Somebody once worked out that if you drilled a hole all the way through the earth, it would take 42 minutes to fall through and out the other side. If however you're after a buzz with considerably less hassle but the same duration, then Whitesnake's classic 'Love Hunter' album also clocks in at the 42 minute mark.
If you are looking for some great reading for the long weekend then look no further, as you can pick up the legendary 'The Very Metal Diary Of Cleo Howard' absolutely free for a very limited time.
The book is written by Sarah Tipper and it is a prequel to the magnificent Eviscerated Panda series, charting the day to day life of Cleo, a teenager growing up in 1997 in Reading, England loving music.
Her diary is full of her deepest thoughts, and a lot of Metal, and captures the heady days of both teenagehood and the 90s scene perfectly. Head right on over to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com and enjoy.
The Unity, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both Gamma Ray), have released a digital single and video for the song 'No More Lies' today.
This track is a fantastic taster for the coming album, for all aficionados of powerful hard rock and technically accomplished melodic Metal.
The Unity's debut album will be released on May 5th 2017 followed by a tour with German hard rock legends Sinner, a release show in their German hometown and appearances on festivals in the Czech Republic and Germany.
The band told us: "We´re happy to present with No More Lies another track from our upcoming debut album. It stands for all that The Unity has to offer - cool riffing and strong melodies. For us this is the best track to show the Metal fans what they can expect from our album."
Along with their two figureheads, Richter and Ehré, The Unity consists of Gianba Manenti (vocals), Stef E (guitar), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards), all of them musicians that many fans have been familiar with since Ehré's former band Love.Might.Kill arrived on the scene.
Sammy Hagar has just released a new compilation album, 'This is Sammy Hagar - When The Party Started', and a video for one of the new songs has been unveiled.
'No Worries' is one of two new songs included on this current release, and the video for the song was shot in Hawaii.
Speaking about the release Sammy stated: "With this collection, I wanted to revisit what I feel are the best songs I wrote during the second wave. I'd left Van Halen and formed the Wabos as an alternative to the superstar, high-pressure, commercial machine that I'd been living in since I joined Montrose in 1972.
"I needed a break from the big record industry machine – from the known producers of that time and from major label A&R telling me what to do. This is when the party started; I played hundreds, maybe thousands, of shows anywhere and everywhere without a set list and built a hard-core following of Redheads."
The German end time space cowboys Athorn have released their music video for the track 'Born In Flames', the second single taken from the current wasteland concept album "Necropolis".
After the fulminant epic 3D video clip for 'Another Day In Hell' the hard as bone musicians show now their soft side as 'Born In Flames' is a real romantic Heavy Metal ballad.
The video shows singer Carsten Frank and Björn Spier on the acoustic guitar as comic characters which taking turns with filigrane designed image sequences that reflect the topic of the album including zombies, space cowboys, priests and not fogetting the fine portion of end-time romance which is essential for a true ballad.
As we reported back in February, British Metallers Def Con One announced that the band are no more in what appeared to be a split due to personal reasons. In a surprise posting on the band's Facebook page on Sunday 26th February, a statement from the band read: "Before all this [referring to the split] we were recording a new album, which was finished [and] just needed mixing and mastering. It's still gonna get finished and link will be posted where you will be able to download it for free."
It seems that disagreements between the band members was the original cause of the split and drummer Antton Lant had indefinitely pulled the plug on the Newcastle based outfit, however, just this weekend, another surprise announcement from Lant where hinted that the position of front man in the band is about to be filled.
The statement read: "When the band kind of fell to bits back in February I was gutted, I've had this band for over twenty years now with a lot of line-up changes over the years, but the band only really started to work once I left Venom and put my all into getting things rolling. I basically looked after every aspect of the band, from booking all our gigs to getting the record deals the band had.
"(After the split) I was basically left on my own not knowing what to do, I've been inundated with messages from people wanting to join the band or wanting me to join their bands, including a couple of quite well known bands too. There have also been lots of messages suggesting I carry on with the band with new people, (but) I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do. One thing I definitely don't want is a parody, I don't want anyone wanting to sound or look like past members. I want people to be themselves, and since I've written most of the stuff since day one – (anything I do from now on) will definitely still sound like Def-Con-One.
"A good friend of mine that I've known over thirty years suggested a singer and I sent him a few backing tracks I had and I've let him do his thing and I was absolutely floored when I got the tracks back – it's very different and very powerful. He (the new singer) doesn't sound like any of the singers that have gone before him and it most definitely still sounds like Def-Con-One!
