Danish rockers Volbeat have announced several new details regarding their upcoming album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which comes out April 9th. The album will feature guest appearances from King Diamon (Mercyful Fate), Sarah Blackwood (Walk Off The Earth), and blues harp player Paul Lamb. It’s also been officially announced that the band has welcomed ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano as one of their own.
Singer/guitarist Michael Poulsen comments on King Diamond’s guest appearance, “I’m a huge fan of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. Having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines, and it is half my lyrics and half his. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.”
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies was recorded in PUK Studios in Randers, Denmark with Jacob Hansen and Rob Caggiano sharing production duties. READ MORE
It’s hard to believe that Metal Blade Records has been around for 30 years but here they are, still rocking and bringing some of the very best metal to fans ears. To celebrate this occasion, Metal Blade teamed up with Scion A/V to bring a free showcase concert with performances from Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim. While there, Scion A/V conducted interviews with each band as well as recorded the showcase to release a 7″ featuring a track from both Gypsyhawk and Pilgrim. You can download the 7″ below and head on over here to see some awesome interviews.
I look back at Metal Blade and, while I’ve enjoyed some of their more recent years, I cannot thank them enough for introducing me to bands like GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Battlecross, Mercyful Fate, and so many, many more. Metal Blade is one of those labels that didn’t just release music, they helped shaped the very foundation of metal would become.
And so I raise my official Metal Blade pint glass and say, “Congratulations Metal Blade on making it to 30 years. Here’s to another 30 of you kicking asses all over the place!” READ MORE
For those of you who are fans of King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, you’ll know that official merch has been a very difficult thing to get a hold of, most of it being low quality bootlegged crap. But now the falsetto legend has teamed up with Metal Blade Records to bring the best possibly quality offerings one could ever hope for! By going to KingDiamondCoven and clicking on ‘Webstore’, fans will have access to the merchandise that they do not need, but that they do deserve (Have I beaten that line into the ground yet? Are we done?).
The merchandise will cover ALL King Diamond/Mercyful Fate releases, not just the ones via Metal Blade Records. Many of the items will also be limited edition one-offs, so be sure to get what you want before it’s gone forever! And if you don’t have the money, you can always try to ask GRANDMAAAAAAA!!!!!! READ MORE
Witchery’s line-up reads like the who’s who of Swedish Metal: Jensen (guitars) plays with The Haunted; solo-guitarist Rickard Rimfält for Séance; bass player Sharlee D’Angelo is in charge of the deep end of Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars; while drummer Martin Axe hits the skins of Opeth and Bloodbath. The upcoming album Witchkrieg, set for a June 29th North American release, features the debut of new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian) and an army of the best metal guitarists. The fretboard wizardry of Kerry King (Slayer) crowns “Witchkrieg,” the opener and title track.
Guitar player Jensen had met Kerry in 1999 on the first U.S. tour of his band in Los Angeles after the WITCHERY show at The Whiskey. “He came on our bus and we partied all night long. We played air guitar while listening to old Rainbow records,” Jensen remembers. “At the Roskilde Festival in Denmark I bumped into him again. I played him the song, he listened to it three times straight and said: ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.’