Heavy Metal News – April 06, 2013

VOLBEAT’s Collaboration With KING DIAMOND Available For Free Download

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Room 24”, a brand new song from Danish metal rock ‘n’ rollersVOLBEAT, is available for free download at this location. The track, which features a guest appearance by legendary Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond, comes off VOLBEAT’s fifth studio album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on April 5, in the rest of Europe on April 8, and in North America on April 9 via Vertigo/Republic Records/Universal Music.

Comments VOLBEAT guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen: “I’m a huge fan of MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND. Having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines, and it is half my lyrics and half his. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.”

Poulsen joined KING DIAMOND on stage at last year’s Sweden Rock Festival to perform a cover version of the MERCYFUL FATE classic “Come To The Sabbath”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

“The show was fantastic and King sounded better than ever,” Poulsenstated last June.

“I have been a huge KING DIAMOND / MERCYFUL FATE fan since my school days in Denmark. He was the first frontman in a metal band that I really became a fan of. At a very early age, I was already on my knees for Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi. But when the Danish newspapers started to write about KING DIAMOND and his new record,‘Them’, I knew that I was about to discover something unique and special.

“A few minutes after reading the newspapers, I jumped on my bike and headed to my local record shop. 15 minutes later, I was holding the record in my hands and a new young KING DIAMOND fan was born and I have been following him and buying all his records since.

“I remember asking my dad if I could have some money for a KING DIAMOND concert ticket, he said, ‘Sure, but how will you earn the money for the train ticket and merchandise?’ he asked smiling. I responded I would figure it out, smiling.

“I ended up selling my BMX Raleigh bicycle, my dad got a little pissed about that in the beginning, but he ended up thinking that was real dedication and a good smart move from my side, because now he also had to buy me a new bike so I could get to school. Even my first tattoo was a MERCYFUL FATE cover (‘Don’t Break The Oath’). I was still in school and not old enough to get a tattoo, and I was begging the local tattoo artist to give me this tattoo. In the end, he said, ‘Okay I’ll do it if you. Come NOW, but don’t tell anyone.’ I said, ‘I cannot do it now because I’m about to have my exam in school in less than an hour.’ He didn’t care, so I said, ‘Fuck school, I’m on my way.’ I didn’t take my exam, but I got something that was so much more important to me, my first tattoo.

“The first time I met King in person was around 1996 or 1997, at that time, I had released my first two metal records and some demos with my previous band, DOMINUS. As an eager fan, I was telling him how much he inspired me. And now here in 2012 he still inspires me a lot inVOLBEAT.

King has been to a few VOLBEAT shows in the U.S. to check us out and hang out and also to say hello to his good friend, Hank Shermann(MERCYFUL FATE), who [helped] VOLBEAT on our U.S. tour, which also is a great compliment for me and VOLBEAT.

“If you, as a reader, haven’t met King in person, then let me tell you about him, he’s the most dedicated man to his music and one of the nicest guys in this scene I have ever met. I am proud to calling him my friend.”

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FREEDOM CALL: More ‘Ages Of Light’ Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

German metallers FREEDOM CALL will release an anniversary album,“Ages Of Light”, on April 26 in Germany, April 29 in the rest of Europe and May 7 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer.

“Ages Of Light” is a best-of double album filled to the brim with 18 of the most important songs from the band’s history, plus a bonus CD entitled “Masqueraded”, featuring six FREEDOM CALL tracks in a new, unusual guise. There is a ska version of “Metal Invasion”“Mr. Evil” as a melodic reggae track, “Hero On Video” as a speed ska number and“Rockin’ Radio” (which is also supported by a video clip) in a killerbilly version.

“Those 18 numbers are usually celebrated at our gigs, or even requested with a vengeance,” explains mainman Chris Bay.

“Masqueraded” is complemented by FREEDOM CALL in campfire strumming style (including music sheet/tablature) and “Age Of The Phoenix” in a power swing outfit. It would hardly be possible to present these tracks more colorfully. Bay says: “Our intention with‘Masqueraded’ was to inspire musicians and music fans to create their own, personal version of one of our songs — irrespective of musical style — and send it to us.”

“Ages Of Light” combines not only the essence of the best songs from the seven FREEDOM CALL studio recordings to date, but also marks a meeting of various former and current band members. Along with Chris Bay and guitarist Lars Rettkowitz, three different drummers can be heard on the bonus tracks: founding member Dan Zimmermann, along with his successors Klaus Sperling and Ramy Ali, whom fans know from the most recent FREEDOM CALL tour. The two bassists, Samy Saemannand original bandmember Ilker Ersin, and guitarist Cédric “Cede” Dupont, who was part of FREEDOM CALL between 2001 and 2005, are also featured.

“It was great fun to work with old and new friends alike at the studio, turning previously typical FREEDOM CALL numbers into unusual songs,”Bay explains, stressing that the group will commence work on a new studio album after the spring tour. “But first we want to celebrate our anniversary in style!”

