Heavy Metal News – May 11, 2013

ANVIL: Another New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Two years after their current release “Juggernaut Of Justice”, Canadian metal legends ANVIL are back with their latest studio album. “Hope In Hell”, an impressive metal recording featuring 13 haunting songs, is for release on May 27 in Europe and May 24 in Germany onSPV/Steamhammer and will be available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks, as a jewel case CD, double gatefold colored vinyl LP and as a digital download. These are the first cuts featuring ANVIL’s new bassist Sal Italiano, who joined the band a year ago.

The song “Mankind Machine” can be streamed in the YouTube clip at this location.

“We’re really happy with Sal. His style is powerful and amazingly imaginative,” says ANVIL guitarist/vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudlow, who composed the entire album along with drummer Robb Reiner. “It’s a little as if we’d enlisted Steve Harris.”

“Hope In Hell” was written and recorded following an 18-month world tour which took ANVIL around the globe. “We hadn’t expected this kind of extensive tour when we brought out ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’,” Kudlowconfesses. “Time just flew by. I could hardly believe it when I found myself in the studio again after the tour, ready to work on the next album. The reactions to ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’ and the shows had been so positive that we had plenty of ideas and inspiration for new material.”

Kudlow is referring to typical ANVIL tracks such as “Hope In Hell”, which the ANVIL guitarist considers a logical continuation of legendary numbers like “Forged In Fire”“Metal On Metal” and “Plenty Of Power”. He also mentions “Eat Your Words”, according to Kudlow a “hybrid between ‘Jackhammer’ and ‘666’, in other words pure ANVIL, like in our early days.” Pretty much the same applies to haunting new tracks like “The Fight Is Never Won” and “Call Of Duty”, which presentANVIL true to form. But there are also a number of real surprises on“Hope In Hell”: “A song like ‘Badass Rock’n’Roll’ with its rock’n’roll groove surprised even me,” Kudlow admits. “It shows our great respect for bands like AC/DC and MOTÖRHEAD. I’m sure that all ANVIL fans will love this song because it’s the best we’ve done in this direction.”“Mankind Machine” sees Kudlow & Co. break new ground: never before has this band sounded so mechanical (like the title suggests). And never before has it sounded as oriented to the classic rock feel of the seventies as in “Time Shows No Mercy”.

So ANVIL are proud to present the kind of album that ANVIL fans will love: no concessions to short-lived trends, no modern frills but traditional metal with lots of classic rock music elements.

“What we do is totally timeless,” says ANVIL’s frontman. “We’ve never tried to change our sound or experiment with trends and fashions. We live in our own world and have maintained our individuality and own identity.”

Like “Juggernaut Of Justice”“Hope In Hell” was produced by Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATHAIRBOURNEALICE COOPER) at the NRG Recording studios in North Hollywood, California and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEENSEPULTURA).

“The album’s flair reminds me of the beginnings of classic heavy metal in the most positive sense of the term,” says Kudlow. “I grew up in the Seventies, and I still like what I listened to back then.

“You can always rely on ANVIL. We don’t write our music for the radio and we don’t want to break any records. Some media criticize our uncompromising attitude, but we’re proud of never having betrayed our ideals and having remained faithful to our roots.

“We’re really proud and already love the new album just as much as our early releases from the beginning of the Eighties, because ‘Hope In Hell’sounds like ANVIL live on stage: natural, honest, unvarnished, never over-produced and straight from the heart.”

“Hope In Hell” track listing:

01. Hope In Hell
02. Eat Your Words
03. Through With You
04. The Fight Is Never Won
05. Pay The Toll
06. Flying
07. Call Of Duty
08. Badass Rock N Roll
09. Time Shows No Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut The Fuck Up
12. Hard Wired (bonus track)
13. Fire At Will (bonus track)

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IRON MAIDEN Beer Officially Launched

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

IRON MAIDEN’s Trooper beer was officially launched yesterday (Thursday, May 9) at Robinsons Brewery in Cheshire, with a reception attended by brewing trade representatives from both the U.K. and Internationally.

As fans may have read recently, the unprecedented upfront demand for the beer meant Robinsons had to brew three times a day, six days a week for the first time ever in the brewery’s 175-year history to cope with pre-orders in excess of 300,000 pints. Robinsons were overwhelmed by the number of enquiries they’d had from all over the world and sent the band a comprehensive listing of whereabouts the interest had been — from a staggering 184 countries! So, a big thanks to all MAIDEN fans and it’s great to know the MAIDEN family extends into so many places where the band have never even had a chance to play before!

