IN THIS MOMENT RELEASE "WHORE" VIDEO
"Whore", the new video from IN THIS MOMENT, has a stark voyeuristic feel, combining the theatrical aplomb that marks IN THIS MOMENT's live performances with visuals that are as compelling as they are disturbing.
Directed by Robert Kley, who was also at the helm for the band's "Adrenalize" and "Blood" videos, "Whore" co-stars MOTIONLESS IN WHITE frontman Chris Motionless. "His look is so perfect for the dirty vintage feel of the video, and he was a perfect gentleman while being violated by me," says IN THIS MOMENT frontwoman Maria Brink. "I knew how amazing placing the visual arts to 'Whore' would be when we wrote it, and I have been waiting to release this video since we recorded the song," Brink continues of the band's new video.
"I am so passionate about the concepts and every single detail that goes into shooting a music video, and I created my own stimulating visual metaphor to make this.
"I am grateful to have worked with Robert Kley again; he always seems to help me bring what I see in my mind to life.
"'Whore' is a song that pushes boundaries, and I needed the video to do the same.
"The song is about taking back control. It is about rising above and finding the power within ourselves. I hope everyone enjoys it!" Adds IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth: "'Whore' is one of my favorite songs on 'Blood' and the video is the best we have created to date. It's just as creepy and sexy as our live show, with a bunch of extra surprises.
"Maria really outdid herself on this one... This is her twisted vision brought to life." "Whore" continues to climb at radio, where the track currently sits at No. 17 with a bullet on the Active Rock charts. The song is the third single from IN THIS MOMENT's breakthrough album "Blood". Released in August 2012 on Century Media Records, it marked the highest debut of the band's career, entering The Billboard 200 at No. 15 and selling more than 20,000 units first week. The record has emerged as one of the best-selling rock albums of the past year, recently surpassing 200,000 in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. IN THIS MOMENT will kick off 2014 with "The Hellpop Tour II". Set to launch January 2 in Portland, Oregon, the 16-city trek wraps January 25 in Cape Coral, Florida, where the band will then make a return engagement on the Shiprocked cruise January 26-30, which sets sail out of Miami, Florida to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Joining IN THIS MOMENT on "Hellpop II" are BUTCHER BABIES in direct support, DEVOUR THE DAY and ALL HAIL THE YETI. Brink had this to say about her provocative photo shoot to promote "Whore": "I decided to pose nude for the visual art for 'Whore' to evoke a raw vulnerable emotion.
"The word 'whore' written down my back and the dunce cap symbolize me placing myself on the stake for those who are suffering, and I can only hope to encourage at least one person to find the self worth and love they deserve to transcend out of a painful situation into a beautiful one. It is about finding our power and taking a stand.
"We are resilient beings and need to realize our incredible strengths.
"I will not bow down to others perceptions of me. I will only rise in the name of art, love and music."
ALEXISONFIRE RELEASE BOX SET
Dine Alone Records / New Damage and Alexisonfire are set to release the official AOF vinyl box set. Limited to 1,000 copies, the very special discography will be available for purchase at 12:01AM EST on December 25 at Alexisonfire’s official website theonlybandever.com.
Over a year in the making, the custom-designed box set includes audiophile re-pressings of each AOF studio release, as well as coveted and long out-of-print EPs (details listed below). The box set will also feature other exclusive items including a photo booklet curated by photographer Dustin Rabin with photos taken during the band’s final shows in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario in December 2012. Special custom-shipping packaging has been designed to protect the box set contents.
Recently, George Pettit, Dallas Green, Wade MacNeil, and Jordan Hastings sat down on camera at Dine Alone HQ to chat about each release and their favourite AOF memories. (Chris Steele, who is travelling around the world, was there in spirit.) These videos will be updated regularly on theonlybandever.com along with a sneak peak of images of the box set contents leading up to the release, so fans are encouraged to check back often. Guitarist/Vocalist MacNeil will also be tweeting memories and stories daily at twitter.com/aof_official leading up to the release date.
