Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will release their next album, the long-awaited second part of their acoustic concept effort "Evocation", on August 18 via Nuclear Blast. The band has just released the official music video for the first single off the new record, "Epona". It was shot in and around the city of Avenches, in the south west of Switzerland. This city is, especially for ELUVEITIE, very rich in history as it was once called Aventicum, the capital of the Celtic Tigurini (who were part of the Helvetii tribe) and therefore also the home of one of the most iridescent characters of Celtic history: The mighty sovereign Divico who was brave enough to conquer the Roman emperor Gaius Julius Cäesar. His actions often appear in songs from ELUVEITIE. The clip was produced by Jason Sereftug-Borruso (writer, director) and Alexis Gudinchet (assistant director). "We're super happy and proud to present you 'Epona' — the first single of our upcoming album, 'Evocation II - Pantheon'!" states ELUVEITIE frontman Chrigel Glanzmann. "The song is an ode to the riding goddess queen of the Celtic pantheon! And this not only lyrically. Also musically, for even though 'Epona' is an acoustic track, the song surges ahead with verve, power and speed and dashes like a galloping horse! It is a good song to give you a first glimpse of the raw, wild, honest, very folky and thoroughly Celtic character of 'Evocation II - Pantheon'!" "Evocation II" conjures another time travel to eras long gone. As the title already reveals, the concept of the first opus will continue and is entirely dedicated to the Celtic mythology. Even more, "Evocation II" takes you into the Gallic pantheon and bows down to the Celtic Gods after which the song titles are named. Anyone who will join ELUVEITIE on this journey will quickly notice that the character of each song is equal to the one of the god the song is about — and there is a lot more to discover! Glanzmann stated about the new CD: "'Evocation II' is a journey back to the source of it all: Antumnos, the otherworld. Join us on this wayfare through the Celtic pantheon, the world of the gods of our ancestors! The album cover expresses nothing less but exactly this! It's full of symbolism and meaning and depicts things of deepest meaning and importance in Celtic mythology. The symbol contains the 'great wheel', symbolizing the wheel of the year with the four seasons and the equinoxes — forming the foundations of Celtic mythology. The great wheel is framed by a tripartite Enneagram; while three is an important number in Celtic mythology in general, we also face trinity in the Celtic pantheon! While the inner circle contains the initials of the names of the deities revered on this album — arranged tripartitedly according to their relations within the pantheon and place in the mythology — the outer circle utters an invitation as well as a blessing, a magical benediction for the one to dare to enter and set forth on this journey. The core of the symbol implies triune symbolism. The depiction shows the god Lugus, who was sometimes also adressed in the plural — Lugoves — since he's a triune god, as well as a tricephalos. The 'one with the skillful hand' and 'artisan of all skills' is depicted and a combination of two important symbols: On the one hand he's shown as 'high king' (and druid of druids), a typical gallic symbolism of an essential meaning and sigificance. On the other hand, he's framed by the gallic 'lord of the animals/lord of life' symbolism: The character surrounded with diverse animals, but being strongly connected with all of them at the same time. So after all, the album cover vibrantly and mystically expresses the content of 'Evocation II'! Join and let the journey begin!" ELUVEITIE in May 2016 announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi. The band's latest album, "Origins", was released in August 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was once again recorded at New Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron; CORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist). ELUVEITIE is: * Jonas Wolf (guitar) * Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola) * Nicole Ansperger (fiddle) * Alain Ackermann (drums) * Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran) * Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola) * Kay Brem (bass) * Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy) * Rafael Salzmann (guitar) The new lineup of ELUVEITIE made its live debut at the Eluveitie & Friends festival in January at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. Photo credit: Manuel Vargas
DAVE MUSTAINE Is ‘Sure’ He Will Be Inducted Into ROCK HALL, Says GRAMMY Would Be ‘Better’ If It Was Given To Him And Not To MEGADETH
