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6 Aug 2014

AMARANTHE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'MASSIVE ADDICTIVE' ON OCTOBER 21

AMARANTHE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'MASSIVE ADDICTIVE' ON OCTOBER 21

(New York, NY): Gothenburg, Sweden's Amaranthe, known for fusing melodic metal with elements of EDM, will release their third album MASSIVE ADDICTIVE via Spinefarm Records on October 21.

MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is true to its title. The band's signature, larger-than-life sound, comprised of kinetic riffing, pulsating beats and celestial, melodic choruses, remains intact, but the album finds Amaranthe continuing to explore a range of dynamics and with a willingness to push themselves even further.

The songs that populate MASSIVE ADDICTIVE are so incredibly catchy that they will take up residency in your brain for hours after you've turned the music off and you will find yourself humming the melodies or singing the choruses long after you've stopped listening to them. MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is that memorably and that catchy.

MASSIVE ADDICTIVE was tracked at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with the sound sorcerer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) at the helm.

The 12-song album is a flawlessly executed clinic of masterfully and carefully crafted European metal, boasting Olof Mörck's surgically precise riffs and soaring solos alongside Morten Løwe Sørensen's rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen's booming low-frequency assault. Elise Ryd's vocals are as emotive and empowering as ever, filling the room, while Jake E's melodic vocal are an outpouring of power. New screamer Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson puts his stamp on the material, as well.

The sound is both massive and addictive, from the unforgettable, driving sounds of "Drop Dead Cynical" to the anthemic title track to the stadium-sized soar of "Digital World" to the emotionally haunting power semi-ballad "True." MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is an exercise in dynamics and is one that refuses to play by any sort of genre-specific, prescribed rules.

"We have lived and breathed this album every hour and every day the last year, and to know that this music is about to reach everyone's ears is beyond exciting," guitarist Mörck enthused about MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. "Following the first leg of The Nexus World Tour, we sat down and agreed that we wanted the next album to be really fresh, new and even to raise a few eyebrows, all while retaining our signature sound."

He continued, "MASSIVE ADDICTIVE is in every way that huge leap forward we wanted to achieve and the album definitely contains our strongest song writing to date. The press often asks us to 'describe the album with three words'; this time, the answer is simple - it's MASSIVE, it's ADDICTIVE, and most importantly, it's AMARANTHE!"

MASSIVE ADDICTIVE Track Listing

1. "Dynamite"
2. "Drop Dead Cynical"
3. "Trinity"
4. "Massive Addictive"
5. "Digital World"
6. "True"
7. "Unreal"
8. "Over and Done"
9. "Danger Zone"
10. "Skyline"
11. "An Ordinary Abnormality"
12. "Exhale"

Tour Dates:

9/25   The Regency Ballroom | San Francisco, Calif.
9/26   Club Nokia | Los Angeles, Calif.                                             
9/28   Gothic Theater | Denver, Colo.                     
9/30   First Avenue |Minneapolis, Minn.                          
10/1    Vic Theater | Chicago, Ill.
10/2   Royal Oak Music Theatre | Royal Oak, Mich.                                 
10/3   The Sound Academy | Toronto                           
10/5   Metropolis | Montreal
10/7   Ram's Head Live | Baltimore, Md.                
10/9   Electric Factory | Philadelphia, Pa.                            
10/10 Terminal 5 | New York, N.Y.   
10/26 House of Blues | Houston, Texas
10/27  Parish at House of Blues | New Orleans, La.
10/29  Culture Room | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
10/30  State Theater | St. Petersburg, Fla.
10/31   The Masquerade | Atlanta, Ga.

29 Jul 2014

ELECTRIC WIZARD ANNOUNCE 'TIME TO DIE' RELEASE DATE + PRE-ORDERS + VIDEO CLIP

‘TIME TO DIE’, THE NEW ALBUM FROM ELECTRIC WIZARD, TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 29TH

+ OFFICIAL ‘I AM NOTHING’ VIDEO CLIP UNLEASHED!