Hailing from St. Catharines, Alexisonfire rose up out of the Southern Ontario underground in late 2001, to become one of the most successful indie bands in Canada. The band’s success also reached far beyond Canada’s borders. AOF released four hugely successful studio albums, Alexisonfire (2002), Watch Out (2004), Crisis (2006), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals (2009). Crisis debuted at #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan chart (Canada), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals debuted at #2, and charted at #9 on the US Billboard Independent Album chart. Watch Out helped earn the band New Group of the Year at the 2004 JUNO Awards. Their first 3 albums achieved Platinum certification in Canada while Old Crows / Young Cardinals reached Gold certification. The band also topped charts and graced several notable music magazine covers internationally (Kerrang, Blunt, Big Cheese, Canadian Musician, Exclaim!). AOF’s sold-out 10th Year Anniversary Farewell tour in December 2012 touched down on four continents in 24 days, illustrating how meaningful the band still is to their legion of fans around the world.
DECEMBER 4th 2013
BEHEMOTH UNVEIL VIDEO & "THE SATANIST" AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
BEHEMOTH's long-awaited new album, "The Satanist," is now available for pre-order. Pre-order bundles, include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com (digibook and box). "The Satanist" will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE.
Additionally, Behemoth's highly anticipated new video for "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" has been unveiled. This visual masterpiece was produced by Grupa 13 and is one of Behemoth's most unsettling and unique works to date.
Behemoth front man Nergal discusses the video: "Yes, we took all the time in the world to complete this project. And we did everything that was humanely possible to accurately express our vision. We crossed the Rubicon. "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" is an ecstatic manifest of our unrestrained artistic will, where we dare to reach out beyond the limitations of the heavy metal genre. And it's only the beginning…Enjoy!"
Watch "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" below:
"The Satanist" deluxe box, which is available in North America as an European import, includes: CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase with a high quality 44 page booklet (with gold foil, UV gloss lamination), supersize poster flag (approx. 3.5' x 5'), wooden black inverted rosary cross, metal pin, black envelope with black communion wafers. The DVD, "Live Barbarossa," includes a professionally filmed show in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as well as 30 min documentary about the creative process behind "The Satanist."
The album was produced by Behemoth, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio. "The Satanist" was mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Metallica, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound. The cover art for "The Satanist" was painted by renowned Russian painter and occultist, Denis Forkas (denisforkas.com). The paint used included some of Nergal's own blood! Additional art and design was completed by Metastazis (Paradise Lost, etc.) and Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Ghost).
Fans can still order the limited edition 12" EP of "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (1,000 white and 1,000 black, 180 gram vinyl) that will be released as a gatefold with each copy hand numbered and signed by the band. The 12" EP can be pre-ordered via BEHEMOTH's webstore, Nuclear Blast Europe webstore, and Metal Blade Records US webstore.
"The Satanist" track listing:
1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
2. Furor Divinus
3. Messe Noire
4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
6. The Satanist
7. Ben Sahar
8. In the Absence ov Light
9. O Father O Satan O Sun!
DECEMBER 3rd 2013
STOLEN BABIES ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
Experimental rock group STOLEN BABIES are pleased to announce their upcoming U.S. tour with headlining hard rock giants Stone Sour and fellow supporters Pop Evil. The tour begins on January 14th in Orlando, FL and stops in several major American cities through February 15th. See below for all current tour dates and make sure to get tickets now before there are none left! Additional dates are scheduled for announcement.
Drummer Gil Sharone says, “We’re really excited about being on the Stone Sour tour and coming back to so many of our favorite cities. It’s a big deal to us and we’re grateful for the opportunity.”
ON TOUR W/ STONE SOUR, POP EVIL
14-Jan Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
15-Jan Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
17-Jan Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
18-Jan New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
19-Jan Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
21-Jan Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
22-Jan Boston, MA @ House of Blues
24-Jan Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
25-Jan Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
26-Jan Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
28-Jan Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
31-Jan Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
1-Feb Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
3-Feb Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
5-Feb West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
6-Feb Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
8-Feb Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9-Feb Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11-Feb El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
13-Feb Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
14-Feb Houston, TX @ House of Blues
15-Feb San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
DECEMBER 2nd 2013
IRON MAIDEN AND METALLICA CO-HEADLINE SHOW
IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA, the two biggest metal bands on the planet, will make history this summer when they co-headline the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, the very first time both bands have appeared together on a British bill, and the only concerts either band will play in the U.K. IN 2014.
Both METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN headlined their first-ever Knebworth concerts under the Sonisphere banner and now these giants of the world stage return together to fly the Sonisphere flag once more; bigger and bolder than ever before. For the first time ever fans will have the chance to see both bands come together to head up what will surely make for one of the most historic festival bills in heavy rock music. British legends IRON MAIDEN will bring their immensely successful "Maiden England" world tour to a spectacular finale.
