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DEFOX RECORDS & INVINCIBLE RECORDS are proud to announce the record deal with the japanese Thrash Metal band called DEAFLOCK.
Deaflock is an old school thrash metal group formed in Nagoya in 2000, after the demo called simply "Deaflock" and the participation to a compilation "Earthquake A.G.M" the band publish "Reality Of False Pasts",the first album of the group which was showing the old school attitude.
Now the band presents new album titled "Courage to expose all" that contains 9 songs in vein of furious Thrash'n'Death sound, fast and
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KREATOR's MILLE PETROZZA Talks To HardRockHaven.net (Video)
HardRockHaven.net recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Miland "Mille" Petrozza of German/Finnish thrash metal veterans KREATOR. You can now watch the chat below. Ubooks has just released the English edition of Hilmar Bender's book "Violent Evolution: The Story Of Kreator". Originally published in German in March 2011 through UBooks Verlag, the 221-page book is described as follows: "'Violent Evolution' tells the story of KREATOR — the titans of Teutonic thrash — from the coal-mining town of Essen, Germany. It is the story of a group of bored teenagers who brought the brutality of everyday life into the rehearsal room. They let their hair grow, formed a band and landed a record deal before they had even reached twenty. "Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band's members (both past and present), family, producers, filmmakers and crew, 'Violent Evolution' explores the band's remarkable rise from formative years to spectacular success, headlining the greatest open-air stages on the planet. "This is their story, from the start to today; from kindergarten (literally) to rulers of the thrash kingdom. An exciting chronicle of one of the most important thrash metal bands in the world." KREATOR's new concert DVD/Blu-ray, "Dying Alive", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 9. "Dying Alive" was released on August 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set features the band's sold-out homecoming show in Oberhausen, Germany on December 22, 2012 after an extensive 45-day European tour in support of KREATOR's "Phantom Antichrist" album. The packed and sweat-driven show was filmed by 24 cameras, as well as guitar and even mosh-pit cams. The DVD/Blu-ray contains footage of the Oberhausen concert, a behind-the-scenes documentary as well as video clips. Approximate total running time: 115 minutes.
SAXON's BYFORD, SCARRATT Interviewed On 'Metal Moment' Podcast (Audio)
Japan's Metal Moment podcast conducted an interview with Biff Byford and Doug Scarratt of British heavy metal legends SAXON before the band's October 6 concert at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. SAXON's new album, "Unplugged And Strung Up", sold around 500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Issued on on November 18, "Unplugged And Strung Up" reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, "Unplugged And Strung Up" contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of "The Eagle Has Landed" and "Crusader" by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. "Frozen Rainbow", from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while "Red Star Falling" soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail. As if this reinvention wasn't enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which includes 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits "Heavy Metal Thunder". Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as "Motorcycle Man", "Strong Arm Of The Law" and "Dallas 1pm", it is a quintessential part of any collection. The standard single CD of "Unplugged And Strung Up" comes in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release is also available. The digipack is a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc "Heavy Metal Thunder", and there was a digital release of the same. Interview (audio):
DUFF MCKAGAN, JOSH HOMME To Appear On 'Portlandia'
According to Radio.com, former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE mainman Josh Homme and ex-DEAD KENNEDYS singer Jello Biafra are among the musicians who will make appearances in the next season of the IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia". "Whether there is no shortage of celebrities who want to visit Portland, or 'Portlandia' has an endless number of friends, it's good news for IFC viewers and we're once again blown away by the creativity and talent this show brings to our air every season," Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC, said in a statement. The fourth season of "Portlandia", which stars Fred Armisen and former SLEATER-KINNEY singer Carrie Brownstein, is set to premiere February 27 on IFC. The season will consist of ten episodes airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
LEGION OF THE DAMNED: 'Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon' Video Released
Dutch thrashers LEGION OF THE DAMNED will release their new album, "Ravenous Plague", on January 7, 2014 via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by Andy Classen (TANKARD, KRISIUN, HOLY MOSES) at the Stage One Studio in Germany. "Ravenous Plague" track listing: 01. Intro: The Apocalyptic Surge (by Jo Blankenburg) 02. Howling For Armageddon 03. Black Baron 04. Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon 05. Ravenous Abominations 06. Doom Priest 07. Summon All Hate 08. Morbid Death 09. Bury Me In A Nameless Grave 10. Armalite Assassin 11. Strike Of The Apocalypse The official video for the song "Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon" can be seen below. "Ravenous Plague" will be LEGION OF THE DAMNED's first album with new guitar player Twan van Geel who joined the band two years ago following the departure of Richard Ebisch. The CD's intro was created by Jo Blankenburg, whose tracks have been used in advertising campaigns of major Hollywood feature films such as "The Hunger Games", "Harry Potter", "X-Men", "Lincoln", "Hitchcock", "The Wolfman" and "How To Train Your Dragon".
