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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Old-school thrashers IRACONJI have teamed up with Nine Circles to stream "Road to War", a brand new track which is taken from their forthcoming debut album Global Genocide.

Stream "Road to War" here: https://ninecircles.co/2016/07/08/exclusive-stream-iraconji-road-to-war/

Global Genocide will be self-released by the band on October 1 2016.



About Iraconji:

Iraconji - named after the Irukandji jellyfish, the smallest and most venomous box jellyfish in the world. Since inception Iraconji has felt a kinship with this creature. At the time, in an ocean of "core" and "scene" metal Iraconji felt like a small but deadly force mixing the brutality of death metal and the aggression of thrash metal.

Formed in August 2009 in Nashville TN by Matt Chadwell (guitar), Nathan Yarroll (bass), Tony Townsend (drums) and Jake Trotter (vocals). After just 13 shows with the original lineup Iraconji parted ways with their vocalist Jake. After months of auditions Iraconji found a replacement vocalist but the band dissolved in the studio in January 2011.

Reformed in March 2012. The original members and new vocalist Hardy Hardison started rehearsing for shows, and by June 2012 were playing live. In August 2012 Iraconji entered Twin Oaks Studio owned and operated by Jason Dietz in Murfreesboro TN to record the 3 song demo "Just A Taste". Iraconji would spend the next couple of years playing live, writing and honing their particular style of Death/Thrash.

August 2015- Iraconji part ways with original drummer Tony Townsend. He would be replaced by Kyle Caldwell along with the addition of 2nd guitarist Drew Jones.

February 2016- with the new lineup Iraconji enter Studio D with Dave Summers in Tullahoma TN to record their debut album "Global Genocide".

Iraconji is:
Matt - rhythm guitars
Drew - lead guitars
Nate - bass
Hardy - vocals
Kyle - drums

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Morthus "Over the Dying Stars"

 

Band: Morthus
Album: Over The Dying Stars
Country: Poland
Style: Death/Black metal
Release date: 03 June 2016

Track-listing:
1. Vastness Above (Intro)
2. Unholy Cult of the Ancient One
3. Gospel for Evil and Chaos
4. Revelation Hunt
5. Across the Void
6. Hate & Pride
7. Chant of the Blazing Breath
8. Sons of Black Fire
9. Doomsday Below (Outro)

Line-up
Hellwolf - Bass
Rageblast - Drums
D. Cardinal - Guitars (lead)
P. - Vocals, Guitars

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Born of fire and chaos, a ruthless horde from Poland was founded in 2012, when four maniacs fueled by unholy spirits of such cult acts as Morbid Angel, Bathory, Dissection and Destroyer 666 decided to forge their own version of death metal with influences of black metal scene. Since releasing „Legacy of Astaroth” demo and well-recieved EP „The Abyss” the band played numerous concerts, and tours with Infernal War, Outre, Christ Agony, Nomad, Inferno or Arkona. Poland always was the motherland of extreme metal, and this time her next child MORTHUS is ready to spread chaos and blasphemy worldwide.
The next level of their four-year activity is „Over The Dying Stars” album will be released via Witching Hour Productions as a 12” limited vinyl, digi pack, limited cassette, digital and t-shirt bundle.