September 1, 2014
DEFORMATORY has checked in with the following announcement about bringing on a new guitar player:
“We are happy to introduce you to our new, full-time guitarist – Dan Rogers! Some of you may know that Dan is the wizard who recorded and produced our album ‘In The Wake of Pestilence,’ and will be doing the same for our newest one, ‘Malediction.’
“Aside from being a talented recording engineer, and one sexy motherfucker, he’s a RIDICULOUS guitar player; far better than any of us! Get fuckin’ stoked for what’s to come, and help us to officially welcome Dan to Deformatory!”
September 1, 2014
Legendary band METAL CHURCH are the latest act confirmed for 70000 Tons Of Metal – the World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, which will leave Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 22nd and head to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and venture back to Ft. Lauderdale on January 26th.
Tickets for next year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal are on sale now. Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$333 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 hour room service!
Confirmed acts now include: Annihilator, Apocalyptica, Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Chimaira, Crucified Barbara, D-A-D, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, God Dethroned, Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Kataklysm, Korpiklaani, Lake Of Tears, Metal Church, Michael Schenker Group’s Temple Of Rock, Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Origin, Primal Fear, Tank, Therion, Threshold, Triosphere Xentrix. More of the 60 acts will be announced soon.
Skipper Andy Piller states: “I want to make sure the intimacy between the bands and the fans does not change in our new environment. When we had 2,000 cruisers we booked 40 bands. Now we will have 3,000 cruisers which means we will be inviting 60 bands to perform!”
September 1, 2014
Guitarist Emil Werstler has decided to leave CHIMAIRA after a three-year tenure with the band.
Werstler spent the first few months playing bass for CHIMAIRA, but switched back to his original instrument in 2012 following the announcement that guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries were leaving the group at the end of 2011.
Emil, best known for his gypsy jazz-infused guitar playing with LEVI/WERSTLER and DÅÅTH, has issued the following statement about his departure:
“My time in CHIMAIRA has, unfortunately, come to an end. It is time for me to move on as I continue to focus on harvesting my abilities as a musician.
“I’m very fond of everyone in the band and wish them all the best in the future.
“Although this was a difficult choice to make, I feel it was necessary in order to take the next step in my career. The best is still yet to come and I’m very excited for the multiple projects I am working on.
“I would like to thank the band, management, and, most importantly, all the fans for the endless support and understanding.”
Werstler is featured on CHIMAIRA’s seventh studio album, “Crown Of Phantoms”, which sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30, 2013 via eOne Music.
September 1, 2014
“Taking Metal Bands To The NEXT LEVEL!”
This basically involves writing and sending out press releases on behalf of your band to your fans and to media types such as music editors, record labels, radio programmers and concert promoters.
A good music publicist is not cheap. You can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 per month or more for an “experienced” music publicist… and most of them have campaigns starting at a four-month minimum.
Often it is your band manager who deals with the publicist on a day to day basis.
Hiring a good publicist can help you get to the next level… even before you have landed a manager.
Randy “Rocket” Cody of The Metal Den has contacts at a national & worldwide level and can reach out to them with ease about the artists he represents. He is one of the most widely known and respected heavy metal journalists working today.
So what should you expect from a music publicist once you hire them? You should expect someone who is extremely professional, friendly, a skilled writer, and someone who has a wealth of contacts and a track record for landing media coverage.
“Rocket” will do the following for your band:
Write or edit bio with distinct story representative of the client.
Target all heavy metal media, including: radio, weeklies, dailies, blogs, ezines, freelancers, video and television outlets.
Solicit metal media for show previews, reviews, interviews and airplay.
Target personal contacts throughout worldwide metal media.
Send press releases and kits to media and will continue to follow-up to encourage press coverage.
If releasing album, to send press release and press kits announcing record release party and information about record to targeted media list.
Write UNLIMITED press on your band published at TMD’s official site,
with heavy bulletin marketing via TMD’s sites on MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and ReverbNation!
Give feedback on publicity photo and connect with photographer if necessary.
You also get a monthly report that details all of the placements, and you will also be provided online links to coverage or hard copies of articles that have been published.
1 week for $200
1 month for $1,000
3 months for $2,500
6 months for $4,200
1 year for $6,600
*Special pricing expires as of September 15th, 2014
August 31, 2014
Progressive tech-death metallers BEYOND CREATION are streaming the second track taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Earthborn Evolution’. The new track, titled “Neurotical Transmissions” is streaming now HERE.
August 30, 2014
The first annual Motörhead Motörboat – featuring Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax – will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22nd – 26th, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.
The fest will also include Testament, Down, High On Fire, plus Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.
A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at this location.
Additional onboard performances and activities have been announced for Motörhead’s Motörboat, including a spoken word performance by heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian.
Scott’s spoken word performances in support of his upcoming “Swearing Words In Glasgow” CD (out November 13th via Megaforce Records) are an honest look at the insane life that he has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences, Scott certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.
Those onboard Motörhead’s Motörboat will also be treated to a screening of the 2010 documentary film “Lemmy,” directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski. In addition, theme nights for Motörhead’s Motörboat are as follows:
Monday, September 22 — Löud and Hometown Pröud
Motörhead’s Motörboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride.
Tuesday, September 23 — Pajamarama
“Rock on out in your jammies!” It’s the biggest slumber party on the open seas. We know some people like to sleep in the buff, so remember that you have to wear something, even if it’s minimal. And who knows, there might even be the biggest pillow fight of all time?
