Michael Monroe’s last album, Sensory Overdrive, was a worldwide critical and commercial success. The band’s new album, Horns and Halos, which was released world-wide on August 23 is a cosmopolitan affair, written and recorded around the world by the international posse.
The beating heart of the group consists of bass player, Sami Yaffa, and drummer, Karl Rockfist. Sami and Michael go way back, to the 1980s.
Sami played bass in Hanoi Rocks and started Demolition 23, with Michael. Karl has gone from charging neighborhood kids to see his pre-teen KISS cover project to pounding the skins behind stars, like Glenn Danzig and Joan Osborne.
The band’s six-string guts pack a real punch with Swedish legend Dregen and lead guitarist and primary songwriter, Steve Conte.
I had the pleasure of speaking to the legendary glam rock singer, Michael Monroe, about his latest release and the importance of keeping one’s integrity.
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In late October, Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC will embark on their first-ever acoustic concert tour at century-old bú-tik palaces in Taoyuan, Taichung, and Tainan in line with the theme of the band's new album, "Bú-tik".
In fact, CHTHONIC members have visited Bú-tik palaces around Taiwan as they were preparing for "Bú-tik", and it was during the visits that CHTHONIC first had the idea of having acoustic performances in these historic buildings.
"We wanted to perform in Bú-tik palaces so badly, but we were worried that we may damage the historic buildings," bassist Doris Yeh said. "So we came up with the idea to specially design acoustic concerts for the historic buildings."
In preparation for the acoustic tour, CHTHONIC members have been rearranging songs and repeatedly practicing.
"This is the hardest tour at all. We don't just rearrange the songs, we also have to rearrange our personalities," said lead vocalist Freddy Lim. "We normally just can't stay still, but this is a good chance for us to find our interior calmness," Dani Wang, the drummer, said.
CHTHONIC invited the band Chocolate Tiger, led by their good friend Enno Cheng, as the opening guest, while also inviting popular folk singers as special guests at each of the concert. Two of the guests will be Lin Sheng-xiang and Panai, while the CHTHONIC decides to keep the name of the third guest as a surprise for their fans.
"We can't wait to see these master musicians to perform CHTHONIC music!" Doris said.
To make sure that the historic buildings will remain intact, CHTHONIC will sell combo tickets for the concert, which will include a pair of "Bú-tik" socks and a bamboo seat cushion, so that fans may take off their shoes and put on the socks at the entrance, and sit comfortably on the cushion.
A short clip of an acoustic version of "Set Fire to the Island" can be seen below.
Following the unplugged tour in Taiwan, CHTHONIC will be traveling to Europe in early November to join the Norwegian band SATYRICON for a two-month European tour.
DOOM LEGENDS TO PERFORM DEBUT ALBUM THE MORNING NEVER CAME IN FULL
Iconic Finnish doom merchants Swallow the Sun are embarking on a fall tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their landmark debut album The Morning Never Came.
The band's show, scheduled for Thursday, September 26 in Tampere in their native Finland, will be livestreamed globally (10PM UTC/6PM EDT).
Swallow the Sun will perform the album in full, adding other tracks to the encore.
The Morning Never Came was universally lauded upon release and earned the rare 5K review from metal bible Kerrang! and was christened "one of doom metal's finest moments to date."
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Swallow the Sun's latest album Emerald and the Blackbird is out now via Spinefarm Records.
Six visual artists from the Taiwanese collective Yamyoukan have completed an illustrated book,Unsealing the Bú-Tik, which turns classic scenes in stories recounted on Chthonic albums into 32 pages of artwork.
Artists who took part in the project include Paparaya, KCN, mos, Blaze Wu, Kuki, and Pump. All have had several exhibitions of their own works.
Bassist Doris Yeh says, “It has always been our dream to turn the stories in our music into images. I feel so moved as I hold this illustrated book in hand.”
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Deals Death Unleash "Point Zero Solution"
Dark times are close indeed. For too long have mankind suffered under the rules of the Elite. It is time to spread the word of their Point Zero Solution.
