THRESHOLD: More ‘For The Journey’ Album Details Revealed

British progressive metallers THRESHOLD will release their new album, “For The Journey”, on September 19 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2012’s “March Of Progress” was produced at Thin Ice Studios in England by THRESHOLD members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards) and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland.

Commented West: “‘For The Journey’ is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I’ve probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process, but now that’s it’s over, I still can’t stop listening to it!”

“For The Journey” track listing:

01. Watchtower on the Moon
02. Unforgiven
03. The Box
04. Turned to Dust
05. Lost in your Memory
06. Autumn Red
07. The Mystery Show
08. Siren Sky

Bonus tracks:

09. I Wish I Could (digipak, vinyl and digital versions)
10. Lost in your Memory (acoustic version) (vinyl and digital versions)

The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Leszek Bujnowski, whom THRESHOLD found on the Internet. “He’s designed some beautiful pieces and we thought this was a perfect THRESHOLD cover,” stated West.

THRESHOLD‘s ninth studio album, “March Of Progress”, was released on August 31, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Vocal duties on “March Of Progress” were performed by THRESHOLD‘s original frontman Damian Wilson (STAR ONE, HEADSPACE), who’s been back touring with the band since the release of 2007’s “Dead Reckoning”.

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ACE FREHLEY: ‘Space Invader’ European Track Listings And Configurations Revealed

“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in five years, will be released in North America on August 19 from the via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The CD, which will be made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, will include 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”. This album is the first release under Frehley‘s new universal deal on eOne Music.

“Space Invader” European track listings:

Limited digipack CD including 2 bonus tracks and poster

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change
05. Toys
06. Immortal Pleasures
07. Inside The Vortex
08. What Every Girl Wants
09. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

Bonus tracks:

13. The Joker (extended version)
14. Reckless (different remix version)

Standard Version

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change
05. Toys
06. Immortal Pleasures
07. Inside The Vortex
08. What Every Girl Wants
09. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

2 LP gatefold version including 4 bonus tracks, coloured vinyl, printed innersleeves

Side 1

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change

Side 2

01. Toys
02. Immortal Pleasures
03. Inside The Vortex
04. What Every Girl Wants

Side 3

01. Past The Milky Way
02. Reckless
03. The Joker
04. Starship

Side 4 (bonus tracks)

01. The Joker (extended version)
02. Reckless (different remix version)
03. Space Invader (radio edit)
04. Gimme A Feelin’ (explicit version)

Frehley has released the first single from “Space Invader”. “Gimme A Feelin'” is now available on iTunes. You can also stream the song below (courtesy of RollingStone.com).

Asked what the songwriting process was like for “Space Invader”, Frehley told Guitar World magazine: “You know, all my life I’ve never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There’s no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There’s a song on the new album called ‘Into The Vortex’. It’s a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing.”

Regarding whether he was writing differently in the early days of KISS, Ace said: “Yes, I wasn’t as structured as I am now. Even though I am not really structured — I’m at least cognizant of what’s going on. [laughs] Back then it was more hit or miss — and when I hit, I hit big. You know, I go back and listen to my 1978 solo record, and it still holds up. My whole body of work that I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. I know that I still have the goods. And when this record gets released, everybody’s gonna say, ‘Well, Ace did it again.'”

Ace also spoke about the recording process for “Space Invader”, telling Guitar World: “I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it’s quiet and there aren’t all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass.”

On the topic of whether there were things about 2009’s “Anomaly” that he wanted to change with “Space Invader”, Ace said: “I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I’m also doing an instrumental this time, called ‘Starship’, that isn’t slow. It’s a departure from the ‘Fractured Mirror’ style. It’s more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it.”

Frehley also explained his decision to cover Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”, saying: “It was the record company’s idea, to be honest. And I was a little resistant when it first came up. But then I thought back to my 1978 solo record, when [producer] Eddie Kramer‘s assistant said to me, ‘Why don’t you try this song?’ And it was ‘New York Groove’. At first I said, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ and it turned out to be my biggest hit. So maybe history can repeat itself.”

