CANADA’S LOVIATAR in the HotSeat w/HardRockCore

Loviatar dropped it’s first full length LP worldwide on July 28th, check it out NOW!!! IT’S AMAZING. Check out HardRockCore’s (HRC) recent interview just prior to the bands release a few weeks ago. The review was found, fortunately, albeit a bit late. 1 – being a part of the Prosthetic Family, how do you feel […]

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LIVID Interview, Thought Lost to Time…by HardRockCore

Experimental Doom Band LIVID New Album Out Now, Beneath This Shroud, The Earth Erodes, Dropped July 2017 via Prosthetic Records. Somewhere in Time before this album was released Mark reached out and connected w/the band. This is what was learned… 1 – being a part of the Prosthetic Family, how do you feel about EJ and […]

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Bloodstock Festival Reveals Rock And Metal Museum’s 2017 Exhibitors

UK’s Bloodstock Festival (also know as Bloodstock Open Air) has become in recent years, one of Europe’s most illustrious Metal gatherings. An undeniable proof of the fest’s panache is the inclusion of bands like Blind Guardian, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Ghost, Testament, Kreator, Hatebreed, Arch Enemy in the 2017 line-up. This event also sponsors the Rock And Metal Museum (RAM)—a gallery that exhibits original artworks and other items related with Heavy Metal visual imagery. The upcoming edition will take place from August 10th to 13th within Bloodstock’s premises and promises to be a true feast for the senses. Let’s meet some of this year’s exhibitors.

PAUL RAYMOND GREGORY
This illustrious British artist is Bloodstock’s mastermind and the creator of RAM. He has painted dozens of album covers for collectives like Saxon, Dio, Blind Guardian, and is also well-known for his gigantic J.R.R Tolkien-inspired canvases. His leading role has proven crucial fro the development of both the gallery through the years.

Gregory explains: “I had my own gallery many years ago holding some notable exhibitions. I decided to sell the gallery to concentrate on my own work which was inspired by Tolkien’s fictional universe. It was one of my Tolkien pieces that came to the attention of Saxon’s manager in 1983 the album was Crusader released in 1984. In 2014 I decided to celebrate my thirtieth anniversary with the music industry by returning to my roots with a gallery at Bloodstock… The gallery will always be adding new artists, authors, photographers and any other talented muse we feel will sit well with the gallery and its aims. I never looked upon it as a money-spinner. For me was a passion that I wanted to create something that was unique and that I could see developing. So I think for me it has to be the passion of doing something you want to do, and that is how it has worked.”

Check out Paul Raymond Gregory’s epic paintings and illustrations at: www.studio54.co.uk

ELIRAN KANTOR
This is the first time that Israeli visionary, Eliran Kantor, exhibits his works at the Rock And Metal Museum. Widely known for his arresting cover illustrations for Testament, Sigh, Atheist, Soulfly, Iced Earth, etc. this Berlin-based artist is considered of the greatest artists working in the Metal scene today.

Regarding his RAM participation, Kantor comments: “I’m very excited about being invited to attend the RAM at Bloodstock this year by Paul Raymond Gregory. There will be 5 of my pieces added to the permanent collection and on display this year. Not sure I can say which one – come and see for yourself!”

See more of Eliran Kantor’s work at: www.elirankantor.com

AND JUSTICE FOR ART
This is the second consecutive year that the book “And Justice For Art” will be exhibited at the Rock And Metal Museum. The difference is that this time, author Ramon Martos-Garcia will be exhibiting the Revised Edition of this 264-color pages volume. The new edition includes more than 450 images and 105 exclusive interviews with members of Amorphis, Slayer, Cradle Of Filth, Carcass, Cattle Decapitation, Anthrax, Enslaved, Cormorant, At The Gates, Katatonia, etc. regarding the creation of some of Metal’s most iconic album covers.

When asked why he decided to create a revised edition of the book, author Martos-Garcia says: “I didn’t want to just re-print the same book again. I had new material available—new images and commentaries. So, I decided to add as much as I could and bring something new to the table while keeping intact the essence of previous edition. There are new comments, more graphics, but it’s still the same book… dramatically improved and updated.”