++ ALBUM / BUNDLE PRE-ORDERS LIVE!

ELECTRIC WIZARD ANNOUNCE 'TIME TO DIE' RELEASE DATE + PRE-ORDERS + VIDEO CLIP

Electric Wizard have today revealed that their forthcoming studio album, ‘TIME TO DIE’, will be released on September 29th via Spinefarm Records; ‘TIME TO DIE’ is the eighth full-length offering from the masters of aural punishment, and is testament to the fact that Electric ‘fucking’ Wizard continue to be the most uncompromisingly heavy, genuinely twisted and evil band in the world.

This will be their first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

In addition to this, a brand new video clip for ‘I am Nothing’ has been unleashed via www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com.

EW guitarist / vocalist Jus Oborn has said of the track, which harnesses the dark underground death metal spirit of 1984:-

"It was the year I became a metal-head. It was heavy shit for real – there was no way you were ever going to get a decent job. So I became a Satanist, I dug up a grave, I got into tape-trading, I had a one-man noise/black/death metal band called Regurgitated Guts, and there were loads of documentaries on TV warning us not to listen to the devil's music..."

All official Electric Wizard pre-order bundles are now live on www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com, featuring limited numbers of vinyl, CD, T-shirt, back-patch & pin badge packages.

Electric Wizard, who have just played headline slots at a number of European festivals, including Hellfest (France), Roskilde (Denmark) and Sonisphere (UK), have the following appearances lined up for 2014, with more shows to be added:-

Aug 16th Jabberwocky, The Excel Centre, London, UK
Sep 12th Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)
Oct 10th Desertfest, Antwerp, Belgium

ELECTRIC WIZARD are here for REVENGE.....BE AFRAID.....

16 Jul 2014

ELECTRIC WIZARD PREMIERE NEW TRACK “I AM NOTHING”

FIRST LISTEN TO MUSIC FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM “TIME TO DIE”

Electric Wizard, who recently revealed the title and artwork for their Spinefarm Records debut album, premiere the first new music from “Time to Die” with the song "I am Nothing", streaming now via the Spinefarm Records Soundcloud…

 

ELECTRIC WIZARD PREMIERE NEW TRACK “I AM NOTHING”

EW guitarist / vocalist Jus Oborn has said of the track, which harnesses the dark underground death metal spirit of 1984:-

"It was the year I became a metal-head. It was heavy shit for real – there was no way you were ever going to get a decent job. So I became a Satanist, I dug up a grave, I got into tape-trading, I had a one-man noise/black/death metal band called Regurgitated Guts, and there were loads of documentaries on TV warning us not to listen to the devil's music..."

Produced by Oborn, the new album was recorded at Toe Rag Studios in East London, with analogue gear used exclusively throughout, with finishing touches done at Skyhammer Studio in "deepest, darkest" Cheshire by Chris Fielding

20 Nov 2013

JAPAN'S VAMPS ANNOUNCE SPECIAL GUESTS FOR L.A. + NYC SHOWS

DUO TO PERFORM AT HOUSE OF BLUES + ROSELAND IN DECEMBER BAND SUPPORTING 'SEX BLOOD ROCK N' ROLL'
JAPAN'S VAMPS ANNOUNCE SPECIAL GUESTS FOR L.A. + NYC  SHOWS

(New York, NY:) VAMPS have announced the special guests for their upcoming shows in L.A. and NYC, their only U.S. appearances of 2013.

Living Dead Lights will serve as the special guest for the Los Angeles show at the iconic House of Blues on December 4, while Killcode have come aboard for the NYC show at the soon-to-be-closed Roseland on December 8.

But that's not all!

Sid from Slipknot will be the guest DJ at both the L.A. and NYC shows.

It's going to be a party on both coasts, for sure!

These VAMPS gigs are shaping up to be "can't miss" and "must see" events -- these are no mere concerts! The band, which is pretty much bigger than God in its native Japan, camping out at several-thousand seat venues for week-long residencies, has the U.S. squarely in its sights, promising a night to remember on each coast.


