SABATON UNVEIL NEW LYRIC VIDEO AND MORE
SABATON bassist Pär Sundström previously stated about "The Last Stand": "We once again worked with Peter Tägtgren in his newly upgraded and top-class Abyss studio in Sweden to record, produce and mix the album. The mastering [was] done by Jonas Kjellgren who also works in the same building in nice Pärlby on the countryside of Sweden. Both 'Carolus Rex' and 'Heroes' were done in the same way and we [felt] very comfortable to return to the same place and people again. Fans will recognize the sound of the album as SABATON, but we really feel we took it a step forward this time."
SABATON also remarked on the upcoming North American tour with TRIVIUM and HUNTRESS, stating: "On the 'Heroes' tour, we came to North America three times and now it's time to return. This time we will do it with our brand new album 'The Last Stand', which will hit stores on August 19th. This means that fans in North America will be able to enjoy the new songs before anyone else.
Sep. 15 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall*
Sep. 16 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage*
Sep. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Rock Allegiance - Festival^
Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
Sep. 20 - Little Rock, AR - Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center*
Sep. 22 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall*
Sep. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater*
Sep. 24 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre*
Sep. 25 - San Bernardino, CA - Ozzfest Meets Knotfest - Festival^
Sep. 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*
Sep. 29 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium*
Sep. 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights*
Oct. 01 - Janesville, WI - JJO Sonic Boom - Festival^
Oct. 02 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life - Festival ^
Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live!*
Oct. 07 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar*
Oct. 08 - Tulsa, OK – Cain's Ballroom*
Oct. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE*
Oct. 11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
Oct. 14 - Worcester, MA - Rock & Shock – Festival^
Oct. 15 - Binghamton, NY - Magic City Music Hall*
Oct. 17 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm*
Oct. 18 - Tampa, FL - State Theater *
Oct. 19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live*
Oct. 21 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues*
* With SABATON and HUNTRESS
^ Festival date
JULY 15th 2016
PAIN RELEASE NEW ALBUM TRAILER
Pain, the Swedish industrial-metal force led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann), will unleash the follow-up to 2011's You Only Live Twice this fall. After the substantial success of his LINDEMANN project with Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann, Tägtgren retreated to his Abyss Studios to focus on writing yet another industrial-metal masterpiece.
Check out the video interview with Peter for his insight on the upcoming record, “Coming Home”
Coming Home will be released on September 9th through Nuclear Blast Records.
WHITECHAPEL ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING US TOUR
Currently on the road as part of the annual Warped Tour, Whitechapel has announced another USA trek - this time, co-headlining with Suicide Silence! Sponsored by BlackCraft Cult Clothing (www.blackcraftcult.com), the "Straight Outta Hell" tour also features Carnifex and Oceano as support, with Despised Icon appearing at select shows. This must-see fall run kicks off in late September and ends in late October - stay tuned for complete dates coming soon!
Whitechapel recently released their sixth full-length, Mark of the Blade, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Hailed as "an exciting milestone" (Alt Press), Mark of the Blade was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) and sees Whitechapel redefine who they are and what they are capable of with the resulting 11 tracks. Kicking off with "The Void" - which has a Slayer-esque ferocity that is perfectly suited to the band's three-guitar attack - the songs that follow all leave a distinct impression, and by the time the rich, dark melodies on "Decennium" bring the record to a close, it's impossible to deny the emotional weight brought to bear. Alex Wade explains, "At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us."
MASTODON EXHIBIT AT HARD ROCK CAFE IN LAS VEGAS
Beau Dobney, Curator and Design Specialist for Hard Rock Hotel, added: "We are very excited to work with Mastodon, they are elemental in today's metal sound, and aesthetic. The exhibit will be up, here in the Hard Rock Hotel until summer of 2018."
Thank you to the Hard Rock Las Vegas for putting together this extraordinary exhibit. If you're in Vegas, stop by and take it all in.
Mastodon have been hard at work writing and recording the follow-up to their acclaimed 2014 album ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN. At present, they have confirmed dates in Canada, Europe and the U.K. All dates below:
July 16 Pemberton, CAN Pemberton Music Festival
Aug 6 Montreal, CAN Park Jean Drapeau
Aug 10 Jaromer, Czech Republic Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 11 Oslo, Norway Øyafestivalen
Aug 13 Catton, UK Bloodstock Festival
Aug 14 Belfast, N. IRE Limelight
Aug 15 Dublin, IRE Dublin Academy
Aug 17 Koln, GER Live Music Hall
Aug 18 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop
Aug 19 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany Summer Breeze Festival
Aug 20 Hamburg, Germany Elb-Riot Festival
Aug 22 Warsaw, Poland Progresja Music Zone
Aug 23 Berlin, GER Huxleys Neue Welt
Aug 24 Bezirk-Land-Strasse, Austria Arena Wien
Aug 27 Reading, UK Reading Festival
Aug 28 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival
Aug 30 Athens, GRE Piraeus Acedemy
Oct 1 Atlanta, GA Project Pabst / East Atlanta Village
JULY 15th 2016
SHATTERED SUN ANNOUNCE MINI NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
9/08/16 - Orlando, FL @ Haven Lounge
9/10/16 - Boonsboro, MD @ G Boone's
9/11/16 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
9/12/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
9/13/16 - Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
9/14/16 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
9/15/16 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
9/16/16 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
9/17/16 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
9/18/16 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
9/19/16 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
9/20/16 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Scar Symmetry will play outside of the tour routing on September 9 at Prog Power USA in Atlanta, GA.
