SAXON To Release ‘Battering Ram’ Album In October

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On October 16, British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their 21st studio album, “Battering Ram”, in North America via UDR Music.

On “Battering Ram” — with Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term “shredding” with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter‘s bass and Nigel Glockler‘s drums — the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten-song collection which will instantly be hailed as a SAXON classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album’s commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic SAXON with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as “Destroyer” and “Stand Your Ground”, but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love.

“This one’s a natural progression from ‘Sacrifice’,” says Byford, “There’s a bit less rock ‘n’ roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.”

Produced by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ACCEPT) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, SAXON were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let “Battering Ram”‘s riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early ’80s without for one moment sounding dated.

“Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he’s done a great job and we’re both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership,” adds Byford.

Lyrically, “Battering Ram” covers a variety of social situations, like the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers (“Battering Ram”) or engaging in some good old fashioned myth (“The Devil’s Footprint” — a 200-year-old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain).

“When I’m writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock’n’roll,” says Byford, “I thought the whole folklore behind ‘The Devil’s Footprint’ made it great material for a metal song, being that it’s both historic and mythical.

“With ‘Queen of Hearts’, I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll‘s ‘Alice In Wonderland’, and it’s about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Hard And Fast’ which are ’80s-inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I’m a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with ‘Hard and Fast’, it’s, as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it’s going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!”

There is also the album’s closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, “The Kingdom Of The Cross”, where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. “This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band HELL, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn’t want it to be typical SAXON, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave.”

The official video for the CD’s title track can be seen below. In this no-nonsense, sharp clip, Biff and the boys are captured at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K, throwing down a thunderous performance.

“Battering Ram” is available for pre-order now via iTunes, with “Battering Ram” as the instant grat track.

Coming soon, “Battering Ram” will be available for pre-order via Amazon and various formats will include CD in ecolbook, 180 gram vinyl, limited edition boxset (containing CD, vinyl and a bonus CD with the band performance of their “Denim & Leather” tour “Saxon Over Sweden 2011”, featuring 18 tracks).

“Battering Ram” track listing:

01. Battering Ram
02. The Devil’s Footprint
03. Queen Of Hearts
04. Destroyer
05. Hard And Fast
06. Eye Of The Storm
07. Stand Your Ground
08. Top Of The World
09. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross

In celebration of the release of “Battering Ram”, SAXON will play select dates with MOTÖRHEAD, and others with ARMORED SAINT, in the U.S. beginning August 19.

TRIVIUM ‘Silence In The Snow’ Album Details Revealed

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Florida metallers TRIVIUM will release their new album, “Silence In The Snow”, on October 2 via Roadrunner. The follow-up to 2013’s “Vengeance Falls” was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (SLASH, ALTER BRIDGE, THE AMITY AFFLICTION) and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD).

Long known as one of modern metal’s most potent live acts, TRIVIUM will celebrate “Silence In The Snow” with an epic worldwide schedule highlighted by the upcoming 2015 HardDrive Live Tour. The dates — which see TRIVIUM co-headlining alongside TREMONTI — get underway September 9 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Culture Room and then continue through mid-October. The band will then head straight to San Bernardino, California for an October 24 main-stage performance at the upcoming Knotfest, headlined and curated by TRIVIUM‘s labelmates SLIPKNOT.

In the meantime, the Orlando, Florida-based band will spend the remaining summer lighting up Europe, including headline appearances at such hard rock and metal festivals as the U.K.’s Bloodstock, Belgium’s Alcatraz, Germany’s Summer Breeze, and France’s Motocultor.

TRIVIUM‘s seventh studio album, “Silence In The Snow” stands as a long gestating creative milestone for the acclaimed band. The collection had its genesis moment back in 2007 and was directly influenced by the time TRIVIUM spent touring alongside the legendary HEAVEN & HELL that year. Ultimately, it would take eight years before they felt equipped to tackle the challenging work of weaving their classic influences into a modern record. Fueled by the inspiration of true classic metal — spanning BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW, IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA and SLAYER, MEGADETH and METALLICATRIVIUM challenged themselves to attain similar levels of greatness, taking on vocal coaches and guitar lessons to further their creative evolution. The result is extraordinary, bridging the history of hard rock and metal while simultaneously powering it forward into the future on tracks like the epic “Blind Leading The Blind” and the upcoming first single “Until The World Goes Cold”.

