‘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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Universal Music has appointed Jonas Nachsin as worldwide general manager of hard rock and metal label Spinefarm Records.
“Hard rock and metal is such a dynamic area of music, with so many passionate bands and even more passionate fans, and we have very ambitious plans for Spinefarm Records,” said Kronfield.
“Nobody knows this part of the business as well as Jonas and so we are delighted that he has joined our team so we can grow Spinefarm and make it the most vibrant and trusted label in heavy rock music.”
Nachsin added: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build Spinefarm Records into a world class destination for rock and metal artists.
Head over to MUSICWEEK to read the full story!
Michael Monroe, ‘Eighteen Angels’ – Exclusive Song Premiere
Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe is going it solo for his latest album. ‘Horns and Halos’ is due in stores Aug. 27 and Noisecreep is proud to exclusively preview the driving new rock single, ‘Eighteen Angels.’
This foot-stomper of a track is a straight-head rocker, complete with tambourine and sharp-edged guitar work from axemen Steve Conte and Dregen as Monroe belts about eventually “getting his wings.” In addition to Monroe, Conte and Dregen, the frontman’s lineup is rounded out by bassist Sami Yaffa and drummer Karl Rosqvist.
Monroe exclusively told Noisecreep,”‘Eighteen Angels’ is one of my favorite songs off the new album ‘Horns And Halos.’ It has a great groove and it really shows how this band has welded into a tight unit over the past couple of years. Hope you dig it too!”
STREAM THE TRACK OVER AT NOISCREEP!
Check out BURST MAGAZINE where Elize Ryd from AMARANTHE is interviewed over 7 pages!
Read it all right HERE!
Also, check out the video for "Burn With Me" below, the latest single from Amaranthe's sophmore album 'The Nexus', out NOW!
Swedish Deals Death will release a new album 'Point Zero Solution' via Spinefarm Records on the 17th of September!
The world isn’t going to end, it’s only becoming a horrific and gruesome place to inhabit. On September 17 Deals Death will give you the details of this event as we release our third album on Universal/Spinefarm.
Follow this step-by-step description of the process which breaks down the systems of nature and society.
This album contains 11 songs packed with a lyrical edge, delivered with all our blood, sweat and toil!
The story of melodic death metallers DEALS DEATH began in a music college called Boomtown, where guitarist Erik Jacobson met a couple of other students. With some twisty bits in the story later, with which we need not bother, the band released their self-financed debut "Internal Demons" in 2009 to raving reviews.
In 2009 Deals Death recruited new members in Gothenburg and based there to stay. The second album, "Elite", was recorded in May 2010 in Gothenburg and mixed by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry). “Elite” became their label debut and was released in March of 2012 via Finland's metal powerhouse Spinefarm Records. A promo video was shot for the song “Fortified” and released in April 2011. The clip made some waves on the metal scene (surpassing already half a million views) and then, a fortuitous bounce launched Deals Death to a larger than just metal audience, when vocalist Olle Ekman's “Death Metal Vocal Exercises” video became a surprise YouTube hit.
Now, after five years of hard work and dedication, Deals Death has earned their name in the world of metal with tours in Sweden, Finland, Japan and the UK, sharing stages with bands such as Scar Symmetry, Hypocrisy and Dark Tranquillity and making appearances at numerous festivals such as House Of Metal, Rockstad Falun & Sweden Rock; Deals Death have just started to reveal the tip of the iceberg to their potential.
“A band that stands tall above others in the melodic death metal genre"
– Close Up Magazine, Sweden
01. Point Zero Solution
02. Facing The Echoes
05. Passion For Infinity
06. The Separation
07. Paramount Authority
08. Beyond Reason
09. Dark Dream Dawn
10. Back To Consciousness
11. Author Of Arts
Order new album here: www.rockyou.se/en/deals-death
+ NEW SINGLE, ‘BLACK GOLD’ (FEAT. DAMON JOHNSON OF BLACK STAR RIDERS / THIN LIZZY), AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD NOW…
UK ROCKERS JETTBLACK have announced the August 20th release of a brand new album featuring a selection of hard-to-find, unreleased & re-worked material…
Titled ‘Black Gold’, this 13-track collection includes covers of three hardrock anthems (originally recorded by Motorhead, Heart & AC/DC); a brand new song, ‘Red Horizon’; guest appearances from members of Deep Purple & Black Star Riders / Thin Lizzy; plusthe new Jettblack single – a revised version of ‘Black Gold’, a track from latest JB studio album, ‘Raining Rock’, out now in the UK via Spinefarm.