The “Space Invader” cover artwork was created by Frehley‘s longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS‘ best-selling LPs “Destroyer” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977). Ken said: “It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace.”

Kelly, who is also widely known for his paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres, most notably for the Conan The Barbarian novels, continued: “I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened.

“I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace‘s continuing successful career!”

Frehley added: “I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn’t be more excited about the new ‘Space Invader’ cover, and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!”

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GUNS N’ ROSES Is ‘Definitely Taking Some Time Off,’ Says Keyboardist DIZZY REED

GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed has confirmed to Billboard.com that the band is “definitely taking some time off” following last month’s completion of GN’R‘s second Las Vegas residency, “No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction”, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He added, “I’m not sure if we’re gonna be doing anything else this year. Hopefully we will, but definitely next year. We can’t stay away too long.”

Reed also shrugged off the recent rumor that GUNS N’ ROSES frontman and sole original member Axl Rose is breaking up the band and considering retirement.

“You know, so much of that crap gets out there, you can’t believe any of it,” Reed told Billboard.com. “At this point, having been in the band for so long, nothing surprises me. When I hear things like that, I immediately dismiss them until I hear further. I’m never really concerned enough to even ask where it came from, or why, because if it’s that important, I’ll be getting a phone call.”

A RadarOnline.com report had suggested that GUNS N’ ROSES would call it a day after finishing up its most recent Las Vegas residency, which ended on June 7.

In response to the report, Rose posted a message at the band’s Facebook page which read, “I’m not going anywhere . . . GNR fans sure have a Radar for BS! Love you all!”

Meanwhile, another source claiming to be close to the Rose camp dismissed the report as “bullshit,” adding that the members of the band had merely been notified that their calendars would be clear for the immediate future so that they could do other things.

The source for RadarOnline.com said, “Band members have been told their calendars are free following Vegas. Axl is considering retiring and it’s done. Band members and support staff were surprised when told the news and are actively looking for work.”

Some of the current members of the GUNS lineup have spoken in the past year about recording a new album, but that is highly unlikely. The sole all-new GUNS N’ ROSES album in 23 years, “Chinese Democracy”, arrived in November 2008 to mixed reviews and disappointing sales.

GUNS N’ ROSES released “Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas” on July 1 via Universal Music Enterprises. The show was filmed on November 21, 2012 during the “Appetite For Democracy” tour in celebration of twenty-five years of “Appetite For Destruction” and four years of “Chinese Democracy”.

AIRBOURNE’s DAVID ROADS Interviewed By GetYourRockOut At U.K.’s SONISPHERE (Video)

Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with guitarist David Roads of Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE at the U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival, which was held July 4-6 at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire. You can now watch the chat below.

AIRBOURNE‘s “Back In The Game” video was filmed last year on tour around the world. The song comes off AIRBOURNE‘s third album, “Black Dog Barking”, which was released in May 2013 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “No Guts. No Glory.” was helmed by award-winning producer Brian Howes.

In an interview with ARTISTdirect, AIRBOURNE said about the band’s latest CD: “With ‘No Guts. No Glory.’, we might’ve rushed a few things here and there because we had two world tours back-to-back up against each other. We recorded the music just in the middle of all that. We even had some shows between recording. This time, we spaced it out, and got our sound back to tape again.

Brian Howes loves the same kind of music that we do, like IRON MAIDEN, MOTÖRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST and Elvis Presley. He always wanted to make a rock ‘n’ roll record, but he never got the chance to. When we recorded with him, that was our goal. It was very comfortable. We got to do this right.”

