BEHEMOTH To Release ‘Messe Noire’ DVD/Blu-Ray In April

Polish black/death overlords BEHEMOTH will release a brand new live DVD/Blu-ray titled “Messe Noire” on April 13.

Commented singer, guitarist and mainman Adam “Nergal” Darski: “‘Messe Noire’. Well, that is everything that the BEHEMOTH live magick represents, and we’re stoked that we have a true representation on record for everyone out there to enjoy. ‘Messe Noire’ captures the true intensity of what we do as a band and the energy we share with our fans. This is also an exclamation mark, the perfect way to conclude ‘The Satanist’ cycle which has been an overwhelming experience and amazing chapter in BEHEMOTH‘s career and our lives so far! By the release of ‘Messe Noire’ we would like to hail our legions all around the world for undying support! Now let the art speak…”

Watch the official teaser video below.

“Messe Noire” includes the band’s victorious shows in Warsaw, Poland on October 8, 2016 and Brutal Assault 2016 as well as “The Satanist” cinematic archive featuring all official videos associated with the band’s globally successful record of the same name.

DVD/Blu-ray track-listing

Live Satanist (Warsaw 2016)

01. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
02. Furor Divinus
03. Messe Noire
04. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
05. Amen
06. The Satanist
07. Ben Sahar
08. In The Absence Ov Light
09. O Father O Satan O Sun!
10. Ov Fire And The Void
11. Conquer All
12. Pure Evil And Hate
13. At The Left Hand Ov God
14. Slaves Shall Serve
15. Chant For Ezkaton 2000

Live Assault (Brutal Assault 2016)

16. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
17. Furor Divinus
18. Messe Noire
19. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
20. Amen
21. The Satanist
22. Ben Sahar
23. In The Absence Ov Light
24. O Father O Satan O Sun!
25. Ov Fire And The Void
26. Conquer All
27. Chant For Ezkaton 2000

“The Satanist” cinematic archive

28. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
29. Messe Noire
30. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
31. The Satanist
32. Ben Sahar
33. O Father O Satan O Sun!

CD track listing

Live Satanist (Warsaw 2016)

01. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
02. Furor Divinus
03. Messe Noire
04. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
05. Amen
06. The Satanist
07. Ben Sahar
08. In The Absence Ov Light
09. O Father O Satan O Sun!

Vinyl track-listing

Live Satanist (Warsaw 2016)

Side A:

01. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
02. Furor Divinus
03. Messe Noire
04. Ora Pro Nobis Luficer

Side B:

01. Amen
02. The Satanist
03. Ben Sahar
04. In The Absence Ov Light

Side C:

01. O Father O Satan O Sun!
02. Ov Fire And The Void
03. Conquer All
04. Pure Evil And Hate

Side D:

01. At The Left Hand Ov God
02. Slaves Shall Serve
03. Chant For Ezkaton 2000

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TÝR Announces Spring 2018 North American Tour

Faroese folk metal band TÝR will embark on a North American headlining tour in May. Special guests on the trek will be ORPHANED LAND, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS and AETERNAM. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

TÝR‘s most recent album, “Valkyrja”, was released in 2013. The concept behind the disc involved a story based around a nameless, Viking-era warrior, who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja — the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Frontman and founder Heri Joensen explained: “The woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”

ORPHANED LAND‘s latest album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, was released on January 26 via Century Media. The LP, which features artwork by Valnoir, was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren.

ORPHANED LAND vocalist Kobi Farhi told Loud TV about “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”: “We are back to concept albums. Concept albums give you the opportunity to be diverse, progressive. This is the best way for us to do albums. I think that in this album, we wanted to make a combined album of [2013’s] ‘All Is One’, which was more upfront, and the concept and progressive music of [2004’s] ‘Mabool’ and [2010’s] ‘ORWarriOR’. We thought that if we make a combination of them, it will be the best ORPHANED LAND album [yet].”

ANVIL Announces Spring 2018 U.S. Tour

Canadian metal legends ANVIL will embark on a U.S. tour in late spring. The trek starts May 2 in Buffalo, New York and runs through June 16 in Canton, Ohio.