“Ages Of Light” track listing:

CD 1 “Ages Of Light”

01. We Are One
02. Tears Falling
03. Freedom Call
04. Farewell
05. Metal Invasion (live)
06. Warriors
07. Land Of Light
08. Hunting High And Low
09. Mr. Evil
10. Far Away
11. Blackened Sun
12. Thunder God
13. Tears Of Babylon
14. A Perfect Day (live)
15. Hero On Video
16. Power & Glory
17. Rockstars
18. Back Into The Land Of Light

CD 2 “Masqueraded”

01. Metal Invasion – Metal Folk Version
02. Mr. Evil – Melodic Reggae Version
03. Hero on Video – Speed Ska Version
04. Rockin’ Radio – Killerbilly Version
05. Freedom Call – Camp Fire Strumming Version
06. Age of the Phoenix – Power Swing Version

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AMORPHIS: ‘Enchanted By The Moon’ Lyric Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The official lyric video for the song “Enchanted By The Moon” from Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS can be seen at this location. The track comes off the band’s eleventh album, “Circle”, which will be released on April 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. Production and mixing duties for the follow-up to 2011’s “The Beginning Of Times”were handled by HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with such bands as CHILDREN OF BODOM,CELTIC FROSTIMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR. The recordings took place at Petrax Studio (NIGHTWISHCHILDREN OF BODOM,KORPIKLAANI) in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. The cover artwork was created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHINDEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL) and can be seen below.
Commented AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen: “The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album’s protagonist find a new path for his life.”

“Circle” track listing:

01. Shades Of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird’s Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man’s Dream (bonus track)

The album’s limited digibook version will come with a bonus DVD containing the following:

* The Making Of “Circle”
Nightbird’s Song (video clip)

The official lyric video for the song “Hopeless Days” can be seen below.

Apart from the CD+DVD digibook version, “Circle” will be available on CD (without the bonus track), black 2LP in gatefold, brown 2LP in gatefold and as a bulging limited box, including three bonus tracks and a wristband — exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail order.

A short summary about the album’s concept/story that spreads throught out the lyrics by Pekka Kainulainen, who wrote the lyrics for most recent AMORPHIS albums: “The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from some other time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival.”

Joutsen added about the album title: “‘Circle’ represents integrity. Back in the days, when there was something special to talk about, wise men used to sit in circle. Not everyone was invited to join them. But in this story, the protagonist was invited among the wise men’s circle.”

Regarding the direction of the new AMORPHIS material, the band’s guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen said: “While promoting‘The Beginning Of Times’, we started to feel that we were giving the same explanations over and over again when people asked about the studio process and how the songs came about. Even though the music was very strong, the making process didn’t offer any surprises and appeared to be quite secured. Now the addition of a new dimension to the developing process has inspired us to focus on our material even more. The songs are extremely strong, bombastic and skull-pummelling.”

“The Beginning Of Times” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 16 — the best chart position ever scored by an AMORPHISalbum in that country. The CD also landed at position No. 1 on the Finnish chart .

imageCRYPTOPSY Release Lyric Video for “The Golden Square Mile”

Montreal extreme metal veterans CRYPTOPSY have released the official lyric video for the song “The Golden Square Mile.”

The song comes off the band’s self-titled release, which came out last fall and was greeted with mass approval from critics and long-time fans who have been thirsting for the return of CRYPTOPSY’s tech-death glory days. Check out the lyric video for “The Golden Square Mile” at this location.

Next week, CRYPTOPSY will join forces with CATTLE DECAPITATION and DECREPIT BIRTH for a 24-date trek across Europe. The tour will kick off on April 12th at Helvete in Oberhausen, Germany and conclude with an appearance at the Neurotic Deathfest in Tilburg, Holland on May 5th.

Dates are as follows:

CRYPTOPSY with Cattle Decapitation and Decrepit Birth 12.04 – Oberhausen (Ger) @ Helvete
13.04 – Aarhus (Den) @ Metal Royal Fest
14.04 – Rostock (Ger) @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
15.04 – Berlin (Ger) @ K17
16.04 – Darmstadt (Ger) @ Steinbruch Theatre
17.04 – Vienna (Aus) @ Escape Metalcorner
18.04 – Zurich (Swi) @ Dynamo
19.04 – Pistoia (Ita) @ Pianeta Melos
20.04 – Romagnano Sesia (Ita) @ Rock & Roll Arena
21.04 – Luynes/Aix (Fra) @ Le Korigan
22.04 – Barcelona (Spain) @ Apolo 2
23.04 – Almeria (Spain) @ Sala Jala Jala
24.04 – Madrid (Spain) @ Caracol
25.04 – Barosselas (Portugal) @ SWR Fest
26.04 – Bilbao (Spain) @ Sonora
27.04 – Toulouse (France) @ Le Saint Des Seins
28.04 – Nantes (France) @ Le Ferailleur
29.04 – Paris (France) @ Glazart
30.04 – Brussels (Bel) @ Magasin 4
01.05 – Cardiff (UK) @ Bogiez
02.05 – Glasgow (UK) @ Audio
03.05 – Dublin (Ire) @ The Pint
04.05 – London (UK) @ Underworld
05.05 – Tilburg (Hol) @ Neurotic Death Fest

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