For a musician like Tony Clarkin who composes constantly, viewing and selecting the material he has written is always one of the most significant moments during the creation process of a new Magnum album. On the one hand it’s a luxury to have the opportunity to separate the wheat from the chaff and to be in a position to use only the strongest numbers. On the other hand it’s also a difficult process, because after all the creator of those songs has grown fond of every single one of them. “I usually start composing for our next album immediately after the release of the previous one,” Clarkin explains. “When Escape From The Shadow Garden arrived at the stores in March 2014, my thoughts had already turned to our next recording.”Clarkin wrote 25 new songs during the subsequent months, the most promising 13 of which were selected for Sacred Blood “Divine” Lies. Ten of those tracks made it onto the new album, the other three onto the included bonus CD. “It would have been too much of a shame to disregard them,”Clarkin reckons, “particularly since our fans want to know after every release what happened to the rest of the material. This time they’re getting it in addition to the album tracks.”
The ten numbers on the regular album present Magnum from their most rocking side again. The epicentre of this soundquake features, along with frontman Bob Catley’s charismatic voice, Clarkin’s awesome riff and lead guitar which provides the all-important substructure to the songs. Courtesy of his driving style, Sacred Blood “Divine” Liescounts without a doubt among the group’s most dynamic releases. Clarkin: “I’ve always been into rock numbers. But it isn’t necessarily that easy to write really good rock material. It’s much more simple to compose a ballad. But that dynamic pace suits Magnum perfectly.”
Clarkin is referring mainly to the title track and opener of the new album. “I feel that Bob delivered it really well,”Clarkin praises his vocalist Bob Catley. “As far as I am concerned, ´Sacred Blood – Devine Lies` is definitely likely to join the ranks of great Magnum classics.” So it comes as no surprise that Sacred Blood “Divine” Lieswith its significant message became the album title.
Of course there are more highlights on this thoroughly powerful recording. Clarkin was inspired to write the anthemnic ´Gypsy Queen` at a concert in St. Petersburg, a city which deeply impressed him with its unique atmosphere. By no means less memorable is ´Your Dreams Won’t Die´ which is based on a piano chord sequence and could lead you to believe that Magnum have put to music their own band philosophy. “To me, the title and lyrics have an almost religious depth,” says Clarkin. “There’s a saying that somebody is not forgotten if their name is remembered.” A successful rock group like Magnum should be entitled to eternal renown, shouldn’t it? Says Clarkin: “You want my honest opinion? I don’t think that far ahead, but of course it’s a nice notion that this band may always be remembered because so many people love our music.”
And last but not least:Sacred Blood “Divine” Liescloses with a song which surprised even Clarkin. “I liked the general sound of ´Don’t Cry Baby` from the start,” he remarks. “Although I initially didn’t have a lyric, the melody kept going through my head, as well as the chorus with acoustic and e-guitars plus piano. We even kept the drums from the demo version because our drummer Harry James liked them so much. He said: ´I love it the way it is. We shouldn’t change a thing about it.`”
So here it is: Sacred Blood “Divine”Lies– again with a fantastic cover by Rodney Matthews – has been scheduled for release by Steamhammer/SPV on 26 February 2016 as digipak version incl. DVD, 2LP coloured version, CD and Download and will – you don’t need to be a clairvoyant to predict this – be loved by the band’s fans. That Clarkin will probably already have his mind on Magnum’s next release by that time – well, that’s another story.
New Album Rulebreaker Out January 29th on Frontiers
Frontiers Music Srl will release the new PRIMAL FEAR studio album Rulebreaker in North America on January 29, 2016! Rulebreaker is available as CD, deluxe CD/DVD (featuring two bonus tracks), and digital formats. Today the band presents the next single from the album, “In Metal We Trust”. Check out the exclusive premiere of the new song courtesy of Invisible Oranges HERE.
Bassist Mat Sinner spoke about “In Metal We Trust” to Invisible Oranges:
“In “Metal We Trust” combines the early vibe of PRIMAL FEAR songwriting with all we’ve learned over the past years and our current production status & skills. Enough space for all the guitarists to deliver some great shredding and Ralf’s vocal trademarks, German traditional metal speed with a pounding production & sound – enjoy!”
