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posted by richard
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FORBIDDEN – NEW TRACK AND ALBUM COMMENTARY

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN have uploaded the track “Forsaken At The Gates” to their official MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/FORBIDDENOFFICIAL

“’Forsaken At The Gates’ is FORBIDDEN's new thrash anthem for the 2010's and beyond,” commented guitarist Craig Locicero. “If we could go back in a time machine to when we called it a day in 1997, there still would have been no way that we could have written ‘Forsaken…” back then. We needed the distance and hindsight to write this record and had to get a grip on what the hell FORBIDDEN was all about when we started. Our vision is clear. We are a Thrash Metal band! ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ says it all.

If I were to compare ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ to any of our old songs, it would be ‘March Into Fire’, which was one of the first songs that I'd ever written in my life. Ironically, ‘Forsaken…’ was the last song we'd written for Omega Wave. Funny how things work.

As far as the song itself, Mark was a fucking beast when we tracked it! I knew we had a monster on the first take, great energy and sense of urgency in his performance. It made one hell of a spine to connect all of the other moving parts to. Everyone blasted through their tracks with the same sense of urgency too. Playing those riffs, my blood pumps harder then in any other song I've played on. It was an intense session to track and Matt cruises through the entire thing like a bulldozer! The solo section brings me back to the good 'ol days when trade-offs were all over the classic metal records we all love. I really love playing and writing with Steve, he makes me so much better and I think we make a great team.

After that, it's Russ that's next fucking level! Tim and I got him fired up and locked him behind the glass until he sounded as crazed as they lyrics are intended to convey. The song itself is about turning away the masses from the numerous underground shelters around the planet that will try to seek protection from any natural or unnatural disaster that would effect all of us on the surface.

The main line of the song says ‘Corpses laid out for the Rapture, New World Order buried in it's tomb.’ In other words, if the surface isn't worth living on and the powers that be decide who lives in a canned air bunker for future generations to come…let them rot down there, that's not a world worth living in!”

Vocalist Russ Anderson continues:
“Looking back on recording our first album Forbidden Evil and recording Omega Wave, there really is no comparison. During the recording of Forbidden Evil, we were in a time crunch and I sang the whole album in about one and a half days, impossible some could say, but true. I was happy with the results because that gave the album it’s rawness, that in my opinion goes down in history as true as a thrash album gets.
Omega Wave was a slower recording process. I worked with Craig and Tim as my right hand men and they know me. At times I think they were trying to ‘slap me around’ a little before the heavy songs like ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ to get me to approach the song with true aggression. You really should not be feeling love and flowers approaching a song like this, not to say that was what I was thinking, but it helps to bring out the aggression of the song through the vocals. ’Forsaken At The Gates’ was easier for me than some of the others, only because it was the last song I recorded and was done in one session.

By the time I was on the last of the songs I had a lot of fire to breathe and did not want to stop. ‘I love to record!’ As far as my voice being deeper or better, I don't know, I tried to compliment each song and be one with it, and to do that, you must be one with your voice. That is something I have strived for over the years and hope it comes across.

I think that vocals can change or get better over time, like a fine wine, for instance if you listen back to James Hetfield when he did Kill ‘Em All he most defiantly has a more adolescent voice than, on say …And Justice For All. Vocals are touchy things and definitely unpredictable from day to day . The only way I have found to have any control over it is to approach every song with its intended emotion which is also the key to a good performance no matter how your voice is holding up that day. Point being, it's a human instrument that mirrors the soul .

I truly gave it my all on Omega Wave and I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it . Hope to see you all on our United States tour that kicks off on the East Coast November 4th, ending on the West Coast on December 11th, 2010.

Thank you in advance to those that support FORBIDDEN and buy the album.”

Omega Wave, FORBIDDEN’s fifth studio album after a 13-year recording hiatus, will be released in the UK on October 25th and on October 26th in North America. It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

FORBIDDEN 2010 features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.