Tour dates:

May 02 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works
May 03 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
May 04 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
May 05 – Portland, ME @ Genos
May 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
May 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
May 13 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
May 18 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
May 19 – Dallas, TX @ Rack Daddy’s
May 20 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
May 24 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
May 26 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
May 27 – Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s
May 30 – Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
May 31 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
Jun. 01 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Jun. 02 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
Jun. 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
Jun. 06 – Denver, CO @ Streets Of London
Jun. 07 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
Jun. 08 – Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co.
Jun. 09 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Jun. 10 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
Jun. 14 – Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
Jun. 15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana City Brewing Co.
Jun. 16 – Canton, OH @ Buzzbin

ANVIL‘s latest album, “Pounding The Pavement”, was released on January 19 via SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (including one bonus track and poster), two-LP gatefold colored version, digital download and stream. The disc was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where ANVIL found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work.

Why has “Pounding The Pavement” turned into such an awesome offering? Guitarist/vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudlow explains: “The songwriting process started immediately after the work on our previous album, ‘Anvil Is Anvil’, had been completed. So our thoughts instantly turned to the future again. After ‘Anvil Is Anvil’ had been cut, everybody knew what we had just delivered and what ANVIL‘s future should sound like.”

Despite the diverse range of their ideas, Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and their bassist Chris Robertson have succeeded in filling the typical trademarks of this unusual band with life once again — which is an important aspect for every ANVIL release. After all, tradition and reliability play an essential role in this group. Kudlow says: “Of course we always allow inspirations from earlier recordings to seep in, but always with an emphasis on evolving the characteristic ANVIL sound.

“Lots of fans keep asking us to play the way we did in the so-called good old days. That’s why I try from time to time to pick up on that exciting feel of our older material. Mind you, it’s always exclusively about the basic atmosphere of that time, never about copying an older song.”

The programmatic album title “Pounding The Pavement” is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring ANVIL‘s financial survival. Kudlow says: “I feel nothing could describe the way we’ve been working for the past forty years better than ‘Pounding The Pavement’. ANVIL have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music.”

GUS G. To Release ‘Fearless’ Solo Album In April

Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, will release his new solo album, “Fearless”, on April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015’s “Brand New Revolution” marks his first release since exiting Osbourne‘s band in 2017.

On “Fearless”, Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) and drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE).

Dennis and I have collaborated very closely for a number years; he produced the current FIREWIND album, ‘Immortals’, among other things,” Gus described his relationship with the multitalented German-American. “We’re on the same musical wavelength and simply continued our cooperation after the FIREWIND production. I sent him demos of and ideas for my new songs and once we had enough material and started to think about vocalists, Dennis suggested recording the album as a trio.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Dennis is not only a brilliant songwriter, bassist and producer, but also an excellent singer. I immediately liked his suggestion because this would be very different from everything else I’ve done before.”

It was only a short step from the enlistment of drummer Will Hunt. Gus said: “Will was at the very top of my wish list. Fate smiled on me because we played at the Frankfurt music fair 2017 during my tour with Steve Stevens, and Will stayed at the same hotel. So I approached him, we talked for a while and he agreed. Last August he came to the studio and recorded the drum parts for the whole album within two and a half days. A real pro with a great groove and an awesome punch.”

Which applies not only to Hunt and Ward, but of course also to Gus himself, who once again proves to be a phenomenal guitarist on “Fearless”, presenting technical skills which exclude all possibility of doubt and a compositional talent that allows his fellow musicians to shine.

Hard-as-nails metal tracks such as the opener “Letting Go”, “Mr. Manson”, which is driven by a dark bass/guitar riff, and the subsequent melodic “Don’t Tread On Me” immediately propel the new album into the desired direction. At the same time, the three instrumental songs give listeners an idea of the outstanding talent of the 37-year-old who is easily on a par with George Lynch (“Mr. Scary”) and Michael Schenker (“Into The Arena”).

“A lot of fans have asked me to record more instrumental tracks. Voilà, here they are,” grins Gus. Last but not least, the successful cover versions of the DIRE STRAITS classic “Money For Nothing”, which surprises with an unusual change of key after the noteworthy intro, deserves a mention.