Says Jettblack vocalist / guitarist, Will Stapleton: “We’re very happy to have a lot of our bonus material finally released on a physical format, but we didn’t want this album to be all about the past – which is why we recorded the three new tracks. We loved working on theHeart & Motorhead covers, but it was especially satisfying to get a version of ‘Red Horizon’ down on tape. We’ve had this song since the ‘Raining Rock’ album, and you’ll hear the full version on JB studio album number three – the version here is acoustic, but I think it shows what a big song for us this will be…”
Track-listing & details below:
1) 'Black Gold' (feat. Damon Johnson) - new edited version.
2) 'Feel The Love' (feat. Ian Paice of Deep Purple) - from the 'Raining Rock' sessions, previously digital only.
3) 'Weapon' - from the 'Raining Rock' sessions.
4) 'Fade Away' - from the 'Get Your Hands Dirty' sessions.
5) 'Let Me Put My Love Into You' (AC/DC cover) – previously only available on a cover-mounted CD.
6) 'Red Horizon' (acoustic) - previously unreleased.
7) 'Barracuda' (Heart cover) – previously unreleased.
8) 'Name In Vain' (Motorhead cover) - previously unreleased.
9) 'War Between Us' (acoustic) - previously digital only.
10) 'Not Even Love' (acoustic) - previously digital only.
11) 'Sunshine' (acoustic) - previously digital only.
12) 'Prison Of Love' (acoustic) - previously digital only.
13) 'Black Gold' – full album version.
The new edit of ‘Black Gold’ has been released today as a single via Spinefarm Records
Spinefarm Records are delighted to announce their latest signing to the roster - DECADE, who join the roster of acts including Killing Joke, Turbogeist and Michael Monroe amongst others. After doing it for themselves since their inception, the quintet are excited to take it to the next level with this revered label - "Signing to Spinefarm/Universal is a huge opportunity for us and a massive step up. We're so stoked to get to work with everyone at the label and can't wait for our existing and new fans to hear everything we've been working so hard on."
Leo Nicholas (Spinefarm Records Label Manager) enthuses - "Decade have been blasting from my car, headphones and (as the office can testify) my speakers religiously since being sent their album demos earlier this year and it is always a privilege to help develop the career of such exciting, homegrown talent. 2014 will be a BIG year for Decade."
Decade’s drive to escape dreary English suburbia fuels their unique, rampaging, and faultlessly executed brand of hooky melodic goodness. Debut EP ‘Lost At Sea’ gained a cult following with its tales of love, life, growing up and losing out set to an unforgiving guitar assault shot through with slices of suburban restlessness and the band quickly followed it with 2012’s Self Titled EP which Rock Sound awarded 8/10 and hailed as a collection of “positively enormous anthems”.
The second season of Taiwan’s professional baseball games kicked off on July 5, with CHTHONIC being invited by Brother Elephants as guests of honor to throw the first pitch. Because a thunderstorm in the afternoon had delayed preparation work for the equipment, CHTHONIC had to, nervously, perform the CHTHONIC version of Queen’s We Are the Champions without any soundcheck. Fortunately, CHTHONIC was able to complete the mission and heated up the stadium. The each of the five CHTHONIC members wore baseball uniforms specially designed for each to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and the sexy uniform of Doris triggered a round of screaming and cheering from the crowd, showing her popularity.
The team Brother Elephants said that they have always wanted to invite CHTHONIC to throw the first pitch, hence, it contacted CHTHONIC right after the band returned from Download Festival in the UK, and the two sides reached the deal immediately. To maximize the effect of the “metal and baseball” combination, CHTHONIC was invited to make a performance in addition to the first pitch. For the past month, band members have worked hard to brainstorm on the opening performance. CHTHONIC band leader Doris said that, at first, they wanted to do Take Me Out to the Ball Game, but all the variations that CHTHONIC rearranged sounded like children’s songs, so they eventually decided to work on We Are the Champions.