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson and manager Rod Smallwoodattended the trade launch, which began with Bruce conducting a tour of the brewery to explain to everyone first-hand the process of exactly howTrooper beer is made. Robinsons managing director Oliver Robinsonthen gave a short speech about how the IRON MAIDEN/Robinsonscollaboration came about and he presented Bruce with a specially engraved brewery hand pump, in recognition of Trooper being the fastest-ever-selling new Robinsons beer. Bruce then pulled the first-ever pint of Trooper from the cask in the brewery bar amid loud applause from the assembled crowd. Everyone then got down to the serious business of tasting the beer for themselves and it was very well received judging by the number of smiling faces and approving comments heard around the room. In fact, Robinsons’ own head brewer, Martyn Weeks, pronounced it his favorite beer, and renowned beer writer Pete Brown remarked how he found Trooper to be very good indeed and extremely drinkable.

Trooper is now available to order online throughout most of Europe, andRobinsons are working to ensure it will be available to the rest of the world as soon as possible.

For updates on when Trooper is coming to a pub, bar or supermarket in your town/country, keep checking www.ironmaidenbeer.com

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HYPOCRISY: First Two Albums To Be Re-Released As Limited 2CD Box With Bonus Tracks

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swedish death metal veterans HYPOCRISY will have their classic albums“Penetralia” and “Osculum Obscenum”, re-released as a limited 2CD box on July 12 via Nuclear Blast Records. The LPs were remastered and enriched with extensive bonus material.

In 1992, HYPOCRISY signed its first contract with Nuclear Blast Records and released its monumental debut, “Penetralia”. It marks the only time that the band functioned as a five-piece. The follow-up effort,“Osculum Obscenum” (1993) marked another milestone in the history of crushing extreme death metal.

“Penetralia” / “Osculum Obscenum” box track listing:

CD 1 – “Penetralia” (remastered + live bonus)

01. Impotent God
02. Suffering Souls
03. Nightmare
04. Jesus Fall
05. God Is A Lie
06. Left To Rot
07. Burn By The Cross
08. To Escape Is To Die
09. Take The Throne
10. Penetralia

Bonus tracks:

11. Left To Rot (live)
12. God Is A Lie (live)

CD 2 – “Osculum Obscenum” (remastered + live bonus)

01. Pleasure Of Molestation
02. Exclamation Of A Necrofag
03. Osculum Obscenum
04. Necronomicon
05. Black Metal (VENOM cover)
06. Inferior Devoties
07. Infant Sacrifices
08. Attachment To The Ancestor
09. Althotas

Bonus tracks:

10. Pleasure Of Molestation (live)
11. Osculum Obscenum (live)
12. Necronomicon (live)

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MY DYING BRIDE: ‘The Manuscript’ Title Track Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

U.K. doom metal veterans MY DYING BRIDE will release a new EP,“The Manuscript”, on May 13 via Peaceville Records on CD and vinyl.

The EP’s title track is now available for streaming using the SoundCloud widget at this location (courtesy of Terrorizer magazine).

“The Manuscript” contains four new and exclusive songs; a dark voyage spanning over 27 minutes of supreme doom in the unmistakable MY DYING BRIDE style of heaviness mixed with dark tales of foreboding. It was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, U.K. with the band’s long-time producer, Rob “Mags” Magoolagan.

Comments the band: “‘The Manuscript’ features four monstrous tracks of brilliantly crafted metal that only MY DYING BRIDE can do, with swathes of doom laden melancholy, harmonic beauty and thundering death metal all combined in their trademark sound. Four tales of tragedy, loss and bitter vengeance greet the listener with an added assault on the emotions too, leaving the soul grey and limp. There is beauty here, but it’s carrying a dark blade.”

In a recent interview with Metal ForcesMY DYING BRIDE vocalistAaron Stainthorpe stated about the songs that will appear on “The Manuscript”: “They’re very similar to ‘A Map Of All Our Failures’, because they were written and recorded at the same time, except for one song. That really stands out… [laughs] It’s full-on sort of epic death metal; it’s swords and axes, a proper warrior battle kind of track that’s almost medieval in flavor. You can almost picture the scene; it’s set in a snowy kind of mountainous landscape. There are sound effects and all sorts of mayhem going on in it, and death metal vocals not quite all the way through it, but near enough. It even has a Swedish title which because my Swedish isn’t great, I’m not gonna repeat here. [laughs] I need to get the pronunciation right before I do that.”

MY DYING BRIDE’s latest album, “A Map Of All Our Failures”, was released on October 15, 2012 in Europe and October 16, 2012 in the U.S. via Peaceville Records on CD, double vinyl and special-edition CD+DVD.

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