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson comments: "We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily, it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like PINK FLOYD, THE WHO, [LED] ZEPPELIN, THE [ROLLING] STONES and GENESIS. "This will be the last concert of our 'Maiden England' tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable tour in our own backyard.
"We have tweaked the 'Maiden England' setlist a bit to make it more representative of our whole '80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective.
"If you are there on the day, it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing." Also headlining will be one of the biggest selling rock acts of all time, METALLICA. Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, METALLICA are one of the most influential and successful rock bands in history. Next summer's performance by METALLICA will see the band delivering a "Metallica By Request" interactive setlist spanning their entire career. Says Lars Ulrich: "This just works on all fronts: "METALLICA and Knebworth, 'Metallica By Request', METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN. "To be invited to co-headline the 40th-anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindfuck. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it's not only a next level honor, but a somewhat humbling undertaking. "And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans?
"We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs METALLICA get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven't been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it's all up to you. "Add the cherry on top… co-headlining with IRON MAIDEN, who are a big reason that METALLICA exists in the first place. Although we haven't played together on the same day since 1988, this is the closest we've come for 25 years, and for all our fans who share the same love for IRON MAIDEN as we, the band members do, this will hopefully amount to what many rock fans would consider a dream bill. "BRING IT ON!!!" Making this event even more special is the fact it marks 40 years of rock concerts in the legendary grounds of Knebworth House. Sonisphere 2014 marks the return to Britain of the Sonisphere festival which for the past five years has been the biggest pan-European festival, playing to audiences of over 1.5 million fans. Says Team Sonisphere: "During our two-year absence, we've continued to believe in and work hard on Sonisphere.
"We said in 2013 that if we had the right line up then we would be back, and that's exactly what we’ve got in 2014. The omens were obviously on our side when we secured the two biggest and best metal acts of all time in the year that also brings the 40th anniversary of the first concert at Knebworth. "Our excitement at being able to offer METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN on the same bill for the first time ever has been hard to contain. To do so in a year of great celebration for the iconic venue is very satisfying. Sonisphere 2014 is going to be a legendary year!" Early Bird Weekend tickets for Sonisphere 2014 including IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA go on sale on Monday, December 2 priced at £170 (limited availability). The highly popular £50 deposit scheme will also make a return on early bird tickets. All campsites open Thursday. For further information, visit www.sonisphere.co.uk.
GUS G SIGNS SOLO DEAL WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Guitar virtuoso GUS G. has signed a worldwide solo deal with Century Media Records. Well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, GUS G. will make his solo debut with the release of 'I AM THE FIRE' in spring 2014.
His work on OZZY's 'Scream' album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player Magazine's Best Metal Guitarist, the Dimebag Darrell Shredder award at the Metal Hammer UK Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece Best Guitarist on three separate occasions.
GUS G. online:
NOVEMBER 23rd 2013
BONZO BASH SCHEDULED FOR 2014
The next "Bonzo Bash" will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. "Bonzo Bash" is the "celebration show" that John Bonham freak/worshipper/drum lifer Brian Thomas Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL) put together to pay tribute to the one and only drummer he has never stopped listening to and being inspired by since he was 10 years old.
One day in 2010, Tichy thought it would be a pretty simple and cool idea to put an amber acrylic replica drum kit at the front of the stage and one by one, have some of the world's best drummers pick their favorite LED ZEPPELIN songs and have a house band of buddies (dubbed "THE MOBY DICKS") perform these songs with these drummers. Tichy told this idea to promoter bud Joe Sutton (another Bonham/ZEPPELIN freak) who loved it and happened to have the exact night on hold at Key Club in West Hollywood. This was the 30th anniversary of the passing of John Bonham (September 25, 2010). Called "Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same", it brought together 20 drummers on one kit celebrating the man, John Bonham, who continues to prove to be without a doubt the most influential drummer in all of rock 'n roll! The night was attended not only by world-class drummers Chad Smith, Kenny Aronoff, Danny Carey, Abe Laboriel Jr., Steven Adler and many others, but also by the Bonham family, including son Jason, daughter Zoe, sister Deborah (all of whom performed in the show) and wife Pat! A magical event is an understatement and it has been likened to a rhythmic wildebeest crossing without the crocs!
The night and the pace of the celebration is like no other. The music of LED ZEPPELIN is some of the most popular in the world so every song goes over amazingly. The anticipation of which drummer will play next and which song they will choose keeps the audiences interest all the way up to final percussion jam where every drummer is on stage with percussion in hand as they all take turns for a last go-round on the kit!