Guitarist Jesse praised the change, because it was much easier to rearrange the song—it took CHTHONIC only a week to rearrange it, but the end product and the feedback from the audience were beyond their expectation. “Maybe we should release an Single,” Jesse said.
CHTHONIC members were excited about being invited as guests of honor, and arrived early at the stadium to practice pitching. In fact, among the five members, only the keyboardist CJ had played baseball as a kid, while the rest have only been “involved” in baseball as fans. However, when asked who pitched the best, CJ pointed to Doris. “Who else would it be, when even popular baseball star and national team player Peng Cheng-min said Doris pitched better than any other guests of honor?” CJ said.
“I guess I could say that I’ve played in the professional league since I’ve thrown the first pitch,” said Freddy, a loyal baseball fan who has once served as administrator for Brother Elephants fan page. “This is something I wouldn't even have imagined in my dreams.”
CHTHONIC has just released its latest album Bú-Tik worldwide in June, and the cover image of the album shows the fighting spirit of a girl with albinism. When performing and throwing the first pitch at the opening ceremony of the game season, CHTHONIC invited people with albinism to watch the game. “I hope everyone would be highly spirited, and fight to the end as players do on the baseball field,” Freddy said.
Special Exhibit Opens This Week In Taiwan!
Six designers from the famous Taiwanese artist group, Yamyoukan, have completed a book entitled Unsealing the Bú-Tik, which transforms classic scenes in stories recounted via CHTHONIC’s albums into striking illustrations.
The 32-page Unsealing the Bú-Tik recounts many exciting CHTHONIC tales including the headhunt from the album Seediq Bale, the departure of the Takasago Army from Takasago Army, the final battle at Sing Ling Temple also from Takasago Army as well as Mirror of Retribution, and the travel through time and space in the underworld from CHTHONIC’s latest work, Bú-Tik. Artists who took part in the project, all of whom have had all have had several exhibitions of their own works, include PAPARAYA, KCN, mos, Blaze Wu, Kuki, and Pump. In addition, the book features drawings by bassist Doris Yeh, vocalist Freddy Lim and drummer Dani Wang.
“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 that has just been published in hand,” said Yeh. “I’m really grateful that Yamyoukan invited us to take part in the creation, so that I could pick up the pen again and reunite with my passion for drawing,” added Wang, a fan of comics since he was a child.
With the release of Unsealing the Bú-Tik, CHTHONIC and Yamyoukan will hold exhibitions in Kaohsiung and Taipei. Fans can order the book online at THIS LOCATION.
CHTHONIC’s seventh studio recording, 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. Centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, Bú-Tik highlights what bassist Doris Yeh describes as “righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits!”
Get your digital copy of Bú-Tik HERE or the CD right HERE!
Watch the video for "Supreme Pain For The Tyrant" below.
ICONIC ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FRONTMAN REVEALS COVER ART & TRACK-LISTING FOR BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘HORNS AND HALOS’, OUT AUGUST 27th 2013 VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS!
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, uber-energetic front-man & all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend, Michael Monroe, has revealed the album artwork for new studio outing, ‘Horns And Halos’, confirmed for US release on August 27th via Spinefarm Records.
The arresting cover art is based on an idea from Swedish guitar star, Dregen, who features in Michael’s current touring & recording line-up…
“I love logotypes that are a ‘little secret’,” says Dregen, “You know, the ones that are more like signs – Van Halen, Crass, HIM’s Heartagram, etc. That was the starting point…”
‘Horns And Halos’ – mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios, Finland – is the follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed ‘Sensory Overdrive’, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ and a No. 1 record in MM’s Finnish homeland.
Monroe’s touring & recording outfit – bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), drummer Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosqvist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig) and Dregen – have been hard at work in the studio, providing creative support for 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 Gun n’ Roses’ members) citing Michael’s ground-breaking career as a source of inspiration.
‘Horns And Halos’ track-listing:
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
A second single / video from ‘Horns And Halos’ will be made available on August 5th 2013 via Spinefarm Records, details tbc.
