Archive for January, 2014

Interview with Alexander Krull [Atrocity]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , on 29th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

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Nico got settled down in Manchester earlier this month for a chat with Alexander Krull, the voice of Germany’s death metal powerhouse Atrocity.

Nico: Nice to meet you Alex, how are you doing?

Alex: Nice to meet you. I’m fine. Fantastic tour in the UK. We’re happy to be back.

Nico: It’s been a while since Atrocity last played the UK. Has the Atrocity fanbase changed since you last were here or is it pretty much still the same?

Alex: The people we met before appeared at the show, so they are pretty much the same. I think they all liked the new album, the Okkult album. We got some really good feedbacks so we are happy that we were able to do this tour. On the other side we have been touring through many countries with both bands, Atrocity and Leaves’ Eyes, like 40 countries or more. It’s a little bit of a pity if you have a circle consisting of studio, album, touring. But maybe one tour is not happening and you go on tour with the next album, so there can be a long time in between.

Nico: If you were booked to play a festival and you get to play only one Atrocity album, which one would it be and why?

Alex: At the moment, the Okkult album. Obviously because it’s the brand new album and the songs are doing very well, so that would be the choice of the moment.

Nico: Speaking of festivals, does Atrocity have any festival plans for this year?

Alex: Yeah, it’s still in the making, but bring us back to the UK if possible!

Nico: I’m sure something can be arranged, maybe Bloodstock?

Alex: Yeah that would be awesome! We’ve played there with Leaves’ Eyes, it was amazing, it was really good. Yes maybe somebody wants to bring us back with Leaves’ Eyes or Atrocity, I don’t care!

Nico: Let’s hope so.

Alex: I mean, there are festivals coming up but I can’t tell which ones. Two new ones are coming up soon on Facebook or the page, you will see.

Nico: Okkult was released last year like you said, and it’s the first part of a trilogy. Have you started on the second part of the trilogy?

Alex: Yes, actually we recorded one song before we left for the UK. But it will take a while. I mean, we will play after this tour in North America and Puerto Rico for four weeks. That’s the situation we are in now : we are touring and playing festivals. After North America we are going back to Europe so there will be time to write and record songs. But it’s also cool to grab the energy from the shows, the experiences that we have, to write new songs.

Nico: I imagine it’s still a bit early to be talking about the second part of the trilogy, but what can fans expect from the second part?

Alex: I think you ask this question is because we have had a lot of changes within the bands history and diversity in music. But the Okkult concept is based on this epic backstory let’s say, like we have on the first album. I think we are going to keep that style which is already quite diverse. I’ve heard from some press people that they were a little bit afraid that people would not understand everything on the album. They were a little bit like ‘what?’. It’s up to the fans and I think it’s good to have a diverse album. So we are going to follow in the footsteps of the first one and develop the style. There will probably be some changes, we don’t want to be a boring band. We’re always looking for new challenges.

Nico: Are there any releases by other bands that you are looking forward to this year?

Alex: Let me think..there are a few but the thing is, I’m not sure if they are going to release next year or this year. Who’s releasing something?

Nico: There are a few bands, it’s hard to keep track of it all to be honest.

Alex: You know, who announced they were going on tour with a new record.. Was it Live or whoever? Not a metal band but I would love to see a new album of them too.

Nico: From previous interviews with Liv, I understand that you are a Game of Thrones fan. If you could be any character from the Game of Thrones universe, who would it be and why?

Alex: Wow. Okay, I think the character is dead already! Ned Stark.

Nico: Good choice! Apart from the fact he’s dead…

Alex: I didn’t read the books but yeah, that was not like in other movies… [makes chopping movement with hand] over-out!

Nico: That was one of the most impressive moments for me in the Game of Thrones universe, apart from the Red Wedding.

Alex: Yeah, the Red Wedding, I saw some reactions to that on the internet.., It was quite heavy.

Nico: It was brilliant how they did it on TV especially if you read the books as well. Because I knew it was coming so I was like “no no, not this season, not this episode! Do it another time! Please for the love of God!”

Alex: [laughs] Yeah it was quite interesting to see some reactions when they cursed the directors: “ how can they do that, the characters die!”. It’s written in the books, so..

Nico: Some fans take it a bit overboard so..,

Alex: Yeah I’m looking forward to watch the new season. I think it starts in april? Yesi *two thumbs up*

Nico: Thanks for you time Alex, I hope you have a good show tonight.

Alex: Thank you!

Nico: You’re welcome.

Alex: See you guys!

Atrocity online:

http://facebook.com/AtrocityOfficial
http://twitter.com/atrocitypage

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Motley Crue announce final tour, band sign cessation of touring agreement

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

After a period together that has spanned more than three decades, Motley Crue announced yesterday The Final Tour and cemented the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles yesterday.

With over 80 million albums sold, Motley Crue has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 Motley Crue branded items sold in over 30 countries. Motley Crue has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different; Fans can expect to hear all the band’s hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. Bassist Nikki Six explains:

When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy. As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents.  We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.

The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on 2nd July in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation Motley Crue tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. Rick Franks, Live nation’s Regional President of North America Concerts comments:

There’s no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll. But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history.  They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse.   Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen.   The music industry will never have another Motley Crue.

Fans can also look forward to Very Special Guest Alice Cooper joining Motley Crue for an incredible package – Alice invented the genre and Motley Crue came along to beef it up. Alice Cooper comments:

Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days, Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away.  That’s exactly how we do it.  Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS.  We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Motley on stage.  Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – A match made in… Armageddon?

As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour.  Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains:

Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.

Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy 2-year touring cycle.  Drummer Tommy Lee explains:

Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!

