Heavy Metal News – March 20, 2013

IRON MAIDEN: ‘Wasted Years’ Performance Clip From ‘Maiden England ’88’ DVD

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

EMI will release IRON MAIDEN’s double-disc DVD “Maiden England ‘88”on March 25.

A performance clip of the song “Wasted Years” from th forthcoming set can be seen below.

Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, U.K. in November 1988 during the band’s “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour”. Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 longform VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores —“Running Free”“Run To The Hills” and “Sanctuary” — thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes. MAIDEN’s own film producer and directorAndy Matthews went back to the 1988 edit and painstakingly remastered each shot digitally; color correcting and grading to give the image the best possible look from that time. As well as the VHS stereo sound track byMartin Birch, the band’s producer between 1981 and 1993, the DVD also includes a brand new 5.1 audio surround mix by MAIDEN’s current producer Kevin Shirley. The concert was meticulously directed and edited by bass player and founder member Steve Harris, so as to capture the performance from a fans-eye view of the stage, focusing fully on the music, the elaborate stage production and the lighting. Add into the mix an electrifying set list and, of course, Eddie, and “Maiden England” now offers a snapshot of a bygone era in which the band, as they continue to do today, devote their all in delivering the ultimate live experience for their fans.

Disc two is an extensive bonus disc featuring an exclusive documentary charting Part 3 in “The History Of Iron Maiden”. This 40-minute film comprises recent interviews with the five band members and manager,Rod Smallwood. Picking up the story in the aftermath of the ‘84/85“World Slavery” tour, this interesting and insightful documentary sees the band speak candidly about their memories of an exciting and occasionally turbulent period from which would emerge the albums“Somewhere In Time” and “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”. As the Eighties began to draw to a close, so did another chapter in MAIDEN’s compelling history.

Other special extras on the bonus disc include “12 Wasted Years”. First released as a longform VHS in 1987 and available for the first time on DVD, this documentary runs for 90 minutes and includes archive interviews and dynamic live footage from the band’s beginnings in the now-legendary Ruskin Arms pub, via London’s Marquee club and three world tours. Five promo videos for the singles from the aforementioned albums are also featured and have been carefully restored and improved upon from the original films using the very latest software with the audio remastered in digital stereo.

Smallwood comments: “We’ve been busy upgrading this concert footage for a long time, with our in-house film producer and director Andy Matthews working tirelessly to weave his magic yet again!

“The 1989 VHS video has been largely unavailable for many years and we know how eagerly our fans have been awaiting the new version so we wanted to give it the best possible treatment.

“The current ‘Maiden England’ world tour, which continues later this year, revisits much of the set list and production from the initial 1989 VHS release so it will be interesting to compare just how much has changed in terms of our 2013 live show production, especially with all the advances in modern technology and the improvements we’ve been able to make to the set.”

The “Maiden England ‘88” concert soundtrack will also be made available on 2CD album, limited-edition double vinyl picture disc and digital download formats. The audio had previously only ever been available before on CD as part of EMI’s 1994 “Sound And Vision” series packaged alongside the VHS, but with two tracks fewer than the video contained. “Can I Play With Madness” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” were not featured as there was no space on the 1CD disc. Now with the three encores also included, the double disc offers a total of five tracks previously unavailable on CD making this the first full and complete audio recording release of this historic tour.

Disc One – “Maiden England ‘88”

01. Moonchild
02. The Evil That Men Do
03. The Prisoner
04. Still Life
05. Die With Your Boots On
06. Infinite Dreams
07. Killers
08. Can I Play With Madness
09. Heaven Can Wait
10. Wasted Years
11. The Clairvoyant
12. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
13. The Number Of The Beast
14. Hallowed Be Thy Name
15. Iron Maiden
16. Run To The Hills *
17. Running Free *
18. Sanctuary *

* previously unreleased.