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine says that it's just a matter of time before he is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Mustaine, who was a member of METALLICA for less than two years, from 1981 to 1983, before being dismissed and replaced by Kirk Hammett, was not inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the band during the April 2009 ceremony at Cleveland, Ohio's Public Auditorium. Despite this, he has found some solace in the fact that he is credited on the first two METALLICA albums and co-wrote half a dozen or so songs with the band which, inarguably, helped launch their career. "I'm basically in there with the METALLICA thing; that was basically just a diss those guys pulled," Dave told The Columbus Dispatch in a new interview. "But it would nice to be in there on my own two feet. I'm sure at some point it will happen. You can't create a whole frickin' music style and not be recognized for it." After twelve nominations in the past twenty-six years, MEGADETH finally won a Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance" earlier this year. Even so, Mustaine told The Columbus Dispatch that he won't be fully satisfied until he has a Grammy with his own name on it. "As crazy as I am, I was thinking about the Grammy the other day and [how] it was given to MEGADETH," Mustaine said. "I was thinking it would surely be a lot better if it was given to Dave Mustaine and not to MEGADETH. I guess you've got to keep the fire burning." Mustaine told Noisey last year that he was "hoping" to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but added that "if they don't want me in there, it's okay. I mean, I am in there vis-à-vis METALLICA, and no matter what those guys say or what anybody believes about their induction ceremony, they wouldn't have been there if it wasn't for me being in the band, because I was there in the beginning, so I have some satisfaction." METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich later explained to The Plain Dealer that Mustaine was not included because "you've got to kind of cap it somewhere. Dave Mustaine never played on any METALLICA records. No disrespect to him. But there [were] half a dozen other people that were in the lineup in the early days. We thought . . . the fair thing to do would be to include anybody that played on a METALLICA record." He added: "Dave Mustaine was in the band for 11 months, predominantly in 1982. . . . I'm not trying to play it down. I have nothing but respect and admiration for his accomplishments since." METALLICA invited Mustaine to attend the Rock Hall induction. He declined, citing European tour commitments, but issued a statement congratulating the band. He later explained his absence in an interview, saying: "I'm not gonna sit in the audience and watch the band I started with these two guys get inducted and me not be a part of it." He added: "There's ten million people that agree [I should have been inducted]. . . You know what [Lars] said to me?! He said, [imitating Lars' Danish accent] 'Only the people that are on the fucking record can be at the Hall Of Fame, man.' And I was like, 'Well, Hooked On Phonics worked for me; I can read my name; it's all over [the first METALLICA album]. [Laughs] But you know what?! It's okay, 'cause if I'm gonna get into the Hall Of Fame, there's nothing he can do to stop me."
SKID ROW will embark on an extensive U.K. tour in March 2018. The trek will consist of a total of fifteen shows and will include a very special co-headline concert at London Shepherds Bush Empire on March 11 with NIGHT RANGER. Support on all the SKID R...
GIANT’s Original Lineup Reunites For Appearance At ‘The Thrilla For Toddzilla’ Benefit Concert (Video)
Melodic rock band GIANT reunited for an appearance at "The Thrilla For Toddzilla" benefit concert to aid Nashville musician Todd "Toddzilla" Austin, who lost most of his belongings as well as pets in a recent house fire. The original GIANT lineup of Dann Huff, David Huff, Mike Brignardello and Mark Oakley was joined by Tyson Leslie on keys and Bryan Cole on vocals for the performance, which took place this past Saturday, July 1 at Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee. Fans and friends have, as of press time, contributed more than $38,000 to a GoFundMe account set up to aid Todd in recovering. Originally formed by brothers Dann and David Huff, together with the experienced jazz-rock keyboardist Alan Pasqua and Nashville session bass player Mike Brignardello, GIANT would soon become, with the release of their debut album, "Last of The Runaways" (A&M Records, 1989), one of the most respected trademark bands of the melodic hard rock scene. Following countless live performances, the band recorded the follow-up "Time To Burn" (Epic, 1991), an album still regarded as a main source of influence for many melodic and hard rock bands nowadays. GIANT resurfaced in 2000 minus Alan Pasqua and released the album "III" in late 2001. A revamped GIANT lineup, consisting of founding members David Huff on drums and bassist Mike Brignardello, along with singer Terry Brock (STRANGEWAYS, SEVENTH KEY) and John Roth (WINGER) on guitar, released another album, "Promise Land", in 2010. Dann Huff co-wrote seven songs on the disc and guested on guitar on two.