Of the band’s tumultuous history, guitarist Mick Mars adds:

(It has been) more drama than ‘GeneralHospital’ – it keeps ’em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.

Vocalist Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour:

I’ll miss playing with the guys but I won’t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.

The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from Motley Crue’s NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in cinemas globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and Motley Crue was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. Tremaine comments:

The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002, I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.

The film will be produced by the members of Motley Crue, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.

Big Machine Records, home to Country Superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw has teamed up in a joint venture with Motley Records and Eleven Seven Music for the summer 2014 release of a Country Music Tribute To Motley Crue.  Big Machine founder and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of Country Music fans who love Motley Crue.  The country tribute album will show off the band’s quality songwriting with these fresh takes on their classic hit songs.  Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album is Florida Georgia Line. Borchetta says of the collaboration:

I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning.  When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me!  Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is.  At the end of the day, that’s what will stand the test of time.

Motley Crue Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday 29th January starting at 10am local time.  VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday 30th January at 10am local time.  The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday 31st January.  All tickets and packages can be obtained via TicketMaster.com, LiveNation  , or via MotleyVIP.com.

UK dates will be announced later this year.

Motley Crue online:

http://motley.com
http://facebook.com/motleycrue
http://twitter.com/motleycrue

 

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Brutality Will Prevail announce new album details

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British hardcore mob Brutality Will Prevail will be releasing their new album Suspension Of Consciousness on 7th April via Siege Of Amida Records and Century Media. The album, the band’s fourth full length, will mark the recorded debuts of frontman Louis Gauthier and drummer Craig Reynolds, who joined Brutality Will Prevail during the international touring cycle for the band’s 2012 release Scatter The Ashes.

Despite their bludgeoning live schedule which saw the band exporting their brand of down-tempo heaviness as far afield as Japan, Australia and Indonesia, Brutality Will Prevail spent the majority of 2013 developing new material, eager to fully showcase the fresh blood in their ranks. As drummer Reynolds recalls:

We recorded through amazing vintage equipment. The entire album was tracked in just 6 days with the intensity of a live show; there was none of this computer reliant, digi-fix-this-fix-that shit that today’s heavy scene has become so polluted with.

Once BWP’s kinetic tracking session was complete, Converge’s Kurt Ballou was tasked with mixing duties, the veteran producer bringing his unique, inimitable snarl to a recording already bursting with feral aggression. Though brute force is far from all that Suspension has to offer, BWP draw on a varied spectrum of influences this time around, from Slayer and Slipknot to Baroness and Cave In, to bring new layers of depth and creativity to their sonic forge. Guitarist Ash Gray comments:

This album is the first time we haven’t held ourselves back in any way. It still has some hallmarks of the classic BWP sound, but we also really pushed ourselves to progress and try new things, and no one more so than Louis (Gauthier, vocals) – his performance really shines, and there are definitely some surprises throughout the record. The past year, culminating in this album, has been about much more than just a line up change, this is a fresh start.

Brutality Will Prevail online:

http://facebook.com/brutalitywillprevail
http://twitter.com/bwpcult

 

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Edenfall announce release date for second album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British gothic doomsters Edenfall have announced the release date of their second Under Sultry Moons And Velvet Skies. The release date was announced via an interview with Black Phoenix Rising Metal Forums. The full interview can be read here.

Under Sultry Moons And Velvet Skies will be released via Ravenheart Music on 12th May later this. Edenfall will also be playing the Bridgaard Metal Fest on Saturday 26th April at Basement (Formerly known as Shades Nightclub) in Bridlington, where they will be supporting Finnish prog lords Constantine.

Edenfall online:

http://www.edenfallband.co.uk
http://facebook.com/EdenfallMusic

 

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Metsatöll reveal cover art and release date for ‘Karjajuht’

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 25th January 2014 by izaforestspirit

The Estonian wolf-pack Metsatöll have recently announced that their new album will entitled ‘Karjajuht’ (Pack Leader). The follow up to ‘Ulg’ will be out on 7th March (EU) and 9th March (The U.K.) in cooperation with Spinefarm Records, an affiliate of Universal Music. ‘Karjajuht’s front cover was designed by the Estonian artist Jüri Arrak.

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The track-listing will be as follows:

1. Külmking
2. Lööme mesti
3. See on see maa
4. Must hunt
5. Terasest taotud tee
6. Öö
7. Tõrrede kõhtudes
8. Metslase veri
9. Surmamüür
10. Mullast
11. Karjajuht
12. Talisman

http://www.metsatoll.ee
https://www.facebook.com/Metsatoll

New Kampfar album available for streaming

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 23rd January 2014 by izaforestspirit

Can’t wait until the official release date to hear Kampfar‘s new Djevelmakt album? Well, have no fear. The band have made the full album available for streaming online for a limited period only. Check it out here:
http://www.legacy.de/

Djevelmakt will be out next week, January 27th 2014 via Indie Recordings.

https://www.facebook.com/kampfarofficial

Delain reveal details of new studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 23rd January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch symphonic rockers Delain have revealed the details and album art of their upcoming album The Human Contradiction, which will be the follow up to their 2012 release We Are The Others. The album art – as seen to the left – is a stunning visualisation which features Delain frontwoman Charlotte Wessels.

In their initial announcement on their Facebook page, moments ago, Delain stated that the new album will feature guest musicians. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Your Body Is A Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing To Me
7. Army Of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy Of The Commons

The Human Contradiction will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates for the following locations:

Germany/Austria/Switzerland: 4th April 2014
UK, Rest of Europe: 7th April 2014
USA and Canada: 8th April 2014
Japan, ANZ, South America, Russia: TBA

Delain online:

http://delain.nl
http://facebook.com/delainmusic

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