BOSTON: 'Life Love & Hope' Cracks U.S. Top 40; New Christmas Single Released
"Life Love & Hope", the brand new album from the legendary rock band BOSTON, sold around 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 37 on The Billboard 200 chart. More than a decade in the making, "Life, Love & Hope" was released on December 3 in the U.S. and Canada and is available now for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The collection of brand new tracks, recorded at BOSTON mastermind Tom Scholz's very own Hideaway Studio II, was produced, arranged, and engineered by Scholz and is BOSTON's first release since 2002's "Corporate America". In addition to Brad Delp and David Victor, current BOSTON singer Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme and Scholz himself, contribute vocals on the new album. Diverse yet cohesive, the long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll's great acts. Albums purchased at Best Buy contain a bonus track titled "Te Quiero Mia". BOSTON is currently conquering the U.S. airwaves as "Heaven On Earth", the lead single from the newly released "Life Love & Hope", climbs the classic rock charts. Written and produced by Scholz, "Heaven On Earth" features David Victor on vocals with special guest Louis St. August. In other news, BOSTON is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled "God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen". This festive song, produced by BOSTON mastermind Tom Scholz, is available today on iTunes at and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocals, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums. For a limited time, BOSTON fans can also listen to a stream of the track on SoundCloud. Scholz said about the song, "This was my chance to BOSTON-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more." BOSTON burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, "Boston" generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling", "Peace Of Mind" and "Smokin'", rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, "Don't Look Back", was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by "Third Stage", which hit No. 1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda". With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON's music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live BOSTON audiences that spans generations.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's ALEXI LAIHO: Me And My Guitar
U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine has uploaded a video clip of CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho talking about his ESP Alexi Blacky model guitar. Check out the footage below. CHILDREN OF BODOM will make its triumphant return to North America this February. The band has announced a six-week major market headlining tour that will kick off on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and hit 32 markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping with a two-night stand at New York City's Irving Plaza on March 28 and March 29. The tour will feature support from folk metal heroes TÝR and represents CHILDREN OF BODOM's first Stateside headlining run since the release of the band's new LP, "Halo Of Blood". New York fans will have the opportunity to see two unique CHILDREN OF BODOM shows, a different set each night. In addition, 100 two-night packages are available for New York City which include one ticket for each evening, early entry to the venue both nights, an exclusive show poster and access to the VIP Balcony section. CHILDREN OF BODOM's eighth album, "Halo Of Blood", sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on June 11 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami Saramäki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll". CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOM has teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their fan-favorite albums "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll", as well as Swedish producer Peter Tägtgren (MARDUK, AMON AMARTH), who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.
TEMPEL: New Song 'Rising From The Abyss' Available For Streaming
Phoenix, Arizona-based instrumental duo TEMPEL will release its debut album, "On The Steps Of The Temple", on CD, limited-edition vinyl and digitally on January 21 via Prosthetic Records. The CD and LP — the first pressing of which is limited to just 250 copies — can now be pre-ordered at this location for just $8 and $15, respectively; a Bandcamp pre-order is also available, where you can receive an instant download of the song "Mountain". Formed in 2003 by Ryan Wenzel (guitar, keys) and Rich Corle (drums), TEMPEL manages to blend metal's dark and melodic elements seamlessly. "On The Steps Of The Temple" has already received praise from notable press outlets such as The A.V. Club, who proclaimed, "TEMPEL takes things to uncharted — and astounding — territory... this is not your typical ethereal, chin-stroking post-metal." Featuring 53 minutes of towering riffs, crushing drums and hauntingly powerful compositions, "On The Steps Of The Temple" consists of "a perfect balance of dedication and originality" (Sludgelord). The album's cover art, pictured below, features a painting by the iconic ancient Chinese landscape artist Li Cheng. "On The Steps Of The Temple" track listing (CD/digital) 01. Mountain (8:30) 02. Rising From The Abyss (9:05) 03. Final Years (4:37) 04. The Mist That Shrouds The Peaks (10:14) 05. Avaritia (8:41) 06. On The Steps Of The Temple (10:59) "On The Steps Of The Temple" track listing (vinyl) 01. Mountain (8:30) 02. Rising From The Abyss (9:05) 03. Avaritia (8:41) 04. Final Years (4:37) 05. The Mist That Shrouds The Peaks (10:14) 06. On The Steps Of The Temple (10:59) The song "Rising From The Abyss" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
HARK: 'Crystalline' Cover Artwork Unveiled
Welsh heavy rock power trio HARK has finished recording its forthcoming Season Of Mist debut, entitled "Crystalline". The album was tracked at Monnow Valley Studios (BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, JUDAS PRIEST, PORTISHEAD) in Wales, and mixed by CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE, KVELERTAK, YOUNG WIDOWS), and will hit the stores on March 14 in Germany and the Benelux, March 17 in the rest of Europe, and March 18 in North America. The cover artwork for "Crystalline" illustrated by HARK's acclaimed graphic artist and guitarist/vocalist Jimbob Isaac (ex-TAINT). "Crystalline" track listing: 01. Palendromeda 02. Hounded By Callous Decree 03. Sins On Sleeves 04. Black Hole South West 05. Breathe And Run 06. Mythopoeia 07. Scarlet Extremities 08. All Wretch No Vomit 09. Xtal 0.6 10. Clear Light Of... HARK has already released the "Mythopoeia" seven-inch single, which they managed to sell out on tours with RED FANG and CLUTCH. HARK carries TAINT's torch forward, passed on from a legacy that began in 1994. With fresh chops and almighty riff power, HARK continues to fuse punk attack with SABBATHian dirge, and decorates post-whatever angularities with classic rock flourish. While Isaac's vocals expand on his tried and tested palette, his lyrics continue to shatter prose with bleak metaphor and acerbic spittle. Made up of the former WHYTELEAF rhythm section Nikolai Ribnikov and Simon Bonwick, the HARK engine brings an OCD approach to song craft, and endlessly creative pummel. Their dynamic chops and blood lust for riffs meld with Isaac's honed and equally determined musical vision. Regarding the recording of "Crystalline", mainman Jimbob Isaac stated: "Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our mottos since HARK's inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. Long days, little sleep and grim determination made this record the beast that we believe it to be. We pushed ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout. We're having fun biding our time, but there's only so long you can keep a bull in its pen."