Song titles on Omega Wave include:
· Alpha Century

· Forsaken At The Gates

· Swine

· Immortal Wounds

· Hopenosis

· Adapt Or Die

· Inhuman Race

· Behind The Mask

· Dragging My Casket

· Overthrow

· Omega Wave

posted by richard
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

EPICA to support WWF With New Single

EPICA to support WWF With New Single

EPICA have recorded a new song called “This Is The Time” showcasing their more calm and balladic side. This song and the profit of the income goes out to the WWF organization, who will use it for projects in the Amazon. The digital release of the song is set for October, 15th.

Commented EPICA: “The awareness that we should be more careful with the earth, increases every day. We should also try to live in closer harmony with nature. Epica is lyric-wise strongly connected to these themes and would like to devote themselves to this cause for a better world!“

Commented WWF/ Jörgen van Beem: “WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. A planet where people and nature can thrive together, in a stable environment, now, and for generations to come. For more than 40 years, WWF has been at the forefront in protecting the Amazon and are therefore enthusiastic that Epica decided to raise funds for the Brazilian forest programs of WWF, which ensure conservation and sustainable development throughout the world's largest rainforest.”

We are all part of nature, so why don't we value it more?

www.panda.org | www.epica.nl
www.myspace.com/epica | www.nuclearblast.de/epica

MICHAEL MONROE: FORMER HANOI ROCKS FRONTMAN ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE ALBUM FOR NOV 1st VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS UK, BACKED UP BY SPECIAL GUEST SPOT ON MOTORHEAD’S 35th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR…

MICHAEL MONROE, iconic rock‘n’roll frontman and founding member of hugely influential Finnish outfit Hanoi Rocks, will release a live album, ‘Another Night In The Sun/Live In Helsinki’, on November 1st 2010 via Spinefarm Records UK.

Mixed in LA by Niko Bolas (whose credits include Neil Young, Frank Sinatra, Keith Richards, Kiss, Spinal Tap and more) and mastered by Grammy winner Richard Dodd (the man behind Tom Petty & Dixie Chicks), this 15-track release – recorded on July 6th at the Tavastia Club, Helsinki – features key numbers from Monroe’s solo career spiced up with selected Hanoi classics, some well-chosen covers, plus two brand new, unreleased songs.

Says Monroe: “No excuses, it is what it is, and it will probably end up sounding great with all its clunks and flaws, once it’s mixed and finished. Obviously, we’re not doing any overdubs, so you’ll have a very raw ‘rough and ready-or-not’ live recording of another rockin’ night in the sun in the beautiful Finnish summer!”

In the wake of the album’s release, Monroe (plus regular band: Wildheart’s mainman Ginger on guitar, ex-Hanoi member Sami Yaffa on bass, Steve Conte of New York Dolls & Company Of Wolves fame on guitar, and Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosqvist on drums – a Swedish/Finnish drummer who has played with both Chelsea Smiles & Danzig) will Special Guest with Motörhead on their UK tour in November.

The legendary ’Head are celebrating 35 years on the rock‘n’roll frontline, performing 15 shows all over the country.

ON FEBRUARY 21st 2010, Monroe will release a brand new studio album, also via Spinefarm Records UK; as yet untitled but produced by the legendary Jack Douglas (whose credits include everyone from Aerosmith through to John Lennon), the record is currently being recorded in Los Angeles, with one track set to feature a duet between Michael and Motorhead mainman Lemmy, also involved in the writing of the track.