The band’s video for the song “The End is Near” can be viewed HERE.
Pre-orders for Rulebreaker are available now on Amazon and Apple Music/iTunes. Pre-order the album on Amazon.comHERE and iTunes HERE. All digital pre-orders of the album come with an instant download of “The End is Near” and “In Metal We Trust”.
Rulebreaker combines the strongest PRIMAL FEAR elements at their best execution, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. After the massive Delivering The Black world tour, PRIMAL FEAR started the songwriting in spring 2015 and recorded at Hansen Studios in Denmark, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe).
In support of Rulebreaker,PRIMAL FEAR has just announced a North American Co-Headline Tour with Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody! The tour will kick off April 26, 2016 in Hartford, CT and runs through June 1st in Toronto, ON. A complete list of dates can be found below.
All hyperbole aside, PRIMAL FEAR are truly about to release what is most definitely their strongest album ever: Rulebreaker! Don’t miss the German Metal Commandos on their worldwide tour in 2016!
Rulebreaker Track Listing:
1. Angels Of Mercy
2. The End Is Near
3. Bullets & Tears
5. In Metal We Trust
6. We Walk Without Fear
7. At War With The World
8. The Devil In Me
9. Constant Heart
10. The Sky Is Burning
11. Raving Mad
12. Final Call (Bonus Track – deluxe edition only)
13. Don’t Say You’ve Never Been Warned (Bonus Track- deluxe edition only)
DVD (Deluxe Edition Only):
The End Is Near (Video Clip)
Angels Of Mercy (Video Clip)
Making Of Rulebreaker
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars & Keyboards
Tom Naumann – Guitars
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals
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Presents: RULING EUROPE TOUR 2016
Brainstorm & Striker
05.02.16 ES – BARCELONA – Razzmatazz 2
06.02.16 ES – MURCIA – Garaje
07.02.16 ES – MADRID – Arena
09.02.16 FR – TBA
10.02.16 FR – Paris – Divan Du Monde
11.02.16 GER – Siegburg – Kabana
12.02.16 CZ – Prague – Nove Chelmince
13.02.16 GER – Cham – LA Café
14.02.16 GER – Hamburg – Logo
16.02.16 GER – Hannover – Musikzentrum
17.02.16 GER – Saarbrücken – Garage
18.02.16 GER – Stuttgart – LKA
19.02.16 CH – Pratteln – Z7
20.02.16 GER – München – Backstage
21.02.16 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
23.02.16 AT – Vienna – Szene
24.02.16 PL – Cracow – TBA
25.02.16 GER – Berlin – K17
26.02.16 GER – Wuerzburg – Posthalle
27.02.16 GER – Essen – Turock
28.02.16 BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
North American Co-Headline Tour With Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody:
Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have announced a new North American tour. Sponsored by CVLT NATION, the “Chaos Raids U.S.A. 2016” tour kicks off on January 9 and sees support from TOMBS and FULL OF HELL. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
1349 is touring in support of their new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The album, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.” (Sputnik Music), and a “musical, versatile effort that should earn 1349 a high degree of respect going forward” (Metal Injection) is streaming here. A music video for the lead track off ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ titled “Slaves” is streaming here.
1349 “CHAOS RAIDS U.S.A 2016” tour:
All dates with TOMBS, FULL OF HELL
Jan. 09 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
Jan. 10 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Jan. 11 Atlanta, GA @ The Basement
Jan. 12 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Jan. 13 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jan. 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Jan. 15 Boston, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
Jan. 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Jan. 17 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Jan. 19 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Jan. 20 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Jan. 21 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Jan. 22 Denver, CO @ The Roxy
Jan. 23 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jan. 24 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Jan. 25 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Jan. 26 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Jan. 27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
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Akróasis Available February 5, 2016 on Relapse Records
It has been five years since the release of OBSCURA‘s universally acclaimed Omnivium album. Now the progressive metal masters return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly named Akróasis (Greek for “hearing” or “listening”) draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA‘ssignature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole.
Today the first music video from Akróasis for the title track has been released. It can be viewed on the Relapse Records YouTube Channel HERE.
