KREATOR Announces Early 2018 European Tour

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will embark on a European headlining tour in early 2018. Support on the trek will come from KREATOR‘s Nuclear Blast labelmates DECAPITATED as well as DAGOBA.

Commented KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza: “Hordes! Do not miss this night of absolute aggression on our second European tour for ‘Gods Of Violence’! See you in the pit!”

Tour dates:

Jan. 11 – FR – Lille, Splendid
Jan. 12 – FR – Reims, Cartonnerie
Jan. 13 – FR – Rouen, Le 106
Jan. 14 – FR – Bordeaux, Le Rocher Palmer
Jan. 15 – FR – Lyon, Transbordeur
Jan. 16 – CH – Lausanne, Docks
Jan. 17 – IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
Jan. 18 – SI – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
Jan. 19 – RS – Belgrade, Hala Sportova
Jan. 20 – GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
Jan. 21 – GR – Athens, Piraeus 117 Academy
Jan. 23 – MK – Skopje, MKC
Jan. 24 – BG – Sofia, Mixtape 5
Jan. 25 – RO – Bucharest, Arenele Romane
Jan. 26 – HU – Budapest, Barba Negra Music Club
Jan. 27 – CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
Jan. 28 – CZ – Prague, Meetfactory

KREATOR is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, “Gods Of Violence”, which entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 1. The cover artwork for the album was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited-edition artwork for KREATOR‘s previous effort, 2012’s “Phantom Antichrist”, and has lent his talents to bands like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT and OVERKILL in the past.

Petrozza told Metal Wani about the reception to “Gods Of Violence”: “It couldn’t be better. To us, the way we measured the success of our record is ‘How do the fans react in the live situation to the songs we put in the setlist?’ For [the latest] tour, we’ve added, like, five or six new songs to the setlist. Reactions are just as good for, let’s say, ‘Extreme Aggression’ or one of the classic songs. To us, it’s mind-blowing. It shows us that we did something right.”

Regarding the lyrical approach for “Gods Of Violence”, Mille said: “[They’re] very much stream of consciousness style. You just start writing something down. Every time I have music or sometimes I have the lyrics first, sometimes I have the title first. A lot of times I have the title first, then I try to fill the title that I think sounds cool with a meaning. Sometimes I come up with a story that I try to fill with life. For example, the song ‘Death Becomes My Light’, I was reading a lot about near-death experiences. I wanted to write a song about somebody that experienced that and he comes back to life and he tries to tell all of his friends about it. He’s all excited to tell everyone that ‘You don’t have to be afraid.’ And nobody listens. That’s the frustration and the sadness is reflected in that song. ‘World War Now’, of course, is, for example, it’s been kind of based on the [2015 terrorist attack] at the Bataclan [Theatre in France], but not really. I don’t really like to write about current events too much because I want to write lyrics that still have the same meaning five years from now. I try to keep it pretty much timeless, so to speak.”

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO To Release ‘Retribution’ Album In November

It has been fifteen years since Frontiers first partnered up with Jeff Scott Soto on a release and in celebration of that anniversary, Frontiers Music Srl will release another new album from Jeff on November 10. Co-written and produced together with Jeff Scott Soto alumni Howie Simon, “Retribution” is Jeff‘s sixth proper solo studio album in a style that fans have come to know and love from the legendary singer over the years.

Jeff Scott Soto‘s career spans over thirty years. He was first introduced to the public as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen‘s iconic first two solo albums before going on to front esteemed hard rock band TALISMAN. He is also one of the vocalists for the wildly popular TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the lead vocalist for super group W.E.T. (featuring JSS alongside members of ECLIPSE and WORK OF ART), and creative visionary for the more metal leaning Soto, among many other musical activities he has been involved in. He also held a stint fronting Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers JOURNEY and was one of the vocalists for the officially sanctioned QUEEN tribute QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA. His incredible voice has led to many an artist inviting him to do guest lead vocals or background vocals on their albums, including, but not limited to, STRYPER, Joel Hoekstra, SAIGON KICK, Fergie Frederiksen, Lita Ford, STEELHEART, and more.

