Heavy Metal News – October 3, 2012

PESTILENCE To Begin Recording New Album In February

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli of the resurrected late ’80s/early ’90s death metal outfit PESTILENCE has issued the following update:

“We are working our asses of to finish composing the last two songs for [the next PESTILENCE album] ‘Obsideo’. Dave [Haley, drums; also of Australia’s PSYCROPTIC] is making vids for the songs and we are looking at recording drums in February. We also will do some old-school shows with songs just from the first three albums!!!! Including songs like ‘Twisted Truth’ and ‘Commandments’!!!!!”

Songtitles set to appear on the new PESTILENCE album include “Necromorph”, “Saturation”, “Soulrot”, “Laniatus” and “Superconcious”. According to Mameli, the CD’s overall lyrical theme will be “the journey of the human soul.”

PESTILENCE 2012 is:

Patrick Mameli – Lead guitar/Vocals
Patrick Uterwijk – Lead guitar
Stefan Fimmers – Bass
David Haley – Drums

PESTILENCE’s latest album, “Doctrine”, was released in North America in July 2011 via Mascot Records. The eleven-track CD was recorded and mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer Victor Bullok (a.k.a. V. Santura; TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS). The artwork was designed by Marko Saarelainen.

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IRON MAIDEN Bassist’s ‘This Is Not My God’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“This Is My God”, the new video from IRON MAIDEN bassist/founder Steve Harris’s solo/side project album, “British Lion”, can be seen at this location.

“British Lion” was released in the U.S. on September 25 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Mixed by Kevin Shirley ラ whose credits include IRON MAIDEN as well as Led ZEPPELIN, JOURNEY and RUSH, among many others ラ the CD, which features Harris alongside vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists Graham Leslie and David Hawkins and drummer Simon Dawson, presents a different side of the bassist’s musical visions.

Asked where the impetus for “British Lion” came from, Harris told Classic Rock magazine, “How it started was that Graham Leslie came to me with a cassette of songs ラ which shows how long ago it was! ラ and I thought they were really good, so I said I’d try to help his band do something. I ended up managing them and producing them and writing with them, although I kept that fact under wraps, to the point where even some people in the band didn’t know. Anyway, when that band imploded I thought, ‘Well, I’ve got to do something with this,’ because I thought the songs were so strong.”

He continued, “Over the years I’ve kept in touch with Richie and Graham, and then Richie was working with another guitarist called David Hawkins, who’s a really talented guy, and so we started writing songs together. So on the album there are six songs written with Richie and David, there’s one with just me and Richie, and the others are me, Richie, Graham and a couple of other guys that were around at the time.”

“British Lion” comprises ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on between IRON MAIDEN tours and releases and is described by Harris as “‘70s-influenced, British-sounding hard rock.” “I’d say it’s more mainstream rock than metal… and quite commercialナ but good commercial,” he said. “There’s all kinds of stuff going on, with nods to THE WHO and UFO and some classic British rock bands, but it’s not the progressive rock album some might be expecting.”

On the topic of why this is the right time for a Steve Harris solo album, the IRON MAIDEN bassist told Classic Rock, “Because it’s ready, it’s finally, finally ready. The guys have been waiting very patiently for years for me, and it’s been frustrating at time, but what can I do?! I’m so busy with MAIDEN. People have already said to me, ‘Are you going to do this instead of MAIDEN?’ and I’m like, ‘Of course not!’ MAIDEN is always going to be the priority ラ always has been and always will be ラ but it’s interesting and exciting to try new things.”

He added, “On the early [IRON MAIDEN] albums, most of the songs are mine, but as we’ve gone into different eras with different people writing, there’s been more and more collaborations. And I think it’s been important for MAIDEN to do that rather than have me dictating everything. But I have bags full of ideas, so many that I couldn’t record them all in my lifetime, and I tried out a few different things on this, because I had the time to do experiment.”

“British Lion” track listing:

01. This Is My God
02. Lost Worlds
03. Karma Killer
04. Us Against The World
05. The Chosen Ones
06. A World Without Heaven
07. Judas
08. Eyes Of The Young
09. These Are The Hands
10. The Lesson

Steve Harris will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, October 3 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Harris by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the “Rockline” web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.

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THE SWORD: ‘Apocryphon’ Lyric Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

he official lyric video for “Apocryphon”, the title track of the fourth album from Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD, can be seen below. Due on October 22 via Razor & Tie, the CD was produced and engineered by J. Robbins (CLUTCH, JAWBOX) at Magpie Cage Studios and features cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea).

“Apocryphon” track listing:

01. The Veil Of Isis
02. Cloak Of Feathers
03. Arcane Montane
04. The Hidden Masters
05. Dying Earth
06. Execrator
07. Seven Sisters
08. Hawks And Serpents
09. Eyes Of The Stormwitch
10. Apocryphon

Bonus tracks:

01. Arrows In The Dark (live at Emo’s)
02. Barael’s Blade (live at Emo’s)
03. Chronomancer II: Nemesis (live at Stubb’s)
04. Ebethron (live at Stubb’s)
05. Cheap Sunglasses

“The Veil Of Isis” can be streamed at RollingStone.com.

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HAMMERFALL: ‘Gates Of Dalhalla’ DVD Preview

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will release a concert DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD, “Gates Of Dalhalla”, on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set will feature the band’s extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28 on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik. The footage was captured by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE and LACUNA COIL, among many others.

Commented HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak: “The set contained 26 tracks and lasted two hours and 15 minutes, by far the longest and most comprehensive gig of our entire career! We played songs from every album and then some. There were lots of guests and pyros, and we had 80 Marshall cabinets and the big shield with the HF logo carved out in the middle hanging brought out of storage, all set in an extremely unique venue. You really have to see it to understand. This concert really captured the essence of HAMMERFALL live in 2012 very well!”

Special guests during the concert included original HAMMERFALL members Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES) and Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), as well as ex-HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren.

Added Oscar: “Everything concerning this release is special: the venue, the occasion, the setlist, the guests. If you are going to celebrate something, do it properly, and this is exactly what we have done. HAMMERFALL with extra everything, 100% live, 0% bullshit.”

The setlist for the concert was as follows:

01. Patient Zero
02. Heeding The Call
03. Any Means Necessary
04. B.Y.H.
05. Riders Of The Storm
06. Let’s Get It On
07. Crimson Thunder\
08. Renegade
09. Blood Bound (special guest: Stefan Elmgren)
10. Last Man Standing (special guest: Stefan Elmgren)
11. Fury Of The Wild (special guest: Stefan Elmgren)
12. Drum Solo: Anders Johansson
13. Always Will Be
14. Dia De Los Muertos
15. Steel Meets Steel (special guest: Mikael Stanne)
16. Threshold
17. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (special guest: Jesper Strömblad)
18. Let The Hammer Fall
19. När Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn (special guest: Roger Pontare)
20. Something For The Ages
21. The Templar Flame
22. Oh Fortuna (special guest: Team Cans)
23. Glory To The Brave (special guest: Team Cans)
24. One More Time (special guest: Team Cans)
25. Hammerfall
26. Hearts On Fire (featuring all special guests)

A “Gates Of Dalhalla” “preview teaser” can be seen below.

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