“With Akroasis, OBSCURA produced their grand opus featuring eight songs of fluent arrangements, odd time rhythm patterns and the most high end production in the history of this band. Without question Akroasis became the heaviest and complex record we made up to this day. Our first music video since “Anticosmic Overload” (2009) features detailed shots of every instrument and the amazing musicianship of our new members.” -says OBSCURA founder and frontman Steffen Kummerer.
Akróasis will be released February 5, 2016 via Relapse Records. The album will be available in CD, 2xLP and Digital download. Physical pre-orders for Akróasis are available HERE and digital pre-orders can be found HERE. A trailer for Akróasis can be seen HERE.
Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), Akróasisis eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal. Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, Akróasiswill undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond.
OBSCURA will provide direct support in Europe for Death DTA on the “European Thoughts Pattern” tour. The tour kicks off March 24th in Strasbourg, France and runs through April 12th in Riga, Latvia.
OBSCURA With Death DTA European Tour
March 24 Strasbourg, FR La Laiterie
March 25 Lyon, FR CCOO Villeurbonne
March 26 Aarau, CH Kiff
March 27 Pordenone, IT Deposito Giordani
March 28 Cagliari, IT Cueva
March 29 Brescia, IT Circo Colony
March 30 Rome, IT Traffic
April 1 Athens, GR Fuzz Live Music Club
April 2 Thessaloniki, GR Principal Theater
April 3 Sofia, BU Mixtape 5
April 4 Bucharest, RO Events Hall
April 5 Belgrade, RS Dom Omladine
April 6 Budapest, HU Barba Negra Music Club
April 7 Brno, CZ Fleda
April 8 Kosice, SK Colloseum
April 9 Katowice, PL Mega Club
April 10 Wroclaw, PL Alibi
April 12 Riga, LV Melna Piektdiena
1. Sermon of the Seven Suns
2. The Monist
4. Ten Sepiroth
5. Ode to the Sun
6. Fractal Dimension
7. Perpetual Infinity
9. Melos (Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
10. The Origin of Primal Expression (CD Bonus Track)
More About OBSCURA:
Founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, German progressive death metal band OBSCURA caused a stir when they – out of nowhere – toured as support for the legendary Suffocation on the band’s European tour in 2006 and independently released their debut album Retributionthat same year. From its very beginnings, the band (named after Gorguts’ inimitable 1993 full-length) demonstrated an uncanny ability for blending different forms of technical, cerebral metal into a coherent synthesis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements.
Earlier this year southern hard rockers NASHVILLE PUSSY released Ten Years of Pussy, a retrospective of the bands ten years of working with SPV/Steamhammer. In support of the release NASHVILLE PUSSY are hitting the road again on a North American tour including headline shows and in November and December and then will hit the road supporting Reverend Horton Heat in January! A complete list of dates is below.
Ten Years Of Pussy highlights the band’s most relevant work of their decade history on label SPV. Up The Dosage (2014), featuring rock solid bassist Bonnie Buitrago, has been called “NASHVILLE PUSSY’S Back In Black” and was Pick Of The Week on That Metal Show. From Hell To Texas (2009) was recorded at Willie Nelson’s studio in Texas and featured some of the band’s strongest songwriting to date. And Get Some (2005), was the first SPV release and the first collaboration with DanielRey, and has more hooks than a hillbilly’s tackle box. And of course the bonus live CD includes the ultimate version of Nutbush City Limits with special guest Ron Heathman from The Supersuckers on guitar.
NEW ALBUM “PRONG – X (NO ABSOLUTES)“OUT JANUARY 29, 2016
Just a few weeks ago,PRONG announced a new studio album
“PRONG – X (No Absolutes)“ to be released world wide January 29, 2016 on Steamhammer/SPV.
Today, the band is announcing a full string of North American headline dates for 2016.
Tommy Victor: “PRONG is doing a nice run of shows covering North America starting April 21, 2016 in support of our upcoming release “PRONG X – NO ABSOLUTES“. If you missed us on the DANZIG/SUPERJOINT tour or if we bypassed your locale, you can then experience a full set packed with all the faves new and old!”