"A few people saying similar things about other bands, you know some people like Paul Di'Anno in Iron Maiden and some prefer Bruce Dickinson while others prefer Blaze Bayley. I know people who prefer Ronnie James Dio over Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, or Bon Scott over Brian Johnson in AC/DC, but it's all down to taste and I think fans of Def-Con-One will like what they hear. The full 2017 line-up will be announced soon but for now, here's a short clip of an old track called ‘Brute Force and Ignorance' which has the old backing with a brand new vocal over it."
Def Con One have been favourites here at MetalTalk Towers for some years so it's good to see the band's future is looking bright – keep checking in with us for the upcoming announcement of the new line-up and in the meantime, enjoy the new clip below:
American modern Metal pioneers River Black are streaming 'Low', the first brutal track taken from their self-titled debut album, scheduled for release on July 7th.
Vocalist Mike Olender told us on behalf of River Black: "Our first track out, 'Low' is an expression of horror at how religion can become twisted and manipulated by charlatans and demagogues. It was inspired by a news report, I heard about a journalist, who spent some time with the now-deceased Isis leader 'Johnny Jihad'. It revealed how this man used brutality with the purpose of inspiring others with similarly twisted minds. He used videos of his actions as recruiting tools.
"I was struck by the thought that there are people out there, who not only wouldn't be repelled by these horrific videos, but actually excited and inspired by the images of this man gleefully sawing off the heads of the orange-clad victims kneeling before him. Faiths have always had these characters throughout history, but it is surreal to realize we are living in such dark historic times."
Members of Voodoo Blood, Sertraline and Twisted Illusion, all local bands from Manchester, UK, recently teamed up with filmmaker George Sardis to put together an indie film, shot in one night when they had a gig in town.
As Sardis explains; "In an era when everything is super fast take a step back and observe the details of a rock show outside the boundaries of time, through my eyes. Sit back, find the biggest monitor, TURN UP the volume and DON't skip forward or you'll miss the journey. This is what I witnessed on April 1st 2017."
Check out 'At The Borders Of Time' below:
With just weeks until the release of their highly anticipated eighth studio album, All That Remains continue serving up powerful hard rock anthems. The New England-based band will release their Howard Benson (Halestorm, Papa Roach, Chris Cornell) produced record, Madness, on April 28th via Eleven Seven Music.
Today, All That Remains have shared another track off the album. The song, entitled 'Louder', ebbs and flows between moments of melodic, guitar-driven riffs and heavy, head-banger bars, swelling to a full on pit-ready breakdown complete with a frenzied guitar solo.
Vocalist Phil Labonte follows the flow of the track, perfectly switching from clean vocals to guttural howls and enhancing the songs message of standing your ground. You can feel his conviction in the lyrics, "The truth is loud no matter where you hide. Sleep walker, fear monger, I make the rules you ain't got nothing on me."
When asked about the inspiration behind 'Louder', Labonte shared, "The song ‘Louder' is about not backing down or self censoring because people yell about what you think or believe. There will always be people who want to shout you down or say you can't and that's when you have to stand firm. There isn't really an overall theme of this record any more than there was for any other ATR disc. Lyrically it's all small parts of my life I put together and laid down. They're all small parts of me."
Berlin-based trio Kadaver have announced a headline show at London's The Dome on the 30th September. As Tiger Bartelt says:
"After our last appearance in the UK we have been busy setting up our new recording studio and right now, we´re in the middle of recording our next album. More details regarding the new full length will follow soon, but it´s been a pleasure working on new material again and we are very excited to release new songs later this fall.
"Even more, we are looking forward to come back to London to kick of the record release tour! The show at the Dome was a highlight of our last round, the Berlin tour, and we will try to give our audience nothing less than last time."
Tickets are available now. The riff-lords will also bring the fuzz to the north when they play Sheffield's HRH Doom Vs Stoner festival on the 1st October.
It's their jubilee year - 35 years of Tankard! And, of course, a suitable soundtrack cannot be neglected for the occasion. The band's 17th studio album will be entitled 'One Foot In The Grave' and will be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
Today, the band has released the first single and lyric video for 'Arena Of The True Lies'. Vocalist Gerre told us:
"'Arena Of The True Lies' deals with all of those insane things occurring on the Internet! People are getting blamed and offended, there are lots of fake news stories and with every one, a part of them stays in people's minds! Our own fake news story on April 1st was a good example of this! People have stopped talking to each other, and they mainly communicate via new media. These are strange times... By the way: Tankard have existed as a fake band for over 35 years, but we're still doing well, aren't we?"