A signed copy of “And Justice For Art” will be given away to a lucky Bloodstock ticket holder. Check out the book exclusively at the official store: www.andjusticeforart.bigcartel.com

CHRISTIAN SLOAN HALL
American illustrator, Christian Sloan Hall has been widely praised for his striking, Viking-inspired illustrations for Swedish metallers, Amon Amarth. In addition, he’s also produced visuals for Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Sunn o))), etc. He’s already familiar with RAM and Bloodstock. Last year, he created an exclusive artwork for the Rock And Metal Museum—personally commissioned by Bloodstock’s main man, Paul Raymond Gregory.

“Amon Amarth are headlining this year, so Paul thought it would be cool to display some of the work I’ve done for them over the years,” Sloan Hall comments. “Two of the battle scenes I’ve done for them that have been used for backdrops will be on show, as well as some of the illustrations I’ve done for tour shirts, and a few others like some pieces I’ve done for DC snowboards, etc… Events like RAM are beyond important. The once flourishing illustration industry has been a dying one for decades, struggling to survive in the face of constant exploitation and digital emulation. Events like this are crucial in the battle to keep the industry alive but restore Illustration and art to its former glory. I’m greatly honored to be able to be a part of it!”

Find out more about Christian Sloan Hall at: www.deathlord.co.uk

PAUL HARRIES
Paul Harries’s photo-portfolio includes shots of Rock/Metal luminaries such as Metallica, Nirvana, Ghost, Muse, Green Day, AC/DC and Osbourne, among many others. He’s currently one of Kerrang! magazine’s leading photographers and has even published a Slipknot-inspired photo-book titled, “Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits.”

“I have not expectations really, I just like to show my work,” the British photographer admits. “The images on show will be from Lemmy, Slipknot, Ghost, Slash, Lamb Of God and Lizzy Hale. I thought this selection would fit in nicely with the Bloodstock vibe… Prints are available to purchase so if I sell a few that will be great.”

Check out Paul Harries’ photographs at: www.paulharries.com

CYNOSURE GUITARS
Custom-made Cynosure guitars and basses, have been part of the Rock And Metal Museum for years. Hailing from England, these super-exclusive instruments have become one of RAM’s focus of attention. “Cynosure can be defined as ‘something that attracts attention by its brilliance’,” says mastermind, Oliver Andrew. “Paul Gregory appreciated my postmodern approach to visualization of the instruments and requested that I showcase my “fantastical” instruments among his artwork. The whole experience was most humbling, having some of my favorite artists and bands take notice of my art, not only offering their opinions, but expressing genuine admiration for my work.”

Over the years, Gregory has commissioned several Cynosure guitars, exclusively for Bloodstock and RAM, including the official RAM guitar, and Motorhead and Saxon-inspired six strings. “The guitars built for Paul Raymond Gregory, have been played by bands such as, Carcass, Emperor, Crowbar and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth,” Andrew says. “The idea is to create a guitar that would be multi-faceted, an art-piece that would be recognized as such, however, still maintaining its distinction as a playable instrument.”

Find out more about Cynosure at: www.cynosureguitars.com

Other RAM 2017 exhibitors are; Art Vinyl, Darkaya books, Daniel P. Carter and Heathen Wax Works. Find more about them at: https://www.facebook.com/RockAndMetalMuseum/

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EarsplitCompound now on Instagram

Hey there Metalheads… There is so much amazing heavy music being dropped on me from Earsplit, that I decided (yes, speaking in first person) that it was necessary to drop this on you… That way you can pick and choose for yourself, minute by minute, hour by hour, day after day, for days to come!! Listen […]

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Josh Todd (& The Conflict) Interview w/HardRockCore

Mark, aka HardRockCore, brings us another informative interview with one of the genre’s most influential singer/songwriters of the past 20 years. Josh Todd talks about the origins of his new project Josh Todd and The Conflict. His new & old bandmates, his secret musical obsession and what he would love to do to his adoring […]