PRONG “NO ABSOLUTES“
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2016:
4/21: West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/22: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
4/23: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
4/24: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
4/26: Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
4/27: Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/28: San Antonio, TX @ Korova
4/29: McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
4/30: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/2: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
5/3: Orlando, FL @ The Haven
5/4: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/5: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub and Billiards
5/6: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
5/7: Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall
5/8: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/9: Montreal, QC @ Foufones Electriques
5/10: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
5/11: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/12: Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe
5/13: Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
5/15: Indianapolis, IN @ The 5th Quarter Lounge
5/16: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
5/17: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
5/18: Joliet, IL @ The Tree
5/19: Spring Lake, MN @ POV’s
5/20: Racine, WI @ Rt 20
5/21: Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo Center
5/22: Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb Rock
5/23: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/24: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
5/25: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/27: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/28: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/29: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
5/31: Chico, CA @ Lost on Main
6/1: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar
Photo from left to right:
Art Cruz (drums), Tommy Victor (guitar, vocals), Jason Christopher (bass)
Welsh quintet SKINDRED will release their new album VolumeOctober 30th on Napalm Records. With a little less then three weeks left before the release the SKINDRED guys have unleashed their new video for the title track of Volume. Check out the exclusive premiere courtesy of RevolverMag.com the online home of Revolver Magazine HERE.
Volume is available for pre-order now at the Napalm Records Webstore HERE. A special deluxe including the brand new documentary “Rude Boys For Life” will be available exclusively at all Best Buy. Details on this edition will be available soon! A trailer for the DVD can be viewed HERE.
The video for the song “Under Attack” can be viewed HERE.
The bands sixth studio album, entitled Volume, will be the bands first release on Napalm Records. The album was recorded at The Strongroom studio in East London and was produced by longtime collaborator James ‘Lerock’ Loughrey (previously worked with the likes of White Zombie, Depeche Mode, Manic Street Preachers).
After a sold out Arena run with Steel Panther, a remarkable Camden Rocks performance, two sold out Hit The Deck headline slots and a host of European festival shows (including Wacken, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany with Foo Fighters and Slipknot) already in 2015, Skindred announced a UK November headline tour with Crossfaith & Hed PE as support.
Look for North American dates to be announced in early 2016 soon!
SKINDRED HEADLINER TOUR DATES:
“Pump Up The Volume” UK Tour
31.10.15 UK – Cardiff / Tramshed
04.11.15 UK – Southampton / Guildhall
05.11.15 UK – Norwich / UEA
06.11.15 UK – Nottingham / Rock City
07.11.15 UK – Manchester / Academy
08.11.15 UK – Newcastle / Academy
10.11.15 UK – Glasgow / ABC
11.11.15 UK – Leeds / Stylus
12.11.15 UK – Bristol / Academy
13.11.15 UK – Birmingham / Institute
14.11.15 UK – London / Brixton Academy
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Necromancing the Stone! Featuring former and current members of Arsis, The Absence, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Brimstone Coven, Necromancing the Stone may be considered a “supergroup” or “studio project” by some, but that is not the intent of this quintet. Upon unleashing their upcoming debut full-length in 2016 via Metal Blade, the band plans to take their unique brand of no-nonsense, traditional heavy metal out on the road.
Necromancing the Stone‘s Jeramie Kling (drums) comments: “It’s an honor to be a part of the Metal Blade family. Together, we have crafted a release that will not only destroy an entire seaboard village by way of force, but also soothe that very hoard into a capricious trance. We have finalized the recording process and have sent our offering to the mighty James Murphy. Cannot wait to get this released and see all of you maniacs out there on the road!”
Justin Wood (guitars) adds: “Necromancing the Stone is something that we are all excited to be a part of as it gives us a creative outlet to create the kind of hook laden, riff-centric heavy metal that we want to hear more of in the world. Justin Wood and John Williams (Brimstone Coven), along with James Malone (Arsis), Ryan Williams (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder), and Jeramie Kling (The Absence, 456 other bands) swore their solemn allegiance to the cause with a blood sacrifice upon the peak of Ogre’s Rock in a secret ritual veiled in danger and mystery in the summer of 2014 and came together for the recording of an online EP ‘Before The Devil Knows You Are Dead’. The time has now come to batten down the hatches and set forth into the world with a purpose in our hearts and a sword in our hands. We aim to leave no stone unturned and hope to see you all out there with us blazing a path of blood and riffs.”