Guitarist Jessie Santos states, "We're happy to announce the official dates for our upcoming tour with Scar Symmetry. It's too awesome to know that we're on this amazing bill. We can't wait to see y'all on the road. September can't come soon enough, see you in the pit!"
SHATTERED SUN recently announced their inclusion on the Rogue Records America radio mod, Rogue Radio, for Fallout 4. In total, the mod will feature 44 songs by 38 bands and have two DJ's each with their own style and playlist. Rogue Radio will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and will be a mod that anyone with the game can download for free. Once downloaded, the players Pip Boy will have the Rogue Radio station in their Radio list playing the best heavy metal and hard rock. The radio station will feature all of Rogue's artists as well as many other National and Emerging artists. The Rogue Radio mod for Fallout 4 is currently under development and looking to be released cross platform in July. For more information on the Rogue Radio Fallout 4 mod, please visit www.facebook.com/RogueRecordsAmerica.
SHATTERED SUN's latest Victory Records debut, Hope Within Hatred, is available in-stores, online at iTunes, Amazon Music, FYE, Hastings, and wherever digital music is sold. Hope Within Hatred debuted at #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, as well as within the Top 20 on the iTunes Metal chart and Top 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Check out the band's recently released live-action video for the track "Waging War" here: https://youtu.be/Ab2x0KNN5_A
JULY 15th 2016
LEPROUS ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The next live campaign steps include some European festival dates in the summer, a North American headline run in September/October as well as a massive European tour supporting Devil Townsend Project alongside Between The Buried And Me.
LEPROUS vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg checked in about the recent DVD shoot as follows:
"The recording of the DVD went great, and it was one of the best nights of our career so far! We just received the rough mix of the Audio, and we can tell that it's definitely approved. On most live albums these days, bands are re-recording most of the stuff afterwards in the studio, to make it sound "perfect". For us that's out of question. We wanna keep the live feel, especially to give a big contrast to the rather "perfected" studio albums! Definitely more organic!"
And he added the following comment about the upcoming European tour:
"We're very happy to be a part of such a fantastic tour package, and it will be pure joy to play together with both Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend Project! We believe this tour can help us up to the next level, and that there are many potential new followers to convince here!"
Here is a list of all upcoming shows for LEPROUS:
LEPROUS - European festival dates 2016:
08.11.2016 Josefov (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Open Air / www.brutalassault.cz
09.03.2016 Bryne (Norway) - Brynerocken / www.brynerocken.no
11.04.2016 Barcelona (Spain) - AMFest / www.amfest.es
LEPROUS - North American headline tour with Earthside, Binary Code and Dissona:
09.27.2016 Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage
09.28.2016 Baltimore, MD - Cafe 611
09.30.2016 New York City, NY - Gramercy Theater
10.01.2016 Niagara Falls, NY - The Rapids Theater
10.02,2016 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
10.03,2016 Montreal, QC - TBA
10.04/05.2016 Quebec City, QC - TBA
10.06.2016 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.07,2016 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
10.08.2016 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
10.09.2016 Minneapolis, MN - TBA
10.11.2016 Calgary AB - Distortion
10.12.2016 Vancouver, BC - Red Room
10.13.2016 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
10.14.2016 Portland, OR - High Water Mark
10.15.2016 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
10.16.2016 Los Angeles, CA - Complex
10.17.2016 Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
10.19.2016 San Antonio, TX - Rockbox
10.20.2016 Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats West
10.21.2016 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
10.22.2016 Mexico City, MX - Foro Indie Rocks * LEPROUS only!
LEPROUS - European tour with Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried And Me:
01.28.017 Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix * No BTBAM
01.30.2017 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) - Rockhal
01.31.2017 Paris (France) - Bataclan
02.01.2017 Bordeaux (France) - Rockschool Barbey
02.03.2017 Madrid (Spain) - La Reviera
02.04.2017 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz 2
02.05.2017 Marseille (France) - Le Moulin
02.07.2017 Milan (Italy) - Live Club
02.08.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
02.09.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
02.10.2017 Munich (Germany) - Backstage
02.12.2017 Zagreb (Croatia) - Tvornica Club
02.13.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
02.14.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Arena
02.16.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) - The Roxy
02.17.2017 Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
02.18.2017 Kraków (Poland) - Kwadrat
02.19.2017 Warsaw (Poland) - Stodola
02.21.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Grünspan
02.22.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) - Voxhall
02.23.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik
02.25.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest
02.26.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Sentrum Scene
02.28.2017 Helsinki (Finland) - The Circus
03.01.2017 Seinajoki (Finland) - Rytmikorjaamo
03.03.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Berns
03.04.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB
03.05.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
03.07.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
03.08.2017 Dortmund (Germany) - FZW
03.09.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013
03.10.2017 Amsterdam (The Netherlands) - De Melkweg
JULY 9th 2016
PAIN RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FROM UPCOMING NEW RECORD
Commented Peter: "'Black Knight Satellite' is based around a story that circulates on the net, both interesting and confusing.
"The song is an up-tempo song, with orchestra parts and chugging guitars — it will be great live. A typical PAIN song. Didn't wanna start off with a surprise this time."
