Legendary progressive metal act FATES WARNING celebrated the 30th anniversary of its third album, "Awaken The Guardian", in 2016. The album was to become their final release to feature vocalist John Arch. That era's lineup was rounded out by bassist Joe DiBiase, drummer Steve Zimmerman, along with current guitarist Frank Aresti and, of course, guitarist and main songwriter Jim Matheos. "Awaken The Guardian" also holds the honor as the band's very first release to debut on the Billboard chart. "Awaken The Guardian" remains an important album for the band's fans worldwide. Decibel magazine remarked in its "Hall Of Fame" No. 134 entry that "Each member still talks with great pride of its creation, each blown away by the feedback it has received since its release 30 years ago, each amazed at the powerful and positive impact it has had on so many lives." To celebrate 30 years since the album's release, Matheos reassembled the "Awaken The Guardian"-era lineup for two special festival appearances: Keep It True XIX in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany and Prog Power USA XVII in Atlanta, Georgia. Fortunately for fans that were not able to attend, each show was filmed and recorded. Arch comments about the experience: "It was truly a surreal experience being able to share the spirit of 'Awaken The Guardian' at these shows. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans that have given back so much over the 30-year span since the album's release. To all our family and friends, much gratitude." Due on April 28 via Metal Blade, "Awaken The Guardian Live" consists of both festival performances in their entirety. This piece of progressive metal history will be available on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and double gatefold vinyl. * Keep It True festival, April 30, 2016, Lauda-Königshofen, Germany Directed and edited by Oliver "Bomber" Barth. Mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer at SkullSeven Studio, North Hollywood, California * ProgPower USA, September 9, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia Sound recording and video editing by Kent Smith. Audio and video recording services provided by Lucid Lounge Studios – Atlanta. Mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer at SkullSeven Studio, North Hollywood, California Art direction, design, and artwork by Ioannis. For more information and to pre-order, visit www.metalblade.com/fateswarning.
The Kaster Troy-directed video for the song "Death Grip Tribulations" from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Dario Lorina can be seen below. The track is the title cut of Lorina's second instrumental album, which was released in February via Shrapnel Records, known for discovering and recording guitarists of extraordinary ability. Dario's new record is a powerful show of songwriting infused with shred guitar, vintage modern influence, and a richly musical band consisting of longtime musical partner Dan "D.C." Conway (drums), BLACK LABEL SOCIETY bandmates John "J.D." DeServio (bass) and Jeff Fabb (drums), along with former LIZZY BORDEN bandmate Marten Andersson (bass). It also features a song with MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell. Engineered and mixed by Fred Archambault, known for his work with ALICE COOPER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD, among others, this effort is a sheer embodiment of this high caliber guitarist's vast skill set. Says Shrapnel's Mike Varney: "'Death Grip Tribulations' makes it clear that Dario Lorina has become a force to be reckoned with, as at twenty-seven years of age, he draws from experience far beyond his years, creating a collection of songs built on forceful rhythms, strong melodies and an arsenal of advanced guitar chops." Lorina began his professional career in 2006 at age 16 as the touring guitarist with the late Jani Lane (ex-WARRANT). At age 19, he joined veteran metal act LIZZY BORDEN, whom he toured with for four years. Dario released his first instrumental record on Shrapnel in September 2013. In January 2014, he joined BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and has since been touring worldwide with Zakk Wylde, performing on both guitar and keys, most recently on Wylde's "Book Of Shadows II" tour.