For a preview of what’s to come, fans can stream and purchase Necromancing the Stone‘s 3-track EP, Before The Devil Knows You Are Dead, now on Bandcamp: necromancingthestone.bandcamp.com. Released in summer 2014 and mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy, PAIN, etc.), Before The Devil Knows You Are Dead will be re-recorded and included on the band’s currently untitled album. Stay tuned for more news about this release coming soon!
Necromancing the Stone line-up:
“Big” John Williams – vocals
James Malone – guitars
Justin Wood – guitars
Ryan Williams – bass
Jeramie Kling – drums
New Orleans’ favorite road demons, GOATWHORE, will take to the streets again later this Fall on a run of live demolitions to close out the year. The latest bout of onstage debauchery begins on October 22nd with a headlining set at The Dive Bar In Las Vegas, Nevada. The show serves as a precursor to the band’s performance at the annual Knot Fest gala on October 24th in San Bernardino. From there, the band will take a short breather before heading out on the Indie Merch 10-Year Anniversary Tour featuring The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan, Entheos, and Artificial Brain. The caravan of chaos will level twenty-two cities running from November 27th through December 20th, closing out the band’s relentless relentless 2015 tour cycle. In February 2016, GOATWHORE will return to Toronto for a special Inertia Entertainment 20th Anniversary Show performing alongside Sacrifice, Macabre and Panzerfaust with additional live assaults in their plotting stages. See all confirmed dates below.
In related GOATWHORE missives, this past Summer, the band invited show-goers to post their live footage of fan-favorite track, “FBS.” GOATWHORE devotees from around the globe submitted footage they’d caught on various tours for a special compiled video clip which is finally ready for public viewing. Check it out at metalblade.com/goatwhore.
10/22 Dive Bar Las Vegas, NV
10/24 Knot Fest @ San Manuel Amphitheater San Bernardino, CA Indie Merch 10-Year Anniversary Tour w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan, Entheos, Artificial Brain:
11/27 The Tree Joliet, IL
11/28 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN
11/29 Granada Theater- Lawrence, KS
11/30 Marquis Theater Denver, CO
12/02 Jub Jub’s thirst Parlor Reno, NV
12/03 DNA Lounge San Francisco, CA
12/04 Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA
12/05 The Pressroom Phoenix, AZ
12/07 Alamo City Music Hall- San Antonio, TX
12/08 Trees Dallas, TX
12/09 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
12/10 One Eye’d Jacks New Orleans, LA
12/11 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
12/12 The Orpheum Tampa, FL
12/13 Green Street Club Greensboro, NC
12/14 Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
12/15 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
12/16 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
12/17 The Sinclair Boston, MA
12/18 Waiting Room Buffalo, NY
12/19 Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA
12/20 Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH End Tour
02/27 The Opera House Toronto, ON * Inertia Entertainment 20th Anniversary Show w/ Sacrifice, Macabre, Panzerfaust
GOATWHORE released their unanimously-adored Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length, last July via Metal Blade. Upon its first week of release, the record debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Additionally, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless hit the #21 spot on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart, #13 on the Independent chart and, boasting ten mutinous tracks of thick, predatory, subterranean metal, continues to reap the exaltation of fans and critics globally.
“…a masterful slab of blacked metal.” — PopMatters
“GOATWHORE channels every evil impulse of its blackened death thrash into Constricting Rage Of The Merciless…” Austin Chronicle
“Constricting Rage Of The Merciless definitely stakes a claim as the new high water mark of the group’s work thus far… the closest GOATWHORE have come to bottling the blistering energy of their live show…” Metal Injection
“They’ve always been lethal live, but with each successive album, GOATWHORE proves to rank amongst the best of the best of their ilk.” Blabbermouth
“GOATWHORE commanded the whole room from the second they took the stage, and attending a show… should be a no-brainer for any and every metalhead in North America.” Metal Assault
“…the intensity is unparalleled.” Pittsburgh Music Magazine