In 1994, he released his first solo outing, “Love Parade”, followed by the acclaimed “Prism” (2002), “Lost In The Translation” (2005), “Beautiful Mess” (2009) and “Damage Control” (2012).

The song “Breakout” is available for streaming below.

“Retribution” track listing:

01. Retribution
02. Inside/Outside
03. Rage Of The Year
04. Reign Again
05. Feels Like Forever
06. Last Time
07. Bullet For My Baby
08. Song For Joey
09. Breakout
10. Dedicate To You
11. Autumn

* Vocals and keyboards recorded and engineered by Jeff Scott Soto at The Man Canyon, Agoura Hills, California
* Guitars and bass for “Reign Again” recorded and engineered by Andy Zuckerman at The Institute Of Noise, Los Angeles, California
* Drums recorded by Edu Cominato at Daga Music Studios, Brazil
* Mixed and mastered by Adriano Daga at Daga Music Studios, Brazil.

Band members:

Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals, Keyboards
Howie Simon – Guitar, Bass (except on “Reign Again” and “Song For Joey”)
Edu Cominato – Drums
August Zadra – Guitar on “Reign Again”
Stephen Sturm – Guitar on “Reign Again”
Carlos Costa – Bass on “Reign Again”
Paul Mendonca – Guitar, Keyboards, Bass on “Song For Joey”

PHILIP ANSELMO’s SCOUR To Release ‘Red’ EP

PHILIP ANSELMO's SCOUR To Release 'Red' EP

SCOUR — the extreme metal “supergroup” featuring Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT) alongside members of CATTLE DECAPITATION and PIG DESTROYER — is teasing a new EP called “Red”, to be released this fall. Pre-order the EP on iTunes on September 15 and receive an instant download of the title track.

The self-titled debut EP from SCOUR was released in July 2016 via Anselmo‘s Housecore label. The six-track effort was mixed by Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, COBALT, KHEMMIS) and was made available on CD and vinyl formats.

SCOUR recently officially recruited Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) as its drummer.

Anselmo previously stated about his involvement with from SCOUR: “Doing the SCOUR project was a blast. The track ‘Dispatched’ was the first one I attacked, as it was the first one sent to me. Lyrically, I leave it to the listener to evaluate, as usual. The way I saw it, the songs were short, and extremely straight-forward, so I didn’t want to clutter ’em up with too much. Therefore, I had to pick particular lyrics that seemed provocatively absurd enough, and to perform them as raw as deemed fit.”

SCOUR is:

* Phillip H. Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT) – Vocals
* Derek Engemann (CATTLE DECAPITATION) – Guitar
* Chase Fraser (ANIMOSITY) – Guitar
* John Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER) – Bass
* Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) – Drums

BUTCHER BABIES To Release ‘Lilith’ Album

BUTCHER BABIES will release their third album, “Lilith”, in the fall via Century Media. The follow-up to 2015’s “Take It Like A Man” was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, SUICIDE SILENCE) and marks the band’s recording debut with new drummer, Chase Brickenden, who replaced Chris Warner last year.

BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd stated about the “Lilith” title and cover artwork, which can be seen below: “Historically, Lilith has become demonized as a representation of promiscuity and disobedience. We, however, see her as a positive figure. A symbol of autonomy, sexual equality, and full control over your own destiny.

Lilith is the supreme representation of the left-hand path woman: independent, having discarded the patriarchal yoke, and not afraid to use all the tools available to her, including her sexuality, to gain the most out of existence. The eels in the cover art represent sleek symbolism of new beginnings and adventure.

“With this album, we have musically taken a leap through old boundaries and landed in new oceans. It is said that a the dream or visions of eels is confirmation that the path we currently lead is the right one.

“In this new chapter of BUTCHER BABIES, we welcome evolution as we bare ourselves with ‘Lilith’.”

Added co-vocalist Carla Harvey: “When we were thinking of titles for our album, we wanted to find something that embodied sensuality, lust, danger and power. We kept going back to Lilith. We researched Lilith and her origins in different cultures and forms and knew that this figure, once feared but now a beautiful, symbolic middle finger to repression, would be a perfect representation of our album.

