CHRIS ADLER To Feature As ‘Guest’ On New MEGADETH Album

March 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s official, folks!! CHRIS ADLER (LAMB OF GOD) is gonna ‘guest’ on the upcoming MEGADETH album!

MEGADETH has released the following official statement announcing the collaboration:

Dave Mustaine, the creative driving force behind original American metal and hard rock crossover giants MEGADETH, and Chris Adler, drummer for the leaders of modern American heavy metal LAMB OF GOD, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of MEGADETH‘s anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to MEGADETH‘s roots.”

Dave Mustaine comments: “Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL!

“Back in 1989, MEGADETH originally worked as a three piece — guitar, bass and drums — when we laid down the framework to our Grammy-nominated platinum album ‘Rust In Peace’.

“I want to thank the other members of LAMB OF GOD for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.”

David Ellefson adds: “Chris has been an endearing friend to us in MEGADETH for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in MEGADETH‘s next chapter.”

Chris Adler offers: “MEGADETH was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’, in my formative years.”

He continues: “About 10 years ago, LAMB OF GOD toured with MEGADETH and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since.

“When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden-camera show. I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation.

“I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can — not just throw names in the CD booklet or be a yes man. Together, I believe we can do something very special!

“Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the MEGADETH legacy.”

In a 2006 interview with Xplosive Metal, Adler confirmed that MEGADETH was the band that made him want to start drumming to begin with. He said: “Definitely. For me and my brother [LAMB OF GOD guitarist Willie Adler], that’s the band that made us wake up to heavy metal and made us become who we are today. And now to be able to sit down and have lunch with Dave Mustaine and tell him that story and have him talk about what he likes about LAMB OF GOD, it’s pretty big for me.”

Speaking to Wondering Sound about the influence Dave Lombardo (SLAYER) and Gar Samuelson (MEGADETH) have had on his drumming style, Adler said: “Dave‘s the guy that made me want to go fast. There’s so much power in what he does — both him and Gar Samuelson, who was the original drummer from MEGADETH. I think Gar was a little more jazzy, which I really liked, and I probably spent more time trying to emulate Gar than Dave, but both those guys were the guys who made me want to get faster. Now I realize that’s kind of a fickle goal, but [Dave] was obviously one of the innovators, one of the first to do what metal is kind of known for now, with double kicks, and he’s still absolutely one of the best.”

In addition to Mustaine, Adler and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH‘s new album is rumored to include Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.

MEGADETH has yet to announce permanent replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group last year.

The band was still finalizing the recording lineup for its new album earlier in the month, with Mustaine tweeting on March 10 that he was “excited to be auditioning one of my final picks for my new guitarist today.”

Drover quit MEGADETH on November 25, 2014 “to pursue [his] own musical interests.” His statement can be found at this location. Guitarist Chris Broderick announced his departure from MEGADETH a few hours later, saying that he was exiting the group “due to artistic and musical differences.”

LINDEMANN Featuring RAMMSTEIN Frontman, PAIN/HYPOCRISY Mainman To Release ‘Skills In Pills’ Album

March 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN has joined forces with Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) in a brand new project simply called LINDEMANN.

LINDEMANN‘s debut album, “Skills In Pills”, will be released in May.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Skills In Pills
02. Ladyboy
03. Fat
04. Fish On
05. Children Of The Sun
06. Home Sweet Home
07. Cowboy
08. Golden Shower
09. Yukon
10. Praise Abort

Pär Hulkoff, vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist for the Swedish industrial metal band RAUBTIER, claims to have had the opportunity to check out some of LINDEMANN‘s music and has said that “the small parts I heard really blew my mind.” He added: “This will echo in eternity.”

RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, who is currently promoting the sophomore album from his EMIGRATE project, recently told U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine about RAMMSTEIN‘s future plans: “We have a live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD… We have so many live DVDs right now that we have to work that through. So, I think, at the moment, everyone does his own thing. I think it’s important, because, again, RAMMSTEIN was always a band that took their time, that listened to themselves, listened to what they need, how much time they need between [albums].”

He added: “One good thing about that the music industry changed is that you don’t have to do a record every year — it’s not necessary — and I think a lot of people that did this put [out] records that weren’t that great. So I like that idea, actually, to take breaks. Again, I think we will come back together. I love touring with RAMMSTEIN, and if somebody has a vision for a record, we’ll do another record.”

