07-07-10

ANVIL

More-Metal.com conducted an interview with Canadian metal legends ANVIL on July 2, 2010 in Berlin, Germany . Watch the chat in two parts below.

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" was honored in the "Best Documentary" category at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, which was held on March 5 at LA Live's panoramic event deck in downtown Los Angeles. ANVIL also performed twice during the ceremony, which aired live and uncut on IFC (Independent Film Channel).

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is the directorial debut of screenwriter Sacha Gervasi ("The Terminal") and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham ("The Kite Runner" and "The Motorcycle Diaries"). The film follows guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner and their band, ANVIL, which released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's "Metal on Metal". The album influenced an entire musical generation of rock bands, including METALLICA, SLAYER, and ANTHRAX, who all went on to sell millions of records. ANVIL, on the other hand, took a different path — straight to obscurity. The film is both entertaining and touching as it follows their last-ditch quest for the fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them. "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is a timeless tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream, year after year.

Praised as "the best documentary I've seen in years," by documentarian Michael Moore, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" contains appearances by an array of heavy metal icons, including METALLICA's Lars Ulrich, former member of GUNS N' ROSES, Slash, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, and SLAYER's Tom Araya, among others.

 

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06-07-10

AC/DC

AC/DC Italia has uploaded video footage of AC/DC performing the song "Let There Be Rock" on June 26, 2010 at the Estadio Olimpico De La Cartuja in Seville, Spain. Watch it in two parts below.

AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young were honored in the "Songwriter Of The Year" category at the 2010 APRA Music Awards, which were held June 21 at a red-carpet gala event at the Sydney Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. The Young brothers also took home the accolade for "Most Played Australian Work Overseas" for the AC/DC single "Rock 'N Roll Train".

Hosted by Jonathon Biggins and Julia Zemiro, the APRA Music Awards celebrate composers and songwriters across 12 categories who have achieved excellence in their craft over the last year.

AC/DC's 2008 album release, "Black Ice", peaked at No. 1 across 27 countries and sold more than 1,700,000 units in its first week, and was accompanied by a worldwide, sold-out stadium tour.

 

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05-07-10

DEVILDRIVER

Filmmaker Daniel J. Burke (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne), sole proprietor of Mbarrier Productions at House of Slor Studios in Southern California, has uploaded the first of 25 parts (see below) of a recently completed full-length DEVILDRIVER documentary. Eight years in the making, the documentary — entitled "You May Know Us From The Stage" — focuses on "one of the hardest-working bands" as it "spend[s its] time on and off stage," according to Burke. "Sometimes, things don't go the way they'd want, but most of the time, DEVILDRIVER grabs hold of the reins and leads the charge."

DEVILDRIVER recently finished recording its fifth album at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS) for a tentative early 2011 release through Roadrunner Records. According to drummer John Boecklin, acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY) will mix the effort in late July at Andy's Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England.

Regarding the new album's musical direction, Boecklin stated, "It's interesting to me — it's not the fastest shit we have done, nor the slowest, [but it] just [has] lots of groove. But to me, when people say 'it's got groove,' I think it's a nice way of saying simple and boring these days. We wanted to avoid this.

"Our record has a great contrast of dark riffs, stomp bouncing drums with the right amount of blasts and double bass, and outstanding vocal delivery from Dez [Fafara] that takes it past your average approach of the metal attempt. I'm not talking about reinventing the wheel or nothing. I just think our new album sits in its own corner from any of our other albums."

In an interview with Metal As Fuck, Fafara stated about DEVILDRIVER's plans for its next studio album, "Record five with this band, and I've said it before, even with record five, six, seven, eight and nine, will continue to get better. Not a lot of bands can say that and not a lot of bands have done that. Most bands, by the time they've done that amount of records, they're either over it or they're not giving you the anticipation of the record release that they should. But we want to keep DEVILDRIVER fans on their feet. So every two years we're going to release a record and just continue to tour like we do, and we're booked until May 2012. Then we're going to take about six months off. That'll be the most time I've had off in about fourteen years."