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Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV Aug 18-20

SMNNews will be there… We will report pre, live, daily, and post event… We hope to have a lot to report!!! Check this line up out!! tickets >>> https://psycholv2017.eventbrite.com/ ?? ?? ?? FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH ?? ?? ?? BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE ?? MULATU ASTAKE ?? MAGMA ?? SLEEP ?? MELVINS ?? WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM […]

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Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV Aug 18-20

SMNNews will be there… We will report pre, live, daily, and post event… We hope to have a lot to report!!! Check this line up out!! tickets >>> https://psycholv2017.eventbrite.com/ ?? ?? ?? FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH ?? ?? ?? BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE ?? MULATU ASTAKE ?? MAGMA ?? SLEEP ?? MELVINS ?? WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM […]

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Confess Offers First Interview Since Being Arrested In Iran

Last year we reported that Iranian metal duo Confess – consisting of Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi and Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani – was arrested for blasphemy and running an illegal band and record label promoting music considered to be Satanic.

Very little was public about the case at the time, but now Metal Injection has published an interview with Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi, offering his first public comments since the arrest. Excerpts can be read below.

MI:Are you safe right now?

If by being safe you mean not worried about losing your life, yes we are safe. We are with our families and our loved ones living day by day. But if being safe is having peace of mind, then no, we are not. We don’t know what is going to happen to us, as human beings and as artists.

MI:Can you tell us what happened the day you got arrested?

It was eight in the morning. I was in bed and no one else was at home but me. Somebody rang the bell, but I didn’t answer. My mother came back to home at about 10, and then the bell rang again. As soon as my mother opened the door to see who is there, eight guys and one woman rushed into our house. It was the I jumped out of the bed to see what was going on. They saw me and asked me “Are you Mr. Nikan Khosravi?” I answered yes and they showed me the search warrant. They then took me back to my room. They wanted me too sit down against the wall while they were chewing up my room.

One of them started searching my cellphone, another one was searching my personal computer and my hard drive’s data. Three of them were in the hall, and the woman was staying with my mother outside of my room. They took away all my instruments, metal shirts, magazines, books, Hollywood movies (a lot of which were forbidden in Iran because of their content), the notebooks that my lyrics were in them and other personal belongings.

While they were gathering my items in the hall, they were trying to play with my mind. They were saying things like “You are done,” “We took you down,” “You thought we never find you, huh?,” “Does your family know what are you doing?,” “Tell us about the stuff that you are hiding here?”

I didn’t speak a word but I was totally shocked by how they treated me like a real criminal. I didn’t know what to say to them because I knew that from living, at the time, 22 years in Iran, our worlds and ideology are too far away from each other. I knew that someone like me would not be able to convince them or change their mind. Once they were done gathering my things, they told me to get dressed. They handcuffed me, grabbed my arms and took me to the exit. My mother asked them, “Where are you taking my son?” One of the guards who showed up a little later, claiming he was my main investigator answered her calmly and happy “The Evin Prison. You can ask about him there.”

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Slipknot To Screen “Day of The Gusano” Documentary In September

To the millions of fans across the world, affectionately known as maggots, Slipknkot isn’t just a group, but also a counterculture and a way of life. Those fans play an important role in a new documentary brought to you by MusicScreen, entitled “Day of The Gusano.”

The 90 minute documentary is to be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one night only cinematic spectacle on September 6th, 2017.

Directed by Slipknot’s own M.Shawn Crahan, aka Clown, “Day of The Gusano” documents the Iowa band’s first visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with band members.

Confirmed cities and ticketing for the screenings will be announced in July. Sign up to receive dates and details at this location.

Talking about the movie, Clown tells us, “Slipknot still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It’s been a surreal life of rock and roll for Slipknot and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible.Thank you.”

Guitarist Jim Root continues, “We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico… Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world.”

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Baroness Parts With Guitarist Pete Adams, Recruits New Member Gina Gleason

Baroness’ longtime guitar player, Pete Adams, has amicably left the band, electing to spend less time on the road and focus on a burgeoning non-music business and his home life.