A few days ago, PAIN announced that it will hit the road for a full European headline tour this autumn. PAIN will join forces with the German gothic metal outfit THE VISION BLEAK. Two more support bands will be annouced soon.
DAVE MUSTAINE TO ANNOUNCE UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
MEGADETH's last full U.S. tour took place earlier in the year and featured support from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, CHILDREN OF BODOM and HAVOK.
MEGADETH is continuing to tour in support of its fifteenth album, "Dystopia", which shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 28. In terms of pure album sales, it opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH's highest-charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. "Dystopia" also logged the group's best sales week since 2007, when "United Abominations" landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.
JULY 3rd 2016
EPICA ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
EPICA will be joined on this trek by Italian symphonic death metal kings FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, Russian Pagan warriors ARKONA and their good friends in THE AGONIST. The first three dates will see Germany’s XANDRIA as a replacement for ARKONA. Tour kick off will be on November 4th in Quebec City and will conclude December 3rd in Worcester, MA.
EPICA / FLESHGOD APOCOLYPSE / XANDRIA / THE AGONIST
Nov. 4 + Imperial Theater + Quebec City, QC
Nov. 5 + Corona + Montreal, QC
Nov. 6 + Phoenix Concert Hall + Toronto, ON
EPICA / FLESHGOD APOCOLYPSE / ARKONA / THE AGONIST
Nov. 8 + Concord Music Hall + Chicago, IL
Nov. 9 + Cabooze + Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 11 + Saskatoon Event Center + Saskatoon, SK
Nov. 12 + Marquee + Calgary, AB
Nov. 13 + The Ranch + Edmonton, AB
Nov. 15 + Vogue Theatre + Vancouver, BC
Nov. 16 + Studio 7 + Seattle, WA
Nov. 18 + Social Hall + San Francisco, CA
Nov. 19 + The Regent + Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 20 + Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel + Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 22 + Summit Music Hall + Denver, CO
Nov. 23 + Granada Theater + Lawrence, KS
Nov. 25 + Gas Monkey Live + Dallas, TX
Nov. 26 + Empire Control Room + Austin, TX
Nov. 28 + State Theater + St Petersburg, FL
Nov. 29 + Masquerade + Atlanta, GA
Dec. 1 + Soundstage Baltimore, MD
Dec. 2 + Webster Hall + New York, NY
Dec. 3 + Palladium + Worcester, MA
VIP / Meet and Greet Bundles and upgrades are on sale now via SOUNDRINK.
VIP / Meet & Greet Bundle includes:
- Ticket to the show
- Meet & Greet plus photo opportunity with all the band members
- Separate signing cards of all band 6 band members
- Laminate + Lanyard
- Limited edition 7-inch vinyl with an exclusive (previously unreleased) song
- VIP-only exclusive tour shirt
- Early venue access
- Digital download of ‘The Holographic Principle’ on release date
QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCE US HEADLINING TOUR
Speaking about the upcoming US tour and playing with Armored Saint, Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre comments,
"We are pleased to announce that we will be hitting the road this November with the one and only Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal. We're looking forward to seeing all of you for this great billing of musical diversity and high energy performances! Come join the Ryche this November - December!"
Lead guitarist and founding member Michael Wilton also gave his thoughts on the band's Fall dates, saying,
"Queensryche is proud to be embarking on our Fall 2016 - Condition Human US tour with special guests Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal! We encourage our fans to come out for this one and prepare yourselves for some high energy rock shows!"
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE has secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.
The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
QUEENSRYCHE - US Fall Tour w/Armored Saint & Midnight Eternal
Tuesday, November 15th - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Wednesday, November 16th - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Friday, November 18th - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Tuesday, November 22nd - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Wednesday, November 23rd - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Friday, November 25th - Tyler, TX @ Clicks
Saturday, November 26th - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Tuesday, November 29th - Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks at The Landing
Wednesday, November 30th - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Thursday, December 1st - Tampa, FL @ The Cuban Club
Friday, December 2nd - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
Saturday, December 3rd - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Sunday, December 4th - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Tuesday, December 6th - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, December 7th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Thursday, December 8th - Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Lounge
Saturday, December 10th - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sunday, December 11th - Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Tuesday, December 13th - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Wednesday, December 14th - Overland Park, KS @ Kanza Hall
Thursday, December 15th - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
SCORPIONS BOOK TELLS ALL OF THE INFLUENTIAL ERA
'German Metal Machine: Scorpions in the '70s' is the first-ever book to focus solely on this period of the band. Interviews include such former members as Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Francis Buchholz, and Herman Rarebell, longtime Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks, plus members of other bands that are major admirers, including KK Downing (Judas Priest), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Joe Satriani, Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Eddie Trunk ('That Metal Show'), among many others, while Kirk Hammett (Metallica) provides a foreword.
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, Songfacts, and Vintage Guitar, and has authored such books as 'Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's,' 'Iron Maiden: '80 '81,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' and 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.' 'German Metal Machine' is his 19th book overall.
'German Metal Machine: Scorpions in the '70s' is available as a paperback version [222 pages, $16.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], a Nook download [$9.99], and an iBook download [$9.99].
Read excerpts here:
Ordering info here:
Paperback and Kindle: https://amzn.com/1519491670
MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2017 BAND ANNOUNCEMENT
TNT will be sailing this February...Tony Harnell and Ronni LeTekro onstage together and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of TELL NO TALES!