DEVILDRIVER's latest CD, "Pray For Villains", sold around 14,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

 

DevilDriver "You May Know Us From The Stage" Chapter 1 - Intro from Daniel J. Burke - MBARRIER Prod. on Vimeo.

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SKUNK ANANSIE

Reunited '90s British rockers SKUNK ANANSIE will release a brand new studio album, "Wonderlustre", on September 13. The CD's first single, "My Ugly Boy", will precede the full-length effort in the U.K. on August 16.

SKUNK ANANSIE drummer Mark Richardson previously stated about the forthcoming effort, "In January of 2010 we (the freshly reformed SKUNK ANANSIE) got together to start writing a new record after almost 10 years in the wilderness. Hoorah!

"After six weeks of a daily commute to Hackney from Guildford (which involved car to the station, train to Waterloo, two tube lines, a bus and a five-minute walk) we had come the end of the writing process and whittled 80 ideas down to 25 songs.

"I love the process of song writing in SKUNK. We all bring ideas to the table and can fling them in no matter what they are, melodies, lyrics, drums and bass and guitar lines are all up for debate.

"You'd think it would take an age to get anything done being so democratic but not when everybody is of the same mind, i.e. if it's a great idea it'll get in.

"You can't be shy about putting ides forward or hurt if they don't get used but it's the best way to really maximize the best of everybody's talent and it really, really works. As you'll hear on the record.

"From there we had to get really ruthless with ourselves, put any personal attachment to any songs to one side and just choose the best darn songs. 25 became 15 became 14 as we were to lose one later on, too.

"No room for any fillers on this record. We can't afford it.

"10 years away is a massive amount of time in a business which has accelerated rate of disposability, and we have a lot of catching up to do.

"I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved recording it.

"This is a really different record for us and I'm already extremely proud of what we've achieved just in terms of the songs. It's really shaping up to be something special, but then I would say that."

Check out photos from the studio at this location.

SKUNK ANANSIE's "Because Of You" video can be viewed below.

"Because Of You" was the first single to be made available from the band's greatest-hits album, "Smashes And Trashes", which came out on November 2, 2009.

"Smashes and Trashes" is a 15-track career-embracing album. It features classic moments from SKUNK ANANSIE's three LPs — "Paranoid & Sunburnt" (1995), "Stoosh" (1996) and "Post Orgasmic Chill" (1999) — and includes three brand new tracks: "Because Of You", "Tear The Place Up" and "Squander".

SKUNK ANANSIE — vocalist Skin (Deborah Dyer), bassist Cass (Richard Lewis), guitarist Ace (Martin Kent) and drummer Mark Richardson — split up in 2001 but announced in September 2008 that they were writing new material together.


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DIMMU BORGIR

A countdown has been launched on DIMMU BORGIR's MySpace page to what is apparently a mystery announcement that will be made on Tuesday, July 6 at 2:00 a.m. EST.

As previously reported, DIMMU BORGIR will launch the first leg of its "Darkness Reborn World Tour" by supporting KORN in Europe in September.

DIMMU BORGIR recently announced its collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas, the 51-member KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir for the band's new album.

To date, over 101 musicians have lent their talents to the making of the CD.

DIMMU BORGIR's ninth studio album will be released in Germany on October 1, in the rest of Europe on October 4, and in North America on October 12 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Earlier in the year, guitarist Silenoz told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2007's "Il Sorte Diaboli", "The words that come to mind, if we should even try and attempt at describing [the new material] at this point, would be something like: grand, huge, epic and primal," he said. "It has this eerie and haunting feel to it. Atmosphere and ambience!

He continued, "It's hard to say anything distinct or speak objectively about the new material when you're in the middle of the writing process — we're too close to it at this stage — but we'd be lying if we said it's not good. We're very confident in the new material and we believe it'll raise a few eyebrows. We might even have to trim our own!"