Regarding the “Black Dog Barking” album title, AIRBOURNE said: “When we started this band, the music scene had a lot of new stuff going on in the late Nineties and early Two-Thousands. METALLICA were still as big as they are. However, when we’d play shows, people would be like, ‘What do you need all of those amps for?’ We were like, ‘What? This is rock ‘n’ roll.’ They played this fucking indie shit or whatever-the-fuck it is. Our mindset was, ‘Fuck you and your indie shit. We’re going to play rock ‘n’ roll!’ The venues started closing down because of noise pollution. We weren’t going to let rock ‘n’ roll die though. That’s what ‘Black Dog Barking’ is about. It’s a call to arms. If you’re with us, you’re on our side. If you’re not, then we’re coming for you.”

AIRBOURNE is Joel O’Keeffe (vocals/lead guitar), Ryan O’Keeffe (drums), David Roads (guitar) and Justin Street (bass).

METALLICA’s ROBERT TRUJILLO Throws His Weight Behind Crowdfunding Campaign For Movie About MILES DAVIS

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo has recorded a video message in support of Don Cheadle‘s Indiegogo campaign to fund the forthcoming “Miles Ahead” film — Don‘s planned tribute to the life and works of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. Don Cheadle makes his directorial debut and portrays the internationally renowned music icon. Filming takes place in Cincinnati beginning this month.

Said Trujillo in the clip, which can be seen below: “Back in 2006, I had the good fortune to actually be on hand for Miles Davis‘ induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It was in New York City and it was a great evening. And what a great moment — to celebrate his significance as a creative force in music and everything that has to do with Miles. A strong contigent of friends, family, supporters, fellow musicians of all styles [were also] on hand for the event. Around that time, I had heard about a feature film that was in the works about Miles Davis‘ story. Two years after that, I ran into his son, Aaron, a good friend of mine, and he said that Don Cheadle was on board to support this film and this project and he was committed to getting this film made. So here are are eight years later and ‘Miles Ahead’, the movie, is about to become a reality. But we need your help. We need your help by donating and supporting the Indiegogo, Don Cheadle-led crowdfunding campaign. So let’s celebrate Miles Davis‘ story, his legacy, and let’s contribute whatever we can to the cause and get this film made. It’s historic, it’s culture. Show your support. Thank you.”

Cheadle stated about the project: “Music has always been one of my passions. Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents’ Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me; he was someone who only ever followed a path as a runway to create a new one. Surprisingly, Miles‘ life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honor. I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, alive and ahead.”

Trujillo recently produced a documentary about late, legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius. “Jaco: The Film” will feature commentaries from Sting, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSFlea, Carlos Santana and director Mike Figgis, among others.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE’s GEORGE ‘CORPSEGRINDER’ FISHER: ‘We’re Totally Comfortable Being A Death Metal Band’

Vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Florida death metal veterans CANIBAL CORPSE was interviewed on the June 27-29 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

Full Metal Jackie: Guitarist Pat O’Brien brought a lot of material to this upcoming album [“A Skeletal Domain”]. How did his creativity shape the overall direction of the new disc? What do you like best about what he wrote?

George: Well, he’s been writing songs with us, you know, since he got in the band for [1998’s] “Gallery Of Suicide”. So, you know, he definitely brings a more technical side, as far as playing goes. He usually writes the crazier songs and the more technical-sounding songs and probably technically hard-to-play songs. Not that the other guys don’t bring anything as far as musicianship, but his, I think, are the most challenging. I know, usually, vocal-wise, they definitely are. You know, I mean, he wrote more on this album than the other ones, but I think it’s just pretty much along the lines that his songs are usually fast, but when he slows down, it’s pretty much heavier than fuck, heavier than anything you’re going to hear. So, Pat‘s always been a great writer. He’s written some of the best songs we have, over the years.

Full Metal Jackie: Musically and lyrically, CANNIBAL CORPSE is already dark, but bassist Alex Webster said this new album is even a little more eerie and evil than usual. Do you make a conscious effort to really pursue the ambiance of an album as it comes together, once you recognize what it is?