Word from the TNT camp is Tony and Ronni have locked themselves away in their studio in Norway writing and recording a new TNT CD!
Cabins are going fast...Don't miss what will be the ultimate Rock N' Roll Super Bowl party sailing the seven seas!! Book your Rock vacation or learn more at: monstersofrockcruise.com.
#MonstersOfRockCruise #MORC2017 #RockNRollCruise #CaribbeanCruise #MORCruise #SuperBowl
We look forward to seeing you aboard! Make plans to attend the Greatest Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Cruise of All Time...Monsters of Rock!
Your Monsters of Rock Cruise Team
NECRONOMICON ANNOUNCE SUMMER CANADIAN TOUR
NECRONOMICON's Rob The Witch comments:
"After spending these last 4 years mostly in US while on tour, we decided that it was about time to hit the road at home. We'll be touring Canada for "Advent of the Human God" with the brutality of Abiotic and our Ontario brothers Vesperia. We are cranked up to see old friends and new ones and can't wait to see all of you this coming August before joining Marduk, Rotting Christ and Carach Angren for our September US tour. See you soon."
To listen to the full stream of 'Advent of The Human God', please visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLArAJlC1y55_sXr0kj-1FIxK4_kEYJ06c
Album order available at http://smarturl.it/NecronomShop
'Okkultis In Canada Tour':
8/4 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
8/5 - St. Catherines, ON @ Detour Music Hall
8/6 - Windsor, ON @ Windsor Beer Exchange
8/7 - London, ON @ Call The Office
8/9 - Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
8/12 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
8/13 - Brandon, MA @ North Hill Inn
8/14 - Winnipeg, MA @ The Park Theatre
8/15 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
8/16 - Lethbridge, AB @ Inferno Nightclub
8/17 - Edmonton, AB @ Filthy's
8/18 - Kelowna, BC @ Muninn's Post
8/20 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
8/21 - Prince George, BC @ Generator Cabaret
8/22 - Calgary, AB @ Distortion
8/23 - Saskatoon, SK @ O'Brian's Event Centre
8/26 - Timmins, ON @ The Working Class
8/27 - Oshawa, ON @ The Atria
JUNE 22nd 2016
GHOST ANNOUNCE POPESTAR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
[MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY]
Presale at: http://ghost-official.com/
JUNE 14th 2016
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND PAPA ROACH ANNOUNCE FAN-DEMANDED CANADIAN TOUR
Exclusive 5FDP/PR demand ticket & VIP pre-sale start Tuesday 6/14, 10:00am EST
HMV Exclusive Pre-sale Wednesday 6/15, 10:00am EST
Local venue & radio pre-sale kick off Thursday, 6/16, 10am local time
General Public Onsale Friday, 6/17, 10am local time
For tickets, more info and details on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH and SIXX:A.M. VIP package offerings, go to http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour and http://paparoach.com/events and http://sixxammusic.com
Says Mike Mascioli, CEO of Mascioli Entertainment: “I will never lose my passion for buying and promoting national tours, especially when bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach stay loyal by sticking with independents like myself. And with the massive success of this same tour in the States and Europe, I'm thrilled to be able to bring them to Canada!" Daniel Glick, Director of Concerts & Events for Evenko adds: “Fans spoke and we listened. We worked really hard with both bands to make this happen. They’ve been on our must-have list for a while now and announcing this tour is very exciting. We look forward to seeing Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach this fall in Canada”.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH actively involved the fans by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a “demand campaign” housed at http://demand.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/ and http://demand.paparoach.com/
An overwhelming 60,000 Canadian fans responded to the call to action and made their voices heard. Zoltan Bathory (guitar) of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH states: “We took this Demand Campaign everywhere. We had huge success with it in the USA, and in Europe it even won the “Arena Tour Of The Year” award… It’s not surprising in a way as it is inclusive of the fans - they vote and we are listening. What a concept, right? Nobody learns from talking, you learn from listening.” “When we did this tour last year in the USA, it was truly the Best Tour Ever. We heard from so many of our Canadian fans that really wanted to see this show – so we’re bringing it to them. Really cannot be more excited to go back – even heading east of Quebec. This is one show you won’t wanna miss.” Says PAPA ROACH vocalist, Jacoby Shaddix.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND PAPA ROACH previously co-headlined American and European arenas to great success last Fall and won the prestigious “Arena Tour Of The Year” award from the German Promoters Association.
Special guests on the tour will be SIXX:A.M., whose single, “Rise” is currently #3 on the Canadian Rock Chart. Their recent April 29 global release of Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1, debuted at #1 on the US Independent Album Chart, #2 on the US Rock Albums Chart, #7 on Canada’s Billboard Top 200 Chart, and in the Top 5 Album Chart around the globe. Vocalist James Michael says: "We've been getting tremendous support for our new single “Rise” from the fans and from Canadian radio. We are thrilled to be touring Canada this fall with FFDP and Papa Roach!"
Support comes from newcomers FROM ASHES TO NEW who will play songs from their debut Better Noise Records release, Day One, including “Through It All” and “Lost And Alone”, to audiences all across Canada.