Wednesday, September 24 — Fiesta En Barco
Motörboat is going to Mexico and back. It’s siesta and fiesta day! In the morning – sleep late. We don’t get off the boat in Cozumel until 1pm. (There will be activities a’plenty in the morning – info on those will come later). When we get back, it’s FIESTA all night – bring something from home, or pick up something new in Mexico – show off how you spent your day: sombreros, Mexican wrestling masks, donkeys, your tequila face, anything…
Thursday, September 25 — Go To Heaven, Raise Hell
This is our full day at sea! It’s Heaven & Hell, Leather & Lace. It’s the best of both worlds. Show us your good side or your naughty side. As we pay homage to those rock gods that have passed, come to our all star jam dressed as your favorite rocker, groupie, devil, or angel. The sky and the sea are the limit!
August 30, 2014
Den Headz, today would have been late GWAR frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie’s 51st birthday. His bandmates have now spoke of moving forward without their late frontman, who passed away this year on March 23. You can read their statement and catch them on their fall tour.
“2014 has been a trying year for Slave Pit, Inc. Our first major milestone after the passing of our leader and mouthpiece, Dave Brockie, was our annual GWAR B-Q. While the entirety of GWAR could have just hung up our rubber swords, we decided to charge forward. Our fans wouldn’t let us walk away, and your outpouring of support fueled us.
The GWAR B-Q, like GWAR itself, came from humble beginnings. We just wanted a place to hang out with our friends and fans. It belongs as much to you as it does us. Over the years, it has grown to epic proportions. Now that the 2014 GWAR B-Q is over, we look back at a truly amazing event.
We each put our unique fingerprints on the GWAR B-Q to push it to fruition, and we’re extremely proud of how it turned out. That’s not to say everything went off without a hitch; but we’re listening to your feedback and trying to get better as the GWAR B-Q gets bigger. We sincerely hope you had an awesome time. We do this for you.
From start to finish, the GWAR B-Q was a chaotic maelstrom of hard-hitting fury. Every band that took the stage – in what was by far our best lineup – delivered crushing performances to a rabid throng. The people behind the scenes, along with our sponsors and vendors, went above and beyond the call of duty. We owe them sincere thanks. Even the weather cooperated.
Last but not least, we want to thank our dedicated fans who showed up in record numbers to party with us! 5,000 of the world’s craziest Bohabs, packed into a freaking waterpark, rocking out and drinking all the GWAR Beer we had…How kick-ass is that?! We can’t wait to see you all again on the GWAR Eternal Tour this fall.
Join us as we say…
GWAR’s latest album release was 2013′s slamming “Battle Maximus”. Here’s what Randy “Rocket’ Cody of TMD had to say about it:
“They waste no time at all jamming out their comedic punk-pissed antics on the opener tracks “Madness at the Core of Time” and the over the top rocking “Bloodbath”, which has vocalist Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) shouting, “I saw a dead body on the side of the road.”
August 30, 2014
CORPSE MUTILATION has released an official music video for the track “Retaliation of the Suppressed,” which was directed/filmed by Jonas Geurs. Check out the clip HERE, and you can find more info on the band at Facebook. Corpse Mutilation consists of:
Vocals – Thijs Samyn
Guitars – Wannes Delmaere
Drums – Danilo Moniez
Bass – Anthony Declercq
August 30, 2014
The German blackened death metal outfit BLEEDING RED is currently working on the follow up to their debut album “Evolution’s Crown” from 2012.
After long wrangling the band was finally able to get to an agreement with their former record company and start with the songwriting for the new, yet untitled album.
Vocalist and guitar player Timo states:
“It’s done! After a long and sapping struggle we have managed to exempt from our previous record company and are finally ready to go about a new album! We’ve got a couple of songs done in their basics and are already excited about what this new era will bring!”
More information coming soon!
“Evolution’s Crown” was released in March 2012. The album is now available again in the band’s online shop!
Checkt also the band’s videoclips:
“WASTED SCREAMS”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAeWyn_lzrE
About BLEEDING RED:
BLEEDING RED from the scenic town of Spraitbach (Baden-Württemberg) were brought to life in 2006. With an extravagant mix of pretty much everything the hard music scene has to offer, BLEEDING RED create their very own sound, which is defined by a demonic atmosphere, brutal riffs, melodic lead guitars and lightning-speed double kick drum storms. BLEEDING RED manage to meld their various influences into a blackened death alloy that is hard as iron, turning each one of their concerts into a raging inferno. After a self-titled EP (2008) and the “Unmaster” demo (2010), the band released their full-length debut album “Evolution’s Crown” in 2014, which earned high scores in the music press. In 2013 the limited live DVD with footage from Summer Breeze and Party San Open Air was released.
Source: Metal Rules
August 30, 2014
Australian power metallers DRAGONSCLAW have begun work on their new album, Moving Target. “We are finishing up the writing / demoing stage .and today we can reveal that Todd Michael Hall (Riot, Burning Starr, Reverence) is a guest vocalist on a track on the album titled “Shadowfire’,” the band shares in an update. “His vocals are completely mind-blowing on this, one of two “faster” tracks on the record. We have, we feel, our most diverse album yet in regard to the songwriting , and there will be plenty to like for fans of traditional heavy metal , the faster stuff and hard rock. More release details will be revealed in the coming weeks.”
Tracklisting for Moving Target which will be released late 2014 or early 2015 is as follows:
“Road Beneath Your Wheels
“Survival (Under Desert Sun)”
“All Your Lies”
“Don’t Break The Silence Again”
“Raise Your Fist”
“Waiting For The Night”