 23 at 9:30 p.m.

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