Watch the video for current single, ‘Ballad Of The Lower East Side’ (a nod to Michael’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s break up of glam punk pioneers, HanoiRocks), below.
A string of MM UK shows / festivals will be announced shortly for 2013, with Hard Rock Hell (November 28th – December 1st, North Wales) already lined up.
Today is a sweet day for a lot of you metal fans!
CHTHONIC's Bu-Tik is now available for download and you can grab your copy HERE!
KALMAH's Seventh Swamphony is also out digitally today, grab that bad boy over HERE.
The CD versions will be available next week, so if you prefer a physical release hold on just a little longer.
Check out the brand new video for "Burn With Me" by AMARANTHE via Metal on Vevo!
Also.. Additional tour dates have been announced for their first North-American headlining tour:
17 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
18 - The Note - West Chester, PA
19 - The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
20 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
22 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
23 - Station 4 - St Paul, MN
25 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
28 - Las Vegas Country Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
29 - Martini Ranch - Scottsdale, AZ
30 - The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
Get your copy of Amaranthe's sophmore album 'The Nexus' right HERE!
Exclusive: Kalmah Premiere New Album, Seventh Swamphony
Finnish melodic death-metal outfit Kalmah will release their new album, Seventh Swamphony, on June 18. In anticipation, the band is premiering the record over at Revolver Mag!
Exclusive: ChthoniC Premiere New Music Video, “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant”
Taiwanese extreme-metal outfit and Ozzfest veterans ChthoniC have teamed up with Revolver to release their next music video, for the song “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant.” The track is off the group’s forthcoming new album, Bú-Tik, which is set for release on June 18 (CD on June 25th).
Pre-order your physical copy right HERE!
Watch the video below and head to REVOLVER for the full story!
"A timely reminder why KILLING JOKE continue to be held in such high esteem," notes Drowned In Sound, The Singles Collection 1979-2012 captures the band's mammoth, ever-evolving legacy with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of punk rock. The Singles Collection 1979-2012 delivers thirty-three career-spanning singles over two CDs with an additional third disc of rarities which includes previously unreleased studio tracks. The three-CD version will be limited in number, reverting to two CDs containing the singles tracks.
Notes Sea of Tranquility, "The Singles Collection 1979 - 2012 is an excellent place to start with all the KILLING JOKE the casual fan would ever require and I recommend the version with the rarities which is a limited edition. See if you can spot the ways in which this highly influential band has influenced groups as diverse as Nirvana, Fear Factor, Faith No More, Opeth and many more."
Adds BrooklynVegan, "KILLING JOKE is, like many of the great bands of our time, unique and generally unclassifiable. Punk in both ethos and origin, the UK band has dipped its toe in industrial, metal, funk and dance music in their close-to-35-year career, carving out their own niche and more importantly their own sound."
I WANT THAT COLLECTION NOW!
For your streaming pleasure today we have a track from Kalmah’s new album 'Seventh Swamphony'. Listen to “Deadfall"
Finnish death metal legion Kalmah are pleased to unleash their seventh studio offering this June, titled Seventh Swamphony. Recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed 12 Gauge release was mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, et al) and showcases the Oulu outfit’s signature brand of frantic, yet melodic death metal tempered here by a new-found epic mournfulness.
STREAM THE TRACK OVER AT DECIBEL MAG!
PRE-ORDER 'SEVENTH SWAMPHONY' RIGHT HERE!
Taiwanese metallers Chthonic are premiering their brand new video for ‘Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire’ exclusively with Terrorizer.
‘Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire’ is the second single to be taken from Chthonic’s forthcoming seventh album ‘Bù-Tik’, which is due for release on June 18th.
According to vocalist Freddy Lim, ‘Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire’ recounts the story of pirates in East Asia in the Age Of Exploration: “We’re not encouraging kidnapping or robbery, but the challenge to conventional authority here is indeed inspiring. According to historical accounts, the pirates—who came from islands between Japan & Indonesia—had planned to overthrow the Ming Empire of China and the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan, and some of them eventually settled along Taiwan’s western coast…”
READ THE FULL STORY OVER AT TERRORIZER!
Direct support from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS!
