giovedì 23 novembre 2017

Sólstafir temporarily joined live by Árstíðir keyboarder Ragnar Ólafsson


When SÓLSTAFIR asked their friends and label mates, ÁRSTÍÐIR to join them on their current European tour, the Icelanders had of course no strings attached. As it turns out, there are some keys in it though...

ÁRSTÍÐIR keyboarder Ragnar Ólafsson has happily accepted to give a helping hand or rather two to the enigmatic Icelandic rockers. This is of course a temporary arrangement, so don't miss your chance to see this special touring line-up on the road right now.

As shows have already been sold out and tickets are running low in others venues, we strongly recommend to book in advance.

SÓLSTAFIR have successfully embarked on the second leg of their 2017 European tour. The enigmatic Icelandic rockers have been joined by MYRKUR and Icelandic label mates ÁRSTÍÐIR. The final curtain of this massive journey will fall at Debaser Strand in Stockholm, Sweden on the 20th of December.

MYLES KENNEDY - signs with Napalm Records! First solo album "Year Of The Tiger" will be released in Spring 2018!

f.l.t.r.: Billie Klein (Napalm Records), Myles Kennedy, Tim Tournier (Manager)

He is the distinctive voice of Alter Bridge. He as well gained incredible recognition with being the voice of Slash's back band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. He jammed with members of Led Zeppelin, he worked with the best of the best... he is undeniably one of the greatest rock singers of our time.  

After the successful collaboration between Alter Bridge and Napalm Records, Myles Kennedy as well decided to sign with the Austrian label to release his long awaited first solo album.  

Myles states:
“I’m excited to announce I’m teaming up with Napalm Records for the release of my first solo record YEAR OF THE TIGER. This record is something I’ve always wanted to make and I’m grateful to Napalm for believing in me enough to get behind it.”

Napalm Records' whole staff is super excited and more than proud about teaming up with this incredible talented artist. "Year Of The Tiger" is scheduled for Spring 2018. 


PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS release first track and details of new album


PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are announcing the release of their sophomore full-length, 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue'  through the singer's label Housecore in the Americas and in licence via Season of Mist in other parts of the world on January 26th, 2018.


PHILIP H. ANSELMO comments: "Our new album, 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue' is going to get hated. It's going to get loved. Like every record, I've ever done, I put zero expectations upon my peers, critics, or the general fucking public. If you take one thing away from it, let it be this: Do not bog yourself down to one brand, character, or whatever. Have the guts to spread your wings and fucking flourish. I can promise you this is a beginning. As my music trickles out over the next two years, it's going to be quite the roller coaster ride. This new ILLEGALS is just the tip of the whole fucking avalanche."

The line-up of the THE ILLEGALS has changed on several position since album one. This is what Phil has to say about his new crew: "Their creative input is fucking fantastic. This is something that was very different from the first record where I was very staunch. I wanted it to be ugly. I was very firm that I was writing every fucking note. The thought was, 'This is my contribution to ugly music right this second in a heavy metal vein.' That was great at the time. 'Walk Through Exits Only' made its own little statement that I am a free agent and I belong to no single band. This time, I worked closely with everyone. We tried different ideas together. It made the spirit of this thing come alive even more because of the enthusiasm these guys bring. It enhanced the integrity of the project."

On further news, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are also releasing artwork and album details of 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue', which can be viewed below.

Track-list
1. Little Fucking Heroes
2. Utopian
3. Choosing Mental Illness
4. The Ignorant Point
5. Individual
6. Delinquent
7. Photographic Taunts
8. Finger Me
9. Invalid Colubrine Frauds
10. Mixed Lunatic Results


PHILIP H. ANSELMO is an iconic artist – maybe a little bruised, scarred, singed, and somewhat battered by time, himself, and others. But the Texan remains proudly standing, unbent, and still angry. Loved and hated, attacked and praised, Phil is not ready to go down into the archives of musical history without a fight.

His new cooperation with the band that Phil himself created, THE ILLEGALS, is as brutal, kicking, lashing, and fury-filled as one could expect from this artist and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' debut 'Walk Through Exits Only' (2013). Their sophomore album, 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue' is a much the metaphorical fist in the face and display of force as his adherents could wish for.

'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue' is not a simple repeat of the past – as tempting as that might sound, considering that no other artist left a deeper mark on metal in the 90's than PANTERA. Raging, roaring, and bulldozing their way through the metal scene, the Texans have left a lasting legacy. At their front stood anger and hostility personified, PHILIP H. ANSELMO. What followed for example with DOWN and SUPERJOINT RITUAL has further cemented the singer's reputation as a living legend. As an artist in his own right, Phil finally emancipated onto a solo-path with 'Walk Through Exits Only', which enabled him to do exactly as he pleased – with no need to compromise on anything.

Now, 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue' follows along the path that PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' debut has carved, but takes the mega-heavy, angry monster born out of mating the visceral aggression and power of PANTERA with the devastating thrash and Southern sludge that Phil and the New Orleans scene pioneered. 

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are back and about to mercilessly install 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue' as a new benchmark for extreme heaviness. 