BARDSPEC, the ambient project/band led by ENSLAVED composer/guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, will release its debut album, "Hydrogen", in June via By Norse. Having launched at Roadburn in 2015, BARDSPEC has since evolved into a fully-fledged band, with Steve Austin on guitars/effects, David Hall presenting the live visual aspect of the project, and the layout created by Josh Graham (SOUNDGARDEN, NEUROSIS) BARDSPEC combines stirring, hallucinatory synth-sounds with mercurial guitar effects and hypnotic rhythms that navigate illusory landscapes. Field recordings, and other found-sounds also drift and evaporate into the ether. Working intuitively with these elements and with sharpened senses, attuned to inner impulses, this is immersive music that can exist anywhere and anytime within the minds of the listener. Whilst BARDSPEC might essentially be the same brain and personality making the music, compared to ENSLAVED, it is a widely different entity. Thematically and sonically, BARDSPEC is about minimizing, subtracting, and meditating upon the simplest essence of "things;" the single points exemplified through song titles like "Bone", "Salt" and so on, the basic elements and foundations that make up the whole. There is an element of "space" in the music and the artwork, as a representation of the inner workings of the mind and the subconscious. BARDSPEC is inspired by the German masters TANGERINE DREAM, Klaus Schultze and Conrad Schnitzler, in addition to contemporary ambient music like Norwegian one-man-band BIOSPHERE and abstract modern electronic music like WHEN (Norwegian also), as well as the electronic/industrial-driven metal like GODFLESH. Ivar describes the appeal and trance-inducing aspects of such music to him. "I remember listening to Richard Burmer and his album 'Mosaic' from 1984," he says. "I thought I fell asleep but I was in a semi-lucid state where I still registered music — but not much else. At the end of side A there's an explosion so violent and extreme that I jumped two feet into the air and was totally shocked. The weird thing is, I couldn't remember it being there. When I revisited the music again, it was just a little 'thud.' I was just experiencing a trance so deep into the music that this deviation from the pattern and frequencies in the foregoing half hour of monotony totally shocked me. I loved it!" Roadburn festival will play host to a very special public listening session of "Hydrogen" by BARDSPEC, a chance for people to hear the album from start to finish in advance of the official release date. This event shall take place on April 21. "Hydrogen" track listing: 01. Intro - Deposition 02. Bone 03. Fire Tongue 04. Gamma 05. Salt 06. Teeth (bonus track) "Hydrogen" willl be released on June 23 across all formats. The six-panel CD digipak is available as limited first press to a thousand copies including bonus track "Teeth". The double gatefold LP is limited to five hundred copies on black vinyl, and the digital format also including the bonus track.
Brazilian female-fronted progressive power metallers VANDROYA will release their new album, "Beyond The Human Mind", on April 28 via rough Inner Wound Recordings. The official lyric video for the song "I'm Alive", taken from "Beyond The Human Mind", can be seen below. With a more evident progressive influence but without giving up the weight and virtuosity of power metal, the new album brings a more mature band, a more balanced sound and reflects the musicians technical and artistic evolution since the debut album, "One". The "Beyond The Human Mind" album concept revolves around the journey we all go through in search of fullness and inner peace. The cover artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ICED EARTH). Led by vocalist Daísa Munhoz, VANDROYA is ready to take the next step and make a mark in the metal scene with "Beyond The Human Mind". "Beyond The Human Mind" track listing: 01. Columns Of Illusion 02. The Path To The Endless Fall 03. Maya 04. Time After Time 05. Last Breath 06. I'm Alive 07. You'll Know My Name 08. If I Forgive Myself 09. Beyond The Human Mind
Atlanta heavy rock icons MASTODON have announced their first live late-night televised appearance in support of their new album, "Emperor Of Sand", which will be released on March 31 via Reprise Records. The band will perform on the outdoor stage at ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on April 3, and the following day, April 4, will play a rare, intimate show at Amoeba Music in Hollywood at 5 p.m. Beginning on Friday, March 31, fans who purchase "Emperor Of Sand" at Amoeba Music in Hollywood will receive admission to the in-store and a limited-edition "Mastodon Live At Amoeba" lithograph commemorating the show. Admission is limited to in-store orders only and two LP/CD + ticket per person. Admittance lines for the in-store will form on Ivar Avenue beginning at 2 p.m. on April 4 and is limited to first purchasers and the store's capacity. The album can be pre-ordered in various formats at this location. The follow-up to 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun", "Emperor Of Sand" was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album "Crack The Skye". MASTODON will release the official music video for the song "Show Yourself" later today (Thursday, March 16). MASTODON kicks off a spring U.S. headline tour in support of "Emperor Of Sand" on April 14 in Missoula, Montana, with support from EAGLES OF DEATH METAL and RUSSIAN CIRCLES. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the Carolina Rebellion on May 5.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, one of the former PEARL JAM drummers invited by the band to attend its induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month has indicated that he won't attend the ceremony. Matt Chamberlain, who played with the group in the early stages of the "Ten" touring cycle back in 1991 and appeared in the video for "Alive", said that work commitments will prevent him from attending the ceremony. He told Rolling Stone: "I'm so happy they are getting honored by the Hall Of Fame. They are good friends and total inspirations. I wish them all the best. Of course, I appreciate the shoutout." Dave Abbruzzese, the drummer on the "Vs." and "Vitalogy" albums who has been the most vocal about being excluded from the induction, reposted PEARL JAM's invite on his Facebook page, seeming to indicate that he will likely attend. Reports that claimed he would not show up were deemed false. Jack Irons, who played on the "No Code" and "Yield" albums and tours, has yet to issue a statement on the matter. The only two drummers who will actually be inducted with the band are original stickman Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron. Krusen, who played in PEARL JAM during its formative months and left shortly after the recording of its 1991 debut album "Ten", was asked if he would be up for jamming with his former bandmates at the Hall Of Fame ceremony in April. He told Rolling Stone: "I think the fans would dig that. I'd love to do it … I don't think it is likely, but I'm down." PEARL JAM will be inducted alongside JOURNEY, Joan Baez, ELO, YES and Tupac Shakur at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7. An edited version of the 32nd annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will later air on HBO and there will be a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single.
