BARONESS Parts Ways With Bassist, Drummer
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Savannah, Georgia-based quartet BARONESS was involved in a road accident on August 15, 2012 in England when the band’s tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries.BARONESS frontman John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams have since played a handful of acoustic shows and the band has scheduled an appearance at this year’s Bonnaroo festival, set to take place June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Baizley has now issued the following update on BARONESS’ current status and future activities:
“Nothing can truly prepare you for a brush with death. The event is unique one, singular to the observer. Trust me, you don’t want to invite the experience.
“Our bus accident left indelible marks, external and internal, physical and mental, you name it. Each of the nine of us went through and continues to go through an entirely different, yet common experience. We are tied to each other by a trauma, which, despite its damage, has been made individually easier through our shared ordeal. While I would never wish the incident on anyone, I cannot imagine going through that wreck alone.
“Thankfully, injury was not dealt out evenly; unfortunately, it was dealt in great supply. Each of the nine of us now finds our self in a drastically different circumstance, and we each move forward accordingly.
“There are two important things to note. First, we are all healthy. We are recovering at different rates, and we’ll all be fine in the end. Second,BARONESS has made a commitment to pick up where we left off, and get back out on tour, where we belong. In fact, I am personally staking my recovery on this principle; it gives me direction and something to look forward to (finally).
“However, for some of us, the accident necessitated a change that would prevent them from performing music or touring. It is with sadness that we must announce that [bassist] Matt Maggioni and [drummer] Allen Blicklewill not continue touring with BARONESS. The details of their departure are not sensational; they do not come with hard feelings. Nor are the details going to be public; suffice it to say we’d like to keep to ourselves the finer points of this situation, to respect the privacy of all involved.
“While the nine of us must respect the significance of the bus accident in Bath, we must also move away from it and get back to our lives. Simply put, some of the effects and injuries were severe enough to prohibit further activity in BARONESS.
“While we would never have asked them to leave; we have the utmost sympathy for this situation, and in earnest, we wish Matt and Allen the best in the future. In their stead, we have found two musicians who can approach our music with passion and vitality and help get us back out on tour to finish what was seemingly cut short last August.”
RHAPSODY OF FIRE To Release ‘Live – From Chaos To Eternity’ In May
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Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release a new live album, “Live – From Chaos To Eternity”, on May 3 in Europe and May 7 in the USA via AFM Records. It will be available as two-CD digipak and as limited three-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band’s latest European tour in spring 2012.
Comments keyboardist Alex Staropoli: “We wanted to deliver a live album that can actually be called a live album. Not one single part was re-recorded in studio as most of bands do.
“Personally, I am always looking for perfection but in the case of this live album, I truly believe it had to sound live and maintain both live playing and feeling at 100%.”
Adds vocalist Fabio Lione: “This live album it’s the concrete proof that this band is strong and willing to keep playing and producing music for all our fans out there for the years to come.”
“Live – From Chaos To Eternity” track listing:
01. Dark Mystic Vision
02. Ad Infinitum
03. From Chaos To Eternity
04. Triumph Or Agony
05. I Belong To The Stars
06. The Dark Secret
07. Unholy Warcry
08. Lost In Cold Dreams
09. Land Of Immortals
10. Aeons Of Raging Darkness
11. Dark Reign Of Fire
12. Drum Solo
01. The March Of The Swordmaster
02. Dawn Of Victory
03. Toccata On Bass
04. The Village Of Dwarves
05. The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream
06. Holy Thunderforce
07. Reign Of Terror
08. Knightrider Of Doom
09. Epicus Furor
10. Emerald Sword
11. Erian’s Lost Secrets
12. The Splendour Of Angels’ Glory (A Final Revelation)
RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s signature sound, consisting of power metal, soundtrack-like elements and classical influences, gave a new meaning to the word “epic” since the release of “Legendary Tales” in 1997.
RHAPSODY OF FIRE 2013 is:
Fabio Lione – Vocals
Alex Staropoli – Keyboards
Roberto De Micheli – Guitar
Tom Hess – Guitar
Oliver Holzwarth – Bass
Alex Holzwarth – Drums
The new RHAPSODY OF FIRE lineup made its live debut on April 6, 2012 at the PPM Fest at the Lotto Mons Expo in Mons, Belgium.
Staropoli and RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli in 2011 announced their decision to go their separate ways.
Due to legal reasons, Staropoli is continuing under the RHAPSODY OF FIRE name. Turilli, on the other hand, is making his efforts available under the RHAPSODY moniker (RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s original name), in which he is joined by guitarist Dominique Leurquin, bassist Patrice Guers, singer Alessandro Conti (TRICK OR TREAT) and drummer Alex Landenburg (AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA,STRATOVARIUS).
RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s latest album, “From Chaos To Eternity”, was released in North America on July 12, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. Described by the band as “the natural evolution” from 2010’s “The Frozen Tears Of Angels”, the CD marks RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s final release based on the fantasy saga started in 1997 with the group’s debut album,“Legendary Tales”.