Five Finger Death Punch’s highly acclaimed sixth album, Got Your Six, hit new sales heights for the band around the world with its September 2015 debut, amongst them a #3 debut in Canada. In the U.S. it claimed the #1 spot on the Top Album chart, #1 on the Overall Digital Album chart, and #1 on the Hard Music Album chart, as well as #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and sold 115K in the first week of release. This was the first #1 Album for the Las Vegas hard-rockers. Impressive chart numbers also rolled in from Australia, Germany, Sweden (#5) and the UK (#6), to name a few. Five Finger Death Punch have grown exponentially in just a few years, racking up 16 consecutive US top 10 hits, five #1 hits, four gold and one platinum album. With the release of 2013’s The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 (recently certified gold) and Volume 2, the band created continuous new content with which they outsold the majority of bands in their genre, selling 2 million albums over the past three years in North America alone. The band is currently taking Got Your Six around the world touring throughout 2017. For more info on the band, visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
PAPA ROACH released their 8th studio album F.E.A.R. in January of 2015 which featured the #1 single, “Face Everything And Rise”, and the Top 5 single “Gravity” featuring Maria Brink of In This Moment. As of June, the band has headed back into the studio to create their 9th studio album, reinvigorated by F.E.A.R.’s success and the incredible tour cycle that followed, and eager to bring fans more music. “Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix is the human equivalent of an energy drink. He is a firecracker who also happens to be keenly self-aware, candid to a near-fault… but he hasn't lost any of the spark that helped propel Papa Roach to multiplatinum status...” says Alternative Press. 2015 marked the 15th Anniversary of Infest the band’s breakthrough album, which has sold over 8 million albums to date.
SIXX:A.M. is Nikki Sixx, Dj Ashba, and James Michael. Their current album, Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1, debuted at #1 on the US Independent Album Chart, #2 on the US Rock Albums Chart, #7 on Canada’s Billboard Top 200 Chart, and in the Top 5 Album Chart around the globe. The band has spent most of 2016 on the road playing major U.S. and European festivals during which they initiated a surprise call toaction for fans to gather somewhere near the venue for an intimate impromptu acoustic set, using the hashtag, #sixxamhitandrun across their social media platforms for location details. Canadian fans can expect the band to continue this tradition on the tour.
FROM ASHES TO NEW come fresh off their debut Better Noise Records release, Day One. Their modern take on alternative music that integrates rapping seamlessly, FROM ASHES TO NEW have been on the road since their inception, traveling with bands including Hollywood Undead, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, All Time Low, and PVRIS to name a few. Their hit-single, “Through It All”, spent multiple weeks at #1 on Sirius XM Octane, climbed to the Top 10 at Rock Radio, and amassed over 4.5 million individual streams, making them a clear contender in the rock scene today. Prior to this highly-anticipated tour, the band will be bringing Day One to the masses all summer long on Vans Warped
Tour 2016, beginning June 24th. Best summarized by Alternative Press, “FROM ASHES TO NEW bring nukes to a genre where everyone is playing with firecrackers.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & PAPA ROACH
FROM ASHES TO NEW
CANADA 2016 DATES*:
Friday, September 9, 2016 ABBOTSFORD BC ABBOTSFORD CENTRE
Saturday, September 10, 2016 PENTICTON BC SOUTH OKANAGAN CENTRE
Sunday, September 11, 2016 CALGARY AB GREY EAGLE CASINO
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 LETHBRIDGE AB ENMAX CENTRE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 REGINA SK BRANDT CENTRE
Friday, September 16, 2016 MEDICINE HAT AB CANALTA CENTRE
Saturday, September 17, 2016 EDMONTON AB REXALL PLACE
Sunday, September 18, 2016 SASKATOON SK SASKTEL CENTRE
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 WINNIPEG MB MTS CENTRE
Friday, September 23, 2016 OSHAWA ON GM CENTRE
Saturday, September 24, 2016 LONDON ON BUDWEISER GARDENS
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 MONCTON NB MONCTON COLISEUM
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 HALIFAX NS SCOTIA BANK CENTRE
* look out for additional dates to be announced in the near future
JUNE 13th 2016
FAITH NO MORE REISSUE DEBUT ALBUM
“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.”
The original 10-song album, remastered by Maor Appelbaum via the original reels Gould eluded to, is enhanced with nine bonus tracks including demo versions (taken from the original 8-track tapes) of “Greed,” “Mark Bowen,” “Arabian Disco” and “Intro,” live versions of “The Jungle” and “New Beginnings” and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of “We Care A Lot,” “Pills for Breakfast” and “As The Worm Turns.” Liner notes from keyboard player Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos will be included with the physical release.
We Care A Lot arrived in November 1985 via Maximum RocknRoll editor Ruth Schwartz’s Mordam Records. The seminal album, boasting the timeless title track, which can still be heard daily on radio stations worldwide, confounded music fans and critics alike. As Pitchfork said in a 2015 article dubbed “The Misunderstanding of Faith No More,” the unpredictable and hard-to-define band “had radically altered the parameters of popular music years before the fabled alternative revolution.” Rolling Stone called it a "raw punk album" while Select Magazine dubbed it "a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dance floor verve."
“When strangers ask what Faith No More is I’ve always said, ‘well, it’s kind of an art band…’ I say that mostly to distance us from the hard rock world that we’re often times lumped into. I mean, hard rock, sure, that was part of it, but our roots most definitely and pointedly stem from a specific freakout art time and place in San Francisco, a time that no longer exists. In 1982, the hippies mingled with the punks, the artists hung out with the musicians, the dance people and the punks were one and the Satanists and the sexual pioneers… all part of the same scene,” Bottum explains, colorfully setting the scene for the original inspiration for the band and We Care A Lot. “That weird SF window provided a platform from which we were free to express and cultivate a really uniquely odd sound experience. In Los Angeles, no one really cared much, but SF was always super supportive, encouraging us, directly and not, to get our collective freak on.”