ANGELICA RYLIN Interviewed On 'Hard Rock Nights' (Audio)
Swedish singer Angelica Rylin was recently interviewed on the "Hard Rock Nights" syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. ANGELICA's debut album, "Thrive", was released on November 29 in Europe and December 3 in North America via Frontiers Records. Best known for being the singer in THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, Angelica Rylin finally decided to pursue her childhood dream and to walk in the footsteps of such amazing singers such as Ann Wilson of HEART, Leigh Matty of ROMEO'S DAUGHTER and Robin Beck and record her debut solo album in a true melodic rock style. Some melodic rock songwriting luminaries answered the call in order to create the magic harmonies and music displayed on Angelica's debut album. "Harry Hess, Daniel Flores, Robert Sall, Alessandro Del Vecchio and Anders Wigelius all contributed," says Angelica, and some excellent guitarists such as Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES), Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR), Per Berquist (SMASH INTO PIECES) also appear on the album. There is also a very special performance by keyboardist Matt Guillory (JAMES LABRIE). Still, Angelica wrote or co-wrote several songs on her record, showing another side of her abilities. "I got the chance to step out of my comfort zone and just focus on being a great singer. I also got to do a couple of amazing co-writes, for instance with Harry Hess of HAREM SCAREM," continues Angelica. "But what I'm most happy about is that I got to include a couple of my own songs too. It's a great mix of classic but modern AOR love songs." Helped by producer, drummer and songwriting partner Daniel Flores (FIND ME, SEVENTH WONDER, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET), Angelica managed to create a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likeable hook lines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. "After releasing two albums with THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, I get an opportunity to show my fans a slightly different side of me and at the same time have fun and explore another side of rock music that I grew up with and truly love," says Angelica. "I have pushed my boundaries vocally on this album and grown as a singer, which is very important for me on a more personal level. I guess this is every singer's dream." "Thrive" track listing: 01. Breaking My Heart 02. I Am Strong 03. To Your Rescue 04. Can't Stop Love 05. Nothing Else You Can Break 06. Riding Out The Storm 07. Rain On My Parade 08. Losers In Paradise 09. You Will Never Win 10. This Kiss Is Just For You 11. I'm Not Waiting 12. Take Me To Your Heart 13. Breaking My Heart (bonus videoclip) Interview (audio):
ORGY Talks To CAPITAL CHAOS TV (Video)
AmbPirate of Capital Chaos conducted an interview with ORGY, the reactivated "death pop" band from California, on November 30 at Assembly in Sacramento. You can now watch the chat below. Guitarist Ashburn Miller announced his departure from ORGY in October to focus on a career in production/engineering. ORGY recently launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal set of raising $100,000 in 60 days to pay for recording, production, distribution, music videos, touring and even starting a new record label. However, the campaign raised less than $9,000 before ending in late October. Originally formed in 1997, ORGY was signed to KORN's label Elementree Records and released its debut album, "Candyass", in 1998. Featuring two hit singles — a cover of the NEW ORDER song "Blue Monday" and "Stitches" — along with the song "Revival" featuring Jonathan Davis of KORN, the CD went on to sell almost two million copies. ORGY appeared on the Family Values Tour with KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, ICE CUBE, INCUBUS and RAMMSTEIN and was featured on the live compilation album from the tour released in 1999. Their second album, the science fiction-themed "Vapor Transmission", was released in 2000 featuring the singles "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" and "Opticon" and the band later released the song "Faces" for the soundtrack to the movie "Zoolander". Joining vocalist and sole remaining original member Jay Gordon in ORGY's current lineup are Carlton Bost (DEADSY, THE DREAMING, LUNARCLICK) on guitar, Nic Speck (RUN RUN RUN) on bass and Bobby Amaro on drums.