“The cover art we created with our graphic artist perfectly pulls together the last year we’ve spent working on ‘Lilith’.

“I’ve always loved water themes and there is something terrifying yet calming about the deep sea; submersing yourself in it could be the death of you, yet at the same time it’s cleansing and renewing.

“With this album we dove in fully and drowned ourselves in emotion, sexuality and even turmoil, and let the two-headed beast we created has emerged even stronger.”

The disc’s release date and the video for the first single will be unveiled next week.

Harvey told Meltdown Of Detroit’s WRIF radio station that the music on BUTCHER BABIES‘ upcoming disc “runs the gamut” from “great thrash metal” to “a little bit of ’90s influence.” She said: “We’re singing, we’re screaming and it’s just a great, great album. I couldn’t be prouder of it. I think there’s four songs where we do predominantly singing on it. And normally that would scare even me, ’cause I’m, like, ‘I’m a metal girl! I don’t wanna be singing.’ But it’s so beautiful — it really is. So it’s kind of ballady, but not too ballady. It’s very dark, sensual — the lyrics are very sensual on this album.”

She continued: “I think we’re bringing a little bit of the sexy back on this album that we kind of steered away from for a while. When we were building up our career, we wanted to be taken so seriously as metal chicks, so I think we kind of let those hindrances go a little bit and said, ‘Let’s just be us in all aspects of us’ — from the metal to the sexy to everything else.”

Although there is a lot of variety on BUTCHER BABIES‘ upcoming effort, Carla is quick to point out that “I couldn’t do an album with no thrash on it, ’cause that’s my passion. I think my favorite song on the album is a completely ridiculous thrash metal song that you’ll hear,” she said. “It’s just amazing. In fact, one line in the song is about my Corvette that is always broken down. I have a ’75 Corvette, ’cause I’m a real Detroit girl with a real American car. The song has completely ridiculous lyrics, but it’s so cool — total thrash.”

Carla said that BUTCHER BABIES next album will contain eleven songs, with an extra track for Japan. The disc’s first single has “got a super-sexy rhythm to it,” according to Harvey. “But everything is still… When you hear the album, you say, ‘That’s definitely BUTCHER BABIES.'”

Regarding BUTCHER BABIES‘ collaboration with Evetts, Carla said: “He doesn’t do any Auto-Tuning or any pitching or anything like that, so every note on this album is a hundred percent authentic. And it’s really cool to be able to say that about an album nowadays, I think, because people are so used to hearing everything Auto-Tuned and touched up and fixed up. This album is exactly what we’ve always wanted to do — it’s something passionate and raw — and we’re all just over the moon for it.”

She added: “That’s the one thing that we’ve always wanted to capture, because I think that we’re a great live band, and when you’re a good live band, you wanna capture that energy, and we finally found a producer that can help harness that live energy, actually, into the album.”

According to Carla, Chase‘s addition to BUTCHER BABIES contributed to the upcoming album being “just on another level.” She explained: “He’s just a great, great, great drummer with all kinds of new ideas, and we blend really well together. And we actually toured with Chase on our very first tour with OTEP years and years ago, so we’re all old friends already and he just fit in seamlessly.”

“Take It Like A Man” was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA.

BUTCHER BABIES will support HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD on a U.S. tour which will kick off on October 1 in Atlanta, Georgia.

MASTODON ‘Cold Dark Place’ EP Details Revealed

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON will release a new EP featuring four previously unreleased tracks. “Cold Dark Place” will be made available digitally and on CD on September 22 via Reprise Records, followed by the release of a limited-edition ten-inch vinyl picture disc on October 27.

Three of the songs on “Cold Dark Place”“North Side Star”, “Blue Walsh” and “Cold Dark Place” — were recorded during the sessions for MASTODON‘s 2014 album “Once More ‘Round The Sun” and were produced by Nick Raskulinecz. A fourth track, “Toe to Toes”, was recorded during the sessions for the band’s most recent album, 2017’s “Emperor Of Sand”, and was produced by Brendan O’Brien.

Those who pre-order “Cold Dark Place” will receive an instant download of the track “Toe to Toes” on September 1.