“We felt like it was time to take the next step,” adds drummer Mike Bordin. “We raised as much money as we were able and booked time at Prairie Sun Studios just north of San Francisco. I can’t remember how long it took us to record the album, but not a lot, maybe a few days. The songs were sharp from having played most of them at various shows. Very stripped down, basic as could be. The place was on a farm in chicken country (Petaluma). Hard work, but a ton of fun too.”
We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) track list:
1. We Care A Lot
2. The Jungle
3. Mark Bowen
5. Why Do You Bother
7. Pills for Breakfast
8. As The Worm Turns
9. Arabian Disco
10. New Beginnings
11. We Care A Lot – 2016 Mix
12. Pills for Breakfast – 2016 Mix
13. As The Worm Turns – 2016 Mix
14. Greed – Original Demo
15. Mark Bowen – Original Demo
16. Arabian Disco – Original Demo
17. Intro – Original Demo
18. The Jungle – I-Beam, SF, 1986
19. New Beginnings – I-Beam, SF, 1986
You can expect a grandiose album that is targeted for release in early 2017. More news coming soon.
SEPTICFLESH band picture 2016
On further news, SEPTICFLESH are finally completing the reissuing of their back catalogue via Season of Mist with the re-release of their acclaimed fifth full-length 'Revolution DNA' (1999), which has been scheduled for August 5.
The new exclusive artwork by French artist Adrien Bousson, which the band explicitly approves as well as the track-list of 'Revolution DNA' can be viewed below.
SEPTICFLESH Revolution DNA cover
4. Little Music Box
6. Nephilim Sons
9. Last Stop To Nowhere
10. Dictatorship Of The Mediocre
12. Arctic Circle
13. Age Of New Messiahs
14. Misery's King (bonus track)
15. The Thief Of Innocence (bonus track)
16. Telescope (bonus French version)
SEPTICFLESH band picture
Photo-credit: Math Studio - Edit: Seth Siro Anton
With the eagerly and long awaited re-release of 'Revolution DNA' (1999), Season of Mist is now completing the reissuing of SEPTICFLESH's back catalogue. The acclaimed fifth full-length of the Greek demons was essentially a logical continuation and sharpening of the formula of its well-received predecessor 'A Fallen Temple' (1998). Their unique amalgamation of elements taken from death and gothic metal (meaning bands such as MOONSPELL and TIAMAT) with added experimental and progressive touches was taken to a new level.
While dropping the female vocals of previous releases, their captivating duels between Seth's harsh growls and Sotiris' emotional clean voice intensified. SEPTICFLESH's talent for dark atmospheres and avant-garde experimentation without losing ground contact reached a new height. It had been an adventurous musical journey that led from their savage debut EP 'Temple of the Lost Race' (1991) to the daring course taken by 'Ophidian Wheel' (1997), and through the widening of the horizon with 'A Fallen Temple' to the depths of 'Revolution DNA'. Coming from the safe harbour of traditional death metal, SEPTICFLESH soon entered more challenging waters by adding classical elements as represented by their first two full-lengths 'Mystic Places of Dawn' (1994) and 'Esoptron' (1995). Their third album 'Ophidian Wheel' witnessed the Greeks experimenting with the possibilities offered by original Gothic Metal as defined by PARADISE LOST's album 'Gothic' (1991) and the use of beautiful female vocals contrasting with harsh growls.
SEPTICFLESH were conceived by Christos and Spiros "Seth" Antoniou in Athens in the year 1990. The brothers were soon joined by guitarist Sotiris Vayenas. The debut EP 'Temple of the Lost Race' (1991) laid the foundation of a steadily rising career, which was only interrupted by a hiatus as the band members decided to go separate ways after the release of 'Sumerian Daemons' (2003). Continuous demand of their large and loyal following finally lead to a reunion in 2007, after which SEPTICFLESH firmly established themselves as a leading force of symphonic Dark Metal with critically acclaimed masterpieces 'Communion' (2008), 'The Great Mass' (2011), and 'Titan' (2014).
'Revolution DNA' comes with new artwork by Adrien Bousson approved by the band, exclusive liner-notes by Olivier "Zoltar" Badin, and bonus tracks, which were not available on the original release. The back catalogue of SEPTICFLESH will soon be completely available from Season of Mist.
Style: Dark Metal
Recording line-up 'Revolution DNA'
Spiros "Seth" Antoniou: bass, vocals (harsh)
Sotiris Vayenas: guitars, vocals (clear), lyrics
Christos Antoniou: guitars, samples
Akis "Lethe" Kapranos: drums
Seth Siro Anton: bass & vocals
Christos Antoniou: guitar & orchestral arrangements
Sotiris Anunnaki V: guitar & clean vocals
Kerim 'Krimh' Lechner: drums & percussion
MIDGARDSBLOT ADDS 4 BANDS TO LINE-UP AND MORE
4 new bands are confirmed for this year’s line-up!
The Mesopotamian black metal thrashers MELECHESH, Swedish Viking metal veterans MÅNEGARM, local black metal heroes KIRKEBRANN and newcomers BLOT are added to this year’s line up.