Disc Two – “The History Of Iron Maiden Part 3”

01. The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 3
02. 12 Wasted Years
03. Wasted Years (promo video)
04. Stranger In A Strange Land (promo video)
05. Can I Play With Madness (promo video)
06. The Evil That Men Do (promo video)
07. The Clairvoyant (promo video)

“Wasted Years” performance:

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HYPOCRISY: Third ‘End Of Disclosure’ Album Trailer Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The third trailer for “End Of Disclosure”, the new album from Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY, can be seen below. Due in Europe on March 22 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced by HYPOCRISYmastermind Peter Tägtgren at his Abyss Studio in Sweden. The artwork was created by Wes Benscoter (SLAYERKREATORNILEVADER).

“This time, I wanted to go back to the basics,” says Peter. “[I] felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums. It’s straight to the point. It’s moreHYPOCRISY than ever — the fast, the heavy, the epic. Enjoy!”

“End Of Disclosure” track listing:

01. End Of Disclosure
02. Tales Of Thy Spineless
03. The Eye
04. United We Fall
05. 44 Double Zero
06. Hell Is Where I Stay
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. When Death Calls
09. The Return

HYPOCRISY’s latest DVD/CD, “Hell Over Sofia – 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion”, was released in October 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The disc contains footage of the band’s February 27, 2010 concert at the Blue Box club in Sofia, Bulgaria.

HYPOCRISY’s latest album, “A Taste Of Extreme Divinity”, sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 23 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.

“End Of Disclosure” album trailer #3:

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ICED EARTH: ‘Damien’ Song From ‘Live In Ancient Kourion’ Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

ICED EARTH’s first officially filmed headline show, “Live In Ancient Kourion”, will hit stores on April 15 in Europe and April 16 in North America via Century Media. This incredibly powerful package will come to you in various configurations and, a first for Century Media Records, also on Blu-ray disc. The limited-edition deluxe book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and a Blu-ray disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2CD set (4 discs in total). You can also enjoy the audio version of the full concert in a 3LP gatefold vinyl package or as a 2CD set. A standard DVD and digital audio download will also be available.

A performance of the song “Damien”, taken from the forthcoming set, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget at this location.

The setlist for ICED EARTH’s August 19, 2012 concert was as follows:

01. Dystopia
02. Burning Times
03. Angel Holocaust
04. Slave To The Dark
05. V
06. When The Night Falls
07. I Died For You
08. Invasion
09. Motivation Of Man
10. Setian Massacre
11. Stormrider
12. Pure Evil
13. Wolf
14. Dark City
15. End Of Innocence
16. Dracula
17. Ten Thousand Strong
18. End Of Innocence
19. Anthem
20. Decleration Day
21. Days Of Rage
22. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)

Encore 1:

23. In Sacred Flames
24. Boiling Point
25. Damien
26. Watching Over Me
27. Dantes Inferno
28. Iced Earth

Encore 2:

29. The Hunter

Since ICED EARTH’s latest album, “Dystopia”, was released in October 2011, the band has been on the attack in a big way, playing more shows in the past year than in the previous ten years… combined.

Comments ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer: “I feel this is a testament to a new beginning, a new energy and a rock solid determination that will see us taking the music of ICED EARTH to every corner of the globe; spreading the awareness of our brand of metal in a way that hasn’t been done before. I’ve never been more proud of this band, our crew, and the people behind the scenes that are responsible for much of our success.”

Early on in the world tour, the band decided that they wanted to capture this newfound energy and passion on film. The biggest question was deciding where to film. There were so many great shows and audiences around the world that it was very challenging to decide which city to choose for this special event. When the offer came in to film at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus, they were immediately attracted to that idea. The history and culture there, as well as the Cypriot audience, which the band experienced in December 2011, solidified the decision to film the DVD in Cyprus. Filming and recording a two-and-a-half-hour show in an amphitheater that is 6000 years old and is not set up for a rock concert, paired with 40-degree-Celsius heat, were just some of the obstacles to overcome. But the finished product makes up for any of the challenges that the band and crew faced on that special night.