Line-up
Philip H. Anselmo: vocals
Mike DeLeon: lead guitars
Jose "Blue" Gonzales: drums
Stephen "Schteve" Taylor: guitars
Walter Howard: bass

mercoledì 22 novembre 2017

DESTRUCTION - Thrash Anthems II

“Thrash Anthems II”

Release Date: 10th November 2017

Label: Nuclear Blast

Country: Germany

Genre: thrash metal

Tracklist:
1. Confused Mind
2. Black Mass
3. Front Beast
4. Dissatisfied Existence
5. United By Hatred
6. The Ritual
7. Black Death
8. The Antichrist
9. Confound Games
10. Ripping You Off Blind
11. Satan’s Vengeance
12. Holiday In Cambodia

Thrash Anthems II giunge a 10 anni di distanza dal primo volume, ed è una celebrazione della carriera dei Destruction, attivi ormai da 35 anni.
L’album consta di 11 classici della band risuonati e ri-registrati, il periodo è quello che va dal mini “Sentence Of Death” (1984) fino a “Cracked Brain” (1990), ma sono presenti anche due brani tratti dal demo “Bestial Invasion Of Hell” e mai più riproposti, precisamente “Front Beast” e “Antichrist”.

In genere io sono contrario a queste operazioni di restyling ultimamente tanto in voga (vedi il “Purple Album” dei Whitesnake o “Heavy Metal Thunder” dei Saxon, lavori che dopo un ascolto ho subito archiviato) ma in questo caso il risultato paga. Una produzione perfetta, suoni finalmente puliti e gli innegabili progressi tecnici dei tedeschi permettono alle varie “Black Mass”, “Satan’s Vengeance” e”The Ritual” di risultare decisamente superiori alle versioni originali, in cui i suoni erano alquanto grezzi e la tecnica assai limitata. 
A trarre i maggiori benefici sono le parti vocali di Schmier, ben più mature ed efficaci rispetto ai latrati che ascoltavamo 30 anni fa! A completare il tutto troviamo l’inedita cover di “Holyday In Cambodia” dei Dead Kennedys, resa in una versione violentissima, in linea con la proposta del trio tedesco, ma senza snaturarne lo spirito punk. 

Insomma, un prodotto di sicuro interesse sia per i “nuovi adepti” sia per chi già possiede i vetusti vinili originali.

7,5/10
Andrea

Line-up:
Schmier – bass, vocals
Mike Sifringer –guitar
Wawrzyniec Dramowicz – drums

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KORPIKLAANI - nuovo album in lavorazione + primo show sold out + trailer online!


Le superstar finlandesi del Folk Metal KORPIKLAANI sono attualmente in studio a lavorare sul seguito di "Noita" del 2015, prima di imbarcarsi per un lungo tour europeo da headliner con il supporto della band russa Arkona, degli olandesi Heidevolk e dei norvegesi Trollfest. Per alcune date il bill sarà completato dagli EVERTALE, BLACK MESSIAH e THE PRIVATEER.

I KORPIKLAANI hanno lanciato il primo trailer nel quale Jonne, Matson e Sami salutano dallo studio. 


Inoltre, la band annuncia il primo show sold out del tour 2018, il 1° marzo a Praga. Non aspettare oltre per assicurarti il tuo ticket! 

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ARKONA RELEASE TEASER FROM UPCOMING ALBUM! Khram To Be Released In January 2018!


Russia's leading and finest pagan metal band ARKONA, who are set to release their brand new album Khram on January 19th 2018 with Napalm Records, have just unveiled a first teaser and exclusive album preview!


A Khram, the Russian word for temple, is shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and frontlady Masha`s lyrics, that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! ARKONA may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band's harsh metal tunes: King-sized songs effortlessly shift from blackened pagan metal masterpieces to epic tracks with crystal-clear melodies and piano infusions. So better mark your calendars for January 19th 2018, as ARKONA’s Khram is an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untamable spirit!

Coming as CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, Khram is now available to pre-order HERE!

Track List:
1. Mantra (Intro)
2. Shtorm
3. Tseluya zhizn'
4. Rebionok bez imeni
5. Khram
6. V pogonie za beloj ten'yu
7. V ladonyah bogov
8. Volchitsa
9. Mantra (Outro)


Heilung sign to Season of Mist


Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of HEILUNG. The enigmatic Danish trio will release its next album as well as reissue of their debut full-length, 'Ofnir' through Season of Mist.

HEILUNG comment: "We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with Season of Mist. They give us the possibility to be artistically independent, and respect the spiritual nature of our art."


HEILUNG have furthermore released a pro-shot of their full stunning live show, 'LIFA', which was recorded at Castlefest 2017 and can be viewed at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y8cxmhqz

HEILUNG means "healing" in the German language and this also describes the core of the band's sound. The listener is supposed to be left at ease and in a relaxed state after a magical musical journey that is at times turbulent.

HEILUNG reaches far back in time to the Northern European iron age and Viking period to create their sound experience. The band utilises many means – from running water via human bones, reconstructed swords and shields up to ancient frame drums as well as bronze rings – in their songs.

HEILUNG's lyrics contain original texts from rune stones, preserved spear shafts, amulets, and other ancient artifacts. Furthermore the band uses poems, which either deal with historical events or are translations and interpretations of the original texts.

HEILUNG have self-released their debut full-length, 'Ofnir' in 2015 and a live album, entitled 'LIFA' in 2017.

Any attempt to link the band with or bring their music into a modern political or religious context is pointless, since HEILUNG try to connect their listeners with a time before the coming of Christianity and modern political ideologies. 

Line-up
Kai Uwe Faust 
Christopher Juul
Maria Franz