VAMPS plan to leave a mark.

The duo last crashed American shores over three years ago. They are back supporting Sex Blood Rock N' Roll, a collection of hard-charging, addictively catchy rock anthems available now via Spinefarm Records in the U.S. Rock bible Kerrang! awarded the record a 4-K review, warning "Don't let these VAMPS pass you by."

Like Disturbed? Avenged Sevenfold? Black Veil Brides? Stone Sour? Dig bands with a delightfully dark look? Then you will certainly love the rock that VAMPS dole out.

The band is also offering a special 2-for-1 ticket option. Fans can enter the code "VAMPS" to unlock the offer here.

13 Nov 2013

MICHAEL MONROE PREMIERE VIDEO FOR "STAINED GLASS HEART"

MICHAEL MONROE PREMIERE VIDEO FOR "STAINED GLASS HEART"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new music video by Michael Monroe.

The song, "Stained Glass Heart," is the third single from Monroe's new album, Horns and Halos (Spinefarm Records).

“I'm feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video,” Monroe says. “It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day, which made it look more like an ‘abusement park.’ The video turned out very cool and classy.”

Read the full stoyr over at GUITAR WORLD!

1 Nov 2013

Estonian Metallers Metsatöll to Release Three Catalog Albums Digitally

New Single Out November 19 & Touring This Fall
Estonian Metallers Metsatöll to Release Three Catalog Albums Digitally

(New York, NY): Estonian folk-metal band Metsatöll will be releasing three albums from their catalog digitally on November 5. The band will release the new single "Lööme Mesti" ("Together") on November 19, which will appear on their upcoming album, due out in March. They will embark on a U.S. tour this fall, so there is plenty of activity in the Metsatöll universe this fall and through the end of 2013.

Albums Äio (2010), Ulg (2011) and Tuska (2012) will see digital release on November 5.  

If you're not familiar with this unique and difficult-to-classify band, which is a badge of honor and a nod to their genre-bending, flip-the-script style, here's a brief history lesson.

Their humble beginnings are as such: On February 24, 1999, three men held a meeting at the borders of the Pääsküla bog (Tallinn suburbs), in the singer and guitar player Markus’ basement, one of whom could play a little bit of guitar, another who knew how to play a little bit of drums, and a third who had come up with a sufficiently ancient-sounding name that would be just right for a heavy metal band – "Metsatöll."

The name "Metsatöll" is an ancient Estonian euphemism for wolf.

The thought soon turned into reality and over the next few days four or five songs were composed and a couple of months later, there was an entire album's worth of material

The demo album Terast mis hangunud me hinge was released in the autumn of 1999. Soon afterwards, Lauri joined the band, bringing with him a second guitar, the torupill (bagpipes), kannels, zithers and flutes.
  
Metsatöll’s current line-up was finalized in 2004, when drummer Atso took up the place behind the kit. That same year, the band crushed all previous sales records for an Estonian metal artist and won Metsatöll the Best Metal Act 2005 award at the Estonian Music Awards ceremony. They have won the award five times in a row.

Metsatöll have toured the U.S. three times prior.

If you've not heard of the band yet, well, now is your chance to expand your sonic palette, as three albums are being issued digitally and they will be touring North American shores through mid-December. 