Together with Wardruna, Enslaved, Skuggsjá, Inquisition, Tsjuder, Skalmöld, Hamferd, Folket Bortafor Nordavinden and L.E.A.F, this year’s Midgardsblot offers the best mix of folk, pagan and blasting extreme metal! For more info on bands please visit our website at
Day program and tickets:
The festival starts with the opening of the camping area and the Gildehall at Thursday, live concerts and full festival program Friday and Saturday. Only access to Thursday with the full festival pass, day tickets to Friday and Saturday for sale now!
3 day festival pass: 1450,- NOK
Day tickets Friday and Saturday 740,- NOK
Access to Thursday is only possible with the 3 day festival pass
Tickets on sale here: http://pub.ticketmobile.no/Events/46871/11132
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Warm up and pre party in the Gildehall
Bands and DJ’s TBA
Only access with full festival pass.
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s SKUGGSJÁ
FOLKET BORTAFOR NORDAVINDEN
Gildehallen special guest: TBA
FOLKET BORTAFOR NORDAVINDEN
Gildehallen special guest: TBA
- And more bands to be announced soon!
For more info on bands please visit our website at:
JUNE 7th 2016
ALICE COOPER HITS THE ROAD WITH NEW NIGHTMARE
Alice pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, year in and year out, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.
Alice’s catalog of hits and anthems, including “I’m Eighteen,” “No More Mr Nice Guy,” School’s Out,” “Elected,” “Poison,” and others, are featured in his live show, along with a mix of newer songs, album cuts, and a sequence of cover songs, tributes to his "dead drunk friends," that inspired a spin-off group, the Hollywood Vampires with friends Johnny Depp and Joe Perry.
Alice’s touring band features the three guitar attack of Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, backed by longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.
As he heads back out on the concert trail with his own band or with The Hollywood Vampires, Cooper insists he’s still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for his most recent projects, including The Hollywood Vampires, as well as narrating the CD/interactive iphone & ipad app "Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood,’ an updating of the iconic story and classic music masterpiece, and also contributing guest vocals to Wish You Were Here Symphonic, an orchestral re-imagining of Pink Floyd's classic music.
For the Hollywood Vampires, Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the original Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). Cooper and Depp were joined by Joe Perry, an old friend of both, and producer Bob Ezrin, and the recording became a tribute to the original Vampires, featuring a host of special guest appearances. Their new album and tour offer fans non-stop, energetic rock with their single “Bad As I Am” as well as renditions of popular classics including “My Generation,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and a “School’s Out”/“Another Brick in the Wall” medley.
For Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, (Giants Are Small and Deutsche Grammophon/UMC), Alice Cooper lends his storytelling skills as the narrator for a combination of classical music, visual wonder, and digital play that brings an invigorating new perspective to Prokofiev’s classic. Audiences of all ages are able to experience the legendary story of the resourceful Russian boy in multiple formats as well as an immersive, interactive experience of an iPad and iPhone app designed especially for children (age 5-8).
Marking the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s seminal album Wish You Were Here, Decca/UMC released a new symphonic reworking of the classic record Wish You Were Here Symphonic. Alice Cooper takes on vocal duties on classic tracks such as ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Welcome to the Machine,’ with Rick Wakeman on keyboards, the London Orion Orchestra, and guitarists Stephen McElroy and Dave Fowler from Australian Pink Floyd. Wish You Were Here Symphonic was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where Pink Floyd recorded the original album.
As if that wasn't enough, “Nights With Alice Cooper,” Alice’s nightly radio show, is available in nearly 100 cities in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK. The five hour long show features his favorite classic rock songs along with his insider anecdotes about many of the artists. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, his place in rock history and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame secure, and his multiple gold & platinum albums, sold-out tours plus countless honors and career achievement awards, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career.
ALICE COOPER TOUR
April 29 Biloxi MS Beau Rivage
May 2 Nashville TN Jackson Theatre
May 4 Peoria IL Civic Center Theater
May 5 Merrillville IN Star Plaza Theater
May 6 Columbus OH Express Live!