METALLICA today announced the European leg of its "WorldWired" tour in support of the band's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". The trek kicks off with two shows in Amsterdam at the Ziggo Dome on September 4 and September 6. Norway's KVELERTAK will be support for the tour run. See below for a complete list of all confirmed dates; no additional shows will be added. Presale tickets will be available to Legacy Met Club members beginning on Tuesday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. CET, with presale tickets available to all Fifth Members beginning on Tuesday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. CET. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 24. Every ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a standard digital or standard physical copy of "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". Redemption information will be included in your ticket purchase confirmation email. Full details of how you can gift the album, should you have already purchased, will be given on the redemption page. Please note that shipping and handling fees apply to the physical version of the album. METALLICA has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer three options of special enhanced experiences on this tour, including premium tickets and amenities, early access to the venue, a visit to the "Memory Remains" exhibit of memorabilia, and meet-and-greets. For full package details, go to this location. European tour dates: Sep. 04, 2017 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome Sep. 06, 2017 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome Sep. 08, 2017 - Paris, France - AccorHotels Arena Sep. 10, 2017 - Paris, France - AccorHotels Arena Sep. 12, 2017 - Lyon, France - Halle Tony Garnier Sep. 14, 2017 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena Sep. 16, 2017 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena Oct. 22, 2017 - London, England, UK - The O2 Arena Oct. 24, 2017 - London, England, UK - The O2 Arena Oct. 26, 2017 - Glasgow, Scotland, UK - The SSE Hydro Oct. 28, 2017 - Manchester, England, UK - Manchester Arena Oct. 30, 2017 - Birmingham, England, UK - Genting Arena Nov. 01, 2017 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis Nov. 03, 2017 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis Feb. 01, 2018 - Lisbon, Portugal - MEO Arena Feb. 03, 2018 - Madrid, Spain - Wizink Center Feb. 05, 2018 - Madrid, Spain - Wizink Center Feb. 07, 2018 - Barcelona, Spain - Palau Sant Jordi Feb. 10, 2018 - Turin, Italy - Pala Alpitour Feb. 12, 2018 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena Feb. 14, 2018 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena Feb. 16, 2018 - Mannheim, Germany - SAP Arena Mar. 27, 2018 - Herning, Denmark - Jyske Bank Boxen Mar. 29, 2018 - Hamburg, Germany - Barclaycard Arena Mar. 31, 2018 - Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadthalle April 02, 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena April 05, 2018 - Budapest, Hungary - Sports Arena April 07, 2018 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle April 09, 2018 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle April 11, 2018 - Geneva, Switzerland - Palexpo April 26, 208 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle April 28, 2018 - Krakow, Poland - Tauron Arena April 30, 2018 - Leipzig, Germany - Leipzig Arena May 02, 2018 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena May 05, 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe May 07, 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe May 09, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena May 11, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart last November, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band's previous outings, 2008's "Death Magnetic" and 2003's "St. Anger", sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. "Death Magnetic" moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while "St. Anger" shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame. "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music. The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.
