Austria’s Nova Rock Festival will be celebrating their 10th anniversary by having Black Sabbath, Prodigy, and Iron Maiden headline. Running from June 13th through 15th at the Nickeldorf’s Pannonia Fields II, the festival will also see appearances from bands such as Gojira, In Flames, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Rob Zombie, and many more. Tickets for the event start are currently running from €126 at this location but they are expected to sell out quite quickly, so act fast!
Head below for a current list of bands performing (more will be announced soon). READ MORE
Metal band Trivium has announced a Spring tour where they will be the direct support to Danish hard rockers Volbeat on their N. American tour. Support for the tour will come from Digital Summer. Trivium will be supporting their new album Vengeance Falls while Volbeat will be touring in support of Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. The tour will culminate with Trivium playing at the Rock On The Range music festival. All tour dates can be seen below. READ MORE
Yesterday I had the chance to interview John Petrucci, guitarist of Dream Theater, quite possibly the biggest progressive metal band in the world. In this interview, we discussed the band’s second Grammy nomination (for “The Enemy Inside”) and their current tour in Europe and their upcoming North American ‘Along For The Ride’ tour. We also spoke about John’s appreciation for Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and how the band views touring in countries that are having political turmoil. Check out this exclusive interview below!
For me it was a thrilling interview simply because he was a huge inspiration while I was learning guitar and several of his riffs and solos still send goosebumps up and down my spine.
Make sure to pick up Dream Theater‘s new album Dream Theater on iTunes. READ MORE
Finnish love metal band HIM have released an official music video for “Into The Night”, which comes from their latest album Tears On Tape (iTunes). The video was directed by Stefan Lindfors, who also directed the “Funeral of Hearts” and “Tears On Tape” videos. You can watch the video below.
HIM are currently on tour with Volbeat, All That Remains, and Airbourne. The remaining tour dates are below. READ MORE
The third installment of the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour will be headlined by Danish rockers Volbeat and will be hitting the road in late summer. The band will see support coming from Finnish metal group HIM along with All That Remains and Airbourne. Tour dates will be announced in the coming days.
Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen states, “The fans have made our North American visits thus far this year great fun and truly memorable. We are looking forward to headlining Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance festival tour this summer, and sharing the stage with HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne.” READ MORE
For those of you who have been itching for some new Volbeat or some dulcet tones of the metal master himself, King Diamond, your prayers have been answered. Volbeat have made “Room 24″, which features Diamond available for free download. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which comes out tomorrow.
Volbeat guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen states, “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.”
You can listen to the song and find the download link below. READ MORE
Danish rockers Volbeat have released a music video for “The Cape Of Our Hero”, which comes off their upcoming album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (out April 9th via Vertigo/Republic Records/Universal Music). The video, directed by Jakob Printzlau, shows a young boy missing his father, who goes off to war. It’s a rather touching and poignant video but the song leaves a bit to be desired, at least in my opinion. You can watch it/give it a listen below. READ MORE
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
Metalcore band All That Remains has announced US tour that will see them co-headline with Hellyeah and In This Moment on alternating dates. Label mates Nonpoint will be the supporting act. ATR is touring in support of their latest album A War You Cannot Win, which was released in November last year (iTunes). The full touring schedule can be seen below. READ MORE
Danish metal band Volbeat has announced that ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano has officially signed on as second guitarist. Caggiano produced the band’s upcoming album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which will be coming out April 8th.
Singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen shared, “The band is very proud and happy to announce that he will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!”
Discussing the album, Poulsen states, “Half of the album tracks will take you into the world of outlaw gunslinger stories sometime in the 1800s. Some of the characters are true legends, while others are fiction. The listener will hear inspiration from old classic spaghetti western movies which gives you a clue to the album title and cover artwork.”
Read on for an official statement from Caggiano. READ MORE
The Carolina Rebellion music festival will be headlined this year by Alice In Chains on May 4th and Soundgarden on May 5th. Other acts include Deftones, Three Days Grace, 3 Doors Down, Volbeat, and many more. The event will take place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
“After wrapping up our last U.S. tour, we were planning on recharging our batteries for awhile, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play with the mighty Soundgarden in what will be one of the only shows we’ll play in the U.S. this year,” says Tim Mcllrath of Rise Against.
Michael Poulsen of Volbeat comments, “In Europe and the U.S., we have enjoyed the experiences that come from being a part of the festival environment, just as the fans do. Looking forward to Carolina Rebellion!”
Tickets are available starting Feb. 8th here. You can see the full schedule below. READ MORE
Swedish hard rock/metal band Amaranthe are gearing up to release their sophomore album The Nexus, which was produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Dreamshade & Ginger Wildheart). The album will be released Mar. 26th in the States via Spinefarm Records.
Guitarist Olof Morck states, “The moment has come to let loose The Nexus on an unsuspecting world! This time we went all the way with our futuristic dream-nightmare – a no-compromise vision steeped in deep contrast between the mechanically ultra-heavy and shimmering serene melody. The Nexus is everything we dreamed about doing with our debut album; we laboured to make this offering as diverse as it is direct and catchy… and remember, no-one can be told what The Nexus is – you have to hear it for yourself!”