Atlanta rockers, Biters have unveiled 'Chasin' The Feelin'', another new track from their forthcoming album, 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be'. The album is set to land at retail via Earache on 19th May.
'Chasin' The Feelin'' follows lead single, 'Stone Cold Love' which arrived to herald the band's UK dates that kicked off last month. A special limited edition vinyl 7" of 'Stone Cold Love', backed with 'Callin' You Home' (also taken from the new album) will be available for Record Store Day on 22nd April.
Biters recently returned home after blazing a trail across the UK and Europe with their electrifying live shows. Their 24-date tour supporting labelmates Blackberry Smoke saw them playing to over 50,000 music fans, including a date at London's iconic Roundhouse.
The Five Hundred have been hard at work writing their latest EP, ‘The Veil', a five-track outing which will be a follow-up to their 2015 EP, ‘Winters'. The EP was produced by Justin Paul Hill (Sikth, Heart of a Coward, Betraying The Martyrs) and will be released on April 21st, 2017 via London Road Records.
‘The Veil' is a collection of the band's most haunting, heavy and darkly melodic work so far. As a preview of what to expect from ‘The Veil', The Five Hundred have unveiled their first taste from the EP in the form of a lyric video for ‘The Rush'.
To promote the launch of this EP, The Five Hundred have been announced as support for Deathcore outfit, Carnifex on their tour through Eastern Europe, heading to the likes of Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia. A Night In The Abyss will also be featured on the tour.
Finnish progressive melodic Death Metallers Damnation Plan have released a music video for 'Rise Of The Messenger' taken from their new album 'Reality Illusion' released March 10 2017 via Inverse Records.
The band's songwriter-lyricist-drummer Jarkko Lunnas told us: "The new album 'Reality Illusion' deals lyrically with some of the most current and controversial topics of our modern world. This song is an integral part of it and in particular is dedicated to all the
unsung heroes sacrificing themselves for the greater good."
Slaughter vocalist Mark Slaughter recently announced his second solo album, 'Halfway There', which will be released in May. The track 'Hey You' has been unveiled now.
'Halfway There' is the followup to 2015's 'Reflections in a Rear View Mirror', and marks a return to form for Slaughter, who channels the familiar hard-rock sensibility of such classic Slaughter releases as 'Stick it to Ya' and 'The Wild Life' on 'Hey You', 'Halfway There', 'Devoted' and other tracks.
Besides producing the album, Slaughter handled all the engineering, songwriting and arranging duties. He also plays guitar on the album—not to mention the bulk of album's instrumentation.
What happens when you have two visionary modern artistes merging their talents? Well, when you are talking about rock photographer Mark Weiss and painter/artiste David Banegas, you wind up with a breath-taking, larger-than-life image of Mark's images morphing into David's art.
Four portrait paintings will be featured at a new music-themed Orlando restaurant, Rock & Brews - located at 6897 South Semoran Blvd. by the Orlando airport. One of the paintings is based on an image Weiss photographed of Axl Rose during the historic Guns N' Roses concert in 1987 at The Ritz in New York City.
Add to the 10' x 30' mural, three more textured and stylized mirror image paintings from Weiss' archives and you begin to envision the mural's impact. The "wall of art" was commissioned by entrepreneur Scott Paul for the Rock & Brews in Orlando. The restaurant needed to artistically exemplify its "rock roots" and it had to be contemporary. The merged artwork of Mark Weiss and David Banegas was the answer.
The Rock & Brews Orlando grand opening is open to the public on Monday, April 24th, the above-mentioned rock icon paintings are displayed on the Rock & Brew's wall of distinction. There will be a silent auction where the proceeds will go to the Orange County Animal Services of Mark's iconic classic rock photos as well as David's embellished half/half giclee of Axl Rose, at a special community night celebration on April 22nd.
Nightbringer have unleashed their complete new album 'Terra Damnata', which was released today, April 14th and is now available for streaming.
The band comment: "With Terra Damnata we have tread even deeper into the labyrinth of certain esoteric traditions and sacred mythos, closer to the heart of the living darkness that destroys all and liberates but few.
The spirit of the album is one of an ever backwards turning and embracing of both terror and ecstasis, love and death, before the gods and daemons of the Age of Misrule."
More Cum On Feel The Newz next Friday 21st April 2017...