May 8 Concord NC Carolina Rebellion
May 10 New Brunswick NJ State Theatre
May 12 Port Chester NY Capitol Theatre
May 13 Wilkes-Barre PA FM Kirby Center
May 14 Lynn Ma Memorial Auditorium
May 15 Morristown NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 17 Warren OH Packard Music Hall
May 19 Ft Wayne IN Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
May 20 Pittsburgh PA Stage AE
May 21 Rama, ON Casino Rama
June 9 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
June 11 Nickelsdorf, Austria Nova Rock Festival
June 12 Ljubljana, Slovenia Hala Tivoli
June 14 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
June 16 Tel Aviv, Israel Bloomfield Stadium
June 18 London, England Stone Free Festival
June 20 Tilburg, Netherlands O13
June 21 Brussels, Belgium Cirque Royal
June 23 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell
June 24 Halden, Norway Tons of Rock Festival
Aug 6 Kalamazoo MI Wings Event Center
Aug 7 Louisville KY Palace Theatre
Aug 9 Huntsville AL Von Braun Center
Aug 10 Atlanta GA Symphony Hall
Aug 12 Ft Lauderdale FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 13 Clearwater FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Aug 14 Orlando FL Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 16 Tallahassee FL The Pavilion at the Center of Tallahassee
Aug 17 New Orleans LA Saenger Theatre
Aug 19 Oklahoma City OK The Criterion
Aug 20 Abilene TX Taylor County Coliseum
Aug 21 Austin TX ACL Live @ The Moody Theatre
Aug 23 Houston TX Revention Music Center
Aug 24 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theater
Aug 26 Tucson AZ AVA Amphitheater
Aug 28 Las Vegas NV Psycho Las Vegas fest @ The Joint @ The Hard Rock Hotel
Oct 4 Toledo OH Stranahan Theatre
Oct 5 Indianapolis IN Murat Theatre
Oct 6 Milwaukee WI Milwaukee Theatre
Oct 8 Omaha NE Ralston Arena
Oct 9 Bemidji MN Sanford Center
Oct 11 Winnipeg MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Oct 12 Regina SK Conexus Arts Centre
Oct 13 Lethbridge AB Enmax Centre
Oct 15 Calgary AB Markin MacPhail Centre
Oct 16 Penticton BC South Okanagan Event Center
Oct 18 Victoria BC Q Centre
Oct 19 Vancouver BC Queen Elizabeth Centre
Oct 22 Portland OR Keller Auditorium
Oct 25 Reno NV Grand Sierra Resort
Oct 26 San Francisco CA Warfield Theatre
Oct 28 Valley Center CA Harrah's Resort
Oct 29 Indio CA Fantasy Spring Casino Resort
Oct 30 Hollywood CA Pantages Theatre
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES TOUR
May 24 Verona NY Turning Stone Arena
May 27 Lisbon, Portugal Rock In Rio Festival
May 29 Herborn, Germany Hessentag Festival
May 30 Stockholm, Sweden Grona Lund
June 1 Horsens, Denmark The Prison
June 3 Krakow, Poland
June 6 Bucharest, Romania Romexpo Park C
June 7 Sofia, Bulgaria Arena Armeec Sofia
July 1 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 2 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino
July 3 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
July 5 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 7 Aurora, IL River Edge Park
July 8 Orillia, ONT Casino Rama
July 9 Niagara Falls, ONT Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
July 10 Brooklyn, NY Coney Island Amphitheater
July 12 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
July 13 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
July 14 Cadott, WI Rock Fest
July 16 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
July 22 Rohnert Park, CA Weill Hall
July 23 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavilion
July 24 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
July 25 Paso Robles, CA Mid State Fair
The Hollywood Vampires
JUNE 7th 2016
VOLBEAT ANNOUNCE TOUR 2016
Danish/American rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT have announced a massive North American tour kicking off at Rise Above Fest in Bangor, Maine and including an appearance with METALLICA and AVENGED SEVENFOLD at the first-ever rock show in the brandnew U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There will also be appearances at Heavy Montreal in Montreal, High Elevation in Denver, Colorado and Rock Allegiance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
VOLBEAT newly announced tour dates:
Aug. 08 - Brooklyn, NY - Coney, Island Amphitheater
* Support: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and BLACK WIZARD # Support: BLACK WIZARD
Every ticket includes a copy of VOLBEAT's new album, "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie", as either a digital download or CD (+ postage). If you've already purchased the album, you can gift your free copy!
Presale begins Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. local time. Log on to your Rebels & Angels account and click the Exclusive tab for the presale password.
JUNE 4th 2016
IRON MAIDEN RELEASE LIVE VIDEO FROM BOOK OF SOULS TOUR
"It was a really fun experience because it keeps you on your toes," he added. "You have to be really sharp. We're scribbling guitar chords down, melodies and harmonies, changes… basically we were flying by the seat of our pants because we never knew what was coming next. But it was wonderful how things kept flowing."
IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith said that he and singer Bruce Dickinson played an active part in songwriting proceedings.
"This time I did a couple of things with Bruce too," Smith explained to Total Guitar. "I thought I'd try writing shorter songs, like 'Two Minutes To Midnight' and 'Can I Play With Madness', with just Bruce and I. We haven't done that since I've been back in the band [Smith rejoined MAIDEN with Dickinson in 1999]. Maybe with 'Wickerman' we did it [from 2000's 'Brave New World']. So that was different. He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."
IRON MAIDEN's world tour, in support of the band's latest album, "The Book Of Souls", kicked off on February 24 in Sunrise, Florida (a suburb of Fort Lauderdale).
SLIPKNOT POSTPONES SELECT DATES OF UPCOMING US TOUR
Taylor's statement on the postponement reads as follows:
"Regretfully, I'm sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming U.S tour. Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well! I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage. We will start the summer tour in Nashville on June 28 and continue as previously scheduled. An update on the rescheduled dates will be available in the next few days. I hope you all understand and thanks for always having my back!"
Jun. 09 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 11 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Jun. 13 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jun. 14 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Jun. 15 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jun. 17 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Jun. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jun. 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 21 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jun. 24 - Austin, TX - Austin 360 Amphitheater
Jun. 25 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun. 26 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
SLIPKNOT is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which sold 132,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.
RAMMSTEIN PERFORM NEW SONG AT ROCK IN VIENNA
RAMMSTEIN last year released a 21st-anniversary box set, a numbered, career-wide collection titled "XXI". The set included the band's six studio albums, produced by Jacob Hellner and remastered onto 180-gram heavyweight double vinyl by Svante Forsbäck, as well as a separate rarities double LP, "Raritäten", including a previously unreleased version of the track "Los".
RAMMSTEIN hasn't made a new CD since 2009's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da".