“Silence In The Snow” track listing:

01. Snøfall
02. Silence In The Snow
03. Blind Leading The Blind
04. Dead And Gone
05. The Ghost That’s Haunting You
06. Pull Me From The Void
07. Until The World Goes Cold
08. Rise Above The Tides
09. The Thing That’s Killing Me
10. Beneath The Sun
11. Breathe In The Flames

TRIVIUM in May 2014 parted ways with drummer Nick Augusto due to personal differences. Stepping in for him on TRIVIUM‘s most recent dates was the band’s drum tech, Mat Madiro.

TRIVIUM‘s last album, “Vengeance Falls”, made Top 10 chart debuts in Japan, Australia, Germany and Austria as well as a Top 15 debut in Canada and a Top 25 debut in the United Kingdom. This marked the acclaimed metallers’ second consecutive Top 15 debut in the U.S. and highest-career debuts around the globe — including a No. 2 debut in Japan.

“Vengeance Falls” sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record — which was produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) — arrived in stores on October 15, 2013 via Roadrunner.

KING DIAMOND To Perform Entire ‘Abigail’ Album On Upcoming Tour?

KING DIAMOND will make a special announcement on August 3 — one day after the completion of the band’s participation in this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Although no details have yet been revealed, speculation is that KING DIAMOND will perform its classic second album, 1987’s concept effort “Abigail”, in its entirety on an upcoming tour.

A post was made earlier today on the official KING DIAMOND Facebook page featuring the cover artwork of the “Abigail” LP, along with the following caption: “ATTENTION EVERYONE!!! Keep an eye out for some major news on August 3rd.”

Asked by Metal Injection earlier this month if there is a chance of KING DIAMOND ever performing “Abigail” in full, the band’s guitarist, Andy La Rocque, smiled and said: “It might happen. I can’t really tell you any, you know, details about it, but, yeah…”

La Rocque also said that KING DIAMOND hasn’t officially started working on material for the follow-up to the band’s 2007 album “Give Me Your Soul…Please”, but he talked about a possible direction for the next CD. He said: “Hopefully the sound of the album is gonna be better. I don’t really know about the story or… I’ve got some riffs and such that I wrote a few years back, actually, but I have to go back and check that to see if that still can be used. I don’t know about that, because we get new ideas all the time. So we’ll see about that. But I’m sure we’re gonna have some fresh, good ideas for the next album, that’s for sure. And when that’s gonna happen, we don’t really know.”

Andy revealed in a 2008 interview with “Abigail” was his favorite KING DIAMOND album so far. He explained: “The songs and the whole recording session was just surrounded with magical moments, great spirit and a very creative atmosphere. I still remember it as one of the best studio sessions I ever been involved in.”

KING DIAMOND in 2002 released an album called “Abigail II: The Revenge”, which was said to feature a storyline that was the sequel to the original “Abigail” LP.

GODSMACK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, ANTHRAX, CLUTCH And More Set For THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL

GODSMACK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, ANTHRAX, CLUTCH Set For THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVALWith general admission tickets increasing to $70 on Saturday and VIP tickets completely sold out, The Shindig Music Festival returns “heavier than ever” Saturday, September 19 to Carroll Park with rock radio staples GODSMACK and ’90s alternative giants STONE TEMPLE PILOTS — featuring Chester Bennington of LINKIN PARK on vocals — anchoring the daylong, two-stage lineup in the city’s Pigtown district. Last year’s Shindig drew a record-setting 10,000 music lovers — the most ever gathered at Carroll Park for an event — and was named best music festival in Baltimore by the readers of Baltimore City Paper.

Joining the energy fueled festivities on this year’s two main stages will be the legendary ANTHRAX, CLUTCH, CHEVELLE, HELMET, REVEREND HORTON HEAT plus exciting new buzz bands NOTHING MORE and CROBOT. Rounding out the talent is homegrown favorites SILVERTUNG, BLACK ANGEL DOWN and MORE TO MONROE. Gates open at noon. Music begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $60 until Saturday (early bird); $70 thereafter. VIP tickets are sold out. Children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult.

