Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Speaks On New Album’s Direction, ‘Megacruise‘ & ‘A Toute Le Monde‘ Beer

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine lately spoke with The Metal Voice about the group’s forthcoming ‘Megacruise‘, their ‘A Toute Le Monde‘ beer and more. Megadeth‘s upcoming sixteenth studio effort was also discussed naturally. When asked what direction that release is headed in, Mustaine explained:

“I don’t how to answer that, because if you want me to say what record it sounds like, it sounds like a combination of everything. When I write a riff if I don’t like it I don’t record it, if I do record it, I save it and if I don’t use it now I’ll use it at some point.

There is a complete finished song left over from ‘Dystopia‘ that I forgot we did. When were in the studio and you’re doing 16 songs and you’re working your ass off every day sometimes, some things just slip through the cracks like this song.

We’ve already got a huge head start on this new record. Kiko just came out to see me, Dirk was here before him and David Ellefson will be visiting me shortly to start playing some bass stuff.

We’re doing things a little bit differently this time, we’re kind of approaching the songs one riff at a time and just kind of focusing on the riff and if the riff doesn’t sound good on its own and then why put it in a song?

A lot of people when they write songs, they’ll put a part in section in the song just because they need something in there. For me I don’t like doing that. I don’t want that one part of the song where there’s a weak spot.

I’ve tried just about every way to write a song over my career and I found this way’s probably the best way, because if you have a riff and it’s not it’s not carrying its own weight and it doesn’t sound cool, how can it possibly sound cool with good lyrics over it?”

He was also asked whether or not the current political climate would be influencing the album, to which he offered:

“I’ve kind of toned it down a little bit with the political stuff to where it’s more about being a one world kind of people, about the stuff that affects us as people not so much as citizens of any particular government or nation. Why put any unnecessary walls up between us right?”

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Interview With Michael Jessen

The Person and his musical career. Jessen, born and grown up in Denmark, started playing the guitar at the age of 15 with the riff of `Hells Bells` of AC/DC. His first professional recorded 4-track-EP was released under the band name `High Octane´. `High Octane` split off in 2012, which was the starting shot for […]

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Candlelight Records Signs Sigiriya, New Album “Darkness Died Today” Detailed

U.K. stoner act Sigiriya signed on with Candlelight Records and will release the sophomore album “Darkness Died Today” on April 21st.

Beneath the soil of a Welsh valley a heavy metal life-force regained strength: rising from the ashes of psychedelic doom merchants Acrimony, Sigiriya was born. Not wanting the limitations of reforming a project long dead to them, Sigiriya come from the earthy depths, bringing hefty, tremor-inducing sonics that pay homage to the riff. In 2012, the prestigious Church Within Records (Germany) released the full length album, “Return To Earth” with much critical acclaim.

Time served in the likes of Iron Monkey, Dukes of Nothing, Black Eye Riot, The Nine, Suns of Thunder and Tabularasa have forged their thick output, giving the foursome a more dynamic, meaner, leaner, earthier approach, which has developed an intense dirty sound.

Taking their name from the mystic ‘throat of the lion’ rock in Sri Lanka, their rumble has been moving the Black Mountains of their homeland and they’ve been moving the tectonic plates of the earth via shows and festivals across Europe and the UK including the prestigious Roadburn Festival, Desert fest, Stoned From the Underground among others….

“Darkness Died Today” was recorded live onto analogue tape at Sonic One with Tim Hamill. The mixing was done by Andrew Schneider (Shrine builder, Scissor fight, Big Business…) in New York and finally mastering with Richard Whittaker in London. The new album builds on the sonic foundation of “Return To Earth” and soars to even greater heights with the addition of new vocalist Matt ‘Pipes’ Williams.

The band commented on the signing: “Our intention has always been to spread the riff as far and wide as possible, and we’re honoured to be teaming up with Candlelight for the new album. The diversity of great bands on the label and the good relationship we have with the people there make it a natural home for us.”

The track list for “Darkness Died Today” is as follows:

1. Dragging The Bones
2. Guided By Mountains
3. Return To Earth
4. Godspeeder
5. Tribe Of The Old Oak
6. Obelisk
7. Freedom Engines
8. Sleeping With The Dogs

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Old Wounds Gearing Up For New U.S. Tour Dates

With over 70 shows booked so far in 2013, New Jersey trio Old Wounds continues its reign of terror this summer with another U.S. tour, this one focusing heavily on the western half of the country.

The centerpiece of the tour is a coveted slot on The Power of the Riff Festival in Los Angeles, alongside The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, and more. Other dates see Old Wounds play with bands such as Every Time I Die, Terror, and KEN Mode.

The tour coincides with the release of Old Wounds’ new split seven-inch with upstate New York’s Trenchfoot, out August 13th on Melotov Records. The following press release was also issued:

“Two of the East Coast’s most ferocious young hardcore bands, Old Wounds and Trenchfoot are like-minded outfits breathing new life into the crushing metallic vibes of their older brothers’ generation. While Old Wounds nod to the exhilarating charge of crushers like Buried Alive and Turmoil, Trenchfoot play an even darker game, in line with the depressive anthems of Tragedy or Cursed. Both bands’ material for the Melotov split was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Pulling Teeth, Full of Hell). Melotov releases the split August 13th on vinyl and as a digital download.”

