30 years ago today (April 15, 1982) Canadian legends ANVIL released their second studio album Metal On Metal recorded by Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY) at Phase One Studios in Toronto, Ontario. Not only did the album change the face of Canadian metal, it's power resonated around the world with molten metal tracks such as 'Mothra', '666', the instrumental 'March Of The Crabs' and the anthemic title track which was featured on the November 14th, 2010 episode of The Simpsons titled Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life.
EX DEO, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, have revealed the artwork to their forthcoming new album, Caligvla, due for release on August 31st via Napalm Records. Check it out below:
In addition to the previously announced guest appearances from ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato, and Mariangela Demurtas from TRISTANIA, the band have now confirmed guest spots from SEPTICFLESH' Seth Siro and GRAVEWORM's Stefano Fiori. Every invited guest on the album will be of Roman or Greek descent.
According to the UK's Guardian News, the SEX PISTOLS have declined an invitation to perform at the London 2012 closing ceremony.
The group, according to the Times, had been given the opportunity to play during A Symphony of British Music, due to take place in the Olympic Stadium on August 12th.
Nashville-based vocalist, songwriter, producer, guitarist, bassist D.A. KarKos has issued the following update on the Jerry Gaskill (KING'S X drummer) solo record:
"As many of you know, before he had his heart attack, we've been busy demo-ing ideas together for Jerry's upcoming solo record. So let me fill you in with where we're at with it and what the plan is...
Swiss folk metal bashers ELUVEITIE have added another leg to their 2012/2013 Helvetios World Tour. Starting in September, the band will hit the road in Europe with SABATON.
Dates are as follows:
7 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol
9 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
10 - Osnabrück, Germany - Hyde Park
Former GUNS N' ROSES band members Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke reunited on stage last night (Friday, April 13th) at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, where McKagan was celebrating the paperback release of his new memoir, It's So Easy (And Other Lies). The event - dubbed A Punk's Review - featured a book reading and saw musical accompaniment by Mike Squires on guitar, Jeff Rouse on bass and Paul Huxtler on pedal steel guitar.
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