You can watch a video for their title track, which was directed by Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir), below. READ MORE
The line up for the 2013 edition of Rock On The Range has been announced and it’s basically full of bands that I would punch a few puppies to see. Headlining the 3-day event are Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins while amazing bands such as Bush, Stone Sour, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, In Flames, Ghost, Heaven’s Basement, and more are also slated to perform. A nearly complete list of bands performing can be seen below.
The 3-day event begins Friday, Mar. 17th and ends Sunday night, Mar. 19th.
Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell states, “We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!”
Korn’s Jonathan Davis adds, “Head is back!! Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”
Gavin Rossdale of Bush comments, “Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands. We look forward to seeing you all out there.” READ MORE
Danish rockers Volbeat have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies this Spring. The band recorded the album with producer Rob Caggiano (Anthrax) and Jacob Hansen, who produced and mixed the previous four Volbeat releases.
Front man Michael Poulsen reveals; “We’re back in the studio, this time breaking some of our old habits and this sometimes means leaving our comfort zone. We are recording in a new environment, producing with a new set up breaking new sonic ground and it’s exciting! Together with our long time collaborator Jacob Hansen we also have the honor of having producer Rob Caggiano on board in the producer’s seat. Expect lots of surprises and some of our most rocking heavy songs to date. We feel more than ever that we are taking the Volbeat sound to another level without changing what we’re all about. Can’t wait for it to get out there!”
The band will also be touring N. America this Spring with support coming from Canadian hard rockers Danko Jones. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Danish punk metal band Volbeat has announced a full N. American spring tour starting in early March and ending in early/mid-April. Support will come from rock band Danko Jones. You can see all the tour dates below.
The band will also be announcing details on a fifth studio album in the next few weeks. READ MORE
It’s been announced that Danish rockers Volbeat and Canadian hard rockers Danko Jones will be touring N. American in Spring of 2013. The first tour dates have been released and can be seen below. A full touring schedule will be released in the next few weeks.
Danko Jones will also be playing the Banana 101.5 “End Of The World Party” on Dec. 21st. You can snag tickets here. READ MORE
Danish rockers Volbeat have announced a full North American summer tour that will see support coming from Hellyeah as well as Iced Earth. The band is touring in support of their latest album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. Meanwhile, Hellyeah will be releasing a new album on July 17th entitled Band Of Brothers. You can see the full touring schedule below.
This is just too good of a story to not be shared. Apparently, a 28-year old woman attended the Chicago Gigantour show, which featured Megadeth, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil, and Volbeat. During the show, she encountered a strapping young lad and the two proceeded to engage in…shall we say illicit behavior in one of the bathroom stalls. Fast forward and she finds out she is pregnant and is trying to reach the father through the majestical land of Craigslist. I’m not joking. Read on for the full posting. READ MORE
Back in 2005, I was lucky enough to go and check out the first ever Gigantour, the here-and-there summer festival started by Megadeth. Needless to say, for the ticket price (I think it was something like $25), I definitely got my money’s worth. Now, Megadeth has announced that they are resurrecting the tour. However, some things have changed: First of all, it’s not going to be in the summer. Rather, the tour will start towards the end of January and run through early March. Second, there apparently won’t be a full day of music. Instead, only three other bands will be joining Megadeth on stage: Motorhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil. Tour dates have yet to be announced, so keep an eye on Megadeth.com.
I’m still very interested in checking out the show but it seems like this could’ve been called something else. Imagine if Ozzfest was Ozzy headlining with Black Label Society and Fear Factory attached on the tour and that was it. Nope, not the same. Not the same at all.
Clutch have announced that during their upcoming European tour supporting Volbeat they will be doing some headlining shows. The band will be doing a one off headline show on Nov. 11th but will then do 10 headlining dates starting Nov. 18th. You can check out the full list of dates after the jump.
Danish metal band Volbeat have released ‘Beyond Hell/Above Heaven’ digitally today and plan for a physical release on Dec. 14th. Most of you probably heard of Volbeat during their tour with Metallica and Lamb of God late last year. I didn’t get to see them because I got to see Machine Head as the opening act. For those of you who saw them, how was the show?
In conjunction with the upcoming release The Conscious Sedation from the extreme modern metal act SYSTEM DIVIDE, Metal Blade Records has launched a landing page where fans can go to check out music, album artwork, a teaser for the upcoming music video, and specially low priced preorder packages for the album. The first single, The Apex Doctrine, is currently streaming with two more tracks to come before the album is released on September 14.
AC/DC, Bullet For My Valentine, Deftones, Megadeth, Motorhead, Stone Temple Pilots, Them Crooked Vultures, Volbeat and Wolfmother are the first confirmed bands for this years Download Festival. The festival, which will be held at Donington, will take place onFriday June 11-Sunday June 13. Tickets go on sale today (1/29/09) at 9:00 A.M. there are a variety of weekend passes but you should not wait and miss out on this incredible festival.
Corey Taylor recently sat down and talked about the new Stone Sour album which is in hopes of a Summer 2010 release he had this to say. ….read on for the video READ MORE