“I would like to say thanks to all of the Baroness fans far and wide and all of the support through the ups and downs along the way,” says Pete. “I feel beyond fortunate to have had the chance to travel great distances with Baroness and to meet so many of you. I honestly never thought I would be able to do what I have done with Baroness. Playing alongside my oldest friends, playing music that isn’t simply readily accepted by the masses, and sharing the stage with some of the best musicians and bands from around the globe. That said, it’s time for me to focus my energy closer to home and not on the road. However, this isn’t the end of my musical career by any means as I plan to continue working with Valkyrie. Again, thank you to all along the way, and most importantly thank you greatly to the current, past and future members of Baroness.”

Band founder John Baizley commented on Pete’s departure: “I need to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Baroness, to recognize and sincerely thank one of my oldest friends and bandmates, Pete Adams, as he moves on from Baroness to pursue a new phase in his life. I feel fortunate beyond words to have shared the stage with you for nearly 25 years, since we were barely teenagers. It would be impossible to articulate the value and impact of the personal history, friendship and musical bond we have enjoyed throughout our lives and within this band. Through Baroness, we’ve seen that friendship grow further and often in unexpected ways; we’ve taken part in so many adventures together that it’s difficult to keep track of them all.”

He goes on to say, “It’s never easy to part ways but it is important to highlight a couple of things: First, we offer unconditional support and respect for Pete’s decision and we’re excited to see where his path leads. Second, Baroness will forge ahead with an undiminished passion and as much creativity as ever. The narrative of this band has often felt as though it falls into distinct chapters, and while we’re excited to move into the next, we are equally sad to see Pete go. When Pete and I were kids, as he’s often said in interviews, we shared a dream of growing up and playing music together and seeing the far corners of the globe. And we did. Thank you Pete, for being a friend when I needed support, a brother when I needed family, and a bandmate when you and I had a hunger to see the world.”

Baroness has now added guitar player Gina Gleason, a Philadelphia native who Baizley, Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson are excited to have on board:

“With Pete Adams’ official last show just over a month behind us, and a European tour on the not-so-distant-horizon, we are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Gina Gleason, into Baroness, and we hope our fans will share in our excitement and provide her a warm welcome into the Baroness family. She has worked tirelessly in recent weeks/months, not only learning the specifics of our material, but slowly beginning to carefully stake out her own personal territory within our sound.

“Throughout the lifespan of this band we’ve had the genuine pleasure of working with incredibly gifted artists/musicians, who recognize in Baroness the need each member has to contribute something of their own musical personality, rather than imitate one that’s been established, not simply to respect the individual contributions of past members, but to develop a genuine connection to our songs, old and new alike. Gina’s ability both to learn our music and to find her own voice within our songs has been inspiring to observe, and it helps once again to renew our belief in this band’s music, which we’ve come to rely on as a true wellspring of creativity and musical discovery.”

Baizley adds: “I really thought I would have become a jaded musician at this point, with nothing left to discover and no will to try, but each subsequent year proves me wrong. We play a hometown show with Gina tomorrow, followed by a European tour and my only regret is that we won’t have time to go everywhere on Earth we’d like to before the urge to get back to writing our new record overtakes us. We’re bringing a bunch of songs on tour that haven’t been played in many years; we’re anxious to dust off some of these earliest Baroness songs. Thanks to all of you who have offered your support over these years. We’ll be seeing you soon.”

Fans can also still catch these upcoming Baroness 2017 tour dates:

June 2 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
June 9 Derby, UK Download Festival
June 10 Nimes, France This Is Not A Love Song
June 12 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
June 14 Eindhoven, Netherlands Effenaar
June 15 Berlin, Germany Columbia Theater
June 17 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
June 18 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 19 Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 20 Saarbrucken, Germany Garage Saarbrucken
June 23 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell
June 24 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
June 25 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
June 27 Graz, Austria PPC
June 28 Dresden, Germany Beatpol
June 30 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival
July 2 Helsinki, Finland Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

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