GHOST: NSFW Version Of ‘Year Zero’ Video Posted Online
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The NSFW, nudity-filled version of “Year Zero”, the new Amir Chamdin-directed video from the mysterious Swedish buzz band GHOST, can be seen at Stereogum.com.
“Infestissumam”, the sophomore album GHOST, will be released on April 9 via Loma Vista Recordings.
“Infestissumam” track listing:
02. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
03. Secular Haze
04. Jigolo Har Megiddo
05. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
06. Year Zero
08. Body And Blood
09. Depth Of Satans Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock
The “Secular Haze” video was filmed by Amir Chamdin in the band’s hometown of Linköping.
GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for “legal reasons.”
Papa Emeritus II recently emerged on the 100th issue of Decibelmagazine for an extensive feature detailing the making of the forthcoming“Infestissumam” in which a nameless ghoul declared, “Regardless of your religious beliefs, we like to trigger the imagination of the listener so they can become a devout burner in Hell or a keen participant of devil worship for at least an hour or two. That’s the GHOST experience.” Decibeleditor-in-chief Albert Mudrian said, “For the cover of our 100th issue, we wanted to spotlight a band that embodies the ideals of the magazine: theatricality, black humor, love for both the past and present of extreme music. GHOST meets and exceeds all of those criteria, and we couldn’t be more excited to reveal the exclusive story of the making of their sophomore album.”
The band’s debut album, “Opus Eponymous”, was released in late 2010 in Europe and in early 2011 in North America via Rise Above Records.
SUIDAKRA: ‘Eternal Defiance’ Cover Artwork Unveiled
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“Eternal Defiance”, the new albnum from German melodic folk/death metallers SUIDAKRA, will be released on May 24 via AFM Records. The cover artwork was created by Kris Verwimp and can be seen below.
“Eternal Defiance” track listing:
01. Storming The Walls
02. Inner Sanctum
03. Beneath The Red Eagle
04. March Of Conquest
05. Pair Dadeni
06. The Mindsong
07. Rage For Revenge
08. Dragon’s Head
09. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs Mcgrath (bonus track)
Commented SUIDAKRA singer Arkadius Antonik: “As on the previous two releases, it will be a concept album again, created by [famous Belgian graphic artist] Kris Verwimp in cooperation with us. Our new concept includes a lot of new elements and suprises which will be reflected in the music as well.”
In a 2012 interview with Metal Kaoz, Antonik stated about SUIDAKRA’s new material: “The songs … are bombastic and we also finished the first song with Tina’s [Stabel] female vocals. This time, it’s gonna be a faster song with a real epic and catchy chorus.”
Bassist Marcus Riewaldt last year announced his departure fromSUIDAKRA. He said in a statement, “After more than 250 shows and 10 years being in the band, I feel that now time has come to change my priorities a bit and see what else life has to offer for me. No hard feelings involved; it’s just that I cannot motivate myself for another writing-rehearsing-recording-promoting-touring cycle and that I’m really annoyed by some of the music business mechanisms that one has to deal with in order to continue this beautiful and exciting, but at the same time very time- and energy-consuming hobby. I wish SUIDAKRA much luck and success for the future — it would all be well deserved!”
SUIDAKRA has already secured a replacement bassist in Tim Siebrecht, who was a stand-in guitar player for SUIDAKRA on several occasions in recent years.
SUIDAKRA’s tenth album, “Book Of Dowth”, was released on March 25, 2011 via AFM Records.
EVILE Unveil New Album Title And Artwork
British thrashers EVILE have revealed that the official title for their upcoming new album is SKULL.
The band’s fourth full length release and highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH was once again recorded with producer RUSS RUSSELL (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England. The artwork for the album was painted by artist ELIRAN KANTOR (TESTAMENT, SODOM, HATEBREED).
EVILE drummer BEN CARTER comments:
“Evile are proud as hell to reveal the title and artwork for our fourth studio album on Earache Records, which is to be entitled ‘SKULL’. We’d like to extend our thanks to Eliran Kantor for his amazing artistic representation of our original concept, which we’ll reveal further details of in the coming weeks. Our fans can expect this album to be a return to our thrashier roots, as well as exploring new ground in typical Evile form. We’ve always said we want to progress and move forward in everything we do, and this album is no exception. We’re so amazed with everything Russ Russell and ourselves have produced, and can’t wait for it to be released upon the masses! Watch this space for more updates and album details. SKULL is coming… SKULL AWAITS YOUR SOUL!!!”
EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE adds:
“‘Skull’ is not what you think. ‘Skull’ is not where you think. ‘Skull’ is a mythical void in the deep fathoms of space.”
View the SKULL artwork at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_skull.jpg
SKULL will be available in a variety of formats on May 27th. The album will be released in Europe on Earache Records and in North America via Century Media/Earache Records.
EVILE are celebrating this year’s Record Store Day with the release of a limited edition 7” picture disc split with Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED. The release will feature ENTOMBED’s classic 1990 track, “Drowned”, along with EVILE’s 2012 cover version. The 7” will be available in independent record stores on Saturday, April 20th in limited quantities.
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