More Details Revealed On HOLY MOSES’ New Album Redefined Mayhem

HOLY MOSES no longer have anything to prove to the international metal scene. Their multi-faceted thrash metal, front woman Sabina Classen’s charismatic voice and their unique mix of traditional attitude and experimental evolvement have been instrumental in establishing the band as a known quantity since the beginning of their career in the early 1980s. Their current album release Redefined Mayhem is a prime example of an album, which expertly blends past and present. “HOLY MOSES have never released standard thrash songs, and we never will,” Sabina Classen explains with some pride. “We write songs which we like ourselves and don’t compromise in terms of trends and concessions to wrong expectations. We don’t have to please everybody, we’re our own brand, we have our own sound, which includes the occasional odd beat, technically demanding passages and unusual chord structures as well as interesting lyrics which deal with the dark side of people and their minds.”

That HOLY MOSES mark 2014 don’t show any symptoms of fatigue is mainly due to their perfect balance consisting of founder members and musicians who have played in other groups: vocalist Sabina Classen has been the voice and face of HOLY MOSES since 1981, bassist Thomas Neitsch has been in the band for six years, drummer Gerd Lücking joined the fold three years ago, and guitarist Peter Geltat was enlisted in 2012, supporting his colleagues immediately in a number of successful shows such as the Barge To Hell Cruise 2012. The current line-up is ready to face new challenges in a permanently evolving metal genre. “This is HOLY MOSES mark 2014, and Redefined Mayhem defines a new chapter of our band history,” explains Sabina Classen, adding: “We had to redefine ourselves as a band and gel as a team. There were people who voiced their doubts that it would work. But the new songs prove beyond all doubt that HOLY MOSES continue to be a force to be reckoned with.”

There can be no doubt: Redefined Mayhem sees HOLY MOSES 2014 reach a new pinnacle of their creative work. Their fans can look forward to a contemporary thrash metal oeuvre, which reflects the band members’ influence while skilfully forging an arch to the group’s successful past with classics such as Finished With The Dogs (1987) and The New Machine Of Liechtenstein (1989). Classen: “It’s still first-rate thrash metal, fast-paced and powerful, chaotic at times but with a modern touch and amazingly multi-faceted guitars and drums.”

Redefined Mayhem will be released in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the USA on April 29th through SPV/Steamhammer as CD, double gatefold LP with colored vinyl plus onus track and the CD in a cardboard sleeve and as download. CD and LP have different covers.

 

TRACK LISTING:

CD Version:

1. Hellhound

2. Triggered

3. Undead Dogs

4. Into The Dark

5. Sacred Sorrows

6. Process Of Projection

7. Fading Realities

8. Liars

9. Redemption Of The Shattered

10. Whet The Knife

11. Delusion

12. One Step Ahead Of Death

13. This Dirt

 

Vinyl Version:

LP 1A:

1. Hellhound

2. Undead Dogs

3. Sacred Sorrows

 

LP 1B:

1. Triggered

2. Into the Dark

3. Process of Projection

 

LP 2A:

1. Delusion

2. Fading Realities

3. Liars

4. Entering The Now (Bonus Track)

 

LP 2B:

11. Whet the Knife

12. Redemption of the Shattered

13. One Step ahead of Death

14. This Dirt

 

HOLY MOSES live 2014

05.04. D-Otterbach – Pälzer Hell

24.04. E-Madrid – Sala Charada

25.04. E-Donosti – Sala Tunk

26.04. E-Zaragoza  – Sala Explosivo

27.04. E-Valencia – Sala Agora

07.06. D-Hauptmannsgrün – Chronical Moshers Open Air

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EDGUY: Six ‘Amazing’ Songs Written For Next Album

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German melodic metallers EDGUY are working on material for the follow-up to 2011’s “Age Of The Joker” for a tentative 2014 release. The band’s mainman, Tobias Sammet, states: “We got about six songs now and they’re quite amazing! Traditional stuff!”

“Age Of The Joker” sold around 1,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD debuted at No. 21 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

EDGUY‘s previous CD, “Tinnitus Sanctus”, opened with 600 units back in February 2009 to land at No. 88 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.

“Age Of The Joker” was released in Europe on August 29, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park studio (SCORPIONSPHIL COLLINS) in Hannover, which was previously described by the group as “a recording temple with a tremendously great-sounding room.” The album features 11 songs with a total running time of over one hour. The limited-edition digipack contains a bonus disc with six additional songs.

EVIL MASQUERADE Announces New Singer

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Denmark-based symphonic metal band EVIL MASQUERADE has issued the following update:

“Most of you are aware of that [vocalist] Apollo [PapathanasioSPIRITUAL BEGGARS, ex-FIREWIND] hasn’t been seen much with the band this year. He feels that he needs to slow down and take a time-out from his musical career for a while and focus more on his private life that has suffered from busy schedules. The band fully understands and respects this.

“This is nothing new and everyone saw this coming. Therefore, as you have already seen, EVIL MASQUERADE decided to move on several months ago. Now approaching a new album it’s time to officially introduce the new singer.