To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.

A “shindig” is defined as “a large, lively party celebrating something,” and in this case, that “something” is the working class spirit of Baltimore which makes up the very core of The Shindig Music Festival.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with no overlapping sets of music. The Woods is home to the Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” side stage featuring an array of rare talent including a performance by local shock-rock troupe Dingleberry Dynasty, plus sword swallowers, fire breathers, aerial acrobats, burlesque performances, tattoo contests, and many other visually captivating oddities. The Vending Village is also located in The Woods, which offers a variety of Baltimore’s most popular restaurant and retail options with plenty of shade and seating to chill out and relax.

The Shindig is truly a labor of love for its curator, well-known Maryland independent promoter Paul Manna of 24-7 Entertainment. To that end, Manna and 24-7 are giving back to the community, by donating 10 percent of gross ticket sales are donated to three Baltimore non-profits: the Department Of Recreation And Parks, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School and Pigtown Main Street Association.

“I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival and vibe we’ve never seen herewas my goal,” says Manna. “I think the unique charm and feel of The Shindig is palpable from the moment you step on the grounds. I’m very grateful for the overwhelming amount of fans who come out each year to share in the festival experience we passionately work so hard attempting to perfect.”

Ben Hyman, director of Pigtown Main Street, adds: “The Shindig showcases our historic neighborhood to thousands of new people. They are yet another example of our investment in Pigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development.”

Carroll Park is located only 1.5 miles from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395 in the heart of historic Pigtown. The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, Maryland for another year of great music and memories.

DEVIL CITY ANGELS Stream “All I Need” via Revolver Magazine

iTunes Pre-order with Instant Grat Tracks Live Tomorrow

 

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DEVIL CITY ANGELS, made up of Rikki Rockett, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, and Brandon Gibbs, are streaming the track “All I Need” from their self-titled album today at Revolvermag.com. Listen here: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/devil-city-angels-premiere-new-song-all-i-need.html

 

The entire album will be available for preorder tomorrow at iTunes. Those preordering the album will receive “All I Need” and “Boneyard” as instant grat tracks.

 

The album, scheduled for release September 18th via Century Media, remains available for physical preorder at http://www.indiemerch.com/cmrecords/brand/devil-city-angels and at Amazon.com.

 

Watch the new music video for the single “Boneyard” here: https://youtu.be/UjrB0N6aBvY

 

For more information on DEVIL CITY ANGELS, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/DevilCityAngels

HELLOWEEN Announces Select North American Dates For 2016

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German power metallers HELLOWEEN will return to North America to play select shows in 2016.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 28 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
Feb. 29 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
Mar. 01 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
Mar. 03 – Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Mar. 04 – Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Mar. 06 – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
Mar. 07 – The Avalon – Hollywood, CA

Pre-sale tickets are available now at EnterTheVault.com. Tickets go on sale at all other outlets on August 22.

HELLOWEEN‘s 15th studio album, “My God-Given Right”, was released on May 29 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the band’s MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL).

According to singer Andi Deris, the band insists on a simple motto: “Back to the roots — but with new songs.” He continues: “More than ever, our fans want to sing and rock out along with us. This simply works best with the use of distinctive choruses and ’80s hooklines.”

Guitarist Michael Weikath clarifies: “It is not our mission to just relive the ’80s at all cost — to our own surprise, the whole dynamic of this working concept took on a life of its own.”

Both Weikath and Deris stress that the album title is self-explanatory. “Surely there’ll be haters again that will presume that we have nothing better to do than to keep recycling the past instead of moving on into the 21st century,” the guitarist says. “But such critics have followed us all along and never impressed us. We’ve always had a liberal attitude towards heavy metal: to do anything we want — and not follow the directions the know-it-alls would have pushed on us. We remained unfazed and acted out our vision of ‘anything goes’ in the songwriting process to ‘My God-Given Right’ because we believe that it is our god-given-right (no pun intended) to do as we please and fulfill our musical vision without any boundaries.”