Regarding why the wait between albums seems to be getting longer for DIMMU BORGIR, Silenoz said, "Because we want the next album to be a better and stronger one. We're more critical of each process and we take the time it needs. Quality is, at the end of the day, in the eye of the beholder, but once we start rushing things, like trying to write music while on tour to speed things up — forget about it. We've tried it before and it didn't work. We focus 110 percent on one thing at a time. Plus, if we'd release an album every year, where would the expectation be? Where would the excitement be?"

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03-07-10

ROCKPALAST SCHEDULE

Samstag auf Sonntag, den 04.07.2010        00.40 - 02.10 Uhr

(Rock am Ring am 05.06.04) [mehr]


Sonntag auf Montag, den 05.07.2010          00.30 - 03.00 Uhr

00.30 THE SOULSHAKE EXPRESS

01.45 MICHELS

(Bonn, Harmonie, am 17.+19.03.10) [mehr]


Samstag auf Sonntag, den 11.07.2010        01.00 - 03.20 Uhr

(Rock am Ring am 03.06.06) [mehr]


Sonntag auf Montag, den 12.07.2010          00.30 - 02.55 Uhr

00.30 MADISON VIOLET

01.55 GEMMA RAY

(Bonn, Harmonie, am 17.+20.03.10) [mehr]


Sonntag auf Montag, den 19.07.2010          00.30 - 03.00 Uhr

00.30 DANA FUCHS

01.45 MILLER ANDERSON BAND

(Bonn, Harmonie, am 18.+19.03.10) [mehr]


Sonntag auf Montag, den 26.07.2010          00.45 - 02.45 Uhr

(Gelsenkirchen, Amphitheater, vom 21.-23.05.10) [mehr]


Samstag auf Sonntag, den 01.08.2010        00.45 - 02.15 Uhr

(Rock am Ring am 04.06.05) [mehr]


Sonntag auf Montag, den 02.08.2010          00.30 - 02.45 Uhr

Graf Zwirni

(Dortmund, FZW, am 11.05.10) [mehr]


Sonntag auf Montag, den 09.08.2010          00.30 - 02.00 Uhr

(Köln, Underground, am 16.06.10) [mehr]


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IRON MAIDEN

To give IRON MAIDEN fan club members a privileged insight to the band's touring world, IMTV has returned to the group's official web site, IronMaiden.com, to cover "The Final Frontier World Tour". This exclusive footage includes regular video from the live shows, touring, band interviews, insights into our crew and what they do and much, much more. The web site will also feature exclusive tour diaries, exclusive photographs and anything else that helps the fans get a real insight into the dynamics of a big tour.

The first and the latest episode of IMTV, featuring more footage from IRON MAIDEN's current North American tour, can be viewed below.

IRON MAIDEN's new album, "The Final Frontier", will be released in North America on August 17 (one day earlier internationally) via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for Universal Music Group. The CD features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant.

The band reunited with long-time MAIDEN producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau to record the album and then moved to The Cave Studios in Malibu, California to finish the recording and do the mixing. Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band, it was where they recorded the "Piece Of Mind" (1983), "Powerslave" (1984) and "Somewhere In Time" (1986) albums.

30 years on from their eponymous debut album in April 1980, "The Final Frontier" will be MAIDEN's 15th studio album, making a remarkable average of a new album every two years for 30 years and totaling over 80 million album sales during this period.

"The Final Frontier" track listing (total running time 76:35):

01. Satellite 15....The Final Frontier (8:40)
02. El Dorado (6:49)
03. Mother Of Mercy (5:20)
04. Coming Home (5:52)
05. The Alchemist (4:29)
06. Isle Of Avalon (9:06)
07. Starblind (7:48)
08. The Talisman (9:03)
09. The Man Who Would Be King (8:28)
10. When The Wild Wind Blows (10:59)

Following the U.S. dates, the tour will ship over to Europe starting in Dublin on July 30 and playing a few selected major festivals and stadiums , finishing in Valencia, Spain, on August 21 and including a concert in Transylvania.

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