George: Well, I think it’s everybody coming together, because Rob [Barrett, guitar] wrote a few songs and then Pat wrote his songs and Alex [contributed as well], and obviously, they have three different styles of writing, but when you bring them all together, it’s probably familiarity, as far as just everyone writing. I think they write on their own, but Alex can write with Pat in mind. I mean, not saying that he particularly does, you know. They write what they wanna write, but… It’s just playing together, I think, [that] gets everything to sound more cohesive. I think Alex‘s and Pat‘s songs and Rob‘s all stand on their own, but, in general, I think we have a distinct sound. And I think it’s because we have a stable lineup for a good number of years now and whatnot. And, you know, I mean, we’ve used a few different studios, too. It still seems that we don’t come out sounding the same way, but we don’t want to stray too far from the formula. I mean, we’re a death metal band. We’re totally comfortable being a death metal band and we’re not gonna be anything else, so we’re not trying to test new boundaries. I think everyone is trying to write something that’s fresh sounding, but still familiar sounding, you know, that sounds like what we’ve been doing the past few years.

Full Metal Jackie: It’s the first time since 2005 that you’re not working with [producer] Erik Rutan; Mark Lewis was behind the board this time. What aspects of Mark‘s production style and technique made the biggest impact on the new music?

George: Well, I’ll say this. When I was recording with Erik, we always recorded my vocals, I would be in a separate booth… It’s hard for me to speak about the recording of the music; I wasn’t really there for all that, I’ve been busy doing other stuff and there’s no reason for me to be there while they’re recording guitars. It would be a waste of time. But as far as vocals go, I recorded in the room with Mark. And then Paul [Mazurkiewicz, drums] wrote lyrics for some songs, and so when we did the songs that he wrote, he was there in the room. And Alex and Rob as well. And usually, I’d just be there with Erik and we were in a booth, and using different-style mics and whatnot. It was more controlled environment, and with Mark, it was a little bit more open; I wasn’t in, like I said, again, a booth. That was the biggest thing for me. I’d pretty much much never done that before. At Morrisound [in Tampa], [I recorded my vocals] in a booth, and when we recorded at Sonic Ranch [in El Paso, Texas], I was in a booth. So that’s just been the way I’d always done it. That’s the biggest thing for me, recording-wise. We were recording in Sanford [Florida], which is outside of Disney. It’s about two hours or so away from where we all live here in Tampa, but we had to travel when we were recording with Erik down over in St. Petersburg. And, obviously, El Paso is a little bit away, you know. Those are some differences when we did those albums in those places. But, otherwise, really, it was just, for me, it was just recording in a booth. And then Mark, he does different things, as far as production-wise. I think we might have done more double tracks, double tracking. When we were listening to it, [we’d be, like], “Yeah, [let’s] do more highs and lows mixed together.” But not a lot of real different stuff. And he’s totally cool; he’s awesome. [He] farts a lot, though.

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THE AMITY AFFLICTION Interviewed By BryanStars (Video)

Bryan Odell (a.k.a. BryanStars), a reporter from Lincoln, Nebraska, recently conducted an interview with Australian metalcore masters THE AMITY AFFLICTION. You can now watch the chat below.

THE AMITY AFFLICTION‘s new album, “Let The Ocean Take Me”, sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 10 via Roadrunner.

Urgent, aggressive, and remarkably cathartic, “Let The Ocean Take Me” is THE AMITY AFFLICTION at its most vital best. Recorded by producer Will Putney (WINDS OF PLAGUE, UPON A BURNING BODY) at guitarist Troy Brady‘s Evergreen Studios in Brisbane, the album pushes the band’s signature post-hardcore approach to new heights of richness and diversity, providing the consummate aural partner to vocalist Joel Birch‘s increasingly more potent lyricism. Inspired in part by a near-death experience suffered during last year’s Vans Warped Tour, songs like “Don’t Lean On Me” and “FML” are fueled by desperate emotion and intense anxiety but achieve extraordinary transcendence through radical honesty and raw power.