TOUR DATES:
Finntroll, Blackguard and Metsatoll 

11/4/2013 -- West Springfield , VA -- Empire
11/5/2013 -- New York City, NY -- Stage 48
11/6/2013 -- Montreal QC -- Club Soda
11/7/2013 -- Quebec City -- Imperial de Quebec
11/8/2013 -- Ottawa, ON -- Mavericks
11/9/2013 -- Worcester, MA -- The Palladium
11/10/2013 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Altar Bar
11/11/2013 -- Cleveland, OH -- Agora Ballroom
11/12/2013 -- London, ON -- Rum Runners
11/13/2013 -- Joliet, IL -- Mojoes
11/14/2013 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Mill City Nights
11/15/2013 -- Winnipeg , MB -- The Zoo
11/16/2013 -- Regina, SK -- The Exchange
11/17/2013 -- Calgary, AL -- The Republik
11/18/2013 -- Edmonton, AL -- Pawn Shop
11/20/2013 -- Vancouver, BC -- Red Room
11/21/2013 -- Seattle, WA -- El Corazon
11/22/2013 -- Portland, OR -- Hawthorne Theatre
11/23/2013 -- San Francisco, CA -- Slim's
11/24/2013 -- Anaheim, CA -- The Grove
11/26/2013 -- Las Vegas, NV -- LVCS
11/27/2013 -- Tempe, AZ -- Club Red
11/29/2013 -- Salt Lake City, UT-- In the Venue
11/30/2013 -- Denver, CO-- Bluebird Theater
12/1/2013 -- Lawrence, KS -- Granada
12/2/2013 -- Dallas, TX -- Trees
12/3/2013 -- San Antonio, TX -- Backstage Live
12/4/2013 -- Houston, TX -- Scout Bar
12/6/2013 -- Tampa, FL -- Orpheum
12/7/2013 -- Atlanta, GA -- The Masquerade
12/8/2013 -- Louisville , KY -- Diamond Pub and Billiards
12/9/2013 -- Frederick, MD -- Cafe 611

23 Oct 2013

Amaranthe Announces 2014 European Headliner Tour!

Amaranthe Announces 2014 European Headliner Tour!

The time is finally here to announce our very first headline tour in Europe! We are very excited to bring a special, full length set to our fans throughout the continent! This tour finally includes our first dates in the UK in support of 'THE NEXUS'.

Joining us on this tour are two amazing up-and-coming Swedish bands; DEALS DEATH and SMASH INTO PIECES.

For full list of dates go to http://www.amaranthe.se/!

More dates to follow, ticket links coming soon!

9 Oct 2013

Michael Monroe - Never Sell Your Soul

Michael Monroe - Never Sell Your Soul

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.

READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW OVER AT GUITAR INTERNATIONAL!

9 Oct 2013

Revolver's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Calendar 2014

FEATURING ELIZE RYD FROM AMARANTHE
Revolver's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Calendar 2014

Revolver's exclusive Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock 2014 calendar is back!  The 2014 edition stars cover girls Heidi Shepherd & Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies. This year's calendar features 15 of the loveliest ladies in hard rock and heavy music.

The calendar also packs plenty of hard-rock and metal trivia, including landmark album release dates, historic concerts, musician birthdays, and much more!  

ORDER YOUR COPY HERE!

4 Oct 2013

CHTHONIC WILL EMBARK ON FIRST EVER ACOUSTIC TOUR

CHTHONIC WILL EMBARK ON FIRST EVER ACOUSTIC TOUR

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.

 

25 Sep 2013

SWALLOW THE SUN TO LIVESTREAM SEPTEMBER 26 SHOW IN FINLAND

DOOM LEGENDS TO PERFORM DEBUT ALBUM THE MORNING NEVER CAME IN FULL
SWALLOW THE SUN TO LIVESTREAM SEPTEMBER 26 SHOW IN FINLAND

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."

Stream the event HERE and feel like you are front and center without ever having to leave the house! 

Swallow the Sun's latest album Emerald and the Blackbird is out now via Spinefarm Records.

 

20 Sep 2013

Win A Copy of Chthonic’s Illustrated Book

Win A Copy of Chthonic’s Illustrated Book

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.”

Head to REVOLVER MAG for a chance to win this amazing book!

6 Sep 2013

CHECK OUT THE NEW VIDEO FROM DEALS DEATH!

Deals Death Unleash "Point Zero Solution"
CHECK OUT THE NEW VIDEO FROM DEALS DEATH!

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.”

Pre-Order ‘Point Zero Solution’ Now!

www.rockyou.se/en/deals-death

 

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