Also, next month MASTODON will appear on the cover of the newly relaunched Revolver magazine. The issue, which hits newsstands on September 12, will be available withfour different covers, each featuring a member of MASTODON. When all four covers are placed together side by side, a single image of the full band, which is Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher and Troy Sanders, is created. As an added bonus, Revolver subscribers will receive an exclusive and very limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single with their paid order. The A-side is the version of “Toe To Toes” that appears on “Cold Dark Place”, and the B-side is a previously unreleased instrumental version of the track. The single will be housed in a picture sleeve featuring exclusive artwork by Richey Beckett, who also created the cover image of the “Cold Dark Place” EP.

A behind-the-scenes mini-doc on Beckett and the making of the “Cold Dark Place” cover art can be seen below.

“Cold Dark Place” track listing:

01. North Side Star
02. Blue Walsh
03. Toe to Toes
04. Cold Dark Place

MASTODON will spend the remainder of 2017 on the road in North America and Europe in support of “Emperor Of Sand”, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The follow-up to 2014’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun” was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON‘s hometown, with producer Brendan O’Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album “Crack The Skye”.

ROBERT PLANT To Release ‘Carry Fire’ Album In October

Robert Plant will release his eleventh solo album, “Carry Fire”, on October 13 via Nonesuch/Warner. The disc’s lead track, “The May Queen”, can be heard below.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar” features Plant‘s backing band THE SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS in their second appearance on record with the LED ZEPPELIN frontman.

“Carry Fire” includes a guest appearance by PRETENDERS vocalist Chrissie Hynde on a cover of “Bluebirds Over The Mountain”, previously recorded by Ritchie Valens and THE BEACH BOYS.

Plant says: “It’s about intention. I respect and relish my past works, but each time I feel the incentive to create new work, I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat — the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”

“Carry Fire” track listing:

01. The May Queen
02. New World…
03. Season’s Song
04. Dance With You Tonight
05. Carving Up The World Again
06. A Way With Words
07. Carry Fire
08. Bones Of Saints
09. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent

Plant spoke to Relix magazine about his current music and how it connects to his early days in LED ZEPPELIN, explaining, “I want people to know I’m pulling points of reference from other times and other places — incongruous and out of step and kilter — into another world. I’ve done it with ZEPPELIN lyrics, as well — ‘if the sun refused to shine’ and ‘the road remains the same’ and all the shit. There’s so many bits like that, because I like the idea of spinning the bottle. And if one or two people pick up on it, that’s the justice — that’s about right.”

LOUDNESS To Release ‘Rise To Glory’ Album In January

LOUDNESS To Release 'Rise To Glory' Album In January

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a new album, “Rise To Glory”, on January 26, 2018. The follow-up to 2014’s “The Sun Will Rise Again” will be made available in Japan via Ward Records and throughout Europe and America via earMUSIC, home to other world-class acts such as DEEP PURPLE, ALICE COOPER, STATUS QUO, DEF LEPPARD and THUNDER.

LOUDNESS has released twenty-six studio albums, five of them in the U.S. The band’s lineup has changed multiple times since 1981, with the current incarnation consisting of three original members — lead singer Minoru Niihara, guitarist Akira Takasaki and bassist Masayoshi Yamashita — along with drummer Masayuki Suzuki, who joined the group in 2009.

Original LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi died in 2008 after a year-long battle with liver cancer.

LOUDNESS released a special thirtieth-anniversary edition of its classic “Thunder In The East” album in Japan in November 2015 in several different versions, featuring demo recordings, bonus DVDs with live footage from their 1985 U.S. tour, a documentary about the making of the LP and other things.

Asked by Metal Rules to recall some of the highlights from the “Thunder In The East” days, Niihara said: “We opened for MÖTLEY CRÜE and we played Madison Square Garden. I was told by my manager, and I don’t know if it is true or not, that you have to take a huge limo to get into Madison Square Garden. We were in this limo and the views reminded me of a LED ZEPPELIN movie. We thought, ‘We made it!’ because Madison Square Garden is such an important place. I know there are bigger places in the States, but that place is so important and so many bands have played there, it gave me goose bumps.”