“It hardly comes as a surprise for people attending EVIL MASQUERADE‘s shows this year that the microphone has been handed over to Swedish powerhouse singer Tobias Jansson [SAFFIRETHE LAW]. In very short time, he has grown close to the whole EVIL MASQUERADE family and the band already sounds like a well-oiled machine live. You can look forward to hear him on the upcoming album, ‘The Digital Crucifix’.

“Welcome to EVIL MASQUERADETobias!”

EVIL MASQUERADE‘s fifth album, “Pentagram”, was released in May 2012 via Dark Minstrel Music. The CD was once again produced by guitarist Henrik Flyman and mixed by Tommy Hansen (JORNHELLOWEEN) at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark.

BLACK SABBATH: Complete ‘Live…Gathered in Their Masses’ Blu-Ray, DVD, CD Details Revealed

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BLACK SABBATH‘s triumphant 2013 tour — which kicked off earlier this year in Australia — can now be seen by fans around the world via the forthcoming “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” (Vertigo/Republic).

A preview of “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” — featuring the first-ever live performances of songs from the band’s 2013 critically acclaimed “13” album, along with BLACK SABBATH classics — can be seen below.

“Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” track listings:

Blu-ray and DVD track listing is as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Loner
04. Snowblind
05. Black Sabbath
06. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
07. N.I.B.
08. Methademic
09. Fairies Wear Boots
10. Symptom Of The Universe
11. Iron Man
12. End Of The Beginning
13. Children Of The Grave
14. God Is Dead?
15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro) / Paranoid

CD track listing is as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Loner
03. Black Sabbath
04. Methademic
05. N.I.B.
06. Iron Man
07. End Of The Beginning
08. Fairies Wear Boots
09. God Is Dead?
10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro) / Paranoid

Due out November 26, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” will be available via a variety of formats. Options include:

* DVD standalone
* Blu-ray standalone
* Blu-ray/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in a Blu-ray case
* DVD/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in an Amaray box
* Deluxe box with a Blu-ray disc of live show with exclusive bonus visual extras/two DVD discs/a CD featuring live audio from the show/poster/signed set list/photo booklet/guitar picks/official show “ticket”

“Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when the band — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) — kicked off their world tour in support of their “13” album, which entered the charts at No. 1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.). Meanwhile, BLACK SABBATH will head to South America and Mexico in October for a headlining stadium tour (where they’re expected to play to more than 300,000 fans) and then on to Europe in November and December.

MARTY FRIEDMAN Working On His ‘Most Intense’ And ‘Most Heavy’ Solo Album To Date

ImageFormer MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman was interviewed by Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal on the fourth episode of the “Metal Assault” radio show on the Los Angeles-based station Razor KXRZ.

On what he is currently doing:

Friedman: “I’m actually here in L.A. recording my new album, which is gonna come out around January. I’ll be working on this album for the next month and a half or so, and then it will be done. And I can’t wait for everybody to hear it.”

On the musical direction of his upcoming solo CD:

Friedman: “[This is] by far the most intense and the most heavy and the most… How do you say this…? It’s the most… If you like any of my stuff, this would be the most ‘Marty’ of anything. So if you hate my stuff, you’re gonna really hate this record a lot. It’s very uncommercial. “I wanted to make a record that, there’s no dispute that, when people say they’re a fan of my music, or they like my music, that this is the representative of my whole musical sound. “I rarely listen to my previous stuff, but sometimes I listen back to it and see what was going on. And a song called ‘Forbidden City’ kind of made me think, ‘I’m really still happy with this song, even though it was recorded a long, long time ago. I wanted to do something, not along the lines of ‘Forbidden City’, but much more intense, because that was a long time ago, and I’ve come so far since then, and I can do so much more, and I know how to do that kind of thing so much better than I did back then. So I wanted to do kind of like the 2014 version of just the deeper, heavier, more intense version of that kind of ‘Forbidden City’ kind of mood. And I remember, that type of mood was very, very uncommercial at that time, so it’s probably way more uncommercial now, but it’s just like, the hell with it, I’m just doing it my way. So that’s kind of the theme of whole album — just all abandon, all bets off, just go crazy. “I’m constantly evolving, so for better or for worse, this is the most evolved, most intense version of myself as a guitarist and as an artist and as a songwriter and all that. But this time, probably more of a metal spirit than ever before, so that might be a little bit different.”

On making his new album for the American market:

Friedman: “This is the first time that I’m doing something with America in mind — to really kind of give America what I would like to represent myself with. ‘Cause a lot of the stuff I’ve done since… I did a very small tour in 2003 — a solo tour — and that’s it. So I’ve done so much stuff in Japan, and I really haven’t considered doing something in America. I always thought, if I’m gonna do something in America, it’s gotta be something that is really, really super special, to make it worth coming back. So that’s what this album and this new tour cycle is going to be.”