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AVANTASIA: ‘Sleepwalking’ Single Due This Week

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

On March 22, the single “Sleepwalking” from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA project will be available as a digital download, featuring a duet between Tobias and female vocalist Cloudy Yang.

“Sleepwalking” comes off AVANTASIA’s new album, “The Mystery Of Time”, which will be released on March 30. The effort will be made available as a regular CD, limited-edition vinyl and limited-edition hardcover book with a 28-page booklet containing ten regular songs and two bonus tracks (“The Cross And You”“Death Is Just A Feeling”). The cover artwork was hand-painted by world acclaimed British fantasy artistRodney Matthews. Among Rodney’s most famous artworks are not only album covers for rock legends such as MAGNUMTHIN LIZZYASIA andNAZARETH, he has also designed the characters for the TV series“Lavender Castle” and created the covers for novels by British fantasy author Michael Moorcock and many more.

“The Mystery Of Time” will feature guest appearances by Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOWDEEP PURPLEYNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Michael Kiske (UNISONICHELLOWEEN), SAXON frontman Biff Byford, formerKISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, drummer Russell Gilbrook of URIAH HEEP,AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (also ex-BODINEVENGEANCE),Ronnie Atkins of Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS and MR. BIGfrontman Eric Martin.

The new AVANTASIA CD was recorded in part at VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOTEDGUY,EPICARHAPSODY).

“The Mystery Of Time” track listing:

01. Spectres
02. The Watchmakers’ Dream
03. Black Orchid
04. Where Clock Hands Freeze
05. Sleepwalking
06. Savior In The Clockwork
07. Invoke The Machine
08. What’s Left Of Me
09. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

Immediately after the release of “The Mystery Of Time”, a metal opera based on a story written by Sammet, the band will embark on a full-fledged indoor tour, during which the band and special guests will bring the epic undertaking to the stage.

Since the performances will embrace all the different eras and history ofAVANTASIA, these shows will feature an extended playing time and the entire evening will be dedicated to AVANTASIA with no support acts.

Tobias originally wanted to put AVANTASIA to rest after the release of the “The Flying Opera – Around The World In 20 Days” concert DVD in April 2011, but he has since had a change of heart.

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CHILDREN OF BODOM: New Album Title, Track Listing, Cover Artwork Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have set “Halo Of Blood” as the title of their eighth studio album, due on June 11 in North America viaNuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami Saramäki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOMalbums “Follow The Reaper”“Are You Dead Yet?” and “Hate Crew Deathroll”.

CHILDREN OF BODOM’s new CD was recorded at Danger Johnny Studios in Helsinki. For the recording of the LP, CHILDREN OF BODOMhas 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 (MARDUKAMON AMARTH), who oversaw production of both vocals and keyboards on the record. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.

Commented CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho: “‘Halo Of Blood’ is the eighth studio album from CHILDREN OF BODOM, and believe it or not, but we still managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB sound recognizable. It’s got the fastest and the slowest song we ever made and lyrics wise there are themes we had never had before. It’s 10 new songs of pure Nordic metal and whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you will have a good time.”

Added CHILDREN OF BODOM bass player Henkka Seppälä about the artwork: “We wanted to have a winter scene. Somehow it fits well with the atmosphere of the music and the composing session. It could be Lake Bodom, actually, frozen, with people trapped under the ice. Very Finnish looking scene. We were really happy how Sami created the whole imagery!”

“Halo Of Blood” track listing:

01. Waste Of Skin
02. Halo Of Blood
03. Scream For Silence
04. Transference
05. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
06. The Days Are Numbered
07. Dead Man’s Hand On You
08. Damage Beyond Repair
09. All Twisted
10. One Bottle And A Knee Deep

“Halo Of Blood” is expected to feature a guest appearance byANNIHILATOR mainman] Jeff Waters.

“I played on ANNIHILATOR’s album ‘Metal’ in 2007, so the way I see it,Jeff Waters owes BODOM a solo or two! It’s payback time,” Laiho toldSoundi magazine.

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