British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers Robinsons have revealed a brand new Belgian-style beer: Hallowed. This new ale follows on from the success of the original Trooper, which has sold over 15 million pints since its launch in 2013, and previous limited-edition beers Trooper 666 and Red 'N' Black. Once again, the dynamic duo of Robinsons's master brewer Martyn Weeks and IRON MAIDEN's lead vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson have teamed up to create something very special for beer and music fans alike. Dickinson explains: "What makes this brew pretty special is that we're adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time. I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it's as much a way of life as it is a drink. We've tried to bottle that philosophy in Hallowed, albeit with a British twist." At 6.0% ABV in a 330ml bottle, Hallowed is a Belgian-inspired beer that's brewed in England. It is also one of the first beers to be brewed by Robinsons Brewery that uses Belgian yeast. Robinsons haven't changed the yeast used in their beers since 1942, which makes Hallowed even more special. Weeks continues: "It's all in the yeast. Belgian yeast yields a very distinct taste and presentation. You can sniff out a Belgian beer simply from its aromas: fruity, spicy and earthy. Belgian yeasts withstand higher alcohol levels, they attenuate well and create an array of phenolics and esters… put simply, this means more flavour and I think Hallowed drinkers are in for a treat." Hallowed's innovative bottle label pays tribute to Belgian beer, presenting IRON MAIDEN's iconic mascot Eddie, robed in traditional monk's clothing: a nod to the Trappist monastic brewing tradition in Belgium. Hallowed will be available from October 2017 for a limited period of four months. Information on exactly where the beer will be available will be released on Iron Maiden Beer's and Robinsons Brewery's social media accounts in due course. Photo credit: John McMurtrie
Fan-filmed video footage of GUNS N' ROSES' July 1 performance at Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto in Hämeenlinna, Finland can be seen below (video shot and uploaded by Alex Kornyshev). Featured songs: * It's So Easy * Welcome To The Jungle * Estranged * Live And Let Die (WINGS cover) * You Could Be Mine * This I Love * Civil War * Yesterdays * Slash Guitar Solo * Sweet Child O' Mine * November Rain * Black Hole Sun (SOUNDGARDEN cover) * Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover) * Don't Cry * Paradise City GUNS N' ROSES recently made Forbes magazine's "Celebrity 100" list of the world's top-earning entertainers for the first time. The band landed at No. 12 with earnings of $84 million in the past twelve months, before taxes and fees for managers. The "Not In This Lifetime" tour has grossed more than $230 million since launching in April 2016, according to Billboard. That figure includes a $38 million haul from eight concerts in Australia and New Zealand, but does not account for earnings from seven Asian markets that the band visited during the first quarter of 2017. One of the stops on the Australian trek, a two-night stand in Sydney, was the fourth biggest of the entire tour, pulling in $9.2 million from a total of 84,277 tickets sold. The top earner on the tour remains a two-night stop in New York City, where 100,177 fans forked over $11.6 million. Last summer's North American leg, which featured 25 stadium shows in 21 cities, grossed a whopping $116.8 million with over one million tickets sold. The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic GUNS members Slash on guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and Axl Rose on vocals, backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. The band, with this same lineup, will come back to North America for at least another 15 stadium dates this summer, starting on July 27 in St. Louis and ending on September 8 in San Antonio. GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion trek in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival. This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the release of GUNS N' ROSES' classic debut album, "Appetite For Destruction", which arrived on July 21, 1987.