“Fearless” track listing:

01. Letting Go
02. Mr. Manson
03. Don’t Tread On Me
04. Fearless
05. Nothing To Say
06. Money For Nothing
07. Chances
08. Thrill Of The Chase
09. Big City
10. Last Of My Kind

Bonus tracks on digipak/vinyl:

11. Little Ain’t Enough
12. Aftermath

Recording lineup:

Gus G. (Guitar)
Dennis Ward (Vocals/Bass)
Will Hunt (Drums)

HALESTORM And IN THIS MOMENT Announce North American Co-Headlining Tour

Atlantic recording group HALESTORM have announced details of a milestone North American tour showcasing all female-fronted hard rock outfits. The dates — co-headlined by Roadrunner recording group IN THIS MOMENT — begins April 30 in Houston, Texas and then travels through mid-May. Support throughout the trek comes from special guests NEW YEARS DAY and STITCHED UP HEART.

The tour will include stops at a number of upcoming festivals and state fairs, including Jacksonville, Florida’s Welcome To Rockville (April 27); Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Fort Rock (April 28); and Charlotte, North Carolina’s Carolina Rebellion (May 5).

“We’ve been wanting to put together a tour like this for a long time,” says HALESTORM‘s Lzzy Hale. “We are a few of the hardest-working women in rock, so the fact that we are all on the same stage every night is something not to be missed! We support and love each other, and we are representing our genre. This lineup is a beautiful display of what it means to be a strong female example for rock fans everywhere.”

IN THIS MOMENT‘s frontwoman Maria Brink echoed the sentiment, saying: “I am very excited about being a part of such an empowering, divine, female-fronted tour. It is very rare in rock music to have a movement like this and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Lzzy and I are already discussing the possibility of more tours like this in the future. Let the Amazons rise!”

NEW YEARS DAY frontwoman Ash Costello adds: “I am beyond thrilled to be sharing the stage with such strong women. Having toured with both HALESTORM and IN THIS MOMENT already, they are such powerful forces, it’s just incredible to be a part of every night. I’m very excited for an all female fronted tour, because in all my years of touring, this is the very first time I’ll have been a part of one. I can’t wait to walk on stage and feel the support of a crowd that is there to witness women of rock slay for an entire evening. What an evening it will be! You won’t want to miss this tour, I can promise you that.”

“This is our dream lineup,” says STITCHED UP HEART frontwoman Mixi. “Every single band on this bill is a huge inspiration to us and unbelievably talented. We are beyond excited for this run!”

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. EST and end on Thursday, February 22 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “FREAKS” to access tickets before the general public.

General admission tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, February 23 at 10 a.m. local time.

Tour dates:

Apr. 27 – Jacksonville, FL – Rockville 2018*
Apr. 28 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Fort Rock*
Apr. 30 – Houston, TX – The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall (buy tickets)
May 01 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre (buy tickets)
May 03 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium (buy tickets)
May 04 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center (buy tickets)
May 05 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion*
May 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (buy tickets)
May 08 – Indianapolis, IN – FBI Lawn @ White River State Park (buy tickets)
May 10 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena (buy tickets)
May 11- Boston, MA – Tsongas Center @ UMass Lowell (buy tickets)
May 12 – Asbury Park, NJ – Summer Stage (buy tickets)
May 14 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena (buy tickets)
May 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Deltaplex (buy tickets)

* Festival appearance

Additional dates to be announced.

SMASHING PUMPKINS Announce Reunion, ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour’

Grammy Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock pioneers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS today announced the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, Arizona on July 12 and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Tickets for the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour” will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. local time and be available at SmashingPumpkins.com, LiveNation.com and via the Live Nation app.

“Some 30 years ago, as THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my father’s house. And so it’s magic to me that we’re able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we’ve made together,” shared Corgan.

The band broke news of the tour this morning with a dramatic video featuring original “Siamese Dream” album cover stars Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts. Watch the clip below.

The monumental “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band’s formation, will highlight music from the group’s inception through 2000, and will exclusively feature material from their groundbreaking debut “Gish” through “Siamese Dream”, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”, “Adore” and “Machina”. Longtime SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also take part, as the band moves to a three-guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.

“This show and staging will be unlike any we’ve ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we’ve ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang,” added Corgan.

Earlier in the week, SMASHING PUMPKINS denied claims by original bassist D’arcy Wretzky that an invite for her to join the reunited band was later rescinded.

D’arcy alleged in an interview with BlastEcho that Corgan sent her a contract that was agreed upon, but a month later, he told her “that wasn’t a real offer.” She said: “My apologies to all of the SMASHING PUMPKINS fans out there who are excited about this oncoming reunion tour of the original members of the band. I know this is a huge disappointment for me, as well, but it’s not going to happen.”