COREY TAYLOR Confirms He Recorded ‘9 Or 10’ Songs With VELVET REVOLVER

Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR was the singer that came “closest” to replacing Scott Weiland in VELVET REVOLVER, but he was eventually ruled out of the running by Slash, who felt that Corey‘s voice “didn’t have certain elements” the guitarist thought it needed.

VELVET REVOLVER has still not found a new singer following its April 2008 split with Weiland and is more or less on hiatus, although it reunited with the former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman for a short one-off performance at a benefit concert in January 2012.

While the team-up of Taylor with VELVET REVOLVER never officially took off, VELVET guitarist Slash did confirm that the band got together with Taylor to jam and even record some new material.

During the latest installment of Loudwire‘s “Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction?” segment, Corey was asked about the music he reportedly wrote and recorded with VELVET REVOLVER and whether the recordings will ever see the light of day.

“I think it was ten [songs that I recorded with VELVET REVOLVER]… I think it was… It’s either nine or ten,” Taylor said (see video below). “There was a handful that we wrote, and then there was a handful that I kind of rearranged a little bit based on music that they already had. So it wasn’t music that we kind of wrote together. I mean, there were, like, three… I think there was three songs that we wrote together, which were actually pretty sweet. And then the rest of it was me writing to music that they already had that I thought was pretty cool.”

He continued: “Yeah, the world will probably never hear ’em, which is fine, because, I mean, I would want another crack at kind of working on some of that stuff anyway. But that will never happen, so it’s…. You know, it’s all good.”

Last October, Slash was asked during a question-and-answer session with Australia’s Rolling Stone magazine why Taylor and former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach weren’t the right singers for VELVET REVOLVER, and which vocalist came closest to replacing Weiland, Slash said: “Well, Sebastian [auditioned for the VELVET REVOLVER singer spot] before Scott [became a member of the band]. And I love Sebastian, but, if you can imagine, it sounded sort of like ‘SKID N’ ROSES.’ It was cool, but you knew that everybody who heard it was gonna be, like, ‘Oh, yeah, that makes sense.’ It was a little bit too predictable. But as far as [vocalists that we have auditioned] since Scott [was dismissed from the band], probably [the one that came] the closest [to landing the gig] would have to be Corey, ’cause everybody was rallying for him. And I love Corey to death, but something about it was just a little bit too… What’s the word for it? You know how Corey sings. It’s a very macho kind of thing. But it didn’t have certain elements I thought it needed. So we just didn’t go down that path. And that was the closest so far.”

Back in January 2012, Taylor was asked by ESPN.com what he felt he would have brought to the VELVET REVOLVER team had he quarterbacked it. Taylor replied: “What I would have brought to VELVET REVOLVER would have been more of the attitude that I think they wanted from Scott, but they got the negative side of it, you know what I’m saying? Scott, to me, has always been the guy who — he’s much more interesting when he’s being a dick to other people than he is onstage, to be honest. I mean, he does the lizard weird-thing-dance and everything, but that gets old after a while. When you need that strong frontman, he just really didn’t do it because he was too busy just being into himself instead of engaging the audience.”

Corey added, “So I would have tried to basically build a bridge between what [the members of VELVET REVOLVER] had with Axl [Rose during their time with GUNS N’ ROSES] and what they had with Scott, but with a little more good time feel to it — ’cause I can have an attitude and still smile, all fucking day. I think, in a lot of ways, they could have relaxed a little bit, knowing that they wouldn’t have to worry about, What’s the singer going to do? Are we going to be able to go onstage on time? Are we going to be able to play our show without a fit being thrown? Are we going to be able to play the songs the way they were written?

“I am a firm believer in, give the fans what they want. Do what you do, but give the fans what they want. They’re the whole reason that you are where you are, and they deserve every fucking bit that you can give them.”

Slash admitted in an interview that he was the main reason Taylor didn’t get the frontman job, explaining, “It just didn’t seem to fit right to me. And he’s great, and I love Corey, but it didn’t seem like the answer to the VELVET REVOLVER problem.”

Taylor told a Canadian radio station after hearing of Slash‘s comments, “I guess it just wasn’t working for him, which… He’s Slash and he’s entitled to have that, and I’m not gonna argue with him. But it was cool to just be able to get together and jam with those guys and I made some really cool friends.”