IN THIS MOMENT Joined By MOTIONLESS IN WHITE Singer For Performance Of New Song ‘Black Wedding’ (Video)
IN THIS MOMENT was joined by MOTIONLESS IN WHITE singer Chris "Motionless" Cerulli for a performance of the Maria Brink-fronted outfit's new song "Black Wedding" on July 3 at Freedom Hall / Lancaster Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can watch fan-filmed video footage of the collaboration below. "Black Wedding" is taken from IN THIS MOMENT's new album, "Ritual", which will be released on July 21. The group's sixth studio effort was produced by longtime collaborator — and multiple Grammy Award nominee — Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE) and will be made available by Atlantic Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records. The studio recording of "Black Wedding" sees Brink sharing the mic with legendary JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Another highlight is a dramatic reimagination of the Phil Collins classic "In The Air Tonight". "It's like we're going into the next realm," said Brink about the upcoming album. "I had a conviction of feeling empowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed to share that sense of strength. I've never been afraid to hold back. Sometimes I can be very suggestive. However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and it's without overt sexuality. It's that deeper serious fire inside of my heart." "When fans hear this, I want them to feel the music, whether they take away sadness, anger, or happiness," added lead guitarist Chris Howorth. "As a kid, I remember listening to records and putting them on repeat over and over again. I'd love for the world to listen and absorb this as a piece of work." IN THIS MOMENT's current North American tour features support from MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, VIMIC, LITTLE MISS NASTY and STARSET.
"Factory Of Death", the new video from the Serbian all-girl metal band JENNER, can be seen below. The clip was filmed by Igor Stanić of Graveyard Neighbour Photogaphy and edited by Mina Petrović of Drumwitch Video. "Factory Of Death" is taken from JENNER's debut album, "To Live Is To Suffer", which was released on February 20 via Infernö Records. Formed in December 2013, JENNER is said to be the only all-girl metal band from the Belgrade area. "To Live Is To Suffer" was made available as a CD and cassette tape, with both formats limited to 1,000 copies each. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Factory Of Death 02. Hear The Thunder Roar 03. Demon's Call 04. The Heath Is Coming Again 05. On The Judgement Day 06. How Deep Is Your Greed 07. Silent Killer 08. Opened (On The Table) JENNER released a two-song demo in 2015. JENNER is: Anđelina Mitić (vocals) Aleksandra Stamenković (guitar) Mina Petrović (bass) Marija Dragićević (drums)
"Miss Me", the new video from Swiss hard rock veterans GOTTHARD, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Martin Häusler. "Miss Me" is taken from GOTTHARD's twelfth studio album, "Silver", which was released on January 13 on Musikvertrieb in Switzerland and internationally via PIAS. The CD was recorded at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The third disc with lead singer Nic Maeder was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, BLIND GUARDIAN) and Leo Leoni. Regarding working with Bauerfeind again, GOTTHARD said: "We were all very happy with the workflow and the result of the 'BANG!' production — so it was pretty clear that we wanted to give the great collaboration another shot!" GOTTHARD's 2012 album, "Firebirth", marked the band's first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under." GOTTHARD's previous vocalist, Steve Lee, was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.
Legendary English guitarist John Sykes (TYGERS OF PAN TANG, THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, SYKES) will release his first album in seventeen years, "Sy-Ops", before the end of 2017. The tentative track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Dawning Of A Brand New Day 02. Believe In Yourself 03. My Guitar 04. Out Alive 05. Jammin' 06. Six String Gun 07. Howlin' N' Moanin' 08. Slave 09. Who Are You 10. Gates Of Hell The 57-year-old completed the material for the disc three years ago. "But then my manager died," he explained. "With him I lost someone I could really trust. So I put the disc on ice." Sykes added that his first album since 2000's "Nuclear Cowboy" will live up to his fans' expectations. "People who like what I did on the 1987 [self-titled album] from WHITESNAKE and the two studio records from BLUE MURDER" will be pleased by the new material, he said. The new album will be released in a digipak format with a full-color six-panel artwork courtesy of David Dees. The CD reportedly features guest appearances by the following musicians: * Josh Freese (WEEZER, A PERFECT CIRCLE, GUNS N' ROSES, DEVO): Drums * Tony Franklin (THE FIRM): Bass * Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION): Bass * Jamie Muhoberac (THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, FLEETWOOD MAC, THE ROLLING STONES): Keyboards Sykes's much-hyped collaborative project with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) came to an abrupt end in January 2012. Portnoy later blamed the split on the fact that he "couldn't wait around any longer" for Sykes to get ready to enter the studio. Sykes announced his departure from THIN LIZZY in July 2009, explaining that "I feel it's time to get back to playing my own music."