“(The album) is about really trying to find a positive in my life again,” Birch says. “Writing these songs was a very cathartic process, but I’m terrified of people listening to them and reading these lyrics because they’ll know exactly what I’m thinking. I’m hiding nothing.”

VIVIAN CAMPBELL’s LAST IN LINE Releases Audio Snippet Of First New Song ‘Devil In Me’

An audio snippet of an unmixed version of the song “Devil In Me” from LAST IN LINE — the band featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB — can be streamed on the LAST IN LINE Facebook page at this location. The track was recorded with producer Jeff Pilson, an acclaimed bassist who has played with DIO, FOREIGNER, DOKKEN and T&N, among others.

Asked by Tickets There how the new LAST IN LINE music is sounding and how the band can avoid DIO‘s legacy hanging over it, Vivian said: “It’s obviously always going to sound a bit like DIO. We’re playing those songs that we wrote and recorded. The difference is that Andy doesn’t sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio] and that’s actually what motivated me to go out and do some gigs. If he’d come in there being a Ronnie clone, I’d have been very disinclined to go any further with it, because I don’t want it to just be a tribute to Ronnie‘s voice. Furthermore, I think that Ronnie is a really, really tough act to try and duplicate. He had such a unique-sounding voice. So the fact that Andy didn’t sound anything like him really appealed to me. The reason for that was that it put the focus on the songs and the original band. The focus goes to the guitar, the bass and the drums, and therefore the guys that made the records.”

He continued: “Not only did we make those records, but what a lot of people don’t even realize is that we wrote the songs… obviously, including Ronnie‘s input, which was monumental, but there was a real sound that we had. The fact that Andy didn’t sound like Ronnie somehow resonated with me that it was OK to go out and play those songs and have the focus somewhere else. People then started asking me, ‘Are you going to start making new music?’ At first, I said no because it was never on my field of thought, but then it became more apparent that for LAST IN LINE to move forward and to be taken to that next level, that’s what we needed to do.

“We got into the studio just a few [months] ago, in early January and started writing. Just Jimmy, Vinny and myself, and it was so effortless the way we came across new music, it just fell out of us like it did on the first record, on ‘Holy Diver’. It was so easy for us to come up with musical ideas. We act as great springboards for each other. Like when I play something for the guys, they instinctively know where to go and vice versa. We came up with a half a dozen song ideas in a matter of days. Then Andy came in and we exchanged vocal and melody ideas.”

LAST IN LINE‘s debut album is tentatively due in early 2015 through an as-yet-undisclosed record label.

Vivian Campbell‘s former SWEET SAVAGE bandmate Ray Haller filled in for Jimmy Bain at LAST IN LINE‘s October 20, 2013 performance at the Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums — 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last in Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987.

ROCKwellUnScene.com has uploaded multi-camera video footage of LAST IN LINE performing the song “We Rock” on October 12, 2013 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California. Check it out below. Photos of the concert are available at this location.

ENSIFERUM To Record New Album In The Fall

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM have spent the summer of 2014 on tour in Europe, and will also perform in Japan this winter. In the midst of bringing its melodic folk-infused attack to stages worldwide, the band has been crafting songs for its sixth studio album (their Metal Blade debut), and the writing process is nearing completion. They plan to record the new album in September and October of this year with producer Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio in Finland. The release date is tentatively scheduled for early 2015.

Comments ENSIFERUM bassist Sami Hinkka: “They say that time flies when you are having a good time and we couldn’t agree more.

“We have been quite busy touring around the world since our previous album came out few years ago. Between tours, we have worked hard with new songs and now we are very proud to announce that ENSIFERUM will hit studio again right after summer festival season.

“On the new album, we will take everything to eleven. It’s going to be fast, furious, epic and full of surprises, but, of course, there will be classic ENSIFERUM elements included.

