Posts Tagged “Wales”

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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During GOJIRA‘s signing session at the Tel Aviv Metalshop on August, prior to the band’s first-ever performance in Israel, Metalist magazine photographer and GOJIRA fan Guy First performed his famed “hand-fart” variation on the classic GOJIRA track “Flying Wales”.

The members of GOJIRA stood in awe and filmed the performance, which was greeted with thunderous clapping.

Check out the footage below.

GOJIRA performed last Thursday, August 15 at Tel Aviv’s Reading 3 club in front of a sellout crowd of 950 enthusiastic fans.

Guy‘s pictures of the show can be viewed here.


Comments No Comments » and several other news outlets are reporting that Ian Watkins of Lostprophets, who has been in jail awaiting trial on several sex crimes charges, has been placed on suicide watch. An excerpt from the article follows: Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is on suicide watch five times an hour as he prepares to stand trial in Wales accused of raping a baby

The post Ian Watkins Of LostProphets On Suicide Watch While Awaiting Trial appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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Über Röck conducted an interview with former SCORPIONS and current MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP members Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass) on July 28 at the Steelhouse Festival at Hafod-y-Dafal Farm, Ebbw Vale, Wales, United Kingdom.

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According to Wales Online, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dicksinson’s aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, has secured a £5 million (approximately $7.68 million) investment to spur on the existing growth already made by the fledgling company.

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Bonafide will release a live DVD entitled ‘Messin’in Wales – Live At Hard Rock Hell 2012’ followed by a brand new studio album called ‘Bombo’

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Astraeus Airlines, the Gatwick, U.K.-based carrier for which IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson worked as a pilot, went out of business in November 2011 and Dickinson subsequently launched aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, which is based at the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom.

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Swedish hard rockers BONAFIDE will release a new concert DVD, “Messin’ In Wales – Live At Hard Rock Hell 2012”, on July 1 via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

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Skindred play Reading and Leeds in August

Ragga metal kings and certified Best Live Band To Come Out Of Wales Ever Ever Ever, Skindred have announced the title of their brand new album – Kill The Power. We likey.

Kill The Power is our fifth studio album,” says frontman Benji Webbe, “We are more than excited to unleash this Skindred bomb on the world! Kill The Power is for all them that are sick of being the underdog, and wanna step up and destroy all those who oppress and hold them down! Use this album as a backdrop to overcome and take your life back!

“We ain’t fighting the power no more – we are definitely killing it!!

Expect big grooves, fit hooks and dinosaur-levelling bounce. HUGE. Skindred play the main stage at Reading and Leeds this August. Check out the full lineup and get your tickets here.

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Hayley Leggs of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with Grutle Kjellson, bassist/vocalist of Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metallers ENSLAVED, at this year’s Hammerfest, which was held March 13-16 at Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire, Wales.

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