Masterminded by award winning director Patric Ullaeus (www.revolver.se); today Deals Death unveil the official music video for ‘Point Zero Solution’, the title track of their upcoming and much anticipated album. ‘Point Zero Solution’ will be released via Spinefarm Records on the 17th of September.
Guitarist and song composer Erik Jacobson comments, “Point Zero Solution introduces the factors that lie behind a weakened society, a failed state. The lyrics deal with our human behaviour and our quest for comfort and luxury, at any cost.”
A prevailing theme throughout, vocalist and lyricist Olle Ekman comments on the album as a whole. “It’s a step-by-step description of the process which breaks down the systems of nature and society, our false hopes, our credulity towards authority and the belief in eternal growth.”
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Check out the first video "Dreamscape" from the forthcoming 4th album 'Planetary Breathing', out on September 30th.
Today Loudwire offers up an exclusive premiere of "Set Fire to the Island," the latest music video from Taiwanese metal legion CHTHONIC.
Directed by Hoiji Huang and Alulu Kuo, the track comes by way of the band's recently released Bú-Tik studio offering, features stunning live footage from last year's Mass Battle concert in Taiwan and serves as a teaser for their pending Next Republic Asia Tour 2013.
Notes bassist Doris Yeh: "This is the live video we shot when we first played the song. It's the most exciting song to play off the entire album! It has now become a 'tradition' for the fans in Taiwan to come to our show with ghost money, they throw in the air to show respect and release all kinds of their emotions. When I see the ghost money thrown in the air, sometimes the scenery before my eyes seems like a dream."
Peep the video courtesy of Loudwire at THIS LOCATION.
CHTHONIC released their seventh studio recording, Bú-Tik,in North America via Spinefarm Records US June 25, 2013. Bú-Tik was recorded at Sweden's Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011's critically-lauded Takasago Army full-length. Called "a masterful and elegant tradition served underneath soaring thrash-influenced guitars, pummeling drums and a vocal performance that is absolutely stellar from an overlooked vocalist," by About.com, Bú-Tik is centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, and highlights what bassist Doris Yeh describes as "righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits." The cover image depicts the fighting spirit of a girl with albinism.
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"'Next Republic' and 'Supreme Pain for the Tyrant' demand your attention from the start, only to blow you away with an epic and memorable chorus. The soaring emotional register of 'Between Silence and Death' is unforgettable. And the female vocal parts, though used sparingly, sound exquisite in 'Set Fire to the Island' and 'Defenders of Butik Palace.' Bú-Tik is a solid album which will earn CHTHONIC many new symphonic oriental fans without alienating the band's long-time following. 8/10" - Metal Injection
"...a solid album full of epic moments. Fans of symphonic or melodic death metal are likely to enjoy it, as Chthonic have yet again delivered a unique and memorable album that no other band could have made." - HeavyBlogIsHeavy
"Seediq Bale was no fluke. Despite the different sound, Chthonic show that they are more than capable of putting out another fantastic effort that can compete with the greats of their back catalogue. 4/5" - Sputnik Music
"Symphonic black metal gets an oriental overhaul for a fantastic result.4/5" - Metal Underground
‘HORNS AND HALOS’ OUT ON AUGUST 27TH
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and all-round rock 'n' roll legend are just a few things that describe MICHAEL MONROE. Another is badass harmonica player of which his talents shine on his newest single “Eighteen Angels,” set for release August 20. The second single from his upcoming studio album HORNS AND HALOS--due out August 27--via Spinefarm Records made its debut today on Noisecreep. Listen to the track here:
HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine's "Album Of The Year" and a No. 1 record in MONROE's Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE's international posse— bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL "Rockfist" ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies). MONROE is a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original Guns N' Roses members) citing his groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.
The album’s first single released earlier this spring, "Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL's early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-'80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman). It also appears on HORNS AND HALOS. Watch the video for "Ballad Of The Lower East Side" below!
The track listing for HORNS AND HALOS is as follows:
1. TNT Diet
2. Ballad Of The Lower East Side
3. Eighteen Angels
4. Saturday Night Special
5. Stained Glass Heart
6. Horns And Halos
7. Child Of The Revolution
8. Soul Surrender
9. Half The Way
11. Hands Are Tied
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