“We will do the album with the one and only Mr. Anssi Kippo. Pre-production is already going really well and in few weeks we will record another demo of all new songs. Then it’s time to continue twisting and turning all the details so that in early 2015 our fans on every continent can be sure to get in their hands the best folk metal album ever made.”

ENSIFERUM‘s most recent album, “Unsung Heroes”, was released on August 27, 2012 via Spinefarm. The CD was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) at Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) in Hollola, Finland and other locations in the Hämeenlinna area.

ENSIFERUM is:

Petri Lindroos – vocals/guitar
Markus Toivonen – guitar/backing vocals
Sami Hinkka – bass/backing vocals
Janne Parviainen – drums
Emmi Silvennoinen – keys/backing vocals

SONIC SYNDICATE Talks To KERRANG! Magazine About New Album (Video)

Kerrang! magazine recently conducted an interview with the Anglo-Swedish modern metal powerhouse SONIC SYNDICATE. You can now watch the chat below.

The self-titled fifth album from SONIC SYNDICATE was released on July 4 via Nuclear Blast. The CD includes a total of 11 tracks, while the limited edition digipak features no less than three bonus tracks.

“Sonic Syndicate” track listing:

01. Day Of The Dead
02. Black Hole Halo
03. Long Road Home
04. My Revenge
05. Before You Finally Break (feat. Speed/SOILWORK)
06. Catching Fire
07. Unbreakable
08. It Takes Me
09. See What I See
10. So Addicted
11. The Flame That Changed The World

Limited-edition bonus tracks:

12. Diabolical Work Of Art
13. What We Shared
14. Another Soldier Down

Commented SONIC SYNDICATE guitarist, main songwriter and founding member Robin Sjunnesson: “We decided to go with this one as a ‘self-titled’ release. Mainly because as an album, we have put everything we’ve got into it. All of our experience as musicians, the evolution of the music, the sound from all eras of the band, and also the road we have taken as people. This is us, this is SONIC SYNDICATE in all its beauty and destruction. It shows our strength, our love for melody, our scars, our energy. The cover art is a definite representation of that. In the background, a battle-torn city laid to waste, four figures emerging together with only each other to depend on in an environment so harsh, only those with a tough heart, body and soul can survive.

“The tone throughout this album is definitely darker, and as my Swedish family would say, ‘with a red line running in the middle,’ so we put this into the color scheme.

“We could not be more proud of this album, and we thank our fans for the support; it’s because of them that we’re here. This album is for you.”

The video for the song “Before You Finally Break” was shot by renowned director Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) and features SOILWORK singer Björn “Speed” Strid on guest vocals.

Commented SONIC SYNDICATE singer Nathan James Biggs: “I’m honored to call Speed a friend.

“I’ve been a big SOILWORK fan for years. Those guys were a massive hand in crafting that trademark Swedish sound so it made perfect sense to ask Speed when we knew we wanted to do a song with guest vocals. Performance-wise, I think we have similar styles and execution, but at the same time we both have our own thing going on, so the voices complement each other to great effect. My idea was also to have a real battle between our vocals.

“I hate it when you have these ‘featuring’ songs and the guest just pops up for a chorus and then does backing vocals for a while in the verse or something. This is a real fight between us for the mic and I’m sure people are gonna appreciate that.”

Added Strid: “Working with SONIC SYNDICATE is always a pleasure, whether it’s in the studio, tour, or in a cool-looking abandoned car shop in the industrial area of Gothenburg.

“I loved recording vocals on this song and especially being able to do somewhat of a duet with Nathan Biggs. He’s a truly talented singer and a good friend.

“Doing the video was easy, fun and pretty intense at the same time. It turned out real sick. Check it out!”

SONIC SYNDICATE 2014 is:

Nathan James Biggs – Vocals
Robin Sjunnesson – Guitar
Karin Axelsson – Bass
John Bengtsson – Drums

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ELUVEITIE: New Song ‘The Call Of The Mountains’ Available For Streaming

Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will release their new album, “Origins”, on August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by ELUVEITIE frontman Chrigel Glanzmann and can be seen below. 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).

“Origins” track listing:

01. Origins
02. The Nameless
03. From Darkness
04. Celtos
05. Virunus
06. Nothing
07. The Call Of The Mountains
08. Sucellos
09. Inception
10. Vianna
11. The Silver Sister
12. King
13. The Day Of Strife
14. Ogmios
15. Carry The Torch
16. Eternity

The song “The Call Of The Mountains” can be streamed below. The second single from the CD was recorded in all four of Switzerland’s beautiful national languages.

Comments ELUVEITIE: “[This is] a song about the long-searched-for destination at the end of the epic journey of the Celts, who were to become the Helvetians — a song about our mystical and unparalleled alps. Besides the English album version, you will find the full song in Swiss German, French, Italian and, of course, Romansh both on Nuclear Blast‘s mailorder edition and on iTunes, where you will, of course, be able to get them separately, too.”

Chrigel previously stated about ELUVEITIE‘s new album: “‘Origins’ deals in depth with Celtic mythology, or, to be more precise, with aetiological tales from Gaul in particular. Hence we’re facing strongly mythical as well as spiritual subjects on this album, topics which we have approached very scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities.

“Many aspects of Gaulish mythology and spirituality remain in the dark nonetheless, while others run through the theme like a golden thread — like this eminent, yet innominate god, for instance, of which the Gauls claimed to be direct descendants and which was compared to the Roman chtonic deity Dis Pater.

“Today we cannot say which Gaulish god this was exactly. But according to all we know, it’s likely that we’re dealing with Sucellos here. Throughout space and time he appears over and over again — from very old spiritual customs of ancient Gaulish tribes in today’s northern Spain all the way to later statues in today’s Switzerland, France and elsewhere.
Perhaps he is this mysterious nameless one.

“The album cover of ‘Origins’ is designed after the hammer/club-shaped ‘halo’ of Sucellos, as seen on a statue, that was found in a shrine of a gallo-roman household in today’s France. It was created under the scientific supervision of experts from the university of Zürich.”

ELUVEITIE recently announced the addition of violinist Nicole Ansperger to the group’s ranks.

ELUVEITIE‘s last album, “Helvetios”, sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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SKID ROW’s RACHEL BOLAN Talks Touring, Writing New Music On ‘Good Day Rochester’ (Video)

SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan was interviewed this morning (Wednesday, July 9) on Fox Rochester‘s “Good Day Rochester”. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

SKID ROWJohnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave “Snake” Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — will release a new seven-song EP, “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two”, on August 5 via Megaforce Records. The CD will contain covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.

Asked about the main differences are between last year’s “United World Rebellion: Chapter One” EP and “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two”, Bolan told Finland’s Kaaos TV: “Well, there’s not many differences except in the recording process. We recorded in a few different places with the first EP, where we recorded the whole thing in the same studio with the second. But we took the same approach to writing and recording. The writing for the first one, I’d say, we labored a little more, because we were trying to go back to our roots, and I know that’s a cliché saying for bands to say, but it was true. And after 25 years, it’s really hard — harder than you would think — to retrace your steps to where you were when you were that 22-year-old kid jamming in front of a mirror and playing your first big gigs or whatever. So we really had to find our roots and rediscover what got us off in the first place, the guys that wrote the first two records, and I think we succeeded in it. That was the biggest difference — I think it was a little harder to write the songs [for the first EP] — but I think what we came out with, the final product, was well worth it.”

“Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two” EP track listing:

01. We Are The Damned
02. Give It The Gun
03. Catch Your Fall
04. Damnation Army
05. Zero Day

Bonus tracks:

06. Sheer Heart Attack (QUEEN cover)
07. Rats In The Cellar (AEROSMITH cover)

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