PLAINS OF OBLIVION
It didn't seem like a coincidence that after the critical praise Jeff Loomis received from his last release, ZERO ORDER PHASE, that he left his main project Nevermore shortly afterward. Admittedly, I have no idea how the story goes. I don't know if Loomis was unhappy in Nevermore and was feeling out his options outside of the project, or if he just did a solo album and saw he could have success outside of the band. To be fair, it might just have all fallen into place without either of those two scenarios playing out. Whatever the case, Loomis left Nevermore a while ago, and now that puts all the pressure on his latest album, PLAINS OF OBLIVION, to launch his new career past the great band he was once a member of.
PRIMAL FEAR is the latest act confirmed for the 2012 edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, which will be held from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium. They will play on June 23rd. For tickets and event information visit the fesival'sFacebook page.
The band's European festival schedule is now as follows:
23 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
30 - Jaromer, Czech Republic - Rock Rebellion 2012
According to the VAN HALEN News Desk, Van Halen have premiered the second single off their new album, A Different Kind of Truth, for the song 'She's The Woman'.
Says VHND: "A fun and nasty rocker with a synchronized guitar/bass intro that nearly knocks you cold, 'She's The Woman' is an instant reminder that Van Halen can still work the heavy bag. This tune is one of six new songs that originated from older material from the seventies and is one of the most prototypical VH songs on the album. The driving riff is a cross between 'Mean Street' and 'Outta Love Again' and could have easily found a comfortable home on any early DLR-era material."
HAVOK will unleash a new EP titled Point Of No Return. Set for release on May 14th in Europe, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT) and contains two new songs plus two Havok-ized cover tunes. The Point Of No Return will coincide with the band's first European adventure beginning early May with GOATWHORE, ANGELUS APATRIDA and headliners 3 INCHES OF BLOOD.
Former BLACK SHEEP frontman Willie Basse has been forced to put his metal super group, COMMUNION - with singer Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TED NUGENT), drummer Bobby Rondinelli (RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON) and keyboardist Ed Roth (Halford, GLENN HUGHES) - on hiatus as "the timing wasn't right."
However, in lieu of Communion, Basse has created THE GYPSY EXPERIENCE.
MEGADETH have confirmed that they will perform the album Countdown To Extinction in its entirety, at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on September 7th. Tickets are now on sale at puntoticket.com.
A poster for the show can be seen below:
Megadeth and ROB ZOMBIE will embark on a co-headlining US tour next month. Confirmed dates are as follows:
RICHIE KOTZEN has regretfully cancelled his shows planned for later this month in New York City, Long Island, Baltimore, and Redondo.
"Since I came back from Europe I have been struggling with my voice. Last Saturday's gig in San Juan Cap was a vocal disaster.
I thought it was fatigue from the brutal schedule in Europe however the voice is getting worse and now I am having pain even speaking.
Today I went to my doctor in Beverly Hills. He is an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
PROSTHETIC RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of Greek symphonic death metal quartet , SEPTICFLESH, whose eight albums and performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Children of Bodom and more have earned the group international acclaim.
The band commented: "We are very excited to have signed a new North American deal with Prosthetic Records; we feel we have made the right choice with a label that could give us the right attention for the American market, we plan on striking hard with our next album!"