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!
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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."
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.
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!
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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.”
Pre-Order ‘Point Zero Solution’ Now!
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.
To order Bú-Tik, point your browser HERE.
"'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
For more Information on MICHAEL MONROE, visit:
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.