July 19 – Blacksburg, VA @ I Got Brains Fest
July 20 – Middlesex, NJ @ RTF Wrestling I
Aug 1 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey
Aug 2 – Conway, AR @ Greenwood Studios w/ Homewrecker
Aug 3 – Dallas, TX @ tba
Aug 4 – Austin, TX @ The Annex
Aug 5 – San Antonio, TX @ 1011
Aug 6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks w/ Every Time I Die, Terror, Territory
Aug 7 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Hive w/ Territory
Aug 8 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Spot w/ Territory
Aug 9 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Territory
Aug 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex – The Power of the Riff Festival
Aug 12 – Oakland, CA @ The Warehouse w/ Baptists
Aug 13 – Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Aug 14 – Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland
Aug 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
Aug 16 – Denver, CO @ The Office Space
Aug 17 – Des Moines, IA @ tba
Aug 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ tba
Aug 19 – Royal Oak, MI @ South Hall w/ Rosetta, KEN Mode
Aug 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ tba

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Void Of Sleep Signs With Aural Music To Release New Album In 2013

Italian stoner/sludge act Void of Sleep has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Aural Music:

“Ladies and Gents, Void of Sleep are proud to announce that they had officially signed with Aural Music their first worldwide deal.

“The band, in the behalf of Burdo, Gale, Paso and Allo are absolutely on fire and they’re ready to ‘spread the riff’ all over the world with the upcoming release of their first full length album in early 2013.”

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Pentagram To Perform Full "Relentless" Album At Power Of The Riff East Festival

Legendary cult rock band Pentagram is pleased to announce the group will be playing a very special set for the first Power of the Riff – East on September 1st, 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. The band will play the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album “Relentless” in its entirety for the first time since the early 1980’s.

Pentagram will also be playing other beloved songs spanning the band’s career including tracks from most recent album, “Last Rites.” The influential doom legends will also be playing shows in Philly and Maryland supporting Down. Details are available below.

Power of the Riff Festival
09/01 New York, NY Warsaw
On tour w/ Down
09/26 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
09/30 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore

In other news, fans can finally get their hands on the Pentagram documentary “Last Days Here” – winner of the Best Music Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival – which was just recently released. Fans can order from, iTunes, Best Buy, and other online and physical retailers. “Last Days Here” is also available for viewing via Netflix (DVD and Streaming).

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Gaza Streaming New Song "Not With All The Hope In The World" is presenting the exclusive premiere of “Not with All the Hope in the World,” a song off Gaza’s upcoming third album, “No Absolutes in Human Suffering.” Check out the song at this location.

NPR’s Lars Gotrich calls Gaza, “the musical equivalent of a panther rattling a barbed-wire cage” and goes on to praise the new album’s incorporation of melody by saying “the band’s blast-beaten hooks lure as much as they devastate.”

“No Absolutes in Human Suffering” was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day). The album is now available digitally via iTunes and the CD release is set for August 28th on Black Market Activities, with a vinyl release to follow.

Gaza hits the road tomorrow for a headlining West Coast tour with Eagle Twin, including a stop at the Power of the Riff Festival in LA.

Aug 1 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Wax House
Aug 2 – Boise, ID @ The Boise Venue
Aug 3 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Aug 4 – Portland, OR @ Backspace Cafe
Aug 5 – Chico, CA @ Origami Recording Lounge
Aug 6 – Reno, NV @ Ryan’s Saloon & Broiler
Aug 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Aug 8 – Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Aug 10 – San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
Aug 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex (Power of the Riff Festival)
Aug 12 – Phoenix, CA @ Chaser’s Nightclub

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Gaza Announces Release Date For New Album "No Absolutes In Human Suffering"

Gaza has revealed that the band’s new album “No Absolutes in Human Suffering” is due for a physical CD release on August 28th, with a vinyl release to follow and a digital release on July 31st Black Market Aactivies president Guy Kozowyk offers this detailed statement:

“Gaza’s new album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering will be digitally released on Tuesday, July 31. The official CD release has been moved back to August 28. CD pre-orders will be posted via the band’s official online merch store next week. The band will have limited copies of the CD for sale on their upcoming headlining run with Eagle Twin that passes through the Power of the Riff Festival.

“Distribution for this album will be handled by our friends from Deathwish Inc and MRI/RED. Look to the Deathwish Inc web store shortly for an exclusive ‘transparent red’ color vinyl; copies through the band and BMA will be on white vinyl. Gaza’s prior release, He Is Never Coming Back, is also at the vinyl manufacturing plant now for a fall release. These two albums signify the the first time Gaza’s music will be released on vinyl.”

Gaza also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Aug 1 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Wax House
Aug 2 – Boise, ID @ The Boise Venue
Aug 3 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Aug 4 – Portland, OR @ Backspace Cafe
Aug 5 – Chico, CA @ Origami Recording Lounge
Aug 6 – Reno, NV @ Ryan’s Saloon & Broiler
Aug 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Aug 8 – Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Aug 10 – San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
Aug 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex (Power of the Riff Festival)
Aug 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Chaser’s Nightclub

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