A headline UK tour will follow, but in the meantime, the 15 Motorhead dates run as follows:-

NOVEMBER UK TOUR DATES

8th – Aberdeen – AECC,
9th – Glasgow – O2 Academy
10th – Newcastle – City Hall,
12th – Blackburn – King George’s Hall
13th – Llandudno – Arena
15th – Derby – Assembly Rooms
16th – Manchester – Apollo
18th – Leicester – De Montfort Hall
19th – Bristol – Colston Hall
21st – Southampton – Guildhall
22nd – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
24th – Wolverhampton – Civic Hall
25th – Leeds – O2 Academy
27th – London – O2 Academy Brixton
28th – Brighton – Centre

www.michaelmonroe.com | http://www.myspace.com/michaelmonroeofficial
www.spinefarmrecords.co.uk | www.facebook.com/spinefarmrecordsuk

SWEDISH CHART-TOPPERS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE FOR OCTOBER 18th + HEADLINE LONDON SHOW FOR NOVEMBER 1st…

DEAD BY APRIL – the ‘modern melodic metallers’ from Gothenburg, Sweden – will play a headline show at the Islington Bar Academy in London on November 1st.

Prior to this, the five-piece outfit (whose debut self-titled album went to No. 2 on the Swedish charts) will be Special Guesting on a whole UK tour with My Passion (dates below).

In addition, DBA have just confirmed a line-up change, with guitarist/vocalist Pontus Hjelm being replaced by the magnificently named Zandro Santiago (Pontus, however, will continue as a non-touring member of the writing team). This means that Santiago will share vocal duties with Jimmie Strimell, leaving Johan Olsson to take care of all guitar parts live.

The full list of shows with My Passion is as follows:-

OCTOBER 2010

9th Brighton, Concorde 2 20th Newcastle, Academy 2
10th Southampton, Joiner’s 21st Glasgow, King Tuts
11th Yeovil, Orange Box 22nd Inverness, Ironworks
12th Plymouth, White Rabbit 23rd Barrow In Furness, Canteen
14th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach 25th Lancaster, Library
15th Bristol, Academy 2 26th Liverpool, Academy 3
16th Birmingham, Academy 3 27th Nottingham, Rock City Basement
17th Manchester, Roadhouse 28th Milton Keynes, Craufard Arms
19th Leeds, Cockpit 2 29th Norwich, Arts Centre
31st London, Underworld

DEAD BY APRIL HEADLINE SHOW
1st November 2010 London Islington Bar Academy

IN SUPPORT of the My Passion tour and London headliner, DBA will be re-releasing ‘Losing You’ as a single on October 18th. Available as a digital download complete with re-mixes of three tracks from their debut album, ‘Losing You’ was the song that broke the band in their native Sweden, going straight to No. 1 in the charts.

www.deadbyapril.com | http://www.myspace.com/dbaswe
www.spinefarmrecords.co.uk | www.facebook.com/spinefarmrecordsuk

Jägermeister announce first ever UK music tour!

Jägermeister have just announced details of their first ever UK music tour which will take place in November 2010.

“The Jägermeister Music Tour 2010 – Served Ice Cold” (in association with Metal Hammer magazine and the Academy Music Group) will feature rock bands Sylosis, Exit Ten and The Defiled who are all supported by Jägermeister UK as part of their band support programme.

Jägermeister, currently the fastest growing shot brand in the UK have made every concert on the tour a free ticket* event with rock fans being able to win VIP tickets via their website: (www.jagermeister.co.uk) [ All entrants must be over 18 years of age]

The tour dates are:

Tuesday November 9th – London Islington Academy

Wednesday November 10th – Liverpool Academy 2

Thursday November 11th – Newcastle Academy 2

Friday November 12th – Glasgow ABC 2

Saturday November 13th – Birmingham Academy 2

Josh Middleton from Sylosis said: “We're honoured to be part of the first ever UK Jägermeister tour. It's a diverse package but that's always a great thing in our eyes. The fact that all the shows are free entry is amazing so you can't exactly argue with a free gig! We've been good friends with the Exit Ten guys for years and have recently hung out with some of The Defiled guys at the odd festival so look forward to hanging with both bands and playing some awesome UK venues again!”

Exit Ten commented: “We're really excited to be doing this tour! It'll be cool to take time out from the new album and play alongside our good friends Sylosis and The Defiled, we're sure we'll reward Jager and Metal Hammer’s fantastic support with some great shows!”