The celebration includes the element of spontaneity ensconced in a well-prepared, organized backyard party! Anything can happen and it's encouraged! …Much like a LED ZEPPELIN concert as no two were ever the same. Drummers take chances, the band retains up to 5 hours of ZEP tunes, unique arrangements, intros and endings, and high fives are thrown all over the stage after every song! THE MOBY DICKS are as much fans of Bonzo, ZEPPELIN and of the drummers who take the stage that the energy coming off the stage is undeniable and felt to the back of the venues every time!
* Seven Antonopolous (OPIATE FOR THE MASSES)
* Carmine Appice (CACTUS, VANILLA FUDGE)
* Kenny Aronoff (JOHN FOGERTY, SMASHING PUMPKINS)
* Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Will Calhoun (LIVING COLOUR)
* Michael Cartellone (LYNYRD SKYNYRD)
* Fred Coury (CINDERELLA)
* Jimmy D'Anda
* John Hummel
* Brandon Kachel (BARBARIAN OVERLORDS)
* James Kottak (SCORPIONS)
* Ray Luzier (KORN)
* Khurt Maier (SALTY DOG)
* Xavier Muriel (BUCKCHERRY)
* A.J. Pero (TWISTED SISTER)
* Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION)
* Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER)
* Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
* Bobby Rondinelli (RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH)
* Rikki Rockett (POISON)
* Chris Slade (THE FIRM, AC/DC)
* Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER)
* Jason Sutter (MARILYIN MANSON, CHRIS CORNELL)
* Matt Starr (ACE FREHLEY)
* Chad Szeliga (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
* Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, BILLY IDOL, S.U.N.)
* Joe Travers (ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA)
* Steven Wolf (AVRIL LAVIGNE, BRITNEY SPEARS)
* Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, QUEENSRŸCHE)
THE MOBY DICKS are:
Brent Woods (guitar)
Chas West (vocals)
Dorian Heartsong (bass)
Stephen LeBlanc (keyboards)
Brian Tichy (guitar)
NOVEMBER 18th 2013
CHROME DIVISION ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
The Norwegian five-piece featuring DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath (a.k.a. Stian Thoresen) on guitar — will release its fourth album, "Infernal Rock Eternal", on January 17, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011's "3rd Round Knockout" was recorded at Dub Studio in Oslo with Endre Kirkesola.
Says Shagrath: "The doomsday rock legion are proud to announce that 2014 marks 10-year anniversary for CHROME DIVISION, celebrated with our brand new fourth album, 'Infernal Rock Eternal'.
"It's been one year of intense team effort, combined with band parties and studio sessions, resulting in our most varied and best album to date.
"I am very proud of this album, and we can't wait to share it with you."
Added CHROME DIVISION vocalist Shady Blue (a.k.a. Athera): "And we're back, finally!
"After nailing down the new, permanent lineup some two years ago, we have worked intensely with the new songs and sound of CHROME DIVISION continuously.
'The last year [was spent] in and out of studio tracking song after song of the new stuff.
"I have to say the band is complete now, and the new overall feel of the music that comes out of this gang of rockers these days is just awesome!
"I am stoked to be a part of this new album and extremely satisfied with the diversity in songs and the power of each and every track!
"Working with Endre Kirkesola in Dub Studio has been a great experience, and just what the band needed.
"Damage Karlsen and Ogee's contributions to the new stuff is just beyond!
"We are super excited to hear what you guys think of the new album. And we're looking forward to finally getting out on the road more and play the shit live for you as well."
"Infernal Rock Eternal" track listing:
01. Good Morning Riot
02. Endless Nights
03. (She's) Hot Tonight
04. The Absinthe Voyage
05. Lady Of Perpetual Sorrow
06. The Moonshine Years
07. No Bet For Free
08. On The Run Again
09. Mistress In Madness
10. Reaper On The Hunt
11. You’re Dead Now
13. Dirty Dog (bonus track)
CHROME DIVISION last year parted ways with bassist Björn "Burn" Luna and guitarist Ricky Black. Luna, who was a member of CHROME DIVISION since its inception in 2004, "will work with us from behind the curtains of doom, and contribute on the lyrical side of things in the future," according to the band.
CHROME DIVISION current lineup:
Shagrath - Guitar
Ogee - Bass
Shady Blue (a.k.a. Athera) - Vocals
Damage Karlsen - Guitar
Tony White - Drums