Frank DiMino joined his former ANGEL bandmate Punky Meadows on stage for the first time in over thirty years on March 8 to perform the ANGEL song "Tower" at the Backstage Bar And Billiards in Las Vegas, Nevada. "It felt just like it did in ANGEL," Punky said. "The band kicked ass and Frank felt it and sang his ass off. We didn't miss a beat and the fans went crazy!! We blew the roof off the house. It was really awesome to jam with Frank again!!" Former members of ANGEL appeared at the 2016 Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards last May at the at the Eastside Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The group received the "Glam Rock Legends" award in honor of their contributions and influence in music. Accepting the award were Meadows, DiMino, Gregg Giuffria, Barry Brandt, and Felix Robinson. This marked the first time all surviving ANGEL bandmembers — bassist Mickie Jones passed away from cancer in 2009 — had been on stage together since 1980. Formed in 1975 by Meadows and Jones in Washington D.C., ANGEL straddled the fence between the prog-rock pomp of YES and ELP, the orchestral hard pop of QUEEN, BOSTON and ELO, and the riff-heavy raunch-rock of KISS and AEROSMITH. They were discovered by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons while performing at a nightclub and were eventually signed to the same label as KISS, Casablanca. Released in the fall of 1975, the band's self-titled debut was promoted with a number of live appearances on the great American arena circuit with the likes of AEROSMITH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, JOURNEY and RUSH. The group's gimmick — the members were all dressed in white — got them labeled the "anti-KISS" by rock critics, and their spectacular stage show was so over the top that even Simmons & Co. were said to have been inspired by it. ANGEL started to fall apart in the early 1980s after Casablanca pulled the plug on the group due in part to disappointing album sales. In 1981, Robinson and DiMino left to pursue other projects. Meadows and Giuffria tried to keep ANGEL going and came close to landing a record deal with CBS. But it didn't pan out, and ANGEL finally disbanded.
Several apparently inebriated members of AVENGED SEVENFOLD played a somewhat sloppy rendition of their song "Nightmare" during an unannounced appearance at a small restaurant and bar in Helsinki, Finland on March 5. Using equipment that was supplied by the Hard Rock Cafe, vocalist M. Shadows, guitarist Synyster Gates, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman performed the track to what was apparently an almost-empty bar before calling it quits. Said the band in a Facebook post: "After arriving in Helsinki [on March 5], we decided to head to the local Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki and grace the customers with some sweet tunes. Unfortunately, as the patrons fled for the exits, we were cut off after only half of 'Nightmare' was played. Maybe better luck tomorrow." AVENGED SEVENFOLD played at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki on March 7 as part of its European headlining tour with support from DISTURBED and CHEVELLE. AVENGED SEVENFOLD will join METALLICA for the latter's "WorldWired" 2017 North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the summer's hottest ticket kicks off May 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland with openers VOLBEAT. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its seventh album, "The Stage", which was given a surprise release at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand. The band filmed a music video last month in the Los Angeles area for the song "God Damn" from the new disc. "The Stage" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart back in November following its surprise release. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi, the disc features eleven panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band's first thematic release. While the term "AI" conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist's look at the accelerated rate at which technology's intelligence is expanding and what that means — good and bad — for the future.