The AvD from The Defiled added: “When we heard we were doing the first ever Jägermeister Music Tour we were over the moon, and the fact it's going to be with two bands we really enjoy and respect makes it even better!!! We met up with the Exit Ten boys briefly at Sonisphere on the Jager truck and I know the Sylosis crew are animals so it should be an amazing tour, can't wait!”

Please also visit the Jägermeister UK website for the latest tour news and updates: www.jagermeister.co.uk

* = The tour is a free ticket event but fans will be asked to make a charity donation (More details available at www.jagermeister.co.uk)

- Ends -

NOTES TO EDITORS

Want to know more about Sylosis?

Please visit: www.myspace.com/sylosis

Want to know more about Exit Ten?

Please visit: www.myspace.com/exitten

Want to know more about The Defiled?
Please visit: www.myspace.com/thedefiled

Want to know more about JägerMusic?
The highly successful JägerMusic programme supports signed and unsigned bands in the UK. The current roster notably includes exciting talent, such as Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari and Fightstar. Additionally, the Jägermusic programme is supporting many up and coming UK bands that will be big in years to come.

Want to know more about Jägermeister?
Jägermeister packs in at number 9 in the league of Impact Top Spirits Brands Worldwide 2009 and continues to show triple digit growth year on year (A C Nielsen, 09) within the UK market.

The unique German herbal spirit is made from a blend of 56 herbs, roots and fruits. Consumed mostly as an ice cold shot, Jägermeister has become the fastest growing shot brand in the UK. As a long drink, it is often mixed with cola or an energy drink. A Jägerbomb has become a popular bar call.

The innovative Jägermeister tap machine ensures ice cold shots at minus 18 degrees C for three bottles at a time and is a resident fixture in some of the UK's biggest and busiest music venues and festivals. Highly coveted also for personal at-home bars, the Jäger-tap machine has even been known to change hands as a wedding gift for rock royalty.

Beyond its iconic status in its heartland of rock, Jägermeister gains numerous press credits as a rider-request by artists as diverse as Bullet for my Valentine and Tiesto. Out and about town, it's been photographed in the hands of Lily Allen, and seen surprising a Mayfair club crowd as a bar round for Kate Middleton.

Jägermeister is distributed in the UK by Cellar Trends. For all sales enquiries contact: www.cellartrends.co.uk Tel: 01283 217703

SWALLOW THE SUN, the Melodic Death/Doom Maestros whose latest ‘New Moon’ album has been hailed as their most ‘progressive, sorrowful, beautiful… and evil!’, have confirmed a headline show at the Underworld in London for Sunday, December 19th.

This one-off UK date is part of a full European tour on which the Finnish sextet are being supported by both Solstafir (Spinefarm Records UK labelmates) and Mar De Grises.

PRODUCED & MIXED by Jens Borgen (Opeth, Paradise Lost, etc.) and featuring eight brand new tracks, ‘New Moon’ is the follow-up release to 2008’s ‘Plague Of Butterflies’ mini-album, and is the first to feature new drummer Kai Hahto, who replaces Pasi Pasanen.

According to STS guitarist/mainman Juha Raivio, “This time around, you can never be sure where the songs are going to take you. The depths of hell and heaven are carved deep into these songs.”
Raivio, a longstanding fan of Marillion, met up with Steve Rothery (guitarist with the longstanding UK Progsters) when STS were touring the UK as guests to Apocalyptica back in 2008 – with the result that Rothery now lends his skills to the track “Servant Of Sorrow”. This version of the song appears as a bonus cut on first single from the album, ‘New Moon’, now available as a digital release.

For more information:
Dante Bonutto: dante.bonutto@umusic.com 02089 105 201

www.swallowthesun.net | www.myspace.com/swallowthesundoom
www.spinefarmrecords.co.uk | www.myspace.com/spinefarmrecordsuk