On whether there are any metal musicians he would like to collaborate with:

Friedman: “On my new album that’s coming out next [year], there’s a lot of people I’m collaborating with in metal; they’re people all metal people definitely know and love. And I’m not gonna tell you who they are yet. But, really, kind of the idea that got me into doing this American thing is this record company, Prosthetic, put together kind of a list of the people who have said good things about me in the press in America. And I don’t really follow what’s going on outside of Japan, so I kind of really didn’t know. The Prosthetic guys made this big list of all these people and they wrote this wonderful stuff about me. And I was literally drawn to tears with what these guys were saying, and how they were influenced by me, and just the stuff that they were saying about my music in detail and my playing. And I was really blown away, ’cause I really don’t follow a lot of that — what people say in the press. And it was just so nice to see it in print and to check out the guys who were saying it. And there’s so many great musicians in metal nowadays — more so than back in the ’90s. Metal has really evolved into something cool, and I’m really interested in it much more now than when I was playing in MEGADETH. When I was in MEGADETH, I thought we were the best, and that was it. Now there’s a lot of great bands, and when some of these new bands come back and say, ‘I listen to a lot of Marty’s stuff,’ really, it’s a big deal for me. So that kind of got me inspired to do collaborations with some of these great people, as well as doing the most intense, revved up version of Marty’s stuff. So a lot of these great people that I’ve wanted to collaborate with, I’m actually collaborating with them on my new record.”

SEBASTIAN BACH Says ‘A Special Bass Player’ Will Make An Appearance On His New Solo Album

Acclaimed drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, SEBASTIAN BACH, FATES WARNING) has finished laying down drum tracks for 12 songs on the new solo album from former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. The CD is being recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER), who helmed Bach’s last solo CD, 2011’s “Kicking & Screaming”. A short video message from the studio can be seen below. Says Bach: “We have a special bass player playing on this record, but we’re not allowed to say who it is yet, because he’s so important. But every one of you know who he is. And stay tuned for the announcement on who’s playing the bass in your face.” The guitars on Bach’s new album will be performed by Devin Bronson (AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) and Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL). There will also be songwriting contributions from guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, ex-MARILYN MANSON), who co-wrote the song “TunnelVision” on “Kicking & Screaming”. Making a guest appearance on the CD will be bassist Duff McKagan (DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED, VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES). Bach previously stated about his new material: “It is going to be balls-out, kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll with tons of vocal histrionics and harmonies especially… I am going to really concentrate on harmonies and pushing my voice to the maximum you have ever heard it pushed. The riffs are crazy and cool.” Asked if he feels “Kicking & Screaming” got enough credit from the rock community and the fans, Bach told “The Classic Metal Show” in a recent interview: “Yeah. To be on the Billboard chart again is enough credit for me. I like being on the chart. It’s cool that I can put out an album that competes on the charts in this day and age. He added: “I’m not trying to remind anybody of the past; that’s the opposite of what I’m trying to do. I never was doing that. “I don’t understand the nostalgia factor of rock and roll fans at all. When SKID ROW came out in 1989, we weren’t singing songs that were 20 years old, we were singing songs that we just wrote. That’s what I’m doing today; that’s what I was doing then. So I don’t get that whole idea at all.” Bach’s brand new CD/DVD package, “ABachalypse Now”, was released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The “ABachalypse Now” Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. “ABachalypse Now” was made available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD. Asked by Italian web radio Linearock.it in a June 2012 interview what the reason is for the frequent lineup changes in his solo band, Bach said, “It’s a very easy answer. It’s all to do with finance. If you get paid a certain amount of money, you can’t pay to play… If I tell a guy in my band, ‘This is what we’re getting. We all have to split it.’ Some guys will be like, ‘Fuck that!’ And I’m like, ‘You know what?! Bye!’ [laughs] ‘Cause it’s a business. When you see me change bandmembers, it’s usually a business decision.”

SEBASTIAN BACH Says He Was ‘Asked’ To Replace VINCE NEIL In MÖTLEY CRÜE

ImageFormer SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that he was asked to replace Vince Neil in MÖTLEY CRÜE but that he turned down the opportunity because he thought his situation at the time was better. Neil was fired from MÖTLEY CRÜE in 1992 due to personal differences and was replaced by John Corabi. With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top-Ten placing on the album chart. Asked by a fan on Twitter if he was ever considered to replace Vince in MÖTLEY CRÜE, Bach replied that he was not just “considered” but that he was actually “asked” by CRÜE if he wanted to join the band as its new lead singer. He then added that the story of how close he came to becoming a member of MÖTLEY CRÜE might be included in his upcoming autobiography, which he is currently working on and for which he recently revealed that he had “a big offer from a big book company.” When another fan pressed Bach on why the singer turned down the offer to join MÖTLEY CRÜE, Bach replied: “The short answer is that I actually thought at the time this band SKID ROW was better.” Sebastian then added, “Gee, I sure know how to pick ’em.” In a November 2012 interview with the “Eddie Trunk Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM, Bach stated about his former band: “I will always be the singer of SKID ROW, no matter what. There’s no other guy. It’s like… John Corabi, I love ya — it’s great — but where’s Vince? I mean, that’s the way it is. Walk down the street with me and count how many times [people scream out], ‘Youth Gone Wild! SKID ROW!’ It’s like people shout out of the cars.”