Death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL are continuing work on their new album at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer — and former MORBID ANGEL guitarist — Erik Rutan for a fall release via UDR Music. The new disc will mark the band's first release with drummer Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED) who joined MORBID ANGEL last year following the departure of Tim Yeung. It will also be MORBID ANGEL's first album to feature bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker since 2003's "Heretic". Tucker spoke about the upcoming MORBID ANGEL album during an interview on the March 14 edition of "The Metal Magdalene With Jet" show on Metal Messiah Radio. You can now listen to the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what MORBID ANGEL was looking for in a new drummer before Scott Fuller landed the gig: Tucker: "Well, first and foremost, it's MORBID ANGEL, so you've gotta be able to play the stuff. Without a doubt, anybody… If they can't play the stuff, it's not an option. So we had to look at the people that were out there that, first of all, had the ability. Second of all, people that were available. We don't wanna steal a drummer from another band or anything like that. We wanna move forward, [but] we don't wanna cause an issue for someone else. So, really, we just started to take video… People were sending video samples of 'em playing songs, demos of 'em playing songs. There was a lot of people sending us things. We talked to at least — I don't know — ten, twelve different people. And then, I guess, in the end, it really came down to… A lot of people all had the ability to do it, and it was just who really was playing the songs closest to what they were meant to be. MORBID ANGEL has a history of having phenomenal drummers. I mean, Pete Sandoval is the king; there's no questioning it. Anyone that questions that is kidding themselves. And Tim's no slouch either. MORBID ANGEL has had very good drummers, so it needed to be somebody that was able to do the things that were already done as well as the new things. So Scott, eventually, after weeding through people, ended up being the guy that was at the top of the heap, and when he came and he played, it sounded like MORBID ANGEL. He was able to sound like MORBID ANGEL and that's really what was needed. So really, honestly, he got [the gig] by just being the guy that was the most naturally like what we were trying to find." On the songwriting process for the new MORBID ANGEL album: Tucker: "With the Internet, it's so easy now to be able to send files to each other, and everyone has some sort of platform that they use to do home demos and things on, so it was pretty easy to send tapes back and forth to each other. We'd send riffs to Scott, for Scott to play 'em, and he'd send 'em back to us, and I would work on my parts. And everyone just sort of individually was working on their parts until it was time for us to get together to start rehearsing for the album. And then we did that — we rehearsed for six weeks — and then we went into the recording process." On whether MORBID ANGEL had a clear direction in mind for the new material before the songwriting process even began: Tucker: "Not really. I mean, honestly, when we went into it, it was really Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] and I talking more than anything else. It was really just about writing music — it was just about writing a MORBID ANGEL album. Nobody said, 'Hey, we wanna go in this direction,' nobody said anything. I mean, there's obvious things there. I've said it before — I'm a death metal guy, so, for me, it's gonna be a death metal album; if I'm on it, it's death metal. So it was just about making a MORBID ANGEL album. It was really about coming in with something new, something fresh, but yet it still being MORBID ANGEL. Really, honestly, we didn't approach this any differently than any of the other albums I was involved in except for maybe [1998's] 'Formulas Fatal To The Flesh', which 'Formulas', Trey wrote all the music, all the lyrics and things like that. But this was done more similar to maybe [2000's] 'Gateways To Annihilation', where everybody had their contribution. Trey wrote a bunch of songs, I wrote songs, Scotty contributed some ideas. There was a lot of back-and-forth. In the end, it has to become a MORBID ANGEL song. And at this point, I feel that it's very much a MORBID ANGEL album." On the lyrical content for the new MORBID ANGEL album: Tucker: "I'm writing all the lyrics. As far as lyrical content, I'd like to leave that until it comes out. We definitely had a lot of discussions and it definitely pertains to the title of the album. There is a general idea on the album that is being put across, and I'd kind of like to just leave it until the album comes out." On whether MORBID ANGEL has already decided on the title and artwork for the new album: Tucker: "We definitely have the title of the album and stuff. As far as artwork, no. Right now that's in the process of happening. We had discussions who we would like to work with and what were we looking for and what weren't we looking for. And I think we came to a pretty good decision on that, and we'll see how it happens. We're hoping that a guy that's worked with us before is gonna come up with something pretty handy for us." On whether MORBID ANGEL will perform any of the new songs on the upcoming tour: Tucker: "Yeah, I think we'll be playing a couple of songs, most definitely. The album won't be out until after the tour, so we won't be playing all the songs by any means, but we're definitely gonna play a couple of the new songs." MORBID ANGEL in January announced the addition of Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal band VADIMVON) to the band's lineup on second guitar. He joined the group as the replacement for Norwegian guitarist Destructhor (a.k.a. Thor Anders Myhren), who left the band a year and a half ago. MORBID ANGEL will embark on their first U.S. tour of 2017 in May. Support on the trek will come from SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION and WITHERED. The tour will commence on May 23 in Orlando Florida at the Beachum and continue around the country until June 27, in New Orleans at the House Of Blues. Former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent recently joined forces with several other musicians — including Yeung (drums) — to perform classic MORBID ANGEL songs under the I AM MORBID banner. The new band, which is completed by guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN), will play material from MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness" (1989), "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), "Covenant" (1993) and "Domination" (1995) albums. Two shows have been scheduled in Brazil this month: March 24 in Belo Horizonte and March 25 in São Paulo. Additional dates will be announced soon. MORBID ANGEL's controversial 2011 album, "Illud Divinum Insanus", marked the group's first CD to feature Vincent since "Domination".