SMASHING PUMPKINS later released a statement claiming that Wretzky had “repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face to face, and in each and every instance, she always deferred.”

Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin make up three-quarters of the PUMPKINS‘ charter lineup, with only Wretzky missing.

Although Iha played a handful of shows with the PUMPKINS in 2016, this will mark the first time he’s recorded and toured with the band since 2000. Chamberlin has toured with the PUMPKINS for the last couple of years but last recorded with the group in 2007.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are represented by Velvet Hammer Music And Management Group.

Tour dates:

Jul. 12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Jul. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jul. 16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Jul. 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jul. 18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jul. 20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Jul. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
Jul. 24 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Jul. 25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Jul. 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Jul. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Aug. 01 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Aug. 07 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
Aug. 08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Aug. 11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Aug. 13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Aug. 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Aug. 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Aug. 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 20 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
Aug. 21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Aug. 25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Aug. 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Aug. 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Aug. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Sep. 01 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Sep. 02 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Sep. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep. 05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sep. 07 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center

HELMET And PRONG Join Forces For U.S. Co-Headlining Tour

HELMET and PRONG will join forces for a co-headlining U.S. tour in May. The trek kicks off May 3 in Atlanta and concludes on May 26 at Baltimore’s Maryland Deathfest.

PRONG‘s Tommy Victor said in a statement: “Finally! HELMET and PRONG on tour together at last. The circle is now complete. rom the years of crafting groundbreaking riffage and rhythmical carnage on New York’s Lower East Side, to now, the entities still standing that drafted a generation of sonic assault are about to collide. And getting to share a stage with [HELMET‘s] Page Hamilton, one of the most influential masters in existence, is an honor for me personally. Absolutely perfect.”

Unbeknownst to some, HELMET and PRONG did have a mutual admiration society going. Victor and then-PRONG-bassist Mike Kirkland, in fact, curated HELMET‘s residence at New York City’s CBGB. Hamilton recalls: “HELMET really got off the ground after playing audition night at CBGB in 1989 (I think those were Mondays?). Tommy was the [front-of-house] engineer and door guy was Mike Kirkland. There were many great bands in New York/East Village at the time (SONIC YOUTH, RAT AT RAT R, LIVE SKULL) but most were more in the noise/new wave vein. PRONG had an indie vibe but with a heavy dose of metal. We were basically cut from the same musical cloth though HELMET leaned a little more toward noise and feedback and while remaining inspired by AC/DC‘s funkiness. We played, Hilly said nothin’, Louise told me later we were like ice picks to her forehead but Tommy and Mike said, ‘Book these guys now!'”

Hamilton caps it: “We will be forever indebted to PRONG and couldn’t be happier to have an NYC reunion tour coming up.”

Tour dates:

May 03 – Atlanta, GA @ Masq Heaven
May 04 – Pensacola, FL @ VMH
May 05 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity
May 07 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
May 09 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Studio
May 10 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 11 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
May 12 – Tulsa, OK @ The Shrine
May 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman
May 15 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
May 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
May 17 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
May 18 – Madison, WI @ The Majestic
May 19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
May 22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
May 23 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
May 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

Tickets go on sale February 16.

Having cut his teeth playing with avant-garde guitar icon Glenn Branca and indie stalwarts BAND OF SUSANS, Page Hamilton launched HELMET in 1989, and the band released its debut album, “Strap It On”, on the independent Amphetamine Reptile label the following year. HELMET soon became the subject of an unprecedented major-label bidding war, ultimately signing with Interscope and releasing “Meantime” in June 1992.

Although HELMET disbanded in 1997, Hamilton revived the band in 2004, and the group has continued to tour and record.

Even while he band was absent from the spotlight, HELMET continued to exercise considerable influence on multiple generations of bands. Their songs have been covered by the likes of CHEVELLE, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, PIG DESTROYER and SOULFLY, and the band inspired a 2016 HELMET tribute album titled “Meantime Redux”. HELMET has also been cited as a key influence on such bands as GODSMACK, KORN, MARILYN MANSON, MASTODON, PANTERA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, STAIND, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and TOOL.

HELMET‘s latest album, “Dead To The World”, was released in October 2016 via earMUSIC.

PRONG‘s lateat album, “Zero Days”, was released last July via Steamhammer/SPV as a CD digipak, 2LP gatefold, digital download and as a stream. The disc was once again produced by Victor, with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer.