Monday, August 8, 2016

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Hi folks, it's time to talk a bit about our new album - and as I don't like to talk or write about music much I can say that it is more serious and primitive than usual. Vocals are only done by Ted as I thought this would create a more solemn/introvert atmosphere. The album is called ARCTIC THUNDER because it is my fave bandname (old mega-obscure Norwegian band from the 80s that I asked the permis...sion from to use as an album title). Meanwhile here is the cover, it is from the personal camping archives from a trip some years ago to SPÅLSBERGET in Nordmarka. IT has the usual spruce-tree skyline and also a bonfire - there will be another limited colour version with orange logo and title, because that was MY favourite colour, but the usual release looks like this in silver - as this was Ted's favourite version.
 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Metal Blade to release CIRITH UNGOL classic 'Paradise Lost' on CD and vinyl!

Yes, the rumors are true. Metal Blade has managed to find the holy grail of Heavy Metal, the album that hasn't been available officially for decades, by one of the best Heavy Metal bands of all time - 'Paradise Lost' by mighty CIRITH UNGOL!

Initially released in 1991 by Restless Records, Metal Blade has finally been successful in licensing the rights to this masterpiece!

On the 7th of October 'Paradise Lost' will be released for the first time ever as an official LP! Besides 180g black vinyl, differend colored and strictly limited versions will be made available: white/black marbled (ltd. 500), brown/black marbled (ltd. 300) and red/white splatter (ltd. 200 - exclusively available through our eBay shop). Additionally, 'Paradise Lost' will be available as a Digi-CD for the first time ever, including five previously unreleased bonus tracks! The album is now available for pre-order at metalblade.com/cirithungol - where the classic track "Join the Legion" is also streaming.

The LP will be released featuring a special vinyl master, using the original (!) master tapes as a source, re-mastered by Patrick W. Engel at the Temple Of Disharmony studios, best sound guaranteed! The vinyls feature 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster.

The Digi-CD has been newly mastered from the original master tapes as well, done by Bart Gabriel. The CD features five bonus tracks (all alternative mixes from album tracks). Both, CD and vinyl, feature previously unreleased photos in the booklet as well as liner notes and song descriptions by band members.

The story of 'Paradise Lost' as per Robert Garven (drums):
"The saga of Cirith Ungol's fourth album is true to its namesake "Paradise Lost". Like a classic Greek tragedy, it is an epic tale filled with pain, challenges, battles, lost opportunities, and final redemption.
It contains a cast of heroes and villains, playing out their parts on a stage of metal, at a time when hair bands and speed metal were in vogue.
The seeds of this project grew from the fertile soil that was the aftermath of "One Foot in Hell". After its release the band immediately started work on their fourth effort "Paradise Lost". This was planned to be a concept album, and the album cover and theme had already been selected.
After its release the original record company could not secure distribution in Europe, and they released the band from its 3 album deal. Shortly thereafter, several of the remaining members left out of frustration. However, a few original members kept the fires of Ungol burning, closely guarded in its secret lair. They waited for the time when the stars were right, and the Great Old Ones were ready for it to come crawling out from its ancient crypt, back upon the metal stage. As of this writing, the being called Ungol has arisen to take its rightful place in the pantheon of true metal, and calls forth the Legions of Chaos to stand by their side to usher in its final act."

CIRITH UNGOL line-up on 'Paradise Lost':
Tim Baker - vocals
Jim Barraza - guitars
Vernone Green - bass
Robert Garven - drums

'Paradise Lost' track listing:
01. Join The Legion
02. The Troll
03. Fire
04. Heaven Help Us
05. Before The Lash
06. Go It Alone
07. Chaos Rising
08. Fallen Idols
09. Paradise Lost
10.
Join The Legion (alt mix) - CD only
11. The Troll (alt mix) - CD only
12. Before The Lash (alt mix) - CD only
13. Chaos Rising (alt mix) - CD only
14. Paradise Lost (alt mix) - CD only

CIRITH UNGOL will perform live for the first time in 25 years at the 2nd installment of the Frost and Fire festival in Ventura, CA, taking place October 7th-9th (
frostandfirefest.com)

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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We put the all important questions to War Curse!


THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

I started begging for a guitar in 3rd grade. I'm 33 now. So thinking back that far is tough. Probably the intro riff to Metallica's Seek and Destroy though. It was one of the first riffs I was dying to learn how to play. 



WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Smoke on the Water. People can make fun of that riff all they'd like but I challenge them to write a better song. 



YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Dave Mustaine, Eric Peterson / Alex Skolnick, James Hetfield



WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

I go back and forth on this one. Tony Iommi and Richie Blackmore definitely set the bar, but it's real hard to deny the man who wrote Holy Wars, Hanger 18, and still puts out crushing riffs to this day. I'm giving it to Dave Mustaine. 



THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

The intro to Black Sabbath's War Pigs. Sometimes it feels like it's dragging on, it's kind of ugly, it's pretty cool, and I'm always waiting for it to pick up, just like my life. 



THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

The Toxic Waltz by Exodus. The second that intro riff hits you know all hell is about to break loose. 





THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

Anything played in an inaudible tuning on an 8 string guitar. What's the point in writing a riff if no one can hear what you're playing? 





RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Megadeth - Rust in Peace
Rainbow - Rising
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Testament - The Legacy
Metal Church - The Dark

 



A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Slayer - Angel of Death





THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name. But really, I'll be dead so play whatever you want. Put on St. Anger for all I care. I won't hear it. 



WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

Without the riff you don't have a song. You can learn all of the fancy guitar tricks in the world, find the best drummer, write the coolest lyrics, but everything revolves around the riff. When I'm watching an up and coming metal band perform for the first time I want a screaming tube amp to rip my face off and a riff to send me running for the merch table. Everyone remembers a killer riff.

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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

Black Sabbath – Children of the grave




WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Metallica – Seek and Destroy


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Gary Holt, Dimebag Darrell, Chuck Schuldiner


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Tommy Iommi


THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Exodus – War Is My Shepherd


THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

Revocation – The Grip Tightens




THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

 Metallica – Frantic


RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Exodus – Bonded by blood
Whiplash – Power and Pain
The Haunted – The Haunted Made Me Do It
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
Metallica – Kill’Em All


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Metallica – Blitzkrieg


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

Pantera – Floods


WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

11. They carry the energy and charge, this is main in metal

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Formed in 1974, PRAYING MANTIS were an important part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, along with bands such as IRON MAIDEN (whose some ex-members used to be PRAYING MANTIS members as well), DIAMOND HEAD or SAXON. The band disbanded in the middle of the '80s, and returned in the early '90s with more hard rock and melodic Metal oriented releases. Their last two studio albums, "Sanctuary" from 2009 and the newest one, "Legacy" from 2015, which were originally released by Frontiers Records on CD, will be reissued as limited edition vinyl albums through No Remorse Records, and will be available on June 20, 2016. Both albums will be available as double LPs (with fourth side being etched), packed in deluxe gatefold sleeves, and bothe will be limited to 300 copies only.

MORE INFORMATION: www.noremorse.gr
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Anyone who has seen Psykosis live can attest to this; these guys are the epitome of what party thrash is all about. High energy live performances, fast paced action on stage and riffs to boot with memorable hooks and crowd sing-a-longs, not to forget the all important lashings of tongue-in-cheek, and often childish, humour.

The thrash outfit hail from Dublin, Ireland and started in 2008 after a booze fuelled binge and desire to inject some good fun into the rich but sombre Irish metal scene. The band began honing their sound on the stages of Dublin and progressed to headliner gigs and support slots with internationally recognised acts such as D.R.I., Sacred Reich, Evile, Blaze Bayley and Gama Bomb. The band got their first break in mainland UK when they were invited to Bloodstock Open Air in the summer of 2014. Their performance has gone down in the history books of the festival as during their set Psykosis and their crew threw out hundred's of bottles of home brew just prior to performing the song 'Beach Party', a song which the band were more than happy to share their inflatable beach toys with the appreciative crowd for. From that moment the band have been inviting folk all across the UK to their fun filled shows as well as having set sail and ventured to far flung places (from little old Ireland at least) such as Metal Days in Slovenia and more.

They say time flies when you're having fun, and that is indeed the case with Psykosis because after eight years in existence the band have only recently hit the studio with producer Steven Rats Rahaman and recorded their debut album, a collection of songs which have already gotten a good thrashing on the live circuit and has garnered an enthusiastic audience seal of approval.


 

Entitled Welcome To The Psyko Ward, this album "is loud and in your face!" as put by vocalist/guitarist Grant Walsh. "We tried keep the energy up as to what we would be like on stage, so it's like having us play live in your house or car or wherever! After a prolonged wait for this album coming out that day is almost among us and we cannot wait to share it with everyone."


Artwork as seen above was done by Andrej Maggotmeister Bartulovic and track listing can be seen below.
 
1. Rise To Fall
2. Hunt To Kill
3. Driller Kller
4. Mortar Platoon
5. Tag Your Dead
6. Terror At 3am
7. Toxic Fugitive



Upcoming Live Dates
22nd July - Carnage Metal Club - Dublin, Ireland
11th August - Bloodstock Open Air - Derbyshire, UK



Welcome To The Psyko Ward is out 16th September 2016!
Pre-order here: www.psykosisthrashmetal.bandcamp.com


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LADY BEAST To Release "Metal Immortal" Vinyl EP In October

Lady Beast is a Heavy Metal band from Pittsburgh PA. Now in its 7th year, the band has played hundreds of shows, played festivals, done tours, and sold thousands of albums. Upon hearing a recording of the band, it’s easy for the listener to pick out the band’s musical influences such as NWOBHM, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Dio, etc., but that isn’t the only influence, as the band draws heavily on the DIY ethos of the punk scene, and Lady Beast has always done everything on its own: booking tours, doing band photos, printing t-shirts, setting up shows at home, writing songs, putting out albums (released on bassist Greg Colaizzi’s label, Cobra Cabana Records), and driving the van. Anyone that has seen the band live can attest to the band’s energy, and singer Deborah Levine’s vocal ability, charisma, and love for what she is doing. 

Lady Beast is getting ready to release a new EP titled "Metal Immortal" with 4 new Metal songs in the style that the band is known for. The EP, which will be available as a vinyl and download release, is also a debut for the band’s new lead guitarist, Andy Ramage. Andy is a familiar face, as he is the older brother of drummer Adam Ramage, and the two also played together in Oh Shit They’re Going To Kill Us. Andy’s style fits perfectly with the songs that rhythm guitarist Christopher "Twiz" Tritschler has been writing for the band. In addition to the EP, Twiz and Andy are writing songs for a full length, hopefully to be recorded next year. October is looking to be a busy month for Lady Beast. The band plans on releasing the EP and doing a tour with Seax.

More information: www.facebook.com/ladybeastofficial
Order the EP: ladybeastmetal@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

Sweet child o mine

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Smells like teen spirit, or purple haze


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

 Tony Iommi, James Hetfield, Randy Rhodes


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Iommi! that's a terrible question 😉


THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

"National Acrobat"-Black Sabbath...ultimate driving on a sunny day riff!  


THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

 Paranoid


THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

 Mmmmm, I don't know, true metal riffs are all pretty awesome! I'd say I don't care for the music of the  early 2000s where there was a definite absence of true riffs in lieu of chord progressions 

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE? Black Sabbath through Sabbath Bloody Sabbath...seeing a pattern here?!


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THERIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Electric eye  


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

 Electric funeral?! 


WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
The power and the glory! Majesty! Riffs are the ultimate language

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