In an interview with UK’s Kerrang! magazine, Kruspe said that he and his RAMMSTEIN bandmates were keeping a healthy distance from each other during the group’s downtime.

Flake‘s [keyboardist Christian Lorenz] writing a book, Till‘s doing some kind of solo thing, but I haven’t heard anything,” he said. “That’s the other problem. We’ve been through so many years together, we’ve lost contact in a way. At 18 or 20, it’s natural to have a gang around you. But in your 40s or 50s, it’s not normal to be around five guys the whole year. Because normally you’d start a family, have children. It’s like a marriage with six guys who are never having sex. People get frustrated!”

He added: “EMIGRATE saved my place in RAMMSTEIN.”

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Frosttide – Blood Oath

March 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

Band: Frosttide

Album : Blood Oath

Release Date : 27.02.2015

Record Label : NoiseArt Records

Genre : Epic/folk metal

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Frosttide is an epic/folk metal band from Finland. Founded by Joni Snoro in 2009, the band is relatively young but also has managed to caught the attention of many folk/epic metal lovers. Especially after the release of their first full-length album “Awakening” (2013), the band gained a huge success and played with some big metal bands like Turisas and Ensiferum in Heidenfest 2013.

The band has recently relased their second full-length album, “Blood Oath”. The band is also in the line-up of PAGANFEST 2015, which will start in exactly two weeks!

As a huge fan of the band, I knew I had to review “Blood Oath”. Especially after seeing the band for the first time live in Heidenfest 2013 and having followed the band’s progress from the beginning, my expectations were quite high and I wasn’t disappointed at all! From the first song “Prologue”, it is clear that this record is not your typical folk/epic metal album. Considering that this is a concept album, the band has done a great job with the first song which shows the band’s improvement for sure. The song makes the listener curious and wonders more about the story and tells the listener to ‘come on in’.

Musically, the album has a lot to offer. Especially compared to the previous record, I have realized that influences from big epic/folk metal bands have disappeared and Frosttide definitely has started to form its unique sound. This is obvious from the guitar riffs, which are catchy and form the essence of that dynamic structure of the album, but also the melodies/keyboards. A great example of this is “Gates of the Asylum”; the starting of the song has definitely that symphonic approach (which reminded me of the symphonic melodies in Epica songs) but as one listens to the song, we see a unique Frosttide sound, combining the male choirs with keyboards and riffs.

Another highlight of the album is definitely the improved vocals; the vocals are definitely more ‘technical’ and even ‘death-metal like’ in this record (which differs from the previous records). In this sense, the vocals also add another excitement and spark to the record; they are not dull and not too technical but entertaining for the listeners from every metal genre. Just listen to “Fate Redefined” or “Traitor Within” and you will know what I mean. The album is not all about ‘harsh’ vocals though; throughout the album, the listeners will also hear male choirs here and there like in the song “Winds of Winter’s Call” , which I found really clever and which makes the album even more entertaining.

Soundwise, the album is really well-produced and considering that the band has combined a lot of elements, the listener does not get lost in each musical element or highlight but can enjoy every piece; be it the vocals, riffs or the synths. We all know that production can be a bit tough in epic metal records but “Blood Oath” has a smooth production and so the listening to this record will also be smooth.

“Blood Oath” is not just another epic/folk metal record. This concept album features elements from different genres such as symphonic, death metal and even progressive so don’t underestimate this record! I can definitely recommend it to every fan of ‘metal’ in general. Frosttide is back, stronger and with a more improved and atmospheric sound!

Rating: 9,5/10

Tracklisting:

  1. Prologue
  2. Blood Oath
  3. Gates of the Asylum
  4. Fate Redefined
  5. Traitor Within
  6. Foreshadow
  7. New Reign
  8. Winds of Winter’s Call

FROSTTIDE is:

Joni Snoro – vocals, guitar

Juho Patinen – guitar, additional vocals

Joonas Nislin – drums

Felipe Munoz – keyboards, backing vocals

Lauri Myllylä – bass, backing vocals 

More info:

Frosttide Official

Frosttide Facebook

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AMORPHIS Heads For Studio; New Album Out In September 2015

March 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Finnish metal act Amorphis has started the year off by demoing new songs for their upcoming 12th studio album due out in September. The band will start pre­production this March in Helsinki with producer Jens Bogren. The album recordings will begin in April at Bogren’s Fascination Street Studio in Stockholm.