After years in waiting, and a short prelude in the form of their 2012 PROGPOWER USA appearance, Swedish/Danish modern metal sextet AMARANTHE are now very excited to announce their very first U.S. headline tour, starting on July 17th in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre! The tour hits several major U.S. cities and more dates are scheduled to be added soon. Support will come from Kobra And The Lotus.Stay tuned to the official AMARANTHE site www.amaranthe.se and the official band Facebook page for updates.
In a statement, the band says, “AMARANTHE are now extremely proud and very excited to announce our very first USA headline tour! After a fantastically successful The Nexus World Tour in Europe and one in Asia, consisting of almost 50 shows, it is now time to bring this monster to the U.S.! The fans across the Atlantic have been very supportive since AMARANTHE's early demo days, and it has long been a dream for us to properly perform there. The trek will go from east to west, and more than the initially released dates will announced shortly! Support will come from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, a great up and coming Canadian heavy metal act, and more bands will open for this core package. See all of you American fans in July!”
Confirmed AMARANTHE U.S. Headline dates:
July 17 The Gramercy Theatre - New York (NY)
July 18 The Note - West Chester (PA)
July 19 The Middle East - Cambridge (MA)
July 22 Bottom Lounge - Chicago (IL)
July 23 Station 4 - St Paul (MN)
July 25 Marquis Theater - Denver (CO)
AMARANTHE released their new album, The Nexus,on March 26th. The album landed on the iTunes Metal chart at #1 on the first day of release. Additionally, first week numbers showed the album poised at an outstanding #12 on the Soundscan Heatseeker chart, #36 on the Current Hard Music Albums Core Stores chart, and #61 on the Hard Music Albums chart.
AMARANTHE’s new music video for ‘The Nexus’ has racked up OVER 1.9 MILLION views since its release earlier this year! The video is available for viewing now on VEVO at this link. The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus,who has worked with names such as In Flames, Arch Enemy and Dimmu Borgir; he was also responsiblefor AMARANTHE video for ‘The Hunger’, the lead single from the band’s highly successful debut, now at a whopping 4 millionYouTube views (and counting).
AMARANTHE is: Andy – vocals, Jake E – vocals, Elize – vocals, Olof Mörck – guitars & keys, Morten Løwe Sørensen – drums, Johan Andreassen – bass.
For more information on AMARANTHE and details on all confirmed shows, please visit these websites:
The band will hit U.S soil in June, playing shows in Oakland and Los Angeles.
Dreamshade has a brand new video out for "Your Voice" from the album 'The Gift of Life' released earlier this year. Grab a copy of the record right HERE!
The Swiss band will also play 2 shows in California soon; June 1st @ Okland Metro, Okland and June 3rd @ Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles. Make sure to check em out if you live nearby!
NEW VIDEO FOR ‘CORPORATE ELECT’ SINGLE RELEASED IN SUPPORT OF ‘THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979 -2012’, OUT THIS WEEK!
KILLING JOKE celebrate their 35th Anniversary in style with the release of a new promo clip for ‘Corporate Elect’.
This track – from latest studio album, ‘MMXII’, released last year through Spinefarm Records – is both the current single plus a taster of the new ‘Singles Collection’ release, out this week, also via Spinefarm.
The video, conceived, filmed & directed by Mikee Goodman, is only the fourth official clip sanctioned by KJ in the past few years, following in the wake of ‘In Excelsis’, the animated ‘European Super State’ & ‘In Cythera’, clips in which the band have barely appeared.
Says Goodman, former frontman with UK outfit SikTh, one half of Primal Rock Rebellion (along with Iron Maiden guitarist, Adrian Smith), and now recording with new set-up, Outpatients:-
“This video has been my biggest creative challenge yet. I had never previously met Jaz Coleman, but I was blown away by the powerful and passionate performance he delivered.
“I did not sleep properly for five weeks. Now I have, I have looked at it again with fresh eyes. And smiled.
“I was honoured to be asked to make a music video for Killing Joke, and so pleased to hear they liked it…”
Killing Joke are currently working on a new studio album, having signed a fresh deal with Spinefarm. It will be released early in 2014, possibly preceded by another video… but in world of Killing Joke, absolutelynothing can be taken for granted!