The lyrics are written by Amorphis’ spiritual mentor Pekka Kainulainen.

”Like Kalevala, they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind. Reoccuring situations where hope and uncertainty alternate. Attempting to gain advice from higher powers. The poems do not form a complete story per se, but they are drawn together by a certain theme. We live under a red cloud and once again, time weighs us” describes Pekka Kainulainen.

The new album will be released in September when Amorphis will embark on a world tour, starting from their native Finland. Amorphis will be touring Europe with Nightwish at the end of the year.

This past December, Amorphis completed a successful Central European ”Retro” tour where the band played their legendary ”Tales From The Thousand Lakes” album in its entirety to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said record. As a special treat for the fans, Amorphis also played songs from their debut album, which they haven’t played in more than two decades. In Germany the media praised the tour of its authencity and its ”time travel to 20 years ago” aspect.

”The tour set pays homage to the TFTTL album and did not include a single song released after 1995. It was great to see how boldly Tales… functions as a whole.”

Amorphis Summer Festivals in Finland:

06.06.2015 Tampere – Radio City South Park
27.06.2015 Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
03.07.2015 Turku – Ruisrock
17­-19.07.2015 Joensuu ­– Ilosaarirock

Go to http://amorphis.net to see all summer festival dates.

Amorphis w/ Nightwish & Arch Enemy

16.11.15 Denmark, Copenhagen – Falconer
18.11.15 Germany, Hamburg – O2 World
19.11.15 Holland, Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall
21.11.15 Germany, Oberhausen – KöPi
23.11.15 France, Lyon – Hall Tony Garnier
25.11.15 France, Paris – POPB
26.11.15 France, Toulouse – Le Zénith
28.11.15 Switzerland, Basel – St. Jakobshalle
29.11.15 Italy, Bologna – Unipol Arena
01.12.15 Germany, Munich – Zenith
03.12.15 Germany, Stuttgart – Schleyer
04.12.15 Germany, Frankfurt – Jahrhundert halle Festhalle
05.12.15 Germany, Nürnberg – Arena
07.12.15 Czech Republic, Prague – Tip Sport Arena Prague
08.12.15 Austria, Wien – Stadthalle
10.12.15 Romania, Bucharest – Polivalenta Hall
12.12.15 Hungary, Budapest – Arena
14.12.15 Germany, Leipzig – Arena
15.12.15 Germany, Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle
16.12.15 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
17.12.15 Belgium, Antwerp – Lotto Arena
19.12.15 United Kingdom, London – Wembley The SSE Arena

ACT OF DEFIANCE, Featuring Former MEGADETH Members CHRIS BRODERICK and SHAWN DROVER, Signs to METAL BLADE RECORDS

February 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums). The duo are now excited to announce their worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for their new group ACT OF DEFIANCE, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass. They are currently recording their debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this summer.

Broderick states:

“I am so excited to finally be able to announce ACT OF DEFIANCE to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Chris Harris.

“I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it.”

Drover adds:

“Having our new band, ACT OF DEFIANCE, sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me. I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn’t be happier about that.

“What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% PURE Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best HEAVY METAL music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically.”

Bachand states:

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin this new adventure with ACT OF DEFIANCE. The positive energy that has collected between the four of us in such a little amount of time has been nothing short of incredible. Writing bass lines is something new for me as well, and I am looking forward to the challenge. All the songs are coming together great and I can’t wait for the world to hear this.”

Derek comments:

“I’m extremely honored and excited to be a part of AOD. Everyone has been super cool and supportive, which is always a huge plus. I know this is going to be an awesome musical experience and the fact that I’m embarking on this journey with good people means everything. Cheers.”

Brian Slagel further comments:

“I am super excited to welcome ACT OF DEFIANCE to the Metal Blade family. I have known Chris and Shawn over the years and really admired their work. I am honored to be able to work with these two legendary musicians. Really excited to work with all the guys on this exciting new band!”

WHITESNAKE – “The Purple Album” First New Studio Album In Four Years, Releasing On May 19th, via Frontiers Music SRL

February 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Metal Odyssey > Heavy Metal Music Blog:

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(February 25th, 2015 – New York, NY) – Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon in a deluxe edition format ( http://geni.us/WSPurpleDLXamz ) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album. A standard edition and a double LP vinyl format will be available in the near future. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced…

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